Fellows Program


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 healthcare philanthropy profession. The recipient must demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to healthcare 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 five years
  • Have worked as a direct practitioner at some stage of their career
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of experience in Healthcare Resource Development and at least 10 years in philanthropy roles of increasing responsibility.
  • 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 healthcare governance and philanthropy

AHP awarded the FAHP designation to five accomplished professionals in 2023.


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 $495 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
  • Case Study
  • Personal interview with members of the selection committee


What does it mean to hold the AHP Fellow designation?

Becoming a Fellow of AHP signifies a high level of accomplishment and expertise in healthcare 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.

Application Timeline

January 29, 2024: First round applications open

March 15, 2024: First round application deadline

March-April 2024: Committee reviews applications, invites select candidates to second round

April 2024: Second round applications open

May-June 2024: Committee reviews second round applications, conducts interviews

June-July 2024: Candidates notified of committee’s decision

August 2024:
Announcement of 2024 AHP Fellows class

November 2024: New Fellows class recognized at AHP Annual International Conference

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  • 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. ”
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    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.”
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    John Drake, MLA, FAHP, CFRE
    President, Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation
    Member Since  1994