August 2020 Newsletter

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August Special Event with Vicki Clark

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AFP-GLAC
Chapter President
Mauria McPoland

Greetings from the Chapter President

Happy 60th Anniversary, AFP!

It was 1959, New York City, when three prominent fundraisers (Benjamin Sklar, Brandeis University; William R. Simms, National Urban League; Harry Rosen, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies) met to further discuss the need for a national organization of fundraisers. A year later, officially chartered by the state of New York, the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR) became the first organization to represent professional charitable fundraisers. In the early 70s, NSFR began to work on creating the first Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. In 2001, NSFRE changed its name to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Now at  60 years, AFP CEO Mike Geiger, describes the next ten years as the Decade of Fundraising Leadership, where opportunities to step into leadership roles will be abundant and that AFP will ensure that members are ready and equipped to do this.  Read the entire article>>

We are more than halfway through the year, continuing to benefit our members with a rich array of virtual educational and networking experiences. Recently, we were inspired by Vicki Clark, national trainer and motivational speaker as she led us through our Unconscious Bias in Fundraising workshop. In case you missed it, her session will be available for a small fee. In mid-September, we are excited to showcase Creating Safe Spaces for Crucial Conversations about Race presented by the chapter’s I.D.E.A. Council, followed by the annual Ethics Event in October to kick-off Ethics Awareness Month. On November 13, the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon will take place – speakers and awardees will be announced soon. And in December, our chapter meeting and holiday celebration will ensue, where we will welcome the new board of directors, recognize those who have generously contributed to our Chapter Fund and to Global’s Be The Cause campaign as well as celebrate the successes of this unprecedented year.

We hope that  you will continue to join us as we stay connected, reset, rethink and reimagine!


Sincerely,

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

Members on the Move!
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Members on the move/Members in the news:

Congratulations to our members who have been promoted recently:

Kristina Lamas, CFRE formerly Vice President of Development with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has been promoted to Vice President of Philanthropy & Marketing.  

Charlotte Lacey, formerly Special Events Coordinator with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has been promoted to Special Events Manager.  

Genevieve Riutort, who has led Westside Food Bank's Development team since 2004, has received a promotion adding Deputy Director to her existing title of Chief Development Officer. 

Are you a member on the move? Or have recently earned your CFRE? Kindly let us know- email communications@afpglac.org.

NPDCAL 2020

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National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon Update

Mark your calendars for a valuable virtual experience on November 13! Registration will open very soon.

NPD Awardees have been selected, including a special Shining Star and COVID Hero. Stay tuned for this important announcement.

I.D.E.A.
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I.D.E.A. Update

With Los Angeles widely recognized as one of the most diverse cities in the country, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of AFP (GLAC) celebrates and supports diversity in both fundraising and philanthropic awareness.

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.) Committee helps to drive the chapter’s diversity efforts. We are committed to having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences and perspectives in regard to membership, board leadership, program presenters/content, and resources with the ultimate goal of cultivating safe spaces for open and frank discussions on these critical issues.

If you want to make an impact and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access through AFP-GLAC and in your own non-profit, join the I.D.E.A. Committee.

Please email INFO@DanielleCLara.com for more information!

More announcements from I.D.E.A.

Scholarships

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CHAPTER FUND SCHOLARSHIPS

These past several months have provided challenges for many of us.  If you have been affected by economic hardship or job loss due to COVID-19, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship.  These opportunities are made possible by the generous donations of our members to the AFP-GLAC Chapter fund and will be awarded until all scholarship funds have been used.

Scholarship opportunities are offered in the following categories:

NEW OPPORTUNITY!  Membership Incentive for New & Renewing Professional & Young Professional Members

AFP-GLAC and AFP Global have teamed together to provide five free scholarships in 2020 for new and existing members who are unable to afford annual membership dues.  Both AFP Global and our Chapter membership fees will be covered. Watch for an email blast within the next week for application instructions and criteria. 

AFP-GLAC Virtual Events: Presentations and Webinars 

This scholarship is for members only and will pay your registration fee for a virtual event in August, September, or October.  The maximum number of scholarships awarded per member, per year is two.  Click here for more information or to apply.

