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Professional Development Opportunities

AFP is committed to supporting the profession with the tools to succeed.  Below are suggested websites and resources that may benefit you as a professional fundraiser.  Many of our members have found them to be helpful and suggested them to us.  While each person has their own style and strategy to fundraising, AFP as a whole does not endorse these professional development resources as a sole source of best fundraising practices.  Please utilize these suggestions at your discretion:

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Part II: July - Dec 2017

Certificate in Effective Fundraising

Hosted by The Center for Nonprofit Studies

The Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College is recruiting its first class for its new Certificate in Effective Fundraising. More information and apply at

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Austin Chapter is a strategic partner in the development and execution of this Certificate in Effective Fundraising.  Its members enjoy a significant discount of $400.

The Certificate curricula is based upon a review of professional literature and the content of Dr. Kathleen S. Kelly’s Effective Fund-raising Management.  It addresses the key competencies and processes required for a self-aware, confident, reflective, ethical fundraising professional with a strong sense of professionalism, commitment and passion for the nonprofit sector.

CEF is a comprehensive and systematic learning opportunity for: 

  • A professional or volunteer fundraiser who is seeking greater competence and career advancements;
  • Someone looking to make a career change and wants a comprehensive and systematic way to acquire the competencies needed to be an ethical and effective fundraiser;
  • A graduate of a nonprofit academic program and looking for a pragmatic, experience-based learning opportunity that will help you advance in your career;
  • A fundraising professional seeking further education and credits toward your CFRE.

All CEF participants receive a copy of Kathleen Kelly’s Effective Fund-Raising Management, which serves as the Certificate’s text. Participant cohorts will engage in doing research on topics relevant to the Central Texas philanthropic community that will be a lasting contribution to the field. Participants’ research will be published.

Participants will receive 80 CFRE Continuing Education Points upon full completion of the program. Full participation in Certificate in Effective Fundraising is applicable for 80 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

*Tuition: Non-Members $2,500/Members $2,100

More information and apply at

July 10-14, 2017 - Austin, Texas

Learn how to win grants!

Hosted by The Grantsmanship Center

Do you want foundation, corporate, or government funding?  We'll give you the skills and knowledge you need to win grants because we literally wrote the book! Over 40 years ago, The Grantsmanship Center set the industry standard for training with the Grantsmanship Training Program. This training has always set the pace for the field and now, with an updated textbook, it has more muscle than ever. This textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, is the expanded edition of the seminal work in the field. The original sold more than a million copies and the new edition has opened to rave reviews!

If you're new to proposal writing, this class will build your foundation for success. If you're an experienced professional, this class will polish your skills. Working actively with new colleagues, you'll learn and practice "grant thinking" that will give your proposals a razor-sharp competitive edge. Over 5 active days you'll transform theory into practice and return to work ready to win grant funds.

Price: Tuition for this training is $995. But if you register & pay by May 30, you'll receive our Early Bird Discount and pay only $895.

Click HERE for more information.

August 2, 9 - Austin, Texas

Hosted by Austin Community Foundation

Join Austin Community Foundation for Breakfast

You're invited to Breakfast with Austin Community Foundation to learn more about how your nonprofit can access the Foundation's resources and expertise.

Join Mike Nellis, CEO, and our senior staff for tacos and coffee. After a brief program, we'll open it up for questions and networking. Learn more about:

  • Community Grants and other grant programs
  • Nonprofit endowments and investment funds
  • Impact Investment Fund
  • Fiscal Sponsorship

Who should attend: Executive Directors or Development Directors of Central Texas nonprofits

This is an opportunity to hear directly from Foundation leadership and staff, ask questions and network. Attendance is not required.

For your convenience, Austin Community Foundation is offering this opportunity at two times/locations. Please choose only one!

South Location
Central Texas Food Bank
6500 Metropolis Dr.
Austin, TX 78744
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


North Location
Familly Eldercare
1700 Rutherford Ln.
Austin, TX 78754
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM



August 13-15, 2017

Request for Proposal - 2017 Lone Star Summit

Habitat for Humanity (Habitat Texas) Texas is an organization with a mission to support the local efforts of Texas’ 83 Habitat affiliates through training and technical assistance, resource development, disaster planning and response and advocacy. We want to help affiliates across Texas succeed and set markers in the highest standards of nonprofit governance. Best practices – in construction, administration, community development, ReStores, community engagement, fund development and more – help affiliates concentrate on their mission of building, repairing and rehabilitating more homes for low income Texans. 

The Lone Star Summit conference features two days of intermediate and advance-level training in community development, family services, mortgages, sustainable building, ReStore development (retail), disaster preparedness, fund development, best practices in nonprofit governance and more for volunteers, staff and leaders of Texas’ 83 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. 

Habitat Texas is soliciting Request for Proposals from potential speakers who will present on a voluntary basis at the Lone Star Summit, Habitat Texas’ annual conference 

Join us at the conference for an action packed day of learning.

Click HERE for more information and the full RFP

November 30, December 1, 2017 - Dallas, Texas

Hosted by Southern Methodist University

4 Pillars of Donor Relations Conference

Ever wanted a book to come to life? Join us as we dive into the 4 Pillars of donor relations. In this exciting one day adventure into donor focused fundraising, explore the ancient ruins of the basics of donor relations along with a trek into new and exciting lands of modern donor engagement. Your tour guides are innovative practitioners who also understand the importance of sound fundamentals. They will send you on a voyage pillar by pillar through the adventures of putting donors at the center of your journey. We use real life examples of the good, the bad and the ugly to teach you how to scale mountains of work and remain organized and focused on the end goal. The donor’s interactions with your organization will serve as a compass to change management, they are our only true north.

Click HERE for more information.

Citizen Generation

AFP International

The University of Northern Iowa offers a master's degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development at a distance. Their reach extends nationwide and they are offering the program entirely online.