Our Mission

ADRP is the diverse community of donor relations professionals sharing education, knowledge and experience, empowering members to advance their careers and drive excellence in the field.

From ADRP's earliest days, four principles guided our founders:

  • Networking: the opportunity to find peers to exchange information, contacts, and experience
  • The Conference: an annual opportunity for donor relations and stewardship professionals from around the world to share great ideas and expertise; challenge norms; lead the way in our profession; and speak to varying experience levels, shop sizes, and institution types.
  • Prestige: recognition for donor relations as a profession
  • Inclusiveness: professionals from all over the country and the world serving education, healthcare, public sector, and all other nonprofit institutions.

Today, our vision and mission is largely unchanged. ADRP is universally recognized as the authority on donor engagement for the philanthropy profession, and seven ends guide our organization and our activities:

Member Maturity and Advancement
  • Members advance within the profession.
  • Members are leaders in the profession.
Member Skills & Abilities Development
  • Members have affordable, high volume, high-quality content, and intelligent educational resources to generate and sustain donor relationship programs, including in-person (national and regional) and online programming.
  • Members have opportunities to partner and network with industry professionals and peer groups.
  • Members learn effective practices for work being done in the field.
Member Experience
  • Members have experiences at ADRP that model how donors should be treated.
Value of Profession
  • Members are knowledgeable and able to communicate the value of donor relations and stewardship.