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AFP eWire - Vol.15, Num.1
January 7, 2015

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What's Ahead for 2015
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, discusses a few issues that fundraisers will need to address in 2015, including public policy and the increasing amount of data and information that is available about giving and fundraising. Read Andrew's blog.

More Amazing Sessions at the AFP Fundraising Conference, March 29-31
Donor loyalty, motivation and retention? Check. Social media, marketing and metrics? Check?
Adrian Sargeant, Simone Joyaux, Tom Ahern and many more great presenters? Yep, AFP's International Fundraising Conference has them all. The website has been updated, so see all the educational sessions you'll miss—if you don't register today! Advance registration ends Jan. 30—REGISTER NOW and SAVE!

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Fundraising News

Charities Show Strides in Keeping Loyal Donors, But Are Too Focused on Short-Term Results, Scholars Say
Charities made strides in the past year as they sought to persuade new donors to give again and to increase the amount such supporters contribute for second or third gifts, a study has found. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Giving Thanks: How an Exceptional Thank You Is Critical for Retaining Your Donors
Nonprofit organizations risk losing donors and funds by not thanking promptly and well—but there are clear strategies for developing great donor partnerships through the thank you letter. (Charity Village)

5 Fundraising Predictions for 2015
Improving donation flow to raise more money; the ability to engage with Millennials; donor retention and treating all donors as if they are major donors; online fundraising and mobile; and, the ability to share stories in a very visual way will be the top fundraising trends for 2015. (NonProfit Times)

AFP Board Welcomes Chapter No. 238
At its fall meeting, the AFP board of directors approved the application of its 238th chapter, the Ohio State Collegiate Chapter. The chapter is sponsored by the AFP Ohio, Central Chapter. The first chapter president is Erin Kaminski. This brings the total number of AFP collegiate chapters to 36. Welcome Buckeyes!

AFP Top Ten: Beth Kanter's New Year's Ritual
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including great examples of personal thank-you letters; a donor's advice to nonprofits; the top blog posts of 2014; ten resolutions for fundraisers for 2015; and more! Check out the Top Ten!


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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:

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Speaker: Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE
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