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2018Call for Nominations: AFP Canada Board of Directors 2019
(August 15, 2018) Be a part of the AFP in Canada team. Nominations for the 2019 AFP Canada Board of Directors are being accepted now through August 20, 2018.
10 Reasons to Attend #AFPCongress2018
(August 14, 2018) Things are changing. UBER has disrupted the taxi industry, LEESA & CASPER have disrupted the mattress industry—so what’s next for philanthropy? Register for AFP Congress 2018 to learn more about the disruptive opportunities that lie ahead!
2018 Canadian Leadership Retreat Recap
(August 14, 2018) On July 26, more than 75 AFP leaders gathered for what has become one of the most popular AFP events in our country: the Canadian Leadership Retreat.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada Announces 2018-2019 Fellows
(August 14, 2018) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Fellows in Diversity and Inclusion. The Fellowship program has expanded across Canada with a grant from Canadian Heritage.
AFP Member Spotlight: Ken Kissick, Founder, Streets Alive Mission
(August 14, 2018) As a way to connect the many members of AFP in Canada, AFP eWire Canada will be highlighting frontline fundraisers from across Canada who work tirelessly for their organizations and the good of Canada’s social sector. In this issue we introduce you to Ken Kissick.
Alert: Possible Summer Strike Vote from Canada Post
(August 14, 2018) What does a postal disruption mean for your charity?
Choosing the AFP ICON 2019 Education Sessions
(August 14, 2018) AFP received hundreds and hundreds of proposals for education sessions at our 2019 ICON (International Conference on Fundraising). So how do we select the sessions you attend? Find out in an interview with Scott Staub, ACFRE, the chair of the Conference Education Advisory Committee.
Scholarships: Advance Your Fundraising Career with Scholarship Support
(August 14, 2018) The deadline is only a couple weeks away. Apply now for financial scholarships for the upcoming conference year!
Strategic Planning for AFP in Canada
(August 14, 2018) What is AFP in Canada? Join Leah Eustace for an upcoming webinar that offers a first look at the plan that will guide the work of AFP to the benefit all of all members.
AFP’s Canadian National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
(August 13, 2018) Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship?
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Board Announced
(July 18, 2018) Several new members have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Board and are ready to help the foundation fulfill its mission of advancing fundraising across the country!
AFP Member Spotlight: Tim Maloney, National Director Mercy Ships Canada
(July 18, 2018) As a way to connect the many members of AFP in Canada, we will be spotlighting fundraisers from across Canada who work tirelessly for their organizations and causes. In this issue we introduce Tim Maloney.
Call For Nominations: AFP Canada Board of Directors 2019
(July 18, 2018) Be a part of the AFP in Canada team. Nominations for the 2019 AFP Canada Board of Directors are being accepted now through August 20, 2018.
Ethical Leadership: Are You Humble Enough?
(July 18, 2018) What kind of leadership do we need in the nonprofit sector? Kimberly MacKenzie argues we need more ethical leadership.
Fundraising Legend and Icon Jerry Panas Passes Away
(July 18, 2018) Jerold "Jerry" Panas, founder of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners and fundraising author, presenter, teacher and icon, has passed away. Few practitioners have had a greater influence on the development of fundraising.
Special Senate Committee Update
(July 18, 2018) The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector continues its study on the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies on the charitable and nonprofit sector.
Your AFP Canada Board Is Hard at Work!
(July 18, 2018) AFP Canada Board Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE provides an update on key activities that AFP is working on across the country.
Digital Giving Campaign Best Practices
(July 5, 2018) Online campaigns are time intensive, but can quickly connect your social media and fan base with your campaign cause and then catapult those relationships. Here are steps to help you be successful.
The 100% Fallacy: 7 Common Presumptions That Hold Your Fundraising Back
(July 5, 2018) AFP chats with Tom Ahern, of Ahern Communications, about his recent webinar on fundraising fallacies, along with ways to deliver happiness to our customers: donors!
The Digital Advancing Philanthropy Magazine
(July 1, 2018) Read the digital Advancing Philanthropy—whenever you want! You can conveniently access the entire magazine online, scroll through it page by page, as well as bookmark, download and print favorite articles. Also, search for articles by topic or key word, link directly to additional resources from each article and connect instantly to advertisers to learn more about resources to help you do your job more effectively.
AFP Member Spotlight Q&A: Dzenan Berberovic, MA
(June 27, 2018) AFP talks with one of our 2018 Outstanding Young Professionals, Dzenan Berberovic, about his inspiring story that's taken him from Bosnia to Germany to the Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Five 2018 AFP Webinars Approved for ACFRE Credit
(June 20, 2018) For senior-level fundraisers seeking initial or re-certification of AFP's ACFRE credential, the ACFRE has recently recommended five 2018 AFP webinars for ACFRE credit. Click here to see the list of webinars and start earning ACFRE credit.
AFP Chapters Offer CFRE June Education Sessions and Study Groups
(June 11, 2018) Thinking about getting your CFRE? Been putting it off? Not sure how to get started? Now is the time to act.
Fundraising Events: So Much More than Money
(June 11, 2018) Cathy Mann shares her new perspective on the role of special events in fundraising.
Gifts Happen: Tales from an Introverted Fundraiser
(June 11, 2018) An introverted fundraiser confides her fears and successes.
New AFP in Canada Staff: Meet Lisa Davey
(June 11, 2018) Later this month, Lisa Davey officially joins the AFP International staff advancing our work in Canada.
Report: Thirty Years of Giving in Canada - Roger Ali, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Chair
(June 11, 2018) A landmark study on the historical giving behavior of Canadians was recently conducted by Imagine Canada for The Rideau Hall Foundation. AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Chair, Roger Ali introduces some key points of the report here.
Research Finds “Ideological" Gap in How to Represent Charity Beneficiaries
(June 11, 2018) New research explores the opposing views and attitudes that fundraisers and service delivery staff often have about how beneficiaries ought to be portrayed in advertising, marketing and fundraising materials.
Scholarship Opportunity: Transforming Your Career in Canada's Nonprofit Sector
(June 11, 2018) The KPMG Foundation Community Leader Scholarship provides full tuition to one learner in Athabasca University (AU) Online MBA for Executives' program.
Seven Steps to Focus on the Art and Science of Grant Writing
(June 11, 2018) Why is your grant portfolio underperforming? Jennifer Wilson shares steps to make your grant proposal more effective.
2019 Call for Nominations for the US Foundation Fundraising Board
(June 8, 2018) On behalf of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy it is my privilege as Chair of the Committee on Appointment to invite you to participate actively in the Foundation’s nominating process for 2018.
Sluggish First Quarter Raises Concerns for Year-Long Giving Outlook
(May 31, 2018) While relatively little giving occurs in the first three months of the year, data from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s (FEP) 2018 First Quarter Report shows some early warning signs for charities and giving.
Building Your Small Shop Toolkit
(May 15, 2018) Running a small non-profit organization is no easy endeavor. AFP talks with Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, about how to identify essential aspects of finance, work/life balance, self-care and many others as they pertain to running a small shop.
Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness
(May 15, 2018) Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness is a tool for educating board members, donors, volunteers and staff about how to view, understand and think holistically about fundraising costs and investments. Read about the project and sign up for a free webinar on talking about fundraising costs and effectiveness!
Ten Ways to Supercharge Your Storytelling
(May 15, 2018) Stories are one of the greater ways to connect donors and causes. AFP chats with Shanon Doolittle, fundraising and storytelling coach at Voice for Good, about the undeniable power of storytelling, along with formulas and techniques that make a story memorable.
Beyond “Give and Get:” How Nonprofit Board Performance Affects Fundraising
(May 2, 2018) Amid the rush of activity, some fundraisers may be hard-pressed to recall all of the board's responsibilities. Does that matter? Darryl Mori discusses how fundraisers may be missing opportunities to help their organizations excel.
The Value of Grassroots Supporters: It’s in the Secret Sauce
(May 2, 2018) How do you find, assemble, and persuade your grassroots supporters anyway? It’s all about the secret sauce, according to Jeff Tippett.
Apply Now for the 2018-19 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
(April 25, 2018) The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will offer a one-year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $5,000 for the academic year 2018–2019. This fellowship will be awarded to a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving.
AFP Distinguished Fellows
(April 19, 2018)
Call for Nominations for the AFP 2019 Board of Directors
(April 12, 2018) AFP Leadership is governed by the Board of Directors. Call for nominations are made in the spring of each year and nominations are reviewed by the AFP Committee on Directorship in August. The nomination form is attached below to submit your candidate.
AFP Sponsored Study: Retail Demand for Impact Investing
(April 9, 2018) Impact investing may be the answer to the nonprofit sector effectively addressing a myriad of environmental and social challenges.
Celebrate Your Charity's Impact in The Globe and Mail Philanthropy Supplement
(April 9, 2018) Celebrate your organization's contribution to the community.
Join Us As We Dive Deeper Into The Fundraising Topics That Matter To You!
(April 9, 2018) On June 12, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter looks forward to welcoming you to Fundraising Day 2018.
Omega Circle Donors
(April 9, 2018) Omega Circle Donors
Tell Me a Story and We'll Write the Future Together
(April 9, 2018) When it comes to fundraising, it all begins with telling a story.
The Importance of Mentorship: Women Who Have Led Me
(April 9, 2018) Take the time to recognize and thank your mentors advises Deanna Codner.
To Canadian Chapter Leaders: An AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Update
(April 9, 2018) 2018 is off to a very good year! Here are some of the programs that your AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is implementing to assist the fundraising profession in Canada.
UPDATE: AFP Canada Board
(April 9, 2018) Wonder what your AFP Canada Board has been up to? Board Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE provides you with an update.
What to Do if Your Charity is Audited
(April 9, 2018) Each year the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate audits approximately 700 charities. Andrew Valentine provides valuable information on what to do if your charity receives an audit notification.
AFP Member Spotlight Q&A: Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE
(March 28, 2018) AFP recently named Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, as a member of its 2018 class of Distinguished Fellows. Von Schlegell has been in the development field for over 40 years! She was the editor of the first book on women’s philanthropy, Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, published by Jossey Bass in 1993 - a best-selling handbook about women’s giving. We sat down with Abbie to ask her a few questions about her thoughts, career and experiences!
April is National Financial Literacy Month—Ways to Educate Donors About Financial and Charitable Planning
(March 21, 2018) April 2018 is the 14th anniversary of National Financial Literacy Month and an important opportunity for all charities to help educate donors about financial challenges and how planning—and including philanthropy in your planning—can help overcome those challenges.
AFP Young Professional Spotlight: Leah Heister
(March 20, 2018) AFP talked with Leah Heister, one of our first Outstanding Young Professionals, about how she got involved in fundraising, what it’s like to work in the consulting field, and the importance of networking and mentoring.
Mastering the Four Fundamentals of Diversity in Giving
(March 20, 2018) The AFP Webinar on Diversity in Giving: Moving from Awareness to Action, presented by Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE, and Dr. Janice Gow Pettey on March 14, highlighted the need for fundraising today to be tailored to the interests, value, and traditions of the many, replacing the one size fits all approach.
AFP Announces 2018 Class of Distinguished Fellows
(March 13, 2018) AFP has announced its 2018 class of Distinguished Fellows: Ken Frisch, ACFRE; Jim Greenfield, ACFRE; and Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE.
Member Spotlight: Cherrelle Duncan
(March 13, 2018) AFP interviews one of our first Outstanding Young Professionals, Cherrelle Duncan, and discusses what she's learned so far in her career and what she thinks the profession needs to be better!
AFP Launches New Campaign to Address Gender Inequity in Fundraising
(March 8, 2018) On International Women’s Day, AFP has launched the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) to address issues of gender inequity in the fundraising profession and charitable sector, including sexual harassment, salary inequality, and the lack of women in senior leadership roles.
Washington, D.C. Fundraiser Lynn Croneberger Named Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(March 8, 2018) Lynn Croneberger, chief executive officer of SOS Children’s Villages-USA, the U.S. Headquarters of SOS Children’s Villages International, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Champions Circle Members
(March 7, 2018) Members of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Champions Circle demonstrate visionary leadership and a commitment to build the capacity of philanthropy through ethical and effective fundraising. Membership in the Champions Circle requires a minimum five-year commitment totaling at least $25,000.
Looking Back on the Legacy of Charles Stephens
(February 27, 2018) Birgit Burton, chair of the AFP Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, talks about the incredible impact Charles Stephens had on AFP.
Pathways to Greater Diversity on Nonprofit Boards
(February 27, 2018) Nonprofit boards that include a higher percentage of women tend to have board members who participate more in fundraising and advocacy. Members of these boards also tend to be more involved in the board’s work, according to a new research study on The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement.
Call for Nominations: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, Board of Directors
(February 21, 2018) Don't miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, Canada. Deadline for nominations is March 30.
Looking to Fundraising's Future
(February 21, 2018) Leah Eustace shares why the work that AFP Canada is doing to develop new ideas and programs is so important to helping the fundraising profession look forward.
Q&A with Brenda Asare
(February 21, 2018) AFP is celebrating Black History Month throughout February. This week AFP interviews Brenda Asare, president and CEO of The Alford Group.
Setting a Strategic Roadmap
(February 21, 2018) The road to an effective strategic planning process begins with a board of directors who understand its roles and responsibilities. Roger Ali explains why this is the place to start.
Three Trends That Aren't Going Away
(February 21, 2018) Elissa Beckett encourages all fundraisers to review, assess and then adopt innovations in fundraising.
Three Webinars for Diversity and Inclusion in March
(February 21, 2018) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is proud to offer a series of three webinars during the month of March focused on diversity and inclusion. These complimentary webinars are provided through a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
What Canadian Donors Want - A Complimentary Webinar
(February 21, 2018) Is March 1 blocked off on your calendar? Don't miss this hour-long free webinar on What Canadian Donors Want!
