Fellows Program



The 2020 FAHP application period has closed. Look for an announcement of the 2020 Fellows class later this year. The next application cycle will begin in February 2021.

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

May 15, 2020: First round application deadline

May-June 2020: Committee reviews applications, invites select candidates to second round

June 2020: Second round applications open

July 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.

  • The process of applying to become a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was gratifying and offered a rare opportunity to pause and reflect on my career. I highly recommend this experience. ”
    Amy Day 200x200
    Amy Day, FAHP, CFRE
    Regional Vice President, Philanthropy, Loyola Medicine
    Member Since  2006
  • For anyone interested in applying for their Fellows, I highly encourage you to take the journey. The journey will make you grow, teach you about yourself, and show you ways in which you can have greater impact on those you serve. ”
    Amanda Stevens 200x200
    Amanda Stevens, MBA, FAHP, CFRE
    Chief Strategy Officer, Hill Country Memorial
    Member Since  2005
  • [The FAHP] will be one of the most meaningful achievements in all of your professional development.”
    John Drake 200x200
    John Drake, MLA, FAHP, CFRE
    President, Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation
    Member Since  1994