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IRA Rollover Approved by Congress, Heads to White House For Signing
(Dec. 17, 2014) With the White House threatening a veto of a bill to make the IRA Charitable Rollover and other provisions permanent, Congress turns to a one-year extenders package.

BE the CAUSE Campaign Chapter Results!
Thanks to the efforts of your chapter, our collaborative BE the CAUSE Campaign has raised $405,734 in gifts and pledges from 4,872 donors as of December 15, 2014. This represents 87% percent of our $465,750 goal. So far, 63 chapters have met or exceeded their campaign goals and another 42 chapters are within $250 of their goals.

Top Ten (Week of December 17, 2014): You Need Data Nerds!
(Dec. 17, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including the motivations of NextGen donors; more #GivingTuesday roundups; questioning nonprofit sustainability; the state of disaster philanthropy; when to make transformative changes; six degrees of major gift fundraising; and more!

Charitable Giving, Donor Retention Levels Increasing, Reaching Near Pre-Recession Levels
(Dec. 17, 2014) For the fourth consecutive year, charitable organizations across the U.S. saw growth in both the level of funds they raised, as well as how well they retained donors from year to year, according the 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report.

About the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Program
The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics, at an advanced level of practice.

AFP Toronto Chapter Celebrates 20th Anniversary Milestone
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter has honoured staff member Cynthia Quigley by establishing a bursary fund in her name. Read on to find out more.

#inclusivegiving at AFP Congress
(Dec. 8, 2014) Three years ago, a last-minute grant application resulted in a ground-breaking learning series, The Inclusive Giving Project. At AFP Congress in Toronto, the "best of the best" of the 12 diversity workshops were revisited in a special "capstone event.”

Chapter IMPACT Campaign 2014
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to introduce the Chapter IMPACT Campaign (formerly the Chapter Treasury Campaign) and to ask your chapter to get involved.

Chapter Boards Lead by Example in Achieving 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2013 Every Member Campaign (EMC). These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts to the EMC.

Three Free Tools to Help You Increase Donations This Holiday Season
(Dec. 8, 2014) CanadaHelps, a registered charity whose mission is to serve other charities, offers three simple and free tools to help you raise more money this holiday season.

REPORT: 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study
(Dec. 8, 2014) In this recent report released by Find Accounting Software, 142 Canadian and U.S. fundraisers were surveyed about their use of technology. Find out what they had to say about growing contributions and how they described their software management platforms, communication channels, and payment acceptance methods.

It's Not Too Early to Set Your Sights on Banff Compass 2015
Now in its fourth year, Banff Compass offers a world class line-up of speakers and education sessions. Earn CFRE credits while gaining insight and inspiration. Read on and find out how to get involved!

Canada Revenue Agency News
(Dec. 8, 2014) Linsey Rains, with Carter's, helps nonprofits stay current with what's happening with the Canada Revenue Agency, including recognition of National Philanthropy Day by the Harper government, updates to tax and sponsorships and an alert on gifting tax shelters.

AFP Canada New Horizons Task Force
The Canada New Horizons Task Force is exploring the current model of AFP in Canada and the structure of the AFP Canadian Council, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee.

Moving Beyond Diversity
Hamlin Grange, chair for the African and Caribbean Advisory Group for AFP's Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy Series, spoke at AFP Congress about navigating differences and building authentic relationships that bridge the gap to someone else's culture. Here is a small excerpt from that discussion.

It’s Not Too Late! Find Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
You can support the next generation of Canadian fundraisers by supporting AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC). Read how your donation helps the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy – Canada transform the future of philanthropy in this country.

The Power of Sponsorship
(Dec. 8, 2014) Sponsorship is a very big business in Canada. Yet every year, many sponsors are disappointed in their investment outcomes. Brent Barootes explains how you can make the most of your sponsorship program.

WEBCAST: Friends in High Places: Why Your Success Depends on Government Relations
Recorded live at AFP Congress 2014, and now available as a complimentary webinar to all members, “Friends in High Places: Why Your Success Depends on Government Relations,” sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.

Top Ten (Week of December 1, 2014): Did My #GivingTuesday Campaign Work?
(Dec. 1, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including the new psychology of giving; taking stock of your nonprofit’s revenue potential; the importance of creating a “strawman page” before you launch your new website; making your content more share-worthy; how to win over Millennial donors; and more!

Tax Incentives Worldwide Help Increase Charitable Donations Says New Global Study
(Dec. 2, 2014) The Rules to Give By Index, the world’s first international index of government support for charitable giving, found that the percentage of people donating money to charity is 12 percentage points higher in nations offering tax incentives to individuals (33 percent) than in those that do not (21 percent).

Congress Reaches Deal on IRA Rollover, But Major Hurdles Remain
(Dec. 2, 2014) The House of Representatives and the Senate have worked out a deal to make the IRA Rollover provision permanent, but the White House has indicated its objections to the overall bill.

Learn Your Fundraising Personality Type and Work with Donors, Colleagues More Effectively
Have you ever wondered why your colleague’s ideas are so different from yours? Or why you relate to some donors very quickly, but with others it seems more difficult to build a relationship? The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is partnering with TypeCoach to help you learn how to meet these and similar challenges.

Resource Center "Hot Topics"
The following topics are the most requested and searched for fundraising topics on the AFP web site.

Research Papers: Diverse Communities in Canada
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Partnership Project along with the AFP ON, Greater Toronto Chapter and AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter coordinated a series of twelve conferences for fundraising professionals, donors and volunteers to develop a greater understanding of the giving traditions and charitable interests of these diverse communities in Ontario.

Top Ten (Week of November 26, 2014): What to Leave Behind During a Major Gift Ask
(Nov. 26, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including new evidence that touching the heart—and avoiding the head—may be more powerful in solicitations; tons of resources on youth philanthropy; how to make the most of YouTube (it’s the second most used search engine!); how direct mail is changing; and more!

Stumped About Fundraising Ethics? AFP Can Help You
(Nov. 26, 2014) Most members probably think the AFP Ethics Committee exists mainly to prosecute and punish perpetrators who violate of the Code of Ethics. But according to the chair of the committee, Jay Love, that is only a small part of the committee’s work.

Isabel Allende to Speak at 2015 International Fundraising Conference
Isabel Allende, the celebrated Chilean-American novelist, memoirist, and advocate for empowerment of women and girls worldwide, will speak at AFP’s 2015 International Fundraising Conference on Baltimore, March 29 – 31.

AFP Staff List and Contact Information
The AFP staff is always ready to help you with your requests. Find the right staff person you need and ask away. Don't know whom to speak with? No problem! We will direct you to the right contact.

2015 Accord Materials
As the chapter president, this is your opportunity to showcase the chapter. We strongly recommend that you engage your board in the work of completing the required reports.

What's New with AFP Chapters?


Top Ten (Week of November 17, 2014): What to Leave Behind During a Major Gift Ask
(Nov. 17, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to guard privacy on the Internet; the fundamentals of crowdfunding; solving the great mysteries of donor retention; more lessons in nonprofit storytelling; a discussion on the limitations of strategic philanthropy; and more!

Long-Time Wisconsin Charity Supporter Earns Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(Nov. 19, 2014) Doug Ziegler, of West Bend, Wisconsin, who has been supporting charities and community organizations for over 60 years, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by AFP International Headquarters.

The AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Welcome to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary online!

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
Learn about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

Top Ten (Week of November 10, 2014): The Two-Part Major Gift Conversation
(Nov. 10, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including the tactics of collaboration; why nonprofit should participate in #GivingTuesday (and might we suggest, National Philanthropy Day!); more about Bitcoin (you know what you want to use it); ways to thank big donors; using the Wordifier (we love that name!) and more!

Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
We invite AFP members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 52nd International Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, 2015, in Baltimore, MD. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist or poet, you are warmly invited to participate. Fundraisers are a diverse group – their diversity unites them and thus makes the art showcase even more beautiful and meaningful!

Virginia Youth Group Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
(Nov. 12, 2014) Miles of Scarves, a group of girls based in Henrico, Va., that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group.

About the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment.

Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
The foundation of philanthropy is ethical fundraising, and a key mission of AFP is to advance and foster the highest ethical standards through its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

Guidelines for the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
These guidelines are provided to assist AFP members and others in interpreting and using the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. They are intended only as suggestions to help guide thinking about ethical behavior and not as prescriptions for all possible situations.

AFP Q&A - AFP's Live Online Chat!
AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A!

Houston Donor, Volunteer and Community Leader Named North America’s Outstanding Philanthropist
(Nov. 5, 2014) Maureen Hackett, an innovator in Houston and U.S. philanthropy for more than 30 years, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Fundraisers More Committed to Causes Than Organizations?
(June 18, 2007) Fundraisers might be more committed to the causes their organizations serve than the organizations themselves, according to new research sponsored by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

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Top Ten (Week of October 27, 2014): The Two-Part Major Gift Conversation
(Oct. 27, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including unusual but effective ways to market your charity; innovations in global fundraising; social media awareness plans that actually work; the fastest way to ruin your appeal letter and more!

Related Resources


Majority of Fundraisers See Salary Increases in 2013
(May 13, 2014) More than 63 percent of fundraisers in the U.S. and Canada saw their average incomes rise in 2013, even as average salaries fell by nearly eight percent compared to 2012, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2014 Compensation and Benefits Study.

Explore AFP’s Special Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers (Updated October 23, 2014)
The AFP Job Seekers toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help members carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position.

Top Ten (Week of October 20, 2014): Influencing Donors’ Gut Reactions to Solicitations
(Oct. 20, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including a new guide to choosing online giving platforms; sizing up your annual report; new ways to create highly committed donors; a new service providing free graphic design to nonprofits and more!Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to become more attuned to your donors; how to know just enough about website coding to talk with a designer or programmer; gender-based solicitations; one fundraiser’s work in a year to build a more diverse fundraising program and more!

Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test
(Oct. 22, 2014) Erik Daubert, chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi)and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Advisory Board, talks about the latest free resource from the FEP, the Fundraising Fitness Test, and what it can mean for your organization.

Is There a Lake Wobegon Effect in Fundraising?
(Oct. 22, 2014) In honor of the 50th anniversary of AFP’s Code of Ethics, take the Ethics Assessment Inventory and find out how to improve your organization’s ethical performance. Don’t be afraid—you might find out you’re like those kids in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon and be “above average” or better!

AFP’s International Fundraising Conference —Raising Your Fundraising Level
AFP’s 52nd International Fundraising Conference is coming up, March 29 – 31, 2015 in Charm City: Baltimore, Md. Here’s a quick overview of some of the main Conference events, and early bird registration ends Oct. 31

What Makes a Fundraiser?
More Than a Sum of the Parts!

National Philanthropy Day®—Tell Us YOUR Philanthropic Idol!
To help celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is asking people to submit short videos about their philanthropic idol (and how their idol inspires them to get involved), with the top five most popular videos earning the submitters $500 each for their favorite charity! Learn more.

Top Ten (Week of October 13, 2014): Moving a First-Time Donor to a Major Donor
(Oct. 13, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to become more attuned to your donors; how to know just enough about website coding to talk with a designer or programmer; gender-based solicitations; one fundraiser’s work in a year to build a more diverse fundraising program and more!

New Orleans High School Student Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
(Oct. 15, 2014) Princeton Carter, a 16-year old student attending Newman High School in New Orleans, La., has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Mailing List Rental information for members and nonmembers
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association for development executives who work for nonprofit organizations. Renting the AFP membership list can offer your firm exposure to over 27,000 executive decision makers who are constantly seeking new resources, ideas and services, as well as professional assistance, to enhance and strengthen their efforts in raising philanthropic dollars. The AFP membership list is selectable by type of nonprofit, member type, geographic location, chapter, gender, and birth date.

October 20 – 26: National Estate Planning Awareness Week
With more than 120 million people across North America not possessing updated estate plans, AFP and Financial Awareness Foundation are working together to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 20-26.

AFP Research, Statistics and Reports
Here you will find the latest research and reports issued by AFP, including the AFP Compensation & Benefits Report, AFP Annual Report, AFP Holiday Survey, and more.

A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation in Southern California Receives Outstanding Foundation Honor
(Oct. 8, 2014) The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, located in Irvine, California, and one of the region’s philanthropic leaders, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Foundation by AFP.

AFP Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities
Check out other opportunities to increase your visibility with the world's largest community of charitable fundraisers!

Marketing Tools


Top Ten (Week of October 6, 2014): Documentation—Do, Die or Just Do It!
(Oct. 6, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including a formula for the perfect online fundraising ask; organizational culture lessons; improving your listening skills; editorial calendar template; how to migrate donor data effectively and more!

New Resources on Donor Retention, Fundraising Performance Through the FEP
(Oct. 8, 2014) Thanks to a grant from Bloomerang and support from other partner organizations, the new Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) website not only has all of the FEP research reports from 2008 easily downloadable, but also all new measurement tools from the Growth in Giving Initiative.

Growth in Charitable Giving Slowing So Far in 2014 But Majority of Charities Still Raising More Halfway Through the Year
(Oct. 8, 2014) Fifty-two percent of charities raised more funds as of mid-2014 than they did as of mid-2013, according to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s (NRC) mid-year fundraising survey.

Bitcoin: It's Time for Canadian Nonprofits to Take Notice
(Oct. 7, 2014) Bitcoin is a digital currency that has attracted widespread media attention with a number of innovative businesses and nonprofits integrating it as a new payment option. Jason Shim shares why Pathways to Education Canada is now accepting bitcoin donations and why your charity may want to consider it too.

Don't Limit Your Career: An Interview with Dan Pallotta
(Oct. 7, 2014) Paul Nazareth talks fundraising careers and mentoring with Dan Pallotta during his recent visit to Toronto.

A New Strategic Plan for AFP in Canada
AFP in Canada is getting its own strategic plan for the future. Read on for information on who's involved and what strategic areas are being addressed.

AFP Offers National Job Board for Canadian Members
Whether you are looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, AFP is ready to help Canadian members find the right opportunity with the right organization.

New Horizons for AFP in Canada
Is the current structure of the Association of Fundraising Professionals working effectively for the size of membership attained in this country? This is one of the questions being addressed by the AFP New Horizons task force.

Counting Down to GivingTuesday
Last year GivingTuesday was a huge success in Canada. On December 2, don’t miss the opportunity to get your organization involved in an exciting movement that highlights the importance of giving. Planning starts now!

Fundraisers to Converge in Toronto for Congress 2014
It's that time again. Congress comes to Toronto this November. Mark Trask, chair of Congress, shares some of the highlights that delegates can look forward to. Early bird registration ends October 9th!

A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy
Who is your philanthropic idol? Post a video to NPDLove.com and earn a $500 donation to your favourite charity.

REPORT: New Data Shows Canada’s Largest Foundations Give over $1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities
(Oct. 7, 2014) Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada recently released a first-ever report about the assets and giving trends of Canada’s largest grantmaking foundations. Read the highlights of the report here.

How to Participate in an AFP Topic Discussion Group Email List
How to use the AFP topic discussion groups.

About AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 225 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

About AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 233 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

AFP Communities


Member Resources


ATCO Named 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
ATCO, a diversified global corporation headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

New Research: “The New Regulatory Regime for Social Enterprise in Canada: Potential Impacts on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability”


Incorporating Stories Into Your Fundraising Program
(Sept. 24, 2014) On Oct. 8, Leah Eustace, ACFRE, chief idea goddess at Good Works, will present a webinar on "Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising." In a preview of her webinar, Leah talks about the unique power of stories and how they affect human psychology.

Top Ten (Week of September 29, 2014): How to Handle List Removal Requests
(Sept. 29, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to prevent your donors from hitting information overload; the best ways to approach Millennial donors; great examples of videos that inform and inspire; and 112 (yep, 112!) tips to raise more money through direct mail.

Boosting Fundraising Skills with Assessments and Training
(Oct. 1, 2014) To survive and thrive in the charitable environment, the American Red Cross is becoming more proactive in its approach to development and positioning fundraising as a science and skill-driven process within the organization.

AFP’s Toolkit for New Fundraisers
This web page offers a broad overview of fundraising and puts the essential tools for getting started right at your fingertips. Whether you are new to the profession or just want to brush up on the basics, use this resource to get full benefit from AFP and start on the right foot in your new career!

Conferences
The AFP International Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues. It offers more than 150 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants from entry level to highly experienced. The Conference exhibit hall features over 300 vendors.

Top Ten (Week of September 22, 2014): Can a New Governance Model Help Your Organization?
(Sept. 22, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including HOW to distribute content on social media, what the latest Census report means for fundraising, super-short fundraising videos, how much to invest in data collection and analysis, and much more!

Fundraising Effectiveness Project


Top Ten (Week of September 15, 2014): Can You Plan on IRA Charitable Rollover?
(Sept. 15, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including making storytelling part of your culture, how to finish the year strong, using bitcoin, collaborations in grant proposals, how to check your current website against best practices and much more!

50 Years of the AFP Code of Ethics
(Sept. 16, 2014) For 50 years, the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards has served as the cornerstone of fundraising, identifying and promulgating the high standards that make ethical fundraising possible. And as the giving season gets into full swing, AFP will be celebrating the 50th anniversary throughout the rest of the year, reminding members—as well as donors and others—why the code is so important.

Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropy.

National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day® acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.

AFP's Response to National Post Article on Policing of Political Activities of Charities
(Sept. 8, 2014) Recently, Andrew Coyne penned this column in the National Post focused on the policing of political activities of charities. Coyne concluded that the best means of addressing the situation is to “take away the charitable tax designation—not selectively, based on their ability to dance on the head of a CRA pin, but across the board, outright.” The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) finds this conclusion fundamentally flawed. The charitable tax designation and the tax credit represent a gesture of confidence on the part of the people by way of their elected representatives, an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of nonprofit and community action and a commitment to the longstanding tradition of philanthropy in Canada.

Top Ten (Week of September 8, 2014): Strategic Strategeries on Strategy!
(Sept. 8, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on donor retention strategies, where to find nonprofit salary information, five lessons nonprofits can learn from startups, crowdfunding strategies, new fundraising writing (yes, wait for it) strategies, and more!

AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application Form Now Available
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to open up the application process for the scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Different Connections-Working With Colleagues and Donors with Disabilities
(Sept. 8, 2014) Today, as many 20 percent of Americans and 17 percent of Canadians are living with disabilities. Jennies Watson, who has sustained two traumatic brain injuries, knows first-hand how crucial it is to correctly and respectfully communicate. She outlines nine tips for working with colleagues and donors with disabilities—make this list your mantra!

Shop AFP's Bookstore
Shop among hundreds of books on the fundraising profession and take advantage of our special introductory prices!

The CFRE Review Course
AFP’s revised CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a two-day, intensive program the purpose of which is to provide an overview of skills techniques, and program components base on fundraising experience at the five-year level.

Member Motion (September 2014)
AFP members are making moves and doing even more incredible work in fundraising and philanthropy. Join us in celebrating their achievements! Don’t forget to let us know about your announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions!

Top Ten (Week of September 1, 2014): 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Reach Millennials
(Sept. 1, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on raising awareness for your cause (circa #IceBucketChallenge), why school fundraisers need a complete overhaul, the awesome reasons why you should be using infographics in your content marketing, why it's essential to have a personality when trying to appeal to your target audience, how to do recon when the wrong automated email goes out, why video is ESSENTIAL for your nonprofit and how to get in on the #GivingTuesday movement that is less than 100 days away!

Want An Endowment? Plan For it—Ask For It
(Aug. 26, 2014) Among the excuses your nonprofit has for why you don’t have endowment donors, the only real excuse you can have is that you didn’t ask. Don’t let asking for an endowment gift intimidate you! Helen Monroe, head of Endowment Development Institute, gives you a step-by-step process (and a free checklist!) for every aspect of ‘the ask’—from identifying the donor, to your plan of attack, to your successful ask.

Top Ten (Week of August 25, 2014): 6 Signs of a Well-run Nonprofit Organization
(Aug. 25, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how slactivists aren’t so bad afterall, which digital campaign tools you should be using (and the ones you should be forgetting), how to inspire action from tragedy, who is making the ‘overhead’ pledge (and how you can too!), how to cash-in on #GivingTuesday, what a nonprofit infographic should look like (and do) and why your nonprofit needs to be using LinkedIn!

Top Ten (Week of August 18, 2014): 7 Favorite Topics of Boring Fundraisers
(Aug. 18, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on learning how to tell stories from children’s books, what kind of year-end fundraising decisions you should be making NOW, an appeal list you should be checking (and checking twice), how to control others so they don’t ruin your nonprofit’s reputation, why corporations are partnering with nonprofits to boost their value, how to make the most out of email pre-headers and so much more!

Stick With Us—We’ll Carry You Through Your Entire Fundraising Career!
(Aug. 13, 2014) From the first moment you realize you want to be a fundraiser, to the moment you reach that highest achievement that you’ve modeled your entire fundraising career over—AFP is there for you. As a study buddy, an endless pool of fundraising information, a place to meet fundraising fanatics like yourself and a place to help you grow. Use our Development Pathway to plan your fundraising career chock-full of AFP offerings!

Top Ten (Week of August 11, 2014): #GivingTuesday Campaign Planner
(Aug. 11, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on taking your ‘ask’ to the next level, cashing in on the new Millennial craze: Snapchat, discovering what to do in integrated fundraising (from an undercover donor!), making the most out of interns at your nonprofit, knowing the oddball reasons why your donors donate to your organization, how to tap into donor data to boost donor retention and how to make the most of a special occasion and holiday to strike a chord in your donors!

How to Apply for AFP Research Grants
The AFP Research Council offers grants for up to $10,000 annually to individuals who wish to undertake research projects that enrich the profession's knowledge of philanthropic fundraising and improve its practice.

2014 Membership Survey Results
(Aug. 13, 2014) AFP Canada members had their say in the 2014 Membership Survey. Read some highlights here or click through to the executive summary results.

Recap: 2014 Canadian Retreat
Even in the summer, there is still work to be done! Two weeks ago, 85 Canadian AFP chapter leaders met to strategize for the next three years. Here is a summary of what was discussed.

Research: Social Enterprise: Potential Impact on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability
(Aug. 13, 2014) Social enterprise has the potential to dramatically change Canada’s nonprofit sector and its ability to grow and provide programs. The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has recently funded important research in the area of social enterprise as a step towards better understanding legislation as it relates to nonprofits in Canada. Don’t wait until it’s too late—educate yourself today and get ahead of the curve.

Philanthropic Research: Call for Proposals!
Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals is out. Read on and learn all you need to know about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada’s Research Awards, including news on the most recent recipient!

Scholarship Opportunity: AFP’s National Program is Now Accepting Applications
Don’t miss out! Apply now for AFP National Scholarships supporting professional development courses or conference registration and travel costs.

Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
It's just good customer service! AFP in Canada now offers a national job-posting program. Read on for the details.

AFP Canada Strategic Plan
Complex and ever-changing legislative environments, increasing public scrutiny and quickly changing technological advances challenge fundraisers every day as professionals. Karen Dackiw shares how AFP’s Canada Council (with your input!) intends to support members through these challenging, but exciting times.

Cape Breton Island Seeks a Chapter of Its Own, While Okanagan Chapter Soars
At the most recent AFP board meeting, the newest AFP chapters in Canada were chartered: the Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Chapter and the Alberta, Central Chapter. With the addition of these two chapters, we have 19 in Canada. Chapter president Paula MacNeil and organizer Brad Jacobs share their thoughts on getting the Cape Brenton chapter up and running, while Chantelle Funk revels in the success of the new AFP Okanagan chapter.

Ethics: When We Talk, We Succeed
(Aug. 13, 2014) Chances are that whatever ethical challenges you are facing, someone else is in the same boat. Read on to find out how sharing your story can help everyone to learn and build better donor relationships.

Top Ten (Week of August 4, 2014): And the Best Subject Line Is…
(Aug. 4, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on making sure your nonprofit mobile site doesn’t irk any viewers, training nonprofit leaders to be cognizant of the organizational culture, striking emotional chords with your nonprofit stories, what NOT to put in your direct mail letters, which subject lines to use in an email for the most click-throughs and what to include in the job description when hiring fundraising staff!

Crowdfunding Part 2—How to Crowd Surf
(Aug. 5, 2014) Last week we gave you all of the pros, cons and crowdfunding inspiration you needed to kick-off your very first (or fine-tune your next) crowdfunding campaign. You are now equipped with the understanding and direction you need-now what do you do? These tips, how to's, what not to's and step-by-step articles will lead you in your planning, launch and implementation of your ultimately successful crowdfunding campaign. Get ready to crowd surf!

Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.

Resource Center Toolkits and Resources
Resource Center Toolkits and Resources

Crowdfunding Part 1—The Fundraising Fad, Turned Staple
(July 30, 2014) Bringing in billions of dollars each year, with a steady increase as of late (up 50 percent from 2012 to 2013), the crowdfunding “fad” doesn’t seem to be letting up. This round-up will help you fully understand crowdfunding and the different options available, the pros and cons to running a campaign, when you should (and shouldn’t) resort to crowdfunding and some inspirational campaigns that will give you the extra push you need!

Action University
Action University is an online professional development tool for AFP members. In each lesson, Action University takes a best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video. Each video is accompanied by a workbook, a pdf summary, and in most cases a 45 minute webinar with the author where participants get to ask specific questions.

Diversity in Fundraising


Top Ten (Week of July 30, 2014): 10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers
(July 30, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on managing your next special event with software, what NOT to do in your nonprofit marketing efforts, how women fundraisers are rising to the top, figuring out your cost per donor or appeal, why having an annual fund is the key to a successful nonprofit and what your nonprofit website should look like!

AFP’s National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship?

Previous AFP Award Honorees
AFP is pleased to recognize past honorees of the AFP Awards Program.

About the Ready Reference Series
Get the quick answers to your most pressing fundraising questions with the AFP Ready Reference Series.

Top Ten (Week of July 23, 2014): How Storytelling Defines Your Brand and Helps You Reach New Audiences
(July 23 2014) Learn about storytelling and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on the impact of crowdfunding (in a great infographic); engaging millennial donors; running a small shop; monotasking—not multitasking!; thanking everyday heroes and how Jean Case instills the value of giving back.

Fundraising Professional Hail New York Case Settlement, Encourage Donors to Take Wise Giving Steps
AFP applauds the work of the New York State Attorney’s General Office and reminds donors of the importance of direct mail, while cautioning charities to be careful with their donor lists.

Top Ten (Week of July 16, 2014): How to Empower Staff to be the Voice for the Organization through Social Media
(July 16, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on updating your nonprofit’s ‘thank you’ webpage, why you MUST be on mobile, how to meet your perfect volunteer match, a major nonprofit CEO’s opinion on watchdog groups, taking a deeper look into Giving USA results as it pertains to healthcare, how (and why!) to measure your impact—no matter how big or small you are and why it’s time to get on board with the newest digital fundraising trend: Bitcoin.

New AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Report Provides Benchmarks for Charity Special Events
(July 15, 2014) A new report produced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy provides charities with new data, benchmarking analysis and insights into holding special events.

Study Links Charity Fundraising Results to Annual Fund Campaigns
(July 15, 2014) Charitable organizations in the U.S. and Canada are more likely to raise funds successfully when they have a formal, annual fundraising drive, according to survey results released by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative. This is some of the first research to look at how annual funds are conducted and the role the annual fund plays in helping an organization reach fundraising goals.

Chapter Ten Star/Ten Star Gold Awards
The Chapter Ten Star/Ten Star Gold Awards honor those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. The awards encourage chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of philanthropy.

Top Ten (Week of July 9, 2014): Young People Should be at The Forefront of Charity Campaigns
(July 9, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on creating an app for your nonprofit, what foundations are really looking for in a grant proposal, why you should put yourself in your donors’ shoes to better understand (and engage!) them, how to get through that final push for your campaign, what one of the most noted fundraisers says about a career in fundraising and how donors tick—what makes them charitable and empathetic? Find out more, here!

Syncing for Success: The Second Development and Finance Symposium
(July 9, 2014) At the second Development and Finance Symposium (May 13-14, 2014), the balance between finance and development attendees was nearly equal (46 percent finance; 54 percent development), showing that both departments were more eager and keen to sync-up than ever. Co-sponsored by AFP and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University, the event brought attendees together from 15 states, two countries and two very important, yet different departments. The conclusion? They want MORE—more partnership, more education, more syncing.

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2015 Board of Directors
AFP Leadership is governed by the Board of Directors. Call for nominations are made in the spring of each year and nominations are reviewed by the AFP Committee on Directorship in August. The nomination form is attached below to submit your candidate.

Debunking the “Willie Sutton Theory”: How to Find Businesses That Will Support Your Nonprofit
(July 2, 2014) In her newest workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook, Linda Lyskowski, ACFRE, helps you pinpoint the businesses in your community that you can (and should!) make an effort to partner with. Use the printables provided for each step and create that path to a new business partnership. Start by clicking here!

Top Ten (Week of July 2, 2014): Reinventing The Ask: Fundraising in the Digital Age
(July 2, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on using the “front page of the internet” (reddit) to get your nonprofit's message out, how to live in a Millennial's fundraising world, what's happening with health philanthropy, how to prepare for a social media outbreak (like the #nomakeupselfie), why you should use the elements (and seasons) when building your campaign and what to do NOW to prepare for year-end fundraising appeals.

AFP Fund Development Series
The AFP Fund Development Series is intended to provide fund development professionals and volunteers, including board members (and others interested in the nonprofit sector), with top-quality publications that help advance philanthropy as voluntary action for the public good. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Wiley each bring to this innovative collaboration unique and important resources that result in a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Top Ten (Week of June 23, 2014): Successful Fundraisers Will Have These Traits
(June 23, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on Giving USA 2013 comparisons over the years, why you may need to gracefully resign from your nonprofit board, getting the most generous city involved in the biggest giving day (Giving Tuesday!), how to do video RIGHT in order to properly portray your next campaign, interesting stats about volunteers and where the most generous online donors reside.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
(June 24, 2014) On July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will take effect, applying to commercial electronic messages (“CEM”) that are either sent from, or accessed on, a computer system in Canada, unless an exemption applies. Mark Blumberg, a partner at Blumberg Segal LLP and Non-Profit, drafted a document to help explain what the CASL will mean for Canada charities.

How to host the AFP CFRE Review Course
Learn here how to host the CFRE Review Course, formerly the Survey Course in Fundraising, in your area.

Top Ten (Week of June 16, 2014): How Often Should You Thank Recurring Donors?
(June 16, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on utilizing direct mail to the best of its ability, why you should let your credentials (and past donors!) speak for you during an ‘ask’, how to use LinkedIn for your nonprofit, some of the best blogs on social media for your nonprofit, how to make sure new email policies aren’t blocking your emails to donors and what questions to include in your next donor survey.

Giving Gets Its Groove Back—But Grooves a Little Differently
(June 17, 2014) The good news is that for the fourth consecutive year giving by Americans has grown, and not JUST grown, but has nearly reached pre-recession levels. However, the not so good news is that not all categories of charity have rebounded. But the reality is that giving is up by more than four percent in the US, according to the newly released Giving USA report that looks at giving levels from 2013. Find out who’s giving to which charities and why.

Biography: Andrew Watt, FlnstF, President and CEO, AFP
Meet Andrew Watt, FlnstF, President and Chief Executive Officer Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Top Ten (Week of June 9, 2014): 34 Powerful Ads That Made Me Really Stop and Think
(June 9, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on making your nonprofit communications a one-stop shop, how the “sort of” donor can be the best kind of donor, why you should be working harder to reel in the peer-to-peer fundraising donors, how to turn your nonprofit experience into the magical Disney World experience, what shortcuts you could be using on social media and why the customer is ALWAYS right.

Where to Go Now for Canadian Fundraising Information
(June 10, 2014) Do you ever wonder how your fundraising performance compares to other nonprofit organizations in Canada? Of course you do! Now Blackbaud offers the tool for you to benchmark your monthly giving—overall and online. The Blackbaud Index – Canada is the first of its kind and it’s available for free!

UPDATE - AFP Canadian Council Red & White Reception
No one forgets a good party! Derek Fraser gives a shout-out to the sponsors and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at the AFP conference such a resounding success.

An Open Letter to All AFP Canada Members
Derek Fraser, CFRE, chair of the AFP Canada Council, invites you to participate in defining the future of your association.

PHILANTHROPIC RESEARCH: Call for proposals!
Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada research awards are now out! Read on and find out how you can join the likes of the first ever recipient of the foundation’s Research Committee award—Dr. Pauline O’Connor, who was granted to create her research, “The New Regulatory Regime for Social Enterprise in Canada: Potential Impacts on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability.” That could be you! Submit today.

CFRE Study Buddy Program
(June 10, 2014) You’ve scrolled through the CFRE International website for requirements, you’ve downloaded the book list and purchased a few of the reading items and you’ve printed the application. Yet, despite all of your due diligence you don’t feel any closer to taking the exam. What you need is a CFRE Study Buddy Program to help kick you into CFRE-high-gear!

AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day: Where Fundraisers Reconnect and Recharge
What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.

REPORT - Majority of Fundraisers See Salary Increases in 2013
(June 10, 2014) A total of 3,378 AFP members (2,952 United States and 426 Canadian) submitted responses to the 2014 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report. Read a summary of the Canadian data findings here.

Top Ten (Week of June 2, 2014): How to Achieve Out of This World Open Rates
(June 2, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on a successful welcome program for new donors, handling your donors’ overhead questions, what to include for the best nonprofit videos, why it’s important to use specific terms in your communications, how to handle a crisis after it’s happened, why you should be concentrating on Millennials and the best techniques for securing monthly donors.

Join the Alpha Society!
The Alpha Society is the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s monthly giving program that provides essential resources to fund scholarships, research, lectures and other programs that empower professional fundraisers to have an increasingly beneficial impact on the communities they serve.

Foundation Development Chair
This page offers information about the role of the chapter FDC or EMC chair, necessary forms uses, and resources.

AFP Online Communities


Be the Cause Campaign
Information and resources for the AFP Be the Cause Campaign.

Six In 10 Charities Raise More Funds in 2013 Than in 2012; Rising Giving Seen Across Many Different Sources
(Mar. 25, 2014) Some of the most positive results since the recession in 2008 were shown in the 2013 Nonprofit Research Collaborative—sixty-two percent of charities raised more funds in 2013 than they did in 2012. AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, says giving is rebounding slowly but surely.

Top Ten (Week of May 28, 2014): 6 Ways to Get Dumped by Your Donors
(May 28, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on cashing in on holidays and awareness celebrations that are already in place, how to use pre-header text to get better open-rates, kicking off a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign (without the fear!), when the best time to send fundraising emails really is and what you can learn from 5th graders about fundraising and philanthropy.

My Experience with the International Advanced Diploma on Fundraising—I Chose to be a Guinea Pig, But Why!?
(May 28, 2014) Simone Joyaux is already an ACFRE but that didn’t stop her from taking it one step further and going for the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF). Her advice for you? Don’t wait until you are an ‘advanced fundraiser’—do it NOW! She wishes she had. Here’s what she’s learned so far about the IADF.

National Philanthropy Day - Chapter Information
The following is information for National Philanthropy Day for AFP Chapters.

Donor Retention—The Talk of The Town
(May 20, 2014) I know, I know—retention, enough already! But the truth is, there’s a reason this is a permanent topic: it’s critical, and it’s not going anywhere. So settle in and use these 20-plus articles and resources to help you in your retention rates!

Top Ten (Week of May 21, 2014): 7 Ways to Kiss Fundraising Goodbye
(May 21, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on rewarding fundraisers with bonuses (but making sure you have a policy in place first), how women are taking over the world of crowdfunding, ways to cash-in on upcoming holidays, using word-of-mouth as your most popular (and free!) marketing method, where the most generous donors and volunteers reside and why email STILL rules!

Biography: Bob Carter, CFRE
Introducing Bob Carter, the new chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Four Current Annual Giving Trends and How to Incorporate Them into a Fundraising Plan
(May 13, 2014) Devin Mathias, a consultant with Marts & Lundy, comes from a active career in annual giving, having previously worked as the director of annual giving at the University of Michigan and with the University of Florida Foundation prior to that. His contributions and efforts helped the University of Michigan achieve the 2009 CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award for Fundraising. Just as every spring brings with it the promise of renewal and the start of a new fiscal year, it can also inspire renewed annual giving programs. As you work on your annual giving fundraising plan, Devin prompts you to consider how the following trends and strategies might support your organizational goals.

Top Ten (Week of May 14, 2014): 7 Things Every Nonprofit Should be Sharing on Social Media
(May 14, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how making ‘the ask’ is like operation (and how to execute it), an unconventional social media plan for your nonprofit, which reports you should be paying attention to (and creating), how to get the creative juices flowing with a walking meeting, the new-age annual report and why you absolutely MUST get more creative with direct mail.

AFP Membership Benefits
You'll receive these membership benefits and more when you join AFP!

2014 AFP Compensation & Benefits Study

AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Order the AFP 2014 Compensation & Benefits Report: The complete 2014 study is available free to AFP members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the report for $150 by contacting profadv@afpnet.org.

Top Ten (Week of May 7, 2014): The Quickest Way to Lose a Donor
(May 7, 2014) including stories and tips on headlines that will increase CTRs, how to function without a major gifts officer, what to say to engage next generation donors, a reality check about being “donor centric”, why small gifts may be better than major gifts and how (and why!) to go mobile with your nonprofit website.

Why I Wanted to be An ACFRE
(May 6, 2014) Leah Eustace, ACFRE, comes from a family of philanthropy-fanatics, so it was only fitting that she follow in those footsteps. One of the ultimate fundraiser achievements is getting your ACFRE—so why wouldn’t Leah shoot for the fundraising stars? This is her story of becoming an ACFRE—the good, the bad and the inspiring.

Ottawa Fundraiser Leah Eustace Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
Leah Eustace, newest ACFRE, joins the ranks of only 101 other fundraising professionals in the world! As a principal with Canadian consulting firm Good Works, past-president of the AFP Ottawa Chapter and chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, becoming an ACFRE was the logical next step for Leah's more than 20-year fundraising career.

IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act
(Apr. 23, 2014) The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70½ and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into law. Find out how you can help Congress approve the provision!

Awards Nomination Forms (Samples)
AFP International offers awards in the following categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Corporation, Foundation, Fundraising Professional and Youth in Philanthropy (Individual and Group).

2014 NPD Manual
The 2014 National Philanthropy Day® Manual is designed to help AFP chapters plan for their annual NPD event.

Protecting Yourself Against a Donor Lawsuit
(Apr. 30, 2014) It can happen unintentionally—mis(using) your donors' charitable contributions. Make sure all parties—past, present and future—have the same understanding of the donation's meaning. Starting with the contract, being as clear as possible can save you a lawsuit once the money has been allocated.

Top Ten (Week of April 30, 2014): Has the Word 'Impact' Lost Its Impact?
(Apr. 30, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on predicting the success of a nonprofit, how to get people genuinely excited for the launch of your next campaign, why you absolutely SHOULD be taking your nonprofit website mobile, what Starbucks can teach us (other than: drink more coffee) and why video is the KEY to more click-throughs.

Top Ten (Week of April 23, 2014): Americans Want To Give Back With Their Purchases—Not With Charity
(Apr. 23, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on getting your nonprofit CEO on social media, updating your website through some spring cleaning, using video to tell you nonprofit story (and tug at some heart strings!), whether your donation webpage is as easy as Amazon’s one-click accessibility and if the time spent on Facebook is beneficial for your nonprofit or not.

Today’s Chief Development Officer is Expected to be a Sophisticated Financial Strategist and Planner
(Apr. 23, 2014) Getting the whole team to support your chief development officer is essential to your organization’s success. That’s why, at the second AFP/Rice University Development and Finance Symposium, Ronald J. Schiller will be covering the importance of building a strong CDO-CFO partnership. Here, he gives you a sneak peek, PLUS a list of tools for aspiring CDOs.

2014 Collegiate Accord Materials


AFP's Faculty Training Academy
AFP's Faculty Training Academy prepares instructors to take leadership positions in AFP's professional education programs and to serve as peer mentors for other AFP course instructors.

AFP Expands to Reach More Communities
At the recent AFP board meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, we were delighted to announce the chartering of two new AFP chapters: the AFP Bermuda Chapter and the AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter. The new additions bring us to 235 chapters worldwide, extending our reach beyond 30,000 members and countless nonprofit organizations.

Top Ten (Week of April 16, 2014): 5 Unusual Direct Mail Techniques to Try
(Apr. 16, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how networking can turn into big dollars, why you need to stay true to your work ethics, how one massive capital campaign can affect other local nonprofits, getting involved in creating the crowdfunding bill of rights and how (and why!) to engage your donors BEFORE you ask for money.

AFP Youth in Philanthropy Summit Report: A Vision for and Brief History of Youth Philanthropy
AFP Youth in Philanthropy Summit Report:  A Vision for and Brief History of Youth Philanthropy.

How To Get Big Donations—Through Your iPhone!
(Apr. 15, 2014) Experienced in internet donation processing, Philip King of Cornerstone Group of Companies talks to us about big mobile donations and how integrating fundraising channels is a key step in getting more donations! Learn from King and Cornerstone’s clients’ experiences with mobile donations—you too can cash in through your iPhone.

AFP Curriculum Framework
The AFP Knowledge Areas and Curriculum Framework lists competencies and skills of professional fundraiser as identified in AFP's Fundraising Practice Analysis Study.

New Chapter Formed In British Columbia
At the most recent AFP board meeting in San Antonio, the newest AFP chapter in Canada was chartered: the British Columbia, Okanagan Chapter.

AFP Canada Has A New Home On The AFP International Website
Your AFP membership gives you access to a network of like-minded professionals and a wealth of professional development resources. Now Canadian members have access to an AFP Canada homepage, to recognize and further develop the unique contribution of Canada's fundraising community.

2012 AFP Compensation & Benefits Report

AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Order the AFP 2012 Compensation & Benefits Report: The complete 2012 study is available free to AFP members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the report for $95 by contacting profadv@afpnet.org.

2011 AFP Compensation & Benefits Report
AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

2010 AFP Compensation & Benefits Report
AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

2009 AFP Compensation & Benefits Report
AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Who Are These People? Tips For Moving Beyond The General Public
(Apr. 7, 2014) How well do you know your stakeholders? Are you communicating to the right audience? Danielle Johnson, an interactive strategy consultant for Blackbaud, gives tips for identifying the demographics of the people you most want to engage.

Collaborative Campaigning – Can We Be Friends Through Collective Impact?
(Apr. 7, 2014) At the recent AFP International Conference on Fundraising, Canadian Andrea McManus led a session on how to make a collaborative campaign actually work. Here, in her own words, are highlights of that workshop which focused on a case study of the RESOLVE campaign in Calgary.

Ethics Is Not A Game Of Jeopardy
(Apr. 7, 2014) Dealing with an ethical conflict is no laughing matter. However, taking a lighter approach to the subject may make the issues easier to talk about with colleagues, board members and volunteers. Ligia Peña, CFRE, and Leah Eustace, ACFRE, share their approach to discussing and solving ethical dilemmas in fundraising.

Why Being A Mentor Is Good For Your Health
(Apr. 7, 2014) Once again science gives us proof. Heather Wardle shares how your day-to-day stress can be counterbalanced by a compassionate activity, such as mentoring.

National Financial Literacy Month, April 2014
AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are again forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy. Together, along with leading nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations, we’re celebrating National Financial Literacy Month (April).

Top Ten (Week of April 9, 2014): David Letterman Retiring, Jimmy Fallon on the Rise and Social Media
(Apr. 9, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on figuring out what fundraising programs to cut (if you need to); how to stop people from skimming your website and actually reading it; more takeaways from San Antonio and the AFP Conference and even more blog posts (yep, more than 10 this week)—the best blogs of the first quarter of 2014 (can you believe we're already there?).

College Park Professor Awarded Prestigious Fundraising Research Prize
(Apr. 7, 2014) The Association of Fundraising Professionals has awarded the AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research to Dr. Noah Drezner, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, for his outstanding work on identity-based donors, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors, published by Routledge.

Top Ten (Week of April 2, 2014): The World’s Weirdest Fundraisers, From Naked Ziplining to Tater Tot Eating
(Apr. 2, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on using video as a new and quick form of communication, why it’s fun and rewarding to be a fundraiser, how to engage each generation of donors and supporters via social media and mobile, how to sell more tickets to your fundraising event, simple steps to creating an infographic for your nonprofit and inspiration from successful nonprofit online communities.

Mobile Impact 101 - Guest Blog by Darian Rodriguez Heyman
(Apr. 2, 2014) Darian Rodriguez Heyman emceed the general sessions at the recent AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, and co-led the closing panel on social media with Ritu Sharma He is the former executive director of Craigslist Foundation and co-founder of Social Media for Nonprofits, and is now focused on a mobile startup serving nonprofit clients. Here, Darian shares some insights around how AFP members can leverage the fundraising potential of mobile.