How to give to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(February 9, 2018) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada offers a range of convenient giving options. Select the option that's best for you!
AFP Board for 2018
(February 3, 2018) AFP membership has approved the association's proposed slate of board of directors for 2017.
Statement of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Regarding Sexual Harassment/Gender Equity in the Fundraising Profession
(January 30, 2018) It might be easy to assume that the recent Presidents Club incident in the U.K., in which hostesses at the charity event were required to sign non-disclosure agreements that they were not given time to read—and then were sexually harassed by male attendees throughout the event—is so extreme, so far out of the norm for the nonprofit sector, that there are no lessons to be learned. We could respond that no legitimate charity in North America or around the world would ever consider holding such an event or condone the mistreatment of women like that, and therefore, there's nothing to be said. Nothing could be further from the truth.
2018 AFP Canada Board Approved
(January 2, 2018) (Jan. 2, 2018) AFP sends its warm congratulations to the members who were recently approved by the membership to serve on the 2018 AFP Canada Board of Directors.
Free PDFs of AFP's Popular Ready Reference Series
(January 1, 2018) As a benefit and service to help fundraisers through the current challenging economic environment, AFP is pleased to offer all of its Ready Reference volumes FREE to all members. Members may download any and all of the Ready Reference booklets in PDF format.
2017What to Focus on in 2018?
(December 20, 2017) What’s ahead in 2018? What should fundraisers be focused on in 2018? AFP asked several fundraisers, and the answers might surprise you. While technology and innovation are definitely on the list, most of the advice gets down to donor relationships and retention.
2018 AFP Webinars Highlighted by Diversity of Topics
(December 15, 2017) We know you’re excited to see our full list of 2018 AFP Webinars… You won’t be disappointed! Webinars will be available for purchase starting in the New Year, with our first webinar covering major gift fundraising with Gail Perry.
Free AFP Member Webinars
(December 14, 2017) The following webinar recordings are provided free to AFP members as a benefit of their membership. New webinars will be added as produced.
AFP Foundation Receives Grant to Continue Fellowship Program
(December 12, 2017) Great news! AFP's Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program is expanding into a national program in 2018.
Are You Feeling Overwhelmed or Behind at Work? You Are Not Alone! (Part 2)
(December 12, 2017) Avoid burnout! In Part 2 of this series, Tracey Church shares more time and project management skills that will help you through your day.
CRA Announces New Charities Education Program
(December 12, 2017) The new Charities Education Program (CEP) includes elements of both an educational purpose, as well as the possibility of a pre-audit. Here's what you need to know about this new Canada Revenue Agency initiative.
Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
(December 12, 2017) AFP invites all members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 55th International Conference on Fundraising, April 15- 17, 2018, in New Orleans, La.
Expanding Our Impact to Advocacy
(December 12, 2017) In many ways, the nonprofit sector serves as the "voice" of the people. As front-line philanthropy workers, Dan Brunette reminds us that our impact can (and should!) also extend to the creation of public policy.
Lethbridge's Community-Wide Celebration of Philanthropy
(December 12, 2017) Why celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) for only one day when it can be for a full week? Lethbridge, Alberta shares the success of their recent NPD celebration.
Mid-level Donors: The Hidden Treasure In Your Database
(December 12, 2017) Mid-level giving strategies are the new "it" thing in fundraising. Marlena McCarthy shares ways to inspire loyal donors to happily give more to your charity.
Naming Directive Restricts Hospitals’ Discretion to Change Their Corporate and Business Names
(December 12, 2017) Despite comments and input from AFP and others, the Hospitals Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario has issued a directive restricting the naming of hospital corporations and, in some instances, individual hospital sites.
New AFP President Mike Geiger Inspired by Passion of Congress Attendees
(December 12, 2017) AFP Congress was proud to welcome new AFP President and CEO Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA as a special guest attendee and speaker. In an informal chat with AFP eWire Canada, Mike shares his impressions of the conference and the people after only two weeks in his new role.
Part Two: Small Shop Sponsorship – The Three-Headed Hydra
(December 12, 2017) Defeat the challenges of raising sponsorship dollars in a small shop with these strategies from Christian Robillard.
Your Next Essential Fundraising Tool: The Fundraising Fitness Test
(December 12, 2017) Have you heard of AFP's Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP)? If not, Shad Ali gives you some very powerful reasons to check out the fundraising tools developed as part of this initiative.
Ann Hale to Lead AFP Volunteer Leadership in 2018
(November 22, 2017) (Nov. 22, 2017) AFP membership has approved the proposed slate of board of directors for 2018, and Ann Hale, CFRE, has been selected to serve a second year as chair.
AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Program Overview & Criteria
(November 13, 2017) The mission of the AFP Diverse Communities Conference Scholarship Fund is to help ensure that AFP programs are inclusive and supportive of diversity-related issues and concerns, to provide financial support for activities that increase understanding and awareness of diversity issues within the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and to provide financial assistance for professional development for AFP members who self-identify as coming from a diverse community and/or who are employed by grassroots organizations that primarily serve diverse populations.
Q&A with AFP’s New President and CEO
(November 9, 2017)
Mike Geiger Named President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
(October 25, 2017) Arlington, Va. - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world’s leading association for individuals and organizations that supports charitable institutions, is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, it has named Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2017.
Free Webinar: Prospect Development Trends
(October 24, 2017)
U.S. Foundation Partners with Catapult Fundraising on BE the CAUSE Campaign
(October 24, 2017) The AFP US Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce a new partnership with Catapult Fundraising, Inc., which will provide in-kind support with 4,000 telephone calls to lapsed donors of the BE the CAUSE Campaign.
AFP Board Adopts New Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
(October 18, 2017) The AFP International Board approved a series of changes to the association’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including a new focus on access and equity and new resources to support each chapter’s diversity efforts.
AFP Talking Points: The GOP Tax Reform Framework
(October 12, 2017)
Member Spotlight: Emilio Alonso-Mendoza
(October 10, 2017) AFP talks with Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, long-time fundraiser and nonprofit leader, about becoming a CEO, Hispanics in fundraising and the importance of mentoring.
An Inclusive Solution for Philanthropic Growth
(October 9, 2017) Our sector faces a common leadership gap challenge: who will fill these critical roles connecting a community’s philanthropy to its needs? In Saskatchewan, the answer may lay with First Nations and Métis people.
Are You Feeling Overwhelmed or Behind at Work? You are Not Alone! (Part 1)
(October 9, 2017) Avoid burnout! Tracey Church shares some time and project management skills that will help you through your day
Data Template: Gaining Actionable Insights For Your Charity
(October 9, 2017) Have you heard about the What Canadian Donors Want user-friendly data template? Read on for more information about this tool that will give you insight into your own donor base.
Diversity and Inclusion in Fundraising: On the Road to Reconciliation
(October 9, 2017) AFP Vancouver members recently gathered for the latest installment of their “AFP In Your Neighbourhood” Series to march forward on the road to reconciliation
Ethics Resource Committee: Q&A with Valerie Campbell
(October 9, 2017) The "Ethics Panel" returns to Congress 2017. Moderator Valerie Campbell shares some of the topics that will be discussed.
Join Us at AFP Congress Next Month!
(October 9, 2017) Who hasn't heard of Congress? What? Never attended? Don't miss this three-day fundraising conference event. This year's theme is Inclusion. Innovation. Inspiration.
Part One: Small Shop Sponsorship – The Three-Headed Hydra
(October 9, 2017) Defeat the challenges of raising sponsorship dollars in a small shop with these strategies from Christian Robillard.
Survey Results: What Canadian Donors Want
(October 9, 2017) The next iteration of the What Canadian Donors Want survey is set for release this fall. Here is a review of findings from the last survey done in 2015.
Youth in Philanthropy
(October 9, 2017) Today's young people are challenging charities to rethink how they engage younger donors and volunteers. Roger Ali shares a few recommendations on how to build this new relationship.
AFP Government Relations Update: September 2017
(September 29, 2017)
Statement of the Charitable Giving Coalition on GOP Tax Reform Framework
(September 29, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C.— Jason Lee, chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition (CGC), a group of more than 175 charities and nonprofits from across the country, commented on the Tax Reform Framework released on Wednesday by the White House and Congressional Republican tax writers.
How to Get "Unstuck" In Your Professional Life: Q&A with Leadership Academy Keynote Speaker Valorie Burton
(September 26, 2017) We often get stuck in our professional work because fear keeps us from acting like we should. Valorie Burton talks about getting unstuck and making the change you want to see.
2018 Board of Director Details and FAQs
(September 11, 2017) The 2018 Board of Director Nominees are ready. You will need your membership ID in order to cast your vote.
A Chat With Melissa Brown, Manager of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC)
(September 5, 2017) AFP talks with Melissa Brown, manager of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), about what the profession is learning from the NRC and why you (yes, YOU!) should be taking the current NRC survey.
(August 30, 2017) AFP has updated its Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page with updates and resources on fundraising during a natural disaster. AFP Interim President and CEO Jason Lee and Greater Houston Chapter President Dawn Koenning also provide their perspectives.
Help AFP Evaluate Its Educational Offerings!
(August 29, 2017) AFP has partnered with Symphonic Strategies, a Washington, DC based consulting firm to measure the quality, effectiveness and impact of our current education program offerings and to determine the future professional development needs of our stakeholders. Click here for more details and how you can help.
2018 AFP International Committees Sign-Up
(August 28, 2017) Know someone who would make a great candidate for committee service? Would you yourself like to serve on one of AFP's committees?
AFP Foundation(s) for Philanthropy Awards Recognizing Accomplishments in 2016
(August 18, 2017)
Call for Candidates to Serve as the AFP Board CPC Representative is Now Open
(August 16, 2017)
A New Narrative for Canadian Fundraising
(August 15, 2017) Canada is not immune to charitable issues and negative news stories. The recent media attack on fundraisers and nonprofits in the UK spotlighted the risk of being unprepared to defend the fundraising profession and its activities. In this introduction, prepared as part of a Rogare discussion paper on the topic, Scott Decksheimer explores the problem, challenges and opportunities for building a new narrative for Canadian fundraising.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Update
(August 15, 2017) Roger Ali has started his term as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada. Read on for information on the current Board and their objectives for the coming year.
Introverts in Fundraising: Surviving in an Extrovert Profession
(August 15, 2017) Tips for surviving special events and other fundraising functions.
Local Leaders to Represent AFP and Build a Stronger Sector for All
(August 15, 2017) Don't let your preconceptions of "government relations" get in the way of some really important work. Advocacy can happen close to home and make a huge impact for your work and the sector at large.
Retreat 2017: The Leadership Challenge
(August 15, 2017) What do you see as the primary leadership gap for fundraisers? Match up your ideas with those who attended AFP's Leadership Retreat.
Scholarships: Advance Your Fundraising Career With Scholarship Support
(August 15, 2017) The deadline is only a couple weeks away. Apply now for financial scholarships for the upcoming conference year!
Speaker Discovery Series: Everyone Has a Story to Tell
(August 15, 2017) In July, eight future speaking stars stepped into the spotlight in the inaugural installment of the "Speaker Discovery Series,” a pathway for new speakers to become part of the AFP speaking community and a safe space for fundraisers to share their experiences.
Summer Reflections: Emotional Intelligence
(August 15, 2017) Being your best self at work may be tied to your emotional intelligence. Here are some tips on building self-awareness and better work habits to help get you through your day.
The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion for Our Future
(August 15, 2017) At AFP's annual Canadian Leadership Retreat, Cheryl Blackman talked about the importance of having diversity and inclusion as part of our future envisioning of the fundraising profession.
The Top Five Reasons You Need to Attend Congress
(August 15, 2017) AFP Congress is an annual high-impact learning and networking experience in the heart of downtown Toronto. Need a reason to attend? Here are FIVE!
Why You Need to be Just as Generous as Your Donors
(August 15, 2017) What if a fundraiser's own generosity is as equally important as that of our donors when it comes to fundraising success? Emma Lewzey suggests practical ways of practicing generosity in your workplace.
AFP Conference Education Committee Reviews Record Number of Proposals
(August 9, 2017) AFP’s Conference Education Advisory Committee has reviewed a record 559 proposals to present at the 2018 International Fundraising Conference and made tough decisions about which sessions will be offered next year in New Orleans.
AFP Leader William Madison “Bill” Moran Passes Away
(August 9, 2017) William Madison “Bill” Moran, ACFRE, a long-time AFP member and leader who served as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, died at home peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family, on July 28, 2017. He was 69 years old.
It’s Summer! Try a Porch Party to Open Doors and Cultivate Prospects
(August 9, 2017) Pulling donors or new prospects together socially is a wonderful strategy for fundraising. Porch parties are easy to pull off. They “feel” attractive to donors because they are casual and informal.
The Privilege of Being a Fundraiser
(August 9, 2017) Cathy Mann talks about one of the most unique aspects of being a fundraiser: the gift of bearing witness to someone’s pain—and how it can affect your professional work.
Young Professional Spotlight: Kayleigh Stampfler, CFRE
(July 26, 2017)
AFP Member Spotlight: Joyce Mitchell-Antoine, CFRE
(July 19, 2017)
Rock It! How to Be a Great Fundraiser and a Great Manager at the Same Time
(July 19, 2017) Five questions with Kishshana Palmer about managing your career, team and life balance, which is the subject of her upcoming webinar on July 24, 2017.
Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month 2017
(June 28, 2017) To commemorate Pride Month, AFP talked with LGBTQ members about their experiences in the fundraising community, working with donors and boards, and what advice they have for fundraisers of all backgrounds.
Ten Secrets to Optimizing Your Online Donation Process for Maximum Dollars Raised and Retained
(June 28, 2017) Learn a little about Steven Shattuck, how fundraising is a family affair for him, and what he’ll share in his upcoming July 12, 2017 webinar on mobile giving and donor retention.
