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eWire Volume 9, Number 22
June 2, 2009
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In This Issue

Improving Yourself—And Your Profession—Through Community

Fundraising Tools and Tips
Major Gifts: It's Not the Donation Amount that Matters—it’s the Strength of the Relationship
Preparing an Airtight Script for the Major-Gift Ask
Free Ready Reference Download: Asking for Major Gifts

Policy Update
Canada's Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology Passes NPD Bill

AFP News
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Expands Outreach with Generous Gift from RuffaloCODY
Nominations Being Accepted Now for AFP Board of Directors
Nominations Open for Foundation for Philanthropy Board
AFP/APRA Summit: Organizational and Skill Evolution for Changing Times

Register Now for Upcoming Webconferences
Evaluating Your Development Program: How Do You Measure Up? [June 10]
Making the Most of Email Marketing – Presented by Allison Van Diest of Blackbaud
[June 25]

Special AFP Resources
Job Listings/Career Opportunities
Your To-Do List for This Week

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Improving Yourself—And Your Profession—Through Community
A professional association like AFP isn't just crucial to your own personal growth and success. Organizations, professions and all of society rely on the work and efforts of like-minded individuals united as one voice in a professional association. Read more.

AFP/Boston CollegeFundraising Tools and Tips

Major Gifts: It's Not the Donation Amount that Matters—it's the Strength of the Relationship
Find out ways that you can build a deeper relationship with a donor to inspire a major gift. The trick is to measure success by the connection you and your organization have with a donor, and not set limits based on current giving level. Read more.

Preparing an Airtight Script for the Major—Gift Ask
Laura Fredricks, author of The Ask, describes the elements of an effective script for a major gift ask—to be used by a fundraiser, board member or volunteer. Learn why writing a good script is essential. Read more.

Free Ready Reference Download: Asking for Major Gifts
Successful solicitations are a team approach no matter who makes the ask! In this booklet, the reader will learn how to build the solicitation team and how to implement the steps for a successful solicitation. Available in PDF form free to members (log in required). Please scroll down to view Asking for Major Gifts booklet. Read more.

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Policy Update

Canada's Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology Passes NPD Bill
The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world. Read more.

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AFP/Consultants and Resource DirectoryAFP News

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Expands Outreach with Generous Gift from RuffaloCODY
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with RuffaloCODY, a fundraising, software and enrollment services firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that will provide extensive calling services for the 2009 Every Member Campaign. Read more.

Nominations Being Accepted Now for AFP Board of Directors
AFP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its 2010 Board of Directors as a district director or as an at-large director. Forms are due on or before July 31, 2009. Read more.

Nominations Open for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is now accepting nominations for chair-elect (due July 10) and for officers and directors (due July 24). Read more.

AFP/APRA Summit: Organizational and Skill Evolution for Changing Times
Join AFP and APRA in a collaborative summit that will inspire professionals to come together and explore new, creative ways to retool and rethink fundraising in today's changing times. The event takes place July 28, 2009, at Boston Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Mass. Learn more and register today!

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Business MemberDon’t Miss Two Great Webconferences to Improve Your Fundraising

Evaluating Your Development Program—Presented by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE
June 10 | 1–2:30 pm ET
How does your development program measure up to accepted standards? Are you doing as well as your competition? Is your development program growing or is it stagnant? Does your organization have a philanthropic culture? What tools can help you assess your performance? How do you find the time to "take stock" of your program? These questions and more will be answered in Evaluating Your Development Program: How Do You Measure Up? presented on Wednesday, June 10 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Making the Most of Email Marketing—Presented by Allison Van Diest of Blackbaud
June 25 | 3-4:30 pm ET

There's simply no faster or more cost-effective way to reach out to supporters and keep your organization top of mind than through a well-organized and managed email marketing program. This session will highlight proven messages to help you inspire action from your email recipients, as well as tools to help you plan, develop, launch and manage a successful program. Don’t miss Making the Most of Email Marketing: Optimizing Your Message for Today's Medium presented Thursday, June 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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AFP/APRASpecial AFP Resources

Free Member Downloads of AFP Ready Reference Series
As a benefit and service to help fundraisers through the current challenging economic environment, AFP is pleased to offer all of its Ready Reference volumes FREE to all members. Click here to download (log-in required). Hard-copy versions may still be ordered from the AFP Bookstore.

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy
AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide fundraisers in tough economic times.

AFP's Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers
This toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help you carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position.

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Job Listings/Career Opportunities

Currently there are more than 200 jobs listed on our website. To find one that is right for you, visit http://jobs.afpnet.org/search

Job Seekers:
Access the newest jobs available to development professionals.

Employers/Recruiters:
Reach highly qualified candidates by posting your opening in the AFP Fundraising Job Center

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Your To-Do List for This Week

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