Reference Work Entry

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

pp 38-39

Association of Fundraising Professionals

  • Leigh HerseyAffiliated withSchool of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

Address of Organization

4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22203 USA www.​afpnet.​com


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is a membership-based organization that advances philanthropy. With more than 30,000 members, it is the largest organization in the world that represents the charitable fundraiser. The organization sets high standards for fundraising and emphasizes continuous growth of the fundraising professional.

Brief History

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) was founded as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR) in 1960, as the first association that represented the needs of the professional charitable fundraiser. The organization was formed by three fundraisers – William R. Simms of the National Urban League, Benjamin Sklar of Brandeis University and Harry Rosen of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. Dr. Abel Hanson served as the first president. The organization served as ...

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