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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.11
March 19, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Introducing ... Michael's Memos??

Nikki's Notes

After more than a year of watching Nikki do interviews with leaders in the field and report on fundraising, we thought it was only fitting that we introduce the woman behind the questions. Who is she? Where did she come from? And what else does she do at AFP? Find out all of that and more on this week's rendition of "Michael’s Memos."




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Even though we all work on different (and extraordinary) causes, when we unite as a community at the conference, we can demonstrate our commitment to helping those in the greatest of need. That's why AFP is proud to work with in presenting its annual AFP Gives Back! Service Project. Whether you're attending the conference or not, you can support AFP Gives Back! and the San Antonio Food Bank, and it's easier than ever to show your support!

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Got App Yet? Download AFPICON14 Now! 

What are all the cool hepcat AFP conference kids doing these days? Why, they are ramping up for San Antonio by downloading and exploring the AFPICON14 app! Doesn't matter if you're Apple, Google or Blackberry—come SHIFT into the next level of conference engagement! Have everything at your fingertips, create your own personalized schedule, set up your profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, see what the AFPeeps are up to (and the Peeps U schedule), and more. Simply search "AFPICON14" or "AFP 51st Conference" in iTunes and Google Play, or check out to learn more about the app and how to quickly download to all devices! Be the bee's knees (AND the cat's pajamas)—download the free AFPICON14 app now!

#Winning—The AFPICON14 App Way!
Been on the app? Surely you've noticed you can earn points and badges for various activities, such as posting status updates, checking into sessions, adding photos, etc., and you can see who's got the most points on the Apps Point Leader page. But this isn't just for bragging rights—the top 10 point-getters by the close of conference will be put in a hat (just their names—the hat's not THAT big) for prizes, with one lucky person selected to get a new iPad! Woot! So get busy and start earning those points. And keep an eye out for new "special" badges popping up for certain activities in San Antonio. To learn more, visit the Points/Badges page on the app!

And Don't Forget!
Have app-phobia? It happens. Never fear, we still have—AFP's exclusive mobile site for the San Antonio that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, for you to create your own conference experience!

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AFP Blog: And We're Off!
As the AFP International Conference on Fundraising is mere days away, AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, reflects on the importance and buzz of the conferencehow it's really one big celebration amongst thousands of fundraisers. See what he's most looking forward to, and where you can likely catch him. See you in San Antonio!

ICON Teaser: Social Media Analysis & Optimization
Before this panel of fundraising and social media experts wrap-up our International Conference on Fundraising on March 25, the co-producer, Ritu Sharma, is giving you a taste of what you will learn from the session. She shares three quick tips and tools from Beth Kantera panelist from the closing session on Social Media for Social Changejust a sprinkling of the insights you'll get next week! Read more.

ICON Teaser: Fact vs. Fiction: What’s New Online that Really Works?
With hundreds of online technologies available to help you further your fundraising efforts, sometimes it's hard to pinpoint which ones you should be on and how you should be using them. Harry Lynch, CFRE, will join co-presenters Paul Habig and Eric Muscatell in San Antonio to help you streamline your resources for the most effective online fundraising. Until then, ask yourself these questions and find out if the findings are fact or fiction.
Learn more.

Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic: Online Fundraising/Social Media

Post-ICON Wrap-UpAll The Things You Didn't Get to Ask 
If you didn't lose! It's impossible for speakers to get to all the questions. Likewise, it's impossible for attendees to get to every session. Luckily, that's what the AFP Q&A is here for! Whether you attended the conference or not, if there's something you're itching to ask a presenter, or you have a follow-up question to their session that you didn't get the chance to ask on-sitepost it here! From March 23-April 11, we're taking your questions and getting them in the right hands. THEN, on Wednesday, April 23 we're bringing you the answers from the speakers themselves. Use us at your middle-manall you have to do is specify the session title and speaker in the topic line and pose your question by April 11. Then tune in on April 23 to not only get the answer to your question, but get the skinny on all of the underlying questions that came out post-conference! Ready, set, ask away!

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Fundraising News

AFP Webinars

Philanthropy Beat: Record $33 Billion Raised for Colleges
A new survey shows charitable donations to U.S. colleges and universities hit a record high of $33.8 billion in fiscal year 2013. The rebounding stock market is credited for the record rise in donations. The last time we saw an increase this large was before the recession in 2008. (Star Tribune) Read more.

Pay Me a Wage or a Salary, not a Percentage
Second in a series of articles that highlight a moment when the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards became a trusty sidekick, this scenario addresses the fundraiser no-no of accepting a cut of the donations earned. Learn from others' mistakes, guidance and the Code of Ethics. (Greater Good Fundraising) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: When Will the Direct Mail Fundraising Era be Over?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on the apps that every fundraiser should have, how to make the most of your fundraising event attendance, when to scale back on personalization for donors, getting donors to open your marketing emails, understanding why Millennials volunteer and give and why paying it forward to one person can have a much bigger impact. 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

Submit your paper

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:

The Shifting World of Business and Community
(March 26, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

As the world of nonprofits grows exponentially, it has become increasingly more difficult and competitive for corporate fundraising. More than ever, corporate partnerships are essential—but how do you rise above the seas of ribbons, donations and calls to action to make them happen? Learn about the shifting expectations of business and the innovative strategies and tactics that help build meaningful partnerships. All of this and more in this corporate fundraising Webinar with fundraisers Jocelyne Daw and Joe Waters, who have ties to both worlds.
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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