Building the Capacity of Philanthropy: The Key to A Sound Future


The AFP Foundations for Philanthropy enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research, and service that benefit those who lead, serve and support nonprofit institutions. When you give to the BEtheCAUSE campaign you are directly impacting the AFPSEWI chapter's ability to support these initiatives locally.


For a moment, try to imagine a community without philanthropy. 

Now, try to imagine philanthropy without fundraisers.

As fundraisers, we play a key role in our communities, drawing forth and channeling human compassion to serve the common good. 

As members of AFP, we gain the knowledge and professionalism needed to fill this role well, and thereby advance our careers.

As donors to AFP, we have an opportunity to help spread that knowledge and professionalism to countless emerging fundraisers – that is, to build our profession and thereby advance philanthropy itself as a cause.

BE the CAUSE is the AFP Foundation’s annual appeal for unrestricted funds to support the four pillars of AFP’s Case for Support. BE the CAUSE funds scholarships, leadership development, education and much more, at the local, national, and international level.

Under AFP Foundation’s Grant Back Program, up to 35% of every donation is returned to the donor’s AFP chapter to support local programming.

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Your gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will furnish scholarships, education, and research that to advance the practice of philanthropy. Up to 35% of your donation will be returned to our AFPSEWI chapter to directly benefit local fundraisers…

…fundraisers like Dan Mueller of Vivent Health (formerly ARCW), who credits his participation in an AFP educational session with generating an idea that directly led to his landing a $1 million gift from a brand-new donor.

Your professional growth moment might not be as dramatic as Dan’s, but you are bound to have at least one – a new idea or relationship or perspective or moment of inspiration that might not have happened without being part of this community.  Those moments – and the relationships you build along the way – are great reasons to get involved.

As we benefit from resources, best practices, relationships and research that lift our whole profession, we also are asked to give back to lift the cause of philanthropy itself, through the AFP Foundation’s Be the Cause campaign.

Making your gift is easy. Visit to contribute and learn more.  Be sure to mark your chapter affiliation so your gift helps AFPSEWI achieve our goal that gives back to our community.