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June 4, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
What The Giving USA 2014 Report Does For YOU!

Nikki's Notes

Giving figures and other research are critical for fundraising success, and Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. Hear from Rachel Hutchisson from Blackbaud about the ins and outs of Giving USA and how charities can take advantage of the incredible data for their fundraising, and how the profession can use it to help preserve the charitable deduction. (Hop over here to get the discount code for AFP members!)




AFP Q&A: 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! 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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Giving USA 2014: 30 Percent Discount for AFP Members!
Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. Through a partnership with the Giving USA Institute and the Indiana University Lilly Family School on Philanthropy, all U.S. AFP members are invited to an exclusive pre-sale of Giving USA 2014 products. Starting today you may purchase Giving USA 2014 products with a 30 percent discount prior to the June 17 launch date. Get your code and find more information here!

Related Links: AFP Career Center | AFP Salary and Compensation Survey

The Long (and Continuing) Travels of the Charitable IRA Rollover
The Charitable IRA Rollover was approved last week by the House Ways and Means Committee as part of a package of tax extenders, and is now headed to the full House for a vote. But the journey for the now expired provision is far from over. Using these bullet points, we urge you to contact your representatives to support the IRA Charitable Rollover.

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Free eBook From Network for Good

In the FREE eBook, Storytelling for Nonprofits, you
'll learn how to tell stories that make your nonprofit's work relatable, tangible, and touching. Start raising more money by telling better stories!


Fundraising News

Comments on the 2013 Report of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative
John Cash, Ph.D., senior consultant and chair of the board with Marts & Lundy, weighs in on the Nonprofit Research Collaborative Year-End 2013 Fundraising Survey (find the report summary here). As he recaps the key findings from the report, Cash adds his candid explanations. (The Giving Institute)
Read more.

After Early Stumble, Penn State Offers Lessons for Fundraising in Crisis
In the midst of the Penn State scandal involving football coach Jerry Sandusky, the senior vice president for development said it was okay to cry—but not to give up. Not only did they NOT give up, they vowed to make Penn State better, stronger and prouder. Find out how they succeeded. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Read more.

Demand For Trained Fundraisers On Rise
With the unemployment rate holding steady at 6.9 percent, jobs remain elusive for many Canadians, but some recent graduates have found a hidden sector in need: nonprofits. With approximately 85,000 charities in Canada, plus 100,000 nonprofit organizations competing for cash—these groups need skilled fundraisers more than ever. That's where post-secondary students come into play! (CBCNews Canada) Read more.

Note: You can find more Canadian fundraising stories, tips and videos on AFP's *NEW* Canada section of the website!

Top Ten: How to Achieve Out of This World Open Rates
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on a successful welcome program for new donors, handling your donors' overhead questions, what to include for the best nonprofit videos, why it's important to use specific terms in your communications, how to handle a crisis after it's happened, why you should be concentrating on Millennials and the best techniques for securing monthly donors. Read more.

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

Call for Nominations for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 2015 Board of Directors—Deadline is Just Weeks Away!
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 just weeks 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 just weeks 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
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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 June:

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.

Related Resource: The AFP Career Hot Topic Page

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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