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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.38
September 18, 2013
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Nikki talks with Jaye Lopez, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit Task Force, about the upcoming summit—summit partner attendees, diversity issues facing the profession and more!


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Charities Raising More Money, But Still Losing Donors
For the first time in five years, charity respondents to the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Project survey saw positive gains in giving, but still continued to lose donors faster than they gained them. Read more.

Diversity Summit to Gather Fundraising, Philanthropic Leaders from Around the World
Representatives from fundraising and philanthropic organizations around the world will come together on Oct. 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit, co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the D5 Coalition and JAG (Joint Affinity Groups). Read more.


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Fundraising News

48% of Charity Leaders Say Foundations Are Oblivious to Their Needs, Says Survey
Nearly half of nonprofit leaders who completed the survey claim that foundation supporters are blind to the biggest challenges charities face, including the rising demand for services, training leaders and deploying new technology. (The Chronicle for Philanthropy) Read more.

Four Charts That Should Scare the Nonprofit Sector
"Mind blowing" charts that summarize the effect that the culture of nonprofits have on the people who work in them—surprising results show a huge decline in people applying for nonprofits since 2005. (Quartz) Read more.

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Top Ten: 5 Quick Ways to Humanize your Email Marketing
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on creating more donor-center thank you letters, social media before, during and after an event and USPS updates for direct mail! Read more.

Most Popular Resource Center Hot Topics:
The Top 10 of '13...So Far!

A popular member benefit, AFP's 27 comprehensive Hot Topics pages—developed by the Resource Center based on the most popular searches and requests—respond to members' most pressing professional needs. The following is a list of the 10 most visited Hot Topic pages for 2013 to date. We hope you find them beneficial!

1. Samples, Forms and Documents
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application form—NOW AVAILABLE!
AFP has raised funds for ten diversity scholarships for the 2014 conferenceand now is your chance to earn one! Spread the wordthe deadline to submit is October 31.
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2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Have you read a good fundraising book lately? Or have you written one that was published between Dec. 1, 2011 and Nov. 1, 2013? If so, here's your cue to submit for a chance to earn the 2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy! Check out the criteria and details here.

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! 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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'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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