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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.37
September 11, 2013
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This Week On Nikki's Notes

Voting for the 2014 board slate is OPEN! What are you waiting for? Maybe some tips and guidance—or what it all means? No problem—we've got your detailed voting breakdown in this week's Nikki’s Notes with Rebecca Knight, AFP's director of board governance and ethics management.

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Special thanks to the Committee on Directorship, led by Andrea McManus, for all of their work in selecting the proposed board slate.


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Year-end Appeal Checklist
Even if you're a direct mail pro, conducting a year-end appeal can be a completely different (and sometimes unruly) animal. Stay on track, dot your i's and cross your t's  with this detailed checklist that will have you starting your countdown to appeals NOW! Read more.

Nominate for the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Have you ever looked on in awe at the work that a fundraising professional has done and thought to yourself, "wow, what an inspirational fundraiser?" Then you need to nominate that person for the 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. Read more.


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Fundraising News

Groundbreaking Study Finds American Jews Among Most Generous to Both Secular and Jewish Causes
A study of Jewish and religious giving, Connected to Give: Key Findings reveals that American Jews give based on social engagement to all causes—not just Jewish ones. (CRN) Read more.

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Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?

A new giving model is being tested by students at Harvard and M.I.T. where they pay forward a one-time grant to a chosen poor family in Kenya—with no stipulations as to how it must be spent. (The New York Times) Read more.

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Top Ten: CNN's Anderson Cooper Pops Off about the Nonprofit Sector: He Has a Point
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on the science behind successful viral content, the importance of branding for a charity, a great sample 'thank you' card for donors and 10 things that will have your donors saying "wow"! Read more.

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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

Less Than One Month Left to Advertise in The Globe and Mail National Philanthropy Day® Supplement!
AFP is again partnering with The Globe and Mail to publish a special supplement on Nov. 14 honouring National Philanthropy Day® and the incredible work charities across Canada perform every day. Special nonprofit advertising rates are available until Oct. 3!
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Call for Campaign and/or Year-End Appeal Magic!
If you recently completed a successful fundraising campaign (of any kind), or if you've got a killer year-end appeal that is extremely...appealing—tell us about it! AFP is looking to have a share-fair of campaign and/or year-end appeal samples, tips and tricks. Send us a short summary of the campaign/appeal, your organization, elements of success, and even key challenges you faced, to Or, chime in to our LinkedIn discussions about campaigns and year-end appeals!

Member MotionRecognizing AFP Members with New & Exciting Career Achievements
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for Summer 2013. Read more

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Your Name in Lights! The Role of Naming Opportunities for Prospects and Donors
Whether you're working on a small or large campaign, capital or annual, providing a list of naming opportunities helps close gifts.
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The Collaborative Organization

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AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—The Collaborative Organization: A Strategic Guide to Solving Your Internal Business Challenges Using Emerging Social and Collaborative Tools, by Jacob Morgan
Organizations that embrace social and collaborative technologies and strategies stand the best chances of succeeding; those who don't will fail. In this guide, Jacob Morgan provides the information, insight, and strategic framework you need to use emergent collaborative software behind your company's firewall to solve business problems, unearth new opportunities, and drive innovation.
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're like most nonprofit professionals, you've already noticed the rise of social media and mobile technology as important trends in fundraising. In fact, one in four people fundraising for a good cause will use mobile technology to ask for donations...and will raise MORE money than those who do not. Get fresh data and insights into donor behavior on the web from Claire Kerr, Director of Digital Philanthropy at Artez Interactive.
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for September:

What Should I Do When A Potential Employer Asks For My Salary Expectations?
Find out the answer to this question and much more in the AFP Career Center Resource Section.

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
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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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