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Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016
(November 15, 2016) The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

AFP Statement on the 2016 Elections
(November 9, 2016) AFP looks forward to working with the new President and new Members of Congress on issues relevant to philanthropy and the fundraising profession. With President-Elect Trump likely to introduce his own tax plan and Congress poised to consider tax reform in 2017, it is more important than ever for AFP and its members to partner with the White House and Congress to express the value of charitable giving, which is fueled by vital tax provisions such as the charitable dedication and the IRA Rollover provision.

Six Members Part of AFP’s First Class of Distinguished Fellows
(November 9, 2016) AFP is proud to announce its first cohort of Distinguished Fellows, recognizing six senior members of the Association who have given so much to the fundraising and philanthropic communities.

Ann Hale to Serve as AFP Chair for 2017
(October 26, 2016) AFP membership has approved the proposed slate of board of directors for 2017, and Ann Hale, CFRE, has been selected to serve as chair.

Austin High School Graduate Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
(August 11, 2016) Archer Hadley, a 19-year old high school graduate who has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair—but hasn’t let any of those challenges stop him from raising over $100,000 for disability access and awareness—has been named the 2016 CARTER Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Andrew Watt Departs Association of Fundraising Professionals
(June 7, 2016) Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) announced today that he is stepping down from the organization after ten years of service.

Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors
(June 1, 2016) Twenty-four finalists across six categories, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, have been announced for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) third annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary generosity, selflessness, innovation and leadership in giving, volunteering and engagement.

Columbus, Ohio Fundraiser Receives Achievement Recognition from AFP
(April 4, 2016) Long-time higher education and nonprofit fundraising leader William F. “Bill” Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE, of Columbus, Ohio, received the Founders’ Medallion from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in recognition of more than 20 years of service to the Association and its mission to elevate standards and impact of the fundraising profession.

Artwork from the Diversity Art Showcase
(March 15, 2016) One of the best parts of the AFP International Fundraising Conference is the Diversity Art Showcase, which has been supported for 17 years by The Alford Group. The showcase features artwork by AFP members, a professional artist and young kids expressing what diversity, inclusion and philanthropy mean to them.

Clinton Tax Plan to Exempt Charitable Deduction from Cap
(March 7, 2016) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) applauded presidential candidate Hilary Clinton’s plan to exempt the charitable deduction from a 28 percent deduction limit on the highest tax brackets, 33 percent and above.

AFP Announces Strategic Partnership with iDonate
(March 2, 2016) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic partnership with iDonate, a leading provider of digital fundraising solutions for nonprofits, built from the ground up to serve the needs of today's connected donor.

Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
(January 13, 2016) AFP members everywhere are invited to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 53rd International Fundraising Conference, March 22-22, 2016, in Boston, Mass.


AFP Celebrates National Philanthropy Day in New York
(November 18, 2015) AFP held its second National Philanthropy Day Honors in New York City on Nov. 12 at the historic 92nd Street Y, honoring six individuals and organizations from across North America for their extraordinary philanthropic impact.

Trump Tax Plan Mixed on Charitable Giving
(September 30, 2015) AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, responded to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, which would keep the charitable deduction intact while preserving the Pease Limitation on gifts from wealthy donors,.

Maria Cuomo Cole to Speak at 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors
(September 23, 2015) Maria Cuomo Cole—philanthropist, activist and nonprofit leader for the homeless, as well as an Emmy-award winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker—will serve as the opening speaker at the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors, held by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), on Nov. 12 at the 92nd Street Y at 7:30 p.m. To learn more about her, click here. To register to attend the NPD Honors event, click here.

Nominations Now Open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
(September 16, 2015) Applications for the 2016 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize are due Nov. 1 to AFP International Headquarters. To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015. Publications must be based on either applied or basic research.

Bush Tax Plan Preserves Charitable Deduction
(September 10, 2015) In response to presidential candidate Governor Jeb Bush’s tax reform plan, which would preserve the full scope and value of the charitable deduction for gifts made by certain taxpayers, Andrew Watt, FInstF, the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), released the following statement:

AFP News Release: Clinton College Plan Damaging to Philanthropy
(August 11, 2015) In response to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s college tuition plan, which would limit the value of the charitable deduction for gifts made by certain taxpayers, Andrew Watt, the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), released the following statement.

Canada: First Federal Platform Proposal for Charities Includes New Minister, Federal Department
(July 1, 2015) A coalition of charities and nonprofit associations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has developed the first-ever federal platform proposal for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector.

Educator, Author and Advocate Geoff Canada To Speak at 2nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Honors
(July 1, 2015) Geoff Canada, former president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, and named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, will be the closing speaker at the second annual National Philanthropy Day Honors held at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Nov. 12.

AFP Responds to NY Times Piece on “Who Will Watch the Charities?”
(June 3, 2015) After the FTC and state regulators cracked down on cancer charities (and AFP responded with guidance), this column appeared in The New York Times, and AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, replied with this letter.

Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers
(May 27, 2015) You’ve chosen the finalists in each category of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Honors. Check out the new NPD website and learn more about their stories.

Comments of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Cancer Charities Charged With Fraud by FTC
(May 20, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released this statement in response to the recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against three national charities, Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.

Detroit Fundraiser Richard Martin Honored for Lifetime Service to the Profession
(April 1, 2015) Richard K. Martin., CFRE, an outstanding fundraiser who has been a leader in Michigan and around the world in encouraging the profession to address the issues of diversity and inclusion, is the recipient of the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service presented by AFP.

AFP, Relationship Science Announce Strategic Partnership
(March 25, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic partnership with Relationship Science (RelSci), a technology solutions company that enables organizations to strategically leverage the collective connections of employees, executives, and board members in order to shorten fundraising cycles and identify high-impact donors.

AFP Announces Strategic Partnership with Abila
(March 11, 2015) AFP has announced a new strategic partnership with Abila, a leading provider of software and services to nonprofits and associations that help them improve decision making, execute with greater precision, increase engagement, and generate more revenue.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada receives a $400,000 boost to expand diversity and inclusion efforts
(February 25, 2015) (Toronto, Ontario) – The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. La Fondation canadienne pour la philanthropie de l’AFP vient d’obtenir une subvention pluriannuelle d’une valeur de 403 674 $ de la part du ministère des Affaires civiques, de l’Immigration et du Commerce international de l’Ontario afin de mettre sur pied un programme de bourses visant à soutenir financièrement et à former des professionnels en philanthropie de divers horizons.

AFP Statement on President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget
(February 4, 2015) While the recently released budget recognizes the important role that the charitable deduction plays, it also includes the 28% cap on all deductions for wealthy taxpayers. Read the full statement from AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, and AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE.


Isabel Allende to Speak at 2015 International Fundraising Conference
(November 26, 2014) Isabel Allende, the celebrated Chilean-American novelist, memoirist, and advocate for empowerment of women and girls worldwide, will speak at AFP’s 2015 International Fundraising Conference on Baltimore, March 29 – 31.

