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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.10
March 12, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt is Back and Gearing Up For Conference!

Nikki's Notes

Find out where he's been and what inspiration he gained from philanthropic efforts all over the world—including Indonesia! He also tells you his favorite part about our conference, and why he's counting down to the big event!




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Fundraising News | AFP Central
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Countdown to Conference: The AFPICON14 App is Here!

Get Set for San Antonio! Download the free AFPICON14 app now for your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry and SHIFT into the next level of conference engagement! Have all the sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and more at your fingertips, and create your own personalized conference experience. You can also set up a profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, earn points and badges, and more. Simply search "AFPICON14" or""AFP 51st Conference" in iTunes and Google Play or visit to jump to the download process, or check out to learn more about the app and how to quickly download to all devices!

And don't forget—AFP's exclusive mobile site for the 2014 Conference that can be accessed anytime, anywhere!

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Top Stories

AFP Blog: Significant Legislation, Even in an Election Year
Two public policy initiatives have been introduced within days of each other, and each could have a profound impact on fundraising, even though it's an election year. Read and watch/hear what AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt has to say about these bills, their impact and the need to keep our momentum going in the fight for the charitable deduction. Then chime in with your own message (we have samples!).

Related Resource: AFP's Public Policy Page

ICON Teaser: Making The Shift to Sponsorship—Initial Things To Consider
International Conference speaker Shaun Lynch, CFRE, finds that the key to successful sponsorships is in understanding how your targeted corporations would like to appeal to their customers. Customers are to corporations much like how donors are to fundraisers—once you understand the corporation's customer and what appeals to them, you can leverage that understanding to garner a sponsorship with the corporation. Learn more.

Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic: Cause-Related Marketing/Sponsorships

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Fundraising News

AFP Webinars

Nearly Half of All Nonprofits Plans to Add Jobs; Few Predict Layoffs
A newly released study by Nonprofit HR, based on 412 organizations, shows that 45 percent of nonprofits plan to add jobs in 2014. Additionally, only seven percent have any plans to eliminate positions. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

Charities Are Powerhouses of Canada's Economy
In order for charities to remain an economic powerhouse for Canada, they need to be led by the best executives. Capping salaries may put a strain on the level of executive that charities could hire. In this opinion piece, Mitchell Kutney, cofounder of JustChange Inc., says compensation should be based on what the job entails, the level of difficulty, and what qualifications you need. (TheStar) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Thank You Letters Donors Will Love
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on using the "domain" formula for bringing in donations with your newsletter, moving to an "emotional" giving calendar, joining the Canadian "giving moment" movement, how to do Independent Fundraising Events (IFE's) well and how to put your foot down in the board room. 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. Bret Heinrich, CFRE gives you a few teasers from his AFP International conference session with Jason Huff, including where to get started, how to transition into the next role and how to master your current role. 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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