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AFP eWire December 11, 2012: Print Version

50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego - April 7-9, 2013 Advance Registration is until January 25th—Register NOW and Save BIG!

Advance registration is on for the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, presented by Blackbaud—Register TODAY for BIG savings!

Worried about the future of philanthropy? Don’t be! Joining us in San Diego will be five young philanthropists who are making incredible change around the world. Collectively, these amazing young philanthropists have impacted the lives of people on six continents and have raised awareness—as well as millions of dollars—for an outstanding array of causes!

This year, our goal is to engage and re-energize our profession. Join us and be a part of our efforts to create balance, focus on critical priorities, and simplify complexities—we’ll explore what it means to beDoing The Right Things…Right! 

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Top Stories

Lobby Day Held to Protect Charitable Deduction, Begin Discussion of Larger Role of Philanthropy in Society

Arlington, VA - Hundreds of representatives from the philanthropic sector converged on Capitol Hill Dec. 4-5 to urge Congress to protect the charitable deduction and begin a broader discussion about the role of philanthropy and how to solve the larger, long-term problems that America faces.

The Charitable Giving Coalition, co-chaired by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), held its first “Protect Giving—DC Days” as a way to educate Congress about the importance of the charitable deduction as legislators consider tax reform and deficit reduction. Congress is looking at whether or not to retain, modify or eliminate the charitable deduction, which could result in the loss of billions of dollars of contributions that charities rely in order to provide critically needed services to millions of Americans.

But Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP, notes that the problems and challenges that America is facing are so massive, complex and inter-connected that no one organization or sector can solve by themselves. While traditional philanthropy can play a key role—which is why preserving the charitable deduction is important—what’s needed is a wide-ranging strategy that brings government, the business sector, civil society and others together to discuss long-term sustainability for the sector and how each party can work together to address the larger social issues that are facing our country.

“The charitable deduction is a critical tax policy tool that encourages giving, but tax policy is only one aspect of philanthropy,” Watt says. “We need to have a far-ranging discussion with policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, and the public about new ways to mobilize resources, encourage investments in the charitable sector from different sources, and create social impact through collaboration and growth.”

In Watt’s view, the last time the U.S. had such a broad, comprehensive conversation was in the early 20th century. That process led to the creation of the charitable deduction, which helped ignite a huge wave in philanthropy that now results in nearly $300 billion in gifts every year. With that growth, the charitable sector has a total economic impact of $800 billion and represents nearly 10 percent of the American workforce.

“That discussion had a huge impact on philanthropy and our ability to help people across the country, but a century has passed and so much has changed since then,” Watt points out. “It’s time to have another national conversation—to bring everyone together to examine the charitable landscape and reach consensus on how we can create new systems and tool to bring about long-lasting change.”

Take Action – Write to Your Member of Congress to Preserve Charitable Giving

Take action today to urge your members of Congress to preserve the charitable deduction! Your voice is critical because Congress is strongly considering a hard cap on itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, to address the federal deficit. Imposing such a cap would have devastating consequences for thousands of nonprofits that depend of charitable giving to support programs on which millions of Americans rely.

Special Announcement

SAVE THE DATE: Rice University/AFP Event: Development & Finance Symposium, June 11 and 12, 2013

This symposium is designed to explore the dynamics of these two offices working together more effectively, resulting in better-informed business decisions for their organizations. Senior advancement officers and CFOs will share their experiences and strategies for effective management, and participants will learn more about the complexities of both roles. Fundraisers, chief finance officers, vice presidents, executive directors, investment professionals, and board members will all benefit from gaining more insight into how fiscal roles can create stability for their organizations. More information to come!


Fundraising News and Tips

AFP2P: Help Your Colleagues by Answering Their Fundraising Questions

Two AFP members have submitted queries to the AFP2P Open Forum and are seeking your input and guidance regarding e-communications with donors and allowing other nonprofits to use organizational space for their fundraising.

Online Resources Help Donors Safely Support Global Charities

The generosity of Americans has long supported worthy international causes, but many donors in the post-9/11 era are increasingly leery of making financial commitments to overseas agencies. (Philanthropy Journal)

Overall Charitable Giving Down 3.8% in October

The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving, a broad-based fundraising index that reports overall giving trends of 2,984 US-based nonprofit organizations representing $7.8 billion in yearly giving on a monthly basis, today reported that charitable giving decreased 3.8% for the three months ending October 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. (Blackbaud)

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 fundraising strategy, Facebook, direct mail, collaboration, mobile fundraising and corporate philanthropy.


AFP Announcements

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.

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. 


AFP Member Exclusives

This Week's 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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You can have a rock-solid business strategy, unlimited resources, and the most talented people on staff. But only one thing is guaranteed in today’s hyperconnected society: if your business isn’t likeable, it will fail. Dave Kerpen knows how important it is for a business to be liked—by customers, employees, stakeholders, and the general public. Likeable Business lays out 11 strategies for organizations of all sizes to spur growth, profits, and overall success. Dave Kerpen reveals the remarkable returns you’ll get when you gain the trust of your customers and stakeholders. In today’s social media world, it literally pays to be likeable.

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