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eWire Volume 13, Number 7
February 12, 2013
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Special Announcement:
AFP President and CEO to Testify Before
House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, Feb. 14.

AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee about the charitable deduction on Thursday, Feb. 14. He will discuss the importance of the deduction beyond just the gifts it generates and ask Congress to look at the broader issues of philanthropy and partnerships. Click here to learn more about the hearing, and AFP will have more information about Andrew’s comments later this week.

Nikki's Notes:
Your AFP Video Preview for the Week of February 12, 2013

Nikki's Notes

2013 International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego:
Calling all Artists, Poets and Photographers!

Diversity ArtWe invite AFP members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 50th International Conference on Fundraising, April 7-9, 2013, in San Diego, CA. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist or poet, you are warmly invited to participate. Fundraisers are a diverse group – their diversity unites them and thus makes the art showcase even more beautiful and meaningful!

This year, our goal is to engage and re-energize our profession. Join us and be a part of our efforts to create balance, focus on critical priorities, and simplify complexities—we’ll explore what it means to be Doing The Right Things…Right!

Go to for more information and register TODAY! And be sure to check out the new 2013 San Diego Pre-Conference Brochure!

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Social Media Spotlight

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Top Stories

Lions, and Tigers, and Boards – Oh My!
If you’re a board member, past, present or future, or even if you serve on a committee, you’d be wise to heed the advice from Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, who will fearlessly walk you through how to Fire a Lousy Board Member. Joyaux’s passion for boards exudes through her work and guidance on what great boards do, and don’t do, at their board meetings. Read more.

Americans Say They Will Pull Back on Giving in 2013: Can That Change…and What Can You Do?
While charities are sailing into a headwind in 2013, it’s far from a fait accompli that they’ll see lower giving levels. Fundraisers need to understand what the giving public is thinking, how they can best connect with them and how to counter the potential negative fundraising trend. Check out the results of Dunham+Company’s sixth annual State of Philanthropy Study and see how it will affect you. Read more.

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Fundraising News

Report issued on Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in Canada
Canada’s Standing Committee on Finance recently issued its report on Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in Canada. The report includes several recommendations, including the two charitable giving proposals that AFP included in its recent pre-budget consultation submission—the stretch credit and the elimination of the capital gains tax on gifts of private company shares and real estate
. Read more.

AFP encourages its members to continue to support the elimination of the capital gains tax on gifts of private company shares and real estate via the Engaging Networks platform and the stretch credit through Imagine Canada’s Twitter campaign. Learn more and get involved!

New Study Explores Donor Retention Costs
While some organizations experience high donor turnover every year, others see much higher levels of retention, suggesting that it is possible for more organizations to trim costly acquisition campaigns and the loss of potential long-term supporters. Donor Retention Matters is a short paper that reports on some key findings from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and well worth reading for any fundraiser. (Urban Institute) Read more.

Take Control of the Message through a Media Frame: A Case Study in Cooperative Recasting
Many groups are interested in convening colleagues to build an online hub of shared resources that will get members “on message,” but few invest the necessary time, energy, and financial resources to have an impact. A new report, “Building a Field-Wide Communications Hub: Lessons Learned,” describes how a network of organizations concerned about Islamophobia went about reframing the public discourse on the “war on terror” and national security policy. (NonprofitQuarterly)
Read more.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

Your colleagues are asking about how to fundraise with another not-for-profit on a major capital campaign, how to conduct a raffle with a substantially donated prize, whether it’s a good idea to allow local nonprofits to use an organization’s facilities for their events, and how to manage e-communications with donors. Share your expertise and get in on the discussion to help your peers! Have a question? Post it in AFP2P and we’ll direct your peers to help YOU!

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 online giving form abandonment, why donors stop their support, how development directors are NOT miracle workers, using mobile giving to feed retention, Valentine’s Day gifts that give back and more!
Read more.

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AFP Central

Participate in the 2013 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey
If you received an invitation for the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s 2013 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey, PLEASE complete the survey as soon as possible. The survey is the most comprehensive survey in the profession and provides valuable analysis and benchmarking data. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Michael Nilsen, AFP vice president, public affairs, at

2014 Call for Presentations – Live!
Interested in one of those coveted speaking slots at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising? Submit a proposal to present at the 2014 conference in San Antonio, TX, March 23-25. We’re looking for sector specific, experience level tailored, concise session descriptions. New for 2014: Enhance your proposal with a video showcasing your presentation skills. The deadline to submit is April 26, 2013, so get started now!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

What Great Boards Do at Their Board Meetings –
And What They Don’t Do!

Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Board meetings are the core of corporate governance. Designing them. Ensuring adequate preparation. And making sure you talk about the right stuff the right way. Learn from Simone Joyaux, “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector.”
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Analyze and Identify: Three Steps to Understanding Your Prospects and Supporters
March 7, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
This webinar is focused on the beginning stages of the fundraising cycle and the necessary steps an organization should take for identification and qualification of a prospect or suspect. We will cover the basic principles and steps around prospect research, data mining and predictive modeling.
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See the 2013 Webinar Schedule!

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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article of the Month:

Are We There Yet?

How the path of professionalism in fundraising sometimes involves taking the road less traveled.

By Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE, and Tyrone Freeman, Ph.D. candidate,
Advancing Philanthropy-July/August 2012

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