Fellows Program



The 2020 FAHP application period is now open.

First round applications are due by April 10, 2020. Be sure to begin your application early enough to write a thorough answer to the essay question and to receive your letter of recommendation from an AHP member. 

Have questions about the application form or process? Email education@ahp.org for assistance.

AHP awarded the FAHP designation to six accomplished professionals at the 2019 International Conference in Washington, D.C. Learn about the newest Fellows by clicking the button below:

Meet the 2019 Fellows

About the FAHP

The Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) is a designation bestowed on AHP members who have made significant contributions to the health care philanthropy profession. The Fellow designation recognizes a career of achievement.

Representing fewer than 2% of AHP members, the FAHP is awarded to those who truly demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to health care philanthropy through their education, experience, performance and service.

Application Criteria

A strong candidate for the FAHP will possess most or all of the following attributes:
  • Hold the CFRE, or demonstrate a similar commitment to lifelong learning, e.g. a Master’s degree
  • Active member of AHP for at least 5 years
  • Have worked as a direct practitioner at some stage of their career
  • Tenure of 8-10 years or more in health care philanthropy
  • Demonstrated history of service to AHP and the philanthropic profession
  • Career success that had a transformative effect on the organizations they supported
  • Demonstrated leadership, mentorship and community service
  • Comprehensive knowledge of health care governance and philanthropy

Application Process

Applying to be a Fellow of AHP is a way to sum up your career success to date. To get to know you and your qualification for the prestigious Fellow designation, the selection committee wants to hear the story of your career as told by you and those who know you. There is a one-time $450 application fee.

The application process consists of two rounds:

Round One

  • Letter of endorsement
  • First essay question
  • Ethical statement
  • Candidate profile
  • Work history
  • Awards and volunteer history
  • Professional achievements
  • Education and credentials

Round Two

  • Three letters of reference
  • Second essay question
  • Personal interview with members of the selection committee

Application Timeline

February 24, 2020: First round applications open

April 10, 2020: First round application deadline

April 2020: Committee reviews applications, invites select candidates to second round

April-May 2020: Second round applications open

June 2020: Committee reviews second round applications, conducts interviews

August 2020: Candidates notified of committee’s decision

October 2020: New Fellows class recognized at AHP Annual International Conference in Austin, Texas.

What does it mean to hold the AHP Fellow designation?

Becoming a Fellow of AHP signifies a high level of accomplishment and expertise in health care philanthropy. The designation assures the public that their donations are in the hands of a professional. On your resume, your AHP Fellow designation tells current and prospective employers that you have met a recognized standard of excellence and have reached the top of your profession.

See a list of previous FAHP recipients by clicking on the button below. 

Previous Recipients

Questions? Email education@ahp.org.