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August 7, 2012
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Top Story: Giving Slows At the Mid-Year Point: How To Respond
While giving was increasing significantly at mid-year in 2011, that growth has all but receded now as donor confidence has hit record lows. But there are ways charities can respond. Read more.

 Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P: How is your organization’s fundraising going at the mid-year point of 2012? What types of strategies and tactics are you using?

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Special Announcement

Calling All Authors! Exceptional Writers Needed for Three Books
The AFP Publishing Advisory Committee is looking for authors for three books focusing on the following topics: the transition from CDO to CEO, crisis management, and the roles of the executive director and chief development officer in strategic message development and communications. To learn more, click here.

Fundraising News and Tips

Younger Donors Are Older Than You Think
If you've been thinking that "young donors" are under 35, one of North America's data-driven experts says you're nowhere near right. (Hilborn Charity ENews) Read more.

Changing of the Guard at GuideStar: A Conversation with Incoming CEO Jacob Harold
Nice interview with new Guidstar CEO Jacob Harold on his priorities for the organization and what he sees in the future. Guidestar has only had two other leaders in its 18-year history. (Nonprofit Quarterly)
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Is Your Board Odd Enough?
Who knew? The popular rule that nonprofit boards should have an odd number of members is strongly supported by empirical research. (Philanthropy Journal) Read more.


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AFP Announcements

Sign Up to Serve on AFP’s Committees
Know someone who would make a great candidate for committee service and help steer the direction of your community? Would you like to serve on one of AFP's committees? Now is your chance to do so! To sign up today, click here.

Canada Globe and Mail to Publish NPD Supplement on Nov. 16
The Globe and Mail, which reaches nearly one million readers across Canada, will be publishing in partnership with AFP a special supplement about National Philanthropy Day®. The supplement will highlight donors, volunteers, corporations and foundations across Canada involved in philanthropy, and AFP members can receive special rates on advertising. To learn more, click here.

Want Senior-Level Skills and Experience Beyond Just Fundraising? Get New Skills for a Complex World at Stanford This September
The seventh annual Nonprofit Management Institute, the popular conference sponsored by AFP and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, takes place Sept. 11-12 on the campus of Stanford University. The theme this year is “New Skills for a Complex World.” Plus, new for 2012 are two optional post-conference intensives on Thursday, Sept. 13. Learn more.

Read the July/August 2012 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy!
Entrepreneurial leaders are transforming the way organizations, donors, volunteers and constituents interact with one another to accomplish greater social good. And they are not interested in simply improving efficiencies here and there—they want to reinvent the way nonprofits work. Click here to read the July/August 2012 digital issue of AFP’s Advancing Philanthropy magazine.

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Influence: Science and Practice, by Robert B. Cialdini
What factors cause someone to say yes? And which techniques most effectively use these factors to bring about such compliance? In his bestselling book, Robert Cialdini, former salesperson, fundraiser, and advertiser, and current professor of social psychology, examines the science and practice of persuasion and compliance.
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  Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Ethics and Assessment: How to Make Better Decisions
Aug. 23, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Everyone who belongs to AFP must sign and abide by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. Does that mean every member’s ethical performance is identical? We need to continue to have the conversation so we all make better decisions when challenging questions are posed. Presented by Paul Pribbenow, who is recognized as one of the country’s most engaging commentators and teachers on ethics, philanthropy and public life.
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Building a Major Gifts Pipeline Despite BIG Obstacles
Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Learn to recognize the management styles, and strengths and weaknesses of your CEO, Executive Director, Dean and Board Chair, and then work with THEM for success! In this session participants will learn how to demystify fundraising and motivate staff and volunteers to engage and be successful in the development process. Presented by Adrienne Capps, who currently leads a $16M campaign effort as the Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations and Senior Management Team Member at the UC Davis School of Education.
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