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February 26, 2013
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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

AFP’s Instagram March Photo-a-Day Calendar Challenge!
If you aren’t already on the photo-sharing app, sign-up today via mobile phone or web – Once you have your IG username, follow your friends, donors, charities and @AFPIHQ! Then, take a picture, choose an enhancing filter & post to IG – you can also instantly tag it to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.! Find out what images inspire and drive your donors, friends and family, and inspire them right back. A picture really is worth a thousand words, so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with those in your field and around the world through a simple image that says it all.

Example of an inspiring capture and share on IG – charity: water shows the impact of their work via photos on IG. With over 1,500 “likes” they’ve certainly inspired their followers!

Need more inspiration? Try AFP’s photo-a-day challenge!

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Event Fundraising Made Easy With Sage

With Sage Nonprofit solutions, deploy event registration and donation forms easily and integrate technologies seamlessly.
Download the free E-Book: Event Fundraising Best Practices.


Top Stories

Mobile Cause

Companions and Winners of the 2013 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
Long-time friends and colleagues Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE, and Brian Sagrestano, CFRE, have co-penned this year’s AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize honoree, The Philanthropic Planning Companion—a volume the prize committee called “outstanding” and “commendable”. Read more.

Three Things Every Fundraising Professional Should Be Prepared for in 2013
Fundraising professionals, regardless of an organization’s size and scope, play a vital role in the overall success of a nonprofit. With overwhelming economic uncertainty and increased scrutiny, nonprofits are required now more than ever to be effectively governed. Read more.

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Fundraising News

Charles Stephens Found His Calling in Fundraising
When he was wasn’t participating in sit-ins or other community and campus protests, his family recalls, former AFP Chair Charles Stephens, CFRE was recruiting members for the Butler Street YMCA in Atlanta. By the time he left in 1970, he had boosted membership by nearly 10,000 to more than 30,000 members. In the process, Stephens found his place in life and blazed trails along the way. (DiverseEducation) Find more information about Stephens’ inspiring story here, and read a tribute from AFP’s president and CEO, Andrew Watt, here.
Read more.

Nonprofits Line-up To Defend Charitable Deduction at House Hearing
Andrew Watt, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals: “Beyond the significant giving that it creates, the deduction is a symbol of the American tradition and system of philanthropy. It is a symbol of a continuing commitment to the impact and change that nonprofits create. … To change that symbol—to limit the deduction—is to alter that commitment. Especially when we know it works.” (AssociationsNow) For more information on Watt’s testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, go here.
Read more.

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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 the “stupidity” of the sequestration, how to write better subject lines for fundraising emails, top ten things to understand about how fundraising REALLY works today, focusing on your “hidden heroes” aka every day donors and more!
Read more.

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Speaker Database

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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.

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2014 Board of Directors
Don’t wait until the last minute! Your involvement will make the nomination process successful. The AFP Board must be representative of the finest leaders in the profession, and your input will make that happen! The deadline to vote is June 21 – place your vote for yourself, a colleague or invite your chapter to nominate you or a colleague. Learn more.

*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:

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.

Raising Support from Millennials: How to Raise Support from Younger Donors
March 19, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Using research from over 10,000 Millennials (age 20-30), Derrick Feldmann will guide you through what motivates Millennials to give to nonprofit organizations. He will discuss how to create customized campaigns and engagement programs to raise awareness and support from Millennials through online, direct mail, email, and event based approaches.
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

Make Sure To Visit The Resources Section of the AFP Career Center!
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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