AFP-GLAC National Philanthropy Day Conference 

This is an outstanding learning opportunity.  Please watch for more information on this event and for scholarship guidelines. 

Please click here to visit our Chapter Fund Scholarship page. 

Questions?  Contact Jeanne Warlick, AFP-GLAC Scholarship Chair, at JWarlick@materdolorosa.org

Philanthropy and Volunteers
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Philanthropy and Volunteers Update

Now is the time to make your annual gifts to AFP Global and our Chapter!

A “fresh off the press” update that we have 100% board participation with both our own Chapter Fund as well as International’s Be The Cause campaign.  Thank you, Board of Directors!  At this time, I’d like to invite all of you who have yet had a chance to join us.   Here’s a friendly recap of the two campaigns to participate in:

1) Our own Chapter Fund is here to provide funds for scholarships for (virtual) conferences, webinars and workshops, as well as online fundraising courses and CFRE support for our GLAC members.  Your participation is a testament to our strength and that we will continue to grow.  Here is the easy online portal to make more convenient to participate:  https://www.kindest.com/campaign/afp-glac-chapter-fund

2) BE THE CAUSE funds helps to fund local, national and global programs such as scholarships, leadership development, education and much more.  In addition, a portion of every donation that a member makes goes back to our local chapter and it’s super easy to do:

  • Make a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign online.
  • Text AFP to 56512 and follow the prompts!

We know these interesting times for all AFP members, here in Los Angeles as well as across the globe have continued longer than we expected.  We also know this time will pass, and when it does, we will look forward to being all together again.

Thank you for your support! Jennifer Berger, VP, Volunteers and Philanthropy

Committee on Directorship

Nominate yourself and others for the 2021 AFP-GLAC Board of Directors

Serving on the board gives you a special opportunity to work with committed colleagues, and play a key role in advancing our chapter’s strategies for leadership and impact in the philanthropic landscape of Greater Los Angeles. You are invited to nominate a candidate or yourself! 

Every year during the nomination cycle, our Committee on Directorship seeks to balance the skills and experiences of new directors with those of continuing board members. All returning and new board members must fill out the application. 

For more information, and complete the online form click on the links below:

GLAC BOD Duties and Responsibilities 2021

2021 Board of Directors Application - A brief description of each position on the board is in the application.

Please follow the instructions in the form and if you're new to the board submit a CV or resume to office@afpglac.org.

Application deadline: September 2, 2020

Thank you,

Yuri E. Casco, CFRE
Immediate Past President
Chair, Committee on Directorship

Membership Update

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Membership Update: August 2020

Afternoons with AFP-GLAC, a bi-weekly virtual “Nonprofit Happy Hour” free for members is going strong! We’d love to see you there. Our next #AFPGLACAfters is on August 20, from 4:00-5:00pm. Members, check your inbox for an invite soon!

 

Membership Alert!

We understand that we are living in extraordinary times and that organizations may be watching budgets and expenses. Are you aware that AFP Global offers a membership installment plan for Associate and Professional categories of membership? For information about the installment plan click Installment Plan. To join or renew for the other categories, click here: Join AFP.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com.

 

AFP-GLAC Up and At ‘Em Job Club Update

We created the AFP-GLAC Up and At ‘Em Job Club to assist nonprofit fundraising professionals whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19 or who are interested in joining the nonprofit fundraising profession. Our first cohort is now full. If you’re interested in leading and/or joining the second cohort, please contact Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com.  by August 21, 2020.

 

Need an AFP Benefit Refresher?

AFP Membership: What’s in it for You? was a recent webinar we provided for members and nonmembers. This brief webinar details the major benefits of AFP Global membership. Click here to view: AFP Membership is Great!

Education Update

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Education Committee Update

Working from home? Isolating at the office?

You are not alone. Take advantage of these online educational opportunities and reconnect with your AFP-GLAC peers, while earning important continuing education units.  Register today!  

