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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

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Register for the CFRE Refresher Course

Hosted by Insperity 

CFRE certification adds value to your contribution to your employers, clients and constituents. In addition, the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study consistently reports that CFREs receive higher compensation than those who do not hold the CFRE credential.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a one-day, intensive overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam. The course is a combination of a high-level review based on fundraising experience at the five-year level, self-exploration of knowledge, and peer exchange of best practices. Full participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course is applicable for 6.75 points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.   

Domains include:

1. Current and Prospective Donor Research

2. Securing the Gift

3. Relationship Building

4. Volunteer Involvement

5. Leadership and Management

6. Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Participants receive:

  • Continental breakfast and lunch 
  • Participant manual (link will be provided to download and print out manual)
  •  Approximately 8 hours of facilitated, interactive learning
  •  A certificate of completion at the end of the course
  • A head start for taking the CFRE exam 

If you are planning to take the CFRE exam, make plans to take this refresher course held one day before the 2018 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference, both brought to you by the Fort Worth Metro and Greater Dallas Chapters AFP.  

Cost is $295 AFP members, $395 non-members

Registration deadline is June 11th. For more information and to register, please click here.


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February - December 2018

 2018 Certificate in Effective Fundraising (CEF)

Hosted by the The Center for Nonprofit Studies.

The Certificate in Effective Fundraising is a comprehensive and systematic exploration of 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. Its faculty are seasoned, highly qualified and passionate fundraising professionals. 

CEF builds on the success of Center for Nonprofits’ other Certificates in Nonprofit Leadership & Management, Grant Writing, Volunteer Management, and Marketing and Promotion for Nonprofits. It is for: 

• Professional or volunteer fundraisers seeking greater competence and career advancements; 

• Someone looking to make a career change and wanting a comprehensive and systematic way to acquire the competencies needed to be an ethical and effective fundraiser; 

• Graduates of a nonprofit academic program looking for a pragmatic, experience-based learning opportunity to help advance their career; 

• Fundraising professionals seeking further education and credits toward their CFRE. 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Austin Chapter is a strategic partner in the development and execution of this Certificate in Effective Fundraising. To register, please click here.

Pricing: $2100 for AFP members (at the time of registation) ($1050 per semester)

ACC offers a tutition payment plan which gives the option to break the payments into three payments.  New Registrants will have to pay the full semester tution. Deadline to apply is, January 16, 2018.

Application Dealine: January 23, 2018. For more information and to appy, please click here.

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.