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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.21
May 27, 2015

Amy & Seth, Together At The AFP International Fundraising Conference!

At the AFP International Fundraising Conference, Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE sat down and spoke with Seth Godin about fundraising and philanthropy.

The National Philanthropy Day Honors Finalists Have Been Selected!

You've chosen the finalists in each category of AFP's National Philanthropy Day Honors. Check out the new NPD website and learn more about their stories.

 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, knowledgeable, 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.

Top Stories/Fundraising News

More Lessons From the AFP Conference
Sure, it's been a while since the International Fundraising Conference in late March. But then again, a LOT happened in Baltimore. Here are some more articles and round-ups of what people learned at the AFP International Fundraising Conference:

Fact or Fiction: What’s New Online That Really Works? (SankyNet)
Seven Takeaways from 2015 #AFPFC Fundraising Conference (Salsa Labs)

Plus, The Nonprofit Times has coverage of several of the educational sessions from Baltimore:

Three Mistakes to Avoid on Discovery Calls
Putting Your Team Together
Eight Helpful Phrases for the "Ask"
Five Critical Big Picture Issues
Fifteen Ways to Determine the "Ask" Amount

Take Part in a New Survey: What's Your Nonprofit’s Major Gift Potential?
Have you ever wondered how much you could really raise in major gifts? Are major gifts a realistic source of fundraising revenue for YOUR organization? A new survey by fundraising academic Professor Adrian Sargeant and fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE aims to deliver the answers to these questions.

Real Talk About Real Costs for Nonprofits: Stepping Beyond the Overhead Myth
"Overhead" is a dirty word in the sector, and Rachel Hutchisson, director of corporate citizenship and philanthropy at Blackbaud, talks about why charities and fundraisers need to own the issue.

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 Bookstore

AFP Top Ten: You're Fired Until You Have A Solid Monthly Giving Program Launched
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how smartphones are taking over the world (and what to do about it); why crowdfunding isn't the "Hail Mary" you think it is; integrity in storytelling; social fundraising campaigns; exhorting fundraisers to actually lead; and more!

Speaker Database

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: Making Friends with Financial Statements: Accounting and Budgeting Concepts for Fundraisers
Speaker: Stephanie Cory, CFRE
(June 3, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)

Do financial statements and budgets scare you? Does the relationship between an income statement and a balance sheet elude you? Do you wonder where overhead comes from? How is it that you can deposit a grant check in the bank but not report the revenue at the same time? Have you been too afraid to speak up and ask your accounting department or boss? You're not alone, and you don't have to be afraid anymore. Learn what those confusing concepts like depreciation, deferred revenue, and accrued expenses really mean. Be in a better position to understand the true financial health of your nonprofit organization and why your development reports don't always match up with those from your accounting department. Learn how to develop your own budgets for grants and events. Register now!

Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Getting Your Board Members to Give, Get or Get Off, by Ellen Bristol

report explores a way to frame the conversation about your board's give-or-get policy so that you can gain consensus from all board members and come to a satisfactory conclusion.
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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

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