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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
Mar. 4, 2015 -
The current CFRE Review Course Schedule - Career Advancement for the Fundraising Professional ... more >
Mar. 2, 2015 -
Fundraisers may not be financial planners. But in their role as advocates for the donor, they can encourage current and prospective supporters to think about their planning to improve for their future. A thoughtful and engaged donor is one who has planned and understands what he or she can give. With this is mind, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has teamed with the Financial Awareness Foundation (AFA) to improve awareness around financial literacy and estate planning. ... more >
Feb. 25, 2015 -
(Feb. 25, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including 16 ways to get a meeting with your major donor prospect; 17 tips on working smarter, not harder; the surprising benefits of volunteering; things to know before tacking your next fundraising (writing) assignment; and more! ... more >
Feb. 25, 2015 -
(Feb. 25, 2015) Long-time fundraiser Michael Rosen, CFRE, talks about Dr. Adrian Sargeant’s upcoming session on donor loyalty at the AFP International Fundraising Conference and what fundraisers need to know. ... more >
Feb. 18, 2015 -
(Feb. 18, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including new research on social media use; five ways to really annoy older donors; how to hook your reader from the first sentence; and are sexy people really more selfish; and more! ... more >