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eWire Volume 12, Number 50
December 11, 2012
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Top Stories

Take Action!
Lobby Day Held to Protect Charitable Deduction, Begin Discussion of Larger Role of Philanthropy in Society
Hundreds of representatives from the philanthropic sector converged on Capitol Hill Dec. 4-5 to urge Congress to protect the charitable deduction and begin a broader discussion about the role of philanthropy and how to solve the larger, long-term problems that America faces.
Learn more.

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!

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Special Announcement

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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Fundraising News and Tips

AFP2P: Help Your Colleagues by Answering Their Fundraising Questions
Two AFP members have submitted queries to the AFP2P Open Forum and are seeking your input and guidance regarding e-communications with donors and allowing other nonprofits to use organizational space for their fundraising. Read more.

Members: Discuss these topics with colleagues on AFP2P!

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Online Resources Help Donors Safely Support Global Charities
The generosity of Americans has long supported worthy international causes, but many donors in the post-9/11 era are increasingly leery of making financial commitments to overseas agencies
. (Philanthropy Journal) Read more.

Overall Charitable Giving Down 3.8% in October
The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving, a broad-based fundraising index that reports overall giving trends of 2,984 US-based nonprofit organizations representing $7.8 billion in yearly giving on a monthly basis, today reported that charitable giving decreased 3.8% for the three months ending October 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. (Blackbaud)
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 fundraising strategy, Facebook, direct mail, collaboration, mobile fundraising and corporate philanthropy.
Read more.


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AFP Announcements

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Bob Carter Companies to Sponsor Youth in Philanthropy Awards
AFP thanks the Bob Carter Companies for their support and sponsorship of the 2013 William R. Simms Awards for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Two awards, an Individual and a Youth Group Award, will be presented at The Celebration of Philanthropy at AFP's International Conference on Fundraising, April 6, 2013, in San Diego. Our youth honorees this year were Jeneece Edroff, O.B.C., and Megan and Justin Churchman. Thanks again to the Bob Carter Companies for their support of AFP’s work in encouraging young people to get involved in philanthropy.

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.

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AFP Member Exclusives

Likeable Business

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NEW! AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
Likeable Business: Why Today's Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver, by Dave Kerpen
You can have a rock-solid business strategy, unlimited resources, and the most talented people on staff. But only one thing is guaranteed in today’s hyperconnected society: if your business isn’t likeable, it will fail. Dave Kerpen knows how important it is for a business to be liked—by customers, employees, stakeholders, and the general public. Likeable Business lays out 11 strategies for organizations of all sizes to spur growth, profits, and overall success. Dave Kerpen reveals the remarkable returns you’ll get when you gain the trust of your customers and stakeholders. In today’s social media world, it literally pays to be likeable.

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:

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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Transformational Gifts: Using Philanthropic Planning To Partner with Prospects and Advisors
Jan. 24, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
With the rise of the "New Philanthropists" (born 1946-present), there has been a significant generational shift in the donor base. In this session, Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE will share the latest research from his book with co-author Robert E. Wahlers, The Philanthropic Planning Companion: The Fundraisers' and Professional Advisors' Guide to Charitable Gift Planning, exploring why charities and professional advisors must use a collaborative, philanthropic planning approach when working with high net worth donors from these rising New Philanthropists. Special attention will be given to the common elements from philanthropic planning efforts from Princeton, Harvard, the Heritage Institute and others.
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See the 2013 Webinar Schedule!

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