Memberships

Benefits

Benefits of Membership – There are so many benefits associated with being a member of the Association of Fundraising Consultants – Click here to find out more.

Qualifications

Membership is open to firms principally or exclusively concerned with the provision of fundraising consultancy services to not-for-profit organisations in the UK. Consultancies from other countries are welcome if they have a demonstrated commitment to providing consultancy in the UK. Indeed such consultancies are encouraged to join and demonstrate their own corporate social responsibility towards the not-for-profit sector in the UK.

Full Membership is open to organisations which:

  • Are able to demonstrate a successful service to a range of clients
  • Have been in business continuously within Europe for at least two years
  • Have a Chief Executive/Principal who has had at least five years’ continuous successful experience in the field of fundraising consultancy
  • Maintain a permanent office within Europe for the conduct of business
  • Agree to abide by the AFC Code of Practice

 

Affiliate Membership is open only to consultancies which are not yet able to satisfy the first three requirements of Full Membership but aspire to do so. They must of course satisfy the 4th and 5th requirements. They will automatically convert to Full Membership when they meet all the qualifications.

Honorary Membership is open only by invitation of the AFC Board, to retired AFC members. It is a post held for up to 2 years.

Membership Levels

Membership Type: Honorary Member (free)
Benefits: An opportunity to give something back; recognition of wisdom and service; attendance at Forum
Responsibilities: Mentoring Affiliates; 4 email contacts per year, quarterly phone/skype contacts per year, and an annual face-to-face meeting

Membership Type: Full Member (fee payable)
Benefits: Networking; profile; advice; association with a quality organisation; higher profile; greater exposure
Responsibilities: Abide by AFC Code of Practice; networking; support of Affiliates

Membership Type: Affiliate Member (fee payable)
Benefits: Networking; profile; advice; association with a quality organisation
Responsibilities: Abide by AFC Code of Practice; commitment to full membership as soon as criteria met

Joining

Consultancies wishing to become members must submit an application form and that requires them to provide four references from current and recent clients. Members will be asked every three years to present a further two references so that AFC can check they are still in good standing.

The Membership Committee of the Board may in its absolute discretion determine whether an applicant qualifies as a Member. It may decline to accept any organisation as a Member and need not give reasons for so doing.

Download more information

Complete our online membership application form

Download AFC Code of Practice

Download the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Practice