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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.33
August 20, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Exciting Changes at AFP Help to Further
Efforts in Advocacy

Nikki's Notes

Public policy remains a hot topic among nonprofits, and AFP is enhancing its government relations programs with new resources. Josh Newton, vice chair of external relations on the AFP board, tells us about the changes and what we're planning!

AFP Q&A Returns!
End of Year Major Gifts:
What's Your Next Step?

Rested and relaxed from summer? With school back in session, it's time for a lesson in year-end fundraising. Do these sound like questions you're asking yourself: Is it too late to raise major gifts this year? What can we do to cultivate and solicit major gifts by Dec. 31? What can we do now to ensure our donors give major gifts this year, next year, and for years to come? If so, ask Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE! Send in your questions now on year-end major gifts, and then tune in to AFP Q&A on Sept. 17 @ 1 pm EDT for Amy's answers on building your final 2014 plan of attack!

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Top Stories

AFP Blog: The #IceBucketChallenge
What does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge mean for other nonprofits? Is this a new era of fundraising? While the ALS Association has received over $15 million in donations due in large part to the challenge, it doesn't mean we're seeing a fundamental change in the nature of fundraising. AFP President and CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF weighs in on the challenge and how it's (or perhaps isn't) affecting other nonprofits.

Related Link: Already other charities are trying to replicate the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon and create their own challenges to garner millions in donations. Read more about their techniques and probability for success. (The Wall Street Journal)

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation Talking Points in English and French
Canada's new (and complicated) Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force on July 1, applies to commercial electronic messages that are either sent from, or accessed on, a computer system in Canada. AFP urges you to contact members of Parliament and Senators to exempt electronic communications sent by, or on behalf of, registered charities, or at least provide clear and consistent interpretations for registered charities. To help in these efforts, we've armed you with talking points in English and French!

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Fundraising News

The Top 10 Corporate Philanthropists of 2013 [Infographic]
This infographic highlights the ten companies that gave the most cash to nonprofits in 2013. Some of the most generous companies may surprise you! (Nonprofit Hub)

How Today's Nonprofits Are Investing In Digital Marketing
The recently released 2014 Interactive Investment Benchmark Study: How Today's Nonprofits Approach Digital Spending and Why It Matters to You, shows how nonprofits perceive digital marketing and how they are investing in it. (EleventyGroup)

Top Ten: 7 Favorite Topics of Boring Fundraisers
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on learning how to tell stories from children's books, what kind of year-end fundraising decisions you should be making NOW, an appeal list you should be checking (and checking twice), how to control others so they don't ruin your nonprofit's reputation, why corporations are partnering with nonprofits to boost their value, how to make the most out of email pre-headers and so much more!

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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!

New! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members
A Step-by-Step Primer on How to Obtain Large Government Grants for Nonprofits (Part 2), 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 Part 2
  | Read Part 1
• 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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