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AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising is the largest gathering of professional fundraisers in the world. Happening March 29-April 1, it features great educational sessions, more than 145 marketplace exhibitors, acclaimed speakers Michael Douglas and Doris Kearns Goodwin and much more! Register by Feb. 20 and save $100. To register, please visit the conference website: http://conference.afpnet.org.

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Congress Removes Language Barring Prior Patient Solicitation  

In negotiations on the economic stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) Congress replaced the problematic nonprofit hospital provision that barred healthcare organizations from contacting prior patients with new language that gives patients an “opt-out” from solicitations.

AFP thanks those who took the time to write and call your Members of Congress to urge them to remove the provision that barred nonprofit hospitals and other health care organizations from contacting prior patients for philanthropic purposes. AFP also appreciates the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s efforts on this issue.

As noted in last week’s eWire, Section 4406(b) of the House-passed version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would have prevented hospital foundations from contacting prior patients for philanthropic purposes (as is currently allowed) through an amendment to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  The Senate-version of the bill did not contain that provision—the Senate removed it after receiving feedback from AFP, AHP and countless other organizations.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill today, Feb. 17.

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Bad Economy No Match for Entrepreneurial Spirit  

Looking for a group of donors who are optimistic in 2009 and planning to continue or increase their giving? Small business owners would be a good start, a study shows.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a group of business owners with members across the globe, recently surveyed its members about their plans for giving and their business outlook for 2009. Nearly 60 percent of entrepreneurs surveyed said they would maintain their current level of commitment to corporate social responsibility activities. Nearly a quarter said such efforts will take higher priority this year.

Entrepreneurs remain optimistic about revenues and confident that their business will survive the bad economic climate. Almost half of the 894 business owners that responded to the survey said they anticipate an increase in revenues in 2009. A quarter expect revenues to stay the same. Only a quarter, then, anticipate a fall in revenue.

Overall, 70 percent of entrepreneurs are highly confident or confident that their businesses will survive the economic downturn. Only 13 percent of respondents said they were not confident in their business’ ability to survive in this economy.

The survey respondents make up a sample of the organization’s global membership, including business owners in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. A report of The 2009 Global Economic Forecast Survey is available on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization website. There is a live link to the report in the electronic version of this eWire article.

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Maehara, Brown Named Among Fundraising’s Best  

The NonProfit Times has named 14 people who it feels are the most effective and influential fundraisers in the industry. AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, recent past-chair Alphonce Brown and AFP member Atul Tandon are in this esteemed group.

The newspaper said of Brown, AFP’s chair from 2005 to 2007, “There is no fundraising executive anywhere who has done more to promote diversity within the fundraising profession. He has and continues to mentor fundraisers who will broaden the pool of professionals and thus donors.” Brown is director of development for the National Minority AIDS Council in Washington, D.C.

The NonProfit Times recognition is a great honor, and it has touched me profoundly” said Brown. “It motivates me to do more to help our sector champion inclusion in response to changing demographics and increasing needs around the world. I also am inspired to continue promoting ethical, effective fundraising practices to diverse nonprofit organizations. I am very grateful to be included among these esteemed practitioners.”

Maehara, who is also regularly named among the nonprofit sector’s most influential, is highlighted for her commitment to ethics and her focus on international growth of the profession. “Let’s start with the fact that she leads the largest organization of fundraisers on the planet,” notes the newspaper. “With Maehara, it’s all about ethical behavior when it comes to donors…”

“I’m humbled to be among this amazing group of fundraisers,” said Maehara. “It’s great to see people being honored for their commitment to great fundraising and for their willingness to build the profession for all of us.”

Tandon, who is senior vice president of donor engagement at World Vision in Federal Way, Washington, is recognized for transforming donor development in size, scope and revenue. “WV has enjoyed double-digit growth every year under his marketing leadership, which is especially challenging when you consider revenue is in the billion-dollar range,” The NonProfit Times notes.

"I am truly surprised and honored by this nomination,” said Tandon. “An aging, balding man from Delhi is an unlikely nominee! Our growth, at World Vision, is a testimony to the poor children we serve, to faithful donors and a very passionate staff who feel called to their work.”

The NonProfit Times’ Best Fundraisers special report ran in the newspaper’s Jan. 15, 2009 issue.

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Colleges Tightening Budgets, Cutting Costs and Hiring Fundraisers  

Catholic colleges in the U.S. are cutting costs but also putting more boots on the ground for the purpose of fundraising, which is a tactic that could be used by any number of organizations.

At a meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges, college presidents said in some cases they have removed administrative positions and hired additional “front-line” fundraisers to solicit gifts, an article by Catholic News Service reports. The philosophy, one president said, is to increase in-person visits to donors. In many cases, they are finding people more willing to give than they thought, and say the most important part is not to shy away from asking because of the economy.

Some fundraisers are taking students along with them to visit donors, beefing up their prospect research efforts and offering more long-term gift options. Fundraisers at these Catholic institutions are stressing the unique identity of their schools as promoting spiritual growth in addition to a quality education—for people of all faiths.