2017 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Fundraising Board
(June 27, 2017)
How to Make a Gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
(June 27, 2017) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy offers convenient giving options. Select the option that's best for you!
Leadership Society Members
(June 27, 2017) Leadership Society members actively support the work of AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada as board and committee members, mentors, and advisors. Members of the Leadership Society demonstrate sustaining commitments to the profession through their individual, cumulative giving of at least $10,000 and annual gifts of $1000 or more.
Canada at the International Fundraising Summit: Now It’s Time to Prepare!
(June 20, 2017) Now that he’s attend the International Fundraising Summit, AFP Canada Board Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE, says Canada needs to learn from what’s happening in other countries to be better prepared for the future of our profession.
AFP Leadership Society Recognizes Inspirational Giving
(June 13, 2017) Meet some committed donors who believe that the work done by The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is positively changing the way Canadians give to, and raise funds for, the causes they believe in.
AFP’s Young Professional Spotlight: Jessica Wroblewski, CFRE
(June 13, 2017) Jessica Wroblewski has already earned her CFRE, writes occasionally, has worked as a consultant, and now is the manager of major gifts and planned giving for the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo. Oh, and she’s also one of five fundraisers in AFP’s first class of Outstanding Young Professionals!
CHANGES: A Look Back at Progress Made: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Chair Leah Eustace
(June 13, 2017) Leah Eustace, ACFRE, outgoing chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, shares a few thoughts on fulfilling the promise of philanthropy in Canada.
Congratulations to Our 100% Board Participation Chapters!
(June 13, 2017) Look at how we're moving the fundraising profession forward—one person, one board and one chapter at a time!
Help Make the Fundraising Profession More Diverse and Vibrant!
(June 13, 2017) We have extended our Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship Program peer-to-peer campaign. During the month of June, Blue Canoe Philanthropy will be matching every dollar you donate, up to $10,0000, to the Fellowship peer to peer fundraising campaign!
Letter to The Editor: End "Overhead Myth" for Charities
(June 13, 2017) Read this response on ending the "overhead myth" submitted to the Winnipeg Free Press by AFP Manitoba Chapter Board President Carolyn Basha. One more example of how AFP members are making a difference in moving the philanthropic conversation forward!
Meet the New AFP Canada Board
(June 13, 2017) Last year, the New Horizons Task Force made recommendations for the creation of a new AFP Canada Board of Directors. Now, it's official!
More Than Just a Good PowerPoint—AFP Master Speaker Training
(June 13, 2017) Missed your chance to attend AFP Master Training last month? Ann Rosenfield shares some pro tips to tide you over.
Tips for a Smooth Transition from a Millennial Job Hopper
(June 13, 2017) Call her a typical millennial, but in seven years of working in the nonprofit sector, Jessica Wroblewski has had just as many jobs. She has come up with seven tips for a smooth transition into your next new job.
CGC: Congress Can Enact a Tax Provision that Would Expand Charitable Giving
(May 25, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C.— Tomorrow, as the Senate Finance Committee conducts a hearing on Tax Reform with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Charitable Giving Coalition (CGC) strongly urges committee members and the Secretary to consider a universal charitable deduction that would be available to all taxpayers.
Survey of Millennial Donors Indicates They Will Likely Give More as They Mature
(May 24, 2017) Millennials, the generation born from 1982 to 2000, show signs of taking up the mantle of charitable giving from older generations as they mature, according to a new study commissioned by Dunham+Company and conducted by Campbell Rinker.
Fundraising Goes Global – Challenges and Opportunities
(May 11, 2017) AFP brought together 25 CEOs and board members representing 11 different national fundraising associations from around the world for the 8th International Fundraising Summit on Friday, April 28.
What We Learned (And Left) in San Francisco: The 2017 AFP International Conference
(May 11, 2017) In case you missed the recent AFP International Fundraising Conference, or simply want to relive it (or see if we included your Tweet), we've got photos, videos and tweets from our three-day event in San Francisco.
Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
(April 26, 2017) Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Trump Administration Releases Broad Tax Plan
(April 26, 2017) On April 26, 2017,the White House today released a broad one-page outline of its plan to overhaul the tax code, addressing a few key areas while generally remaining light on details.
Earth Day and Environmental Fundraising
(April 24, 2017) With Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, AFP is looking at the state of environment fundraising and advocacy. Part I here looks at American organizations, and Part II will look at environmental organizations around the world.
AFP Banff Compass 2017, May 8-11
(April 19, 2017) This year's theme for AFP Banff Compass is "Inspiring Your Future; Leading Through Transition." It's an intimate, affordable conference in a must-visit location. Read on for more information!
Advanced Professional Spotlight: Questions for Barb Coury, CFRE
(April 19, 2017) Barb Coury, CFRE, is regional chief development officer for the American Red Cross in the state of Indiana. Oh, and she’s ALSO our CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Learn about her career, her secrets to fundraising success, and why she loves working at the Red Cross.
Canada 150 Profiles: Sahar Vermezyari
(April 19, 2017) As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the nonprofit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Congratulations to Sahar Vermezyari for being included as a featured profile.
How Youth Leadership is Impacting Philanthropy
(April 19, 2017) Have you considered the role that youth could play as ambassadors for your organization? Amy Soden observes that youth leadership may be the key to getting your mission and fundraising messages out to a broader community.
Inaugural AFP Canada Board of Directors Announced
(April 19, 2017) The efforts and impact of AFP Canada members will now be linked to the work of AFP International through a new governing body, the AFP Canada Board of Directors.
It’s a Small World: Customizing Fundraising Strategies for Global Audiences
(April 19, 2017) Over the past five years, Kiwanis Children’s Fund, Lions Clubs International, and Rotary International combined have raised more than a billion dollars in nearly 30 currencies from donors in over 200 countries. So, together they have more than a few good ideas for customizing fundraising strategy to appeal to diverse domestic and international audiences.
Join us at Fundraising Day on June 8th!
(April 19, 2017) Customize your learning at AFP Greater Toronto Chapter's annual Fundraising Day conference!
Next Steps: The Fellowship for Inclusion in Philanthropy Looks Forward
(April 19, 2017) Two cohorts of Fellows have embraced and benefited from the learning opportunities offered by AFP's Fellowship for Inclusion in Philanthropy program. Now as program champions and leaders, the Fellow alumni and their mentors will be asking for your support in growing this innovative diversity and inclusion initiative.
Inaugural AFP Canada Board of Directors Announced
(April 3, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals is pleased to announce the creation of the inaugural AFP Canada Board of Directors. Through the work of the New Horizons Task Force, as well as New Horizons Transition Task Force, formal recommendations were made to the AFP Board of Directors and implementation is now underway.
Interview with Eileen Heisman, ACFRE
(March 29, 2017) Eileen Heisman, ACFRE, president and CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust, talks about her career, growing donor-advised funds and her love of illiquid assets!
AFP’s Response to Sign-On Letter
(March 24, 2017)
AFP Member Spotlight: Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE
(March 21, 2017) She’s been in fundraising for 25 years, an AFP volunteer for 23 and a recipient of our Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership. AFP talks with Susan about her career arc (starting out in sports broadcasting!) and working in smaller shops where one has to do it all.
AFP Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint
(March 17, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the largest community of charities and fundraisers in the world, has released the following statement from its Interim President and CEO Jason Lee regarding the release of President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.
Fundraising Professionals Name Dr. Claire Routley as 2017 Emerging Scholar of the Year
(March 15, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected Dr. Claire Routley, research fellow at the University of Plymouth and one of the UK’s leading experts on legacy giving, as its 2017 Emerging Scholar Award.
Q&A with Thaddeus Teo
(March 8, 2017) Thaddeus is the Donor Relations Officer with the United Way of King County in Seattle. He's interned, he's volunteering, and he's deeply committed to getting other young professionals engaged in the profession. And of course, being from Seattle, yeah, he likes coffee.
Statement From Jason Lee, Interim President and CEO, Regarding Today's eWire Article On Men In Fundraising
(March 8, 2017)
AFP Position on Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
(February 22, 2017) Discussion about repealing the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from engaging in partisan, electoral politics. AFP stakes out its position, opposing repeal on a number of grounds.
Advanced Professional Spotlight: Mike House
(February 22, 2017) We talk with Mike House, president and CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, about his job, the use of acronyms, managing a large staff and the moment he realized he wanted to be a leader and a CEO.
Why Are There So Few Male Fundraisers?
(February 22, 2017) Fundraising has been a female-dominated profession for decades. Why is that, and is it going to change any time soon? AFP members provide some ideas and perspective.
Building and Maintaining Productive Corporate Partnerships
(February 14, 2017) At AFP Congress, Grant Monck and Nada Ristich shared knowledge from their 20-plus years of experience in philanthropic corporate giving. Here, they pass some key highlights from the presentation on to you.
Comments on the CRA's Guidelines on Political Activities of Charities
(February 14, 2017) AFP is advocating for Canadian charities to help demystify the Canada Revenue Agency's position on "Political Activities of Charities." Read this excerpt from AFP’s recommendations recently submitted to the CRA for discussion and consideration.
UPDATE: Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program
(February 14, 2017) After three years of successful programming, AFP's Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy has become a vital contributor to an increased understanding of diversity in the nonprofit sector. Find out how you can get involved to ensure the continuation and growth of this important program!
Melissa Leite: AFP’s Fellowship in Inclusion and Diversity
(February 7, 2017) AFP talks with Melissa Leite, a 2016-2017 Fellow in AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada's Inclusion and Philanthropy program. Learn more about the program and what she has learned about the program, inclusion in fundraising and getting that first job.
Q&A with Nicole Bailey
(February 7, 2017) In every issue of Young Professionals, we'll be talking to...young professionals! Our first member spotlight focuses on Nicole Bailey (right), who's already a consultant and committed to working on her CFRE.
AFP Canada Board of Directors 2017 Nominations
(January 31, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to announce that a new AFP Canada Board governance structure will be implemented in 2017. Nominations to serve on the first Board of Directors are open until January 31, 2017.
How to Use AFP Live!
(January 29, 2017) AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Live!
Russell Raker, Father of the ACFRE Program, Passes Away
(January 4, 2017) Russell Raker, ACFRE, former AFP board member who led the development and implementation of the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Credential (ACFRE) program, passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 75.
The Virtual New Member Kit
(January 1, 2017) So ... you've just joined AFP ... what happens now? Take a virtual tour of AFP member benefits!
2016100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
(December 31, 2016) The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2016 BE the CAUSE Campaign. These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts.
2016 Diverse Communities Scholarship Donors
(December 31, 2016) These donors are recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession and have made a generous contribution to the Diverse Communities Scholarship Campaign
AFP Business Membership
(December 14, 2016) AFP's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards had been amended and expanded to apply to for-profit businesses involved with or supporting Fundraising. The changes, which include the addition of seven new standards and the alteration of one standard, now allows for-profit businesses to join AFP as members and actively promote ethical and effective fundraising.
AFP Membership Benefits
(December 14, 2016) You'll receive these membership benefits and more when you join AFP!
2016 National Philanthropy Day in Canada
(December 6, 2016) Derek Fraser shares some special thank you’s to those who helped with the success of National Philanthropy Day 2016. And plans are already well underway for NPD 2017!
22 Greatest Legacy Hits from 2016 AFP Congress
(December 6, 2016) Didn't make it to AFP Congress this year? Don't despair, David Love is giving you his summary of four legacy gift presentations (including his own!).
Call for Presentations: AFP Banff Compass, May 8-11, 2017
(December 6, 2016) The AFP Calgary & Area Chapter invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session presentation at its upcoming fundraising conference. The deadline for proposals is December 15th.
Inclusion and Philanthropy: Fellows Recognized at 2016 AFP Toronto Congress
(December 6, 2016) The second cohort of Fellows have completed the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy program!
Long-Time AFP Staff Member to Head U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy
(December 6, 2016) Lori Gusdorf , CAE, who has been with AFP for more than 25 years, has been named Executive Vice President of the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy.
Webcast: Innovating with Confidence Session Now Available Online
(December 6, 2016) The AFP Congress webcast on innovation as a survival strategy for charities is now available online! Read on for more information on this raved-about session led by U.K fundraiser Lucy Gower.
Complimentary Live Webcast (Nov. 22, 2016): How to Innovate With Confidence
(November 22, 2016) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada and Vitreo Group are pleased to present a complimentary live webcast on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time on How to Innovate With Confidence.
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.
AFP Youth in Philanthropy Curriculum Launched in Calgary
(October 17, 2016) Derek Fraser is excited to share the launch of AFP's Youth in Philanthropy curriculum with Calgary-based Youth Central. Here’s how AFP is teaching a younger generation how to "Make a World of Good."
Call for Participants in Canada - Share your Diversity Story!
(October 17, 2016) Share your diversity story by participating in an exciting digital media project being organized by a Fellow in the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy program.
Gaining Actionable Insights For Your Charity
(October 17, 2016) Now available! The 2015 What Canadian Donors Want user-friendly data template. Read on for more information.
Save the Dates in 2017! Upcoming AFP Conferences
(October 17, 2016) It's better to plan ahead. Here are some important professional development dates to include in your calendar!
Trillium Foundation’s CEO Inspires Diversity Fellows on Inclusion, Leadership, Tenacity
(October 17, 2016) This mantra is one of the thoughts that Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) CEO Andrea Cohen Barrack shared at the summer social for the 2016 Fellows of the Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship. Held at William’s Landing in downtown Toronto, the event featured Barrack’s insights into leadership, growth and how tenacity helped her persevere through the many obstacles she faced along the way.
