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AFP News & Press Releases

  • Have you seen the latest Giving USA numbers for the year 2021? If not, you can read about them here and here (the latter includes a quote from yours truly ... just saying!). The data is straightforward, but I think there are a few points worth sharing. First, while we were expecting inflation to hit this year, it definitely impacted giving in 2021. Overall giving increased to a record $484.85 billion in 2021, which represents 4% growth from 2020. However, when adjusted for inflation, giving actually...
  • (Arlington, Virginia) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world's largest community of charitable fundraisers, is pleased to announce that it will continue its strategic partnership with DonorSearch, a leading prospect research provider that empowers nonprofits of all sizes and sectors to strengthen their financial capacity. DonorSearch will serve as a Development Partner with AFP in supporting the association’s mission to uphold and advance ethical and effective fundraising...
  • FRENCH After 19 years, The Honourable Senator Terry M. Mercer has retired from the Senate of Canada on his 75th birthday, May 6, 2022. From the outset, he was an advocate for the charitable sector—working hard to convince his colleagues of the importance of its work and the impact it has on Canadians, from the programs it provides to the jobs it generates. In 2012, Mercer introduced the National Philanthropy Day Act, which recognized November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. Through his leadership...
  • Join us on Friday, July 22, from 1 - 2 p.m. EST for a special presentation by Dr. Beth Breeze about her award-winning book, In Defence of Philantropy. As the guest speaker at the 2022 Canadian Leadership Retreat, Dr. Breeze will share her thoughts on current critiques of philanthropy and how the charitable sector can respond. Dr. Breeze is director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. She spent 15 years conducting research for her book, In Defence of Philanthropy...
  • ENGLISH Le 6 mai 2022, jour de son 75e anniversaire, l’honorable sénateur Terry M. Mercer a pris sa retraite du Sénat du Canada après y avoir siégé pendant 19 ans. Dès le début, il a été un défenseur du secteur de la bienfaisance et il a travaillé fort pour convaincre ses collègues de l’importance du travail du secteur et de son impact sur les Canadiens et les Canadiennes, tant en raison des divers programmes offerts que des emplois qu’il génère. En 2012, M. Mercer a présenté la Loi sur la Journée...
  • If you’ve heard me talk—or read my messages here consistently—you know I think leadership is crucial for the development of the fundraising profession. That’s why we hold AFP LEAD, our leadership conference, every year (it’s October 20 – 22 this year in Houston, Texas, and registration is open), and why I consider AFP LEAD be just as important a gathering as AFP ICON. That’s right. Our AFP LEAD gathering is just as important as our AFP ICON, the largest gathering of fundraisers in the world covering...

AFP Research & Reports

  • (Arlington, VA) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), in partnership with researchers from The Ohio State University (OSU), has released the final report from its Fundraising Workplace Climate project: Speaking Truth to Power in Fundraising: A Toolkit. The report and toolkit are the culmination of two years of work that began by delving deeper into the survey originally launched in 2018 between AFP and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the first comprehensive look at sexual harassment...
  • New Retained Donors up 26%, Despite Overall 5.7% Drop in Number of Donors Buoyed by large donors, as well as donors who were acquired by an organization in 2020, and continued their support in 2021, overall charitable giving increased by 2.7 in 2021, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s (FEP) Fourth Quarter Fundraising Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is a collaboration among fundraising data providers, researchers, analysts, associations, and consultants to...
  • Optimism About Performance, Giving Levels Remains High in Most Categories, While Dipping Slightly in Others (Arlington, VA) Fundraisers continue to feel very confident about charitable giving in the current environment, with a majority expecting to reach their goals in 2021 and raise more money than last year, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2021 2nd Quarter Fundraising Confidence Survey. The survey asked 13 questions about how optimistic fundraisers are in...
  • Slowing Growth in Second Quarter Signals Continued Unpredictability, Opportunities for Nonprofits This Year   (Arlington, Va.) Fundraising in the first half of 2021 kept up with the impressive levels from 2020, though the slowdown in growth in the second quarter of the year suggests continued volatility in giving for the rest of 2021, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2021 Second Quarter Fundraising Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is a collaboration among...
  • FRANÇAIS (Ottawa, Ont.) Salaries for fundraising professionals in Canada grew in the first quarter, then fell slightly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, resulting in year-end growth of almost 3%, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2021 Compensation and Benefits Report. Read the U.S. Findings >> The report, based on the responses of 557 fundraising professionals in Canada, is AFP’s annual survey that examines fundraising salaries, benefits, demographics of fundraisers...
  • AFP's latest Compensation and Benefits Report shows that salaries for fundraising professionals in the United States were on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and then fell by the end of 2020, resulting in overall flat growth. Findings: U.S. | Canada Members: Download The 2021 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report