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Endorsement of AFRDS Standards and Codes
AFRDS members have established the following Standards for Professional Practice and a Code of Ethics to guide AFRDS members in their relationships with clients and with other members of the product fundraising industry. A condition of membership within the Association involves a willingness to be guided by the AFRDS Code and Standards, which are a part of this application. These guidelines shall be made public so that their tenets may be shared, reacted to and evaluated by all persons associated with the industry.
|Gross Annual Sales in fund-raising/direct selling||Distributor||Supplier||Affiliate*|
First Time Distributor Members ONLY
No Introductory rate- See Standard Rate
No Introductory rate- See Standard Rate
|$2,500,000 - $4,999,999||$445||$1,050||$850|
|$5,000,000 - $9,999,999||$800||$1,300||$850|
|$10,000,000 - $19,999,999||$1,050||$1,550||$850|
|$20,000,000 or greater||$1,550||$1,800||$850|
*Affiliate members are entitled to all privileges of membership except the rights to vote, hold office or serve as a director.
Standards for Professional Practice
The Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers has adopted the following Standards for Professional Practice to enhance professionalism and promote the highest ethical standards in the product fundraising industry. These Standards are in accordance with the AFRDS Code of Ethics.
Professional Standards for All AFRDS Members.
- Members shall bring credit to the product fundraising industry through all of their actions.
- Members shall comply in spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable local, state, provincial & federal law.
- Members shall act according to the highest standards set forth in the AFRDS Code of Ethics.
- Members shall market products, programs and services that are in the best interests of student and volunteer sellers.
- Members shall be responsible for the actions of their employees and/or sales persons, including independent contractors.
- Members shall represent themselves clearly and accurately to all entities within and outside of the product fundraising industry.
- Members shall not make untrue or misleading statements about competitors or other companies operating within the product fundraising industry.
- Members shall not engage in unfair or deceptive business practices.
- No member shall knowingly interfere with the contractual relationships of any party or entity.
Professional Standards for Working with Non-Profit Organizations.
- Members shall keep the safety of children involved in fundraising campaigns as a prime concern.
- Members shall present products, programs and services accurately and completely, and in no way take advantage of a fundraising project leader’s possible lack of expertise or experience.
- Members shall not use profit percentage figures in a misleading fashion.
- Members shall disclose to prospective customers which goods and services are included in the total program package and which are not.
- Members shall provide services and goods as promised.
- Members shall be fair in settling disputes over price or merchandise.
- Members shall be sensitive to the potential negative impact on students or volunteers of placing undue emphasis on sales incentives.
- Members shall not engage in practices or activities that could degrade the industry in the eyes of children, parents or project coordinators.
Professional Standards for Supplier/Distributor Relationships.
- Suppliers shall deliver to distributors products identical to, or of equal quality to, those sent for sampling.
- Suppliers shall not substitute merchandise without consulting the distributor.
- Distributors shall not use one manufacturer’s printed literature to sell merchandise, and then deliver merchandise of another manufacturer.
- Distributors shall pay for merchandise within agreed terms.
Professional Standards for Supplier/Broker Relationships.
- Suppliers shall make a full and honest accounting of all sales and commissions.
- Brokers shall inform suppliers of any potential conflicts of interest resulting from a broker’s representation of similar products from other suppliers.
- Brokers shall protect the interests of its customers by researching prospective suppliers’ ability and willingness to meet the unique supply demands of the fund-raising market.
- Brokers shall not be party to any transaction that is not fair to the broker’s suppliers and distributors.
Professional Standards for Broker/Distributor Relationships.
Brokers and distributors shall not disclose mutually shared, privileged information to unauthorized parties.
Code of Ethics
These principles of professional conduct are to guide AFRDS members in relationships with clients and with other members of this industry. A condition of membership within the Association involves a willingness to be guided by the statements that constitute this present Code of Ethics or any subsequent revisions. These ethical guidelines shall be made public so that their tenets may be shared, reacted to and evaluated by all persons associated with the industry.
- We, as members of the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers, will be guided in all of our activities by truth, accuracy, fairness and the highest integrity.
- We will, at all times, provide quality products and quality professional services that ensure maximum effectiveness for our clients’ investment of time and money.
- We will keep fully informed of the latest techniques, developments and knowledge that pertain to the industry’s effectiveness.
- We will utilize every opportunity to enhance the public image and the growth of the industry as a professional service.
- We shall not use our membership in the Association or official positions within the Association in any manner that would suggest the seeking of unwarranted financial gain or unwarranted benefits, advantages or privileges for ourselves.
- We accept this Code of Ethics as a condition of membership in this Association. As professionals, we share the responsibility for the impact of our activities with all sectors served by the industry.
- We signify our agreement by membership in this Association that standards must be maintained that are acceptable to ALL segments of the industry, from the suppliers to users of the products and services provided.
We pledge to maintain these standards.
By continuing to the application you pledge that your company has maintained, and will continue to maintain, the standards set forth in the AFRDS Code of Ethics and Standards for Professional Practice.