Michael Slaymaker, New York City and Orange County Chapters Receive Marion, Stephens Awards
(October 12, 2016) Michael Slaymaker is this year’s recipient of the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, while the New York City and California, Orange County Chapters have received the Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity.
What I Learned From Serving on AFP’s Conference Education Advisory Committee
(September 14, 2016) Sarah David shares what she learned from reviewing the hundreds of proposals to speak at AFP’s International Fundraising Conference—and what it means for you as a presenter and a participant!
Philanthropy in Action!
(September 7, 2016) Have a photo of philanthropy in action you want to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pic, a caption, and a short description of your organization.
Call for Candidates to Serve as the AFP Board CPC Representative is Now Open
(August 12, 2016)
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).
AFP Chapter Leaders Give Next Gen Fundraisers a Hand Up!
(August 8, 2016) A few weeks ago the AFP Canadian Leadership retreat was held in Winnipeg. Read on for a quick update on the big news from the meetings and what’s ahead for AFP Canada.
CRA: Charities and Giving - New Infographic With T3010 Filing Due Dates
(August 8, 2016) Don't miss filing your annual return with the CRA! Refer to this new infographic for deadline information.
Philanthropic Research: Call for Proposals!
(August 8, 2016) Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals is out. Read on and learn all you need to know about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada research awards, including news on the most recent recipient!
Scholarships: Advance Your Fundraising Career With Scholarship Support
(August 8, 2016) The deadline is only a couple weeks away. Apply now for financial scholarships for the upcoming conference year!
UPDATE: 2016 AFP Canadian Leadership Retreat
(August 8, 2016) A few weeks ago the AFP Canadian Leadership retreat was held in Winnipeg. Read on for a quick update on the big news from the meetings and what’s ahead for AFP Canada.
AFP Southern Arizona Chapter Youth in Philanthropy: Seventh Grade Success Story
(July 20, 2016) Two weeks ago, the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) challenged members and chapters to start YIP activities on the local level. The AFP Southern Arizona Chapter shares its success story here.
A Roadmap for the Future: The 2016 Emerging Fundraising Academy
(July 5, 2016) New professionals and students interested in fundraising gathered together in Orlando, Fla., in June to create a model for how young people can learn and engage with the fundraising profession and ensure they receive the training and networking they need to remain committed.
Take the Youth in Philanthropy Challenge: Focus on Youth Programs in Your Chapter!
(July 5, 2016) The Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee is starting a new campaign to help any member who is interested in promoting and furthering youth issues at the chapter level.
Atlanta Fundraiser Lisa Kennedy Earns Highest Professional Credential from AFP
(June 29, 2016) AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Lisa Kennedy of Atlanta, GA.
Chapter Boards Lead by Example in Achieving 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
(June 29, 2016) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada congratulates and thanks those chapters that were among the first to LEAD BY EXAMPLE in achieving 100 percent participation among their board members in the 2016 Campaigns.
AFP Fundraising Dictionary: Now Available in French!
(June 13, 2016) Pilot. Sleeper. Flag. When seasoned fundraising professionals hear these words, they don't always bring to mind an airplane, nap time or a symbolic piece of cloth blowing in the wind. In the fundraising arena, these and other words have specific meanings not used in the everyday world. The AFP Fundraising Dictionary has now been translated to French for Canadian members.
National Philanthropy Day Canada
(June 13, 2016) A successful record of National Philanthropy Day celebrations has Derek Fraser and the NPD working committee excited to start planning for 2017: Canada's 150th anniversary! Read on to find out who's involved and what they're working on.
The Value of Government Relations - The Secret is Out!
(June 13, 2016) Are elected officials on your radar as valued and important stakeholders for your charity? Daniel Brunette, chair of AFP's Canadian Government Relations Committee, invites you to get involved. You may just help to grow our sector along the way.
Welcome to the 2016 Cohort of Inclusion and Philanthropy Program Fellows
(June 13, 2016) In our first year, 31 fellows in the Inclusion and Philanthropy Program accessed the AFP network and educational resources. They participated in specialized access and equity training, and they discussed tools and methods to plan their own inclusion projects, including measuring the impact of those projects.
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.
Así le hacemos nosotros: Día de la Filantropía en Chihuahua
(April 21, 2016) En los diferentes capítulos de AFP en la República Mexicana tenemos muchas maneras de celebrar la filantropía. En este artículo te enterarás de cómo celebraron en Chihuahua su Día de la Filantropía en Noviembre del 2015.
La tiendita de los horrores : Cuando se Pierde la Donataria Autorizada
(April 21, 2016) A todas las organizaciones nos puede pasar, incumplir alguna de las muchas obligaciones que tenemos como donatarias. No es pretexto, es motivo de ponernos muy alerta y organizar nuestros calendarios de obligaciones para que no se nos pasen nuestras obligaciones. En este artículo revisamos los pasos necesarios para recuperar el estatus de donataria autorizada, en caso de llegar a perderlo.
Perfiles: Patrick Feeley, CFRE
(April 21, 2016) En esta ocasión invitamos a Patrick Feeley, CFRE, el Chair del Board de AFP internacional, a participar en la entrevista de Perfiles. Pat es un veterano de la procuración de fondos y nos comparte un poco de sus reflexiones personales.
Sácale jugo a tu Membresía: Imprime tus Libros de la Serie de Consulta Rápida AFP
(April 21, 2016) ¿Sabías que los socios de AFP pueden imprimir toda la serie de libros de Consulta Rápida de AFP? Son ocho libros de temas específicos sobre procuración de fondos, de ellos seis están ya en español y dos más sólo en inglés.
Sólo para mejorar: Cumplir con la “Ley Anti lavado”
(April 21, 2016) Las organizaciones de la sociedad civil tenemos la obligación de actuar de manera transparente, pues esto genera confianza con los donantes. Por ello debemos de cumplir con las promesas que hacemos a nuestros benefactores, llámese reportes de uso de recursos, informes narrativos de las actividades realizadas, memorias fotográficas, firma de convenios, entre otras cosas. Pero también y antes que nada, debemos cumplir con las disposiciones fiscales y contables que aplican en nuestro país.
AFP Canada Council Red & White Reception a Hit in Boston
(April 12, 2016) It was a great party at an excellent conference. Derek Fraser, past chair of the AFP Canada Council, gives a shout-out to the partners and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston such a resounding success.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy: Your Gift at Work
(April 12, 2016) Leah Eustace, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, wants you to know that thanks to the support of AFP Canada members in 2015, the foundation made significant progress in developing future nonprofit leaders, conducted valuable research and made more funds available for regional chapter programs. Read on for more information about the difference your donation is making!
AFP International Conference: A Refresher in Skills and Spirit
(April 12, 2016) As the Chamberlain Scholar from the AFP Toronto Chapter, Theresa Butler-Porter attended the AFP International Fundraising Conference for the first time last March in Boston. In her own words, she shares the impact that the conference experience had on her.
Canadian Chapter Accomplishments Recognized at AFP International Fundraising Conference
(April 12, 2016) Canadian AFP chapters are leading the charge in growth and giving back to help cultivate leadership in the sector. Check out these terrific accomplishments that happened in 2015. What goals does your chapter have for 2016?
Chamberlain Scholarship Recipients Represent Canada at AFPIFC
(April 12, 2016) Every year, the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy invite chapters to select Chamberlain scholars to attend the AFP International Conference for the first time to learn, network and grow as professionals. This year, 15 Chamberlain Scholarship recipients represented their Canadian chapters at the International Fundraising Conference in Boston. Read on for a full listing of attendees at this year's conference.
Do You Believe in Donor Love and Appreciation?
(April 12, 2016) In this article and video message, Beth Ann Locke is inviting you to join the new AFP Gratitude Gang. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of a fantastic new stewardship initiative!
Fundraising Day 2016: A Full Day of Networking, Education and Fun!
(April 12, 2016) Did you miss the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston? Don't despair—Fundraising Day 2016 in Toronto is just around the corner! Early bird registration rates are still in effect. Read on for highlights happening at this year's largest one-day fundraising conference in Canada.
Karen Willson Becomes 9th Canadian, 109th Fundraiser to Receive ACFRE
(April 12, 2016) Only nine Canadians have earned the highly coveted ACFRE designation. The latest recipient, Karen Willson, shares a few of her thoughts on the process of attaining of one of her proudest achievements.
UPDATE: The Canada New Horizons Transition Task Force
(April 12, 2016) A new AFP association governance structure is in being considered for Canada. Get the latest plan update and information on how all AFP Canada members can get involved.
Join the Alpha Society!
(April 7, 2016) The Alpha Society is the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s monthly giving program that provides essential resources to fund scholarships, research, lectures and other programs that empower professional fundraisers to have an increasingly beneficial impact on the communities they serve.
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.
Your AFP Foundation For Philanthropy In Canada Is Making A Difference!
(April 4, 2016) (Apr. 4, 2016) As fundraisers, the notion of "what's in it for me?" is usually not our normal approach to things. Yet, you can be confident that your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is having a positive impact on professional development programs across the country. Check out these infographics on the reach of various scholarship and regional initiatives.
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.
Blackbaud’s Good Takeover Challenge to Boost Fundraising Efforts for AFP Foundations
(March 1, 2016) (March 1, 2016) Members of the AFP can further support AFP Foundations for Philanthropy by participating in Blackbaud's Good Takeover fundraising challenge during the 53rd AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Mass., March 20-22.
Call for Participants: Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program
(February 17, 2016) (Feb. 17, 2016) Year two of the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program is accepting applications! Read on to find out how to get involved.
Tribute to Tony Elischer
(February 17, 2016) (Feb. 17, 2016) Steve Thomas gives tribute to UK fundraiser, Tony Elischer, who made many contributions to further develop the profession of fundraising in Canada.
WEBINAR: What Canadian Donors Want
(February 17, 2016) Sign up now! A complimentary webinar on the latest findings from the "What Canadian Donors Want" research is scheduled for March 2016.
AFP Board for 2017
(February 3, 2016) AFP membership has approved the association's proposed slate of board of directors for 2017.
Andrew Watt, FInstF Again Named a Distinguished 2016 Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy Co-honorary Chair
(February 1, 2016) (Feb. 1, 2016) In February, The Financial Awareness Foundation selected their distinguished 2016 Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy co-honorary chairs representing thought leadership within Academia, Media, and Financial & Nonprofit Associations. Once again, AFP President & CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF will join this prestigious group.
The New Faces of Fundraising
(January 22, 2016) In 2016, your gift will help support the AFP Foundation’s planning phase of the New Faces of Fundraising expansion in North America.
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.
2015Member Comments Requested on New IRS Substantiation Regulations
(November 24, 2015) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations that would modify its requirements that nonprofits obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” for contributions of $250 or more, and AFP is requesting comments and concerns from members about the proposal.
2015 Leadership Academy in Kansas City
(November 18, 2015) AFP members continually strive for new learning opportunities and best practice sharing. Long-time Canadian AFP leader Derek Fraser, CFRE shares a bit of what happened at this year's Leadership Academy in Kansas City.
AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2016
(November 18, 2015) The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2016 with Karen Mercier, CFRE continuing as chair.
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.
Call for Members: National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Canada Committee
(November 18, 2015) Calling on all past National Philanthropy Day chairs/committee members for input on NPD communications plan!
Celebrating National Philanthropy Every Day
(November 18, 2015) In a moving tribute to National Philanthropy Day, Roger Ali, CFRE, chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, shares how we all can make a difference through small acts and a giving heart.
Celebrating National Philanthropy Every Day
(November 18, 2015) In a moving tribute to National Philanthropy Day, Roger Ali, CFRE, chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, shares how we all can make a difference through small acts and a giving heart.
Congress is Almost Here!
(November 18, 2015) AFP Congress Chair Amy Pawluk shares the top five things she is most excited about for this year's AFP Toronto Congress.
National Philanthropy Day and #GivingTuesday: A Powerful Partnership
(November 18, 2015) Wondering how to leverage both National Philanthropy Day and #GivingTuesday to its maximum impact? Paul Nazareth shares tips he's learned while visiting AFP chapters across Canada.
New Horizons for Canada Accepted at the AFP Board of Directors Meeting
(November 18, 2015) The AFP Board provides unanimous support for the Canada New Horizons Recommendations! Read the details here.
Benjamin Mohler Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
(October 14, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Benjamin Mohler of Richmond, Ky.
Nine Fundraisers Earn International Advanced Diploma
(October 7, 2015) (Oct. 7, 2015) Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) are among the first class of graduates to earn the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) developed by AFP, the London-based Institute of Fundraising and the Amsterdam-based European Fundraising Institute.
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.
John D Winnett named Executive Vice President of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
(September 22, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today announced John D. Winnett as the executive vice president of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – US.
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:
Marshall Monroe, CFRE, Former Chair of AFP, Passes Away
(September 9, 2015) A giant of the profession and chair of AFP in 1988 and 1989, Marshall Monroe, CFRE, died on Sept. 1 surrounded by family and friends. Monroe accomplished many things for AFP during his time as chair. Learn more about his AFP service and where to send notes, cards and emails.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Announces 2015-2016 Officers
(August 30, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada has announced its roster of 2015-2016 officers and directors under the leadership of chair Leah Eustace, ACFRE.
AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day – A “Dive In” Experience!
(August 30, 2015) Nearly 250 professional fundraisers arrived at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre for a day of training, networking and personal growth on May 5. Playing on the aquatic theme of “Dive In,” the event was a resounding success, with organizers ensuring that this sold out event held exciting learning opportunities for everyone.
Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program
(August 30, 2015) After listening to AFP chapters and members for more than a year, the Canada New Horizons Task Force is ready to present its recommendations to the AFP Board. Learn what’s in store for the AFP Canada community in the years to come!
