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Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
(December 12, 2017) AFP invites all members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 55th International Conference on Fundraising, April 15- 17, 2018, in New Orleans, La.

Mike Geiger Named President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
(October 25, 2017) Arlington, Va. - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world’s leading association for individuals and organizations that supports charitable institutions, is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, it has named Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey
(August 30, 2017) AFP has updated its Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page with updates and resources on fundraising during a natural disaster. AFP Interim President and CEO Jason Lee and Greater Houston Chapter President Dawn Koenning also provide their perspectives.

CGC: Congress Can Enact a Tax Provision that Would Expand Charitable Giving
(May 25, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C.— Tomorrow, as the Senate Finance Committee conducts a hearing on Tax Reform with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Charitable Giving Coalition (CGC) strongly urges committee members and the Secretary to consider a universal charitable deduction that would be available to all taxpayers.

AFP Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint
(March 17, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the largest community of charities and fundraisers in the world, has released the following statement from its Interim President and CEO Jason Lee regarding the release of President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.

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.

Donor Perceptions: Larger Charities More Effective, Smaller Charities More Efficient With Funds
(Dec. 6, 2017) The size of a charity does influence perceptions for most donors, according to the latest survey in the Donor Mindset Study, a series of research reports about American donors.

Blackbaud Institute Reveals Key Factors Dramatically Transforming the Donor Marketplace
(Nov. 29, 2017) Fewer donors are giving to fewer organizations, and new in-depth analysis from the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact examines the drivers behind this shift.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project Releases Third Quarter Benchmark Report for Nonprofit Fundraisers
(Nov. 20, 2017) The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) released its third quarter findings and announced that both donor giving and donor retention is on a continued downward trend. FEP’s third quarter report indicates year-to-date giving through September 2017 is down by -4% compared to the same time period in 2016 and that donor retention is currently at its lowest point in five years, with an overall year-to-date retention of 45%.

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.

Senate Passes Bill Tax Reform Bill Without Universal Charitable Deduction
(Dec. 6, 2017) Despite intense lobbying from the nonprofit sector, the universal charitable deduction was not included in the final Senate tax reform bill, which could lead to drops in charitable giving of $20 billion or more every year.

AFP U.S. Legislative Update: Contact Your Senators the Week of Thanksgiving
(Nov. 20, 2017) AFP, the Charitable Giving Coalition and other organizations continue to reach out to the U.S. Senate regarding its tax reform bill and push Senators to support a universal charitable deduction.

AFP Calls on Senate to Approve Non-Itemizer Deduction to Prevent Drop in Charitable Giving
(Nov. 13, 2017) With the current Senate tax reform bill estimated to decrease giving significantly, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of charitable fundraisers in the world, urges all Senators to support an amendment to create a non-itemizer charitable deduction.





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