eWire Volume 12, Number 45
November 6, 2012
Unique, Award-Winning Event Supports Numerous Charities, Engages Entire Community
A special event that supports more than 100 charities, is open to all organizations, uses a collaborative model and includes sponsorships from across the corporate community? With all the competition for the charitable dollar, there’s no way such an event could work, is there? The Spirit of Cincinnatus and the Rusty Ball made it happen! Learn more.
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Fundraising News and Tips
Fundraising PAC Aims to Give Charities a Political Voice
Many nonprofit leaders will be watching on Tuesday to see whether members of Congress with influence over nonprofit policy will win their bids for reelection. But one group will be particularly attentive because it has money in the game. (Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.
Why White Men Still Dominate Nonprofit Boards
Chicago's nonprofits say they're eager to diversify their boards, but their attempts to add more minority and female members have produced only modest results so far. One common refrain: All of the “good” board members are taken. In nonprofit-speak, these people are “boarded up,” or serving on so many nonprofit boards that they can't make time for another. (Crain’s Chicago Business) Read more.
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Fundraising Fundamentals Key in Tough Times
Ongoing economic gloom continues to dampen charitable giving, underscoring the core importance of building and maintaining strong connections with donors. Reinforcing the need for better donor development and retention are new data from Blackbaud. (Philanthropy North Carolina) Read more.
This Week's "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 week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on donor acquisition, major donors, hiring, volunteer management, planned giving and year-end fundraising. Read more.
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Help Protect the Charitable Deduction: Attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s Capitol Hill Event
AFP, as chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition, invites its U.S. members to attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s inaugural Capitol Hill fly-in event, “Protect Giving-DC Days,” on Dec. 4 and 5. 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.
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 (email@example.com). And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide. Learn more.
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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.
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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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Upcoming AFP Webinars:
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.
Building A Winning Team: Recruiting, Retiring and Refining Nonprofit Boards
(Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
"Building A Winning Team" describes the process of developing a great nonprofit board. Sub-titled "Recruiting, Retiring and Refining Your Nonprofit Board", this session includes practical steps in the identification, recruitment and commitment of excellent board members. The session also covers the retirement of inactive or ineffective board members as well as the development and motivation of board members. The webinar will be led by Tom Nisbett, who has 25 years of experience in higher education and the volunteer sector and is president of The Nisbett Group, an organizational consulting firm which provides services in philanthropy, board training, assessment and strategic planning.
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