In This Issue
LuncheonOctober Luncheon: How to Create a Stellar Giving Tuesday Campaign
Lucie Bradshaw, Brianna Coble, and Lori. A. Long, CFRE
Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 11:30a - 1:15p
Tulsa Garden Center

Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

NPDConference2017 National Philanthropy Day Educational Conference & Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 3, 2017
Hard Rock Convention Center

Conference Featuring:
 Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru

Luncheon Recognizing:
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Tina Parkhill 
Outstanding Philanthropist: Bank of Oklahoma 
Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Lori A. Long, CFRE 
Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy: Oklahomans for Equality 
Community Impact: Thomas K. McKeon, Ed.D. 
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Taylor King
Steffanie Bonner
2017 Chapter President
Tulsa Regional Chamber 
PresidentLetterLetter from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Fall is here! It's definitely my favorite season. It's a season of transition and nature's last hoorah! It's symbolic of the changing foliage we see this time of year. It's also a time for itemizing our blessings and recounting our joys.

I continue to be thankful for our Eastern Oklahoma Chapter and all of its wonderful members. As leaders, the AFP board continually look for ways to improve the chapter and bring value to members. One way for improvement is through education. A few of your chapter leaders will be headed to Cincinnati later this month to attend the annual AFP Leadership Academy.
Webinar October Webinar: What Does Your Employer Want? Aligning Your Boss's Expectations with the Realities of Fundraising
Nancy Racette
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:30p
Tulsa Area United Way

The hot topic for the last few years has been a "culture of philanthropy" and how organizations must have a culture of philanthropy to be sustainable but most don't have it. Rather than reaching for the stars, how about we start with expectations.  CEOs, Executive Directors, Boards of Directors, all have ideas of what the Development Department and/or fundraiser is supposed to be doing.  Do you know what they want?  Is it even realistic?  Does change need to happen?  Join us for a look at what some top leaders had to say and learn how it impacts you, your career and your organization. The session will end with a discussion on how to educate employers on the role fundraising should play in their organization, how to manage expectations, and how to communicate to employers what it is that fundraisers need to carry out their jobs effectively.
SmallGroup Small Group Networking Series
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 4:00 - 5:30p

The AFP Small Group Networking Series is a new membership benefit opportunity to engage in small group, member-only conversations with AFP peers on fundraising and nonprofit management topics of relevance to you. The series will feature six meetings a year in members' homes or at local hot spots. Light refreshments will be provided. 
Members, Reserve Your Spot
Updates at the Federal Level:
1. Overall Legislative Environment/Tax Reform
Even with the release of a new tax Framework just recently (see below), the chances of any sort of tax reform seem a bit murky at this point, with factions with the Republican Party seemingly far apart on different elements of a tax bill. The Administration's tax reform plan being pushed has some impact on fundraising.
In the President's plan, the charitable deduction is kept in its current form but the doubling of the standard deduction and reducing the top-level tax rates could be a huge negative factor for charities.
AFP has submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee advocating for a universal charitable deduction. This could result in $5 billion in additional giving each year.
Your voice may be needed at a moment's notice to advocate for this issue. For more information on this complex issue and the work AFP has done.
2. Johnson Amendment
The House of Representatives passed a massive spending on Sept. 14 that contains a provision to weaken the Johnson Amendment, the law that prohibits charities from directly or indirectly attempting to influence an election or defeat of any candidate for public office.
Updates on the state level from the Oklahoma Policy Institute:
Oklahoma House and Senate recess without budget deal : The Oklahoma House and Senate recessed from the special session Wednesday without a deal to close an estimated $215 million state budget shortfall, which could deal a crippling blow to agencies that provide health care services to the poor and mentally ill. The House recessed after it became clear there weren't 76 members willing to support a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase to help restore the lost funding. [Associated Press] Lawmakers must use special session to fix the budget, not pass the buck [OK Policy] Lawmakers have good revenue options for special session if they have the will to use them [OK Policy]
Little movement during special session's first days:  After spending less than a half hour in debate over its first three days, the special session of the Oklahoma Legislature is now in recess. Though there is general sentiment in the House of Representatives and Senate to pass a cigarette tax to help fill a $215 million funding deficit, it has never gone to a vote because there isn't enough support to get it through the House. Revenue measures must originate and be passed by the House before being sent to the Senate. [Tahlequah Daily Press] Bills filed in special session put many options in play [OK Policy]

ScholarshipMembership Scholarship Opportunity
We are thrilled to share our chapter has initiated a Membership Scholarship fund. These scholarships will be award in both full and partial funding. If you are interested in applying for a membership scholarship, please review the scholarship requirements prior to submission.
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