Nominations now open for Class of 2021 AFP Distinguished Fellows

April 8, 2020

The Distinguished Fellows Program recognizes individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to philanthropy and the fundraising profession, and who will continue to advance ethical and effective fundraising through their volunteer and advisory work. The designation represents the pinnacle of service to AFP and the profession, and to the tenets of giving, volunteerism and philanthropy.

AFP membership has grown and now exceeds 33,000 individual members and over 1,500 non-profit organizational members. In order to serve the needs of members and the global fundraising community, AFP strives to maximize the benefit of the talent, networks and experience of its senior leaders. AFP developed a recognition program to highlight the areas where engagement with senior leaders could be most effective and the functional areas that might support the chapters as speakers and/or mentors. 

The selection committee is comprised of the Immediate Past Chairs of the four AFP Boards as co-chairs from the AFP Board, AFP US Foundation for Philanthropy, Canada Foundation Board and the AFP Canada Board, and the Alternates to the AFP Nominating Committee which provides geographic representation.

AFP has taken into consideration the concerns from other chapters who are currently using a Fellows Program and have spoken to each of the chapters to ensure that their programs are not confused with the AFP Global Distinguished Fellows Program. 

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 class of Distinguished Fellows to be recognized at the 2021 ICON being held in Minneapolis, MN on April 18 - 20.

Designation bestowed would be “FAFP” or “HonFAFP”. You will find additional information on the Distinguished Fellows Program brochure which provides you with the criteria for the nomination, the eligibility, the Fellow’s recognition and ongoing engagement.

The nomination form can be found by using this link:

All Nominations Must Be Received By July 31, 2020

Should you have any questions about the program or the form, please reach out to Rebecca Powell at

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