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Vol.15, Num.12
March 25, 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 (individual and group). 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!
Download the AFP 2015 app (click here if you missed the special eblast about conference online activities and social media) and 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!

Games, Contests & Badges (Oh My)!

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—there are prizes to be won! And keep an eye out for new "special" badges and games popping up during the Baltimore conference. To learn more about all these fun activities and all your chances to win, visit or the "Games, Contests & Badges" page on the app!

Key Conference Information & Links
Last-Minute Information: Things You Need To Know!

Conference Attendee List
Conference Handouts (also available within each session on the app)
Conference Program (PDF)

Top Stories

AFP, Relationship Science Announce Strategic Partnership
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, has announced a new strategic partnership with Relationship Science (RelSci), a technology solutions company that enables organizations to strategically leverage the collective connections of employees, executives, and board members in order to shorten fundraising cycles and identify high-impact donors. Learn more.

2015 AFP International Fundraising Conference
We have a conference coming up—kicking off in four days (or three if you're involved in some of the pre-conference sessions). So it's all conference all the time! Check out the website:, then our Facebook conference site:, then get the conference app here, then...oh heck, click here for everything social media for the conference! Oh, and the conference blog, where you can find all the stories written about conference.

You can read what AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt most loves about the conference, and check out this conference preview, written by Nonprofit Hub, which contains a nice checklist of things to do before you go (it was written for our 2013 conference but it's all still applicable), along with more links to great sessions to attend.

Want to know about a few particular sessions? Michael Rosen, CFRE, who has graciously spent the last few weeks writing about different issues and sessions you'll hear about at the conference, finishes up his series with two more previews:

Plus, get ready for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's and Blackbaud's "Join the Giveolution Challenge"— Make your 2015 BE the CAUSE gift on March 29, 30 or 31 (you don't have to be at the conference even!). Blackbaud will donate $10 per donor (for the first 500 donors) and it counts toward your chapter's campaign goal!

Whew! We're ready now. See you in Charm City, or if you can't make it to Baltimore, check in what's going on with social media!

Speaker Database

Fundraising News

AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success
AFP chapters from across Texas came together in Austin at the State Capitol building in early March to raise awareness of philanthropic and fundraising policy issues at the second AFP Texas Legislative Action Day.

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: The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including what nonprofits can learn from Uber and AirBnb; the psychology of distractions; why you should crowdfund for your nonprofit; 10 insanely useful (and free!) Twitter tools for nonprofits; five ways to sabotage your call-to-action; and more! (AFP)


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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


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

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To find one that is right for you, visit

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