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  • AFP Member Spotlights are a recurring series of interviews with AFP members, highlighting the unique individuals and career paths that exist within the fundraising profession. If you know an inspiring fundraising professional who deserves to be featured, please email afpmarcom@afpglobal.org.In this AFP Member Spotlight, Judy Reissmann, director of development at Independent Curators International, shares insights from her consulting experience, including the impact of team size on communication...
  • In this week's Mike's Monday Message, Mike shares some conference highlights from the first two days of AFP ICON in Toronto.
  • ¡Hola a todos!¡Les hablo en directo desde Toronto en AFP ICON 2024! La conferencia oficialmente comenzó el domingo 7 de Abril y vaya que fue un día ocupado: networking rápido, sesiones educativas, recepciones de grupos comunitarios y, por supuesto, nuestra ponencia inaugural.La charla junto al fuego entre Nneka Allen y la ponente principal, Nikole Hannah-Jones, fue estimulante, inspiradora y abordó temas difíciles que necesitaban ser planteados en la profesión de la recaudación de fondos.Nuestra...
  • While year-end remains the busiest giving season in the US, long-term declines in charitable giving trends remained in Q4 2023. FEP’s latest quarterly data, released and announced at AFP ICON 2024, acutely shows the growing challenge for American nonprofits: a near-universal decline in fundraising metrics, including dollars raised, donor counts, and retention when compared to 2022.While the declines were minor compared to weakening in previous quarters, a drop in the total number of donations from...
  • FRANÇAISThe Board of Directors of AFP Canada sincerely regrets the anti-Black racism experienced by Nneka Allen, Mide Akerewusi and Múthoní Karíukí at the Greater Toronto chapter. We are deeply sorry for the profound harm caused to our colleagues Nneka, Mide and Múthoní.We are keenly aware that this experience of anti-Black racism is not isolated and are deeply concerned about continued harms across our sector and association resulting from ongoing and systemic racism.We acknowledge and are sorry...
  • FRANÇAISThe AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada would like to express our deep concern and regret over the incidents of anti-Black racism associated with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. We believe that these incidents of harm are indicative of systemic racism embedded in the structures and order of the AFP ecosystem that fuel a power imbalance and exclusionary culture that disadvantages and isolates, especially those from the Black community.As a board and as individual fundraisers, we understand...

AFP Research & Reports

  • Capital campaigns are the ultimate opportunity to engage your most essential supporters and deepen their connections to your mission.Let’s say you’re heading into a major campaign. You’ll assess your board’s risk tolerance, establish your initial plans, conduct fresh screening and qualification exercises, and tighten up your prospect portfolios. Once your campaign is underway, you’ll get in touch with these prospects to explain your objective and ask them for gifts.But think beyond the ask—if a...
  • As a fundraising professional, you know the importance of effectively engaging with major donors. You also know that the future of fundraising depends on adjusting to changes in the pool of major donors, especially as we see new types of donors emerge, and/or as major donors use new approaches. We invite you to participate in an essential study designed to help fundraising professionals embrace this opportunity to adapt their practices.This research is a partnership between the GivingUSA Foundation...
  • Chances are you’re already sending out some type of donor survey each year. The good news about surveys? They’re cheap and easy. The bad news? They’re cheap and easy. Yes, surveys can turn your fundraising strategy into a fine-tuned, sophisticated engine of revenue. But surveys are also laden with potential pitfalls, making it easy to never accomplish your goals. So before you whip up your next donor survey, let’s take a look at 6 principles to set you up for success and learn as much as possible...
  • Welcome to the FEP Reports Library and thank you for supporting the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. Below you will find a list of quarterly and annual reports on the growth and trends of philanthropy in North America from 2012. We hope that this industry data helps you and your organization to make better-informed, growth-oriented budget decisions to boost donor revenue. If you have any questions, please contact The Fundraising Effectiveness Project at fep@afpglobal.org.Quarterly Reports2023Q3Q12022Q4Q3Q2Q12021Q4Q3Q2Q12020Q4Q3Q2Q1Annual...
  • The average fundraising salary increased by 6.7% in the U.S. and 5.9% in Canada in 2022, according to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s 2023 Compensation and Benefits Report. While this growth is significant compared to the 1.5% increase in 2021, it is still barely keeping pace with the year-end inflation rate of 6.5%. Members: Download The 2023 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report
  • While large donors drove marginal growth in giving dollars throughout 2021 and much of 2022, their stability has begun to erode. According to FEP’s latest quarterly data, a decrease in donors and dollars given was evident across all donor types in Q1 2023, with major donors causing an outsized decline in dollars and donor retention. Paired with a sharp drop in dollars given by new donors, these outcomes set the stage for compounded challenges for the sector throughout 2023. The full FEP Q1 2023...