2013 AFP Compensation & Benefits Study

AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Order the AFP 2013 Compensation & Benefits Report: The complete 2013 study is available free to AFP members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the report for $150 by contacting profadv@afpnet.org or printing the salary survey order form here.

Legendary Fundraising Author, Pioneer Honored for Service to the Profession
(Mar. 25, 2014) One of the pre-eminent authors on fundraising of all time—as well as a fundraising legend all his own—it was only fitting that Jerry Panas be awarded the AFP Chair's Award. Given only 16 times since 1982, the Chair’s Award was presented to Jerry at the AFP Celebration for Philanthropy. Read more.

Top Ten (Week of March 24, 2014): Ten of The Top Tweets From ICON 2014
(Mar. 24, 2014) Twitter was running rampant over the three days of conference and attendees were proving that you can learn something in as little as 140 characters. Here is a sampling of tweets to get you energized and inspired—whether you were on the ground at conference or following along via social media!

Top Ten (Week of March 17, 2014): When Will the Direct Mail Fundraising Era be Over?
(Mar. 17, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on the apps that every fundraiser should have, how to make the most of your fundraising event attendance, when to scale back on personalization for donors, getting donors to open your marketing emails, understanding why Millennials volunteer and give and why paying it forward to one person can have a much bigger impact.

ICON Teaser: Fact vs. Fiction: What’s New Online that Really Works?
(Mar. 18, 2014) With hundreds of online technologies available to help you further your fundraising efforts, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint which ones you should be on and how you should be using them. Harry Lynch, CFRE, will join co-presenters Paul Habig and Eric Muscatell in San Antonio to help you streamline your resources for the most effective online fundraising. Until then, ask yourself these questions and find out if the findings are fact or fiction.

ICON Teaser: Social Media Analysis & Optimization
(Mar. 18, 2014) Before this panel of fundraising and social media experts wrap-up our International Conference on Fundraising on March 25, the co-producer, Ritu Sharma, is giving you a taste of what you will learn from the session. She shares three quick tips and tools from Beth Kanter—a panelist from the closing session on Social Media for Social Change—just a sprinkling of the insights you’ll get next week!

Chapter Board Workshop
The Chapter Board Workshop (formerly the Chapter Leadership Workshop) is designed to equip current and future chapter leaders with the information they need to run a successful chapter. 

Top Ten (Week of March 10, 2014): Thank You Letters Donors Will Love
(Mar. 10, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on using the “domain” formula for bringing in donations with your newsletter, moving to an “emotional” giving calendar, joining the Canadian “giving moment” movement, how to do Independent Fundraising Events (IFE’s) well and how to put your foot down in the board room.

ICON Teaser: Making The Shift to Sponsorship—Initial Things To Consider
(Mar. 11, 2014) International Conference speaker Shaun Lynch, CFRE, finds that the key to successful sponsorships is in understanding how your targeted corporations would like to appeal to their customers. Customers are to corporations much like how donors are to fundraisers—once you understand the corporation’s customer and what appeals to them, you can leverage that understanding to garner a sponsorship with the corporation.

ICON Teaser: Successful Special Events Strategies
(Mar. 4, 2014) Strategy 3 is an essential part of building a successful event—it is the core of your event. Without a strong committee to plan, implement and wrap-up the event, you are left with an unorganized and likely unsuccessful effort. Start at the beginning by compiling a rockstar event committee, and the rest of the planning will unfold much easier.

Top Ten (Week of March 3, 2014): Donors Have No Idea What You Do With Their Money
(Mar. 3, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on whether you should be indulging in Facebook ads for your nonprofit, email marketing mistakes to avoid, how to resuscitate your email open rate, some of the best nonprofit websites that you can learn from and why fundraisers are resigning (and how to stop them)!

AFP Strategic Communications-Program Strategies
AFP Strategic Communications-Program Strategies

Charities, Fundraisers Call New Tax Plan a “Mixed Bag”—Appreciate Simplification, Concerned About Impact on Giving
(Feb. 28, 2014) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today expressed its appreciation to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Minn.) for recognizing the unique value of the charitable deduction in his new plan that seeks to simplify the tax code. However, AFP remains deeply concerned about provisions in his proposal that would decrease giving.

How to Make a Gift Online to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy offers convenient giving options. Select the option that's best for you!

Make a Gift


The Development Committee Workbook: Managing Your Volunteers to Success
(Feb. 25, 2014)

Top Ten (Week of February 26, 2014): How Do I Get My Development Officers Out of the Office to Meet with Donors?
(Feb. 26, 2014)

Write a Book! Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting a Book Proposal
(May 22, 2012) Having access to the experience of various mentors and teachers is as important to those working in the nonprofit sector as any other professional discipline. It is in this way that we are able to grow and advance philanthropy as a voluntary action for the public good.

Action University
Action University is an online professional development tool for AFP members. In each lesson, Action University takes a best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video. Each video is accompanied by a workbook, a PDF summary, and in some cases a 45 minute webinar with the author where participants get to ask specific questions.

Tax Filing Requirements


What Canadian Donors Want: Information, Impact and to Help Those in Need
(Feb. 4, 2014) The 2013 What Canadian Donors Want Survey of more than 1,000 donors across Canada, found that more Canadians than ever are knowledgeable about charities and researching before they give, but many are not sure about the impact their gifts are having.

Friends of Diversity Designation
The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Diversity goal.

Major Gifts for Small Shops: The Major Gifts Challenge
(Feb. 18, 2014) Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, challenges you to spend a measly five hours a week on your annual fund in order to raise significantly more money this year. Just five hours equals more money. Don’t believe us? She gives you the tips and tools for how to do it with this teaser for her session at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Top Ten (Week of February 12, 2014): Building Authentic Relationships with Donors
(Feb. 12, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on year-end fundraising appeals that really worked in 2013, why you shouldn’t throw out the printed newsletter, how you can extend a branch to your members and donors to help them raise funds FOR you, what you should know before joining a nonprofit board and how cellphones are changing the world of philanthropy.

Five Powerful Social Media Experts Lead You To Social Change at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising
(Feb. 11, 2014) There’s a reason that these five social media experts have more than a collective 422,000 followers on Twitter. They are leading the nonprofit world to social change through their social media and will SHFT the way you view social media for nonprofits, online fundraising and online networking.

Can-Con at ICON!
(Feb. 4, 2014) Look who’s presenting at this year’s International Conference! The best-practices learned through Canadian fundraising will be well-represented by a host of skilled practitioners. How many of these speakers have you heard?

Canada Revenue Agency – Toolbox for Directors, Officers and Volunteers
(Sept. 16, 2013) In an effort to help registered charities understand and meet their requirements and obligations, the Charities Directorate has assembled a page of key resources for directors, officers and volunteers.

Your Crowd Funding Campaign as an Action Movie
(Feb. 4, 2014) Robert Osborne knows that crowd funding is one of the hottest and most innovative methods of fundraising on the scene today—that’s why he’s presenting how the how, when and where of crowd funding best practices at the 2014 AFP International Conference. Find out how crowd funding is really just an action movie—on fundraising.

Donor Behaviour and Charitable Budgeting
(Feb. 4, 2014) Understanding the drivers of charitable giving is not only of interest to fundraisers, it is the focus of academic research throughout the world. Dr. Monica LaBarge, of Queen’s University, shares her latest work exploring the mindset of a donor who is working with a “charitable giving budget.”

Volunteer Profile - Bob Prenovost of pm-volunteers.org Receives Giving Hearts Award
What started as an idea scribbled on a napkin turned in to a powerful program in which volunteer project managers give their time, expertise and mentoring to the charitable and nonprofit sector in Vancouver. One of the 200 nonprofit professionals that Bob Prenovost touched thanked him with a nomination for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.

Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Conference Series Continues in 2014
It’s a new year and Ontario AFP members shouldn’t miss the unique conference offerings that are part of the Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Series. The Next Generation Philanthropy Forum will be held March 11 in Ottawa.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2014 Officers
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2014 officers and directors under the leadership of Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE.

AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2014
The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2014 under the leadership of Chair Derek Fraser, CFRE.

Highly Popular Webinar Recordings Still Available
(Feb. 4, 2014) Have your own “lunch and learn.” Take advantage of two free AFP webinars sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. The topics? Canada’s anti-spam law, and tips for speaking to donors on the phone.

Ready Reference Guides Now Available in French
(Feb. 4, 2014) Attention French Canadian fundraisers: translation of AFP’s popular Ready Reference Series in underway. Four new guides have been posted with more on the way!

A Message from the Canada Council Chair
Derek Fraser, chair of the AFP Canadian Council, sends all members a personal message reflecting on the upcoming year.

How Do I Know if the Job Offer is a Good Match for Me?
(Feb. 4, 2014) Making a job change is never easy. Nonprofit HR professionals Nancy Ingram and Christa McMillin tell you the right questions to ask yourself—and the organization you’re pursuing—to ensure that your decision will be the right one for both you and your potential new employer.

Your Feedback: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
Your feedback is an important part of our efforts to serve you and the profession of fundraising. Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in person, or through this website.

The Charleston Principles: final version
The National Association of State Charity Officials has released its final version of the Charleston Principles -- guidelines for states to use when addressing the issue of Internet regulation. The final version is not binding upon states, but does provide some glimpses as to how state charity officials are preparing to tackle this issue.

Periodicals contact list
Following is a contact list for periodicals held by the AFP Resource Center. Visit these publications' websites or call their offices to order reprints.

Ethics Sanctions


How to Use AFP Q&A!
AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A!

Top Ten (Week of January 27, 2014): The 3 Principles to Acquire, Retain, and Upgrade Your Donors
(Jan. 27, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how to be a “modern” nonprofit, curating the content that’s right for YOUR nonprofit, learning from an empowering group of young women philanthropists, making the most of your special event and networking with the right attendees and relating to your donors (they’re people, too!).

How to give to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada offers a range of convenient giving options. Select the option that's best for you!

Top Ten (Week of January 20, 2014): Philanthropy Trends to Take Advantage of in 2014
(Jan. 22, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on fundraising appeals that hit it out of the ballpark, the charitable deduction outlook for 2014, what to talk about at your board meetings (hint: governance, governance and more governance), having a healthy 2014 (for your nonprofit) and how to work with your communications department so you’re not driving your donors away.

A New Brand Management Mindset
(Jan. 22, 2014) SHIFT isn’t just for the International Conference on Fundraising. We’re encouraging you to SHIFT in your everyday work, starting today with brand management. Ask yourself these four questions, and find out if your nonprofit’s brand management is shifting in the right direction for the future.

Call for Participants: Focus Group and Survey on Special Events
Thanks in part to StubHub, which organizes the buying and selling of tickets for special events online, AFP has developed an online survey for special events. If your organization invests in special events and you are proficient in special event planning, implementation and follow-up, we’d greatly value your input in this focus group!

AFP Launches International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
Fundraising is going global, and AFP has you covered with the first truly international, advanced-level fundraising qualification that will be available worldwide and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and European Fundraising Institute, AFP will offer the first International Advanced Qualification Diploma course at the 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio.

AFP International Conference Education Session Sneak Peak: Journey Deeper Inside the Donor’s Brain
(Jan. 15, 2014) With new research out that offers fundraisers and nonprofit leaders insight on how the donor brain works, Leah Eustace, CFRE, MPhil, and Scott Fortnum, ACFRE, MA, thought it was the perfect time for a sequel to their popular 2013 conference session in order to dive even deeper into the donor’s brain.

Top Ten (Week of January 13, 2014): One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2014
(Jan. 15, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on thanking donors after the year-end appeals are complete, whether direct mail has a future, the shift in workplace giving, what you should be talking about at board meetings and how the communications department could be the fundraisers’ enemy.

Chapter courses and events
Bright Ideas for sponsored courses and events include taking advantage of the AFP audioconferences, a campaign to attract small nonprofits into the fold and study groups for CFRE candidates.

Just Call Them "The Nonprofit Cupid"—Making a Match of Diverse Individuals
The AFP Eastern PA chapter's diversity committee opened up a whole new arena for diverse individuals to match up with nonprofit boards—Diversity Speed Dating. This unconventional tactic, plus four additional tips, can guide you and your organization to a "Diversity-Ever-After" world.

Creating Successful Nonprofit Boards, Staff and Programs—Take a Cue from Successful For-Profit Businesses
(January 8, 2014) As you set out with new resolutions for 2014, you’ll need to take a close look at your board, staff and current programs in order to know what to change. Let for-profit best practices guide your fundraising planning in 2014 for a fresh perspective that reinvigorates your nonprofit.

Top Ten: Philanthropy Grew in 2013, But So Did Need
(Jan. 8, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on why joining the blogosphere in 2014 is crucial for your nonprofit, resolving to be more charitable, the power of small (but mighty) promotional products, getting over donor fatigue (especially after the holidays and year-end appeals) and how to engage seniors online (it’s not all about the next generation online)!

AFP Communications and Marketing Committee
AFP Communications and Marketing Committee

Top Ten: 7 Tips for Nonprofits to Avoid Social Media Burnout in 2014
(Dec. 18, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on making a difference with small gifts, how to interpret a donor’s ‘no’, getting to know your online donors, how to support your donors the way they’ve supported you and creating that attention-getting direct mail letter!

Small But Mighty Diversity Efforts
Though they are a small chapter with only 51-100 members, that didn’t stop the AFP Miami Chapter stop from making great strides in their work towards a more diverse and inclusive fundraising world. The chapter set their sights on a diverse future of fundraising, earning them the Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Chapter Award for 2012-2013.

Assess Your Year-End Appeals—Are You Doing Them Right?
(Dec. 11, 2013) At this point in the year you have likely already gone out with your year-end appeals and are in the midst of follow-ups, and hopefully, collecting and calculating donations. As you are knee-deep in appeal-season, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and assess your appeals to make sure you’re doing them the right way—it’s never too late to implement best practices. If nothing else, you’ll be well on your way to more successful appeals in 2014!

Top Ten: 2013 #GivingTuesday Recap!
(Dec. 11, 2013) In its second year for the US, and its first year for Canada and many other countries, #GivingTuesday shatters records, inspires communities and benefits millions. Here is a round-up of some of the top stories coming out of 2013’s #GivingTuesday!

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Full Version
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

An Inside View of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit—A Renewed Sense of Excitement
James Phelps, ACFRE, of the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, takes you through the Diversity and Inclusion Summit that was held in October in Pittsburgh, Pa.—what issues were brought to the table and how to move forward. It will leave you with a renewed hope for the future of diversity and inclusion!

Brazil: A Great Potential in Fundraising
(Dec. 3, 2013) Though fundraising is seen positively in Brazil, there is little to no training and tangible information for budding fundraisers—until now. Brazilian fundraiser Custodio Pereira talks about how the AFP First Course in Fundraising, paired with the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, was translated to Portuguese and offered for the first time in Brazil.

Top Ten: Countdown to Giving Tuesday Dec. 3! (November 27, 2013)
(Nov. 27, 2013) We’re less than one week out from Giving Tuesday! To help you gear up for the movement sweeping the U.S., Canada, and across the world, here are some tips, inspiring stories and last minute planning, including a playbook to a successful Giving Tuesday campaign, how to involve corporations with your campaign, how to prepare your online giving portal, what to do on ACTUAL Giving Tuesday, how to thank your supporters and more!

Top Ten: 7 Steps to More Online Donations This Holiday Season (December 4, 2013)
(Dec. 4, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how foundations do (or don’t) use social media, how to thank your donors like you mean it, the to-do list to follow in order to grow in 2014, information on giving trends for the fourth quarter of 2013 and tons of marketing tips to help you refresh your marketing efforts in 2014!

Raising the Next Bunch of Diverse Fundraisers
The AFP Greater Cincinnati chapter took it upon themselves to "raise" such individuals with their program: New Faces of Fundraising. Learn how your organization and your chapter can replicate this award-winning program.

Pierpont-Welde Affiliate Libraries
The AFP Affiliate Library Program encourages AFP chapters to establish a local collection of educational materials on fundraising and philanthropy for use by members and the public. There are currently 62 Affiliate Libraries. An alphabetical list follows.

Top Ten: A Playbook To Kickstart Your Nonprofit’s #GivingTuesday Campaign (November 20, 2013)
(Nov. 20, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on thanking your donors—the right way, getting through the delete-frenzy of emails and getting your email read, making your executive directors love writing appeal letters (it’s possible!), getting your emails to stand out to Millennials and getting back to the basics of fundraising101.

National Philanthropy Day® Takes the World & Blogosphere by Storm
In its 27th year, NPD introduced a new website, reached 1,480,562 people on Twitter, featured a Countdown to Impact Challenge and an Instagram movement to take N-P-D around the world. And YOU helped to honor more philanthropists than ever this NPD. Check out some of the celebrations heard around the world.

Top Ten: How Nonprofits Are Blowing It With Their Future Source of Revenue (November 13, 2013)
(Nov. 13, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on crafting donation appeal emails that will always convert, how to make the most with the donors you currently have, determining who will be asking for your year-end appeals, downsizing your direct mail—literally, and getting into the Christmas giving spirit.

The 5 ASKing Traits: An AFP International Conference on Fundraising Education Session Sneak Peek!
(Nov. 13, 2013) Laura Fredricks gives you a sneak peek into her session—The 5 ASKing Traits—which she’ll premiere for the first time at the 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio. Find out if you’re a Domineering Demander and how to hone your ASKing trait!

The Virtual New Member Kit
So ... you've just joined AFP ... what happens now? Take a virtual tour of AFP member benefits!

LIVE WEBCAST – Tips, techniques and strategies for speaking to donors on the phone!
Live from AFP Congress 2013 on Nov. 18, Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada sponsor a free national webcast.

AFP South Eastern Ontario Chapter Donates Fundraising Books to Local Library
This chapter may help bring a fundraiser’s professional development dreams within reach with the donation of the entire CFRE reading list—a gift valued at $1,500—to a local library.

It’s Not Too Late! Find Your Passion For The Every Member Campaign
You can support the next generation of Canadian fundraisers by supporting AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC). Read how your donation helps the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy – Canada to transform the future of philanthropy in this country.

I wish I thought of that! (IWITOT)
(Nov. 6, 2013) AFP Congress is just around the corner. Ken Burnett is leading “I wish I thought of that!” – a panel of 12 experienced fundraisers sharing a pivotal idea that changed their approach to fundraising.

Join AFP, 15 Founding Partners and Countless Nonprofits in Celebrating GivingTuesday
Canada’s inaugural GivingTuesday is backed by AFP, 14 other founding partners and an ever-growing list of dedicated nonprofits. There are numerous opportunities to join in on what is sure to be a historical giving day in Canadian history.

Good Fundraisers Are Invisible?
(Nov. 6, 2013) Think about the qualities that are necessary to be a good fundraiser. Did being invisible make the list? Paul Nazareth shares his reasons for encouraging fundraisers to avoid “personality fundraising.”

The Association of Professional Dream Makers
(Nov. 6, 2013) As if winning AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award wasn’t enough, David Love was also recently profiled in “The Great and the Good Showcase” on sofii.org. Intense, smart, energized, hungry for knowledge, rebellious, wild, open to debate and inspiring are just a few of the words used to describe him. In this article, David shares what the award and working as a fundraiser means to him.

Get Real With Your Prospect List
(Nov. 6, 2013) How connected are you to your prospect list? Liz Rejman knows the questions to ask to ensure that you’re engaging and inspiring all of your prospects – not just the top 30.

Boost Your Year-End Fundraising with #GivingTuesday
(Nov. 6, 2013) Blackbaud walks you through the steps to leverage your year-end fundraising campaign with the #GivingTuesday movement

Top Ten: The Best of Year-end Fundraising! (November 6, 2013)
(Nov. 6, 2013) This week’s top ten features tips, samples, checklists, timelines and more—all revolving around the year-end appeal! Learn how to stand out from the crowd with your year-end campaign, how to make the most of your website during an appeal, how to warm your donors up to the year-end appeal, how to produce your strongest year-end email campaign yet and more!

Strategic Planning for Chapters
Information for chapters on the strategic planning process.

LIVE WEBCAST (Nov. 18, 2013) – Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Speaking to Donors on the Phone!
Live from AFP Congress 2013 – a free national webcast sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.

2012 Annual Report


Top Ten: How To Replace Your Donors With Younger Donors (Oct. 30, 2013)
(Oct. 30, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on words that will strengthen your nonprofit messaging, why (and how!) you must mobilize your nonprofit’s website by 2014, how to work the room at a fundraising event and the number one important aspect for your nonprofit—your brand!

Where in The World Is N-P-D?
Be a part of the movement to take N-P-D around the world—spell it out! Get creative, pass it on, craft it to spark a conversation about what NPD means, and most importantly - don't forget to tag #npdlove on Instagram!

Planning, Learning and Igniting: Filling the Conference Gap for Cause Innovation
(Oct. 29, 2013) In any sector, innovation is one of the hardest things to being thinking about—to get outside of the box—especially when it comes to an annual special event. AFP will be running occasional articles about innovation in all aspects of the nonprofit sector—here’s one specifically on creating a charity conference.

Top Ten Things: Want to Acquire New Donors? (Oct. 23, 2013)
(Oct. 23, 2013) Sure you do! Who doesn’t? Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on capturing the attention of younger donors with a catalog of nonprofits, rules of storytelling from a successful storytelling enterprise—Pixar, how to get that first-time donor to come back for a second gift, and how to treat all donors—big or small—like major donors.

Reminisce and See What You Missed at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy
On Oct. 2-5, more than 300 of AFP’s chapter leaders, administrators, board members and diversity thought-leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 8th Annual AFP Leadership Academy. It was a jam-packed four days with an inaugural diversity summit, plenary speeches that ended in $1,000 donations, balloons flying, thought-provoking leadership sessions, challenging interactive workshops...and a giant rubber duck. See what you missed!

National Philanthropy Day® to Feature Countdown to Impact Challenge
AFP is encouraging all members—and their donors—to demonstrate how they are changing the world and “showing their love” for their neighbors and community by participating in the Countdown to Impact Challenge, leading up to National Philanthropy Day® on Nov. 15.

The Best of the Best
It’s the feeling a runner gets when crossing the finish line of a marathon. The feeling a student gets when they receive their certificate with the initials “Ph.D.” following their name. And the feeling a fundraiser gets when being adorned with that yellow and blue ribbon and achieving their ACFRE. That’s the feeling of becoming the best-of-the-best.

Ohio Fundraiser Benjamin Imdieke Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
Ben Imdieke, senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation in Toledo, Ohio, is the 100th AFP member to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential. Congratulations, Ben!

Top Ten Things: Shutdown Brings Combined Federal Campaign to a Standstill (Oct. 16, 2013)
(Oct. 16, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on the “new” donation page, making the most of your year-end appeal, how to really touch a donor with direct mail, and a fun nonprofit adlib to spruce up your email subject lines.

Straight Talk From ACFREs
Teetering on the edge of going for your ACFRE? Take some wisdom from those who have gone the distance—living, breathing and accomplishing the greatest fundraising credential. They are 100-strong, and they’re telling you to “just do it!”

The Good, the Challenging and the Memorable
There are four daunting (or exhilarating) steps to becoming an ACFRE—but that didn’t stop 100 of your colleagues, and it shouldn’t stop you! An inside look at the road to becoming an ACFRE, and how it’s every bit worth it.

Top Ten Things: #GivingTuesday Goes Global, Partners From Around the Globe Join the 60-Day Countdown to December 3, 2013 (Oct. 9, 2013)
(Oct. 9, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on donors under 40, how (and why!) direct mail could be funny, a fundraising meme NOT to follow, friendraising and how foundations can get involved in GivingTuesday.

Position Paper: Percentage-Based Compensation
A 2001 position paper by the AFP Ethics Committee on why AFP prohibits members from accepting percentage-based compensation.

Top Ten Things: The Great Philanthropy Disruption (Oct. 2, 2013)
(Oct. 2, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on smarter and more effective emails, 100 social do-gooders you MUST follow in 2013, how to pass on your love of philanthropy through generations and how much email you should really be sending (and when!).

How Does Your Organization Define “Success” in Social Media Fundraising?
(Oct. 1, 2013) Are you measuring the impact that social fundraising has on your campaign? Ask yourself these three questions to assess the impact of your activities on social media.

Top Ten Things: 7-Step Non-Profit Plan to Attract and Keep Corporate Partners (Sept. 24, 2013)
(Sept. 24, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on keeping the current giving generation engaged, whether money matters to Millennials in the nonprofit field, what the CEO’s of nonprofits made in 2012 and how to rock a case study!

How To Ace Your First Meeting With a Potential Donor
(Sept. 25, 2013) It’s not really about the first meeting—those are the easiest to get. It’s about the second meeting, and those are much harder to secure. Here are five steps to help you rock that first donor meeting and ensure a second is in the works!

International Ethics
The ideas of philanthropy, trust and ethics are shared by people around the world, and everyone involved in the philanthropic process—no matter where they are—should know that that fundraisers are bound by a common set of standards and best practices.

WEBINAR (Oct. 28, 2013) – Spam Law - Recent Legislation and its Impact on Canadian Fundraisers and Charities
Although not yet proclaimed, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") is expected to come into force sometime in 2014. The Act will apply to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. CASL will regulate commercial activities conducted through electronic means and will prohibit spam, hacking, malware, fraud, invasion of privacy and address harvesting. Of particular relevance to Canadian fundraisers and charities are CASL's provisions governing spam. They will impose certain requirements on all fundraisers and charities that send commercial electronic messages ("CEMs"). Specifically, consent from the recipients will be required and the CEM's must meet the prescribed information and form requirements and provide an unsubscribe mechanism.

Top Ten Things: Top Ten: 5 Quick Ways to Humanize your Email Marketing (Sept. 17, 2013)
(Sept. 17, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on creating more donor-center thank you letters, social media before, during and after an event and USPS updates for direct mail!

Diversity Summit to Gather Fundraising, Philanthropic Leaders from Around the World
Representatives from fundraising and philanthropic organizations around the world will come together on Oct. 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit, co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the D5 Coalition and JAG (Joint Affinity Groups).

Charities Raising More Money, But Still Losing Donors
For the first time in five years, charity respondents to the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Project survey saw positive gains in giving, but still continued to lose donors faster than they gained them.

Sector Monitor—So Where Are We Now?
(Sept. 16, 2013) In the most recent Sector Monitor, Imagine Canada reports that the confidence of charity leaders is stabilizing, even while a trend of increasing financial pressure continues.

UPDATE – More Canadian Content Coming to the AFP Website
Based on feedback from a recent survey, measures are being put in to place to enhance the AFP International website to be more Canadian-friendly.

AFP Golden Horseshoe: Building Online Resources
(Sept. 16, 2013) The AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter asked the local fundraising community what it could improve. The result? A revamped website that encourages more networking and interaction among members.

AFP Toronto Congress 2013: Beyond Survival to Thriving Amid Rapid Change
(Sept. 16, 2013) Based on YOUR feedback, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Congress 2013 is gearing every session, plenary and case study to help fundraisers thrive in a climate of accelerating change.

Charities Commission issues Alert and Offers Tips in Preventing Fraud
Investigation into charity fraud in the UK reveals an alarming trend with a £147 million price tag. Review their findings and tips on how charities can prevent and/or deal with fraud when it happens.

Surprises abound in 2013 Next Generation of Canadian Giving Study
(Sept. 16, 2013) A surprising new report from hjc and Blackbaud reveals that GenX is on its way to being a donor powerhouse – but only in Canada.

Why I Love Canadian Fundraisers
(Sept. 16, 2013) An experienced fundraiser from the UK invades the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress and weighs in on his love-hate relationship with Canadian fundraisers.

FEP Gain/Loss Performance Analyzer
With a downloadable Excel-based Gain-Loss Performance Analyzer, respondents to the FEP surveys can analyze and compare their gains and losses in amount of gifts and number of donors by gain/loss categories based on the growth-in-giving performance data they submitted.

Top Ten Things: Top Ten: CNN’s Anderson Cooper Pops Off about the Nonprofit Sector: He Has a Point (Sept. 10, 2013)
(Sept. 10, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on the science behind successful viral content, the importance of branding for a charity, a great sample ‘thank you’ card for donors and 10 things that will have your donors saying “wow”!

Year-end Appeal Checklist
(Sept. 11, 2013) Even if you’re a direct mail pro, conducting a year-end appeal can be a completely different (and sometimes unruly) animal. Stay on track and dot your i’s and t’s with this detailed checklist that will have you starting your countdown to appeals NOW!

AFP at a Glance


Capital Cause – Causing a Bright Future of Philanthropy
(August 7, 2013) Kezia Williams may be a Millennial but she already has ten years of fundraising under her belt and has founded a successful nonprofit geared to engage young philanthropists. Get tips and tricks from a Millennial in the field on how to create a bright future of philanthropy—today!

Top Ten Things: Top 5 Fundraising Ideas from The Next Generation of American Giving (Sept. 3, 2013)
(Sept. 3, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on focusing on donors and not the charity in your appeals, fabulous nonprofit videos on vine and instagram, the demographics of social media users, and appealing direct mail pieces!

Take It From An Experienced Millennial: Asking a Millennial For Money is Difficult
(Sept. 3, 2013) As if you didn’t already know that. But did you know there ARE ways to get through to Millennial donors? Who better to take a cue from than a successful Millennial himself—who, yes, does give.

I Have a Dream: The Art and Science of Aspirational Communication
(Sept. 3, 2013) Doug Hattaway, the opening plenary speaker at the upcoming AFP/SSIR Nonprofit Management Institute, was influenced by the recent 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. He too has a dream—for you to use the power of evocative language and inspirational leadership.

National Philanthropy Day® Chairs
NPD Chairs

Members


Snail Mail Isn’t Dead—Direct Mail is a Hot Topic on AFP’s LinkedIn Group-On Fundraising
(August 26, 2013) With year-end appeals right around the corner you might be wondering the best way to make your last appeal of 2013. One thing is apparent based on the discussions on AFP’s Official LinkedIn Group—On Fundraising: direct mail is far from dead.

Top Ten Things: September Is Boom Time for Donors, Google Says (August 28, 2013)
(August 28, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on teaching children about philanthropy, holding your nonprofit board chair accountable, year-end fundraising, mobile tactics for engaging the next generation and crowdfunding!

How to Grow Your Fundraising With Video Marketing In Five Simple Steps
(August 26, 2013) By now you know how powerful video can be for your nonprofit—it’s proven that video drives both traffic and conversions. Follow these five steps to make sure you, and your viewers, are getting the most out of your video!

AFP Compensation & Benefits Study


Top Ten Things: 25 Situations Only Nonprofit People Can Understand (August 21, 2013)
(August 21, 2013) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on direct mail, raising money in a changing world, donation page design, nonprofit hashtags to follow and year-end fundraising!

The Bridge Conference Takeaways Continue (Part Two)
(August 20, 2013) There were just too many insights, how-to’s, free samples and guidance to fit into one article—part two of the 2013 Bridge Conference takeaways offers full presentations, secrets to reactivating lapsed donors, how to engage the Hispanic giving market, the most important aspects in planning a fundraising budget and more!

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (August 14, 2013)
(August 14, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

We Crossed the “Bridge” and Found a Ton of Nonprofit Takeaways on The Other Side
(August 13, 2013) Among a sold out conference with more than 1,500 attendees, 70 education sessions, and more than 110 companies exhibiting in the Solutions Showcase—there were bound to be a ton of takeaways! Revel in the how-to’s, leadership and inspiration gained from the 2013 AFP DC/DMA Bridge conference.

About the AFP Resource Center
No matter where you are, no matter what size your budget, AFP gives you access to one of the most complete reference centers for development professionals. Get information on topics ranging from endowments to the Internet to salaries.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (August 7, 2013)
(August 7, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (July 31, 2013)
(July 31, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2013
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 Summer 2013.

Do Organizations Measure and Use Constituent Engagement Data?
(July 31, 2013) It’s likely that you don’t have time to read yet another report on how today’s nonprofits and associations are managing their constituent, donor and member data—but what about an infographic that captures everything in one snapshot? Take a look at Avectra and NTEN’s newest survey findings.

Three Pieces to an Engaging Email Campaign
(July 31, 2013) Take a cue from the corporate world and adapt their email programs for your email campaign. Follow Mike Snusz’s lead from Blackbaud and test, measure, build and target!

Attention Small Nonprofits—Donor Screening Services Are More Tangible Than You Think
(July 24, 2013) Expanding on a conversation from AFP’s official LinkedIn group, On Fundraising, David Unger chimes in to convince small shops that donor screening services are within their reach.

National Philanthropy Day® Media Supplement
The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2013 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day® on November 15. This is a marketing initiative you can leverage for use with donors and volunteers alike.

CRA Helps Canadians Find The Right Charity
(July 24, 2013) Breaking news: the Canada Revenue Agency is tweeting about charities and the information they submit on their T3010 forms. Legal expert Yvonne Chenier shares how social media will be used more in the future to spread the news about Canadian charities and what they are up to.

AFP’s National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship?

What Does it Mean to Be a Mentor?
Are you a mentor? Are you a mentee? What has the mentoring experience meant to you? Mentoring programs are alive and well in AFP chapters across the country, and we’re looking for stories to share the impact of the experience. Share yours with us in a future issue of AFP eWire Canada.

Why Won’t They Reply To My Email?
(July 24, 2013) How are you communicating with youthful volunteers? Maybe you need to get more “in their space.” Jenny Mitchell gives you some great ideas on how to do that.

Canadian Leadership Retreat
Even a flood couldn’t stop a stampede of fundraisers from attending the recent Canadian Leadership Retreat in Calgary.

The Inclusive Fundraiser’s Tool Kit
(July 24, 2013) Walk the talk of diversity. Follow these ten tips, gleaned from AFP’s Inclusive Giving Project, and become more inclusive in your fundraising efforts.

FREE WEBCAST – The Psychology of Giving
(July 24, 2013) It’s not too late! Access the free webcast, “The Psychology of Giving.” Originally broadcast live from AFP Banff Compass, this national webcast was sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (July 24, 2013)
(July 24, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Mitzvah Monday: A One-Day Fundraising Initiative
(July 24, 2013) Using digital channels such as social media and online giving, the second annual Mitzvah Monday campaign increased new donors by 70 percent! Learn how they did it and what you can use in your own organization.

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Leading Charities and Fundraisers in Calgary to Discuss Philanthropy and Community Response to Flooding
(Arlington, VA) Canadian leaders of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world’s largest group of charitable fundraisers, convened in Calgary last week to discuss the future of philanthropy and highlight the impact of volunteerism by the public in response to Canada’s worst flooding in years.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (July 17, 2013)
(July 17, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Fundraising Peers Weigh-In on What To Do With Lapsed Donors...And More!
(July 16, 2013) AFP’s official LinkedIn group, On Fundraising, provides a learning experience for you and your peers. Simply ask, answer and learn! See what nearly 20 of your peers had to say about lapsed donors—how to handle, what to do and where to go from here.

Your New Year's Resolution for July: Two Hours Per Week and Five Simple Steps for Small Development Shops to Achieve Major Gift Success
(July 16, 2013) It’s time to resolve to be successful in raising major gifts, and you don’t need to wait until New Year’s Eve to make the resolution! Follow these five steps to start NOW.

Chapter Resources - Sample Policies
Chapter Resources - Sample Policies

2013 Research Round-up – The Very Best Guidance on the Annual Fund
(July 10, 2013) Want to raise more money with your annual fund? AFP’s new brief provides the very best ideas and guidance, compiled from twenty different scholarly sources and research.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (July 10, 2013)
(July 3, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

A Quick Reminder on Why Trust Matters
(July 10, 2013) It’s more important than ever to invest in ethical fundraising—personally and institutionally. Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., CFRE, chair emeritus of AFP’s Ethics Committee, reminds us of why public trust and ethics matter.

AFP Fact Sheet
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in 206 chapters throughout the world.

AFP Leading, Innovating in Social Media
(July 3, 2013) AFP Chief Marketing Officer Scott Pearl is the top-rated association CMO on Twitter, according to Social Media Marketing magazine—another sign of AFP’s increasing leadership in the areas of social media.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (July 3, 2013)
(July 3, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Impact vs. Overhead
(July 3, 2013) Three “watchdog” organizations recently sent an open letter to donors decrying the “Overhead Myth.” It’s a critical shift in approach that will affect all of philanthropy and help charities and fundraisers focus more on impact and less on maintaining an arbitrary cost-ratio.

About Advancing Philanthropy
A true member benefit, Advancing Philanthropy, published by AFP (four seasonal issues and one September issue), provides practical information, useful tools and other resources to help members succeed and advance.

2013 Giving USA Report Leaves Nonprofits On The Fence About Hopes For The Future
The results are in, so what’s everyone saying about them? The day following the release of Giving USA 2013: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, a panel representing NPR, Campbell & Company and the Chronicle of Philanthropy took a “first look” at the findings from 2012. Tap in to their initial thoughts regarding the report and how YOU will be impacted by the results.

Giving USA 2013 Report Released: Special Offer for AFP Members!
The results are in, so what’s everyone saying about them? The day following the release of Giving USA 2013: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, a panel representing NPR, Campbell & Company and the Chronicle of Philanthropy took a “first look” at the findings from 2012. Tap in to their initial thoughts regarding the report and how YOU will be impacted by the results.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (June 25, 2013)
(June 25, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Tips on Wise Giving: Ensuring Your Contribution Is Used Appropriately
(June 14, 2013) Donors can help ensure that their charitable gift will be used ethically and effectively by following some easy and common-sense tips and guidelines.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (June 19, 2013)
(June 19, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Alumni and Friends Do It Again on May 10 at Saint Peter’s University
(June 12, 2013) Saint Peter’s University set out to “Do it Again” on May 10, launching a campaign to acquire 424 donors in 24 hours. Learn what helped them not only succeed, but excel!

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (June 12, 2013)
(June 12, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Getting to Know Your Donors
(June 11, 2013) Before the actual “ask” there’s the research, courting and face-to-face meetings that lead into “the ask.” Here’s how to take those initial first steps.

AFP Sponsorship Program
Show your allegiance to the fundraising profession by supporting AFP today! Here's how your company can get involved.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (June 5, 2013)
(June 5, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

How To Hold Onto Your High Performers
(June 4, 2013) In her latest book, Donor-Centered Leadership, Penelope Burk reveals the results of five years of research which found that high staff turnover can be brought under control.

Tap Kids for Their Creativity and Passion for Fundraising!
(June 4, 2013) Take a cue from 14-year-old Lulu Cerone, founder of LemonAID Warriors, an organization designed to help you find ridiculously fun ideas to turn your compassion into action and start fixing the world, NOW. Cerone’s organization encourages youth to get involved with fundraising for the pure passion and creativity of it—she didn’t even know you could get paid for being a fundraiser until she recently found AFP.

Taxation Committee Releases List of Reform Proposals for Charities, Philanthropy
(May 7, 2013) The IRA Rollover, the non-itemizer deduction and the conversion of the charitable deduction into a tax credit are just some of the proposals included in the Joint Committee on Taxation’s report on the House Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Reform Working Groups.

Make The New First-Time Donors Super Tax Credit Work For You
(May 22, 2013) Has the federal government truly given Canadians a “super” tax credit? Professor Ken Wyman thinks so.

Fund Development contracting or consulting services Request for Proposal for services AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is expanding its fundraising to new, aligned prospective donors who have an interest in supporting the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. To support this growth, the Foundation is seeking supplemental contract or consulting support for its major gifts program in support of its special initiatives.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (May 21, 2013)
(May 21, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Tap Into the Power of Millennials, Peer-to-Peer Influence and Crowd-Contributing – Why You Need To Start Now!
(May 21, 2013) There’s a quiet revolution happening in the world of fundraising and if you’re not onboard with it yet, I predict it won’t be long before you are.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (May 29, 2013)
(May 29, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Creating a Fundraising Plan
(May 20, 2013) The dreaded plan—but it doesn’t have to be! Sandy Rees, author of “Get Fully Funded: How to Raise the Money of Your Dreams” walks you through seven steps to craft your fundraising plan.

The AFP Ottawa Chapter Celebrates Growth Through Organizational Memberships
(May 21, 2013) Learn how the AFP Ottawa Chapter is recruiting new AFP members under the category of “organizational membership”.

FREE WEBCAST: The Psychology of Giving – Tuesday, May 28


Ten Things You Might Have Missed (May 21, 2013)
(May 21, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Announcement: New AFP Canadian Chapters Coming To a Community Near You!
(May 21, 2013) Four new Canadian AFP chapters are starting up—check to see if there is one in your area!

Board Members Are 100% in Support of AFP’s Every Member Campaign
(May 21, 2013) Canada’s Every Member Campaign hits major milestone

Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards
(Mary 21, 2013) Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards

Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary

Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary

Giving, Charity, Philanthropy – Is there a Difference?
Andrea McManus, CFRE immediate past chair of AFP’s Board of Directors, challenges us to re-think our definition of philanthropy. Are we making some donors feel less valued for how much they give?

Resource Center Links


The Role Policies Play in a Culture of Philanthropy
(May 13, 2013) There’s been much written lately about the culture of philanthropy and what it looks like in an organization. Everyone is engaged—donors, staff, board, volunteers—and everyone is an ambassador who knows the importance of philanthropy to the organization’s mission.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (May 14, 2013)
(May 14, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2013
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 Spring 2013.

#GivingUnderTheInfluence, aka, How to Influence the Next Generation of Giving
(May 13, 2013) On April 24, four panelists gathered to discuss their views on employee engagement in a digital culture. They shared their own troubles and triumphs with next-generation giving and gave guidance on how to bridge the gap of giving. Hear what these baby boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials had to say—surprisingly, they were on the same page!

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (May 7, 2013)
(May 7, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Getting to Know Emily Mapes – From AFP Collegiate Chapter Member to Development Coordinator, Thanks to AFP Connections
(May 7, 2013) Emily Mapes was your typical college student, interested in making a difference but not quite sure how. Enter AFP and the International Conference on Fundraising. Now she has a new job and a great fundraising network. Read on to find out how it happened and what you can learn for your own career!

AFP Compensation & Benefits Study
AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study is the profession's most comprehensive overview of how different positions within fundraising are compensated and how satisfied fundraisers are with their jobs and responsibilities.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (April 30, 2013)
(April 30, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Help Me, Help You!
(April 30, 2013) Join your fellow fundraisers, nonprofits and AFP Members on LinkedIn and get involved in the discussions! You may find that you can provide direction to a peer, or even learn something for yourself. Scroll through the discussions on AFP IHQ’s official group – On Fundraising.

Collegiate Chapter Program
The AFP Collegiate Chapter program was created in order to educate undergraduate and graduate students about fundraising as a career path and to educate them about philanthropy in general.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (April 23, 2013)
(April 23, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Follow an AFP Diversity Fellowship Winner’s Blog as He Encourages YOU to Set a Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Tony Spearman-Leach was awarded with the African-American Diversity Scholarship Fund with registration and travel support for the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising. He portrayed his experience at the conference through his blog, highlighting each day’s takeaways from sessions and through networking, and he even spoke at the closing general session! Find out what makes Spearman-Leach a diversity fellows winner, and follow his blog to capture the essence of his first conference experience.

Case for Support
As you know, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy depends on members, chapters, board members, corporations and other friends to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance philanthropy through ethical and effective fundraising.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (April 16, 2013)
(April 16, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Ten Tweets You Might Have Missed (and Need to Know) (April 9, 2013)
(April 9, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
A generous couple in Saskatchewan; an outstanding family foundation supporting causes around the world; a volunteer legend in Vancouver; a fundraising pioneer in Wisconsin; a dynamic brother-sister team in Georgia; an inspiring newspaper project in Calgary; and a heroic young woman in Minnesota are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013 Awards for Philanthropy.

2013 Award for Outstanding Foundation: Stiller Family Foundation
Bob and Christine Stiller are life-long philanthropists. Bob founded Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, Vermont in the early 1980’s. Bob felt the most effective business model was one that engaged all its stakeholders and certainly Coffee Roasters has been a success story for its shareholders, suppliers and the communities where it does business. Under Bob’s leadership, Coffee Roasters instilled in its employees the need to give back to the community by encouraging employees to volunteer fifty-two hours of time to community causes and regularly sending employees to coffee country to meet their suppliers. Coffee Roasters and the Stillers personally have been instrumental in the Fair Trade movement, and the company is the largest supplier of Fair Trade Coffee in the world. The company also contributes 5% of its pretax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives focused on coffee growing communities as well as the communities where Coffee Roasters does business throughout the United States.

2013 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist: Leslie and Irene Dubé
Leslie and Irene Dubé are an inspiring example for business and charitable leadership in Saskatoon and around the world through their entrepreneurial spirit, community service and philanthropy. In 1993, the Dubés froze their estate, deciding at that point to focus on philanthropy and donate money accumulated from their business interests to the important causes they supported—notably health, education, religion, and poverty both at home and internationally. Over the past decade, they have contributed more than $30 million to a number of important programs and initiatives.

