Celebrate "Giving Tuesday" on November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, marks #GivingTuesday, which unites local, national, and international communities for one purpose—to celebrate generosity by giving to programs closest to their hearts.

Join the movement and promote #GivingTuesday locally and internationally through your chapter members and donors. The AFP Foundation will be sending a solicitation to those donors who made gifts last year but not yet this year. If your chapter suppressed itself from the calling program, its members will not receive the solicitation. This day also provides a perfect opportunity to reach out to donors who have open pledges and encourage them to participate.

REMINDER: All gifts and pledge payments to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy must be received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2016 to be deductible as a charitable contribution for this year and to count towards your chapter goal.

2016 BE the CAUSE Campaign

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of your chapter, our collaborative BE the CAUSE Campaign has raised $350,526 in gifts and pledges from 3,322 donors as of November 1, 2016. This represents 70% of the Foundation's $500,000 goal. Chapter members and donors may make a gift online at http://www.afpnet.org/BTCgive or fulfill their pledge at afpfoundation.org/pledgepayment. Keep up the great work!

About 10% of total funds raised from the BE the CAUSE campaign are outstanding pledges, and less than two months remain in the campaign. Outstanding pledges can be reviewed in the Chapter Tally Report. Click here for instructions to access this report.

100% Board Participation

As of November 1, 2016, 110 chapters already achieved 100% Board Participation! If you have not yet completed your form notifying the AFP Foundation of this milestone, please do so before December 31, 2016 to reach the high- or low- range goal.

Year-End Activities

Donors who made pledges through the calling program will receive, if they have not already, a 30-pledge reminder in the mail and a 60-day email reminder. If the pledge was made directly to the Foundation, the donor has the opportunity to request one at any point in the year on the original gift form. The Foundation will also send a reminder to all donors with outstanding pledges before year-end.

In addition, a Giving Tuesday solicitation will go out to all 2015 donors who have not yet made contributions this year.

Finally, the Foundation will mail a stewardship postcard to all current year donors and Alpha Society donors to thank them for their support.

Amazon Smile

Did you know you could support the AFP Foundation with your Amazon purchases? Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. AmazonSmile is no different than Amazon, same products, same prices and same service. Support the AFP Foundation by starting your online shopping experience at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1241128.

Chapter Toolkit Spotlight

This month's chapter toolkit spotlight is the BE the CAUSE Year-End PowerPoint. Use this PowerPoint presentation at your year-end chapter events and meeting for donors to learn more about the campaign. Additionally, customize this PowerPoint with stories from your local scholars and/or donors.

Foundation Staff Corner—Melissa Gusdorf

On a personal note, I have accepted a new position and will be leaving the AFP Foundation on Tuesday, November 15. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and my AFP colleagues, but am looking forward to exciting challenges in my new position. Your questions or concerns should now be directed to Suzan Weihofen, Gift Processor at (703)519-8448 or Sweihofen@afpnet.org.

Deadlines

  • Be a leading example and complete your chapter's 2016 100% Board Participation form before December 31 to reach the low- or high-range goal.
  • National Philanthropy Day is right around the corner on November 15, and Giving Tuesday is November 29.
  • All gifts and pledge payments to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy must be received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2016 to be deductible as a charitable contribution for this year and to count towards your chapter goal.
  • All deadlines are available on the 2016 BE the CAUSE Timeline.