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Member Benefit: Access to the Finest in Professional Education

June 28, 2004

(June 28, 2004)  AFP's professional advancement programs and courses give every fundraiser, no matter what level of experience they have, the opportunity to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base. There are many classes available in the marketplace on fundraising - with AFP courses you can be assured of high quality offerings based on a researched core body of knowledge and featuring instructors with years of fundraising experience and qualifications as working professionals.

From the First Course, both online and traditional classroom offerings, to Audioconferences, AFP has programs, courses and resources to meet your educational needs today and as you plan your future career development. These learning opportunities are offered to members at discounted prices, many in your local area.

First Course on Fundraising

'I left the course with a solid understanding of every aspect of an integrated development program. More importantly, I left confident that this was the career path for me. I am so grateful that I was introduced to the First Course. Thank you AFP!'

If you need a comprehensive introductory to fundraising tactics and techniques, consider registering for the First Course in Fundraising - either online or in a traditional classroom setting. The AFP First Course in Fundraising offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring state-of-the-art information and techniques.

To find out more about the First Course, visit

To find a schedule for classroom offerings of the First Course visit

CFRE Review Course

'The course was exactly what I needed to advance in my career.'

Looking for more advanced instruction? Or working towards your CFRE certification? Consider taking the CFRE Review Course. This intensive, two-day program provides intermediate-level fundraisers with an overview of fundraising skills and techniques. Coming online this summer, the CFRE Review Course, formerly the Survey Course, is taught locally by AFP chapters. For more information visit

AFP Audioconferences

'I think the Audioconferences are the greatest thing AFP has ever done. Now I can simply register, shut my door and without leaving the office, benefit from the experience of others!'

Audioconferences are an easy and low-cost way to hear the latest thoughts on ethical and effective fundraising. Check with your local AFP chapter - many chapters host Audioconferences for AFP members. Find out about the diverse range of topics covered by AFP Audioconferences by visiting

Past Audioconference tapes are available for purchase at

International Conference on Fundraising

'This was a wonderful event! I enjoyed all the educational sessions I attended and found them incredibly helpful as I begin working on membership development and fundraising for my organization. I feel like I have a much stronger foundation now and came away with many ideas of ways to improve our development program.'

Join your colleagues next April 3-6 in Baltimore at the 42nd International Conference on Fundraising! The annual AFP conference combines the best in education and networking at one premier event. Featuring more than 150 education sessions, the conference is the perfect venue for enhancing your knowledge of fundraising trends, tactics and techniques. Also the Exposition on Fundraising and Philanthropy, a 250 plus booth exposition, features experts in donor recognition, technology, special events, direct response, major giving and more! Learn from the organizations that supply products and services to nonprofits. For current information visit often for updates. Also check with your AFP chapter to find out about chapter conferences and Fundraising Days in your area.

First Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising

Connect with resource development professionals from all over North and South America as we meet to enhance our fundraising skills and knowledge, exchange experiences and strengthen our associations for future partnerships at the First Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising, February 3-5, 2005, in Mexico City, Mexico.

A 2-½ day training and networking event, the First Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising will afford Latin Americans insight into the successes and challenges of colleagues who face similar political, cultural and social issues. The congress will feature interactive gatherings and educational opportunities for both experienced professionals and those just beginning their careers. Visit often as plans develop for this unique learning experience.

More Information

For a complete listing of AFP events and classes, visit the Calendar of Events online at The calendar includes listings from AFP chapters as well as AFP International offerings.

Don't forget the AFP Fundraising Resource Center when you are researching educational needs and opportunities. Free to AFP members, the Resource Center can assist you! To contact the Resource Center email resctr@afpnet. For more information on professional development and education opportunities, contact the AFP professional development staff at 800-666-3863 or in Mexico, 866-837-1948.

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