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Canada - June 11, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
What the Blackbaud Giving Index Does for YOU!

Nikki's Notes

With the release of the new Blackbaud Index—Canada, highlighting overall and online giving each month, it's important to know what it actually means, and more importantly, how to use it! Rachel Hutchisson with Blackbaud talks about the index—how often it is released, what it shows and how to use it for your own nonprofit benchmarking!




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. Submit your questions NOW!

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Majority of Fundraisers See Salary Increases in 2013
A total of 3,378 AFP members (2,952 United States and 426 Canadian) submitted responses to the 2014 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report. Read a summary of the Canadian data findings here.

Trillium: Investing for Impact
The CEO of Ontario's Trillium Foundation shares why "stories alone fail to answer the broader question of impact." Read more.

Philanthropy in China
Melody Song, CFRE, MA, shares her perspective and insights on the shifting state of philanthropy in China and the impact that these changes may have on Canadian fundraising. As the senior development officer with the Calgary Zoo, Melody works to solicit major gifts from and steward relationships with prospects from the Asian/Chinese community in Canada and overseas. Read more.

The Zen of Estate Administration
Protecting your charity's interests in estate administration without damaging relationships with executors and lawyers can be tricky. Deborah Bauder and Jill Nelson recap their session from AFP Toronto's Fundraising Day on May 28 and share how you can take a proactive approach to estate administration to protect your charity's gift.
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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Canadian Member News

AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day: Where Fundraisers Reconnect and Recharge
What do you get when you pair the Governor of Canada with skill-building education sessions, YouTube sensations, fundraising awards and a cocktail reception? AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, of course! Here is an inside look at the boisterous fundraising event.

CFRE Study Buddy Program
You've scrolled through the CFRE International website for requirements, downloaded the book list, purchased a few of the reading items, and printed the application. Yet, despite all of your due diligence you don't feel any closer to taking the exam. What you need is a CFRE Study Buddy Program to help kick you into CFRE-high gear!
Learn more.

Philanthropic Research: Call for Proposals!
Interested in conducting research for the fundraising profession? The call for grant proposals for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada research awards are now out! Read on and find out how you can join the likes of the first ever recipient of the foundation's Research Committee award: Dr. Pauline O'Connor. She received a grant for her research, "The New Regulatory Regime for Social Enterprise in Canada: Potential Impacts on Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability." Are you the next one? Submit today.

SURVEY: AFP Canada Members: We Need Your Feedback! (Traduction en français: AFP Canada membres: Nous avons besoin de votre feedback!)
It's planning time for AFP Canada. Now is the time for you to have your say! How can AFP better serve you? What do you think are the opportunities and challenges for the fundraising profession today and into the future? Please take a few minutes to answer this very important survey | Offerts en français, trop!

An Open Letter to All AFP Canada Members
Derek Fraser, CFRE, chair of the AFP Canada Council, invites you to participate in defining the future of your association. Learn more!

UPDATE: AFP Canadian Council Red & White Reception
No one forgets a good party! Derek Fraser, CFRE, gives a shout-out to the sponsors and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at the AFP conference such a resounding success.
Read more.

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Community News

Where to Go Now for Canadian Fundraising Information
Do you ever wonder how your fundraising performance compares to other nonprofit organizations in Canada? Of course you do! Now Blackbaud offers the tool for you to benchmark your monthly giving—overall and online. The Blackbaud Index—Canada is the first of its kind and it's available for free!
Learn more.

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Fundraising Quicklinks

Profit: It's What You Do With It That Counts

One in Five Canadians Leaving Some of Their Estate to Charity

In Conversation with Marcel Lauziere—Canadian Philanthropy and The Future of Grantmaking

Digital Privacy Act Proposes Changes to PIPEDA

Data May Drive You to Diamonds

Finding the Silver Lining: How to Keep Moving Forward After The Loss of a Charismatic Leader

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

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!

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YOUR CAREER: After the Interview
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