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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.4
January 29, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Grow Your Fundraising Career!

Nikki's Notes

Starting as an AFP member and newbie fundraising professional, Kathleen Elliot, CFRE, has taken her involvement with AFP and fundraising to the next level, now as president of her local AFP chapter and the director of development for a small nonprofit. Take her advice and grow your fundraising career—both personally and professionally!




TODAY at 1pm EST: AFP Q&A! Kick-off with President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF!

Today we launch a new online platform that allows you to ask questions to leaders in the field—starting with our very own Andrew Watt, FInstF! Philanthropy, fundraising, advocacy, ethics—you name it, he's answering it. Submit your questions early, and tune in at 1pm EST!

Only TWO DAYS Left To Nominate an Outstanding Fundraiser, Philanthropist, Corporation, Foundation or Young Philanthropist

So fire up those smart-phones and video cameras and take three minutes to show your appreciation for an amazing individual or group in your community! Submit your nomination now!


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Top Stories

AFP's Official LinkedIn Page OnFundraising Reaches 20,000 Members and Earns Top Social Media Benefit for Young Professionals
AFP's newest membership categoryYoung Professionalsis reaping the benefit of AFP's official LinkedIn page, which now includes 20,000 members. Use this discussion forum to engage young professionals, mentor them and pose your own questions! See what the hype is all about. Read more.

Creating Successful Nonprofit Boards, Staff and ProgramsTake a Cue from Successful For-Profit Businesses
As you set out with new resolutions for 2014, you'll need to take a close look at your board, staff and current programs in order to know what to change. Let for-profit best practices guide your fundraising planning in 2014 for a fresh perspective that reinvigorates your nonprofit.
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Fundraising News

AFP Webinars

NpEXPERTS: Show the Love
Blackbaud launches a complimentary eBook featuring insight from 13 leading fundraising professionals on ways nonprofits can engage with their supporters to improve donor retention. Download the free eBook here. (Blackbaud)

AFP and The Globe and Mail Partner on "Changing Canada, Changing the World" Supplement
AFP and The Globe and Mail's next supplement on philanthropy, to be published on May 27, will focus on Canadian philanthropic impact at home and around the world. Members have until April 15 to reserve space in this exciting supplement that will be read by more than 3.6 million Canadians. Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: The 3 Principles to Acquire, Retain, and Upgrade Your Donors
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on how to be a "modern" nonprofit, curating the content that's right for YOUR nonprofit, learning from an empowering group of young women philanthropists, making the most of your special event and networking with the right attendees and relating to your donors (they're people, too!). 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!

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

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 17submit now!

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.

Deadline Extended for Scholarships for Doctorates in Philanthropy
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have joined forces to offer the Ernest W. Wood Fellowship—a research prize of $10,000! This award will support fundraising research in the areas of major gifts and capital campaigns and will be recognized at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Texas. It's not too late to submit—the deadline has been extended to Feb. 15!

NEW! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Using LinkedIn to Uncover New Donors and Board Members, by Ann-Laura Parks, CFRE
LinkedIn is not just a place to look for a job or network for business. It is emerging as a top B2B marketing tool which also happens to make it a great tool for nonprofit prospecting and relationship-building.

Read the paper!
See all Exchange papers and resources

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Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, by 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)
Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss Give and Take? Join us on AFP2P!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Developing Earned Income Streams For Your Nonprofit
(February 12, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Mazarine Treyz, author of Wild Woman
's Guide to Fundraising and The Wild Woman's Guide to Social Media will walk you through the five models of earned income streamsthe different ways nonprofits use them, the pros and cons, and more. Treyz will share multiple examples of how nonprofits use the earned income streams, and how they get that unrestricted money to continue their programs. But not all earned income streams are positive, so Treyz will also show you how to identify those red flags. Master your earned income streams and tune in to this Webinar! 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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