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About AFP

Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.

AFP in History

History of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

While philanthropy and fundraising have grown significantly during the past 20 years, there was no organization of fundraisers until 1960. The American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC) had represented fundraising firms for 25 years, and many local fundraising organizations existed; however, no organization yet represented the interests of charitable fundraisers.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)

2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals! For five decades, AFP has been working to advance ethical and effective fundraising and support charities around the world that provide critical services to their communities. During that time, philanthropy has made so many extraordinary contributions to the world and played a key role in improving the lives of people in every conceivable way.



AFP Communities

The Next Generations in Fundraising

One of AFP’s strategic goals is to engage young professionals and youth exploring philanthropy and building their fundraising careers in order to assure that effective and ethical fundraising is practiced well into the future.

Collegiate Chapters
Today’s college and university students are tomorrow’s professional fundraisers. They will change the world, one gift at a time. read more 

Youth in Philanthropy
From where will the next generation of philanthropists come? The obvious answer is from the youth of the world. read more  

Diversity

Diversity is the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions and cultures. Inclusiveness is essential for the effective pursuit of an organization's mission. read more 

The AFP GLBT Page
The AFP Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Page provides information and resources of interest to GLBT fundraisers and about GLBT donors. visit the GLBT page 

The AFP African American Community Page
The AFP African American Community Page provides information and resources of interest to African-American fundraisers and those who work with organizations with an African-American audience. visit the African American Community page 



National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.








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