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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.14
April 9, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
AFP/Skystone Partners Honor 21st Research Prize Winner

Nikki's Notes

There's a reason that Skystone Partners has supported the AFP Research Prize for 21 years. Alisa Smallwood, senior consultant with Skystone Partners, discusses the importance of fundraising research and congratulates this year's winner—Noah Drezner—on this week's Nikki's Notes.




Three Weeks Left to Submit to Speak at The 2015 AFP International Conference on Fundraising!

SHIFT in San Antonio was great, and we're eager to keep the trend going in 2015. We need speakers NOW for the 2015 AFP Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, in Baltimore! 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!

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Top Stories

AFP Q&A: Post-ICON Wrap-upAll The Things You Didn't Get to Ask
Got a question from the conference you didn't get to ask? Or just thought of a follow-up? Or didn't even attend the conference but still want to ask a presenter something? We're taking your questions from now until April 11 (only two more days!) and getting them in the right hands. THEN, on Wednesday, April 23, we're bringing you the answers from the speakers themselves. 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!

AFP Blog: BE the CAUSE
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the new AFP Foundation for Philanthropy campaign, BE the CAUSE, and the great work the foundation is doing to support YOU! Read more.

College Park Maryland Professor Receives AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
The AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research has been awarded to Dr. Noah Drezner, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park, for his outstanding work on identity-based donors, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors, published by Routledge. Read more.

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AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

Fundraising Pioneer J. Pat Ryan Passes Away
J. Pat Ryan, former president and CEO of Skystone Partners and past-chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, passed away on March 13, 2014. He was recognized as a distinguished expert on philanthropy, regularly writing and speaking to audiences throughout the U.S. and around the world. Read more.

Join AFP and Celebrate National Estate Planning Awareness Week
Over 120,000,000 Americans do not have an updated estate plan to protect themselves and their families. With proper knowledge and planning, future generations will have a more secure future. That's why AFP and The Financial Awareness Foundation are again forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy through National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Join us! Read more.

AFP Florida Members: Contact Your State Senators and Representatives on S.B. 638 and H.B. 629 
AFP members in Florida are encouraged to contact their State Senators and Representative and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 638 and House Bill 629—unless significant changes are made. Both bills seek to overhaul the state's charity regulations but create unduly and onerous burdens on charities and their fundraisers. AFP's comments on the bills are below. Members can find more information from the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, and then should contact their Florida State Senators and Representatives.
Be sure to also read AFP's Comments on Proposed Florida Senate Bill 638 and House Bill 629.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: David Letterman Retiring, Jimmy Fallon on the Rise and Social Media
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on figuring out what fundraising programs to cut (if you need to); how to stop people from skimming your website and actually reading it; more takeaways from San Antonio and the AFP Conference and even more blog posts (yep, more than 10 this week)—the best blogs of the first quarter of 2014 (can you believe we're already there?). Read more.

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

2014 ICON Conference Recordings
Miss a session you were dying to tap into at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising? Or miss the conference altogether? That's what the conference recordings are for! Pick by individual session, full track or the entire conference—listen via Mp3, on your computer and even on the go. Bonus: the recordings come with the synced slides from the session (where applicable)! Double bonus? Earn CFRE points just for tuning in! Rack up those points and knowledge today—click here to tune in.

Spring 2014 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Now Available!
This issue is jam-packed with timely fundraising issues such as the "nonprofit starvation cycle," including details on the continued overhead and watchdog discussions. Plus, tips on a successful marketing plan, outcomes from the most recent Diversity and Inclusion Summit, details (and effects) from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and guidance for your own development office. See, told you—jam-packed! Get the digital version here.

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!
Also, click here to view a Special Nikki's Notes with Angela Seaworth, ACFRE of Rice University discussing why you can't afford to miss this year's Development and Finance Symposium!

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)
Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss The ONE Thing? Join us on AFP2P!

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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Development From the Donor's Perspective
(April 24, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Not all donors are the same, and certainly all don
't fit into your development strategies—so how do you reach those donors? Jim Anderson and Alice Ferris, ACFRE, will help you identify ways to motivate those "different" donors and tap in to how they want to give, all while evaluating your current fundraising strategies that may need to be revitalized. It's a new day and fundraising-age—time to learn how to live in it! Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for April:

YOUR CAREER: After the Interview
By Pamela A. Cook, ACFRE, and Andrew Kaufteil, J.D.
There are myriad articles and books available to assist in interview preparation, many of which people sample questions and answers. However, less has been written about what to do after the interview. Read more.

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

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