Click for eWire online
AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.11
March 18, 2015

Voting Now Open For National Philanthropy Day Honors Awards!

Voting is now open for the National Philanthropy Day Honors, awards that recognize the best in philanthropy, generosity, dedication and selflessness. More than 70 video nominations have been received, highlighting outstanding work across six categories (outstanding philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser, corporation, foundation and youth in philanthropy). Everyone is eligible to watch the video nominations and vote—up to six votes a day, one vote in each category. Then come back each day and vote again if you want—until the voting period ends on May 1! Learn more, watch the nominated videos, and then vote for your favorites!

2016 Call for Conference Presentations Now Open

Interested in presenting at AFP's 2016 International Fundraising Conference in Boston, March 20–22, 2016? Submit your proposal now! We're looking for subject matter experts on cutting edge as well as traditional fundraising topics. Deadline is May 6, 2015.

Top Stories | Fundraising News | AFP Central | Job Listings/Resources

Countdown to the
2015 AFP International Conference
on Fundraising!

Got App Yet? Download AFP 2015 Now!
What are all the cool hepcat AFP conference kids doing these days? Why, they are being the bee's knees for Baltimore by downloading and exploring the AFP 2015 app! (click here if you missed yesterday's special eblast about conference online acitvities and social media). Doesn't matter if you're Apple, Google or Blackberry—come RAISE your conference engagement game! Have everything at your fingertips, create your own personalized schedule, set up your profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, see what the AFPeeps are up to (and the Peeps U schedule), and more. Simply search "AFP 2015" in iTunes and Google Play, or check out to learn more about the app and how to quickly download to all devices! Be the cat's pajamas—download the free AFP 2015 app now!

#Winning—The AFP 2015 App Way!
Been on the app? Surely you've noticed you can earn points and badges for various activities, such as posting status updates, checking into sessions, adding photos, etc., and you can see who's got the most points on the "App Points Leaders" page. But this isn't just for bragging rights—the top 10 point-getters by the close of conference will be put in a hat (just their names—the hat's not THAT big) for prizes, with one lucky person selected to get a new iPad! Woot! So get busy and start earning those points. And keep an eye out for new "special" badges and games popping up during the Baltimore conference. To learn more, visit or the the "Points/Badges FAQ" page on the app!

Top Stories

Achieving Effective Interpersonal Relations: How to Lead Others by Managing Ourselves
Michael Rosen talks with Bob Fogal about his upcoming AFP International Fundraising Conference session on interpersonal relations and the mistakes many fundraisers make when talking with donor prospects.

Project on "Relationship Fundraising" Seeks U.S. Input on Advisory Panel
Rogare—a fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy in the UK—is developing a project to review and refashion the concept of "relationship fundraising" to incorporate new developments, theories and trends. The project is seeking panelists who work at U.S. nonprofits who can share informed opinions on "relationship fundraising."

Free Webinar on Canada's New Estate Donation Rules
The Canadian Association of Gift Planners is offering a special free webinar to ensure the broader charitable sector understand the new legislation, how Canadian donors and charities will be impacted, and what steps need to be taken now to minimize the risk of any unintended consequences.

Speaker Database

Fundraising News

The Nonprofit Sector Is Going On A Hiring Spree This Year
Half of U.S. nonprofits plan on creating new positions this year, and will outpace the private sector while they're at it, according to a recent Nonprofit HR report. (Huffington Post)

April Postal Increases Worry Nonprofit Magazine Publishers
Some iconic publications by charities like Consumer Reports and Guideposts may decide to publish less frequently in print because of unexpectedly large postage increases due to take effect next month. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

National Financial Literacy Month
April is National Financial Literacy Month and an opportunity for fundraisers to wear their "donor advocate" hat and talk with supporters about their personal financial and estate planning. Find resources on talking with and engaging donors in financial planning and what it can mean for your organization. (AFP/National Financial Literacy Foundation)

Top Ten: How Effective Is Your Charity?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how to use "newsjacking" to benefit your organization and its brand; the Millennial Donor Playbook; tried and true transition phrases to use in your appeals; the most important metric major gift fundraisers should use; and more! (AFP)


Back to Top

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

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!

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.

Next AFP Webinar
Fundraising on a Shoestring (Fundraising for Those with No Time to Fundraise)

Speakers: Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE and James Anderson, CFRE
(April 14, 1:00—2:30 p.m. E.T.)
So you have to raise money because you have no staff to raise the money and you have no staff because there isn't enough money. It is actually possible to break out of this cycle! In this session, designed for small shops, you will learn how to decide which of the many fundraising activities will work for your organization, get examples of activities that don't usually work in small shops and why, and strategies for how to get volunteers involved in fundraising even when they think they don't like it. Register now!

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

About AFP

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit

You receive this publication as a benefit of your AFP membership. If you have questions or comments about the content of this email, please contact

If you wish to no longer receive AFP eWire, please visit the My AFP Profile page and select the My Communication Opt-in/Opt-out Preferences link.

Institute of Fundraising UK members please visit the Institute's members only area at and untick the AFP box.

AFP eWire Hard to Read? If the font appears too small, learn how to increase the size.

PLEASE NOTE: If you unsubscribe you will no longer receive AFP eWire nor any other all-member communications from AFP. Removing yourself from this list will NOT remove you from any discussion groups or other AFP newsletters that you have "opted in" to receive.

Association of Fundraising Professionals -
4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203
US: 800-666-FUND (3863) - from Mexico: 001-866-837-1948

Copyright © 2015 AFP