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AFP eWire - Vol.13, Num.51
December 18, 2013
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2013 Videos in Review!

Nikki's Notes

In 2013 we invited you all in and took you behind the scenes to share in breaking news, milestones and calls-to-action. We spoke with Keith Curtis of the Giving USA Foundation on their 2013 report. We got the inside scoop minutes after the 'NP Power and Influence Top 50' list was released, and we immediately recapped the entire second annual Protect Giving Day. And we did it all for you! Take a trip down memory lane via Nikki's Notes.




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Top Stories


2013 was a big year for AFP, the fundraising sector and philanthropy as a whole. Here are the top ten biggest stories, articles, tips and beyond from 2013whether it was ground-breaking news or a step-by-step article that influenced your fundraising throughout the year.

  1. Remembering a legendCharles R. Stephens, CFRE, AFP's first African-American Chair
  2. Andrea Kihlsteadt challenges you to find your "inner asker": Harness Your "Asking Style"
  3. The 2012 Fundraising Effectiveness Project findings showed positive gains in giving! On the other hand, it showed that we continue to lose donors faster than we gain them.
  4. Tax reform is wiped cleana blank slate is seen as a full opportunity for the future of the charitable deduction. Which lead us back to the Hill to continue the fight for the charitable deduction at the second annual "Protect Giving Day". Attendees, and the entire fundraising community were asked to embody the charitable deductionthe fight continues!
  5. Something that will never go out of style: Annual Funds. 2013 Round-Upthe very best guidance on annual funds, all in one place.
  6. The government shutdown, and the impact it had on nonprofits.
  7. The dreaded fundraising plannever made easier!
  8. Impact vs. Overheadthe great 2013 debate, or really, the never-ending debate. Nonprofits fought back against accusations from the Tampa Bay Times and the Washington Post.
  9. National Philanthropy Day takes the world and blogosphere by stormreaching nearly 1.5 million people.
  10. We welcomed our 100th ACFRE to the "Best of the best", and looked back on the history of the most advanced fundraisers in the profession.
  11. Bonus story! In its first year in Canada, #GivingTuesday lived up to the hype and increased donations by 169 percent on Dec. 3.

One thing's for sure, 2013 was a big year for fundraising and philanthropy. Stay tuned to AFP eWire for what's to come in 2014!


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Fundraising News

Founder of Russ Reid Dies
Russ Reid, founder of his namesake organization, passed away Dec. 7 at the age of 82. Reid saw the need for a modern, professional approach to raising funds, and in 1964 he created an organization that would change the world of fundraising. (RussReid) Read more.

Track 2013 Year-End Giving Online
Good news: so far year-end giving is the highest it has been in two years! The Chronicle for Philanthropy will report a weekly recap of online-fundraising totals for charities that process donations through Network for Good. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

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Top Ten: 7 Tips for Nonprofits to Avoid Social Media Burnout in 2014
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on making a difference with small gifts, how to interpret a donor's 'no', getting to know your online donors, how to support your donors the way they've supported you and creating that attention-getting direct mail letter! Read more.

Thanking Chapter Leaders for Their Service?

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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.

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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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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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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.

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