“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

Press Releases

 

A Message to Our AFP-GPC Community Regarding Federal Funding Budget Cuts

To the AFP-GPC Community:

As you are aware, last Thursday morning, the White House officially released a budget blueprint for FY 2018, which includes plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as significant cuts in funding to other government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

While the Association of Fundraising Professionals' focus is on private giving and philanthropy, we must acknowledge the potential indirect impact that cuts in federal funding has on the charities we serve. If the government chooses to provide fewer services, then we will be forced to fill in the gaps to meet the greater needs or else those services will simply cease to exist. Those of us that rely on government grants and contracts will be forced to raise more money from private sources, at a time when demand for our institutions' services continues to rise.

These proposed cuts make it all the more critical that the charitable deduction is preserved in its current form, and that no negative changes are made to it or other giving incentives. Earlier proposals floated by the Trump Administration and then-candidate Trump, such as an increase in the Pease Limitation for itemized deductions for high-income taxpayers, would have had a significant negative impact on charitable giving (in the billions of dollars).

The charitable deduction and other incentives not only encourage giving, but also tend to affect the size of gifts and how often one gives. The deduction is also an important symbol of the American tradition of philanthropy and our willingness to help each other. At a time when we need more charitable engagement from a wider breadth of the population, we should be careful about changing or altering the deduction and its impact upon our society.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Philadelphia Chapter puts forth considerable effort to bring high quality programming to our members so that they may meet these serious challenges. We encourage you, our members and colleagues who work in the nonprofit sector, and our donors as well to reach out to your representatives and be vocal on this issue. Below is a list of our US Senators and information on how to find the correct US House of Representative members.

Your support is critical in the coming weeks. Working together, our collective voice will be exponentially louder and our impact more powerful.

With many thanks,

Josie Burri, CFRE
AFP-GPC President

Jim Friend
AFP-GPC Board Director & Government Relations Chair

US Senators

Below is a list of US Senators for Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Locate your state Senators. In general, it is sometimes easier to reach a Senator's staff by contacting a local office. Twitter names for the Senators are also listed, as well as a link to the Senator's email contact form.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey
@SenBobCasey
Email contact form: www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

Philadelphia
2000 Market Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 405-9660
Fax: (215) 405-9669

Washington, DC
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
Fax: (202) 228-0604

Senator Pat Toomey
@SenToomey
Email contact form: www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

Philadelphia
US Custom House
200 Chestnut Street
Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 241-1090
Fax: (215) 241-1095

Washington, DC
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284

New Jersey

Sen. Cory Booker
@SenBookerOffice
Email contact form: www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact

Camden
One Port Center
2 Riverside Drive, Suite 505
Camden, NJ 08101
Phone: (856) 338-8922
Fax: (856) 338-8936

Washington, DC
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Fax: (202) 224-8378

Senator Bob Menendez
@SenatorMenendez
Email contact form: www.menendez.senate.gov/contact

Barrington
208 White Horse Pike, Suite 18
Barrington, New Jersey 08007
Phone:856.757.5353
Fax: 856.546.1526

Washington, DC
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone:202.224.4744
Fax: 202.228.2197

Delaware

Senator Tom Carper
@SenatorCarper
Email contact form: www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-carper

Wilmington
301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1
Wilmington, DE 19801-3974
(302) 573-6291
(302) 573-6434 (Fax)

Washington, DC
513 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
(202) 228-2190 (Fax)

Senator Chris Coons
@SenCoonsOffice
Email contact form: www.coons.senate.gov/contact

Wilmington
1105 N. Market St.
Suite 100
Wilmington, DE 19801-1233
Phone: (302) 573-6345
No Fax number is listed on his website.

Washington, DC
127A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5042
No Fax number is listed on the website.

US Representatives

To find your Representative, go to the website for your state and click on the Representative tab. If you are unsure who your Representative is, click on the Map of Congressional Districts tab to find the district for your home and/or office.

Pennsylvania
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA

New Jersey
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NJ

Delaware
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/DE

 

AFP-GPC selected as a 2016 Ten Star Chapter

 

(Arlington, Va.) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Philadelphia Chapter has been named a 2016 Ten Star Chapter. 


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters, so the Greater Philadelphia Chapter is one of a select group of chapters to earn this honor.

"I am thrilled that our Chapter has once again received this designation. It is an affirmation of all the hard work and dedication of our volunteer leaders, who work tirelessly to provide outstanding service to our members and to the Greater Philadelphia Region," said Josie Burri, President of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Ten Star Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star logo on their website, newsletters and stationery.

"I want to congratulate the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which is playing a key role in the Philadelphia area in promoting ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving," said Jason Lee, Interim president and CEO of AFP. "Our Ten Star Chapters have demonstrated outstanding programming and leadership for the fundraising, and I'm pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts. If individuals and organizations in the Philadelphia area have questions about fundraising and philanthropy, they should definitely contact the Greater Philadelphia Chapter."

Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 10 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit www.afpnet.org .

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Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's more than 33,000 individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit www.afpnet.org.

 

AFP-GPC honored as a Friends of Diversity Chapter

(Arlington, Va.) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Philadelphia Chapter has been named a 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Friends of Diversity Designation for performing specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Of the 244 chapters in AFP, 76 chapters received the 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation.

"On behalf of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter, I applaud the members of our Diversity & Outreach Committee, whose hard work and dedication resulted in this recognition. In 2017, we will continue to build on their efforts, striving to do even more to ensure that we are inclusive and represent the multitude of diverse fundraising professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Region," said Josie Burri, President of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Friends of Diversity Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Friends of Diversity logo on their website, newsletters and stationery.

"Congratulations to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter for its outstanding work in promoting diversity and inclusion in fundraising and philanthropy," said AFP Interim President & CEO Jason Lee. "It's clear, now more than ever, that diversity and inclusion are essential not only to fundraising, but also to the communities that we serve. We need new ideas and perspectives to keep philanthropy strong and relevant, and reaching out to different populations ensures we bring everyone together and create a charitable mosaic reflective of our communities. I commend the Greater Philadelphia Chapter for taking a leadership role in this critical area and educating the public about the importance of diversity, fundraising and philanthropy."

Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 7 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Friends of Diversity Designation process, please visit http://www.afpnet.org/About/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4365.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents over 33,000 members in 244 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, visit www.afpnet.org.