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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.42
October 22, 2014

AFP 2015 International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore
~ Early Bird Savings End Next Week! ~

Where will Fundraising take you in 2015? Hopefully to Baltimore, to the world's largest gathering of professionals dedicated to building the charitable sector—"The International Fundraising Conference."

Register Now and Enjoy a Great Early Bird Discount!

Nikki's Archives:
Tell Us 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.

MIDNIGHT TONIGHT is the Deadline for NPDIdol Video Submissions!

October 22 at midnight (EDT) 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!

Stay Wired!

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube—You Name It, We're There! Check Out AFP's Online Communities!

Top Stories

Give Your Fundraising a Boost: Register for AFP's International Conference by Oct. 31
AFP's 52nd International Fundraising Conference is coming up, March 29–31, 2015 in Charm City: Baltimore, Md. Here's a quick overview of some of the main Conference events, and early bird registration ends Oct. 31.

Ethics and Lake Wobegon
In honor of the 50th anniversary of AFP's Code of Ethics, take the Ethics Assessment Inventory and find out how to improve your organization's ethical performance. Don't be afraid—you might find out you're like those kids in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon and be "above average" or better!
Learn more!

Related Resource: The AFP Ethics Hot Topic Page

Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP's Fundraising Fitness Test
Erik Daubert, chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi)and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Advisory Board, talks about the latest free resource from the FEP, the Fundraising Fitness Test, and what it can mean for your organization.

Social Media for...Everything!
AFP's next Q&A session (Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 1 pm EST) tackles social media! It's everywhere, we're using it for everything, and we have a guest expert that knows everything—or can at least point you where to look if she (on the off chance) doesn't! Ritu Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Social Media for Nonprofit and general session speaker at last year's AFP conference, will share her expertise and perspective on all things social media. Events, campaign, ice buckets, outreach and retention—submit your questions today!


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Fundraising News

Giving Up Nearly 11 Percent at Largest US Charities
Giving to America's biggest and most popular charities grew by nearly 11 percent last year, fueled largely by affluent donors, who are reordering the top ranks of America's nonprofits, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

How to Hire for Cultural Fit at Your Nonprofit Organization
Finding someone who is a great fit for your organization is always critical. Increasingly, nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations are including questions about "cultural fit" in their hiring process. (Charity Village)

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!

AFP Top Ten: Influencing Donors' Gut Reactions to Solicitations
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including a new guide to choosing online giving platforms; sizing up your annual report; new ways to create highly committed donors; a new service providing free graphic design to nonprofits 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

There Is Still Time To Order Your Custom NPD Awards!

Visit the AFP Marketplace for all your AFP gifts and awards. Don
'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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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

Growth in Giving/Fundraising Effectiveness ProjectFundraising Basics
(November 18, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

The Growth in Giving Initiatives/Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is an excellent example of your AFP working to improve and enhance philanthropy in your organization. Learn how to use this information to understand and positively affect your fundraising program. Understanding donor and gift retention and utilizing this information to change the behavior of you and your donor will help you to raise and retain more donors and contributed funds. Register now!

See The Full Webinar Schedule!

AFP Bookstore

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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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for October:

In Transition
By Stephanie Cory, CAP, CFRE

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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