The presidents of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Alverno College in Milwaukee and Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. expressed the importance of conveying the unique value, impact and identity of their educational institutions—for students and communities. Donors need to hear how important it is that Catholic colleges in the U.S. remain competitive and affordable. Though spoken to a specific audience, the message of unique value and importance can extend to organizations far beyond Catholic education. The full article from Catholic News Service is available as a live link from the electronic version of this eWire story.

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U.S. Postage Increasing for First-Class Letters, Nonprofit Mail  

The cost of mailing a letter in the U.S. is going up May 11. Postal rates for some nonprofit mail types will also increase, especially nonprofit parcels and nonflat machinables.

The price of a first-class stamp will increase 2 cents to 44 cents on May 11. Other price changes on May 11 include:

  • A postcard stamp increases a penny to 28 cents.
  • The first ounce of a large envelope (flat) increases 5 cents to 88 cents.
  • The first ounce of a parcel increases 5 cents to $1.22.

New first-class mail international postcard and letter (first ounce) prices are:

  • Canada – 75 cents
  • Mexico – 79 cents
  • Other countries – 98 cents

Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will go up to 44 cents. 

While most nonprofit mail increases will be small, nonprofit parcels and nonflat machinables are expected to see double-digit cost increases, according to the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers in a Feb. 17 article by The NonProfit Times (www.nptimes.com).

For a full list of U.S. Postal Service mailing rate increases visit the USPS website, www.usps.com/prices.

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Member Motion/Accolades: January-February 2009  

AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for January-February 2009.

Margaret Guellich, CFRE, is now director of annual giving for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Princeton, N.J. She was formerly director of major gifts and planned giving for the Diocese of Metuchen in Metuchen, N.J.

Maryum L. Howell, CFRE, has been named director of development at St. Jude’s Recovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  She was formerly director of development at Genesis Shelter in Atlanta.

Rebecca E. Hunter, CFRE, was promoted to chief development officer for the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Ill. She was previously the director of major gifts.

Andrea Kaufman has been promoted to the position of development associate at Children’s Cancer Research Fund in Minneapolis, Minn. She was formerly development assistant.

Kim Loftus has joined the Borgess Foundation in Kalamazoo, Mich., as development officer. She most recently served as director of development and communications for Constance Brown Hearing Centers in Kalamazoo.

Roberta (Bobbi) Longworth, CFRE, executive director of the Fairfax Library Foundation in Fairfax, Va., was recognized In December for leading the Art in the Pages team by the Fairfax County Public Library. This award is for planning and implementing the first public art sculpture project throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.

Bill Pratt, CFRE, is now executive director development, Health Faculties, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He formerly served as director of advancement at Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax.

John Vander-Putten is now the director of internal audit for PSCH Inc. in Flushing, N.Y. He formerly served for 32 years as vice president in the Internal Audit Division of The Bank of New York Mellon.

Kate Villa, CFRE, is the new director of development for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt.  She was formerly director of development for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond, Vt.

Millie Wood, development and public relations consultant in Port St Lucie, Fla., was awarded the the Calvin Douglas 'Spirit of Philanthropy' Award, sponsored by Carlton & Company Fundraising Counsel and Donovan Management, Inc. A charter member of the Treasure Coast chapter since 1994, Wood received this honor during National Philanthropy Day®.

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Take the CFRE Review Course at Conference

Have you considered earning your Certified Fund Raising Executive credential? Sign up for the conference and get the tools you need in New Orleans at the International Conference on Fundraising. While there, you can take the CFRE Review Course to prepare you for the CFRE Exam. To register for the CFRE Review Course go to the conference website (http://conference.afpnet.org) and click on Education. Follow the link titled CFRE Review Course.

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Registration Now Open: Nonprofit Conference on Fundraising Development Speaker Series

AFP has partnered with Booz Allen Hamilton to sponsor the 2009 Fundraising Development Conference Speaker Series. The annual conference meant to share best practices and lessons learned—historically a one day event—is now a five-part speaker series being hosted throughout the year. Sessions will be offered in-person and via the web on March 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the firm's headquarters located in McLean, Va. The cost per session is $25 each. In-person registration is limited to 148 people, so visit today to register! (website link is available in the electronic version of this article.)

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New Offering: Support a Cause Through a New AFP Networking Partnership

To help members connect with fundraisers in different countries, AFP has partnered with ammado, an online global networking community for the nonprofit sector. Through ammado, members can meet and network with practitioners from around the world and learn about other organizations, companies, strategies and campaigns that are making a difference in the lives of millions of people.

To celebrate the partnership and the season of giving, ammado will give the first 10,000 AFP members who create a profile on ammado an e-voucher for $1 to spend on the cause of their choice. What can a mere dollar do?  One dollar can, for example, get a child vaccinated against the measles or provide safe drinking water for a child for 50 days. Get your e-voucher, make a donation—even to your own organization on ammado—join the AFP profile and reach out to your fundraising colleagues by creating your network!  Visit the AFP profile on ammado for more details: www.ammado.com/nonprofit/afp.

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