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Vol.15, Num.49
December 9, 2015

Contact Congress TODAY to Reinstate and Make Permanent the IRA Rollover!

Congress is poised to take action on tax extenders to reinstate the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover provision and other charitable provisions before Dec. 11. But they need to hear from YOU. Please contact your members of Congress as soon as possible!

The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Major Gift Solicitation

The benefit of major gifts is obvious. But the process of identifying and securing them—that's not so obvious. We recently spoke with Vern Snyder, ACFRE, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Toledo, on how to define and calculate a major gift and his upcoming Dec. 10 webinar, "The Whats, Hows and Whys of Major Gift Solicitations." And click here to register for the webinar!

Nominations Due Dec. 11 for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional Honor!

Nominations are still being accepted for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional. It's our most important honor, recognizing an outstanding practitioner. Maybe it's a colleague or someone in your chapter. You can submit online, and the deadline is December 11.

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Member Comments Requested on New IRS Substantiation Regulations
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 by Dec. 11. In addition, this Huffington Post article makes clear why ALL U.S. members should send comments to the IRS (including some quick ideas on what to say).

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for the Coming Leadership Crisis?
Nonprofits are facing an unprecedented crisis in leadership. Boards and executive directors are saying they haven't been equipped for all the complexities of leading a nonprofit. Participate in this study to see if your nonprofit is ready for the new leaders that will be required as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day. The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete. To participate, click here.

To Boost Individual Donor Giving, Nonprofits Need a Plan
A new report shows that creating a fundraising plan is paramount for organizations looking to increase individual donor gifts. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)


Canada: What Trudeau's Change to the Top Tax Rate Might Mean for Charitable Donation Credits
The Liberal election platform called for an increase in the top federal personal income tax rate from 29 percent to 33 percent, for taxable income exceeding $200,000. The increase, according to Jamie Golombek, begs the question as to whether the federal charitable donation credit for donations above $200 per year will also rise to 33 percent from 29 percent, providing a higher benefit to all taxpayers who give more than $200 annually. (Financial Post)

Giving Tuesday Results
#GivingTuesday was a big success around the world and exceeded both expectations and results from last year. Here’s a rundown of some of the numbers from the U.S. and Canada

Chapter Boards Lead by Example in Achieving 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada congratulate and thank those chapters that were among the first to lead by example in achieving 100 percent participation among their board members in the 2015 BE the CAUSE Campaign.

Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed
Freaking out about the sector's nonprofit leadership gap is just one of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on #GivingTuesday and Millennials; a fundraising advent calendar; preparing for a successful major gift request; how major gifts donors can take you over your year-end goal; and how case statements can help organization efficiency. Read more!

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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

BE the CAUSE—And Fulfill Your Pledge!
Don't forget—with the end of the year coming up soon, now is a great time to complete your pledge to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's BE The CAUSE campaign. Deadline is Dec. 31!

Webinar: Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning

Many fundraisers are uncomfortable with both the technical aspects of gift planning and having a conversation about gifts at death. Fortunately, gift planning does not have to be complicated, and building a strong program is within reach of every fundraising shop. On Jan. 12, Brian Sagrestano, JD, and Robert Wahlers, MS, CFRE, will share information from their upcoming book Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning on the different phases of a gift planning program and how to build a program that is appropriate to your nonprofit. Demystify planned giving and set your organization on the road to maximizing gifts from your donors. Register now for this webinar!

The 2016 International Fundraising Conference is Just Three Months Away!
The 2016 International Fundraising Conference, coming to Boston in March, will be here before you know it! If you haven't registered already, do it now! Kofi Annan (pictured, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Secretary-General of the UN, and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) will be a general session speaker, along with Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. They will be joined by more than 100 educational sessions. Register today at the advance pricing rate!

Register by December 31 for the 2016 International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
The world's top fundraising researchers have created the most rigorous professional qualification in fundraising. How does the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising add value to your professional practice? One 2015 recipient says, "The Diploma adds to the quality of my thinking. It gives me the tools and information to do fundraising better, and is different than any other professional development that I've experienced in 40 years in the field." With the guidance of instructors like Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Simone Joyaux, you too can differentiate yourself with this distinctive honor. For more information, click here or contact Rhonda Starr at or (703) 519-8471.

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Registration for 2016 Webinars Now Open!
The new slate of AFP Webinars for 2016 has been released, featuring many exciting new changes! We have lowered prices and made our presentations shorter (one hour in length), while maintaining the same level of elite knowledge from fundraising’s top minds. Plus, we're also including new pricing for bundles of 10 webinars—as well as a special price for all 25 webinars in 2016—that include both live and downloadable versions of the presentations! To check out the 2016 schedule of webinars and to register today, click here.

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Measure It To Manage It: Metrics for Fundraising—A SMART Practices Report
Ellen Bristol, President, Bristol Strategy Group
You can't measure it, but do you know what, how and when to measure stuff? And are you measuring the right things in the first place? In this report, you'll learn how to simplify fundraising metrics, what you can and can't measure, and why you should bother measuring anything anyway. After all, you really can't manage or improve it if you can't measure it.
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Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for December:

Developing an Effective Network

Networking is a skill set for overall career and life success. Yet many of us don't think about it until we are in a job search. Click here to read more.

Related Resource: Your Fundraising Career Hot Topic Page

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Grant Opportunities, Presented by GrantStation

The following grant opportunity listings—updated weekly—have been provided by GrantStation from the latest issue of GrantStation Insider. GrantStation is an essential tool for efficiently connecting grantseekers with accurate information about a wide range of grantmakers. Learn more about GrantStation.

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