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AFP’s future is in the students attending colleges and universities across the globe, learning how to operate and fund charities and nonprofit organizations.  AFP has an obligation to promote and encourage the active involvement of college and university students in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and the profession of ethical fundraising.

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Collegiate Certificate in Fundraising Program

Collegiate Certificate in Fundraising Application
Certificate completion is an opportunity to communicate your comprehensive understanding of fundraising by demonstrating your commitment to ethical and effective fundraising practices through education, work and volunteer experience. [Note: this certificate is a certificate of achievement from AFP and not a certification or credential.

Certificate Requirements

  • 95 points necessary to earn a certificate
  • Meet minimum requirements in each of the below categories

EDUCATION: Ethics (5 point minimum) 20 points: 3 or 4 credit university course on ethics, 10 points: 1 or 2 credit university course on ethics, 5 points: per 50 minutes of AFP education program on ethics

EDUCATION: (20 point minimum) 20 points: 3 or 4 credit university course on fundraising or non-profit management, 10 points: 1 or 2 credit university course on fundraising or non-profit management, 5 points: per 50 minutes of AFP education program

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: (20 point minimum) 20 points: per term for a Fundraising related job or internship, 5 points: for a job shadowing session or informational interview, 5 points: for each chapter fundraising/philanthropic project event/meeting attended, 5 points: chapter specific option (please specify below if choosing this option)

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT: (20 point minimum) 20 points: AFP Chapter Officer (one year term), 15 points: AFP Chapter Committee/Task Force Chair/Co-Chair (one year term), 5 points: AFP Chapter Committee member (one year term), 5 points: for working the AFP information table at a recruitment event, 2 points: per chapter business meeting (either collegiate or professional chapter), 5 points: chapter specific option

VOLUNTEER SERVICE: (10 point minimum) 1 point: per hour of service - Volunteer/community service outside of AFP activities (includes direct service, board meetings, etc.)

  • Must be an active student at the time the certificate criterion is completed
  • Written explanation to support experiences
  • Meeting and confirmation signature from collegiate or professional chapter advisor

Please send $25 application processing fee to AFP, Attn: Collegiate Certificate Program, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 480, Arlington, VA 22203


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