July 22, 2015
Top Stories/Fundraising News
Charitable Fundraising Salaries Remained Flat in U.S., Grew in Canada
Salaries for professional fundraisers in the United States were flat in 2014, while they experienced solid growth in Canada, according to the AFP 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report.
Senate Finance Committee Extends IRA Rollover for Two Years
On Tuesday, July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation that would make the IRA Rollover provision retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, and extend it through the end of 2016—an important move that will allow donors and fundraisers to plan more effectively. Earlier this year, The House passed legislation making the rollover permanent. The House and Senate will meet later this year to iron out differences in their tax bills, and it's likely that member grassroots action (sending emails) will be needed. AFP will alert members when it's time!
Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving
Activists and filmmakers are experimenting with virtual reality technology with the goal of creating stronger connections between would-be donors and the communities they could help. With the help of state-of-the-art goggles and VR footage from areas with humanitarian crises, people can get a better sense of the devastation brought on by things like poverty, war and natural disasters. (Smithsonian.com)
Why is Direct Mail Seeing a Resurgence?
Tom Belford responds to a blog discussing the strong resurgence of direct mail in the for-profit world, noting that the same trend is being experienced in the nonprofit world (perhaps because humans like to "touch stuff!" (The Agitator)
ActionAid's Journey to Diversity
Commitment to diversity is a basic essential of good governance, and nonprofit organizations should have diversity policies and practices deeply embedded at their core. This is how one of the UK's leading INGOs improved performance from management, staff and board by putting its principles into practice. (KenBurnett.com)
Why Jewish Organizations Should Take a Stronger Stand Against Commission-Based Fundraising
eJewishPhilanthropy.com looks at the practice of commission-based fundraising and explains why charities should neither use nor encourage it. A good discussion of the prohibition, a key part of AFP's Code of Ethical Standards and Practices, and a nice reminder even for members who know the code well. (eJewishPhilanthropy.com)
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!
AFP Top Ten: Three Keys to Donor Retention
Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including seven critical types of donor data, seven common ways people abuse conference calls; email subject lines that get results; innovative ideas from SOFII's I Wish I Had Thought of That; and more!
AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
Next AFP Webinar: What You Need to Know About Planned Giving When Planned Giving Is Not All That You Do
Speaker: Timothy D. Logan, FAHP, ACFRE
(August 12, 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT)
Planned Giving can be pretty daunting if it is not your primary development responsibility—estates, trusts, CRAT's, CRUT's, NIMCRUT's with a flip provision, and more. During this webinar we will look at the most common planned gift types, discuss their properties and look at the donor characteristics associated with each gift. In addition to coming away with the tools to identify the gift planning technique that meets your donors' needs, you will also learn the best way to market these gifts. Register now!
Related Resource: Planned Giving Hot Topic Page
Registration Is Now Open for the 10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute
September 9-10, 2015
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
The theme for the 10th annual Nonprofit Management Institute is Resiliency: Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society. The concept of resiliency has captured the imagination of growing numbers of people in the field of social innovation. Why do some organizations grow and innovate when others falter? Why are some people able to push forward even in the face of adversity? This year's Nonprofit Management Institute will explore these and similar questions, examining the role that resiliency plays at the personal, organizational, and social levels. Registration is now open!
NEW Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Count Documented-Intentional-Personal-Interactions (DIPIs) on the Way to Fundraising Success, By Jim Eskin, Executive Director, Alamo Colleges Foundation, Inc., District Office of Institutional Advancement
This paper provides a simple approach to ensure a laser-like approach on non-stop interaction with donor prospects, recognizing that such interaction plays an essential in driving gift income results.
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• Related Resource:Donor Relations & Stewardship Hot Topic Page
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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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