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Message from Mike Delzotti, CFRE - AFP PAC Board Chair

September 15, 2015

TITLE:  The rules are made by those who show up.  

As a former chapter president members would often ask me "What has AFP membership done for me lately? Or, "why does AFP matter?" In the U.S., the work of our PAC (Political Action Committee) provides you with an easy and emphatic "YES"! 

The PAC, utilizing contributions from fellow members, gets us direct access to key decision-makers who control many aspects of our work as fundraisers as well as our donor's generosity.  Big, big, big issues like the charitable deduction, the IRA-rollover provision, U.S. nonprofit postal rates, the form 990 and many more.  This unique access is often in small groups (e.g. one senator and five attendees over breakfast) that allows us to have meaningful and extensive conversation to explain how important philanthropy is to the health of our society.  Every single presidential candidate for the past 10 years has had a public position on the charitable deduction.  You should and we must! 

The U.S. and Canadian Government Relations Committees along with the PAC are direct member benefits and truly increase the value of membership. 

I would urge you to review the PAC FAQs and discuss this powerful tool with your board and your membership.  You can view the FAQs by going to the link provided here…http://www.afpnet.org/Audiences/PublicPolicyIssueDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=1041.  

First ask your board to join the cause by making a personal contribution to the PAC and then ask your members to join at the entry level of $25.  Further, our PAC board members are found in every AFP District and will often be available to speak to your board and membership. 

In the end, it's important to remember that the people charged with regulating our field know far less about philanthropy then you and your donors do. Our PAC gets us access to those key decision-makers so that we may educate then as to the value and virtue of giving and volunteering.  Since our's is the only Philanthropy PAC, if not us, who? And if not now, when? 

I look forward to seeing you at the Kansas City Leadership Academy where we will discuss this further.  American members will have a chance to ask questions and make a contribution at our PAC reception Friday, October 23rd. 

If you are not at the table, you are on the menu. 

Please contact me with questions at MDDelzotti@mdanderson.org

Mike Delzotti, CFRE
Chair
AFP PAC Board



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