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Want An Endowment? Plan For it—Ask For It
(Aug. 26, 2014) Among the excuses your nonprofit has for why you don’t have endowment donors, the only real excuse you can have is that you didn’t ask. Don’t let asking for an endowment gift intimidate you! Helen Monroe, head of Endowment Development Institute, gives you a step-by-step process (and a free checklist!) for every aspect of ‘the ask’—from identifying the donor, to your plan of attack, to your successful ask.

Stick With Us—We’ll Carry You Through Your Entire Fundraising Career!
(Aug. 13, 2014) From the first moment you realize you want to be a fundraiser, to the moment you reach that highest achievement that you’ve modeled your entire fundraising career over—AFP is there for you. As a study buddy, an endless pool of fundraising information, a place to meet fundraising fanatics like yourself and a place to help you grow. Use our Development Pathway to plan your fundraising career chock-full of AFP offerings!

How to Apply for AFP Research Grants
The AFP Research Council offers grants for up to $10,000 annually to individuals who wish to undertake research projects that enrich the profession's knowledge of philanthropic fundraising and improve its practice.

Chapter IMPACT Campaign 2014
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to introduce the Chapter IMPACT Campaign (formerly the Chapter Treasury Campaign) and to ask your chapter to get involved.

Recap: 2014 Canadian Retreat
Even in the summer, there is still work to be done! Two weeks ago, 85 Canadian AFP chapter leaders met to strategize for the next three years. Here is a summary of what was discussed.

Philanthropic Research: Call for Proposals!
Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals is out. Read on and learn all you need to know about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada’s Research Awards, including news on the most recent recipient!

Scholarship Opportunity: AFP’s National Program is Now Accepting Applications
Don’t miss out! Apply now for AFP National Scholarships supporting professional development courses or conference registration and travel costs.

Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
It's just good customer service! AFP in Canada now offers a national job-posting program. Read on for the details.

AFP Canada Strategic Plan
Complex and ever-changing legislative environments, increasing public scrutiny and quickly changing technological advances challenge fundraisers every day as professionals. Karen Dackiw shares how AFP’s Canada Council (with your input!) intends to support members through these challenging, but exciting times.

Cape Breton Island Seeks a Chapter of Its Own, While Okanagan Chapter Soars
At the most recent AFP board meeting, the newest AFP chapters in Canada were chartered: the Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Chapter and the Alberta, Central Chapter. With the addition of these two chapters, we have 19 in Canada. Chapter president Paula MacNeil and organizer Brad Jacobs share their thoughts on getting the Cape Brenton chapter up and running, while Chantelle Funk revels in the success of the new AFP Okanagan chapter.

Online National Job Posting Program Now Available
What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.

CFRE Continuing Education Policy Changes
(Aug. 14, 2006) Beginning in 2010, all applicants for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential must submit at least 50 percent of their continuing education activities from approved providers.

Resource Center Toolkits and Resources
Resource Center Toolkits and Resources

Action University
Action University is an online professional development tool for AFP members. In each lesson, Action University takes a best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video. Each video is accompanied by a workbook, a pdf summary, and in most cases a 45 minute webinar with the author where participants get to ask specific questions.

AFP’s National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship?

Previous AFP Award Honorees
AFP is pleased to recognize past honorees of the AFP Awards Program.

About the Ready Reference Series
Get the quick answers to your most pressing fundraising questions with the AFP Ready Reference Series.

Fundraising Professional Hail New York Case Settlement, Encourage Donors to Take Wise Giving Steps
AFP applauds the work of the New York State Attorney’s General Office and reminds donors of the importance of direct mail, while cautioning charities to be careful with their donor lists.

Study Links Charity Fundraising Results to Annual Fund Campaigns
(July 15, 2014) Charitable organizations in the U.S. and Canada are more likely to raise funds successfully when they have a formal, annual fundraising drive, according to survey results released by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative. This is some of the first research to look at how annual funds are conducted and the role the annual fund plays in helping an organization reach fundraising goals.

Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropy.

Syncing for Success: The Second Development and Finance Symposium
(July 9, 2014) At the second Development and Finance Symposium (May 13-14, 2014), the balance between finance and development attendees was nearly equal (46 percent finance; 54 percent development), showing that both departments were more eager and keen to sync-up than ever. Co-sponsored by AFP and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University, the event brought attendees together from 15 states, two countries and two very important, yet different departments. The conclusion? They want MORE—more partnership, more education, more syncing.

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2015 Board of Directors
AFP Leadership is governed by the Board of Directors. Call for nominations are made in the spring of each year and nominations are reviewed by the AFP Committee on Directorship in August. The nomination form is attached below to submit your candidate.

Debunking the “Willie Sutton Theory”: How to Find Businesses That Will Support Your Nonprofit
(July 2, 2014) In her newest workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook, Linda Lyskowski, ACFRE, helps you pinpoint the businesses in your community that you can (and should!) make an effort to partner with. Use the printables provided for each step and create that path to a new business partnership. Start by clicking here!

AFP Fund Development Series
The AFP Fund Development Series is intended to provide fund development professionals and volunteers, including board members (and others interested in the nonprofit sector), with top-quality publications that help advance philanthropy as voluntary action for the public good. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Wiley each bring to this innovative collaboration unique and important resources that result in a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

How to host the AFP CFRE Review Course
Learn here how to host the CFRE Review Course, formerly the Survey Course in Fundraising, in your area.

The CFRE Review Course
AFP’s revised CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a two-day, intensive program the purpose of which is to provide an overview of skills techniques, and program components base on fundraising experience at the five-year level.

Giving Gets Its Groove Back—But Grooves a Little Differently
(June 17, 2014) The good news is that for the fourth consecutive year giving by Americans has grown, and not JUST grown, but has nearly reached pre-recession levels. However, the not so good news is that not all categories of charity have rebounded. But the reality is that giving is up by more than four percent in the US, according to the newly released Giving USA report that looks at giving levels from 2013. Find out who’s giving to which charities and why.

Biography: Andrew Watt, FlnstF, President and CEO, AFP
Meet Andrew Watt, FlnstF, President and Chief Executive Officer Association of Fundraising Professionals.

CFRE Study Buddy Program
(June 10, 2014) You’ve scrolled through the CFRE International website for requirements, you’ve downloaded the book list and purchased a few of the reading items and you’ve printed the application. Yet, despite all of your due diligence you don’t feel any closer to taking the exam. What you need is a CFRE Study Buddy Program to help kick you into CFRE-high-gear!

AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day: Where Fundraisers Reconnect and Recharge
What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.

REPORT - Majority of Fundraisers See Salary Increases in 2013
(June 10, 2014) A total of 3,378 AFP members (2,952 United States and 426 Canadian) submitted responses to the 2014 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report. Read a summary of the Canadian data findings here.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
Learn about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

Foundation Development Chair
This page offers information about the role of the chapter FDC or EMC chair, necessary forms uses, and resources.

Chapter Boards Lead by Example in Achieving 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2013 Every Member Campaign (EMC). These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts to the EMC.

My Experience with the International Advanced Diploma on Fundraising—I Chose to be a Guinea Pig, But Why!?
(May 28, 2014) Simone Joyaux is already an ACFRE but that didn’t stop her from taking it one step further and going for the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF). Her advice for you? Don’t wait until you are an ‘advanced fundraiser’—do it NOW! She wishes she had. Here’s what she’s learned so far about the IADF.

Donor Retention—The Talk of The Town
(May 20, 2014) I know, I know—retention, enough already! But the truth is, there’s a reason this is a permanent topic: it’s critical, and it’s not going anywhere. So settle in and use these 20-plus articles and resources to help you in your retention rates!

Biography: Bob Carter, CFRE
Introducing Bob Carter, the new chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
The foundation of philanthropy is ethical fundraising, and a key mission of AFP is to advance and foster the highest ethical standards through its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

Four Current Annual Giving Trends and How to Incorporate Them into a Fundraising Plan
(May 13, 2014) Devin Mathias, a consultant with Marts & Lundy, comes from a active career in annual giving, having previously worked as the director of annual giving at the University of Michigan and with the University of Florida Foundation prior to that. His contributions and efforts helped the University of Michigan achieve the 2009 CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award for Fundraising. Just as every spring brings with it the promise of renewal and the start of a new fiscal year, it can also inspire renewed annual giving programs. As you work on your annual giving fundraising plan, Devin prompts you to consider how the following trends and strategies might support your organizational goals.

Member Resources


AFP Membership Benefits
You'll receive these membership benefits and more when you join AFP!

2014 AFP Compensation & Benefits Study

AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Order the AFP 2014 Compensation & Benefits Report: The complete 2014 study is available free to AFP members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the report for $150 by contacting profadv@afpnet.org.

Why I Wanted to be An ACFRE
(May 6, 2014) Leah Eustace, ACFRE, comes from a family of philanthropy-fanatics, so it was only fitting that she follow in those footsteps. One of the ultimate fundraiser achievements is getting your ACFRE—so why wouldn’t Leah shoot for the fundraising stars? This is her story of becoming an ACFRE—the good, the bad and the inspiring.

Ottawa Fundraiser Leah Eustace Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
Leah Eustace, newest ACFRE, joins the ranks of only 101 other fundraising professionals in the world! As a principal with Canadian consulting firm Good Works, past-president of the AFP Ottawa Chapter and chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, becoming an ACFRE was the logical next step for Leah's more than 20-year fundraising career.

Protecting Yourself Against a Donor Lawsuit
(Apr. 30, 2014) It can happen unintentionally—mis(using) your donors' charitable contributions. Make sure all parties—past, present and future—have the same understanding of the donation's meaning. Starting with the contract, being as clear as possible can save you a lawsuit once the money has been allocated.

Today’s Chief Development Officer is Expected to be a Sophisticated Financial Strategist and Planner
(Apr. 23, 2014) Getting the whole team to support your chief development officer is essential to your organization’s success. That’s why, at the second AFP/Rice University Development and Finance Symposium, Ronald J. Schiller will be covering the importance of building a strong CDO-CFO partnership. Here, he gives you a sneak peek, PLUS a list of tools for aspiring CDOs.

2014 Collegiate Accord Materials


AFP's Faculty Training Academy
AFP's Faculty Training Academy prepares instructors to take leadership positions in AFP's professional education programs and to serve as peer mentors for other AFP course instructors.

Faculty Training Academy: Master Trainers
AFP's Faculty Training Academy graduates are experienced instructors who have attended two advanced training programs in teaching and mentoring.

AFP Expands to Reach More Communities
At the recent AFP board meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, we were delighted to announce the chartering of two new AFP chapters: the AFP Bermuda Chapter and the AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter. The new additions bring us to 235 chapters worldwide, extending our reach beyond 30,000 members and countless nonprofit organizations.

Conferences
The AFP International Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues. It offers more than 150 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants from entry level to highly experienced. The Conference exhibit hall features over 300 vendors.

AFP Curriculum Framework
The AFP Knowledge Areas and Curriculum Framework lists competencies and skills of professional fundraiser as identified in AFP's Fundraising Practice Analysis Study.

New Chapter Formed In British Columbia
At the most recent AFP board meeting in San Antonio, the newest AFP chapter in Canada was chartered: the British Columbia, Okanagan Chapter.

AFP Canada Has A New Home On The AFP International Website
Your AFP membership gives you access to a network of like-minded professionals and a wealth of professional development resources. Now Canadian members have access to an AFP Canada homepage, to recognize and further develop the unique contribution of Canada's fundraising community.

Who Are These People? Tips For Moving Beyond The General Public
(Apr. 7, 2014) How well do you know your stakeholders? Are you communicating to the right audience? Danielle Johnson, an interactive strategy consultant for Blackbaud, gives tips for identifying the demographics of the people you most want to engage.

Collaborative Campaigning – Can We Be Friends Through Collective Impact?
(Apr. 7, 2014) At the recent AFP International Conference on Fundraising, Canadian Andrea McManus led a session on how to make a collaborative campaign actually work. Here, in her own words, are highlights of that workshop which focused on a case study of the RESOLVE campaign in Calgary.

Ethics Is Not A Game Of Jeopardy
(Apr. 7, 2014) Dealing with an ethical conflict is no laughing matter. However, taking a lighter approach to the subject may make the issues easier to talk about with colleagues, board members and volunteers. Ligia Peña, CFRE, and Leah Eustace, ACFRE, share their approach to discussing and solving ethical dilemmas in fundraising.

Why Being A Mentor Is Good For Your Health
(Apr. 7, 2014) Once again science gives us proof. Heather Wardle shares how your day-to-day stress can be counterbalanced by a compassionate activity, such as mentoring.

National Financial Literacy Month, April 2014
AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are again forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy. Together, along with leading nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations, we’re celebrating National Financial Literacy Month (April).

College Park Professor Awarded Prestigious Fundraising Research Prize
(Apr. 7, 2014) The Association of Fundraising Professionals has awarded the AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research to Dr. Noah Drezner, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, for his outstanding work on identity-based donors, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors, published by Routledge.

About the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Program
The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics, at an advanced level of practice.

2013 AFP Compensation & Benefits Study

AFP's Compensation & Benefits Study provides valuable data on the characteristics of individual fundraisers – backgrounds, experience, and responsibilities – and paints a picture of the current state of the profession.

Order the AFP 2013 Compensation & Benefits Report: The complete 2013 study is available free to AFP members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the report for $150 by contacting profadv@afpnet.org or printing the salary survey order form here.

Write a Book! Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting a Book Proposal
(May 22, 2012) Having access to the experience of various mentors and teachers is as important to those working in the nonprofit sector as any other professional discipline. It is in this way that we are able to grow and advance philanthropy as a voluntary action for the public good.

Action University
Action University is an online professional development tool for AFP members. In each lesson, Action University takes a best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video. Each video is accompanied by a workbook, a PDF summary, and in some cases a 45 minute webinar with the author where participants get to ask specific questions.

About the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment.

Canada Revenue Agency – Toolbox for Directors, Officers and Volunteers
(Sept. 16, 2013) In an effort to help registered charities understand and meet their requirements and obligations, the Charities Directorate has assembled a page of key resources for directors, officers and volunteers.

Volunteer Profile - Bob Prenovost of pm-volunteers.org Receives Giving Hearts Award
What started as an idea scribbled on a napkin turned in to a powerful program in which volunteer project managers give their time, expertise and mentoring to the charitable and nonprofit sector in Vancouver. One of the 200 nonprofit professionals that Bob Prenovost touched thanked him with a nomination for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.

Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Conference Series Continues in 2014
It’s a new year and Ontario AFP members shouldn’t miss the unique conference offerings that are part of the Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy Series. The Next Generation Philanthropy Forum will be held March 11 in Ottawa.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2014 Officers
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2014 officers and directors under the leadership of Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE.

AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2014
The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2014 under the leadership of Chair Derek Fraser, CFRE.

A Message from the Canada Council Chair
Derek Fraser, chair of the AFP Canadian Council, sends all members a personal message reflecting on the upcoming year.

The Charleston Principles: final version
The National Association of State Charity Officials has released its final version of the Charleston Principles -- guidelines for states to use when addressing the issue of Internet regulation. The final version is not binding upon states, but does provide some glimpses as to how state charity officials are preparing to tackle this issue.

Periodicals contact list
Following is a contact list for periodicals held by the AFP Resource Center. Visit these publications' websites or call their offices to order reprints.

A New Brand Management Mindset
(Jan. 22, 2014) SHIFT isn’t just for the International Conference on Fundraising. We’re encouraging you to SHIFT in your everyday work, starting today with brand management. Ask yourself these four questions, and find out if your nonprofit’s brand management is shifting in the right direction for the future.

AFP Launches International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
Fundraising is going global, and AFP has you covered with the first truly international, advanced-level fundraising qualification that will be available worldwide and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and European Fundraising Institute, AFP will offer the first International Advanced Qualification Diploma course at the 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio.

AFP International Conference Education Session Sneak Peak: Journey Deeper Inside the Donor’s Brain
(Jan. 15, 2014) With new research out that offers fundraisers and nonprofit leaders insight on how the donor brain works, Leah Eustace, CFRE, MPhil, and Scott Fortnum, ACFRE, MA, thought it was the perfect time for a sequel to their popular 2013 conference session in order to dive even deeper into the donor’s brain.

Chapter courses and events
Bright Ideas for sponsored courses and events include taking advantage of the AFP audioconferences, a campaign to attract small nonprofits into the fold and study groups for CFRE candidates.

Creating Successful Nonprofit Boards, Staff and Programs—Take a Cue from Successful For-Profit Businesses
(January 8, 2014) As you set out with new resolutions for 2014, you’ll need to take a close look at your board, staff and current programs in order to know what to change. Let for-profit best practices guide your fundraising planning in 2014 for a fresh perspective that reinvigorates your nonprofit.

AFP Communications and Marketing Committee
AFP Communications and Marketing Committee

Assess Your Year-End Appeals—Are You Doing Them Right?
(Dec. 11, 2013) At this point in the year you have likely already gone out with your year-end appeals and are in the midst of follow-ups, and hopefully, collecting and calculating donations. As you are knee-deep in appeal-season, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and assess your appeals to make sure you’re doing them the right way—it’s never too late to implement best practices. If nothing else, you’ll be well on your way to more successful appeals in 2014!

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Full Version
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

An Inside View of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit—A Renewed Sense of Excitement
James Phelps, ACFRE, of the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, takes you through the Diversity and Inclusion Summit that was held in October in Pittsburgh, Pa.—what issues were brought to the table and how to move forward. It will leave you with a renewed hope for the future of diversity and inclusion!

Brazil: A Great Potential in Fundraising
(Dec. 3, 2013) Though fundraising is seen positively in Brazil, there is little to no training and tangible information for budding fundraisers—until now. Brazilian fundraiser Custodio Pereira talks about how the AFP First Course in Fundraising, paired with the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, was translated to Portuguese and offered for the first time in Brazil.

Raising the Next Bunch of Diverse Fundraisers
The AFP Greater Cincinnati chapter took it upon themselves to "raise" such individuals with their program: New Faces of Fundraising. Learn how your organization and your chapter can replicate this award-winning program.

The 5 ASKing Traits: An AFP International Conference on Fundraising Education Session Sneak Peek!
(Nov. 13, 2013) Laura Fredricks gives you a sneak peek into her session—The 5 ASKing Traits—which she’ll premiere for the first time at the 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio. Find out if you’re a Domineering Demander and how to hone your ASKing trait!

What's New with AFP Chapters?


The Virtual New Member Kit
So ... you've just joined AFP ... what happens now? Take a virtual tour of AFP member benefits!

AFP South Eastern Ontario Chapter Donates Fundraising Books to Local Library
This chapter may help bring a fundraiser’s professional development dreams within reach with the donation of the entire CFRE reading list—a gift valued at $1,500—to a local library.

It’s Not Too Late! Find Your Passion For The Every Member Campaign
You can support the next generation of Canadian fundraisers by supporting AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC). Read how your donation helps the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy – Canada to transform the future of philanthropy in this country.

I wish I thought of that! (IWITOT)
(Nov. 6, 2013) AFP Congress is just around the corner. Ken Burnett is leading “I wish I thought of that!” – a panel of 12 experienced fundraisers sharing a pivotal idea that changed their approach to fundraising.

Join AFP, 15 Founding Partners and Countless Nonprofits in Celebrating GivingTuesday
Canada’s inaugural GivingTuesday is backed by AFP, 14 other founding partners and an ever-growing list of dedicated nonprofits. There are numerous opportunities to join in on what is sure to be a historical giving day in Canadian history.

Good Fundraisers Are Invisible?
(Nov. 6, 2013) Think about the qualities that are necessary to be a good fundraiser. Did being invisible make the list? Paul Nazareth shares his reasons for encouraging fundraisers to avoid “personality fundraising.”

The Association of Professional Dream Makers
(Nov. 6, 2013) As if winning AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award wasn’t enough, David Love was also recently profiled in “The Great and the Good Showcase” on sofii.org. Intense, smart, energized, hungry for knowledge, rebellious, wild, open to debate and inspiring are just a few of the words used to describe him. In this article, David shares what the award and working as a fundraiser means to him.

Get Real With Your Prospect List
(Nov. 6, 2013) How connected are you to your prospect list? Liz Rejman knows the questions to ask to ensure that you’re engaging and inspiring all of your prospects – not just the top 30.

National Estate Planning Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2013
AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy through National Estate Planning Awareness Week.

Reminisce and See What You Missed at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy
On Oct. 2-5, more than 300 of AFP’s chapter leaders, administrators, board members and diversity thought-leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 8th Annual AFP Leadership Academy. It was a jam-packed four days with an inaugural diversity summit, plenary speeches that ended in $1,000 donations, balloons flying, thought-provoking leadership sessions, challenging interactive workshops...and a giant rubber duck. See what you missed!

The Best of the Best
It’s the feeling a runner gets when crossing the finish line of a marathon. The feeling a student gets when they receive their certificate with the initials “Ph.D.” following their name. And the feeling a fundraiser gets when being adorned with that yellow and blue ribbon and achieving their ACFRE. That’s the feeling of becoming the best-of-the-best.

Ohio Fundraiser Benjamin Imdieke Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
Ben Imdieke, senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation in Toledo, Ohio, is the 100th AFP member to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential. Congratulations, Ben!

Straight Talk From ACFREs
Teetering on the edge of going for your ACFRE? Take some wisdom from those who have gone the distance—living, breathing and accomplishing the greatest fundraising credential. They are 100-strong, and they’re telling you to “just do it!”

The Good, the Challenging and the Memorable
There are four daunting (or exhilarating) steps to becoming an ACFRE—but that didn’t stop 100 of your colleagues, and it shouldn’t stop you! An inside look at the road to becoming an ACFRE, and how it’s every bit worth it.

Position Paper: Percentage-Based Compensation
A 2001 position paper by the AFP Ethics Committee on why AFP prohibits members from accepting percentage-based compensation.

