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eWire Volume 12, Number 37
September 11, 2012
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Registration will open on Thursday, Sept 13th for the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising. Act quickly (before September 28th) to take advantage of the Webinar Six (6)-pack BONUS! Register during the discount registration period, and get up to six (6) select archived webinars for FREE (a $945 VALUE). The webinars are given by top conference speakers! Again, register for the International Conference on Fundraising before September 28th to get the full Six (6)-pack BONUS!

This year, our goal is to engage and re-energize our profession. Join us and be a part of our efforts to create balance, focus on critical priorities, and simplify complexities—we’ll explore what it means to be Doing The Right Things…Right!

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Top Story | Special Announcement | Fundraising News and Tips | AFP Announcements
AFP Member Exclusives |  Job Listings/Resources

Top Story: Your Current Job: Fix It or Forget It?
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. Read more.


Related Resource: Your Fundraising Career Hot Topic page

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P: Share your career and job search experiences and approach/process.

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Special Announcement

New Donor Retention Study—Participate by Sept. 14
Donor retention is critical to success, of course, but what are the benchmarks and how are charities doing in comparison to each other. AFP, through the Nonprofit Research Collaborative is taking a look at the connection between donor retention and fundraising results through a new survey. Please participate, and you'll receive a copy of the resulting report before it's released to the public. The survey is open through Sept. 12 and takes about 15 minutes to complete. To make things easy, the questions do not ask for specific amounts or values.
Visit here to begin the survey:

Fundraising News and Tips

Nonprofits Urged to Empower Donors
Is social media all hype or an inexpensive tool that can be levered to bring money for the mission? Jen Filla has been interviewing members of the AFP Florida, Suncoast Chapter on how they are using, or not using, social media in their fundraising efforts. Two interviews have been posted so far—nice work, Jen! (AFP FL, Suncoast Chapter) Read more.

Ten Tips to Make Donor Cultivation Personal
You need to get to know your donors well enough (and in the process gain enough permission) to earn the right to communicate with them like a good friend would. Here are some ideas how
(Guidstar/Benevon). Read more.

Flat Earth Fundraising: Catch & Release Fishing
Too many direct response fundraisers, many of whom should know better, continue to resort to acquisition techniques that only serve to camouflage the erosion and dry rot destroying long-term donor performance and value, according to Roger Craver. (The Agitator)
Read more.

The Best Rated Donor Management Solution

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 The AFP Resource Center's Hot Topics Pages

The Top Ten Most Popular Pages (So Far) of 2012!

A key member benefit, AFP’s 25 comprehensive Hot Topics pages - developed by the Resource Center based on the most popular and current member searches and requests – are our way of responding to members’ most pressing professional needs. And they are available for you as a member 24/7—day or night, you have the information you need when you need it!

The following is a list of the 10 most visited AFP Hot Topic pages (so far!) of 2012. We hope you find them beneficial!

1. Samples, Forms and Documents
Development Plans
3. Boards and Volunteers
4. Annual Fund

5. Donor Relations/Stewardship
6. Fundraising Policies
7. Job Descriptions
8. Capital Campaigns
9. Major Gifts
10. Special Events

To view the complete list of Resource Center Hot Topics, please visit (login required) or simply go to the “Browse By Topic” pull-down menu you’ll find in the search box area on every page.

AFP Announcements

Welcome to the New Resources Section of the AFP Career Center!
The AFP Career Center is here to help with all your career needs. New resources and professional services include career tips & articles, professional resume writing, career coaching, and much more! Click here to check out all the new tools to begin improving your career today!

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. Learn more.

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.

Looking for Gifts for Your Speakers and Members?

Visit the AFP Marketplace for all your AFP gifts and awards. Don’t see what you are looking for? No problem. You can submit a request for custom products, too.

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Speaker Database

AFP Member Exclusives


Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
This Week We Present an AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World, by Jamie Notter & Maddie Grant
Knowing the tools of social media is a must for successful marketing these days, but the real promise of social media is the way it can teach us a whole new way of doing business. Humanize takes the principles underlying social media’s growth and applies them to the way we lead and manage our organizations. Leading organizational consultants Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant help you change your organization, from the culture down to individual behavior, in ways that make it more human—and more effective.
Access this week's
AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
Learn more about Action University

• Want to discuss Humanize?
Join us on AFP2P!

Make the Connection on AFP2P and Help Fellow Members With Their Fundraising Questions!
AFP2P is AFP's exclusive online social community where you can interact and share your questions—and answers!—with other members. If you have an login, you already belong to AFP2P - simply go to or click "AFP2P" at the top of the AFP website and enter your login. Recent questions to the AFP2P Open Forum cover the confidentiality of fundraising campaign documentation, how to implement donor surveys, and fundraising in the face of financial challenges. Visit AFP2P and share your knowledge! (Learn more about AFP2P.)

The Latest Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Intellectual Capital in the Nonprofit Organization - Harvest Development Group, LLC/Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa
The growing power of ideas - as manifested in innovative programs, policies and processes – is the key differentiator for a successful nonprofit organization. This means that the most important resource in your nonprofit is not your donor database, or your special event - it’s the heads that walk through your door every day. These heads make up the differentiator known as Intellectual Capital.
Read the paper!
See all Exchange papers and resources
Submit your paper
Discuss this Paper on AFP2P!


  Upcoming AFP Webinars:

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.
Register now.

My Job's Not What I Want it To Be – Should I Fix it or Forget It?
Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
In today's job market, it's difficult to know if you're moving forward in your career or simply treading water. IS there something better out there, or are you just lucky to have what you've got? Understanding the warning signs is helpful, and knowing how to act on them is beneficial not only to your career, but your sanity. Whether you stay or whether you leave, you'll need a battle plan for how to make things better. Valerie Lambert, author of the bi-monthly blog, "Fix It Or Forget It?" will review strategies that she has successfully counseled various clients with over the past several years.
Register now.

See the 2012 Webinar Schedule!

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Job Listings/Resources

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

Job Seekers:
Access the newest jobs available to development professionals.

Reach highly qualified candidates by posting your opening in the AFP
Career Center.

About AFP

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