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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.40
Canada - October 8, 2014
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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.




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REPORT: New Data Shows Canada's Largest Foundations Give over $1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities
Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada recently released a first-ever report about the assets and giving trends of Canada's largest grantmaking foundations. Read the highlights of the report here.

Don't Limit Your Career: An Interview with Dan Pallotta
Paul Nazareth talks fundraising careers and mentoring with Dan Pallotta during his recent visit to Toronto, and reminds young fundraisers to make sure your organization is a right fit with your dreams.

Bitcoin: It's Time for Canadian Nonprofits to Take Notice
Bitcoin is a digital currency that has attracted widespread media attention with a number of innovative businesses and nonprofits integrating it as a new payment option. Jason Shim shares why Pathways to Education Canada is now accepting bitcoin donations and why your charity may want to consider it too.

ATCO Named 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Canadian company ATCO will be honoured as the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation at AFP's National Philanthropy Day Honors event on Nov. 15.

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Canadian Member News

A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy
Who is your philanthropic idol? Post a video to and earn a $500 donation to your favourite charity!
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Inclusive Giving Project Wraps Up at Congress 2014
With more than 200 ethnic groups spread across Canada, charities are beginning to ask questions about how diversity is influencing their fundraising efforts. Discover answers to these questions by attending some of the inclusive giving sessions that are part of this year's Toronto Congress.

Fundraisers to Converge in Toronto for Congress 2014
It's that time again. Congress comes to Toronto this November. Mark Trask, chair of Congress, shares some of the highlights that delegates can look forward to. Early bird registration ends October 9th!

Counting Down to GivingTuesday
Last year GivingTuesday was a huge success in Canada. On December 2, don't miss the opportunity to get your organization involved in an exciting movement that highlights the importance of giving. Planning starts now!

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Fundraising Quicklinks

How and Why to Screen Your Volunteers

Legacy Surveys: Do's and Don'ts

Eight Core Web Design Principles for Your Website

United Way Becomes Largest Nonprofit to Accept Bitcoin

Google for Nonprofits—FAQ

New Giving Magazine Offered Free to Charities

AFP Partners with YGS Group for
Marketing and Exhibition Sales and Support

The AFP International network is growing and as part of this ongoing effort—and to ensure that we continue to offer the best products and services to our more than 31,000 members around the world, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has ended our agreement with our previous sales partner, Fox Associates, and has enlisted the advertising and sales expertise of The YGS Group to help AFP effectively manage and grow our media and program assets—and increase our sales volume for the many things we offer here at AFP.

Effective immediately, the YGS Group—a national media sales, print and publications company—will handle the sales and support of AFP assets including the Advancing Philanthropy magazine, AFP
's website, eWire newsletter, and other print and digital products, as well as exhibit booths and conference marketing programs at the Fundraising Conference (formerly the International Conference on Fundraising) and other events and programs.

Natalie DeSoto or Marshall Boomer, Media Sales Representatives with The YGS Group, will be reaching out to you soon to introduce themselves and to provide updated information on AFP
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

New Horizons for AFP in Canada
Is the current structure of the Association of Fundraising Professionals working effectively for the size of membership attained in this country? This is one of the questions being addressed by the AFP New Horizons task force.

AFP Offers National Job Board for Canadian Members
Whether you are looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, AFP is ready to help Canadian members find the right opportunity with the right organization.

A New Strategic Plan for AFP in Canada
AFP in Canada is getting its own strategic plan for the future. Read on for information on who's involved and what strategic areas are being addressed.

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 4), 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.
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AFP Career Center Article for August:

YOUR CAREER: Ready, Set, Retire?

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