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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.7
February 18, 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!

March 2 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 video "selfie") here.

Top Stories

Penelope Cagney, Bernard Ross Win AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
Penelope Cagney, CFRE and Bernard Ross have been awarded the 2015 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research for their thought-provoking volume on international philanthropy, Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy, published by Wiley.
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Update: IRA Rollover Passes the House
The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 644, which includes several giving provisions, including the IRA Charitable Rollover. The White House has already promised a veto of the bill because it does not contain offsets to cover the costs of the provision. The House passed the bill by a vote of 279 - 137, which is just 11 votes short needed to override a veto. The legislation now heads to the Senate, and AFP will inform members if grassroots action is needed to move the bill forward.

Top Five Big Data Fundraising Myths
Still unsure about what the heck Big Data is and how it might help your organization? Jamie Lehman debunks five common myths about Big Data and nonprofits.

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. You can also find the Donor Bill of Rights and the eDonor Bill of Rights on the AFP website.

AFP Bookstore

Fundraising News

Inclusive Giving
While Canada's Inclusive Giving Project was started with the aim of discovering strategies to help strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector in Ontario, the conversations and insights about giving and volunteering it has encouraged have much to offer fundraisers around the world. (Institute of Fundraising)

But Everyone Else is Doing It: Why There are So Many Illegal Social Media Contests
The sea of rules and regulations that marketers, brands and bloggers must navigate is largely uncharted, and sometimes frightening. Here's a good guide to the basics to avoid the pitfalls. (Business Grows)

Location, Location, Location
People who know the housing market business will always tell you that where a house is located is a HUGE determinant of its value. The same is true of your charity’s website—and especially the legacy giving section of your site. (Hilborn News)

AFP Top Ten: When Your Nonprofit Can and Cannot Send Email
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including new research on social media use; five ways to really annoy older donors; how to hook your reader from the first sentence; are sexy people really more selfish; and more! Read the Top Ten! (AFP)

Speaker Database

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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.

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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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!

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for February:

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Don't Sabotage Your Career—Take Control
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