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Public Policy

“[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.

NEW Prime Minister Of Canada Recognizes National Volunteer Week
(Apr. 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. Learn more.

AFP Statement on President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal
(Mar. 5, 2014) In response to the White House's release of its Fiscal Year 2015 budget, AFP noted that capping the charitable deduction is not the way to position the U.S. for prolonged success in the 21st century.

Charities, Fundraisers Call New Tax Plan a “Mixed Bag”—Appreciate Simplification, Concerned About Impact on Giving
(Feb. 28, 2014) AFP circulated a press release in response to Rep. Dave Camp’s (R-MI), Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduction of the Tax Reform Act of 2014. In addition, the Charitable Giving Coalition, Chaired by AFP, issued this statement

AFP Submits  Letter to Canada's Minister of Transport Regarding Proposed Stamp Rate Increases
(Feb. 14, 2014) AFP submitted this letter to Canada’s Minister of Transport urging the minister to exempt registered charities from the proposed Canada Post stamp rate increases.

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AFP Advocacy

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).

New! IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act
(Apr. 23, 2014) The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70½ and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into law. Find out how you can help Congress approve the provision! Be sure to also read AFP's Written Comments for the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on the Benefits of Permanent Tax Policy for America’s Job Creators.

AFP Florida Members: Contact State Senators and Representatives on S.B. 638 and H.B. 629 
(Apr. 8, 2014) AFP members in Florida are encouraged to contact their State Senators and Representative and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 638 and House Bill 629—unless significant changes are made. Both bills seek to overhaul the state's charity regulations but create unduly and onerous burdens on charities and their fundraisers. Members can find more information from the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, and then should contact their Florida State Senators and Representatives. Be sure to also read AFP's Comments on Proposed Florida Senate Bill 638 and House Bill 629.

AFP Public Awareness Communications Tool Kit Available for Canada Members
When is the best time to make a call to a government official? What is the role of a Minister of State? How do you gain the respect of a parliamentarian?  Find these answers and more in the new Public Awareness Communications tool kit, now available to all AFP Canada members.
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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.

AFP PAC
AFP’s public policy efforts are greatly enhanced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Political Action Committee (AFP PAC).  The AFP PAC is the only political action committee that focuses on fundraising and charitable giving.  But the AFP PAC can only function with YOUR SUPPORT! AFP members who are U.S. citizens who wish to support the AFP PAC can learn more and make a contribution by clicking here (login required).

Canada Public Policy Issues

Government Relations Tool Kit: If You Build It They Will Come
(Apr. 7, 2014) The newest AFP Canada toolkit walks you through the process of working with government officials on behalf of your charity and/or the issue it represents. Now, the question is, are you ready to start using the information to further GR public policy relevant to the nonprofit sector?

New Canadian Budget Supports Online Charity Registration, Modernization of Lotteries
(Feb. 12, 2014) Budget 2014, introduced yesterday, including a number of measures impacting Canada's charities. Despite reports otherwise, there were no specific measures targeting the political activities of Canadian charities. There are, however, new provisions that will affect and enhance the way charities work—see a breakdown from AFP's government relation's consultant here.

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.

U.S. Public Policy Issues

IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act
(Apr. 23, 2014) The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70½ and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into law. Find out how you can help Congress approve the provision!

Limiting Charitable Deductions Is Not The Way to Position U.S. for the 21st Century
(Mar. 5, 2014) In response to the White House's release of its Fiscal Year 2015 budget, AFP noted that capping the charitable deduction is not the way to position the U.S. for prolonged success in the 21st century.

AFP Call to Action: The Tax Reform Act of 2014 - What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do
(Mar. 11, 2014) AFP is deeply concerned about provisions in a new tax reform bill that would decrease giving, and we urge AFP members and all fundraisers to contact their members of Congress about this negative impact.

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.

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