AFP Members only webinar: Branding and Building Your Online Community

September 2, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM  - 1 CE Credit

 

AFP-GLAC IDEA Council and Candid:  Creating Safe Spaces for Crucial Conversations about Race

September 15, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – 1.25 CE Credits

 

See you there!

Yvette Herrera
Vice President of Education

Welcome!

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Welcome to our New Members!

Crissi Avila

Michele Broadnax

Rose Ramirez

Brian Russell

Martha Sanchez

Beth Severson

Welcome USC Caruso Catholic Center!

 

Thank you to our Renewed Members!

Jay Allen

Jay V. Berger

Mrs. Serena Bernolak

Lisa Brooks

Susan Lee DeRemer, CFRE

Michael Driebe, CFRE

Mia Dunn

Caitlyn Ference-Saunders

Lianne Y. Goldsmith

Kristina Lamas, CFRE

Edward T. Lin, CFRE, JD

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

Elizabeth G. Nesbitt, CFRE

William Oldfield

Liliane Elizabeth Ribeiro

Elizabeth Ridenour

Karen Schneider

Christina Shirinyan, MPA

Robert Stgenis

Maggie Trigueros

Mr. Matt Wells, MA, CFRE

Melissa White

Jane Woods

Thank you to HRM Foundation for renewing its membership.

We appreciate your continued support of AFP and our GLAC Chapter!

Partner with AFP-GLAC!

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Exciting new sponsorship opportunities at this year’s virtual conference! 

Looking for ways to increase your exposure to fundraising professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area?

Become a National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Program sponsor!

Click Here to visit the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Program sponsorship webpage.

Questions? Contact PIP Committee Chair, Jennifer Ellspermann, at jellspermann@komenlacounty.org

Government Relations

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AFP Government Relations Update

AFP plays an important role in promoting legislation to encourage philanthropy and support nonprofit organizations like our own.  Keep up to date and please contact your representatives to add your voice.  Sample letters and additional information will be provided to all AFP members at crucial moments to weigh in. 

Current AFP legislative priorities and recent or pending legislation include:

Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act:  A bipartisan group of six Senators has introduced a bill to expand the universal charitable deduction from the current limit of $300 to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples(click here for additional information)

Legacy IRA Act:  This bill expands the existing IRA Charitable Rollover that was first created by Congress in 2006 and made permanent in 2015. It would expand the IRA Charitable Rollover to allow seniors starting at age 65 to make tax-free IRA rollovers to charities through life-income plans (charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust). It provides a guaranteed income for the senior for life and supports charities without negatively affecting federal tax payments since the senior’s annual retirement income from the plan is fully taxed.  (click here for additional information)

The two Acts above are legislative priorities for AFP.  Sample letters to Congress and additional information will be distributed soon.

HEROES Act:  On May 15, the House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) Act, which is meant to be the latest in a line of stimulus bills.  The House passed the bill as a way to begin negotiations with the Senate, but so far, the Senate has yet to consider it. It is doubtful at this point that the HEROES Act will be considered, but parts of it may be included in other legislation.  Some of the key elements of the HEROES Act include: (click here for additional information)

CARES Act:  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that contained funding opportunities for charities and enhanced charitable giving incentives. Most of the funding has now been distributed, but fundraisers should be aware of several charitable giving incentives contained in the bill. (click here for additional information)

Terry Monteleone, CFRE, CSPG, TLM Consulting, Government Relations Chair

If you are interested in further details regarding legislation affecting the non-profit sector, please click here:  further details

AFP Government Relations August 2020 Update additional information:

Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act:   A bipartisan group of six Senators has introduced a bill to expand the universal charitable deduction from the current limit of $300 to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples. 

The Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act (S. 4032), is sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, along with Christopher Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The House companion bill (H.R. 7324) was introduced by Representatives Mark Walker (R-NC) and Chris Pappas (D-NH). 

The universal charitable deduction was first enacted through the CARES Act, signed into law earlier this year, but only provided a $300 deduction per tax return.

The enhanced universal charitable deduction in the Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act would apply to giving in tax years 2019 and 2020. Donors who have already filed for 2019 could amend their returns.

