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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
Mar. 25, 2015 -
(March 23, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including what nonprofits can learn from Uber and AirBnb; the psychology of distractions; why you should crowdfund for your nonprofit; 10 insanely useful (and free!) Twitter tools for nonprofits; five ways to sabotage your call-to-action; and more! ... more >
Mar. 25, 2015 -
(March 25, 2015) Have you ever wondered what your donors are thinking? Life would be so much simpler if you could read their minds. Now, we're actually a step closer to knowing. To understand what your donors are thinking, you first need to understand how they think. That’s where veteran consultant and author Bernard Ross, director of The Management Centre, and fundraising consultant Alan R. Hutson, Jr., principal and Managing Partner of The Monument Group, can help. ... more >
Mar. 25, 2015 -
(March 25, 2015) So, what are considered best practices in CSR? Does a CSR program bolster a company’s reputation? How does the company know one way or the other? How do companies keep on top of tracking, measuring and reporting impact? What is the future of CSR? What will the implications be for both corporations and the nonprofit sector? These, and other questions, will be addressed in the session “Understanding CSR from the Corporate Perspective” at the AFP International Fundraising Conference (Baltimore, March 29-31, 2015). ... more >
Mar. 18, 2015 -
(March 16, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to use “newsjacking” to benefit your organization and its brand; the Millennial Donor Playbook; tried and true transition phrases to use in your appeals; the most important metric major gift fundraisers should use; and more! ... more >