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Ethics, The Donor Bill of Rights Top Member Benefits

(Dec. 18, 2006) Ethical guidance, including the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and The Donor Bill of Rights, continues to rank as the top member benefit, according to the 2006 AFP Member Survey.

AFP’s Code of Ethics was ranked the No. 1 member benefit in both satisfaction and importance. The Donor Bill of Rights was ranked second in both categories.

Advancing Philanthropy, National Philanthropy Day® and the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study rounded out the top five benefits for member satisfaction. In terms of importance, public relations, the AFP website and Advancing Philanthropy were ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

The survey also queried members about local chapter benefits. The top five benefits were:

  1. Networking
  2. Chapter programs/meetings
  3. Annual chapter conferences
  4. Leadership opportunities
  5. National Philanthropy Day® programs

The survey was conducted through the volunteer Member Survey Task Force chaired by Joyce Mitchell, CFRE. Five AFP members who completed the survey were chosen at random to receive a complimentary membership. Those members are: Lisa M. Bly; David Condliffe, CFRE; Karen Medicus, CFRE; Ann Rosenfield, CFRE; and John Westfall.

The survey was sent to all members in the United States and Canada. AFP received nearly 1,400 responses. The survey had a 95 percent confidence level.

Latin America Survey

A similar survey was sent to all AFP members in Latin America to determine if the same member benefits and services were of value to our members in this area. A response rate of 31 percent was achieved.

AFP members in Latin America ranked the following benefits as the most important:

  1. Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising–Latin America
  2. AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
  3. Essentials of Fundraising
  4. CFRE Review Course
  5. The Donor Bill of Rights

The Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising–Latin America is now in its third year and is a 2½-day conference offered simultaneously in Spanish and English in Mexico City. The 2007 Hemispheric Congress will take place May 23–25, 2007.

Consuelo Castro received one complimentary membership for completing the survey.

Asia Survey

AFP administered a third version of the survey in Asia and received a 14 percent response rate. This survey was distributed in both English and Chinese.

The top five identified benefits in satisfaction for members in Asia are:

  1. The Donor Bill of Rights
  2. Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
  3. Online Card Catalog for the AFP Resource Center
  4. Committee or board volunteer opportunities
  5. AFP website

Doria Ma was the winner of the complimentary membership given as an incentive for completing the survey.

A Stronger Voice, A Stronger Profession

Members are encouraged to take advantage of all the benefits and programs that AFP and its chapters offer. Belonging to AFP strengthens the fundraising profession, as evidenced by our growing membership that shows the giving public, as well as government officials and the media, how seriously the profession takes the issue of ethics and donor relations. With each member, AFP has a stronger voice in government relations and public affairs, ensuring that regulators and others will consider the views of the fundraising profession.

Also, getting involved and taking advantage of member benefits makes for a more dynamic organization. AFP is committed to increasing member participation in the organization through its newly approved governance proposals, and member benefits are another way fundraisers can involve themselves in the fundraising community.

For more information on member benefits, members can contact AFP international headquarters at (800) 666-3863 or go to the AFP website.

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