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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.6
February 11, 2015

The AFP International Fundraising Conference is Just Around the Corner—Register Now!

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!


Feb. 17 Deadline to Submit 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:
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!

Top Stories

Blackbaud Report on Online Giving
The 2014 Charitable Giving Report by Blackbaud shows that online charitable giving grew at 8.9 percent year-on-year, significantly outpacing the 2.1 percent growth in overall charitable giving.
Read more.

Time to Participate in the NRC Winter 2015 Fundraising Survey
The NRC Surveys are the most comprehensive fundraising surveys in the profession, and AFP needs your participation. Fundraisers use the NRC data to benchmark their own organizations, identify new trends and consider new fundraising approaches. If you were randomly selected and received the survey request, please take 15 minutes and complete it today. Questions? Email

AFP Board Approves New Format for the Code of Ethical Standards
The AFP Board of Directors has approved a new format, including a graphic makeover, for the association's Code of Ethical Standards, which members are required to sign ever year as part of their membership.

Two Members Earn Their ACFRE!
Ann Charles Watts and Cathy Cessna have earned the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential, becoming just the 103rd and 104th fundraisers to earn this distinction!

Fundraising News

February 14: Time for Donor Love
If you've been so busy fundraising you haven't had time to address donor relations (oh, the irony), here's an action plan to get you back on track before Valentine's Day. (Hilborn)

When Your Cause Should Stay Out of the Limelight
The cause should never take second place in an appeal, right? Well, maybe not ALWAYS. An interesting case study from Cancer Research UK's Dryathlon. (SOFII)

The Philanthropy 50
A look at the 50 most generous donors in the U.S. in 2014. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

AFP Top Ten: Building a Professional Network That Works for You
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including 21 ways to make donors your valentine; how to create a deeper connection with your customers and clients; how to listen to podcasts and audio books productively; ten best Twitter practices for nonprofits; and more! Read the Top Ten! (AFP)

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

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.


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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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