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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.3
January 22, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
What Do You REALLY Know?

Nikki's Notes

What do you REALLY know about philanthropy and fundraising? Jan Brazzell, ACFRE, tells you what she 100 percent swears by. Plus, hear more about her panel session on the big question in this week's Nikki's Notes!




AFP Awards: Only ONE Week Left To SHOW Us Your Nomination!

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Submit your questions today, and tune in on Jan. 29 at 1pm EST! Or click here to learn more!


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Top Stories

AFP Webinars

Call for Participants: Focus Group and Survey on Special Events
Thanks in part to StubHub, which organizes the buying and selling of tickets for special events online, AFP has developed an online survey for special events. If your organization invests in special events and you are proficient in special event planning, implementation and follow-up, we'd greatly value your input in this focus group! Read more.

A New Brand Management Mindset
SHIFT isn'
t just for the International Conference on Fundraising. We're encouraging you to SHIFT in your everyday work, starting today with brand management. Ask yourself these four questions, and find out if your nonprofit's brand management is shifting in the right direction for the future.

Everyone's a Winner at the Diversity Art Showcase—Deadline Extended to Submit!  
We welcome all art, poems, photos and beyond to be submitted for the Diversity Art Showcase at the 51st International Conference on Fundraising, March 23-25, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. All members who submit will be featured in this year's Marketplace! The deadline has been extended to February 17—submit now!

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Fundraising News

Imagine Canada: Call for Applications for President and CEO
As the national umbrella for Canadian charities, Imagine Canada is seeking to strengthen and support charities to better serve and engage individuals and communities in Canada and around the world. Imagine is calling for a strong, dynamic and visionary leader to grow the organization in the years ahead. If you or someone you know can thrive in an innovative environment and help strengthen the sector's collective voice, we encourage you to apply to be its next president and CEO! Apply by Jan. 31—English or French.

Stop Making It Difficult for Donors
You may not even realize you're doing it, but donors may feel that you're treating them with kid-gloves, and in turn are disrespecting them, alienating them and ultimately making them slam shut their wallet. Take this donor's open letter to charities to heart—listen, learn and SHIFT your fundraising approach. (The Gilmer Mirror) Read more.

Prepare Your Nonprofit Organization to Help Create a Wave of Positive Change
The Muttart Foundation brings you a new book on leadership in the charitable sector. This book will provide an easy-read of real-life experiences that will guide you in your leadership role—whether now or in a future role. (The Muttart Foundation) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Philanthropy Trends to Take Advantage of in 2014
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on fundraising appeals that hit it out of the ballpark, the charitable deduction outlook for 2014, what to talk about at your board meetings (hint: governance, governance and more governance), having a healthy 2014 (for your nonprofit) and how to work with your communications department so you're not driving your donors away. Read more.

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
! Visit the AFP Marketplace today for all your merchandise needs!

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

2014 AFP Webinars Are Underway—Don't Miss Out!
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!

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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NEW! Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Adam M. Grant. Ph.D.
Emphasis on teams and the rise of the service sector offers givers access to opportunities that takers and matchers often miss. Grant explains his principles of giver success, and with insightful stories explores the costs of giving and how givers can protect themselves, ultimately providing a new perspective on success.
Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Inbound Marketing: The Latest Techniques To Attract More Donors, Volunteers and Others
(January 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 January:

Your Career...First Steps
Read the latest Your Career article in the new Winter issue of Advancing Philanthropy here.

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

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