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Nikki's Notes:
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2013 International Conference
on Fundraising in San Diego:

The AFP Canada Council invites you to the “Red & White Reception”

Without a doubt, the fundraising event of the year will be the 50th AFP International Conference on Fundraising being held in San Diego, April 7-9. But make no mistake, some fundraisers will be wishing they had a Canadian passport to gain admission to the social event of the conference – the Red & White Reception! With great door prizes, delicious food and a hive of networking activity, it is a meet-up you don’t want to miss. Get the details and your formal invitation here.

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!

Social Media Spotlight | Top Story | Member News | Community News | Fundraising Tips | Fundraising Quick LinksAFP CentralMember ExclusivesJob Listings/Resources

AFP Strategic Partners

Social Media Spotlight

AFP-Rice Symposium

AFP and Facebook
Hey—ever hear of this newfangled thing called "Facebook" ... apparently it's pretty popular or something.... All kidding aside, AFP has established a solid presence on Facebook over the years. In addition to our AFP and AFP Canada Facebook pages, we have a special Facebook page for the AFP 2013 San Diego Conference. And don't forget the AFP National Philanthropy Day page - NPD is just around the corner! Come by and see what's going on!

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

Top Story

Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee responds to Bill C-458
Karen Willson, AFP Canada’s Government Relations Chairperson, recently spent a day in Ottawa meeting with key government officials to discuss AFP’s position on the introduction of Bill C-458 by MP Peter Braid. Read a summary of AFP’s position here.

Member News

Sparking the Fire to Ignite Change
Heather Smith recently had the pleasure of attending a portion of the Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP), organized by a group of the Queen’s students and led by co-chairs Orietta Mukeza and Darren Cole. Now in its fifth year, this inspiring gathering of young people had at least 150 delegates in attendance from universities across Canada. Read more.

Ethics as a Risk Management Strategy
The first in a micro series: An Ethics Resources Tool Kit from the Ethics Resources Committee, AFP, GTA Chapter. Read more.

The Best Rated Donor Management Solution

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Finding Your Passion for the Every Member Campaign
Deborah Legrove, Chair of AFP Canada’s Every Member Campaign (EMC), wants to spread the word to Canadian AFP chapters about the importance of the EMC to supporting the work of the AFP Foundation of Philanthropy - Canada. Put simply, the Foundation’s mission is to transform Canadian philanthropy. Read more.

Who Do You Know...on AFP’s Canada Council?
It’s never too late to get involved and to make your professional mark in the fundraising profession. Do you believe in the value of professional development and building awareness about working in Canada’s nonprofit sector? Perhaps involvement in the work of the AFP Canada Council is for you! Contact any current committee members to find out more about the Council and the AFP Canada Strategic Plan. Read more.

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Community News

Grant Enables Mentoring Program Expansion
A thank you letter recently received by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and those who are responsible for the Chapter Career Mentoring Program. Learn more.

AFP’s Government Relations Committee Weighs in on Canada’s Anti-spam Regulations
Concerned by the potentially negative impacts on Canada’s charities, Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee has formally submitted its position on anti-spam legislation to the Digital Policy Branch of the Department of Industry. In the linked brief, AFP urges Industry Canada to exempt electronic communications sent by, or on behalf of, registered charities or public-benefit nonprofits from the proposed regulations’ consent requirements. Read more.

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Fundraising Tips

Loving Your Donors
A story by Michael Bowman, President of 145 Solutions, who lives and breathes raising funds. How Jeopardy, and his three kids, taught him that “loving your donors” is key for a fundraiser.
Read more.

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Donors -Tracey Bailey Webcast Still Available!
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada was pleased to sponsor the live streaming recording of a workshop session during the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress on November 20, 2012. The workshop, Up Close and Personal – Write and Converse More Authentically with Donors, focuses on personal correspondence and telephone skills, exploring how a fundraiser can nourish the donor’s experience of an organization’s promises, through speech and writing.
Read more.

Looking for Gifts for Your Speakers and Members?

Visit the AFP Marketplace for all your AFP gifts and awards. Don’t see what you are looking for? No problem. You can submit a request for custom products, too.

Visit the AFP Marketplace today for all your logo merchandise needs!

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Fundraising Quick Links

Average compensation costs in small charities across Canada

A Chief Economist for the Nonprofit Sector? Oh Canada!

Re-defining charity for a new age

Speaker Database

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AFP Central

Do You Have Two or Three Years of Fundraising Experience?
If you have two or three years of fundraising experience, Advancing Philanthropy would like to hear from you for an upcoming “Your Career” article. At this stage of your career, what are your greatest challenges? What resources do you feel you need in order to be more successful and to do your job more effectively? What are the highs and lows of your job? What would make your job better? Please email Jackie Boice at

2014 Call for Presentations – The Deadline is Fast Approaching!
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!

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.

Motivation Myth


Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
NEW! AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
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)
Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss The Motivation Myth? Join us on AFP2P!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

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.
Register now.

The Power of Planning: Building a Strategic and Long Term Development Plan
April 23, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Fund Development should be a core function of your organization and of your organization’s long term strategic goals. Yet, we often focus our development planning on the short term, e.g. the Annual Development Plan. And while we typically begin to plan for the next year based on the previous year’s projected results, we don’t often look at development planning through a strategic and long-term focus. Where do we want to be in 3-5 years with our fund development program? How does this dove-tail with where our organization is going? This session will cover how to make that mental and planning shift in our thinking from year-to-year to longer term outcomes and grow philanthropic revenue.
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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