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Career Development

Career development is why you are an AFP member, and the focus of all the association does. From resources to certifications, AFP strives to bring you the best and latest information to make you the best fundraising professional possible!



Featured Resource Links
  • AFP’s Special Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers
    The AFP Job Seekers toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help you carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position. It is regularly updated with new and targeted materials.

  • AFP's Toolkit for New Fundraisers
    This web page offers a broad overview of fundraising and puts the essential tools for getting started right at your fingertips. Whether you are new to the profession or just want to brush up on the basics, use this resource to get full benefit from AFP and start on the right foot in your new career!
  • A Survival Kit for Fundraising in Challenging Times
    A tumultuous economy can present unique challenges for nonprofit fundraising. Looking for ways to cope? AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide member fundraisers in tough economic times.


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Career Development News
Dec. 6, 2016 -
(Dec. 6, 2016) If you're on social media, you've heard the #donorlove buzz. As follow-up to her session at AFP Congress, Jen Love shares why she believes that #donorlove is the key to finding and giving joy in our philanthropic work. ... more >
Dec. 6, 2016 -
(Dec. 6, 2016) U.S.-based research has shown that 90% of philanthropic gifts go to what is considered "traditional philanthropy," responding to symptoms of social problems but failing to address the root causes. Jessica Farias highlights the importance of this issue for those interested in raising money, awareness and action for social justice causes. ... more >
Dec. 6, 2016 -
(Dec. 6, 2016) Here's a quick 101 from James Puddicombe on how impact investing creates a bridge between the private, public, and social sector as it seeks to find innovative ways in which private capital can be leveraged to tackle escalating social issues. ... more >
Dec. 6, 2016 -
(Dec. 6, 2016) Brittany Stares discusses why responsible investing may be the key to higher returns for your organization's investments. ... more >
Dec. 6, 2016 -
(Dec. 6, 2016) How does a talented fundraiser transition from fundraising generalist to major gifts? They do what all good fundraisers do. They start with a plan. Suzanne Duncan give you a practical approach of how to turn your planning skills inward and create a strategic plan for a major gifts career. ... more >