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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.5
February 4, 2015

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!

AFP Conference Advance Registration Deadline Extended
Through Feb. 6— Register Now & Save $100!

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.Register NOW!


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.

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.

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

Upcoming AFP Webinar:
Making Each Rung Count: How to Build a Donor Ladder that Goes from Annual Gift to Ultimate Gift
Speakers: Michael Delzotti, CFRE and
Christopher Kasavich, MBA, CFRE
(February 18, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

In an increasingly competitive fundraising world, how do you find, cultivate and grow donors to advance your mission?
This session will define and delineate the best way to construct each rung so that you may build a successful and holistic fund development program. This session is set at the beginner/intermediate experience level and is for small/medium-sized shops. Register now!

Upcoming AFP Webinar:
Is Your Organization Sustainable?
Speaker: Simone Joyaux, ACFRE
(March 4, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)

Going out of business is mostly a slow thing. You don
't notice. But suddenly you wake up one morning and...oops. So that's what this new webinar tries to help you do. It's time to notice! Too many nonprofits seem too fragile. Maybe that's okay. Maybe some of these organizations aren't sustainable and don't matter enough to be sustainable. On the other hand.... If you think your organization should continue to serve, then let's talk about sustainability.
Register now!

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
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 and register!

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.

North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
North Park University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals have partnered to offer Active AFP members a 40 percent tuition discount for all graduate management courses in North Park's nationally recognized School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Save over $4,000 for a graduate certificate, and over $15,000 for a degree with the AFP discount! To learn more, contact Chris Nicholson, Senior Director of Graduate Admissions, at (773) 244-5518 or, or visit

Fundraising News

AFP Statement on President Obama's FY 2016 Budget
While the recently released budget recognizes the important role that the charitable deduction plays, it also includes the 28% cap on all deductions for wealthy taxpayers. Read the full statement from AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, and AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE.

Bill Introduced To Make IRA Rollover Provision Permanent
On Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee considered a number of bills that would enhance charitable contributions, including H.R. 637, a bill that would make the IRA Rollover provision permanent. AFP has heard that House Republicans are in favor of moving a package of bills that would make certain charitable provisions such as the IRA Rollover permanent (similar to H.R. 3806 that was introduced in the last Congress). Read more.

Charitable Giving Coalition Letter to the President
The Charitable Giving Coalition, which AFP co-chairs, sent a letter to the White House about the impact of the FY 2016 budget and encouraging the President to move forward additional proposals that will encourage giving. Read the full letter here.

Take the AFP Salary Survey Today!
You’ve been meaning to, we know. But the deadline is approaching (extended now through Feb. 6). So help your profession. Help yourself (especially when you’re negotiating that new salary!). Take the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study—otherwise known as the Salary Survey—today!
US Members Survey | Canada Members Survey

AFP Top Ten: How Nonprofits Can Avoid the Spam Folder
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the daily habits of exceptionally happy people; three ways to evaluate nonprofit technology; link dynamics between giving and volunteering; how to make video for your nonprofit for under $50; and more! Read the Top Ten! (AFP)

AFP Bookstore


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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AFP Career Center Resource for February:

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Don't Sabotage Your Career—Take Control
By Mary Beth Bos, CFRE

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