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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.32
August 13, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Professional Development Opportunities on the Rise

Nikki's Notes

At the 2014 AFP summer board meetings we had a chance to talk to the vice-chair of Professional Advancement, Tania Little, CFRE, about what's coming up as far as educational offerings and new products and services. And boy did we talk! Fresh off the heels of the Conference Education Advisory Committee meeting to review sessions for the 2015 conference in Baltimore, Tania shared secrets on what's to come next year, and what you still have time to join in on for this year!

This is it—2 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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AFP Blog: Some Thoughts on Don Rizzo: Colleague, Friend and Fundraiser
On Aug. 2, 2014 we lost former chair and devout member of AFP and long-time fundraiser Don Rizzo. If asked to define a "great fundraiser", AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt would instantly think of Don. Celebrate Don's great contribution to AFP and the fundraising community by reading more about this Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Stick With Us—We'll Carry You Through Your Entire Fundraising Career
From the first moment you realize you want to be a fundraiser, to the moment you reach that highest achievement that you've modeled your entire fundraising career over—AFP is there for you. As a study buddy, an endless pool of fundraising information, a place to meet fundraising fanatics like yourself and a place to help you grow. Use our Development Pathway to plan your fundraising career chock-full of AFP offerings!

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Fundraising News

2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends
This mid-year look at fundraising trends compares the first six months of giving in 2014 with the same six months in 2013. So far, overall giving in 2014 is up 1.6 percent, while online giving is up eight percent. If this trend continues, 2014 will trump 2013's fundraising numbers! See the full breakdown here! (NPEngage)

Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to 1,000% Spike in Donations to ALS Association
Unless you've been living under a rock lately it's likely that you've heard about—and maybe even participated in—the Ice Bucket Challenge. Some may scoff that it's not raising any money and instead just causing uproar. On the contrary, this fundraising phenomenon helped ALS raise $160,000 in a ten day period—up from $14,480 in this same time period last year. (HuffingtonPost)

Top Ten: #GivingTuesday Campaign Planner
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on taking your 'ask' to the next level, cashing in on the new Millennial craze: Snapchat, discovering what to do in integrated fundraising (from an undercover donor!), making the most out of interns at your nonprofit, knowing the oddball reasons why your donors donate to your organization, how to tap into donor data to boost donor retention and how to make the most of a special occasion and holiday to strike a chord in your donors! Find out more, here!

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

Two More Days to Provide Input 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:

Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition!
(September 9, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

This webinar isn
't just going to talk to you about getting your nonprofit's social media up to snuff—it's going to actually walk you through a demonstration of at least 25 killer tools to help you get a ton of online traffic. The best part is that they're all virtually quick, easy and FREE tools. Actually, we lied—the best part is that this new online traffic will ultimately create more revenue for your nonprofit! You'll walk away fully understanding how social media can help you raise more money, the tools you'll need to make it happen and how you're going to implement it all—even without technical skills. Join Allan Pressel, CEO of PowerSite123, and makeover your nonprofit's social media!

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.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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