Policy & Advocacy

As the largest association of charitable fundraisers in the world, AFP seeks to educate the public about the fundraising profession and the importance of philanthropy, and protect the interests of donors, fundraisers and charities related to laws and regulations about giving, volunteering and nonprofit operations in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

Visit the Issues & Positions Page To Learn More About AFP's US Policy Focus.
For Canada Public Policy, visit the AFP Canada Impact & Advocacy Page!

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AFP Public Policy Update - Summer 2020

Learn the latest about the Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act, Legacy IRA Act, HEROES Act, CARES Act, and other public policy developments that may impact fundraising.

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Treasury Department Offers New Regulations on Nonprofit Parking Benefits, UBIT

The Treasury Department has issued new guidance on how tax-exempt organizations can compute unrelated business income tax (UBIT) resulting from parking benefits provided to their employees.

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Charity Fundraising Costs, Watchdog Scoring Requires Much More Nuance

Scott Decksheimer, the chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada, released a statement about the recent CBC article, Charity watchdog urges donors to think twice before giving to Calgary Flames Foundation, and how to assess fundraising costs.

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AFP Comments on IRS Proposal Limiting Charitable Deduction for State, Local Tax Credits

AFP has submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a proposed rule that would clarify the relationship between the federal charitable deduction and state and local tax credits.

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New Tax Study Anticipates Significant Decrease in Charitable Giving Following Tax Reform

Yet another comprehensive study estimates that giving will fall significantly as a result of the new tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in late 2017. The new research, conducted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), finds that the new tax law will reduce charitable giving in 2018 by 4% overall, approximately $17.2 billion (from static modeling), or $16.3 billion from dynamic modeling, which assumes modest near-term growth.

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AFP Position on Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

President Trump and some members of Congress have called for a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which would allow churches and nonprofit organizations to get involved in partisan, electoral politics, including endorsing and raising money for parties and candidates.

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Universal Charitable Deduction Bill Introduced in Congress

Research by Independent Sector and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, as well as by the Tax Policy Center, estimated that annual charitable giving could fall by as much as $13 - $20 billion because of the doubling of the standard deduction in the new tax law.

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AFP provides a number of lobbying and advocacy tools to help you effectuate positive change in the profession!

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AFP PAC: Make a Difference!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Political Action Committee is a one-of-a-kind body, the only PAC dedicated to advancing ethical fundraising and philanthropy. The PAC supports candidates for federal office who in turn support giving, volunteering and fundraising.

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