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October 1, 2014
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Being a fundraiser means more than just raising funds. It's about being part of one of the rising professions in the world, dedicated to improving the quality of life in our world. Fundraising is about you. That's why in 2015 AFP's International Fundraising Conference is changing to focus on one thing—you. No fundraiser is alike, just like no cause or fundraising campaign is alike.

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Nikki's Archives:
National Philanthropy Day Contest:
Who Is Your Philanthropic Idol?

Nikki's Notes

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.

Webinar - Oct. 8
Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising


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.


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Top Stories

ATCO Named 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
ATCO, a diversified global corporation headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Corporation by AFP. Read more.

October 20-26: National Estate Planning Awareness Week
With more than 120 million people across North America not possessing updated estate plans, AFP and the Financial Awareness Foundation are working together to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 20-26. Learn more.


Better Together
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the recent vote for independence in his home country, Scotland, and what "Better Together" means for the charitable sector.


Boosting Fundraising Skills with Assessments and Training
To survive and thrive in the charitable environment, the American Red Cross is becoming more proactive in its approach to development and positioning fundraising as a science and skill-driven process within the organization. Read more.


There Is Still Time To Order Your Custom NPD Awards!

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't see what you are looking for? No problem. You can submit a request for custom products, too. Visit the AFP Marketplace today for all your logo merchandise needs!



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AFP Webinars

Fundraising News

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.

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


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: How to Handle List Removal Requests
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how to prevent your donors from hitting information overload; the best ways to approach Millennial donors; great examples of videos that inform and inspire; and 112 (yep, 112!) tips to raise more money through direct mail. 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
(October 8, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)


Nothing connects us to one another like stories. We teach our children through story. We entertain each other with stories. And yes, we raise a lot of money by being great storytellers. Great fundraisers know the power of great narrative. In this session, Leah Eustace, ACFRE, chief idea goddess at Good Works, a boutique consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada, will talk about the psychology around giving, and will provide real life examples of great stories in action. Sign up today to get started!


See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!



Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for October:

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