The legislation could significantly increase giving from mid-level donors as the recent doubling of the standard deduction eliminated the incentive for many donors to itemize their expenses anymore, including charitable contributions. According to research by Independent Sector, the bill could generate up to $17 billion in new annual giving if the provision were made permanent.

The Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act is a legislative priority for AFP, and sample letters to Congress and other resources will be distributed in the near future.

Legacy IRA Act:  This bill expands the existing IRA Charitable Rollover that was first created by Congress in 2006 and made permanent in 2015. 

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals to make direct tax-free charitable gifts up to $100,000 from their IRA starting at age 70 ½. Since its enactment, the IRA Charitable Rollover has generated millions of dollars in new or increased contributions to local and national charities. According to a recent report, the average growth of IRA rollover gifts from 2017 to 2018 was 73.8%. 

The Legacy IRA Act (S. 1257 and H.R. 3832) would expand the IRA Charitable Rollover to allow seniors starting at age 65 to make tax-free IRA rollovers to charities through life-income plans (charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust). It provides a guaranteed income for the senior for life and supports charities without negatively affecting federal tax payments since the senior’s annual retirement income from the plan is fully taxed.

The bill is estimated to cost the government $106 million over 10 years (the bill creates a four-year trial period), while the charitable sector estimates that the Legacy IRA Act could raise up to $1 billion each year for charities.

The Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), while the House version was introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).

The Legacy IRA Act is another legislative priority for AFP, and sample letters to Congress will be distributed shortly.

HEROES Act:  On May 15, the House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) Act, which is meant to be the latest in a line of stimulus bills (the CARES Act was one, see below). The House passed the bill as a way to begin negotiations with the Senate, but so far, the Senate has yet to consider it. It is doubtful at this point that the HEROES Act will be considered, but parts of it may be included in other legislation.

Some of the key elements of the HEROES Act include:

  • Strengthening the Payroll Protection Program to ensure that it reaches underserved communities and nonprofits of all sizes and types, and responds flexibly to small businesses by providing $10 billion for COVID-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
  • Setting aside 25 percent of PPP funding for eligible employers with 10 or fewer employees, and for community financial institutions the bill would set aside the lesser of 25 percent or $10 billion from remaining funds under the interim funding bill passed in April.
  • Mandating that the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program, which was established utilizing CARES Act funds and is backstopped by the Treasury Department, includes nonprofit organizations as eligible borrowers. It also stipulates that the federal government should immediately offer a low-cost loan option tailored to the unique needs of nonprofit organizations with deferred payments, and that the loan may be forgiven solely for nonprofits predominantly serving low-income communities that are ineligible for a PPP loan.
  • Extending the paid leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to nonprofits and other employers with more than 500 employees. Applying the paid leave provision only to smaller employers was a last-minute change to the Families First Act back in March.

CARES Act:  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that contained funding opportunities for charities and enhanced charitable giving incentives. Most of the funding has now been distributed, but fundraisers should be aware of several charitable giving incentives contained in the bill. 

  • Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction—Taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for gifts made to charitable organizations. The deduction is ONLY for gifts of cash made in calendar year 2020 and does not cover other types of gifts or contributions made to donor-advised funds or private foundations.
  • Suspends the 60 percent adjusted gross income limitation for individuals’ charitable contributions for the year 2020. In a typical year, individuals can only take a charitable deduction of up to 60 percent of their adjusted gross income, no matter how much they give. For 2020, there is no limit, making cash contributions fully deductible.
  • Increases the cap on how much corporations may deduct for charitable gifts from 10 percent of taxable income to 25 percent. In addition, the limitation on deductions for food donations by corporations increases from 15 percent to 25 percent in 2020.
  • Waives for 2020 the required minimum distributions from retirement plans, such as pensions and 457 plans. Any minimum distributions from retirements plans that would have been required in 2020 can be delayed until 2021. This change reduces the incentive for donors to make gifts from their individual retirement account (IRA)—the IRA Rollover Provision
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