The Giving Institute, formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC) sought to enhance the professionalism
of a field that was disorganized and sometimes misunderstood and mistrusted. Their first act was to develop a fair practice
code. The code, known today as the Standards of Practice and Professional Code of Ethics, is widely accepted as a model for
professional ethics in the field.
- Giving Institute Member Firms: Serving clients of every size and purpose, from local institutions to international organizations, Giving Institute member
firms embrace the highest ethical standards and maintain a strict code of fair practices.
- Giving USA Foundation: Giving Institute continues to provide financial support, expertise, and leadership to the Foundation and works in partnership
with it to advance philanthropy and promote ethics in the fundraising profession.
- Arthur D. Raybin: In 1985, three Association leaders, Arthur D. Raybin, John Grenzebach, and Charles E. Lawson, incorporated the Giving USA
Foundation formerly the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy to carry out and expand a number of the public service goals of the Association.
- John Grenzebach
- Charles E. Lawson
- Giving Institute Staff: The Giving Institute staff is dedicated to providing the best possible products and benefits in the industry. The staff is
based out of The Giving Institute’s corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to bring you the highest possible level of
service. We strongly encourage our members to contact us. Our staff can answer your questions about The Giving Institute and
Giving USA Foundation.
- Geoffrey E. Brown, CAE: Executive Director
- Sara Porter: Membership and Operations Coordinator
- Rachel Walsh, CMP: Senior Meeting and Education Coordinator
- Thomas Radde: Administrative Assistant