AFP has always been active in government relations, but our increased public policy work over the past couple of months isn’t an isolated trend—it’s going to become a key part of our daily operations. The political and economic climates have changed dramatically. With a slow economy and terms like sequester and austerity now part of our daily vocabulary, the debate about the charitable deduction and other tax incentives is just getting started. Proposals to limit the deduction are just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re going to have to get involved more and more in government relations, public policy and the media. We can’t be idle bystanders in these conversations—our voice needs to be heard. AFP International Headquarters will be the primary conveyer and coordinator, but our chapter needs to help as well. Local messages are powerful and carry more weight with elected officials.
We will continue to communicate messages and calls to actions, and we encourage each of you to follow up with your own communications as we work together. We welcome your participation at any level and always value your suggestions!
Yours in philanthropy,
Karen Good, CFRM
Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter
Please feel free to contact us at anytime at email@example.com – we want to hear from you, and your involvement makes all the difference!
The California Capital Chapter of the worldwide Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) upholds the goals of the international association and advances philanthropy in the north central valley region by enabling members, prospective members and representatives of other organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. The core activities through which the Chapter fulfills this mission include professional development, providing resources, networking, advocacy, recognition and the promotion of philanthropy.