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News and Press Releases

Canada: First Federal Platform Proposal for Charities Includes New Minister, Federal Department
(July 1, 2015) A coalition of charities and nonprofit associations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has developed the first-ever federal platform proposal for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector.

Educator, Author and Advocate Geoff Canada To Speak at 2nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Honors
(July 1, 2015) Geoff Canada, former president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, and named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, will be the closing speaker at the second annual National Philanthropy Day Honors held at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Nov. 12.

AFP Responds to NY Times Piece on “Who Will Watch the Charities?”
(June 3, 2015) After the FTC and state regulators cracked down on cancer charities (and AFP responded with guidance), this column appeared in The New York Times, and AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, replied with this letter.

Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers
(May 27, 2015) You’ve chosen the finalists in each category of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Honors. Check out the new NPD website and learn more about their stories.

Comments of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Cancer Charities Charged With Fraud by FTC
(May 20, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released this statement in response to the recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against three national charities, Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.

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.

Nearly 75% of Charities Met Fundraising Goals in 2014
(April 1, 2015) The latest survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative finds that 73 percent of charities met their fundraising goals in 2014, the best result since the group began asking the question in 2010 and a marked increase over the 63 percent that met goal in 2013.

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.

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.

IRS Advisory Panels Calls for Review of Charity Form 990, Mandatory E-Filing
(June 24, 2015) The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), of which AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FinstF, is a member, has recommended that the Internal Revenue Service institute mandatory electronic filing of the Form 990.

Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy
(June 9, 2015) In May 2015, AFP participated in the first "Hill Day" in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society.

Changes to the Lobbyist Code of Conduct
(June 9, 2015) A lobbyist is a person who is paid to influence the introduction of or voting on legislation or the decisions of government administrators; and who spend 30 percent or more of their time doing so. Wendy Noble explains why changes to the Lobbyist Code of Conduct are of concern for anyone inviting a government official to a charity event.

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