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PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH SENDS VIDEO MESSAGE TO DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION NONPROFIT FEDERATION CONFEREES
Washington, DC, February 3, 2005 - Former President George H.W. Bush today addressed attendees at the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation (DMANF) 2005 Washington Nonprofit Conference at The Capitol Hilton. The conference, "Bright Ideas for Nonprofit Fundraising" brings together a large number of nonprofit organizations and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the fundraising and marketing needs of today, just over a month after the tsunami disaster.
"In the month since the tsunami struck, private citizens across America have contributed tens of millions of dollars for disaster relief and reconstruction," said President Bush. "What is being seen around the world is something that a lot of people in these afflicted countries might not realize happens. When I was told about your fundraising educational conference, I understood its importance and wished I could be there with you."
Nonprofit organizations across the nation and internationally have shown tremendous support to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, but the need is still great. The DMANF urges the generous American public to continue to lend support to relief efforts performed by DMANF members.
"I'm told that many fundraisers at charities not involved in relief operations fear that, because of the financial outpouring for the victims, support will not be there for their important causes," President Bush added. "But, according to research by the Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis, giving by individuals always increases in the years after a major tragedy."
"So whether you're a brand-name charity like the American Red Cross or a local Bedlington Terrier rescue outfit, trust in your supporters," President Bush continued, "Make your case. They'll be there for you. I wish you God's speed in your work. The world is counting on you."The DMANF Nonprofit Conference runs through Friday, February 5. For details please visit www.the-dma.org/nonprofitfederation/conferences.
About The DMA Nonprofit Federation:
Since 1982, The DMA Nonprofit Federation (DMANF) and its predecessor organizations have been aggressive and effective advocates for nonprofits in postal, regulatory, legislative, and accountability issues. It has led the way in professional education, networking, and industry advancement. The Federation is the premier agent for improving public awareness and receptivity to direct/interactive marketing-driven philanthropy, and is the "top brand" among all associations and advocacy groups working on behalf of nonprofits in this area. With more than 300 members, The DMANF is one of the largest member segments of the Direct Marketing Association and is the leading association for member organizations that use direct and interactive marketing media such as mail, telephone, and the Internet to communicate with donors, members, customers, and the public. The DMANF's full-time staff, located in Washington, DC, is assisted by legal counsel for regulatory and postal matters, and supplemented by the resources and professional staff of The DMA.