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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.31
August 6, 2014

This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Planning the RIGHT Education for Your Next Fundraising Event

Nikki's Notes

Making sure you have a good variety of education offered at your fundraising conference can cause any education committee anxiety. You strive to appeal to all audience levels but it seems impossible, right? Not necessarily! Tiffany Neill, education co-chair for the AFP DC/DMAW Bridge Conference talks about the process for planning education and how to overcome the inevitable challenges. Take notes!

AFP President and CEO Makes The NonProfit Times' Power and Influence Top 50 List

For the second year in a row, Andrew Watt, FInstF, graces The NonProfit Times' Power and Influence Top 50 list. In its seventeenth year, the list features individuals who are changing the world for the better. Due to Andrew's continued work on the Hill protecting the charitable tax deduction, he finds himself in the ranks of fundraisers and philanthropists like Bill Gates and our very own 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Eileen Heisman! See the full list here.

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Crowdfunding Part 2—How to Crowd Surf
Last week we gave you all of the pros, cons and crowdfunding inspiration you needed to kick-off your very first (or fine-tune your next) crowdfunding campaign. You are now equipped with the understanding and direction you need—now what do you do? These tips, how to's, what not to's and step-by-step articles will lead you in your planning, launch and implementation of your ultimately successful crowdfunding campaign. Get ready to crowd surf!

10 Days Left to Nominate 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.

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Fundraising News

New Study Shows Older Donors Now Just as Likely to Give to Charities Online as Younger Donors
Donors 66 and up are now 59 percent more likely to make contributions to charities online, a 29 percent jump from 2010. According to a U.S. Dunham+Company/Campbell Rinker study, only 38 percent of older donors are giving through the mail in 2014, compared to their 52 percent of mail gifts in 2010. (Dunham and Company)
Read 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.

Top Ten: And the Best Subject Line Is...
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on making sure your nonprofit mobile site doesn’t irk any viewers, training nonprofit leaders to be cognizant of the organizational culture, striking emotional chords with your nonprofit stories, what NOT to put in your direct mail letters, which subject lines to use in an email for the most click-throughs and what to include in the job description when hiring fundraising staff! 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!

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. NOTE: Part 2 will be published August 20.
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 August:

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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