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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.48
December 3, 2014
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Nikki's Notes:
Meet Maureen Hackett, Our
2014 Outstanding Philanthropist!

Nikki's Notes

For Maureen Hackett, AFP's 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist, philanthropy has been both an opportunity and an obligation to create impact for organizations committed to a more just and caring world. Nikki talked with Maureen during AFP's recent National Philanthropy Day Honors event.

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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Top Stories

Learn Your Fundraising Personality Type and Work with Donors, Colleagues More Effectively
Have you ever wondered why your colleague's ideas are so different from yours? Or why you relate to some donors very quickly, but with others it seems more difficult to build a relationship? The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is partnering with TypeCoach to help you learn how to meet these and similar challenges.

Congress Reaches Deal on IRA Rollover, But Major Hurdles Remain
The House of Representatives and the Senate have worked out a deal to make the IRA Rollover provision permanent, but the White House has indicated its objections to the overall bill.

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Tax Incentives Worldwide Help Increase Charitable Donations Says New Global Study
The Rules to Give By Index, the world's first international index of government support for charitable giving, found that the percentage of people donating money to charity is 12 percentage points higher in nations offering tax incentives to individuals (33 percent) than in those that do not (21 percent).
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Related Resource: AFP Tax Issues Hot Topic Page

Fundraising News

New Hot Topic: Diversity and Inclusion
Our last Hot Topic, Benchmarks, has already received rave reviews. Now AFP has gathered tons of resources for our newest Hot Topic: Diversity and Inclusion—not just what these term means, but how to apply them to your organization and your fundraising. (AFP)

BECAUSE ethical and effective fundraising builds trust with donors. BECAUSE the next generation of fundraisers will carry on your legacy. BECAUSE you want to advance issues that affect your profession. Your gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy strengthens the fundraising profession globally and locally in your chapter. Make your gift to the foundation—and the profession—today. Join the cause. BE the CAUSE!

Measuring Fundraising Performance vs. Fundraiser Performance—Part Two
Simone Joyaux continues her discussion about differentiating fundraising performance and fundraiser performance, and talks about what makes a great fundraiser. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Forbes 2014 Special Philanthropy Issue
The Philanthropy issue is a collection of insights and actionable solutions from the 2014 Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy.

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)

AFP Top Ten: Did My #GivingTuesday Campaign Work?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the new psychology of giving; taking stock of your nonprofit's revenue potential; the importance of creating a "strawman page" before you launch your new website; making your content more share-worthy; how to win over Millennial donors; and more! Check out the Top Ten!

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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

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 6): The Budget, 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 | Read Part 4 | Read Part 5

• Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic Page: Grants
See all Exchange papers and resources
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Upcoming AFP Webinar:

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Has your organization decided it
's time to "take on fund development"? Are you taking the reigns of a development department with little to no structure? If you find yourself at square one, this webinar hosted by Amy Wolfe, MPPA, CFRE is for you! In this session we will explore the critical core elements of a fund development program, how best to establish realistic timelines for implementation, determining what you can handle and where you need help, and how best to set you and your team up for success.
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for November:

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.
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