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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.

Thank you to the 2014 National Philanthropy Day sponsors.

celebrateAFP Central Florida would like to enthusiastically thank our 2014 National Philanthropy Day sponsors. This event acknowledged the entire spectrum of services that the non-profit and civic and service sectors provide in our community, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society.

Thank you to the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Title Sponsors.

Thank you to the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Title Sponsors.

Welcome SponsorWestgate Resorts FoundationAward Sponsors

The Assistance Fund

Central Florida Foundation

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

Embraced by Grace

Florida Hospital Foundation

Heart of Florida United Way Orlando Health Foundation

Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

YMCA of Central Florida

Signature Sponsors

Golden Corral Corporation

Neiman Marcus Rosen Hotels and Resorts

UCF School of Public Administration

Supporting Sponsors

Bryce L. West Foundation

SeaWorld Orlando

Wings of Hope Foundation

Celebrating 50 Years of the AFP Code of Ethics

50 Years!

50 Years!

Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida chapter will celebrate AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards on October 15th, 2014. Why, you ask?

These principles and standards form the core of our profession and distinguishes AFP members from those who do not adhere to such high standards. And with 50 years of ethical leadership, it’s worth celebrating this golden anniversary!

Feel free to view the recent post by AFP International– to paraphrase AFP IHQ– this is a “really big deal”

50 Years of the AFP Code of Ethics:
For 50 years, the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards has served as the cornerstone of fundraising, identifying and promulgating the high standards that make ethical fundraising possible

AFP Internationbal will be celebrating the 50th anniversary throughout the rest of the year, reminding members—as well as donors and others—why the code is so important. In the end, the 50th anniversary of the Code of Ethics really is a big deal.

But maybe you’re wondering, what exactly are we celebrating, and why? After all, we know that the code simply tells us what we can and cannot do, right? Right?

A Few Simple Principles Form a Critical Benefit:
When the AFP Code was adopted in 1964, it marked a major step in the formation of our profession. Today, members consistently list the code as the most important benefit of AFP membership.  Although the Code encompasses some 25 professional standards, they basically stem from a few simple principles.

AFP members: 
1.         Work to advance the missions of the organizations that employ them.
2.         Put their organizations’ interests ahead of their own; they do not self-deal.
3.         Behave honestly in all dealings.
4.         Obey the law.
5.         Avoid any conflicts of interest or even the appearance of such.
6.         Are open and transparent in their dealings.
7.         Are truthful about their qualifications, purposes of solicitations, and fundraising results.
8.         Do not accept compensation based on a percentage of funds raised.
9.         Protect the confidentiality of donor information.
10.       Put the interests of donors ahead of those of all others.

History:
When the founders established the National Society of Fund Raisers (now AFP) in 1960, one of their first projects was to create a code of ethics for the profession. Why? Not because other professions had them, but because trust is the essential foundation for philanthropy and the entire voluntary sector of our democratic society. Donors give to organizations they trust—organizations that do what they say they will do with the donors’ money.

“Too often, the issue of ethics only comes up in a negative light, such as when there’s a controversy,” said Andrew Watt, president and CEO of AFP. “But ethics is exactly what makes philanthropy possible. It allows us to be professional fundraisers. We should celebrate ethics—and the trust—that allows us to create connections with donors, which in turn leads to inspiration and impact.”

The Code doesn’t just lay out what fundraisers can and can’t do. It creates a vision for how we want philanthropy—and our society—to look like and operate both now and into the future

“Like any set of laws for a country, the code provides the structure for the type of open and honest behavior we as a sector all desire,” said Jay Love, CFRE, chair of the AFP Ethics Committee. “Trust by donors is truly built upon such open and honest behavior.  Without donor trust, funding for a vast majority of nonprofit missions will all but evaporate.   The Code is that essential building block for the underlying structure now and into the future.”

Unlike many codes of ethics, the AFP Code of Ethics is enforceable. It not only establishes standards for ethical behavior and guidelines for determining what is and is not ethical behavior, it sets up a formal procedure by which anyone can lodge a complaint alleging a code violation by an AFP member. And much like a court of law, the Code prescribes a due process procedure to investigate, hear, and adjudicate the allegation, and, if necessary, impose a sanction. The ultimate sanction is permanent revocation of AFP membership and withdrawal of any AFP-sanctioned certifications.

Inspiration and Empowerment
While enforcement is an important part of the code, Watt focuses on the inspiration and the empowerment that the code provides to fundraisers and donors alike. “People give hundreds of billions of dollars to charitable causes every year voluntarily, without coercion and without expecting anything in return,” said Watt. “That’s extraordinary, and it’s possible because of ethics. How inspiring is that?”

Over the next few weeks, the eWire will feature several articles describing the thinking behind various aspects of the AFP Code and its enforcement process. Plus, we’ll be asking members to send in stories of how AFP’s Code of Ethics has helped them—or inspired them—in their work.

Code of Ethical Principles and Standards

Note: AFP requires the completion of the following Permission Form by those wishing to reprint or reproduce (in whole or in part) the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, and/or the Donors Bill of Rights. The form should be faxed or emailed per instruction, and permission will be granted to qualifying requests. Thank you.
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AFP members are invited to attend “Trends in Philanthropy”

This event is free to invited guests and AFP Central Florida members.

This event is free to invited guests and AFP Central Florida members.

AFP Central Florida Members are invited,
at no cost, to attend the upcoming Trends in Philanthropy event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Orlando Museum of Art from
1:30pm to 4:30pm

This event is free to AFP Central Florida members and invited guests
http://trendsinphilanthropy.eventbrite.com

Financial Fraud and Nonprofits
Lynda Dennis, Ph.D. • UCF College of Business

Hybrid Organizations Panel
MODERATOR
Mark Brewer • President/CEO

Please RSVP online to confirm your seat
and confirm your attendance committment  http://trendsinphilanthropy.eventbrite.com

Trends in Philanthropy
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Orlando Museum of Art
1:30pm to 4:30pm

Financial Fraud and Nonprofits
Lynda Dennis, Ph.D. • UCF College of Business

Hybrid Organizations Panel
MODERATOR
Mark Brewer • President/CEO
Central Florida Foundation

PANELISTS
Glen Casel • President/CEO
Community Based Care of Central Florida

Carol Wick • CEO
Harbor House of Central Florida

Julie Colombino • CEO
REBUILD Globally