The AHP Standards Manual Update Process

In 2012, AHP published its reporting standards in the AHP Standards Manual for Reporting and Communicating Effectiveness in Health Care Philanthropy. Containing peer-established definitions and consistent rules for industry reporting, the Standards Manual gives health care fundraisers a better way to communicate philanthropic impact to boards, executive teams, donors and the public.

As the AHP Standards Council prepares to update and release a second edition of the Standards Manual, all AHP members are invited to propose changes to the Standards Manual.

The Solicitation Period begins January 2, 2018 and ends on February 16, 2018. Read more about how to submit a proposed change below.

AHP Standards Council Assessments: Process and Procedures – The AHP Standards Council shall evaluate submissions and associated comments as follows:

  1. Review - The Standards Council will review each submission and accompanying comments.
  2. Hearings - On its own initiative or upon the request of a submitter or commenter, with the support of a majority of its members, the Standards Council may hold one or more hearings on one or more submissions.
    1. Venue - At the sole discretion of the Standards Council, hearings may be in person, via telephone or videoconference.
    2. Notice - A hearing notice shall be posted on the homepage of the AHP website no less than ten (10) days prior to the hearing date.
  3. Decision - The Standards Council’s decision shall be communicated by e-mail to the submitter and posted on the AHP website within ten (10) days of the date of the close of the Assessment Period.

Download the current edition of the Standards Manual here

Submit a Revision
Revision Timeline
Solicitation Period January 2 - February 16
Comment Period Feburary 21 - March 23
Assessment Period April 9 - May 17
(may be extended to June 6)
Standards Council Decisions
Communicated to Submitters
By May 27
Reconsideration Period June 5 - July 5
2nd Edition of the Standards
Manual Published
By August 5

Proposed changes shall be submitted in the following format:
  1. Date of Submission
  2. Submitter’s Information
    1. Name of AHP member
    2. Affiliation
    3. Address
    4. Preferred e-mail
    5. Preferred phone number
  3. The section(s) of the AHP Standards Manual that is proposed to be modified
  4. The specific new language that is proposed to be adopted
  5. Any supporting documentation
  6. A summary of key points from the documentation that support the submitter’s rationale
  7. The rationale for the proposed modification limited to no more than 1500 words, including the summary of key points


Questions or comments on the standards? Email

Full procedures for submissions and consideration of proposed changes to the standards can be found here

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