April 1, 2015
|Voting 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.
2015 AFP International Fundraising Conference
Find out what Whoopi Goldberg said about chicken dinners
. Check out what everyone was saying on Twitter at #afpfc
. And what we saw reported about Baltimore on our conference blog
Plus, more stories and video from the conference are coming next week!
And special thanks once again to all our conference sponsors: Blackbaud (Presenting Sponsor), Chronicle of Philanthropy (Exclusive Media Sponsor), Relationship Science (Supporting Sponsor), Abila (Supporting Sponsor), Salsa Labs (Supporting Sponsor), and Wiland (Supporting Sponsor)! Key Conference Links:
• CE Tracker
• Evaluations: Sunday | Monday | Tuesday (Completion Deadline: April 13)
• Attendee List
• Handouts (also available within each session on the app)
• Program (PDF) Detroit Fundraiser Richard Martin Honored for Lifetime Service to the Profession
Richard K. Martin., CFRE, an outstanding fundraiser who has been a leader in Michigan and around the world in encouraging the profession to address the issues of diversity and inclusion, is the recipient of the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service presented by AFP
. Conference Participants Crowd Source for a Good Cause
On Sunday afternoon of the AFP International Fundraising Conference, BJ Bischoff (consultant and AFP Master Trainer) and Nathan Hand (director of advancement at The Oaks Academy and president of the AFP Indiana Chapter) presented a session about winning crowd-sourced charity voting contests
Nearly 75% of Charities Met Fundraising Goals in 2014
The latest survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative finds that 73 percent of charities met their fundraising goals in 2014, the best result since the group began asking the question in 2010 and a marked increase over the 63 percent that met goal in 2013. (AFP)
Highlight Your Impact in AFP/Globe and Mail Special Philanthropy Supplement
AFP and The Globe and Mail are partnering to produce "Donors and Volunteers: The Heart of Philanthropy," a special supplement that will showcase the incredible work being done by individual philanthropists across the country. (AFP)
What Your Small Staff Should Be Doing Right Now for Donors
Working with a small staff can mean monumental challenges. It's time to make sure donors take notice of the small organizations out there (and then stick around). So how are you going to do it? (Nonprofit Hub)
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)
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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!
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
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