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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 January 2017)

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


• 2018 AFP Webinars & Events
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:

New AFP eCourses in Partnership with MindEdge
AFP has partnered with MindEdge, a leading online education provider, to bring you courses in fundraising, nonprofit management, marketing, business ethics and human resources at extremely affordable prices. Some courses offer CFRE credit.

New AFP’s Diploma in Fundraising
You're a fundraiser and you know the fundamentals - but you need to take that next step. Don't just settle for fundraising as your job, make it your CAREER. If you are hungry for that management role or that professional credential, stop putting your continuing education off – register now for AFP's Diploma in Fundraising.

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 International Fundraising Conference
(April 15 - 17, 2018 )
Big things are coming to the Big Easy in 2018 and not just the city’s 300th anniversary! We’re talking the world’s biggest and baddest conference. Meet us in New Orleans, the home of jazz and Mardi Gras for three days of learning, connecting, and culture; with a side of gumbo, of course.

Latest Professional Development News

Three Things You Need to Know About Hosting a Charity Auction
(Mar. 20, 2018) An auction can be one of the best ways to raise money for your cause—provided you know what you're doing, of course. Here's a bit of advice to help you get started.

April is National Financial Literacy Month—Ways to Educate Donors About Financial and Charitable Planning
April 2018 is the 14th anniversary of National Financial Literacy Month and an important opportunity for all charities to help educate donors about financial challenges and how planning—and including philanthropy in your planning—can help overcome those challenges.

Boca Raton Teenager Ava Goldstone Honored with International Youth Award
(Mar. 20, 2018) Ava Goldstone, an 18-year old young woman who has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and volunteered countless hours to support children with disabilities, has been named the 2018 CARTER Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

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