2013 Award for Outstanding Corporation: The Calgary Herald/Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
Twenty-three years ago, a small group of reporters approached their employers at the Calgary Herald with what they termed a “crazy idea.” They wanted to use their talents, research and influence to inspire a community into action. The result was the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of organizations in the Calgary metropolitan area.

2013 Bob Carter Companies/William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group: Carter and Olivia Ries (One More Generation)
Three years ago, Carter (12) and Olivia (10) Ries started their own nonprofit organization, One More Generation, to support a cause they both feel deeply about: saving endangered species, especially the cheetah. While still committed to the cause, along the way they have become experts on plastic pollution and recycling and have created programs that are being used in schools across Georgia and the U.S.

2013 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Martha Taylor
An outstanding fundraiser is exceptional in all areas of the profession: development, ethical commitment, leadership, education, research, publication and innovation. And for 38 years, Martha Taylor has not only embodied all of these aspects of the profession, but has also been a pioneer in the fields of women’s fundraising and philanthropy.

2013 Bob Carter Companies/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual: Marli Overgard
In November, 2011, Marli Overgard’s world changed forever when her family suffered a terrible loss when her 12 year old cousin, Hunter Biermeier, died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. While her grieving family gathered at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center at Hunter’s side, Marli noticed how her youngest cousins were affected. They had nothing to distract them from the frightening circumstances around them, and that experience gave Marli an idea.

2013 Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Anita Law
Since 1987, Anita Law has been one of the most passionate and ardent supporters of philanthropy in British Columbia, not only supporting causes financially but also providing fundraising, leadership, stewardship and inspiration to the charities she champions. Over the past decade, she has focused her support on healthcare-related organizations, as she believes “there is no greater gift than the gift of life.”

Funds Raised Increased at 58 Percent of US and Canadian Charities in 2012
Nearly six in 10 charities surveyed (58 percent) raised more in 2012 than they did in 2011 from contributions, marking the first time since 2006 that significantly more than half showed such positive results. Last year at this time, 53 percent had raised more. The research was released at the annual conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a partner in the six-member Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC). This is the third annual report by the NRC and includes responses from nearly 1,200 charitable organizations in the United States and Canada.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (April 2, 2013)
(April 2, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Seven Steps to Getting Started with Google+
(April 2, 2013) Two months ago Marc Pitman shared WHY your nonprofit needed to be on Google+. Now that you [hopefully] are, he’s back to provide an update on why, and next steps on how to use it to your nonprofit’s advantage!

Big Mac® Philanthropy Index to Launch at the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising
The Management Centre (=mc), along with data collected from almost 40 of their colleagues internationally, volunteers from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents, UNICEF, and YOU (yes, you!), have created the Big Mac® Philanthropy Index. This index will focus on a number of standard measurements of giving and demonstrate how many Big Macs it takes to get there.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (March 26, 2013)
(Mar. 26, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Using Chinese Auction Websites As Your Next Special Event
(Mar. 26, 2013) Fundraising is an all-encompassing, brain extending, full time job involving a lot of time and effort. Because of the numerous wonderful causes that can use your donations to further their amazing work, many fundraisers have implemented new and exciting venues to encourage people to donate. One such idea, of course, is the use of fundraising websites.

Fundraising & Finance – They Go Together Like Milk & Cookies
(Mar. 26, 2013) At the first annual Development and Finance Symposium on June 11-12, 2013, in conjunction with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is pleased to announce the keynote speaker will be Paul Shoemaker! Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the nonprofit sector by The NonProfit Times two years in a row, Shoemaker is sure to convince and ease you into the marriage of fundraising and finance.

Pierpont-Welde Affiliate Library Collection
The Pierpont-Welde Affiliate Library Collection includes 36 selected works on fundraising and philanthropy. AFP encourages chapters, both as a member service and as a public outreach to their communities, to purchase the Pierpont-Welde Affiliate Library Collection and donate the books to a local library or other site where they will be available to the public.

AFP’s Government Relations Committee Weighs in on Canada’s Anti-spam Regulations
(Mar. 19, 2013) Concerned by the potentially negative impacts on Canada’s charities, Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee has formally submitted its position on anti-spam legislation to the Digital Policy Branch of the Department of Industry.

Sparking the Fire to Ignite Change
(Mar. 19, 2013) I recently had the pleasure of attending a portion of the Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP), organized by a group of Queen’s students and led by co-chairs Orietta Mukeza and Darren Cole. Now in its fifth year, this inspiring gathering of young people had at least 150 delegates from universities across Canada in attendance.

Loving Your Donors
(Mar. 19, 2013) A story by Michael Bowman, President of 145 Solutions, who lives and breathes raising funds. How Jeopardy, and his three kids, taught him that “loving your donors” is key for a fundraiser.

Ethics as a Risk Management Strategy
(Mar. 19, 2013) First in a micro series: An Ethics Resources Tool Kit from the Ethics Resources Committee, AFP, GTA Chapter

Finding Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
(Mar. 19, 2013) Deborah Legrove, Chair of AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC), wants to spread the word to Canadian AFP chapters about the importance of the EMC to supporting the work of the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy - Canada. Put simply, the Foundation’s mission is to transform Canadian philanthropy. For those of you who are passionate about your job as a fundraiser; passionate about your mission and motivated to give back to the sector – the Foundation’s annual Every Member Campaign provides an easy opportunity to help shape the future of philanthropy in this country.

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Donors -Tracey Bailey Webcast Still Available!
(Mar. 19, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada was pleased to sponsor the live streaming recording of a workshop session during the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress on November 20, 2012. Click here to hear the presentation by Tracy Bailey, CFRE, “Up Close and Personal – Write and Converse More Authentically with Donors”. This workshop focuses on personal correspondence and telephone skills, exploring how a fundraiser can nourish the donor’s experience of an organization’s promises, through speech and writing.

Who Do You Know...on AFP’s Canada Council?
(Mar. 19, 2013) It’s never too late to get involved and to make your professional mark in the fundraising profession. Do you believe in the value of professional development and building awareness about working in Canada’s nonprofit sector? Perhaps involvement in the Canada Council is for you.

Grant Enables Mentoring Program Expansion
The following is an excerpt from a letter recently received by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (March 19, 2013)
(Mar. 19, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

A Name & Story You Won’t Soon Forget – Emmanuel Jal: From Child Soldier to AFP International Conference Speaker
The name Emmanuel Jal may not be as widely known to you as some of our other general session speakers for the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, but that won’t make his story of “lose” and “win” any less powerful. Using hip hop to tell the tale of life as child soldier, Jal proves that being born into a “losing” situation doesn’t mean you can’t persevere and “win” in the end, all the while helping others.

Joining the Force of 80 Million Strong – The Millennials
(Mar. 19, 2013) Based on the sheer numbers alone, Derrick Feldmann, CEO of Achieve, finds a majority of his work revolving around millennials, the next generation of donors. As the largest generation thus far (80 million), the millennials have a hand in shaping the nonprofit world as donors, activists, consumers, volunteers, and even board members and fundraisers.

March is Diversity Month
March is Diversity Month

AFP's Chapter Diversity Resource Guide
The AFP Chapter Diversity Resource Guide provides an introduction to some of the contemporary topics of discussion relating to diversity, multi-culturalism and inclusivity. This is a tremendous resource for chapters, and anyone else looking to widen their knowledge on the subject of diversity in the world of modern fundraising.

Georgia Brother and Sister Honored with International Youth Philanthropy Award
Carter and Olivia Ries, brother and sister from Fayetteville, Georgia, who have created plastic recycling programs being used in schools across the U.S. and are committed to conservation and endangered species efforts, are the recipients of the 2013 Bob Carter Companies/William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Philanthropy Journal Offers Special Report on Engaging Diverse Donors
(Feb. 5, 2007) Identifying and cultivating diverse donors is both an internal and an external undertaking, according to a series of articles by the Philanthropy Journal that focus on diversity and fundraising.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (March 12, 2013)
(Mar. 12, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Non-Profits Should Tug At The Heart
(Mar. 12, 2013) Professor Small found that an appeal to the heart, rather than to the rational mind, was more likely to motivate people to give money to charity or offer other tangible assistance. A 2011 article by Leon Neyfakh for the Boston Globe, entitled "Why We Give to Charity,” interprets Small’s study to mean that more information makes it less likely that people will give. But in fact, Neyfakh’s interpretation is wrong.

50 Asks in 50 Weeks: The Smarter Way to Raise Money at Your Small Development Shop
(Mar. 12, 2013) Do you know how many gifts you asked for last year? If you’re in a small development shop (defined as two fundraising staff members or less), it’s extremely likely that you asked for less than 50 gifts—probably even many less—and you may not even know it!

What Did You Just Say?! Learn How to Communicate So Your Board Understands You!
(Mar. 5, 2013) You’re a fundraiser in a corporate world and you’re having a hard time communicating to connect the two. Peter Drury, director of development at Splash, an AFPeep and returning speaker at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising will help you create a dashboard to guide you in communicating with your board, as well as a thesaurus to make sure the communication is understood by all parties!

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (March 5, 2013)
(Mar. 5, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (February 26, 2013)
(Feb. 26, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Three Things Every Fundraising Professional Should Be Prepared for in 2013
(Feb. 26, 2013) Fundraising professionals, regardless of an organization’s size and scope, play a vital role in the overall success of a nonprofit. With overwhelming economic uncertainty and increased scrutiny, nonprofits are required now more than ever to be effectively governed.

Fundraising Colleagues Collaborate to Win 2013 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize on Philanthropic Planning
Long-time friends and colleagues Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE, and Brian Sagestrano, CFRE, have co-penned this year’s AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize honoree, The Philanthropic Planning Companion—a volume the prize committee called “outstanding” and “commendable”.

Instagram Makes Waves in the Nonprofit World
(Feb. 26, 2013) I know what you’re thinking, “Do I really need another social media application?” With the ever-growing outreach of Instagram, including 90 million monthly active users, and the inspiration through the capture of a simple picture, it’s safe to say this is a social media venture you want to be a part of.

In Memory of Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, First African-American Chair of AFP
It is with great sadness that AFP announces that former AFP chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, has passed away. The first African-American volunteer leader of AFP, he was a pioneer in the fundraising profession.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (February 19, 2013)
(Feb. 19, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Lessons From 2012 That Will Make 2013 A Great Year
(Feb. 19, 2013) During the spring of 2012, DonorDrive noticed some of their clients were raising substantially more money, attracting more participants and adding more events. While hearing of nonprofit woes across the industry, many of these causes stood out as exceptions. DonorDrive tracked the successes of these organizations, interviewed key staff and figured out what they were doing right to help them excel in these tough fundraising times. DonorDrive featured the findings from four of these causes in a blog series.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (February 12, 2013)
(Feb. 12, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Americans Say They Will Pull Back on Giving in 2013: Can That Change…and What Can You Do?
(Feb. 12, 2013) While charities are sailing into a headwind in 2013, it’s far from a fait accompli that they’ll see lower giving levels. Fundraisers need to understand what the giving public is thinking, how they can best connect with them and how to counter the potential negative fundraising trend. At the beginning of this year, Dunham+Company conducted its sixth annual State of Philanthropy Study. The purpose of the study was to try to gain a sense of whether donors across America would increase their giving, decrease their giving or continue giving at their current levels.

Lions, and Tigers, and Boards – Oh My!
(Feb. 12, 2013) If you’re a board member, past, present or future, or even if you serve on a committee, you’d be wise to heed the advice from Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, who will fearlessly walk you through how to Fire a Lousy Board Member. Joyaux’s passion for boards exudes through her work and guidance on what great boards do, and don’t do, at their board meetings.

First Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report Published
(July 2, 2007) A new report can help charities identify areas of improvement in their fundraising, such as donor retention, by comparing gains and loss in a number of different categories.

Annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey


Ten Things You Might Have Missed (February 5, 2013)
(Feb. 5, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

AFP Texas Legislative Action Day: Empowering the Nonprofit Voice in Texas Policy
As states around the country prepare for the New Year and the policy implications that will come at both the federal and state levels, Texas AFP chapters began their own education and outreach campaign—for policymakers of the Texas State Legislature.

Reel Impact: How Fundraisers Can Successfully Use Video
(Feb. 5, 2013) Today, people perpetually use Instagram and social media and love the instant gratification they provide. For nonprofits, this means that to connect with their target audiences, they must quickly achieve with a video on their website’s home page what telethons formerly allotted hours and celebrity spokespeople to do.

Getting to Know Your Future Nonprofit Leaders
(Feb. 5, 2013) They’re not looking to disrespect elder donors, and despite inheriting an unprecedented $40 trillion, they do not feel “entitled”, as some would rumor. A new report from 21/64 and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy shows a behind-the-next-generation look at the future leaders of philanthropy and how their giving differs–and remains the same–from their parents and grandparents.

The Power of Volunteers
Volunteer Canada offers an online library of in-depth information on a variety of topics related to the Canadian volunteering landscape, including: volunteer management, skills-based volunteering, youth, baby boomers, board volunteering and corporate community involvement. Here is a sample of some timely and relevant “fun facts” that can help you in your work with volunteers.

Social Media for Professional Fundraisers - A 2013 Skill to Build!
(Feb. 2, 2013) In 2013 there is no shortage of “social media gurus” hitting us over the head with advice. AFP members involved in event and community fundraising jumped on board with social media right away. However, beyond the world of Facebook “likes,” professionally trained fundraisers who focus on relationship building still haven’t embraced social engagement and continue to feel confident that it’s better left to the marketing department.

Philanthropy in the Age of Networked Intelligence
(Feb. 2, 2013) As we enter the networked age, philanthropy is going through a profound change. This has big implications for fundraisers and donors alike. In the old model, not-for-profits sought funds from individuals and institutions. Donors were courted and if successfully seduced, they provided funds, and were thanked. But today because of a number of factors, most notability the Internet’s slashing of transaction and collaboration costs, charities can now build deep relationships with philanthropists.

Legislation to Extend the Deadline to Make Charitable Gifts
(Feb. 2, 2013) On October 31, 2012, Bill C-458, the National Charities Week Act, received its first reading in the House of Commons of Canada. The bill proposes to extend the annual deadline for individuals to receive tax recognition for charitable gifts. It also proposes to designate the last seven days in February each year as “National Charities Week.”

New Study Examines Charitable Giving Trends in Canada
(Feb. 2, 2013) In a report recently released by The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, author Abigail Payne examines the landscape for charitable giving in Canada. For Payne, the timing of the analysis is particularly important given that the federal government is currently reviewing tax credits for charitable giving.

Update: Enlivening the Ethics Discussion
(Feb. 2, 2013) The Ethics Resources Committee of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter thanks all respondents who participated in the recent survey on ethics that was conducted late in 2012. Nearly 200 senior nonprofit professionals, representing all positions and areas of the sector, took part in the survey and provided rich content for analysis.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Elects a New Member to the Board
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada is pleased to announce that Janice Waud Loper, CFRE was elected to its board of directors at its December 2012 meeting. Waud Loper works as vice president of development for major gifts & planned giving at the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care in Vancouver, BC.

Participate in the 2012 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey to Benchmark Your Fundraising Results!
(Feb. 2, 2013) Ever wonder if other fundraisers have the same concerns as you? Curious how your fundraising compares to those of your colleagues?

Grammy Award Winning Musician, Education Activist, Movie Co-Producer and…AFP International Conference Speaker!
John Legend may have won nine Grammy Awards for his musical talent, and he may have just co-produced a documentary with Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, but he’s much more than a musically and film-inclined celebrity. Legend is an education activist and created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization that fights for education reform in the United States and works with Millennium Promise to provide clean water, health care, education and more for Africa.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (January 29, 2013)
(Jan. 29, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Show a Little Donor - Love in Your Case for Support
(Jan. 29, 2013) Tom Ahern is considered one of the world’s top authorities on donor communications and is the author of four well-received books on the topic. Through all of his experiences he has come to one main conclusion: It’s all about being donor-centric in your case for support! Ahern will walk you through how to construct a donor-centric case for support during his AFP webinar on Feb. 5 and during his educational sessions at the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Advancing Philanthropy: Subscriptions and Reprint Requests
AFP members automatically receive our magazine, Advancing Philanthropy. But subscriptions also may be obtained by nonmembers and institutions. Here's how.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (January 22, 2013)
(Jan. 22, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Be On Google+ Today!
(Jan. 22, 2013) To help deliver the correct results, Google infers intention from a searcher’s past search history and social profile (the profile of interactions, posts, and comments between a person and that person’s friends). Google calls this search plus your world. It’s tried working out deals with sites like Twitter and Quora. But those companies can cut off Google’s access to that information. With Google+, the difference is Google owns it. So, Google has much more complete and reliable access to Google+ than to any other site. So now, if a person you know posts something in Google+ or +1s an article, you might see it right on the first page of results.

Not Your Average Ethics Session
(Jan. 22, 2013) At first glance the Ethics sessions offered in the past at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising haven’t always screamed, “Attend me!” But at the 2013 conference, that’s all going to change. This year, the Ethics sessions have been kicked up a notch, and A Crisis in Value – Our World is Built on Trust, featuring Barbara Levy, ACFRE, Ben Haddad, and AFP’s president and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, is no exception!

Ethics and Donors
Ethics and Donors

Donor Bill of Rights
To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, AFP and other fundraising organizations declare that all donors have the following rights.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (January 15, 2013)
(Jan. 15, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

New Year, New Philanthropists
(Jan. 15, 2013) For the last forty years, charities have focused their high-end fundraising on unrestricted gifts from the Traditionalist generations (born Pre-1946). But in the New Year, Brian Sagrestano, JD, CFRE says it’s time to recognize that there’s a new donor in town, the “New Philanthropists” (born 1946-present).

New Study Questions Level of Fundraising Skills, Organizational Support for Philanthropy
(Jan. 15, 2013) A new study of American charities and fundraisers raises strong concerns about the number of skilled professionals available for jobs and the lack of infrastructure in most nonprofits to support effective fundraising and philanthropy.

FAQ: Case for Support and Case Statements
Have questions about Case Statements or Case for Support? Some basic information is summarized here.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2013 Officers
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2013 officers and directors and will be led by chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (January 8, 2013)
(Jan. 8, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Charitable Deduction Not Taken Down by the Fiscal Cliff
(Jan. 2, 2013) The charitable deduction was left mostly unscathed by the fiscal cliff negotiations and the recently passed bill.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (January 2, 2013)
(Jan. 2, 2013) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

2010 Annual Report
Despite the tough economy, AFP continued to offer and improve its programs and services that strengthened the profession and improved its members’ effectiveness in 2010.

2011 Annual Report


Ten Things You Might Have Missed (December 18, 2012)
(Dec. 18, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Wrapping Up 2012: Important Tax Reminders for U.S. Nonprofit Professionals
(Dec. 18, 2012) With the country inching ever-closer to the edge of the metaphoric fiscal cliff, policymakers are discussing a number of proposals that are bound to impact nonprofit organizations’ ability to raise funds now and in the coming year. Due to the great uncertainty around taxes for next year, charities 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.

About the AFP Research Council
AFP established its Research Council in 1991 to identify AFP research priorities, recognize and promote research, publish research results, and seek support for research on philanthropy and fundraising.

Lobby Day Held to Protect Charitable Deduction, Begin Discussion of Larger Role of Philanthropy in Society
(Dec. 6, 2012) 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.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (December 11, 2012)
(Dec. 11, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Learn more about AFP Publications


Hundreds of Charitable Leaders Descend on Capitol Hill to Make Case for Charitable Tax Deduction
(Dec. 5, 2012) Nearly 300 leaders from the Charitable Giving Coalition representing education, health, faith-based, arts and neighborhood revitalization organizations descended on Capitol Hill today making a strong case to protect the charitable tax deduction.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (December 4, 2012)
(Dec. 4, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Fundraising Results Overall Stall Mid-Year
(Dec. 4, 2012) In its semi-annual survey, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds that funds raised at organizations studied were largely unchanged from a year ago. The most successful organizations during the first half of 2012 pursued multi-channel marketing, recognized their donors and watched their results closely. The results affirm that sector-wide, good communications and stewardship of philanthropic gifts are associated with raising more through fundraising.

Help Protect the Charitable Deduction: Attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s Capitol Hill Event
(Nov. 6, 2012) AFP, as chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition, invites its U.S. members to attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s inaugural Capitol Hill fly-in event, “Protect Giving-DC Days,” on Dec. 4 and 5. This is a great chance to meet with policymakers and their staffs to explain the impact that limitations on the charitable deduction, including cuts and caps, would have on your program and the people you serve.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (November 27, 2012)
(November 27, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

How to Build the Winning Team (Board)
(November 27, 2012) Great donors and staff are important, of course, to the success of any charity. But if you ask Tom Nisbett, president of The Nisbett Group, the truly outstanding nonprofits have exceptional board members leading the way.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (November 20, 2012)
(November 20, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

AFP, Mackenzie Investments Partner to Strengthen Training and Education for Charities, Fundraisers
Canadian fundraising professionals and the charitable sector are about to receive a major boost in training and development, thanks to an initiative funded by Mackenzie Investments, one of Canada’s leading investment management firms, in partnership with AFP.

It’s Never Too Late to Give….or Send out a Year-End Giving Solicitation!
(November 20, 2012) They say the holidays are a time for giving, and according to Alphonce Brown, ACFRE, that includes charitable giving as well. “December is a big month for nonprofit organizations,” Mr. Brown explains. “AFP’s fundraising surveys have proven this, and many organizations raise a substantial portion of their annual revenue in the last four to six weeks of the year.” And he should know.

Take the Project Streamline Survey to Assess State of Grantmaking
(November 20, 2012) Five years ago, with the support of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Project Streamline was created to change and enhance the grantmaking experience. The project is now asking grantee organizations to provide their opinion of how grantmaking has changed and what sorts of changes and methods have proved most effective.

The Power of Longevity and the Capacity for Impact
Working at the same institution for more than 25 years and seeing it grow tremendously during that time is what Thomas Campbell, AFP’s newest ACFRE, believes fundraising should be all about.

Johnson Proposes Additional Giving Incentives on National Philanthropy Day®
On Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®, noted businessman and philanthropist Donald K. Johnson O.C., LL.D, addressed the Economic Club of Canada and urged Parliament to enact new legislation and incentives to further encourage additional giving and volunteering across Canada.

New Partnership to Strengthen Training for Nonprofit Leaders
Mackenzie Investments partners with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to offer new learning opportunities for Canadian fundraisers.

The Inclusion Revolution: Even Richer Than Diversity
(Nov. 19, 2012) Krishan Mehta, VP of Inclusion and Equity at AFP’s Greater Toronto Chapter, links prosperity to understanding of philanthropic diversity in Ontario communities.

AFP Chapter Presidents in Canada Speak Out About National Philanthropy Day®
Earlier this month, Parliament approved a new bill that will make Canada the first country in the world to honour the work of charities, donors, volunteers, corporations and foundations by permanently recognizing November 15th as National Philanthropy Day® (NPD).

Holding Donor Summits to Build a Philanthropic Culture
(Nov. 19, 2012) How “donor-centred” is your organization in both approach and activities? In the most recent issue of KCI’s Philanthropic Trends Quarterly, it is suggested that holding regular “Donor Summits” may be the answer to creating a donor-centred culture that is both explicit and intentional.

Celebration of National Philanthropy Day® Celebrations a Huge Success!
Propelled by legislation making Canada the first country to make National Philanthropy Day®, AFP chapters and Canadians across the nation took their celebrations of giving and volunteering to new heights.

What Does It Take to Make and Build Your Career as a Fundraiser?
(Nov. 19, 2012) Why do you do what you do, and how can you do it better? Tania Little shares her thoughts on building a sustainable and rewarding career as a professional fundraiser.

Turning Challenges Into Opportunities: Fundraising in a Diverse Community
(Nov. 19, 2012) Michele Varela shares her experience of fundraising for The Scarborough Hospital, in one of Canada’s most diverse communities. Statistically speaking, the coming years will require most Canadian nonprofits to examine their approach to forming relationships with diverse donor groups. Michele provides an insightful, common-sense introduction to this topic.

Supplemental to the First Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
This is a supplement to the pilot survey report with additional data from 2004-2005, received since the report was issued.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (November 13, 2012)
(Nov. 13, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Not Just Onsite—New Education Opportunities Before, During AND After AFP’s 50th International Conference!
Discover all of the new educational opportunities associated with the 2013 San Diego International Conference on Fundraising and how you can enhance your conference return on investment and find success for the future.

National Philanthropy Day® Celebrates Everyone Involved in Changing the World
National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), officially recognized on Nov. 15, will be celebrated in more than 100 communities around the world with a variety of different events, contests and awards.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (November 6, 2012)
(Nov. 6, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

Unique, Award-Winning Event Supports Numerous Charities, Engages Entire Community


About the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Program
The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics, at an advanced level of practice.

Mark Climie-Elliott: Born to Be a Fundraiser
Mark Climie-Elliott, CFRE was born to be a fundraiser. After all, he was born on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day. But the long-time fundraiser and this year’s recipient of the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP credits his success to his family, his experience with AFP and the incredible colleagues he’s met throughout this career.

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (October 30, 2012)
(Oct. 30, 2012) There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items, articles, and ideas you need to know about and that can help you find success.

AFP Logo and Custom Merchandise
AFP Marketplace offers a select line of AFP logo products suitable for gifts: Coffee mugs, travel mugs, pens, membership and NPD pins, briefcases, and more.

Charities’ Fundraising Improves Slightly, But Still Not Retaining Donors
(Oct. 16, 2012) While fundraising levels are improving slightly, charities continue to lose more donors than they gain and have a long way to go to recover from the impact of the 2007-9 recession, a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute indicates.

The Planned Giving Toolbox: Learning to Talk about Planned Giving
(Oct. 16, 2012) Fundraisers don’t need to be experts on planned giving, but they do need to be able to talk knowledgeably about planned giving options and spot opportunities for donors, according to Greg Hammond, President of Planned Giving Strategies and a charitable giving strategist for life and legacy.

Charities’ Fundraising Improves Slightly, But Still Not Retaining Donors
While fundraising levels are improving slightly, charities continue to lose more donors than they gain and have a long way to go to recover from the impact of the 2007-9 recession, a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute indicates.

How Well Do You Know Your Planned Giving Prospects?
(Oct. 9, 2012) One in five planned giving donors had never made any gift at all to the recipient charity before making a planned gift, according to a new study by The Stelter Company, which reveals a variety of interesting data about planned giving donors and how charities can begin the planned giving process.

The Obama Effect: 20 Takeaways for Multichannel Fundraisers
(Oct. 2, 2012) There’s no question that the Obama for America 2008 campaign set a new standard in online fundraising. Of its $750 million raised, half a billion came in online. Let me say that again. Half a billion dollars came in online; that’s 6.5 million small donations, with an $80 average gift, from 3 million donors. Those numbers are staggering. So how did Obama for America do it?

LinkedIn as a Multi-Dimensional Fundraiser’s Resource
(Sept. 25, 2012) When LinkedIn launched in 2003, most professionals saw it as little more than an online resume—those days are long gone. Nicknamed the “Facebook of Business,” it has evolved into a highly productive tool for both for-profit business and social-profit philanthropy.

Nonprofit Organizations with Active Fundraising Boards More Likely to Meet Goal
(Sept. 25, 2012) In a research first, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds a direct association between active fundraising by nonprofit board members and the organization meeting its fundraising goals.

Looking Beyond the Board For Champions, Fundraisers
(Sept. 25, 2012) Fundraising is about relationships, and yet many organizations overlook their volunteers as potential donors and advocates for the organization. Amy Eisenstein, CFRE, president of Tri-Point Fundraising, maintains that the more advocates and fundraising volunteers your organization has working on its behalf, the better off it will be.

National Philanthropy Day: Celebrating All Donors Equally Engages New Attendees, Sponsors
For over 10 years, AFP Edmonton & Area Chapter had celebrated National Philanthropy Day (NPD) like many other chapters across North America. However, over time, the challenges with the historical award format of NPD had begun to diminish the engagement AFP members and the wider community had with the event.

Developing Effective Nonprofit – Corporate Relationships
(Sept. 25, 2012) The world is facing challenging economic conditions. Charities are proliferating to meet the needs created by less funding from governments and traditional philanthropic sources and are faced with more competition for seemingly fewer resources. Traditional sources for philanthropy are still giving but all are demanding more from the charities they choose to support. And corporations, one of the “go- to” sources for philanthropic support are giving less and expecting more from their community investments. How can charities maximize their potential for success given these challenges?

Ten questions every director should ask about the T3010
(Sept. 25, 2012) Board members are responsible for ensuring that the organization they represent complies with Canada Revenue Agency legislation. Blogger Lisa Hartford lists questions that every board member should be asking of their organization’s CFO.

An invitation to participate in a discussion on ethics in the charitable sector
(Sept. 25, 2012) The Ethics Resources Committee of AFP Greater Toronto Chapter continues to reach out to AFP members across the country to invite participation in a special ethics survey. We want to gain an understanding of your needs relating to your knowledge of ethics, top ethics concerns, and how the various AFP Ethics Resources Committees can best serve their membership and the charitable sector.

Ipsos Reid fact sheets on “What Canadian donors want” available for download
Seven in ten (70%) of Canadians say they have made a financial donation to charity or a non-profit organization in the past twelve months.

Volunteering Your Fundraising Skills Overseas
(Sept. 25, 2012) When the lights went down inside a grand hall in Washington D.C. last winter, Cynthia Benoit-Sarrazin had shivers watching the young, Salvadoran theatre group Es Artes perform before an audience of several hundred cultural dignitaries.

Ontario invests in three-year project to strengthen diversity and philanthropy within the nonprofit sector
(Sept. 25, 2012) Ontario’s nonprofit organizations are about to receive a major boost in training and development on diversity and inclusion issues, thanks to a multi-year initiative funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Partnership Project Office.

Initiatives and Programs Planned for AFP Canada
AFP chapter leaders from across the country convened in Halifax, NS on July 26 – 28, 2012 to discuss strategies and issues affecting the fundraising and philanthropic culture within Canada. The Retreat planned by the AFP Canadian Council, Canadian Government Relations Committee, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and International Headquarters focused on the AFP in Canada Strategic Plan that will take Canadian initiatives through 2014.

LinkedIn as a Multi-Dimensional Fundraiser’s Resource


Finding the Right Date for Year-End and Holiday Appeals
(Sept. 18, 2012) AFP members chime in on the timing of year-end appeals and how late you can send your holiday solicitations.

Your Current Job: Fix It or Forget It?
(Sept. 11, 2012) How do you know when it’s time to move on to a new job? Is it worth the hassle to fix your current situation, or do you need to look for greener pastures? Valerie Lambert has been helping fundraisers answers these questions for several years.

AFP Internet Guidelines
The AFP Internet Transaction Guidelines offer basic guidance for AFP members and others considering engaging the services of an online or similar service provider.

Building a Major Gifts Pipeline Despite BIG Obstacles
(Sept. 4, 2012) Every organization is different with its own unique challenges but start at the beginning and catalogue your strengths, says Adrienne Capps, CFRE, and you’ll ultimately find success.

AFP’S Discussion Forums: Finding the Right Word
(Sept. 4, 2012) An AFP member asked on the association’s discussion forums for powerful, descriptive words to help with a fundraising appeal, and his colleagues responded!

Why Social Media Matters: Networking and Engagement
(8/28/2012) Networking is the new professional currency in our increasingly connected world, says Beth Kanter, and successful charities are changing their mindset to emphasize social media, openness, engagement and authenticity.

Good News, Bad News on Donor Perceptions of Fundraising Costs
(8/28/2012) The average American believes that it’s reasonable for charities to spend 23 cents out of every dollar raised on fundraising and administrative costs. Unfortunately, the average American also believes that charities actually spend 37 cents out of every dollar raised on such costs.

Career Center


Career Center
The AFP Career Center is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs.

The New ABCs of Selling and Persuading
(08/20/2012) The nature of sales and persuasion is changing, according to author Daniel Pink, and extroversion and aggressiveness aren’t the answers anymore.

Spotlight: The AFP Vancouver Chapter Diversity Committee


Change in Definition, Change in Focus
It’s not enough to focus only on recognizing differences. We have to welcome and include those differences if we are going to best reflect and represent fundraising, philanthropy and all of society. That’s why, according to Wayne Steer, director of fund development for Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AFP has moved to change its definition of diversity in fundraising.

Giving Slows At the Mid-Year Point: How to Respond
(August 7, 2012) While giving was increasing significantly at mid-year in 2011, that growth has all but receded now as donor confidence has hit record lows.

Youth in Philanthropy Chairs
Youth in Philanthropy Chairs

Calling All AFP Members – Nominations Are Open!
Canadian AFP members have the power to influence the focus and direction of the association in a very concrete way, by participating in The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canada Council’s nominations process.

The AFP Information Exchange
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

McManus Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal
Andrea McManus, CFRE, the chair of AFP, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her service to the fundraising profession and the nonprofit community in Canada.

“Mobile” Isn’t Just Mobile Giving—Ensuring Donors Can Access Your Organization From Anywhere
(July 31, 2012) Fundraisers don’t have to become IT specialists, according to Tonia Zampieri, but they do have to understand the different ways donors are going online and ensure that their organization’s website and online resources are accessible and consistent, no matter what technology donors are using.

Grantsmanship as a Profession
(July 31, 2012) To the public, grant writing is viewed as a technical skill that can be acquired with a few days training. Only to the dedicated professional is the activity that occurs between seeker and funder understood as well-defined process with accountability to the funder, the fund seeker and the consumer.

Let’s Talk About Branding
(July 31, 2012) As the nonprofit landscape gets increasingly competitive, it’s important to brand yourself by clearly conveying your organization’s focus, credibility and unique contributions. If you think brands are only for Walmart and Starbucks, then think again. Every single organization – including your nonprofit – has its own personality, its own identity and its own set of characteristics.

Excellence in Fundraising in Canada
(July 31, 2012) The concept of monthly giving is not new or complicated. Monthly giving is a payment program whereby a donor has money deducted from their credit card, bank or credit union account. Nevertheless, many organizations are failing to capitalize on this opportunity to build a base of dedicated donors that also ends up providing the ultimate in legacy prospects.

The Power of Every Word
(July 31, 2012) Laura Fredricks, JD, LLC has five “winning” words or phrases that help to improve the quality of the conversations she has with donors, and she shared them during a presentation at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver.

Catching Up With...AFP Ottawa
(July 31, 2012) Lisa MacDonald, AFP eWire Canada editor, gets the scoop from Leah Eustace, CFRE on AFP Ottawa’s successful and long-running Mentorship Program.

Re-engaging Senior Practitioners
(July 31, 2012) AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter leaders were surprised to learn that assumptions about their members were working against them. Read this account of President Mike House’s, CFRE efforts to re-engage and build value for his chapter’s senior practitioners.

Nonprofits play crucial role in public policy decisions˜
(July 31, 2012) “One of the great strengths of our country is the capacity of each Canadian to get involved in our civic process and advocate for various causes,” says AFP Chair Andrea McManus, CFRE. “Nonprofits provide a critical pathway for Canadians to participate.”

Top Ten Canadian Charity Law Compliance Issues, Part 1
(May 22, 2012) A great deal has been written about legal compliance surrounding charities in Canada. Much of that material however, is highly specialized, hard to understand and sometimes esoteric. As a result, it can be extremely difficult for charities, employees and volunteers to focus in on the issues that are generally most important for charities.

Top Ten Canadian Charity Law Compliance Issues, Part 2
(June 31, 2012) A great deal has been written about legal compliance surrounding charities in Canada. Much of that material, however, is highly specialized, hard to understand and sometimes esoteric. This article concludes Mark Blumberg’s summary of the ten most important items charities and their boards of directors need to know about charity law in Canada. (Part two of a two-part series)

About AFP-Canada
AFP's Canadian office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and supports over 2,700 Canadian members and 16 Canadian chapters.

Communications and Fundraising: Moving from Static Campaigns to Dynamic Storytelling
(July 24, 2012) To find success in the future, charities need to move away from a “static, fixed campaign” concept of communications and fundraising to a “content/story platform” approach that is persistent, nimble and encourages donors and members to engage.

AFP, Kaptivate Partnership: Providing Affordable, Manageable and Secure Mobile Solutions to Fundraisers
AFP announces its partnership with mobile solutions innovator Kaptivate. Together, Kaptivate and AFP have created AFP Mobile, the streamlined, smartphone-compatible mobile version of afpnet.org.

Does Your Organization Have “Relationship Capital?”
(July 17, 2012) Investing in your relationship capital with donors and prospects can give your organization the edge it needs to stand apart from the crowd.

Support the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce the second year of a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2012
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 spring 2012.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SUMMER 2012
The Summer 2012 Public Policy Update contains information about U.S. issues such as potential changes to the charitable deduction, the status of the IRA Rollover provision, a new Chapter Advocacy FAQ document for chapters, the status of the Postal Reform Bill and its impact on the nonprofit rate and efforts in Kansas to eliminate the state charitable deduction and restrict nonprofit advocacy. In Canadian news, we report on the charitable giving recommendations that AFP submitted to Parliament, the status of the National Philanthropy Day legislation and the revised Canada Revenue Agency Fundraising Guidance.

AFP Public Policy Update Newsletter


Using Pinterest as a Nonprofit Fundraising Engine
(July 10, 2012) Here are 7 tips on how nonprofits can use Pinterest to aid in a holistic fundraising campaign across the web, from SocialRaise in Chicago.

AFP Poll Finds Staffing, Board Support of Top Concern to Fundraisers
Many fundraisers feel that having an inadequate level of development staff is a key internal challenge holding their organization back from making more impact, an informal AFP website poll suggests.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada / Ipsos Reid Survey: "What Canadian Donors Want"
(June 18, 2012) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada in conjunction with Ipsos Reid conducted a survey in November 2011 on "What Canadian Donors Want". Six fact sheets have been created on Giving Levels, The Giving Decision, Administration/How Charities Operate, Thanking Donors, Boards and Volunteer Leadership and Rose of Fundraisers.

AFP TechKnow Review!


The Spirit of Cincinnatus First in Tri-State to Receive Prestigious International Fundraising Excellence Award
Arlington, Va. - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed its highest fundraising honor, the Award for Excellence in Fundraising, to The Spirit of Cincinnatus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Websites, Email Newsletters Still Important to Smartphone-wielding Young People
(June 19, 2012) Technology is changing rapidly, but there is good news for nonprofits and fundraisers trying to keep up. For one, websites and email are by no means obsolete, a recent survey of young people indicates.

Growth in U.S. Foundation Giving Fails to Keep Pace With Inflation
(June 12, 2012) Giving by U.S. foundations showed a modest increase in 2011, totaling an estimated $46.9 billion and up 2.2 percent from the year before. After accounting for inflation, however, contributions by U.S. foundations were down slightly from 2010.

Fundraising Compliance in Mergers & Acquisitions
(June 12, 2012) Perlman & Perlman LLP, attorneys specializing in nonprofit law, have developed for AFP members a brief on fundraising compliance in mergers and acquisitions.

Back to Basics: 10 Fundraising Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
(June 5, 2012) Even intelligent, hardworking, well-intentioned fundraising professionals make mistakes from time to time. Recognizing them is the trick. Here are ten fundraising mistakes that are easy to make, but also easy to avoid.

You Get More With Facebook Than You Give—Is Your Organization Stepping Up to the Challenge?
(May 29, 2012) Facebook users comment on their friends’ posts more often than they update their own status, a recent study from Pew Research Center finds. That has real implications for the way your organization can best cultivate a dialogue around your cause, says upcoming TechKnow presenter Derrick Feldmann.

Exploring Why Some Pledges Go Unfulfilled
Little data exists for measuring slippage of multiyear pledges to capital or endowment campaigns. A recent survey offers a glimpse at this phenomenon.

Catching Up With...AFP Vancouver
(May 22, 2012) A chat with Giovanni Festa, president of the AFP Vancouver Chapter and director of annual fundraising for Vancouver Artgallery

Upcoming Chapter Events


Creating a Vision for AFP in Canada
(May 22, 2012) The new publication AFP eWire Canada is just one example of AFP’s focus on serving its Canadian membership. The AFP in Canada Strategic Plan Task Force, spear-headed by chair Derek Fraser, has developed a two-year strategic plan in alignment with AFP goals, but that compliment Canadian experience and need. The seven key Canadian strategies are as follows:

The Third Way – Celebrating Cause Marketing
(May 22, 2012) There are at least three ways to think of the exchange of money between a donor and a nonprofit. First is philanthropy; a donation with little expectation of recognition. Second is sponsorship; this is the case of marketing money being provided to a nonprofit to promote the company tied to the event or program. The third way is cause marketing; when a company puts the power of its brand and marketing behind a cause for mutual benefit.

E-newsletters: Read This Before You Press Send
(May 22, 2012) More and more companies are using e-newsletters to connect with their customers. In fact, 67 percent of businesses are increasing their email campaign budgets, according to the 2012 Email Marketing Benchmark Report from MarketingSherpa.com. Recently the AFP Vancouver Chapter started an e-newsletter for members and after nearly a year (and a few tweaks along the way) they are seeing great benefits from this opportunity to connect with members. Here are our chapter’s top five questions to ask before your organization starts its own e-newsletter.

AFP Offers Tax Incentive Recommendations to Finance Committee
(May 22, 2012) On May 3, 2012, Andrea McManus, CFRE, chair of AFP, testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance during its hearing on tax incentives for charitable donations.

Setting Yourself Up for Social Media Success
(May 15, 2012) It seems like everyone is looking for the key to social media success and, consequently, the key to translating that into fundraising success. Many of those keys lie in the ability to build a community that will work with you—and for you.

Creating Volunteer Opportunities—The New Role of Fundraisers
(May 1, 2012) Think your organization’s volunteers and its development office are two separate worlds? Think again, says Emily Davis, author of Fundraising and the Next Generation, new from the AFP Fund Development Series.

Top Philanthropy Research Prize Awarded to Albany Consultant Robert M. Penna, Ph.D.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded its top research award, The Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, to Robert M. Penna, Ph.D., of Albany, N.Y., for his pioneering book, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results, published by John Wiley & Sons.

Great Memories, Fresh Ideas from AFP in Vancouver
Curious what happened at the AFP International Conference earlier this month? Take a peek at what participants learned and discovered—in their own words.

Online Giving Still Fastest Growing Fundraising Channel with Almost 16 Percent Increase in 2011
(April 10, 2012) Americans and Canadians like to engage nonprofits online. In 2011 online fundraising jumped at a 15.8 percent median growth, with 73.4 percent of all organizations raising more money than they did in 2010, according to a benchmarking report from Convio.

New Survey Looks at How Charities Are (And Are Not) Connecting With Donors in Canada
(April 3, 2012) Donors may surprise charities in some of the priorities they emphasize in their interactions with charities, according to What Canadian Donors Want, a new survey conducted by AFP of more than 1,000 donors across the country.

54 Percent of Canadian Charitable Organizations Surveyed Say Contributions Rose in 2011
(April 2, 2012) Vancouver, BC: More than half of surveyed Canadian charitable organizations saw growth in charitable giving, according to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), which conducted its first-ever survey of Canadian charities.

53 Percent of U.S. Charitable Organizations Surveyed Say Contributions Rose in 2011
(April 2. 2012) Vancouver, BC: For the first time since 2007, more than half of surveyed United States charitable organizations saw growth in charitable giving, according to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), which conducts a survey twice annually.

Managing Young Fundraisers
(March 27, 2012) In order to resource our industry with enough qualified and experienced professionals to meet the demand, senior practitioners need to applaud, not discourage, their young fundraisers’ desire to climb the ladder quickly.

FAQS about joining AFP
A list of questions frequently asked about AFP and AFP membership.

Building Board Buy-In for Fundraising
(March 20, 2011) The first rule of board leadership in fundraising is to make sure that all board members understand and accept the concept that resource development is the responsibility of each and every member of the board, says Julia Ingraham Walker in the new book from AFP/Wiley, Nonprofit Essentials: A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members.

AFP Chapter Events - March 2012 AFP eWire Special Canada Edition


A Few Words on…Student Recruitment


I’m an AFP Member! Say It Loud, Say It Proud
Okay, maybe it’s been a while, but do you remember your excitement and pride when you first joined The Association of Fundraising Professionals? This was your opportunity to proclaim your professionalism (and choice of profession) and advertise your integrity by aligning yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.

Canada is a Ten Star Country!
(Mar. 20, 2012) The Ten Star Award honours those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the AFP Strategic Plan. The award encourages chapters to perform specific activities that increases professionalism in fundraising, while promoting public awareness of philanthropy.

Your Gift is Making a Difference
Do you work in the nonprofit sector because of the glamour, a fancy office and summers in France? If only! Although the path for each person is different, the reason you do what you do is because you believe in the value of philanthropy and the positive impact of giving back to your community and society.

Plenty of “Can-Con” at the 2012 International Conference
(Mar. 20, 2012) It could be argued that you go to a conference to learn things outside of your normal frame of reference, but that approach would be short-changing all the terrific things we Canadians can (and do!) learn from each other.

