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Professional Development

All Your Educational, Leadership and Development Resources in One Place - Introducing the AFP Online Knowledge Center!

We know you're a busy fundraising professional who demands the best. That's why AFP has created the new AFP Online Knowledge Center to be your one-stop, trusted source for all your educational, leadership and development resources! In the OKC you will find e-learning courses and webinars, conference recordings, toolkits and reports, audience-centered events and programs, and more! Take a look today and build your career!


The AFP Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers (Updated August 2015)

AFP Professional Development Chart

AFP's professional advancement programs and courses give every professional, no matter what level of experience they have, the opportunity to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base.

To help guide your fundraising career, the associations has created the AFP Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers. This is a comprehensive map that details your career needs based on years of experience. The Plan is interactive - simply click on a product or course in the guide to learn more. Questions? Send us a message at



AFP Educational and Development Opportunities


• 2015 AFP Webinar/Audioconference Schedule
• AFP 2014 Conference - San Antonio Recordings Available!
Information about the AFP Faculty Training Academy
Changes made to the CFRE International Exam
AFP Leadership Society Member Meets with Fundraisers in Kenya 

AFP Course Offerings and Other Programs:

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course
• AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
• AFP CFRE Review Course
• AFP Curriculum Framework
• The Professional Development in Fundraising Diploma - (AFP/Tecnologico de Monterrey)
• North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
AFP Think Tanks on Fundraising Research

For more information, please contact the Professional Advancement Coordinator - Direct: 703.519.8494 or Toll Free: 800.666.3863; Email:

Featured Program

AFP/Rice Development & Finance Symposium
(June 7 - 8, 2016 )
Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to create strategic advantage by developing a strong relationship between their fundraising and finance functions. This symposium is designed to explore the dynamics of these two offices working together more effectively, resulting in better-informed business decisions for their organizations.

Latest Professional Development News

The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Major Gift Solicitation
(Nov. 25, 2015) The benefit of major gifts is obvious. But the process of identifying and securing them—that's not so obvious. We recently spoke with Vern Snyder, ACFRE, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Toledo, on how to define and calculate a major gift and his upcoming Dec. 10 webinar, "The Whats, Hows and Whys of Major Gift Solicitations."

Election Results Mean New Public Policy Opportunities for Philanthropy
(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 4, 2015 Justin Trudeau was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. What does his new government, along with his 30-member Cabinet, mean for fundraising and philanthropy?

Celebrating National Philanthropy Every Day
In a moving tribute to National Philanthropy Day, Roger Ali, CFRE, chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, shares how we all can make a difference through small acts and a giving heart.

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