AFP NYC offers a variety of valuable member benefits to help you further your fundraising career.
AFP provides a number of resources to the professional fundraising community — and you don’t have to be a member to take advantage! Listed below are some of the ways we can help you take your fundraising career further.
Remember, we provide many valuable resources, networking opportunities, special events, and more to our members — join AFP today to receive these essential benefits!
Access the Practice Analysis Study [+]
The Practice Analysis Study is a comprehensive list of the competencies required of fundraisers, arranged both by level and area of practice. It will help fundraising practitioners, teachers, and researchers to pinpoint the specific knowledge and skill required for designated fundraising roles.
Get Your Book Published through AFP [+]
Submit a proposal for your book to be published as part of the AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series.
First-time authors take note: You need not have previously published a book to have your idea considered.
Obtain a Research Grant through AFP [+]
Apply for one of several mini-grants (up to $5,000) awarded by the AFP Research Council for individual projects relating to AFP’s research agenda. Preference is given to AFP members.
Take a Professional Certification Program — CFRE and ACFRE [+]
AFP offers a number of educational opportunities especially for the experienced fundraising practitioner. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers.
What Is the CFRE?
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates an individual’s mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills required of fundraising executives after five years of experience. This practice-based designation requires demonstration of having met these standards through both an application and a written examination.
The CFRE credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment.
Who Administers/Recognizes the CFRE?
The CFRE Program is governed by the CFRE Professional Certification Board. The program and the board are administered in cooperation with these leading philanthropic associations:
- Association of Christian Development Professionals (ACDP)
- Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
- Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC)
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
- Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)
Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP)
- Association Canadienne des Professionnels en dons Planifies (ACPDP)
- Council for Resource Development (CRD)
- Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)
- Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)
- International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)
- National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
- North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)
- Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI)
- United Way of America
For more information, please visit the CFRE website.
What is the ACFRE?
The Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive Program (ACFRE) is administered by the ACFRE Professional Certification Board.
Certification as ACFRE requires successful completion of four stages of the process that must be completed sequentially: a written application, a written examination, a portfolio review, and an oral peer review.
What Opportunities Meet the ACFRE Requirements?
Candidates for ACFRE Professional Certification should be aware that not all “advanced” or “senior executive” continuing education opportunities are acceptable for the ACFRE application process.
To be eligible, such activities must address one or more specific topics in Advanced Organizational Management or Advanced Organizational Leadership, as described in the ACFRE Application and Guidelines.
What Criteria Do I Need to Satisfy?
Those interested in pursuing an ACFRE certification must meet the following criteria:
- Have 7–10 years or more of experience in professional fundraising.
- Currently have or hope to attain a leadership or managerial role in philanthropy.
- Want to expand their knowledge and understanding of fundraising history, philosophy, and theory beyond a basic level, and/or
- Have identified the ACFRE designation as a career objective.