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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.18
May 7, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Be a 'Social Animal' Like Beth Kanter

Nikki's Notes

With over 400,000 followers on Twitter, nearly that many following her blog and a mention by Conan O’Brien himself, you're bound to know the name "Beth Kanter". If nothing else, you have likely seen that red hat! We caught up with Beth and had a chance to ask how she got started in this world of social media—her answer will encourage you to be a 'social animal'!




Webinar TODAY! Major Gifts for Small Shops (1–2:30 p.m. EDT)

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. Click here to register—it's not too late!

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Top Stories

AFP Q&A: Winning!
Stop spending hours upon hours writing (and rewriting) a funding proposalask John Hicks, CFRE, noted proposal writing expert, how it's done! On May 14 he'll field questions on all things grantsfrom researching and writing to developing and stewarding relationships with grantmakers. Submit your questions on grants for John TODAY in this live chat on Winning Ways to Strengthen Your Grant Proposal.

Related Resource: Grants Hot Topic page

Leah Eustace takes a bite out of life—and her gold ACFRE medal!

Ottawa Fundraiser Leah Eustace Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
Leah Eustace, newest ACFRE, joins the ranks of only 101 other fundraising professionals in the world! As a principal with Canadian consulting firm Good Works, past-president of the AFP Ottawa Chapter and chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, becoming an ACFRE was the logical next step for Leah's more than 20-year fundraising career. Read more.

Why I Wanted to be An ACFRE
Leah Eustace, ACFRE, comes from a family of philanthropy-fanatics, so it was only fitting that she follow in those footsteps. One of the ultimate fundraiser achievements is getting your ACFRE—so why wouldn't Leah shoot for the fundraising stars? This is her story of becoming an ACFRE—the good, the bad and the inspiring!

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Fundraising News

Be a Top-Rated Nonprofit 
GreatNonprofits, the largest nonprofit review site of its kind, is running its annual Top-Rated Nonprofit Awards! Nonprofits that maintain over ten positive (four or five-star) reviews throughout the program (January 1, 2014 – October 21, 2014) are eligible. The program ends October 31—create your profile today and enter the pool to be considered a top-rated nonprofit! (GreatNonprofits)
Read more.

Federal Charity Drive Shows Dramatic Drop in Giving for 2013
Nearly 200,000 less government employees took part in the federal workplace charity campaign in 2013, contributing to the 18.8 percent decline in total donations. The government shutdown, pay freezes and furloughs in 2013 likely had a large part in the sizeable decrease of donations. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Read more.

Top Ten: The Quickest Way to Lose a Donor
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on headlines that will increase CTRs, how to function without a major gifts officer, what to say to engage next generation donors, a reality check about being "donor centric", why small gifts may be better than major gifts and how (and why!) to go mobile with your nonprofit website. Read more.

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

AFP Webinars

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.

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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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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
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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Case Studies: 24 Hour Turn Around Campaigns
(May 20, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Have you ever been challenged to raise funds NOW? Or maybe within a more modest timeframe of 24 hours, or one week? It
's not impossible—this webinar will take you through a series of case studies that were successful in raising 100 percent of the funds needed within 24 hours—one even raised $15,000 in FOUR hours. All successful campaigns were intense, fun and QUICK! If they can do it, so can you—learn how! Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for May:

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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