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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.43
October 23, 2013
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This Week On Nikki's Notes:
Fundraising Tips From Around The World!

Nikki's Notes

As an International fundraising organization we have members from all over the world—like Roberto Soto Acosta from Puerto Rico! Roberto shares tips on fundraising around the world, and divulges some enticing details on the 2014 Leadership Academy—in Puerto Rico!




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National Philanthropy Day® to Feature Countdown to Impact Challenge
AFP is encouraging all membersand their donorsto demonstrate how they are changing the world and "showing their love" for their neighbors and community by participating in the Countdown to Impact Challenge, leading up to National Philanthropy Day® on Nov. 15!
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Abila’s End of Year Campaign Planning Guide

Build a successful end of year fundraising campaign! Abila’s End of Year Campaign Planning Guide will help you create your plan and launch it quickly. Download Today!

Reminisce and See What You Missed at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy
On Oct. 2-5, more than 300 of AFP's chapter leaders, administrators, board members and diversity thought-leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 8th Annual AFP Leadership Academy. It was a jam-packed four days with an inaugural diversity summit, plenary speeches that ended in $1,000 donations, balloons flying, thought-provoking leadership sessions, challenging interactive workshops...and a giant rubber duck. See what you missed!

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Fundraising News

Celebrate National Estate Planning Awareness Week
AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy through National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Learn more.

An Uneven Recovery for America's Biggest Charities
Giving to the US's 400 largest charities has barely increased over the past year. Large donations continue to make headlines, but smaller donations are lacking. Check out what's happened at these charities, what's ahead, and what it might mean for your organization. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

What Gives? Study Shows Smaller Nonprofits Struggle to Attract Repeat Donors
Despite having more resources at your fingertips via social media and evolving technology, research from the Urban Institute and AFP shows that small and midsize organizations are still struggling to bring in dollars and retain donors. (Association Now) Read more.

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Top Ten: Want To Acquire New Donors?
Sure you do! Who doesn't? Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on capturing the attention of younger donors with a catalog of nonprofits, rules of storytelling from a successful storytelling enterprisePixar, how to get that first-time donor to come back for a second gift, and how to treat all donorsbig or smalllike major donors. Read more.

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

Tell Us How Your Nonprofit Is Affected By The Government Shutdown
Though the shutdown has ended, the damage has already been done, and nonprofits are 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—One Week 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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Your Customer Creation Equation

Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life, by Robin Sharma
Robin Sharma provides the keys to to help you get to your absolute best while helping your organization break through to a dramatically new level of success in these wildly uncertain times. Learn how to work with and influence people, regardless of your position, recognize and then seize opportunities, build a great team and become a true leader, and more!
Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

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!

Effective Campaigns: The Design, Content and Delivery of
Effective Email Campaigns
(November 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Email fundraising has risen in popularity by 20 percent over the last year alone. And email is more than just a creative design and a discussion forum for your cause—it
's also a multi-channel ticket to engaging and retaining donors—and it's usually free! Derrick Feldman will show you how to make the biggest impact with one email—from the design, to the language, to when, where and how you sent it. Register now!

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