AFP Offers Tax Incentive Recommendations to Finance Committee
(Mar. 12, 2012) The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance began holding hearings on tax incentives for charitable donations early this year.

Canadians Agree That Charities are Important to Society
(Mar. 20, 2012) In November, 2011, Ipsos Reid, on behalf of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conducted a Canadian survey on “What Donors Want.” The good news for the sector is that most Canadians consider charities to be important in filling a gap of needs not being addressed by the public and private sector. However, a challenge remains in communicating and educating donors about fund allocation. Many donors fail to make the connection between investing in administration and effective operations, despite having high standards for how charities operate.

Preparing Your Boss and Volunteers for Success in Fundraising
(March 13, 2012) One easy way to make a staff or volunteer leader more comfortable, no matter what type of personality you may be managing, is better preparing them for success in fundraising-related communications.

Ask, Don’t Tell: Three Types of Power Questions That Build Donors for Life
(March 6, 2012) To succeed in today’s challenging giving climate, you’ve got to make a personal connection with donors, tap into their passions, and inspire them to act. It’s all about asking the right questions—and listening closely to the answers.

Post-Recession Charitable Pledges to Hospitals Slow, Jeopardizing Future Fundraising Efforts
(March 6, 2012) As the United States and Canada emerged from the Great Recession, charitable pledges to nonprofit health care organizations slowed in fiscal year 2010, jeopardizing the ability of health care systems in both countries to generate philanthropic funding necessary to meet their long-term, construction, equipment and patient needs.

Foundation Development Chairs
Materials and forms for Foundation Development Chairs.

Social Media - You’re Not Herding Sheep, You’re Tending a Garden
(Feb. 28, 2012) Traditional marketing primarily served “us.” Social media marketing requires that we serve our community first. Jim Anderson at GoalBusters Consulting shares key differences between social media and traditional marketing. He and Alice Ferris, ACFRE, will explore this topic in depth at AFP’s TechKnow Conference this June in Orlando, Fla.

Member Motion/Accolades: Winter 2011-2012
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 winter 2011-2012.

Following in the Footsteps of Your Promise
(Feb. 28, 2012) They chose your charity for a reason, when they gave that first time. Your donor newsletter should reflect, not neglect, that reason.

Giving Data Show Boomers Poised for Record Giving Capacity
(Feb. 7, 2012) The boomer generation in the U.S. aged 46-64 is wealthier than any previous generation and their financial capacity to give will likely only increase, say scholars from the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College.

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What to Do When Foundations Have Walled Themselves Off From Your Organization
(Jan. 31, 2012) Reaching out to foundations that have predetermined your organization is outside their area of interest can be challenging, and doing it wrongly can close doors forever. Here are some suggestions for opening dialogue with these organizations.

Making Online Giving Easier and More Fun
(Jan. 24, 2012) When someone clicks on your homepage “donate” button, is making a gift an inspiring journey or a chore? Here are some suggested best practices for engaging supporters online.

History of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
In 1960, three fundraisers met for lunch in New York City to discuss an idea they had been toying with for a while: creating an association for charitable fundraisers. Therein lies the beginning of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Overall Giving Returns to Pre-Recession Levels, Study Finds
(Jan. 17, 2012) Total giving for the first 11 months of 2011 is 1.4 percent ahead of the same period in 2007, according to Blackbaud.

Tips from Members: The Planning Study Process, Part Two
(Feb. 9, 2004) - When considering a capital or endowment campaign, organizations need to consider conducting both an internal assessment of the organization's readiness and an external assessment of the willingness and ability of the organization's constituency to support the campaign. Last week, I discussed the internal assessment aspect; this week I am focusing on the external assessment.

Tips from Members: The Planning Study Process
When considering a capital or endowment campaign, a major undertaking for most organizations, there are two things that need to be done in order to determine the likely success of a campaign: an internal assessment of the organization's readiness and an external assessment of the willingness and ability of the organization's constituency to support the campaign. This week, I will focus on the internal assessment aspect. Next week, I will discuss the external aspect.

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Increase Across North America
(May 12, 2008) Salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada increased from 2006 to 2007, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

Few Donors Consult Charity Watchdog Organizations
(Jan. 3, 2012) Only about one in five donors report using charity watchdog websites to inform their giving decisions, according to a recent study.

Women Drive Philanthropic Decisions in Wealthy Households, but Nonprofits Must Work for Their Trust, Study Finds
(Dec. 20, 2011) In nearly 90 percent of high net worth households, women are either the sole decision maker or an equal partner in decisions about charitable giving, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy.

Overall Charitable Giving Up 2.2 Percent in October and Online Giving Up 10.6 Percent
(Dec. 20, 2011) The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving reports that charitable giving rose 2.2 percent for the three months ending October 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving reports that online giving rose 10.6 percent during that time.

AFP, Nonprofit Coalition Urge Congress to Preserve Charitable Tax Deduction
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently circulated a letter urging the Senate Finance Committee and the Members of Congress who were members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to preserve the current charitable deduction during future tax discussions.

Donor Retention Trumps Acquisition, Study Notes
(Aug. 18, 2008) “My organization’s fundraising revenues are growing year to year … so my fundraising program is successful, right?” Perhaps, but it is just as critical to devise a plan to trim your losses over the long-term, a new study by AFP shows.

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Making Strides With Your Support
As we head into the end of 2011 and welcome 2012, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors who contributed during the year. We had a terrific year in both our Every Member Campaign as well as in our major gifts initiative.

Study Shows Online Giving Has Become Popular Among Donors 60 or Older
Online giving has become a viable option for donors who are 60 years of age or older, according to a recent online study of donors who had given by any method conducted by Campbell Rinker on behalf of Dunham+Company.

What Should Fundraising Cost?
(Dec. 13, 2011) While most in the nonprofit sector are aware that fundraising is necessary, much of the public at large sees it as a distraction from a charity’s main purpose, rather than a function requiring investment.

Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Legislation
(Dec. 13, 2011) On Dec. 1, 2011, Canada’s Senate passed Bill S-201 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every Nov. 15.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Funds New Research for the Profession
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is very pleased to share that with the generous support of AFP chapters and members we have raised the money to conduct fundraising research for the profession.

AFP Foundation – Canada Announces 2012 Board
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.

Raising Awareness With Cause Marketing
(Nov. 29, 2011) Done well, a cause-marketing issue promotion campaign can heighten awareness of your cause in the broader community, well beyond your current base of supporters.

Growing Philanthropy: New Audiences, New Channels (Part 3 of 3)
Part three in our series on Growing Philanthropy highlights some of the most promising new avenues for increasing giving.

Member Motion/Accolades: Fall 2011
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 fall 2011.

Communities Across North America Celebrate National Philanthropy Day®
Today more than 50,000 people in nearly 100 communities across North America will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) and recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—and those involved in the philanthropic process—have made to the world.

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
An incredibly generous businessman who resides in Arizona, but made his fortune in South Dakota; an inspiring foundation from Iowa; a powerhouse fundraising couple from Toronto; a fundraising legend in Los Angeles; a heroic young woman from Victoria; and a dynamic brother-sister team in El Paso are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) international 2012 Awards for Philanthropy.

AFP Foundation Announces 2012 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.

Growing Philanthropy: Building Greater Trust in the Sector (Part 2 of 3)
Trust and confidence in the nonprofit sector is paramount. We need to empower the public to have high expectations of charities, and ensure that each organization reports accurate and meaningful information.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - WINTER 2011
The Winter 2011 Public Policy Update contains a CALL TO ACTION for members to write to their Members of Congress to preserve the charitable deduction. In addition, there is an update on the nonprofit postage rate. The update also covers the following Canadian issues—Ottawa’s review of how it finances charitable organizations, the reintroduced National Philanthropy Day® legislation and a soon-to-be released revised Canada Revenue Agency fundraising guidance.

Take Action – Write to Your Member of Congress
(Nov. 8, 2011) Take action today to urge your Members of Congress to oppose any tax reforms that would harm charitable giving!

Growing Philanthropy: Moving From Donors to Partners (Part 1 of 3)
(Nov. 8, 2011) What if donors were capable of so much more, but it was up to nonprofits themselves to see their potential? What if people were seen as more than merely donors? Offered here is a snapshot of an idyllic scenario--entirely achievable--wherein philanthropy grows to be a larger part of people’s finances, and their lives.

2011 Class Boosts Omega Circle Over 200 Members
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada honored 28 members of the 2011 Omega Circle Class at an induction dinner held in Montreal, Canada, during the Leadership Academy in mid-October.

Nashville Fundraiser Wins International Award for Service to the Profession
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE, of Nashville, Tenn.

Ottawa to Review How it Finances Charities
(Nov. 1, 2011) Parliament recently announced that it intends to look closely at how the federal government finances charities and may institute changes to traditional grants, according to an article in The Globe and Mail entitled “Ottawa looks at rewriting rules on charitable giving.”

The Feasibility Study: It’s All About the Interview
(Nov. 1, 2011) A conversation with an important donor can uncover much more than just his or her interest in supporting a capital campaign. Here are some tips on making the most of an interview.

New Web Portals Turn Birthdays, Anniversaries or Holidays into Fundraising Events
(Oct. 25, 2011) It’s better to give than to receive, as the old adage goes. But what if you can turn the gifts others wish to give into donations for the causes you love? New online tools are making this form of peer-to-peer fundraising easier and more secure.

Despite Global Economic Uncertainty, Nonprofits Are Optimistic Heading into 2012
(October 25, 2011) There is a growing sense of optimism in the nonprofit sector globally regarding growth in staffing and earned and charitable income, especially when looking forward to 2012, according to a new report.

Fundraising Growth Slows
(Oct. 18, 2011) Overall fundraising grew by 6.8 percent during June through August versus the same period last year, according to the Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving. However, the index showed growth slowing in July and August.

Take Action Today to Oppose Any Tax Reforms That Would Harm Charitable Giving!
(Oct. 18, 2011) Today, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the charitable deduction and discussed alternatives to the current itemized deduction. AFP opposes any change to the itemized deduction that would reduce charitable giving.

Kaptivate to Provide AFP Members No-Cost Opportunity to Try New Mobile Fundraising App
Members can sign up for a free 90-day trial use of AKtionApp, Kaptivate’s mobile fundraising app for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry

Starting and Developing YIP Programming
More and more AFP Chapter Boards are considering whether to add youth programming as a way to engage youth in philanthropic activities and recognize young people for their charitable work. When starting this important discussion, many questions come up. The following resource will help chapter boards answer some of those questions, and understand why it is important to include YIP programming in the chapter’s activities.

AFP Research Will Uncover “What Canadian Donors Want”
Research and data play an important role for understanding donors on a national level. AFP will soon commission research in Canada to find out what it is that Canadian donors want.

Action Alert: Charitable Deduction
(Sept. 27, 2011) President Obama recently announced his intention to pay for his jobs bill by capping itemized deductions, including charitable deductions for high income taxpayers.

AFP and New York Chapter to Sponsor 2nd Annual Mobile Giving Forum
The Mobile Giving Foundation will be hosting the second annual Mobile Giving Forum on Oct. 27 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City.

AFP Launches Tool to Help Fundraisers Assess, Strengthen Ethical Performance
AFP is proud to launch an online survey tool that allows fundraisers to assess their individual ethical performance and strengthen ethical practice.

AFP Awards Materials Available Online—Submit Your Nominations Today!
The 2011-2012 nomination materials for AFP's international awards program are now available online.

AFP Opposes Capping Itemized Deductions, Including Charitable, to Pay for President’s Jobs Bill
(Sept. 20, 2011) AFP learned early last week that the President intended to pay for his jobs bill by capping itemized deductions, including charitable deductions for high income taxpayers. AFP is chairing a coalition of groups to oppose any caps that would negatively affect charities.

Civic Engagement: By the Numbers
(Sept. 20, 2011) People who are more socially connected are also more likely to engage in service activities, including volunteering and group involvement. Here is a look at the levels of civic engagement in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010.

Canada’s Premier Philanthropy Supplement: “National Philanthropy Day®—Because of You”
AFP and The Globe and Mail are partnering on a special supplement about charitable giving and fundraising that will be released on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®. The deadline for reserving ad space for the supplement, “National Philanthropy Day®—Because of You” is Tuesday, October 4.

Identify Your Funding Model That Makes the Most Impact
(Sept. 6, 2011) Following up on their previous work about funding models, The Bridgespan Group has released a new guide for nonprofit leaders aimed at helping organizations identify strategies for identifying, creating and implementing long-range funding models.

Nonprofits Retained More Donors in 2010, Report Shows
(Aug. 30, 2011) Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. were better at retaining donors and shored up their net losses in donations in 2010, according to the latest report of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP).

Making Cause Marketing Count
(August 23, 2011) In recent years, for-profit companies have been quick to align themselves with prominent nonprofit brands to enhance their image and increase sales. Consumers, however, are growing skeptical about the sincerity of companies’ cause related marketing programs and overwhelmed by their sheer number.

Congress Considers Eliminating Reduced Rates for Nonprofit Mail
(Aug. 16, 2011) The Postal Service’s financial crisis has resulted in the introduction of four different bills in Congress to address the problem. One of those bills, H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), contains a provision that would wipe out reduced rates for nonprofit mail.

Orienting and Training Volunteers for Success
(Aug. 16, 2011) The secret to having effective and enthusiastic volunteers is really no secret at all. It’s simply a matter of training. Give volunteers a close look at your organization’s mission and operations and goals. Give them clear expectations. The more they know, the better they will be.

Four Fundraisers Earn Highest Credential From AFP
Four fundraisers have earned the highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), from AFP.

New Jersey Proposes Mandatory Disclosures for Certain Charities
(Aug. 9, 2011) New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a proposal that would require certain charities to disclose information about how their contributions would be spent.

What is Your Funding Strategy?
(Aug. 9, 2011) Can you describe your organization’s funding strategy in one sentence? How about in just two words? Peter Kim at the Bridgespan Group and his colleagues mapped 10 funding strategies of the largest nonprofits in the U.S. Find out how your organization fits into these models so you can better articulate your funding strategy to funders and constituents.

AFP Think Tanks on Fundraising Research: Linking Research to Practice
AFP has co-sponsored a series of Think Tanks to apply research to the practice of fundraising, promote practitioner-researcher interaction, and encourage dissemination of research findings.

Advancing in Your Fundraising Career
(Aug. 2, 2011) Whether you are new to fundraising or you have been in the profession for years, here are some tips on moving forward in your career.

Reaching Donors – The Integrated Approach
(July 26, 2011) Having many ways to reach people can be a blessing or a curse. You can end up with redundancy and confusion among your traditional direct mail, email, social media, and online communications—or you can develop an integrated approach in order to raise more and spend less.

Give to the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity Committee is pleased to announce a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Public Policy Alert: New Jersey to Impose New Disclosure Regulations Regarding Charitable Solicitations
(July 12, 2011) AFP has learned from New Jersey's Center for Non-profits that the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a proposal for a mandatory point-of-solicitation disclosure for all organizations that raise over $250,000 and provide appeals that name more than one particular program for which funds are solicited.

Good Signs in Overall Giving
(July 19, 2011) There’s some good news about giving, as a new report shows nonprofit revenue has grown for ten consecutive months from August 2010 to May 2011.

Giving Millennials a Seat at the Table
(July 12, 2011) Every organization has a community of supporters. It’s a fabric of people beyond a simple donor list. What are you doing to integrate people in their 20s into your community so that it is stronger today and in years to come? Here are some suggestions.

What Good is Facebook?
(July 5, 2011) Having a Facebook page for your nonprofit can help drive traffic to your website and raise awareness of your organization, but it is proving less effective at helping an organization recruit volunteers and raise funds, according to a recent survey.

Ready, Set, Go Mobile
(June 28, 2011) Sparked by the startling success of disaster relief text-to-give campaigns, fundraising using mobile devices is proving to be more than just a flash in the pan—-the best success, however, is being seen in methods beyond texting, or even fundraising at all, according to new research from AFP and Kaptivate.

Charitable Giving Rebounds Slightly After Two Years of Steep Declines
Total giving by individuals, foundations and corporations in the U.S. was $290.89 billion in 2010, a 2.1 percent increase from 2009 in inflation-adjusted dollars, reports the Giving USA Foundation. According to revised estimates, 2008 and 2009 saw the largest drops in charitable giving in more than 40 years.

We Need a Hero: Writing Donor-Centered Email Appeals
(June 21, 2011) There is a lot of emphasis these days on numbers and statistics when showing donors the good things that your organization does. When you are writing the first line of an email, however, you need to be a storyteller, not a statistician.

The AFP Information Exchange Presents: The 10 Most Popular AFP Information Exchange White Papers of 2011
(June 14, 2011) An exclusive member benefit, the AFP Information Exchange (AIE) was created to provide a place for members and others to submit and share knowledge papers on a variety of fundraising topics. To date, we have posted over 150 papers under 24 different topics.

Before You Leap: Weighing the Benefits of Grants
(June 14, 2011) Applying for a grant might seem like a great way to fill a gap in your organization’s funding. In reality, however, grants are usually part of a larger plan over the long term. Here is some helpful perspective on the world of grants that might save your organization valuable time and resources.

Building the Better Fundraiser: From Technician to Leader
(June 7, 2011) In fundraising there is a lot to learn, techniques and skills to master, but is knowing the mechanics of fundraising enough? What if the train rolls off the track and you need to adapt? As a fundraiser, you need to have staff members who are more than technicians—they need to be strategic, and they need to be leaders.

Houston Chapter of AFP Leaves Legacy With Nine Planned Gifts to AFP Foundation
Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Houston Chapter have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Omega Circle by making planned gifts of $5,000 or more.

Enough About Me!
(May 31, 2011) How do you strike the balance between speaking passionately about your organization and truly listening to a donor in a one-on-one conversation? Here are some tips on having better self-control and really listening.

Website Aims to Help Organizations Better Communicate Their Impact
Charting Impact sharpens your strategic thinking about how you will achieve your goals as an organization. Responding to five important questions creates a unique report that shares concise, detailed information about your plans and progress with key stakeholders, including the public.

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in Challenging Times (Updated May 25, 2011)
A tumultuous economy can present unique challenges for nonprofit fundraising. Looking for ways to cope? AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide member fundraisers in tough economic times.

Engaging Millennials: Send Us Your Tips and Enter to Win Registration to the Virtual Summit!
(May 24, 2011) Learn how fundraisers and nonprofit organizations can better engage young donors at the AFP-sponsored 2011 Millennial Donor Summit - a virtual conference happening June 22, featuring keynote speaker Barbara Pierce Bush!

Six Things I Wish I Had Known at the Beginning of My Fundraising Career
(May 24, 2011) Here are six basic fundraising principles that I believe are fundamental to philanthropic giving and fund development.

Ethics Education Chairs
Ethics Chairs

AFP’s New Strategic Partners Will Enhance Member Offerings
AFP has launched a new Strategic Partner Program with leading organizations whose goals include the support of the profession and the advancement of ethical and effective fundraising.

Peer to Peer Fundraising Deserves Top Level Focus and Resources
(May 17, 2011) Peer-to-peer communication is a promising avenue for raising funds, as people are increasingly limiting their attention to messages from “real friends” and business colleagues they deem to be of import.

Why the Donor’s Story Matters
(May 17, 2011) Understanding why a person donates money to any charity will help you understand why they might donate to yours. Here are some ways to take a step back and really understand a prospective major gift donor--their philosophy of giving, their giving priorities and even their views on money itself.

Angela Seaworth Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential From AFP
AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Angela Seaworth of Houston, Texas.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Gets Fundraising Boost From RuffaloCODY
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it will conduct an extensive donor outreach calling program in 2011 with help from a gift by RuffaloCODY, a fundraising, software and enrollment services firm headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Oregon State Government Considers Administrative Cost Ratios for Charitable Organizations
(May 10, 2011) The Oregon state legislature is considering a bill that would establish administrative cost ratios for nonprofits. If passed, Oregon will be the first state to establish such ratios.

Results of Canada’s 41st Federal Election Offers Charitable Sector Opportunity to Re-engage Parliament
(May 10, 2011) AFP members now have a great opportunity to communicate with lawmakers in Canada about important legislation affecting nonprofits as a result of the May 2 federal election.

More People Donating Online, Say Fundraising Costs a Key Concern
A new study shows that more donors from every age group are going online to make a donation, and they are increasingly sensitive to over-solicitation and fundraising costs.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Annual Fund Case for Support
Learn more about the AFP Canadian Foundation's broad range of initiatives that help you and thousands of other fundraising professionals enhance skills and knowledge.

Building a Great Fundraising Operations Team
(May 3, 2011) What are the characteristics to look for in a fundraising operations staff member-–someone who will quickly become a valued asset to your team, however they are involved in the fundraising process? Author Christopher Cannon, CFRE, lays out ten top attributes to look for, and more, from his new book, An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations.

Fundraisers Reveal Most Anxious Moments
Fundraisers say trying to get nonprofit board members involved in fundraising and making a call to a prospective new donor are two of the most challenging and anxious moments in their jobs, according to an informal online poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

NPD Chapter Media Guide
Everything a chapter needs to reach out to local media outlets and increase awareness and coverage of its NPD event.

NPD Conference Call Notes: March 2011
The following notes and comments are meant to summarize the key points of discussion during the two conference calls of NPD chairs that took place in February 2009.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SPRING 2011
The Spring 2011 Public Policy Update contains information about the Obama Administration’s proposal to cap itemized deductions (including charitable deductions) to pay for a 3-year Alternative Minimum Tax fix. The update also covers New York ethics education legislation affecting fundraisers and bills in Oregon and North Carolina that penalize charities that exceed certain administrative cost ratios. There also is an update on Canadian legislative issues in the wake of the dissolution of Parliament. AFP Canadian members are encouraged to meet with local Members of Parliament, Senators, candidates and/or their staffs at this time, and talking points are provided.

Messages That Motivate: The Tailored Approach
(April 26, 2011) Are you still using a one-size-fits-all approach to communicate with potential supporters, volunteers and donors? While casting a wide net can work, you will likely lure more people to action using targeted messages.

Leadership Society Inducts New Members
Leadership Society Chair Philip G. Schumacher, ACFRE, welcomed 12 new members into the Leadership Society at a formal induction ceremony during the AFP International Conference on Fundraising last month in Chicago.

Top International Fundraising Honor Awarded to SAIT Polytechnic
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed its highest fundraising honor, the Campbell & Company Award for Excellence in Fundraising, Large Category (six or more individuals in the fundraising department) to SAIT Polytechnic, located in Calgary, Alberta.

Update on Canadian Government Relations
(April 12, 2011) I am pleased to provide a brief update on behalf of your very active and engaged Government Relations Committee. Working closely with Jason Lee at AFP International, committee members have been focused on activities which impact members and philanthropy in general. The committee has crafted terms of reference to help define the roles of committee members and to codify the committee's responsibilities and efforts.

Salary Cap Removed From Bill C-470, But More Work Still Ahead for the Sector
(Dec. 21, 2010) The sponsor of Bill C-470 has agreed to remove a provision that would have capped compensation for nonprofit employees.

IRA Charitable Rollover Included in Final Tax Bill - Provision Could Boost Giving by Billions Annually
(Dec. 17, 2010) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today applauded the inclusion of the IRA (Individual Retirement Account) Charitable Rollover in the tax bill recently signed into law by the President, noting that the provision has been proven to work and could increase giving by billions every year.

White House Again Proposes Cap on Charitable Deductions
(Feb. 15, 2011) President Obama’s FY2012 Budget includes a cap on itemized deductions, including charitable deductions, for high-income taxpayers to pay for an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) fix.

Five Common Myths About Planned Giving
(April 19, 2011) A number of myths surround the professional practice of philanthropic planning, which can lead organizations to take no action or to take the wrong action where planned giving is concerned. Michael Rosen, CFRE, offers rebuttals to these myths in this article from his book Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing, winner of this year’s Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy presented by AFP.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada: Moving Fundraising and Philanthropy Forward With Your Help
Find out how you can contribute to the strength of the fundraising profession and the philanthropic sector in Canada.

A Letter From AFP Canadian Council Chair Vivian Smith, CFRE
Learn about the work of AFP’s Canadian Council in supporting the efforts of AFP in Canada.

Creating a Healthy Prospect Pipeline
(April 12, 2011) In fundraising, your prospect pipeline is your lifeblood. Find out how to ensure a healthy flow of prospects at all stages of your development program.

Foundation Giving Held Steady in 2010, Expected to Grow in 2011
Grantmaking foundations in the United States gave an estimated $45.7 billion in 2010, virtually unchanged from 2009, according to a report from the Foundation Center. In 2011 foundation giving is expected to grow between 2 and 4 percent.

Fundraisers Give Back at International Conference in Chicago
Fundraisers lent a helping hand to the community at the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago, March 20-22.

Outstanding Youth Honored with AFP International Philanthropy Award
Andrew Fazackerley and Edward Goodfellow of Tichborne, Ontario, and the founders of the Minnesota Student Energy Project (MNSEP) in Rochester, Minnesota, are the recipients of the 2011 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, presented by AFP.

Cause Marketing Lowers Charitable Donations, Researcher Says
(April 5, 2011) Cause marketing—when firms share proceeds from the sale of products with a social cause—a reduces charitable giving by consumers, says a researcher at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Arkansas Fundraiser Sue Williamson Named 2011 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 5, 2011) Sue S. Williamson, CFRE, senior development director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark., is the recipient of the 2011 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional presented by AFP.

What Psychology Can Teach Us About Major Donor Fundraising
(April 5, 2011) Before they will even consider making a gift, donors often have specific expectations that have to be met. Do you have sound financial reserves? Do you have a track record of past success? According to psychologists, no matter how good you are at making the ask, you will hear a quick “no” unless you address these concerns.

AFP Introduces Wise Giving Website to Help Public With Philanthropy
(Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today unveiled its new wise giving website, Change the World With a Giving—and Wise—Heart (http://www.afpnet.org/GivingHeart) designed to help donors think proactively about philanthropy and how they want to improve their communities through giving and volunteering.

Policy Update: AFP Urges Senate Committee to Support Tax Incentives for Giving
Tomorrow, March 30, 2011, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing weighing the merits of government tax incentives. AFP is submitting comments to the committee urging it to support tax incentives that encourage charitable giving, oppose the Administration’s proposed cap on itemized deductions (including charitable deductions) and extend the IRA Charitable Rollover provision.

Americans Under Age 40 Are as Likely to Donate to Japan Disaster Relief Through Electronic Means as Traditional Means
(March 29, 2011) In a striking shift in charitable donations methods, Americans under age 40 are now just as likely to give donations to disaster relief through digital means as they are through traditional means, according to a report issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Paulette Maehara Receives Prestigious Rosso Medal
Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), was awarded the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's highest honor, the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising, on Saturday, March 19.

Safeway Inc. Named Year’s Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
(Arlington, Va. - March 29, 2011) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has honored Safeway Inc. as the year’s most exemplary philanthropic company with the 2011 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Named Year’s Most Outstanding Foundation
(Arlington, Va. - March 21, 2011) - For its extraordinary work in responding to the hurricanes that have affected Louisiana since 2006, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is the recipient of the 2011 Award for Outstanding Foundation presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Top Philanthropy Research Prize Awarded to Philadelphia Fundraiser Michael Rosen
(Arlington, Va. - March 17, 2011) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded its top research award, the Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, to Michael J. Rosen, CFRE, a fundraising consultant in Philadelphia, for his bestselling book, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing.

Chicago’s John Bryan Named Year’s Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(Arlington, Va. - March 15, 2011) - John Bryan, former chairman and chief executive officer of the Sara Lee Corporation and a champion of Chicago and its charitable sector, is the recipient of the 2011 Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Adrienne Arsht Named Outstanding Philanthropist of 2011
(Arlington, Va. - March 14, 2011) - Adrienne Arsht, a long-time supporter of the arts and numerous other charitable causes across the United States, has been selected to receive the 2011 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) as the organization's top philanthropy honor.

What Fundraisers Can Learn From Salespeople
(March 15, 2011) You are a nonprofit fundraiser, so for-profit sales and marketing techniques have little to do with your job, right? Not so, says Jeff Mendola, an AFP member who comes from a career in for-profit sales and marketing. He uses elements of both in his role as fundraiser, and he thinks you should too.

Andrew Watt Named Chief Executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
ARLINGTON, VA. -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world's leading association for individuals and organizations that support charitable institutions, today announced that it has named Andrew Watt as its president and chief executive officer, effective March 23.

Helping Your Board Connect and Communicate
(March 8, 2011) Having board members who can speak passionately about your organization is crucial, but it doesn’t happen automatically. Here’s how to turn a passionate board into a group of passionate spokespeople for your organization.

The Art of the Discovery Call
(March 1, 2011) It is the most dreaded function for many development officers—-picking up the phone and striking up conversation with someone they’ve never met. Here are some tips for breaking the ice.

Want to Sell Out Your Charity Event This Spring? Take the Word “Charity” Out of Your Vocabulary
(Feb. 22, 2011) The days of being able to run a successful charitable event like it’s a charity are over. In 2011, you’ve got to run your event as if you’re managing a for-profit corporation, selling both your prospective attendees and your host committee on what’s in it for them.

An Attendee’s Guide to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising
So you’ve registered for the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising. First of all, thank you! Here is a quick glance at some changes and features of the conference that will make this conference one to remember.

Nice to Meet You! The Value of Cultivation Events
(Feb. 22, 2011) Imagine an event where you don’t sell tickets and you don’t ask for donations--you simply give your top-tier prospects an experience to remember. It’s exclusive, it’s intriguing, and done right it’s a great way to breathe life into your donor list.

Putting the Fun into Your Annual Fund
(Feb. 15, 2011) If you are bored by your annual fund then chances are your donors and constituents are too. In this article Jill Pranger, ACFRE, discusses how to have a fresh, fun and creative annual giving program.

Take a Few Minutes and Participate in the Winter 2011 Nonprofit Survey
The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), a coalition of leading fundraising associations and organizations including AFP, is asking for participants to complete a short survey about fundraising results from 2009 to 2010.

EMC Supply Order Forms
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada will provide you with ribbons and pins to recognize your chapter's donors. The ribbons and pins are provided free of charge to chapters. To order the recognition items, please fill out and send in the appropriate form from below.

Every Member Campaign 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
Please remember to solicit your chapter's board members and leaders early in the year.

The Think-Big Board
(Feb. 8, 2011) Being a small nonprofit does not mean that you have to think small in terms of your fundraising, says Sean Hammerle, CFRE, one of many great presenters lined up for the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago. He offers some ways to help you and your board think big.

Use of Donated Funds Most Common Ethical Challenge for Fundraisers
Ensuring that charities use funds in a manner consistent with their mission and the intention of their donors is the most common ethical challenge that fundraisers face, according to a new website poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Building a Culture of Philanthropy
(Feb. 1, 2011) Everyone at your organization has a role to play in fundraising. However, likely not everyone knows that. A culture of philanthropy and stewardship can be more than a daydream, but it won’t happen on its own.

The Power of the Volunteer
(Jan. 25, 2011) Working with volunteers is not easy. With the right support, however, volunteers can do more than any number of staff can do--it’s just a matter of harnessing their potential.

Fundraising 101: Sticking to the Plan
(Jan. 18, 2011) Sometimes the only thing separating a speeding fundraising train from a derailed mess is a plan. Here are some tips on laying solid tracks now so that you successfully reach the station in December.

22 Ideas to Make 2011 Your Best Fundraising Year Yet!
(Jan. 12, 2011) Are you ready for 2011? What will it take for you to make it the perfect year? Here are some ideas to help you simplify your fundraising approach, focus on what’s most important, and most of all, have more fun!

Navigating Joint Cost Allocations: Top Five Mistakes to Avoid
(Jan. 12, 2011) This article by Perlman & Perlman LLP explains what joint cost allocation is, why regulators and watchdogs are concerned about it, and the top five mistakes that charities make when allocating costs of joint activities.

What is Branding, Anyway?
(Jan. 4, 2011) Simply putting on a doctor’s uniform does not make someone a doctor. Yet many organizations’ branding efforts do just that—-focus solely on looks. In a new book from the AFP Fund Development Series, authors explain that a breakthrough brand actually helps clarify the nonprofit’s very purpose.

Why Matching Gifts Work
(Jan. 4, 2011) One reason why fundraisers tend to overlook matching gifts is that the evidence for their success has been largely anecdotal. However, that is now changing thanks to re¬cent research, and the findings are encouraging.

AFP Foundation in Canada Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.

How the Young Give
(Dec. 21, 2010) A new report from Giving USA Foundation and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University suggests that "Millennial" donors (adults born since 1981) have different concerns and charitable habits than previous generations. Are you ready for the new connected and world-conscious donor?

Online Fundraising: More Than a Point and Click
(Dec. 14, 2010) A report from Network for Good shows that not all online giving is created equal. Different paths and different methods to giving have different returns. And as with all other types of fundraising, relationships matter.

High Hopes for Holiday Giving
(Nov. 30, 2010) 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.

Proposed Deficit Reduction Measures Could Curb Charitable Giving
(Nov. 30, 2010) 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.

Charities Seeing Slight Recovery in Giving, But Not Enough to Keep Up With Demand or Budget Cuts
(Nov. 29, 2010) 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.

Wealthy Gave in Large Number in Downturn, Though Gift Size Decreased
(Nov. 23, 2010) According to a recent study by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, high net worth households in the U.S. continued to support charitable organizations in 2009 at levels that were remarkably consistent with those seen in 2005 and 2007. However, overall average gift amounts were lower in 2009 compared to 2007.

Foundations Likely to Increase Giving in 2011
(Nov. 23, 2010) Giving by U.S. foundations is poised for modest overall growth in 2011, after remaining flat in 2010. But it may take several years for giving to match the peak level recorded in 2008, according to estimates reported by the Foundation Center.

National Philanthropy Day® More Important Than Ever
More than 50,000 people will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) this year. Officially celebrated on Nov. 15, people around the globe are coming together to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—-and those involved in the philanthropic process—-have made to the world.

AFP Releases Guidance for Members, Chapters on Social Media
(Nov. 16, 2010) In order to provide resources and guidance for members and volunteer leaders, AFP has developed a working document called Social Media Guidelines: Ethical, Safe and Effective Practical Standards.

Hosting a Gala Event? Find Out What Works
(Nov. 16, 2010) Thanks to new research, there are concrete steps which event planners can take when planning their next event. With a few fresh perspectives, your next event could be the best of the season and help you reach your fundraising goals.

AFP Foundation Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.

AFP Member Publications
Members can access all AFP publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, Government Relations Updates, Career Profiles, Salary Surveys, and much more!

Logo Usage and Endorsement Policy
Policies for usage of the AFP name, identity, logo and International Conference logo are listed here.

Online Membership Tool Kit
Online Membership Tool Kit

Chapter Resources for Board Members
Chapter Resources for Board Members

Author Q&A: Jocelyne Daw, Lead Author of Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding
(Nov. 9, 2010) This week we feature an AFP Fund Development Series Author Q&A with Jocelyne Daw, lead author of Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results, published in 2010 by Wiley.

The Rise of the Citizen Consumer
(Nov. 9, 2010) Americans expect significant involvement from business to tackle social issues, according to a new study. Nearly two-thirds of Americans feel that it is no longer enough for corporations to simply give money away to good causes, they need to integrate them into their day-to-day business.

Women Give More to Charity than Men, New Study Shows
(Nov. 2, 2010) Women at virtually every income level are more likely to give to charity and to give more money on average than their male counterparts, after controlling for education, income and other factors that influence giving, new research finds.

AFP Launches National Philanthropy Day® Mobile Website
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is proud to officially launch its new mobile website for this special time of year.

Signs of Growth as Nonprofits Push for Strong Year-End
(Oct. 26, 2010) With the exception of the months immediately following the Haitian earthquake, a monthly nonprofit revenue index shows that nonprofits have struggled to maintain positive year-over-year growth in 2010. However, there are signs of hope for a strong finish by year’s end.

Essential Elements of a Fundraising Letter
(Oct. 26, 2010) A personally addressed note remains an extremely powerful way to reach donors--and get a response. Get some helpful tips on what to include in a fundraising letter and some do’s and don’ts in direct mail.

Study Shows Direct Mail is a More Important Driver to Online Giving than Online Communications
(Oct. 19, 2010) More than twice as many online donors say they were prompted to give an online gift in response to a direct mail appeal compared to when they received an e-appeal, according to a national study.

Weighing the Online Donation Option
(Oct. 12, 2010) While a large majority of donations are still made by check (79 percent), those who do donate by bankcard are very satisfied, and are loyal donors, according to new research from Visa conducted in partnership in AFP.

Media Tips: Getting Your Story to the Press
(Oct. 12, 2010) Every nonprofit has a story to tell. But simply calling up a reporter out of the blue with your coverage demands is not likely to bear fruit. Here are some tips on cultivating a member of the media the way you would a donor … by building trust and being a helpful resource.

Fundraising 101: Growing Donor Passion
(Oct. 5, 2010) Harnessing a donor’s passion is key to ensuring a lasting and fruitful relationship. Here are some good tips on cultivating major donors for your annual campaign from fundraising veteran Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE.

Most Fundraisers Face Few Ethical Situations
Four out of five charitable fundraisers encounter ethical challenges, situations or dilemmas once a month or less, according to Summer 2010 website survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Top 10 Mistakes in Fundraising Campaigns
(Sept. 28, 2010) Is your fundraising campaign fizzling? Whether you are stalled or just moving slower than you would like, there are some common mistakes that you can diagnose now before your campaign sputters to a stop.

Financial Communication for Fundraisers Webinar
A meaningful knowledge of your organization's financial story will open doors and change the way you communicate with donors, colleagues and stakeholders. Financial literacy - and the powerful communication it inspires - is available in a few hours with the help of this Color Accounting webinar.

Updated National Philanthropy Day® Lesson Plans Available
AFP has collaborated with Learning to Give, a division of generationOn, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world, to update LTG’s series of lesson plans on National Philanthropy Day.

Four Easy Steps to Social Media Success
(Sept. 21, 2010) Social media tools are like every other marketing and public relations tool – they are useful in some situations and not in others. Learn how to achieve positive, measurable results from your social media program.

Taming the Fear of Fundraising Costs
Many surveys and donor comments portray people as wanting organizations to spend less money on fundraising (if they spend anything at all). However, when asked about fundraising costs in terms of impact, donors clearly favor spending more to make more.

In Canada, Online Giving Reigns
Online giving has surpassed traditional modes of transacting gifts among all Canadian donors under the age of 65, reports fundraising consultant Penelope Burk from her recent survey of more than 7,000 Canadian donors. However, nonprofits continue to underestimate young donors as a source of significant funds.

From the Desk of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Chair Shauna Klein, MA
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 553 Canadian members who have supported the 2010 Every Member Campaigns (EMC). This year’s campaign is off to a stellar start, with almost $89,200 raised against the national goal of $106,000 (that’s 84 percent!) as of Aug. 31.

Focus on Impact, Not Transactions, for Better Donation Pages
(Sept. 7, 2010) A donation page offers the perfect opportunity for sharing the story of need, impact of gifts, profiles of donors and more. However, one that focuses solely on the transaction will likely fall flat. Find out some of the key factors to making your donation page come alive.

2009 Annual Report
Despite the tough economy, AFP continued to offer and improve its programs and services that strengthened the profession and improved its members’ effectiveness in 2009.

Adding Science to the Art of Fundraising: The Power of Using Data in Fundraising Strategy
(Aug. 31, 2010) Philanthropy, fundraising and higher education scholar Noah Drezner, Ph.D., discusses the value of collecting data about your prospects and donors and using that data to raise funds more effectively and efficiently.

FAQ: Fundraising salaries
Where can I find information on salaries?

Important Reminders


PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SUMMER 2010


New AFP Collegiate Chapter Aims to Spread Message of Philanthropy
AFP has chartered a new collegiate chapter at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Fla. Sponsored by the AFP FL, First Coast Chapter, the new chapter will help spread awareness of charitable giving on campus and cultivate young fundraisers.

Members Needed for Ultimate Fundraising Study
AFP is partnering with several other key sector organizations to produce the most comprehensive series of fundraising surveys ever, and members are needed to participate in these milestone studies.

In the Workplace: Meetings That Achieve Results
(Aug. 24, 2010) Like any healthy relationship, participating in successful meetings with your colleagues requires communication. While it may seem sometimes that meetings are just a necessary evil, expert group facilitator Sam Kaner says effective collaboration can lead to new and truly great ideas. The first trick is to mind your own thoughts and reactions.

Plugging the Leaks: Losses Now Outpacing Gains in Latest FEP Study
(Aug. 17, 2010) Are you missing out on increased income growth year to year because of donors who are falling through the cracks? Research shows that keeping tabs on your losses, as well as your gains, could mean the difference between simply staying on course and blazing ahead.

Nominate Your Fundraising Program for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
There’s still time to submit a nomination for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising. Nominations are due Sept. 15, 2010. One award will be presented in the small and large category and each winning organization will receive $1,500.

The New Proactive Donor
(Aug. 10, 2010) The days when donors would give unconditionally to every charity that knocked on their door are gone for good, says fundraising veteran Penelope Burk. Her firm’s recent research offers some clues into the mind of the modern donor.

Youth in Philanthropy Newsletters
Read the latest Youth in Philanthropy Newsletters!

Lawmakers Taking Aim at Nonprofit Salaries
(Aug. 3, 2010) Federal and local governments are contemplating unprecedented restraints on nonprofit compensation both in the U.S. and in Canada.

Nonprofits Stretched Thin
(July 27, 2010) As the recession heightens demands for charitable services, many U.S. nonprofit organizations have had to cut jobs or stop hiring, resulting in increasingly heavy burdens on nonprofit workers.

Selling Cars and Selling Your Cause
(July 20, 2010) When he invented the Model T, Henry Ford did not have to think a lot about a persuasive message. He had no competition. Many nonprofits today are still asking for donations as if they were the only charity out there. Learn what donors respond to in written appeals today.

Four Steps to Training Your Colleagues, Board and Supporters as Powerful Messengers
(July 20, 2010) Nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz offers advice on how to encourage staff and volunteers to spread the word about your organization.

Three Ways to Define Your Target Audience
(July 6, 2010) Nonprofit marketer Kivi Leroux Miller advises small nonprofits that are creating quick-and-dirty marketing plans to start by defining their target audience. Here she shares three ways to do that.

Wise Giving? Most Donors Spend Little Time Researching Charities
Only about one third of donors surveyed recently said that they did any research before donating to a charity, and those that did looked at overhead ratios above all else.

Fundraising On Upward Trend, New Report Indicates
(June 22, 2010) Nonprofit revenue in the U.S. increased 12.1 percent in the three months ending April 2010 as compared to the same period last year, according to a new report.

Total U.S. Giving Decreased in 2009
(June 9, 2010) The amount of money donated to charity by individuals, foundations and corporations decreased again in 2009, dropping 3.2 percent, according to the Giving USA Foundation. However, U.S. giving still totaled more than $300 billion.

Deciding What Goes Into Your Donor Newsletter
(June 8, 2010) Tom Ahern presents a checklist of ways to make your donor newsletters succeed at retaining donors and increasing gift revenue.

Direct Mail in a Digital World
(June 8, 2010) With the emergence of new technologies for contacting donors, where does direct mail fit into the equation? Jonathon Grapsas of Pareto Fundraising discusses the key role direct mail still plays in successful fundraising programs.

2009 Household Charitable Giving Down Five Percent from 2008
(May 27, 2010) Individual charitable giving in 2009 amounted to $217.3 billion, a decline of $11.2 billion or 4.9 percent from the estimated $228.5 billion total in 2008, according to the latest report by researchers at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College and published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This 5% decline is in addition to the 6 percent decline that the Center calculated for 2008

Dive In! Research Shows Nonprofit Social Media Programs Lack Adequate Investment
(May 25, 2010) New research into social media use by nonprofits shows that the best success has come to nonprofits that invest more staff to the job—and solicit outside advice and training. Organizations with merely their toes in the water are having much less luck.

AFP State of Fundraising


Many Nonprofits Using Social Media, Few Measuring Value
A Quick Poll conducted on AFP’s website earlier this year showed that two-thirds of nonprofit organizations use social media, but only 17 percent of those that use sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn actually measure its value to the organization.

2009 Saw Record Decline in Foundation Giving
(April 20, 2010) The recent economic crisis caused the more than 75,000 grantmaking foundations in the United States to cut their 2009 giving by an estimated 8.4 percent--by far the largest decline ever tracked by the Foundation Center. Grant dollars fell from $46.8 billion in 2008 to $42.9 billion in 2009.

Ten Common Mistakes Made With Fundraising Technology
(April 20, 2010) This list reveals 10 common mistakes made when it comes to fundraising technology, to help organizations better select the right database and more effectively manage it.

AFP Charters Five New Chapters
At its meeting on April 10 in Baltimore, Md., the AFP Board of Directors moved to accept five new chapters into AFP.