How Does Your Organization Define “Success” in Social Media Fundraising?
(Oct. 1, 2013) Are you measuring the impact that social fundraising has on your campaign? Ask yourself these three questions to assess the impact of your activities on social media.

Diversity Summit to Gather Fundraising, Philanthropic Leaders from Around the World
Representatives from fundraising and philanthropic organizations around the world will come together on Oct. 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit, co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the D5 Coalition and JAG (Joint Affinity Groups).

Sector Monitor—So Where Are We Now?
(Sept. 16, 2013) In the most recent Sector Monitor, Imagine Canada reports that the confidence of charity leaders is stabilizing, even while a trend of increasing financial pressure continues.

AFP Golden Horseshoe: Building Online Resources
(Sept. 16, 2013) The AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter asked the local fundraising community what it could improve. The result? A revamped website that encourages more networking and interaction among members.

AFP Toronto Congress 2013: Beyond Survival to Thriving Amid Rapid Change
(Sept. 16, 2013) Based on YOUR feedback, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Congress 2013 is gearing every session, plenary and case study to help fundraisers thrive in a climate of accelerating change.

Surprises abound in 2013 Next Generation of Canadian Giving Study
(Sept. 16, 2013) A surprising new report from hjc and Blackbaud reveals that GenX is on its way to being a donor powerhouse – but only in Canada.

Why I Love Canadian Fundraisers
(Sept. 16, 2013) An experienced fundraiser from the UK invades the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress and weighs in on his love-hate relationship with Canadian fundraisers.

Submit a nomination for AFP’s Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Have you ever looked on in awe at the work that a fundraising professional has done/is doing and sighed to yourself, thinking “wow, what an inspirational fundraiser”? Then you need to nominate that person for the 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.

About AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 233 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

AFP at a Glance


Capital Cause – Causing a Bright Future of Philanthropy
(August 7, 2013) Kezia Williams may be a Millennial but she already has ten years of fundraising under her belt and has founded a successful nonprofit geared to engage young philanthropists. Get tips and tricks from a Millennial in the field on how to create a bright future of philanthropy—today!

Snail Mail Isn’t Dead—Direct Mail is a Hot Topic on AFP’s LinkedIn Group-On Fundraising
(August 26, 2013) With year-end appeals right around the corner you might be wondering the best way to make your last appeal of 2013. One thing is apparent based on the discussions on AFP’s Official LinkedIn Group—On Fundraising: direct mail is far from dead.

How to Grow Your Fundraising With Video Marketing In Five Simple Steps
(August 26, 2013) By now you know how powerful video can be for your nonprofit—it’s proven that video drives both traffic and conversions. Follow these five steps to make sure you, and your viewers, are getting the most out of your video!

The Bridge Conference Takeaways Continue (Part Two)
(August 20, 2013) There were just too many insights, how-to’s, free samples and guidance to fit into one article—part two of the 2013 Bridge Conference takeaways offers full presentations, secrets to reactivating lapsed donors, how to engage the Hispanic giving market, the most important aspects in planning a fundraising budget and more!

Mailing List Rental information for members and nonmembers
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association for development executives who work for nonprofit organizations. Renting the AFP membership list can offer your firm exposure to over 27,000 executive decision makers who are constantly seeking new resources, ideas and services, as well as professional assistance, to enhance and strengthen their efforts in raising philanthropic dollars. The AFP membership list is selectable by type of nonprofit, member type, geographic location, chapter, gender, and birth date.

We Crossed the “Bridge” and Found a Ton of Nonprofit Takeaways on The Other Side
(August 13, 2013) Among a sold out conference with more than 1,500 attendees, 70 education sessions, and more than 110 companies exhibiting in the Solutions Showcase—there were bound to be a ton of takeaways! Revel in the how-to’s, leadership and inspiration gained from the 2013 AFP DC/DMA Bridge conference.

About the AFP Resource Center
No matter where you are, no matter what size your budget, AFP gives you access to one of the most complete reference centers for development professionals. Get information on topics ranging from endowments to the Internet to salaries.

Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2013
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for Summer 2013.

Do Organizations Measure and Use Constituent Engagement Data?
(July 31, 2013) It’s likely that you don’t have time to read yet another report on how today’s nonprofits and associations are managing their constituent, donor and member data—but what about an infographic that captures everything in one snapshot? Take a look at Avectra and NTEN’s newest survey findings.

Three Pieces to an Engaging Email Campaign
(July 31, 2013) Take a cue from the corporate world and adapt their email programs for your email campaign. Follow Mike Snusz’s lead from Blackbaud and test, measure, build and target!

About AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 225 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

National Philanthropy Day® Media Supplement
The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2013 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day® on November 15. This is a marketing initiative you can leverage for use with donors and volunteers alike.

AFP’s National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship?

What Does it Mean to Be a Mentor?
Are you a mentor? Are you a mentee? What has the mentoring experience meant to you? Mentoring programs are alive and well in AFP chapters across the country, and we’re looking for stories to share the impact of the experience. Share yours with us in a future issue of AFP eWire Canada.

Canadian Leadership Retreat
Even a flood couldn’t stop a stampede of fundraisers from attending the recent Canadian Leadership Retreat in Calgary.

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Fundraising Peers Weigh-In on What To Do With Lapsed Donors...And More!
(July 16, 2013) AFP’s official LinkedIn group, On Fundraising, provides a learning experience for you and your peers. Simply ask, answer and learn! See what nearly 20 of your peers had to say about lapsed donors—how to handle, what to do and where to go from here.

Your New Year's Resolution for July: Two Hours Per Week and Five Simple Steps for Small Development Shops to Achieve Major Gift Success
(July 16, 2013) It’s time to resolve to be successful in raising major gifts, and you don’t need to wait until New Year’s Eve to make the resolution! Follow these five steps to start NOW.

North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
AFP and North Park University in Chicago, Ill., have partnered in a pilot project to offer AFP members a 45 percent discount on the cost of tuition for graduate programs offered through North Park’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM).

AFP Fact Sheet
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in 206 chapters throughout the world.

About Advancing Philanthropy
A true member benefit, Advancing Philanthropy, published by AFP (four seasonal issues and one September issue), provides practical information, useful tools and other resources to help members succeed and advance.

2013 Giving USA Report Leaves Nonprofits On The Fence About Hopes For The Future
The results are in, so what’s everyone saying about them? The day following the release of Giving USA 2013: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, a panel representing NPR, Campbell & Company and the Chronicle of Philanthropy took a “first look” at the findings from 2012. Tap in to their initial thoughts regarding the report and how YOU will be impacted by the results.

Giving USA 2013 Report Released: Special Offer for AFP Members!
The results are in, so what’s everyone saying about them? The day following the release of Giving USA 2013: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, a panel representing NPR, Campbell & Company and the Chronicle of Philanthropy took a “first look” at the findings from 2012. Tap in to their initial thoughts regarding the report and how YOU will be impacted by the results.

Getting to Know Your Donors
(June 11, 2013) Before the actual “ask” there’s the research, courting and face-to-face meetings that lead into “the ask.” Here’s how to take those initial first steps.

AFP Sponsorship Program
Show your allegiance to the fundraising profession by supporting AFP today! Here's how your company can get involved.

Fund Development contracting or consulting services Request for Proposal for services AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is expanding its fundraising to new, aligned prospective donors who have an interest in supporting the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. To support this growth, the Foundation is seeking supplemental contract or consulting support for its major gifts program in support of its special initiatives.

The AFP Ottawa Chapter Celebrates Growth Through Organizational Memberships
(May 21, 2013) Learn how the AFP Ottawa Chapter is recruiting new AFP members under the category of “organizational membership”.

The AFP Ottawa Chapter Celebrates Growth Through Organizational Membership
Learn how the AFP Ottawa Chapter is recruiting new AFP members under the category of “organizational membership”.

300 Delegates Celebrate At The Red & White Reception
300 Delegates Celebrate At The Red & White Reception

Announcement: New AFP Canadian Chapters Coming To a Community Near You!
(May 21, 2013) Four new Canadian AFP chapters are starting up—check to see if there is one in your area!

Board Members Are 100% in Support of AFP’s Every Member Campaign
(May 21, 2013) Canada’s Every Member Campaign hits major milestone

Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards
(Mary 21, 2013) Western Canadians take three of seven international philanthropy awards

Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary

Calgary hosts AFP Canada leaders July 11-13!
(May 21, 2013) The Association of Fundraising Professionals stampedes to Calgary

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Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2013
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for Spring 2013.

Getting to Know Emily Mapes – From AFP Collegiate Chapter Member to Development Coordinator, Thanks to AFP Connections
(May 7, 2013) Emily Mapes was your typical college student, interested in making a difference but not quite sure how. Enter AFP and the International Conference on Fundraising. Now she has a new job and a great fundraising network. Read on to find out how it happened and what you can learn for your own career!

Help Me, Help You!
(April 30, 2013) Join your fellow fundraisers, nonprofits and AFP Members on LinkedIn and get involved in the discussions! You may find that you can provide direction to a peer, or even learn something for yourself. Scroll through the discussions on AFP IHQ’s official group – On Fundraising.

Collegiate Chapter Program
The AFP Collegiate Chapter program was created in order to educate undergraduate and graduate students about fundraising as a career path and to educate them about philanthropy in general.

Follow an AFP Diversity Fellowship Winner’s Blog as He Encourages YOU to Set a Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Tony Spearman-Leach was awarded with the African-American Diversity Scholarship Fund with registration and travel support for the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising. He portrayed his experience at the conference through his blog, highlighting each day’s takeaways from sessions and through networking, and he even spoke at the closing general session! Find out what makes Spearman-Leach a diversity fellows winner, and follow his blog to capture the essence of his first conference experience.

Case for Support
As you know, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy depends on members, chapters, board members, corporations and other friends to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance philanthropy through ethical and effective fundraising.

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
A generous couple in Saskatchewan; an outstanding family foundation supporting causes around the world; a volunteer legend in Vancouver; a fundraising pioneer in Wisconsin; a dynamic brother-sister team in Georgia; an inspiring newspaper project in Calgary; and a heroic young woman in Minnesota are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013 Awards for Philanthropy.

2013 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist: Leslie and Irene Dubé
Leslie and Irene Dubé are an inspiring example for business and charitable leadership in Saskatoon and around the world through their entrepreneurial spirit, community service and philanthropy. In 1993, the Dubés froze their estate, deciding at that point to focus on philanthropy and donate money accumulated from their business interests to the important causes they supported—notably health, education, religion, and poverty both at home and internationally. Over the past decade, they have contributed more than $30 million to a number of important programs and initiatives.

2013 Award for Outstanding Corporation: The Calgary Herald/Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
Twenty-three years ago, a small group of reporters approached their employers at the Calgary Herald with what they termed a “crazy idea.” They wanted to use their talents, research and influence to inspire a community into action. The result was the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of organizations in the Calgary metropolitan area.

2013 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Martha Taylor
An outstanding fundraiser is exceptional in all areas of the profession: development, ethical commitment, leadership, education, research, publication and innovation. And for 38 years, Martha Taylor has not only embodied all of these aspects of the profession, but has also been a pioneer in the fields of women’s fundraising and philanthropy.

Big Mac® Philanthropy Index to Launch at the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising
The Management Centre (=mc), along with data collected from almost 40 of their colleagues internationally, volunteers from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents, UNICEF, and YOU (yes, you!), have created the Big Mac® Philanthropy Index. This index will focus on a number of standard measurements of giving and demonstrate how many Big Macs it takes to get there.

Using Chinese Auction Websites As Your Next Special Event
(Mar. 26, 2013) Fundraising is an all-encompassing, brain extending, full time job involving a lot of time and effort. Because of the numerous wonderful causes that can use your donations to further their amazing work, many fundraisers have implemented new and exciting venues to encourage people to donate. One such idea, of course, is the use of fundraising websites.

Fundraising & Finance – They Go Together Like Milk & Cookies
(Mar. 26, 2013) At the first annual Development and Finance Symposium on June 11-12, 2013, in conjunction with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is pleased to announce the keynote speaker will be Paul Shoemaker! Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the nonprofit sector by The NonProfit Times two years in a row, Shoemaker is sure to convince and ease you into the marriage of fundraising and finance.

Finding Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
(Mar. 19, 2013) Deborah Legrove, Chair of AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC), wants to spread the word to Canadian AFP chapters about the importance of the EMC to supporting the work of the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy - Canada. Put simply, the Foundation’s mission is to transform Canadian philanthropy. For those of you who are passionate about your job as a fundraiser; passionate about your mission and motivated to give back to the sector – the Foundation’s annual Every Member Campaign provides an easy opportunity to help shape the future of philanthropy in this country.

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Donors -Tracey Bailey Webcast Still Available!
(Mar. 19, 2013) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada was pleased to sponsor the live streaming recording of a workshop session during the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress on November 20, 2012. Click here to hear the presentation by Tracy Bailey, CFRE, “Up Close and Personal – Write and Converse More Authentically with Donors”. This workshop focuses on personal correspondence and telephone skills, exploring how a fundraiser can nourish the donor’s experience of an organization’s promises, through speech and writing.

Who Do You Know...on AFP’s Canada Council?
(Mar. 19, 2013) It’s never too late to get involved and to make your professional mark in the fundraising profession. Do you believe in the value of professional development and building awareness about working in Canada’s nonprofit sector? Perhaps involvement in the Canada Council is for you.

Grant Enables Mentoring Program Expansion
The following is an excerpt from a letter recently received by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada

Joining the Force of 80 Million Strong – The Millennials
(Mar. 19, 2013) Based on the sheer numbers alone, Derrick Feldmann, CEO of Achieve, finds a majority of his work revolving around millennials, the next generation of donors. As the largest generation thus far (80 million), the millennials have a hand in shaping the nonprofit world as donors, activists, consumers, volunteers, and even board members and fundraisers.

Georgia Brother and Sister Honored with International Youth Philanthropy Award
Carter and Olivia Ries, brother and sister from Fayetteville, Georgia, who have created plastic recycling programs being used in schools across the U.S. and are committed to conservation and endangered species efforts, are the recipients of the 2013 Bob Carter Companies/William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

50 Asks in 50 Weeks: The Smarter Way to Raise Money at Your Small Development Shop
(Mar. 12, 2013) Do you know how many gifts you asked for last year? If you’re in a small development shop (defined as two fundraising staff members or less), it’s extremely likely that you asked for less than 50 gifts—probably even many less—and you may not even know it!

What Did You Just Say?! Learn How to Communicate So Your Board Understands You!
(Mar. 5, 2013) You’re a fundraiser in a corporate world and you’re having a hard time communicating to connect the two. Peter Drury, director of development at Splash, an AFPeep and returning speaker at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising will help you create a dashboard to guide you in communicating with your board, as well as a thesaurus to make sure the communication is understood by all parties!

Three Things Every Fundraising Professional Should Be Prepared for in 2013
(Feb. 26, 2013) Fundraising professionals, regardless of an organization’s size and scope, play a vital role in the overall success of a nonprofit. With overwhelming economic uncertainty and increased scrutiny, nonprofits are required now more than ever to be effectively governed.

Fundraising Colleagues Collaborate to Win 2013 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize on Philanthropic Planning
Long-time friends and colleagues Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE, and Brian Sagestrano, CFRE, have co-penned this year’s AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize honoree, The Philanthropic Planning Companion—a volume the prize committee called “outstanding” and “commendable”.

In Memory of Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, First African-American Chair of AFP
It is with great sadness that AFP announces that former AFP chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, has passed away. The first African-American volunteer leader of AFP, he was a pioneer in the fundraising profession.

Lessons From 2012 That Will Make 2013 A Great Year
(Feb. 19, 2013) During the spring of 2012, DonorDrive noticed some of their clients were raising substantially more money, attracting more participants and adding more events. While hearing of nonprofit woes across the industry, many of these causes stood out as exceptions. DonorDrive tracked the successes of these organizations, interviewed key staff and figured out what they were doing right to help them excel in these tough fundraising times. DonorDrive featured the findings from four of these causes in a blog series.

Lions, and Tigers, and Boards – Oh My!
(Feb. 12, 2013) If you’re a board member, past, present or future, or even if you serve on a committee, you’d be wise to heed the advice from Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, who will fearlessly walk you through how to Fire a Lousy Board Member. Joyaux’s passion for boards exudes through her work and guidance on what great boards do, and don’t do, at their board meetings.

Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
We invite AFP members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 50th International Conference on Fundraising, April 7-9, 2013, in San Diego, CA. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist or poet, you are warmly invited to participate. Fundraisers are a diverse group – their diversity unites them and thus makes the art showcase even more beautiful and meaningful!

First Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report Published
(July 2, 2007) A new report can help charities identify areas of improvement in their fundraising, such as donor retention, by comparing gains and loss in a number of different categories.

Annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey


AFP Texas Legislative Action Day: Empowering the Nonprofit Voice in Texas Policy
As states around the country prepare for the New Year and the policy implications that will come at both the federal and state levels, Texas AFP chapters began their own education and outreach campaign—for policymakers of the Texas State Legislature.

Reel Impact: How Fundraisers Can Successfully Use Video
(Feb. 5, 2013) Today, people perpetually use Instagram and social media and love the instant gratification they provide. For nonprofits, this means that to connect with their target audiences, they must quickly achieve with a video on their website’s home page what telethons formerly allotted hours and celebrity spokespeople to do.

Social Media for Professional Fundraisers - A 2013 Skill to Build!
(Feb. 2, 2013) In 2013 there is no shortage of “social media gurus” hitting us over the head with advice. AFP members involved in event and community fundraising jumped on board with social media right away. However, beyond the world of Facebook “likes,” professionally trained fundraisers who focus on relationship building still haven’t embraced social engagement and continue to feel confident that it’s better left to the marketing department.

Philanthropy in the Age of Networked Intelligence
(Feb. 2, 2013) As we enter the networked age, philanthropy is going through a profound change. This has big implications for fundraisers and donors alike. In the old model, not-for-profits sought funds from individuals and institutions. Donors were courted and if successfully seduced, they provided funds, and were thanked. But today because of a number of factors, most notability the Internet’s slashing of transaction and collaboration costs, charities can now build deep relationships with philanthropists.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Elects a New Member to the Board
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada is pleased to announce that Janice Waud Loper, CFRE was elected to its board of directors at its December 2012 meeting. Waud Loper works as vice president of development for major gifts & planned giving at the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care in Vancouver, BC.

Grammy Award Winning Musician, Education Activist, Movie Co-Producer and…AFP International Conference Speaker!
John Legend may have won nine Grammy Awards for his musical talent, and he may have just co-produced a documentary with Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, but he’s much more than a musically and film-inclined celebrity. Legend is an education activist and created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization that fights for education reform in the United States and works with Millennium Promise to provide clean water, health care, education and more for Africa.

Advancing Philanthropy: Subscriptions and Reprint Requests
AFP members automatically receive our magazine, Advancing Philanthropy. But subscriptions also may be obtained by nonmembers and institutions. Here's how.

Not Your Average Ethics Session
(Jan. 22, 2013) At first glance the Ethics sessions offered in the past at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising haven’t always screamed, “Attend me!” But at the 2013 conference, that’s all going to change. This year, the Ethics sessions have been kicked up a notch, and A Crisis in Value – Our World is Built on Trust, featuring Barbara Levy, ACFRE, Ben Haddad, and AFP’s president and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, is no exception!

Donor Bill of Rights
To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, AFP and other fundraising organizations declare that all donors have the following rights.

New Year, New Philanthropists
(Jan. 15, 2013) For the last forty years, charities have focused their high-end fundraising on unrestricted gifts from the Traditionalist generations (born Pre-1946). But in the New Year, Brian Sagrestano, JD, CFRE says it’s time to recognize that there’s a new donor in town, the “New Philanthropists” (born 1946-present).

New Study Questions Level of Fundraising Skills, Organizational Support for Philanthropy
(Jan. 15, 2013) A new study of American charities and fundraisers raises strong concerns about the number of skilled professionals available for jobs and the lack of infrastructure in most nonprofits to support effective fundraising and philanthropy.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Announces 2013 Officers
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada has announced its roster of 2013 officers and directors and will be led by chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE.

Charitable Deduction Not Taken Down by the Fiscal Cliff
(Jan. 2, 2013) The charitable deduction was left mostly unscathed by the fiscal cliff negotiations and the recently passed bill.

Lobby Day Held to Protect Charitable Deduction, Begin Discussion of Larger Role of Philanthropy in Society
(Dec. 6, 2012) Hundreds of representatives from the philanthropic sector converged on Capitol Hill Dec. 4-5 to urge Congress to protect the charitable deduction and begin a broader discussion about the role of philanthropy and how to solve the larger, long-term problems that America faces.

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Hundreds of Charitable Leaders Descend on Capitol Hill to Make Case for Charitable Tax Deduction
(Dec. 5, 2012) Nearly 300 leaders from the Charitable Giving Coalition representing education, health, faith-based, arts and neighborhood revitalization organizations descended on Capitol Hill today making a strong case to protect the charitable tax deduction.

How to Build the Winning Team (Board)
(November 27, 2012) Great donors and staff are important, of course, to the success of any charity. But if you ask Tom Nisbett, president of The Nisbett Group, the truly outstanding nonprofits have exceptional board members leading the way.

AFP, Mackenzie Investments Partner to Strengthen Training and Education for Charities, Fundraisers
Canadian fundraising professionals and the charitable sector are about to receive a major boost in training and development, thanks to an initiative funded by Mackenzie Investments, one of Canada’s leading investment management firms, in partnership with AFP.

It’s Never Too Late to Give….or Send out a Year-End Giving Solicitation!
(November 20, 2012) They say the holidays are a time for giving, and according to Alphonce Brown, ACFRE, that includes charitable giving as well. “December is a big month for nonprofit organizations,” Mr. Brown explains. “AFP’s fundraising surveys have proven this, and many organizations raise a substantial portion of their annual revenue in the last four to six weeks of the year.” And he should know.

