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News and Press Releases

Columbus, Ohio Fundraiser Receives Achievement Recognition from AFP
(April 4, 2016) Long-time higher education and nonprofit fundraising leader William F. “Bill” Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE, of Columbus, Ohio, received the Founders’ Medallion from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in recognition of more than 20 years of service to the Association and its mission to elevate standards and impact of the fundraising profession.

Artwork from the Diversity Art Showcase
(March 15, 2016) One of the best parts of the AFP International Fundraising Conference is the Diversity Art Showcase, which has been supported for 17 years by The Alford Group. The showcase features artwork by AFP members, a professional artist and young kids expressing what diversity, inclusion and philanthropy mean to them.

Clinton Tax Plan to Exempt Charitable Deduction from Cap
(March 7, 2016) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) applauded presidential candidate Hilary Clinton’s plan to exempt the charitable deduction from a 28 percent deduction limit on the highest tax brackets, 33 percent and above.

AFP Announces Strategic Partnership with iDonate
(March 2, 2016) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic partnership with iDonate, a leading provider of digital fundraising solutions for nonprofits, built from the ground up to serve the needs of today's connected donor.

Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
(January 13, 2016) AFP members everywhere are invited to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 53rd International Fundraising Conference, March 22-22, 2016, in Boston, Mass.

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.

Giving USA 2016 Access Restricted
(April 27, 2016) Giving figures and other research are critical for fundraising success, and Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States.

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Research: The Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report

AFP Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report Provide Baseline for Future Work
(Mar. 16, 2016) Perhaps the most significant barrier to fostering diversity and inclusion in the charitable giving sector is the confounding lack of information on the number of people from diverse communities who currently identify as fundraising practitioners. The issue of a diversity and inclusion census is one of the key learnings in the newly released Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report, which follows an October survey designed by the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the AFP Research Council.

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.

Political Activities - Pariah or Possibility?
(Apr. 4, 2016) Dan Brunette, chair of the AFP Canadian Government Relations committee, shares some simple reminders about the nature of political activity and the role it can play in your organization.

New Charity Package Introduced in Senate
(Apr. 6, 2016) Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a series of charity provisions called The CHARITY (Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year) Act, which calls on the Senate to ensure that the “value and scope of the deduction for charitable contributions is not diminished during a comprehensive rewrite of the tax code.”

CRA to Wind Down Political Activities Audits
(Feb. 17, 2016) Read this latest update on CRA audits of the political activities of charities. PS. It's a good news story!

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