1. Proclaim your professionalism.
Adding your name to the ranks of over 30,000 fundraising professionals declares your pride in the profession you have chosen.
2. Advertise your integrity.
AFP has a reputation for upholding high standards. Since every AFP member signs his/her adherence to the Code of Ethical Principles and the Standards of Professional Practice every year, you align yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.
3. Advance your career.
AFP members enjoy educational opportunities designed to increase knowledge and keep up with the newest trends in fundraising, both on the international and local levels.
4. Further your cause.
The more that you learn about the latest methods in fundraising, the better equipped you are to further the cause of the organization you represent.
5. Network with others who do what you do.
Making connections is an important part of fundraising for the cause you represent. Meet others who can help you make those connections at Chapter events and conferences such as Fundraising Day and Congress.
6. Advocate for your profession.
Serious-minded professionals know that serving the profession means responding to calls for action from those who represent the profession. AFP has an active program that monitors trends in education, regulation, and practice standards and periodically advises members on required action.
7. Serve your profession.
Opportunities abound for individuals to serve on international and local committees that work on a variety of issues from building the core body of fundraising knowledge to building the public trust in the philanthropic process.
8. Don’t reinvent the wheel… use available resources.
AFP’s Resource Center can provide you with the resources you need to do your job well. AFP staff can assist you in many areas ranging from how-to materials to samples of materials developed by other fundraising professionals that will fit your needs.
9. Play a part in elevating the status of the fundraising profession.
Your membership in AFP and your dedication to the ethical principles that guide the fundraising process elevates the entire profession.
10. Do it for YOURSELF!
It’s all about YOU, the fundraising professional. AFP’s educational, networking, and career planning programs will take you where you want to go!