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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
Feb. 21, 2017 -
(Feb. 22, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Feb. 14, 2017 -
(Feb. 14, 2017) When it comes to successful grant writing, "the devil is in the detail," says Melissa Manzone. Read on for three practical ways to write better proposals and increase the odds of winning your next grant. ... more >
Feb. 14, 2017 -
(Feb. 14, 2017) Gary MacDonald wants to help you turn your legacy giving program "upside down." Don't be trapped in a program that is boring or focused on the "products." Instead, make it about the donor and their passions and dreams. ... more >
Feb. 14, 2017 -
(Feb. 14, 2017) A recent graduate of AFP's Inclusion and Philanthropy program challenges the nonprofit sector to reconnect with the origins of philanthropy and transform ourselves into a community that is truly inclusive and reflective of all who work, volunteer and donate to make our world a better place to live. ... more >
Feb. 14, 2017 -
(Feb. 14, 2017) Good donor stewardship is king in successful fundraising. When you treat your donors with respect and help them to feel appreciated, not only will they stay on board, they will feel encouraged, and maybe even compelled, to give more. In part 1 of this article, Mena Gainpaulsingh shares the first five ways to build a strong donor stewardship program for your organization. ... more >