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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.16
April 22, 2015

Catching Up With Fisher Howe!

When you served as a fundraiser and in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps—AND lived to 100 to talk about it—you've led a fascinating life. Fisher Howe, retired member of AFP and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Chapter, looks back at his life and how fundraising has evolved in that time!
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Full Video Version: Part 1 | Part 2

Vote For AFP IHQ's National Philanthropy Day Honors Awards!

Voting is now open for AFP International Headquarters' 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!

Top Stories

Honoring Service
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the importance of service and recognizes four members who were honored at the 2015 International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore in March.

AFP Submits Comments to Senate on Tax Reform, Charitable Incentives
AFP has submitted comments to the Individual Income Tax and Business Income Tax Working Groups of the Senate Finance Committee, calling on the Senate to keep the charitable deduction in its current form and look for other incentives to encourage charitable giving, including the IRA Rollover Provision. In addition, the Charitable Giving Coalition, which AFP chairs, has also submitted comments to the Finance Committee on these issues.

Alberta Government Reverses Course on Charitable Tax Credit
After originally planning to lower the charitable tax credit, the Alberta government has changed its mind and announced it will be keeping the rate at 21 percent. AFP had been in contact with the government and was planning to engage members in a communications campaign on the issue. 

Nominations Now Open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
Applications for the 2016 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize are due Nov. 1 to AFP International Headquarters. To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015. Publications must be based on either applied or basic research. Learn more.

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Fundraising News

The Spring 2015 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Is Now Available!
Nonprofits are turning their attention to strategies for rebuilding and even growing their operational capacities, and, fortunately, grant-maker support for capacity building remains strong. To earn that support, however, a nonprofit needs to be able to convince funders that it will use those funds wisely! Also in this issue: See how comprehensive assessments of fundraising capacity yield much more than improved fund-development efforts; read how to integrate your philanthropic communications; and more!

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2016 Board of Directors
Our board must be representative of the finest leaders in the profession, and your input will help make that happen! Do you know great, knowledge, and engaging members who could improve AFP? Do you fit the bill? Please use this opportunity to make your voice heard by submitting your candidate using the nomination form found here.

IOF National Convention: July 6–8 in London
Missed the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore? Or just want more? The Institute of Fundraisers (IOF) is offering AFP members the same rates as IOF members to its National Fundraising Convention, July 6–8 in London. Just add the code 'SPECIAL' in the membership number field on the online booking form here. But hurry, early bird booking ends April 24 (5 p.m. UK time), so be sure to get the cheapest rate.

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)

Top Ten: Don't Panic! Avoid The Content Creation Crunch
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how to keep your donors engaged in a cause; top five strategies to raise more money from foundations; looking at what causes men tend to support; how to get off the dang fundraising treadmill; and more!

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Speaker Database

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

Next AFP Webinar: Find High Capacity Prospects Hiding in Plain Sight
Speaker: Rachel Muir, CFRE
(April 29, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)

Do you believe you have donors with the capacity to contribute major gifts but who currently aren't? A whopping 40 percent of donors in a recent study admit to being able to give more than they have in the past. But how do you connect the dots? Today's technology allows us to collect and analyze a plethora of data about our donors. How can you leverage it efficiently to find your prospects, deepen your relationship with them and upgrade their giving? Whether you're a one person shop or large organization, you'll walk away with insights to uncover your hidden gems and grow them into major gifts. As a special bonus, participants will receive a free guide of "25 Tools and Tips to Find Prospects." Register now!

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!

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.
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for April:

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Don't Sabotage Your Career—Take Control

By Mary Beth Bos, CFRE

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