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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.20
May 21, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
You Can Have It—You Just Have to ASK For It!

Nikki's Notes

Veteran fundraiser and author Laura Fredricks is expanding 'The Ask' beyond just fundraising. The world is in your hands—all you have to do is ASK for it! Plus, Laura talks about her theory of the 'Five Askers'—find out what type of "asker" you are and how to hone your asking style.




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Top Stories

Donor Retention—The Talk of The Town
I know, I know—retention, enough already! But the truth is, there's a reason this is a permanent topic: it's critical, and it's not going anywhere. So settle in and use these 20-plus articles and resources to help you in improving your retention rates!

AFP Q&A Archive: Winning Ways to Strengthen Your Grant Proposal
Once the live discussion on grant proposals got started, the questions started flying in, proving that grant proposals CAN be a lively discussion. John Hicks, CFRE, tackled your questions with tangible takeaways and resources. Check out the archive of the full chat—it's never too late to learn!

Related Resource: Grants Hot Topic page

AFP Workshop: Board Building and Cultivation

AFP in conjunction with American Public Gardens Association, will be presenting a workshop June 23rd at the APGA Conference in Denver, C
olo. You will learn how to transform the workings of your board of directors and discover what board members absolutely must know—including what NOT to do. $25 Discount for AFP members. Click here for more info.



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Fundraising News

Online Fundraising Goes Mainstream
Though online giving grew 14 percent in 2013, it is still not the only—or largest—form of giving. While online giving can boost a nonprofit's donations significantly, you also have to invest more in order to keep getting that ROI. It helps, yes, but it's not the end-all-be-all...yet. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Read more.

AFP Foundation Donor Survey
If you have ever given to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—thank you! We hold your opinion in high regard and want to get your feedback about your giving experience. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to tell us about your experience before May 30. Thank you for your continued support!

Top Ten: 7 Ways to Kiss Fundraising Goodbye
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on rewarding fundraisers with bonuses (but making sure you have a policy in place first), how women are taking over the world of crowdfunding, ways to cash-in on upcoming holidays, using word-of-mouth as your most popular (and free!) marketing method, where the most generous donors and volunteers reside and why email STILL rules! Read more.

Most Popular Resource Center Hot Topics:
The Top 10 of '14...So Far!

A popular member benefit, AFP's 27 comprehensive Hot Topics pages—developed by the Resource Center based on the most popular searches and requests—respond to members' most pressing professional needs. The following is a list of the 10 most visited Hot Topic pages this Spring. We hope you find them beneficial!

1. Capital Campaigns
2. Case for Support
3. Annual Fund
4. Boards and Volunteers
5. Development Plans
6. Samples, Forms and Documents
7. Donor Relations/Stewardship
8. Fundraising Basics
9. Special Events

10. Major Gifts

To view the complete list of Resource Center Hot Topics, please visit (login required) or simply go to the "Browse By Topic" pull-down menu you'll find in the search box area on every page.

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

Chapter Online National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) Awards Program
AFP is offering a special resource to chapters that will allow them to create their own unique, online NPD awards nomination system. Chapters can now develop a personalized online award form that lists as many different category awards as needed, as well as the exact questions required for each award. In addition, each chapter will have access to a database to see all submissions. To learn more about the NPD Awards Online Nomination program, visit If you are ready to create your award form, simply visit to start the process!

Call for Nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2015 Board of Directors—Don't Wait Until the Last Minute!
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 ensure 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 one month away. 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 one month away, but no need to wait—nominate today!

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Nikki's Notes

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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Upcoming AFP Webinars:

6 Figure Fundraising: How to Create and Run Your First $100,000+ Major Gifts Campaign
(June 12, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

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're working with a small nonprofit, you probably think it's sometimes impossible to raise a big chunk of money for a special project, program or event. Where does one even start? Join this interactive session with Sandy Rees, CFRE, and create a step-by-step outline for planning, running and completing a successful six-figure campaign. This webinar is sure to leave you feeling hopeful and more confident about raising big money! 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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