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AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada receives a $400,000 boost to expand diversity and inclusion efforts
(February 25, 2015) (Toronto, Ontario) – The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. La Fondation canadienne pour la philanthropie de l’AFP vient d’obtenir une subvention pluriannuelle d’une valeur de 403 674 $ de la part du ministère des Affaires civiques, de l’Immigration et du Commerce international de l’Ontario afin de mettre sur pied un programme de bourses visant à soutenir financièrement et à former des professionnels en philanthropie de divers horizons.

AFP Statement on President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget
(February 4, 2015) While the recently released budget recognizes the important role that the charitable deduction plays, it also includes the 28% cap on all deductions for wealthy taxpayers. Read the full statement from AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, and AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE.

Isabel Allende to Speak at 2015 International Fundraising Conference
(November 26, 2014) 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.

Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
(November 12, 2014) 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!

A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy
(October 7, 2014) Who is your philanthropic idol? Post a video to NPDLove.com and earn a $500 donation to your favourite charity.

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.

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.

REPORT: Volunteering and Charitable Giving in Canada
(Feb. 10, 2015) Statistics Canada has released a report profiling volunteering and giving in Canada. Using data from the 2013 General Social Survey, this comprehensive report presents information about the characteristics of individuals who volunteered in 2013, as well as detailing changes in donations given by Canadians of all ages. Read the highlights here.

Technology: Fundraisers and Donors Not Yet on the Same Page
(Jan. 28, 2015) A new report by Give Central, a web-based donation platform, underscores the disconnect between the increasing ability and eagerness of nonprofits to take advantage of rapidly evolving technology—and the reluctance of donors to take advantage of the same.

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.

Parliament Hill Day Planned for May
(Feb. 10, 2014) A coalition of charities and associations, including AFP, is planning to hold a lobbying day on Parliament Hill in mid-May to share key messages about fundraising and the voluntary sector with legislators during this important election year.

Charitable Giving Coalition Letter to the President
(Feb. 4, 2015) The Charitable Giving Coalition, which AFP co-chairs, sent a letter to the White House about the impact of the FY 2016 budget and encouraging the President to move forward additional proposals that will encourage giving. Read the full letter here.

Tax Reform Efforts Starting in Congress
(Jan. 21, 2015) With limited time to act before the 2016 Presidential election season kicks into gear, Congress has begun its efforts to address comprehensive tax reform, while the Charitable Giving Coalition has sent a letter to new members of Congress calling for greater incentives for giving.





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