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AFP Information Exchange Papers - Content and Style Guidelines

Resource Center - Foundation

Individuals and organizations interested in submitting AFP Information Exchange papers should follow these guidelines.


  • All papers, articles, toolkits will be copyrighted by AFP and may also be protected by the authors’ copyright.
  • Those who submit papers and other materials for AFP to provide in its Resource Center for its member shall, to the best of their knowledge, not violate any proprietary or personal rights of others (including any copyright, trademark or privacy issues), provide information that is factually accurate, and contains nothing defamatory or otherwise harmful.
  • Those who submit papers and other materials to AFP to provide in its Resource Center for its members understand that they will not receive any royalties, honoraria, reimbursement of any kind or any compensation from AFP. These papers are submitted freely in exchange for limited visibility with AFP members.
  • These papers are made available to AFP members for informational purposes only. They are not substitutes for advice from legal or other professionals. NOTE: This statement also needs to appear on the cover sheet or at the end of each document and we need to add it to the website once we begin to build up that area.
  • Papers will be placed on AFP logo letterhead and the following disclaimer will be inserted at the end.

“Reference herein to any specific persons, products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply an endorsement, preference or recommendation by AFP. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of AFP, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.”


  • The document should be written clearly and concisely, using correct grammar, structure and punctuation, and be in the active voice. Eliminate complex, tedious copy. Explain new concepts in simple terms. If creating original copy, use drama, surprise and positive language!
  • Articles and papers should be un-biased, even-handed and non-promotional in nature. They must be objective and offer advice that is broadly applicable. Marketing or advertising a particular product or service is not permitted and will disqualify a paper from being included in the Resource Center. If a product is mentioned to illustrate a point, alternative products should also be discussed.
  • Members of AFP live and work in Canada, Mexico and the Far East. Please, to the best of your ability, ensure that your paper may have value to any fundraiser anywhere in the world.  In addition, avoid slang, colloquial expressions or terms that an international audience would not understand.
  • Papers and other materials must be free from the expression of religious, political, philosophical or other beliefs.
  • If creating original copy, dig deep to offer in-depth, researched sources that offer something new.  And please cite those resources.
  • Articles and papers should have a “how-to” component. This will cover the main success steps that the people and organizations profiled in the article or paper took to accomplish goals, overcome obstacles, reach a higher level of success, etc.
  • AFP members are typically generalists who may be just starting in the profession or who may have years of experience at the director level or above. As such, your paper or article can be at the most basic level for beginners up to the most advanced for more senior level practitioners.
  • If you are able to provide your materials in other languages in addition to English (French and Spanish preferred), please let us know. We would be most appreciative of articles and information in additional languages.

Please include a short (2 sentence) abstract of the information that AFP can use to promote your paper. 


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