AFP fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
Ethical standards and principles are the foundation for maintaining public trust, for every AFP member. AFP provides a self-governed process for addressing ethical concerns. Resources on ethical standards are available on the AFP International website:
Guidelines, Codes, Standards
Donor Bill of Rights - To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, AFP and other fundraising organizations declare that all donors have the following rights.
Code of Ethical Principles and Standards - The foundation of philanthropy is ethical fundraising, and a key mission of AFP is to advance and foster the highest ethical standards through its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
Member Benefit: AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards (June 26, 2006) - In the 2004 AFP Member Benefits Survey, AFP members overwhelming agreed that the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice was the highest-rated member benefit.
The Accountable Nonprofit Organization - "The Accountable Nonprofit Organization" is a statement of principles. It outlines the operations and procedures a charity undertakes to show it is accountable to donors, the people it serves, and the general public.
Ethics Enforcement: Handling and Preventing Unethical Behavior - The stature of any self-regulated profession depends on how successfully it enforces ethical standards. Professional codes embody not just codifications of right and wrong but also the calling's ideals, aspirations, and sense of trusteeship for society. AFP's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice, which includes detailed enforcement procedures, clearly expresses the association's vision of philanthropy promoted through responsible fundraising.
New Accounting Standards on Reporting Fundraising Expenses (July 30, 2007) - The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) released new guidelines for the reporting of fundraising expenses by charitable organizations.
Behavior of Management, Supervisors Critical in Reinforcing Ethics (July 9, 2007) - Employed adults ranked the behavior of management and direct supervisors as the top two factors contributing to the promotion of an ethical workplace, according to a new survey by audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory firm Deloitte & Touche USA.
Position Paper: Face-to-Face Fundraising Guidelines (Canada) - These guidelines represent voluntary principles that apply to charitable organizations, non-governmental organizations, paid fundraisers and relevant third parties who utilize face-to-face fundraising as part of their fundraising activities.
Do Nonprofits Really Need an Audit Committee? (Dec. 6, 2004) - The effect of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is starting to 'trickle down' to nonprofits, and forming a separate audit committee is one of the items on the agenda for discussion.
New Standards for Community Foundations (June 21, 2004)- In another sign of the nonprofit sector's emerging focus on accountability, the foundation community is in the process of developing a series of standards and stewardship principles to encourage public trust.