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Vol.15, Num.32
August 12, 2015

What is Working in Fundraising? Participate in the 2015 NRC Summer Survey

August 19 is the deadline to participate in the Nonprofit Research Collaborative's (NRC) Mid-Year Fundraising Survey, the ONLY survey that tracks specific fundraising techniques and their success from year to year. Take fifteen minutes to complete this survey, which looks at how your organization is doing in its fundraising so far and what trends are impacting your success.

Time Is Running Out To Make Your Charles Stephens & Barbara Marion Awards Nominations!

August 14 is the deadline for the Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity, a chapter award that spotlights outstanding diversity and inclusion programs, and the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, which recognizes an individual AFP membership who has contributed their time, talent and treasure to AFP on the local, regional, national and international levels.

Don't Miss The Lineup of Great Speakers at The 2015 NPMI

Registration is open for the 10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute, taking place September 9-10, 2015, at Stanford University! The theme this year 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. Click here to see the lineup of speakers and to register!

AFP Strategic Partners

Top Stories/Fundraising News

Clinton College Plan Damaging to Philanthropy 
In response to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's college tuition plan, which would limit the value of the charitable deduction for gifts made by certain taxpayers, AFP drew public attention to the proposal's funding mechanism that effectively diverts money away from charitable causes.


Rethinking Philanthropy: How Social Finance Is Helping Build Knowledge for Future Leadership
The Summer 2015 issue of Advancing Philanthropy is full of great and practical articles for fundraisers, including this one on social finance, social philanthropy, impact investing and other new trend and terms are affecting fundraising and what practitioners need to understand.

The Campaign Prequel: Success Begins Before the Campaign Plan
We all know the value of a successful campaign, but in order to make it successful, a lot of groundwork needs to be done. We talked recently with Matthew Cottle, who is presenting a webinar on "The Campaign Prequel: Success Begins Before the Campaign Plan" (register for this webinar now!) about some of the steps needed before even planning for a campaign starts and why they're necessary.

Related Resource: AFP Capital Campaigns Hot Topic Page

AFP's Canadian National Scholarship Program—Apply Now
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada and Mackenzie Investments are teaming up to offer Canadian fundraising professionals working for charitable and non-profit organizations the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

Speaker Database

China: The Fundraising Dragon Awakes
The first fundraising conference ever in China was held on July 26 in the National Conference Center in Beijing. Ken Burnett was the only non-Chinese name on the program and gives his take on the conference and the state of Chinese fundraising.

AFP Top Ten: Cat Pictures, The Web and Fundraising
Learn about this and other topics in this week's top ten, including mining your board members for gold; innovative approaches to nonprofit storytelling; the "dark side" of fundraising when you don't have a plan; tying to the news to your cause; upgrading to Windows 10; and more!

Member Query: Telemarketing Calls
From AFP's Open Forum:
I'm hoping someone can describe their experience using telemarketing calls to gain new monthly donor sign-ups. We've identified about 8800 monthly giving prospects in our database and would like to set an expectation for how successful telemarketing calls might be. If you've done this, how large was your donor list? What was the average donor age? What criteria did you use to identify these donors? Did you pair this with a mail or email appeal? What was your conversion rate? Any information you could provide would be most helpful.
Have any suggestions? Email with your ideas and guidance!

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.

¡No te pierdas el evento en procuración de fondos!
Registration is now open for the 8th Hemispheric Congress, coming to Mexico City on September 28-29. AFP, TEC of Monterrey, ORT University and the Mexico City Private Assistance Group have all partnered to bring internationally recognized speakers to Latin America. Some of the most essential elements of fundraising will be discussed, including evaluation and accountability. For more information in English or Spanish, contact Roselena Sandoval Zuria at or Joseph Roadarmel at Click here to learn more and register today!

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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Job Listings/Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for August:

Developing an Effective Network
Networking is a skill set for overall career and life success. Yet many of us don’t think about it until we are in a job search. The relationships that we build over our lifetime serve as both short- and long-term investments. Click here to view a video from the AFP Career Learning Center.

Related Resource: Your Fundraising 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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