The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 235 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
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.
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.
In order to serve our young professionals, men and women 30 and under working in development, AFP created the Next Generation Committee. read more
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 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
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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.