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Foundation Celebrates Strategic Successes in The Steward

(April 14, 2009) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation for The Color of Money conference. Read about this generous grant along with the Foundation’s progress and its 2009 strategic initiatives in its latest issue of The Steward.

Strategic initiatives for 2009 include:

  • A Research Think Tank
  • Research Grants
  • AFP Educational Programming in Chapters
  • Collegiate Chapter Leaders Program
  • Ethics Workshop
  • Ethics Curriculum
  • AFP 50th Anniversary
  • …and more!

“Our collective investment in AFP’s strategic initiatives builds a stronger and increasingly vital profession for the future,” said AFP Foundation Chair Donald G. Rizzo, CFRE. “Educational programs and tangible resources that promote ethical and effective fundraising are the core of the foundation’s mission and represent the primary focus of our major-gift solicitations.”

Foundation Fundraising Highlights

The foundation is pleased to announce that The Philadelphia Foundation has awarded the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy a special sponsorship grant of $20,000 as the Presenting Sponsor of The Color of Money conference.

“We are honored to partner with The Philadelphia Foundation and acknowledge with great appreciation this generous investment in promoting diversity,” said Rizzo.

The Color of Money conference, to be held June 24, 2009, in Philadelphia, is a ground-breaking, professional development conference for fundraisers of color. It reflects the commitment of a unique consortium of parties including AFP, the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter, The National Center for Black Philanthropy and the AFP foundation.

In another generous gift to the foundation, lifelong friends and business partners Marc S. Saffren, CFRE, and Michael J. Baker, CFRE, have teamed up to make a large gift of Joint Life Protection Insurance to the foundation with a death benefit of up to $275,000. This instrument, often referred to as a “second to die” policy, provides coverage for two parties with proceeds to be paid upon the death of the second party.

Also, seven new members were inducted into the Omega Circle on October 18, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn., bringing the total membership to an impressive 143. The Omega Circle recognizes donors who have made a planned gift valued at $5,000 or more to AFP Foundation for Philanthropy or AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada.

Recognizing Chapter Gifts

Each year the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy recognizes outstanding chapter performance in the annual fund. The awards are given to chapters that reach the highest level within each group of like-size chapters. The 2008 awards include the Every Member Campaign Award of Excellence, Highest Percent Member Participation and the Highest Chapter Treasury Gift. Each award comes with a $150 gift for use in chapter activities. View the full list of 2008 Annual Fund Award winners in this issue of The Steward.

The foundation also thanks the more than 5,300 donors who contributed to securing a bright future for the fundraising profession.

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