Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

AmFund (American Fundraising Foundation, Inc.)

aka AmFund

Maitland, FL

Mission

MISSION Empowering worthy nonprofits by providing much needed unrestricted funds. VISION AmFund believes no worthy nonprofit should ever have to restrict vital assistance to people, animals, the arts and other lifesaving and life-enhancing causes because of a shortage of funds. VALUES • Integrity • Stewardship • Excellence • Honesty • Service • Innovation • Accountability • Passion

Ruling Year

2016

Founder

Mr. Wade West

Founder

Mrs. Barbara West

Main Address

2603 Maitland Center Parkway

Maitland, FL 32751 USA

Keywords

Fundraising, Sponsorship, Special Event Planning, Auctions,

EIN

81-1160316

 Number

8055402211

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Fundraising Partnership Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations supported.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Fundraising Partnership Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The number of Nonprofit Partners with whom we have approved for a fundraising partnership.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Altogether we support approximately 350-400 nonprofits every year. In addition, we will identify and qualify an additional 60 to 80 worthy nonprofits around the country to support this year. Many of the nonprofits we support benefit from specialized "graduate-level" insights on how to make their Special Events more effective. The best practices for making Special Events highly effective have changed in the last two years, and by working with the organizations we support, we are able to drill down and identify those new techniques that make their events more successful.

We are seeking and will hire four or five qualified new Development Directors to expand our reach. In addition, as part of our educational program, Mr. and Mrs. West will be conducting seminars around the country in cooperation with leading broad-spectrum professional fundraisers' organizations, as well as professional fundraisers' organizations devoted to the healthcare and educational fields.

We currently have offices in Orlando and Washington DC and will bring on our new staff there.

Close surveillance of metrics in three areas:

1. The number of nonprofit organizations partnered with and helped during FY 2017,

2. The total number of dollars contributed to all the nonprofit organizations we serve in FY 2017,

3. And ensuring an increase in the average contribution given to each partner nonprofit.

Simply put, each time we are able to make a major monetary contribution to a nonprofit partner, we are gratified with the results, but we also learned how much more there is to do. The $10 million we have contributed to worthy nonprofits over the last eight years speaks for itself, but we want to increase that amount in the coming years. We will need to increase staff to do that as we are already at the point where we are having to postpone support for other worthy organizations due to staff limitations.

It is also important, that through our educational programs to help boards and leadership in otherwise qualified nonprofit organizations understand they can use the programs and techniques we bring to their benefit. On some occasions, boards and leadership are unfamiliar with our concept, and the fact that there is absolutely no risk, or cost on their part whatsoever.

In support of that educational process, we have been asked by writers for major publications to allow an article to be written about our work and successes, but we are a bit hesitant to do that until such time as we have the staff necessary in order to meet the needs of the additional nonprofit partners such media coverage would ensure. We will have the necessary staff on-boarded by January 15.

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Financials

AmFund (American Fundraising Foundation, Inc.)

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes