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AFP’s Diploma in Fundraising Program

You're a fundraiser and you know the fundamentals now—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 off your continuing education–REGISTER NOW for AFP's Diploma in Fundraising program.

With AFP's Diploma in Fundraising:

  • You will learn theories, skills and best practices that build on your existing knowledge, to make your fundraising more effective, advance your career, and take on leadership roles. If you don't already have your CFRE credential, this course will help you prepare.
  • You will create an actual comprehensive fundraising plan to implement at your own organization.
  • You will enjoy networking opportunities with fellow students and esteemed course faculty including Professors Adrian Sargeant and Stephen Pidgeon.
  • You will earn CFRE education points (24 total points).

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Inaugural Course Is Launching!  — The new Diploma in Fundraising program is ready to launch, and you can be part of it!  The course runs August 2016 until early May 2017. The mandatory 3-day face-to-face session will be held August 22-24, 2016, at AFP's headquarters office in Arlington, VA (just outside of Washington, DC). Full address is 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203. (Travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of participants.)

Course enrollment is limited to 50, so don't delay!

Register now!


Course Details

  • Intensive, 400-hour, 9-month course
  • Blended learning with both online modules and one mandatory 3-day face-to-face session. (Travel arrangements and expenses are responsibility of participants.)
  • Intended for early to mid-career professionals with at least basic understanding of fundraising principles.
  • Upon successful completion, students will receive 24 CFRE education points and a printed certificate signifying successful completion of the course.

Course Modules

  1. Introduction to Fundraising and Donor Behavior
  2. Fundraising Planning and Donor Retention
  3. Direct and Interactive Marketing for Fundraising
  4. Major Gifts and Planned Giving (Legacies)
  5. Institutional Fundraising
  6. Managing Fundraising Teams

Course Schedule for 2016-2017 -- Click DF Schedule 2016-2017

Course Instructors

Course Textbook

Sargeant, A. and Shang J. (2010) Fundraising Principles and Practice, Jossey Bass, San Francisco. Available from AFP's online store as well as Amazon and Wiley.


Consult the Frequently Asked Questions and the Diploma in Fundraising Program Handbook for additional detail, program guidelines and expectations, and more.


Course Fees

  • AFP Members - US$3,499
  • Non-Members - US$3,999
  • Payment plan is available; see details below.

Course fees do not include the course textbook or any travel expenses related to the mandatory 3-day face-to-face session. Arrangements and related expenses are the responsibility of participants.


Register now!


Payment Plan Due Date Member Non-Member
Deposit payment At time of registration US$999 US$1,199
Payment 2 September 1, 2016 US$650 US$725
Payment 3 October 1, 2016 US$650 US$725
Payment 4 November 1, 2016 US$650 US$725
Payment 5 December 1, 2016 US$650 US$725
Total paid*   US$3,599 US$4,099
*Includes US$100 in partial payment fees.


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