eWire Volume 12, Number 44
October 30, 2012
AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated for Hurricane Sandy)
AFP’s Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page provides information not only on how to support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, but also how charities can raise funds in the current environment and keep track of ongoing news and events. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org). And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide. Learn more.
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Fundraising News and Tips
New AFP Hot Topic: Ethics
Everything you’ve always wanted (and needed) to know on ethics, including information on percentage-based compensation and tons of links to articles on specific aspects of ethical behavior. Read more.
Half of American Teenagers Volunteer, Largely Because Their Friends Do
More than half of American teenagers and young adults volunteered last year, and the best way to enlist this group turns out to be peer pressure: Three quarters of people ages 13 to 22 whose friends volunteer regularly also do so, which is nearly twice the number of those who pursue voluntary activities based on their concern about particular social issues. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.
Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!
The Forbes 400 Report: How Is Next-Generation Philanthropy Shaping Up?
Insightful look at the numbers from the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and a survey of 264 of the world’s top philanthropists. (Alliance) Read more.
Ten Things You Might Have Missed (and Need to Know)
There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items and ideas from last weekyou need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on stewardship, volunteer management, ethics, grants, mobile giving, storytelling, social media and email solicitations. Read more.
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AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application Form Now Available
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy created a new scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. AFP is now accepting applications for these $1500 diversity scholarships, and funds are broken into three areas: African American, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) and General Diversity. Learn more.
AFP Awards for Philanthropy Nomination Period Open—Deadline Nov. 30
You or your chapter can nominate an outstanding philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser, foundation, corporation, fundraising professional or youth in philanthropy for AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy, which will be presented during the International Conference in San Diego on April 6. Nominations are easy to follow, can be submitted online and are due Nov. 30! 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.
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AFP Member Exclusives
Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video): Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Heidi Grant Halvorson
Social psychologist Halvorson, a blogger for Psychology Today and assistant professor of psychology at Lehigh University, tackles attainment of goals in every area of life from relationships to sports. Halvorson sidesteps conventional notions about achieving success, particularly the idea that one should imagine oneself achieving goals easily. The ideal, Halvorson says, is to think positively about achieving one's goals but to think realistically about the effort that will be required to achieve them.
• Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
• Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss Succeed? 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 afpnet.org login, you already belong to AFP2P - simply go to p2p.afpnet.org 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.)
Involving Your Board Members in Fund Development - Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE
It’s your job to help board members do their job in fund development. But who is “you”? The development officer. The executive director. The board chair. The chair of the board’s fund development committee. No one – including your development officer – does this work alone. This is a team enterprise. Volunteers – especially board members – are particularly important.
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• Related Resource: Boards and Volunteers Hot Topic page
• See all Exchange papers and resources
• Submit your paper
• Discuss this Paper on AFP2P!
Upcoming AFP Webinars:
The Ever Changing World of Small Non-Profit Boards
(Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Why is it that some small non-profit boards tend to get mired down in crises and create a feeling of dysfunction? Are these familiar issues for you: lack of fundraising experience or the desire to do so; resistance to change; focusing on the "little" picture and forgetting the big one; or micromanaging staff? This session will provide participants various learning tools in creating a positive experience of change for boards in search for that “FUN” or “First-Class Understanding of Non-profits.” Sean D. Hammerle, CFRE, has over 20 years of experience in fundraising and is the founder and president of PLAID Consulting, a Houston-based firm focused on philanthropic leadership and institutional development for small- and medium-sized non-profits. He is a member of the AFP International Board and Subject Matter Expert for CFRE International.
Year-End Fundraising...It is Still Not Too Late
(Nov. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Many organizations raise a significant portion of their annual revenue dollars during the month of December. This webinar will examine simply and easy ways to maximize and increase year-end contributions through proven fundraising techniques, including email campaign, the Internet and targeted direct mail appeals. Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE is president of Docere Consulting and works with U.S. and international nonprofit organizations.
See the 2012 Webinar Schedule!
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