Imagine Canada Releases Paper on Charities as an Economic Sector
(August 30, 2015) A recent paper released by Imagine Canada examines the role of Canada's nonprofit sector from a broad economic view. Jennifer Leddy, LLB provides an overview of key discussion points emphasizing the importance of this type of discussion for all charities.
Jumping Out of a Plane...for AFP!
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New Horizons for Canada: Formal Governance Structure, Senior Staff, and Much More
(August 30, 2015) After listening to AFP chapters and members for more than a year, the Canada New Horizons Task Force is ready to present its recommendations to the AFP Board. Learn what’s in store for the AFP Canada community in the years to come!
New National Philanthropy Day Supplement from AFP & The Globe and Mail
(August 30, 2015) Once again, The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2015 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day on November 13. Read on to find out how to leverage this marketing with donors and volunteers alike.
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.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2015-2016 Officers
(July 11, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2015-2016 officers and directors under the leadership of chair Leah Eustace, ACFRE.
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 Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Provides Funding for Study on Responsible Investing by Charities
(June 9, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is proud to announce the recipient of this year’s Research Award.
AFP's Canada Council: New Chapter & Supporting Chapter Engagement
(June 9, 2015) It takes a village...or in the case of AFP: a council. AFP's Canadian Council is working hard to support chapter development and growth in all provinces. Karen Mercier, chair of the council, shares the many ways that this group of leaders is working to bring greater value and meaning to your AFP membership.
Ohio Fundraiser Carol Carbary Earns Highest Professional Credential from AFP
(June 9, 2015) AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Carol L. Carbary of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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.
Take Part in a New Survey: What’s Your Nonprofit’s Major Gift Potential?
(May 27, 2015) Have you ever wondered how much you could really raise in major gifts? Are major gifts a realistic source of fundraising revenue for YOUR organization? A new survey by fundraising academic Professor Adrian Sargeant and fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE aims to deliver the answers to these questions.
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.
Research Papers: Diverse Communities in Canada
(May 13, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Partnership Project along with the AFP ON, Greater Toronto Chapter and AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter coordinated a series of twelve conferences for fundraising professionals, donors and volunteers to develop a greater understanding of the giving traditions and charitable interests of these diverse communities in Ontario.
AFP Southern Arizona: 2014 Charles R. Stephens Award Honoree
(May 12, 2015) In 2014, the AFP Southern Arizona Chapter was designated a Friends of Diversity Chapter. In the past few months we presented two diversity programs thereby expanding awareness of topics in diversity. We doubled the number of diversity presentations offered by our chapter in previous years. By presenting one of these sessions at the Arizona Statewide conference in Tucson, Ariz., our audience was 5 times larger than in previous years.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Receives $400,000 Boost to Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
(April 15, 2015) From diversity to inclusion 2.0! The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship has funded the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada for a second project to create a fundraising fellowship program.
Alberta Plan Lowers Charitable Tax Deduction Rate
(April 15, 2015) A proposed reduction in Alberta's charitable tax credit is a concern for charitable causes in the province. Read on for AFP's response and action plan.
Calgary Fundraiser Joan Black Honored for Service to the Profession
(April 15, 2015) Canadian Joan Black has been honoured by AFP for a lifetime of contributions to the fundraising profession. Read on for details on her award, recently presented at the International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, Md.
Donors and Volunteers: The Heart of Philanthropy - A Special National Report in The Globe and Mail and GlobeandMail.com
(April 15, 2015) AFP is excited to be working again with The Globe and Mail to launch a special integrated, multi-media project on "Donors and Volunteers: The Heart of Philanthropy." Read on for more information on how to get involved.
Fundraising Day 2015: Amplify Your Fundraising
(April 15, 2015) AFP Greater Toronto Chapter's Fundraising Day is just around the corner. Anthony Keating, chair of Fundraising Day, is inviting you to attend! Early bird registration ends April 17th!
GR Update: Parliament Hill Day and "Friends in High Places"
(April 15, 2015) AFP and other organizations will be holding a Lobbying Day on Thursday, May 14. Plus, there is a new government relations presentation being offered for AFP chapters. Find out more!
THANK YOU! AFP Canadian Council Red & White Reception a Hit at Baltimore 2015
(April 15, 2015) It was a great party at an excellent conference. Karen Mercier gives a shout-out to the sponsors and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at AFP’s International Fundraising Conference 2015 such a resounding success.
Three Members Earn Their ACFRE
(April 8, 2015) Brett Loney, Barbara Tartaglia-Poure and Carol Carbury become the 105th, 106th and 107th ACFREs in Baltimore, earning the highest fundraising credential AFP offers.
2014 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
(April 2, 2015) The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2014 BE the CAUSE Campaign. These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts.
2014 Chapter Impact Campaign Donors
(April 2, 2015) Thank you to the chapters that made a gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy supporting one or more strategic initiatives: Capacity Building for the Foundation, the Diverse Communities Scholarship Program, Professional Education and Career Development and Research and Innovation.
April 8: Free IRS Webinar on Charities and Unrelated Business Income Tax
(April 1, 2015) On April 8, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service will be holding a free webinar: Unrelated Business Income Tax and Tax-Exempt Organizations.
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 Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success
(March 25, 2015) AFP chapters from across Texas came together in Austin at the State Capitol building in early March to raise awareness of philanthropic and fundraising policy issues at the second AFP Texas Legislative Action Day.
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.
Chapter Resources: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada
(March 17, 2015) (March 17, 2015) various reports and opportunities for your chapter through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
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 Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Receives $400,000 Boost to Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
(February 25, 2015) (Feb. 25, 2015) 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.
AFP/Globe and Mail Special National Report to Focus on Donors and Volunteers
(February 11, 2015) AFP is excited to be working again with The Globe and Mail to launch a special integrated, multi-media project on "Donors and Volunteers: The Heart of Philanthropy." Read on for more information on how to get involved.
Cessna, Watts Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
(February 11, 2015) Ann Charles Watt and Cathy Cessna have earned the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential, becoming just the 103rd and 104th fundraisers to earn this distinction!
A Message of Thanks for Your Heartfelt Contributions
(February 10, 2015) The AFP Canadian Foundation for Philanthropy is sending out a little love to our monthly donor valentines!
AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2015
(February 10, 2015) The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2015 and will be led by chair Karen Mercier, CFRE.
AFP International Fundraising Conference: March 29-31, 2015
(February 10, 2015) Being a fundraiser means more than just raising funds. Fundraisers are the connection between donors and causes, the catalyst that makes philanthropy happen. That’s why in 2015 AFP’s International Fundraising Conference is changing to focus on one thing—you. Read on for some great reasons why you don't want to wait to register.
An Open Letter to All AFP Canada Members
(February 10, 2015) You have the power to influence the focus and direction of AFP in a very concrete way: by nominating leaders for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. The Nominating Committee invites you to get involved.
PHILANTHROPIC RESEARCH: Call for Proposals!
(February 10, 2015) Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals is out. Read on and learn all you need to know about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada research awards, including news on the most recent recipient!
UPDATE: AFP Canadian Council Plans For the Future
(February 10, 2015) Learn how your AFP Canadian Council plans to build a strong, unified future for Canadian fundraising professionals.
UPDATE: Canada's New Horizons Task Force Envisions the Future of Fundraising
(February 10, 2015) What is the one most pressing issue that Canadian fundraisers currently face? This was the question posed to members of the Canada New Horizons Task Force at a recent retreat to help begin planning for the future of AFP in Canada.
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.
Call for Research Papers in Canada
(January 28, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is accepting proposals under its Research Awards program with a deadline of April 30, 2015. Up to $10,000 is available and grant notifications will be made by the end of May with the expectation that the research will be completed by December 31, 2015.
AFP Board Approves New Format for the Code of Ethical Principles
(January 21, 2015) The AFP Board of Directors has approved a new format, including a graphic makeover, for the association’s Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, which members are required to sign ever year as part of their membership.
Improve the Form 990: Take the Questionnaire and Help AFP Advise the IRS
(January 13, 2015) You’ve been using the redesigned Form 990 since 2008. Now tell the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) how it can improve the document to make it more effective and easier to use.
The Digital Advancing Philanthropy is Here!
(January 1, 2015) Read the digital Advancing Philanthropy—whenever you want! You can conveniently access the entire magazine online, scroll through it page by page, as well as bookmark, download and print favorite articles.
2014#inclusivegiving at AFP Congress
(December 8, 2014) (Dec. 8, 2014) Three years ago, a last-minute grant application resulted in a ground-breaking learning series, The Inclusive Giving Project. At AFP Congress in Toronto, the "best of the best" of the 12 diversity workshops were revisited in a special "capstone event.”
AFP Canada New Horizons Task Force
(December 8, 2014) The Canada New Horizons Task Force is exploring the current model of AFP in Canada and the structure of the AFP Canadian Council, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee.
It's Not Too Early to Set Your Sights on Banff Compass 2015
(December 8, 2014) Now in its fourth year, Banff Compass offers a world class line-up of speakers and education sessions. Earn CFRE credits while gaining insight and inspiration. Read on and find out how to get involved!
It’s Not Too Late! Find Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
(December 8, 2014) You can support the next generation of Canadian fundraisers by supporting AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC). Read how your donation helps the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy – Canada transform the future of philanthropy in this country.
WEBCAST: Friends in High Places: Why Your Success Depends on Government Relations
(December 8, 2014) Recorded live at AFP Congress 2014, and now available as a complimentary webinar to all members, “Friends in High Places: Why Your Success Depends on Government Relations,” sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.
Learn Your Fundraising Personality Type and Work with Donors, Colleagues More Effectively
(December 2, 2014) Have you ever wondered why your colleague’s ideas are so different from yours? Or why you relate to some donors very quickly, but with others it seems more difficult to build a relationship? The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is partnering with TypeCoach to help you learn how to meet these and similar challenges.
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.
Joy McKee Becomes ACFRE Number 102
(November 19, 2014) In October, Joy McKee, manager of annual and special giving at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey, became the 102nd person to earn ACFRE certification.
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AFP’s International Fundraising Conference —Raising Your Fundraising Level
(October 22, 2014) AFP’s 52nd International Fundraising Conference is coming up, March 29 – 31, 2015 in Charm City: Baltimore, Md. Here’s a quick overview of some of the main Conference events, and early bird registration ends Oct. 31
A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy
(October 7, 2014) Who is your philanthropic idol? Post a video to NPDLove.com and earn a $500 donation to your favourite charity.
A New Strategic Plan for AFP in Canada
(October 7, 2014) AFP in Canada is getting its own strategic plan for the future. Read on for information on who's involved and what strategic areas are being addressed.
AFP Offers National Job Board for Canadian Members
(October 7, 2014) Whether you are looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, AFP is ready to help Canadian members find the right opportunity with the right organization.
Counting Down to GivingTuesday
(October 7, 2014) Last year GivingTuesday was a huge success in Canada. On December 2, don’t miss the opportunity to get your organization involved in an exciting movement that highlights the importance of giving. Planning starts now!
Fundraisers to Converge in Toronto for Congress 2014
(October 7, 2014) It's that time again. Congress comes to Toronto this November. Mark Trask, chair of Congress, shares some of the highlights that delegates can look forward to. Early bird registration ends October 9th!
New Horizons for AFP in Canada
(October 7, 2014) Is the current structure of the Association of Fundraising Professionals working effectively for the size of membership attained in this country? This is one of the questions being addressed by the AFP New Horizons task force.
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!
New Research: “The New Regulatory Regime for Social Enterprise in Canada: Potential Impacts on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability”
(October 1, 2014)
October 20 – 26: National Estate Planning Awareness Week
(October 1, 2014) With more than 120 million people across North America not possessing updated estate plans, AFP and Financial Awareness Foundation are working together to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 20-26.
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.
AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application Form Now Available
(September 8, 2014) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to open up the application process for the scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
First Steps in a Diversity Effort - Part Two
(September 8, 2014) In part one, Catherine Connolly, MBA, CFRE talked about why the AFP Sacramento chapter was starting a diversity committee, including their plan for HOW. Now, in part two, she’s taking you through the start-up trials and tribulations, along with some advice on how (and why) to push through. Follow Catherine and her chapter on this journey to an effective diversity committee!
Member Motion (September 2014)
(September 3, 2014) AFP members are making moves and doing even more incredible work in fundraising and philanthropy. Join us in celebrating their achievements! Don’t forget to let us know about your announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions!
AFP Canada Strategic Plan
(August 13, 2014) Complex and ever-changing legislative environments, increasing public scrutiny and quickly changing technological advances challenge fundraisers every day as professionals. Karen Dackiw shares how AFP’s Canada Council (with your input!) intends to support members through these challenging, but exciting times.
Cape Breton Island Seeks a Chapter of Its Own, While Okanagan Chapter Soars
(August 13, 2014) At the most recent AFP board meeting, the newest AFP chapters in Canada were chartered: the Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Chapter and the Alberta, Central Chapter. With the addition of these two chapters, we have 19 in Canada. Chapter president Paula MacNeil and organizer Brad Jacobs share their thoughts on getting the Cape Brenton chapter up and running, while Chantelle Funk revels in the success of the new AFP Okanagan chapter.
National Philanthropy Day® Media Supplement
(August 13, 2014) The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2014 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day®. This is a marketing initiative you can leverage for your donors and volunteers alike.
Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
(August 13, 2014) It's just good customer service! AFP in Canada now offers a national job-posting program. Read on for the details.
Philanthropic Research: Call for Proposals!
(August 13, 2014) Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals is out. Read on and learn all you need to know about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada’s Research Awards, including news on the most recent recipient!
Recap: 2014 Canadian Retreat
(August 13, 2014) Even in the summer, there is still work to be done! Two weeks ago, 85 Canadian AFP chapter leaders met to strategize for the next three years. Here is a summary of what was discussed.
