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May 28, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes: We Want YOU!
Serve on The AFP International Board OR Committees

Nikki's Notes

The 2015 AFP Board nominations process is going on NOW, and Rebecca Knight is joining us to talk about who they're looking for and when! But even if you're not at the AFP Board level of leadership just yet, we still want you! There are 45 AFP International committees (45!), and we just know that at least one is the perfect fit for you—
find out how you can get involved




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!

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Top Stories

My Experience with the International Advanced Diploma on FundraisingI Chose to be a Guinea Pig, But Why!?
Simone Joyaux is already an ACFRE but that didn't stop her from taking it one step further and going for the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF). Her advice for you? Don’t wait until you are an 'advanced fundraiser'—do it NOW! She wishes she had. Here's what she's learned so far about the IADF.

NEW AFP Q&A Announced! Giving USA and the Nonprofit Career Path: Inside Information on the World of Philanthropy!
Heather Eddy, CFRE, is the president and CEO of Alford Executive Search, so she knows a thing or two about the fundraising market. Join this chat to gain insights about your salary, your current job, your career and its trajectory, your boss, the people you manage and all other things nonprofit career related! Are you where you want to be in your career? Do you work for an organization that makes you want to come to work every day? Do you have a strategic plan for what you want to accomplish? Whatever thoughts these questions strike in your mind, throw them Heather's way! You do not want to miss this in-depth chat on June 19, fresh off the heels of the Giving USA release—submit your questions NOW!

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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.



AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

Offense Can Also Be Defense
To fight for the charitable deduction, nonprofit leaders need to go beyond the tactics of talking to legislators at their two most stable positions—Congressional hearings and the public. Paul Clolery, editor of The NonProfit Times, discusses where charities can really make a difference. (HuffingtonPost)
Read more.

IRS Delays New Rules on Taxation for Activists
After receiving 150,000 comments about the new proposal to curb political activity by tax-exempt groups, the I.R.S. has postponed public hearings originally expected for this summer. The proposal was intended to clarify how the I.R.S. defines political activity and how much nonprofit groups are allowed to spend on it. The postponement comes after the biggest public response ever to any proposed rule in its history. (TheNewYorkTimes)
Read more.

Top Ten: 6 Ways to Get Dumped by Your Donors
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on cashing in on holidays and awareness celebrations that are already in place, how to use pre-header text to get better open-rates, kicking off a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign (without the fear!), when the best time to send fundraising emails really is and what you can learn from 5th graders about fundraising and philanthropy. Read more.

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

AFP Foundation Donor Survey—Please Respond by Friday!
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!

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!

The AFP Top 10 Reasons To Join!
Looking for a reason to convince someone to join AFP? How about 10 reasons! Check out our video below and take away some talking points!
And feel free to show it to colleagues!

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.
Read the paper!
See all Exchange papers and resources
Submit your paper

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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.)

If you
'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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