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Andrew Watt Departs Association of Fundraising Professionals
(June 7, 2016) Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) announced today that he is stepping down from the organization after ten years of service.

Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors
(June 1, 2016) Twenty-four finalists across six categories, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, have been announced for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) third annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary generosity, selflessness, innovation and leadership in giving, volunteering and engagement.

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.

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
(June 29, 2016) AFP is proud to partner with The Giving Institute in supporting Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. Giving USA is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States.


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Giving USA: 2015 America’s Most Generous Year Ever
(June 14, 2016) Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row, reports Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015.

Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy: Impact Report
(June 13, 2016) The Impact Report on the first year of the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy is now available. This report explores the program's impact on the fundraising field and philanthropy in Ontario by sharing the journey of the fellows, mentors and volunteers who participated in it.

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.

AFP Public Policy Update (June 2016)

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.”





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