Take the Project Streamline Survey to Assess State of Grantmaking
(November 20, 2012) Five years ago, with the support of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Project Streamline was created to change and enhance the grantmaking experience. The project is now asking grantee organizations to provide their opinion of how grantmaking has changed and what sorts of changes and methods have proved most effective.

The Power of Longevity and the Capacity for Impact
Working at the same institution for more than 25 years and seeing it grow tremendously during that time is what Thomas Campbell, AFP’s newest ACFRE, believes fundraising should be all about.

Johnson Proposes Additional Giving Incentives on National Philanthropy Day®
On Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®, noted businessman and philanthropist Donald K. Johnson O.C., LL.D, addressed the Economic Club of Canada and urged Parliament to enact new legislation and incentives to further encourage additional giving and volunteering across Canada.

New Partnership to Strengthen Training for Nonprofit Leaders
Mackenzie Investments partners with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to offer new learning opportunities for Canadian fundraisers.

AFP Canadian Council Announces Members for 2013
The AFP Canadian Council has announced its roster of members for 2013 and will be led by chair Derek Fraser, CFRE.

AFP Chapter Presidents in Canada Speak Out About National Philanthropy Day®
Earlier this month, Parliament approved a new bill that will make Canada the first country in the world to honour the work of charities, donors, volunteers, corporations and foundations by permanently recognizing November 15th as National Philanthropy Day® (NPD).

What Does It Take to Make and Build Your Career as a Fundraiser?
(Nov. 19, 2012) Why do you do what you do, and how can you do it better? Tania Little shares her thoughts on building a sustainable and rewarding career as a professional fundraiser.

Turning Challenges Into Opportunities: Fundraising in a Diverse Community
(Nov. 19, 2012) Michele Varela shares her experience of fundraising for The Scarborough Hospital, in one of Canada’s most diverse communities. Statistically speaking, the coming years will require most Canadian nonprofits to examine their approach to forming relationships with diverse donor groups. Michele provides an insightful, common-sense introduction to this topic.

Not Just Onsite—New Education Opportunities Before, During AND After AFP’s 50th International Conference!
Discover all of the new educational opportunities associated with the 2013 San Diego International Conference on Fundraising and how you can enhance your conference return on investment and find success for the future.

About the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Program
The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics, at an advanced level of practice.

Mark Climie-Elliott: Born to Be a Fundraiser
Mark Climie-Elliott, CFRE was born to be a fundraiser. After all, he was born on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day. But the long-time fundraiser and this year’s recipient of the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP credits his success to his family, his experience with AFP and the incredible colleagues he’s met throughout this career.

How Well Do You Know Your Planned Giving Prospects?
(Oct. 9, 2012) One in five planned giving donors had never made any gift at all to the recipient charity before making a planned gift, according to a new study by The Stelter Company, which reveals a variety of interesting data about planned giving donors and how charities can begin the planned giving process.

The Obama Effect: 20 Takeaways for Multichannel Fundraisers
(Oct. 2, 2012) There’s no question that the Obama for America 2008 campaign set a new standard in online fundraising. Of its $750 million raised, half a billion came in online. Let me say that again. Half a billion dollars came in online; that’s 6.5 million small donations, with an $80 average gift, from 3 million donors. Those numbers are staggering. So how did Obama for America do it?

LinkedIn as a Multi-Dimensional Fundraiser’s Resource
(Sept. 25, 2012) When LinkedIn launched in 2003, most professionals saw it as little more than an online resume—those days are long gone. Nicknamed the “Facebook of Business,” it has evolved into a highly productive tool for both for-profit business and social-profit philanthropy.

Nonprofit Organizations with Active Fundraising Boards More Likely to Meet Goal
(Sept. 25, 2012) In a research first, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds a direct association between active fundraising by nonprofit board members and the organization meeting its fundraising goals.

Looking Beyond the Board For Champions, Fundraisers
(Sept. 25, 2012) Fundraising is about relationships, and yet many organizations overlook their volunteers as potential donors and advocates for the organization. Amy Eisenstein, CFRE, president of Tri-Point Fundraising, maintains that the more advocates and fundraising volunteers your organization has working on its behalf, the better off it will be.

National Philanthropy Day: Celebrating All Donors Equally Engages New Attendees, Sponsors
For over 10 years, AFP Edmonton & Area Chapter had celebrated National Philanthropy Day (NPD) like many other chapters across North America. However, over time, the challenges with the historical award format of NPD had begun to diminish the engagement AFP members and the wider community had with the event.

Volunteering Your Fundraising Skills Overseas
(Sept. 25, 2012) When the lights went down inside a grand hall in Washington D.C. last winter, Cynthia Benoit-Sarrazin had shivers watching the young, Salvadoran theatre group Es Artes perform before an audience of several hundred cultural dignitaries.

Ontario invests in three-year project to strengthen diversity and philanthropy within the nonprofit sector
(Sept. 25, 2012) Ontario’s nonprofit organizations are about to receive a major boost in training and development on diversity and inclusion issues, thanks to a multi-year initiative funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Partnership Project Office.

Initiatives and Programs Planned for AFP Canada
AFP chapter leaders from across the country convened in Halifax, NS on July 26 – 28, 2012 to discuss strategies and issues affecting the fundraising and philanthropic culture within Canada. The Retreat planned by the AFP Canadian Council, Canadian Government Relations Committee, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and International Headquarters focused on the AFP in Canada Strategic Plan that will take Canadian initiatives through 2014.

LinkedIn as a Multi-Dimensional Fundraiser’s Resource


Finding the Right Date for Year-End and Holiday Appeals
(Sept. 18, 2012) AFP members chime in on the timing of year-end appeals and how late you can send your holiday solicitations.

Your Current Job: Fix It or Forget It?
(Sept. 11, 2012) How do you know when it’s time to move on to a new job? Is it worth the hassle to fix your current situation, or do you need to look for greener pastures? Valerie Lambert has been helping fundraisers answers these questions for several years.

AFP Internet Guidelines
The AFP Internet Transaction Guidelines offer basic guidance for AFP members and others considering engaging the services of an online or similar service provider.

Building a Major Gifts Pipeline Despite BIG Obstacles
(Sept. 4, 2012) Every organization is different with its own unique challenges but start at the beginning and catalogue your strengths, says Adrienne Capps, CFRE, and you’ll ultimately find success.

Why Social Media Matters: Networking and Engagement
(8/28/2012) Networking is the new professional currency in our increasingly connected world, says Beth Kanter, and successful charities are changing their mindset to emphasize social media, openness, engagement and authenticity.

Spotlight: The AFP Vancouver Chapter Diversity Committee


Change in Definition, Change in Focus
It’s not enough to focus only on recognizing differences. We have to welcome and include those differences if we are going to best reflect and represent fundraising, philanthropy and all of society. That’s why, according to Wayne Steer, director of fund development for Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AFP has moved to change its definition of diversity in fundraising.

Giving Slows At the Mid-Year Point: How to Respond
(August 7, 2012) While giving was increasing significantly at mid-year in 2011, that growth has all but receded now as donor confidence has hit record lows.

Calling All AFP Members – Nominations Are Open!
Canadian AFP members have the power to influence the focus and direction of the association in a very concrete way, by participating in The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canada Council’s nominations process.

The AFP Information Exchange
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

McManus Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal
Andrea McManus, CFRE, the chair of AFP, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her service to the fundraising profession and the nonprofit community in Canada.

Grantsmanship as a Profession
(July 31, 2012) To the public, grant writing is viewed as a technical skill that can be acquired with a few days training. Only to the dedicated professional is the activity that occurs between seeker and funder understood as well-defined process with accountability to the funder, the fund seeker and the consumer.

Let’s Talk About Branding
(July 31, 2012) As the nonprofit landscape gets increasingly competitive, it’s important to brand yourself by clearly conveying your organization’s focus, credibility and unique contributions. If you think brands are only for Walmart and Starbucks, then think again. Every single organization – including your nonprofit – has its own personality, its own identity and its own set of characteristics.

Catching Up With...AFP Ottawa
(July 31, 2012) Lisa MacDonald, AFP eWire Canada editor, gets the scoop from Leah Eustace, CFRE on AFP Ottawa’s successful and long-running Mentorship Program.

Re-engaging Senior Practitioners
(July 31, 2012) AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter leaders were surprised to learn that assumptions about their members were working against them. Read this account of President Mike House’s, CFRE efforts to re-engage and build value for his chapter’s senior practitioners.

Does Your Organization Have “Relationship Capital?”
(July 17, 2012) Investing in your relationship capital with donors and prospects can give your organization the edge it needs to stand apart from the crowd.

Support the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce the second year of a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Member Motion/Accolades: Spring 2012
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for spring 2012.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SUMMER 2012
The Summer 2012 Public Policy Update contains information about U.S. issues such as potential changes to the charitable deduction, the status of the IRA Rollover provision, a new Chapter Advocacy FAQ document for chapters, the status of the Postal Reform Bill and its impact on the nonprofit rate and efforts in Kansas to eliminate the state charitable deduction and restrict nonprofit advocacy. In Canadian news, we report on the charitable giving recommendations that AFP submitted to Parliament, the status of the National Philanthropy Day legislation and the revised Canada Revenue Agency Fundraising Guidance.

AFP Poll Finds Staffing, Board Support of Top Concern to Fundraisers
Many fundraisers feel that having an inadequate level of development staff is a key internal challenge holding their organization back from making more impact, an informal AFP website poll suggests.

Back to Basics: 10 Fundraising Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
(June 5, 2012) Even intelligent, hardworking, well-intentioned fundraising professionals make mistakes from time to time. Recognizing them is the trick. Here are ten fundraising mistakes that are easy to make, but also easy to avoid.

Catching Up With...AFP Vancouver
(May 22, 2012) A chat with Giovanni Festa, president of the AFP Vancouver Chapter and director of annual fundraising for Vancouver Artgallery

Upcoming Chapter Events


Creating a Vision for AFP in Canada
(May 22, 2012) The new publication AFP eWire Canada is just one example of AFP’s focus on serving its Canadian membership. The AFP in Canada Strategic Plan Task Force, spear-headed by chair Derek Fraser, has developed a two-year strategic plan in alignment with AFP goals, but that compliment Canadian experience and need. The seven key Canadian strategies are as follows:

The Third Way – Celebrating Cause Marketing
(May 22, 2012) There are at least three ways to think of the exchange of money between a donor and a nonprofit. First is philanthropy; a donation with little expectation of recognition. Second is sponsorship; this is the case of marketing money being provided to a nonprofit to promote the company tied to the event or program. The third way is cause marketing; when a company puts the power of its brand and marketing behind a cause for mutual benefit.

Creating Volunteer Opportunities—The New Role of Fundraisers
(May 1, 2012) Think your organization’s volunteers and its development office are two separate worlds? Think again, says Emily Davis, author of Fundraising and the Next Generation, new from the AFP Fund Development Series.

Top Philanthropy Research Prize Awarded to Albany Consultant Robert M. Penna, Ph.D.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded its top research award, The Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, to Robert M. Penna, Ph.D., of Albany, N.Y., for his pioneering book, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results, published by John Wiley & Sons.

Great Memories, Fresh Ideas from AFP in Vancouver
Curious what happened at the AFP International Conference earlier this month? Take a peek at what participants learned and discovered—in their own words.

New Survey Looks at How Charities Are (And Are Not) Connecting With Donors in Canada
(April 3, 2012) Donors may surprise charities in some of the priorities they emphasize in their interactions with charities, according to What Canadian Donors Want, a new survey conducted by AFP of more than 1,000 donors across the country.

Explore AFP’s Special Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers (Updated May 25, 2011)
The AFP Job Seekers toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help members carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position.

Managing Young Fundraisers
(March 27, 2012) In order to resource our industry with enough qualified and experienced professionals to meet the demand, senior practitioners need to applaud, not discourage, their young fundraisers’ desire to climb the ladder quickly.

Building Board Buy-In for Fundraising
(March 20, 2011) The first rule of board leadership in fundraising is to make sure that all board members understand and accept the concept that resource development is the responsibility of each and every member of the board, says Julia Ingraham Walker in the new book from AFP/Wiley, Nonprofit Essentials: A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members.

AFP Chapter Events - March 2012 AFP eWire Special Canada Edition


A Few Words on…Student Recruitment


I’m an AFP Member! Say It Loud, Say It Proud
Okay, maybe it’s been a while, but do you remember your excitement and pride when you first joined The Association of Fundraising Professionals? This was your opportunity to proclaim your professionalism (and choice of profession) and advertise your integrity by aligning yourself with like-minded practitioners of ethical fundraising.

Canada is a Ten Star Country!
(Mar. 20, 2012) The Ten Star Award honours those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the AFP Strategic Plan. The award encourages chapters to perform specific activities that increases professionalism in fundraising, while promoting public awareness of philanthropy.

Your Gift is Making a Difference
Do you work in the nonprofit sector because of the glamour, a fancy office and summers in France? If only! Although the path for each person is different, the reason you do what you do is because you believe in the value of philanthropy and the positive impact of giving back to your community and society.

Plenty of “Can-Con” at the 2012 International Conference
(Mar. 20, 2012) It could be argued that you go to a conference to learn things outside of your normal frame of reference, but that approach would be short-changing all the terrific things we Canadians can (and do!) learn from each other.

Canadians Agree That Charities are Important to Society
(Mar. 20, 2012) In November, 2011, Ipsos Reid, on behalf of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conducted a Canadian survey on “What Donors Want.” The good news for the sector is that most Canadians consider charities to be important in filling a gap of needs not being addressed by the public and private sector. However, a challenge remains in communicating and educating donors about fund allocation. Many donors fail to make the connection between investing in administration and effective operations, despite having high standards for how charities operate.

Preparing Your Boss and Volunteers for Success in Fundraising
(March 13, 2012) One easy way to make a staff or volunteer leader more comfortable, no matter what type of personality you may be managing, is better preparing them for success in fundraising-related communications.

Ask, Don’t Tell: Three Types of Power Questions That Build Donors for Life
(March 6, 2012) To succeed in today’s challenging giving climate, you’ve got to make a personal connection with donors, tap into their passions, and inspire them to act. It’s all about asking the right questions—and listening closely to the answers.

Post-Recession Charitable Pledges to Hospitals Slow, Jeopardizing Future Fundraising Efforts
(March 6, 2012) As the United States and Canada emerged from the Great Recession, charitable pledges to nonprofit health care organizations slowed in fiscal year 2010, jeopardizing the ability of health care systems in both countries to generate philanthropic funding necessary to meet their long-term, construction, equipment and patient needs.

Foundation Development Chairs
Materials and forms for Foundation Development Chairs.

Social Media - You’re Not Herding Sheep, You’re Tending a Garden
(Feb. 28, 2012) Traditional marketing primarily served “us.” Social media marketing requires that we serve our community first. Jim Anderson at GoalBusters Consulting shares key differences between social media and traditional marketing. He and Alice Ferris, ACFRE, will explore this topic in depth at AFP’s TechKnow Conference this June in Orlando, Fla.

Member Motion/Accolades: Winter 2011-2012
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for winter 2011-2012.

Kaleidoscope


History of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
In 1960, three fundraisers met for lunch in New York City to discuss an idea they had been toying with for a while: creating an association for charitable fundraisers. Therein lies the beginning of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

About AFP's Discussion Groups
Get information on developments in your local area and discuss important fundraising issues -- all without leaving your desk. AFP's email lists send timely and useful information straight to your in-box.

Tips from Members: The Planning Study Process, Part Two
(Feb. 9, 2004) - When considering a capital or endowment campaign, organizations need to consider conducting both an internal assessment of the organization's readiness and an external assessment of the willingness and ability of the organization's constituency to support the campaign. Last week, I discussed the internal assessment aspect; this week I am focusing on the external assessment.

Tips from Members: The Planning Study Process
When considering a capital or endowment campaign, a major undertaking for most organizations, there are two things that need to be done in order to determine the likely success of a campaign: an internal assessment of the organization's readiness and an external assessment of the willingness and ability of the organization's constituency to support the campaign. This week, I will focus on the internal assessment aspect. Next week, I will discuss the external aspect.

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Increase Across North America
(May 12, 2008) Salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada increased from 2006 to 2007, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

Few Donors Consult Charity Watchdog Organizations
(Jan. 3, 2012) Only about one in five donors report using charity watchdog websites to inform their giving decisions, according to a recent study.

Women Drive Philanthropic Decisions in Wealthy Households, but Nonprofits Must Work for Their Trust, Study Finds
(Dec. 20, 2011) In nearly 90 percent of high net worth households, women are either the sole decision maker or an equal partner in decisions about charitable giving, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy.

Making Strides With Your Support
As we head into the end of 2011 and welcome 2012, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors who contributed during the year. We had a terrific year in both our Every Member Campaign as well as in our major gifts initiative.

What Should Fundraising Cost?
(Dec. 13, 2011) While most in the nonprofit sector are aware that fundraising is necessary, much of the public at large sees it as a distraction from a charity’s main purpose, rather than a function requiring investment.

Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Legislation
(Dec. 13, 2011) On Dec. 1, 2011, Canada’s Senate passed Bill S-201 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every Nov. 15.

AFP Foundation – Canada Announces 2012 Board
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.

Growing Philanthropy: New Audiences, New Channels (Part 3 of 3)
Part three in our series on Growing Philanthropy highlights some of the most promising new avenues for increasing giving.

Member Motion/Accolades: Fall 2011
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for fall 2011.

AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
An incredibly generous businessman who resides in Arizona, but made his fortune in South Dakota; an inspiring foundation from Iowa; a powerhouse fundraising couple from Toronto; a fundraising legend in Los Angeles; a heroic young woman from Victoria; and a dynamic brother-sister team in El Paso are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) international 2012 Awards for Philanthropy.

AFP Foundation Announces 2012 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2012 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.

Growing Philanthropy: Building Greater Trust in the Sector (Part 2 of 3)
Trust and confidence in the nonprofit sector is paramount. We need to empower the public to have high expectations of charities, and ensure that each organization reports accurate and meaningful information.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - WINTER 2011
The Winter 2011 Public Policy Update contains a CALL TO ACTION for members to write to their Members of Congress to preserve the charitable deduction. In addition, there is an update on the nonprofit postage rate. The update also covers the following Canadian issues—Ottawa’s review of how it finances charitable organizations, the reintroduced National Philanthropy Day® legislation and a soon-to-be released revised Canada Revenue Agency fundraising guidance.

Growing Philanthropy: Moving From Donors to Partners (Part 1 of 3)
(Nov. 8, 2011) What if donors were capable of so much more, but it was up to nonprofits themselves to see their potential? What if people were seen as more than merely donors? Offered here is a snapshot of an idyllic scenario--entirely achievable--wherein philanthropy grows to be a larger part of people’s finances, and their lives.

2011 Class Boosts Omega Circle Over 200 Members
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada honored 28 members of the 2011 Omega Circle Class at an induction dinner held in Montreal, Canada, during the Leadership Academy in mid-October.

Nashville Fundraiser Wins International Award for Service to the Profession
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE, of Nashville, Tenn.

The Feasibility Study: It’s All About the Interview
(Nov. 1, 2011) A conversation with an important donor can uncover much more than just his or her interest in supporting a capital campaign. Here are some tips on making the most of an interview.

Action Alert: Charitable Deduction
(Sept. 27, 2011) President Obama recently announced his intention to pay for his jobs bill by capping itemized deductions, including charitable deductions for high income taxpayers.

AFP and New York Chapter to Sponsor 2nd Annual Mobile Giving Forum
The Mobile Giving Foundation will be hosting the second annual Mobile Giving Forum on Oct. 27 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City.

AFP Launches Tool to Help Fundraisers Assess, Strengthen Ethical Performance
AFP is proud to launch an online survey tool that allows fundraisers to assess their individual ethical performance and strengthen ethical practice.

Civic Engagement: By the Numbers
(Sept. 20, 2011) People who are more socially connected are also more likely to engage in service activities, including volunteering and group involvement. Here is a look at the levels of civic engagement in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010.

Identify Your Funding Model That Makes the Most Impact
(Sept. 6, 2011) Following up on their previous work about funding models, The Bridgespan Group has released a new guide for nonprofit leaders aimed at helping organizations identify strategies for identifying, creating and implementing long-range funding models.

Orienting and Training Volunteers for Success
(Aug. 16, 2011) The secret to having effective and enthusiastic volunteers is really no secret at all. It’s simply a matter of training. Give volunteers a close look at your organization’s mission and operations and goals. Give them clear expectations. The more they know, the better they will be.

Four Fundraisers Earn Highest Credential From AFP
Four fundraisers have earned the highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), from AFP.

AFP Think Tanks on Fundraising Research: Linking Research to Practice
AFP has co-sponsored a series of Think Tanks to apply research to the practice of fundraising, promote practitioner-researcher interaction, and encourage dissemination of research findings.

Advancing in Your Fundraising Career
(Aug. 2, 2011) Whether you are new to fundraising or you have been in the profession for years, here are some tips on moving forward in your career.

AFP Welcomes Three New Chapters
AFP is pleased to announce the creation of three new chapters, consisting of one collegiate chapter and two professional chapters.

Give to the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity Committee is pleased to announce a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Good Signs in Overall Giving
(July 19, 2011) There’s some good news about giving, as a new report shows nonprofit revenue has grown for ten consecutive months from August 2010 to May 2011.

Before You Leap: Weighing the Benefits of Grants
(June 14, 2011) Applying for a grant might seem like a great way to fill a gap in your organization’s funding. In reality, however, grants are usually part of a larger plan over the long term. Here is some helpful perspective on the world of grants that might save your organization valuable time and resources.

Building the Better Fundraiser: From Technician to Leader
(June 7, 2011) In fundraising there is a lot to learn, techniques and skills to master, but is knowing the mechanics of fundraising enough? What if the train rolls off the track and you need to adapt? As a fundraiser, you need to have staff members who are more than technicians—they need to be strategic, and they need to be leaders.

