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eWire Volume 12, Number 48
November 27, 2012
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Top Stories | Special Announcement | Fundraising News and Tips | AFP Announcements
AFP Member Exclusives |  Job Listings/Resources

Top Stories

Winning Team!
How to Build the Winning Team (Board)
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. Learn more

Related ResourceBoards & Volunteers Hot Topic Page

#GivingTuesday is Here!
AFP is partnering with more than 1,000 charities and companies to promote #GivingTuesday, a way to support charitable giving in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Learn more about #GivingTuesday and ways organizations are supporting philanthropy. Learn more.

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Special Announcement

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.

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Fundraising News and Tips

Vote to Support the Charitable Deduction
Read the article about the upcoming “fiscal cliff” and the solutions Congress is considering, then vote to support the charitable deduction. And if you can’t participate in “Protect Giving - DC Days,” the Charitable Giving Coalition’s inaugural Capitol Hill fly-in event in support of the deduction, AFP will have letters and emails ready for members to send to their Representatives and Senators in next week’s eWire.
Read more.

Take the Project Streamline Survey to Assess State of Grantmaking
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.
Read more.

Giving Remains Sluggish, Survey Says
Slammed by an erosion in giving by individuals, over a third of nonprofits are raising less money this year than last year, a new survey says. (Philanthropy North Carolina)
Read more.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

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 National Philanthropy Day®, donor stewardship, direct mail, social media, marketing and year-end fundraising.
Read more.

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AFP Announcements

It’s Never Too Late to Give….or Send out a Year-End Giving Solicitation!
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! Learn more.

Read The Digital November/December 2012 Advancing Philanthropy Now!
The latest issue of AFP’s award-winning magazine features an interview with Andrea McManus, CFRE, as she completes her two-year term as chair of AFP, as well as stories on grantseeking, collective impact, collaboration, and direct-response and social media strategies. 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 ( And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide. Learn more.

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AFP Member Exclusives

Today We Are Rich

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Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence, by Tim Sanders
In Today We Are Rich, you'll join Tim Sanders on his journey as he weaves together heartwarming tales of hardship and triumph with fundamental lessons of building confidence. Tim details his own challenges and the struggles of those close to him, turning them into parables on the endurance and power of the human spirit. Not only will you be moved by his stories, you'll learn the steps you need to take to overcome any obstacle and persevere, even in the face of today's always-on media and internet society.

Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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• Want to discuss Today We Are Rich? 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.)

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
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
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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.
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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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See the 2013 Webinar Schedule!

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