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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.41
October 9, 2013
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This Week On Nikki's Notes

Nikki is joined by an AFP triple threat—AFP Board treasurer, an AFP speaker and a fundraising consultant! Catherine Connolly, MBA, CFRE, provides tips on the road to becoming a consultant.


Nikki's Notes




Early Bird Registration NOW Available For The 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising

Get ready to change the way you think about the AFP conferenceon March 23-25, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, you will SHIFT your way of thinking, realize new perspectives, and refocus on the best practices in our profession. Early bird registration ends on October 25Register TODAY!

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Help AFP End the Government Shutdown
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, calls on Congress to remember its missionto serve the public goodand asks members to send in their stories about how the shutdown is affecting their organizations. Read more.

Nominations for Outstanding Fundraising Professional Due Oct. 18

Know of a great fundraiser who's done tremendous work and is a role model for the profession? Nominate him or her for the 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional award, to be presented at the International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, March 23-25. Learn more.

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Fundraising News

Infographic on FEP, Donor Retention
Donor retention rates have dropped 11 percent over the past seven years. This and more insight from a good infographic from Bloomerang Tech about AFP's and the Urban Institute's Fundraising Effectiveness Project. Read more.

Related Resource: The AFP Fundraising Effectiveness project Page

Save The DateCharitable Giving Coalition's Second Annual Capitol Hill Fly-In Event
The fight for tax reform is not over yetthese last two months of reviews are crucial for protecting private giving incentives. And you can helpon Nov. 20 representatives from the nonprofit sector are invited to meet with policymakers and their staff. Voice your passion! (Protect Giving) Read more.

Latest on the Shutdown and Its Impact
Stay abreast of the latest shutdown information on the AFP Blog: Recent News of Note. Additionally, if you and your nonprofit are affected by the government shutdown, share your shutdown woes on AFP's Official LinkedIn pageOn Fundraising: How is the government shutdown affecting you and your nonprofit?

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Top Ten: #GivingTuesday Goes Global, Partners From Around the Globe Join the 60-Day Countdown to December 3, 2013
Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on smarter and more effective emails, 100 social do-gooders you MUST follow in 2013, how to pass on your love of philanthropy through generations and how much email you should really be sending (and when!). Read more.

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

AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application form—Less Than One Month Left!
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.
Learn more.

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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Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a Mexican family of traditional healers, became a surgeon in adulthood, then underwent a near-death experience that made him reexamine his life, his beliefs. A series of four "agreements" are detailed: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.
Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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• Want to discuss The Four Agreements? Join us on AFP2P!

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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!

See the 2013 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for October:

Learn about The International Advanced Qualification Program.

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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