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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:

If you would like to recommend a professional development resource, please contact

October 7, 2017

AFP Member Discount to the Notley Fund’s  'Bolder Board Training, led by Dan Pallotta

Hosted by Notley

The Bolder Board Training, led by Dan Pallotta is a one-of-a-kind opportunity where board members, Executive Directors fundraisers and staff will come together and realize their greatest potential.  Dan Pallotta’s workshop is an immersion in possibility that radically disrupts traditional ways of thinking to awaken nonprofits, and empower them to articulate and pursue their most magnificent dreams. 

AFP Members will receive a 10% discount to the training hosted on Saturday, October 7th.  CLICK HERE for more information and use the promo code “AFP17” to receive the discount.

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

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.