A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy
(October 7, 2014) Who is your philanthropic idol? Post a video to and earn a $500 donation to your favourite charity.

AFP Q&A - AFP's Live Online Chat!
(October 1, 2014) AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A!

National Philanthropy Day®—Tell Us YOUR Philanthropic Idol!
(September 30, 2014) To help celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is asking people to submit short videos about their philanthropic idol (and how their idol inspires them to get involved), with the top five most popular videos earning the submitters $500 each for their favorite charity! Learn more.

New Partnership to Increase Student Philanthropy, Community Involvement
(September 16, 2014) AFP and the Jefferson Awards Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership between the AFP Youth in Philanthropy program and the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Students In Action Program.

Fundraising Professional Hail New York Case Settlement, Encourage Donors to Take Wise Giving Steps
(July 21, 2014) AFP applauds the work of the New York State Attorney’s General Office and reminds donors of the importance of direct mail, while cautioning charities to be careful with their donor lists.

Ottawa Fundraiser Leah Eustace Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
(May 6, 2014) Leah Eustace, newest ACFRE, joins the ranks of only 101 other fundraising professionals in the world! As a principal with Canadian consulting firm Good Works, past-president of the AFP Ottawa Chapter and chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, becoming an ACFRE was the logical next step for Leah's more than 20-year fundraising career.

AFP Canada Has A New Home On The AFP International Website
(April 7, 2014) Your AFP membership gives you access to a network of like-minded professionals and a wealth of professional development resources. Now Canadian members have access to an AFP Canada homepage, to recognize and further develop the unique contribution of Canada's fundraising community.

Prime Minister of Canada Recognizes National Volunteer Week
(April 7, 2014) National Volunteer Week is April 6 – 12 this year, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper marked the occasion with comments about the importance of philanthropy and volunteering.

How to Use AFP Q&A!
(January 29, 2014) AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A!

AFP’s Official LinkedIn Page OnFundraising Reaches 20,000 Members and Earns Top Social Media Benefit for Young Professionals
(January 28, 2014) Voted as the top social media benefit for AFP’s young professional members, the AFP official LinkedIn page—OnFundraising—also serves as a sounding board for more than 20,000 members!


AFP South Eastern Ontario Chapter Donates Fundraising Books to Local Library
(November 6, 2013) This chapter may help bring a fundraiser’s professional development dreams within reach with the donation of the entire CFRE reading list—a gift valued at $1,500—to a local library.

Join AFP, 15 Founding Partners and Countless Nonprofits in Celebrating GivingTuesday
(November 6, 2013) Canada’s inaugural GivingTuesday is backed by AFP, 14 other founding partners and an ever-growing list of dedicated nonprofits. There are numerous opportunities to join in on what is sure to be a historical giving day in Canadian history.

National Philanthropy Day® to Feature Countdown to Impact Challenge
(October 23, 2013) AFP is encouraging all members—and their donors—to demonstrate how they are changing the world and “showing their love” for their neighbors and community by participating in the Countdown to Impact Challenge, leading up to National Philanthropy Day® on Nov. 15.

New Jersey Fundraising Consultant Earns Field's Highest Professional Credential
(October 3, 2013) On Friday, Oct. 4, New Jersey fundraising consultant and founder of Tri Point Fundraising Amy Eisenstein will be awarded the field's highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Countdown to Canada’s GivingTuesday 2013
(September 16, 2013) A national day of giving and volunteering called GivingTuesday will start in Canada this Dec. 3, 2013.

AFP President Andrew Watt Named to NonProfit Times’ Most Influential List
(August 1, 2013) The NonProfit Times has named Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), one of the 50 most influential people in the charitable sector.

Leading Charities and Fundraisers in Calgary to Discuss Philanthropy and Community Response to Flooding
(July 18, 2013) (Arlington, VA) Canadian leaders of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world’s largest group of charitable fundraisers, convened in Calgary last week to discuss the future of philanthropy and highlight the impact of volunteerism by the public in response to Canada’s worst flooding in years.

North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
(July 1, 2013) AFP and North Park University in Chicago, Ill., have partnered in a pilot project to offer AFP members a 45 percent discount on the cost of tuition for graduate programs offered through North Park’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM).

Tampa Bay Times, CNN List of “Worst Charities” Cites Extreme Cases, Misses Key Points
(June 12, 2013) In response to the recent release of the “50 Worst Charities” by the Tampa Bay Times and CNN, the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Andrew Watt, released the following statement.

Follow an AFP Diversity Fellowship Winner’s Blog as He Encourages YOU to Set a Big Hairy Audacious Goal
(April 23, 2013) Tony Spearman-Leach was awarded with the African-American Diversity Scholarship Fund with registration and travel support for the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising. He portrayed his experience at the conference through his blog, highlighting each day’s takeaways from sessions and through networking, and he even spoke at the closing general session! Find out what makes Spearman-Leach a diversity fellows winner, and follow his blog to capture the essence of his first conference experience.

Top 15 inspiring & behind-the-scenes snapshots from Instagram using #afpICON & #afpmeet!
(April 15, 2013) For those of you Instagramming your hearts out at conference using #afpICON or #afpmeet, we’ve compiled some of the “can’t miss” pics into one place so you can reminisce over your conference experience, or see what you may have missed out on!

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
(April 8, 2013) A generous couple in Saskatchewan; an outstanding family foundation supporting causes around the world; a volunteer legend in Vancouver; a fundraising pioneer in Wisconsin; a dynamic brother-sister team in Georgia; an inspiring newspaper project in Calgary; and a heroic young woman in Minnesota are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013 Awards for Philanthropy.

A Name & Story You Won’t Soon Forget – Emmanuel Jal: From Child Soldier to AFP International Conference Speaker
(March 19, 2013) The name Emmanuel Jal may not be as widely known to you as some of our other general session speakers for the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, but that won’t make his story of “lose” and “win” any less powerful. Using hip hop to tell the tale of life as child soldier, Jal proves that being born into a “losing” situation doesn’t mean you can’t persevere and “win” in the end, all the while helping others.

Georgia Brother and Sister Honored with International Youth Philanthropy Award
(March 14, 2013) Carter and Olivia Ries, brother and sister from Fayetteville, Georgia, who have created plastic recycling programs being used in schools across the U.S. and are committed to conservation and endangered species efforts, are the recipients of the 2013 Bob Carter Companies/William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Fundraising Colleagues Collaborate to Win 2013 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize on Philanthropic Planning
(February 26, 2013) Long-time friends and colleagues Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE, and Brian Sagestrano, CFRE, have co-penned this year’s AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize honoree, The Philanthropic Planning Companion—a volume the prize committee called “outstanding” and “commendable”.