AFP Honors Two Outstanding Youth Philanthropists
Bilaal Rajan, a 13-year-old student from Toronto, and Jake Gallagher, a 19-year-old from Yarmouth, Maine, each received the 2010 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy for their philanthropic achievements.

Fundraising Tips: A Snapshot of Rural Donors
(April 6, 2010) Although people from rural communities are less likely to donate to charity, those that do give donate a higher percentage of their income than urban donors, according to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

AFP Honors Rice University for Groundbreaking Alumni Campaign
(April 6, 2010) AFP will bestow its highest fundraising honor, the Campbell & Company Award for Excellence in Fundraising, Large Category, to Rice University at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore on April 13, 2010.

Your Capital Campaign: Are You Ready to Succeed?
(March 30, 2010) A capital campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready to go the distance.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - WINTER 2010


Thon Fundraising Tops $1.6 billion in 2009
(March 9, 2010) Exercising for a good cause retained its popularity in 2009, but the amount raised by people running, walking or cycling in "thons" fell by 7.6 percent due to the economic downturn, according to the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council.

Board Members Want to Lead—Then Give
(March 9, 2010) Board members want to give more than just dollars. They want to give input, guidance and direction. If you don’t let them lead, they won’t want to give.

A Need to Give: Special AFP/Globe and Mail Philanthropy Supplement
AFP is partnering with The Globe and Mail through a special June 4, 2010 philanthropy supplement titled "A Need to Give."

Social Media Builds Support, But Fundraising Lags Overall
(March 2, 2010) Respondents to a recent survey felt social media channels were generally effective for enhancing relations with an existing audience and reaching out to new supporters, but less so for raising money.

Social Media Has Growing Impact on Peer-to-Peer Event Fundraising
(March 2, 2010) New research shows that social media tools lead to more successful fundraising for participants in charity events.

Atlanta Couple Named Outstanding Philanthropists
(March 2, 2010) Pete and Ada Lee Correll, long-time donors and volunteers who have created a charitable legacy in Atlanta, Ga., have been selected to receive AFP's top philanthropy honor, the Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

Donor Relations: Understanding the Donor Experience
(Feb. 23, 2010) Do you know what it’s like to be a donor to your organization? Bridget Brandt, senior marketing manager at Sage Nonprofit Solutions, offers tips on evaluating your organization’s “customer experience” and enhancing your relationship with donors to foster long-term support.

AFP Joins Coalition to Urge Obama Not to Limit Charitable Tax Deduction
(Feb. 16, 2010) President Obama has included in the FY2011 budget a proposal to limit the value of itemized deductions for charitable contributions. AFP and several other organizations have co-signed a letter urging President Obama not to set limits on important tax incentives for giving.

Martha H. Schumacher Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Martha H. Schumacher in Washington, D.C.

Boston College Researchers Design First Model to Produce Quarterly Estimates of Household Giving
(Feb. 2, 2010) Researchers at Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy found that U.S. household giving declined in 2009 from 2008, but that the forecast is rosier for 2010.

Online Reports
You can run reports to monitor your chapter's Every Member Campaign online and on demand from AFP Information Central. In addition you can look up member contact information and download a file with your members' contact information.

Member Motion/Accolades: Nov. 2009 – Jan. 2010
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 November 2009 – January 2010.

Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level
AFP is offering many of its most popular courses at special conference-only reduced prices at The 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.

A Peek at the Philanthropist’s Playbook
(Jan. 26, 2010) More and more, high net worth donors are not looking for a cause to support (they have that already), they are looking for an organization that does great work.

TELUS Named Most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation With Global Award
(Jan. 26, 2010) TELUS has been named the top philanthropic corporation for 2010. TELUS is the first Canadian company to ever receive this global honor.

The AFP International Conference: All About the People
Networking will be a big part of the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, happening April 11-14. This year, along with the special events listed below, more time has been added between educational sessions for informal networking.

Philanthropy and Gender: Not Your Mother’s Bake Sale
(Jan. 19, 2010) When it comes to giving money away, numerous studies show there are significant differences between men and women in their philanthropic behavior. Read about women’s philanthropy past and present, and how better to work with female philanthropists.

Six Types of Wealthy Donors
(Jan. 12, 2010) A new study identifies six types of high net worth donors and explains what motivates them to give.

When Humor Can Be Very Effective in Fundraising Marketing Campaigns
(Jan. 5, 2010) Here are a few approaches to consider to jumpstart creative thinking for successful, humorous marketing campaigns.

Tell an Effective Story in a Twitter Grant Proposal
(Dec. 22, 2009) Many grant seekers believe that the use of online application forms makes telling an organization’s story a lot harder. In this story from the November/December 2009 digital version of Advancing Philanthropy magazine, get tips for writing successful online submissions and telling a persuasive story.

Positive Signs for Canadian Giving
Although a recent report from Statistics Canada reveals charitable giving in Canada dropped from 2007 to 2008, there is still room for optimism--a poll by MasterCard Canada indicates a majority of Canadians gave the same amount or more to charity over the past 12 months.

Trends: In 2010, Expect Charitable Donors to Keep Giving Through Long-Term Pledges
(Dec. 22, 2009) Businesses and individuals hit hardest by the economy’s slide have shifted charitable giving patterns to longer-term pledges and gift commitments rather than ceasing to give altogether, according to a study released yesterday by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

AFP Develops Spanish Language Website for Latin America Fundraisers, Members
To better serve our Latin American members and the greater fundraising community, AFP is proud to announce a new Spanish language website.

AFP Holiday Giving Survey Shows Giving Still Lagging, But Optimism Rising Among Charitable Fundraisers
About one-third of charities are raising more funds so far during the 2009 holiday season compared to the same time period in 2008, according to the Holiday Giving Survey by AFP. These giving figures are better than they were in last year’s survey, and optimism for the rest of the year and 2010 is much stronger.

Decreasing Value of Charitable Deduction Would Have Negative Impact, Many Charities Say
More than half of charitable fundraisers surveyed indicated their organizations would be hurt by a White House proposal to decrease the value of the charitable deduction, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Your Support Needed for Canada’s Stretch Credit Proposal
(Dec. 8, 2009) AFP members in Canada are urged to contact their Members of Parliament in support of the stretch tax credit that would encourage larger gifts by Canadian donors.

Some Phonathon Shortcuts Lead to Big Cuts in Productivity
(Dec. 8, 2009) Higher education phonathon veteran, Jason Fisher, senior operations manager and consultant at RuffaloCODY, offers his advice on ways to ensure your calling program is fresh, sharp and effective.

ammado Introduces New Giving Widget
(Dec. 8, 2009) In the season of giving, AFP’s networking partner ammado has introduced a new giving widget designed to make online donation a part of everyday life for millions of people around the world.

Diversity Events and Opportunities at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore
AFP has several exciting opportunities for you to learn from the perspectives of others and share your thoughts on topics important to you at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.

Social Media Performance Linked to Financial Success
A new study shows that companies that are significantly involved in social media efforts have consistently experienced strong financial growth over the past 12 months and offers advice for organizations (including nonprofits) on growing social media engagement.

High Fundraising Standards Big Factor in Public Trust
(Dec. 1, 2009) Ethical fundraising is the number one reason people come to trust a particular charity, according to a recent survey conducted in Britain.

Top 10 Ways to Boost Online Giving at Year-End
(Dec. 1, 2009) Author and fundraising consultant Gail Perry offers advice to fundraisers on how to ramp up online giving in the final months of the year.

Tricks of the Trade: Integrate the “4 Ps” of Traditional Marketing into Your Plan
(Nov. 24, 2009) Any traditional marketing 101 course will tell you about the magical quartet that composes the music of the marketing mix: price, product, placement and promotion (or, the "Four Ps"). Find out how to incorporate for-profit strategies into your marketing.

Avoiding the Cost Ratio Trap
(Nov. 24, 2009) Is your organization feeling pressured to meet unrealistic expectations for fundraising costs? Learn how you can move beyond simplistic ratios and measure the real returns on your investment in fundraising.

National Philanthropy Day® Celebrations in Full Swing
National Philanthropy Day is now in full swing, with chapters hosting celebrations of all kinds throughout November and beyond.

Getting Noticed
(Nov. 17, 2009) Learn why public relations is valuable to any organization--and find out ways to explain to your colleagues the need for a public relations program.

Making Public Relations Work for You
(Nov. 17, 2009) What is the one message that you want people to hear about your organization in 2010? With the New Year approaching, now is the time to make a plan for shaping your “public face” in the media and the eyes of your constituents.

Tips on Cost Effective Media Relations
(Nov. 17, 2009) Having a media relations program at your organization is essential for growth and success. If you don’t have a thriving media program yet, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune. You do, however, need to invest your time and some good old fashioned TLC.

Charitable Giving for U.S. Healthcare Rises a Slightly in ‘08, Canadian Charitable Giving Sees Steep Drop
(November 10, 2009) Philanthropic giving for healthcare in the United States grew a tepid 2.9 percent-or about $241 million-to $8.6 billion in 2008, while similar donations in Canada fell by a dramatic 12.9 percent, to total $1.07 billion, according to the Report on Giving issued recently by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Decline in 2009 Foundation Giving Steeper Than Anticipated
Foundation giving will likely decline by more than 10 percent in 2009, reports the Foundation Center. Foundation giving will also decline further in 2010, it predicts.

Nonprofits Lagging in Customized Email Marketing
(Nov. 3, 2009) While many nonprofits are displaying increasing sophistication in email marketing, few have taken the leap into email customization, a recent study shows.

Men and Women Equally Likely to Include Charity in Estate Plans
(Nov. 3, 2009) Gender does not generally predict whether someone who donates to charity is likely to leave a charitable bequest in his or her will, according to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

AFP Presents Omaha Fundraising Consultant Paul Strawhecker with Highest Volunteer Honor
(Oct. 27, 2009) AFP has recently bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE.

Elements of Successful Prospect Research
(Oct. 27, 2009) In a new report, wealth research services firm WealthEngine offers advice on what makes up a successful prospect research program for a nonprofit, including proper planning, integration with your database, and keeping data secure.

Donor Motivations for Giving Vary with Income and Education
(Oct. 27, 2009) A study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University study shows that income and education correlate with people’s stated reasons for giving to charity.

November 15 Declared National Philanthropy Day in Canada
(Oct. 27, 2009) The Minister of Canadian Heritage has officially declared Nov. 15, 2009, as National Philanthropy Day in Canada. Canada is the first country to officially recognize National Philanthropy Day since its creation in 1986.

Reminder: Use of AFP Logo
(Oct. 20, 2009) AFP members are allowed to use the AFP logo on websites, business cards and other professional materials, but only in conjunction with the phrase “member of.”

Nonprofit Mergers and Partnerships: Lessons and Advice
(Oct. 20, 2009) In today’s environment of limited resources, executive directors and boards are turning their attention to ensuring that their organizations not only excel at service delivery but are sustainable over time. New research in Canada offers a look at various ways nonprofits can restructure and form alliances to address present and future challenges.

Trends: Volunteers, Volunteers Everywhere
(Oct. 20, 2009) With a presidential-led call to service campaign in full swing in the United States, there is growing discussion and expectations that nonprofits may soon have a line at their door and ringing phones—if they don’t already—from well-intentioned and passionate do-gooders. Is your nonprofit prepared?

Charitable Giving Down So Far in 2009, But Critical Giving Period Coming Up
More than half of charities are experiencing a downturn in contributions so far this year compared to the same time in 2008, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Donors Give Most When Friends Ask
(Oct. 13, 2009) Donors to charitable organizations give more when they are asked in person and when someone they know makes the request, a new study commissioned by Campbell & Company and conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Canadian Nonprofit Boards: Offering the Right Tools
(Oct. 13, 2009) A new study looking at trends in board governance shows that a little orientation, direction and training can go a long way in ensuring success.

Perspectives: Philanthropy in the New Economy
(Oct. 13, 2009) In the new fundraising landscape resulting from economic recession, one thing is clear: everyone in the organization has a role in philanthropy. Staying flat-footed is simply not an option.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
List of AFP and AFP Foundation Chairs.

To Get Our Name Out There
(Oct. 6, 2009) Here is some advice and perspective on how to raise awareness of your nonprofit organization by the good work your organization does, not by the efforts it makes to simply “get attention.”

Sparking Corporate Partnerships: Welcome to the Neighborhood
(Oct. 6, 2009) In today’s environment there is still potential in cause marketing and corporate partnerships between your nonprofit and a for-profit business, large or small. Here’s a look at some do’s and don’ts when exploring corporate partnerships.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
List of Chapters and When They Were Formed: AFP’s first chapter—The New York Chapter—was chartered in 1964. AFP is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary with more than 200 chapters around the world.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
Personal Recollections: What was your first experience with AFP and when? How has AFP helped your professional—or even personal—life?

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
AFP 50th Anniversary Task Force: In 2008, Robbe Healy, AFP’s chair, created the 50th Anniversary Task Force to guide the association’s efforts in celebrating its anniversary.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
AFP 50th Anniversary Chapter Toolkit: In 2010, AFP International, with more than 30,000 members and 206 chapters worldwide, will celebrate 50 years of advancing ethical and effective fundraising. The anniversary will officially be announced at the 2009 Leadership Academy and all anniversary activities will be completed by year-end 2010. A number of special events will take place over the course of this period of time.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
History of the Association of Fundraising Professionals: In 1960, three fundraisers met for lunch in New York City to discuss an idea they had been toying with for a while: creating an association for charitable fundraisers. Find out how got started and how it’s changed the profession over the past 50 years.

Contact Your Members of Congress to Protect the Charitable Deduction!
(Sept. 29, 2009) The White House and some members of Congress have been pressing for harmful limits on charitable deductions to fund healthcare reforms.

U.S. Entertainers Teaming Up to Spotlight Service
(Sept. 29, 2009) The U.S. Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has announced a campaign to begin this fall intended to encourage volunteering and charitable service, and will include spots on primetime television, a public service campaign and a website, iparticipateusa.org.

Recession Hits Nonprofits Across Globe, Yet Many Confident for Future
(Sept. 29, 2009) While the income reported by a cross-section of nonprofits globally had declined for half of those surveyed, there is increasing optimism for the future.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Sept. 22, 2009: The Development Plan
AFP eWire Skill Builder Sept. 22, 2009: The Development Plan

The Development Plan: "You Want Me to Think Before I Act?"
(Sept. 22, 2009) The following tips will help you move your development plan beyond logistics, activities and numbers toward seeing the bigger picture.

The Development Plan: Getting Started
(Sept. 22, 2009) Learn the first steps to creating or revising your development plan with tips from AFP’s book, Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan.

The Value of a Development Plan
(Sept. 22, 2009) In today’s economy, hit-or-miss fundraising is simply not an option. A good development plan will keep your various fundraising vehicles tuned and headed toward the same checkered flag.

Small Boards Left Foundations Vulnerable to Madoff Scheme
(Sept. 15, 2009) A recent study reveals that the foundations hit hardest by the Bernard Madoff scandal had very small, homogeneous boards.

Human Services Organizations Strained, New York City Study Shows
(Sept. 15, 2009) A recent report released by the Human Service Council (HSC) and Baruch College: School of Public Affairs shows that the majority of human services organizations in New York City are seeing major decreases to public and private funding due to the economic recession.

In Tough Times, Donors Still Want to Know: “Where’s the Beef?”
(Sept. 15, 2009) Times are tough. For some organizations times are really tough. But don’t let the pinch you feel dominate your message to donors. They still want to hear about results.

Doorley and Schick Earn ACFRE Credential
Mary Doorley, of Melrose, Mass., and Marcella Moyer Schick, of Allentown, Pa., are the 86th and 87th fundraisers to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

The New AFPnet.org: “We’ve Only Just Begun”
Yes, you can thank AFP for putting that quintessential '70s song firmly in your head for the rest of the day. But hopefully a visit to AFP’s exciting new website will help dislodge any related memories of wide shirt lapels and powder blue leisure suits!

Canadian National Philanthropy Day Legislation Awaits Passage in the House
(Sept. 8, 2009) On June 2, 2009, the Senate approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world. The bill will likely be considered in the House of Commons in October.

Ten Tips for Taxpayers Making Charitable Donations
(Sept. 8, 2009) Every year, millions of taxpayers itemize their deductions on their federal tax return. One of the most common itemized deductions is a donation made to a charitable organization.

Help AFP Fight Proposals That Would Limit Charitable Deductions
(Sept. 8, 2009) Now that Congress is returning from the August recess to resume its work, the White House continues to press for harmful limits on charitable deductions to fund healthcare reforms. AFP urges you to contact members of Congress immediately to oppose these measures.

AFP Exclusive: Trends in State Legislation Impacting Charitable Fundraising Activity
(Sept. 8, 2009) Perlman & Perlman LLP, attorneys specializing in nonprofit law, have developed for AFP members a roundup of the most notable trends in state legislation impacting charitable fundraising.

Canadian Public Policy Issues
Canadian public policy issues

NPD Sample Documents -- Sponsorship Materials (AFP Greater Cleveland Chapter)
NPD Sample Documents -- Sponsorship Materials (AFP Greater Cleveland Chapter)

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Decrease Slightly Across North America
(May 12, 2009) Salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada decreased in 2008, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

AFP Member Testimonials
"There is no greater professional advancement opportunity anywhere that is more beneficial than the AFP International Conference on Fundraising."

Study Shows Americans Pulling Back From Volunteering
Americans say they have cut back on volunteer service to their communities and believe others have chosen to look out for themselves as a result of the recession.

The Vicious Cycle of Low Overhead
As if making the case for overhead for the long-term health of your organization wasn't difficult enough … now there is additional pressure to cut costs. Nonprofit leaders say it’s time to break the cycle of unrealistic expectations for overhead spending.

Pre-qualify an educational session for ACFRE credit
Download the ACFRE Course Documentation Form and Education Session Guidelines here.

About Advanced Education at AFP
AFP offers a number of educational opportunities especially for advanced fundraising practitioners. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers.

CFRE Announces Switch to Computer-Based Testing in 2006
(July 11, 2005) The CFRE International Board of Directors recently announced plans to switch to computer-based testing for all North American CFRE candidates beginning in 2006.

CFRE Application Now Online
(May 19, 2006) CFRE International, the organization that manages the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, has announced that a new web-based application form is now available for all applicants.

Data on 2005 CFRE Exams Released
(Aug. 7, 2006) CFRE International has released aggregate data about the 2005 Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exams, highlighting how applicants fared on the test overall and areas where fundraisers may need to improve.

ACFRE Board Announces Change to ACFRE Application Process
(Sept. 15, 2008) Individuals who have earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential will no longer have to be recertified as a CFRE before they can begin applying for the ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive) credential.

Two Fundraisers Earn Top Fundraising Credential
(Nov. 17, 2008) Dree Thomson-Diamond of Edmonton, Alberta, and Walter R. Gillette III of Washington, D.C., recently earned the highest professional certification available to fundraisers, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE).

Tools for growing your career in philanthropy
Tools for growing your career in philanthropy

2008 Think Tank on Fundraising Research: Leadership, Governance and Giving (For Use in Chapter Programming)
AFP is pleased to provide a discussion guide and four PowerPoint presentations on "Leadership, Governance and Giving" for use in developing chapter programs on these topics. The materials result from the AFP Research Council Think Tank held in October 2008 in Orlando, Florida. AFP is grateful to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for providing funding for the think tank.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Fundraising Ethics
AFP has prepared an FAQ for ethical behavior in fundraising (revised February 2009). The document is available here as a PDF download. 

AFP Guidance: Fundraising in a Difficult Economy
(March 10, 2009) In response to member concerns and questions about how charities and fundraisers should be responding to the current fundraising environment, AFP has developed some suggested best practices, tips and guidelines to maximize fundraising efforts and position organizations for future success.

Tapping Into Social Networks—Raise Funds, Build Community
(March 9, 2009) This week AFP featured social networking/web 2.0 tools in its newsletter, eWire Skill Builder. Here is our full coverage of the topic. AFP members receive eWire weekly in their email inbox. Not a member of AFP? Join today!

Raise More Money with Less by Embracing Self-Organized ‘Swarms’
(March 9, 2009) What happens when companies and individuals take it upon themselves to organize their own efforts to raise awareness and money for your cause? What do you do?  How do you control the message? How do you protect your donors?

Don’t Miss Two 'Wired' Web/Audioconferences on Online Marketing and Web 2.0
(March 9, 2009) AFP is offering two great web/audioconferences covering online tools and better ways of reaching the donors of “Generation 2.0.” Get your message out and build support with the World Wide Web. Hurry, these presentations are happening soon!

Network Globally With ammado
(March 9, 2009) To help members connect with fundraisers in different countries, AFP has partnered with ammado, an online global networking community for the nonprofit sector.

Twitter: It Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore
(March 9, 2009) There is a growing number of savvy early-adopters in the nonprofit world taking advantage of Twitter as a “friend-raising” tool. Once they have built up their social capital, they are turning it into a fundraising machine. Learn more about this new social networking tool.

How Do You Measure the Success of Fundraising on Social Networks? Dollars or Doggie Treats?
(March 9, 2009) Beth Kanter, a guru of social networking for nonprofits, shares with eWire readers this week how the Humane Society of the United States has found its way to success with new online tools.

Welcome to Web 2.0: Where Community Comes First, Then Fundraising
(March 9, 2009) With all the buzz around social networking, what should a fundraiser do about it? Is it worth your time? Jono Smith, vice president of marketing at Network for Good advises us to ask a few important questions before diving in.

Get In Touch: Two Upcoming AFP Presentations Focus on Marketing
(Feb. 23, 2009) Act now to take advantage of two great AFP Web/Audioconferences related to marketing. This Thursday, learn how to make the most of every encounter with donors. On March 12, find out how to make a “human” connection in the world of online outreach.

How to Build and Promote an Online Monthly Donor Program
(Feb. 23, 2009) Think turning yearly donors into monthly donors involves a flood of time, energy and paper? Think again. Learn how to incorporate a recurring online gift program without all the sweat.

Check Your Mindset to Market Your Way Out of the Recession
(Feb. 23, 2009) If you don’t believe your own message, who is going to believe you? Here are some tips for successful, “I think I can” marketing.

Lasting Impression: Moving Your Brand Beyond Logos and Letterhead
(Feb. 23, 2009) A logo, a tagline, a name. These are only a part of your organization’s public identity. Jocelyne Daw explains how a unique brand can get to the core of what you stand for and work to achieve.

Where Donor Recognition Meets Brand Recognition
(Feb. 9, 2009) Donor recognition designers and manufacturers say that, especially in this economy, donor walls and gifts need to do more than say “thank you.”

Freshly Baked Cookies and Other Ways to Say 'Thank You'
(Feb. 9, 2009) It’s the thought that counts, as they say. But if you want to show donors your gratitude in a memorable way, your recognition should be creative, unique, even personal.

Acknowledgement: Making Donors Proud of Their Gifts
(Feb. 9, 2009) Thanking donors is part of building a relationship, whether that comes in the form of a letter, a gift or a simple handshake, says Kim Strydonck of Ottawa, Ontario.

Donor Recognition: Thinking Like a Donor
(Feb. 9, 2009) The value of recognizing your donors goes far beyond showing appreciation for a gift. Recognition can motivate donors to be strong and lasting supporters of your organization.

Face-to-Face: How to Hold Focused, Successful Meetings With Donors
(Jan. 26, 2009) “The key to donor relations today is to think of it like customer relations,” says Erika Dockery, CFRE, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. She offers ways to help you end with results rather than loose ends.

Listen Up! Ways to Improve Your Listening and Observation Skills With Donors
(Jan. 26, 2009) When you meet with a donor, of course you listen to them. But are you really listening? Learn some simple ways to tune into your donors and record the telling details.

Written Appeals: Imaginative Ways to Ask Donors to Give More
(Jan. 12, 2009) Caught in a rut with how you make the “ask” in your appeal letters? Want to encourage annual fund donors to give more? Here are some effective strategies.

Industry Outlooks: The New Fundraising Paradigm
(Jan. 12, 2009) Direct marketing is rapidly changing. Most organizations are experiencing declines in donor response, acquisition and renewals—but not a result of donor fatigue, the economy or any other short term impact. It is a signal that donors, competition and the media are changing.

Expand Your Mail Campaigns Into Web Campaigns...And Other Online Tips
(Jan. 12, 2009)  Do you believe that your organization is not sophisticated enough to enter the world of online giving?  Think again. Not only can you likely achieve more on the web than you currently are, but if you track your successes, you’ll learn how better to reach your constituents.

Direct Response: Ways to Cut Costs, Not Returns
(Jan. 12, 2009) Looking to tune up your direct mail campaign and trim down expenses? Before you start loosening screws and removing parts, read this advice from a veteran direct response expert.

Sample Document: Board Individual Development Plan
(Nov. 18, 2008) Alexi Miller, development director for Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet in Palo Alto, Calif., has graciously provided a copy of a board member contract that specifies the different ways each board member will contribute to an organization's fundraising activities. AFP thanks Alexi for providing the document for other AFP members to review and use.

Book Review: The Ultimate Question
(Oct. 6, 2008) What do nonprofits and for-profits have in common? According to The Ultimate Question, written by Fred Reichheld, director emeritus and fellow at Bain & Company, customer loyalty is at the core of creating and maintaining successful relationships with constituencies.

Fundraising Tips: The Art of Setting and Changing Giving Levels
(Sept. 22, 2008) It seems easy on the surface—set up a series of donation amounts and develop a plan for recognizing donors as they reach each level. However, adding to or changing giving levels can be dangerous terrain if you don’t do your homework.

Crafting an Inspiring Tagline: What Not to Do
(Sept. 22, 2008) Does your nonprofit’s name sound like several others? Do people always ask, “So what does your organization do?” Incorporating a tagline into your organization’s branding can clarify the unique mission of your organization and give people a reason to look deeper.

Member Documents: Development Committee
(Sept. 19, 2008) Ruth Stenberg, director of development and gift planning for Concord Counseling Service in Westerville, Ohio, has graciously provided a description of and qualifications for her organization's development committee, as well as a commitment and sign-up form for the committee.

Member Article: Evaluating Gift Planner Performance
(Sept. 2, 2008) Tom Cullinan, president of Tom Cullinan Charitable Giving Counsel in Omaha, Neb., has provided AFP members with an article about assessing the performance of charity gift planners. The article orginally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Journal of Gift Planning.

Sample Document: Case for Support
(Aug. 8, 2008) Tom Lazar, the director of development for Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh, Pa., has provided the attached case for support (draft) for an upcoming major gifts campaign for his organization.

Sample Documents: Accountability of Monies Online Forum Discussion
(May 4, 2008) As part of the online discussion on AFP's forums regarding accountability of monies and reconciliing accounting and fundraising, Barbara Clemenson, CPA, CFRE, adjunct instructor with Case Western Reserve University and City Vision College, and consultant with SDG Nonprofit Consulting in Euclid, Ohio, has graciously agreed to allow AFP to post two documents she developed for review and use by AFP members.

AFP Youth in Philanthropy Task Force Members
See the full list of Task Force members.

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Increase Across North America
(Apr. 30, 2007) Salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada increased from 2005 to 2006, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

AFP Strategic Plan 2007-2010
With a core purpose of advancing ethical and effective fundraising, the Association of Fundraising Professionals has undertaken to ensure that fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world. Goals and outcomes are key to this effort, as are the measures of success. These elements and more are spelled out in the Strategic Plan for 2007-2010. The plan was approved by the Board of Directors on March 24, 2007.

AFP Governance Task Force documents
Governance task force documents

Scholarships
Find sample scholarship guidelines and application forms submitted by AFP chapters.

Member Benefit: AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
(June 26, 2006) In the 2004 AFP Member Benefits Survey, AFP members overwhelming agreed that the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice was the highest-rated member benefit.

Interview with Former YIP Chair Katherine Falk
An interview with Katherine Falk, CFRE, Former Chair of AFP’s Youth in Philanthropy Task Force. 

Youth In Philanthropy: AFP And 4-H Plan Community Pilots
The National 4-H has created a curriculum to expand the understanding of philanthropy and teach ethical fundraising skills to high school and college students in communities across the United States. 4-H has invited AFP to participate in the evaluation of the pilots for the new curriculum. 

AFP Member Benefit: 2005 AFP Compensation and Benefits Study
AFP Member Benefit: 2005 AFP Compensation and Benefits Study

Diversity
Chapters share their brightest ideas for diversity programs.

FAQ: Grants and Grant Proposal Writing
Every grantmaker has different guidelines, priorities, deadlines and timetables for their organizations. Learn what you can do to streamline the grant application process.

FAQ: Internet fundraising
Browse feedback from the AFP Resource Center and a list of further resources that will answer your most Frequently Asked Questions on Internet fundraising.

Book Review: Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan
Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, Second Edition, by Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner.

Bibliography for The AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Look here for the bibliography for the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Notes from the Lexicographer
Lexicographer R.L. Cherry provides the following notes for the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Guide to the Dictionary
Have a question about what certain formatting in the AFP Fundraising Dictionary means? Learn here about abbreviations, headwords, parts of speech, derivatives and more. This is the guide to the dictionary.

About the Editors
This section provides brief biographies on Barbara R. Levy, ACFRE and R.L. Cherry, the editors of the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Acknowledgements
It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude for the contributions, perseverance, and dedication of the seven members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) Dictionary Task Force that AFP recognizes the people who worked to develop the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

History of The AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Since its inception in 1965, The Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) has recognized its responsibility for helping to define the fundraising profession. The first iteration addressing this goal was the Glossary of Fund-Raising Terms, published in 1976 and containing approximately 355 terms and definitions. Learn how we arrived at where we are today -- the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Introduction and Forward to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary
The AFP Dictionary Task Force first met in the mid-'90s to create a dictionary to replace the Glossary of Fund-Raising Terms. Recently, the task force diligently updated the dictionary and created this new version, which is being posted on the AFP website for the first time.  What follows is a brief forward and introduction to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

How to submit your bright ideas
Do you have a bright idea to share? Learn how your chapter can submit its tips and hints.

Direct Mail
This section highlights information on direct mail donors. It is provided as a service to our readers.

Dove Audio Class Highlights: Strategic Planning That Works for Nonprofits - March 2003
A summary of the Audio Class - AFP/Dove on Fundraising: "Strategic Planning That Works for Nonprofits," presented March 11, 2003 by Kent Dove.

An interview with Former YIP Chair, Pat Bjorhovde
An interview with Patricia O. Bjorhovde, CFRE, former Chair of AFP's Youth in Philanthropy Task Force; by Tom Watson, writer for Today's Fundraiser.

Book Review: Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors
Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors;by Diana S. Newman. Winner, 2003 AFP/Skystone Ryan Research Prize

Mixed Fundraising Results Among North American Charities - The AFP State of Fundraising 2002
(March 24, 2003 - PRESS RELEASE) - Charitable fundraising across North America remained quite strong in 2002 despite the challenges of a slowing economy, according to a new survey released today by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Better Business Bureau Group Creates Voluntary Standards For Charities
(March 14, 2003) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance has released new guidelines that it will use to evaluate charities.

AFP Political Action Committee Fact Sheet and Q&A
What is a PAC? What is PhilanthropyPAC? How does PhilanthropyPAC work? These questions, and more, are answered right here.

Canada's Liberal Party Adopts AFP Code Of Ethics And Donor Bill Of Rights
(Feb. 13, 2003) - The Liberal Party of Canada has agreed to adopt and abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice, as well as the Donor Bill of Rights.

Book Review: Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results
Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results, by Bernard Ross & Clare Segal.

State Reporting Deadlines and Information for Chapters
(Jan. 6, 2003) - A number of states require solicitation disclosure statements on all written materials mailed to potential donors in their states. The following lists the states and the most recent disclosure information to be included on all charitable solicitations mailed to residents in these states.

Book Review: Successful Special Events: Planning, Hosting, Evaluating
Read about and/or order a copy of "Successful Special Events: Planning, Hosting, Evaluating" by Barbara R. Levy, ACFRE and Barbara H. Marion, CFRE.

AFP's Role
AFP has an obligation to promote and encourage the involvement of young people in philanthropy and the profession of ethical fundraising. Learn more about what AFP is doing to educate, train, and mentor children and young adults.

Employment Opportunities at AFP
Interested in putting your skills and experience to work for the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world? AFP has the following positions available at its International Headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Book Review: Corporate and Foundation Fundraising: A Complete Guide from the Inside
Corporate and Foundation Fund Raising: A Complete Guide from the Inside, by Eugene Scanlan.  

The Ethics of Consulting Fees
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS often hire professional consultants to assist in the development and execution of fundraising campaigns.

Book Review: Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results
Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results, by Patricia Rich and Dana Hines. Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results focuses exclusively on helping nonprofits achieve desired results and sustain success.

Book Review: The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management
The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Second Edition, by Stanley Weinstein, ACFRE, EMBA.

Diversity Essay: Latino philanthropy in the U.S.
Juan Calixto, CFRE, notes that the Latino population has reached 35.3 million people, with purchasing power estimated to reach $450 billion. Fundraising among them is about  basics: Know your audience, get them involved, and follow through with good stewardship.

Diversity Essay: a glimpse at the gay and lesbian donor
Donna Red Wing surveys the motives of giving among gay and lesbian donors, including an emerging trend toward funding issues that directly impact gay and lesbian people.

Diversity Essay: Native American fundraising: Don't forget your blanket
Although Native Americans are people of infinite variety, there are some commonalities shared among Native communities that can be helpful in fundraising. Kay C. Peck, CFRE, explores.

Diversity Essay: traditions of giving and sharing in Asian cultures
Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean traditions of giving and sharing can be unique or have similarities to practices in other cultures. Janice Gow Pettey, CFRE, reviews.

Diversity Essay: Native American culture and fundraising
Prudence S. Precourt, Ph.D., CFRE, offers perspective on the general history and culture of Native Americans, and how these factors relate to current fundraising practices.

Diversity Essay: Black philanthropy in America
Giving, in the American black culture began during the slavery years and remains a significant and meaningful part of black culture, notes author Spencer I. Scott.

Diversity Essay: Philanthropy as a tenet of Islam
Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with 1.3 billion adherents in 184 countries, including three million people in the U.S. Author John Huebler offers basic information about the practices and teachings of Islam.

Diversity Essay: Characteristics of Cuban-American fundrasing
Author Rolando Damian Rodriguez, CFRE believes that fundraising succeeds in any culture using the same basic human principles. He offers insights into the Cuban-American culture of South Florida.

Diversity Essay: Fundraising in the Jewish community
Fundraisers in/for the Jewish community operate by an entirely different set of rules, advises Henry D. Lewis. Here are a few of them.

Book Review: Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising
Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising by Janice Gow Pettey. Raising money in today's diverse communities is a growing challenge for fundraisers and philanthropists, requiring thoughtful strategies, successful collaborations, and a respectful understanding of people's differences.

Book Review: Smart and Caring: A Donor's Guide to Major Gifting
Smart and Caring: A Donor's Guide to Major Gifting, by Richard & Linda Livingston; RLD Publishing, Louisville, Colorado; 196 pages, softcover.

Book Review: Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors
Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors, by Laura Fredricks, JD; Aspen Publishers, 2001
Softcover; 240 pages; ISBN: 0-8342-1829-1

FAQ: Contribution dates for year-end gifts
Have questions about how to determine the date of a gift, particularly for year-end?

AFP releases study of fundraising compensation and benefits
How does your salary measure up? AFP is releasing its first comprehensive salary survey, which reveals an average of $61,223 in the United States and $67,600 in Canada, with a strong positive correlation to experience and education. But the gap persists between the average salaries of men and women.

Book Review: Careers in Fundraising
Careers in Fundraising by Lilya Wagner, Ed.D, CFRE;  John Wiley & Sons, 2002. This long-overdue book is a detailed guide on how to prepare for, enter and thrive in the field of fundraising.

General bright ideas
A business planning program, a lending library and a unique way to identify new members at a meeting are among successful programs described here.

Publications & Newsletters
Two chapters offer detailed lists of what their top-drawer member directories contain. Chapter newsletters are a vital link to your members...see samples here.

Mentoring Programs
Find strategies and sample documents for a successful mentoring program.

National Philanthropy Day® Programs
Chapters share their brightest ideas for using National Philanthropy Day® to further the cause of giving.

Membership recruitment and retention
Chapters share successful strategies in recruiting and retaining members.

Foundation Campaign
AFP chapters with creative approaches to the Every Member Campaign share their ideas.

Chapter management
Chapter management ideas are described, covering board member responsibilities, an official documents binder, and policies and procedures manual.

Book Review: Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving
Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving, by Ron Jordan & Katelyn Quynn. This volume is a helpful tool for development professionals who want to educate their current or new donors about their philanthropic options.

Aspen's Fundraising Series for the 21st Century
Aspen's Fundraising Series for the 21st Century is comprised of nine volumes designed especially for fundraisers. Discover proven strategies and techniques you can use immediately to get results.

Get Listed in the Online Consultants and Resource Directory
Not listed in the Directory? No problem, we can help!

FAQ: Deductibility of Membership Dues

Are membership fees or dues deductible?

Factors affecting fundraising costs
These factors should be taken into consideration when evaluating an organization's fundraising costs and returns.

Online Card Catalog
With this search feature, find a specific title or create your own biliography from the 3,200 reference works maintained by the AFP Resource Center. Create a list of valuable references, then access them locally.

Reprint Information for Advancing Philanthropy
Have you found an interesting article in Advancing Philanthropy that you'd like to share with a number of your colleagues or even with your board? Look here for reprint information.

AFP Member Discounts
As an AFP member, you're entitled to reduced rates for many AFP programs and publications You'll also receive discounts through our affinity programs. And AFP members can use the AFP Fundraising Resource Center free of charge.

What it means to be a member
What does it mean to be a member of the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world? Find out here!

About the Member Gateway
There are many benefits to AFP membership, and we hope you take advantage of them all! The members-only Gateway includes the AFP directory, program discounts, documents, information on posting your resume, and how to sign up for discussions.

AFP educational offerings
AFP provides the following products and services.

How to evaluate a charity
How do you make sure that you're completely comfortable with giving to an organization? Start with these tips.

Donor responsibilities
When you are asked to make a charitable donation, you can almost always be assured that the organization is legitimate, but it pays to be careful. Here are a few tips to make sure your giving counts!

Links to state registration and solicitation information
Websites on state regulation, solicitation, registration, and related topics.

FAQ: Planned Giving Terminology
How does one differentiate between the terms 'planned giving,' 'deferred giving' and 'major giving'?

FAQ: Cause-Related Marketing
What are some concerns surrounding cause-related marketing?

FAQ: Educational opportunities
Where can I find information on educational opportunities in fundraising and the nonprofit sector?

FAQ: Form 990 rules
How do the new regulations for disclosing Form 990 differ from before?

The Accountable Nonprofit Organization
"The Accountable Nonprofit Organization" is a statement of principles. It outlines the operations and procedures a charity undertakes to show it is accountable to donors, the people it serves, and the general public.

The Case for Joining AFP
AFP is dedicated to making sure members have the skills, knowledge and resources to succeed. Here's why you should join.

Resources for Educators
Resources for Educators

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Bright Ideas from Chapters
Located throughout the world, AFP's chapters give each member a home base to network, provide leadership, and serve the local community. Learn how your chapter can submit its tips and hints.

AFP Member Resources
AFP Member Resources

Mayo 2009


Fundraising Dictionary
Fundraising Dictionary

Diversity Essays


Resource Center Testimonial
Resource Center Testimonial

Summer 2009 Public Policy Update


Peer-to-Peer Fundraising From Ammado
Ammado, one of AFP's social media partners, has now introduced new fundraising communities to facilitate not only the sharing of ideas and experiences, but fundraising from friends, relatives and colleagues.

NPD Canadian Globe and Mail Supplement Set for Nov. 13
AFP will again be partnering with the Canada’s most-read national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, to produce a special supplement on philanthropy and fundraising on Nov. 13.

Maehara Again Named Among Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders
The NonProfit Times has again placed Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP, among the ranks of the U.S. nonprofit sector’s most influential in 2009.

Canadian Public Policy Issues
Public Policy Issues

National Philanthropy Day - About Giving


AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study


AFP eWire Printable Version: March 16, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 16-20, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: March 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of March 9-13, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: March 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 2-6, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Feb. 23, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Feb. 23-27, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Feb. 17, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Feb. 17-20, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Feb. 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Feb. 9-13, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Feb. 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Feb. 2-6, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Jan. 26, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Jan. 26-30, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Jan. 20, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 20-23, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Jan. 12, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Jan. 12-16, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: January 5, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 5-9, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: January 22, 2008
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 21-25, 2008.

Pass on Your Knowledge and Experience to Colleagues
Have you hosted a unique and highly successful fundraising event? Do you have an endless list of tips on how to begin an effective capital campaign? Are you an expert on direct mail? If you are a member of AFP, please consider sharing your knowledge and expert advice by getting an article published in eWire.

AFP eWire - June 2, 2009


AFP eWire August 18, 2009: Print Version


Register Today for the Nonprofit Management Institute at Stanford University
(July 21, 2009) How do you shape an effective organization during tough times? AFP and Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) put together this year's Nonprofit Management Institute program to help you shape and grow your organization while dealing with current resource constraints.

AFP eWire Printable Version: July 21, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for July 21-27, 2009.

Study of U.S. and U.K. Wealthy Shows Generosity Still High
(July 21, 2009) A report published this month by Barclays Wealth indicates that high net worth donors in the United States and the United Kingdom continue to give generously despite the bad economy.

Nonprofits Proving Resilient
(July 21, 2009) Nonprofit organizations are proving themselves to be quite resilient in the current recession compared to previous times of significant economic stress.

Advancing Philanthropy July/August 2009

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AP July/August 2009


AFP Member Testimonials
Why should you join AFP?  Our members are our best advocates!


AFP eWire Printable Version: July 14, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for July 14-20, 2009.

Parliament Passes Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act
(July 14, 2009) The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, which may force many charities to change their governance structure and documents, received Royal Assent on June 23, 2009.

Many Donors Not Overwhelmed by Charity Communications
(July 14, 2009) Most donors don’t feel as if they are receiving too many communications from charities according to a new survey released recently at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention in London.

New Report Measures Nonprofit Brands
(July 14, 2009) The YMCA of the United States has the country’s top nonprofit brand—estimated at $6.4 billion—according to the Cone Nonprofit Brand 100.

Member Motion/Accolades: May-June 2009
(July 7, 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 May-June 2009.

Donor Numbers and Revenue Per Donor Shrink in First Quarter ‘09
(July 7, 2009) Not only is the United States seeing a drop in donor numbers since their peak in 2005, the economy has left those donors giving less.

Ready Reference Guides for the Tec de Monterrey Diploma Program
Presented are the Ready Reference Guides for the Tec de Monterrey Diploma Program.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 30, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for June 30-July 6, 2009.

Know an Outstanding AFP Leader? Submit a Nomination for the Barbara Marion Award
(June 30, 2009) Do you know someone who has exhibited outstanding leadership to AFP or the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy? Nominate him or her today for this distinguished honor. Nominations are due to AFP July 15.

Nonprofits' Most Missed Marketing Tool—Email Signatures
(June 30, 2009) Email signatures (a.k.a. sig lines) are powerful, low-cost, high-return marketing tools (a virtual business card or ad) for your foundation or organization. What's interesting is how seldom sig lines are used.

Unlock Deeper Engagement—Get Your Donor’s Email Address
(June 30, 2009) Nowadays, having lasting contact with donors and supporters means having their email address. Getting an email address, however, requires doing more than just asking for it. Consider what’s in it for the donor.

Understanding the Value of Multichannel Fundraising
(June 30, 2009) An email campaign can be a great supplement to direct mail fundraising efforts, even if people still donate via the mail.

"The Philanthropist" Debuts on NBC
(June 24, 2009) A new television series brings glamour, action and adventure to the world of philanthropy, but it may not be a realistic depiction of how charities work and the challenges they face.

AFP Presents Birmingham Fundraiser Moran With Highest Volunteer Honor
(June 24, 2009) AFP recently honored William M. (Bill) Moran, ACFRE, with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition.

Total Corporate Giving Falls in 2008
(June 24, 2009) Corporate giving fell in 2008 despite many corporations increasing their giving to help fill the gap.

Analyst Predicts Slow Recovery for Sector, Advises Engagement and Planning
(June 24, 2009) The economy is not likely to rebound quickly and will require strong donor engagement. However, now is also an opportunity to improve the way nonprofits do business, says Susan Raymond, Ph.D.

AFP eWire Printable Version: June 24, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for June 24-29, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 16, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May June 16-22, 2009.

Take the “Numb” Out of Numbers
(June 16, 2009) Sometimes numbers alone just don’t cut it. What are the tangible results? What does a million dollars really mean for our community? Find out how to use metaphors to bring your statistics to life.

How NOT to Get Results With a Fundraising Letter
(June 16, 2009) Direct mail veteran Mal Warwick describes five things that hurt the success of a fundraising letter—and explains how to avoid them.

