Give to the Be the Cause Campaign

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - US

The mission of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is to enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research and service that benefit those that lead, serve and support nonprofit institutions.  The purpose of the Foundation is to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising.

Make Your Be The Cause Gift Today!

Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform—describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it.

Your gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will allow us to develop and implement new programs and enhance existing ones like scholarships, education and research. And don’t forget, BE the CAUSE is a cooperative annual fund that also provides direct benefit to your local community through your AFP chapter, AFP Chicago.

When you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good.  It  is a strategic investment in your chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, supporting key initiatives such as:

  • Diversity & Inclusion: The pillar of the AFP Strategic Plan, to attract fundraisers and donors who reflect the diverse communities of our society.
  • Professional Development:  Professional development grants (formerly scholarships) provide education, training, and leadership development opportunities to help fundraisers and nonprofit leaders succeed at all stages of their careers.
  • Research: Research that increases knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation includes the Growth in Giving Initiative.

Your Support 

As a fundraiser, you know the importance of your base financially supporting the mission of your nonprofit. The same is true for both our chapter and the AFP Foundation. Your gift to the BE the CAUSE campaign is an investment in yourself, in fundraisers both today in the future, and in the development of our profession.

A portion of every donation you make to BE the CAUSE comes back to our chapter to support important chapter programs and helps you determine the future growth and development of the fundraising profession. 

Member participation is crucial and all gifts – no matter the size – are important in support the professional development efforts within our profession.  We count on your support to help make it happen!

There are several ways to give to the annual fund:

  • One-Time Gift:
    Donate online, mail a check:  AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, 4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203, or call with a credit card or transfer stock: 800-666-3863
  • Monthly Giving: Make a recurring gift and become a member of the Alpha Society
  • Pledge: Make a pledge with a specified payment schedule