In Memory of Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, First African-American Chair of AFP
(February 15, 2013) It is with great sadness that AFP announces that former AFP chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, has passed away. The first African-American volunteer leader of AFP, he was a pioneer in the fundraising profession.

Grammy Award Winning Musician, Education Activist, Movie Co-Producer and…AFP International Conference Speaker!
(January 29, 2013) John Legend may have won nine Grammy Awards for his musical talent, and he may have just co-produced a documentary with Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, but he’s much more than a musically and film-inclined celebrity. Legend is an education activist and created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization that fights for education reform in the United States and works with Millennium Promise to provide clean water, health care, education and more for Africa.

Fundraising Leader Bob Carter to Chair 2013 AFP Board of Directors
(January 14, 2013) Robert (Bob) Carter, CFRE, has begun his service as chair of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest association of charitable fundraisers in the world.


AFP, Mackenzie Investments Partner to Strengthen Training and Education for Charities, Fundraisers
(November 20, 2012) Canadian fundraising professionals and the charitable sector are about to receive a major boost in training and development, thanks to an initiative funded by Mackenzie Investments, one of Canada’s leading investment management firms, in partnership with AFP.

The Power of Longevity and the Capacity for Impact
(November 20, 2012) Working at the same institution for more than 25 years and seeing it grow tremendously during that time is what Thomas Campbell, AFP’s newest ACFRE, believes fundraising should be all about.

Celebration of National Philanthropy Day® Celebrations a Huge Success!
(November 19, 2012) Propelled by legislation making Canada the first country to make National Philanthropy Day®, AFP chapters and Canadians across the nation took their celebrations of giving and volunteering to new heights.

New Partnership to Strengthen Training for Nonprofit Leaders
(November 19, 2012) Mackenzie Investments partners with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to offer new learning opportunities for Canadian fundraisers.

National Philanthropy Day® Celebrates Everyone Involved in Changing the World
(November 13, 2012) National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), officially recognized on Nov. 15, will be celebrated in more than 100 communities around the world with a variety of different events, contests and awards.

Not Just Onsite—New Education Opportunities Before, During AND After AFP’s 50th International Conference!
(November 13, 2012) Discover all of the new educational opportunities associated with the 2013 San Diego International Conference on Fundraising and how you can enhance your conference return on investment and find success for the future.

Canada First Country to Permanently Recognize November 15th as National Philanthropy Day
(November 5, 2012) Parliament has approved a new bill that will make Canada the first country in the world to honour the work of charities, donors, volunteers, corporations and foundations by permanently recognizing November 15th as National Philanthropy Day.

Mark Climie-Elliott: Born to Be a Fundraiser
(October 30, 2012) Mark Climie-Elliott, CFRE was born to be a fundraiser. After all, he was born on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day. But the long-time fundraiser and this year’s recipient of the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP credits his success to his family, his experience with AFP and the incredible colleagues he’s met throughout this career.

New AFP Chief Marketing Officer Named One of the Top 100 CMOs on Twitter
(October 23, 2012) Scott Pearl, the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) new chief marketing officer, has been named to Social Media Marketing Magazine’s list of the top 100 CMOs on Twitter around the world.

Charities’ Fundraising Improves Slightly, But Still Not Retaining Donors
(October 11, 2012) While fundraising levels are improving slightly, charities continue to lose more donors than they gain and have a long way to go to recover from the impact of the 2007-9 recession, a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute indicates.

McManus Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal
(July 31, 2012) Andrea McManus, CFRE, the chair of AFP, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her service to the fundraising profession and the nonprofit community in Canada.

AFP Poll Finds Staffing, Board Support of Top Concern to Fundraisers
(July 3, 2012) Many fundraisers feel that having an inadequate level of development staff is a key internal challenge holding their organization back from making more impact, an informal AFP website poll suggests.

The Spirit of Cincinnatus First in Tri-State to Receive Prestigious International Fundraising Excellence Award
(June 26, 2012) Arlington, Va. - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed its highest fundraising honor, the Award for Excellence in Fundraising, to The Spirit of Cincinnatus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Statement of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Regarding Fundraising Costs for Charitable Organizations And CNN Story on the National Veterans Foundation
(May 22, 2012) (Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has issued the following statement by Andrew Watt, president and CEO, in response to recent news stories in CNN and elsewhere about direct mail and fundraising costs.

Top Philanthropy Research Prize Awarded to Albany Consultant Robert M. Penna, Ph.D.
(April 24, 2012) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded its top research award, The Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, to Robert M. Penna, Ph.D., of Albany, N.Y., for his pioneering book, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results, published by John Wiley & Sons.

Great Memories, Fresh Ideas from AFP in Vancouver
(April 17, 2012) Curious what happened at the AFP International Conference earlier this month? Take a peek at what participants learned and discovered—in their own words.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Signs a Proclamation Recognizing the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
(April 6, 2012) Facing catastrophic flooding in 2008, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, proved itself to be a trusted and agile force, helping to bring the community together and ensuring long-term recovery support.

Deep Roots
(February 21, 2012) Facing catastrophic flooding in 2008, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, proved itself to be a trusted and agile force, helping to bring the community together and ensuring long-term recovery support.

AFP’s 49th International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver, B.C.
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AFP, Nonprofit Coalition Urge Congress to Preserve Charitable Tax Deduction
(December 20, 2011) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently circulated a letter urging the Senate Finance Committee and the Members of Congress who were members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to preserve the current charitable deduction during future tax discussions.

Many U.S. Charities Facing Increased Demand, Signs of Fiscal Stress
(December 5, 2011) Sixty-five percent of charities surveyed report increased demand for their services in 2011, but just 41 percent saw increased fundraising results in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Late Fall 2011Nonprofit Fundraising Study, conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC).

Bell Canada Awarded the 2012 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation
(November 30, 2011) Bell Canada is the country’s largest communications company with a long history of charitable giving. Most recently, the company has launched the largest support program for mental health in Canada and taken an extraordinary leadership role in addressing one of the most pervasive yet underfunded health issues facing the country.

Curtis Deane to Step Down as President of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
(November 21, 2011) Arlington, VA - After nearly seven years as president, Curtis Deane will be leaving the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
(November 15, 2011) An incredibly generous businessman who resides in Arizona, but made his fortune in South Dakota; an inspiring foundation from Iowa; a powerhouse fundraising couple from Toronto; a fundraising legend in Los Angeles; a heroic young woman from Victoria; and a dynamic brother-sister team in El Paso are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) international 2012 Awards for Philanthropy.

Claudia A. Looney, FAHP, CFRE Awarded the 2012 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(November 15, 2011) For more than 45 years, Claudia A. Looney, FAHP, CFRE, has inspired donors to create their own philanthropic legacies, resulting in an extraordinary career filled with tremendous achievements and incredible impact for the organizations she has served.

