Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles

For over 60 years, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. The AFP is comprised of 240 chapters and more 28,000 members around the world and empowers individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy.

  • Work to advance the organizations that employ them.
  • Put their organizations’ interests ahead of their own; they do not self-deal.
  • Behave honestly in all dealings.
  • Obey the law.
  • Avoid any conflicts of interest or even the appearance of such.
  • Are open and transparent in their dealings.
  • Are truthful about their qualifications, purposes of solicitations, and fundraising results.
  • Do not accept compensation based on a percentage of funds raised.
  • Protect the confidentiality of donor information.
  • Put the interests of donors ahead of those of all others.
The Giving Institute consists of member organizations that have embraced and embodied the core values of ethics, excellence, and leadership in advancing philanthropy. Serving clients of every size and purpose, from local institutions to international organizations, The Giving Institute member organizations embrace the highest ethical standards and maintain a strict code of fair practices. The Giving Institute is also the parent organization of the Giving USA Foundation™, which endeavors to advance philanthropy through research and education and produces the annual report on charitable giving in the United States, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. 
As a member firm, Burcham Solutions adheres to The Ethical Principles of the Giving Institute in our work with clients, leadership in the sector, and collaboration with other member firms through:
  • COMMUNITY | bringing people together to create greater influence, more opportunities, deeper knowledge, and lasting impact
  • EXCELLENCE | holding ourselves and the community of generosity to the highest standards and ethical practices
  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION | fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusionary, and generous community

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