April 29, 2015
The Blackbaud Giveolution Challenge!
Watch Sally Ehrenfried, Community Relations Manager for Blackbaud, discuss the #Giveolution at the AFP Conference!
Between March 29-31, 310 donors contributed a total of $41,696 to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, plus another 26 donors contributed to the Canada Foundation (more than 200% increase in participation from last year). Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting, new initiative!
Vote For AFP IHQ's National Philanthropy Day Honors Awards!
Voting ends this Friday (May 1) 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. Learn more, watch the nominated videos, and then vote for your favorites!
Top Stories/Fundraising News
Nepal Earthquake: News and Updates
AFP has updated its Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page information on the Nepal Earthquake that occurred on April 25. To stay updated on development related to those relief efforts, check the page, along with AFP's Disaster Relief Blog, frequently.
Do You Give Back?
We asked, and you answered. AFP members and fundraisers from around the world responded to a survey asking how much they give and volunteer. Joe Matassino, who started the survey with the AFP Delaware, Brandywine Chapter, and partnered with AFP on this project, discusses the results in his blog.
Google Tweaks Search Algorithm...So Make Those Websites Mobile Accessible!
Nonprofits with out-of-date website technology could see their Internet traffic decline after Google updated its search algorithm this week to favor "mobile-friendly web pages." (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Nonprofits Lose an Average of $15,000 a Year Due to Spam Filters, Study Says
Nonprofits annually lose an average of nearly $15,000 because of fundraising solicitations intercepted by spam filters, according to a new study. Read about steps you can take to avoid losing those funds! (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Canada: Federal Budget Includes Key Giving, Charity Provisions Pushed by Charities, Fundraisers
AFP is pleased to see one of its key legislative priorities—a capital gains tax exemption for gifts of private shares and real estate—included in the 2015 federal budget. Learn more.
Canada Deadline May 1: Two Advertising Spots Left 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. Just two advertising spots left. Find out more here! (AFP)
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)
Top Ten: Crossfit, Human Rights, Shakespeare and the Zoo—How Making it Personal Makes all the Difference
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the nonprofit skills you'll ned in 2020; how to make hashtags work for you; what to know about mid-level donors; fundraising in a post-Ice Bucket Challenge environment; and more!
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
Introducing the AFP Online Mentoring Program
The AFP Online Mentoring Program has been designed for members who are seeking short-term advice on a fundraising topic. This program will help you find an experienced member of AFP with the expertise you need. For more information or to sign up as a mentor or mentee, click here.
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.
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.
Next AFP Webinar: Seven Secrets of Successful Solicitations
Speaker: Anne Melvin, J.D.
(May 7, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)
If you want a gift, you have to ask for it! That's easier said than done: people consistently rate asking for money at the top of the list of things they fear most. Whether you're an experienced solicitor looking for some new strategies, or new to the game and seeking help, this session will explore the art of asking for a gift. This session explores real, boots-on-the-ground situation and models what should come out of your mouth for a successful ask. As the great Wayne Gretsky said "You miss 100% of shots on goal you never take." Come learn how to take some new shots! 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.
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