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. AFP DC exists to give fundraisers the knowledge, tools, and community they need to put these strategies into practice and advance their organization’s missions.

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 Fundraising & Marketing Conference.

We provide accreditation training for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

The Bridge Conference is attended by more than 2,200 fundraisers, C-Suite executives, and philanthropists each year.

Nearly 400 individuals attend our education and certification trainings annually.

We currently have more than 100 CFRE and ACFRE professionals among our members.

Meetings, Groups & Classes

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Advanced Executives Events

The Advanced Executives program is geared toward fundraisers with 10 or more years in the profession and is perfect for "decision makers" in an organization including CEOs, Chief Development Officers, and others with responsibility for Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Foundation/Corporate Relations, consultants and board chairs.


The Science of Commitment: Why People Give and Why They Stop

Date & Time: October 11, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: AARP, 601 E St NW, Washington, DC 20049


Fall CFRE Study Group

The Fall CFRE study group is a seven-week study group hosted annually by the AFP DC Chapter. Sessions include subject areas from the CFRE test content outline and resource materials provided by CFRE.

Study Group Subject Areas:

Current and Prospective Donor Research Securing the Gift Relationship Building Volunteer Involvement Leadership and Management Ethics and Accountability Planned Giving Overall Test Taking Strategies for the CFRE

Once you are registered, you will be sent the syllabus, complete with the schedule of planned readings and speaker information, so that you can come prepared for the first session.

Fall CFRE Study Group

Date: September 13 - October 25, 2018
(7-week course on September 13, 20, 25; October 4, 11, 18, 25)

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: TBD

Members $50, Non-members $125


Core Education Sessions

Core Education Sessions include a mix of tactical and strategic sessions suitable for a range of experience levels and organization types, with built-in networking time.

September 2018

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Speaker: Rachel Muir, CFRE, Fundraising Consultant,

Date & Time: September 13, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: ASAE, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1575 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

November 2018

How to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Board

Speaker: Emma Kiernan, Principal, Pilot Peak Consulting

Date & Time: November 8, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: ASAE, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1575 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Fundraising Psychology and Behavioral Economics

Speaker: Alan R Hutson, Jr, MPA, CFRE, Principal & Managing Partner, The Monument Group

Date & Time: November 29, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: ASAE, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1575 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005


Diversity Dialogues

Through varied programs like our annual Diversity Dialogues and the establishment of the African-American Affinity Group, our chapter has repeatedly shown that we value, embrace and benefit from diversity. In fact, Diversity and Inclusion are so important to the AFP DC chapter, that each year the Board of Directors reviews and includes an annual strategic plan and passes a formal resolution on the topic.

The IDEA Committee of AFP DC presents the annual Diversity Dialogues events to ask and answer critical questions and to provoke discussion about diversity & inclusion in fundraising.

Bearing Witness to New Research on Major Giving in the African American Community

Speakers: 1) Mike Nardolilli, Executive Director, Montgomery Parks Foundation, 2) Anthony Spearman-Leach, Director of Development and Communications, Montgomery Community Media, and 3) Julie Carter, Carter Consulting Group LLC

Date & Time: October 25, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: 1126 16th St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036


Fundraising Brown Bags

Fundraising Brown Bag sessions provide an opportunity for fundraising professionals (or not-yet professionals) to come together in a less structured free-flowing environment to share their lunch time and discuss topics that are relevant to them. All fundraising professionals are invited, such as individuals early in their professional fundraising career, individuals who may not yet belong to a professional fundraising organization or individuals who have never attended fee–based educational program. Other individuals may be seasoned fundraisers that are interested in the topic or who want to spend time with up-and-coming fundraisers.

Date: August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: ASAE Center for Association Leadership, 1515 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 (11th floor)

Contact Mary Dillon Kerwin or Paul Jolly


Special Events

As philanthropy consistently evolves, so too must our approach to fundraising. AFP DC helps our members respond to the latest trends in philanthropy, leverage new technological advancements and target new and emerging donors markets. We offer cutting-edge and innovative educational programs that will challenge, inspire and improve members’ careers.

AFP DC Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Location: TBD


Upcoming Webinars

AFP DC webinars are FREE for members. The cost for non-members is $30. AFP DC offers three webinars per year. Below are the last two this year.

August 2018

Major Gifts: Raise the Money of Your Dreams (in-person webinar)

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Times: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM — Networking Breakfast
                9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Webinar
               10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Panel Discussion and Q&A

Location: ASAE, 1575 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 2005

September 2018

Breakthrough Fundraising: A Proven Framework to Help Your Organization Achieve the Impossible

Speaker: Kelley Stewart

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018