AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course provides new fundraisers—those with up to four years of professional experience—with an intensive introduction into the building blocks of effective practice. To design this 16-hour course, experienced fundraising professionals evolved AFP’s introductory programs to address the real-world needs and challenges non-profit organizations face every day.

This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components for individuals with 0-4 years of fundraising experience or a great “back to the basics” for veteran fundraisers.

The course is organized into seven modules:

  • Overview of Fundraising
  • Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
  • Marketing for Ongoing Success
  • Building & Sustaining Relationships
  • Securing the Gift
  • Volunteers – Partners in Fundraising
  • Management & Accountability

The dates for the 2024 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course will be announced soon. Please check back.

Contact Kate Bousom, CFRE or Renee Davis with questions.


Thank you to our 2023 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course Faculty!

Kimberly VannKimberly Vann, CFRE
Director of Foundation Relations and Grants
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Module I: Overview of Fundraising
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Adam ParkerAdam Parker
Director of Development
The Ark
Module II: Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
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Kate BousumKate Bousum, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Child's Voice
Module III: Marketing for Ongoing Success
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Ashley Howard, MPA, CFREAshley Howard, MPA, CFRE
Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager
Feeding America
Module IV: Building & Sustaining Relationships
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Yashica Weeks, CFREYashica Weeks, MS, CFRE, CAP®
Director of Gift Planning
DuPage Foundation
Module V: Securing the Gift
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Renee DavisRenee Davis
Evolve Giving Group
Module VI: Volunteers - Partners in Fundraising
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Christina BourneChristina Bourné
Director of Development
Forward Momentum
Module VII: Management & Accountability
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