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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.9
March 5, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Get Involved In Government Relations

Nikki's Notes

You've heard us harp on government relations all year, and last year, and the year before...and there's a good reason for that—it impacts ALL of us, including you, your chapter and your organization. One of AFP's largest chapters—AFP New York City—has made waves in their efforts with government relations. Learn how you too can get involved, and what's expected in the year ahead with the charitable deduction and beyond!




All The Juicy Details On Social Media From Claire Kerr!

If you missed the live AFP Q&A with social media expert Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit), we've got you covered with the full recap! She spanned the gamut, including discussions on which social media outlets your nonprofit should REALLY be on, how much staff time should be devoted to social media in today's technology-filled world, the ROI in being on social media and more! Learn a thing or two (or ten) to help you fine-tune your nonprofit's social media plan!

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Top Stories
Fundraising News | AFP Central
 | Job Listings/Resources

Countdown to Conference! & AFP ICON—AFP's Mobile Site and Official App for San Antonio!

AFP is proud to soon provide attendees not one, but TWO mobile tools to optimize and enhance their AFP 2014 San Antonio experience!—AFP's exclusive mobile site! Once again, will allow attendees to access everything they need for conference—right on their smartphone! can be viewed across all smartphone browsers, and allows users to search and sort the conference schedules and speakers, create a personalized daily schedule, access the AFP Marketplace floor plan, follow one Twitter feed for all four main conference hashtags, and more! Learn more about, its features, and more!

Coming Soon—The Free AFP ICON App! No need to worry about wi-fi connections to access your schedule in San Antonio. Just download the free AFP International Conference app for your iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry and you are set! Have all conference information at your fingertips, and create your own personalized ICON experience. Best of all, the app will perform optimally whether or not there's an Internet connection. When connected, the app downloads schedule updates and allows the user to set up a profile, connect with fellow attendees, post statuses and pictures to the activity feed and social media, and more! Once downloaded, all of the data is stored locally on the device so it's accessible even if there's no Wi-Fi! The free AFP International Conference app will be launched March 12—visit to learn more about the app and how to download to all devices when ready!

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Top Stories

ICON Teaser: Successful Special Events Strategies
It all starts with a devoted committeeone that stays engaged throughout the entire planning, implementation and wrap-up process of an event. This is just one of ten strategies that Shiree Skinner will cover at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonioall to help you setup for a fail-proof special event!
Read more.

Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic: Special Events

Eileen Heisman, National Philanthropic Trust, Named AFP's 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Eileen Heisman, ACFRE, whose leadership as President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) has transformed it into the largest, independent provider of donor-advised funds in the US, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Read more.

Charities, Fundraisers Call New Tax Plan a "Mixed Bag"—Appreciate Simplification, Concerned About Impact on Giving
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has introduced a tax proposal that would extend the date for taxpayers to make a charitable contribution and take a tax deductionletting donors make gifts closer to the date of their tax filings, with the hope that more people would give. On the flip side, contributions could only be deducted if they exceeded two percent of the individuals adjusted gross income, which could decrease giving by more than $3 billion. Learn more about the pros and cons of this proposed tax plan, and what AFP and the Charitable Giving Coalition had to say about it.

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Fundraising News

AFP Webinars

Federal Data Show 1.1 Percent Drop in Volunteerism Last Year
Study shows that 62.6 million people volunteered at least once between September 2012 and September 2013, dropping 1.1 percent from the previous 12 months. Some believe that the rise in people going back to work leaves less time for volunteering. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

Research Reveals Four Simple Ways Your Not-For-Profit Can Motivate Donors
What do donors really want? Just ask them! In a survey of more than 2,800 people, results show that stories of impact, personalized AND public thanks, and a decrease in actual asking will bring a donor back for a second gift. (Connecting Up) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Donors Have No Idea What You Do With Their Money
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on whether you should be indulging in Facebook ads for your nonprofit, email marketing mistakes to avoid, how to resuscitate your email open rate, some of the best nonprofit websites that you can learn from and why fundraisers are resigning (and how to stop them)! Read more.

Free Webinar on Social Donor Management

On March 19th, learn how to leverage social media to identify donor capacity and willingness to give. Join EverTrue for a free webinar on the emerging field of social donor management.

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

Have You Submitted Your 2015 AFP International Conference Session Proposal Yet?!
Sure, we're counting down to the 2014 AFP Conference in San Antonio, but it's never too soon to start planning for the 2015 conference in Baltimore! We’re getting a head start and we urge you to do the same—submit to present at the 2015 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, March 29-31, 2015! Presented before? Great, we'd love to see you again! Itching to submit for the first time? This is your year! Fine-tune your topic, draw up your description, recruit your co-presenters (if needed), and submit by April 25!

The 2nd Annual Development and Finance Symposium is Coming SOON!
Hosted by AFP and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, the Development and Finance Symposium is returning for a second year. Developing a strong relationship between your fundraising and finance departments can result in better-informed business decisions for your organization. It's an important relationship that you do not want to dismiss. Learn how they can work together on May 13-14 at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies—register today!

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.

AFP Bookstore

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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NEW! Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video)—The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
You want fewer distractions. The demands of work and family result in second-rate work, missed deadlines, and lots of stress. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, stay on track and master what matters to you.

Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss The ONE Thing? Join us on AFP2P!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Millennial Motivation: What Makes Millennials Want To Give
(March 13, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Times are changing, and so are donor demographics. What worked with previous generations will not work with the Millennial generation. And trust us, you need to understand Millennials and their needs because they are now the largest generation in our nation
's history. Learn why they areor are notcommitted to their organizations, how to create a strategy to engage them and tap them to be influencers for your organization. They're powerfullearn how to use them to your advantage! Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for March:

Navigating Your Fundraising Career: Developing a Roadmap to Success for Professional and Personal Success

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. Click here to attend this session at the 2014 International Conference in San Antonio!

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

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