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November 30, 2010
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This Week's Free AFP Information Exchange Paper:
Online Sales of Merchandise by a Charitable Organization – Perlman & Perlman, LLP

One of the more popular trends in the U.S. is online sales of merchandise through a charity’s website. While permissible, every charity should be aware of the important tax considerations before undertaking this type of activity.
Read more.

Holiday Giving

Top Story: Charities Seeing Slight Recovery in Giving, But Not Enough to Keep Up With Demand or Budget Cuts
Nonprofit organizations have seen a slight turnaround in giving so far this year that mirrors the slow economic recovery, a new survey from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds. But the small rebound hasn’t been enough to help many nonprofits that are grappling with staff and service cuts even as demand for their services has increased. Read more.


Public Policy Alerts

Give2GetherProposed Deficit Reduction Measures Could Curb Charitable Giving
Two organizations tasked with confronting the U.S. federal deficit have issued draft proposals to reduce the deficit. Although AFP supports the concept of deficit reduction, we are concerned about proposed changes to the charitable deduction in both proposals, and we encourage members to contact Congress explaining the potential harm to charities. Read more.

Canada Policy: AFP Publishes Editorial on Bill C-470
This week AFP published an editorial in Canadian online news outlet Charity Village speaking out against proposed salary caps for Canadian nonprofits. Read more.

Fundraising News and Trends

High Hopes for Holiday Giving
Seventy-four percent (74 percent) of adults plan to give this holiday season. With average total gifts of $281, the anticipated amount raised by nonprofit organizations will be more than $48 billion. Read more.

Fast Facts: AFP Poll Shows Fundraising News Brighter Than ‘09
According to an informal website poll, nearly half of fundraisers report raising more or significantly more money from January to September 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 (47 percent). Twenty-one percent reported raising the same amount and 32 percent said they raised less. The results are from AFP’s homepage Quick Poll and are based on 361 responses.

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AFP Announcements

WealthEngineTwo Free Webinars in December!
Register today for the Dec. 7 webinar from AFP and Wealth Engine called “Actionable Strategies for Growing Your Fundraising Program,” which will focus on how an organization can prioritize and segment its donor and prospect base. Then, don’t miss the Dec. 15 webinar from AFP and HEP called “Finding and Soliciting Your Matching Gift Eligible Donors.” Get the help and perspective you need to bring your fundraising year to a strong close and get set for 2011.

AFP International Conference 2011 in Chicago – Register Now and Save!
Registration is now open for the International Conference on Fundraising, happening March 20-22, 2011. It’s a forum to provide perspectives for your profession – the critical insight and learning you need, right now, to successfully manage your career for the future. Register by Dec. 17 and save $200 off of the regular member rate. Learn more.

Have You Activated Your GoldMail Account Yet?
AFP members now have free access to an effective and easy-to-use voiceover message service called GoldMail, equipping chapters with better member recruitment and outreach opportunities and giving members a new fundraising tool for their organizations. Learn more.

AFP Think Tank Webinar Dec. 9: Law and Nonprofits
The Dec. 9 AFP Think Tank Webinar, “The Law and Nonprofits,” is designed to help fundraisers avoid legal problems when working with board members. The session will discuss how to spot conflicts of interest, identify potentially harmful transactions, and formulate procedures to ensure that transactions with board members do not violate state and federal laws. Learn more.

AFP Web/Audioconferences:
AFP 2011 Webinars Announced
Next year’s webinars are now available for purchase and cover a wide range of topics from social networking/online fundraising to legal issues to cross generational giving and much more. Webinars provide an opportunity to interact directly with a great lineup of fundraising experts. They make a great educational centerpiece for a lunch-time meeting and are an easy way to get CFRE credit. Webinars are available for $159 per site or $99 each if you order a bundle of 10 or more for members and $295 for non-members. To view the schedule and order please click here.

Have Advice on Fundraising? Share it With AFP Colleagues Around the World!
AFP is accepting papers now for the AFP Information Exchange. If your organization or firm has a paper or article with fundraising advice, consider sharing it with the AFP community. This is a great opportunity to share your tips and advice with a larger audience. Questions? Contact or Plus, check out this week’s featured white paper: Online Sales of Merchandise by a Charitable Organization Perlman & Perlman, LLP.
See all Exchange papers and resources | See suggested topics | Submit your papers and resources!

2011 AFP Conference in Chicago

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Job Listings/Resources

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