Community Announcements

  • Advocacy Alert: Proposed Regulations for DAFs

    AFP Memphis membership,

    The AFP board strives to keep you up to date on items that intersect between government relations and fundraising. Please review the email and attachment for more information on AFP's comments regarding regulations related to donor-advised funds. 

    In November, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the first in what is expected to be a series of long-awaited regulations on donor-advised funds (DAFs). This proposed regulation would provide guidance regarding DAFs and taxable distributions. The proposed regulations generally would apply to community foundations and other charitable organizations that maintain one or more DAFs, and to individuals involved with the DAFs, including donors, donor-advisors, and certain fund managers. The guidance seeks to offer clarity on additional definitions of terms, how to determine if a fund can be identified as a separate entity, and how to establish if a donor has advisory privileges, among other issues.

    This regulatory attention has been expected as DAFs have grown; grants from DAFs now amount to around 10% of all charitable giving and are expected to keep growing. AFP has joined sector partners in submitting comments outlining some positive changes being proposed and some concerns with these proposed regulations. Much of this work to inform these comments comes from the previous Donor Advised Funds Working Group of the U.S. Government Relations Committee chaired by Lisa Chmiola with the support of Nancy Brown.

    AFP will continue to engage the full U.S. Government Relations Committee, the AFP Global board, and other groups and member constituents, on future proposed rules and legislation.

    Please find attached the comments AFP has made to the US Treasury Department.

    In addition to AFP’s comments, if you as an individual or on behalf of your organization want to submit additional comments, the deadline is February 15, 2024.

    You can submit a formal request using the attached URL.

    Here is a link to the Letter from AFP to the IRS:

    Andrea Hill, your AFP Memphis Government Relations and Advocacy Chair
    Chief Development & Partnerships Officer
    Tennessee Nonprofit Network

  • Memphis Fundraisers, share your fundraising victories!

    Hey there, AFP rock stars! Are you ready to share your fundraising victories with your fellow peers?  

    We know you've been killing it, and we want to celebrate YOU! Our upcoming June 15th Learn Over Lunch is all about the Art of Celebrating, and we want to showcase your fundraising successes in a special video. 

    So, what do you need to do? It's easy! Using the subject line "AFP Celebration,"email the following to Darren Thomas II at

    1. Your name and organization
    2. Three (3) of your best photos
    3. A brief description of your fundraising highlight(s)

    Let's make this a celebration to remember!

  • AFP Memphis Needs IDEA Committee Members

    Are you passionate about inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in fundraising? AFP Memphis is forming an IDEA Committee. This committee will meet bi-monthly for one hour to work on IDEA programming and education for our local chapter. If you are interested, please email our IDEA Chair, Stephen Green, at This is a great way to get involved in your local chapter!

  • Advocacy Alert: New Charitable Act Needs Your Support!

    In 2017, Congress passed a tax reform bill that eliminated the universal charitable deduction. This change has cost nonprofits at least $15 billion each year in charitable donations from individuals.


    Next week, two representatives are set to introduce a bill to the House that will restore the non-itemizer charitable deduction and raise the caps from $300 for individuals/$600 for joint filers to approx. $4,600 for individuals/$9,200 for joint filers.


    The Charitable Giving Coalition is sending a letter of support to the bill’s sponsors. Your organization can sign this letter of support. The deadline to sign is Monday, May 15 at 4 p.m.

    Special thanks to our friends at Momentum Nonprofit Partners for sharing this information.