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Nikki's Notes:
Your AFP Video Preview: March 11-15, 2013:
Nikki Answers All Your Questions About the Conference in San Diego!

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2013 International Conference
on Fundraising in San Diego:

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AFP After Dark Party: San Diego Nights! - Monday April 8, 2013, 9-11 pm. DJ Dancing Cash Bar Light Snacks!

Ready for the AFP International Conference in San Diego? 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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AFP Strategic Partners

Social Media Spotlight


AFPeeps U: Get Your Social Media Learning On at Conference
The AFPeeps are proud to present the first-ever AFPeeps U at the AFP Conference in San Diego this April. These special tutorials will be offered at the AFPeeps Nest between official conference education sessions and are specially designed to help you quick-start and enhance your online and social media success! Take one, take them all—we’d love to see you! Best of all? No grades, and we hear the teachers are easily won over with shiny apples. See what's planned!

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Top Stories

50 Asks in 50 Weeks: The Smarter Way to Raise Money at your Small Development Shop
AFP International Conference speaker Amy Eisenstein knows how hard it is to carve out time to “ask,” especially in a small shop. Follow her plan for 50 asks in 50 weeks and jumpstart your “ask” program in three easy steps! Read more.

Nonprofits Should Tug At The Heart
Given two scenarios, which one will prompt you to offer tangible help? Find out how appealing to the heart, rather than to the rational mind, motivates people to give more money to a charity or offer tangible assistance. Read more.

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Fundraising News

Nonprofits Tracking Federal Sequestration Impact
Two nonprofit organizations are keeping tabs on exactly how charities will be affected by the billion-dollar cuts in federal spending. (The NonProfit Times)
Read more.

Philanthropy Must Do More to Influence Policy, Say Government Officials
Philanthropy needs to step up its efforts to influence policy if it expects to produce big changes on pressing issues like poverty, criminal justice, health care, the environment, and education, government officials told an audience of grant makers, nonprofit leaders, and scholars this week at an event on philanthropy and politics. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
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 are the top items and ideas from last week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories storytelling, donors’ “flight to quality,” email images, relationship building, grant writing and making yourself a better fundraiser!
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!

Motivation Myth


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The Motivation Myth: The Simple Yet Powerful Key to Unlock Human Potential and Create Inspired Performance and Achievement, by Mattison Grey & Jonathan Manske
Most people believe praise, appreciation, and compliments are great ways to motivate and inspire people. That is a myth, says Mattison Grey and Jonathan Manske. Fortunately, there is an alternative: acknowledgement. This communication tool is the cure for underperformance, lack of self-confidence, and ineffective motivation techniques. Acknowledgement effectively produces the results—increased performance, motivation and inspiration, and improved self-confidence—these other communication tools try to accomplish but do not.

Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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• Want to discuss The Motivation Myth? Join us on AFP2P!


Upcoming AFP Webinars:

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.
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Digging Deeper for Lifetime Value
April 11, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
The day to day fixation on campaign level reporting belies what's going on deep in your program. Underlying the top level results can be big surprises - both good and bad - lurking in the depths of your data. Hear examples of organizations who have analyzed their data, know what their true donor value and return on investment is and been able to adjust strategies accordingly.
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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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