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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.24
June 18, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
AFP President & CEO Becomes
Nonprofit Advocate on IRS Committee

Nikki's Notes

And just when you thought he couldn't do one more thing to support and represent the nonprofit community—AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF has been appointed to the Internal Revenue Service's Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities! Learn what serving on this panel will do for the fundraising profession!




LAST CHANCE to Join AFP Board or AFP Foundation Board!

We've been encouraging nominations for the AFP Board and AFP Foundation Board for months, and for good reason! In order to be the best boards we can be we need the best nominees (we're so excited we're rhyming), and time is almost up. This Friday is the last day to nominate yourself or a colleague. If you think you or someone you know can take our boards to the next level we strongly encourage you to nominate—go now, before it's too late (there we go again)!

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Giving Gets Its Groove Back—But Grooves a Little Differently
The good news is that for the fourth consecutive year giving by Americans has grown, and not JUST grown, but has nearly reached pre-recession levels. However, the not so good news is that not all categories of charity have rebounded. But the reality is that giving is up by more than four percent in the US, according to the newly released Giving USA report that looks at giving levels from 2013. Find out who's giving to which charities and why.

Join Us TOMORROW! 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. Don't be shy—submit questions 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 tomorrow, June 19 at 1pm EDT, fresh off the heels of the Giving USA release. Submit your questions NOW!

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.

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Fundraising News

Where Do You Fit On The Blackbaud Index-Canada? Five High ROI Solutions To Close The Gap For Small Nonprofits
In April 2014 Blackbaud released the Canadian version of their monthly giving index. If you haven't taken a look at the most recent data, you should! It highlights the overall giving and online giving from month to month in Canada. But what does simply looking at the numbers do for you and your organization? Learn how to use the numbers from the index to benchmark your own nonprofit, and further fuel you to close any noticeable gaps. (TechSoup Canada) Read more.

Giving From Donor-Advised Funds Climbs in 2013, Says Fidelity Report
Fidelity Charitable manages $12-billion worth of donor-advised funds, so when donors increase their average size and frequency of gifts to Fidelity Charitable it can have quite the positive impact. Donors made an average of eight grants with an average value of more than $4,000 each in 2013—both stats more positive than in 2012. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

Crowdsourcing: Donors Are Confusing Fundraising With Funding
Just because someone is crowdfunding to raise money doesn't necessarily mean that money is going towards an established charity. How then do donors know what's happening to their money once they give in a crowdfunding campaign? That’s where the Crowdfunding Bill of Rights comes in. (The Nonprofit Times)
Read more.

Top Ten: How Often Should You Thank Recurring Donors?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on utilizing direct mail to the best of its ability, why you should let your credentials (and past donors!) speak for you during an 'ask', how to use LinkedIn for your nonprofit, some of the best blogs on social media for your nonprofit, how to make sure new email policies aren't blocking your emails to donors and what questions to include in your next donor survey. 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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Giving USA 2014: 30 Percent Discount for AFP Members!
It's here! 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 Institute and the Indiana University Lilly Family School on Philanthropy, all U.S. AFP members will receive a 30 percent discount on all Giving USA products. Get your code and find more information here!

The AFP Top 10 Reasons To Join!
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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:

Creative Design for Fundraising Campaigns
(June 25, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

's time to get out of your fundraising campaign rut. Nowadays it takes more than a few words like "impact" and a standard #10 envelope to grab a donor's attention. Derrick Feldmann, CEO for Achieve, will get you to think outside the box and craft creative approaches to direct mail, email and online appeals that are tailored to your nonprofit and cause! All levels, all positions, all departments—all fundraisers and nonprofits will benefit from joining Derrick in stepping outside your usual campaign box. 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 provide 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.
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