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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.19
May 13, 2015

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2016 Board of Directors—Deadline is June 19!
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.

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Couldn't Join Us in Baltimore?
Catch Up on AFP's Commitment to Diversity!

Diversity Art Showcase Awards!

Watch Jaye Lopez van Soest, CFRE, talk about the importance of inclusion in fundraising and present the Diversity Art Showcase awards to three student artists!

The Alford Group & Diversity

Brenda Asare, president and CEO of The Alford Group, discusses why her firm has been a sponsor of AFP's diversity programs at the International Fundraising Conference for so long.

Top Stories/Fundraising News

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Receives $400,000 Boost to Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. Deadline to apply to the program is May 29, and an informational webinar is scheduled for May 14.

Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. donors, Blackbaud's first-ever Diversity in Giving study provides an in-depth analysis of the priorities, values, and attitudes of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic donors. By understanding each group's giving attitudes and preferences, this study serves as a foundation to guide organizations toward a more inclusiveand effectivefundraising approach.

Canada: Research Papers on Diverse Communities and Giving Traditions
The twelve papers resulting from The Inclusive Giving Project, covering African-Caribbean, Chinese, Disabilities, Franco-Ontarian, Hispanic, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim, NextGen, Sexual Diversity, South Asian and Women, are available online in both English and French.

Hot Topics: Diversity and Inclusion
To get started on issues related to diversity and inclusion, check out AFP's Hot Topic on this issue, which provides ideas for promoting diversity in the nonprofit governance structure, in philanthropic fundraising, and in the fundraising profession; and contains a slew of resources and links to discover more.

Chapter Diversity Programs: Learn from our Charles R. Stephens Award Honorees
The Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter and the Southern Arizona Chapter were all honored in 2014 with the Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity. Learn what they do for their diversity and inclusion programming.

Canada: Parliament Hill Lobbying Day
A coalition of charities and associations, including AFP, will hold a Lobbying Day on Parliament Hill on May 14 to share key messages about fundraising and the voluntary sector with legislators during this important election year. We’ll report next week on the Lobbing Day's success.


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AFP Partners with Giving USA
As a Giving USA partner, AFP is excited to present #GivingUSA2015 in June. The report shares philanthropic insights with the nonprofit community. Nonprofits can use these insights to see deeper into philanthropic trends. Visit to find out more, and you can pre-order 2015 Giving USA and get a 30% AFP member discount using code "30AFP." (GivingUSA Foundation)

AFP Top Ten: The State of Relationship Fundraising—The Conversation Continues
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including ten tips for keeping stories concise AND powerful; five quotes that will change the way you tell your organization's story, making sure to get your website included in online searches; warming up your donors for a major ask; and more!


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

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.

Register Today for the 3rd Annual AFP/Rice University Development & Finance Symposium—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!

Next AFP Webinar: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising for the Small Shop
Speaker: Sandy Rees, CFRE
(May 20, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)

In the small shop, fundraising can be a big job. Having a Board that is involved in raising money can make a huge impact and help you raise hundreds of thousands more than you can do alone. Unfortunately, many nonprofit organizations struggle with Boards that are well-meaning but reluctant and inexperienced in fundraising. In this training, we'll uncover the reasons why Board members won't help with fundraising and how to overcome them. You'll learn how to match up the right fundraising activities with the right Board members, and how to give them the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to succeed. You'll get tips for holding them accountable and for providing them the support they need so they can help you raise big money. 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
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for May:

[Download a PDF of this article!]
A Different Career Trajectory
By Stephanie Cory, CAP, 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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