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AFP Celebrates National Philanthropy Day in New York
(November 18, 2015) AFP held its second National Philanthropy Day Honors in New York City on Nov. 12 at the historic 92nd Street Y, honoring six individuals and organizations from across North America for their extraordinary philanthropic impact.

Trump Tax Plan Mixed on Charitable Giving
(September 30, 2015) AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, responded to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, which would keep the charitable deduction intact while preserving the Pease Limitation on gifts from wealthy donors,.

Maria Cuomo Cole to Speak at 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors
(September 23, 2015) Maria Cuomo Cole—philanthropist, activist and nonprofit leader for the homeless, as well as an Emmy-award winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker—will serve as the opening speaker at the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors, held by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), on Nov. 12 at the 92nd Street Y at 7:30 p.m. To learn more about her, click here. To register to attend the NPD Honors event, click here.

Nominations Now Open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
(September 16, 2015) Applications for the 2016 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize are due Nov. 1 to AFP International Headquarters. To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015. Publications must be based on either applied or basic research.

Bush Tax Plan Preserves Charitable Deduction
(September 10, 2015) In response to presidential candidate Governor Jeb Bush’s tax reform plan, which would preserve the full scope and value of the charitable deduction for gifts made by certain taxpayers, Andrew Watt, FInstF, the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), released the following statement:

Latest Reports and Research

AFP continuously works to highlight and bring to your attention the latest reports and research in the world of fundraising. Below are articles and stories about recent fundraising reports and studies.

To see a complete index of AFP-related studies, visit the AFP Research, Statistics and Reports page.

The 2015 AFP State of the Sector

New Report: Less Than Half of Donors Give Again to Organizations That They Supported in the Previous Year
(Oct. 1, 2015) While gains in giving out paced losses at charities in 2014, the number of donors fell, with less than half supporting the same organization two years in a row, according to the 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report.

Blackbaud Report on Online Giving
(Feb. 11, 2015) The 2014 Charitable Giving Report by Blackbaud shows that online charitable giving grew at 8.9 percent year-on-year, significantly outpacing the 2.1 percent growth in overall charitable giving.

Latest Public Policy News

As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers, AFP seeks to inform the public about the fundraising profession, and protect the best interests of fundraising whenever related laws and regulations are developed in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

Election Results Mean New Public Policy Opportunities for Philanthropy
(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 4, 2015 Justin Trudeau was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. What does his new government, along with his 30-member Cabinet, mean for fundraising and philanthropy?

New IRS Substantiation Proposal: More Paperwork
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations that would modify its requirements that nonprofits obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” for contributions of $250 or more.

New Charity Platform/Fact Sheet Available for Chapters, Members to Highlight Sector
(Sept. 1, 2015) With the October election quickly approaching, AFP is encouraging members to highlight the new federal charity platform developed by a coalition of charitable organizations and associations.

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