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Member Benefit: A Path to Leadership and Professional Growth

October 14, 2008

(Oct. 14, 2008) Membership in AFP shows your donors and colleagues that you are serious about being a good fundraiser and an asset to your organization. Did you know AFP also can be a springboard to leadership in the field?

AFP members have access to a rich network of people with varied experience and perspectives. Early on in your career you can seek out a mentor, build a strong foundation of knowledge about ethical and effective fundraising, and plug into the nonprofit world with publications targeted to fundraisers—not to mention attend world-class seminars and AFP’s flagship event, the International Conference on Fundraising.

As you develop and advance in the profession, AFP’s value will grow right along with you. We prepare you for certification and advanced certification, offer midlevel and advanced educational sessions, seminars and audioconferences, and deepen your knowledge of specialty areas within the profession—from direct mail to major gifts and planned giving.

A great opportunity that you may not have considered when you first joined the association is the chance to grow as a leader in your chapter and in the association as a whole. As a chapter leader you can attend the annual AFP Leadership Academy and get skills for leading not just your AFP chapter but to be a leader in your workplace, adding new ideas and approaches to your already strong skill set.

You are also encouraged to look into the committees that advise the international association leadership and staff, offering direction and perspective on how best to serve members and serve the profession.

AFP is a platform for your own professional growth, giving you the opportunity to write and publish, conduct research, teach sessions and train colleagues. You have the chance to be a mentor and give back, all the while showing the fundraising community that you have something to offer.

Let our association of 30,000 fundraisers be an asset to you personally as you learn and grow and eventually give back as a leader in the profession. Challenge yourself to be a better fundraiser, one who adheres to the high ideals of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards—ideals that still ring true and guide our practice more than 48 years after AFP’s founding.

At AFP you will learn how to inspire generous giving from donors, be inspired by fellow fundraisers, and find new challenges, abilities and opportunities at every stage of your career. Let AFP grow with you, and help build a strong, respected profession to advance every worthy cause.


AFP rolled out its updated CFRE review course on Jan. 31, 2009, which aids fundraisers in earning the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International. More on the CFRE credential can be found here.

AFP offers the most rigorous professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Professional (ACFRE) credential. Information on the ACFRE can be found here.

Getting Published

AFP members are encouraged to submit articles and book proposals for publication. Through the AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series, first-time or experienced authors have the opportunity to submit a proposal to add to the body of knowledge about fundraising. Have a book idea? Contact the AFP Professional Advancement Coordinator by email at

You can also send story ideas or article submissions for publication in AFP’s weekly fundraising newsletter, AFP eWire. Please contact

If you are interested in writing an article for Advancing Philanthropy magazine, AFP’s award-winning bimonthly magazine, contact Jackie Boice, editor in chief, by email at While AFP cannot guarantee all submissions will be published, all ideas and submissions will be carefully considered.

Finally, AFP offers grants for formal academic research. The AFP Research Council offers grants up to $10,000 each year to individuals who wish to undertake research projects that enrich the profession’s knowledge of fundraising and improve the practice of fundraising. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis twice a year, with deadlines of Feb. 1 and Sept. 1. Click here for more information.

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