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FAQS about joining AFP

Have questions about AFP membership? The FAQs below should answer them. If you have more, please contact the Member/Chapter Services Department at AFP International Headquarters, (800) 666-3863

Q:  Does my membership belong to me, or to the organization I work for?

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is an individual membership organization. Organizations cannot join; only individual fundraisers can become members.

Q:  Does my membership stay with me if I switch organizations?

Yes. Because membership is assigned to the individual, members keeps their membership if they switch jobs.

Q:  How much does membership cost?

When a member joins AFP, he or she joins both the international organization and a local chapter (exceptions exist if a chapter is not located close to the member). Thus, a member pays annual dues to both the International Headquarters and the chapter.

Q:  How much are the dues to International Headquarters?

Your membership dues depend on the type of membership applicable to you. Members must self-assess to determine the type of membership for which they are eligible. Prospective members should self-determine the category of membership, and renewing members should review and reassess membership categories. Three categories of membership are available: Active, Introductory, and Associate. Descriptions are below.

AFP Membership Categories (for detailed descriptions about membership categories, click here).


Professional - $300 (includes chapter dues)

Young Professional - $75 (includes chapter dues)

Retired - $125 (includes chapter dues)

Associate - $300 (includes chapter dues)

Global e-membership - $100 (includes chapter dues) 


Business: Executive Circle - $5,000, Endorser - $1,500

Nonprofit Organizational – Large: Starting at $2,000 for eight members

Nonprofit Organizational Membership – Small: $150 (includes chapter dues)

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Q:  How much are chapter dues?

Chapter dues for Greater Austin Chapter are $50.

Q:  How long does my membership last?

Your membership lasts 12 months, starting in the month you officially become a member.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a member?

The AFP Greater Austin community, our programs, and our national resources provide professional engagement and enrichment for all levels of experience, from the newcomer to the seasoned fundraiser.

Q: Are there opportunities to network with other professionals?

Yes! Every month, the Greater Austin Chapter hosts a variety of programs – from luncheon programs, webinars, breakfasts, and social events to bring our members a mix of discussions and news of the latest fundraising trends. The best part is the opportunity to connect with other professionals who can share their perspectives on the same challenges and opportunities you are experiencing.

Q: Will joining AFP Greater Austin provide opportunities for career development?

Yes! AFP also offers professional education and certification for introductory, mid-level and advanced professionals, including opportunities to pursue CFRE and ACFRE certification.

Q: Are there opportunities to get involved?

Yes! There are several volunteer committees that are doing great work to advance the fundraising profession in Central Texas, from the Programs Committee to the National Philanthropy Day Committee.  Visit the Get Involved page to learn more about our committees and see how you can get involved

Q: I would like to talk to someone in person about membership. Who can I call?

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Mallernee, CFRE, VP Membership, or the Chapter Administrators at or 512-457-8145.