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OTTAWA (AFP eWire - April 5, 2004) - Members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) have been named to both the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency's (CCRA) Charities Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees.

The Charities Advisory Committee, comprised of 15 members from the charitable sector selected by CCRA, will advise the agency in a number of areas, including emerging issues and trends in the charitable sector, the administration of new sanctions and the revised appeal process.

Tad Brown, finance and development counsel for the University of Toronto and chair of AFP's Canadian Government Relations Committee, has been named to the committee.

'Tad will do a terrific job of representing the fundraising profession,' said AFP President and CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE. 'As a lawyer and seasoned fundraiser at one of the largest charitable institutions in Canada, he has impeccable credentials and will be a strong asset to the committee.'

For more information, visit the Charities Advisory Committee.

CCRA also has set up a Technical Advisory Committee that will provide a forum for the identification, discussion and resolution of technical issues related to registered charities and the Income Tax Act. The first meeting of the committee is set for May 20 in Ottawa.

The committee includes representatives from a variety of charity and fundraising groups, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Canadian Center for Philanthropy and the Certified General Accountants Association.

AFP's representative to the committee will be Andrea McManus, CFRE, president of The Development Group and AFP's vice chair for external relations.

'Andrea was one of AFP's first members to push our legislative work in Canada, and she has extensive knowledge of the sector,' Maehara said. 'She'll do a great job of ensuring that AFP's and the fundraising profession's interests are well heard in the committee.'

Both Brown and McManus were honored and appreciative of their selections. 'It really shows that the government is taking an increased interest in fundraising, and that AFP has earned a seat at the table,' McManus said. 'Our involvement on these committees will further accelerate our government relations program.'

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