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AFPSBV NPD 2017 CommitteeWelcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter website! We invite you to stop by often for up-to-date information and practical resources to support your philanthropic fundraising efforts.

We provide opportunities for you to learn, engage, and connect through monthly luncheons alternating from Santa Barbara to Ventura County sites, at special events such as our Symposium on Fundraising and National Philanthropy Day, and at casual networking events throughout the year. You will also find the latest sector job listings in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Check out our Event Calendar for upcoming events - and be sure to register early to take advantage of early bird discounts! 

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AFPSBV is honored to receive the Ten Star Gold Chapter award, which recognizes our accomplishments in working towards AFP's Strategic Plan. Less than 20 percent of AFP's 243 chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making AFPSBV one of the association's leading chapters around the world.

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  • DEADLINE EXTENDED for National Philanthropy Day Nominations!

    The deadline to submit NPD nominations have been extended to next Friday, July 19. Click here for more info.
  • Advocacy Update - The Effects of the New Tax Reform Laws in 2018

    HOW DID TAX REFORM INFLUENCE CHARITABLE GIVING? STREAMLINED REPORT – BY THE NUMBERS

    By: Stephanie Wilson, July, 10,2019

    How did the new Tax Reform change philanthropic giving during its first year: 2018?  The reform eliminated or sharply reduced the benefits of charitable giving for many would-be donors.  And while it was not the huge hit that we might have expected, it could identify the beginning of a trend.   

    First, let’s look at the law.  Deduction for donations was unchanged in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; however, individuals now must itemize in order to claim any deduction. The new law only allows itemized deductions that exceed $12,000, up from the prior year of $6,350 standard deduction of single people. For couples, this is doubled.  So, fewer people itemized, making charitable contributions less attractive for tax purposes. 

    There are some important factors to keep in mind during this first year that may – or may not – have had an impact on giving.  Taxpayers were uncertain as to how the new reform would affect them, which likely caused hesitant giving.   The year ended with our volatile stock market taking a nose dive just when many donors are considering their end of year gift, which is nearly always for tax deduction purposes. 

    THE NUMBERS IN 2018

    AMERICANS GAVE $427.71 BILLION to charity

    FOUNDATION & CORPORATION GIVING INCREASED but INDIVIDUAL GIVING DECREASED

    NUMBER OF ITEMIZED TAX RETURNS FELL FROM 46 MILLION TO 19 MILLION

    GIVING INCREASED BY LESS THAN 1% - not enough to cover inflation costs


    TOTAL NUMBER OF DONORS DECLINED:

    3% INCREASE IN GIFTS OVER $1,000
    4% DECREASE IN GIFTS RANGING FROM $250 - $999
    4% DECREASE IN NUMBER OF GIFTS UNDER $250

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