Graphic: Arrow Join Now! Graphic: Arrow MY AFP Profile Graphic: Arrow AFP Canada Graphic: Arrow AFP Mexico Graphic: Star MAKE A GIFT


The AFP Information Exchange

Resource Center - Foundation

If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

AFP Information Exchange papers are a member benefit.
(Note: If not already logged on, you will be required to enter your username and password.)

Not a member? You are missing out on invaluable knowledge and experience.  Here are just some of the papers in the AFP Information Exchange!
> Encouraging Philanthropy During a Recession
> Mergers and Acquisitions
> The Annual Board Appeal
Click here to see an example of an AFP Information Exchange paper on Online Fundraising.
Join now and gain access to all available papers!


What is the AFP Information Exchange?

The AFP Information Exchange is designed to leverage the knowledge and experience of countless members who are willing to share with colleagues. Writing an information paper is a great way to provide your unique skills and perspective in a short document (between 750 and 2000 words) that won’t take too much time away from your professional and personal responsibilities.

Papers should typically be short, practical, "how-to" pieces that can assist fundraisers in performing their daily jobs. However, any type of document, including toolkits, polices and samples, is welcomed as long as it is of high quality and falls within the guidelines for length, format and topic.

In exchange for submitting a paper to the AFP Information Exchange at no charge, AFP will provide brief visibility for the author or organization at the beginning of the paper and at the end, including a website link and short boilerplate information.

"There is a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience residing within our members, and in these challenging times, it behooves both the association and the profession to access that for the benefit of all charities and our communities," said Adrew Watt, president and CEO of AFP. "It’s also a great way to get involved in writing and giving back to your profession, and it doesn’t require a lot of time."

Watt stressed that AFP is looking to hear unique member voices and perspectives—what’s working and what’s not, in a member’s own words. "There’s any number of great training manuals and books about fundraising in the AFP Bookstore," he continued. "We’re looking for papers that chronicle how organizations have overcome challenges and obstacles and reached higher levels of success. They can address very specific situations or tackle broader responsibilities."

How to Submit/Guidelines

A submission form, which can be found in the Attachments section below, must accompany each paper.  The form and the draft information paper or article should be emailed to the contact below.

Papers and articles should be between 750 and 2,000 words. In addition, the following basic guidelines should apply:

  • All papers and articles must be in MS Word.
  • Please format all articles according to the following guidelines:
  • Include your name, title, company name, address, email and telephone number at the top of the cover page.
  • Please do not use page numbers, headers or any "design" elements, etc.
  • Articles and papers should be single-spaced.

For a list of suggested topics (though other topics can be covered as well), click here.

For more information about style and content of the papers, click here.

Papers will be reviewed by AFP staff and will also undergo a peer review.  While AFP is looking forward to receiving all quality work, there is no absolute guarantee that any paper, toolkit, sample or policy will be approved.  Applicants will be notified within 4-6 weeks if their paper will be included in the AFP Information Exchange. 


Michael Nilsen
Vice President, Public Affairs
Association of Fundraising Professionals
4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203
Direct: 425-241-4675
United States and Canada: 800-666-3863
Mexico: 001-866-837-1948
Fax: 703-684-0540


4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203 • 703-684-0410 | 800-666-3863 | Fax: 703-684-0540
©2009 AFP. This site content may not be copied, reproduced or redistributed without prior written
permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals or its affiliates.
Privacy Policy | Feedback | Contact Us | Advertise with Us