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AFP Leaders Attend White House Philanthropy Conference

(March 13, 2006) More than 25 AFP leaders attended the National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, hosted by the White House, on March 9 in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the conference was to emphasize the important role that corporations and foundations play in funding social services. The White House also released the results of a data collection effort showing federal discretionary grant activity with faith-based charities in 2005.

During the conference, the White House provided various forums to examine many of the issues that hinder the collaborative efforts among corporations, foundations and the charitable sector. Morning breakout sessions covered topics such as:

  • Bringing Minority Social Entrepreneurs and Corporate/Foundation Resources Together
  • Why Results and Organizational Growth Matter
  • How Corporations and Foundations Benefit from Faith-Based and Grassroots Partnerships

The afternoon workshops provided guidance and tips on how grassroots groups can build their organizations while remaining true to their mission. These sessions covered the “nuts and bolts” of how to grow an organization and increase effectiveness to serve more people in need, and included a tutorial on approaching corporate, foundation and other private sources of funding.

IRA Rollover Support

At lunch, President Bush addressed the conference’s participants. He emphasized that the federal government needed to do its part to support faith-based organizations.

Most importantly, President Bush reaffirmed his support for the IRA rollover provision. He noted that “seniors now have to pay taxes on a portion of their individual retirement account savings, and so why not allow them to take part of that money and send it to charitable organizations, as opposed to paying tax on it.” For a copy of the president's full remarks, click here.

AFP was pleased to hear the president voice his support for the IRA rollover provision, one of the association’s legislative priorities over the past several years. With President Bush’s words in mind, AFP plans to continue to push for the inclusion of the IRA rollover provision in the tax reconciliation bill (H.R. 4297) that Congress is currently working on.

AFP Participation

Prior to the event, AFP hosted a reception at the Hilton Washington for members who attended the conference. In addition, several attendees arrived in Washington, D.C., the day before the conference and participated in meetings with their senators and representatives.

Members who attended the conference include:

  • Sandra Adams, ACFRE
  • Jimmie Alford, CFRE
  • Anita Brower, CFRE
  • Alphonce Brown, ACFRE
  • Donald Campbell, CFRE
  • Robert Carter, CFRE
  • Glen Cosper, CFRE
  • Jay Frey, CFRE
  • Heather Gee, CFRE
  • Walt Gillette, CFRE
  • Samuel Gough, CFRE
  • Ann Hale, CFRE
  • Roberta Healey, ACFRE
  • Susan Hosbach, CFRE
  • Patricia Moran, CFRE
  • Colette Murray, JD, CFRE
  • Kay Peck
  • Gary Schrenk, CFRE
  • Martha Schumacher, CFRE
  • Scott Staub, ACFRE
  • Charles Stephens, CFRE
  • Shereitte Stokes, CFRE
  • Paul Strawhecker, ACFRE
  • Kathleen Swayze, CFRE
  • Don Taylor, CFRE
  • Ann Updegraff Spleth, CFRE
  • Daniel Zorn, CFRE

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