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. Further details here.

Make Your 2017 Be The Cause Gift Today!

Have you made a pledge to the 2016 BE the CAUSE Campaign?  Be the Cause is the cooperative, annual fund campaign of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and our AFP Chicago Chapter.

Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national and international programs:

  • Diversity & Inclusion:  the planning phase of the North American expansion of New Faces of Fundraising–a multi-year initiative–will begin in 2017
  • Professional Development:  Professional development grants (formerly scholarships) provide fundraisers and nonprofit leaders with education, training, and leadership development opportunities.
  • Research:  Research that increases knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation includes the Growth in Giving Initiative.

A portion of every donation you make to BE the CAUSE comes back to our chapter to support important chapter programs.  There are several ways to give to the annual fund:

  • One-Time Gift: donate online:, mail a check, call with a credit card or transfer stock
  • Monthly Giving: Make a recurring gift and become a member of the Alpha Society
  • Pledge: Make a pledge with a specified payment schedule

Here’s a sample of what the campaign supports at the AFP International level…

In 2017, your gift will help support the AFP Foundation’s planning phase of the New Faces of Fundraising expansion in North America. 

"Over the next few years, New Faces of Fundraising will increase the number of fundraisers from diverse communities and fill the pipeline with new, nonprofit professionals as Baby Boomers retire. Fostering inclusion will empower emerging fundraisers, strengthen the philanthropic culture of local communities; and transform giving across North America."

Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE
Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy


For those of you who have generously pledged a gift to the 2017 campaign – thank you so much!  You are the best of the best; fundraisers who are also philanthropists.


Accounting Policy

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy maintains its financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) on an accrual basis. For accounting purposes:

  • Gifts by pledge are recorded as receivable in the year made and become income to the Foundation as they are fulfilled.
  • Checks dated no later than December 31 and received at the International Headquarters within a reasonable period of time after December 31 (by January 15) will be accounted for in the campaign period just ended.
  • Cash in transit to the International Headquarters within a reasonable period of time after December 31 (received by January 15) will be accounted for in the campaign year just ended.
  • Gifts made by transfer of noncash assets are recorded on the date of transfer.
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