“[P]olitics mixes with everything. It is a reality we all experience in different sorts of ways,
either as pernicious or benevolent.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu to AFP 2010 Int'l Conference, Baltimore MD
Public Policy News and Developments
As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers, AFP seeks to educate the public about the fundraising profession and the importance of philanthropy, and protect the interests of donors, fundraisers and charities related to laws and regulations about giving, volunteering and nonprofit operations in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
Free Webinar Recording: Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) (Oct. 30, 2013)
Recording of Oct. 28 Webinar for Canadian fundraisers in order to better prepare for the forthcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL"), expected to come into force in 2014. CASL will regulate commercial activities conducted through all electronic means and impose certain requirements on all fundraisers and charities that participate in electronic messages ("CEMs"). Watch the webinar.
Charitable Deduction Breaking News: Tax Reform to Start with a Blank Slate (July 1, 2013)
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, discusses the latest twist in the Congressional debate over tax reform and the charitable deduction—and the need for members to contact their Senators and Representatives. Plus, here's AFP's letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to its "blank-slate" approach. Read more.
AFP, Charitable Giving Coalition Submit Written Statements to Senate Committee (Mar. 14, 2013)
AFP and the Charitable Giving Coalition circulated the following media releases and submitted the letter below to the Senate Budget Committee on Thurs., Mar. 14, 2013.
AFP Media Release | CGC Media Release | CGC Letter to Committee
AFP Testifies Before Congress (Feb. 14, 2013)
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee about the charitable deduction. He discussed the importance of the deduction beyond just the gifts it generates and asked Congress to look at the broader issues of philanthropy and partnerships.
Learn more | Charitable Giving Coalition press release
To better serve the interests and livelihood of AFP members and the philanthropic community, AFP works hard to continually advance and enhance its public policy outreach and advocacy efforts. We will be vigilant in highlighting new and pending legislative efforts in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide that could potentially impact the profession and charity, and what you can do to help safeguard the continuing vitality of philanthopy (including letter-writing campaigns, lobbying efforts, and more).
Take Action: Charitable Giving Coalition's Second Annual Capitol Hill Fly-In Event - Nov. 20, 2013
The fight for tax reform is not over yet—these last two months of reviews are crucial for protecting private giving incentives. And you can help—on Nov. 20 representatives from the nonprofit sector are invited to meet with policymakers and their staff. Voice your passion! Learn more.
AFP Chapter Advocacy FAQ Document Now Available!
With the guidance and input of the AFP U.S. Government Relations Committee, AFP has produced a one-page Chapter Advocacy FAQ document. Please distribute it to your chapter leaders and members. It is an invaluable tool for chapters to launch or enhance their advocacy and lobbying efforts.
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Canada Public Policy Issues
Make The New First-Time Donors Super Tax Credit Work For You
(May 22, 2013) Has the federal government truly given Canadians a “super” tax credit? Professor Ken Wyman thinks so.
AFP’s Government Relations Committee Weighs in on Canada’s Anti-spam Regulations
(Mar. 19, 2013) Concerned by the potentially negative impacts on Canada’s charities, Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee has formally submitted its position on anti-spam legislation to the Digital Policy Branch of the Department of Industry.
Legislation to Extend the Deadline to Make Charitable Gifts
(Feb. 2, 2013) On October 31, 2012, Bill C-458, the National Charities Week Act, received its first reading in the House of Commons of Canada. The bill proposes to extend the annual deadline for individuals to receive tax recognition for charitable gifts. It also proposes to designate the last seven days in February each year as “National Charities Week.”
U.S. Public Policy Issues
The Second Annual “Protect Giving Day” Invites You to Be the Charitable Deduction
(Nov. 26, 2013) Hear how more than 200 individuals, representing over 140 organizations, flooded the Hill with their stories of impact to help preserve the charitable deduction. Highpoints, success stories, videos and more—we’ve got the inside scoop. Plus, learn how you can help!
Charitable Giving Coalition Press Release: The Charitable Deduction - It's Not About the Donor
(June 6, 2013) Millions of America’s most vulnerable are the true beneficiaries of the charitable tax deduction, the Charitable Giving Coalition said today. Any limits on this 100-year old tax incentive would most hurt the poor and the nonprofit sector, not the donors who give. The Coalition is reminding lawmakers in Washington, D.C. of that fact as they consider comprehensive tax reform proposals.
Taxation Committee Releases List of Reform Proposals for Charities, Philanthropy
(May 7, 2013) The IRA Rollover, the non-itemizer deduction and the conversion of the charitable deduction into a tax credit are just some of the proposals included in the Joint Committee on Taxation’s report on the House Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Reform Working Groups.
International News and Information
Position Paper: Face-to-Face Fundraising Guidelines (Canada)
These guidelines represent voluntary principles that apply to charitable organizations, non-governmental organizations, paid fundraisers and relevant third parties who utilize face-to-face fundraising as part of their fundraising activities.
Public Policy Update Newsletter
Emailed to subscribers twice a year, the AFP Public Policy Update newsletter brings you the latest legislative and political developments affecting the fundraising and philanthropic communties.