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AFP International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF)

A Masters-Level Professional Qualification for a Fraction of the Cost!

Looking for education that will allow you to create an organizational environment for fundraising success? The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) is a rigorous masters-level qualification designed to do just that. One of the teachers, Adrian Sargeant, explains what the IADF can offer you.

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Nowhere before was there an international masters level qualification in fundraising. Through our alliance with the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the European Fundraising Association, the new AFP/IoF International Advanced Diploma Course has a common curriculum that will be taught in Europe and North America.

Students will be expected to complete the hours of study over a full academic year, including attending two three-day residential teaching blocks and completing seven assignments. Because of the innovative teaching methods being employed by the course faculty headed by Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang, you will be expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students in advance and between the teaching blocks.

Note: We ask all potential participants to complete a knowledge audit prior to commencement of the course. It will enable you to assess whether the AFP Diploma or AFP International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) would be the best route for your learning needs.

  • In the Diploma you would learn about each major form of fundraising and how to manage the fundraising function.  A comprehensive knowledge of those topics is assumed prior to beginning work on the Advanced Diploma. 
  • The Advanced Diploma does not cover fundraising, but rather how to create the institutional environment in which fundraising can flourish. The knowledge audit will help you assess whether you are ready for that challenge.

Course Requirements:

  • This year-long course - designed for senior fundraising practitioners - is taught at a Master’s Degree level.
  • It consists of an initial 10 weeks of individual study followed by a three-day face-to-face instruction block conducted during the AFP International Fundraising Conference.
  • A final 10 weeks of individual study wraps up this advanced experiential learning experience; participants will spend approximately 600 hours in individual and group study over the life of the program.

Registration Fee

AFP Members: $6,999
Nonmembers: $7,499
**Payment plan available!**

IADF Resources and Articles

My Experience with the International Advanced Diploma on Fundraising—I Chose to be a Guinea Pig, But Why!?
Simone Joyaux is already an ACFRE but that didn't stop her from taking it one step further and going for the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF). Her advice for you? Don’t wait until you are an 'advanced fundraiser'—do it NOW! She wishes she had. Here's what she's learned so far about the IADF.

Need More Information?

  • For more information on obtaining CFRE certification, contact CFRE International at 703/820-5555.


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