BE the CAUSE Campaign

The BE the CAUSE Campaign is the largest component of the AFP Foundation’s annual fund, which generates resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. The funding priorities are to help AFP and our chapters become more than a professional association.

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Support for these programs helps make AFP the primary resource for training fundraising professionals and the leading advocate for philanthropy outside the profession.


Gifts to BE the CAUSE help provide grants that increase access to training opportunities through scholarship funds like the Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarships for AFP’s annual International Conference on Fundraising.


BE the CAUSE gifts provide grants and seed funding for AFP education programs like the Faculty Training Academy and education products like AFP’s Ready Reference Series. The foundation also supports lectures and awards at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising.


BE the CAUSE gifts provide grants to increase our knowledge and understanding of philanthropy and to enhance the practice of fundraising through studies and reports developed by the AFP Research Council and through the acquisition of reference materials in the AFP Resource Center.

Strategic Initiatives

Gifts to the BE the CAUSE Campaign also provide grants for AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising like diversity and inclusion programs, ethics education, and the Fundamentals of Fundraising series of classes developed to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. In addition, the Foundation seeks to inspire the next generation of philanthropists through support of Youth in Philanthropy programs.

When our Minnesota Chapter achieves its BE the CAUSE Campaign goal at the end of the year, we receive a Chapter Partnership grant from the AFP Foundation totaling 25 percent of the contributions made by Minnesota chapter members. This grant helps us provide scholarships and all of our member programs.

Through your support of the BE the CAUSE Campaign, you help determine the future growth and development of the fundraising profession. The programs supported by your gifts support education and training of professional fundraisers worldwide and increase the public’s awareness of philanthropy and the understanding of fundraising.

We count on your support to help make it happen!

Please join the AFP Minnesota Board of Directors in giving back to AFP by making a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign.