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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.17
April 30, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Learning From (And Being Inspired By!) A Literal Outstanding Fundraising Professional!

Nikki's Notes

There's a reason that Eileen Heisman was awarded the 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional—all because she set out to "make the world a better place"! Find out how and where she got started (you'd be surprised!), how she felt when she got news of achieving this award and what continues to push her today—her passion is contagious and is sure to reinvigorate your dedication to fundraising! In case you missed it, here is the official announcement of Eileen being chosen as the 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional.




LAST CHANCE: Submit to Present at 2015 ICON!

The extended deadline of May 5 is quickly approaching! If you are in the middle of finalizing your proposal, or on the cusp of deciding whether to submit or not, here's your chance to enter the running to speak at the 2015 AFP Conference in Baltimore, March 29-31. To get your juices flowing, see what kind of proposals will stand out above the rest!

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Top Stories

AFP Blog: The Key to Giving
With so many new ways to get engaged philanthropically, there are also bound to be new challenges and kinks to work out—but AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, finds the more, the merrier. With the right mix of new ways to engage, philanthropy has the potential to reach more people than ever. Read Andrew's blog.

Protecting Yourself Against a Donor Lawsuit
It can happen unintentionally—mis(using) your donors' charitable contributions. Make sure all parties—past, present and future—have the same understanding of the donation's meaning. Starting with the contract, being as clear as possible can save you a lawsuit once the money has been allocated. Read more.

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Fundraising News

LAST CHANCE: Appear 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.

Giving Donors Data on a Charity's Impact Doesn't Always Lead to More Gifts
A recent experiment shows that providing data to donors doesn't necessarily encourage them to give again. Instead, donors who were motivated by "altruism giving" continue to give (data or not), while donors who likely gave emotionally are not encouraged to give again just by viewing the data. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Read more.

Discuss This Issue With Colleagues on AFP2P!

Top Ten: Has the Word 'Impact' Lost Its Impact?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on predicting the success of a nonprofit, how to get people genuinely excited for the launch of your next campaign, why you absolutely SHOULD be taking your nonprofit website mobile, what Starbucks can teach us (other than drink more coffee) and why video is the KEY to more click-throughs. Read more.

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

AFP Q&A: Winning!
On Wednesday, May 14, noted proposal writing expert John Hicks, CFRE, will be tackling your questions about all things grants—from researching and writing to developing and stewarding relationships with grantmakers. Stop spending hours upon hours writing (and rewriting) a funding proposal—ask John how it's done and you will learn to position your organization to be more competitive in its grantseeking efforts! Submit your questions TODAY for John in this live chat on Winning Ways to Strengthen Your Grant Proposal.

Call for Nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2015 Board of Directors—Two Months left to Nominate!
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board of directors is seeking nominations for positions beginning January 1, 2015. Your input and participation in the nominating process will insure that the foundation board is representative of the finest leaders in the profession. Don't wait until the last minute—the deadline to submit nominations is less than two months away: June 27th. Click here to nominate yourself, a colleague or invite your chapter to nominate you or a colleague, today!

Serve on the 2014 AFP Board of Directors—Nominate Yourself or a Colleague Today!
Yes, you can even nominate yourself! Don't wait until the last minute—start your nomination process today for yourself, a colleague, or put in a good word with your chapter to submit a nomination for you or another AFP member! The AFP Board must be representative of the finest leaders in the profession, and your nomination can make that happen. The deadline to vote is less than two months away on June 20, but no need to wait—nominate today!

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.

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.
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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:

Major Gifts for Small Shops
(May 7, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Making the leap into major gifts fundraising can be daunting for executive directors and development staff. If you have previously focused your time on event planning and grant writing, leaving little to no time to focus on your biggest and best donors, this webinar will give you the courage to take the major gifts leap! Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $100,000, you will learn how to ask and receive MORE major gifts this year. Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, will walk you through 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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