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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) serves the public trust by promoting ethical and effective fundraising. AFP members are guided in their ethical decision-making by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, which is grounded in a set of values that fundraisers aspire to honor in their lives and work. When these values are evident in our fundraising practice, we believe that our work leads to integrity in our personal, professional, organizational and public lives.

An ethical fundraiser aspires to:

Observe and adhere to the AFP Code and all relevant laws and regulations; Build personal confidence and public support by being trustworthy in all circumstances; Practice honesty in relationships; Be accountable for professional, organizational and public behavior; Be transparent and forthcoming in all dealings; and, Be courageous in serving the public trust.

In addition to the Code of Ethics, your local chapter has adopted policies that help guide our members in their professional development and affiliation with the Great Smoky Mountain chapter of AFP.  To view those policies please click here

If you have questions about certain policies or our bylaws please contact Chapter President Paul Bowman at (

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Jun 18 - Grant Writer
Researches, locates, studies, prioritizes, and contacts funding sources in order to apply for grant funds; prepares grant applications and compiles required paperwork to maximize opportunities for financial support for the Salvation Army programs; administers existing grants and ensures compliance with contract restrictions; serves as liaison to funding sources; performs public speaking and develops relationships with community leaders in order to promote support for Corps programs. ... more >
May 5 - Development Manager
The Development Manager is an energetic professional who will assist the Development Department of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in meeting its annual fundraising goals. This position ensures successful direct mail solicitations, online giving, and works with the Development Director to manage the corporate donor and sponsorship programs. The Development Manager will also be responsible for cultivation of their own portfolio of individual and corporate donors and sponsors. This individual also analyzes direct mail results, designs and produces annual fund appeals, and creates appropriate donor upgrade strategies. Salary range: mid $30’s-$40, depending on experience. ... more >
Mar 6 - Major Gifts Officer
As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. ... more >
Feb 19 - Development Director
The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) seeks a Development Director to manage and guide all fundraising activities. Under the management of the Executive Director, the Development Director will work with ETHS Board of Directors and committees. ... more >
Feb 9 - Grants & Research Assistant
The Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) seeks a Grants & Research Assistant (GRA), to help guide the CBT’s grant writing activities. In tandem with the CBT’s Managing Director, the GRA will identify/research granting opportunities, write all grant proposals, and ensure compliance and reporting on granted funds. The ideal candidate will have exemplary written/verbal communication skills, possess a strong attention to detail, have experience in the non-profit fundraising environment and a sense of humor. An appreciation of the performing arts is a plus. ... more >
Jun 24 - IRS Advisory Panels Calls for Review of Charity Form 990, Mandatory E-Filing
(June 24, 2015) The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), of which AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FinstF, is a member, has recommended that the Internal Revenue Service institute mandatory electronic filing of the Form 990. ... more >
Jun 24 - Top Ten (Week of June 24, 2015): From Figures to Fundraising: How to Apply Giving USA
(June 24, 2015) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to allocate a marketing budget to your social media strategy; the president’s role in a fundraising campaign; using volunteers to beta-test your organization; nine rules for ethical donor prospect research; how to nurture happy fundraisers; and more! ... more >