Why Join AFP?

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations. Founded in 1960, AFP (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through its nearly 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world.

For nearly 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Learn more about AFP, its activities and people, and how you can be involved.

AFP Membership - An Investment in Yourself

In these challenging times, remember that you and your organization are not at the mercy of the economy. The decisions you make have more influence on your organization’s fundraising success than anything the economy might do. Now, more than ever, you must invest in yourself! 

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Top Ten Reasons for you to join the Association of Fundraising Professionals

1. Proclaim your professionalism.
Adding your name to the ranks of over 30,000 fundraising professionals declares your pride in the profession you have chosen.

2. Advertise your integrity.
AFP has a reputation for upholding high standards. Since every AFP member signs his/her adherence to the Code of Ethical Principles and the Standards of Professional Practice every year, you align yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.

3. Advance your career.
AFP members enjoy educational opportunities designed to increase knowledge and keep up with the newest trends in fundraising, both on the international and local levels.

4. Further your cause.
The more that you learn about the latest methods in fundraising, the better equipped you are to further the cause of the organization you represent.

5. Network with others who do what you do.
Making connections is an important part of fundraising for the cause you represent. Meet others who can help you make those connections at events such as the  AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

6. Advocate for your profession.
Serious-minded professionals know that serving the profession means responding to calls for action from those who represent the profession. AFP has an active program that monitors trends in education, regulation, and practice standards and periodically advises members on required action.

7. Serve your profession.
Opportunities abound for individuals to serve on international and local committees that work on a variety of issues from building the core body of fundraising knowledge to building the public trust in the philanthropic process.

8. Don't reinvent the wheel…use available resources.
AFP's Resource Center can provide you with the resources you need to do your job well. AFP staff can assist you in many areas ranging from how-to materials to samples of materials developed by other fundraising professionals that will fit your needs.

9. Play a part in elevating the status of the fundraising profession.
Your membership in AFP and your dedication to the ethical principles that guide the fundraising process elevates the entire profession.

10. Do it for YOURSELF!
It's all about YOU, the fundraising professional. AFP's educational, networking, and career planning programs will take you where you want to go!