Mission & Vision

Mission Statement
AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy.


Vision Statement
Fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world.

Quality Statement
AFP is committed to excellence in providing the highest quality services and products for our members and other constituents. We are responsive to their needs and strive to exceed expectations.

AFP exists to:
Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to preserving and enhancing philanthropy.

  • Establish a code of ethics and professional practices.
  • Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals.
  • Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership.
  • Collect, research, publish, and disseminate historical, managerial and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy.
  • Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals.


Our History

In 2010 the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The historical retrospective can be viewed by clicking here.