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eWire Volume 9, Number 18
May 5, 2009
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In This eWire Skill Builder Issue

Top Story
Getting Familiar with the New Form 990

AFP Tools and Tips
Funder Perspective: Ways to Build Stronger Ties with Foundations
Foundation Relations: Don't Let the Big Table Stand in Your Way
Grantwriting Tips: Cast Your Agency As a Hero, Not a Superhero

AFP News
AFP Award Nominations Now Being Accepted - Forms Due July 15
Deadline Extended to Advertise in Special Canadian Supplement
AFP/APRA Summit: Organizational and Skill Evolution for Changing Times
Join the European Fundraising Community
Nominations Being Accepted Now for AFP Board of Directors

Register Now for Upcoming Webconferences
Weaving Ethics Into Your Organization's Fundraising
[May 6]

Giving Circles and Fundraising in the New Philanthropy Environment
[May 20]

Job Listings/Career Opporunities

Your To-Do List for This Week

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Getting Familiar with the New Form 990
Legal experts at Perlman & Perlman LLP describe the changes to the IRS 990 and their ramifications for fundraising and nonprofits. Read more.

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AFP Tools and Tips

Funder Perspective: Ways to Build Stronger Ties with Foundations
Sometimes for a foundation, making a grant to an organization is a lot like sending a child to college. What are they really doing with the large investment you’ve made? This week eWire spoke with two seasoned foundation leaders about what they are looking for in a grantmaker-grantee relationship. Read more.

Foundation Relations: Don't Let the Big Table Stand in Your Way
eWire contributing writer Derrick Feldmann shares his experiences working with nonprofits and foundations and offers some advice on how to build an authentic relationship, including some helpful do’s and don’ts. Read more.

Grantwriting Tips: Cast Your Agency As a Hero, Not a Superhero
When writing a proposal for a foundation grant, describe lofty goals and objectives, but not ones that are clearly out of grasp, says fundraiser and short story writer Cheryl Clarke. She shares an excerpt from her book Storytelling for Grantseekers. Read more.

 

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AFP News

 

AFP Award Nominations Now Being Accepted - Forms Due July 15
AFP offers a number of awards for exemplary work in philanthropy and fundraising. Act now to nominate an outstanding fundraiser, philanthropist, corporation or foundation. Read more.

Deadline Extended to Advertise in Special Canadian Supplement
Act now to reach a wide cross-section of donors and constituents by advertising in the premier yearly report on philanthropy from AFP and Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. Deadline for reserving ad space has been extended to May 20. Read more.

AFP/APRA Summit: Organizational and Skill Evolution for Changing Times
Join AFP and APRA in a collaborative summit that will inspire professionals to come together and explore new, creative ways to retool and rethink fundraising in today's changing times. The event takes place July 28, 2009, at Boston Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Mass. Learn more and register today!

Join the European Fundraising Community
The Institute of Fundraising National Convention attracts over 2,000 fundraisers every July in London, England. Your conference fee entitles you to access over 250 speakers and 130 sessions. Visit www.nationalconvention.org.uk for full details.

Nominations Being Accepted Now 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.

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Two Upcoming Webconferences You Won't Want to Miss!

Special Ethics Program - Presented by Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE
May 6 | 1–2:30 pm ET
In good times and bad, with stellar ethics, you will always have solid footing. AFP's president and CEO Paulette Maehara will explore how organizations can take a holistic look at ethics, identify how organizations can use ethics to reach out to the public to generate support and discuss current pressing ethical issues such as donor control and percentage-based compensation. Don’t miss Weaving Ethics Into Your Organization's Fundraising on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Giving Circles – Presented by Angela Eikenberry and Jessica Bearman
May 20 | 1–2:30 pm ET
Giving circles are emerging in popularity among groups of donors across the United States and elsewhere as community-based funding vehicles. This presentation will provide information on the giving circle landscape, based on several studies of giving circles, with special attention given to their impact on donor-members and nonprofit funding recipients. Register today for Giving Circles and Fundraising in the New Philanthropy Environment presented on Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Join Us May 14 for "Selling Major Event Sponsors in Tough Economic Times"
Join GTAA, AFP-IHQ, and AFP Washington DC Metro Area Chapter for "Selling Major Event Sponsors in Tough Economic Times" on May 14, 2009, at the AFP Learning Center.
Click here to register today
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Job Listings/Career Opportunity

Currently there are more than 200 jobs listed on our website. To find one th at is right for you, visit http://jobs.afpnet.org/search

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

Employers/Recruiters:
Reach highly qualified candidates by posting your opening in the AFP Fundraising Job Center

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