Scholarship Opportunity: AFP’s National Program is Now Accepting Applications
(August 13, 2014) Don’t miss out! Apply now for AFP National Scholarships supporting professional development courses or conference registration and travel costs.
Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
(August 4, 2014) What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.
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.
New AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Report Provides Benchmarks for Charity Special Events
(July 15, 2014) (July 15, 2014) A new report produced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy provides charities with new data, benchmarking analysis and insights into holding special events.
AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day: Where Fundraisers Reconnect and Recharge
(June 10, 2014) What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.
An Open Letter to All AFP Canada Members
(June 10, 2014) Derek Fraser, CFRE, chair of the AFP Canada Council, invites you to participate in defining the future of your association.
PHILANTHROPIC RESEARCH: Call for proposals!
(June 10, 2014) Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada research awards are now out! Read on and find out how you can join the likes of the first ever recipient of the foundation’s Research Committee award—Dr. Pauline O’Connor, who was granted to create her research, “The New Regulatory Regime for Social Enterprise in Canada: Potential Impacts on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability.” That could be you! Submit today.
UPDATE - AFP Canadian Council Red & White Reception
(June 10, 2014) No one forgets a good party! Derek Fraser gives a shout-out to the sponsors and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at the AFP conference such a resounding success.
Starting a Diversity Effort—Part One
(May 10, 2014) Hoping to inspire other AFP chapters, organizations and communities to broaden their diversity efforts, Catherine Connolly, CFRE, takes on the challenge of chartering a diversity committee at her local chapter. Join her on her journey to change the face of fundraising in her community—as she tells you how to do it in yours!
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 Expands to Reach More Communities
(April 16, 2014) At the recent AFP board meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, we were delighted to announce the chartering of two new AFP chapters: the AFP Bermuda Chapter and the AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter. The new additions bring us to 235 chapters worldwide, extending our reach beyond 30,000 members and countless nonprofit organizations.
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.
Changing Canada, Changing The World: Special National Report In The Globe and Mail And GlobeandMail.com
(April 7, 2014) AFP is excited to be working again with The Globe and Mail to launch a special integrated, multi-media project on "Changing Canada, Changing the World." Read on for more information on how to get involved.
Measuring Impact, The Donor’s Perspective, And More: Fundraising Day In Toronto—May 28
(April 7, 2014) (Apr. 7, 2014) What do donors want? How do we truly measure our organizations’ impact? Those questions and more will be answered at Fundraising Day in Toronto, May 28.
National Financial Literacy Month, April 2014
(April 7, 2014) AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are again forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy. Together, along with leading nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations, we’re celebrating National Financial Literacy Month (April).
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.
WEBINAR – "What Canadian Donors Want" Available Online
(April 7, 2014) (Apr. 7, 2014) If you haven't read the report, or downloaded the fact sheets, don't despair. Now, the webinar presentation on "What Canadian Donors Want" is available for download.
Call for 2015 U.S. Foundation Board Nominations
(April 3, 2014)
2014 AFP ICON—The Conference That Keeps on Giving!
(April 1, 2014) (Apr. 2, 2014) It may have been in Texas, but it was certainly an International affair! Thousands of fundraisers came together at the 51st AFP International Conference on Fundraising—attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, fundraising celebrities—all coming from around the globe. From Japan, to Egypt, to the United Kingdom and even locally in Texas—no matter where they came from, they were all there for one thing: to SHIFT.
A Message from the Canada Council Chair
(February 4, 2014) Derek Fraser, chair of the AFP Canadian Council, sends all members a personal message reflecting on the upcoming year.
AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2014
(February 4, 2014) The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2014 under the leadership of Chair Derek Fraser, CFRE.
Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Conference Series Continues in 2014
(February 4, 2014) It’s a new year and Ontario AFP members shouldn’t miss the unique conference offerings that are part of the Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Series. The Next Generation Philanthropy Forum will be held March 11 in Ottawa.
Volunteer Profile - Bob Prenovost of pm-volunteers.org Receives Giving Hearts Award
(February 4, 2014) What started as an idea scribbled on a napkin turned in to a powerful program in which volunteer project managers give their time, expertise and mentoring to the charitable and nonprofit sector in Vancouver. One of the 200 nonprofit professionals that Bob Prenovost touched thanked him with a nomination for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.
Your Feedback: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
(February 3, 2014) Your feedback is an important part of our efforts to serve you and the profession of fundraising. Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in person, or through this website.
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!
Call for Participants: Focus Group and Survey on Special Events
(January 21, 2014) Thanks in part to StubHub, which organizes the buying and selling of tickets for special events online, AFP has developed an online survey for special events. If your organization invests in special events and you are proficient in special event planning, implementation and follow-up, we’d greatly value your input in this focus group!
2014 Diversity Scholarships Campaign
(January 15, 2014) In launching the Diversity Scholarships Campaign, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy invites all AFP members to support diversity within the fundraising profession. Contributions to this campaign will fund scholarships for qualifying candidates to support registration and travel costs to attend the annual AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
AFP Launches International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
(January 15, 2014) Fundraising is going global, and AFP has you covered with the first truly international, advanced-level fundraising qualification that will be available worldwide and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and European Fundraising Institute, AFP will offer the first International Advanced Qualification Diploma course at the 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio.
AFP Chapter Government Relations Manual
(January 1, 2014) (April 8, 2004) The AFP Public Affairs Department has developed a government relations manual to help guide chapters as they begin their local legislative and regulatory programs.
Free PDFs of AFP's Popular Ready Reference Series
(January 1, 2014) As a benefit and service to help fundraisers through the current challenging economic environment, AFP is pleased to offer all of its Ready Reference volumes FREE to all members. Members may download any and all of the Ready Reference booklets in PDF format.
2013An Inside View of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit—A Renewed Sense of Excitement
(December 3, 2013) James Phelps, ACFRE, of the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, takes you through the Diversity and Inclusion Summit that was held in October in Pittsburgh, Pa.—what issues were brought to the table and how to move forward. It will leave you with a renewed hope for the future of diversity and inclusion!
National Philanthropy Day® Takes the World & Blogosphere by Storm
(November 20, 2013) In its 27th year, NPD introduced a new website, reached 1,480,562 people on Twitter, featured a Countdown to Impact Challenge and an Instagram movement to take N-P-D around the world. And YOU helped to honor more philanthropists than ever this NPD. Check out some of the celebrations heard around the world.
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.
It’s Not Too Late! Find Your Passion For The Every Member Campaign
(November 6, 2013) You can support the next generation of Canadian fundraisers by supporting AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC). Read how your donation helps the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy – Canada to transform the future of philanthropy in this country.
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.
LIVE WEBCAST – Tips, techniques and strategies for speaking to donors on the phone!
(November 6, 2013) Live from AFP Congress 2013 on Nov. 18, Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada sponsor a free national webcast.
Where in The World Is N-P-D?
(October 29, 2013) Be a part of the movement to take N-P-D around the world—spell it out! Get creative, pass it on, craft it to spark a conversation about what NPD means, and most importantly - don't forget to tag #npdlove on Instagram!
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.
Reminisce and See What You Missed at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy
(October 23, 2013) On Oct. 2-5, more than 300 of AFP’s chapter leaders, administrators, board members and diversity thought-leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 8th Annual AFP Leadership Academy. It was a jam-packed four days with an inaugural diversity summit, plenary speeches that ended in $1,000 donations, balloons flying, thought-provoking leadership sessions, challenging interactive workshops...and a giant rubber duck. See what you missed!
Ohio Fundraiser Benjamin Imdieke Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
(October 16, 2013) Ben Imdieke, senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation in Toledo, Ohio, is the 100th AFP member to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential. Congratulations, Ben!
Straight Talk From ACFREs
(October 16, 2013) Teetering on the edge of going for your ACFRE? Take some wisdom from those who have gone the distance—living, breathing and accomplishing the greatest fundraising credential. They are 100-strong, and they’re telling you to “just do it!”
The Best of the Best
(October 16, 2013) It’s the feeling a runner gets when crossing the finish line of a marathon. The feeling a student gets when they receive their certificate with the initials “Ph.D.” following their name. And the feeling a fundraiser gets when being adorned with that yellow and blue ribbon and achieving their ACFRE. That’s the feeling of becoming the best-of-the-best.
The Good, the Challenging and the Memorable
(October 16, 2013) There are four daunting (or exhilarating) steps to becoming an ACFRE—but that didn’t stop 100 of your colleagues, and it shouldn’t stop you! An inside look at the road to becoming an ACFRE, and how it’s every bit worth it.
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).
WEBINAR (Oct. 28, 2013) – Spam Law - Recent Legislation and its Impact on Canadian Fundraisers and Charities
(September 21, 2013) Although not yet proclaimed, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") is expected to come into force sometime in 2014. The Act will apply to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. CASL will regulate commercial activities conducted through electronic means and will prohibit spam, hacking, malware, fraud, invasion of privacy and address harvesting. Of particular relevance to Canadian fundraisers and charities are CASL's provisions governing spam. They will impose certain requirements on all fundraisers and charities that send commercial electronic messages ("CEMs"). Specifically, consent from the recipients will be required and the CEM's must meet the prescribed information and form requirements and provide an unsubscribe mechanism.
Charities Commission issues Alert and Offers Tips in Preventing Fraud
(September 16, 2013) Investigation into charity fraud in the UK reveals an alarming trend with a £147 million price tag. Review their findings and tips on how charities can prevent and/or deal with fraud when it happens.
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.
Diversity Summit to Gather Fundraising, Philanthropic Leaders from Around the World
(September 16, 2013) Representatives from fundraising and philanthropic organizations around the world will come together on Oct. 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit, co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the D5 Coalition and JAG (Joint Affinity Groups).
LIVE WEBCAST (Nov. 18, 2013) – Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Speaking to Donors on the Phone!
(September 16, 2013) Live from AFP Congress 2013 – a free national webcast sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.
UPDATE – More Canadian Content Coming to the AFP Website
(September 16, 2013) Based on feedback from a recent survey, measures are being put in to place to enhance the AFP International website to be more Canadian-friendly.
Member-only Bookstore Discounts
(August 8, 2013) Visit the new AFP Bookstore and get special member-only pricing with this discount code.
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.
Canadian Leadership Retreat
(July 24, 2013) Even a flood couldn’t stop a stampede of fundraisers from attending the recent Canadian Leadership Retreat in Calgary.
National Philanthropy Day® Media Supplement
(July 24, 2013) The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2013 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day® on November 15. This is a marketing initiative you can leverage for use with donors and volunteers alike.
What Does it Mean to Be a Mentor?
(July 24, 2013) Are you a mentor? Are you a mentee? What has the mentoring experience meant to you? Mentoring programs are alive and well in AFP chapters across the country, and we’re looking for stories to share the impact of the experience. Share yours with us in a future issue of AFP eWire Canada.
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.
Announcement: New AFP Canadian Chapters Coming To a Community Near You!
(May 21, 2013) (May 21, 2013) Four new Canadian AFP chapters are starting up—check to see if there is one in your area!
Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) (May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary
Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) (May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary
Fund Development contracting or consulting services Request for Proposal for services AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(May 21, 2013) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is expanding its fundraising to new, aligned prospective donors who have an interest in supporting the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. To support this growth, the Foundation is seeking supplemental contract or consulting support for its major gifts program in support of its special initiatives.
Selecting The Right Board Members and Engaging The Members You Select
(May 21, 2013) Live from AFP Banff Compass—a free national webcast sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.
The AFP Ottawa Chapter Celebrates Growth Through Organizational Memberships
(May 21, 2013) (May 21, 2013) Learn how the AFP Ottawa Chapter is recruiting new AFP members under the category of “organizational membership”.
Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards
(May 21, 2013) (Mary 21, 2013) Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards
Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2013
(May 13, 2013) 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 2013.
Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2013
(May 13, 2013) 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 2013.
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.
Board Members Are 100% in Support of AFP’s Every Member Campaign
(March 19, 2013) (May 21, 2013) Canada’s Every Member Campaign hits major milestone
Finding Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
(March 19, 2013) (Mar. 19, 2013) Deborah Legrove, Chair of AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC), wants to spread the word to Canadian AFP chapters about the importance of the EMC to supporting the work of the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy - Canada. Put simply, the Foundation’s mission is to transform Canadian philanthropy. For those of you who are passionate about your job as a fundraiser; passionate about your mission and motivated to give back to the sector – the Foundation’s annual Every Member Campaign provides an easy opportunity to help shape the future of philanthropy in this country.
Get Up Close and Personal with Your Donors -Tracey Bailey Webcast Still Available!
(March 19, 2013) (Mar. 19, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada was pleased to sponsor the live streaming recording of a workshop session during the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress on November 20, 2012. Click here to hear the presentation by Tracy Bailey, CFRE, “Up Close and Personal – Write and Converse More Authentically with Donors”. This workshop focuses on personal correspondence and telephone skills, exploring how a fundraiser can nourish the donor’s experience of an organization’s promises, through speech and writing.
Grant Enables Mentoring Program Expansion
(March 19, 2013) The following is an excerpt from a letter recently received by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada
Sparking the Fire to Ignite Change
(March 19, 2013) (Mar. 19, 2013) I recently had the pleasure of attending a portion of the Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP), organized by a group of Queen’s students and led by co-chairs Orietta Mukeza and Darren Cole. Now in its fifth year, this inspiring gathering of young people had at least 150 delegates from universities across Canada in attendance.
Who Do You Know...on AFP’s Canada Council?
(March 19, 2013) (Mar. 19, 2013) It’s never too late to get involved and to make your professional mark in the fundraising profession. Do you believe in the value of professional development and building awareness about working in Canada’s nonprofit sector? Perhaps involvement in the Canada Council is for you.
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.