Houston Chapter of AFP Leaves Legacy With Nine Planned Gifts to AFP Foundation
Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Houston Chapter have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Omega Circle by making planned gifts of $5,000 or more.

Enough About Me!
(May 31, 2011) How do you strike the balance between speaking passionately about your organization and truly listening to a donor in a one-on-one conversation? Here are some tips on having better self-control and really listening.

AFP’s Toolkit for New Fundraisers
This web page offers a broad overview of fundraising and puts the essential tools for getting started right at your fingertips. Whether you are new to the profession or just want to brush up on the basics, use this resource to get full benefit from AFP and start on the right foot in your new career!

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in Challenging Times (Updated May 25, 2011)
A tumultuous economy can present unique challenges for nonprofit fundraising. Looking for ways to cope? AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide member fundraisers in tough economic times.

Six Things I Wish I Had Known at the Beginning of My Fundraising Career
(May 24, 2011) Here are six basic fundraising principles that I believe are fundamental to philanthropic giving and fund development.

Ethics Education Chairs
Ethics Chairs

Peer to Peer Fundraising Deserves Top Level Focus and Resources
(May 17, 2011) Peer-to-peer communication is a promising avenue for raising funds, as people are increasingly limiting their attention to messages from “real friends” and business colleagues they deem to be of import.

Angela Seaworth Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential From AFP
AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Angela Seaworth of Houston, Texas.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Gets Fundraising Boost From RuffaloCODY
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it will conduct an extensive donor outreach calling program in 2011 with help from a gift by RuffaloCODY, a fundraising, software and enrollment services firm headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Oregon State Government Considers Administrative Cost Ratios for Charitable Organizations
(May 10, 2011) The Oregon state legislature is considering a bill that would establish administrative cost ratios for nonprofits. If passed, Oregon will be the first state to establish such ratios.

Results of Canada’s 41st Federal Election Offers Charitable Sector Opportunity to Re-engage Parliament
(May 10, 2011) AFP members now have a great opportunity to communicate with lawmakers in Canada about important legislation affecting nonprofits as a result of the May 2 federal election.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Annual Fund Case for Support
Learn more about the AFP Canadian Foundation's broad range of initiatives that help you and thousands of other fundraising professionals enhance skills and knowledge.

Building a Great Fundraising Operations Team
(May 3, 2011) What are the characteristics to look for in a fundraising operations staff member-–someone who will quickly become a valued asset to your team, however they are involved in the fundraising process? Author Christopher Cannon, CFRE, lays out ten top attributes to look for, and more, from his new book, An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SPRING 2011
The Spring 2011 Public Policy Update contains information about the Obama Administration’s proposal to cap itemized deductions (including charitable deductions) to pay for a 3-year Alternative Minimum Tax fix. The update also covers New York ethics education legislation affecting fundraisers and bills in Oregon and North Carolina that penalize charities that exceed certain administrative cost ratios. There also is an update on Canadian legislative issues in the wake of the dissolution of Parliament. AFP Canadian members are encouraged to meet with local Members of Parliament, Senators, candidates and/or their staffs at this time, and talking points are provided.

Messages That Motivate: The Tailored Approach
(April 26, 2011) Are you still using a one-size-fits-all approach to communicate with potential supporters, volunteers and donors? While casting a wide net can work, you will likely lure more people to action using targeted messages.

Leadership Society Inducts New Members
Leadership Society Chair Philip G. Schumacher, ACFRE, welcomed 12 new members into the Leadership Society at a formal induction ceremony during the AFP International Conference on Fundraising last month in Chicago.

Top International Fundraising Honor Awarded to SAIT Polytechnic
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed its highest fundraising honor, the Campbell & Company Award for Excellence in Fundraising, Large Category (six or more individuals in the fundraising department) to SAIT Polytechnic, located in Calgary, Alberta.

Update on Canadian Government Relations
(April 12, 2011) I am pleased to provide a brief update on behalf of your very active and engaged Government Relations Committee. Working closely with Jason Lee at AFP International, committee members have been focused on activities which impact members and philanthropy in general. The committee has crafted terms of reference to help define the roles of committee members and to codify the committee's responsibilities and efforts.

Salary Cap Removed From Bill C-470, But More Work Still Ahead for the Sector
(Dec. 21, 2010) The sponsor of Bill C-470 has agreed to remove a provision that would have capped compensation for nonprofit employees.

Five Common Myths About Planned Giving
(April 19, 2011) A number of myths surround the professional practice of philanthropic planning, which can lead organizations to take no action or to take the wrong action where planned giving is concerned. Michael Rosen, CFRE, offers rebuttals to these myths in this article from his book Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing, winner of this year’s Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy presented by AFP.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada: Moving Fundraising and Philanthropy Forward With Your Help
Find out how you can contribute to the strength of the fundraising profession and the philanthropic sector in Canada.

A Letter From AFP Canadian Council Chair Vivian Smith, CFRE
Learn about the work of AFP’s Canadian Council in supporting the efforts of AFP in Canada.

Creating a Healthy Prospect Pipeline
(April 12, 2011) In fundraising, your prospect pipeline is your lifeblood. Find out how to ensure a healthy flow of prospects at all stages of your development program.

Fundraisers Give Back at International Conference in Chicago
Fundraisers lent a helping hand to the community at the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago, March 20-22.

Outstanding Youth Honored with AFP International Philanthropy Award
Andrew Fazackerley and Edward Goodfellow of Tichborne, Ontario, and the founders of the Minnesota Student Energy Project (MNSEP) in Rochester, Minnesota, are the recipients of the 2011 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, presented by AFP.

Arkansas Fundraiser Sue Williamson Named 2011 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 5, 2011) Sue S. Williamson, CFRE, senior development director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark., is the recipient of the 2011 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional presented by AFP.

What Psychology Can Teach Us About Major Donor Fundraising
(April 5, 2011) Before they will even consider making a gift, donors often have specific expectations that have to be met. Do you have sound financial reserves? Do you have a track record of past success? According to psychologists, no matter how good you are at making the ask, you will hear a quick “no” unless you address these concerns.

AFP Introduces Wise Giving Website to Help Public With Philanthropy
(Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today unveiled its new wise giving website, Change the World With a Giving—and Wise—Heart (http://www.afpnet.org/GivingHeart) designed to help donors think proactively about philanthropy and how they want to improve their communities through giving and volunteering.

Paulette Maehara Receives Prestigious Rosso Medal
Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), was awarded the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's highest honor, the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising, on Saturday, March 19.

What Fundraisers Can Learn From Salespeople
(March 15, 2011) You are a nonprofit fundraiser, so for-profit sales and marketing techniques have little to do with your job, right? Not so, says Jeff Mendola, an AFP member who comes from a career in for-profit sales and marketing. He uses elements of both in his role as fundraiser, and he thinks you should too.

Andrew Watt Named Chief Executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
ARLINGTON, VA. -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world's leading association for individuals and organizations that support charitable institutions, today announced that it has named Andrew Watt as its president and chief executive officer, effective March 23.

Helping Your Board Connect and Communicate
(March 8, 2011) Having board members who can speak passionately about your organization is crucial, but it doesn’t happen automatically. Here’s how to turn a passionate board into a group of passionate spokespeople for your organization.

The Art of the Discovery Call
(March 1, 2011) It is the most dreaded function for many development officers—-picking up the phone and striking up conversation with someone they’ve never met. Here are some tips for breaking the ice.

An Attendee’s Guide to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising
So you’ve registered for the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising. First of all, thank you! Here is a quick glance at some changes and features of the conference that will make this conference one to remember.

Nice to Meet You! The Value of Cultivation Events
(Feb. 22, 2011) Imagine an event where you don’t sell tickets and you don’t ask for donations--you simply give your top-tier prospects an experience to remember. It’s exclusive, it’s intriguing, and done right it’s a great way to breathe life into your donor list.

Putting the Fun into Your Annual Fund
(Feb. 15, 2011) If you are bored by your annual fund then chances are your donors and constituents are too. In this article Jill Pranger, ACFRE, discusses how to have a fresh, fun and creative annual giving program.

The Think-Big Board
(Feb. 8, 2011) Being a small nonprofit does not mean that you have to think small in terms of your fundraising, says Sean Hammerle, CFRE, one of many great presenters lined up for the 48th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Chicago. He offers some ways to help you and your board think big.

Use of Donated Funds Most Common Ethical Challenge for Fundraisers
Ensuring that charities use funds in a manner consistent with their mission and the intention of their donors is the most common ethical challenge that fundraisers face, according to a new website poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Honor Our Retiring President and CEO!
Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, AFP’s president and CEO, is retiring in March after nearly 13 years with the association. AFP has set up a tribute page for members to say thanks to Paulette and share their photos and memories.

The Power of the Volunteer
(Jan. 25, 2011) Working with volunteers is not easy. With the right support, however, volunteers can do more than any number of staff can do--it’s just a matter of harnessing their potential.

Fundraising 101: Sticking to the Plan
(Jan. 18, 2011) Sometimes the only thing separating a speeding fundraising train from a derailed mess is a plan. Here are some tips on laying solid tracks now so that you successfully reach the station in December.

22 Ideas to Make 2011 Your Best Fundraising Year Yet!
(Jan. 12, 2011) Are you ready for 2011? What will it take for you to make it the perfect year? Here are some ideas to help you simplify your fundraising approach, focus on what’s most important, and most of all, have more fun!

What is Branding, Anyway?
(Jan. 4, 2011) Simply putting on a doctor’s uniform does not make someone a doctor. Yet many organizations’ branding efforts do just that—-focus solely on looks. In a new book from the AFP Fund Development Series, authors explain that a breakthrough brand actually helps clarify the nonprofit’s very purpose.

AFP Foundation in Canada Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Pati Greenwood, CFRE.

High Hopes for Holiday Giving
(Nov. 30, 2010) Seventy-four percent (74 percent) of adults plan to give this holiday season. With average total gifts of $281, the anticipated amount raised by nonprofit organizations will be more than $48 billion.

Charities Seeing Slight Recovery in Giving, But Not Enough to Keep Up With Demand or Budget Cuts
(Nov. 29, 2010) Nonprofit organizations have seen a slight turnaround in giving so far this year that mirrors the slow economic recovery, a new survey from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds. But the small rebound hasn’t been enough to help many nonprofits that are grappling with staff and service cuts even as demand for their services has increased.

Wealthy Gave in Large Number in Downturn, Though Gift Size Decreased
(Nov. 23, 2010) According to a recent study by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, high net worth households in the U.S. continued to support charitable organizations in 2009 at levels that were remarkably consistent with those seen in 2005 and 2007. However, overall average gift amounts were lower in 2009 compared to 2007.

National Philanthropy Day® More Important Than Ever
More than 50,000 people will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) this year. Officially celebrated on Nov. 15, people around the globe are coming together to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—-and those involved in the philanthropic process—-have made to the world.

AFP Foundation Announces 2011 Officers and Directors
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy announces its roster of 2011 officers and directors to be led by chair Gary L. Good, CFRE.

AFP Member Publications
Members can access all AFP publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, Government Relations Updates, Career Profiles, Salary Surveys, and much more!

Online Membership Tool Kit
Online Membership Tool Kit

Chapter Resources for Board Members
Chapter Resources for Board Members

Author Q&A: Jocelyne Daw, Lead Author of Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding
(Nov. 9, 2010) This week we feature an AFP Fund Development Series Author Q&A with Jocelyne Daw, lead author of Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results, published in 2010 by Wiley.

Women Give More to Charity than Men, New Study Shows
(Nov. 2, 2010) Women at virtually every income level are more likely to give to charity and to give more money on average than their male counterparts, after controlling for education, income and other factors that influence giving, new research finds.

Weighing the Online Donation Option
(Oct. 12, 2010) While a large majority of donations are still made by check (79 percent), those who do donate by bankcard are very satisfied, and are loyal donors, according to new research from Visa conducted in partnership in AFP.

Media Tips: Getting Your Story to the Press
(Oct. 12, 2010) Every nonprofit has a story to tell. But simply calling up a reporter out of the blue with your coverage demands is not likely to bear fruit. Here are some tips on cultivating a member of the media the way you would a donor … by building trust and being a helpful resource.

Fundraising 101: Growing Donor Passion
(Oct. 5, 2010) Harnessing a donor’s passion is key to ensuring a lasting and fruitful relationship. Here are some good tips on cultivating major donors for your annual campaign from fundraising veteran Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE.

Most Fundraisers Face Few Ethical Situations
Four out of five charitable fundraisers encounter ethical challenges, situations or dilemmas once a month or less, according to Summer 2010 website survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Top 10 Mistakes in Fundraising Campaigns
(Sept. 28, 2010) Is your fundraising campaign fizzling? Whether you are stalled or just moving slower than you would like, there are some common mistakes that you can diagnose now before your campaign sputters to a stop.

Financial Communication for Fundraisers Webinar
A meaningful knowledge of your organization's financial story will open doors and change the way you communicate with donors, colleagues and stakeholders. Financial literacy - and the powerful communication it inspires - is available in a few hours with the help of this Color Accounting webinar.

From the Desk of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Chair Shauna Klein, MA
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 553 Canadian members who have supported the 2010 Every Member Campaigns (EMC). This year’s campaign is off to a stellar start, with almost $89,200 raised against the national goal of $106,000 (that’s 84 percent!) as of Aug. 31.

Focus on Impact, Not Transactions, for Better Donation Pages
(Sept. 7, 2010) A donation page offers the perfect opportunity for sharing the story of need, impact of gifts, profiles of donors and more. However, one that focuses solely on the transaction will likely fall flat. Find out some of the key factors to making your donation page come alive.

Adding Science to the Art of Fundraising: The Power of Using Data in Fundraising Strategy
(Aug. 31, 2010) Philanthropy, fundraising and higher education scholar Noah Drezner, Ph.D., discusses the value of collecting data about your prospects and donors and using that data to raise funds more effectively and efficiently.

FAQ: Fundraising salaries
Where can I find information on salaries?

Important Reminders


PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - SUMMER 2010


New AFP Collegiate Chapter Aims to Spread Message of Philanthropy
AFP has chartered a new collegiate chapter at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Fla. Sponsored by the AFP FL, First Coast Chapter, the new chapter will help spread awareness of charitable giving on campus and cultivate young fundraisers.

Nominate Your Fundraising Program for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
There’s still time to submit a nomination for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising. Nominations are due Sept. 15, 2010. One award will be presented in the small and large category and each winning organization will receive $1,500.

Lawmakers Taking Aim at Nonprofit Salaries
(Aug. 3, 2010) Federal and local governments are contemplating unprecedented restraints on nonprofit compensation both in the U.S. and in Canada.

Four Steps to Training Your Colleagues, Board and Supporters as Powerful Messengers
(July 20, 2010) Nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz offers advice on how to encourage staff and volunteers to spread the word about your organization.

Total U.S. Giving Decreased in 2009
(June 9, 2010) The amount of money donated to charity by individuals, foundations and corporations decreased again in 2009, dropping 3.2 percent, according to the Giving USA Foundation. However, U.S. giving still totaled more than $300 billion.

2009 Household Charitable Giving Down Five Percent from 2008
(May 27, 2010) Individual charitable giving in 2009 amounted to $217.3 billion, a decline of $11.2 billion or 4.9 percent from the estimated $228.5 billion total in 2008, according to the latest report by researchers at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College and published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This 5% decline is in addition to the 6 percent decline that the Center calculated for 2008

Dive In! Research Shows Nonprofit Social Media Programs Lack Adequate Investment
(May 25, 2010) New research into social media use by nonprofits shows that the best success has come to nonprofits that invest more staff to the job—and solicit outside advice and training. Organizations with merely their toes in the water are having much less luck.

Fundraising Tips: A Snapshot of Rural Donors
(April 6, 2010) Although people from rural communities are less likely to donate to charity, those that do give donate a higher percentage of their income than urban donors, according to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Your Capital Campaign: Are You Ready to Succeed?
(March 30, 2010) A capital campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready to go the distance.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE - WINTER 2010


Board Members Want to Lead—Then Give
(March 9, 2010) Board members want to give more than just dollars. They want to give input, guidance and direction. If you don’t let them lead, they won’t want to give.

Atlanta Couple Named Outstanding Philanthropists
(March 2, 2010) Pete and Ada Lee Correll, long-time donors and volunteers who have created a charitable legacy in Atlanta, Ga., have been selected to receive AFP's top philanthropy honor, the Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

Martha H. Schumacher Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Martha H. Schumacher in Washington, D.C.

Boston College Researchers Design First Model to Produce Quarterly Estimates of Household Giving
(Feb. 2, 2010) Researchers at Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy found that U.S. household giving declined in 2009 from 2008, but that the forecast is rosier for 2010.

Member Motion/Accolades: Nov. 2009 – Jan. 2010
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for November 2009 – January 2010.

Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level
AFP is offering many of its most popular courses at special conference-only reduced prices at The 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.

TELUS Named Most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation With Global Award
(Jan. 26, 2010) TELUS has been named the top philanthropic corporation for 2010. TELUS is the first Canadian company to ever receive this global honor.

Philanthropy and Gender: Not Your Mother’s Bake Sale
(Jan. 19, 2010) When it comes to giving money away, numerous studies show there are significant differences between men and women in their philanthropic behavior. Read about women’s philanthropy past and present, and how better to work with female philanthropists.

New President and CEO Named to CFRE International
The CFRE International Board of Directors has announced that Denny Smith, Ph.D., will assume the position of president and chief executive officer beginning Feb. 1, 2010.

Six Types of Wealthy Donors
(Jan. 12, 2010) A new study identifies six types of high net worth donors and explains what motivates them to give.

Career Security
A recent poll of U.S. workers found that the one thing we most want from our employers is job security. While that’s completely understandable in today’s crazy world of work, I’m afraid we’re more likely to get a visit from our fairy godmother.

Things We Wish We Had Known
The positive growth turned in by the American economy in the third quarter of this year suggests that maybe, just maybe this Great Recession is now in our rear view mirror. As it fades away, of course, the tales will begin about what we did during this terrible time. While recounting those legends is surely important, so too is sharing the insights we’ve acquired from our experience.

The Job Market Version of Catch 22
Billions of words have been written about job search tools and tactics in this job market of our discontent. Job board dos and don’ts. Twitter. Facebook. Building a personal brand. Improving your “findability.” It’s all good advice, but none of it will work if your career is sick.

Tell an Effective Story in a Twitter Grant Proposal
(Dec. 22, 2009) Many grant seekers believe that the use of online application forms makes telling an organization’s story a lot harder. In this story from the November/December 2009 digital version of Advancing Philanthropy magazine, get tips for writing successful online submissions and telling a persuasive story.

Some Phonathon Shortcuts Lead to Big Cuts in Productivity
(Dec. 8, 2009) Higher education phonathon veteran, Jason Fisher, senior operations manager and consultant at RuffaloCODY, offers his advice on ways to ensure your calling program is fresh, sharp and effective.

Diversity Events and Opportunities at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore
AFP has several exciting opportunities for you to learn from the perspectives of others and share your thoughts on topics important to you at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.

Teach! The AFP Faculty Training Academy and FTA Graduate Summit
AFP is proud to offer the sixth Faculty Training Academy as a pre-conference workshop at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising, April 11- 14, 2010, in Baltimore. We are also excited to introduce the new Faculty Training Academy Graduate Summit!

Top 10 Ways to Boost Online Giving at Year-End
(Dec. 1, 2009) Author and fundraising consultant Gail Perry offers advice to fundraisers on how to ramp up online giving in the final months of the year.

Tricks of the Trade: Integrate the “4 Ps” of Traditional Marketing into Your Plan
(Nov. 24, 2009) Any traditional marketing 101 course will tell you about the magical quartet that composes the music of the marketing mix: price, product, placement and promotion (or, the "Four Ps"). Find out how to incorporate for-profit strategies into your marketing.

Avoiding the Cost Ratio Trap
(Nov. 24, 2009) Is your organization feeling pressured to meet unrealistic expectations for fundraising costs? Learn how you can move beyond simplistic ratios and measure the real returns on your investment in fundraising.

National Philanthropy Day® Celebrations in Full Swing
National Philanthropy Day is now in full swing, with chapters hosting celebrations of all kinds throughout November and beyond.

Men and Women Equally Likely to Include Charity in Estate Plans
(Nov. 3, 2009) Gender does not generally predict whether someone who donates to charity is likely to leave a charitable bequest in his or her will, according to a recent study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

AFP Presents Omaha Fundraising Consultant Paul Strawhecker with Highest Volunteer Honor
(Oct. 27, 2009) AFP has recently bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE.

Elements of Successful Prospect Research
(Oct. 27, 2009) In a new report, wealth research services firm WealthEngine offers advice on what makes up a successful prospect research program for a nonprofit, including proper planning, integration with your database, and keeping data secure.

Reminder: Use of AFP Logo
(Oct. 20, 2009) AFP members are allowed to use the AFP logo on websites, business cards and other professional materials, but only in conjunction with the phrase “member of.”

Charitable Giving Down So Far in 2009, But Critical Giving Period Coming Up
More than half of charities are experiencing a downturn in contributions so far this year compared to the same time in 2008, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Canadian Nonprofit Boards: Offering the Right Tools
(Oct. 13, 2009) A new study looking at trends in board governance shows that a little orientation, direction and training can go a long way in ensuring success.

Perspectives: Philanthropy in the New Economy
(Oct. 13, 2009) In the new fundraising landscape resulting from economic recession, one thing is clear: everyone in the organization has a role in philanthropy. Staying flat-footed is simply not an option.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
List of AFP and AFP Foundation Chairs.

To Get Our Name Out There
(Oct. 6, 2009) Here is some advice and perspective on how to raise awareness of your nonprofit organization by the good work your organization does, not by the efforts it makes to simply “get attention.”