Communities Across North America Celebrate National Philanthropy Day®
(November 15, 2011) Today more than 50,000 people in nearly 100 communities across North America will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) and recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—and those involved in the philanthropic process—have made to the world.

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Awarded the 2012 Award for Outstanding Foundation
(November 15, 2011) The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF) began its philanthropic legacy when it was created as a community welfare trust in the 1940s. It has distributed more than $60 million in grants since becoming a public foundation in 1992, including over $6 million in grants in 2010 alone. With current assets now totaling more than $105 million, the foundation holds more than 500 charitable funds that benefit Cedar Rapids and Linn County, as well as affiliates in Keokuk and Jones and Wapello counties.

Jeneece Edroff, O.B.C. Awarded the 2012 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17
(November 15, 2011) At the age of three, Jeneece Edroff was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a debilitating genetic disease. In her case, tumors grow from the nerve tissues in her spine, causing her vertebrae to become thin and unsupported. After several surgeries, doctors believed she would never walk again and told her parents it was unlikely she would live to be a teenager. True to her nature, she would later run into the surgeon’s office to thank him for “helping me walk again.”

Megan Laura Churchman and Justin Churchman Awarded the Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18-23
(November 15, 2011) At the age of three, Jeneece Edroff was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a debilitating genetic disease. In her case, tumors grow from the nerve tissues in her spine, causing her vertebrae to become thin and unsupported. After several surgeries, doctors believed she would never walk again and told her parents it was unlikely she would live to be a teenager. True to her nature, she would later run into the surgeon’s office to thank him for “helping me walk again.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jamie and Patsy Anderson Awarded the 2012 Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(November 15, 2011) Jamie and Patsy Anderson are generous and visionary leaders who have set new benchmarks for fundraising in the fields of mental and pediatric health. In 1999, at a time when few business leaders were willing to step forward and advocate for mental health, both of the Andersons joined the $10 million Centred on Hope Campaign in support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada’s largest psychiatric and addictions hospital.

T. Denny Sanford Awarded the 2012 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
(November 15, 2011) T. Denny Sanford’s goal is to die broke, and he is making great progress towards that end! Through his amazing philanthropic contributions and innovative thinking, he is helping great numbers of people and getting closer to his charitable goal.

Nashville Fundraiser Wins International Award for Service to the Profession
(November 4, 2011) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE, of Nashville, Tenn.

McManus to Serve Second Year as AFP Chair
(November 1, 2011) Andrea McManus, CFRE, has been elected to a second term as chair of AFP as part of the slate of board of directors recently approved by the AFP membership.

Find Updated News, Commentary on AFP Blogs!
(August 1, 2011) Want to find out what media outlets across North America and the world are saying about fundraising and philanthropy? The AFP Resource Center is experimenting with blogs as a way of keeping members better informed about stories, events and trends in the charitable sector.

Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2011
(July 19, 2011) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for summer 2011.

AFP Responds to Canada's MoneySense Charity Rankings
(July 13, 2011) MoneySense, a personal finance magazine in Canada, has released its second annual Charity 100, a ranking of 100 charities based mostly on fundraising costs, along with governance and transparency. AFP wrote a letter to the editor, citing numerous problems with the use of a ranking system based on fundraising costs.

Website Aims to Help Organizations Better Communicate Their Impact
(May 31, 2011) Charting Impact sharpens your strategic thinking about how you will achieve your goals as an organization. Responding to five important questions creates a unique report that shares concise, detailed information about your plans and progress with key stakeholders, including the public.

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Stabilize Across North America After Previous Increase
(May 13, 2011) After significant increases in 2009, salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada in 2010 reflected the general economic conditions across North America and stayed approximately the same, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Report.

Fundraisers Reveal Most Anxious Moments
(May 3, 2011) Fundraisers say trying to get nonprofit board members involved in fundraising and making a call to a prospective new donor are two of the most challenging and anxious moments in their jobs, according to an informal online poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Fundraisers Give Back at International Conference in Chicago
(April 12, 2011) Fundraisers lent a helping hand to the community at the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago, March 20-22.

Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2011
(April 5, 2011) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for spring 2011.

AFP Announces Strategic Sponsorship With Blackbaud
(March 21, 2011) (Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic relationship with Blackbaud, a leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve operational efficiency, build strong relationships, and raise more money to support their missions.

AFP Announces Strategic Sponsorship With Convio
(March 19, 2011) (Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic relationship with Convio, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships with donors, activists, volunteers, alumni and other constituents.

Andrew Watt Named Chief Executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
(February 28, 2011) ARLINGTON, VA. -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world's leading association for individuals and organizations that support charitable institutions, today announced that it has named Andrew Watt as its president and chief executive officer, effective March 23.

Use of Donated Funds Most Common Ethical Challenge for Fundraisers
(February 2, 2011) Ensuring that charities use funds in a manner consistent with their mission and the intention of their donors is the most common ethical challenge that fundraisers face, according to a new website poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


National Philanthropy Day® More Important Than Ever
(November 16, 2010) More than 50,000 people will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) this year. Officially celebrated on Nov. 15, people around the globe are coming together to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—-and those involved in the philanthropic process—-have made to the world.

Most Fundraisers Face Few Ethical Situations
(September 20, 2010) Four out of five charitable fundraisers encounter ethical challenges, situations or dilemmas once a month or less, according to Summer 2010 website survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2010
(August 31, 2010) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for summer 2010.

40 U.S. Billionaires Accept Gates, Buffet Giving Challenge
(August 4, 2010) Forty billionaires have now signed on to Bill and Melinda Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s "Giving Pledge," promising to donate a majority of their fortunes to charity. The announcement comes six weeks after the project was originally announced.

AFP President & CEO to Retire in March 2011
(July 23, 2010) Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE, will step down from her position as president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in March 2011 after nearly 13 years leading the organization. A search process will begin immediately with the selection of a search committee and a search firm.

AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara: Special Announcement
(July 23, 2010)

NPD Canadian Globe and Mail Supplement Set for Nov. 15
(July 13, 2010) To raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy and fundraising across Canada, AFP will continue its partnership with Canada national newspaper The Globe and Mail to produce a special report on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®.

Fundraisers Expect Largest Gains in Major Gifts, Online Giving in 2010
(June 22, 2010) Nonprofits expect to see the largest fundraising gains in 2010 in the area of major gifts/planned giving, as well as online giving/social media.

Imagine Canada Officially Endorses Donor Bill of Rights
(May 25, 2010) Imagine Canada, a nonprofit organization serving charities and nonprofits in Canada, has officially endorsed the Donor Bill of Rights, a document meant to protect the rights of charitable donors.

Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2010
(May 11, 2010) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for November 2009 – January 2010.

Poll Shows Signs of Optimism in Fundraising Salaries
(May 4, 2010) Nearly one third of fundraisers said recently that they predict their total compensation will increase this year. However, nearly half of respondents said their salaries will likely stay the same.

