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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.29
July 23, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes: The Blackbaud Index Can Help You Raise More Money

Nikki's Notes

Chuck Longfield, chief scientist with Blackbaud, tells you what is behind the monthly Blackbaud Index—how nonprofits get surveyed, how many fundraising dollars the Index covers and how charities can use the Index to benchmark their best practices and raise more money.

More Benchmarking Advice From AFP President and CEO

Nikki's Notes

Passionate about data (dare we call him a "data nerd?"), AFP President and CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF, believes one of the best offerings of statistics to help you benchmark is the Giving USA report. Listen to Andrew—he'll fuel your inner data nerd—then take advantage of 30 percent off all Giving USA products for AFP Members!

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AFP Hails New York Case Settlement, Encourages Donors to Take Wise Giving Steps
In a recent press release, AFP applauded the work of the New York State Attorney's General Office and reminded donors of the importance of direct mail, while cautioning charities to be careful with their donor lists. Read the release.

Frequently Asked Questions about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
Courtesy of the CRTC, here are the basics and more information about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). AFP continues to work with the CRTC to get more detailed interpretations and clarifications about the legislation, including what is meant by "primary purpose" and "fundraising."

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Fundraising News

House Passes Bill Designed to Encourage Gifts to Charity
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax bill designed to encourage gifts to charity. The bill, which included the IRA Rollover provision, was approved on a bipartisan, 277-130 vote. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

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 Storytelling Defines Your Brand and Helps You Reach New Audiences
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on the impact of crowdfunding (in a great infographic); engaging millennial donors; running a small shop; monotasking—not multitasking!; thanking everyday heroes and how Jean Case instills the value of giving back. Find out more, here!

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

2015 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Have you read a good fundraising book lately? Or have you written one that was published between Dec. 1, 2012 and Nov. 1, 2014? If so, here's your cue to submit for a chance to earn the 2015 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy—a $3,000 cash prize and recognition at the 2015 AFP conference in Baltimore! Check out the criteria and details here.

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!

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members: From the Archives
Maintaining Sustainable Corporate Partnerships, by Jim Allen, ACFRE
You have to give to get. Before you can maintain sustainable corporate partnerships, you must have partners. So how does a charity go about finding potential partners? Jim Allen, ACFRE, walks charities through the often challenging process of finding, building and maintaining corporate partnerships. Give a little, get a lot!
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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

Opening the Door to Major Gifts: Mastering the Discovery Call
(August 13, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

There are many great resources on the actual
'ask,' but first you have to get to the point to be able to 'ask.' It all starts with a call. John Greenhoe, CFRE, penned an entire book about opening the door to that 'ask,' delving into the very beginnings of a major gift relationship. In this webinar you'll learn effective methods for researching your major gift prospect so your first call is not cold. Plus, you'll see how various ways of contact—email, phone, postal mail, etc.—can be used to set up a successful first meeting. Join John and fine tune your pre-'ask' routine.

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

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