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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

Friday, May 11, 2018, 8:00am - 3:00pm

13th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum

Hosted by Grant Professionals Association

Each year in May, GPA Austin/Central Texas hosts a day of learning, sharing, and networking for grant and fund development professionals. This exciting event brings together Central Texas’ major philanthropic foundations/corporations and grant-seekers to exchange ideas and develop ways to work together for the betterment of our community.

Join GPA for a dynamic day of learning, networking, and idea-sharing with Central Texas funders and nonprofits! This year's theme is “From the Funder’s Perspective: Tools, Tips & Trends."

For more information and to register click here.

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.