About AFP DC


About AFP DC

AFP DC is the leading organization for fundraisers in the nation’s capital. We are the largest U.S. chapter of AFP International and the only organization committed to equipping and empowering fundraisers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Our membership of more than 1,000 fundraisers from nearly 600 organizations - and hundreds more working with consultants - includes representation from diverse backgrounds and sectors that enables rich cross-sector learning. From first-year fundraisers to seasoned professionals to executive directors of nonprofits, we are a community of problem solvers, strategic thinkers and innovators, united in our desire to advance philanthropy in our region.


The mission of AFP DC is to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.



A world of generosity and social good where fundraisers are recognized and celebrated as valuable agents of change.


In order to thrive in today’s rapidly changing philanthropic landscape, nonprofit organizations must develop smart and engaging fundraising strategies that leverage new and emerging forms of giving. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter (AFP DC) exists to give regional fundraisers the hands-on strategies, tools and best practices they need to advance their organization’s missions and to grow professionally.

Washington, DC is home to more nonprofit organizations per capita than any state in the U.S. However, the long-term success and sustainability of these organizations is largely dependent on the ability of fundraisers to adapt to a changing culture of philanthropy marked by the changing landscape of charitable giving and growing community needs.

AFP DC is the only organization in the Washington, DC metropolitan area committed to the professional development of all fundraisers, regardless of industry or sector. We foster a vibrant philanthropic community through the delivery of cutting-edge educational resources – including our Bridge Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference – peer-to-peer learning and engagement opportunities and accreditation training.


What We Do

Education — We share industry-wide best practices, hands-on tools and techniques from philanthropists and experts and a robust calendar of educational events, webinars, and our Bridge to Integrated Marketing Conference.

Networking — We offer the ability to grow your professional network by creating opportunities to meet new people through our gatherings, events, committee work, and volunteer opportunities.

Peer-to-Peer Engagement — We facilitate peer-to-peer learning and engagement opportunities through committees and affinity groups, designed to bring together individuals from similar backgrounds as well as across sectors.

Accreditation Training — We help elevate the profession by providing accreditation training and recognition for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Career Advancement— We help the nonprofit community thrive by connecting fundraisers with new and exciting opportunities to make an impact in the sector.

Peer Recognition — We recognize outstanding achievement among professionals and philanthropists who are making a difference in our community.