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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.27
July 3, 2013
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Top Stories

Charitable Deduction Breaking News: Tax Reform to Start with a Blank Slate
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, discusses the latest twist in the Congressional debate over tax reform and the charitable deduction—and the need for members to contact their Senators and Representatives. Plus, here's AFP's letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to its "blank-slate" approach. Read more.

2012 NRC Fundraising Survey Snapshot: Trends in Fundraising Methods
What fundraising techniques—direct mail, major gifts, planned gifts, special events, online giving and foundation and corporate gifts—fared the best in 2012? Use this snapshot, as well as the entire NRC study and the latest Giving USA survey, to benchmark your organization's fundraising and giving levels and get an idea of what's ahead in the future. Read more.

Impact vs. Overhead
Three "watchdog" organizations recently sent an open letter to donors decrying the "Overhead Myth." It's a critical shift in approach that will affect all of philanthropy and help charities and fundraisers focus more on impact and less on maintaining an arbitrary cost-ratio. Read more.

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Fundraising News

AFP Leading, Innovating in Social Media
AFP Chief Marketing Officer Scott Pearl is the top-rated association CMO on Twitter, according to Social Media Marketing magazine—another sign of AFP's increasing leadership in the areas of social media. Read more.

The Blackbaud Index
The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving increased 1.1 percent and online giving increased 15.2 percent for the three months ending May 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. The Blackbaud Index offers the ability to search by size or sector. (Blackbaud) Read more.

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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, including stories about a 90-year-old fundraising master, Giving Tuesday 2013, fundraising approaches that won't frighten your board, how charities reacted to the DOMA ruling and more! Read more.

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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for July:

Moving On—and Avoiding Ethical Potholes
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