This Week on Nikki's Notes:
National Philanthropy Day Contest:
Who Is Your Philanthropic Idol?
The season of giving is nearly upon us, and AFP is making great plans for National Philanthropy Day®. Nikki talks with Andrew Watt, AFP's president and CEO, about NPD and our new "Who is Your Philanthropic Idol" contest.
AFP Q&A: End of Year Major Gifts—What's Your Next Step?
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 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!
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube—You Name It, We're There! Check Out AFP's Online Communities!
AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application Form Now Available
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to open up the application process for the scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference. Apply now!
Canada Public Policy Update: AFP Response to Column on Political Activities of Charities
In a recent National Post column, Andrew Coyne concluded that the best way to police political activities of charities is to "take away the charitable tax designation." AFP finds this conclusion fundamentally flawed.
AFP Top Ten: Strategic Strategeries on Strategy!
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on donor retention strategies, where to find nonprofit salary information, five lessons nonprofits can learn from startups, crowdfunding strategies, new fundraising writing (yes, wait for it) strategies, and more! Read the AFP Top Ten!
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
*NEW* AFP Hot Topic: Benchmarks
You asked, so we created. After a number of requests for benchmarking resources, we figured it was time to create one go-to place. Thus the Benchmarks Hot Topic Page was born! Find resources on how to compare your organization with others like yours. Get the fundraising tools you need to calculate your cost to raise a dollar (CTRD), your return on investment (ROI), your donor retention rates and growth in giving ratio. Do it all, with the new Benchmarks Hot Topic Page!
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.
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.
New! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members
A Step-by-Step Primer on How to Obtain Large Government Grants for Nonprofits (Part 3), 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 1 | Read Part 2
• Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic Page: Grants
• See all Exchange papers and resources
• Submit your paper
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