Sparking Corporate Partnerships: Welcome to the Neighborhood
(Oct. 6, 2009) In today’s environment there is still potential in cause marketing and corporate partnerships between your nonprofit and a for-profit business, large or small. Here’s a look at some do’s and don’ts when exploring corporate partnerships.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
List of Chapters and When They Were Formed: AFP’s first chapter—The New York Chapter—was chartered in 1964. AFP is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary with more than 200 chapters around the world.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
Personal Recollections: What was your first experience with AFP and when? How has AFP helped your professional—or even personal—life?

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
AFP 50th Anniversary Task Force: In 2008, Robbe Healy, AFP’s chair, created the 50th Anniversary Task Force to guide the association’s efforts in celebrating its anniversary.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
AFP 50th Anniversary Chapter Toolkit: In 2010, AFP International, with more than 30,000 members and 206 chapters worldwide, will celebrate 50 years of advancing ethical and effective fundraising. The anniversary will officially be announced at the 2009 Leadership Academy and all anniversary activities will be completed by year-end 2010. A number of special events will take place over the course of this period of time.

AFP 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)
History of the Association of Fundraising Professionals: In 1960, three fundraisers met for lunch in New York City to discuss an idea they had been toying with for a while: creating an association for charitable fundraisers. Find out how got started and how it’s changed the profession over the past 50 years.

Contact Your Members of Congress to Protect the Charitable Deduction!
(Sept. 29, 2009) The White House and some members of Congress have been pressing for harmful limits on charitable deductions to fund healthcare reforms.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Sept. 22, 2009: The Development Plan
AFP eWire Skill Builder Sept. 22, 2009: The Development Plan

The Development Plan: "You Want Me to Think Before I Act?"
(Sept. 22, 2009) The following tips will help you move your development plan beyond logistics, activities and numbers toward seeing the bigger picture.

The Development Plan: Getting Started
(Sept. 22, 2009) Learn the first steps to creating or revising your development plan with tips from AFP’s book, Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan.

The Value of a Development Plan
(Sept. 22, 2009) In today’s economy, hit-or-miss fundraising is simply not an option. A good development plan will keep your various fundraising vehicles tuned and headed toward the same checkered flag.

Small Boards Left Foundations Vulnerable to Madoff Scheme
(Sept. 15, 2009) A recent study reveals that the foundations hit hardest by the Bernard Madoff scandal had very small, homogeneous boards.

Human Services Organizations Strained, New York City Study Shows
(Sept. 15, 2009) A recent report released by the Human Service Council (HSC) and Baruch College: School of Public Affairs shows that the majority of human services organizations in New York City are seeing major decreases to public and private funding due to the economic recession.

In Tough Times, Donors Still Want to Know: “Where’s the Beef?”
(Sept. 15, 2009) Times are tough. For some organizations times are really tough. But don’t let the pinch you feel dominate your message to donors. They still want to hear about results.

Doorley and Schick Earn ACFRE Credential
Mary Doorley, of Melrose, Mass., and Marcella Moyer Schick, of Allentown, Pa., are the 86th and 87th fundraisers to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

The New AFPnet.org: “We’ve Only Just Begun”
Yes, you can thank AFP for putting that quintessential '70s song firmly in your head for the rest of the day. But hopefully a visit to AFP’s exciting new website will help dislodge any related memories of wide shirt lapels and powder blue leisure suits!

Charitable Fundraising Salaries Decrease Slightly Across North America
(May 12, 2009) Salaries for charitable fundraisers in the United States and Canada decreased in 2008, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

AFP Member Testimonials
"There is no greater professional advancement opportunity anywhere that is more beneficial than the AFP International Conference on Fundraising."

Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
The Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are presented to organizations large and small that display innovative techniques in fundraising and achieve remarkable fundraising results. In 2008 ForKids of Norfolk, Va., was honored for its excellent fundraising program. Nominate your organization today for the 2009 award!

Study Shows Americans Pulling Back From Volunteering
Americans say they have cut back on volunteer service to their communities and believe others have chosen to look out for themselves as a result of the recession.

The Vicious Cycle of Low Overhead
As if making the case for overhead for the long-term health of your organization wasn't difficult enough … now there is additional pressure to cut costs. Nonprofit leaders say it’s time to break the cycle of unrealistic expectations for overhead spending.

Pre-qualify an educational session for ACFRE credit
Download the ACFRE Course Documentation Form and Education Session Guidelines here.

About Advanced Education at AFP
AFP offers a number of educational opportunities especially for advanced fundraising practitioners. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers.

CFRE Announces Switch to Computer-Based Testing in 2006
(July 11, 2005) The CFRE International Board of Directors recently announced plans to switch to computer-based testing for all North American CFRE candidates beginning in 2006.

CFRE Testing: 2006 Schedule, New Computerized Process Available
(Oct. 10, 2005) CFRE International, the organization that manages the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentialing program, has released its 2006 schedule of international exam dates and locations, as well as its new computer-based testing program.

CFRE Application Now Online
(May 19, 2006) CFRE International, the organization that manages the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, has announced that a new web-based application form is now available for all applicants.

Data on 2005 CFRE Exams Released
(Aug. 7, 2006) CFRE International has released aggregate data about the 2005 Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exams, highlighting how applicants fared on the test overall and areas where fundraisers may need to improve.

Changes to CFRE Certification Process
(Apr. 23, 2007) CFRE International, the organization that oversees the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, has announced new changes to the certification process.

ACFRE Board Announces Change to ACFRE Application Process
(Sept. 15, 2008) Individuals who have earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential will no longer have to be recertified as a CFRE before they can begin applying for the ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive) credential.

Two Fundraisers Earn Top Fundraising Credential
(Nov. 17, 2008) Dree Thomson-Diamond of Edmonton, Alberta, and Walter R. Gillette III of Washington, D.C., recently earned the highest professional certification available to fundraisers, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE).

Tools for growing your career in philanthropy
Tools for growing your career in philanthropy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Fundraising Ethics
AFP has prepared an FAQ for ethical behavior in fundraising (revised February 2009). The document is available here as a PDF download. 

Network Globally With ammado
(March 9, 2009) To help members connect with fundraisers in different countries, AFP has partnered with ammado, an online global networking community for the nonprofit sector.

Twitter: It Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore
(March 9, 2009) There is a growing number of savvy early-adopters in the nonprofit world taking advantage of Twitter as a “friend-raising” tool. Once they have built up their social capital, they are turning it into a fundraising machine. Learn more about this new social networking tool.

Welcome to Web 2.0: Where Community Comes First, Then Fundraising
(March 9, 2009) With all the buzz around social networking, what should a fundraiser do about it? Is it worth your time? Jono Smith, vice president of marketing at Network for Good advises us to ask a few important questions before diving in.

Get In Touch: Two Upcoming AFP Presentations Focus on Marketing
(Feb. 23, 2009) Act now to take advantage of two great AFP Web/Audioconferences related to marketing. This Thursday, learn how to make the most of every encounter with donors. On March 12, find out how to make a “human” connection in the world of online outreach.

How to Build and Promote an Online Monthly Donor Program
(Feb. 23, 2009) Think turning yearly donors into monthly donors involves a flood of time, energy and paper? Think again. Learn how to incorporate a recurring online gift program without all the sweat.

Lasting Impression: Moving Your Brand Beyond Logos and Letterhead
(Feb. 23, 2009) A logo, a tagline, a name. These are only a part of your organization’s public identity. Jocelyne Daw explains how a unique brand can get to the core of what you stand for and work to achieve.

Freshly Baked Cookies and Other Ways to Say 'Thank You'
(Feb. 9, 2009) It’s the thought that counts, as they say. But if you want to show donors your gratitude in a memorable way, your recognition should be creative, unique, even personal.

Acknowledgement: Making Donors Proud of Their Gifts
(Feb. 9, 2009) Thanking donors is part of building a relationship, whether that comes in the form of a letter, a gift or a simple handshake, says Kim Strydonck of Ottawa, Ontario.

Donor Recognition: Thinking Like a Donor
(Feb. 9, 2009) The value of recognizing your donors goes far beyond showing appreciation for a gift. Recognition can motivate donors to be strong and lasting supporters of your organization.

Face-to-Face: How to Hold Focused, Successful Meetings With Donors
(Jan. 26, 2009) “The key to donor relations today is to think of it like customer relations,” says Erika Dockery, CFRE, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. She offers ways to help you end with results rather than loose ends.

Expand Your Mail Campaigns Into Web Campaigns...And Other Online Tips
(Jan. 12, 2009)  Do you believe that your organization is not sophisticated enough to enter the world of online giving?  Think again. Not only can you likely achieve more on the web than you currently are, but if you track your successes, you’ll learn how better to reach your constituents.

Sample Document: Board Individual Development Plan
(Nov. 18, 2008) Alexi Miller, development director for Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet in Palo Alto, Calif., has graciously provided a copy of a board member contract that specifies the different ways each board member will contribute to an organization's fundraising activities. AFP thanks Alexi for providing the document for other AFP members to review and use.

Fundraising Tips: The Art of Setting and Changing Giving Levels
(Sept. 22, 2008) It seems easy on the surface—set up a series of donation amounts and develop a plan for recognizing donors as they reach each level. However, adding to or changing giving levels can be dangerous terrain if you don’t do your homework.

Crafting an Inspiring Tagline: What Not to Do
(Sept. 22, 2008) Does your nonprofit’s name sound like several others? Do people always ask, “So what does your organization do?” Incorporating a tagline into your organization’s branding can clarify the unique mission of your organization and give people a reason to look deeper.

Member Documents: Development Committee
(Sept. 19, 2008) Ruth Stenberg, director of development and gift planning for Concord Counseling Service in Westerville, Ohio, has graciously provided a description of and qualifications for her organization's development committee, as well as a commitment and sign-up form for the committee.

Sample Document: Case for Support
(Aug. 8, 2008) Tom Lazar, the director of development for Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh, Pa., has provided the attached case for support (draft) for an upcoming major gifts campaign for his organization.

Sample Documents: Accountability of Monies Online Forum Discussion
(May 4, 2008) As part of the online discussion on AFP's forums regarding accountability of monies and reconciliing accounting and fundraising, Barbara Clemenson, CPA, CFRE, adjunct instructor with Case Western Reserve University and City Vision College, and consultant with SDG Nonprofit Consulting in Euclid, Ohio, has graciously agreed to allow AFP to post two documents she developed for review and use by AFP members.

AFP Youth in Philanthropy Task Force Members
See the full list of Task Force members.

AFP Strategic Plan 2007-2010
With a core purpose of advancing ethical and effective fundraising, the Association of Fundraising Professionals has undertaken to ensure that fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world. Goals and outcomes are key to this effort, as are the measures of success. These elements and more are spelled out in the Strategic Plan for 2007-2010. The plan was approved by the Board of Directors on March 24, 2007.

AFP Governance Task Force documents
Governance task force documents

Member Benefit: AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
(June 26, 2006) In the 2004 AFP Member Benefits Survey, AFP members overwhelming agreed that the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice was the highest-rated member benefit.

Interview with Former YIP Chair Katherine Falk
An interview with Katherine Falk, CFRE, Former Chair of AFP’s Youth in Philanthropy Task Force. 

Youth In Philanthropy: AFP And 4-H Plan Community Pilots
The National 4-H has created a curriculum to expand the understanding of philanthropy and teach ethical fundraising skills to high school and college students in communities across the United States. 4-H has invited AFP to participate in the evaluation of the pilots for the new curriculum. 

AFP Member Benefit: 2005 AFP Compensation and Benefits Study
AFP Member Benefit: 2005 AFP Compensation and Benefits Study

Diversity
Chapters share their brightest ideas for diversity programs.

Guide to the Dictionary
Have a question about what certain formatting in the AFP Fundraising Dictionary means? Learn here about abbreviations, headwords, parts of speech, derivatives and more. This is the guide to the dictionary.

About the Editors
This section provides brief biographies on Barbara R. Levy, ACFRE and R.L. Cherry, the editors of the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Acknowledgements
It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude for the contributions, perseverance, and dedication of the seven members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) Dictionary Task Force that AFP recognizes the people who worked to develop the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

History of The AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Since its inception in 1965, The Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) has recognized its responsibility for helping to define the fundraising profession. The first iteration addressing this goal was the Glossary of Fund-Raising Terms, published in 1976 and containing approximately 355 terms and definitions. Learn how we arrived at where we are today -- the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

Introduction and Forward to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary
The AFP Dictionary Task Force first met in the mid-'90s to create a dictionary to replace the Glossary of Fund-Raising Terms. Recently, the task force diligently updated the dictionary and created this new version, which is being posted on the AFP website for the first time.  What follows is a brief forward and introduction to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary.

The AFP Fundraising Dictionary
Welcome to the AFP Fundraising Dictionary online!

An interview with Former YIP Chair, Pat Bjorhovde
An interview with Patricia O. Bjorhovde, CFRE, former Chair of AFP's Youth in Philanthropy Task Force; by Tom Watson, writer for Today's Fundraiser.

Book Review: Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors
Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors;by Diana S. Newman. Winner, 2003 AFP/Skystone Ryan Research Prize

Mixed Fundraising Results Among North American Charities - The AFP State of Fundraising 2002
(March 24, 2003 - PRESS RELEASE) - Charitable fundraising across North America remained quite strong in 2002 despite the challenges of a slowing economy, according to a new survey released today by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Canada's Liberal Party Adopts AFP Code Of Ethics And Donor Bill Of Rights
(Feb. 13, 2003) - The Liberal Party of Canada has agreed to adopt and abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice, as well as the Donor Bill of Rights.

State Reporting Deadlines and Information for Chapters
(Jan. 6, 2003) - A number of states require solicitation disclosure statements on all written materials mailed to potential donors in their states. The following lists the states and the most recent disclosure information to be included on all charitable solicitations mailed to residents in these states.

Book Review: Successful Special Events: Planning, Hosting, Evaluating
Read about and/or order a copy of "Successful Special Events: Planning, Hosting, Evaluating" by Barbara R. Levy, ACFRE and Barbara H. Marion, CFRE.

Employment Opportunities at AFP
Interested in putting your skills and experience to work for the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world? AFP has the following positions available at its International Headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Book Review: Corporate and Foundation Fundraising: A Complete Guide from the Inside
Corporate and Foundation Fund Raising: A Complete Guide from the Inside, by Eugene Scanlan.  

The Ethics of Consulting Fees
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS often hire professional consultants to assist in the development and execution of fundraising campaigns.

Book Review: Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results
Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results, by Patricia Rich and Dana Hines. Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results focuses exclusively on helping nonprofits achieve desired results and sustain success.

Book Review: The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management
The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Second Edition, by Stanley Weinstein, ACFRE, EMBA.

Diversity Essay: Latino philanthropy in the U.S.
Juan Calixto, CFRE, notes that the Latino population has reached 35.3 million people, with purchasing power estimated to reach $450 billion. Fundraising among them is about  basics: Know your audience, get them involved, and follow through with good stewardship.

Diversity Essay: Native American fundraising: Don't forget your blanket
Although Native Americans are people of infinite variety, there are some commonalities shared among Native communities that can be helpful in fundraising. Kay C. Peck, CFRE, explores.

Diversity Essay: traditions of giving and sharing in Asian cultures
Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean traditions of giving and sharing can be unique or have similarities to practices in other cultures. Janice Gow Pettey, CFRE, reviews.

Diversity Essay: Native American culture and fundraising
Prudence S. Precourt, Ph.D., CFRE, offers perspective on the general history and culture of Native Americans, and how these factors relate to current fundraising practices.

Diversity Essay: Black philanthropy in America
Giving, in the American black culture began during the slavery years and remains a significant and meaningful part of black culture, notes author Spencer I. Scott.

Diversity Essay: Philanthropy as a tenet of Islam
Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with 1.3 billion adherents in 184 countries, including three million people in the U.S. Author John Huebler offers basic information about the practices and teachings of Islam.

Diversity Essay: Characteristics of Cuban-American fundrasing
Author Rolando Damian Rodriguez, CFRE believes that fundraising succeeds in any culture using the same basic human principles. He offers insights into the Cuban-American culture of South Florida.

Diversity Essay: Fundraising in the Jewish community
Fundraisers in/for the Jewish community operate by an entirely different set of rules, advises Henry D. Lewis. Here are a few of them.

Book Review: Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising
Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising by Janice Gow Pettey. Raising money in today's diverse communities is a growing challenge for fundraisers and philanthropists, requiring thoughtful strategies, successful collaborations, and a respectful understanding of people's differences.

Book Review: Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors
Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors, by Laura Fredricks, JD; Aspen Publishers, 2001
Softcover; 240 pages; ISBN: 0-8342-1829-1

AFP releases study of fundraising compensation and benefits
How does your salary measure up? AFP is releasing its first comprehensive salary survey, which reveals an average of $61,223 in the United States and $67,600 in Canada, with a strong positive correlation to experience and education. But the gap persists between the average salaries of men and women.

Book Review: Careers in Fundraising
Careers in Fundraising by Lilya Wagner, Ed.D, CFRE;  John Wiley & Sons, 2002. This long-overdue book is a detailed guide on how to prepare for, enter and thrive in the field of fundraising.

General bright ideas
A business planning program, a lending library and a unique way to identify new members at a meeting are among successful programs described here.

Publications & Newsletters
Two chapters offer detailed lists of what their top-drawer member directories contain. Chapter newsletters are a vital link to your members...see samples here.

Mentoring Programs
Find strategies and sample documents for a successful mentoring program.

Membership recruitment and retention
Chapters share successful strategies in recruiting and retaining members.

Foundation Campaign
AFP chapters with creative approaches to the Every Member Campaign share their ideas.

Chapter management
Chapter management ideas are described, covering board member responsibilities, an official documents binder, and policies and procedures manual.

Book Review: Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving
Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving, by Ron Jordan & Katelyn Quynn. This volume is a helpful tool for development professionals who want to educate their current or new donors about their philanthropic options.

Book Review: The Legislative Labyrinth: A Map for Not-for-Profits
The Legislative Labyrinth: A Map for Not-for-Profits, Ed. Walter P. Pidgeon, Jr., Ph.D., CAE, CFRE. A complete and up-to-date guide to utilizing the United States legislative system, for not-for-profit organizations and their leaders.

Aspen's Fundraising Series for the 21st Century
Aspen's Fundraising Series for the 21st Century is comprised of nine volumes designed especially for fundraisers. Discover proven strategies and techniques you can use immediately to get results.

Factors affecting fundraising costs
These factors should be taken into consideration when evaluating an organization's fundraising costs and returns.

What it means to be a member
What does it mean to be a member of the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world? Find out here!

About the Member Gateway
There are many benefits to AFP membership, and we hope you take advantage of them all! The members-only Gateway includes the AFP directory, program discounts, documents, information on posting your resume, and how to sign up for discussions.

AFP educational offerings
AFP provides the following products and services.

Donor responsibilities
When you are asked to make a charitable donation, you can almost always be assured that the organization is legitimate, but it pays to be careful. Here are a few tips to make sure your giving counts!

Links to education websites
Information on education programs and links to education websites.

FAQ: Educational opportunities
Where can I find information on educational opportunities in fundraising and the nonprofit sector?

The Case for Joining AFP
AFP is dedicated to making sure members have the skills, knowledge and resources to succeed. Here's why you should join.

Resources for Educators
Resources for Educators

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AFP Member Resources
AFP Member Resources

Mayo 2009


Diversity Essays


Resource Center Testimonial
Resource Center Testimonial

Summer 2009 Public Policy Update


Maehara Again Named Among Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders
The NonProfit Times has again placed Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP, among the ranks of the U.S. nonprofit sector’s most influential in 2009.

Faculty Training Academy


AFP eWire Printable Version: March 16, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 16-20, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: March 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of March 9-13, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: March 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 2-6, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Feb. 23, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Feb. 23-27, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Feb. 17, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Feb. 17-20, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Feb. 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Feb. 9-13, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Feb. 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Feb. 2-6, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Jan. 26, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Jan. 26-30, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: Jan. 20, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 20-23, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: Jan. 12, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of Jan. 12-16, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: January 5, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 5-9, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: January 22, 2008
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of Jan. 21-25, 2008.

AFP eWire - June 2, 2009


AFP eWire August 18, 2009: Print Version


AFP eWire Printable Version: July 21, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for July 21-27, 2009.

Advancing Philanthropy July/August 2009

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AP July/August 2009


AFP Member Testimonials
Why should you join AFP?  Our members are our best advocates!


AFP eWire Printable Version: July 14, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for July 14-20, 2009.

Member Motion/Accolades: May-June 2009
(July 7, 2009) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for May-June 2009.

Ready Reference Guides for the Tec de Monterrey Diploma Program
Presented are the Ready Reference Guides for the Tec de Monterrey Diploma Program.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 30, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for June 30-July 6, 2009.

Know an Outstanding AFP Leader? Submit a Nomination for the Barbara Marion Award
(June 30, 2009) Do you know someone who has exhibited outstanding leadership to AFP or the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy? Nominate him or her today for this distinguished honor. Nominations are due to AFP July 15.

Nonprofits' Most Missed Marketing Tool—Email Signatures
(June 30, 2009) Email signatures (a.k.a. sig lines) are powerful, low-cost, high-return marketing tools (a virtual business card or ad) for your foundation or organization. What's interesting is how seldom sig lines are used.

Understanding the Value of Multichannel Fundraising
(June 30, 2009) An email campaign can be a great supplement to direct mail fundraising efforts, even if people still donate via the mail.

AFP Presents Birmingham Fundraiser Moran With Highest Volunteer Honor
(June 24, 2009) AFP recently honored William M. (Bill) Moran, ACFRE, with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition.

Analyst Predicts Slow Recovery for Sector, Advises Engagement and Planning
(June 24, 2009) The economy is not likely to rebound quickly and will require strong donor engagement. However, now is also an opportunity to improve the way nonprofits do business, says Susan Raymond, Ph.D.

