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eWire Volume 12, Number 49
December 4, 2012
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Top Stories | Special Announcement | Fundraising News and Tips | AFP Announcements
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Top Stories

Take Action!
Take Action – Write to Your Member of Congress to Preserve Charitable Giving
Take action today to urge your members of Congress to preserve the charitable deduction! Your voice is critical because Congress is strongly considering a hard cap on itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, to address the federal deficit. Imposing such a cap would have devastating consequences for thousands of nonprofits that depend of charitable giving to support programs on which millions of Americans rely.
Take action now!

Fundraising Results Overall Stall Mid-Year
In its semi-annual survey, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds that funds raised at organizations studied were largely unchanged from a year ago. The most successful organizations during the first half of 2012 pursued multi-channel marketing, recognized their donors and watched their results closely.
Learn more.

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Special Announcement

Deadline December 10: 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.

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Fundraising News and Tips

Wealthy Young Philanthropists Focus on Gap Between Rich and Poor
Wealthy philanthropists aged under 30 are more concerned with the gap between rich and poor people than philanthropists aged over 45, according to research for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). A survey of 1,428 wealthy philanthropists in six countries revealed that nearly half (44%) of those under 30 surveyed cited this issue, compared with 16% of over 45s surveyed. (UK Fundraising). Read more.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

New Ethics Rule Will Make Some Donors’ Names Public
New York State’s ethics commission will require political-advocacy and other groups to make public the names of donors who give them more than $5,000, under a regulation tentatively approved. (New York Times).
Read more.

Nonprofits Fear Results of Cutting Tax Break for Donations
Would we give less if we didn’t have the tax deduction? I’m confident we wouldn’t. Having the tax deduction is a bonus but one that has never driven us to give more or less. But having said this, many people are motivated by tax breaks. And some do give more because of the charitable deduction. (Boston Globe)
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 volunteer management, technology, young donors, donor psychology and tons of interesting infographics on Pinterest.
Read more.

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AFP Announcements

Wheelock College

Sign Up for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course
The popular face-to-face introductory course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, is now available as an eLearning course! The new AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This course includes case studies and video segments, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable! Read 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.

SAVE THE DATE: Rice University/AFP Event: Development & Finance Symposium, June 11 and 12, 2013
This symposium is designed to explore the dynamics of these two offices working together more effectively, resulting in better-informed business decisions for their organizations. Senior advancement officers and CFOs will share their experiences and strategies for effective management, and participants will learn more about the complexities of both roles. Fundraisers, chief finance officers, vice presidents, executive directors, investment professionals, and board members will all benefit from gaining more insight into how fiscal roles can create stability for their organizations. More information to come!

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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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Don’t Wait! Join AFP’s Member-exclusive Online Social Community Today!
Get involved with colleagues from AFP beyond your chapter, beyond your existing network! AFP2P allows members to interact and share with one another through such personalized features as discussion groups, blogs and news feeds. In addition, members are able to create unique profiles, upload pictures and documents, and leave comments. Log on today! (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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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

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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Fundraising Trends...What Worked Over the Last Few Years...What We Can Expect for 2013 and BEYOND!
Dec. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
The close of the calendar year and the upcoming holidays is always a good time to look back and evaluate what worked really well in our fundraising programs…as well as those areas that remain challenging. Were our boards more engaged? Did we diversity our donor base? Did special events attract new donors? Has social media translated into awareness and then givers or are we still searching for new ways to make this work? Is it easier or harder to find and retain good fundraising talent? Consultant, renowned speaker and international consultant Laura Fredricks, J.D., LL.D., will lead an insightful conversation on all these topics and give insights and predictions into what the profession can expect into the future.
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