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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.28
July 16, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
The NonProfit Times Editor in Chief Gives a Sneak Peak at Power and Influence Top 50 List

Nikki's Notes

Though the list doesn't release until August 1, Paul Clolery, Editor in Chief, may have let a candidate from the list slip in this interview. Along with the Power and Influence Top 50 List, Paul also talks about trends in fundraising news, the Best Places to Work List (and how you can get your organization on it in 2015!) and how the most powerful and influential nonprofit leaders celebrate their achievements!




Big Vote in the House on Thursday for IRA Rollover, Other Charitable Provisions

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this Thursday on legislation that would make the currently expired IRA Rollover provision permanent, and AFP is encouraging members to contact their Congressperson TODAY!

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Top Stories

[Infographic] Study Links Charity Fundraising Results to Annual Fund Campaigns
A new study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative on annual fund campaigns shows that charitable organizations in the U.S. and Canada are more likely to raise funds successfully when they have a formal, annual fundraising drive. This accompanying infographic outlines key findings from the report from nearly 1,000 respondents.

Related Resource: AFP Annual Fund Hot Topic Page

New AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Report Provides Benchmarks for Charity Special Events
Funded through a grant from StubHub Foundation, the new report by The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy provides benchmarking analysis and insights for holding special events. As the first report from the Special Events Management Initiative—created to deliver practical information that helps charities with their special eventsthis study will help you determine the effectiveness of the planning and implementation of your philanthropic banquets, galas, auctions and more! Get the full report for FREE here!

Related Resource: AFP Special Events Hot Topic Page

Network For Good
FREE Download: 101 Social Media Posts

101 social media ideas to help you create better content for your nonprofit
's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest & YouTube. Get the guide!

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AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

Nonprofit Leaders Respond to Giving USA 2014 Findings
The Giving USA report itself is helpful, but even more helpful is when nonprofit leaders provide in-depth analysis and insight you can put to good use. During a webinar with Campbell & Company, nonprofit leaders shared how their institutions took steps to ensure their sustainability and growth throughout 2013. (Campbell&Company)

Related links: For more information (including video interviews about how you can use the Giving USA report to your advantage) visit AFP's website. While you're there, make sure to snag the 30 percent off discount code for AFP members!

Nominations Open for Chapter Diversity, AFP Leadership Awards
The Charles R. Stephens Award recognizes chapters for their outstanding work in encouraging diversity and inclusion, while the Barbara Marion Award honors an AFP member for his or her volunteer work for AFP and the profession at the local, national and international levels. Nomination forms can be found here: Barbara Marion | Charles Stephens. Don't wait—the deadline is right around the corner!

Top Ten: How to Empower Staff to be the Voice for the Organization through Social Media
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on updating your nonprofit's 'thank you' webpage, why you MUST be on mobile, how to meet your perfect volunteer match, a major nonprofit CEO's opinion on watchdog groups, taking a deeper look into Giving USA results as it pertains to healthcare, how (and why!) to measure your impactno matter how big or small you areand why it's time to get on board with the newest digital fundraising trend: Bitcoin. Find out more, here!

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

AFP and The Globe and Mail to Publish National Philanthropy Day® Supplement
AFP and The Globe and Mail are at it again! Together we will publish a special supplement on Nov. 14 honouring National Philanthropy Day® and the incredible work charities across Canada perform every day. Information about the supplement, including the deadline for reserving ad space, can be found here.

I Give Because...
By now you have probably heard about (and seen) the AFP Foundation's new campaign: BE the CAUSE. (You haven't!? What are you waiting for? Click here!) At the 2014 AFP conference, donors stopped by the AFP Foundation booth to put their best face (and cause!) forward. Check out the pictures and inspiring reasons why these donors give. Want to tell the world why YOU give? Visit the BE the CAUSE toolkit and download the Placecard!

NEW Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Three Essential Components for a Strong Nonprofit Website, by Wendy Scardino, CFRM
Today’s nonprofit website is more important than ever. This white paper provides practical tactics and tips to build a strong nonprofit website in the new media age.
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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

Building Donor Loyalty: How to Double Your Major Gift Revenue
(July 22, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Did you know that a healthy major gift program can bring in 80 percent of a nonprofit's revenue? But in a recent study, 69 percent of nonprofits said they do not have or don't know if they have a strategy for maintaining donor loyalty. That's why Rachel Muir, CFRE, vice president of training at Pursuant, wants you to understand the economic potential of a loyal donor base and learn what you need to know about your donors in order to build their loyalty. Don't miss this webinar and your chance to double your major gift revenue! Register now!

See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for July:

YOUR CAREER: Ready, Set, Retire?

By Jacklyn P. Boice

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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