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Nominations Now Open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize

September 16, 2015


Authors of published research works on fundraising and philanthropy are invited to submit a book or monograph of 50 or more pages OR a peer-reviewed article for the 2016 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Other individuals or organizations may submit nominations of appropriate publications. 

To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015.  Publications must be based on either applied or basic research.  All Research Prize entries must reflect a standard publisher selection process without regard to the source and sponsorship of the research. The Prize Jury will not consider unpublished theses or dissertations, self-published works, directories, op-ed pieces, or editorials.

Cash awards of up to $3,000 will be presented to the winner(s) of the competition.  Winners will also be introduced at the AFP Board meeting prior to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2016. 

The AFP Research Council subcommittee uses the following criteria in judging submissions: Substantive contribution to knowledge and understanding of fundraising and/or philanthropic behavior; relevant insights for donors, grant makers or fundraisers; creativity and depth of analysis; and quality of style, readability and format.

Submit six (6) copies of the book or monograph and a submission form to:

Research Prize Competition, c/o Cathlene Williams,
Association of Fundraising Professionals,
4300 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203 


Submit an electronic copy of the article and a submission form to

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Note: Copies of the submission form may be obtained from Cathlene Williams at AFP, 4300 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203; phone (703) 794-2178; or

The Prize is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Partners to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy.

To learn more and download the submission form, click here!

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