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Code of Ethics

AFP members both individual and business aspire to:

• practice their profession with integrity, honesty, truthfulness and adherence to the absolute obligation to safeguard the public trust

• act according to the highest goals and visions of their organizations, professions, clients and consciences

• put philanthropic mission above personal gain;

• inspire others through their own sense of dedication and high purpose

• improve their professional knowledge and skills, so that their performance will better serve others

• demonstrate concern for the interests and well-being of individuals affected by their actions

• value the privacy, freedom of choice and interests of all those affected by their actions

• foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect

• affirm, through personal giving, a commitment to philanthropy and its role in society

• adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations

• advocate within their organizations adherence to all applicable laws and regulations

• avoid even the appearance of any criminal offense or professional misconduct

• bring credit to the fundraising profession by their public demeanor

• encourage colleagues to embrace and practice these ethical principles and standards

• be aware of the codes of ethics promulgated by other professional organizations that serve philanthropy