AFP Texas Legislative Action Day: Empowering the Nonprofit Voice in Texas Policy
(February 5, 2013) As states around the country prepare for the New Year and the policy implications that will come at both the federal and state levels, Texas AFP chapters began their own education and outreach campaign—for policymakers of the Texas State Legislature.
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Elects a New Member to the Board
(February 2, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada is pleased to announce that Janice Waud Loper, CFRE was elected to its board of directors at its December 2012 meeting. Waud Loper works as vice president of development for major gifts & planned giving at the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care in Vancouver, BC.
The Power of Volunteers
(February 2, 2013) Volunteer Canada offers an online library of in-depth information on a variety of topics related to the Canadian volunteering landscape, including: volunteer management, skills-based volunteering, youth, baby boomers, board volunteering and corporate community involvement. Here is a sample of some timely and relevant “fun facts” that can help you in your work with volunteers.
AFP Foundation Announces 2014 Officers and Directors
(February 1, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2014 officers and directors to be led by chair Kevin J. Foyle, CFRE.
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.
Meet This Year’s Board!
(January 22, 2013) Bob Carter, CFRE, is AFP’s chair for 2013, but he’s not the association’s only experienced and outstanding volunteer leader this year. The members of AFP’s executive committee and board contain a wealth of fundraising and community knowledge, know-how and perspective to help lead the association through this exciting year.
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 Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Alpha Society, A Sustaining Monthly Giving Program
(January 9, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada offers its Alpha Society, a sustaining monthly giving program that provides a convenient and timely way to support philanthropy and the fundraising profession.
2013 AFP Board
(January 1, 2013)
2012AFP2P: Help Your Colleagues by Answering Their Fundraising Questions
(December 11, 2012) Two AFP members have submitted queries to the AFP2P Open Forum and are seeking your input and guidance regarding e-communications with donors and allowing other nonprofits to use organizational space for their fundraising.
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.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2013 Officers
(November 19, 2012) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2013 officers and directors and will be led by chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE.
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.
National Philanthropy Day: Celebrating All Donors Equally Engages New Attendees, Sponsors
(September 25, 2012) For over 10 years, AFP Edmonton & Area Chapter had celebrated National Philanthropy Day (NPD) like many other chapters across North America. However, over time, the challenges with the historical award format of NPD had begun to diminish the engagement AFP members and the wider community had with the event.
AFP Internship Toolkit
(September 24, 2012) Nonprofit organizations do tremendous work on limited budgets. Departments are typically understaffed. An organization can use internships as a way to expand their departments and accomplish more with less. Interns are not volunteers, they are actually temporary employees, whether paid or not, who are filling a specific role in an organization. Internships also provide organizations with innovative ways to explore new programs, take on pilot projects and assess the benefits of expanding staff in a certain direction before making a permanent hiring decision.
Let Your Voice Be Heard - Vote for AFP Bylaw Amendments and the 2013 AFP Board of Directors
(September 14, 2012) All members will have until September 30, 2012 at 12:00 midnight ET to vote on the proposed slate of nominees for the 2013 AFP board of directors and bylaw revisions.
Change in Definition, Change in Focus
(August 17, 2012) It’s not enough to focus only on recognizing differences. We have to welcome and include those differences if we are going to best reflect and represent fundraising, philanthropy and all of society. That’s why, according to Wayne Steer, director of fund development for Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AFP has moved to change its definition of diversity in fundraising.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada Provides Programming Beyond the Association
(August 1, 2012) (Aug. 13, 2007) The work of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada provides programs that often go beyond what the association can support, making additional services available for fundraisers across Canada in the areas of education, scholarships, mentoring, translation and research.
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.
(July 28, 2012) AFP's Canadian office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and supports over 2,700 Canadian members and 16 Canadian chapters.
Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2012
(July 17, 2012) 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 2012.
Support the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
(July 17, 2012) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce the second year of a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(July 5, 2012) Your feedback is an important part of our efforts to serve you and the profession of fundraising. Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada in person, or through this website.
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.
Calling All AFP Members – Nominations Are Open!
(May 22, 2012) Canadian AFP members have the power to influence the focus and direction of the association in a very concrete way, by participating in The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canada Council’s nominations process.
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.
FAQS about joining AFP
(March 31, 2012) A list of questions frequently asked about AFP and AFP membership.
A Few Words on…Student Recruitment
(March 20, 2012)
I’m an AFP Member! Say It Loud, Say It Proud
(March 20, 2012) Okay, maybe it’s been a while, but do you remember your excitement and pride when you first joined The Association of Fundraising Professionals? This was your opportunity to proclaim your professionalism (and choice of profession) and advertise your integrity by aligning yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.
Your Gift is Making a Difference
(March 20, 2012) Do you work in the nonprofit sector because of the glamour, a fancy office and summers in France? If only! Although the path for each person is different, the reason you do what you do is because you believe in the value of philanthropy and the positive impact of giving back to your community and society.
(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.
Member Motion/Accolades: Winter 2011-2012
(February 21, 2012) 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 winter 2011-2012.
AFP’s 49th International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver, B.C.
(February 15, 2012)
Important Announcement - Database Conversion
(February 1, 2012) To convert to a new member database, AFP will soon have to turn off all operations related to our old database, except for foundation contributions, for a period in January, official dates to be determined shortly.
2011AFP, 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.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Funds New Research for the Profession
(December 13, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is very pleased to share that with the generous support of AFP chapters and members we have raised the money to conduct fundraising research for the profession.
AFP Foundation – Canada Announces 2012 Board
(December 13, 2011) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada 2012 Officers and Directors
AFP Foundation – Canada Announces 2012 Board
(December 13, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.
Making Strides With Your Support
(December 13, 2011) As we head into the end of 2011 and welcome 2012, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors who contributed during the year. We had a terrific year in both our Every Member Campaign as well as in our major gifts initiative.
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.
AFP Foundation Announces 2012 Officers and Directors
(November 15, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.
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.”
Member Motion/Accolades: Fall 2011
(November 15, 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 fall 2011.
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.
2011 Class Boosts Omega Circle Over 200 Members
(November 8, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada honored 28 members of the 2011 Omega Circle Class at an induction dinner held in Montreal, Canada, during the Leadership Academy in mid-October.
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.
Omega Circle Donors
(November 4, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is grateful to the leaders in the fundraising profession that have made significant contributions to AFP and the future of philanthropy through deferred gifts of $5,000 or more.
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.
Kaptivate to Provide AFP Members No-Cost Opportunity to Try New Mobile Fundraising App
(October 18, 2011) Members can sign up for a free 90-day trial use of AKtionApp, Kaptivate’s mobile fundraising app for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry
AFP Research Will Uncover “What Canadian Donors Want”
(September 27, 2011) Research and data play an important role for understanding donors on a national level. AFP will soon commission research in Canada to find out what it is that Canadian donors want.
Fundraising in Canada: What a Difference Certification Makes
(September 27, 2011) While you’ve probably seen the letters CFRE or ACFRE following a colleague’s name, you might be less familiar with the benefits they bring. Those four or five letters give fundraisers greater credibility, professional opportunities and stronger skills and knowledge, and display commitment to the profession.
AFP's Online Consultants and Resource Directory Has Great New Features
(September 1, 2011) AFP is proud to announce its new online consultants and resource directory. Be one of the first to take advantage of this great opportunity.
Four Fundraisers Earn Highest Credential From AFP
(August 9, 2011) Four fundraisers have earned the highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), from AFP.
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.
Give to the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
(July 12, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity Committee is pleased to announce a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
AFP Member Benefit: Research that Links Theory to Practice
(June 23, 2011) (June 23, 2011) AFP continues to work for a solid body of knowledge and best practices unique to the fundraising profession and is a leader in the advancement of research on fundraising and philanthropy. The goal is to light the way for better strategies for bringing donors on board with the mission of your organization.
Houston Chapter of AFP Leaves Legacy With Nine Planned Gifts to AFP Foundation
(June 7, 2011) Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Houston Chapter have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Omega Circle by making planned gifts of $5,000 or more.
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.
Send Us Your Photos of Philanthropy in Action!
(May 27, 2011) AFP is making a call for photos from your organization that show philanthropy in action.
Engaging Millennials: Send Us Your Tips and Enter to Win Registration to the Virtual Summit!
(May 24, 2011) (May 24, 2011) Learn how fundraisers and nonprofit organizations can better engage young donors at the AFP-sponsored 2011 Millennial Donor Summit - a virtual conference happening June 22, featuring keynote speaker Barbara Pierce Bush!
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.
Angela Seaworth Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential From AFP
(May 10, 2011) AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Angela Seaworth of Houston, Texas.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Annual Fund Case for Support
(May 9, 2011) Learn more about the AFP Canadian Foundation's broad range of initiatives that help you and thousands of other fundraising professionals enhance skills and knowledge.
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).
Leadership Society Inducts New Members
(April 26, 2011) Leadership Society Chair Philip G. Schumacher, ACFRE, welcomed 12 new members into the Leadership Society at a formal induction ceremony during the AFP International Conference on Fundraising last month in Chicago.
A Letter From AFP Canadian Council Chair Vivian Smith, CFRE
(April 12, 2011) Learn about the work of AFP’s Canadian Council in supporting the efforts of AFP in Canada.
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada: Moving Fundraising and Philanthropy Forward With Your Help
(April 12, 2011) Find out how you can contribute to the strength of the fundraising profession and the philanthropic sector in Canada.
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.
Paulette Maehara Receives Prestigious Rosso Medal
(March 19, 2011) Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), was awarded the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's highest honor, the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising, on Saturday, March 19.
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.
An Attendee’s Guide to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising
(February 22, 2011) So you’ve registered for the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising. First of all, thank you! Here is a quick glance at some changes and features of the conference that will make this conference one to remember.
Take a Few Minutes and Participate in the Winter 2011 Nonprofit Survey
(February 15, 2011) The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), a coalition of leading fundraising associations and organizations including AFP, is asking for participants to complete a short survey about fundraising results from 2009 to 2010.
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).
Honor Our Retiring President and CEO!
(February 1, 2011) Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, AFP’s president and CEO, is retiring in March after nearly 13 years with the association. AFP has set up a tribute page for members to say thanks to Paulette and share their photos and memories.
AFP Foundation in Canada Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
(January 4, 2011) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.
2010AFP Introduces Wise Giving Website to Help Public With Philanthropy
(December 7, 2010) (Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today unveiled its new wise giving website, Change the World With a Giving—and Wise—Heart (http://www.afpnet.org/GivingHeart) designed to help donors think proactively about philanthropy and how they want to improve their communities through giving and volunteering.
AFP Foundation Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
(November 16, 2010) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.
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.
(November 11, 2010) Chapter Branding/Logos
AFP Launches National Philanthropy Day® Mobile Website
(November 1, 2010) To celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is proud to officially launch its new mobile website for this special time of year.
Historic 2010 Omega Circle Class Raises the Bar for Planned Giving
(November 1, 2010) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada honored 40 members of the 2010 Omega Circle Class at an induction dinner held during the Leadership Academy in Las Vegas this fall.
AFP Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013
(October 2, 2010) AFP's 2011-2013 Strategic Plan places increased focus on developing skilled and prepared practitioners and creating positive member experiences that allow fundraisers to meet the current economic challenge. This focus is extremely important in that the economy is forcing individuals and organizations to look closely at their professional development budgets and determine how to use those limited funds most effectively. AFP must be committed to providing the strongest member value proposition possible, and the 2011-2013 plan acknowledges and supports this commitment.
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.
From the Desk of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Chair Shauna Klein, MA
(September 14, 2010) I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 553 Canadian members who have supported the 2010 Every Member Campaigns (EMC). This year’s campaign is off to a stellar start, with almost $89,200 raised against the national goal of $106,000 (that’s 84 percent!) as of Aug. 31.
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.
Members Needed for Ultimate Fundraising Study
(August 24, 2010) AFP is partnering with several other key sector organizations to produce the most comprehensive series of fundraising surveys ever, and members are needed to participate in these milestone studies.
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.
AFP Foundation News: Leadership Society Inducts New Members
(June 15, 2010) 2010 is a banner year for the Leadership Society as eight new members were inducted during the society’s annual meeting at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
Special AFP Member Discount to Attend APRA Annual Conference
(June 8, 2010) Get insights on all aspects of fundraising research, analytics and relationship management at APRA’s 23rd Annual International Conference in Anaheim, Calif. July 21-24, 2010. AFP members receive special discounted rates.
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)
Tips for Reading the Digital Advancing Philanthropy
(May 3, 2010) Undoubtedly many of you are new to digital magazines, and for your convenience we are listing some basic techniques to make the experience a good one! While the print Advancing Philanthropy and the digital version may look the same, reading the digital magazine is not the same type of experience. However, we think that in time you’ll prefer it because of the many features you can access!
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 Charters Five New Chapters
(April 20, 2010) At its meeting on April 10 in Baltimore, Md., the AFP Board of Directors moved to accept five new chapters into AFP.
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.
Diversity Events and Opportunities at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore
(April 6, 2010) AFP has several exciting opportunities for you to learn from the perspectives of others and share your thoughts on topics important to you at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.
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."
Martha H. Schumacher Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
(February 2, 2010) AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Martha H. Schumacher in Washington, D.C.
Join AFP’s Anniversary Facebook Fan Page
(January 26, 2010) AFP turns 50 in 2010, and the association has set up a Facebook fan page to let members share their experiences, first meetings and memorable moments.
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.
Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level
(January 26, 2010) AFP is offering many of its most popular courses at special conference-only reduced prices at The 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.
AFP, The Globe and Mail to Publish “A Need to Give” Special Report
(January 19, 2010) AFP is partnering with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail through a special June 4, 2010 philanthropy supplement titled “A Need to Give.” Members are encouraged to advertise in this widely read report to reach a large cross-section of donors and constituents. Special advertising discounts are available. The deadline for reserving space is April 24.
