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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.26
July 1, 2015

AFP Thanks Our Strategic Partners!

AFP would like to thank Blackbaud, Abila and Relationship Science for being Strategic Partners and working with us to build strong outreach and relationships with our members. Check out this quick message from Abila's vice president of marketing, Tad Druart. You can find out more about the AFP Strategic Partner Program at

Free Giving USA 2015 Webinar!

Join us July 28, 4–5 p.m. Eastern, for a free Giving USA 2015 webinar, presented by AFP, Blackbaud and The Giving Institute. Dive into the data, trends and tools that can help you improve your fundraising! Be sure to visit to order Giving USA 2015 and get a 30% AFP member discount using code "30AFP."

Top Stories/Fundraising News

Educator, Author and Advocate Geoff Canada To Speak at 2nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Honors
Geoff Canada, former president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, and named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report, will be the closing speaker at the second annual National Philanthropy Day Honors held at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Nov. 12.

Canada: First Federal Platform Proposal for Charities Includes New Minister, Federal Department
A coalition of charities and nonprofit associations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has developed the first-ever federal platform proposal for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector.

Nominations Now Open for AFP Charles Stephens & Barbara Marion Awards
The Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity is a chapter award which spotlights outstanding diversity and inclusion programs, while the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP recognizes an individual AFP membership who has contributed their time, talent and treasure to AFP on the local, regional, national and international levels. Deadline for nominations for both awards is August 14!

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Mindy Kaling Shows Twitter's Power in Celebrity Hands
Actress Mindy Kaling, star of the television comedy The Mindy Project, took to Twitter Wednesday to ask her 4.09 million followers about their favorite charities so she could donate to some in honor of her birthday. She retweeted the suggestions that she liked the most. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Sweet Briar's Remarkable Reopening Has Lessons for All Nonprofits
The Sweet Briar situation offers valuable lessons about preparations charity boards can take if and when their turn comes to make the tough call—whether it be to "bet the farm" on a particular opportunity or actually "close the farm" and end the mission. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

AFP Top Ten: 13-Step Process to Building and Strengthening Your Mid-Level Giving Program
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including key takeaways from the 2015 World Wealth Report; five strategies for getting more corporate sponsorships; the power of non-cash gifts; a nifty guide to major donor prospect research; myths about techies and philanthropy; and more!

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*New* Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Philanthropic Culture is Mission Driven, by Michele Brock, MBA, CFRE

A culture of philanthropy encourages giving from all prospective donors. It leads to donor satisfaction, retention and an overall stronger connection. This is good for fundraising, but even more than that, great for the mission of the organization and those it serves.
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Next AFP Webinar: Win Win Win: Build Deeper Relationships With Your Corporate Partners Through Cause Marketing
Speaker: Tania Little, CFRE
(July 15, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)

Learn how cause marketing can help mobilize community and build new opportunities to deepen your relationships with your corporate partners. Using case studies we'll explore why this tool is relevant as part of your fundraising strategy and how to create a win-win-win relationship for your organization, your partner and your mission. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: (1) Define cause marketing including the size of the market and why it is a valid marketing tool; (2) Understand the steps to integrate cause marketing into your fundraising program; and (3) Know how to identify prospects that are using Cause Marketing. 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

AFP & Stanford Social Innovative Review (SSIR) present an intensive two-day institute that immediately equips nonprofit leaders with new ways of looking at strategic issues and critical knowledge and skills. Registration is now open!

Save the Date for the Hemispheric Conference—Latin America
In partnership with Tec de Monterrey, Junta de Asistencia Privada del Distrito Federal (JAPDF) and Universidad ORT Mexico, 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.

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AFP Career Center Resource for July:

YOUR CAREER: Make Writing Fun(d), By Lynda McDaniel

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