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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.45
November 12, 2014
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Nikki's Notes:
What's To Come For The Next Era of AFP

Nikki's Notes

There are just a few months left for Pat Feeley, CFRE, as chair-elect on the AFP board. When he steps up to take on the role of chair for the board, what will his first items of business be? Playing off the new strategic plan, Pat plans to dive into diversity and inclusion, continuing education, advocacy and so much more. We're excited for the new era of AFP to kick-off in 2015, and hope you'll join us!

Nominate Your Colleague for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award

In Baltimore at its International Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, 2015, AFP will recognize one member as its Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Will it be you? A colleague? One of your chapter's past honorees? Nominate today! Deadline is December 17!

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So Many Ways to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day!
National Philanthropy Day is Nov. 15, and everyone is celebrating. Sure, AFP has put together a couple of videos, but so has the Prime Minister of Canada. And then check out what our contestants said in our Who Is Your Philanthropic Idol selfie contest! Top five vote getters will be announced next week!

Related Resource: AFP NPD Blog

AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day
There are so many inspirational words that we use during National Philanthropy Day, but AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, thinks that one stands out: service.

Virginia Youth Group Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
Miles of Scarves, a group of girls based in Henrico, Va., that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group.

Related Resource: AFP Youth in Philanthropy Blog


Social Media: Your Questions Answered!
You had questions about social media. A lot. And Ritu Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Social Media for Nonprofits, answered them all, giving you tips, advice, resources and links to get more information. Click here to find inspiration (and probably answers to questions you have too) about social media!


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Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
AFP invites members everywhere to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 52nd International Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, 2015, in Baltimore, Md. (AFP)

GOP's Senate Wins Boost Prospects of Tax Changes for Nonprofits
With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate following Tuesday's elections, it is likely that lawmakers will dig deep into the tax code soon after a new Congress is sworn in next year. While that means added scrutiny on the charitable deduction and the tax treatment of nonprofits, charity leaders are confident a solidly Republican Congress will keep their cherished provisions intact. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

AFP Top Ten: How to Use Website Analytics to Measure Awareness
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the tactics of collaboration; why nonprofit should participate in #GivingTuesday (and might we suggest, National Philanthropy Day!); more about Bitcoin (you know what you want to use it); ways to thank big donors; using the Wordifier (we love that name!) and more! Check out the 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 5): Logicl Models, 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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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

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(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!

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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for November:

In Transition
By Stephanie Cory, CAP, CFRE

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