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eWire Volume 9, Number 31
August 4, 2009
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In This Issue

Special Announcement
Advancing Philanthropy Goes Digital!

AFP News
AFP Now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado!
Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
The AFP Information Exchange: Your New Member Benefit!
Reminder: AFP Offices Will Be Closed Last Week of August

Fundraising News
Fundraisers Report Tough Times—Expect Some Improvement by Year End
Lending a Hand: Volunteers Filling Gaps for Communities and Nonprofits
AFP State of Fundraising 2008 Final Report Released

 

Register Now for Upcoming Webconferences
Creating a Successful Fundraising Culture: Twelve Tools for Motivating Your Board [August 12]
Prospect Research: How to Use Philanthropy Data for the Most Effective Fundraising [September 2]

Special AFP Resources
Job Listings/Career Opportunities
Your To-Do List for This Week

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CFRE

AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara’s latest blog posting
recognizes the accomplishments and character of Leslie Brown

Special Announcement

SSIRAdvancing Philanthropy Goes Digital!
AFP’s award-winning magazine is going digital in September, which means a host of new features and additional convenience for members. Read more.

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AFP News

AFP Now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado!
Now you can get in touch with AFP and fellow members with four popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and ammado. Get interesting and fun updates about AFP and fellow members and connect with fundraisers from around the world! Read more.

Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
Nominations are due Sept. 15 for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, which recognize nonprofit organizations that have developed creative, resourceful and inspired fundraising campaigns, initiatives, projects and/or techniques. Read more.

The AFP Information Exchange: Your New Member Benefit!
Have you checked out your newest member benefit yet? AFP has just posted five free papers for members from your peers to the new AFP Information Exchange on subjects including online fundraising, encouraging philanthropy during a recession, mergers and acquisitions, and annual board appeals. Each week, AFP will publish two new papers highlighting the knowledge and experience that only your colleagues can provide. The AFP Information Exchange is an exclusive benefit for AFP members only. Take a look today! Read more.

Reminder: AFP Offices Will Be Closed Last Week of August
All AFP offices will be closed Aug. 24-28, and no communications, including AFP eWire, will be distributed that week. For more information, click here.

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Fundraising News

AFP/Consultants and Resource DirectoryFundraisers Report Tough Times—Expect Some Improvement by Year End
Fundraisers are finding the current giving environment extremely challenging, but expect some improvement for the second half of 2009. Read more.

Lending a Hand: Volunteers Filling Gaps for Communities and Nonprofits
Even during a time of prolonged economic recession, volunteering has remained steady, fueled by a compassion boom led by young adults and a wave of do-it-yourself volunteers, reports the Corporation for National and Community Service in a recent study. Read more.

AFP State of Fundraising 2008 Final Report Released
Less than half of charities raised more money in 2008 than in 2007, and fundraising gains dropped significantly across the board, according the final report of AFP’s State of Fundraising Survey. The full report is available in the Members Only section of the website. Read more.

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Don’t Miss Two Great Webconferences to Improve Your Fundraising

Business MemberCreating a Successful Fundraising Culture: Twelve Tools for Motivating Your Board
August 12 | 1–2:30 pm ET

Why are so many volunteers and staff members reluctant to participate in approaching prospects and donors? How can board chairs, development committee members, nonprofit CEOs and professional fundraising staff lead their board teams to own -- and even enjoy -- the essential and ultimately rewarding work of major gifts fundraising? In this practical train-the-trainer session, Carole V. Rylander, CFRE, will address the needs of nonprofit leaders who want to increase volunteer and staff participation in approaching and engaging prospects and donors. Register now for Creating a Successful Fundraising Culture: Twelve Tools for Motivating Your Board on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. E.T.

Prospect Research: How to Use Philanthropy Data for the Most Effective Fundraising
September 2 | 1–2:30 pm ET

Philanthropy data is critical to a strategic solicitation with a major gift prospect. This session, by Kathleen Rogers, director of strategic alliances for NOZA, includes research fundamentals, advanced research and data mining/prospect identification (of current individual, corporate and foundation donors/prospects as well as new, external sources). Beginning or ‘accidental' prospect researchers will learn how to quickly and easily find philanthropy data. Advanced fundraising professionals will become more efficient and effective researchers. Register today for Prospect Research: How to Use Philanthropy Data for the Most Effective Fundraising on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. E.T.

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Special AFP Resources

Free Member Downloads of AFP Ready Reference Series
As a benefit and service to help fundraisers through the current challenging economic environment, AFP is pleased to offer all of its Ready Reference volumes FREE to all members. Click here to download (login required). Hard-copy versions may still be ordered from the AFP Bookstore.

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy
AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide fundraisers in tough economic times.

AFP's Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers
This toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help you carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position.

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Job Listings/Career Opportunities

Currently there are more than 280 jobs listed on our website. To find one that is right for you, visit http://jobs.afpnet.org/search

Job Seekers:
Access the newest jobs available to development professionals.

Employers/Recruiters:
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