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American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, Inc. Records

Identifier: MSS065

Scope and Contents

Series I: Minutes of Meetings, 1935-1987. Minutes of the Board of Directors' meetings, Executive Committee meetings, and yearly meetings are included in this series. The minutes contain complete transcripts of the earliest meetings, treasurers' reports, committee reports, and speeches and papers presented by association members.

Series II: Giving USA-Annual Reports, 1956-1992. This series contains the annual report entitled Giving USA. The information in the reports include overview articles on trends in philanthropy and fund raising, statistical analysis of the types of organizations and individuals who contribute to charitable concerns, and a listing of member organizations in A.A.F.R.C. It also provides research data on philanthropic opportunities in the areas of health care, education, religion, recreation, and societal problems.

Series III: Newsletters, 1955-1992. The Bulletin of the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel Inc., published under this name from April 1955-April 1973, provided status reports on governmental legislation concerning charitable giving, information about ongoing fund raising campaigns, and personnel change notices within the affiliated organizations. In May 1973, the publication's name was changed to Giving USA. The publication focused more on broader trends in American philanthropy. In February 1982, the newsletter was renamed Fund Raising Review, and emphasized major articles and speeches in the field, as well as indicating national trends. The publication has been called Giving USA Update since January 1988.


  • 1935 - 1992


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Minutes less than ten years old may be used only with the written permission of the President of AAFRC.

Conditions Governing Use

Microfilm may not be reproduced without the written permission of the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195, telephone: (317) 274-0464.

Historical Note

The American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel was founded in 1935 by representatives of eight of the leading fund raising consulting firms in the country in order to advance their common interests. Over the years it has developed standards of ethical conduct for its members, discussed the training of new professionals, monitored state and federal legislation relating to philanthropy and non-profit organizations, and played an important role in the studying and strengthening the philanthropic sector. Since 1956 the AAFRC has also published Giving USA, an annual report on philanthropic activity in the United States. Currently there are approximately twenty-five member firms in the AAFRC, including most of the leading fund raising firms in the country.


10 Reels (10 rolls of microfilm) : Filmed March 1993 by Archival Survival, Inc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Submitted for microfilming by AAFRC to Archival Survival, Inc., Elmsford, NY, February 1993.


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American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, Inc. Records, 1935-1992
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The American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Inc. (AAFRC) records have been microfilmed as part of the Philanthropy Archives Project of the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The filming has been made possible by a grant from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy on behalf of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and other donors. Elmsford, New York.

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Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
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Indianapolis IN 46202 USA