Submit Your Comments NOW to the IRS on New Regulations Requiring Disclosure of Social Security Numbers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is proposing regulations that would create a new donor disclosure form for donations over $250 that would require charities to collect their donors’ social security numbers. The IRS isn’t making the form mandatory now, but even the “optional” proposal concerns us, and it could be obligatory to use in the future. You can read more about the proposal here.

We need you to contact the IRS TODAY with your concerns about this proposal!

The IRS wants to hear from a wide variety of organizations, and this is an instance where the quantity of responses is very important. Don’t stand on the sidelines and hope that you won’t be required to collect your donor’s social security numbers. Submit your written comments to the IRS.

Your comments don’t need to be long. Spend one paragraph (a sentence or two) describing your organization, its size and what it does. Use a second paragraph (a sentence or two) to state why you’re concerned about the proposal and how it might affect your fundraising, such as:

  • “Requiring my larger donors to give me their social security number would make them uneasy and apprehensive about giving.”
  • “I’ve already heard from a few donors who have said they are concerned about providing their social security numbers and might not give [or might give less] if the regulation is enacted.”
  • “The IRS has always told us not to ask for social security numbers, and always told donors not to provide their social security numbers because of concerns about privacy.”
  • “These regulations open up donors and charities to problems related to identify theft.”
  • “We’re a small charity and don’t have the resources—financial and human—to buy and maintain new security standards in order to handle social security numbers”
  • “As a donor, I wouldn’t want to provide my social security number. Why would you consider making charities request this information?”

Use whatever comments are pertinent to your organization, cause and particular perspective.

When you’re ready, you can easily submit comments online at this page by cutting and paste your text into the provided form: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=IRS-2015-0049-0001

No salutation or other formal information is required for the actual comment.

Here are two sample comments:

“I donate to [INSERT NAME OF CHARITY] in [INSERT COMMUNITY, STATE].

I am concerned about giving out my Social Security number. I am also the director of a nonprofit. I am concerned that by asking for Social Security numbers, people will be less likely to give larger donations. This would have a great impact on my organization.”

AND

“I work for a small, [INSERT NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES]-employee nonprofit that has a big impact in [INSERT COMMUNITY, STATE].

I oppose the proposed gift substantiation regulation because it would open donors and nonprofits up to identity theft. The IRS should join nonprofits in protecting donor information by withdrawing this unnecessary and ill-conceived proposal.”

 

It’s that simple! And you’ll be helping out the entire profession and charities across the U.S.

Comments are due by NEXT WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015.

If you have any questions, email Jason Lee, AFP General Counsel, at jlee@afpnet.org.

Thank you for your involvement in the public policy process and working to maintain and strengthen the fundraising profession.

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Nominations are being accepted for 2016 AFP Central Florida Board Service

AFP logo colo.phpAFP Central Florida is recruiting volunteer leaders for its 2016 Board of Directors. The AFP Central Florida board is comprised of talented AFP members who plan and implement programs that support the professional growth of our members; and whose support helps to advance the fundraising profession in our region. Board members commit to serving a one-year term beginning January 1, 2016. Each board position has a specific area of responsibility and works with other board members in an integrated and collaborative manner to achieve the chapter’s annual objectives and long-term goals. Expectations are outlined in the nomination package with additional individual discussions scheduled during slate creation.

AFP CFC Board Application Package 2016

  1. Complete the attached 2016 Board of Directors application. Only AFP Central Florida members in good standing are eligible to apply.
  2. Submit the AFP CFC Board Application Package 2016 as an email attachment to mail@afpcentralflorida.org.
  3. A member of the AFP Committee on Directorship will contact you to discuss your application and areas of interest.
  4. Applicants will be notified on or before November 5, 2015 with results of board selection.
  5. A proposed slate of 2016 Board of Directors will be compiled by the Committee on Directorship and emailed to the AFP Central Florida membership by November 4, 2015.
  6. A vote to approve the 2016 Board of Directors slate will occur at the AFP Central Florida annual meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Only AFP Central Florida members in good standing are eligible to vote.

 

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) 2-Day Review Course

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The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Examination enables fundraising professionals to demonstrate mastery of the six core knowledge areas related to fundraising practice. As more organizations become aware of the standard of excellence a CFRE represents, the importance of this certification cannot be overstated. With CFRE behind your name, employers, peers and the philanthropic community know that you have demonstrated masterly of fundraising practices and methodology. As an employer, having a CFRE on staff will represent the organization with their high level of professional standards. Two-day Course Date & Times:  October 1-2, 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Two-day Course Registration: $200 AFP Members – Current, $250 AFP Non-members. Note: AFP Members must be a current member at time of registration and on course dates. Course materials and boxed lunches are included with Registration.

Educational Credits: Full participation in the AFP CFRE Review Course is applicable for 13.75 points in Category 1.B Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

About the speaker Janet K. Ginn, CFRE:  Ms. Ginn is a nationally renowned CFRE with more than 30 years of expertise. Come join Ms. Ginn as she mentors and shares her many years of experiences with you. The course content includes:

  • Becoming a CFRE
    • The Process, The Application, The Examination, Accountability Standards, Re-Certification
  • The CFRE Exam Content
    • Prospect Identification, Solicitation, Securing the Gift, Volunteerism, Donor Relations, Management, Stewardship, Accountability
  • Passing the Exam
    • Your body, your attitude, your knowledge, your timing, your method

Accommodations
$109 Negotiated Room Rate Buena Vista Suites, 8203 World Center Drive, Orlando FL 32821, 407-239-8588 Direct, 800-537-7737 Reservations

Note: Reserve your room by September 9, 2015 and mention the AFP CFRE Course for the special room rate of $109.

Registration & Questions: Visit www.afpcentralflorida.org, call 407-293-4464 or email mail@afpcentralflorida.org.

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Fundraising with The Three Wise Guys

 AFP Central Florida presents “Faith and Fundraising”. This luncheon will feature Rev. Bryan Fulwider, Imam Muhammad Musri and Rabbi Steven, better known as The Three Wise Guys who will discuss how to ask the faithful for support for non-profit organizations.

register-now-button-home$20 AFP Members

$40 Guest and all Walk-Ins

$30 First Time – Soon to be members

In the style of a radio show The Three Wise Guys from Friends Talking Faith on WMFE, 90.7 FM, our guest “wise guys” will discuss what every development professional should know when asking for money from people of faith. 

 

The theology, philosophy, and the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the ask. We’ll “pitch the topic,” then open up the “phone lines” to hear from our listeners (you the audience). Join us for a lively and insightful “live show!” 

 

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Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys

You can listen to The Three Wise Guys – Rev. Bryan Fulwider, Imam Muhammad Musri and Rabbi Steven Engel – on WMFE Radio each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about The Three Wise Guys here. 

 

 

AFP International Conference on Fundraising: March 29-31, Baltimore, MD

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Have you registered to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference? Click to Register!

Being a fundraiser means more than just raising funds.

And it starts with you. Fundraisers are the connection between donors and causes, the catalyst that makes philanthropy happen.

That’s why in 2015 AFP’s International Fundraising Conference is changing to focus on one thing—you.

No two fundraisers are alike, just like no two causes or fundraising campaigns are alike.
Fundraising is about what you want it to be—what you want to focus on and what impact you want to have on the world. It is only limited by your imagination.

What impact will you have on Fundraising in 2015? Get the skills to make it happen—and make a splash in Baltimore,  at the world’s largest gathering of professionals dedicated to building the charitable sector – “The International Fundraising Conference”

For more information please click on the image above or visit the website here: http://afpfc.com/