Writing Effective Newsletters, Online and Off
(June 16, 2009) Learn what makes newsletters valuable, both in hard copy and email, and what makes someone want to read your newsletter in the first place.

U.S. Giving Declines in 2008 Reflecting Economic Woes
(June 11, 2009) Charitable giving in the United States declined for the first time since 1987, reports the Giving USA Foundation, though total giving again broke the $300 billion mark.

AFP: An Investment in Your Future
(June 9, 2009) In these challenging times, remember that you and your organization are not at the mercy of the economy. The decisions you make have more influence on your organization’s fundraising success than anything the economy might do.

Senate-Passed NPD Bill Introduced in Canada’s House of Commons
(June 9, 2009) Efforts to create an official day for philanthropy in Canada are again gaining traction in Parliament.

AFP eWire Printable Version: June 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for June 9-15, 2009.

San Antonio Businessman Bill Greehey Named 2009 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(June 9, 2009) Bill Greehey, chairman of NuStar Energy and former CEO and chairman of Valero Energy Corporation, is the recipient of the 2009 Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser presented by AFP.

Nonprofits Say Staffing Biggest Challenge for Online Programs
(June 9, 2009) Nonprofit organizations large and small say their online programs are constrained by insufficient staff resources.

Total Annual Giving in Canada Grew By $1 Billion from 2004 to 2007
(June 9, 2009) The total amount of yearly charitable giving by Canadians increased by $1.1 billion from 2004 to 2007, reported the Canadian government agency Statistics Canada this week.

Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Bill
(June 2, 2009) The Canadian Senate today approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world.

Improving Yourself—And Your Profession—Through Community
A professional association like AFP isn’t just crucial to your own personal growth and success. Organizations, professions and all of society rely on the work and efforts of like-minded individuals united as one voice in a professional association.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Expands Outreach with Generous Gift from RuffaloCODY
(June 2, 2009) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with RuffaloCODY, a fundraising, software and enrollment services firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that will provide extensive calling services for the 2009 Every Member Campaign.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May June 2-8, 2009.

Preparing an Airtight Script for the Major-Gift Ask
(June 2, 2009) Laura Fredricks, author of The Ask, describes the elements of an effective script for a major gift ask—to be used by a fundraiser, board member or volunteer. Learn why writing a good script is essential.

Major Gifts: It’s Not the Donation Amount that Matters—it’s the Strength of the Relationship
(June 2, 2009) Find out ways that you can build a deeper relationship with a donor to inspire a major gift. The trick is to measure success by the connection you and your organization have with a donor, and not set limits based on current giving level.

AFP eWire Printable Version: May 25, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of May 25-June 1, 2009.

Women Play Prominent Role in Giving
(May 25, 2009) A study of charitable giving patterns shows women have a strong influence on their spouse’s giving, while high-income women are using more sophisticated giving methods than men.

AFP Study of Fundraising Effectiveness Gets Boost from Donor Software Firms
(May 25, 2009) Participate in the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and find out how your organization compares to others when the latest report is published in July.

Major Donor Fundraising: Innovation and Creativity on a Shoestring
February 3-4, 2010 in Central London, UK

The conference is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from an international audience of fundraising practitioners, major donors, financial advisors and consultants. With a global selection of speakers and delegates from such locations as North America, Europe and Asia, the event will benefit an international audience. This year’s conference will examine innovation and creativity in Major Donor Fundraising and how this can be achieved on a shoestring budget. Register your interest today and receive audio recordings and powerpoint presentations from last year’s conference highlight sessions.



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AFP eWire Printable Version: May 19, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of May 19-25, 2009.

AFP Congratulates New CFRE Recipients
(May 19, 2009) The following members of AFP have recently earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International.

Insights About the Leadership Transition Process
(May 19, 2009) Having served several organizations as an interim chief executive, John Corwin describes what it is like for an organization to transition to a new leader. He also offers some helpful advice.

Growth Slows for Online Fundraising in ‘08, Smaller Donations the Culprit
(May 19, 2009) Online fundraising grew in 2008 thanks to an increase in the number of gifts, but the average gift size among all organizations decreased $15 from 2007.

AFP eWire Printable Version: May 12, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for May 12-18, 2009.

Certified Fund Raising Executive Program Receives Distinguished Accreditation
(May 8, 2009) CFRE International’s Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program has been granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

"Dean" of American Fundraising Brakeley Jr. Dies at Age 93
(May 8, 2009) George A. Brakeley Jr., a national leader in the philanthropic and fundraising consulting communities, died of natural causes on May 1 in Naples, Fla.

AFP Award Nominations Due July 15
(July 7, 2009) Nomination forms for AFP’s 2009-2010 awards programs are due to the AFP International Headquarters by July 15. Nominators should be aware of some significant changes that were made to certain awards categories.

AFP Membership - An Investment in Yourself
(May 6, 2009) In these challenging times, remember that you and your organization are not at the mercy of the economy. The decisions you make have more influence on your organization’s fundraising success than anything the economy might do. Now, more than ever, you must invest in yourself!

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: May 5, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May 5-11, 2009.

Grantwriting Tip: Cast Your Agency as a Hero, Not a Superhero
(May 5, 2009) When writing a proposal for a foundation grant, describe lofty goals and objectives, but not ones that are clearly out of grasp, says fundraiser and short story writer Cheryl Clarke. She shares an excerpt from her book Storytelling for Grantseekers.

Foundation Relations: Don't Let the Big Table Stand in Your Way
(May 5, 2009) eWire contributing writer Derrick Feldmann shares his experiences working with nonprofits and foundations and offers some advice on how to build an authentic relationship, including some helpful do’s and don’ts.

Funder Perspective: Ways to Build Stronger Ties With Foundations
(May 5, 2009) Sometimes for a foundation, making a grant to an organization is a lot like sending a child to college. What are they really doing with the large investment you’ve made? This week eWire spoke with two seasoned foundation leaders about what they are looking for in a grantmaker-grantee relationship.

Getting Familiar With the New Form 990
(May 5, 2009) Legal experts at Perlman & Perlman LLP describe the changes to the IRS 990 and their ramifications for fundraising and nonprofits.

Ohio Fundraiser Frisch Named 2009 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 28, 2009) Former high school teacher Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, is the recipient of the 2009 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

AFP eWire Printable Version: April 28, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of April 28-May 4, 2009.

Ohio Fundraiser Frisch Named 2009 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 28, 2009) Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, is the recipient of the 2009 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Facebook Yields Scant Returns with Donation Program
(April 28, 2009) Aside from a few standouts, the Causes application on the social networking website Facebook has shown little success for charities, as many of the organizations using it have received no donations through the site.

Leadership Gap Widens as Baby Boomers Retire
(April 28, 2009) Roughly a third of U.S. nonprofit organizations are looking to fill senior manager positions as of January, creating a steeper deficit in sector leadership than originally predicted.

Foundations Plan to Shrink Grants
(April 28, 2009) The number and size of foundation grants will likely decrease this year, and grants for upstart organizations will be hard to come by, according to a survey by the Foundation Center.

AFP Awards Materials Now Available—Nominations Due July 15, 2010
Nominations forms for AFP's Awards for Philanthropy and other honors are now available and are due on July 15, 2010.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: April 21, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for April 21-27, 2009.

Diverse Boards—Are You Prepared for Real Change?
(April 21, 2009) Diversifying your board requires organizational reflection. And inclusion does not end when you see new and different faces around the table.

Engaging Your Board in Sustainable Fundraising
(April 21, 2009) Most board members don’t want to be fundraisers—rather they want to be board members who are successful at fundraising, says Dave Sternberg of Achieve LLC. He offers tips on cultivating board members’ fundraising skills.

Assembling a Great Board
(April 21, 2009) Choosing the right board means going beyond affluence and influence, says Simone Joyaux, ACFRE. Great board members are brutally honest, passionate and collaborative.

Direct Response Leader and Founder of CDR Fundraising Group Dies
(April 21, 2009) Raymond Grace, direct response pioneer and founder of CDR Fundraising Group, passed away from complications related to cancer on April 14.

4th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute 2009
October 6-7, 2009
Stanford University; Palo Alto, California

AFP & Stanford Social Innovative Review (SSIR) will once again bring you an intensive two-day institute equips nonprofit leaders with new ways of looking at the strategic issues within their organizations and critical knowledge and skills they can use immediately. Speakers are professors from the world-renowned Stanford Graduate School of Business and leading practitioners, who will address the most important issues and challenges facing nonprofit executives today. The annual institute, held on the beautiful Stanford campus, includes time for networking with other participants, who come from organizations of all sizes and types, across the US and around the world. For more information, contact the Professional Advancement Coordinator direct: 703-519-8494 or Toll Free: 800-666-3863 x494; Email: ProAdv@afpnet.org
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AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'
(April 14, 2009) AFP is continuing its partnership with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement entitled “A Time to Give.”

Foundation Celebrates Strategic Successes in The Steward
(April 14, 2009) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation for The Color of Money Conference. Read about this generous grant along with the Foundation’s progress and its 2009 strategic initiatives in its latest issue of The Steward.

AFP eWire Printable Version: April 13, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of April 13-17, 2009.

Member Motion/Accolades: March-April 2009
(April 14, 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 March-April 2009.

Research Prize Awarded for Book on Strategic Philanthropy
(April 21, 2009) The 2009 Skystone Ryan Research Prize was awarded to Paul Brest and Hal Harvey for the book, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy. The book offers a framework for both donors and nonprofits to design strategies to get the best results from philanthropy.

AFP Welcomes Five New Chapters
(April 14, 2009) AFP has recently added to its ranks five new chapters, including two collegiate chapters, located in several states across the U.S.

Winona Fundraiser Philip Schumacher Earns Highest Professional Credential from AFP
(April 8, 2009) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Philip G. Schumacher of Winona, Minnesota.

Web/Audioconference: Twelve 'Deadly' Mistakes of Major Gift Campaigns and How to Avoid Them!
Many advancement professionals who venture into major gift campaigns hit pitfalls that could have been avoided. Learn from a pro how to build a major gifts program that works, the most effective ways to cultivate and solicit donors and how to raise sights for your constituents.

Audioconference - Avoiding Legal Pitfalls: What Fundraisers Need to Know (April 7, 2009)
Fundraising for charitable organizations has become a complex business. This teleconference will review the federal tax consequences of fundraising activities and provide specific guidance on how to avoid tax and other legal pitfalls.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: April 6, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of April 6-10, 2009.

Nonprofit Leaders Containing Costs, Retaining Staff
(April 6, 2009) Despite the tough economic times, many nonprofit organizations are taking steps to shore up their bottom line without sacrificing their missions—and their leaders are treating layoffs as a last resort, a survey shows.

Leadership Skills Demanded By Today’s Economy
(April 6, 2009) Today’s nonprofit leaders face tough decisions regarding programs, staffing and budgets, all while ensuring they are meeting the needs of their community. Read what qualities are needed in this new landscape.

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AFP eWire Printable Version: March 31, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 31-April 3, 2009.

AFP Honors Top National Donors and Volunteers for 2009
(March 31, 2009) Maryland businessman John Erickson, AT&T and the Greater New Orleans Foundation are just some of the recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual international Awards for Philanthropy.

Charitable Fundraising Hit New Low in 2008
(March 31, 2009) Less than half of charities raised more money in 2008 than in 2007, and fundraising gains dropped significantly across the board, according to figures released by AFP at the 46th International Conference on Fundraising in New Orleans, La

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AFP eWire Printable Version: March 23, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 23-27, 2009.

Innovative Planned Gift to AFP Foundation Yields Big Returns
(March 23, 2009) Lifelong friends and business partners, Marc S. Saffren, CFRE, and Michael J. Baker, CFRE, have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Omega Circle. They teamed up to make a large gift of Joint Life Protection Insurance.

eWire Reader Response: One Way Obama's Tech Strategist Missed the Mark
(March 23, 2009) Thomas Gensemer, President Barack Obama's chief technology strategist said recently, "Charity email newsletters are a waste of time." Hear from an expert who says email newsletters are an important tool for donor cultivation.

AFP Offers Fundraising Tips, Guidance in Difficult Economic Times
(March 23, 2009) AFP has developed a new guidance document that contains tips and advice for charities trying to raise funds in the current economic environment.

Spring 2009 Public Policy Update
The Spring 2009 Public Policy Update includes a story about the proposal in the President’s budget that would limit charitable deductions for the wealthy, a wrap-up of the nonprofit hospital provision in the economic stimulus package, a copy of the IRA Rollover fact sheet and a story on the IRA mandatory distribution rule that has been waived for 2009. 

In addition, the update contains the latest news on the Canada Revenue Agency’s fundraising policy; the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications telemarketing rules; posted advertisements submitted by a Canadian coalition, including AFP; and the reintroduced National Philanthropy Day legislation.



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As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers, AFP knows the profession like no one else. AFP's objectives include informing the public about the fundraising profession, and protecting the best interests of fundraising whenever related laws and regulations are developed.

The AFP Information Exchange - Sample Paper
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

AFP Information Exchange Papers - Content and Style Guidelines
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

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If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

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Lending a Hand: Volunteers Filling Gaps for Communities and Nonprofits
Even during a time of prolonged economic recession, volunteering has remained steady, fueled by a compassion boom led by young adults and a wave of do-it-yourself volunteers, reports the Corporation for National and Community Service in a recent study.

Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising


AFP State of Fundraising 2008 Final Report Released


Capital Campaigns: The Benefits of a Feasibility Study
Conducting a feasibility study for a capital campaign offers rewards far beyond simply assessing risk. If well executed, such a study can provide focus and momentum for the entire campaign.

Capital Campaigns: Getting the Word Out
Many organizations ignore the public relations plan during a capital campaign, but a capital campaign is the perfect time to tell your organization’s story and tell it well, says fundraising veteran Robert Crandall, CFRE.

Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
eWire contributing writer Ted Grossnickle shares his experiences working with nonprofit clients who are preparing to conduct a capital campaign. Grossnickle is chairman of Achieve, a nonprofit consulting firm in Indianapolis.

Fundraisers Report Tough Times—Expect Some Improvement by Year End
Fundraisers are finding the current giving environment extremely challenging, but expect some improvement for the second half of 2009.

AFP Now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado!
Now you can get in touch with AFP and fellow members with four popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado. Get interesting and fun updates about AFP and fellow members and connect with fundraisers from around the world!

Spreading the Wealth: Florida Chapter Brings Two Others to Life
AFP welcomes its newest chapter—the AFP Florida, Greater Polk County Chapter. It is the second new chapter this year to be formed with the guidance of the AFP Florida, Suncoast Chapter.

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste
There's nothing like being in a mess to get an organization focused on fixing things. General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, said: “We must wake ourselves up! Or someone else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown.” How appropriate in today’s challenging times, but he said that more than 100 years ago.

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The following member testimonials speak louder than we ever could to the benefits and advantages of AFP membership!

Nonprofits Pinched in Changing Economic Landscape
(March 16, 2009) A report by two former presidential domestic policy advisers reveals some of the challenges faced by the nonprofit sector as a result of the economy and provides public policy recommendations to help spur nonprofit recovery.

Readers Respond to Helmsley’s Historic Bequest
(March 16, 2009) AFP eWire recently asked for reader feedback about the use of Leona Helmsley’s $5.2 billion bequest and the ramifications for donor intent. Here is what members had to say.

AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'
(March 9, 2009) AFP is continuing its partnership with The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement entitled “A Time to Give.”

Obama Administration Might Abandon Plan to Reduce Charitable Deductions for Wealthy
(March 5, 2009) Obama’s current plan would limit the value of the tax break for itemized deductions, including donations to charity, to 28 percent for families making more than $250,000.

Number of Charitable Gifts of $1 Million-plus From Individuals Fell in 2008
(March 2, 2009) This is the second largest drop in individual gifts during the last half of a year to occur in the past decade. The largest drop, 35 percent, was in 2001.

Leona Helmsley's Trust Can Support More Than Dogs, Court Rules
(March 2, 2009) In an unusual case that is raising eyebrows among fundraisers and donors alike, the court defied Helmsley’s wish for the bulk of her $5.2 billion estate to be directed solely to the care and welfare of dogs.

New Obama Plan Would Reduce Charitable Deductions for Wealthy
(March 2, 2009) President Obama proposed limiting the value of the tax break for itemized deductions, including donations to charity, to 28 percent for families making more than $250,000.

Congress Removes Language Barring Prior Patient Solicitation
(Feb. 17, 2009) In negotiations on the economic stimulus package 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. 

U.S. Postage Increasing for First-Class Letters, Nonprofit Mail
(Feb. 17, 2009) 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.

Maehara, Brown Named Among Fundraising’s Best
(Feb. 17, 2009) 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.

National Philanthropy Day Legislation Introduced in Canada
(Feb. 9, 2009) Sen. Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto) recently reintroduced legislation that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world.

Important Notice: Congress Puts Healthcare Fundraising in Jeopardy
(Feb. 9, 2009) A troubling provision in the House-passed economic stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) would prevent hospital foundations from contacting prior patients and asking for donations.

Federal Cabinet Rejects Appeal By Charities Regarding Do Not Call List
(Feb. 2, 2009) Canada’s federal cabinet has rejected a joint petition filed by AFP and Imagine Canada that would have exempted charities from red tape and fees associated with the new National Do Not Call list.

Corporate Giving in Flux, But Not Disappearing, Study Shows
(Feb. 2, 2009) Though corporate giving levels are predicted to decrease in 2009, many corporations and corporate foundations are holding steady in the amount they plan to give.

A Letter from the President and CEO
As we ring in the New Year in these challenging economic times, I wanted to send a note of encouragement and sincere gratitude for the vital work you do as a professional fundraiser.

IRA Mandatory Minimum Distribution Rule Waived for 2009
(Jan. 5, 2009) In a recently enacted law, individuals who are 70½  and older can keep all of their funds in their IRA without receiving a tax penalty. This waiver could detrimentally affect donations made under the IRA Rollover provision.

Learning from the Madoff Scandal—Dealing with Unfulfilled Charitable Pledges
(Jan. 5, 2009) As has widely been reported, the Bernard Madoff scandal has extended well-beyond the corporate sector and has hit the charitable sector quite hard. AFP’s legal counsel has prepared a document explaining the legal issues related to unfulfilled pledges from donors, foundations and other parties.

Fundraisers See Chilly Giving Climate Now and in Future
(Jan. 5, 2008) The fundraising climate is the toughest it’s been since 1998, according to the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s most recent Philanthropic Giving Index.

Charity Fundraising Efforts Lagging Significantly This Holiday Season
(Dec. 19, 2008) More than half of charities across North America are raising less money during the 2008 holiday giving season (October through December) than they did last year, according to a survey conducted by AFP.

New Orleans 2009 Conference Press Center
Members of the Press: This is your landing page for news updates and media credentials to attend AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising, March 29-April 1, 2009, in New Orleans.

Participate in Short AFP Holiday Giving Survey
(Dec. 1, 2008) All AFP members are asked to participate in AFP’s second annual Holiday Giving Survey about how their organization’s fundraising is faring in the last quarter of 2008.

Fall 2008 Public Policy Update
The September-October 2008 Public Policy Update includes a story about the recently passed IRA Rollover provision extension.  In addition, the update contains the latest news on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications telemarketing rules (with a call for member action), a status report on the National Philanthropy Day legislation, a brief update on the Canada Revenue Agency’s proposed telemarketing rules and a story about the AFP Vancouver Chapter’s pre-budget consultation submission (with a call to action for AFP’s British Columbia area members).  :

Canadian Group Calls for Continued Government Support for Charities
(Dec. 1, 2008) Imagine Canada, an umbrella organization for Canadian charities, has appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking for renewed support and short-term  tax measures to stimulate charities country-wide in the face of an economic downturn.

AFP Foundation Takes Fundraising to New Heights
Your contribution to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy goes directly to funding scholarships, groundbreaking research and other programs and activities that further AFP’s mission to advance ethical and effective fundraising.

Reminder: New Postal Service Mailing List Requirements in Effect
(Dec. 1, 2008) As of Nov. 23, the United States Postal Service now requires address lists for standard mail to be cleared of incorrect addresses every 95 days, rather than every 185 days as previously required.

More Fundraising Strategies to Tackle a Recession
(Dec. 1, 2008) How can your organization respond in a positive way to current economic challenges? A white paper by Graham-Pelton Consulting offers 12 strategies to help you keep both your short-term and long-term fundraising goals on track.

AFP Aloha Chapter Issues 2008 State of Fundraising Report for Hawaii
(Nov. 25, 2008) The AFP-Aloha Chapter, in collaboration with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, and Olomana Marketing, conducted an assessment of the impact of the financial crisis on nonprofit organizations in Hawaii and to understand how nonprofits are managing the situation within their organizations.

A Message from the President and CEO
We at the Association of Fundraising Professionals want to share our sincere gratitude to you for choosing AFP as your professional association.

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Foundations Not Likely to Change Funding Priorities Despite Economic Distress
(Nov. 17, 2008) U.S. foundations are not going to suddenly or drastically change their funding priorities in the present economic downturn, judging from historical trends.

National Philanthropy Day® Recognizes Importance of Giving in Tough Economic Times
(Nov. 14, 2008) More than 50,000 people across North America will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of National Philanthropy Day® throughout November as a way of reminding the public about the importance of giving and volunteering, especially during difficult economic times.

Getting the Message Out on the IRA Rollover
(Nov. 10, 2008) What is the best way to spread the word about the recently extended IRA Rollover provision? Research into efforts to increase visibility of the provision in 2006 offers some lessons for future marketing efforts.

Where Do Nonprofits Fit in Obama’s Plans?
(Nov. 10, 2008) During the U.S. presidential campaign Sen. Barack Obama shared his plans to stimulate public service and build the capacity of nonprofits, including initiatives to encourage new and more effective nonprofit programs.  

Members Share Insights on Nonprofit CEO Salaries
(Nov. 3, 2008) In a recent issue, eWire asked readers if they thought nonprofit CEOs are paid too much. Our respondents didn’t think so—up to a point anyway.

Consumers Respond Positively to Cause-related Marketing
(Nov. 3, 2008) Companies are increasingly forming partnerships with nonprofits and supporting causes to help strengthen their brand in the eyes of customers. Research shows that people are more likely to buy products from companies that associate themselves with a cause.

Strategies for Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis
(Oct. 27, 2008) Nearly 100 leading fundraisers from around the world have provided new strategies and tactics for charities to survive and prosper in the current global financial crisis.

Survey Finds Large Majority Tightening Wallets, Reducing Gifts
(Oct. 27, 2008) More than 80 percent of respondents to a recent survey indicate they have become more concerned about their finances, leading half to either reduce their giving or stop giving altogether.

AFP State of Fundraising 2007 Final Report Released
(Oct. 20, 2008) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2007 survey is now available for members as a PDF download.

Research: AFP State of Fundraising 2007 Final Report Released
(Oct. 20, 2008) Fundraising revenues increased from 2006 to 2007 for two-thirds of charities, but their gains dropped dramatically, according to the final report of AFP’s State of Fundraising survey. The full report is available in the Members Only section of the website (login required) and has data about different types of fundraising, board giving and key issues affecting fundraising.

Young Donors: Not Just Playing Around
(Oct. 14, 2008) When you look at teenagers these days you may only see the reflection of a video game in their eyes as they stare slack-jawed in concentration clicking a controller and manipulating a virtual world. But that doesn’t mean they are withdrawn from the outside world, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and many of their online experiences may drive offline interests in philanthropy.

Make Time for Innovation
(Oct. 14, 2008) In fundraising and the nonprofit sector as a whole, the sky is the limit for new ideas and better methods. But the trick, say the authors of a recent W.K. Kellogg Foundation report, is to incorporate a culture of systematic innovation, so you are not waiting around for new ideas to strike like lightning—randomly and unpredictably.

IRA Rollover Provision Reinstated Through 2009
(Oct. 3, 2008) President Bush has signed into law the $700 billion economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424, Financial Rescue Package), which includes a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision as well as other charitable giving provisions.

Direct Mail: Paying For Your Undeliverable Mail
(Oct. 6, 2008) In an effort to cut the amount of undeliverable mail it processes, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is requiring mailing lists be updated and verified more frequently. Nonprofits that are not aware of the new rules may find themselves paying first class rates on their standard mail (nonprofit discounted rate) mailings.

Donor Retention Key to Fundraising Success
(Nov. 10, 2008) The second Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) report underscores the findings of the first study—namely that donor retention remains the biggest stumbling block for most charity’s fundraising efforts.

Tips and Tricks: Boost Careers with a Thriving Chapter Mentor Program
(Sept. 29, 2008) Professional peer mentoring can be a rewarding experience and a great addition to your chapter programs. AFP members share some valuable advice for starting up or reinvigorating your chapter’s mentoring program.

Congress Wrestles with Tax Bills that Include IRA Rollover
(Sept. 29, 2008) The U.S. House and Senate have each passed H.R. 6049, a bill that includes the IRA Rollover and several other limited charitable giving incentives. This is promising activity, but the fate of this provision and others is still unclear.

IRS Issues Revised Instructions on New Form 990
(Sept. 15, 2008) The IRS has released revised instructions and supplementary materials for completing the redesigned IRS Form 990.

Encouraging Unrestricted ‘Growth Capital’ Funding
(Sept. 15, 2008) Strategic investing may be the buzz, but few donors and foundations are actually putting it into action. A new article in the Fall 2008 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) examines what donors and charities can do to encourage such gifts.

Wealthy Donors Share Motives and Misgivings
(Sept. 15, 2008) Wealthy donors want to give, but they don’t want to gamble, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. And for lack of quality indicators on what impact their gift will make, they often rely heavily on their peers.

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NPD Song/Sheet Music
The sheet music for the official song of National Philanthropy Day, writtten by noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch.

AFP Funded Research: Why People Leave Bequests
(Sept. 8, 2008) New research into bequest giving shows that bequest donors give for different reasons and respond to different forms of cultivation and recognition than other types of donors.

Summer 2008 Public Policy Update
The summer 2008 public policy update includes a status report on the IRA Rollover provision, comments submitted by AFP to the IRS regarding the Form 990 instructions, new mileage rate legislation and the withdrawal of the California diversity bill.

The update also includes status report on the National Philanthropy Day legislation, AFP’s pre-budget consultation brief, AFP’s joint response with Imagine Canada and the Health Charities Coalition of Canada to the CRA’s proposed fundraising guidelines and AFP’s joint petition with Imagine Canada regarding the CRTC’s Telemarketing Rules.  

Presidential Campaigns Have Little Impact on Direct Mail Fundraising
(Sept. 2, 2008) While charities are facing numerous challenges in the current fundraising environment, the presidential election isn’t one of them, according to a new research report.  

New Market Research Offers Snapshot of Donors
(Aug. 25, 2008) More than half of all donors to human and social service organizations volunteered in 2007, and a third would like to play a more active role in the charities to which they contribute, according to the latest donor research from Campbell Rinker, a nonprofit marketing research firm in Santa Maria, Calif.

AFP Seeks Volunteers to Help Streamline Grant Making Processes
(Aug. 18, 2008) Are you drowning in grant-application paperwork and distracted from purpose? Project Streamline aims to make the process easier and more effective, and AFP is seeking interested volunteers to provide feedback on a new study and help develop next steps.

New National Philanthropy Day® Materials Available
(Aug. 11, 2008) A number of additions, enhancements and revisions have been made to AFP’s program to support National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) chapter events.

Giving to Education Causes Expected to Grow More Slowly
(Aug. 11, 2008) Giving to education in the United States is expected to grow in the coming year, but at a much slower rate, according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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Reach New Heights as a Nonprofit Leader!
(August 4, 2008) Are you a nonprofit manager looking to build your leadership and business skills? Why not learn from the best? AFP and Stanford Social Innovation Review have teamed up for the third year in a row to connect nonprofit managers to leading experts and professors from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Volunteering Up, Dropout Rate Still High
(Aug. 4, 2008) Retaining donors is not the only challenge nonprofits face. A recent study shows that retention rates for volunteers are nearly as daunting.

Marketing Your Nonprofit: Winning Taglines
(July 28, 2008) “Just because you’re a small nonprofit doesn’t mean you can’t have a powerful tagline for your organization, program or campaign,” says nonprofit marketing expert and blogger Nancy E. Schwartz.

Bill Calls for Tax Incentives to Aid Midwest Flood Victims
(July 28, 2008) A new bill in Congress would give federal tax relief for charitable donations that aid the Midwest following the catastrophic flooding and tornados in that region.

Overhead Costs Too Low, You Say? Watch Your Mouth!
(July 28, 2008) Much has been made of fundraising costs and the overhead expenses of nonprofits. There are percentages thrown about and charities measured and judged based on these numbers. But if you have an “acceptable” or “good” ratio of money going to programs versus overhead, is your organization really better off?

Pay to College Fundraisers, Staff Shows Strong Growth
(July 21, 2008) Salaries of fundraisers at U.S. colleges and universities have seen strong growth in recent years, according to a survey conducted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

AFP Responds to L.A. Times Report on Fundraising Inefficiencies
(July 14, 2008) The Los Angeles Times published a story on Sunday, July 6, reporting that only a small percentage of money reaches California nonprofits when they use a for-profit fundraising company to raise funds.

In Weak Economy Loyalty is Stable Currency
(July 14, 2008) Fundraising revenues and donor counts are both down for the first quarter of 2008 compared to the same time last year, reports the Target Analytics Index of National Fundraising Performance.

Successful Faculty Training Academy Held in Minneapolis
(July 14, 2008) Thirty-three participants completed AFP’s 2½-day Faculty Training Academy (FTA) held June 11-13 at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn.

Action Needed: CRTC Telemarketing Rules and a Charitable Exemption
(July 11, 2008) AFP strongly encourages all Canadian members to contact Cabinet to urge it to oppose new regulatory obligations and costs imposed on charities under the federal telemarketing rules. These obligations and costs arise as a result of a recent ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and run directly counter to the exemption provided to registered charities by Parliament under the Telecommunications Act.

Alaskans Given Option to Increase Giving
(July 14, 2008) A new law will allow Alaska residents the opportunity to donate to charity some or all of the money they receive annually from the state’s Permanent Fund that was created from Alaska’s oil revenues.

Donors Who Mean Business
(June 30, 2008) High net worth business owners are dedicated donors who have incorporated philanthropy into their financial plans and will give steadily despite the economic environment, according to a recent study conducted by SunTrust Bank Private Wealth Management.

IRS Boosts Gas Mileage Rates, Charitable Deduction Unchanged
(June 30, 2008) Due to rising gasoline prices, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the optional standard mileage rates that determine the deductable cost of using an automobile for business, medical and moving purposes. However, the mileage rate for automobile use for charitable purposes stayed the same.

CRA Releases Recommendations on Small and Rural Charities
(June 30, 2008) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released the final recommendations from its initiative that examined how the government can better serve small charities and those charities working in rural areas.

National Philanthropy Day Vote Postponed Until Fall 2008
(June 30, 2008) Despite a deluge of support from AFP members and fundraisers across Canada, the House of Commons failed to vote on Bill S-204, the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) legislation.

U.S. Charitable Giving Surpassed $300 Billion in 2007
(June 23, 2008) Charitable giving in the United States reached a record high of $306.39 billion, up 3.9 percent from 2006, according to Giving USA 2008.

Greater Toronto Chapter Markets ACFRE Program
(June 23, 2008) The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is developing a marketing program to encourage members to work towards earning the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

Direct Mail Alive and Well—For Now
(June 23, 2008) A recent survey shows that older donors (age 60 and older) respond to direct mail solicitations at similar levels to what they did in 1995, indicating that a new generation of donors has picked up where previous donors in this age group left off.

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Music to Their Ears—How a Symphony’s Campaign Reached Crescendo
(June 16, 2008) If you are going to dream, dream big. That was the thinking behind the Nashville Symphony’s $120 million fundraising campaign called “A Time for Greatness” that funded the construction of a world-class concert hall in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

AFP Co-Hosts Summit to Strengthen Canadian Nonprofit Sector
(June 16, 2008) On May 27, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Volunteer Canada and Imagine Canada came together to host The Summit, an event that brought together nearly 250 nonprofit leaders with the aim of identifying practical ways to build a more sustainable charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada.

Prize Rewards Charities that Collaborate
(June 9, 2008) Nominations are being accepted now for The Collaboration Prize, a $250,000 award being offered by the Lodestar Foundation for U.S. charities.

CRA Extends Deadline for Comments on Fundraising Cost Guidelines
(June 2, 2008) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the deadline for comments from the charitable sector and the public about new guidelines on how charities should report fundraising costs and whether expenses can be considered charitable or fundraising.

CRA Issues Guidance on Umbrella Organizations, Promotion of Volunteerism
(June 2, 2008) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released two new policy statements related to the registration of organizations that serve a charitable purpose by working with member groups and organizations whose mission is to promote volunteerism.

Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your Donor's Financial Adviser
(May 27, 2008) Fundraisers at times find themselves at odds with financial advisers over the type or amount of a gift that is to be made by a donor. But there are ways to collaborate with a financial adviser to fulfill the donor's goals of having a solid financial plan and making a lasting contribution to a favorite charity.

Foundations Viewed Positively, But Are Virtually Invisible to Many Americans
May 26, 2009) A new study shows that a large percentage of Americans, including those engaged in the charitable sector, know very little about foundations but nonetheless tend to have favorable perceptions of them and their work.

House Passes IRA Rollover
(May 26, 2008) The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday, May 21, that included an extension of the IRA Rollover provision.

Roles & Responsibilities: Sample job descriptions for board officers & chapter administrators
Most AFP chapter boards are similar in that they have board members responsible for membership, education, etc.  This page provides sample job descriptions for the most common positions.

Tips for Chapter Presidents
Leadership information was created with Chapter Presidents in mind. Quick tips on leadership, meetings, and more.

Nominations Open for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board
Nominations are currently being accepted for individuals interested in serving on the board of directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Advice to Grant Seekers: Never Believe Your Own PR
(May 19, 2008) It’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but Karen Levin, executive director of the Levin Family Foundation in Dayton Ohio, says grant seekers should remember to bring their data and a level head—not a sales pitch—when they approach a foundation for grant money. Leave the public relations brochures at home

Millennials Are No Less Generous than Other Generations
(May 19, 2008) Prior research shows that young donors in the Millennial generation (born after 1981) are less likely to give and tend to give in smaller amounts than other generations. But according to a recent study, the trend is not generational, but rather a function of young people’s income, education level and religious attendance.

NPD Sponsorship Information and Guidance
Sponsorships are an increasingly important part of chapters’ revenue streams, especially for their National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) celebrations. AFP International Headquarters has collected the following guidance and tips from chapters and other sources that can be helpful as chapters develop sponsorship strategies for their events.

Model/Sample Chapter Communications Plan
Model/Sample Chapter Communications Plan

Mixed Results on Growth in Foundation Diversity
(May 12, 2008) A new report reveals that foundation diversity has increased significantly in some areas, including board and staff composition, but there continues to be problems in others, such as funding to diverse organizations.

Plugging into Technology and Energizing Volunteers
(June 2, 2008) An eleven-fold increase in revenue from its annual fundraising event earned Camp Oochigeas the 2008 Campbell & Company Award for Excellence, Small Category. Here’s how the camp did it.

March/April 2008 Public Policy Update
AFP’s 2008 March-April Public Policy Update includes an update on the recently introduced extension of the IRA Rollover provision and the IRS' request for comments on the Form 990 redesign instructions.

The update also includes a call for Canadians to contact their Members of Parliament to support a government-recognized National Philanthropy Day®; the CRA’s request for comments on proposed fundraising guidelines; the joint petition submitted by AFP and Imagine Canada regarding the CRTC telemarketing rules; and an update on the Canadian Budget. 

AFP Web/Audioconference On-Demand Collection
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AFP Seeks to Exempt Charities From Do-Not-Call List Fees
(May 12, 2008) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) joined with Imagine Canada in filing a petition on April 28, to the Governor in Council to seek relief for all registered charities from unfair fees proposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Despite Economy, Some Foundations Plan to Increase Giving
(May 5, 2008) Three recent surveys that asked foundations if they plan to increase their giving in 2008 and beyond show mixed results, though many grant makers have stepped up their gifts this year to help those affected by the economy.

IRA Rollover Provision Introduced by Key Senators
(April 28, 2008) The chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee have introduced comprehensive tax legislation that includes an extension of the IRA Rollover provision until Dec. 31, 2009.

New Study Recommends Ways to Address Flaws in Grant Application and Reporting
(April 28, 2008) Nonprofit organizations and foundations alike are beginning to stagger under the weight of a grant application and reporting system that needs fixing, according to Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, a new report commissioned by Project Streamline, a coalition of organizations representing both grantmakers and grantseekers, including AFP.

CRA Calls for Comments on Fundraising Cost Guidelines
(April 28, 2008)The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has proposed new guidelines on how charities should report fundraising costs and whether expenses can be considered charitable or fundraising.

Contact Your Senator to Pass the NPD Bill
(April 28, 2008) Canada is on the verge of becoming the first country to enact a government-recognized National Philanthropy Day (NPD), but your help is needed.

Revenue Growth, Donors Continue to Decline
(April 21, 2008) Charitable organizations participating in the Target Analytics Index of National Fundraising Performance experienced negative revenues (when adjusted for inflation) from 2006 to 2007 and continued to see declines in the number of donors.

Integrating Fundraising Activities Key to Success, Survey Finds
(April 21, 2008) Using a variety of well-rounded and diverse programs and activities to develop strong connections with donors is the most effective way to raise funds, according to a new series of studies developed by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

National Philanthropy Day® Bill Set for Consideration by Canadian Senate
(April 21, 2008) A bill to create a government-recognized and sponsored National Philanthropy Day® in Canada has been approved by a Senate committee and could be voted upon in the next couple of weeks.

AFP Grows to 30,000 Members
AFP is pleased to announce that its membership has now surpassed 30,000 fundraisers.

The Science of Fundraising: Questioning Fundraising’s ‘Inefficiencies’
(March 17, 2008) Can academic studies help fundraisers better meet their bottom line? As researchers begin to examine the science of fundraising, it seems the answer could be yes, according to a recent article in The New York Times Magazine.

Donor Retention Resources
Books, articles, audiotapes and links to help you find the best information available on donor retention and donor attrition.

January/February 2008 Public Policy Update
AFP’s 2008 January-February Public Policy Update includes an update on the IRA Rollover provision, new information on the IRS’ Form 990 redesign and a summary of recent House hearings on Veterans’ Charities.

The update also includes stories about the creation of a panel to support a government-recognized National Philanthropy Day in Canada before the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and the CRTC’s efforts to finalize its telemarketing rules.  

Chapter Resources - Parliamentary Procedures
By definition, Parliamentary Law or Parliamentary Procedure is a set of rules designed to protect the rights of individuals conducting and attending a meeting. Establishing Parliamentary Law as the standard way your chapter operates will protect you and your members in cases of stressful conversation or heated debate. You’ll most likely feel you don’t need to use Parliamentary Law because your meetings run smoothly; however, establishing it as the norm will help in those rare instances of tense debate.

Biggest Pressure for Future Nonprofit Leaders: Fundraising
(March 10, 2007) Fundraising is the primary reason many potential charity leaders of the future are not interested in being executive directors, according to new research that continues to underscore a future leadership gap for the sector.

Study Shows Half of Art Donations Overvalued
(March 10, 2008) Half of all art donations audited over the last 20 years by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have been appraised at nearly double their actual value, according to a recent article by The Los Angeles Times.

Chapter Resources - AFP Policies
hidden - AFP Policies

Chapter Resources - AFP Research
hidden - AFP Research

Giving to U.S. Colleges and Universities on the Rise, Especially Among Wealthiest Schools
(March 3, 2008) Charitable giving to colleges and universities was up in 2007 by 6.3 percent to $29.75 billion, according to a recent study by the Council for Aid to Education.

U.S. Do-Not-Call List Now Permanent
(Feb. 25, 2008) Phone numbers on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) national Do-Not-Call List will remain there permanently unless voluntarily removed under a bill signed into law recently by President Bush.

Volunteering Grows, But Giving Money Still Considered Easier
(Feb. 25, 2008) The percentage of Americans who volunteer grew by 10 percent in 2007, according to a study by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Corporate Giving Increases, But Road Ahead Uncertain
(Feb. 25, 2008) A recent report shows that charitable giving by major U.S. corporations and corporate foundations to charities, both domestic and abroad, increased in 2006 to $10.2 billion. What do the numbers and trends mean for charities in the near future?

Nonprofit Postage Rates Increasing May 12
(May 8, 2008) Nonprofit mail rates will increase by an average of 0.7 percent starting on May 12.

Majority of Americans Believe Nonprofit Overhead Unreasonable
(Feb. 19, 2008) Sixty-two percent of Americans believe the typical nonprofit organization spends more than what is reasonable on overhead expenses such as administration and fundraising, according to a new survey.

Charity Fraud Less Than One Percent of All 2007 Complaints
(Feb. 19, 2008) While public concern remains high, charity fraud ranked just twentieth on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) list of complaints in 2007.

President’s Budget Includes IRA Rollover, Other Giving Provisions
(Feb. 11, 2008) President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget contains a provision to make permanent the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2007.

President’s Budget Includes IRA Rollover, Other Giving Provisions
(Feb. 11, 2008) President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget contains a provision to make permanent the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2007.

Are Nonprofit Leaders More Effective Than Corporate Execs?
(Feb. 4, 2008) Nonprofit leaders scored significantly higher than their for-profit counterparts in a recent study about leadership practices conducted by The Nonprofit Quarterly.

New Study Creates Profiles of Wealthiest Households
(Feb. 4, 2008) A new study develops philanthropic profiles of the wealthiest 3 percent of U.S. households based on their preferences and motivations and the process they use in giving.

AFP Urges Congress to Include IRA Rollover in Stimulus Package
(Jan. 28, 2008) AFP has submitted a written statement to the Senate Finance Committee, urging Senators to include an extension of the IRA Rollover provision in the economic stimulus package currently being considered.

Barely Half of All Charities Require Board Member Contributions
(Jan. 21, 2008) A new survey by accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP reveals that just slightly more than half of charities require their board members to make financial contributions to their organizations.

Newlyweds Forego Wedding Gifts, Request Donations
(Jan. 21, 2008) Newlyweds Jacob and Miriam Hodesh, of Miriam, Ga., deleted their entire wedding registry and instead requested family and friends to make donations to The Save Darfur Coalition.

2008 AFP Foundation Board
2008 AFP Foundation Officers and Board of Directors.

Some Fundraising Concerns Addressed in New Form 990
(Jan. 14, 2008) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a redesigned version of the Form 990 in late 2007 that addresses many of the concerns raised by AFP and other fundraising organizations.

2007 Year End Public Policy Update
AFP’s 2007 Year End Public Policy Update includes an update on the IRA Rollover provision and information on the IRS’ recently released Form 990 redesign.

The update also includes stories on AFP’s comments to Canada’s Accountability Reference Group regarding its recent discussion paper and AFP’s comments on the Canada Revenue Agency’s proposed new Form T3010.  

Mega-Gift Donors Focusing on Higher Education
(Jan. 7, 2008) Higher education receives nearly half of all major and mega-gifts, according to new research by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR).

Many Charities Behind on Their Fundraising This Holiday Season, but Still Optimistic
(Dec. 20, 2007) Less than half of charities across North America are raising more money during the 2007 holiday giving season (defined as October through December) than they did last year, according to a survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

House Panel Probes Fundraising by Veteran’s Charities
(Dec. 17, 2007) Allegations of ineffective and inefficient fundraising, as well as misuse of funds raised, have been directed at charities that serve military veterans in the wake of a Dec. 13 hearing held by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Majority of Households Give, But Still Many are Not Consistent
(Dec. 10, 2007) A majority of U.S. households give to charity consistently every year, but almost three in ten shift every year between giving and not giving, according to a new survey conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Give Back to the Profession: Become a Teacher and Trainer!
(Dec. 3, 2007) There’s no better way to give back to the fundraising profession than through teaching and training others in the field. And now experienced fundraisers have that opportunity, as nominations are being sought for AFP’s fifth Faculty Training Academy, to be held June 11–13, 2008, in Minneapolis.

CRA Cracking Down on Compliance, Enforcement of Form T3010A
(Dec. 3, 2007) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has indicated it will be cracking down on registered charities that either file their Forms T3010A late or not at all; at the same time, it also is providing increased guidance on how organizations can comply with these requirements.

2007 Donations Good So Far, But What About the Holidays?
(Dec. 3, 2007) A new survey shows that giving in the first nine months of 2007 was strong, with very similar results to figures in 2006. However, will the U.S. housing crisis and overall economic conditions across North America affect giving in the last quarter of the year?

IRA Rollover Extension Approved by the House
(Nov. 12, 2007) The House of Representatives has passed legislation, the Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 3996), that includes a one-year extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rollover provision and several other charitable giving incentives.

Most Americans Not Aware of Advantages of Giving Securities
(Nov. 12, 2007) A new report shows that American donors could realize $4.5 billion in additional tax savings if they gave appreciated securities instead of cash, but most are not aware of the tax advantages.

