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Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior. The Prize for Research is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Partners, LLC to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy. Learn more.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Research Grants Available!
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada in its mandate to support research on philanthropy, fundraising and the fundraising profession in Canada invites submissions for research grants. Grants totaling up to $10,000 will be awarded to project(s) based on meeting selection criteria. Submissions are due by September 30th. Information on grant selection criteria, research project guidelines and submission contact may be found below:
AFP Compensation & Benefits Report
AFP's Compensation & Benefits Report provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.
Joint Global Fundraising Compensation Report
(July 30, 2014) The AFP Compensation and Benefits Report and Daryl Upsall Consulting International Fundraising Compensation and Benefits Survey both have great information. So what did we do? We combined them, looking at overall trends and identifying patterns from the more than 3,000 respondents, based on their fundraising salaries, benefits, backgrounds and career paths. Find the interesting stats and breakdowns here.
AFP Holiday Survey
AFP Strategic Plans
AFP State of the Sector
What trends have affected fundraising and philanthropy, and what should charities be focused on in the future? AFP’s State of the Sector identifies key issues, provides insight from practitioners and nonprofit leaders and identifies important challenges for the upcoming year.
The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) is composed of seven organizations that each have, at a minimum, a decade of direct experience collecting information from nonprofits concerning charitable receipts, fundraising practices and/or grantmaking activities.
- Capital Campaigns Reported at 46% of Charities: Up from 12% in 2011 (Released December 2015)
- Nearly 75% of Charities Met Fundraising Goals in 2014 (Released April 2015)
- Growth in Charitable Giving Slowing So Far in 2014 But Majority of Charities Still Raising More Halfway Through the Yeartudy Links Charity Fundraising Results to Annual Fund (Released October 2014)
- Study Links Charity Fundraising Results to Annual Fund (Released July 2014)
- Six In 10 Charities Raise More Funds in 2013 Than in 2012; Rising Giving Seen Across Many Different Sources (Released March 2014)
- Funds Raised Increased at 58 Percent of US and Canadian Charities in 2012 (April 2013)
- Fundraising Results Overall Stall Mid-Year (Nov. 2012)
- Nonprofit Organizations with Active Fundraising Boards More Likely to Meet Goal (January-February 2012 Survey)
- Winter 2012 Survey (Apr. 2012)
- Late Fall 2011 Survey (Dec. 2011)
- Summer-Early Fall 2011 Survey (Sept. 2011)
- Year-End Survey (Winter 2010)
- Fall 2010 Survey (Oct. 2010)
Additional AFP Research and Statistics
New! What Canadian Donors Want: Information, Impact and to Help Those in Need
(Feb. 3, 2014) The 2013 What Canadian Donors Want Survey of more than 1,000 donors across Canada, found that more Canadians than ever are knowledgeable about charities and researching before they give, but many are not sure about the impact their gifts are having. For a full breakdown of the survey, including six fact sheets on the various aspects of the survey in both English and French, click here.
Between Intention and Final Distribution: An Examination of the Barriers to Charitable Estate Transfers (Russell N. James III, J.D., Ph.D.)
Final Report Submitted to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Research Council.
Fundraising Effectiveness Project
The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) seeks to help nonprofits increase giving at a faster pace.
The Legacy Leaders Reports
AFP has funded two important research projects through its Legacy Leaders Planned Giving Research Grants program.
AFP Think Tanks
Fundraising research has not kept pace with the explosive growth of charitable organizations and fundraising personnel. To bridge this gap, AFP has instituted a series of Think Tanks on Fundraising Research.
Latest AFP research
AFP has assumed a leadership role in the advancement of research on fundraising and philanthropy through a number of initiatives. Learn more about AFP's research efforts.
AFP is pleased to provide a discussion guide and four PowerPoint presentations on "Leadership, Governance and Giving" for use in developing chapter programs on these topics. The materials result from the AFP Research Council Think Tank held in October 2008 in Orlando, Florida. AFP is grateful to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for providing funding for the think tank.
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