Professional Associations & Services

Collection of professional associations and select providers of research, technology, and tools to aid nonprofit leaders across several disciplines.

Professional Associations

Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP)

Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP)

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA)

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)


Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE)

Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP)

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

IUPUI Lily Family School of Philanthropy (Various)

Research & Resource

BoardSource - governance tools and resources for board leadership

Charity Navigator - data and tools to guide philanthropic decisions

Chronicle of Philanthropy - leading periodical on topics relating to philanthropy and nonprofit sector

Foundation Directory Online - database of grant-making foundations and funders

Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) - tools to measure and compare fundraising gain and loss ratios

GivingUSA - annual report on USA giving source and use

GuideStar - nonprofit assessment and reports

Independent Sector - nonprofit articles and research on issues and emerging trends

The NonProfit Times - leading business periodical for nonprofit management

TechSoup - discounted software and technology for nonprofits

By State

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Local Chapters - find a local chapter in your region

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Districts - find a local CASE District in your region


California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) - public policy, research, networking, member discounts


AFP Bluegrass Chapter - Lexington region professional development, education, and networking

North Carolina

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits - advocacy, education, and networking

North Carolina Council of Resource Development (NC CORD) - professional association for community college development staff within the North Carolina Community College System


Texas Association of Community College Foundations (TACCF) - professional association for Texas community college foundation staff and fundraising professionals