Disaster Response Checklist Available at No Cost to Nonprofits, Donors & Governments
(May 3, 2010)

Many Nonprofits Using Social Media, Few Measuring Value
(April 27, 2010) A Quick Poll conducted on AFP’s website earlier this year showed that two-thirds of nonprofit organizations use social media, but only 17 percent of those that use sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn actually measure its value to the organization.

AFP Honors Two Outstanding Youth Philanthropists
(April 14, 2010) Bilaal Rajan, a 13-year-old student from Toronto, and Jake Gallagher, a 19-year-old from Yarmouth, Maine, each received the 2010 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy for their philanthropic achievements.

A Need to Give: Special AFP/Globe and Mail Philanthropy Supplement
(March 2, 2010) AFP is partnering with The Globe and Mail through a special June 4, 2010 philanthropy supplement titled "A Need to Give."

Member Motion/Accolades: Nov. 2009 – Jan. 2010
(January 26, 2010) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for November 2009 – January 2010.

New President and CEO Named to CFRE International
(January 12, 2010) The CFRE International Board of Directors has announced that Denny Smith, Ph.D., will assume the position of president and chief executive officer beginning Feb. 1, 2010.


Positive Signs for Canadian Giving
(December 22, 2009) Although a recent report from Statistics Canada reveals charitable giving in Canada dropped from 2007 to 2008, there is still room for optimism--a poll by MasterCard Canada indicates a majority of Canadians gave the same amount or more to charity over the past 12 months.

AFP Holiday Giving Survey Shows Giving Still Lagging, But Optimism Rising Among Charitable Fundraisers
(December 15, 2009) About one-third of charities are raising more funds so far during the 2009 holiday season compared to the same time period in 2008, according to the Holiday Giving Survey by AFP. These giving figures are better than they were in last year’s survey, and optimism for the rest of the year and 2010 is much stronger.

Decreasing Value of Charitable Deduction Would Have Negative Impact, Many Charities Say
(December 8, 2009) More than half of charitable fundraisers surveyed indicated their organizations would be hurt by a White House proposal to decrease the value of the charitable deduction, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Social Media Performance Linked to Financial Success
(December 1, 2009) A new study shows that companies that are significantly involved in social media efforts have consistently experienced strong financial growth over the past 12 months and offers advice for organizations (including nonprofits) on growing social media engagement.

AFP Now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado!
(November 24, 2009) Now you can get in touch with AFP and fellow members with four popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado. Get interesting and fun updates about AFP and fellow members and connect with fundraisers from around the world!

Most Nonprofits Experimenting With Social Media, But Struggle to Measure Value for Organization
(November 24, 2009) While seen as a good way to communicate with broad audiences and mobilize volunteer support, nonprofit executives are skeptical about social media’s ability to reach donors, media and policy makers.

Member Message About the Fort Hood Shootings
(November 12, 2009) Last Thursday the Central Texas area experienced a horrific event, the shootings at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and 40 injured. Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, and Metroplex Healthcare in Killeen, Texas, have received the wounded who need the most critical care.

Decline in 2009 Foundation Giving Steeper Than Anticipated
(November 10, 2009) Foundation giving will likely decline by more than 10 percent in 2009, reports the Foundation Center. Foundation giving will also decline further in 2010, it predicts.

Charitable Giving Down So Far in 2009, But Critical Giving Period Coming Up
(October 20, 2009) More than half of charities are experiencing a downturn in contributions so far this year compared to the same time in 2008, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Doorley and Schick Earn ACFRE Credential
(September 15, 2009) Mary Doorley, of Melrose, Mass., and Marcella Moyer Schick, of Allentown, Pa., are the 86th and 87th fundraisers to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

The New “We’ve Only Just Begun”
(September 8, 2009) Yes, you can thank AFP for putting that quintessential '70s song firmly in your head for the rest of the day. But hopefully a visit to AFP’s exciting new website will help dislodge any related memories of wide shirt lapels and powder blue leisure suits!

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste
(August 11, 2009) There's nothing like being in a mess to get an organization focused on fixing things. General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, said: “We must wake ourselves up! Or someone else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown.” How appropriate in today’s challenging times, but he said that more than 100 years ago.

Spreading the Wealth: Florida Chapter Brings Two Others to Life
(August 11, 2009) AFP welcomes its newest chapter—the AFP Florida, Greater Polk County Chapter. It is the second new chapter this year to be formed with the guidance of the AFP Florida, Suncoast Chapter.

Fundraisers Report Tough Times—Expect Some Improvement by Year End
(August 4, 2009) Fundraisers are finding the current giving environment extremely challenging, but expect some improvement for the second half of 2009.

Readers Respond to Helmsley’s Historic Bequest
(March 13, 2009) (March 16, 2009) AFP eWire recently asked for reader feedback about the use of Leona Helmsley’s $5.2 billion bequest and the ramifications for donor intent. Here is what members had to say.

AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'
(March 9, 2009) (March 9, 2009) AFP is continuing its partnership with The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement entitled “A Time to Give.”

Leona Helmsley's Trust Can Support More Than Dogs, Court Rules
(February 27, 2009) (March 2, 2009) In an unusual case that is raising eyebrows among fundraisers and donors alike, the court defied Helmsley’s wish for the bulk of her $5.2 billion estate to be directed solely to the care and welfare of dogs.

Maehara, Brown Named Among Fundraising’s Best
(February 13, 2009) (Feb. 17, 2009) The NonProfit Times has named 14 people who it feels are the most effective and influential fundraisers in the industry. AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, recent past-chair Alphonce Brown and AFP member Atul Tandon are in this esteemed group.

U.S. Postage Increasing for First-Class Letters, Nonprofit Mail
(February 13, 2009) (Feb. 17, 2009) The cost of mailing a letter in the U.S. is going up May 11. Postal rates for some nonprofit mail types will also increase, especially nonprofit parcels and nonflat machinables.

Help Rebuild in New Orleans at This Year's Conference
(January 10, 2009) As part of AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising you can spend time volunteering to aid restoration efforts of communities devastated in the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.

A Letter from the President and CEO
(January 3, 2009) As we ring in the New Year in these challenging economic times, I wanted to send a note of encouragement and sincere gratitude for the vital work you do as a professional fundraiser.


New Orleans 2009 Conference Press Center
(December 9, 2008) Members of the Press: This is your landing page for news updates and media credentials to attend AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising, March 29-April 1, 2009, in New Orleans.

Reminder: New Postal Service Mailing List Requirements in Effect
(November 26, 2008) (Dec. 1, 2008) As of Nov. 23, the United States Postal Service now requires address lists for standard mail to be cleared of incorrect addresses every 95 days, rather than every 185 days as previously required.

A Message from the President and CEO
(November 24, 2008) We at the Association of Fundraising Professionals want to share our sincere gratitude to you for choosing AFP as your professional association.

