Code of Ethics

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the biggest of its kind in the world and represents 33,000 members in 229 chapters, including over 3,800 members in Canada

Our goal is to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals and the profession, to promote high ethical behaviour in the fundraising profession and to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism.

Our members are motivated by an inner drive to improve the quality of life through the causes they serve. They serve the ideal of philanthropy, are committed to the preservation and enhancement of volunteerism, and hold stewardship of these concepts as the overriding direction of their professional life.

Our members recognize their responsibility to ensure that needed resources are vigorously and ethically sought and that the intent of the donor is honestly fulfilled. Be they individual or business members, they embrace certain values that they strive to uphold in performing their responsibilities for generating philanthropic support.

Download the AFP’s Code of Ethical Principles and Standards