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eWire Volume 9, Number 30
July 28, 2009
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In This Issue

Important AFP Notice: IHQ Closed August 24-28

Fundraising Tools and Tips
Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
The Benefits of a Feasibility Study
Getting the Word Out

AFP News
The AFP Information Exchange: Your New Member Benefit!
Last Call for Nominations for AFP Board of Directors
Member Motion Reminder

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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Important AFP Notice: IHQ Closed August 24-28

Like many organizations, AFP has been affected by the unprecedented economic environment. AFP believes that one of the ways it can best address this challenging environment while keeping disruptions to members to a minimum is by closing its offices in late August, a traditionally slow time of year for the organization. As such, AFP International Headquarters will be closed the week of August 24-28 and regular operations will resume on Monday, August 31.

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Fundraising Tools and Tips

Business MemberAre You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
How do you know if your organization is ready to take the leap into a capital campaign? Here are ten measures of campaign readiness. Read more.

The Benefits of a Feasibility Study
Conducting a feasibility study for a capital campaign offers rewards far beyond simply assessing risk. If well executed, such a study can provide focus and momentum for the entire campaign. Read more.

Getting the Word Out
Many organizations ignore the public relations plan during a capital campaign, but a capital campaign is the perfect time to tell your organization’s story and tell it well, says fundraising veteran Robert Crandall, CFRE. Read more.

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AFP News

AFP/Consultants and Resource DirectoryThe 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.

Last Call for Nominations for AFP Board of Directors
AFP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its 2010 Board of Directors as a district director or as an at-large director. Forms are due on or before July 31, 2009. Read more.

Member Motion Reminder
Changed jobs recently? Accepted a new challenge? Received an accolade for your work and accomplishments? Let your colleagues and AFP know! Simply send your current AND new job information (including city and state/province), or information about your recognition, to Please include the phrase “member motion” in the subject line.

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Don’t Miss Two Great Webconferences to Improve Your Fundraising

Creating 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

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Your To-Do List for This Week

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