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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
Sep. 12, 2014 -
Join your colleagues in Pittsburgh, PA for engaging educational sessions, exciting plenary speakers, and networking and idea swapping October 3 - October 5, 2013 at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy at the Omni William Penn Hotel! The 2013 Leadership Academy is open to all AFP volunteer leaders at the chapter and international level. Each chapter is required to send one representative, typically the president or president-elect. We also encourage upcoming chapter leaders to attend. ... more >
Sep. 8, 2014 -
(Sept. 8, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on donor retention strategies, where to find nonprofit salary information, five lessons nonprofits can learn from startups, crowdfunding strategies, new fundraising writing (yes, wait for it) strategies, and more! ... more >
Sep. 8, 2014 -
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center. ... more >
Sep. 8, 2014 -
Plan now for the AFP Webinar/Audioconference Series presented by experts in the field. We are excited about a great lineup of webinars and audioconferences for next year and we have a great new offer! ... more >
Sep. 8, 2014 -
(Sept. 8, 2014) Today, as many 20 percent of Americans and 17 percent of Canadians are living with disabilities. Jennies Watson, who has sustained two traumatic brain injuries, knows first-hand how crucial it is to correctly and respectfully communicate. She outlines nine tips for working with colleagues and donors with disabilities—make this list your mantra! ... more >