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October 16, 2013
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This Week On Nikki's Notes:
Become An ACFRE!

Nikki's Notes

Jill Pranger, chair of the ACFRE Board, talks about why you shouldn't be afraid to join the best-of-the-best and become an ACFRE!





Congrats To Our Two New Recipients—
Making That 100 ACFREs!

Amy Eisenstein, founder of Tri Point Fundraising, and Benjamin Imdieke, senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation, completed the ACFRE process and passed the exam to join the ranks of the best-of-the-best! Not only is it a great individual achievement, but it's an AFP milestone—reaching 100 ACFREs.


Only Two Days Left To Nominate an Outstanding Fundraising Professional!

"Commitment to the profession and impact through service"—make you think of a certain fundraiser? Then nominate them for AFP's Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional! Don't let the opportunity to honor this great fundraiser slip away. Only two days left to give back to them the way they give back every day!


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 25 Register TODAY!

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Top Stories

On the AFP Blog, President and CEO Andrew Watt discusses bi-partisan leadership and AFP's open letter to elected officials. Read the blog post.

The Best of the Best
It's the feeling a runner gets when crossing the finish line of a marathon. The feeling a student gets when they receive their certificate with the initials "Ph.D." following their name. And the feeling a fundraiser gets when being adorned with that yellow and blue ribbon and achieving their ACFRE. That's the feeling of becoming the best-of-the-best. Read more.

The Good, the Challenging and the Memorable

There are four daunting (or exhilarating) steps to becoming an ACFREbut that didn't stop 100 of your colleagues, and it shouldn't stop you! An inside look at the road to becoming an ACFRE, and how it's every bit worth it. Learn more.

Ohio Fundraiser Benjamin Imdieke Becomes 100th ACFRE
Ben Imdieke, senior philanthropic services officer at Toledo Community Foundation in Toledo, Ohio, is the 100th AFP member to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential. Congratulations, Ben! Read more.

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The ACFRE 100 Wall
Earning the ACFRE is an incredible accomplishment—to be recognized as one of the best of the best in the profession. So get to know the first 100 ACFREs, from their personal missions and what drives them to favorite foods, movies and phobias! You can be an ACFRE too! Read more.

Straight Talk From ACFREs
Teetering on the edge of going for your ACFRE? Take some wisdom from those who have gone the distance—living, breathing and accomplishing the highest fundraising credential. They are 100-strong, and they're telling you to "just do it!" Read more.

The Importance of Goals and ACFRE Certification
Amy Eisenstein, founder of Tri Point Fundraising, set out to achieve the ultimate fundraising goal—to become an ACFRE. Now, as the 99th addition to the elite group, Eisenstein reflects on her journey to becoming one of the best-of-the-best—hardships and all! (Tri Point Fundraising) Read more.

Nikki's Notes

We caught up with Amy on the day she was officially "crowned" an ACFRE—go ahead, get swept up in her excitement!

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Top Ten: Shutdown Brings Combined Federal Campaign to a Standstill
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on the "new" donation page, making the most of your year-end appeal, how to really touch a donor with direct mail, and a fun nonprofit adlib to spruce up your email subject lines. Read more.

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Tell Us How Your Nonprofit Is Affected By The Government Shutdown
As the shutdown continues, nonprofits are bound to start seeing the effects. How is your nonprofit braving the impact of the shutdown? Share with us and your fellow nonprofits in an open discussion—together we'll get through this. Discuss here.

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.

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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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.
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:
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(October 23, 1:002:30 p.m. ET)

Fundraising is a global movement and Penelope Cagney and Bernard Ross are here to spread the fundraising wealth!
From their new book, Global Giving: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy, they will share the seven key trends in global fundraising, understand how to use technology to bring us all into one global philanthropic community, and gain insight on how to reach donors outside of North America.
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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!

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