Click for eWire online
AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.15
April 16, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Do You Have What It Takes to Present at The AFP International Conference?

Nikki's Notes

Co-chairs of the AFP Conference Education Advisory Committee, Nancy Racette and Matthew Cottle, talk about what they're looking for in a proposal for the 2015 AFP International Conference in Baltimore. If you're finalizing your proposal for submission (by April 25!) or teetering on the line of "to submit or not to submit," this rundown will help inspire and encourage your best proposal yet! Welcoming all new and veteran speakers—submit today!




The Second Development and Finance Symposium Is Weeks Away!

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 results 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 in Houston—register now!

Stay Wired!

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube—You Name It, We're There! Check Out All of AFP's Online Communities!


Top Stories

How To Get BIG DonationsThrough Your iPhone!
Mobile donations are now a part of nonprofits' fundraising strategies—or at least they should be. But how do you earn a BIG donation through a smartphone? It’s possible. Philip King of Cornerstone Group Companies talks about the "mobile migration" and how to make a seamless process for donors in what is now a "multiple channel world." Read more.

AFP Expands to Reach More Communities
Joining the ranks of AFP's already established 233 chapters around the world are the AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter and the AFP Bermuda Chapter, bringing us to 235 chapters. The new chapter presidents talk about the need for an AFP chapter in their communities, how they got started and what their first order of business will be. Maybe it will inspire you to charter your own AFP chapter! Read more.

The Best Rated Donor Management Solution

DonorPerfect fundraising software received more "Excellent"ratings for their features than any other system in a report by N-TEN & Idealware. Request a Free Info Packet!

Network for Good: FREE Webinar!

FREE Webinar: Major Gifts 101 Tuesday, April 22. Master donor prospecting, perfect the ask, and learn how to engage your board in the process. Reserve your spot today!

Back to Top


AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

Fundraisers Share Their Demons in Candid Survey; Forum Addresses the Devilish Issues
The AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter recently conducted a "Demon Exchange Survey" in which fundraisers were asked to identify the "demons" that keep them up at night and plague their fundraising career. The findings, identified as "Demon Issues," fell into four categories: Beefs About the Board, Donor Dilemmas, Fundraising Fears and Angst for the Unexpected. (Networking @ IT Business Net) Read more.

European Fundraising Association (EFA) Survey Shows Positive Results From 2013 and Hopes for 2014
In its annual survey, the EFA reports on fundraising trends in Europe from 2013 and makes predictions for 2014. The results show that voluntary income from 2013 either increased or remained stable, and predictions show that more than half of fundraising associations in Europe see that trend continuing and further increasing in 2014. See the full results compiled from 17 national fundraising associations, more than 1,400 fundraising organizations and more than 8,000 individual fundraisers here. (European Fundraising Association)

New Publication Date for Special National Report in The Globe and Mail—Changing Canada, Changing the World
Due to popular demand, the special report has been moved to a new publication date to give members more opportunity to be involved! AFP and The Globe and Mail's special supplement, to be published on June 13, will focus on Canadian philanthropic impact at home and around the world. Members now have until May 2 to reserve space in this exciting supplement that will be read by more than 3.6 million Canadians!
Learn more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: 5 Unusual Direct Mail Techniques to Try
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on how networking can turn into big dollars, why you need to stay true to your work ethics, how one massive capital campaign can affect other local nonprofits, getting involved in creating the crowdfunding bill of rights and how (and why!) to engage your donors BEFORE you ask for money. Read more.

Back to Top

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

AFP Q&A: Post-ICON Wrap-up—All the Things You Didn't Get to Ask
We've collected your post-conference questions and we're getting them in the right hands! Make sure to tune in on Wednesday, April 23, when we'll be bringing you the answers from the speakers and resources themselves. Get not only the answer to your question but also the skinny on all of the underlying questions that came out post-conference! We'll chat with you on Wednesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. EDT!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Back to Top

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

About AFP

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit

You receive this publication as a benefit of your AFP membership. If you have questions or comments about the content of this email, please contact

If you wish to no longer receive AFP eWire, please visit the My AFP Profile page and select the My Communication Opt-in/Opt-out Preferences link.

Institute of Fundraising UK members please visit the Institute's members only area at and untick the AFP box.

AFP eWire Hard to Read? If the font appears too small, learn how to increase the size.

PLEASE NOTE: If you unsubscribe you will no longer receive AFP eWire nor any other all-member communications from AFP. Removing yourself from this list will NOT remove you from any discussion groups or other AFP newsletters that you have "opted in" to receive.

Association of Fundraising Professionals -
4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203
US: 800-666-FUND (3863) - from Mexico: 001-866-837-1948

Copyright © 2014 AFP