AFP Next Gen - Young Professionals

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Kelly Donnelly of the AFP Alaska Chapter demonstrates how the United Way of Anchorage is like a BLT.

AFP is committed to engaging young professionals and youth exploring philanthropy and building their fundraising careers. AFP recognizes the importance of outreach to young professionals in order to assure that effective and ethical fundraising is practiced well into the future.

Serving Young Professionals
In order to serve our young professionals, men and women 30 and under working in development, AFP created the Next Generation Committee. The goal of the Next Generation Committee is to seek ways to engage, serve and support young professionals to help you be successful, develop your careers and become active in AFP.

The Next Generation Committee works to provide Young Professionals with:

  1. Web resources tailored to your career stage
  2. Mentoring opportunities, tools and resources
  3. Value and relevance for your Young Professional membership
  4. Activities that fit your career stage at AFP's International Conference, and companion resources for your chapter

Come back often to check out new resources that have been added.  And if you have questions, would like information, are interested in joining the committee or just have feedback, please email and someone from the committee will be happy to talk with you.

What's New


Young woman helping build a school
Antonia DeMichiel, member of the AFP Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, working to build a school in rural Nicaragua.

New! AFP Online Mentoring Program
Do you want an experienced AFP member to be your mentor? The new AFP Online Mentoring Program will give you access to hundreds of members who are experienced in various industry groups or in specific fundraising techniques or jobs. Find a person who can help you with your questions, today!

Find Your Peers
Want to join in a conversation with other young professional fundraisers across the country? Sign up for the AFP Young Professionals LinkedIn Group!

Tips for Young Professionals
As a young professional in the field of fundraising, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals who are in your community and willing to help you find the resources for success. We hope these tips will provide you with a good place to start in your new career or to become more engaged with your profession and your association.

Tips for AFP Chapters to Engage Young Professionals
As the fundraising profession continues to evolve, it is important to help prepare future generations of professionals in our field. Based on feedback from the membership, a list of opportunities and resources has been compiled to help you develop or build upon an already existing program within your chapter.



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Mide Akerewusi of the AFP Toronto Chapter at the African-Caribbean Philanthropy Conference.

Career Development
Want to know more about how to plan your career development? What kind of training you will need as you move forward? Then check out:

  • AFP's Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers - see Attachments

Everything You Need to Know About Certification
Start now to build your portfolio to become a Certified Fundraising Executive, the internationally-recognized baseline professional credential for nonprofit fundraisers.  Visit for more information.

Skills and Information to Help You From the Beginning:

Skills to Help You Understand and Communicate with Your Boss:


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AFP Toronto member Samantha Banks at the AFP Canada Next Generation Philanthropy Conference.

Look here for links to other sites of particular interest to Young Professionals.

  • - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: News source for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and others involved in philanthropic enterprises.
  • - Young Non Profit Network: an organization that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals in the nonprofit sector.


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​Leen Al Zaibak at the Muslim Philanthropy Forum held by AFP Canada.
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Rama Imadi speaks at the AFP Canada Next Generation Philanthropy Conference.
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