Ethical standards and principles are the foundation for maintaining public trust, for every AFP member. To assist its members in understanding and maintaining ethical fundraising practices, AFP provides:

  1. A code of ethics that must be signed by every member of AFP
  2. A donor bill of rights to ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public
  3. An online survey tool that allows fundraisers to assess their individual ethical performance and strengthen ethical practice.  
  4. A self-governed enforcement process for addressing concerns related to the code of ethics.
  5. Guidelines for the accountable nonprofit organization.