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AFP eWire - Vol.14, Num.50
December 17, 2014

Nikki's Notes:
Meet The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, Our
2014 Outstanding Foundation!

Nikki's Notes

The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation has been transforming the lives of youth—and entire communities—for decades. Nikki caught up with representatives from our 2014 Outstanding Foundation at the recent National Philanthropy Day Honors celebration.

DEADLINE FRIDAY! 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? Nomination Deadline is FRIDAY, December 19!

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Top Stories

Charitable Giving, Donor Retention Levels Increasing, Reaching Near Pre-Recession Levels
For the fourth consecutive year, charitable organizations across the U.S. saw growth in both the level of funds they raised, as well as how well they retained donors from year to year, according the 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report.

Related Resource: The AFP FEP Website

IRA Rollover Approved by Congress, Heads to White House For Signing
With the White House threatening a veto of a bill to make the IRA Charitable Rollover and other provisions permanent, Congress turns to a one-year extenders package. Read more.

Related Resource: IRS Webinar: Help for Charities (Thursday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Eastern)

Reminders: Year-End Tax Topics
IRS Guidance:
Tax Topic 506, Charitable Contributions
Publication 526, Charitable Contributions
Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property
Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions
Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes
Canada Revenue Agency Guidance:
CRA Gift and Receipting Issues
CRA Sample Receipts


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Fundraising News

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.
 (AFP Foundation for Philanthropy)

Measuring Fundraising Performance vs. Fundraiser Performance—Part Three
In this final installment of a three-part series, Simone Joyaux explains her standards for measuring and appraising fundraisers. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Wealth-X And Arton Capital Philanthropy Report 2014
The Wealth-X and Arton Capital Philanthropy Report 2014 showcases the full spectrum of UHNW (ultra high net worth) philanthropy. (Wealth X)

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: You Need Data Nerds!
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the motivations of NextGen donors; more #GivingTuesday roundups; questioning nonprofit sustainability; the state of disaster philanthropy; when to make transformative changes; six degrees of major gift fundraising; and more! Check out the Top Ten!


Speaker Database


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

*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)

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? 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!

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!


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NEW! Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members
A Step-by-Step Primer on How to Obtain Large Government Grants for Nonprofits (Part 7): Reporting, 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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• Related Resource: AFP Hot Topic Page: Grants
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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.


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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