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eWire Volume 12, Number 51
December 18, 2012
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Special Announcement

Fiscal Cliff Could Send the Charitable Deduction Over the Edge! Action Needed TODAY!
As noted in this New York Times article, the charitable deduction is at risk during the fiscal cliff negotiations. Both parties continue to seem very open to a hard cap on all deductions, which would decimate the charitable giving incentive. As was reflected in the article, a $35,000 limit on all itemized deductions would leave many taxpayers no room for charitable giving deductions once they had taken deductions for home mortgage interest and state and local taxes.

Contact your Members of Congress TODAY! If we are to preserve the charitable deduction, Congress must hear from us. Members and their staffs are negotiating behind closed doors as we speak, and they must understand that capping itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, would be devastating to charitable giving. Please personalize this e-letter that you can send to your House Member and two Senators with the mere push of a button.

Top Stories

Tax Time
Wrapping Up 2012: Important Tax Reminders for U.S. Nonprofit Professionals 
Due to the great uncertainty around taxes for next year, charities in the U.S. should take a hard look at their year-end fundraising tactics and consider communication efforts that will ensure donors are aware of how their gifts will be treated. Below are some key considerations to keep in mind as you wrap up year-end giving campaigns and brace for what lies ahead in 2013.
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Wrapping Up 2012: Issuing Donation Receipts in Canada
There’s much less tax uncertainty right now for Canadian charities but the proper issuing of receipts for donations continues to be a problem. Charities don’t have to issue receipts, but when they do, Canada Revenue Agency audits find that nearly 90 percent have at least one error of some kind, according to Mark Blumberg. There are substantial penalties for inappropriate receipting.
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Fundraising News and Tips

Small Change Builds Big Awareness
Loose change has been a mainstay of charity impulse giving for years - everything from the Red Kettle campaign to the airport collection pots where departing visitors drop the last of their foreign currency. Now there's a virtual equivalent: rounding up debit card purchases to create "virtual change," then allocating it to charities through ChangeIt. (Hilborn Charity News) Read more.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

Please Don’t Mess With the Charitable Deduction
WHATEVER else we do about the tax code, we need to save the charitable deduction, which has done so much good in our country and springs directly from some of our deepest values. (The New York Times)
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Nonprofits Looking for Political Clout
As executive director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Scott Staub raises money to give to the city's libraries. In his spare time, he raises money to give to politicians, heading a political action committee trying to increase the political clout of the nonprofit sector in federal elections. (San Francisco Chronicle)
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This Week's "Ten Things You Might Have Missed (and Need to Know)"
There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items and ideas from last week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on corporate philanthropy, email benchmarks, volunteer hours, host committees for special events, social media and more.
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AFP Announcements

2013 Webinar Schedule Now Available
Twenty-two webinars have been scheduled for 2013, covering issues such as transformational gifts, the case for support, donor prospecting, strategic planning, annual giving, fundraising plans, and much more! Check out the full list here and sign up for webinars now. Read more.

Bob Carter Companies to Sponsor Youth in Philanthropy Awards
AFP thanks the Bob Carter Companies for their support and sponsorship of the 2013 William R. Simms Awards for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Two awards, an Individual and a Youth Group Award, will be presented at The Celebration of Philanthropy at AFP's International Conference on Fundraising, April 6, 2013, in San Diego. Our youth honorees this year were Jeneece Edroff, O.B.C., and Megan and Justin Churchman. Thanks again to the Bob Carter Companies for their support of AFP’s work in encouraging young people to get involved in philanthropy.

Sign Up for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course
The popular face-to-face introductory course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, is now available as an eLearning course! The new AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This course includes case studies and video segments, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable! Read more.

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AFP Member Exclusives

The Social Era

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NEW! AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, by Nilofer Merchant
The era of social technologies provides seemingly endless opportunity, both for individuals and organizations. But it’s also the subject of seemingly endless hype. Yes, social tools allow us to do things entirely differently—but how do you really capitalize on that? In 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, social strategist and insightful blogger Nilofer Merchant argues that “social” is much more than “media.” Smart companies are letting social become the backbone of their business models, increasing their speed and flexibility by pursuing openness and fluidity. This ebook offers new rules for creating value, leading, and innovating in our rapidly changing world. These social era rules are both provocative and grounded in reality—they cover thorny challenges like forsaking hierarchy and control for collaboration; getting the most out of all talent; allowing your customers to become co-creators in your organization; inspiring employees through purpose in a world where money alone no longer wields that power; and soliciting community investment in an idea so that it can take hold and grow.

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Get involved with colleagues from AFP beyond your chapter, beyond your existing network! AFP2P allows members to interact and share with one another through such personalized features as discussion groups, blogs and news feeds. In addition, members are able to create unique profiles, upload pictures and documents, and leave comments. Log on today! (Learn more about AFP2P.)

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Involving Your Board Members in Fund Development - Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE
It’s your job to help board members do their job in fund development. But who is “you”? The development officer. The executive director. The board chair. The chair of the board’s fund development committee. No one – including your development officer – does this work alone. This is a team enterprise. Volunteers – especially board members – are particularly important.
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Transformational Gifts: Using Philanthropic Planning To Partner with Prospects and Advisors
Jan. 24, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
With the rise of the "New Philanthropists" (born 1946-present), there has been a significant generational shift in the donor base. In this session, Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE will share the latest research from his book with co-author Robert E. Wahlers, The Philanthropic Planning Companion: The Fundraisers' and Professional Advisors' Guide to Charitable Gift Planning, exploring why charities and professional advisors must use a collaborative, philanthropic planning approach when working with high net worth donors from these rising New Philanthropists. Special attention will be given to the common elements from philanthropic planning efforts from Princeton, Harvard, the Heritage Institute and others.
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