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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.37
September 17, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
Why Ethics Remains the Cornerstone of the Profession

Nikki's Notes

One of the main reasons AFP was created was to develop a code of ethics for fundraising. Fifty years ago, it promulgated its first code, consisting of four standards. Nikki talks with AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt about the code and why ethics still remains the cornerstone of the profession.

Next AFP Q&A - Oct. 1
The Final Homestretch: Year-End Fundraising Appeals

The end of the year is right around the corner. If you are involved with one of those organizations that bring in a majority of their income in the last quarter of the calendar year, you might be starting to feel nervous—seeing how much work still remains to be done. Join Catherine Connolly, MBA, CFRE and get some new ideas about fundraising appeals at year-end. Send in your questions now, and then tune in to AFP Q&A on Oct. 1 @ 1 pm EDT for Catherine's answers on year-end appeals!

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50 Years of the AFP Code of Ethics
For 50 years, the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards has served as the cornerstone of fundraising, identifying and promulgating the high standards that make ethical fundraising possible. And as the giving season gets into full swing, AFP will be celebrating the 50th anniversary throughout the rest of the year, reminding members—as well as donors and others—why the AFP code is so important.

Related Resource: The AFP Ethics Hot Topic Page

What Does the Code Mean to You?
In his latest blog, AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, says AFP's Code of Ethics means different things to different people, and asks how the Code has affected your career.

National Philanthropy Day®—Tell Us YOUR Philanthropic Idol!
To help celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is asking people to submit short videos about their philanthropic idol (and how their idol inspires them to get involved), with the top five most popular videos earning the submitters $500 each for their favorite charity! Learn more.

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AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

New Partnership to Increase Student Philanthropy, Community Involvement
AFP and the Jefferson Awards Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership between the AFP Youth in Philanthropy program and the Jefferson Awards Foundation's Students In Action Program. Learn more.

Study Finds Camp's Tax Reform Would Reduce Charitable Giving
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform plan would slash charitable giving by as much as $34 billion a year, according to a new study. (The Hill) You can find the full study here. (Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy)

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!

AFP Top Ten: Can You Plan on the IRA Charitable Rollover?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including making storytelling part of your culture, how to finish the year strong, using bitcoin, collaborations in grant proposals, how to check your current website against best practices and much 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
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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

Getting Your Organization Onboard with Fundraising: Weaving a Philanthropic Culture
(September 24, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

You may be able to cultivate a relationship with a donor, but can you build a philanthropically cultural relationship within your organization? You shouldn't be the only one living in a philanthropic world. If your organization joined you, and its culture reflected your philanthropic beliefs, then it would be even easier to appeal to prospect donors. Attend this webinar with Andrea McManus, CFRE to gain an understanding of your organization's current culture and identify ways to improve your philanthropic synergy and attract and retain donors.
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Article for September:

Visit the AFP Career Learning Center

The Career Learning Center encourages an integrative career and professional development process that enhances your skill set. Click here for more information.

Related Resource: The AFP Career Hot Topic Page

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