The AFP International Conference: All About the People
(January 19, 2010) Networking will be a big part of the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, happening April 11-14. This year, along with the special events listed below, more time has been added between educational sessions for informal networking.
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.
2009Positive 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 Develops Spanish Language Website for Latin America Fundraisers, Members
(December 15, 2009) To better serve our Latin American members and the greater fundraising community, AFP is proud to announce a new Spanish language website.
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.
Teach! The AFP Faculty Training Academy and FTA Graduate Summit
(December 1, 2009) AFP is proud to offer the sixth Faculty Training Academy as a pre-conference workshop at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising, April 11- 14, 2010, in Baltimore. We are also excited to introduce the new Faculty Training Academy Graduate Summit!
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.
National Philanthropy Day® Celebrations in Full Swing
(November 17, 2009) National Philanthropy Day is now in full swing, with chapters hosting celebrations of all kinds throughout November and beyond.
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).
Member Motion/Accolades: July-September 2009
(September 29, 2009) 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 July-September 2009.
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 AFPnet.org: “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!
About the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(September 1, 2009) Visit here to learn about the mission and role of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.
Maehara Again Named Among Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders
(August 18, 2009) The NonProfit Times has again placed Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP, among the ranks of the U.S. nonprofit sector’s most influential in 2009.
NPD Canadian Globe and Mail Supplement Set for Nov. 13
(August 18, 2009) AFP will again be partnering with the Canada’s most-read national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, to produce a special supplement on philanthropy and fundraising on Nov. 13.
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising From Ammado
(August 18, 2009) Ammado, one of AFP's social media partners, has now introduced new fundraising communities to facilitate not only the sharing of ideas and experiences, but fundraising from friends, relatives and colleagues.
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.
Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
(August 4, 2009)
Nominations Open for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board
(May 19, 2009) Nominations are currently being accepted for individuals interested in serving on the board of directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.
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.
AFP Member Publications
(January 1, 2009) Members can access all AFP publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, Government Relations Updates, Career Profiles, Salary Surveys, and much more!
2008New 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.
AFP Foundation Takes Fundraising to New Heights
(November 26, 2008) Your contribution to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy goes directly to funding scholarships, groundbreaking research and other programs and activities that further AFP’s mission to advance ethical and effective fundraising.
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.
Member Benefit: A Path to Leadership and Professional Growth
(October 14, 2008) (Oct. 14, 2008) Membership in AFP shows your donors and colleagues that you are serious about being a good fundraiser and an asset to your organization. Did you know AFP also can be a springboard to leadership in the field?
2008 AFP Canada Call for Nominations
(September 6, 2008) (Sept. 8, 2008) AFP is now accepting nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada and the AFP Canada Council.
AFP Member Benefit: Promoting and Explaining Fundraising
(August 18, 2008) (Aug. 18, 2008) As a professional fundraiser and a member of AFP you are already advancing vital causes and making important strides in solidifying ethical and effective fundraising as a recognized profession worldwide. But did you know that AFP also works hard to make sure the value of fundraising and philanthropy is made known in the public locally, nationally and internationally?
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.
Improving the Fundraising Environment: AFP’s Public Policy Program
(July 28, 2008) (July 28, 2008) The lobbying and advocacy process may be someewhat complicated, but the bottom line of AFP’s public policy program is simple: improving and enhancing the environment for fundraising.
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.
AFP Foundation Announces 2007 Annual Fund Award Winners
(March 1, 2008) (March 3, 2008) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has announced the top-performing chapters in the 2007 Annual Fund.
2008 Globe and Mail Sell Sheet
(February 8, 2008)
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.
2008 AFP Foundation Board
(January 17, 2008) 2008 AFP Foundation Officers and Board of Directors.
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.
2007Professional 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.
2008 AFP Foundation Committee Volunteer Sign Up
(November 4, 2007) Any member can sign up for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s 2008 Committees. November 30 is the deadline.
The Steward: Fall 2007
(November 4, 2007) The Fall 2007 Issue of The Steward
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.
Foundation Board Selects Leaders for 2008
(October 22, 2007) (Oct. 22, 2007) Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, was elected to serve a second one-year term as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.
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.
AFP Foundation Receives Grant for 2008 Think Tank
(September 16, 2007) (Sept. 17, 2007) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has received almost $50,000 from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Fla., to support the 2008 AFP Fundraising Think Tank, a project of the AFP Research Council.
Member Benefit: Fundraising and Nonprofit Literature
(August 27, 2007) (Aug. 27, 2007) A major benefit of membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the ability to take advantage of the research and knowledge contained in the association’s extensive and ever-expanding collection of books and Ready Reference booklets—all available at your fingertips.
Membership Processing Now Through Canada Office
(August 13, 2007) (Aug. 13, 2007) Membership processing for Canadian members, including renewal notices, is now being managed through the AFP Canada Office in Ottawa.
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) (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) (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 SixDegree.org 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.
2006Increased Gifts, Participation Highlight 2006 Chapter Treasury Campaign
(December 2, 2006) (Dec. 4, 2006) Chapters still have time to make a commitment to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Chapter Treasury Campaign, which has already experienced steady growth this year.
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.
Member Benefit: AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
(June 25, 2006) (June 26, 2006) In the 2004 AFP Member Benefits Survey, AFP members overwhelming agreed that the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice was the highest-rated member benefit.
Advantage Calling Program Kicks Off
(June 19, 2006) (June 19, 2006) When Advantage Consulting calls, respond by making a pledge to the 2006 Every Member Campaign!
Michigan Bill Would Require Foundations to Give Locally
(June 19, 2006) (June 19, 2006) Recently introduced legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives would require foundations incorporated in the state to give half of their annual grants to Michigan charities unless broader national or international activity is explicitly permitted by the organization’s articles of incorporation.
AFP Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(June 5, 2006) AFP Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Financial Information
(June 5, 2006) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Financial Information
Foundation for Philanthropy Leadership Donors
(June 5, 2006) Foundation for Philanthropy Leadership Donors
Foundation Releases First Semi-Annual Newsletter
(May 30, 2006) (May 30, 2006) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has released its first newsletter, The Steward. Published semi-annually, The Steward focuses on projects that the foundation helps to fund, as well as the donors that make those projects happen.
The Steward, Volume 1, Spring 2006
(May 22, 2006) The Steward, Volume 1, Spring 2006
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.
Campbell & Company, AFP Foundation Continue Awards Partnership
(April 10, 2006) (April 10, 2006) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new five-year agreement with Campbell and Company to continue the firm's sponsorship of the Awards for Excellence in Fundraising.
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.
High School Student Wins Philanthropy Award for Teaching English to Students in India
(February 6, 2006)
(Feb. 6, 2006) Vasanth Kuppuswamy, currently a 16-year-old in the tenth grade at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, S.C., will be awarded the 2006 William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in April.
2006 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors
(February 5, 2006) Donald W. Taylor, CFRE, Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors, heads a talented, experienced, and diverse group of leaders who will guide the Foundation in 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.
2005Keep 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 Member Benefit: AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
(September 27, 2005) (Sept. 27, 2005)In the 2004 AFP Member Benefits Survey, AFP members overwhelming agreed that the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards was the highest rated member benefit.
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 'afpnet.org' 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.
Biography: The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(January 28, 2005) Meet The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE and chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.
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.
20042003 Leadership Donors
(December 15, 2004) 2003 Leadership Donors.
Chapter Treasury Campaign Donors
(December 15, 2004) Chapter Treasury Campaign Donors.
Chapters with 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
(December 15, 2004) Chapters with 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation.
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.
Member Benefit: Access to the Finest in Professional Education
(June 28, 2004) (June 28, 2004) AFP's professional advancement programs and courses give every fundraiser, no matter what level of experience they have, the opportunity to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base.
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.
2003NPD 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.
Pierpont Family Recognized by AFP Foundation
(October 27, 2003) (Oct. 27, 2003) - Longtime AFP member Bob Pierpont, CFRE, and his wife Marion were honored at the AFP Delegate Assembly in Chicago over the weekend as the first donors to give a planned gift to the AFP Foundation.
Chapters Get into Giving Spirit with Pledges to AFP Foundation
(September 29, 2003) (Sept. 29, 2003) - Eighty-two chapters have already pledged support to the 2003 Chapter Treasury Campaign (CTC) - and more than half of these are first-time gifts or gifts that are at least 10 percent more than last year's gift.
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.
Biography: Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
(May 16, 2003) Meet Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, who is the director of finance and gift planning of The Winnipeg Foundation in Winnipeg.
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).
Successful AFP/Advantage partnership benefits foundations
(January 31, 2003) WASHINGTON (AFP eWire - Jan. 31, 2003) - In 2002, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy partnered with Advantage Consulting, Fairfield, N.J., to assist in the administration, education and cultivation of the largest component of the Annual Fund, the Every Member Campaign (EMC). The deadline to receive payments towards the 2002 EMC was extended to Feb. 15, 2003.
2002AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2002 Committees
(June 10, 2002) AFP's Foundation for Philanthropy committee members for 2002.
2002 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board of Directors
(February 28, 2002) The 2002 leadership of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is listed here.
2005 Board Book, October 2004
AFP Conducts Survey of University Nonprofit Management Professionals
AFP Discussion Group HTML restrictions
AFP Governance Task Force documents
AFP Member Benefit: AFP's Code of Ethics and the Ethics Committee
AFP PAC Contribution Form
AFP Political Action Committee Fact Sheet and Q&A
AFP member discount and affinity programs
AFP, Imagine Canada and Others Post Full-Page Advertisement in the Globe and Mail
AFPCC Orientation Manual
AFPCC Roster Goals 2007
About the Member Gateway
Aging Canadian Population to Dramatically Alter Charitable Landscape
Annual U.S. Charitable Giving Exceeds $260 Billion
Best Practices in Nonprofit Board Governance in Canada
Board Approved Governance Changes – Proposals Head to Delegate Assembly
Call for Board Nominations
Canada Giving Grew as Donor Numbers Again Decreased
Canada Revenue Agency Seeks Recommendations for Small and Rural Charities
Canadian Charitable Sector Continues to Grow
Canadian Executives Support Charity, But Don’t Feel Need to Contribute More
Canadian Funders Placing Huge Burdens on Charities
Canadian Giving Reaches Record High
Canadian Giving Strong as Charity Growth Slows
Canadian Government Offers National Volunteer Award
Canadians Trust Charities But Want More Transparency
Charity Leaders Discuss Media Coverage: Is Public Confidence Being Eroded?
Code Provides Standards, Enforcement, Resources
Contributions to Community Foundations Increase Dramatically
Create a Successful Employee-Giving Campaign
Digital Version of Canadian Donor’s Guide Now Online
Diversity Discussion Lists
Donation of Securities in Canada Expected to Surge, Great Potential for Future
Donors Decrease but Giving Increases in Canada
Ethics, The Donor Bill of Rights Top Member Benefits
First Issue of AFP Latin American Newsletter Released
Former AFP Chair Ron Carroll, CFRE, Has Passed Away
Former AFP Chair Welch Honored with Founders' Medallion
Former AFP Secretary Tim J. Burchill, CFRE, Has Passed Away
Founders’ Medallions, CFRE Recognitions Presented at Assembly
Free Online Fundraising Handbook Available
Funding For Canadian Giving Survey in Jeopardy
Get Inspired, Informed with AFP Member Communications
Gifts of Securities Have Significant Effect on Canadian Charities
Glen Cosper Earns AFP’s Highest Fundraising Credential
Globe and Mail Releases Future of Philanthropy Supplement
Globe and Mail to Publish Special Philanthropy Section on National Philanthropy Day
Healey Earns ACFRE Credential
Healthcare Contributions Slow Dramatically in 2006
How Your Organization Can Benefit from the $41 Trillion Intergenerational Wealth Transfer – Part 1
How Your Organization Can Benefit from the $41 Trillion Intergenerational Wealth Transfer – Part 3
How Your Organization Can Benefit from the Trillion Dollar Intergenerational Wealth Transfer – Part 2
July Board Book
Market Volatility Calls for Long-Term Approach to Donating Securities
Member Motion/Accolades: April 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: August 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: January 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: July 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: June 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: May 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: November-December 2008
Member Motion/Accolades: October 2006
Member Motion/Accolades: September 2008
Member Motion: February 2008
Member Motion: March 2008
Members Respond on Balancing Personal/Professional Relationships
Membership Survey Yields Strong Loyalty and Goals for the Future
Message from the CEO and Chair and 2005 AFP Officers and Directors
More Education, Support Needed for Social Finance Ventures in Canada
Most Canadian Businesses Support Charity
NPD Logos: Design Templates
NPD Logos: EPS Large Format Images
NPD Logos: EPS Small Format Images
NPD Logos: JPEG Images
NPD Logos: Symbol Only
NPD Logos: TIF Images
National Philanthropy Day Logos
New Canadian Initiative to Promote Corporate Volunteerism
New Canadian Online Guide Helps Charity Become Bilingual
New Charity/Government Working Groups in Canada
New Survey Profiles Canadian Fundraisers
New Web Resource for Canadian Donors
Outgoing Board Members Honored at Assembly
Pamela Cook Earns AFP’s Highest Professional Fundraising Credential
Regional and Subsector Data Now Available for Canadian Charities
Regionalization, Board Composition Proposals Reviewed at Delegate Assembly
Resource Central July 2005: Online Resources You Can Use
Sample Strategic/Fundraising Plans Available on AFP Website
Stokes Earns ACFRE Credential
Study Shows Alberta Nonprofit Leaders Leaving Posts Soon
Survey Examines Corporate Support of Employee Volunteers in Canada
Trust in Canadian Charities, Fundraising Remains Strong
Urge Your Lawmakers to Oppose Fees on Registered Charities
What it means to be a member