Two of the largest fundraising organizations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) are in discussions about an affiliate agreement. While neither side would characterize the discussions as a merger or an acquisition, the two organizations released a joint statement saying that the two sides are working to reach a deal that will
"provide greater educational opportunities; increase distribution and use of best standards and ethical practices; and a stronger voice on issues related to public policy, fundraising practice, and donor service."This potential partnership is not too much of a shock. The two organizations boast some of the largest memberships in the country, and an AFP spokesperson said there is actually a 6% overlap in membership between the two organizations as it is. As such, there shouldn't be too much of a bumpy transition should this partnership go through.