National Philanthropy Day® Recognizes Importance of Giving in Tough Economic Times
(November 14, 2008) (Nov. 14, 2008) More than 50,000 people across North America will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of National Philanthropy Day® throughout November as a way of reminding the public about the importance of giving and volunteering, especially during difficult economic times.

Getting the Message Out on the IRA Rollover
(November 9, 2008) (Nov. 10, 2008) What is the best way to spread the word about the recently extended IRA Rollover provision? Research into efforts to increase visibility of the provision in 2006 offers some lessons for future marketing efforts.

AFP Charters 200th Chapter
(October 26, 2008) (Nov. 10, 2008) At its recent meeting in Nashville, Tenn., the AFP Board of Directors chartered two new chapters to bring the total number to 200.

Reach New Heights as a Nonprofit Leader!
(August 1, 2008) (August 4, 2008) Are you a nonprofit manager looking to build your leadership and business skills? Why not learn from the best? AFP and Stanford Social Innovation Review have teamed up for the third year in a row to connect nonprofit managers to leading experts and professors from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

AFP Responds to L.A. Times Report on Fundraising Inefficiencies
(July 11, 2008) (July 14, 2008) The Los Angeles Times published a story on Sunday, July 6, reporting that only a small percentage of money reaches California nonprofits when they use a for-profit fundraising company to raise funds.

Alaskans Given Option to Increase Giving
(July 11, 2008) (July 14, 2008) A new law will allow Alaska residents the opportunity to donate to charity some or all of the money they receive annually from the state’s Permanent Fund that was created from Alaska’s oil revenues.

California Foundations Reach Agreement to Avoid Disclosure Legislation
(July 5, 2008) (July 7, 2008) In response to legislation that would have required disclosure about their organizational diversity and their grants to minority organizations, a group of 10 large California foundations have agreed to allocate millions of dollars to charities that serve diverse and minority communities.

AFP Grows to 30,000 Members
(April 11, 2008) AFP is pleased to announce that its membership has now surpassed 30,000 fundraisers.

Camp Oochigeas, Nashville Symphony Receive AFP’s Highest Fundraising Honors
(April 2, 2008) (April 2, 2008) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) awarded its highest fundraising honors, the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, to Camp Oochigeas, in Toronto, Ontario, and the Nashville Symphony.

Ryan Receives AFP Founders’ Medallion
(April 2, 2008) (April 2, 2008) Long-time fundraiser and pioneer J. Patrick Ryan was honored with the AFP Founders’ Medallion during the association’s recent board of directors’ meeting in San Diego on March 28.

Nominations Open for Purpose Prize, Honoring Older Americans Involved in Charitable Work
(February 3, 2008) (Feb. 4, 2008) Americans age 60 and over who address critical social problems with their creativity, talent and innovation may be nominated for The Purpose Prize®.

Newlyweds Forego Wedding Gifts, Request Donations
(January 21, 2008) (Jan. 21, 2008) Newlyweds Jacob and Miriam Hodesh, of Miriam, Ga., deleted their entire wedding registry and instead requested family and friends to make donations to The Save Darfur Coalition.

Freeman Philanthropic Services to Support AFP Outstanding Corporation Award
(January 13, 2008) (Jan. 14, 2008) Freeman Philanthropic Services LLC (FPS) has agreed to a five-year gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in support of AFP’s awards program and recognition of an outstanding philanthropic corporation or business.


Professional Fundraisers Call on Congress To Ban Percentage-Based Fundraising
(December 18, 2007) (Dec. 18, 2007) In the wake of a recent Congressional hearing which found that many veterans’ charities are spending excessive amounts on fundraising, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has reiterated its call to Congress to prohibit the unethical practice of percentage-based fundraising.

AFP Ethics Code Expanded to Include Businesses
(December 3, 2007) AFP’s Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice has been amended and expanded to apply to for-profit businesses involved with or supporting fundraising.

Judge’s Rulings Set Stage for Princeton-Robertson Trial
(October 28, 2007) (Oct. 29, 2007) New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil H. Shuster has ruled that Princeton University is not the sole beneficiary of an $880 million endowment, allowing a lawsuit brought by the original donor’s family against the university to proceed to a trial.

Crandall, Chapters Honored for Outstanding Service to AFP
(October 22, 2007) (Oct. 22, 2007) Robert J. Crandall, CFRE, was honored as the recipient of the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP at the recent Leadership Academy, and several chapters received awards for their outstanding work.

New Organization to Help Higher Ed Donors Attach Strings to Gifts
(September 23, 2007) (Sept. 24, 2007) Citing concerns over accountability and donor intent, three foundations have created a nonprofit group that will assist donors in attaching legally enforceable conditions to their gifts to colleges and universities.

Your Place for Fundraising Answers: The AFP Fundraising Resource Center
(August 13, 2007) (Aug. 13, 2007) You know that good friend, neighbor or relative that always seems to have the answers you are looking for in life? As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), you have such friends at your disposal for all of our fundraising questions: the AFP Fundraising Resource Center.

New National Philanthropy Day® Logo Now Available
(July 28, 2007) (May 7, 2007) The new National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) logo, featuring two thumbprints forming to make a heart, is now available on the AFP website.

Member Benefits: Fundraising Discussion Lists
(June 25, 2007) (June 25, 2007) Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to post a question about fundraising that would be answered by other knowledgeable professionals, a place to share a recent “light bulb moment” with others who work in philanthropy? Here’s your opportunity.

AFP Endorses CASE and NCPG Reporting Guidelines
(April 28, 2007) (Apr. 30, 2007) The AFP board of directors has approved two different sets of guidelines related to reporting and counting charitable gifts, one developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the other by the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG).

Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising Announced
(March 26, 2007) Cathy Mann, CFRE (March 25, 2007) AFP’s vice chair for membership services, Jay Frey, CFRE, senior major gifts officer and development director for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and Peter J. Fissinger, CFRE, president of Chicago-based Campbell and Company, presented the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising to two organizations that have excelled in increasing their donor base, increasing the amount of funds raised, improving return on investment and developing innovative fundraising initiatives.

The Power of Passion
(March 26, 2007) Brooke Shields(March 25, 2007) Actress and activist Brooke Shields knows a thing or two about the power of celebrity. After all, she has spent nearly her entire life in front of a camera and in the public eye. What she has gradually come to know, however, is the power of passion.

At the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, Shields spoke candidly and from the heart, displaying none of the “diva” qualities one would expect from someone who has been acting and modeling since she was only 11 months old. As she explained, this is due to the choices she has made along the way. 

AFP Founder Recognized for His Role in Groundbreaking Corporate Diversity Effort
(March 11, 2007) (March 12, 2007) AFP’s only living co-founder, William R. Simms, was recognized for his role in an African-American marketing initiative at Pepsi in a new book about the program.

