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January 8, 2013
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Top Stories |  Fundraising News and Tips | AFP Announcements
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Top Stories

2013 Trends
Key Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2013
Blackbaud today shared trends that will have the biggest impact on the nonprofit sector in 2013: charitable giving is not likely to grow much; a revaluing of the nonprofit sector will occur; technology will play an increasingly important role for both organizations and supporters; and the world will continue to shrink as philanthropic borders broaden.
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One Conversation Complete, Many More to Come
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the fiscal cliff bill, what it means for charities and what lies ahead.
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Fundraising News and Tips

Fiscal Cliff Deal Allows Giving IRA Assets to Charity
Nice walk-through of the recently extended IRA Charitable Rollover Provision, how it works and what it means for donors. (Forbes) Read more.

What Do You Talk about at Your Board Meetings?
What do you talk about at your board meetings? Wait. Don’t answer that yet. Instead, let’s start at the very beginning: What is the purpose of a board? There’s only one answer to that question: The purpose of the board is to do governance, the process carried out by a group of people to ensure the health and effectiveness of the corporation. (The Nonprofit Quarterly)
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Study: Mobile Devices Facilitate Impulse Giving
Americans are increasingly using their smartphones for monetary contributions. A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that those who use this method of giving tend to make the decision to donate without much, if any, research. (The NonProfit Times)
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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 leadership, Pinterest, social media, campaigns and donor retention.
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AFP Announcements

2013 Webinar Schedule Now Available
Twenty-two webinars have been scheduled for 2013, covering issues such as transformational gifts, the case for support, donor prospecting, strategic planning, annual giving, fundraising plans, and much more! Check out the full list here and sign up for webinars now. Read more.

Rice University/AFP 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. Learn more.

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.


Most Popular Exchange White Papers – The Top Five of ’12!

As exclusive member benefit, the AFP Information Exchange (AIE) was launched in July 2009 in order to provide a place for members and others to submit and share knowledge papers on a variety of fundraising topics. To date, we have posted over 200 papers under 24 different topics.

The following are the five most downloaded papers for 2012. We hope you find them as beneficial as the many who have already downloaded them!

1. Creating the Most Effective Fund Development Program For Your Organization - Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE
2. Why Your Best Funders Support You - A Best Practices Report from Bristol Strategy Group – Ellen Bristol
3. Three Simple Questions That Establish Donor Trust - A Best Practices Report from Bristol Strategy Group - Ellen Bristol
4. Top Trends in Technology - Blackbaud Inc./Bo Crader & Kristen Fulks
5. What Women Want: Understanding the Needs and Objectives of Women’s Philanthropic Giving - Blackbaud Inc./Katherine Swank, J.D.

To view the complete AIE library and to learn more on how to contribute, please visit (login required)

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AFP Member Exclusives

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Whether calling on a potential client for the first time, delivering a presentation, analyzing a client's needs, or making a sale, how the message is delivered matters as much as—or more than—what's being said. Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals unlocks the secrets of nonverbal communication to give sales specialists an unbeatable advantage.

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Don’t Wait! Join AFP’s Member-exclusive Online Social Community Today!
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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:

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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Writing a Fabulous Case for Donor Support
Feb. 5, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
In this revealing session, one of North America's most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas. At the conclusion of this session, participants will know why the typical “elevator speech” is really a ride to nowhere, how to tell a story quickly and effectively, and how to answer the "Big 3" questions donors will have. Presenter Tom Ahern is considered one of the world’s top authorities on donor communications. He is the author of four well-received books on the topic and delivers dozens of workshops internationally every year.
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See the 2013 Webinar Schedule!

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Job Listings/Resources

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