AFP eWire Printable Version: June 24, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for June 24-29, 2009.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 16, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May June 16-22, 2009.

Take the “Numb” Out of Numbers
(June 16, 2009) Sometimes numbers alone just don’t cut it. What are the tangible results? What does a million dollars really mean for our community? Find out how to use metaphors to bring your statistics to life.

U.S. Giving Declines in 2008 Reflecting Economic Woes
(June 11, 2009) Charitable giving in the United States declined for the first time since 1987, reports the Giving USA Foundation, though total giving again broke the $300 billion mark.

AFP: An Investment in Your Future
(June 9, 2009) In these challenging times, remember that you and your organization are not at the mercy of the economy. The decisions you make have more influence on your organization’s fundraising success than anything the economy might do.

AFP eWire Printable Version: June 9, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for June 9-15, 2009.

San Antonio Businessman Bill Greehey Named 2009 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(June 9, 2009) Bill Greehey, chairman of NuStar Energy and former CEO and chairman of Valero Energy Corporation, is the recipient of the 2009 Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser presented by AFP.

Total Annual Giving in Canada Grew By $1 Billion from 2004 to 2007
(June 9, 2009) The total amount of yearly charitable giving by Canadians increased by $1.1 billion from 2004 to 2007, reported the Canadian government agency Statistics Canada this week.

Improving Yourself—And Your Profession—Through Community
A professional association like AFP isn’t just crucial to your own personal growth and success. Organizations, professions and all of society rely on the work and efforts of like-minded individuals united as one voice in a professional association.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Expands Outreach with Generous Gift from RuffaloCODY
(June 2, 2009) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with RuffaloCODY, a fundraising, software and enrollment services firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that will provide extensive calling services for the 2009 Every Member Campaign.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: June 2, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May June 2-8, 2009.

AFP eWire Printable Version: May 25, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of May 25-June 1, 2009.

AFP Study of Fundraising Effectiveness Gets Boost from Donor Software Firms
(May 25, 2009) Participate in the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and find out how your organization compares to others when the latest report is published in July.

Advancing Philanthropy May/June 2009
AP May/June 2009
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Advancing Philanthropy March/April 2009
AP March/April 2009
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AFP eWire Printable Version: May 19, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of May 19-25, 2009.

AFP Congratulates New CFRE Recipients
(May 19, 2009) The following members of AFP have recently earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International.

Insights About the Leadership Transition Process
(May 19, 2009) Having served several organizations as an interim chief executive, John Corwin describes what it is like for an organization to transition to a new leader. He also offers some helpful advice.

AFP eWire Printable Version: May 12, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for May 12-18, 2009.

Certified Fund Raising Executive Program Receives Distinguished Accreditation
(May 8, 2009) CFRE International’s Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program has been granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

"Dean" of American Fundraising Brakeley Jr. Dies at Age 93
(May 8, 2009) George A. Brakeley Jr., a national leader in the philanthropic and fundraising consulting communities, died of natural causes on May 1 in Naples, Fla.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: May 5, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for May 5-11, 2009.

Foundation Relations: Don't Let the Big Table Stand in Your Way
(May 5, 2009) eWire contributing writer Derrick Feldmann shares his experiences working with nonprofits and foundations and offers some advice on how to build an authentic relationship, including some helpful do’s and don’ts.

Funder Perspective: Ways to Build Stronger Ties With Foundations
(May 5, 2009) Sometimes for a foundation, making a grant to an organization is a lot like sending a child to college. What are they really doing with the large investment you’ve made? This week eWire spoke with two seasoned foundation leaders about what they are looking for in a grantmaker-grantee relationship.

Ohio Fundraiser Frisch Named 2009 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 28, 2009) Former high school teacher Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, is the recipient of the 2009 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

AFP eWire Printable Version: April 28, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of April 28-May 4, 2009.

Ohio Fundraiser Frisch Named 2009 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(April 28, 2009) Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, is the recipient of the 2009 CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Leadership Gap Widens as Baby Boomers Retire
(April 28, 2009) Roughly a third of U.S. nonprofit organizations are looking to fill senior manager positions as of January, creating a steeper deficit in sector leadership than originally predicted.

AFP Awards Materials Now Available—Nominations Due July 15, 2010
Nominations forms for AFP's Awards for Philanthropy and other honors are now available and are due on July 15, 2010.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: April 21, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for April 21-27, 2009.

Diverse Boards—Are You Prepared for Real Change?
(April 21, 2009) Diversifying your board requires organizational reflection. And inclusion does not end when you see new and different faces around the table.

Engaging Your Board in Sustainable Fundraising
(April 21, 2009) Most board members don’t want to be fundraisers—rather they want to be board members who are successful at fundraising, says Dave Sternberg of Achieve LLC. He offers tips on cultivating board members’ fundraising skills.

Assembling a Great Board
(April 21, 2009) Choosing the right board means going beyond affluence and influence, says Simone Joyaux, ACFRE. Great board members are brutally honest, passionate and collaborative.

AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'
(April 14, 2009) AFP is continuing its partnership with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement entitled “A Time to Give.”

Foundation Celebrates Strategic Successes in The Steward
(April 14, 2009) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation for The Color of Money Conference. Read about this generous grant along with the Foundation’s progress and its 2009 strategic initiatives in its latest issue of The Steward.

AFP eWire Printable Version: April 13, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of April 13-17, 2009.

Member Motion/Accolades: March-April 2009
(April 14, 2009) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for March-April 2009.

AFP Welcomes Five New Chapters
(April 14, 2009) AFP has recently added to its ranks five new chapters, including two collegiate chapters, located in several states across the U.S.

Winona Fundraiser Philip Schumacher Earns Highest Professional Credential from AFP
(April 8, 2009) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Philip G. Schumacher of Winona, Minnesota.

AFP eWire Skill Builder Printable Version: April 6, 2009
The printable version of AFP's new eWire Skill Builder newsletter for the week of April 6-10, 2009.

Nonprofit Leaders Containing Costs, Retaining Staff
(April 6, 2009) Despite the tough economic times, many nonprofit organizations are taking steps to shore up their bottom line without sacrificing their missions—and their leaders are treating layoffs as a last resort, a survey shows.

Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising (Awards Banquet)
Photos from the Awards Banquet.
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Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising-Tuesday
Photos from Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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AFP eWire Printable Version: March 31, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 31-April 3, 2009.

AFP Honors Top National Donors and Volunteers for 2009
(March 31, 2009) Maryland businessman John Erickson, AT&T and the Greater New Orleans Foundation are just some of the recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual international Awards for Philanthropy.

Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising-Monday
Photos from Monday, March 30, 2009
3-2009 Chamberlain Scholars


Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising-Sunday
Photos from Sunday, March 29, 2009
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AFP eWire Printable Version: March 23, 2009
The printable version of AFP's award-winning newsletter, eWire, for the week of March 23-27, 2009.

Innovative Planned Gift to AFP Foundation Yields Big Returns
(March 23, 2009) Lifelong friends and business partners, Marc S. Saffren, CFRE, and Michael J. Baker, CFRE, have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Omega Circle. They teamed up to make a large gift of Joint Life Protection Insurance.

AFP Offers Fundraising Tips, Guidance in Difficult Economic Times
(March 23, 2009) AFP has developed a new guidance document that contains tips and advice for charities trying to raise funds in the current economic environment.

Spring 2009 Public Policy Update
The Spring 2009 Public Policy Update includes a story about the proposal in the President’s budget that would limit charitable deductions for the wealthy, a wrap-up of the nonprofit hospital provision in the economic stimulus package, a copy of the IRA Rollover fact sheet and a story on the IRA mandatory distribution rule that has been waived for 2009. 

In addition, the update contains the latest news on the Canada Revenue Agency’s fundraising policy; the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications telemarketing rules; posted advertisements submitted by a Canadian coalition, including AFP; and the reintroduced National Philanthropy Day legislation.



AFP Information Exchange Papers - Suggested Topics
If you’re interested in writing and want to help your colleagues and give back to the profession, consider developing a short information paper for the new AFP Information Exchange, part of AFP’s Fundraising Resource Center.

AFP Member Testimonials
"My membership not only keeps my skills sharp, it benefits the organization as well!"

AFP Member Testimonials


Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising


Capital Campaigns: The Benefits of a Feasibility Study
Conducting a feasibility study for a capital campaign offers rewards far beyond simply assessing risk. If well executed, such a study can provide focus and momentum for the entire campaign.

Capital Campaigns: Getting the Word Out
Many organizations ignore the public relations plan during a capital campaign, but a capital campaign is the perfect time to tell your organization’s story and tell it well, says fundraising veteran Robert Crandall, CFRE.

Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
eWire contributing writer Ted Grossnickle shares his experiences working with nonprofit clients who are preparing to conduct a capital campaign. Grossnickle is chairman of Achieve, a nonprofit consulting firm in Indianapolis.

Fundraisers Report Tough Times—Expect Some Improvement by Year End
Fundraisers are finding the current giving environment extremely challenging, but expect some improvement for the second half of 2009.

AFP Now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado!
Now you can get in touch with AFP and fellow members with four popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado. Get interesting and fun updates about AFP and fellow members and connect with fundraisers from around the world!

Spreading the Wealth: Florida Chapter Brings Two Others to Life
AFP welcomes its newest chapter—the AFP Florida, Greater Polk County Chapter. It is the second new chapter this year to be formed with the guidance of the AFP Florida, Suncoast Chapter.

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Readers Respond to Helmsley’s Historic Bequest
(March 16, 2009) AFP eWire recently asked for reader feedback about the use of Leona Helmsley’s $5.2 billion bequest and the ramifications for donor intent. Here is what members had to say.

AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'
(March 9, 2009) AFP is continuing its partnership with The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement entitled “A Time to Give.”

New Obama Plan Would Reduce Charitable Deductions for Wealthy
(March 2, 2009) President Obama proposed limiting the value of the tax break for itemized deductions, including donations to charity, to 28 percent for families making more than $250,000.

Maehara, Brown Named Among Fundraising’s Best
(Feb. 17, 2009) The NonProfit Times has named 14 people who it feels are the most effective and influential fundraisers in the industry. AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, recent past-chair Alphonce Brown and AFP member Atul Tandon are in this esteemed group.

Important Notice: Congress Puts Healthcare Fundraising in Jeopardy
(Feb. 9, 2009) A troubling provision in the House-passed economic stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) would prevent hospital foundations from contacting prior patients and asking for donations.

Federal Cabinet Rejects Appeal By Charities Regarding Do Not Call List
(Feb. 2, 2009) Canada’s federal cabinet has rejected a joint petition filed by AFP and Imagine Canada that would have exempted charities from red tape and fees associated with the new National Do Not Call list.

Corporate Giving in Flux, But Not Disappearing, Study Shows
(Feb. 2, 2009) Though corporate giving levels are predicted to decrease in 2009, many corporations and corporate foundations are holding steady in the amount they plan to give.

A Letter from the President and CEO
As we ring in the New Year in these challenging economic times, I wanted to send a note of encouragement and sincere gratitude for the vital work you do as a professional fundraiser.

Fundraisers See Chilly Giving Climate Now and in Future
(Jan. 5, 2008) The fundraising climate is the toughest it’s been since 1998, according to the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s most recent Philanthropic Giving Index.

Charity Fundraising Efforts Lagging Significantly This Holiday Season
(Dec. 19, 2008) More than half of charities across North America are raising less money during the 2008 holiday giving season (October through December) than they did last year, according to a survey conducted by AFP.

AFP Foundation Takes Fundraising to New Heights
Your contribution to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy goes directly to funding scholarships, groundbreaking research and other programs and activities that further AFP’s mission to advance ethical and effective fundraising.

AFP Aloha Chapter Issues 2008 State of Fundraising Report for Hawaii
(Nov. 25, 2008) The AFP-Aloha Chapter, in collaboration with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, and Olomana Marketing, conducted an assessment of the impact of the financial crisis on nonprofit organizations in Hawaii and to understand how nonprofits are managing the situation within their organizations.

A Message from the President and CEO
We at the Association of Fundraising Professionals want to share our sincere gratitude to you for choosing AFP as your professional association.

Job Postings

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Members Share Insights on Nonprofit CEO Salaries
(Nov. 3, 2008) In a recent issue, eWire asked readers if they thought nonprofit CEOs are paid too much. Our respondents didn’t think so—up to a point anyway.

Consumers Respond Positively to Cause-related Marketing
(Nov. 3, 2008) Companies are increasingly forming partnerships with nonprofits and supporting causes to help strengthen their brand in the eyes of customers. Research shows that people are more likely to buy products from companies that associate themselves with a cause.

Strategies for Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis
(Oct. 27, 2008) Nearly 100 leading fundraisers from around the world have provided new strategies and tactics for charities to survive and prosper in the current global financial crisis.

Make Time for Innovation
(Oct. 14, 2008) In fundraising and the nonprofit sector as a whole, the sky is the limit for new ideas and better methods. But the trick, say the authors of a recent W.K. Kellogg Foundation report, is to incorporate a culture of systematic innovation, so you are not waiting around for new ideas to strike like lightning—randomly and unpredictably.

IRA Rollover Provision Reinstated Through 2009
(Oct. 3, 2008) President Bush has signed into law the $700 billion economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424, Financial Rescue Package), which includes a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision as well as other charitable giving provisions.

Tips and Tricks: Boost Careers with a Thriving Chapter Mentor Program
(Sept. 29, 2008) Professional peer mentoring can be a rewarding experience and a great addition to your chapter programs. AFP members share some valuable advice for starting up or reinvigorating your chapter’s mentoring program.

IRS Issues Revised Instructions on New Form 990
(Sept. 15, 2008) The IRS has released revised instructions and supplementary materials for completing the redesigned IRS Form 990.

AFP Seeks Volunteers to Help Streamline Grant Making Processes
(Aug. 18, 2008) Are you drowning in grant-application paperwork and distracted from purpose? Project Streamline aims to make the process easier and more effective, and AFP is seeking interested volunteers to provide feedback on a new study and help develop next steps.

New National Philanthropy Day® Materials Available
(Aug. 11, 2008) A number of additions, enhancements and revisions have been made to AFP’s program to support National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) chapter events.

Giving to Education Causes Expected to Grow More Slowly
(Aug. 11, 2008) Giving to education in the United States is expected to grow in the coming year, but at a much slower rate, according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Reach New Heights as a Nonprofit Leader!
(August 4, 2008) Are you a nonprofit manager looking to build your leadership and business skills? Why not learn from the best? AFP and Stanford Social Innovation Review have teamed up for the third year in a row to connect nonprofit managers to leading experts and professors from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Volunteering Up, Dropout Rate Still High
(Aug. 4, 2008) Retaining donors is not the only challenge nonprofits face. A recent study shows that retention rates for volunteers are nearly as daunting.

Marketing Your Nonprofit: Winning Taglines
(July 28, 2008) “Just because you’re a small nonprofit doesn’t mean you can’t have a powerful tagline for your organization, program or campaign,” says nonprofit marketing expert and blogger Nancy E. Schwartz.

Pay to College Fundraisers, Staff Shows Strong Growth
(July 21, 2008) Salaries of fundraisers at U.S. colleges and universities have seen strong growth in recent years, according to a survey conducted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

AFP Responds to L.A. Times Report on Fundraising Inefficiencies
(July 14, 2008) The Los Angeles Times published a story on Sunday, July 6, reporting that only a small percentage of money reaches California nonprofits when they use a for-profit fundraising company to raise funds.

In Weak Economy Loyalty is Stable Currency
(July 14, 2008) Fundraising revenues and donor counts are both down for the first quarter of 2008 compared to the same time last year, reports the Target Analytics Index of National Fundraising Performance.

Successful Faculty Training Academy Held in Minneapolis
(July 14, 2008) Thirty-three participants completed AFP’s 2½-day Faculty Training Academy (FTA) held June 11-13 at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn.

Alaskans Given Option to Increase Giving
(July 14, 2008) A new law will allow Alaska residents the opportunity to donate to charity some or all of the money they receive annually from the state’s Permanent Fund that was created from Alaska’s oil revenues.

U.S. Charitable Giving Surpassed $300 Billion in 2007
(June 23, 2008) Charitable giving in the United States reached a record high of $306.39 billion, up 3.9 percent from 2006, according to Giving USA 2008.

Greater Toronto Chapter Markets ACFRE Program
(June 23, 2008) The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is developing a marketing program to encourage members to work towards earning the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

NPD Proclamations


Awards: Sample Judging Guidelines


Printed Materials


Getting Started/Logistics


AFP Co-Hosts Summit to Strengthen Canadian Nonprofit Sector
(June 16, 2008) On May 27, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Volunteer Canada and Imagine Canada came together to host The Summit, an event that brought together nearly 250 nonprofit leaders with the aim of identifying practical ways to build a more sustainable charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada.

Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your Donor's Financial Adviser
(May 27, 2008) Fundraisers at times find themselves at odds with financial advisers over the type or amount of a gift that is to be made by a donor. But there are ways to collaborate with a financial adviser to fulfill the donor's goals of having a solid financial plan and making a lasting contribution to a favorite charity.

Roles & Responsibilities: Sample job descriptions for board officers & chapter administrators
Most AFP chapter boards are similar in that they have board members responsible for membership, education, etc.  This page provides sample job descriptions for the most common positions.

Nominations Open for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board
Nominations are currently being accepted for individuals interested in serving on the board of directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Advice to Grant Seekers: Never Believe Your Own PR
(May 19, 2008) It’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but Karen Levin, executive director of the Levin Family Foundation in Dayton Ohio, says grant seekers should remember to bring their data and a level head—not a sales pitch—when they approach a foundation for grant money. Leave the public relations brochures at home

Millennials Are No Less Generous than Other Generations
(May 19, 2008) Prior research shows that young donors in the Millennial generation (born after 1981) are less likely to give and tend to give in smaller amounts than other generations. But according to a recent study, the trend is not generational, but rather a function of young people’s income, education level and religious attendance.

Model/Sample Chapter Communications Plan
Model/Sample Chapter Communications Plan

Mixed Results on Growth in Foundation Diversity
(May 12, 2008) A new report reveals that foundation diversity has increased significantly in some areas, including board and staff composition, but there continues to be problems in others, such as funding to diverse organizations.

Plugging into Technology and Energizing Volunteers
(June 2, 2008) An eleven-fold increase in revenue from its annual fundraising event earned Camp Oochigeas the 2008 Campbell & Company Award for Excellence, Small Category. Here’s how the camp did it.

AFP Web/Audioconference On-Demand Collection
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National Philanthropy Day® Bill Set for Consideration by Canadian Senate
(April 21, 2008) A bill to create a government-recognized and sponsored National Philanthropy Day® in Canada has been approved by a Senate committee and could be voted upon in the next couple of weeks.

AFP Grows to 30,000 Members
AFP is pleased to announce that its membership has now surpassed 30,000 fundraisers.

The Science of Fundraising: Questioning Fundraising’s ‘Inefficiencies’
(March 17, 2008) Can academic studies help fundraisers better meet their bottom line? As researchers begin to examine the science of fundraising, it seems the answer could be yes, according to a recent article in The New York Times Magazine.

Donor Retention Resources
Books, articles, audiotapes and links to help you find the best information available on donor retention and donor attrition.

January/February 2008 Public Policy Update
AFP’s 2008 January-February Public Policy Update includes an update on the IRA Rollover provision, new information on the IRS’ Form 990 redesign and a summary of recent House hearings on Veterans’ Charities.

The update also includes stories about the creation of a panel to support a government-recognized National Philanthropy Day in Canada before the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and the CRTC’s efforts to finalize its telemarketing rules.  

Biggest Pressure for Future Nonprofit Leaders: Fundraising
(March 10, 2007) Fundraising is the primary reason many potential charity leaders of the future are not interested in being executive directors, according to new research that continues to underscore a future leadership gap for the sector.

Giving to U.S. Colleges and Universities on the Rise, Especially Among Wealthiest Schools
(March 3, 2008) Charitable giving to colleges and universities was up in 2007 by 6.3 percent to $29.75 billion, according to a recent study by the Council for Aid to Education.

Corporate Giving Increases, But Road Ahead Uncertain
(Feb. 25, 2008) A recent report shows that charitable giving by major U.S. corporations and corporate foundations to charities, both domestic and abroad, increased in 2006 to $10.2 billion. What do the numbers and trends mean for charities in the near future?

2008 AFP Foundation Board
2008 AFP Foundation Officers and Board of Directors.

Some Fundraising Concerns Addressed in New Form 990
(Jan. 14, 2008) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a redesigned version of the Form 990 in late 2007 that addresses many of the concerns raised by AFP and other fundraising organizations.

2007 Year End Public Policy Update
AFP’s 2007 Year End Public Policy Update includes an update on the IRA Rollover provision and information on the IRS’ recently released Form 990 redesign.

The update also includes stories on AFP’s comments to Canada’s Accountability Reference Group regarding its recent discussion paper and AFP’s comments on the Canada Revenue Agency’s proposed new Form T3010.  

Mega-Gift Donors Focusing on Higher Education
(Jan. 7, 2008) Higher education receives nearly half of all major and mega-gifts, according to new research by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR).

House Panel Probes Fundraising by Veteran’s Charities
(Dec. 17, 2007) Allegations of ineffective and inefficient fundraising, as well as misuse of funds raised, have been directed at charities that serve military veterans in the wake of a Dec. 13 hearing held by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Majority of Households Give, But Still Many are Not Consistent
(Dec. 10, 2007) A majority of U.S. households give to charity consistently every year, but almost three in ten shift every year between giving and not giving, according to a new survey conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Give Back to the Profession: Become a Teacher and Trainer!
(Dec. 3, 2007) There’s no better way to give back to the fundraising profession than through teaching and training others in the field. And now experienced fundraisers have that opportunity, as nominations are being sought for AFP’s fifth Faculty Training Academy, to be held June 11–13, 2008, in Minneapolis.

