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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.39
September 25, 2013
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This Week On Nikki's Notes

Nikki takes a deeper look into what the Fundraising Effectiveness Project survey results mean for your nonprofit, with AFP’s VP of Public Affairs, Michael Nilsen. Also, a sneak peek into AFP’s GivingTuesday plans!


Nikki's Notes




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Today is the last day to place your vote for your 2014 AFP board—all votes must be placed by 11:59pm EST! AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt explains the importance of leadership and charges you to VOTE for your board leadership in this week's top story.

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AFP Blog: Identify, Recognize and Celebrate Leadership
AFP's President and CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about what it means to be a leaderan everyday-in-every-way leader. He charges YOU to be a leader and provides two perfect opportunities to get involved. Read more.

How To Ace Your First Meeting With a Potential Donor
It's not really about the first meetingthose are the easiest to get. It's about the second meeting, and those are much harder to secure. Here are five steps to help you rock that first donor meeting and ensure a second is in the works! Read more.


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Fundraising News

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders
Sometimes, all you need is hopeand some of the best thinkers in the nonprofit world provided just that at the recent Nonprofit Management Institute. A little aspirational communication, both in-person and via social media, can change the way you fundraise and ultimately change the world. (Huffington Post) Read more.

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Nothing Can or Should Substitute for Philanthropy
Though there is a rise in customers producing revenues for nonprofits, it doesn’t mean that donors are, or ever will be, "extinct." Revenue is a perkgifts and donors are forever. (Nonprofit Quarterly) Read more.

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Top Ten: 7-Step Nonprofit Plan to Attract and Keep Corporate Partners
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on keeping the current giving generation engaged, whether money matters to Millennials in the nonprofit field, what the CEOs of nonprofits made in 2012 and how to rock a case study! 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
2. Annual Fund
3. Development Plans
4. Boards and Volunteers
5. Donor Relations/Stewardship
6. Fundraising Policies
7. Job Descriptions
8. Case for S
9. Major Gifts
10. Capital Campaigns

To view the complete list of Resource Center Hot Topics, please visit (login required) or simply go to the "Browse By Topic" pull-down menu you'll find in the search box area on every page.

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

One Week 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! Read more

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!

NEW! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Plugging Into The Necessities For Your Nonprofit
This white paper by ME&V points out basic principles a nonprofit development director should remember when starting or revising a development program. While some of the ideas pertain especially to new organizations, the lessons on planning, budgeting and assigning responsibility are important considerations for nonprofits of all ages.
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What would happen if a top expert with more than 40 years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your professional development…and life. John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, combining insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from across all professional worlds.
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:
Annual Fund and Major Gifts Partnerships: Pipeline Management and Donor Maximization
(October 10, 1:002:30 p.m. ET)

Though these seem like two different fundraising entities, Mike Delzotti and Chris Kasavich will show you how the relationship between annual and major gifts can not only exist but create successful joint campaigns. Learn how to turn your annual donor into a major donor! Click here to register.

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FREE WEBINAR: Spam Law—Recent Legislation and its Impact on Canadian Fundraisers and Charities
(October 28, 1:002:30 p.m. ET)

Canadian fundraisers: prepare yourself and your nonprofit for the forthcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislations (
"CASL"), expected to come into force in 2014. CASL will regulate commercial activities conducted through all electronic means and impose certain requirements on all fundraisers and charities that participate in electronic messages ("CEMs"). Don’t be left in the dark—click here to register for the free webinar!

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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!
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