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Vol.15, Num.14
April 8, 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!

Register Today for the 3rd Annual AFP/Rice University Development & Finance Symposium 
Early Bird Deadline APRIL 10/Scholarships Available!
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!


Top Stories

More From the 2015 AFP International Fundraising Conference
What are people saying about AFP Baltimore? What did they learn and experience? Glad you asked:
• Gail Perry gives us the 32 best things she learned on Twitter during the conference.
• Alyce Lee Stansbury shares the "bucket of ideas" she got from Baltimore.
• Jay Love provides his perspective and experience at the conference.
• And our own Andrew Watt blogs about the great session speakers. Plus, here he is talking about donor retention. Uh ... and yes, Zumba-ing ....

More 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)

*new* AFPeeps U Social Media Session Presentations (more to be added soon!):
   - When Things Go Wrong: Dealing with Trolls and Negativity (Karen Mercier, CFRE @karenjmercier)
   - Show the Social Love: Donor Relations and Social Media (Lynne Wester @donorguru)
   - Managing Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day (Alice Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE @aliceferris)

Winner Winner, Apple iPad Mini Dinner! Our AFP 2015 App Winners Are...
Thank you to everyone who made the AFP 2015 app a rousing (and rowdy) success! There were check-ins, pictures, posts and conversations galore. We had a blast following along and we hope you all did, too! There were 20 attendees who certainly had a good time on the app, and because of their ample activity and prestigious postings, they have won everything from an iPad Mini to a Membership discount to an AFP Bookstore discount! Drumroll here for the winners!

Joyce Mitchell–Antoine, CFRE, Honored with Barbara Marion Award for Leadership to AFP
AFP has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association's highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Joyce Mitchell–Antoine, CFRE, of Raleigh, N.C.
Read more.

Three Members Earn Their ACFRE
Brett Loney, Barbara Tartaglia–Poure and Carol Carbury become the 105th, 106th and 107th ACFREs in Baltimore, earning the highest fundraising credential AFP offers.
Read more.

Fundraising News

The Blackbaud Index: Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Continue to Rise
The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 3.5% and online giving increased 9.9% for the three months ending February 2015 as compared to the same period in 2013-2014. (Blackbaud)

Development and Finance Symposium/National Financial Literacy Month
April is National Financial Literacy Month and an opportunity for fundraisers to talk with supporters about their personal financial and estate planning. Plus, NOW is a good time to be thinking about your own financial literacy and working with your finance staff, so sign up for the acclaimed AFP/Rice Development and Finance Symposium. (AFP/National Financial Literacy Foundation)

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)

AFP Top Ten: Defining Your Case Through Four Vexingly Simple Questions
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including 15 psychological studies that will boost your social media; important stuff on officers’ and directors' insurance; the mistakes you make with video; the mistakes you make with surveys; touching the hearts of prospects; and more!

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Speaker Database

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

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.

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

Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for April:

[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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