How AmFund Supports Our Non-Profit Partners:

As news anchors and reporters, our founders, Wade and Barbara West, learned our nation’s nonprofits are vital to solving serious problems in communities everywhere.  They also discovered nonprofits never have enough funds to accomplish all they could do. And they believe no worthy nonprofit should ever have to spend money to raise money.


Based on those three basic principles, they created the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund), now a GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)(3) dedicated to donating unrestricted funds to other deserving nonprofits.  Over the last 20 years, AmFund has contributed more than 38 million dollars to assist the work of nonprofits nationwide.


We Look for Deserving Organizations:

AmFund representatives reach out to nonprofits that might qualify for our support.  Sometimes an organization is recommended to us directly or may have been introduced to us through one of our educational programs or one of our events. We know we cannot help everyone, so we carefully select organizations based on their dedication to their cause, the quality of their work, their financial need, and their current fundraising efforts. When our Board of Directors approves an organization for support, we share key strategies through educational tools to help maximize the organization's ability to raise funds and discuss the best way for AmFund to partner with them. 

AmFund Assists Nonprofits in 3 Ways:

1.  Educational Programs and Fundraising Resources: 

We train and partner with organizations to enhance their special event fundraising.

For more than 20 years, AmFund has helped thousands of organizations, from planning and procuring items including obtaining amazing trips for live, silent and on-line auctions, to emceeing and conducting live auctions and enhancing the appeal for donations; AmFund developed valuable expertise in all aspects of at-event fundraising. We share that experience in national and regional seminars and help our nonprofit partners fine-tune their fundraising. That results in much higher net profits at their special events. 


2. Fundraising Program: 

We support Hybrid, In-Person, and Virtual Events through our Signature Virtual Platform & Trips of a Lifetime Auction

We provide silent and live auction support for select fundraising events. Through years of experience AmFund has learned world class trips and experiences with our signature three years and no blackout dates to travel generate the highest bids at special events. Yet these trips are difficult if not impossible for organizations to procure on their own and generally do not come with our signature three years to travel.  AmFund solves that problem by providing amazing trips specially curated for affluent audiences who attend fundraising events.  We back that up with a cadre of experienced travel specialists who turn every trip into an exciting adventure packed with picture-perfect memories.   


With more than two decades of providing these trips and adventures, helping to promote them before and during events, and handling all of the travel bookings for winning bidders, AmFund has an unmatched track record of supporting organizations and treating trip winners as the valued supporters they are. Whether you are planning a virtual event, an in-person event or even a hybrid event, it would be our honor to champion your organization to our Board for approval. 


3. Unrestricted Grant Program: 

AmFund retains no profit on the trips we provide to organizations for special events. All the profits are donated to the organizations we support. We carefully manage our overhead costs to ensure maximum donations are given to other nonprofit organizations. If at the end of the year, AmFund has a surplus, we distribute those funds through our Golden Pear Grants. Applications for the grants are open to all nonprofit organizations and are rigorously reviewed before awards are distributed. Due to the great need in 2020, AmFund expanded the grant opportunity to a summer award and year-end award. 

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AmFund's Trips of a Lifetime:

Whether it’s relaxing in the beautiful Greek Islands, going on an amazing African photo safari, or taking a luxury cruise to Alaska, or any of the other exciting adventures AmFund provides, your supporters are thrilled to enjoy their exciting trips while knowing they are also helping your nonprofit and those who depend on you for help.   


With years of experience and connections with bespoke vacation vendors worldwide, AmFund obtains these high-quality trips at  exceptionally low cost. 100% of the proceeds of the trip sales are donated to your organization. That’s how we have been able to  donate more than $38 million in unrestricted funds to our nonprofit partners.


Receiving AmFund recognition and support provides additional benefits for your organization:


  • When supporters learn about the exciting trips available for bid at your upcoming event, it creates pre-event “buzz” that increases attendance.


  • AmFund's beautiful "Trips of a Lifetime" whether displayed at an event or viewed as part of the professionally produced videos, instantly impress your guests. It offers a "wow" factor that stimulates more interest in supporting your work.  


  • Every dollar you receive from your trip proceeds is a donation made to you by AmFund, and it is another dollar of unrestricted income you can use to fulfill your important mission. 


  • When trip winners return from their bucket list trips, they frequently become high-value long-term donors to your organization.  At the same time, they tell their business and social peers about their wonderful trip and the importance of what you do.  That also adds more donors to your organization!


The Value of Partnering with AmFund:

Everything AmFund does, it does to benefit our nonprofit partners.  We charge nothing for our services. AmFund invests in the fundraising success of its partners. That’s why we are especially careful to select the organizations we feel are deserving of our support.


One of our Development Directors may call you.  If so, that’s because we may have already identified your organization as possibly being worthy of our unrestricted financial support.  When the AmFund Development Director calls, it’s one nonprofit reaching out to help another nonprofit. 


Or, if you wish to find out if your organization qualifies for our help, contact us at or call (407) 895-8000 and one of our Development Directors will contact you.