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eWire Volume 13, Number 8
February 19, 2013
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Special Announcement:
In Memory of Charles R. Stephens, CFRE

It is with great sadness that AFP announces that former chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, has passed away. The first African-American chair of AFP, Charles was a pioneer in the fundraising profession
The Incredible Legacy of Charles R. Stephens
Thoughts from AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt

Nikki's Notes:
Your AFP Video Preview for the Week of February 19, 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!

Social Media Spotlight | Top Stories | Fundraising News | AFP Central
Job Listings/Resources

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Social Media Spotlight

Nathan HandMeet the AFPeeps! This Week: Nathan Hand
You've seen them chirping away on Twitter and social media, and flocking together at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. This year in San Diego, the AFPeeps - AFP's social media vanguard team of savvy social media mavens, will once again be conducting their AFPeep University tutorials and sessions at the AFPeeps Nest in the Exhibition Hall, under the guidance of Head Peepmaster Nathan Hand. Based in Indianapolis, Nate is a passionate fundraiser and nonprofit leader who loves connecting people with causes that need them … and using social media to make that happen, natch! Follow Nate on Twitter to discover the latest news and tips to enhance your fundraising efforts, and be sure to stop by the AFPeeps Nest in San Diego to meet and learn from Nathan and all the AFPeeps!

Stay Wired - Check Out All of AFP's Online Communities!

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Top Stories

AFP President & CEO, Andrew Watt, Calls on Congress to Preserve Charitable Deduction
In a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, Feb. 14, Andrew Watt, FInstF addressed the importance of the charitable deduction, calling it a “powerful symbol of American philanthropy”, and urged Congress to examine new ways to encourage additional giving and investment in the philanthropic sector. Read more.

Lessons From 2012 That Will Make 2013 A Great Year
DonorDrive put together a blog series that highlights causes that were successful in 2012 despite a dismal outlook. Learn from these effective causes on what you can do in 2013 to improve your own fundraising and beat the odds. Read more.

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Fundraising News


Special UnderDeveloped Web Series – Join the National Conversation
Based on the study conducted by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Hass, Jr. Fund, a special web series has been created to continue the conversation
about fundraising retention and operations. AFP’s President & CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF, recently chimed in about this study on a blog post titled, Embrace Fundraising…or Don’t! (CompassPoint) Read more.

Congress and IRS Urged to Make Charity Data More Open
A group of open-government advocates and foundation leaders is calling on Congress to require nonprofits to file their Form 990 informational tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service electronically and asking the IRS to work with third parties to create a public database of the information contained in the forms. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
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 how to validate giving decisions and drive retention, the permanent disruption of social media, using enewsletters to retain donors, building donor loyalty, top ten TED talks for nonprofits and more!
Read more.

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Speaker Database

AFP Central

Call for AFP Member Motion
Changed jobs recently? Accepted a new challenge? Received an accolade for your work and accomplishments? Let your colleagues and AFP know! Simply send your current AND new job information (including city and state/province), or information about your recognition, to Please include the phrase “member motion” in the subject line.

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, Texas, 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!

*NEW* Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Getting Your Board Members to Give, Get or Get Off - Ellen Bristol
Of all the questions we get asked about board service, this one is probably the most frequent: How do I get my board members to donate money? A member of an effective board once told me he and his fellow board members run the board on what he called the "3G Philosophy - Give, Get, or Get Off!" This report explores a way to frame the conversation about your board's give-or-get policy so that you can gain consensus from all board members and come to a satisfactory conclusion.
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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.”
Register now.

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.
Register now.

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

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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The AFP Career Center is here to help with all your career needs. New resources and professional services include career tips & articles, professional resume writing, career coaching, and much more! Click here to check out all the new tools to begin improving your career today!


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