AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course: Chicago, IL

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course provides new fundraisers-those with up to four years of professional experience-with an intensive introduction into the building blocks of effective practice. To design this 16-hour course, experienced fundraising professionals evolved AFP's introductory programs to address the real-world needs and challenges non-profit organizations face every day.

The intensive program provides an overview of skills, techniques, and program components, and includes substantive case studies and projects for both groups and individuals.

The course is organized into seven modules:

  1. Overview of Fundraising
  2. Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
  3. Marketing for Ongoing Success
  4. Building & Sustaining Relationships
  5. Securing the Gift
  6. Volunteers - Partners in Fundraising
  7. Management & Accountability


Fundamentals is a great primer for those new to the field of fundraising, but it also has the potential to be a beneficial study tool with lasting impact on your career. Here's what attendees had to say about their Fundamentals experience:

"Attending AFP’s Fundamentals of Fundraising Course was very helpful and instructive in taking the first step in preparing for the CFRE. It was such a great learning experience!” 
- Cynthia Manzo, Archdiocese of Chicago

"The Fundamentals of Fundraising class exceeded my expectations. This class taught me the basics behind all aspects of fundraising. The presenters were excellent and knowledgeable. If one wants to take the CFRE exam, this class is a must. They provide all the necessary tools to study to prepare you for taking the exam. I highly recommend signing up for this class."
- Deacon Greg Vogt, Archdiocese of Chicago

COURSE OBJECTIVES (An in-depth look at what was learned during each module.)

In addition, the course featured case studies and small-group projects--making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. Those who completed the course are eligible to receive CFRE credit.


Day 1 
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:00 - 9:30 – Module 1:  Overview of Fundraising
9:30 - 10:00  – Module  II:  Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program  Program
10:00 - 10:15 – Break
10:15 - 11:45 – Module II:  Continued
11:45 - 12:00  – Lunch Break
12:45 - 3:00 – Module III:  Marketing for Ongoing Success
3:00 - 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 5:30 – Module IV:  Building & Sustaining Relationships

Day 2 
8:00 – 10:00 – Module V:  Securing the Gift
10:00 - 10:15 – Break
10:15 – 11:45 – Module VI:  Volunteers – Partners in Fundraising
11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch Break
12:45 – 2:45 – Module VII:  Management & Accountability
2:45 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 4:45 – Module VII: Continued
4:45 – 5:30 – Course Completion 

2020 Faculty

To be announced shortly.

Questions? Concerns?

Please contact the AFP Chicago office with any questions.

Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing at least seven (7) business days before the program or you will be charged.  A refund (minus a $50 processing fee) will be given for cancellations received by close of business on July 8, 2020. Submit all requests to AFP Chicago Registration via email at  AFP regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted! Substitutions of registrations are permitted prior to the program and onsite. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.


AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course 

A great primer for those new to the field!

When:  Wednesday, July 15 - Thursday July 16, 2020
Where: Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL 60605  |  Map

MEMBERS: $425 
Non-MEMBERS - $490


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