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June 11, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Why AFP President and CEO Calls Himself a "Data Nerd"
and Looks Forward to Giving USA

Nikki's Notes

Many may not know that AFP's president and CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF, is a self-proclaimed "data nerd", which is why he looks forward to the release of the Giving USA report each year (six days until the 2014 release!). But, what's the difference between all fundraising reports, and why should we be paying attention to each of them? Andrew explains why, how to use them, and what to look for in this week's Nikki's Notes!




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!

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Free AFP Member Webinar: Giving USA 2014: Looking Back, Gazing Ahead
AFP and The Giving Institute are partnering to bring you this free webinar delving into the data, the trends, and the tools that Giving USA 2014 offers. Join Keith Curtis, vice chair of The Giving USA Foundation and president of The Curtis Group, a Giving Institute member firm, and Michael Nilsen, vice president, public affairs for AFP, as they discuss the key findings, trends and takeaways. You MUST sign up in order to participate, and we'll take the first 500 registered people to sign in on the day of the presentation.

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

AFP Blog: Leadership Through Change
Change in philanthropy, in fundraising, in us as individuals and in the entire world is constant and inevitable. But leaders don’t just accept change, they EMBRACE it. Andrew Watt, FInstF, AFP President and CEO, encourages and challenges you to help AFP change through our volunteer leadership process!

ONE WEEK until 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!

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

Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs
With hundreds of nonprofit blogs out there it's impossible to dutifully follow them all. But if you WERE to devote your days to reading blog post after blog post, you should make sure they're the top of the blog class. AFP is honored to grace the Top 150 list not once, but three times with our Recent News of Note, Youth in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Technology blogs. Check out the other 147 blogs! (Top Nonprofits)

Trends in Corporate Societal Engagement: Giving in Numbers Brief 
The Committee Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) released its inaugural Giving in Numbers Brief, which includes insights on the funds, resources and skills that companies invest globally to solve pressing societal changes. The Brief is easily depicted in an infographic, showing the results from the 261 companies that participated in the Giving in Numbers survey. (Committee Encourage Corporate Philanthropy)
Read more.

Top Ten: 34 Powerful Ads That Made Me Really Stop and Think
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on making your nonprofit communications a one-stop shop, how the "sort of" donor can be the best kind of donor, why you should be working harder to reel in the peer-to-peer fundraising donors, how to turn your nonprofit experience into the magical Disney World experience, what shortcuts you could be using on social media and why the customer is ALWAYS right. Read more.

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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 Over a Week 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 over a week 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! The deadline is just over a week away—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. 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: TOMORROW!

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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