Win $10,000 for Your Organization Through Online Charity Badges
(February 3, 2007) (Feb. 5, 2007) Six nonprofit organizations can win grants of up to $10,000 through actor Kevin Bacon and his new website that encourages people to give online through the use of charity badges.

AFP Announces New E-Newsletter Covering Latino Fundraising
(January 22, 2007) (Jan. 22, 2007) AFP is proud to announce the start of a brand new Spanish language e-newsletter geared specifically to its Latino audience.


Delegate Assembly Ratifies Governance Proposals; Transition Begins
(October 30, 2006) (Oct. 30, 2006) The Delegate Assembly held in Los Angeles overwhelmingly approved new governance proposals on Saturday, Oct. 28, that would create a Chapter Presidents’ Council and allow AFP members to vote directly for board members.

Annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey
(October 24, 2006)

International Statement of Ethics Approved by 24 Countries
(October 22, 2006) (Oct. 23, 2006) The International Statement of Ethical Principles, a series of values and standards for the global fundraising community, was approved unanimously Monday, Oct. 16, at the fourth International Fundraising Summit in Noordwijkerhout, Holland.

Management Institute Merges Big Ideas, Practical Strategies
(October 10, 2006) (Oct. 10, 2006) More than 200 individuals working in the nonprofit sector convened on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., for the first Nonprofit Management Institute co-sponsored by AFP and the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

AFP Announces Initiation of First Fundraising Effectiveness Survey
(October 1, 2006) (Oct. 2, 2006) AFP will be conducting a new survey in 2006 that will allow charities to compare their fundraising to similar organizations and identify areas and techniques that are untapped or could be implemented more effectively.

Ten Years of GIVING
(September 18, 2006) For the tenth consecutive year, The New York Times will publish its special GIVING section devoted to philanthropy, and AFP members are invited to advertise in the supplement.

California Community Foundations Merge, Form Fifth Largest in the United States
(July 31, 2006) (July 31, 2006) Community Foundation Silicon Valley and the Peninsula Community Foundation are expected to merge at the beginning of 2007, creating the fifth-largest community foundation in the United States.

New Magazine to Focus on Affluent Young Donors
(July 31, 2006) (July 31, 2006)  A new magazine will target young people age 21-35 and encourage them to act philanthropically, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

Bogged Down by Reporting Requirements?
(July 17, 2006) (July 17, 2006) A new report issued by the RAND Corporation outlines a series of actions nonprofit social services providers can undertake to reduce the large amount of time and money they spend complying with reporting requirements set by organizations that provide them with funding.

IRS Reminds Charities to Avoid Campaign Activities
(July 17, 2006) (July 17, 2006) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a reminder to charities to avoid political campaign involvement activities this election season.

Orlando, Atlanta and Houston Charities Most Efficient At Fundraising
(July 3, 2006) (July 3, 2006) Large charities in Orlando, Atlanta and Houston are the best at efficiently raising money for their causes, according to Charity Navigator’s fourth annual Metro Market Study.

Win a $100,000 Cause-Marketing Grant
(May 12, 2006) (May 12, 2006) BBMG, a New York-based marketing agency focusing on nonprofits, is offering one charity and its for-profit partner $100,000 worth of in-kind marketing services to create and launch a cause-related marketing campaign.

Exploring the Unknown and Inspiring Young Scientists
(April 10, 2006) (April 4, 2006) Growing up in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Robert D. Ballard was initially drawn by the majesty of mountain ranges. However, when his family moved to San Diego, his fascination with the sea began. Luckily for him, he has been able to explore both, fulfilling his boyhood dream of being like Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Agent of Change
(April 3, 2006) (April 2, 2006) Admittedly in the “third act” of her life, Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian and activist Jane Fonda says that she is not afraid to die, but she is scared to reach the end of her life with regrets.

Outreach and “Inreach”
(April 3, 2006) (April 2, 2006) Starting as early as 2008, baby boomers, who currently make up 60 percent of the “prime-age workforce” will start retiring—a trend that will last 20 years. Think what this will mean for your fundraising strategies, the make-up of your organization and your organization’s future donors.

AAFRC Changes Name to Giving Institute
(March 6, 2006) (March 6, 2006) The America Association of Fundraising Counsel has changed its name to the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Nonprofits Join Together to Fight AOL Email Plans
(March 6, 2006) (March 6, 2006) Several nonprofits have joined together to launch a campaign against America Online’s (AOL) plans to charge fees for organizations using a new certified email system.

Charitable Giving to Soar in Canada?
(February 13, 2006)

(Feb. 13, 2006) A special report released by Toronto-based TD Economics finds that charitable giving in Canada will “soar” if the federal government moves to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of securities to charity.

U.K. Institute of Fundraising National Convention in July
(February 13, 2006) (Feb. 13, 2006) The largest gathering of fundraisers outside the United States will take place at the Hilton London Metropole in the United Kingdom, July 10–12, 2006.

Grizzard Named One of World's Best Fundraisers
(January 22, 2006) (Jan. 23, 2006) The editors of The NonProfit Times have named Claude H. Grizzard, Sr., a 'Living Legend' in their recent annual selection of 'The World Best Fundraisers.'

Fundraising Legend Don Kuhn Passes Away
(January 16, 2006) (Jan. 17, 2005) Direct-response legend Don Kuhn, who pioneered the use of computer databases in fundraising, passed away in late 2005.

Postage Rates Increase, With More Possibly on the Way
(January 16, 2006) (Jan. 17, 2006) The 5.4 percent postage rate increase that hit nonprofits on Jan. 8 might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Weinstein Named CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(January 10, 2006) (Jan. 9, 2006) Stanley Weinstein, ACFRE, president of Stanley Weinstein & Co. in Albuquerque, N.M., is the recipient of this year's Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.


Keep Updated on Technology with AFP's Nonprofit Tech Blog
(December 18, 2005) (Dec. 19, 2005) AFP members now can keep track of what is happening with technology and the nonprofit sector with AFP's Nonprofit Tech Blog, another free member service.

AFP Hurricane Blog Still Helping Members Reach Out
(December 4, 2005) (Dec. 5, 2005) Just as relief efforts for the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma will be long-term, AFP members continue to use the Hurricane Blog to help identify and find resources that charities in the affected areas need.

Branding: The Blind Helping The Sighted To See A New Future
(November 21, 2005) (Nov. 21, 2005) Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the most prestigious guide dog schools in the country. Their success in training guide dogs, placing them with blind people and supporting that human/guide dog team for life, is known throughout the world.

Fundraising Down Slightly Because of Hurricanes: Optimism Still Strong that Giving Will Recover By Year's End
(November 15, 2005) Nearly half of U.S. charities have seen their fundraising decline because of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes and the associated relief efforts, according to a survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released on National Philanthropy Day®.

Legislation Formally Recognizing National Philanthropy Day Introduced in the Senate of Canada
(November 4, 2005) (November 3, 2005) - Today, Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto), chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, introduced legislation that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in the world.

