January 21, 2015
AFP International Fundraising Conference
Advance Registration Deadline is Jan. 30!
There are just two months until the AFP 2015 International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore! Register before Jan. 30 and enjoy great savings. So don't hesitate—register today!
Nominate Today for AFP's
National Philanthropy Day Honors!
You work with outstanding philanthropists, volunteer fundraisers, corporations, foundations and young people every day. So nominate one for AFP's National Philanthropy Day Honors! Learn more here and submit your video nomination (just a short "selfie" video—no bells and whistles) here.
AFP On Demand Webinar:
Opening the Door to Major Gifts:
Mastering the Discovery Call
Speaker: John Greenhoe, CFRE
Learn how to master the discovery call with one of our most popular webinars in 2014! Using John's proven methods, participants will learn effective methods for qualifying prospects for the purpose of major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, understand models for scripting the initial visit, and discover ways to continue the conversation. On demand webinars are worth 1.5 CFRE Continuing Education credit. Order now!
2015 AFP Webinars:
Registration Now Open!
Looking for a great lunchtime education session? How about one that offers 1.5 CFRE Continuing Education credits? Experts in the fundraising field talk on a wide variety of topics. Each webinar is worth 1.5 CFRE Continuing Education Credit. For more information and to order click here.
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.)
Brian will focus on how changing generational cohorts have created a need for non-profits to move to an integrated, philanthropic planning process when working with top level prospects, utilizing annual giving, major/campaign gifts and gift planning tools to meet donor needs while maximizing philanthropy. Register now!
The AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day Every Day!
National Philanthropy Day, and AFP's National Philanthropy Day campaign, isn't just about celebrating giving and volunteerism on one day. It's about recognizing the diverse (and sometimes complex) tapestry of philanthropy that occurs every day around the world.
State of the Union Speech
AFP was encouraged to see that President Obama did not reference the 28 percent cap on itemized deductions during the State of the Union last night—though, it is likely that the cap will once again be included in his upcoming FY2016 Budget. Instead, the President introduced his proposal to increase the capital gains tax for the "top 1%." Details of that plan indicate that gifts to charities would be exempt from this proposal, which is good news for the sector. The cap gain plan, however, will meet stiff opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress. More details on Obama's tax plan can be found here.
AFP Board Approves New Format for the Code of Ethical Principles
The AFP Board of Directors has approved a new format, including a graphic makeover, for the association's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, which members are required to sign ever year as part of their membership. Learn more.
Tax Reform Efforts Starting in Congress
With limited time to act before the 2016 Presidential election season kicks into gear, Congress has begun its efforts to address comprehensive tax reform, while the Charitable Giving Coalition has sent a letter to new members of Congress calling for greater incentives for giving.
Nonprofit Management Tools and Trends 2014
The Bridgespan Group's Nonprofit Management Tools and Trends 2014 report provides insight from 481 nonprofit executives on the use and effectiveness of 25 top tools as well as their opinions on the importance of 21 major trends affecting the sector. (The Bridgespan Group)
Supportive Nonprofit Messages Generate Higher Donations Long-term
A new study from the University of Utah finds that charitable organizations that adopt positive messaging to support a cause are able to generate higher long-term donations when compared to those that adopt negative messaging. (Eccles Extra)
Faith In Action: It's the Dubé Way
Q&A with AFP's 2013 Outstanding Philanthropists, Leslie and Irene Dubé. (The Star Phoenix)
The AFP Top Ten: Remember What It Is All About—Perspective and Inspiration
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including fundraising tips for your board and CEO; guidance on supercharged grant fundraising; a good infographic on the benefits of retaining existing donors versus soliciting new donors; questions to ask about your fundraising team; and more! Read the Top Ten! (AFP)
AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
Improve the Form 990: Take the Questionnaire and Help AFP Advise the IRS
You’ve been using the redesigned Form 990 since 2008. Now tell the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) how it can improve the document to make it more effective and easier to use.
*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)
Registration Now Open 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
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 and register!
Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members
The Role Of Annual Giving Societies In Your Organization, by Wendy Scardino, CFRM (AMPERAGE Fundraising Advisers)
Giving societies are an important tool for building donor relationships and ensuring the financial growth of an organization. This white paper discusses how to start a giving society and integrate that society into the everyday work of your nonprofit.
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