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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.49
December 10, 2014

Special AFP eWire:
Fundraising Fast Track - AFP's Educational Opportunities

AFP has the best resources and opportunities for you on a variety of educational opportunities, no matter your experience level or job responsibility!

Upcoming AFP Webinar:

Integrating Planned Giving into Your Campaign/Major Gifts Program
Speaker: Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE
(January 28, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Register now!

See The Full 2015 Webinar Schedule!

AFP Spotlight:
Stubhub Foundation Survey Results Are In!

AFP Spotlight

Diane LaVigna, CFRE, Director of Annual Giving for the AFP Foundation discusses results of a recently published survey on special events made possible in part by a grant from the StubHub Foundation, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with Philip Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, former AFP board member and current Chair of CFRE International!

Related Resource: The 2014 Special Events Report

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

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

International Advanced Diploma In Fundraising
Learn the best from Europe and North America! Developed in partnership between the Institute of Fundraising, the European Fundraising Association and AFP, this masters level qualification is taught by professors Adrian Sergeant and Jen Shang. Expect an intense, comprehensive and enlightening year-long study, including two three-day teaching blocks. You'll be expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students. For more information and to register for the next session of the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising click here or contact Rhonda Starr at

Save The Date for the 3rd Annual AFP/Rice University Development & Finance Symposium
When: June 9 & 10, 2015
Where: Rice University, Houston, TX
AFP Members: $495 — early bird AFP Rate $395
Non-Members: $695

Want to create a strategic advantage for your charity over others? Develop a strong relationship between your fundraising and finance departments. In this outstanding and highly-rated symposium, senior advancement officers and CFOs will share their experiences and strategies for effective management, and participants will learn more about the complexities of both roles from these practitioners and scholars. The Development and Finance Symposium is co-sponsored by AFP and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University. Click here to learn more!

Have the Conference in the Palm of Your (Virtual) Hand—Check Out AFP's Conference Recordings!
Miss out on an education session (or all of them) at the 2014, 2013 or 2012 AFP International Conference, or just want to relive the experience and build your knowledge database? AFP is here for you! We have the conference audio recordings of a majority of the regular education sessions available for purchase as CD-ROM, streaming, and now as podcasts for your mp3 player! Remember: All recordings contribute CFRE points towards your certification/re-certification! For more information/to order click here.


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The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course Is A Great Foundation For New and Seasoned Fundraisers!
This course was developed from the Essentials of Fundraising Program and the First Course On Fundraising and is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges non profit organizations face every day. For a schedule of when and where the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is being offered click here.

Increase Your Chances On Becoming A CFRE...Take The AFP CFRE Review Course!
The AFP CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a two-day, intensive program that provides an overview of skills, techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level. The course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles. Get started today!




Most Popular Resource Center Hot Topics:
The Top 10 of '14...So Far!

A popular member benefit, AFP's 29 comprehensive Hot Topics pages—developed by the Resource Center based on the most popular searches and requests—respond to members' most pressing professional needs. The following is a list of the 10 most visited Hot Topic pages this year to date. We hope you find them beneficial!

1. Benchmarks
. Annual Fund
3. Development Plans
4. Boards and Volunteers

5. Samples, Forms and Documents
6. Case for Support
. Capital Campaigns
8. Donor Relations/Stewardship
9. Fundraising Basics
10. Job Descriptions

To view the complete list of Resource Center Hot Topics, please visit (login required) or simply go to the
"Browse By Topic" pull-down menu you'
ll find in the search box area on every 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)

Significant Growth in Online Giving Seen on #Givingtuesday 2014, Initial Data From Major Donation Processing Platforms Show
In just its third year, #GivingTuesday attracted widespread participation, with $34.9 million raised online via five major donation processing platforms, according to initial estimates tallied by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and supported by the Case Foundation. (IUPUI Newsroom)

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.

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!

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)

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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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for December:

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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