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Bring more transparency to fundraising

 

Re the Jan. 17 story Putnam proposes overhaul of charity laws: The board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Miami fully supports Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, and Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, for their efforts to strengthen state oversight and transparency of nonprofit organizations and professional solicitors.

Among the proposed legislation, one particular area of interest is the creation of “new oversight of professional solicitors,” which will prevent telemarketing tactics by those who “often pocket much more of their haul than they give to their nonprofit clients.”

AFP Miami was founded in 1975 as an affiliate of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International. Its mission is to advance the field of fundraising by promoting the highest ethical standards and professional practices throughout the nonprofit sector. AFP Miami includes more than 100 fundraising professionals. The chapter is one of 230 of the international organization, with 30,000 members worldwide who are experts in advancing charitable giving and maximizing donor relations for the greater good of the organizations, the constituencies they serve and society.

The cornerstone of philanthropy is ethical fundraising, and all AFP Miami members abide by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and a Donor Bill of Rights. In our commitment to promote these standards, we urge the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to approve the proposed rules and hope to see them go into effect.

Karelia Martinez Carbonell,

member, AFP Miami board of directors, Miami

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