CRA Cracking Down on Compliance, Enforcement of Form T3010A
(Dec. 3, 2007) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has indicated it will be cracking down on registered charities that either file their Forms T3010A late or not at all; at the same time, it also is providing increased guidance on how organizations can comply with these requirements.

2007 Donations Good So Far, But What About the Holidays?
(Dec. 3, 2007) A new survey shows that giving in the first nine months of 2007 was strong, with very similar results to figures in 2006. However, will the U.S. housing crisis and overall economic conditions across North America affect giving in the last quarter of the year?

Senate Considering Nonprofit Hospital Reforms
(Nov. 5, 2007) Republican staff for the Senate Finance Committee has developed a series of proposed reforms related to governance, meeting community needs and levels of charitable care.

Healthcare Giving Still Strong, but Slowing
(Oct. 29, 2007) Although giving to healthcare facilities and organizations increased in 2006, the rate of growth was substantially lower than in 2005, according to a report by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) in Falls Church, Va.

Foundation Board Selects Leaders for 2008
(Oct. 22, 2007) Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, was elected to serve a second one-year term as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Congress Debating the Value of Certain Charitable Causes
(Oct. 1, 2007) A recent congressional hearing about whether or not charities are doing enough to serve poor and diverse communities included concerns about whether contributions to certain nonprofits should be treated the same for tax and deduction purposes.

New Organization to Help Higher Ed Donors Attach Strings to Gifts
(Sept. 24, 2007) Citing concerns over accountability and donor intent, three foundations have created a nonprofit group that will assist donors in attaching legally enforceable conditions to their gifts to colleges and universities.

AFP Foundation Receives Grant for 2008 Think Tank
(Sept. 17, 2007) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has received almost $50,000 from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Fla., to support the 2008 AFP Fundraising Think Tank, a project of the AFP Research Council.

AFP Submits Comments on Revised Form 990
(Sept. 17, 2007) The new draft Form 990’s increased reliance on simplistic percentages and its expansion into the areas of governance and best practices will tend to mislead donors and create significant problems for charities, according to comments submitted by AFP.

New Charitable Regulations Not High Priority for Finance Chair
(Aug. 20, 2007) The chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) recently told The Chronicle of Philanthropy that enacting new charitable reforms is not high on his priority list.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada Provides Programming Beyond the Association
(Aug. 13, 2007) The work of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada provides programs that often go beyond what the association can support, making additional services available for fundraisers across Canada in the areas of education, scholarships, mentoring, translation and research.

NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies
NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies

AFP State of Fundraising 2006 Final Report Released
(July 16, 2007) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2006 Survey is now available for members only in the Member Gateway section (log-in required to access the link below).

Charities Exempt from Do-Not-Call List, But Subject to Other Telemarketing Requirements
(Aug. 13, 2007) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissions (CRTC) has exempted charities from a national do-not-call list, but has made them subject to other requirements under its telemarketing rules.

AFP State of Fundraising 2006 Final Report Released
(July 16, 2007) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2006 Survey is now available online in the Attachments section below (PDF format).

Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Outstanding Fundraising Professional Nominations

Finance Committee Calls for Updated, More Extensive Form 990
(June 4, 2007) Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chair and ranking member of the Finance Committee respectively, have asked the U.S. Department of the Treasury to update the Form 990, the annual charity reporting form, and include more information about fundraising.

Charities May Receive Small, Temporary Break on Certain Postage Rates
(June 4, 2007) The Postal Regulatory Commission has recommended that certain nonprofit rates be reduced for four months until the significant postage increases for standard mail flats come into effect in September.

Corporate Giving Reaches Milestone Independent of Disaster Relief
(May 21, 2007) Corporate foundations gave a record $4.2 billion in 2006, and 57 percent say they expect to give more in 2007, according to a new report.

Action Needed to Delay New Postage Increases
(Apr. 30, 2007) All U.S. AFP members are asked to send letters to their members of Congress to delay implementation of a new mailing category, not flat-machinable (NFM) mail pieces, that could increase postage costs by 100 to 400 percent for some charities.

Four New AFP Chapters Chartered
(Apr. 23, 2007) The AFP board of directors approved the creation of four new chapters at its recent meeting in Dallas, including two chapters in Mexico.

Mid-April Deadline for Canada Revenue Agency Roadshows
(April 9, 2007) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is once again offering its popular and informative Roadshows in 2007. If you are interested in attending one of the events, the deadline is April 20.

The Power of Passion
Brooke Shields(March 25, 2007) Actress and activist Brooke Shields knows a thing or two about the power of celebrity. After all, she has spent nearly her entire life in front of a camera and in the public eye. What she has gradually come to know, however, is the power of passion.

At the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, Shields spoke candidly and from the heart, displaying none of the “diva” qualities one would expect from someone who has been acting and modeling since she was only 11 months old. As she explained, this is due to the choices she has made along the way. 

The AFP Diversity Summit
Follow this link for a summary of the AFP Diversity Summit of 2005.  This includes information on how to form a new Diverse Community in Fundraising. 

Board Resolution on Diversity
Follow this link to read the Board of Directors' resolution.

Charities Facing Major Rate Increases for Front-End Premiums and Cards
(March 5, 2007) The United States Postal Service (USPS) has proposed a new standard rate Not Flat-Machinable (NFM) category that could subject charities to mailing rate increases of 100 to 400 percent for front-end premiums and cards, according to the Direct Mail Association Nonprofit Federation (DMANF).

2007 Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist


2007 William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18–23


Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service


2007 Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional


Resources for AFP Members Who Teach in Colleges and Universities
(Jan. 8, 2007) AFP has developed new educational materials to assist those AFP members who teach fundraising and nonprofit management programs in seminars and institutions of higher education.

2006 Year-End Public Policy Update
AFP's 2006 Year-End Public Policy Update includes a post-election summary, a description of an upcoming ethics reform package and a call for input regarding potential charitable reforms on the state level.

The update also includes new information on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s efforts to implement the federal Do Not Call List and a proposal by Imagine Canada that seeks to enhance the partnership between the federal government and the nonprofit sector.



Career Track
Career Track

AFP Thanks CCS for Sponsoring Kaleidoscope
AFP Thanks CCS for Sponsoring Kaleidoscope

Exploring Philanthropy in China
Exploring Philanthropy in China

Planned Giving in the Black Church
Planned Giving in the Black Church

Thought Leader Column
Thought Leader Column by AFP Chair Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE

If Not I, Then Who?

Resources for AFP Members Who Teach in Colleges and Universities
Matrices, exercises, case studies and puzzles for use by college and university teachers.

Increased Gifts, Participation Highlight 2006 Chapter Treasury Campaign
(Dec. 4, 2006) Chapters still have time to make a commitment to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Chapter Treasury Campaign, which has already experienced steady growth this year.

AFP is an approved provider for CFRE Continuing Education
Approved Provider for CFRE  CFRE 2008

Edmonton Chapter Receives Sponsorship for Essentials Program
(Oct. 23, 2006) The AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter has received a sponsorship from the Edmonton Real Estate Board (EREB) to hold the Essentials of Fundraising Program.

Edmonton Chapter Receives Sponsorship for Essentials Program
(Oct. 23, 2006) The AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter has received a sponsorship from the Edmonton Real Estate Board (EREB) to hold the Essentials of Fundraising Program.

IRA Rollover Signed Into Law
(Aug. 18, 2006) On Thursday, Aug. 17, President Bush signed into law a pension reform bill that includes several giving incentives, including the IRA rollover provision.

Online Volunteering: Factors for Success
(July 31, 2006) A new study examines the potential benefits of cultivating online volunteers and the necessary infrastructure and capacity organizations need to effectively employ these volunteers.

AFP State of Fundraising 2005 Final Report Released
(July 10, 2006) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2005 Survey is now available online in the Attachments section below (PDF format).

CRA Suspends Advisory Charities Committee for Review
(June 26, 2006) The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has temporarily suspended the activities of its national advisory committees while it undergoes a review of the role and mandate of these bodies.

Report Provides New Ideas on Arts, Education, Health Fundraising
(June 26, 2006) A new report on household giving in the United States identifies several key factors, beyond just wealth and income, as to why people give to arts, education and health charities.

Philanthropy Not the Most Important Aspect of CSR, Survey Finds
(June 5, 2006) A majority of Americans believe that the most important aspect of corporate social responsibility is treating employees fairly, according to a new survey released by the National Consumers League and Fleishman-Hillard.

Political Action Committee (AFP PAC)
AFP PAC

Foundation Releases First Semi-Annual Newsletter
(May 30, 2006) AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has released its first newsletter, The Steward. Published semi-annually, The Steward focuses on projects that the foundation helps to fund, as well as the donors that make those projects happen.

AFP Submits Additional Comments on Do-Not-Call List
(May 30, 2006) In response to continuing concerns from the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), AFP has submitted additional testimony regarding the implementation of a national do-not-call list.

2008 AFP Canada Call for Nominations
(Sept. 8, 2008) AFP is now accepting nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada and the AFP Canada Council.

Charities Face Major Challenges in Finding Funds for Capital Projects
(May 15, 2006) A new survey has found that while numerous charities have significant investment capital needs, including technology, program development and strategic planning, they face substantial challenges in accessing that capital.

Canada Budget Eliminates Capital Gains Tax on Gifts of Appreciated Securities
(May 8, 2006) In a huge victory for the fundraising profession, the 2006 Canada federal budget includes a provision to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charities.

Volunteers Still Not Being Used for Maximum Impact
(May 4, 2006) A new survey shows that a vast majority of nonprofit organizations are not taking full advantage of the professional skills and knowledge possessed by their volunteers.

Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. and Canadian Charities Raised More Funds in 2005
(April 3, 2006) Despite the largest single relief effort in history for Hurricane Katrina, nearly two-thirds of charities in the United States and in Canada managed to raise more funds in 2005 than in 2004.

AFP Press Release: New Budget Will Increase Charitable Giving
(May 2, 2006) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today applauded the federal government’s move to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities, a provision included in the 2006 budget.

AFP Calls on Parliament to Eliminate Capital Gains Tax on Gifts of Securities
(May 1, 2006) In mid-April, AFP testified during the Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations and called for the complete elimination of the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charity.

Canadians Urged to Participate in Pre-Budget Consultations

(April 17, 2006) For the first time ever, the federal government is urging Canadians from coast to coast to participate in the budget process online. Minister of Finance James M. Flaherty has launched an online consultation process on the Department of Finance’s website allowing Canadians to provide their views to the government during the pre-budget consultation period.



Charitable Fundraising Salaries Decrease in the U.S., Remain Stable in Canada
(April 10, 2006) From 2004 to 2005, salaries for charitable fundraisers decreased in the United States and remained stable in Canada, according to the latest Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Compensation and Benefits Study.

Agent of Change
(April 2, 2006) Admittedly in the “third act” of her life, Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian and activist Jane Fonda says that she is not afraid to die, but she is scared to reach the end of her life with regrets.

Chapter Conference Chairs
Chapter Conference Chairs

AFP Strategic Communications-Messages
AFP Strategic Communications-Messages

Public Relations Outline for AFP Chapters
Public Relations Outline for AFP Chapters

AFP Government Relations Committee
AFP Government Relations Committee

AFP Leaders Attend White House Philanthropy Conference
(March 13, 2006) More than 25 AFP leaders attended the National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, hosted by the White House, on March 9 in Washington, D.C.

Paulette Maehara's Letter
Paulette Maehara's Letter

Education/Professional Development Job Description


Nonprofits Join Together to Fight AOL Email Plans
(March 6, 2006) Several nonprofits have joined together to launch a campaign against America Online’s (AOL) plans to charge fees for organizations using a new certified email system.

Contributions to Colleges and Universities Grow by Nearly 5 Percent
(Feb. 24, 2006) Colleges and universities in the United States experienced a 4.9 percent increase in contributions in 2005, according to the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey released by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).

AFP Urges Inclusion of Capital Gains Provision in Throne Speech, First Budget
(Feb. 25, 2006) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper encouraging him to move quickly to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities to charity.

Socially Responsible Investment Assets Growing Faster Than Other Funds
(Feb. 20, 2006) Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) assets grew faster than all managed assets in the United States over the last 10 years, according to the latest biennial report on SRI funding by the Washington, D.C.-based Social Investment Forum.

U.K. Institute of Fundraising National Convention in July
(Feb. 13, 2006) The largest gathering of fundraisers outside the United States will take place at the Hilton London Metropole in the United Kingdom, July 10–12, 2006.

Grizzard Named One of World's Best Fundraisers
(Jan. 23, 2006) The editors of The NonProfit Times have named Claude H. Grizzard, Sr., a 'Living Legend' in their recent annual selection of 'The World Best Fundraisers.'

Fundraising Legend Don Kuhn Passes Away
(Jan. 17, 2005) Direct-response legend Don Kuhn, who pioneered the use of computer databases in fundraising, passed away in late 2005.

Branding: The Blind Helping The Sighted To See A New Future
(Nov. 21, 2005) Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the most prestigious guide dog schools in the country. Their success in training guide dogs, placing them with blind people and supporting that human/guide dog team for life, is known throughout the world.

Fundraising Down Slightly Because of Hurricanes: Optimism Still Strong that Giving Will Recover By Year's End
Nearly half of U.S. charities have seen their fundraising decline because of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes and the associated relief efforts, according to a survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released on National Philanthropy Day®.

AFP Co-Sponsors CARE Day Event on Capitol Hill
(Nov. 14, 2005) On Tuesday, Nov. 8, AFP participated in Congressional CARE Day to urge Congress to pass the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act before the end of this session.

Gender Pay Gap Narrows at U.S. Charities, But Still Remains Unequal
(Nov. 7, 2005) A new study reveals that the compensation of female charity CEO's has increased faster than, but still lags behind, those of their male counterparts.

Charitable Reforms Face Roadblock in the House
(Nov. 7, 2005) A key Democratic staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives has indicated that the Senate Finance Committee's proposed charitable reforms are 'off the table' and will not be considered by the House at this point.

Legislation Formally Recognizing National Philanthropy Day Introduced in the Senate of Canada
(November 3, 2005) - Today, Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto), chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, introduced legislation that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in the world.

New "Due Diligence" Requirements Overly Burdensome for Charities
(Oct. 31, 2005) New provisions issued by the Department of Finance are overly burdensome to charities and can place them in jeopardy.

Public Confidence in Charities Remains Low, Study Says
(Oct. 17, 2005) A new survey reveals that nearly one-third of Americans have little or no confidence in charities, while two-thirds believe that charities waste a great deal or fair amount of money.

Looking Beyond Charity Competition
(Sept. 12, 2005) Like it or not, charities are forced to compete with each other. Rising above the ethical, logistical and resource-draining quagmire of competing against like-minded nonprofits requires framing the world a little bit differently than we have in the past.

AFP's CEO, Paulette Maehara, Speaks About AFP Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina and Their Needs
(Sept. 7, 2005) I sent out a message to all AFP members on Sept. 2, letting them know what the organization was doing in response to Hurricane Katrina. I have received hundreds of emails from concerned members in support of their colleagues.

AFP's CEO, Paulette V. Maehara Speaks About Hurricane Katrina
(Sept. 2, 2005) All of us at AFP International Headquarters send our thoughts and prayers to the residents of cities affected by Hurricane Katrina (especially our members in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Alabama Gulf Coast and Mississippi chapters and others in the affected area). We hope all of our members' families and friends are safe and well.

Give, But Give Wisely, to Katrina Relief Efforts
(Alexandria , Va.) -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals ( AFP ) today warned the general public about fundraising scams involving relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and urged donors to exercise caution when giving to any type of relief effort.

When You're Fundraising By Accident
(Aug. 22, 2005) The AFP Greater Austin Chapter's 'Accidental Fundraiser' program was no accident. It was developed on purpose to help those individuals who suddenly find themselves with fundraising responsibilities.

Audit Critical of CRA Charity Oversight
(Aug. 22, 2005) An audit of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by federal investigators is highly critical of the agency for it ineffective and inefficient oversight of the charitable sector, according to an article by The Canadian Press.

Branding: Are Your Fundraising Strategies Damaging Your Hopes For Long-Term Success?
(Aug. 8, 2005) Fundraising solicitations that play on current world events and short-term emotions are commonplace, but can they damage a charity's long-term development potential? AFP's guest branding columnist, Bill Tolliver, examines the issue.

Survey Rates Perceptions and Experiences of Fundraisers
(Aug. 8, 2005) A new report, supported in part by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), provides new perspectives on how fundraisers of different races view themselves and their jobs and compiles ideas on what can be done to bring more African-American fundraisers into the profession.

AFP President and CEO Named One of Sector's Most Influential People
(Aug. 8, 2005) The Nonprofit Times has named Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), one of the 50 most influential people in the charitable sector.

Operating Style Key Factor in Foundation Expenses
(Aug. 1, 2005) A new study of the expense and compensation patterns of the 10,000 largest grantmaking foundations in the United States suggests not only that there are vast differences among these entities, but also operating style may be the most critical factor in determining and explaining such expenditures.

AFP State of Fundraising 2004 Final Report Released
(July 20, 2005) The final report of AFP's State of Fundraising 2004 Survey is now available online.

Arizona Mentoring Program Creates Opportunities, Community for Beginning, Mid-level Fundraisers
(July 18, 2005) A complete overview of fundraising, an experienced mentor and a group of similarly minded colleagues are exactly what any new fundraiser needs, and that is exactly what the AFP Greater Arizona Chapter's Professional Mentoring Program provides.

Branding -- Using the Power of Common Sense to Earn Loyalty
This is the second in a series of six articles addressing the issue of nonprofit branding. This week: earning the public's (and your donor's) loyalty.

President Approves Do-Not-Fax Exemption for Charities
(July 18, 2005) President Bush has signed into law legislation that will allow companies and nonprofits to send commercial faxes to customers, donors and members without a recipient's written consent.

Chapter Newsletter Inserts
Need content for your chapter newsletter? We have attached a list of articles on topics such as the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, the benefits of AFP membership and informative articles from AFP eWire.

Nonprofit Panel Releases Final Report
(June, 27, 2005) The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector presented its report to Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) and the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 22, 2005.

Taking the Mystery (and Misery) Out of Branding
(June 27, 2005) A new series of articles in AFP eWire will help nonprofits use advanced branding and communications techniques to further their cause.

New Project to Raise Awareness of Charitable Sector
(June 20, 2005) Eight organizations in Canada are collaborating on a new project over the next two years to raise awareness of the country's voluntary and charitable sector.

Charitable Giving Rises Five Percent in 2004
(June 20, 2005) Charitable Giving in the U.S. exceeded $248 billion in 2004, according to the new Giving USA report.

Urgent Call to Action: National Do-Not-Call List
I am writing to urge you to contact the closest member of the House of Commons INDU Committee as soon as possible and encourage them to support amendments that exempt all nonprofits, not just those charities registered under the Income Tax Act, from the proposed national do-not-call list.

The Rich Are Getting Richer
(June 6, 2005) The income of the super rich in the U.S. is growing faster than any other income class, according to research conducted by The New York Times and published in its June 5 issue.

Canada Announces Compliance Funding Program for Charities
(May 23, 2005) The federal government has launched a new program designed to support projects that educate and train charities on how to comply with its regulatory requirements.

Exemption Sought for Do-Not-Call List
(May 23, 2005) In early May, AFP submitted comments to Parliament seeking an exemption for charities from a proposed national Do-Not-Call list, and the House of Commons is considering the recommendation.

AFP Giving Guides
These two giving guides (American and Canadian versions) provide wise giving tips for the public. Chapters may find some of the material useful in their own public education efforts for NPD.

Strong Trustee-CDO Relationship Can Have Huge Impact on Fundraising
(May 9, 2005) When key players in a nonprofit--the CEO, board chair and chief development officer (CDO)--all share a common vision, the organization can function and fundraise more effectively, according to research funded by AFP.

New Giving Index Shows U.S. Philanthropy Quite Strong
(May 2, 2005) Despite mixed signals on the economy, Americans continue overwhelmingly to donate to a variety of charitable causes, with more than 90 percent giving at least $100 to more than $10,000 annually.

Foundation Giving Declines, Key Issues Gain Support in 2003
(April 11, 2005) Overall giving by the largest private and community foundations dropped 10 percent in 2003, according to the recent Foundation Giving Trends: An Update on Funding Priorities report from the Foundation Center.

AFP State of Fundraising 2004 Report Released
(April 4, 2005) According to findings of AFP's annual State of Fundraising 2004 survey, charitable fundraising in 2004 was robust and fundraisers are optimistic about 2005.

Nonprofit Panel to Hold Field Hearings Regarding Its Reports to the Senate Finance Committee
(March 28, 2005) The Oversight and Self-Regulation Work Group of an ad hoc Panel on the Nonprofit Sector submitted its interim recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee on March 1, 2005.

AFP Supports Alert Urging Nonprofits to Contact the USPS and Obtain Advanced Rulings on Sample Mail pieces
(March 21, 2005) As reported recently in eWire, a new rule introduced by the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding the use of personal information in solicitations will go into effect on June 1, 2005.

Public Invited to Participate in Nonprofit Panel Conference Call
(Feb. 28, 2005) Individuals involved with the charitable sector are invited to participate in a conference call on March 4, 2005, of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which is developing recommendations to Congress on how to strengthen governance and accountability in the sector.

Congressional Committee Proposes New Limits on Charitable Deductions
(Feb. 14, 2005) A new report by the Joint Committee on Taxation in Congress includes proposals to limit or eliminate certain types of deductions for charitable giving.

Process for Development of AFP Position Papers
So how does AFP write and develop position papers?

Chapter Leadership Manual
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world. We are involved in every facet of fundraising and none of what we do is possible without our chapters.

