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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.22
June 3, 2015

Special AFP eWire:
Fundraising Fast Track - AFP's Educational Opportunities

AFP has the best resources and opportunities for you on a variety of educational opportunities, no matter your experience level or job responsibility!

Top Stories/Fundraising News | Education News | AFP Central | Job Listings/Resources

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.

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.

Top Stories/Fundraising News

AFP Foundation Calling Program to Begin in June
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's Annual Fund calling program, managed by Ruffalo Noel Levitz (formerly RuffaloCODY), will start in early June and run through August. This will be the eighth year that the firm is providing services pro bono. AFP members will receive an email notifying them to expect a call on behalf of the foundation’s BE the CAUSE Campaign. Learn more about BE the CAUSE with this video.

AFP Responds to NY Times Piece on "Who Will Watch the Charities?"
After the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators cracked down on cancer charities (and AFP responded with guidance), this column appeared in The New York Times, and AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, replied with this letter.

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: Does Your Nonprofit's Signature Event Have To Be a Gala?
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the hierarchy of storytelling; dealing with back-office sniping about your donor visits; facing the fear of fundraising; a reality check on matching gifts; designing attractive copy; and more!

Speaker Database

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Education News

Register NOW for Next Week's 3rd Annual AFP/Rice University Development & Finance Symposium!
When: June 9 & 10, 2015
Where: Rice University, Houston, TX
AFP Members: $495
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: Why and How to Use Social Media to Show Gratitude to Donors
Speaker: Steven Shattuck
(June 18, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)

Did you know that 53 percent of donors lapse because of poor donor communication? Though social media usage has become pervasive among nonprofits, it is still used primarily for promotion. Those organizations who are utilizing networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show authentic and personalized appreciation to supporters are reaping the benefits of increased engagement and donor loyalty. This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit's social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. Register now!

Save The Date for the 10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute
September 9-10, 2015
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Theme: Resiliency—Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society
Registration opens this month! For more information, click here.

Save the Date for the Hemispheric Conference—Latin America
In partnership with Tec de Monterrey, the AFP Hemispheric Congreso is the premier educational event on fundraising in Latin America. This program is for individuals associated with organizations looking to develop fundraising capacity in Latin America and Mexico. Plenary sessions will address topics of strategic importance to the sector (major donors, micro finance, social impact, in the fields of health, education, social welfare and culture) while skills-based workshops will be provided to address core fundraising techniques. Click here for more information or call 800-666-3863.

North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
North Park University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals have partnered to offer Active AFP members a 40 percent tuition discount for all graduate management courses in North Park's nationally recognized School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Save over $4,000 for a graduate certificate, and over $15,000 for a degree with the AFP discount! To learn more, contact Ida Eriksson at, or visit

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning

The popular face-to-face introductory course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, is also available as an eLearning course! The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This course includes case studies and video segments, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. Click here for more information.


AFP Bookstore

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.

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.
Read the Paper
• Related Resource:
Boards and Volunteers Hot Topic Page 
See all Exchange papers and resources
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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for June:

Ace Your Next Fundraising Job Interview With These Easy Tips
You already know the drill when it comes to basic preparations for your upcoming job interview: gathering examples of successes, describing how you handle failure and challenging co-workers, and knowing what to say when they ask you about your weaknesses. But as a fundraiser, there is additional, specific preparation you should do that will set you apart from other applicants and will allow the organization to better understand what you could bring to the role. Click here for more.

Related Resource: The AFP Career Hot Topic Page

Currently there are over 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

AFP Mentoring

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