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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.38
September 24, 2014
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This Week on Nikki's Notes:
The End of a Video Era!

Nikki's Notes

After two years of stellar video recaps of what's been happening in the AFP universe, Nikki of Nikki's Notes is hanging up her microphone. She has a special farewell message for you all. But rest assured—she has left a significant number of recordings in the vault for us to enjoy into the near future, and stay tuned for new and exciting developments coming from AFP!

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!

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Vote for the 2015 AFP Board of Directors

All votes must be submitted by Oct. 8. Help AFP plot the course for the future by voting on your leaders!

Top Stories

Incorporating Stories Into Your Fundraising Program
On Oct. 8, Leah Eustace, ACFRE, chief idea goddess at Good Works, will present a webinar on "Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising." In a preview of her webinar, Leah talks about the unique power of stories and how they affect human psychology.

End of Year Major Gifts: What's Your Next Step?
You had questions—a lot of questions. Amy Eisenfeld, ACFRE, best-selling author, speaker, trainer and consultant, as well as the owner of Tri Point Fundraising, had the answers. Read all the Q&A about end-of-year major gifts and learn great ideas for your own organization's fundraising over the next three months.

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

Charitable Giving Coalition Sends Letter to Rep. Paul Ryan
The Charitable Giving Coalition, chaired by AFP, recently sent a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chair of the Budget Committee and key player on tax reform, thanking him for his comments on the unique nature of the charitable deduction and the potential negative impact of Rep. Dave Camp's proposed tax reform plan on giving.

Are You Underestimating the Philanthropic Potential of High-Wealth Women?
New data commissioned by Women Moving Millions (WMM) show that North American women today have the capacity to give an estimated $230 billion annually to philanthropy. That figure is approximately equal to all charitable giving from individuals in the US in 2013. The report calls upon women donors to invest in women and girls and outlines principles you can use to amplify the efforts of current and future donors.

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 a New Governance Model Help Your Organization?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including HOW to distribute content on social media, what the latest Census report means for fundraising, super-short fundraising videos, how much to invest in data collection and analysis, 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
See all Exchange papers and resources
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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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See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!

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

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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