2008 AFP Foundation Committee Volunteer Sign Up
Any member can sign up for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s 2008 Committees.  November 30 is the deadline.

Senate Considering Nonprofit Hospital Reforms
(Nov. 5, 2007) Republican staff for the Senate Finance Committee has developed a series of proposed reforms related to governance, meeting community needs and levels of charitable care.

Judge’s Rulings Set Stage for Princeton-Robertson Trial
(Oct. 29, 2007) New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil H. Shuster has ruled that Princeton University is not the sole beneficiary of an $880 million endowment, allowing a lawsuit brought by the original donor’s family against the university to proceed to a trial.

Healthcare Giving Still Strong, but Slowing
(Oct. 29, 2007) Although giving to healthcare facilities and organizations increased in 2006, the rate of growth was substantially lower than in 2005, according to a report by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) in Falls Church, Va.

Foundation Board Selects Leaders for 2008
(Oct. 22, 2007) Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, was elected to serve a second one-year term as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Taxpayers Still Taking Unsubstantiated Deductions for Vehicle Contributions
(Oct. 15, 2007) The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that over 100,000 individuals claimed unsubstantiated motor vehicle donations totaling more than $200 million in 2005.

IRS Makes Fundraising Changes to New Proposed Form 990
(Oct. 8, 2007) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made several significant changes to its new proposed Form 990, including several requested specifically by AFP.

Making the Do-Not-Call List Permanent?
(Oct. 1, 2007) With many telephone numbers about to drop off the national do-not-call list, Congress has introduced legislation to make enrollment on the registry permanent.

Congress Debating the Value of Certain Charitable Causes
(Oct. 1, 2007) A recent congressional hearing about whether or not charities are doing enough to serve poor and diverse communities included concerns about whether contributions to certain nonprofits should be treated the same for tax and deduction purposes.

New Organization to Help Higher Ed Donors Attach Strings to Gifts
(Sept. 24, 2007) Citing concerns over accountability and donor intent, three foundations have created a nonprofit group that will assist donors in attaching legally enforceable conditions to their gifts to colleges and universities.

AFP Foundation Receives Grant for 2008 Think Tank
(Sept. 17, 2007) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has received almost $50,000 from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Fla., to support the 2008 AFP Fundraising Think Tank, a project of the AFP Research Council.

AFP Submits Comments on Revised Form 990
(Sept. 17, 2007) The new draft Form 990’s increased reliance on simplistic percentages and its expansion into the areas of governance and best practices will tend to mislead donors and create significant problems for charities, according to comments submitted by AFP.

IRS Releases Draft Redesigned Form 990
(Sept. 10, 2007) Charles (Chip) Watkins, a former attorney who worked in the Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service, discusses one of the biggest changes in charity regulation over the past several decades: the new Form 990 and how it may affect charities.

New Charitable Regulations Not High Priority for Finance Chair
(Aug. 20, 2007) The chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) recently told The Chronicle of Philanthropy that enacting new charitable reforms is not high on his priority list.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada Provides Programming Beyond the Association
(Aug. 13, 2007) The work of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada provides programs that often go beyond what the association can support, making additional services available for fundraisers across Canada in the areas of education, scholarships, mentoring, translation and research.

AFP to Congress: Make the IRA Rollover Permanent
(July 30, 2007) In written comments delivered to Congress on Tuesday, July 24, AFP called for the expansion and permanent extension of the IRA Rollover provision and congressional allocation of greater resources for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) enforcement initiatives.

The Value of FEP
Elizabeth Boris describes the value of FEP for fundraisers, CEOs and board members.

AFP State of Fundraising 2006 Final Report Released
(July 16, 2007) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2006 Survey is now available for members only in the Member Gateway section (log-in required to access the link below).

Charities Exempt from Do-Not-Call List, But Subject to Other Telemarketing Requirements
(Aug. 13, 2007) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissions (CRTC) has exempted charities from a national do-not-call list, but has made them subject to other requirements under its telemarketing rules.

AFP State of Fundraising 2006 Final Report Released
(July 16, 2007) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2006 Survey is now available online in the Attachments section below (PDF format).

Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Outstanding Fundraising Professional Nominations

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18 – 23
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18 – 23 Nominations

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5 – 17
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17

EMC Advantage Calling Program


Pyrrhic Fundraising
(June 25, 2007) It takes money to make money, the saying goes. But nonprofits actually lose money—at least in the short term—when they try to raise funds through direct marketing, find the coauthors of a recent paper in the Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing.

IRS Releases New Draft Form 990 With More Focus on Fundraising
(June 18, 2007) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has introduced a draft of a new Form 990 that would focus more on several areas, including fundraising and noncash charitable contributions.

Tell Congress to Support the IRA Rollover!
Take five minutes (or less) out of your day and tell your members of Congress to support the IRA Rollover provision. All the information and step-by-step instructions are here.

Finance Committee Calls for Updated, More Extensive Form 990
(June 4, 2007) Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chair and ranking member of the Finance Committee respectively, have asked the U.S. Department of the Treasury to update the Form 990, the annual charity reporting form, and include more information about fundraising.

Charities May Receive Small, Temporary Break on Certain Postage Rates
(June 4, 2007) The Postal Regulatory Commission has recommended that certain nonprofit rates be reduced for four months until the significant postage increases for standard mail flats come into effect in September.

Millionaires Gave More in 2006, but Is Philanthropic Interest Waning?
(June 4, 2007) Two recently released studies provide contrasting data about whether millionaires will give more in 2007 than in 2006 and if their interest in charitable giving is on the decline.

Canadian Charities Can Now Complete Annual Returns Online
(May 29, 2007) Registered charities can now use fillable forms to complete their annual returns and attachments online at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website, although the forms must still be submitted to the agency via regular mail.

Corporate Giving Reaches Milestone Independent of Disaster Relief
(May 21, 2007) Corporate foundations gave a record $4.2 billion in 2006, and 57 percent say they expect to give more in 2007, according to a new report.

New National Philanthropy Day® Logo Now Available
(May 7, 2007) The new National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) logo, featuring two thumbprints forming to make a heart, is now available on the AFP website.

Action Needed to Delay New Postage Increases
(Apr. 30, 2007) All U.S. AFP members are asked to send letters to their members of Congress to delay implementation of a new mailing category, not flat-machinable (NFM) mail pieces, that could increase postage costs by 100 to 400 percent for some charities.

Four New AFP Chapters Chartered
(Apr. 23, 2007) The AFP board of directors approved the creation of four new chapters at its recent meeting in Dallas, including two chapters in Mexico.

Mid-April Deadline for Canada Revenue Agency Roadshows
(April 9, 2007) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is once again offering its popular and informative Roadshows in 2007. If you are interested in attending one of the events, the deadline is April 20.

The Power of Passion
Brooke Shields(March 25, 2007) Actress and activist Brooke Shields knows a thing or two about the power of celebrity. After all, she has spent nearly her entire life in front of a camera and in the public eye. What she has gradually come to know, however, is the power of passion.

At the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, Shields spoke candidly and from the heart, displaying none of the “diva” qualities one would expect from someone who has been acting and modeling since she was only 11 months old. As she explained, this is due to the choices she has made along the way. 

2008 Friends of Diversity Designation
The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Diversity goal.

Diversity Discussion Lists
The AFP Diversity Discussion Lists are a benefit for AFP members only.  See the lists and other information here.

Forming a New Community
Here is how AFP membrs can create a new community.

The AFP Diversity Summit
Follow this link for a summary of the AFP Diversity Summit of 2005.  This includes information on how to form a new Diverse Community in Fundraising. 

AFP Diverse Communities Program
A brief description of the AFP Diverse Communities Program.

Board Resolution on Diversity
Follow this link to read the Board of Directors' resolution.

Charity Fraud Makes the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” Scams List
(March 19, 2007) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified 12 of the most blatant scams affecting American taxpayers, and charity fraud has made the list again.

Charities Facing Major Rate Increases for Front-End Premiums and Cards
(March 5, 2007) The United States Postal Service (USPS) has proposed a new standard rate Not Flat-Machinable (NFM) category that could subject charities to mailing rate increases of 100 to 400 percent for front-end premiums and cards, according to the Direct Mail Association Nonprofit Federation (DMANF).

Giving Circles Provide Opportunities, Challenges for Fundraisers
(March 5, 2007) A new study has found that while giving circles have much to offer charities, in some cases the funding relationships can be uneven and have yet to reach their full potential.

IRS Seeking Comments on Donor-Advised Funds
(Feb. 26, 2007) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is undertaking a study of the organization and operation of donor-advised funds and is requesting comments from the public.

Panel Recommends Fundamental Reform in Canadian Grant System
(Feb. 26, 2007) An independent blue-ribbon panel commissioned by the Treasury Board has recommended substantial changes in how the Canadian government administers its federal grant and contributions program.

Research Study: Giving Circles and Fundraising in the New Philanthropy Environment
The purpose of this project was to better understand how fundraising professionals are responding and adapting to tools of the "new philanthropy" environment, especially to funding from "giving circles." Scholars, practitioners, and journalists claim a new era has begun in American philanthropy; one that is more engaged and uses unconventional modes of giving and volunteering.  The study, by Angela Eikenberry of the Center for Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, examines the practice in depth.

This research was made possible by a grant from the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Reminder: New Registration Process for Alberta Charities
(Feb. 19, 2007) Nonprofit organizations in Alberta that fundraise more than $25,000 from individuals annually must soon register with a different office.

Volunteering Slightly Down in 2006, But Overall Still Strong
(Feb. 19, 2007) The percentage of the U.S. population that volunteers decreased in 2006, according to Volunteering in the United States, 2006, a new survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

IRA Rollover Included in President’s FY2008 Budget
(Feb. 12, 2007) President Bush’s newly released budget for Fiscal Year 2008 includes a provision to make the IRA Rollover provision permanent, as well as several other charitable giving incentives.

Win $10,000 for Your Organization Through Online Charity Badges
(Feb. 5, 2007) Six nonprofit organizations can win grants of up to $10,000 through actor Kevin Bacon and his new SixDegree.org website that encourages people to give online through the use of charity badges.

2007 Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist


2007 William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18–23


Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service


2007 Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional


2007 William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5–17


2007 Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser


AFP Announces New E-Newsletter Covering Latino Fundraising
(Jan. 22, 2007) AFP is proud to announce the start of a brand new Spanish language e-newsletter geared specifically to its Latino audience.

Comments on USPS Mailing Standards Due at End of January
(Jan. 22, 2007) Comments regarding the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) new mailing standards are due by Jan. 31, 2007.

Resources for AFP Members Who Teach in Colleges and Universities
(Jan. 8, 2007) AFP has developed new educational materials to assist those AFP members who teach fundraising and nonprofit management programs in seminars and institutions of higher education.

2006 Year-End Public Policy Update
AFP's 2006 Year-End Public Policy Update includes a post-election summary, a description of an upcoming ethics reform package and a call for input regarding potential charitable reforms on the state level.

The update also includes new information on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s efforts to implement the federal Do Not Call List and a proposal by Imagine Canada that seeks to enhance the partnership between the federal government and the nonprofit sector.



Career Track
Career Track

AFP Thanks CCS for Sponsoring Kaleidoscope
AFP Thanks CCS for Sponsoring Kaleidoscope

Exploring Philanthropy in China
Exploring Philanthropy in China

Planned Giving in the Black Church
Planned Giving in the Black Church

Thought Leader Column
Thought Leader Column by AFP Chair Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE

If Not I, Then Who?

Resources for AFP Members Who Teach in Colleges and Universities
Matrices, exercises, case studies and puzzles for use by college and university teachers.

2006 Giving on Pace So Far with Previous Years
(Dec. 11, 2006) Contribution levels in the U.S. through the first nine of months of 2006 are remarkably similar to levels seen in 2004 and 2005, according to a recent survey by Guidestar.

IRS Issues Guidance on Payroll Deduction Contributions to Charities
(Dec. 11, 2006) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced new guidelines on how taxpayers can substantiate their contributions to charities made through payroll deductions.

Increased Gifts, Participation Highlight 2006 Chapter Treasury Campaign
(Dec. 4, 2006) Chapters still have time to make a commitment to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Chapter Treasury Campaign, which has already experienced steady growth this year.

Accountability, Impact Build Trust in Nonprofits for Wealthy Donors
(Nov. 20, 2006) Providing evidence of what their contributions have accomplished and abiding by high levels of accountability are the two critical ways that nonprofits can build trust, especially for wealthy donors, according to a new survey.

Majority of Wealthy Unaffected by Tax Incentives, Not Interested in Leaving a Legacy
(Nov. 13, 2006) A new study reveals that a strong majority of wealthy donors in the United States would maintain or increase their charitable giving if the estate tax was repealed in the United States, and only a quarter of those donors are motivated to “leave a legacy” in their giving.

Participate in the First Fundraising Effectiveness Survey
(Nov. 6, 2006) All AFP members are invited to participate in a ground-breaking survey that will measure growth in giving from 2004 to 2005 and help charities increase giving at a faster pace.

Edmonton Chapter Receives Sponsorship for Essentials Program
(Oct. 23, 2006) The AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter has received a sponsorship from the Edmonton Real Estate Board (EREB) to hold the Essentials of Fundraising Program.

Edmonton Chapter Receives Sponsorship for Essentials Program
(Oct. 23, 2006) The AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter has received a sponsorship from the Edmonton Real Estate Board (EREB) to hold the Essentials of Fundraising Program.

AFP Testifies Before Canadian Finance Committee on Gifts of Land, Real Estate
(Sept. 25, 2006) AFP appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday, Sept. 21, and called on Parliament to extend the exemption from capital gains tax to gifts of land and real estate.

Public Confidence in Charities Rebounds Slightly
(Sept. 18, 2006) Public confidence in U.S. charities has risen slightly since Sept. 11, 2001, but still has not returned to the level of trust experienced before that day, according to a new survey.

CRA Information Return Packages Mailed Late, New Re-Registration Process
(Sept. 11, 2006) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has reported that, due to technical problems, there will be delays in the mailing of information return packages to registered charities with fiscal periods that ended in July and August of 2006.

Ten Years of GIVING
For the tenth consecutive year, The New York Times will publish its special GIVING section devoted to philanthropy, and AFP members are invited to advertise in the supplement.

Canadian Government Seeks Comments on Grant Programs
(Sept. 5, 2006) The Canadian federal government is asking nonprofit organizations and other interested parties to submit their comments and opinions about how to make the current system of grant and contribution programs less burdensome and more efficient.

New Form 990 Might Include Fundraising Cost Reporting
(Aug. 28, 2006) An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advisory committee has recommended seven guidelines for restructuring and revising the Form 990, including potential changes to fundraising cost reporting.

New Study Examines How Donors Give Online During Disasters
(Aug. 28, 2006) A new study examines how donors give online to help support disaster relief efforts and provides guidance for charities seeking to raise funds online.

IRA Rollover Signed Into Law
(Aug. 18, 2006) On Thursday, Aug. 17, President Bush signed into law a pension reform bill that includes several giving incentives, including the IRA rollover provision.

Tips on Succession Planning
Tips on Succession Planning

Foundation Giving Exceeds $33 Billion in 2005
(Aug. 7, 2006) Buoyed by the establishment of new foundations, a slowly growing economy and support for relief efforts for the Southeast Asia tsunami and Gulf Coast hurricanes, giving by U.S. foundations increased to an estimated $33.8 billion in 2005, according to a new report.

IRA Rollover Close to Final Approval
(Aug. 7, 2006) After years of work, all that remains for the IRA rollover provision to become a reality is the president’s signature.

New Magazine to Focus on Affluent Young Donors
(July 31, 2006)  A new magazine will target young people age 21-35 and encourage them to act philanthropically, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

Online Volunteering: Factors for Success
(July 31, 2006) A new study examines the potential benefits of cultivating online volunteers and the necessary infrastructure and capacity organizations need to effectively employ these volunteers.

Women, People in Utah, Most Likely to Volunteer
(July 24, 2006) Women are more likely to volunteer than men in every state in the United States, according to a new report on volunteerism released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

IRS Releases Data on Noncash Charitable Contributions
(July 24, 2006) For the first time, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has gathered information about noncash charitable contributions, including type of gifts, donor demographics and which organizations were most likely to receive noncash contributions.

Successful Capital Campaign Teams: Balancing Technical and Interpersonal Skills
(July 10, 2006)  New research funded by AFP finds that many capital campaign teams, while meeting their goals, often contend with a lack of cohesion, overemphasizing interpersonal skills at the expense of optimal fundraising success.

AFP State of Fundraising 2005 Final Report Released
(July 10, 2006) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2005 Survey is now available online in the Attachments section below (PDF format).

Tips for a successful conference
Tips for a successful conference

Orlando, Atlanta and Houston Charities Most Efficient At Fundraising
(July 3, 2006) Large charities in Orlando, Atlanta and Houston are the best at efficiently raising money for their causes, according to Charity Navigator’s fourth annual Metro Market Study.

CRA Suspends Advisory Charities Committee for Review
(June 26, 2006) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has temporarily suspended the activities of its national advisory committees while it undergoes a review of the role and mandate of these bodies.

Report Provides New Ideas on Arts, Education, Health Fundraising
(June 26, 2006) A new report on household giving in the United States identifies several key factors, beyond just wealth and income, as to why people give to arts, education and health charities.

Michigan Bill Would Require Foundations to Give Locally
(June 19, 2006) Recently introduced legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives would require foundations incorporated in the state to give half of their annual grants to Michigan charities unless broader national or international activity is explicitly  permitted by the organization’s articles of incorporation.

Foundation for Philanthropy Leadership Donors
Foundation for Philanthropy Leadership Donors


Philanthropy Not the Most Important Aspect of CSR, Survey Finds
(June 5, 2006) A majority of Americans believe that the most important aspect of corporate social responsibility is treating employees fairly, according to a new survey released by the National Consumers League and Fleishman-Hillard.

Scholarship Information for Chapters
Scholarship Information for Chapters

Political Action Committee (AFP PAC)
AFP PAC

Foundation Releases First Semi-Annual Newsletter
(May 30, 2006) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has released its first newsletter, The Steward. Published semi-annually, The Steward focuses on projects that the foundation helps to fund, as well as the donors that make those projects happen.

Numerous Charities in CFC Owe Millions in Payroll Taxes
(May 30, 2006) More than 1,000 charities involved in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) have tax debts reaching nearly $36 million, according to an investigation by the General Accounting Office.

AFP Testifies Before Congress on Charitable Giving Act
(May 30, 2006) At a hearing of the Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture and Technology, AFP called on Congress to help charities by passing charitable giving incentives.

AFP Submits Additional Comments on Do-Not-Call List
(May 30, 2006) In response to continuing concerns from the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), AFP has submitted additional testimony regarding the implementation of a national do-not-call list.

2008 AFP Canada Call for Nominations
(Sept. 8, 2008) AFP is now accepting nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada and the AFP Canada Council.

Charity Provisions Stripped From Tax Reconciliation Package, But Still Alive
(May 15, 2006) Congress removed nearly all of the charity-related provisions from the tax reconciliation bill, but there are some signs that it may still consider some proposals on other legislation this year.

Charities Face Major Challenges in Finding Funds for Capital Projects
(May 15, 2006) A new survey has found that while numerous charities have significant investment capital needs, including technology, program development and strategic planning, they face substantial challenges in accessing that capital.

Win a $100,000 Cause-Marketing Grant
(May 12, 2006) BBMG, a New York-based marketing agency focusing on nonprofits, is offering one charity and its for-profit partner $100,000 worth of in-kind marketing services to create and launch a cause-related marketing campaign.

Canada Budget Eliminates Capital Gains Tax on Gifts of Appreciated Securities
(May 8, 2006) In a huge victory for the fundraising profession, the 2006 Canada federal budget includes a provision to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charities.

Volunteers Still Not Being Used for Maximum Impact
(May 4, 2006) A new survey shows that a vast majority of nonprofit organizations are not taking full advantage of the professional skills and knowledge possessed by their volunteers.

Postal Service Proposes More Rate Increases in 2007
(May 4, 2006) The United States Postal Service (USPS) has filed yet another Omnibus Rate Case, proposing to raise postage rates again by 8.5 percent on average, including a three-cent increase in the price of a first class postage stamp.

Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. and Canadian Charities Raised More Funds in 2005
(April 3, 2006) Despite the largest single relief effort in history for Hurricane Katrina, nearly two-thirds of charities in the United States and in Canada managed to raise more funds in 2005 than in 2004.

AFP Press Release: New Budget Will Increase Charitable Giving
(May 2, 2006) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today applauded the federal government’s move to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities, a provision included in the 2006 budget.

Older Americans More Generous, More Skeptical
(May 1, 2006) A new survey has found that older Americans are not only more likely to donate their time and money to charities, but also more likely to be skeptical that such organizations are honest and ethical.

Nonprofit Sector Panel Proposes Solicitation, Compensation Recommendations to Congress
(May 1, 2006) The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which was created to provide Congress with guidance in developing oversight of America’s charities, has released a supplement to its final report that contains additional recommendations related to charitable solicitations, compensation and other issues.

AFP Calls on Parliament to Eliminate Capital Gains Tax on Gifts of Securities
(May 1, 2006) In mid-April, AFP testified during the Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations and called for the complete elimination of the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charity.

Slow, Steady Foundation Growth Seen in 2005, Expected in 2006
(April 24, 2006) A new report shows steady, but unremarkable growth for the foundation sector in 2005 and forecasts much of the same for 2006.

Giving Money, Not Time, Preferred Method of Giving
(April 17, 2006) American adults are more likely to donate money than time to causes they support, according to a national survey by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a membership organization that creates, manages and funds outreach programs that support congregations, schools, nonprofits and individuals in need.

FCC Adopts Rules to Implement Junk Fax Prevention Act

(April 17, 2006) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules to implement the provision of the Junk Fax Prevention Act regarding unsolicited facsimile advertisements.



Charitable Fundraising Salaries Decrease in the U.S., Remain Stable in Canada
(April 10, 2006) From 2004 to 2005, salaries for charitable fundraisers decreased in the United States and remained stable in Canada, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

Exploring the Unknown and Inspiring Young Scientists
(April 4, 2006) Growing up in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Robert D. Ballard was initially drawn by the majesty of mountain ranges. However, when his family moved to San Diego, his fascination with the sea began. Luckily for him, he has been able to explore both, fulfilling his boyhood dream of being like Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Agent of Change
(April 2, 2006) Admittedly in the “third act” of her life, Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian and activist Jane Fonda says that she is not afraid to die, but she is scared to reach the end of her life with regrets.

AFP Strategic Communications-Messages
AFP Strategic Communications-Messages

AFP Strategic Communications-Target Audiences
AFP Strategic Communications-Target Audiences

AFP Strategic Communications-Goals, Objectives, Strategies
AFP Strategic Communications-Goals, Objectives, Strategies

AFP Strategic Communications-What Chapters Can Do
AFP Strategic Communications-What Chapters Can Do

AFP Guidelines on Press Relations
AFP Guidelines on Press Relations

Public Relations Outline for AFP Chapters
Public Relations Outline for AFP Chapters

AFP Government Relations Committee
AFP Government Relations Committee

Sloan Foundation Named 2006 Outstanding Foundation
(March 27, 2006) The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, based in New York City, is the recipient of the 2006 Award for Outstanding Foundation presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

New Non-itemizer Deduction Penalizes Donors Who Itemize
(March 27, 2006) The non-itemizer deduction in the Senate-passed tax reconciliation bill (H.R. 4297) contains an unprecedented floor for charitable contributions that effectively taxes donors who itemize their gifts.

Grassley to Investigate Nonprofit Hospitals
(March 27, 2006) Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Finance Committee and the lead critic of nonprofits in Congress, is now expanding his investigation of the sector into nonprofit hospitals.

Pier 1 Imports Named 2006 Outstanding Corporation
(March 20, 2006) Fort Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports has been named the 2006 Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

AFP Leaders Attend White House Philanthropy Conference
(March 13, 2006) More than 25 AFP leaders attended the National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, hosted by the White House, on March 9 in Washington, D.C.

Atlanta Resident Terry Stent Named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(March 13, 2006) F. Terry Stent, art collector, Atlanta resident and committed philanthropist, has won the Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Paulette Maehara's Letter
Paulette Maehara's Letter

Education/Professional Development Job Description


AAFRC Changes Name to Giving Institute
(March 6, 2006) The America Association of Fundraising Counsel has changed its name to the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Nonprofits Join Together to Fight AOL Email Plans
(March 6, 2006) Several nonprofits have joined together to launch a campaign against America Online’s (AOL) plans to charge fees for organizations using a new certified email system.

Contributions to Colleges and Universities Grow by Nearly 5 Percent
(Feb. 24, 2006) Colleges and universities in the United States experienced a 4.9 percent increase in contributions in 2005, according to the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey released by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).

AFP Urges Inclusion of Capital Gains Provision in Throne Speech, First Budget
(Feb. 25, 2006) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper encouraging him to move quickly to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charity.

Survey Suggests Many U.S. Nonprofits May Be Engaged in Political Activity
(Feb. 25, 2006) A new report by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suggests that a large percentage of nonprofit organizations in the United States, including churches, may be engaged in some sort of prohibited political activity.

Socially Responsible Investment Assets Growing Faster Than Other Funds
(Feb. 20, 2006) Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) assets grew faster than all managed assets in the United States over the last 10 years, according to the latest biennial report on SRI funding by the Washington, D.C.-based Social Investment Forum.

U.K. Institute of Fundraising National Convention in July
(Feb. 13, 2006) The largest gathering of fundraisers outside the United States will take place at the Hilton London Metropole in the United Kingdom, July 10–12, 2006.

Grizzard Named One of World's Best Fundraisers
(Jan. 23, 2006) The editors of The NonProfit Times have named Claude H. Grizzard, Sr., a 'Living Legend' in their recent annual selection of 'The World Best Fundraisers.'

The Rich Less Generous Than Others?
(Jan. 23, 2006) New research suggests that the rich in the United States are nearly half as generous as everyone else.

Knowledge of Others' Giving Can Increase Contributions
(Jan. 23, 2006) A new study has found that telling prospective donors what other individuals gave can increase giving levels.

Postage Rates Increase, With More Possibly on the Way
(Jan. 17, 2006) The 5.4 percent postage rate increase that hit nonprofits on Jan. 8 might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Fundraising Legend Don Kuhn Passes Away
(Jan. 17, 2005) Direct-response legend Don Kuhn, who pioneered the use of computer databases in fundraising, passed away in late 2005.

House Passes Tax Reconciliation Bill Without Charitable Giving Incentives or Reforms
(Dec. 19, 2005) On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 4297, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005, by a vote of 234 - 197.

Nearly One in Five U.S. Internet Users Have Contributed Online
(Dec. 12, 2005) More than 26 million Americans have now made a charitable gift online, according to the most recent survey from the Pew Internet Project.

Applications Open for CRA Charities Advisory Committee
(Dec. 12, 2005) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is accepting applications for its Charities Advisory Committee, which provides advice and feedback to the agency on matters related to the regulation of registered charities, through December 16.

AFP Hurricane Blog Still Helping Members Reach Out
(Dec. 5, 2005) Just as relief efforts for the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma will be long-term, AFP members continue to use the Hurricane Blog to help identify and find resources that charities in the affected areas need.

New Studies Highlight Regional Differences in U.S. Giving Patterns
(Dec. 5, 2005) Two new studies shed fresh light on geographic giving patterns in the United States and reveal that some areas are much more generous than had previously been thought.

U.S. Senate Passes Tax Reconciliation Bill Containing Giving Incentives and New Taxes on Certain Contributions
(Nov. 21, 2005) Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed a tax reconciliation act (S. 2020), containing both charitable giving incentives and charity reforms, by a vote of 64-33. Sen. Santorum (R-Pa.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, successfully offered an amendment in committee that allowed specified charitable giving provisions from the CARE Act (S. 1780) to be included in the tax reconciliation measure.

Branding: The Blind Helping The Sighted To See A New Future
(Nov. 21, 2005) Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the most prestigious guide dog schools in the country. Their success in training guide dogs, placing them with blind people and supporting that human/guide dog team for life, is known throughout the world.

Fundraising Down Slightly Because of Hurricanes: Optimism Still Strong that Giving Will Recover By Year's End
Nearly half of U.S. charities have seen their fundraising decline because of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes and the associated relief efforts, according to a survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released on National Philanthropy Day®.

AFP Co-Sponsors CARE Day Event on Capitol Hill
(Nov. 14, 2005) On Tuesday, Nov. 8, AFP participated in Congressional CARE Day to urge Congress to pass the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act before the end of this session.

Gender Pay Gap Narrows at U.S. Charities, But Still Remains Unequal
(Nov. 7, 2005) A new study reveals that the compensation of female charity CEO's has increased faster than, but still lags behind, those of their male counterparts.

Nonprofit Postal Rates to Increase
(Nov. 7, 2005) The latest recommendation by the U.S. Postal Rate Commission would increase nonprofit postage rates by as much as 13 percent for some organizations in 2006.

Charitable Reforms Face Roadblock in the House
(Nov. 7, 2005) A key Democratic staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives has indicated that the Senate Finance Committee's proposed charitable reforms are 'off the table' and will not be considered by the House at this point.

Legislation Formally Recognizing National Philanthropy Day Introduced in the Senate of Canada
(November 3, 2005) - Today, Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto), chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, introduced legislation that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in the world.

New "Due Diligence" Requirements Overly Burdensome for Charities
(Oct. 31, 2005) New provisions issued by the Department of Finance are overly burdensome to charities and can place them in jeopardy.

Provisions Limiting Nonprofit Advocacy Expected This Week
(Oct. 24, 2005) The House of Representatives is expected this week to consider a provision that would prohibit certain nonprofits from engaging in lobbying and 'voter participation' activities.

Your Letters Needed to Pass the CARE Act!
(Oct. 18, 2005) With national attention focused on Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts, Congress is giving another look to the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and your help is needed now!

President Signs Katrina Giving Measures
(Oct. 17, 2005) The president has signed into law new charitable giving provisions as part of a Hurricane Katrina tax package designed to encourage giving both to relief organizations and charities overall.

Public Confidence in Charities Remains Low, Study Says
(Oct. 17, 2005) A new survey reveals that nearly one-third of Americans have little or no confidence in charities, while two-thirds believe that charities waste a great deal or fair amount of money.

Is Corporate Social Responsibility A Myth?
(Oct. 10, 2005) A new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review argues that the public is being misled by the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement.

Socially Responsible Investing on the Rise
(Oct. 10, 2005) More than one out of every nine dollars invested and professionally managed in the United States, or $2.16 trillion, is involved in a socially responsible investment, according to a report by the Social Investment Forum.

CARE Act Introduced in House and Senate
(Oct. 3, 2005) The Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, S.1780, was reintroduced by Sens. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) on Sept. 28, 2005.

Is Your Brand Built Around Pity or Potential?
(Oct. 3, 2005) Have you ever stopped for a moment and tried to look back with a fresh set of eyes at the last several communications you've sent out to your pool of prospective donors? Perhaps asked a friend or spouse to offer their unvarnished opinion about the story your communications tools tell about your organization, its worldview and its relative state of health?

Uniform Law to Create Consistent Fundraising Regulations
(Oct. 3, 2005) The Uniform Law Conference of Canada has drafted legislation that would create one set of consistent requirements and regulations for charitable fundraising in the country.

Powerful Giving Incentive in Katrina Relief Legislation
(Sept. 26, 2005) Congress has passed a Hurricane Katrina tax relief bill that does not include the IRA Rollover provision, but does contain a new incentive that could encourage additional giving.

House and Senate Introduce Hurricane Katrina Tax Relief Legislation
(Sept. 19, 2005) Congress has introduced Hurricane Katrina tax relief packages that include direct grants to help those affected by the tragedy, as well as tax incentives to encourage charitable giving.

Despite Reform, Postage Rates May Still Increase
(Sept. 19, 2005) A postal reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July was supposed to eliminate the need for a postage rate increase in 2006, but the projected savings may be diverted for other purposes.

Boomers Lead Generation Giving, But Younger Groups Showing Potential
(Sept. 12, 2005) A new study reports that the baby boomer generation now gives more to charities than any other generation, while younger donors are showing a stronger than expected proclivity to support nonprofit organizations.

Looking Beyond Charity Competition
(Sept. 12, 2005) Like it or not, charities are forced to compete with each other. Rising above the ethical, logistical and resource-draining quagmire of competing against like-minded nonprofits requires framing the world a little bit differently than we have in the past.

AFP's CEO, Paulette Maehara, Speaks About AFP Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina and Their Needs
(Sept. 7, 2005) I sent out a message to all AFP members on Sept. 2, letting them know what the organization was doing in response to Hurricane Katrina. I have received hundreds of emails from concerned members in support of their colleagues.

Sample Letters on Senate Finance Charity Proposals
(Sept. 6, 2005) Below are two sample letters that members can use when contacting their members of Congress regarding proposed charitable reforms being considered by the Senate Finance Committee.

Charity Reform: Overview of Finance Committee Giving Reform Proposals
(Sept. 6, 2005) This month, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to finally introduce legislation that will dramatically affect numerous tax incentives for charitable giving.

Charity Reform: Overview of Finance Committee Accountability Proposals
(Sept. 6, 2005) For nearly two years, the Senate Finance Committee has been investigating reported abuses in the charitable sector and developing legislation. This month, the committee is expected to finally introduce legislation that will cover a number of areas related to charity accountability and operations.

Letters Needed Now on Finance Committee Proposals!
(Sept. 6, 2005) Numerous charitable giving tax incentives are at stake. It is critical that members take action now and contact their U.S. senators!

AFP's CEO, Paulette V. Maehara Speaks About Hurricane Katrina
(Sept. 2, 2005) All of us at AFP International Headquarters send our thoughts and prayers to the residents of cities affected by Hurricane Katrina (especially our members in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Alabama Gulf Coast and Mississippi chapters and others in the affected area). We hope all of our members' families and friends are safe and well.

Give, But Give Wisely, to Katrina Relief Efforts
(Alexandria , Va.) -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals ( AFP ) today warned the general public about fundraising scams involving relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and urged donors to exercise caution when giving to any type of relief effort.

When You're Fundraising By Accident
(Aug. 22, 2005) The AFP Greater Austin Chapter's 'Accidental Fundraiser' program was no accident. It was developed on purpose to help those individuals who suddenly find themselves with fundraising responsibilities.

Audit Critical of CRA Charity Oversight
(Aug. 22, 2005) An audit of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by federal investigators is highly critical of the agency for it ineffective and inefficient oversight of the charitable sector, according to an article by The Canadian Press.

Matching Foundation Payout Rates to Mission
(Aug. 15, 2005) A new report argues that foundations would be better served by matching their payout rate to the specific needs and programs of their mission as opposed to an arbitrary, government-set limit.

Branding: Are Your Fundraising Strategies Damaging Your Hopes For Long-Term Success?
(Aug. 8, 2005) Fundraising solicitations that play on current world events and short-term emotions are commonplace, but can they damage a charity's long-term development potential? AFP's guest branding columnist, Bill Tolliver, examines the issue.

Foundation Giving Rises in 2004
(Aug, 8, 2005) A new study released by the Foundation Center in Washington D.C., reports that giving by the United State's grantmaking foundations rose 7 percent to an estimated $32.4 billion in 2004.

Survey Rates Perceptions and Experiences of Fundraisers
(Aug. 8, 2005) A new report, supported in part by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), provides new perspectives on how fundraisers of different races view themselves and their jobs and compiles ideas on what can be done to bring more African-American fundraisers into the profession.

AFP President and CEO Named One of Sector's Most Influential People
(Aug. 8, 2005) The Nonprofit Times has named Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), one of the 50 most influential people in the charitable sector.

Car Donations Down at Many U.S. Charities
(Aug. 8, 2005) The number of cars donated to charity has dramatically dipped since the beginning of 2005, according to an article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and many of the charities experiencing downturns blame new laws passed by Congress.

Senate Finance Proposals Require Chapter Grassroots Activity
(August 1, 2005) AFP encourages all U.S. chapters to organize grassroots events that will increase member and public awareness about the harm that upcoming Congressional proposals would do to charities and charitable giving.

Operating Style Key Factor in Foundation Expenses
(Aug. 1, 2005) A new study of the expense and compensation patterns of the 10,000 largest grantmaking foundations in the United States suggests not only that there are vast differences among these entities, but also operating style may be the most critical factor in determining and explaining such expenditures.

Canada Revenue Agency Provides 2004 'Annual Report'
(July 25, 2005) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the agency most responsible for oversight of the charitable sector, has released facts and figures about its activities in 2004.

Why People Give (and Do Not Give) to Charity
(July 25, 2005) A new study provides insight into why people give and do not give to charity and what organizations can do to convince them to support their programs.

AFP State of Fundraising 2004 Final Report Released
(July 20, 2005) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2004 Survey is now available online.

Canadian Charitable Giving Rises By 7 Percent in 2004
(July 20, 2005) Canadian charities saw their fundraising increase by more than 7 percent in 2004, according to the final report of the State of Fundraising 2004 survey issued by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Arizona Mentoring Program Creates Opportunities, Community for Beginning, Mid-level Fundraisers
(July 18, 2005) A complete overview of fundraising, an experienced mentor and a group of similarly minded colleagues are exactly what any new fundraiser needs, and that is exactly what the AFP Greater Arizona Chapter's Professional Mentoring Program provides.

Charitable Reforms on the Horizon
(July 11, 2005) With Congress returning from its 4th of July recess this week, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) may introduce his package of charitable reforms at any moment.

Branding -- Using the Power of Common Sense to Earn Loyalty
This is the second in a series of six articles addressing the issue of nonprofit branding. This week: earning the public's (and your donor's) loyalty.

Position Paper: Payments in Lieu of Taxes
AFP's 1997 position paper on the issue of Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS).

President Approves Do-Not-Fax Exemption for Charities
(July 18, 2005) President Bush has signed into law legislation that will allow companies and nonprofits to send commercial faxes to customers, donors and members without a recipient's written consent.

Chapter Newsletter Inserts
Need content for your chapter newsletter? We have attached a list of articles on topics such as the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, the benefits of AFP membership and informative articles from AFP eWire.

Nonprofit Panel Releases Final Report
(June, 27, 2005) The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector presented its report to Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) and the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 22, 2005.

Taking the Mystery (and Misery) Out of Branding
(June 27, 2005) A new series of articles in AFP eWire will help nonprofits use advanced branding and communications techniques to further their cause.

Proposed 'Do-Not-Call' List Exempts Registered Charities
(June 20, 2005) Advocacy by AFP and its members has resulted in the exemption of registered charities from a proposed national 'do-not-call' list currently being considered by Parliament, but additional work remains to be done.

New Project to Raise Awareness of Charitable Sector
(June 20, 2005) Eight organizations in Canada are collaborating on a new project over the next two years to raise awareness of the country's voluntary and charitable sector.

Charitable Giving Rises Five Percent in 2004
(June 20, 2005) Charitable Giving in the U.S. exceeded $248 billion in 2004, according to the new Giving USA report.

Revised Charity Information Return Now Available
(June 20, 2005) The new version of the T3010A, the Registered Charity Information Return, is now available on the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) website.

Government Provides Guidance on Vehicle Donations
(June 20, 2005) The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released information to assist charities and donors with contributions of vehicles.

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Investigates Donations of Land, Other Property
(June 13, 2005) On Wednesday, June 8, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on issues related to gifts of land/conservation easements, focusing on possible abuses of charitable land trusts and conservation easements.

Urgent Call to Action: National Do-Not-Call List
I am writing to urge you to contact the closest member of the House of Commons INDU Committee as soon as possible and encourage them to support amendments that exempt all nonprofits, not just those charities registered under the Income Tax Act, from the proposed national do-not-call list.

Senators Caution Finance Committee on Impact of Charitable Reforms
(June 6, 2005) A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), have sent a letter to the leaders of the Finance Committee, urging them to ensure that their proposed charitable reforms do not adversely affect legitimate nonprofit organizations.

The Rich Are Getting Richer
(June 6, 2005) The income of the super rich in the U.S. is growing faster than any other income class, according to research conducted by The New York Times and published in its June 5 issue.

U.S. Finance Committee Turns Its Attention to Hospitals
(May 31, 2005) Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, requested detailed information from the nation's largest nonprofit hospitals to account for their charitable activities and validate the tax-exempt status they receive.

Canada Announces Compliance Funding Program for Charities
(May 23, 2005) The federal government has launched a new program designed to support projects that educate and train charities on how to comply with its regulatory requirements.

Exemption Sought for Do-Not-Call List
(May 23, 2005) In early May, AFP submitted comments to Parliament seeking an exemption for charities from a proposed national Do-Not-Call list, and the House of Commons is considering the recommendation.

AFP Giving Guides
These two giving guides (American and Canadian versions) provide wise giving tips for the public. Chapters may find some of the material useful in their own public education efforts for NPD.

Legislative Update: Interim Nonprofit Panel Comments Due May 19
(May 16, 2005) The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector has invited the nonprofit community to comment on a new set of draft recommendations designed to strengthen the governance, transparency, and ethical conduct of charitable organizations.

Legislative Update: Finance Committee Presses Forward with Reforms
(May 9, 2005) The Senate Finance Committee is now seeking to attach its proposed charitable reforms to completely unrelated legislation.

New Study Shows Accountability the Norm in the Nonprofit Sector
(May 9, 2005) A new study reveals that a large percentage of nonprofits across the United States already engage in the kinds of accountability practices currently under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee, bringing into question why nonprofit accountability has become such an issue with Congress.

Strong Trustee-CDO Relationship Can Have Huge Impact on Fundraising
(May 9, 2005) When key players in a nonprofit--the CEO, board chair and chief development officer (CDO)--all share a common vision, the organization can function and fundraise more effectively, according to research funded by AFP.

Reminder: Canadian Charities Must Use Different Information Return Form in 2005
(May 2, 2005) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is revising Form T30101A, the Registered Charity Information Return, for fiscal periods that begin after March 22, 2004.

Passage of Major Charitable Reforms by Memorial Day?
(May 2, 2005) According to Capitol Hill staff, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is seeking to have his charitable reform measures passed by Memorial Day.

New Giving Index Shows U.S. Philanthropy Quite Strong
(May 2, 2005) Despite mixed signals on the economy, Americans continue overwhelmingly to donate to a variety of charitable causes, with more than 90 percent giving at least $100 to more than $10,000 annually.

Postal Rule Changed to Protect Nonprofit Use of Personal Information
(May 2, 2005) After a year of lobbying by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the United States Postal Service (USPS) has amended its new rule to allow charities to use personal information in solicitations sent via Nonprofit Standard mail.

Nonprofit Sector is an Economic Force in Massachusetts
(April 25, 2005) The Massachusetts nonprofit sector generates about $50 billion in salaries, goods, services and expenditures for the state, according to a recent study from the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC).

House Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on the Tax-Exempt Sector
(April 25, 2005) Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing titled 'An Overview of the Tax-Exempt Sector.'

U.S. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON THE TAX-EXEMPT SECTOR
(April 18, 2005) Following in the footsteps of the Senate Finance Committee's April 5, 2005, hearing on the charitable sector, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled 'An Overview of the Tax-Exempt Sector.'

Foundation Giving Declines, Key Issues Gain Support in 2003
(April 11, 2005) Overall giving by the largest private and community foundations dropped 10 percent in 2003, according to the recent Foundation Giving Trends: An Update on Funding Priorities report from the Foundation Center.

AFP State of Fundraising 2004 Report Released
(April 4, 2005) According to findings of AFP's annual State of Fundraising 2004 survey, charitable fundraising in 2004 was robust and fundraisers are optimistic about 2005.

AFP Requests Meeting with Minister of Finance over Quota Changes
(March 28, 2005) On Feb. 15, 2005, the Finance Committee of the House of Commons reported Bill C-33, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 23, 2004, back to the House without holding hearings.

Nonprofit Panel to Hold Field Hearings Regarding Its Reports to the Senate Finance Committee
(March 28, 2005) The Oversight and Self-Regulation Work Group of an ad hoc Panel on the Nonprofit Sector submitted its interim recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee on March 1, 2005.

AFP Supports Alert Urging Nonprofits to Contact the USPS and Obtain Advanced Rulings on Sample Mail pieces
(March 21, 2005) As reported recently in eWire, a new rule introduced by the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding the use of personal information in solicitations will go into effect on June 1, 2005.

Be Prepared for Postal Rule Change on Personal Information
(March 14, 2005) A new rule promulgated by the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding the use of personal information in solicitations will go into effect on June 1, 2005.

Bush Nixes Non-Itemizer Despite New Study About Its Impact
(March 14, 2005) The Bush Administration has indicated it will no longer push for passage of the non-itemizer deduction, even as a new study shows the provision would increase giving for the United Way of America (UWA) and other organizations.

