AFP: The Association of Fundraising Professionals
May 16, 2011
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For more than a decade, Andrew Pack has held membership in the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The members of AFP are individuals and organizations that work to generate and collect philanthropic support for a broad array of charitable institutions. Based in Arlington, Virginia, and founded in 1960, AFP recently celebrated 50 years of service. Today, AFP offers valuable resources to more than 30,000 members in over 200 chapters around the world.
AFP works on a variety of fronts in order to encourage ethical and effective fundraising. Through government projects, the organization advocates for effective legislation and regulation to help maintain honest philanthropic involvement. In order to increase donor trust, AFP promotes and popularizes consistent high standards for professional fundraising practices. AFP has collected many of these practices in its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, which all members are required to comply with. Professional misconduct by members remains subject to review by the AFP Ethics Committee.
Dedicated to training individuals in the nuances of effective, ethical fundraising, AFP offers a variety of educational programs, including a yearly International Conference on Fundraising, which stands as the single-largest gathering of professional fundraisers in the world. Other conferences, like the Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising-Latin America, address location-specific issues. In addition, AFP offers a variety of educational courses for interested members and professionals.