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APRA is the premier international organization for fundraisers who specialize in fundraising research, analytics and relationship management. APRA is committed to providing leading-edge educational and networking opportunities to its members and the greater fundraising community, establishing and promoting high professional standards and ethical guidelines, and providing advocacy and a representative voice for the profession.

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Representing development professionals around the world in all types of nonprofit environments, APRA is the most diverse organization dedicated to fundraising research, analytics and relationship management professionals. APRA offers opportunities and services that enable members to effectively meet the needs of their organizations while maintaining the highest ethical standards. In an increasingly dynamic technological environment, APRA is dedicated to the professional growth of its membership. Whether through educational or networking opportunities, publications or community involvement, APRA encourages and assists members to stay ahead of the curve in the areas of technology, resources and best practices.

Membership: Individual membership costs $195 and allows one professional to receive access to APRA benefits for up to one full calendar year.

IPDA (International Professional Development Association)

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The Association was founded in 1968 as the in-service section of what was then the Association of Teachers in Colleges and Departments of Education. In recent years the Association has encouraged the growth of regional and national associations. Following the model of ipda Cymru, ipda Scotland then ipda Ireland were successfully launched. The launch of ipda England in 2008 and on-going discussions with colleagues in Europe and overseas lend weight to the claim of ipda to be both a truly UK wide and fully International organisation.

The individual members of ipda are engaged in professional development in all phases of education and training and in a wide variety of work locations Members are united in their desire to enhance the quality and effectiveness of Professional Development. Ipda draws strength from the diversity of its membership and is rightly proud of the international reputation of the Association’s journal ‘Professional Development in Education’ (previously named ‘Journal of In-Service Education’) the leading Journal in its field. The Association publishes a Newsletter available to members on line.

Membership: As a member of ipda you will receive five issues of our journal ‘Professional Development in Education‘ during each year of membership. You will also receive the ipda  monthly bulletin and be eligible to nominate persons for the three annual ipda sponsored prizes. Individual membership costs £50.00 (EU 60, US$ 85)

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World Association of Non Governmental Organisations (WANGO)

The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems.

Initiated in 2000 by a handful of international NGOs and prominent visionaries, WANGO has quickly become one of the premier international bodies for non-governmental organizations that are committed to the ideals of universal peace, justice, and well being for all humanity.

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Concerned with universal values shared across the barriers of politics, culture, religion, race and ethnicity, the founding organizations and individuals envisioned an organization that would enable NGOs to work in partnership across those barriers, thereby weaving a selfless social fabric essential to establishing a worldwide culture of peace. By optimizing resources and sharing vital information, WANGO provides a means for NGOs to become more effective in completing their vital tasks.

With its global network of NGOs, as well as affiliates drawn from the ranks of governmental and intergovernmental bodies, business, and universities, WANGO has become an international leader in tackling issues of serious global concern.

Membership: Organization Membership is open to non-governmental organizations whose primary functions are consistent with the purposes of the Association.

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It is important that the name of WANGO be associated with integrity, ethics, and values that support the public good. WANGO membership equates an NGO with being legitimate, active, and ethical. For this reason, the approval process is more extensive than many associations. However, once your organization is approved, you join a special family of organizations. Furthermore, WANGO keep sthe annual dues much lower than most associations, having been formed by NGOs to serve NGOs.

An NGO or non-profit organization is required to be registered as an organization for a minimum of two years prior to applying for WANGO organization membership.

Associate (individual) membership is available to persons whose interests, activities, and/or background are consistent with the purposes of the Association. Associate membership can include those who are active in, or engaged in leadership positions of, a non-governmental organization, whether or nor the organization is a member of the Association.

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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)  

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 235 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

Membership: Membership in the Association is open to individuals (a) who, among other responsibilities, hold some degree of accountability for income-generation within the fundraising process; (b) who must hold some degree of responsibility directly for fundraising; (c) who are compensated for their services; and (d) who subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and promote the Donor Bill of Rights.  Active members in good standing may vote, serve on chapter or Association committees and task forces and hold Association or chapter office. Membership costs $250.00 plus chapter dues.

AFP’s Nonprofit Organizational Memberships champion effective and ethical fundraising, promote philanthropy and charitable giving and grow the fundraising profession. A Nonprofit Organizational Membership will provide long-term value to the profession through broader representation in our public policy initiatives. Nonprofit Organizational Membership also brings public recognition of an organization’s commitment to foster ethical standards and professionalism in fundraising.

NGO membership is open to nonprofit organizations who wish to have multiple members in the association.  The organization will designate a minimum of eight (8) to receive Professional member benefits.  The memberships may be transferred to another individual if the original member leaves the organization.  Must subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and promote the Donor Bill of Rights.  Nonprofit Organizational members in good standing may vote, serve on chapter or Association committees and task forces and hold Association or chapter office. NGO membership is priced at $2,000 for eight members.

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Association for Research on Non-Profit Organisations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is the U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society.

Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms.

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We bring together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the work of their organizations and the quality of life for citizens and communities.

Principal activities include an annual conference, publications, electronic discussions and special interest groups.

Membership: Institution $300.00, Individual $120

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Grant Professionals Association

GPA is the first organization focused solely on the advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners. Since its inception in 1998, GPA has grown rapidly. With over 1,800 current members internationally, the opportunities and benefits of membership continue to attract people from all over the globe. In the spring of 2004, Birmingham, Alabama became the first city to form a local chapter. In the year following, additional chapters were formed. The process of local involvement and self determination is an important benefit of membership.

Member participation in national conferences held annually across the country has provided the practical fabric of a rapidly growing network of diverse grant professionals. Each year, GPA’s conference provide timely and informative workshops, round-table discussions, member receptions, funder panels, vendor exhibits and the popular individual proposal review sessions are all available to registered attendees. Additionally, the opportunity to network with peers from around the globe, listen to the keynote address, and participate in the annual membership meetings ensure that possibilities abound at this exciting event.

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Fostering a constant critical eye on the current state of the craft, the GPA Journal (published semi-annually) provides a forum for book and article reviews, discussions on best practices, and scholarly examination of the state of the profession. The member’s electronic forum provides another venue for the exchange of ideas, issues, methodologies and other relevant discourse on a member-to-member basis.

For the long term, GPA continues to lead the efforts to establish a formal credentialing process. Grant Professional Certificate Institute (GPCI) was formed as an affiliate organization to GPA for the purpose of overseeing the development of critical standards within an ethical framework that will help define the future of grantsmanship.

Membership: GPA positions itself as an organization of people who care deeply about the grants profession. Share the vision. Share the camaraderie. Share the future.

GPA has a growing international and affiliate chapter membership of close to 2,000 active members, all of whom have an interest in the grants profession. GPA members come from all sectors of the international grants community. They represent education, government, the nonprofit sector and private enterprise. They include grant developers, managers, funders, administrators, planners and evaluators. All promote and support the mission and philosophy of the association.

Membership is open to any individual with an interest in, and commitment to, the grants profession. GPA offers a full range of membership benefits including a subscription to GPA’s newsletter “Take It For Granted,” the GPA Journal, participation in the GPA forum, along with reduced conference fees and other benefits. Membership costs $199.

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    Catherine Bernard

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