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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.9
March 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!

Join Seth Godin and AFP in Baltimore!

Watch Seth get us excited for the 2015 AFP International Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, in Baltimore! Register NOW!

Next 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. That's what this new webinar tries to help you do: 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!

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Countdown to Conference:
Coming Soon—The Free AFP 2015 App!

We know you are gearing up for the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, Md., at the end of the month. And so are we, getting our new AFP 2015 mobile app—sponsored by Abila—ready for you (and your smart device of choice)! You'll have all the sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and more at your fingertips as you roam the Baltimore Convention Center and create your own personalized conference experience. You will be able to set up a profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, earn points and badges, and more! The AFP 2015 app will be released March 17. So mark your calendar and get ready to RAISE your fundraising game!

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

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!

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 Ida Eriksson at, or visit

Upcoming AFP Webinar:
Donor Retention: Current Rates are Plummeting! What Can Every Fundraiser Do to Reverse the Trend?
Speaker: Jay Love
(March 17, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)
This session explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. We will focus on what can be done about retaining donors based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant, the world-renowned authority on building donor retention and donor loyalty. Dr. Sargeant's principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization, whether you are a one-person shop or a large department. We will show examples of his principles in action through various technology tools. The results can be astounding when put into daily use. As Adrian states, "even a small change in retention of 10% can double the lifetime value of your current donors!" Register now!

International Advance Diploma in Fundraising
Nowhere before was there an international master's level qualification in fundraising. Through our alliance with the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the European Fundraising Association, the new AFP/IoF International Advanced Diploma Course has a common curriculum that will be taught in Europe and North America. Students will be expected to complete the hours of study over a full academic year, including attending two three-day residential teaching blocks and completing seven assignments. Because of the innovative teaching methods being employed by the course faculty headed by Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang, you will be expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students throughout the year. For more information and to register for the next session of the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising, click here or contact Rhonda Starr at

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 and to order, click here. 


Fundraising News

How Much Are Fundraisers Giving Back?
When it comes to giving back, fundraisers talk the talk, how much do they walk the walk? Andrew Watt, FinstF, president and CEO of AFP, talks about the importance of giving back and encourages all members to take a short survey about how much they give and volunteer.

The Top 5 Presentations You Won’t Want to Miss at AFP International 2015
Nonprofit Hub presents some of the can't-miss sessions at the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore.

Public Policy Update: California and Texas
A new bill in California would require charities, if they use a fundraising counsel, to disclose the identity of their counsel before or during a solicitation. (Contact the Public Affairs Department for more information: Meanwhile, in Texas, AFP chapters are holding an AFP Texas Legislative Action Day at the Statehouse in Austin!

BE the CAUSE: Updated and Reinvigorated
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy has updated their BE the CAUSE campaign website with lots of exciting new stuff, including a 2015 promotional videos, FAQs (with MORE video), success stories, ways for donors to tell us why you give, and the 2014 campaign results. Visit the page and support your profession by BEING the CAUSE!


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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.

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.

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.
Read the Paper
See all Exchange papers and resources
Submit your paper


Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for March:

[Download a PDF of this article!]
Don't Sabotage Your Career—Take Control
By Mary Beth Bos, CFRE

Related Resource: The AFP Career Hot Topic Page

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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