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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.20
May 20, 2015

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

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Couldn't Join Us in Baltimore?
AFP's Leaders Discuss the State of Fundraising!

AFP President & CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF on Transforming the Fundraising Profession

AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, discusses the real goal of all fundraisers: transformation, and how AFP is working to transform the profession itself to become even more effective.

AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE, on the Challenges Fundraisers Now Face

Hear AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE, talk about the challenges for fundraising as Baby Boomers retire, leaving thousands of job openings for new fundraisers and huge opportunities for the profession to expand and grow.

Top Stories/Fundraising News

Reconstructing Philanthropy from the Funders' Sides
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, highlights ideas from a foundation executive about how funders can change what they're doing to transform philanthropy to new heights. And don't miss Andrew's earlier post about the latest fundraising figures from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

Comments of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Cancer Charities Charged With Fraud by FTC
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released this statement in response to the recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against three national charities, Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.

How Big Picture Thinking Will Improve Your Fundraising Event
You more than likely have a checklist when planning your annual event. However, when you are immersed in the minutia of details that have to be executed it's possible you are missing some of the big-picture items that can make the difference between a good event and a great event.

Canada: Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy
Last Thursday, May 14, 2015, more than 35 representatives from a variety of nonprofit organizations and associations, including AFP, participated in the first Hill Day in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society.

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Donor Disclosure Headed To Supreme Court
The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States a California Circuit Court decision that would require nonprofits to file un-redacted Schedule B forms with the California Attorney General’s Office. (The NonProfit Times)

Software Eats the Nonprofit World

A thoughtful discussion of what technology can do—and is doing—to the charitable sector, and it's not all good. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Update: America Gives More Act (H.R. 644)
Last week, the Senate gutted the bill by using an amendment to replace all of the language and turning the legislation into a trade/customs bill. Long story short: the charitable incentives previously in H.R. 644 need to be reintroduced or attached to another existing bill. AFP is talking with Congress and its nonprofit partners on next steps.

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: How to Write When You Have Nothing to Say
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including solving problems by learning how to share; a look at the latest data on smartphones and what it means for fundraising; seven disciplines for nonprofit sector excellence; transforming staff into champions; 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!

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 May:

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A Different Career Trajectory
By Stephanie Cory, CAP, CFRE

Related Resource: The AFP Career Hot Topic Page

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