IRS 'Dirty Dozen' Tax Scams Includes Charitable Fraud
(March 7, 2005) The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) annual list of the most notorious tax scams - its 'Dirty Dozen' - includes charitable abuse and fraud this year.

Public Invited to Participate in Nonprofit Panel Conference Call
(Feb. 28, 2005) Individuals involved with the charitable sector are invited to participate in a conference call on March 4, 2005, of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which is developing recommendations to Congress on how to strengthen governance and accountability in the sector.

New Report Sheds Light on Why People Volunteer
(Feb. 28, 2005) While moral values are the primary reason many Americans volunteer, clear differences emerge between age groups, according to a survey by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Nonprofit, Association Sponsorships Expected to Rise in 2005
(Feb. 21, 2005) For-profit corporations and businesses are expected to spend more than $1 billion in sponsoring nonprofit causes in 2005, according to industry forecasts by the IEG Sponsorship Report.

Canadian Charitable Receipts Must Include CRA Information
(Feb. 14, 2005) Receipts for contributions issued by registered charities in Canada must now include the name and website address of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Congressional Committee Proposes New Limits on Charitable Deductions
(Feb. 14, 2005) A new report by the Joint Committee on Taxation in Congress includes proposals to limit or eliminate certain types of deductions for charitable giving.

Process for Development of AFP Position Papers
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CARE Act Included in 'Top Ten' Priorities for 109th Congress
(Jan. 31, 2005) The Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act has been introduced this year as part of Senate Bill 6 (S. 6), which is one of the top ten legislative priorities for the 109th Congress over the next two years.

Biography: The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Meet The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE and chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

Fundraising Competition Increases as U.S. Charities Number 800,000
(Jan. 24, 2005) Charities can look forward to additional fundraising competition as the Internal Revenue Service now reports that there are nearly 800,000 charitable organizations in the United States, double the number than existed in 1990.

Parliament Urges Reduction in Capital Gains Tax for Gifts of Stock, Land
(Jan. 18, 2005) The Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance has urged the federal government to reduce the capital gains tax on charitable gifts of stock and real estate, including ecologically sensitive land.

Give, but Give Wisely, to Tsunami Relief Efforts
(Jan. 4, 2005) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today encouraged the general public to contribute to tsunami relief efforts, but urged donors to use caution when giving to avoid potential scams.

Nonprofits Must Comply with CAN-SPAM Regs
(Dec. 20, 2004) As expected, nonprofit organizations are not automatically exempt from the final regulations recently published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the CAN-SPAM Act.

Industry Canada Proposes Do-Not-Call List
(Dec. 20, 2004) The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, announced last week the introduction of legislation to create a federal Do-Not-Call List.

Senate Banking Committee Endorses AFP's Recommendations To Increase Charitable Giving
(December 16, 2004) In its interim report, released today, on ways to encourage charitable giving, the Senate Banking Committee endorsed several proposals recommended by AFP.

2003 Leadership Donors
2003 Leadership Donors.

Chapter Treasury Campaign Donors
Chapter Treasury Campaign Donors.

Chapters with 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
Chapters with 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation.

VSI Report Highlights Resources for Canadian Fundraisers, Charities
(Dec. 13, 2004) The Joint Steering Committee of the Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI) has released its second evaluation of the VSI process and its impact on charities, the government and their relationship.

Ranking the Best Corporate Citizens
(Dec. 13, 2004) In the last of a series of four articles looking at corporations, 'Beyond the Balance Sheet,' Forbes magazine ranks some of the largest for-profits on the basis of corporate citizenship.

Email Solicitations Still Evolving in Higher Education
(Dec. 6, 2004) Only half of higher education institutions are using email as a fundraising tool, and there is a wide disparity in how the technology is being employed, according to a new survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Although focused on higher education, the survey also holds insights for other types of charitable organizations as well.

Spitzer: Sarbanes-Oxley Shouldn't Apply to Charities
(Dec. 6, 2004) The federal law creating strict new mandates for corporate accountability should not be applied to the charitable sector, according to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

Canadian Giving Reaches Record High
(Nov. 8, 2004) Charitable giving by individuals in Canada reached $6.5 billion in 2003, the highest level ever reported.

New Postal Rule Eases Restrictions on Use of Personal Information
(Nov. 8, 2004) Bowing to pressure from the nonprofit sector, the United States Postal Service has changed new regulations on the eligibility of nonprofit mail which contains personal information for Standard Mail rates.

Alberta, BC Charities Exempt From Federal Privacy Law
(Nov. 7, 2004) The Canadian government announced on Wednesday, Nov. 3, that the federal privacy law - the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, or PIPEDA - would no longer apply to organizations, including charities, in Alberta and British Columbia.

AFP's Comments On the CAN-SPAM Act
(October 14, 2004) AFP's comments before the Federal Trade Commission regarding the CANSPAM Act.

AFP Alert: CRTC Decision 2004-35
(October 4, 2004) AFP continues to urge its members to write to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of AFP's application to review and vary CRTC Decision 2004-35 that establishes new telemarketing regulations that would detrimentally affect charitable organizations.

Study Defines Size and Scope of Canadian Voluntary Sector
(September 27, 2004) Findings from a landmark study on Canadian nonprofit organizations and registered charities were released last week at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy's annual symposium in Toronto.

Confidence in U.S. Charitable Organizations Remains Unimproved
(September 27, 2004) American confidence in charitable organizations continues to remain 10 to 15 percent lower today than it was the summer of 2001, according to a recent survey.

Charities Not Charging Enough for Marketing, Sponsorship Deals
(Sept. 7, 2004) Most charities are not charging their for-profit partners enough fees for marketing and sponsorship arrangements, according to a new study by Chicago-based IEG, a firm which studies the sponsorship industry.

California Regulatory Bill Passes Senate, Heads to Governor's Office
(Aug. 27, 2004) The California Senate approved S.B. 1262, the California Nonprofit Integrity Act, on Thursday, Aug. 26, by a vote of 22-13. The bill now heads to the Governor's office for his consideration.

IRS to Crack Down on Section 527 Organizations
(Aug. 25, 2004) Section 527 political groups, which have become very controversial during the current Presidential campaign, will now have to be more accountable to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

IRS To Investigate Charity Salaries, Benefits
(Aug. 16, 2004) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a new project to crack down on excessive compensation and benefits in the charitable sector.

AFP Policies
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Canada Issues -- June/July 2004 Public Policy Update
Members are still encouraged to write letters to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission about its new regulations regarding telemarketing that would be detrimental to charities. A sample letter is included in the Update, which also has information about CRA's new 'charity representative' service.

U.S. State Issues -- June/July 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's state update contains numerous bills that affect the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Michigan and New York.

U.S. Federal Issues -- June/July 2004 Public Policy Update
This issue of the update covers numerous issues related to the Senate Finance Committee hearings and discussion on charity regulation, as well as the CARE Act, the FCC's do-not-fax rule, the FTC's proposed do-not-email list and IRS publications on gifts of vehicles and conservation easements.

BBB To Expand Charity Evaluation Program
(Aug. 9, 2004) The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, a charity monitoring group based in Arlington, Va., has developed the Online Charity Reporting and Evaluation System, which will allow the organization to evaluate more nonprofits every year.

Organization Needed to Create Public Awareness Campaign for Canada's Charities
(July 29, 2004) Social Development Canada (SDC) is issuing a call for proposals to design a national communications campaign that will increase public awareness and support of Canada's voluntary sector and the work it performs.

U.S. Charities Now Closer To Fax Rule Exemptions
(July 26, 2004)  The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 4600) on July 20 that would restore the 'established business relationship' provision in the Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) regulations.

AFP to Congress: Prohibit Percentage-Based Compensation
(July 26, 2004)  One of the most important steps Congress can take in increasing public confidence in charities is to outlaw percentage-based compensation, AFP President and CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, told U.S. Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and key committee staff members at a July 22 roundtable on charity regulation.

New Strategies for Bequest Solicitations
(July 19, 2004)  Charities should not limit their solicitations for bequests (often known as 'legacy solicitations') to the traditional group of wealthy donors, a new study advises. Instead, they should extend their reach to nearly all contributors or individuals who have benefited from the charity's work or programs.

AFP State of Fundraising 2003 Final Report Released
(July 12, 2004) - The final report of the AFP State of Fundraising 2003 is now available online. The report, which shows that charitable fundraising in the United States and Canada rebounded in 2003, provides findings on what challenges fundraisers faced in both Canada and the United States and fundraisers' predictions for 2004.

Measuring Charities' Effectiveness'Who Cares?
(July 12, 2004) Most donors are not all that interested in performance measurements (metrics) for charitable organizations and do not take them into account when they give, according to an article in the Summer 2004 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

CRA Creates New Help Resource for Canadian Charities
(July 12, 2004) The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently created a new position at the agency to assist charities with issues or questions that cannot be dealt with through normal channels.

Use Of Premiums, Freemiums Rises In 2004
(July 6, 2004) Nonprofit organizations have increased the use of donor incentives across most categories during the first quarter of 2004, according to a recent study by ParadyszMatera's MarketTrends, which tracked offers and promotions in the disease/health, nature/wildlife and humanitarian fundraising categories.

New Strategies to Attract Baby Boomer Volunteers
(July 2, 2004)  Baby boomers have the promise of becoming a social resource of unparalleled proportions, but charities face special challenges in trying to reach them, according to a new report by the Harvard School of Public Health-MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement.

AFP Fundraising Survey Shows Charitable Giving Recovered in 2003
(Alexandria, VA, March 14, 2004) - Seventy-three percent of charities raised the same amount of money or more in 2003 than in 2002, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) annual State of Fundraising 2003 Survey. AFP is the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world and represents more than 26,000 individuals.

Fundraising Salaries Rise, Gender Gap Still Significant
(June 28, 2004) U.S. fundraising salaries rose more than 9 percent and Canadian salaries increased more than 1.5 percent from 2002 to 2003, according to the latest AFP Compensation and Benefits Study.

Will U.S. Senate Hearing on Charity Abuses Spark Additional Legislation?
(June 28, 2004) The Senate Finance Committee is planning to introduce new legislation later this year in response to the June 22 hearing that focused on abuses in the charitable sector.

Help Support Changes to the FCC Do-Not-Fax Rule!
(June 28, 2004) Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would restore the 'established business relationship' provision governing fax communications that was repealed last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Teaching the Teachers at the First Canadian Faculty Training Academy
(June 28, 2004) The first AFP Faculty Training Academy (FTA) in Canada was held June 17-19 in cooperation with the Mount Royal College Institute of Nonprofit Studies in Calgary, Alberta.

U.S. Charitable Giving Surpassed $240 Billion In 2003
(June 21, 2004) American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $240.72 billion to charitable causes in 2003, according to Giving USA 2004, a study released by the Giving USA Foundation.

Letters Needed on New Postal Service Regs'Write Now!
(June 14, 2004) Comments to the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding its proposed new 'exclusive purpose' regulations are due by June 18, and all U.S. charities and fundraisers are encouraged to write letters.

Canadian Charities Asked To Contact CRTC By June 18!
(June 14, 2004) June 18 is the deadline for submitting comments to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regarding the impact that its new telemarketing regulations will have on fundraising.

Working with American City Business Journals
One of the possibilities that chapters can explore for their National Philanthropy Day events is a partnership with a local business journal.

U.S. State Issues -- May 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's update contains numerous bills that affect the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Alaska, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Canada Issues -- May 2004 Public Policy Update
The call for federal elections has delayed some public policy initiatives related to philanthropy. However, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued new regulations regarding telemarketing that would be detrimental to charities. AFP members are encouraged to respond.

U.S. Federal Issues: May 2004 Public Policy Update
The Postal Service has issued new regulations that would dramatically impact charitable organizations, while AFP continues its work on the CARE Act. This month's report also contains updates on proposals by the Federal Election Commission concerning the applicability of political rules to nonprofits) and the Federal Trade Commission (regarding stricter rules on commercial emails).

Senate Hearings on Charities & Charitable Gifts Set for June 22
(June 7, 2004) The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has announced a hearing for June 22 that will focus on a number of issues related to charitable giving abuses, governance and best practices.

New Canadian Telemarketing Rules Will Impact Charities
(June 4, 2004) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued new regulations (effective June 21, 2004) that impose additional requirements and disclosures for charities engaged in telemarketing, as well as for those for-profit organizations working on behalf of a charity.

IRS to Examine Nonprofit Executive Pay
(May 31, 2004) The director of exempt organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said that the agency plans to take a close look at how much top executives at nonprofit organizations are being paid.

Giving To All Nonprofits, Especially Religious Organizations, Increased In 2003
(May 31, 2004) Giving to all nonprofit organizations, and especially religious organizations, increased substantially in 2003, according to a new report by The Barna Group Ltd., an independent cultural analysis and strategic consulting firm in Ventura, Calif.

Proposed Postal Rule Could Prove Disastrous for Fundraising
(May 21, 2004)  The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a proposed rule that would change dramatically the guidelines for sending charitable solicitations and force many charities to pay First-Class postage rates for their mail.

'MIDDLE RICH' DONATE LOWER PERCENTAGE OF WEALTH THAN OTHER GROUPS
(May 10, 2004)  A new study by San Francisco-based NewTithing Group has concluded that charitable giving in the United States would have increased by an additional $41 billion in 2001 if individuals in the upper middle class and 'middle rich' had given as much as other income classes.

FTC Proposal Could Restrict Nonprofit Email
(May 3, 2004) AFP has responded to a request for preliminary comments by the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) regarding a proposal to restrict the distribution of unsolicited commercial emails.

U.S. State Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's update contains numerous bills affecting the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Utah.

Canada Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
The Privacy Commissioner announces that fundraising is not considered a commercial activity under the federal privacy law. AFP's scheduled appearance before the Senate Banking Committee is postponed, but AFP members are named to two different CRA committees. In addition, Alberta amends its fundraising statutes.

U.S. Federal Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
AFP has responded to requests for comments from the Federal Election Commission (concerning the applicability of political rules to nonprofits) and the Federal Trade Commission (regarding stricter rules on commercial emails). This month's issue also includes an update on the CARE Act and information about IRS efiling and a new bill to help fund nonprofits that are considered 'high-risk' for terrorist activity.

FEC Unlikely to Act Soon on Applying Political Rules to Nonprofits
(April 26, 2004) Regulators with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have recently indicated that they don't believe they will act this year on a proposed regulation that would strictly limit 501(c) nonprofit organizations in their ability to advocate and communicate with the government, donors and the public.

Bill Would Protect Certain Nonprofits from Terrorist Attacks
(April 19, 2004) A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives have introduced the High-Risk Nonprofit Security Enhancement Act, which would create enhanced security measures to help protect nonprofits deemed to be at high risk for terrorist activity.

AFP OPPOSES FEC RULES ON POLITICAL ACTIVITY, ADVOCACY
(April 12, 2004) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) submitted comments on Friday, April 9, to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking the commission to exempt 501(c) organizations from its proposed new rules on political committees and advocacy activities.

U.S. Foundation Giving Declines Slightly in 2003
(April 12, 2004) - Grantmaking foundations in the United States gave an estimated $29.7 billion to charities in 2003, a slight decrease from the $30 billion granted in the previous year.

AFP MEMBERS NAMED TO CCRA CHARITIES, TECHNICAL COMMITTEES
(April 5, 2004) - Members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) have been named to both the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency's (CCRA) Charities Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees.

e-Filing for Charities Now a Reality
(April 5, 2004) - After years of work by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the nonprofit sector can finally file its 990/990EZ forms electronically.

WRITE NOW FOR THE CARE ACT!
(April 5, 2004) - With negotiations and developments continuing to swirl around the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is urging members to send letters to Congress now to help the bill move through the Senate.

Fundraising Not a Commercial Activity Under PIPEDA
(March 31, 2004) Recently, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, released a fact sheet called 'The Application of the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act to Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations'. This document reinforces the content of 'Privacy 101: A Guide to Privacy Legislation for Fundraising Professionals and Not-for-Profit Organizations in Canada' released in June 2003 by a working group of AFP, AHP, APRA and CCP representatives.

Provincial Privacy Developments
(March 31, 2004) The following is an update on privacy developments in Canada's provinces as of March 2004.

Study to Examine Creation of Canadian Human Resources Council for Charitable Sector
OTTAWA(AFP eWire-March 29, 2004) Representatives from the charitable sector, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), are examining the feasibility of creating a national human resources council to address human resources-related issues and encourage capacity in the sector.

FOUNDATIONS FOCUSED ON MISSIONS IN 2002
WASHINGTON (AFP eWire-March 29, 2004) - There's good news and bad news in the recent report Foundation Giving Trends: Update on Funding Priorities issued by the Foundation Center in New York City. 'Foundations largely stuck by their missions and grantees in the bleak economic environment of 2002,' said Loren Renz, vice president for research at the Foundation Center. Nevertheless, foundations did make adjustments reflecting the economic climate. 'Given declining endowments, foundations shied away from making as many major capital commitments and tried to shore up grantees with increased operating support,' Renz added.

AFP FUNDRAISING SURVEY SHOWS GIVING REBOUNDED IN 2003
(March 15, 2004) - Nearly 73 percent of respondents to AFP's third annual State of Fundraising Survey indicated that their organizations raised the same amount of money or more in 2003 than they did in 2002.

Canada Issues: March 2004 Public Policy Update
AFP has been asked to testify before the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce committee on ways to encourage charitable giving, while the fundraising profession scores a major victory on the Ontario health privacy bill. AFP has also been named to a charity technical committee set up by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency.

U.S. States: March 2004 Public Policy Update
With many states just starting their legislative sessions, there are numerous bills affecting the fundraising profession in this month's Update. Bills from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia.

U.S. Federal Issues: March 2004 Public Policy Update
Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Rick Santorum have filed the CARE Act as an amendment to a jobs creation bill, while the IRS has issued new guidance on charity lobbying and the FTC Do Not Call List wins a major battle in federal court.

CARE ACT GIVEN NEW LIFE AS AMENDMENT TO JOBS BILL
(March 8, 2004) - The Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act has been offered as an amendment to the Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act, giving the charitable incentives bill new life and an opportunity for approval in Congress.

MANY NONPROFITS USING VOLUNTEERS INEFFECTIVELY
(March 1, 2004) - A joint study by the UPS Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the USA Freedom Corps has revealed that 80 percent of nonprofits rely on volunteers for critical activities, but admit they do not have the resources or knowledge to manage them as they might like.

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES NEW CHARITY, FUNDRAISING REGULATION BILL
(Feb. 23, 2004) - California State Senator Byron Sher has introduced legislation, the Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004, that would increase reporting and disclosure requirements for charities and charitable fundraisers. The bill, sponsored by California's attorney general, also incorporates certain sections of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley legislation regarding corporate accountability.

DO-NOT-CALL LIST WINS IN COURT
(Feb. 23, 2004) - A major challenge to the legality of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) National Do-Not-Call Registry was rejected by a federal court last week, leaving the list in place and operational.

IRS Clarifies Charity Lobbying, Requests Form 990 Comments
(Feb. 17, 2004) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued two documents related to lobbying by charities during an election year and how much time it takes to complete the Form 990.

Ontario Government Agrees To Implied Consent In Privacy Bill
(Feb. 17, 2004) - In response to efforts by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and other organizations, the Ontario government has decided to amend Bill 31, the Health Information Privacy Act, to allow limited transfer of basic individual contact information.

AFP Testifies Before Committee on Ontario Health Privacy Bill
(Feb. 9, 2004) - AFP has submitted formal written comments and participated in a hearing on Feb. 7 before the Committee on General Government on the impact of Ontario Bill 31, the Health Privacy Information Act.

Educational Endowments Slowly Improving
(Feb. 9, 2004) - U.S. educational endowments improved last year, but schools will likely still face challenges during the next few years, a new survey from the Commonfund Institute reveals.

U.S. States: February 2004 Public Policy Update
(Feb. 4, 2004) - Many states are considering policy changes that will affect the fundraising profession and the nonprofit sector. With many state legislatures adjourned for the year, this month's Update contains information on issues in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Canada Issues: February 2004 Public Policy Update
(Feb. 4, 2004) - Learn more about the federal privacy laws and Ontario Bill 31.

U.S. Federal Issues: February 2004 Public Policy Update
(Feb. 4, 2004) - Learn more about the 2005 Federal Budget Proposal and the latest on the CARE Act.

Crafting Memorable Messages that Capture the Public's Attention
(Feb. 2, 2004) - Studying urban legends can teach nonprofits how to craft appealing and galvanizing messages, according to an article in the winter 2003 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review.

EMC Chapter Goal Selection Form
Please discuss your chapter's suggested Every Member Campaign (EMC) goal with your chapter's board and use this form to report your chapter's EMC goal by March 18.

Foundation Development Chair Expectations And Responsibilities
Please read the FDC Expectations and Responsibilities document to make sure you understand your role in ensuring the success of your chapter's campaign.

Foundation Development Chair Resources
The Foundation Development Chair (FDC) is the chapter's primary liaison with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada. Access the calendar, expectations, guidelines and forms in this new section of the AFP website.

Nonprofits Coping in Tough Financial Environment
(Jan. 26, 2004) - U.S. nonprofits faced a daunting economic atmosphere last year but managed to cope by responding actively and creatively to fiscal pressures, a new report says.

Fundraising Costs Project Conducts Case Studies
(Jan. 26, 2004) - An ongoing study to evaluate nonprofit fundraising and administrative costs is expected to release new findings in 2004.

Foundation Leaders Debate Problems Outlined in New Report
(Jan. 20, 2004) - Foundations have failed to adequately address the issues of effectiveness and accountability, opening the door for Congressional and public scrutiny, argued the author of a new report examining the foundation environment. A panel of foundation leaders debated the points in the monograph 'Trouble in Foundationland: Looking Back, Looking Ahead' on Jan. 15.

Guidelines for the Group Moderator and Effective Small Group Discussion
The task of the moderator is to facilitate the group's learning experience and make sure the discussion proceeds in an orderly fashion. Learn more about the role of the moderator and how to conduct an effective small group discussion. 

Ideas for Establishing a Senior Practitioners Discussion Group
Many AFP chapters find it is difficult to keep individuals with 10 or more years of fundraising experience engaged in chapter activities. Following are some ideas for forming a seniors group to discuss current literature on fundraising and philanthropy.

Canada Fundraising Groups to Develop Further Privacy Guidance
(Jan. 12, 2004) - A coalition of fundraising groups and associations, including AFP, will be working together to develop materials to help charities comply with the growing number of privacy bills in Canada.

Predictions: How the Internet will Affect Nonprofits in 2004
(Jan. 12, 2004) - The Internet can be a tremendous communication tool for all nonprofits, but are you using its full potential? Do you know how to integrate the Internet into your fundraising plan? An Internet expert recently discussed his predictions for 2004 about the Internet and its impact on nonprofits.

Canadian Provincial Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian provincial issues affecting fundraising.

Canadian Federal Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian federal issues affecting fundraising.

Canadian Regulatory Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian regulatory issues affecting fundraising.

U.S. State Issues
Learn more about the current U.S. state issues affecting fundraising.

U.S. federal issues
Learn more about the current U.S. federal issues affecting fundraising.

U.S. regulatory issues
Learn more about the current U.S. regulatory issues affecting fundraising.

Big Developments in Canada Privacy Issues
(Jan. 6, 2004) - The past several weeks have seen several major developments on the Canadian privacy front, including the introduction of legislation in Ontario, the passage of privacy bills in Alberta and British Columbia and a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal privacy law by Quebec.

Nonprofits Concerned about Revenue and Staffing
(Jan. 6, 2004) - At the end of 2003 the three greatest challenges for nonprofits were revenue, staffing and operating costs, according to a recent survey.

Deal Effectively with Change at Your Nonprofit
(Jan. 6, 2004) - Nonprofit leaders can learn how best to deal with changes in their organizations thanks to a new report from the charity regulator in the United Kingdom.

Chapters Filled with Giving Spirit as Holidays Near
(Dec. 22, 2003) - AFP chapters have been celebrating the spirit of the holidays by donating food, toys and gifts to people in their communities.

Cooperative Mailings Update: Guidance, Congressional Challenges
(Dec. 15, 2003) - The decision by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to essentially eliminate the cooperative mailing rules has been challenged by several members of Congress. In addition, a coalition of nonprofit umbrella groups (including AFP) has developed guidance for charities as they seek to work with professional fundraisers.

President Signs Anti-Spam Bill into Law
(Dec. 16, 2003) - President Bush signed legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 16, that seeks to curb unsolicited commercial emails, commonly known as spam, but the law will currently have little or no impact upon nonprofit organizations.

New California Legislation to Target Charities, Fundraisers
(Nov. 24, 2003) - California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has indicated that he will be sponsoring legislation designed to strengthen accountability and disclosure for charities and charitable fundraisers.

International giving saw huge jump in late '90s
(Nov. 17, 2003) - International giving by foundations increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2001 - far greater than the 71 percent increase in overall grant dollars, according to a new report from the Foundation Center.

AFP Chapter Services and Benefits
Here are just some of the services and benefits offered to AFP chapters.

Charities Would Lose Millions if Estate Tax Eliminated, Report Says
(Nov. 3, 2003) - If the U.S. Congress decides to fully repeal the estate tax, charities will lose approximately $10 billion in giving every year, according to a new study.

Find Federal Grants Easily on New Website
(Oct. 20, 2003) - The federal government has launched a new website that makes it easier for nonprofits to search for government grants.

Grant Awarded to Guidestar to Create National Charity Registry
(Oct. 20, 2003) - State registration should be easier for charities in the future because of a new federal grant aimed at creating a national charity registry.

Senators Target New York Nonprofits
(Oct. 20, 2003) - New York nonprofits are fighting proposed legislation that targets tax-exempt land.

Canadians Work on Better Evaluation of Nonprofits
(Oct. 14, 2003) - Canadian nonprofits tend to evaluate their programs and services at least once a year, but how such an assessment is conducted could be improved, a new report found.

Fundraising Improving for Nonprofits
(Oct. 14, 2003) - Fundraising efforts fared better in the beginning of 2003 compared to the previous year, but many nonprofits are still struggling, a new survey shows.

USPS Finalizes Rule That Could Lead to Fraudulent Fundraising
(Oct. 10, 2003) - The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued its final regulations to essentially eliminate the Cooperative Mailing Rules. The regulations, which were published in the Oct. 9 Federal Register, will take effect on Nov. 13.

FTC Given Go-Ahead to Enforce Do Not Call List
(Oct. 8, 2003) - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can move forward with implementation of the National Do Not Call Registry while it awaits a final court decision.

Hang-Ups with the Do Not Call List
(Oct. 6, 2003) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is closely monitoring the ongoing court battles over the National Do Not Call Registry in order to ensure that charities maintain their rights to make telephone solicitations.

Reminder: Chapters, Other Nonprofits Must Register with their States
(Oct. 6, 2003) - Did you know that registration is required by law for charities in almost every state? Is your charity registered?

Chapters Get into Giving Spirit with Pledges to AFP Foundation
(Sept. 29, 2003) - Eighty-two chapters have already pledged support to the 2003 Chapter Treasury Campaign (CTC) - and more than half of these are first-time gifts or gifts that are at least 10 percent more than last year's gift.

Greater Toronto Chapter ' 1,000 And Counting
(Sept. 22, 2003) - Congratulations are due to the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, which recently reached a significant milestone: 1,000 members and going strong. This makes it only the third AFP chapter - and the first outside the United States - to reach this mark.

Fundraisers Help Nonprofit Theaters Through Tough Economic Times
(Sept. 15, 2003) - Large increases in individual contributions in the past five years helped many nonprofit theaters stay afloat in 2002, but their future remains uncertain, a new report shows.

Survey Confirms: Direct Mail Still Has Impact
(Aug. 29, 2003) - Direct mail plays an influential role in donors' giving decisions, a new survey shows.

Few Affluent Americans Plan on Leaving Estate to Charity
(Aug. 22, 2003) - Most affluent Americans aren't planning on leaving their estate to nonprofits, a new poll shows.

The AFP Awards Program
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) sponsors an annual awards program to recognize outstanding achievement by individuals, nonprofit organizations, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, fundraising professionals, youth in philanthropy and AFP chapters.

FCC Delays 'Do Not Fax' Rule
(Aug. 20, 2003) - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed implementation of the new 'Do Not Fax' rule in response to requests from numerous organizations asking for clarification and/or postponement of the rule.

Recruiting excellent presenters
Since no plan is any better than its execution, a poorly prepared speaker can ruin all of your planning efforts. It is therefore worth the extra care required to recruit the most competent presenters.

Creating a Balanced Educational Program
Much as we know we can not please all of the people all of the time, as dedicated volunteers that is usually our unspoken/unwritten goal. Reality demands that we make logical decisions based on rational criteria.

Determining educational content
Before you can plan a relevant educational program you must go to your potential participants and determine what they need to learn from it. This is called an Educational Needs Assessment.

Building Fundraising Awareness in Mexico
(July 25, 2003) - When members of the three AFP chapters in Mexico attempted to incorporate as organizations, they ran into difficulty with Mexican government officials. They didn't know what the chapters were trying to do, partly because the word "fundraising" doesn't even exist in Spanish.

Promoviendo Mayor Sensibilización hacia la Filantropía en México
(Julio 25, 2003) - La palabra 'fundraising' no existe en el idioma español. Muchos mexicanos tienen espíritu altruista, pero la filantropía como sector institucional diferenciado todavía está en desarrollo - y es desconocido para muchísimos mexicanos.

Reminder: A Fundraiser's Duties Under the FTC Do Not Call List
(July 18, 2003) - Since the beginning of July, hundreds of thousands of individuals have placed their names on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Do Not Call Registry. While charities and for-profit fundraisers who work on their behalf are exempt from the registry's requirements, there are other new changes to the law with which they must comply.

Survey Shows Nonprofits Challenged by Fundraising
(July 18, 2003) - Fundraising is the biggest challenge nonprofits are facing, according to a new survey.

AFP International Sponsoring Mentor Program
Learn how your chapter can establish a sponsoring mentor relationship with a member from an international chapter.

AFP Releases First-Ever Survey on Fundraising Profession in Canada
(July 11, 2003) - A new survey by AFP and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) reveals new details about the philanthropic landscape and the fundraising profession in Canada.

Nonprofits Run Successful Businesses to Raise Money
(July 11, 2003) - In an economic climate in which many nonprofits are looking for new funding sources, one answer is to start a business venture.

Privacy 101 ' A Guide to Privacy Legislation for Fundraising Professionals in Canada
(July 1, 2003) - Privacy 101 - A Guide to Privacy Legislation for Fundraising Professionals in Canada can assist your organization in preparing for privacy legislation. This guide provides the framework and practical examples of what your organization should be doing to ensure compliance. The full application of the federal privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents (PIPED) Act, comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2004.

Q&A on an AFP political action committee
One of the most important issues that AFP's Government Relations Committee and External Relations Division has been considering is the creation of an AFP Political Action Committee (PAC). Here is a list of common questions that members have about PACs.

An Introduction to Protecting Personal Information Collected by Charities
(June 13, 2003) AFP's An Introduction to Protecting Personal Information Collected by Charities, provides a general overview of the Canadian federal privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents (PIPED) Act, including the principles behind the privacy legislation, how the bill will work, what constitutes personal information, the complaints process and resources for further information.

Chapter Record Retention Guidelines
To assist chapters in managing record storage, AFP has provided suggested guidelines for what you must keep and what you may destroy.

Report Examines U.K. Trends In Voluntary Sector
(May 30, 2003) - An aging population and the increasing diversity of households are among the top trends that will affect the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom in the coming years, according to a new report from a U.K.-based think tank.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Alpha Society, A Sustaining Monthly Giving Program
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada offers its Alpha Society, a sustaining monthly giving program that provides a convenient and timely way to support philanthropy and the fundraising profession.

British Don't Plan Their Charitable Giving
(May 16, 2003) - One-third of the British throw coins into public water fountains, believing the money will go to charities - a finding that illustrates the lack of well thought-out giving in Britain, according to a new report.

Study Suggests Charities Could Save $100 Billion
(May 16, 2003) - A new study by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company, co-written by former Sen. Bill Bradley, says that the American charitable sector could save more than $100 billion through program reforms, improving effectiveness and cutting back on fundraising costs.

Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Your feedback is an important part of our efforts to serve you and the profession of fundraising. Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada in person, or through this website.

Biography: Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Meet Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, who is the director of finance and gift planning of The Winnipeg Foundation in Winnipeg.

About the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Visit here to learn about the mission and role of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

State of Fundraising Survey Now Online: Charities See General Decline in Fundraising in 2002
(May 14, 2003) - The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2002 is now available online. The report, which shows that charitable fundraising in the United States dropped slightly in 2002, provides findings on what challenges fundraisers faced in both Canada and the United States and fundraisers' predictions for 2003. The findings of the report were released in March.

Madigan Supreme Court Decision Not Expected to Have Major Impact
(May 9, 2003) - While many in the charitable sector feared that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Madigan vs. Telemarketing Associates might erode First Amendment rights for charities, AFP's analysis of the result shows that the case will probably not have broad consequences for the charitable sector.

Canadian Nonprofits See Websites as Important Tools
(April 25, 2003) - Canadian nonprofits recognize the vital role websites can play in their organizations, according to a new survey.

Final New York Fundraising Rules More Positive for Charities
(April 21, 2003) - In a partial victory for the fundraising profession, modifications have been made to the final version of new regulations in New York concerning the registration and reporting requirements for charities and professional fundraisers.

Tax Itemizers Give More at All Income Levels
(April 18, 2003) - Taxpayers who itemize their tax returns donate more to charity than those who don't itemize - regardless of income level - according to a new report from Independent Sector.

Foundation Giving Stabilizes After Six Years of Growth
(April 18, 2003) - Giving by U.S. foundations remained steady in 2002, but a decline is expected in 2003 as the economy woes catch up, a new report shows.

Legislation Passed in Congress To Avoid Nonprofit Postage Increase
(April 18, 2003) - Charities across the United States will get a break from increasing postal rates until 2006 if Senate Bill 380, the Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act, is signed into law by President Bush.

Giving, Volunteering Decline When People Face Economic Concerns
(April 11, 2003) - When people are worried about their personal economic situation, overall giving and volunteering drops, a new report shows.

Survey Shows Disconnect Between Nonprofit Senior Management and IT and Development Teams Regarding Technology
(April 4, 2003) - Nonprofit leaders are not making technology a priority in their organizations, although they believe that technology can lead to greater fundraising success and improve how their organizations operate, according to a new survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Telosa Software Inc., a fundraising software provider.

New Survey Examines Canadian Fundraising Profession
(April 4, 2003) - The first comprehensive look at the fundraising profession in Canada was unveiled recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).

AFP Hong Kong Chapter is First Outside North America
(March 28, 2003) - A Hong Kong chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been approved by the AFP Board of Directors, bringing the total number of AFP chapters to 170.

Fundraising 101 Series Aimed At New Development Professionals
(Feb. 27, 2003) - If you have recently started in the fundraising profession, a new series of workshops is just what you are looking for! The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Washington, DC Metro Area AFP Chapter and The Washington Council of Agencies (WCA) are co-sponsoring four workshops in 'Fundraising 101: Building on the Essentials' between May and November 2003, in Washington, D.C.

Gift or Gamble? With Accountability, Donors Should Never Have a Doubt
Stewardship may be 'what you do when no one is looking,' but today people want to see clear signs of it.

Thank You
Thank you for taking part in this important survey.

Successful AFP/Advantage partnership benefits foundations
WASHINGTON (AFP eWire - Jan. 31, 2003) - In 2002, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy partnered with Advantage Consulting, Fairfield, N.J., to assist in the administration, education and cultivation of the largest component of the Annual Fund, the Every Member Campaign (EMC). The deadline to receive payments towards the 2002 EMC was extended to Feb. 15, 2003.

AFP submits comments on proposed Form 990 changes
(Jan. 28, 2003) - On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) submitted formal comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its proposed changes to the Form 990, including clarifications about how fundraising costs are reported.

AFP files first ever amicus brief in Ryan case
(Jan. 23, 2003) - As reported in last week's eWire, AFP has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Ryan vs. Telemarketing Associates case that is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in March. The case marks the first time in AFP history that the association has filed a 'friend of the court' brief, underscoring the importance of the case to the fundraising profession and entire charitable sector.

IRS issues 2003 value limits for premiums, quid pro quo rule
(Jan. 16, 2003) - To account for inflation and other factors, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the limit on the value of insubstantial gifts given by charities to donors in exchange for contributions.

CCRA issues draft guidelines on value of gifts, split-receipting
(Jan. 23, 2003) - The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) has issued a series of draft guidelines related to split-receipting and how charitable contributions should be valued when donors receive gifts and/or other advantages from the charity in return.

2006 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors
Donald W. Taylor, CFRE, Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors, heads a talented, experienced, and diverse group of leaders who will guide the Foundation in 2006.

Projected $41 trillion transfer of wealth still valid
(Jan. 16, 2003) - Despite the slowing economy and turbulent stock market, the researchers who estimated that US$41 trillion in wealth would be transferred from one generation to the next over the next five decades, of which US$6 trillion would be given to charity, maintain that their figures are still right on target.

Generosity Index Highlights Giving in U.S., Canada
(Jan. 3, 2003) - About the same percentage of tax-filers in the United States and Canada donate to charities, according to the 2002 Generosity Index: Comparing Charitable Giving in Canada and the US, recently released by The Fraser Institute.

Charities and Their Fundraisers Exempt from FTC Do-Not-Call Proposal
(Dec. 20, 2002) - In an important victory for AFP and the fundraising profession, final regulations from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will exempt third-party fundraisers from the requirements of a national do-not-call list.

Chapter Spotlight: Baja California Chapter Growing Quickly
(Dec. 20, 2002) - For the AFP Baja California Chapter, it was the First Course on Fundraising that got them interested in the organization and all it has to offer. Since then, the Chapter, which is only one year old, is growing quickly and has set high ambitions for the coming years. Available in Spanish.

The Five Pillars of Fundraising Success from Somalia
As Esalimba and Bruty paint a vivid picture of community life, they show us that the pillars that sustain charities in Somalia are just as relevant for philanthropy professionals anywhere in the world.

Alliances: Strength in Numbers
Whether to focus on a one-shot project or to coalesce operations for the long haul, a less formal (but still carefully conceived and planned) coalition can produce results beyond the capacity of the individual members.

Saskatchewan to Licence For-Profit Fundraising Companies
(Nov. 8, 2002) - With the passage of the Charitable Fund-raising Businesses Act earlier this year, third-party, for-profit, fundraising companies doing business in Saskatchewan will be required to obtain licences and meet strict regulations for their operations.

AFP Annual Chapter Accord Compliance Policy
The Chapter Accord Compliance process is designed to assist chapters in submitting, on an annual basis, required documentation necessary to maintain the AFP's IRS group exemption and D&O Insurance, and to communicate the contributions chapters are making in carrying out the AFP vision and mission.  Learn more about this policy.

AFP submits related business comments to the CCRA
(Oct. 30, 2002) AFP has submitted formal comments to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) regarding its guidelines on related business. These guidelines relate to when and how charities are able to operate for-profit businesses not directly related to their charitable mission.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part Four
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part Three
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part Two
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part One
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Q&A on an AFP Political Action Committee
Sept. 20, 2002 - AFP has assembled a list of common questions that members have about PACs and AFP PAC in particular.

Charitable fundraising strong in 2001 despite economy, Sept. 11 - The AFP State of Fundraising 2001
(Apr. 15, 2002) Charitable fundraising across North America remained quite strong in 2001 despite the challenges of Sept. 11 and a slowing economy, according to a survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Chapter Spotlight: Irish Delegation & Western New York Chapter Exchange Best Practices
(August 23, 2002) - A delegation of 12 fundraising and nonprofit executives from Ireland and Northern Ireland visited the AFP Western New York Chapter in Buffalo, N.Y., this past June. The visit was part of a special tour to learn and exchange ideas about fundraising.

HHS Releases Final Privacy Regulations
(Aug. 23, 2002) The Department of Health and Human Services has released the final version of its regulations regarding the privacy of patient medical records that will go into effect on April 14, 2003.

Chapter Spotlight: Chicago Tops 1,000 Members
(August 9, 2002) - For the first time in the history of AFP, a chapter has surpassed 1,000 members. The AFP Chicago Chapter achieved this milestone last month.

Survey Finds Charitable Giving by Wealthy Remained Constant in 2001
(Aug. 2, 2002) A newly released survey titled Wealth Management Survey of High Net Worth, has found that despite an unstable economy in 2001, wealthy Americans have remained constant in their charitable giving.

Think Tank Explores Changing Philanthropic Communities
Fundraising leaders and scholars gathered at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, in June 2002 to discuss a variety of topics related to clarifying the responsibilities and roles of fundraising professionals in diverse cultural and giving environments.

Is Direct Mail Working?
Even though direct mail is still quite effective, its success has waned somewhat in the past decade. To keep direct mail working for your organization, you need to keep up with design trends and adjust to the challenges facing direct mail.

Consultants Can Grow Nonprofit Fundraising Programs
There are many possible reasons for going outside your organization's expertise for help. You may need a fresh perspective in evaluating traditional fundraising programs and coming up with new giving options. Here are some pointers.

AFP Analysis: GAO report on IRS oversight of charities
(July 10, 2002) How does the recently released recommendation from the General Accounting Office about the IRS' oversight of charities affect you and your organization? AFP analyzes the report.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2002 Committees
AFP's Foundation for Philanthropy committee members for 2002.

AFP Participates in FTC Discussion on 'Do Not Call' List
(June 6, 2002) As part of a three-day forum before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), representatives AFP argued this week that the FTC's proposed national 'do not call' list should not apply to for-profit telemarketers calling on behalf of charities.

Are you prepared for the donors in your future?
The donors of the next decade and beyond will set their own terms. Their philanthropy won't be on their parents' terms or even on your terms--no matter how well you've done in the past at explaining the way your charity prefers to receive donations.

IRS publishes guide on tax laws for nonprofits and taxpayers
The IRS has published a guide, "Publication 1771 - Charitable Contributions - Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements," to help nonprofits and taxpayers get a better grasp of the federal laws affecting charitable contributions.

Who should regulate nonprofits?
Some level of government regulation of the nonprofit sector is warranted. But should the states be primarily responsible for such regulation as they are now, or should the federal government assume chief responsibility?

Laws and Orders: Why Public Policy and Advocacy Should Matter to You
Policymakers affect nonprofits in very real ways fundraisers may not realize. But we can't afford to ignore the implications of government oversight, from antiterrorism measures to taxes.

2002 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board of Directors
The 2002 leadership of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is listed here.

IRS: Number of charities and deductions rise
(Feb. 2002) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released statistics over the past few weeks that highlight the growth of charities in the U.S. as well as the increase in the number of deductions taken by taxpayers.

Working with Software Vendors: Helping Them Help You
Assess your organization's needs and survey the options before you pick up a phone to ask for a demo.

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Comparing Political and Charitable Fundraising
The intersection between nonprofit and political fundraising is rarely explored. One of the best ways of 'getting better at what we do' is to assess that very intersection. It offers rich opportunities to learn across traditional disciplinary lines, to share best practices, and to promote professional, ethical conduct.

High-Tech Donors: How Do They Give?

Ideas matter more than money to these donors -- and their money talks. This is an excerpt from the July/August 2001 Advancing Philanthropy feature, "Getting Better At What We Do."



Transforming Tragedy Through Philanthropy
George Aratani is making sure that the history and cultural heritage of Japanese Americans survive, and that scholarship thrives. This is an excerpt from the July/August 2001 Advancing Philanthropy feature, "The Donor's Turn."

Guidelines for conducting a needs assessment survey
Of all the elements of a successful educational activity, a well-thought-out needs assessment may be the most crucial. A needs assessment tells planners what learners need to learn, and it forms the basis for selection of content, instructors, teaching materials and methods, and even budgets.

AFP's research agenda and policy
The research agenda and policy for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is developed and periodically revised by the Association's Research Council, and reflects an effort to set priorities for research about issues of concern to the fundraising profession and wider philanthropic communities.

Member recruitment brochure text
Here is suggested text for Chapters to individualize, for use as a member recruitment brochure.

Writers' guidelines
Look here for information on how to submit your press release, article idea, or topic to Advancing Philanthropy.

Privacy Policy
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of those who use this website, or use related products and services.

Guidance: Internet transaction fees
Numerous websites have been established to facilitate online donations to unrelated organizations. The majority of such websites are maintained by entities that are not themselves tax-exempt.

Position paper: Parity in the Fundraising Profession
Parity laws, policies, and procedures in fundraising are covered in this 1994 position paper by the NSFRE (now AFP) Parity Task Force.

AFP description and purpose
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information or to join the world’s largest association of fundraising professionals.

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AFP Merchandise
AFP Marketplace offers a select line of AFP logo products suitable for gifts: coffee mugs, travel mugs, pens, membership and NPD pins, briefcases and more.

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Donor Bill of Rights
To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, AFP and other fundraising organizations declare that all donors have the following rights.

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National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day® acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.

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