June 10, 2015
Top Stories/Fundraising News
New Controversies, Same Issues
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the same issues that consistently arise every time there is a new charity controversy, and how the sector needs to respond to them.
Storytelling: A Powerful and Inexpensive Tool for Increasing Employee Engagement
Utilizing story as a tool to keep employees connected to your purpose, your clients, each other and your leadership will help ensure that they will not 'just turn up' but will be great champions for you and your cause. (Charity Village)
My $5 Million Capital Campaign Ask that BOMBED
Sometimes you learn more when you fail than when you succeed, and Gail Perry recalls a major gift "ask" that failed—and most importantly, what she learned from it all. (Fired Up Fundraising)
Crowdfunding Website Charidy Has Unique Formula for Giving-Day Success
A new model of crowdfunding and giving days is gaining traction among Orthodox Jewish nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. What can other organizations learn from it? (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Help Wanted: Millennials Need Apply
Members of the Millennial Generation have eclipsed Baby Boomers in terms of size and job market saturation. But to secure and retain this talent, the nonprofit sector needs to change how it attracts and develops its employees. (Bridgespan)
Ohio Fundraiser Carol Carbary Earns Highest Professional Credential from AFP
AFP has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Carol L. Carbary of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
New Generation of Fundraising Thought Leaders Sought to Join Think Tank's Advisory Panel
For the first time, Plymouth University's fundraising think tank, Rogare, is looking to recruit advisory panel members from outside the U.K., and is looking for candidates in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Global South. Interested members can find more information here.
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 www.givingusa.org to find out more, and you can pre-order 2015 Giving USA and get a 30% AFP member discount using code "30AFP." (GivingUSA Foundation)
2015 100% Board Participation to the Donor Recognition
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce that as of June 5, there are 73 Chapters that have met 100% Board Participation. A special thanks goes to all of the chapter board members who 'Lead by Example," making a personal commitment to the BE the CAUSE Campaign and motivating their members to give through 100 Percent Board Participation.
AFP Top Ten: Five Questions to Help You Collect Stories from Staff Members
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including the ULTIMATE infographic on thanking donors; how supporting charities personally can help you be a better fundraiser; strengthening your mid-level giving program; more mobile tools to use in 2015; planned giving and the new approach of "polarity thinking," and more!
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
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, September 28-29, in Santa Fe, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., 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.
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
This 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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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
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