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AFP Research, Statistics and Reports

For 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Learn more about general fundraising research findings and AFP's research efforts. 

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: 

• Research Grant & Award Application/Submission Request Form 
• Research Awards and Grants Criteria and Guide



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 Annual Report

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.

Nonprofit Research Collaborative Survey

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. 

Additional AFP Research and Statistics

What Canadian Donors Want 2018: More Canadians Giving, And in Different Ways, to Charity
Seven in ten Canadians have given to charity over the past year, and almost half of donors are open to different sorts of giving approaches than just the traditional solicitation letter, according to the 2018 What Canadian Donors Want Survey, conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada in partnership with Ipsos.

What Canadian Donors Want: Information, Impact and to Help Those in Need
(Oct. 9, 2017) The 2015 survey of What Canadian Donors Want shows that in challenging economic times, Canadians donate to charities that have a clear purpose and demonstrate corresponding impact. 

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.

Chapter Programming
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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