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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.50
December 11, 2013

This Week On Nikki's Notes:
Why We Do What We Do!

Nikki's Notes

'Tis the season for feel-good stories that remind you why you do what you do! Hear a new AFP member recount her journey from raising funds for Hurricane Katrina to now furthering efforts in Haiti—all thanks to connections within AFP.




The AFP International Conference:
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Three full days of conference, three inspiring general sessions with fundraising experts, more than 80 education sessions, more than 11 hours dedicated to networking, and ALL for $750 if you register by January 17!

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Top Stories

Assess Your Year-End AppealsAre You Doing Them Right?
With your appeals sent out and sitting in email inboxes around the world, it's the perfect time to ask yourself these two questions and evaluate the success of your appeals—as well as planning ahead for 2014! Read more!

Small But Mighty Diversity Efforts

Size doesn't matter when it comes to the efforts to make a more diverse philanthropic world. The AFP Miami Chapter gives guidance to all small chapters and organizations, proving that they too can make a difference in diversity and inclusion in philanthropy.
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Fundraising News


"I am the Charitable Deduction" YouTube Channel and Petition Drive
As the charitable tax deduction faces unprecedented threats, the Charitable Giving Coalition charges YOU with reaching lawmakers about the need to #protectgiving. Through a campaign on a YouTube channel and a petition drive on, you can make a difference in the future of the charitable deduction! Act now.

Controlling Overhead: Finding an Unpaid Nonprofit CEO
Have you ever seen a CEO's resume say, "Will work for free"? Likely not. George Weiner, Chief Whaler of, fights the notion that a nonprofit CEO's salary, and other means of overhead costs, are the main factors that deciphers a nonprofit's efficacy. (Huffington Post) Read more.

Nonprofits Say New Proposed IRS Rules Would Hamper Their Advocacy Efforts
Proposed IRS rules applying to social-welfare groups could eventually funnel down to nonprofits—especially those with social-welfare branches that bridge the gap to political campaigns. Nonprofits worry that the rules will be a threat to their grass roots efforts. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

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Top Ten: 2013 #GivingTuesday Recap!
In its second year for the US, and its first year for Canada and many other countries, #GivingTuesday shatters records, inspires communities and benefits millions. Here is a round-up of some of the top stories coming out of 2013's #GivingTuesday! Read more.

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Thanking Chapter Leaders for Their Service?

If your chapter needs an award or plaque to thank leaders for their service as they roll off the board at the end of the year, check out the AFP Marketplace. Don't see what you are looking for? No problem. You can submit a request for custom products, too
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

AFP Webinars

AFP Awards: SHOW Us Your Nomination—New Process for 2014
For the first time in 2014, the AFP Awards program is going viral! There are six awards up for nomination—all you have to do to nominate an outstanding nominee is submit a three-minute (or less) video by January 31. The honorees will be recognized at AFP's 2014 National Philanthropy Day® celebration! Learn more!

Calling all Artists, Poets, Photographers and Beyond!
All AFP members are invited to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 51st International Conference on Fundraising, March 23-25, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. The deadline to submit is February 1! Get the submission form.

2014 AFP Webinars Now Open for Registration!
The 2014 AFP Webinar line-up offers everything from the latest marketing techniques to help you secure more donors and volunteers, to insights on what makes Millennials give, to a play-by-play on how to create and run your first major gifts campaignand everything in between! Register todayand don't forget to bundle and save!

AFP's 2012 Annual Report
Reflecting on 2012 and looking forward to the future, AFP looks at change and impact through advocacy, education and collaboration. Check out the new style (with standout infographics!) and hear from CEO and President Andrew Watt on how YOU—fundraisers—are helping us change the world. Read the report.

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

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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!
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Inbound Marketing: The Latest Techniques To Attract More Donors, Volunteers and Others
(December 28, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

's a tough competition in online marketing these days, but Allan Pressel, CEO of PowerSite123, is prepared to tailor the online marketing experience for your nonprofit. Start 2014 off on a renewed online fundraising note with techniques like search engine optimization, pay-per-clicks, blogs, articles, websites, landing pages, calls to action and more! You'll learn how to build and maintain an interactive website designed to convert visitors into donors, event attendees and overall followers of your nonprofit. Nonprofit management, board members, fundraisers and consultants—you can't afford to miss this Webinar and fall behind the online fundraising game. Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for December:

Avoiding Career Obsolescence
An outside-the-box look at how the U.S. workplace and job market are changing and what those changes mean for association professionals. Visit the Career Learning Center to learn more.

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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