Who We Are

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents nearly 31,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. Founded in 1960 as the National Society of Fund Raisers, AFP fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

The New York City Chapter, the founding chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a vital and unparalleled source of information and resources for the New York area — from workshops and informal networking opportunities to Fundraising Day in New York, the largest one-day conference in the world on philanthropic topics. We’re dedicated to supporting the uniquely American tradition of giving — and helping to make New York a better place.

AFP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing innumerable benefits and fundraising resources to its members.  Join today!

Mission Statement

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

Vision Statement

Fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world.

Quality Statement

AFP is committed to excellence in providing the highest quality services and products for our members and other constituents. We are responsive to their needs and strive to exceed expectations.

Why You Should Join AFP 

  1. Proclaim your professionalism.
    Adding your name to the ranks of over 27,000 fundraising professionals declares your pride in the profession you have chosen.
  2. Advertise your integrity.
    AFP has a reputation for upholding high standards. Since every AFP member signs his/her adherence to the Code of Ethical Principles and the Standards of Professional Practice every year, you align yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.
  3. Advance your career.
    AFP members enjoy educational opportunities designed to increase knowledge and keep up with the newest trends in fundraising, both on the international and local levels.
  4. Further your cause.
    The more that you learn about the latest methods in fundraising, the better equipped you are to further the cause of the organization you represent.
  5. Network with others who do what you do.
    Making connections is an important part of fundraising for the cause you represent. Meet others who can help you make those connections.
  6. Advocate for your profession.
    Serious-minded professionals know that serving the profession means responding to calls for action from those who represent the profession. AFP has an active program that monitors trends in education, regulation, and practice standards and periodically advises members on required action.
  7. Serve your profession.
    Opportunities abound for individuals to serve on international and local committees that work on a variety of issues from building the core body of fundraising knowledge to building the public trust in the philanthropic process.
  8. Don’t reinvent the wheel … use available resources.
    AFP’s Resource Center can provide you with the resources you need to do your job well. AFP staff can assist you in many areas ranging from how-to materials to samples of materials developed by other fundraising professionals that will fit your needs.
  9. Play a part in elevating the status of the fundraising profession.
    Your membership in AFP and your dedication to the ethical principles that guide the fundraising process elevate the entire profession.
  10. Do it for YOURSELF!
    It’s all about YOU, the fundraising professional. AFP’s educational, networking, and career planning programs will take you where you want to go!

Membership in the AFP community has never been more valuable or rewarding — join AFP today and advance your career and the cause of fundraising.

Become A Member

AFP NYC offers a variety of valuable member benefits to help you further your fundraising career.