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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.6
February 12, 2014

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

Nikki's Notes

From start-to-finish—having a fundraising career plan can help you excel in the sector. From where to get started, how to transition into the next role and how to master your current role—Bret Heinrich, CFRE gives you a few teasers from his AFP International conference session with Jason Huff, on "Navigating Your Fundraising Career: Developing a Roadmap to Success for Professional and Personal Success."




Chime in to AFP's 2013 Year-End Fundraising Survey

We're looking for YOUR input—if you received an invitation to complete the Nonprofit Research Collaborative's 2013 Year-End Fundraising Survey, please participate! You'll be contributing to the most comprehensive fundraising survey conducted annually and help provide a wealth of the data to the profession. Who can say no to that? See what we found last year.

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Top Stories

AFP Blog: Numbers of an Evolving Profession
Like the profession, AFP membership is seeing a large influx of younger fundraisers even as the profession grows more mature and experienced. AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about this trend and what it means for the profession in the future. 
Read more.

AFP's LIVE Q&A: Internationally Renowned Fundraiser Guides You Into Global Fundraising
Daryl Upsall, FInstF, is an internationally renowned fundraiser and a global fundraising expert. Having recently conducted the first ever International Fundraising Compensation Survey, he has the knowledge and insights to know what fundraising is like in other countries, what challenges they face, what innovations are coming out of the different countries and how they compare in the fundraising sector. Join him on Feb. 18 at 1pm EST for a live Q&A on international fundraising comparisons, staff management and more!
Submit your questions now!

ICON Teaser: Five Powerful Social Media Experts Lead You to Social Change at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising
There's a reason that these five social media experts have more than a collective 422,000 followers on Twitter. They are leading the nonprofit world to social change through their social media and will SHIFT the way you view social media for nonprofits, online fundraising and online networking.
Read more.

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Fundraising News

AFP Webinars

Charitable Giving Experiences Biggest Boost Since Great Recession
Blackbaud's Charitable Giving Report shows that fundraising is looking up for the first time since the great recession in 2008. Tracking U.S.-based charitable giving from more than 4000 organizations on a monthly basis shows that giving is up 4.9 percent overall and 3.5 percent online. (Blackbaud) Read more.

Gifts Surge From Rich U.S. Donors
The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013 list which revealed that wealthy donors gave four percent more in 2013 than in 2012, making a collective $7.7-billion given in 2013. And, topping the list are some of the youngest donors ever! (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Building Authentic Relationships with Donors
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on year-end fundraising appeals that really worked in 2013, why you shouldn't throw out the printed newsletter, how you can extend a branch to your members and donors to help them raise funds FOR you, what you should know before joining a nonprofit board and how cellphones are changing the world of philanthropy. 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

Last Chance to Submit 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. Act now—the deadline has been extended to Feb. 15!

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.

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.

AFP Bookstore

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:

Firing Lousy Board Members—And Helping the Others Succeed
(February 27, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

In order to fire non-performing board members you have to define what is good, and what is not so good. You also need to find ways to fire them that don
't cause painto them or your organization. It's a sticky situation, and one that Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, can walk you through. If you have the slightest inclination that a non-performing board member should go, tune in to this Webinar to help prepare you or set you at ease.! Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for February:

Stand Out by Building
By Marshall Brown

Learn many tactics you can employ to build a truly unique personal brand and leverage it as you pursue career opportunities. Click here 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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