Tell Us 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.
October 19 Deadline for NPDIdol Video Submissions!
October 19 is the deadline for members, donors, volunteers and anyone else 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!
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube—You Name It, We're There! Check Out AFP's Online Communities!
New Orleans High School Student Earns AFP's Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
Princeton Carter, a 16-year old student attending Newman High School in New Orleans, La., has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Read more.
Holiday Solicitations and Donor Expectations
In his latest post, AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about a recent column in the Ottawa Citizen expressing dissatisfaction with amount of charity solicitations that are being sent as the holiday season approaches. Read Andrew's blog.
Nominations for Skystone Partners Research Prize Due Nov. 1
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.
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Check Out the New Young Professionals Page!
Whether you're a young professional—or looking for resources FOR young professionals, our new Young Professionals Page has you covered, with links to articles on skill-building, career development and more. Check it out!
Free Webinars on Estate Planning
As part of AFP's work in promoting National Estate Planning Awareness Week, members can participate in two free webinars: Year-End Financial and Estate Planning Strategies in Plain English (Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET) and Building Blocks to Successful Estate Planning—An Estate Planning Primer & Refresher (Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. ET).
Why Don't Crowdfunders Have to Register to Solicit
Noted fundraising expert Don Kramer addresses an increasingly important issue: crowdfunding and the implications for fundraising registration.
AFP Top Ten: Moving a First-Time Donor to a Major Donor
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how to become more attuned to your donors; how to know just enough about website coding to talk with a designer or programmer; gender-based solicitations; one fundraiser's work in a year to build a more diverse fundraising program 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!
New Resources on Donor Retention, Fundraising Performance Through the FEP
Thanks to a grant from Bloomerang and support from other partner organizations, the new Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) website not only has all of the FEP research reports from 2008 easily downloadable, but also all new measurement tools from the Growth in Giving Initiative. See the FEP resources.
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.
•Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 | Read Part 3
• Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic Page: Grants
• See all Exchange papers and resources
• Submit your paper
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Upcoming AFP Webinar:
(October 21, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)
Fundraising can be overwhelming and sometimes daunting for the first-timer. Fundraising: The Nuts and Bolts, is designed to provide you with the framework for fundraising, along with the tools you need to be successful. Brian Bonde, ACFRE, will share best practices of fundraising basics and answer fundamental questions you have about where to begin on a successful career. This seminar is designed specifically for individuals who are new to the fundraising profession. Register now!
See the 2014 Webinar Schedule!
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's products and offerings. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Natalie directly at 717.580.8184 or Marshall at 717-430-2223.
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