Ten Star Gold Award & IDEA Champion Designation

The Ten Star Gold Award honors those chapters who have accomplished all of the required goals outlined in theAFP Strategic Plan plus an additional six goals and the six mandatory goals as outlined on the application.  The award encourages chapters to perform specific activities that increase professionalism in fundraising, while promoting public awareness of philanthropy.  Some of the areas included as objectives that must be accomplished are:

Professional Development: The chapter must host events that focus on ethics, diversity, and other requirements including programs for Young Professionals. The chapter must obtain CFRE Continuing Education Provider Statusfor all programs it offers, co-sponsor a CFRE certification review course, and sponsor a Fundamentals of Fundraising Course.

Other Objectives Include:  Making a chapter gift and meeting the overall goal for the BE the CAUSE Campaign, sponsoring a collegiate chapter, hosting a National Philanthropy Day® Event, effectively communicating with our membership and regional community, promoting active participation in public policy issues and growing chapter membership.

By meeting these objectives our chapter insures that high quality services are provided to our members, and that the community becomes more aware of the impact of philanthropy in the region. There is also a Ten Star level with fewer requirements, but the Cleveland Chapter has elected to strive for the Ten Star Gold designation.


AFP’s Strategic Plan is the blueprint for organizational growth and success in the future. For the strategic plan to be effective, it must be implemented through a partnership between the International Headquarters and the local chapters. As each chapter contributes its part to the overall Strategic Plan, AFP will continue to meet its goals and continue to advance philanthropy and the fundraising profession around the world. One of the specific goals in the plan requires AFP to embrace and engage diverse individuals, groups and organizations within the fundraising profession.  In order to be recognized as a Friends of Diversity Chapter, local chapters must have an extensive plan in place to encourage diversity within their chapter membership and within the fundraising development profession throughout their region.

A copy of AFP’s Diversity Plan can be downloaded here.