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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.30
July 30, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Diversity Touches All of Us, Whether Obvious or Not

Nikki's Notes

As we near the deadline to submit for the Charles R. Stephens Exellence in Diversity Chapter Award (Aug. 15!), we're reminded how much we are surrounded by passion for diversity. As the co-chairs of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Jaye Lopez Van Soest, CFRE and James Phelps, ACFRE, know a thing or two about the importance of diversity awareness. Their words of wisdom for incorporating diversity into your programs and every day work will help you in creating a more inclusive world.

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!

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Top Stories

Crowdfunding Part 1—The Fundraising Fad, Turned Staple
Bringing in billions of dollars each year, with a steady increase as of late (up 50 percent from 2012 to 2013), the crowdfunding "fad" doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon. This round-up will help you fully understand crowdfunding—the pros and cons to running a campaign and when you should (and shouldn't) resort to crowdfunding. Plus, gain some inspiration from campaigns that will give you the extra push you need! Learn more.

Joint Global Fundraising Compensation Report
The AFP Compensation and Benefits Report and Daryl Upsall Consulting International Fundraising Compensation and Benefits Survey both have great information. So what did we do? We combined them, looking at overall trends and identifying patterns from the more than 3,000 respondents, based on their fundraising salaries, benefits, backgrounds and career paths. Find the interesting stats and breakdowns here.

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AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

Average Nonprofit Spends 3.2% of Budget on Technology, Report Says
The eighth annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report, published by NTEN, is based on 781 nonprofits' current fiscal year. The report shows a budgeted average of $144,443 for technology, with four-and-a-half staff members dedicated solely to technology. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Read more.

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."

Top Ten: 10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on managing your next special event with software, what NOT to do in your nonprofit marketing efforts, how women fundraisers are rising to the top, figuring out your cost per donor or appeal, why having an annual fund is the key to a successful nonprofit and what your nonprofit website should look like! Find out more, here!

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

Input Needed for the Nonprofit Research Collaborative Mid-Year Survey!
If you received an invitation to participate in the recent Nonprofit Research Collaborative Mid-Year Fundraising Survey (sent to both U.S. and Canadian members) please take 15 minutes to complete the survey by Aug. 15. It's an important survey that will provide the profession essential benchmarking data on different aspects of fundraising.

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!

NEW! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members
A Step-by-Step Primer on How to Obtain Large Government Grants for Nonprofits (Part 1), by Cathy Cessna, RDH, MPA, CFRE & Charles B. Vincent, J.D.
There are many steps to applying for large government grants, each step equally important to securing the funding your organization needs for growth. These papers seek to outline, step-by-step, the general process inherent in obtaining these grants.
Read the paper!
• Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic Page: Grants
See all Exchange papers and resources
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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

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
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