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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.12
March 26, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
High Points From The Nonprofit Research Collaborative

Nikki's Notes

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative's 2013 Year-End Fundraising Survey shows some of the most positive results in years, and Melissa Brown, statistician for the report, talks about those positive outcomes, and how you can use the report for your own benchmarking!




First Ever International Compensation and Benefits Survey Results Released

In conjunction with AFP and Global Charity Jobs, Daryl Upsall Consulting conducted the first ever International Compensation and Benefits Study for fundraising professionals around the world. We caught up with Daryl Upsall, FInstF, immediately after the release to talk about which were the highest paid countries and how fundraisers from across the globe feel about their jobs.

From ICON 2014: An AFPeep and Young Fundraising Professional's Perspective From ICON!

In her third year at the conference and second year in her development position, Emily Mapes talks about the importance of networking, how she's already shifting in her career, and the number one advice for newbie fundraising professionals!


Top Stories

Six In 10 Charities Raise More Funds in 2013 Than in 2012; Rising Giving Seen Across Many Different Sources
Some of the most positive results since the recession in 2008 were shown in the Nonprofit Research Collaborative's 2013 Year-End Fundraising Survey—sixty-two percent of charities raised more funds in 2013 than they did in 2012. AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, says giving is rebounding slowly but surely. Read more.

Legendary Fundraising Author, Pioneer Honored for Service to the Profession
As one of the pre-eminent authors on fundraising of all time—as well as a fundraising legend all his own—it was only fitting that Jerry Panas be awarded the AFP Chair's Award. Given only 16 times since 1982, the Chair’s Award was presented to Jerry at the AFP Celebration for Philanthropy. Read more.

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

Foundation Assets Reach Highest Level Since Downturn
According to a new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a strong stock market helped boost the assets of big foundations in 2013—showing the highest levels since the Great Recession knocked own endowments six years ago. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

2014 International Compensation and Benefits Survey for Fundraising Professionals
Daryl Upsall Consulting International in association with AFP and Global Charity Jobs have led the largest international survey on compensation and benefits for fundraising professionals. Participation includes nearly 700 individuals from 70 different countries. See the high points from the survey here. (Daryl Upsall Consulting International) Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Ten of The Top Tweets From ICON 2014
Twitter was running rampant over the three days of conference and attendees were proving that you can learn something in as little as 140 characters. Here is a sampling of tweets to get you energized and inspiredwhether you were on the ground at conference or following along via social media! Read more.

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

Moving Right Along—Calling All Speakers for the 2015 AFP Conference in Baltimore!
Fresh off the heels of a jam-packed conference of great sessions and speakers, we're eager to keep the trend going in 2015, so we're looking for speakers NOW! 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!
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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)
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• Want to discuss The ONE Thing? Join us on AFP2P!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Creating a Breakthrough Strategy for Your Nonprofit
(April 9, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and no matter how hard you work, things just don’t seem to come out the way you want—time to shake things up! This webinar features a
"breakthrough strategy" to help you work more creatively with your staff, board and volunteers. Drive innovation and inspire breakthroughs in performance—a strong and creative staff and board makes for a strong and successful nonprofit. 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.

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

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