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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.4
January 28, 2015


We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this important announcement from the AFP Chair and Immediate Past Chair. This message is brought to you by the AFP International Fundraising Conference (advance deadline Jan 30th)—Register NOW!

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Top Stories

Technology: Fundraisers and Donors Not Yet on the Same Page
A new report by Give Central, a web-based donation platform, underscores the disconnect between the increasing ability and eagerness of nonprofits to take advantage of rapidly evolving technology—and the reluctance of donors to take advantage of the same. Read more.

New Special Events FAQ and Online Resources

Need information or have questions on special events? Members now have access to our HUGE FAQ on special events, along with the 2014 Special Events Report AND even more articles through our Special Event Scoop-it Page, all courtesy of The Special Events Management Initiative funded through the AFP Foundation in Philanthropy in part by a grant from the StubHub Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Call for Research Papers in Canada
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is accepting proposals under its Research Awards program with a deadline of April 30, 2015. Up to $10,000 is available and grant notifications will be made by the end of May with the expectation that the research will be completed by December 31, 2015. Learn more.

Spring Appeals Mailing: Send Us Your Thoughts
A member asked on AFP's Open Forums when other organizations typically plan to send out their spring solicitation mailing. When does your organization send its spring appeal, and what's your approach? Send your thoughts to, or tweet to #springappeals. And of course, you can join AFP's Discussion Groups and use the Open Forums too!

Fundraising News

Corporate Giving Improves Employee Performance
Here's a bit of research you can use in conversations with corporate donors and prospects. A recent study of corporate giving found employees to be more motivated to perform better when employers made philanthropic donations to the nonprofit organizations of the workers' choice. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

More Evidence Why Printed Annual Reports Can Help Your Charity
You never know who’ll be waiting around and want something to read. A good story on why having a printed annual report is still a good idea. (SOFII)

When Board Members Get in the Way of a Great Redesign
While organizations should be grateful to their hardworking board members, too often members overreach and can have a negative impact on decision making. This is especially true when it comes to marketing, design, and communications, disciplines that seem to attract an outsize share of unqualified participation. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

The AFP Top Ten: Helping Volunteers Fall in Love with the Mission
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including why you should start peer-to-peer fundraising this year; why selling alone can't close your first "sale;" a cautionary case study on board management; monthly giving programs for the small shop; and more! Read the Top Ten! (AFP)

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