Biography: The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Meet The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, CFRE and chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

Fundraising Competition Increases as U.S. Charities Number 800,000
(Jan. 24, 2005) Charities can look forward to additional fundraising competition as the Internal Revenue Service now reports that there are nearly 800,000 charitable organizations in the United States, double the number than existed in 1990.

Give, but Give Wisely, to Tsunami Relief Efforts
(Jan. 4, 2005) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today encouraged the general public to contribute to tsunami relief efforts, but urged donors to use caution when giving to avoid potential scams.

Nonprofits Must Comply with CAN-SPAM Regs
(Dec. 20, 2004) As expected, nonprofit organizations are not automatically exempt from the final regulations recently published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the CAN-SPAM Act.

Senate Banking Committee Endorses AFP's Recommendations To Increase Charitable Giving
(December 16, 2004) In its interim report, released today, on ways to encourage charitable giving, the Senate Banking Committee endorsed several proposals recommended by AFP.

2003 Leadership Donors
2003 Leadership Donors.

VSI Report Highlights Resources for Canadian Fundraisers, Charities
(Dec. 13, 2004) The Joint Steering Committee of the Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI) has released its second evaluation of the VSI process and its impact on charities, the government and their relationship.

Email Solicitations Still Evolving in Higher Education
(Dec. 6, 2004) Only half of higher education institutions are using email as a fundraising tool, and there is a wide disparity in how the technology is being employed, according to a new survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Although focused on higher education, the survey also holds insights for other types of charitable organizations as well.

Canadian Giving Reaches Record High
(Nov. 8, 2004) Charitable giving by individuals in Canada reached $6.5 billion in 2003, the highest level ever reported.

New Postal Rule Eases Restrictions on Use of Personal Information
(Nov. 8, 2004) Bowing to pressure from the nonprofit sector, the United States Postal Service has changed new regulations on the eligibility of nonprofit mail which contains personal information for Standard Mail rates.

AFP's Comments On the CAN-SPAM Act
(October 14, 2004) AFP's comments before the Federal Trade Commission regarding the CANSPAM Act.

U.S. State Issues -- June/July 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's state update contains numerous bills that affect the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Michigan and New York.

U.S. Federal Issues -- June/July 2004 Public Policy Update
This issue of the update covers numerous issues related to the Senate Finance Committee hearings and discussion on charity regulation, as well as the CARE Act, the FCC's do-not-fax rule, the FTC's proposed do-not-email list and IRS publications on gifts of vehicles and conservation easements.

Organization Needed to Create Public Awareness Campaign for Canada's Charities
(July 29, 2004) Social Development Canada (SDC) is issuing a call for proposals to design a national communications campaign that will increase public awareness and support of Canada's voluntary sector and the work it performs.

AFP to Congress: Prohibit Percentage-Based Compensation
(July 26, 2004)  One of the most important steps Congress can take in increasing public confidence in charities is to outlaw percentage-based compensation, AFP President and CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, told U.S. Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and key committee staff members at a July 22 roundtable on charity regulation.

New Strategies for Bequest Solicitations
(July 19, 2004)  Charities should not limit their solicitations for bequests (often known as 'legacy solicitations') to the traditional group of wealthy donors, a new study advises. Instead, they should extend their reach to nearly all contributors or individuals who have benefited from the charity's work or programs.

New Strategies to Attract Baby Boomer Volunteers
(July 2, 2004)  Baby boomers have the promise of becoming a social resource of unparalleled proportions, but charities face special challenges in trying to reach them, according to a new report by the Harvard School of Public Health-MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement.

AFP Fundraising Survey Shows Charitable Giving Recovered in 2003
(Alexandria, VA, March 14, 2004) - Seventy-three percent of charities raised the same amount of money or more in 2003 than in 2002, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) annual State of Fundraising 2003 Survey. AFP is the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world and represents more than 26,000 individuals.

Fundraising Salaries Rise, Gender Gap Still Significant
(June 28, 2004) U.S. fundraising salaries rose more than 9 percent and Canadian salaries increased more than 1.5 percent from 2002 to 2003, according to the latest AFP Compensation and Benefits Study.

Teaching the Teachers at the First Canadian Faculty Training Academy
(June 28, 2004) The first AFP Faculty Training Academy (FTA) in Canada was held June 17-19 in cooperation with the Mount Royal College Institute of Nonprofit Studies in Calgary, Alberta.

Letters Needed on New Postal Service Regs'Write Now!
(June 14, 2004) Comments to the United States Postal Service (USPS) regarding its proposed new 'exclusive purpose' regulations are due by June 18, and all U.S. charities and fundraisers are encouraged to write letters.

U.S. State Issues -- May 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's update contains numerous bills that affect the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Alaska, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Canada Issues -- May 2004 Public Policy Update
The call for federal elections has delayed some public policy initiatives related to philanthropy. However, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued new regulations regarding telemarketing that would be detrimental to charities. AFP members are encouraged to respond.

U.S. Federal Issues: May 2004 Public Policy Update
The Postal Service has issued new regulations that would dramatically impact charitable organizations, while AFP continues its work on the CARE Act. This month's report also contains updates on proposals by the Federal Election Commission concerning the applicability of political rules to nonprofits) and the Federal Trade Commission (regarding stricter rules on commercial emails).

IRS to Examine Nonprofit Executive Pay
(May 31, 2004) The director of exempt organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said that the agency plans to take a close look at how much top executives at nonprofit organizations are being paid.

Proposed Postal Rule Could Prove Disastrous for Fundraising
(May 21, 2004)  The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a proposed rule that would change dramatically the guidelines for sending charitable solicitations and force many charities to pay First-Class postage rates for their mail.

FTC Proposal Could Restrict Nonprofit Email
(May 3, 2004) AFP has responded to a request for preliminary comments by the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) regarding a proposal to restrict the distribution of unsolicited commercial emails.

U.S. State Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
This month's update contains numerous bills affecting the fundraising profession being considered in legislatures in Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Utah.

Canada Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
The Privacy Commissioner announces that fundraising is not considered a commercial activity under the federal privacy law. AFP's scheduled appearance before the Senate Banking Committee is postponed, but AFP members are named to two different CRA committees. In addition, Alberta amends its fundraising statutes.

U.S. Federal Issues: April 2004 Public Policy Update
AFP has responded to requests for comments from the Federal Election Commission (concerning the applicability of political rules to nonprofits) and the Federal Trade Commission (regarding stricter rules on commercial emails). This month's issue also includes an update on the CARE Act and information about IRS efiling and a new bill to help fund nonprofits that are considered 'high-risk' for terrorist activity.

AFP OPPOSES FEC RULES ON POLITICAL ACTIVITY, ADVOCACY
(April 12, 2004) - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) submitted comments on Friday, April 9, to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking the commission to exempt 501(c) organizations from its proposed new rules on political committees and advocacy activities.

AFP MEMBERS NAMED TO CCRA CHARITIES, TECHNICAL COMMITTEES
(April 5, 2004) - Members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) have been named to both the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency's (CCRA) Charities Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees.

WRITE NOW FOR THE CARE ACT!
(April 5, 2004) - With negotiations and developments continuing to swirl around the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is urging members to send letters to Congress now to help the bill move through the Senate.

Provincial Privacy Developments
(March 31, 2004) The following is an update on privacy developments in Canada's provinces as of March 2004.

Study to Examine Creation of Canadian Human Resources Council for Charitable Sector
OTTAWA(AFP eWire-March 29, 2004) Representatives from the charitable sector, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), are examining the feasibility of creating a national human resources council to address human resources-related issues and encourage capacity in the sector.

AFP FUNDRAISING SURVEY SHOWS GIVING REBOUNDED IN 2003
(March 15, 2004) - Nearly 73 percent of respondents to AFP's third annual State of Fundraising Survey indicated that their organizations raised the same amount of money or more in 2003 than they did in 2002.

Canada Issues: March 2004 Public Policy Update
AFP has been asked to testify before the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce committee on ways to encourage charitable giving, while the fundraising profession scores a major victory on the Ontario health privacy bill. AFP has also been named to a charity technical committee set up by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency.

U.S. States: March 2004 Public Policy Update
With many states just starting their legislative sessions, there are numerous bills affecting the fundraising profession in this month's Update. Bills from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia.

AFP Testifies Before Committee on Ontario Health Privacy Bill
(Feb. 9, 2004) - AFP has submitted formal written comments and participated in a hearing on Feb. 7 before the Committee on General Government on the impact of Ontario Bill 31, the Health Privacy Information Act.

U.S. States: February 2004 Public Policy Update
(Feb. 4, 2004) - Many states are considering policy changes that will affect the fundraising profession and the nonprofit sector. With many state legislatures adjourned for the year, this month's Update contains information on issues in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Canada Issues: February 2004 Public Policy Update
(Feb. 4, 2004) - Learn more about the federal privacy laws and Ontario Bill 31.

Crafting Memorable Messages that Capture the Public's Attention
(Feb. 2, 2004) - Studying urban legends can teach nonprofits how to craft appealing and galvanizing messages, according to an article in the winter 2003 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Foundation Development Chair Expectations And Responsibilities
Please read the FDC Expectations and Responsibilities document to make sure you understand your role in ensuring the success of your chapter's campaign.

Foundation Development Chair Resources
The Foundation Development Chair (FDC) is the chapter's primary liaison with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada. Access the calendar, expectations, guidelines and forms in this new section of the AFP website.

Guidelines for the Group Moderator and Effective Small Group Discussion
The task of the moderator is to facilitate the group's learning experience and make sure the discussion proceeds in an orderly fashion. Learn more about the role of the moderator and how to conduct an effective small group discussion. 

Ideas for Establishing a Senior Practitioners Discussion Group
Many AFP chapters find it is difficult to keep individuals with 10 or more years of fundraising experience engaged in chapter activities. Following are some ideas for forming a seniors group to discuss current literature on fundraising and philanthropy.

Canada Fundraising Groups to Develop Further Privacy Guidance
(Jan. 12, 2004) - A coalition of fundraising groups and associations, including AFP, will be working together to develop materials to help charities comply with the growing number of privacy bills in Canada.

Predictions: How the Internet will Affect Nonprofits in 2004
(Jan. 12, 2004) - The Internet can be a tremendous communication tool for all nonprofits, but are you using its full potential? Do you know how to integrate the Internet into your fundraising plan? An Internet expert recently discussed his predictions for 2004 about the Internet and its impact on nonprofits.

Canadian Government, Voluntary Sector Continue to Strengthen Relationship
(Jan. 6, 2004) - A new report outlines the progress made in the past two years in the development of an accord between the Canadian government and the country's voluntary sector.

Chapters Filled with Giving Spirit as Holidays Near
(Dec. 22, 2003) - AFP chapters have been celebrating the spirit of the holidays by donating food, toys and gifts to people in their communities.

Cooperative Mailings Update: Guidance, Congressional Challenges
(Dec. 15, 2003) - The decision by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to essentially eliminate the cooperative mailing rules has been challenged by several members of Congress. In addition, a coalition of nonprofit umbrella groups (including AFP) has developed guidance for charities as they seek to work with professional fundraisers.

President Signs Anti-Spam Bill into Law
(Dec. 16, 2003) - President Bush signed legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 16, that seeks to curb unsolicited commercial emails, commonly known as spam, but the law will currently have little or no impact upon nonprofit organizations.

AFP Chapter Services and Benefits
Here are just some of the services and benefits offered to AFP chapters.

Canadians Work on Better Evaluation of Nonprofits
(Oct. 14, 2003) - Canadian nonprofits tend to evaluate their programs and services at least once a year, but how such an assessment is conducted could be improved, a new report found.

USPS Finalizes Rule That Could Lead to Fraudulent Fundraising
(Oct. 10, 2003) - The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued its final regulations to essentially eliminate the Cooperative Mailing Rules. The regulations, which were published in the Oct. 9 Federal Register, will take effect on Nov. 13.

Chapters Get into Giving Spirit with Pledges to AFP Foundation
(Sept. 29, 2003) - Eighty-two chapters have already pledged support to the 2003 Chapter Treasury Campaign (CTC) - and more than half of these are first-time gifts or gifts that are at least 10 percent more than last year's gift.

Greater Toronto Chapter ' 1,000 And Counting
(Sept. 22, 2003) - Congratulations are due to the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, which recently reached a significant milestone: 1,000 members and going strong. This makes it only the third AFP chapter - and the first outside the United States - to reach this mark.

Fundraisers Help Nonprofit Theaters Through Tough Economic Times
(Sept. 15, 2003) - Large increases in individual contributions in the past five years helped many nonprofit theaters stay afloat in 2002, but their future remains uncertain, a new report shows.

Recruiting excellent presenters
Since no plan is any better than its execution, a poorly prepared speaker can ruin all of your planning efforts. It is therefore worth the extra care required to recruit the most competent presenters.

Creating a Balanced Educational Program
Much as we know we can not please all of the people all of the time, as dedicated volunteers that is usually our unspoken/unwritten goal. Reality demands that we make logical decisions based on rational criteria.

Determining educational content
Before you can plan a relevant educational program you must go to your potential participants and determine what they need to learn from it. This is called an Educational Needs Assessment.

Choosing a Facility: What to Consider
In the search for meeting space that is affordable, available and the right size, it is easy to overlook the details that contribute (or detract from) a good learning experience for attendees.

Building Fundraising Awareness in Mexico
(July 25, 2003) - When members of the three AFP chapters in Mexico attempted to incorporate as organizations, they ran into difficulty with Mexican government officials. They didn't know what the chapters were trying to do, partly because the word "fundraising" doesn't even exist in Spanish.

Survey Shows Nonprofits Challenged by Fundraising
(July 18, 2003) - Fundraising is the biggest challenge nonprofits are facing, according to a new survey.

AFP Releases First-Ever Survey on Fundraising Profession in Canada
(July 11, 2003) - A new survey by AFP and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) reveals new details about the philanthropic landscape and the fundraising profession in Canada.

Nonprofits Run Successful Businesses to Raise Money
(July 11, 2003) - In an economic climate in which many nonprofits are looking for new funding sources, one answer is to start a business venture.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Alpha Society, A Sustaining Monthly Giving Program
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada offers its Alpha Society, a sustaining monthly giving program that provides a convenient and timely way to support philanthropy and the fundraising profession.

Biography: Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Meet Maretta Emery, CA, CFRE, BA, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, who is the director of finance and gift planning of The Winnipeg Foundation in Winnipeg.

About the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada
Visit here to learn about the mission and role of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

Madigan Supreme Court Decision Not Expected to Have Major Impact
(May 9, 2003) - While many in the charitable sector feared that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Madigan vs. Telemarketing Associates might erode First Amendment rights for charities, AFP's analysis of the result shows that the case will probably not have broad consequences for the charitable sector.

Canadian Nonprofits See Websites as Important Tools
(April 25, 2003) - Canadian nonprofits recognize the vital role websites can play in their organizations, according to a new survey.

Final New York Fundraising Rules More Positive for Charities
(April 21, 2003) - In a partial victory for the fundraising profession, modifications have been made to the final version of new regulations in New York concerning the registration and reporting requirements for charities and professional fundraisers.

Survey Shows Disconnect Between Nonprofit Senior Management and IT and Development Teams Regarding Technology
(April 4, 2003) - Nonprofit leaders are not making technology a priority in their organizations, although they believe that technology can lead to greater fundraising success and improve how their organizations operate, according to a new survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Telosa Software Inc., a fundraising software provider.

New Survey Examines Canadian Fundraising Profession
(April 4, 2003) - The first comprehensive look at the fundraising profession in Canada was unveiled recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).

Fundraising 101 Series Aimed At New Development Professionals
(Feb. 27, 2003) - If you have recently started in the fundraising profession, a new series of workshops is just what you are looking for! The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Washington, DC Metro Area AFP Chapter and The Washington Council of Agencies (WCA) are co-sponsoring four workshops in 'Fundraising 101: Building on the Essentials' between May and November 2003, in Washington, D.C.

Gift or Gamble? With Accountability, Donors Should Never Have a Doubt
Stewardship may be 'what you do when no one is looking,' but today people want to see clear signs of it.

Thank You
Thank you for taking part in this important survey.

Successful AFP/Advantage partnership benefits foundations
WASHINGTON (AFP eWire - Jan. 31, 2003) - In 2002, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy partnered with Advantage Consulting, Fairfield, N.J., to assist in the administration, education and cultivation of the largest component of the Annual Fund, the Every Member Campaign (EMC). The deadline to receive payments towards the 2002 EMC was extended to Feb. 15, 2003.

AFP submits comments on proposed Form 990 changes
(Jan. 28, 2003) - On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) submitted formal comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its proposed changes to the Form 990, including clarifications about how fundraising costs are reported.

2006 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors
Donald W. Taylor, CFRE, Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors, heads a talented, experienced, and diverse group of leaders who will guide the Foundation in 2006.

Ontario Privacy Bill Unexpectedly Stalled for the Year
(Dec. 20, 2002) - In a surprising development, privacy legislation will not be considered in Ontario this year as the legislature there adjourned last week without considering the bill.

Chapter Spotlight: Baja California Chapter Growing Quickly
(Dec. 20, 2002) - For the AFP Baja California Chapter, it was the First Course on Fundraising that got them interested in the organization and all it has to offer. Since then, the Chapter, which is only one year old, is growing quickly and has set high ambitions for the coming years. Available in Spanish.

The Five Pillars of Fundraising Success from Somalia
As Esalimba and Bruty paint a vivid picture of community life, they show us that the pillars that sustain charities in Somalia are just as relevant for philanthropy professionals anywhere in the world.

Alliances: Strength in Numbers
Whether to focus on a one-shot project or to coalesce operations for the long haul, a less formal (but still carefully conceived and planned) coalition can produce results beyond the capacity of the individual members.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part Four
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Planned-Giving Programs & the Small Nonprofit: Getting Started - Part Two
PLANNED GIVING TODAY ISN'T THE DOMAIN solely of large nonprofits that can afford to hire financial and legal specialists. Many small nonprofits with one or two fundraising professionals are launching successful programs or expanding their informal efforts.

Chapter Spotlight: Irish Delegation & Western New York Chapter Exchange Best Practices
(August 23, 2002) - A delegation of 12 fundraising and nonprofit executives from Ireland and Northern Ireland visited the AFP Western New York Chapter in Buffalo, N.Y., this past June. The visit was part of a special tour to learn and exchange ideas about fundraising.

Chapter Spotlight: Chicago Tops 1,000 Members
(August 9, 2002) - For the first time in the history of AFP, a chapter has surpassed 1,000 members. The AFP Chicago Chapter achieved this milestone last month.

Think Tank Explores Changing Philanthropic Communities
Fundraising leaders and scholars gathered at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, in June 2002 to discuss a variety of topics related to clarifying the responsibilities and roles of fundraising professionals in diverse cultural and giving environments.

Is Direct Mail Working?
Even though direct mail is still quite effective, its success has waned somewhat in the past decade. To keep direct mail working for your organization, you need to keep up with design trends and adjust to the challenges facing direct mail.

Consultants Can Grow Nonprofit Fundraising Programs
There are many possible reasons for going outside your organization's expertise for help. You may need a fresh perspective in evaluating traditional fundraising programs and coming up with new giving options. Here are some pointers.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2002 Committees
AFP's Foundation for Philanthropy committee members for 2002.

AFP Participates in FTC Discussion on 'Do Not Call' List
(June 6, 2002) As part of a three-day forum before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), representatives AFP argued this week that the FTC's proposed national 'do not call' list should not apply to for-profit telemarketers calling on behalf of charities.

Are you prepared for the donors in your future?
The donors of the next decade and beyond will set their own terms. Their philanthropy won't be on their parents' terms or even on your terms--no matter how well you've done in the past at explaining the way your charity prefers to receive donations.

Who should regulate nonprofits?
Some level of government regulation of the nonprofit sector is warranted. But should the states be primarily responsible for such regulation as they are now, or should the federal government assume chief responsibility?

Laws and Orders: Why Public Policy and Advocacy Should Matter to You
Policymakers affect nonprofits in very real ways fundraisers may not realize. But we can't afford to ignore the implications of government oversight, from antiterrorism measures to taxes.

2002 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board of Directors
The 2002 leadership of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is listed here.

Working with Software Vendors: Helping Them Help You
Assess your organization's needs and survey the options before you pick up a phone to ask for a demo.

Comparing Political and Charitable Fundraising
The intersection between nonprofit and political fundraising is rarely explored. One of the best ways of 'getting better at what we do' is to assess that very intersection. It offers rich opportunities to learn across traditional disciplinary lines, to share best practices, and to promote professional, ethical conduct.

High-Tech Donors: How Do They Give?

Ideas matter more than money to these donors -- and their money talks. This is an excerpt from the July/August 2001 Advancing Philanthropy feature, "Getting Better At What We Do."



Transforming Tragedy Through Philanthropy
George Aratani is making sure that the history and cultural heritage of Japanese Americans survive, and that scholarship thrives. This is an excerpt from the July/August 2001 Advancing Philanthropy feature, "The Donor's Turn."

Guidelines for conducting a needs assessment survey
Of all the elements of a successful educational activity, a well-thought-out needs assessment may be the most crucial. A needs assessment tells planners what learners need to learn, and it forms the basis for selection of content, instructors, teaching materials and methods, and even budgets.

AFP's research agenda and policy
The research agenda and policy for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is developed and periodically revised by the Association's Research Council, and reflects an effort to set priorities for research about issues of concern to the fundraising profession and wider philanthropic communities.

Member recruitment brochure text
Here is suggested text for Chapters to individualize, for use as a member recruitment brochure.

Guidance: Internet transaction fees
Numerous websites have been established to facilitate online donations to unrelated organizations. The majority of such websites are maintained by entities that are not themselves tax-exempt.

Position paper: Parity in the Fundraising Profession
Parity laws, policies, and procedures in fundraising are covered in this 1994 position paper by the NSFRE (now AFP) Parity Task Force.

AFP description and purpose
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information or to join the world’s largest association of fundraising professionals.

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