Is Your Brand Built Around Pity or Potential?
(October 2, 2005) (Oct. 3, 2005) Have you ever stopped for a moment and tried to look back with a fresh set of eyes at the last several communications you've sent out to your pool of prospective donors? Perhaps asked a friend or spouse to offer their unvarnished opinion about the story your communications tools tell about your organization, its worldview and its relative state of health?

AFP Blog Helps Members, Charities Share Needed Resources
(September 26, 2005) (Sept. 26, 2005) AFP members are encouraged to monitor and use the AFP Hurricane Relief Blog to request and provide resources related to Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief.

A Lifetime Achievement: The ACFRE
(September 25, 2005) (Sept. 26, 2005) Are you at the right career stage to consider attaining the ultimate professional credential - the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE)? If you currently hold the CFRE credential and have recertified at least once, and if you have 10 years of full-time fundraising experience, it's time to begin this invigorating process.

Looking Beyond Charity Competition
(September 12, 2005) (Sept. 12, 2005) Like it or not, charities are forced to compete with each other. Rising above the ethical, logistical and resource-draining quagmire of competing against like-minded nonprofits requires framing the world a little bit differently than we have in the past.

AFP's CEO, Paulette Maehara, Speaks About AFP Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina and Their Needs
(September 9, 2005) (Sept. 7, 2005) I sent out a message to all AFP members on Sept. 2, letting them know what the organization was doing in response to Hurricane Katrina. I have received hundreds of emails from concerned members in support of their colleagues.

AFP's CEO, Paulette V. Maehara Speaks About Hurricane Katrina
(September 2, 2005) (Sept. 2, 2005) All of us at AFP International Headquarters send our thoughts and prayers to the residents of cities affected by Hurricane Katrina (especially our members in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Alabama Gulf Coast and Mississippi chapters and others in the affected area). We hope all of our members' families and friends are safe and well.

Give, But Give Wisely, to Katrina Relief Efforts
(September 2, 2005) (Alexandria , Va.) -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals ( AFP ) today warned the general public about fundraising scams involving relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and urged donors to exercise caution when giving to any type of relief effort.

AFP President and CEO Named One of Sector's Most Influential People
(August 8, 2005) (Aug. 8, 2005) The Nonprofit Times has named Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), one of the 50 most influential people in the charitable sector.

Branding: Are Your Fundraising Strategies Damaging Your Hopes For Long-Term Success?
(August 8, 2005) (Aug. 8, 2005) Fundraising solicitations that play on current world events and short-term emotions are commonplace, but can they damage a charity's long-term development potential? AFP's guest branding columnist, Bill Tolliver, examines the issue.

Canadian Charitable Giving Rises By 7 Percent in 2004
(July 20, 2005) (July 20, 2005) Canadian charities saw their fundraising increase by more than 7 percent in 2004, according to the final report of the State of Fundraising 2004 survey issued by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Branding -- Using the Power of Common Sense to Earn Loyalty
(July 11, 2005) This is the second in a series of six articles addressing the issue of nonprofit branding. This week: earning the public's (and your donor's) loyalty.

Taking the Mystery (and Misery) Out of Branding
(June 27, 2005) (June 27, 2005) A new series of articles in AFP eWire will help nonprofits use advanced branding and communications techniques to further their cause.

Email Scam Spreads Viruses
(June 20, 2005) (June 20, 2005) Some emails that appear to originate from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) using the '' extension have been found to contain a virus in the accompanying attachment.

New Project to Raise Awareness of Charitable Sector
(June 19, 2005) (June 20, 2005) Eight organizations in Canada are collaborating on a new project over the next two years to raise awareness of the country's voluntary and charitable sector.

AFP Launches Educational Fundraising Program
(April 25, 2005) (April 25, 2005) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has launched the Essentials of Fundraising, a new education program on fundraising theory and practice for both staff professionals and volunteers.

AFP Builds AFP Nonprofit Essentials Series
(April 18, 2005) (April 18, 2005) AFP expands the new AFP Nonprofit Essential Series with the release of the latest book in the series, Endowment Building.

To do list
(April 6, 2005)

AFP Actively Participates in a Nonprofit Panel Responding to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Roundtable Discussion
(February 28, 2005) (Feb. 28, 2005) As previously reported, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee issued a draft discussion paper in June, 2004 that contained several proposals intended to improve the regulation of the charitable sector.

Nonprofit, Association Sponsorships Expected to Rise in 2005
(February 21, 2005) (Feb. 21, 2005) For-profit corporations and businesses are expected to spend more than $1 billion in sponsoring nonprofit causes in 2005, according to industry forecasts by the IEG Sponsorship Report.

Hong Kong Billionaire to Establish Large Canadian Foundation
(January 23, 2005) (Jan. 24, 2005) A Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist has announced he will establish a new charitable foundation in Canada with startup funding expected to be in the hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of dollars (Canadian).

Give, but Give Wisely, to Tsunami Relief Efforts
(January 4, 2005) (Jan. 4, 2005) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today encouraged the general public to contribute to tsunami relief efforts, but urged donors to use caution when giving to avoid potential scams.


Ranking the Best Corporate Citizens
(December 13, 2004) (Dec. 13, 2004) In the last of a series of four articles looking at corporations, 'Beyond the Balance Sheet,' Forbes magazine ranks some of the largest for-profits on the basis of corporate citizenship.

Assembly Approves Change to Ethical Code
(November 1, 2004) (Nov. 1, 2004) The Delegate Assembly approved a change in the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice that eliminates the distinction in the code between 'charitable' funds raised and funds raised through advertising, sponsorships and other means.

BBB To Expand Charity Evaluation Program
(August 9, 2004) (Aug. 9, 2004) The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, a charity monitoring group based in Arlington, Va., has developed the Online Charity Reporting and Evaluation System, which will allow the organization to evaluate more nonprofits every year.

Predictions: How the Internet will Affect Nonprofits in 2004
(January 12, 2004) (Jan. 12, 2004) - The Internet can be a tremendous communication tool for all nonprofits, but are you using its full potential? Do you know how to integrate the Internet into your fundraising plan? An Internet expert recently discussed his predictions for 2004 about the Internet and its impact on nonprofits.


NPD Website a Resounding Success
(December 8, 2003) (Dec. 8, 2003) - More than 200,000 users visited the new National Philanthropy Day (NPD) website in November.

AFP Releases First-Ever Survey on Fundraising Profession in Canada
(July 11, 2003) (July 11, 2003) - A new survey by AFP and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) reveals new details about the philanthropic landscape and the fundraising profession in Canada.

Mixed Fundraising Results Among North American Charities - The AFP State of Fundraising 2002
(March 24, 2003) (March 24, 2003 - PRESS RELEASE) - Charitable fundraising across North America remained quite strong in 2002 despite the challenges of a slowing economy, according to a new survey released today by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

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