Professional Development - DEPRECATED

Fundraising professionals serve as leaders and mentors, embracing education and credentialing as pathways to career development, using knowledge and skills to strengthen our organizations and communities, and sharing best practices to grow the fundraising body of knowledge.

AFP offers a variety of professional development programs to help fundraising professionals learn and grow at every stage of their careers. Most programs are eligible for continuing education credit toward the CFRE credential; some toward the ACFRE credential. 

Key programs include:

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AFP ICON — AFP’s flagship "International Conference"
AFP Leadership Academy — AFP's leadership development conference

Classroom Learning

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising
AFP CFRE Refresher
AFP Donor Retention: A Self-Assessment Workshop
AFP Faculty Training Academy

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Micro-learning videos
Conference & webinar recordings

Publications, Guides, & Resources

Advancing Philanthropy magazine
AFP books
AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Hot Topics
Research initiatives and reports

Learning Levels

As of 2018, AFP professional development programming will begin using the following descriptors for learning levels:

Introductory / Foundational — Focus on building awareness and factual recall of the subject matter. Appropriate for learners with limited experience of the subject area.

Applied — Focus on enhanced understanding and comprehension of subject matter. Appropriate for learners with some experience seeking to build on, apply, or otherwise enhance existing knowledge using content in practical applications to master the concepts.

Strategic — Focus on application and implementation of highly technical, detailed, or theoretical subject matter. Appropriate for learners with substantial prerequisite knowledge seeking updated information, perspectives, and debate over opposing or contradictory concepts.

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Get Involved!

Here at AFP we want to broaden our network of contributors and expand our programming.  Learn more about ways to contribute!

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AFP ICON Heads to San Antonio in 2019!

The world's largest conference for professional fundraisers heads to the Lone Star State in Spring 2019 with a new name and a fresh look. Y'all plan on joining the fun, right?

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