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Vol.15, Num.24
June 17, 2015

2015 Nonprofit Management Institute
September 9-10, Stanford, CA

Shannon Thompson, publishing and marketing director of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, discusses the upcoming 10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute. Move beyond just fundraising and learn important leadership and strategic skills that will improve your fundraising and your career!
Register now!  

Last 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

Giving USA 2015: Strong Growth, Record Giving
Charitable giving in the U.S. reached a record $358.38 billion in 2015, increasing by more than five percent when adjusted for inflation. Here are some resources:
Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy (preparers of the survey)
Chronicle of Philanthropy Analysis: Key Findings
New York Times Analysis
Giving USA 2015 Infographic

Visit to find out more, and you can order 2015 Giving USA and get a 30% AFP member discount using code "30AFP."

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Raises One Millionth Dollar for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy congratulates and thanks Ruffalo Noel Levitz for reaching one million dollars in raised revenue on behalf of the foundation and AFP's U.S. chapters through its cooperative Annual Fund calling program.

AFP Video: Thank You, Ruffalo Noel Levitz!

AFP Mentoring

Canada: AFP and The Globe and Mail Release Summer Supplement on Philanthropy
On June 12, Donors and Volunteers: The Heart of Philanthropy was released by the Globe and Mail—in partnership with AFPand includes an article about volunteers in Canada and a column by AFP Canada Government Relations Chair Andrea McManus, CFRE.

Responsible Cruising: Is It Fathomable?
Last week, the Carnival Corporation & PLC launched the first cruise brand dedicated to volunteer tourism: fathom. The Carnival Corporation believes that, through fathom, it is creating not only a new brand but, also, new travel category it labels "social impact travel." (Nonprofit Quarterly)

It's a Sunny 2015 For New York Nonprofits

Fundraisers for local nonprofits are decidedly bullish on their prospects this year for raising more money for their charitable causes from corporate and individual donors. (Crain's New York Business)

Diversity and Inclusion: Obligation or Opportunity?

Do charities and non-profit organizations have an obligation to embrace diversity and inclusion initiatives? AFP Chair Pat Feeley, CFRE, argues that the question, properly phrased, should really be: Do charities have an opportunity to advance their mission through diversity and inclusion? (Hilborn)

AFP Top Ten: Culture Of Philanthropy—Why You Need It; 6 Ways to Get It
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including how donors react to different fundraising channels; engaging board members in authentic leadership; how brainstorming is an important part of improving; recaps of Fundraising Day New York and Planet Philanthropy Conference in Florida; 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!

Registration Open for the 10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute
September 9-10, 2015
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Theme: Resiliency—Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society
Registration is now open!

Save the Date for the Hemispheric Conference—Latin America
In partnership with Tec de Monterrey, AFP presents the Hemispheric Congreso, September 28-29, in Santa Fe, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F. Congreso is the premier educational event on fundraising in Latin America, designed 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 (such as major donors, micro finance and social impact) 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

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 
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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

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