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March 26, 2013
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Nikki's Notes

2013 International Conference in San Diego:
San Diego Nights: The AFP After Dark Party!

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

Conference Spotlight: San Antonio
2014 Call for Presentations – One Month Until the Deadline!

Though everyone is just now packing and prepping for the 2013 conference in San Diego, the planning for the AFP'S 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio TX (March 23-25) is already underway! Interested speakers should submit a proposal—be sure to provide 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!

There's still time to join us in San Diego
! And check out the Pre-Conference Brochure!

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

AFP Strategic Partners

Social Media Spotlight on the AFP Conference & AFP ICON - AFP's Mobile Site and Official App for the AFP San Diego Conference!
AFP is proud to provide attendees not one, but TWO mobile tools to optimize and enhance their AFP 2013 San Diego Conference experience! The first is - AFP's exclusive mobile site that allows attendees to access everything they need for San Diego - right on their smartphone! can be viewed across all smartphone browsers, and allows users to search and sort the conference schedules and speakers, create a personalized daily schedule, access the AFP Marketplace floor plan, follow one Twitter feed for all three main conference hashtags, and more!

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2013 ICON appNew for 2013: Coming This Thursday - The Free AFP ICON App! No need to worry about wi-fi connections. Just download the free AFP ICON app for your iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry and you are set for San Diego! Have all the sessions, speakers, exhibitors, social media and more at your fingertips, and create your own personalized conference experience. Plus take and organize your event and exhibitor notes all in one place, and reach out and connect with your fellow attendees! Starting this Thursday, March 28, simply search "AFP International Conference" in iTunes, or visit to learn more about the App and how to download to all devices!

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Top Stories

AFP-Rice Symposium

Fundraising & Finance – They Go Together Like Milk & Cookies
At the first annual Development and Finance Symposium on June 11-12, 2013, in conjunction with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, the keynote speaker will be Paul Shoemaker! Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the nonprofit sector by The NonProfit Times two years in a row, Shoemaker is sure to convince and ease you into the marriage of fundraising and finance. Read more.

Using Chinese Auction Websites as Your Next Special Event
Not familiar with Chinese auction websites? David Adress, CEO of Bitochon Technologies, a website and internet marketing firm, walks you through the importance of this fundraising tool. Read more.

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Fundraising News

Federal Budget: A One-time Boost to Credit for Charitable Donations
First-time donors to charity, which means anyone who hasn’t contributed since 2007, will get a 25 percent ‘super credit’ on top of the existing federal credit.
(Montreal Gazette). Read more

AFP Bootcamp

Senate Effort to Protect Charitable Deduction Divides Nonprofits
Two Republican lawmakers on Thursday sought to amend the Senate Democrats’ budget proposal to make explicit that the charitable deduction should stay intact. But the proposed amendment—sponsored by GOP Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and Roy Blunt of Missouri—also lowers how much revenue the federal government would be authorized to raise in taxes over the next decade from $975-billion to $483-billion. (Philanthropy Journal)
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 are the top items and ideas from last week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on how nonprofits are adapting to the ‘new normal’, money woes that are plaguing charities who are struggling to meet demand, the Big Mac fundraising index, 22 rules of fundraising and more!
Read more.

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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

Speaker Database

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.
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