September 16, 2015
Join Us for AFP IHQ's
National Philanthropy Day Honors
Come join Maria Cuomo Cole, Geoff Canada and National Philanthropy Day Chair T. Denny Sanford for AFP IHQ's second annual NPD Honors event on Nov. 12 in New York City at the historic 92nd Street Y. Attendance is free—to register, click here! More information about this year's Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group honoree, Youth Making A Difference (pictured), below!
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Top Stories/Fundraising News
Kansas Group—Youth Making a Difference—Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
Youth Making A Difference (YMAD), a program of the South Central Community Foundation (SCCF) in Pratt, Kan., that involves engaging youth from seven counties in philanthropy and grant-making, has received the 2015 Bob Carter Companies Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, given by the AFP.
Bush Tax Plan Preserves Charitable Deduction
In response to Governor Jeb Bush's tax reform plan, which would preserve the full scope and value of the charitable deduction for gifts made by certain taxpayers, Andrew Watt, FInstF, the president and CEO of AFP, released the following statement.
Charities Back Tough Fundraising Rules to Protect Vulnerable Donors
Britain's top charities have pledged support for proposed tough new rules aimed at preventing the use of aggressive fundraising techniques to target vulnerable and elderly donors after a series of scandals over the summer. (The Guardian)
Five Steps to Stronger Succession Plans in Nonprofits
Succession planning is not as robust in the nonprofit sector as it should be, which poses potentially serious risks to nonprofits. Nonprofit boards and senior leadership should understand this risk as well as the key enablers (and benefits) of developing a more rigorous, systematic succession planning capability.
Donor Segmentation, Behavior Change Could Boost Giving, Study Finds
Charities could tap into as much as $47 billion in new and redirected giving by better meeting donors' needs and preferences, a report from consulting firm Camber Collective suggests. (Philanthropy News Digest)
Change in Nomination Criteria for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
The AFP Research Council is now accepting peer-reviewed articles, in addition to published books, for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize. Nominations 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.
AFP Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
Five tips for creating a successful fundraising email and many more topics in this week's Top Ten, including more on fundraising emails; tools for end-of-year campaigns; putting the donor at the center of your fundraising campaign; and 12 ways to relate to donors!
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AFP 2016 International Fundraising Conference Registration Opens Next Week!
Save the date for AFP's International Fundraising Conference, coming to Boston on March 20-22, 2016. Join us to network with thousands of fellow fundraisers and philanthropic leaders, and to hear from some of the top thought-leaders in our field. Bring impact back to your organization and walk away reinvigorated about your role. Registration is opening soon, click here for more details!
AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Application Form Now Available!
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to accept applications for the scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference. The deadline for application submission is November 2, 2015. Learn more
Upcoming AFP Webinar: Creative and Compelling Fundraising Messages for Digital Solicitations
Speaker: Derrick Feldmann
September 29 | 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT
The growth of digital solicitations and online giving has outpaced growth in print and direct mail solicitations. Today's digital messages must also differ from the fundraising messages communicated offline. How do you create memorable digital solicitations and messages that inspire action rather than the delete button? This session will help you understand the best ways to craft digital solicitations and how to create messages that inspire your audience to act. Register now!
Register Now for the 8th Annual Hemispheric Congress!
Please join us in Mexico City for the 8th Annual Hemispheric Congress. The event will take place on September 28 & 29, 2015. Please follow link to view event website and registration page: www.juntosporprimeravez.org.mx
The price is $135.00 for AFP members and $170.00 for non-members. Please contact Rhonda Starr (703.519.8471 or email@example.com) or Joe Roadarmel (703.519.8489 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this exciting event.
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Measure It To Manage It: Metrics for Fundraising—A SMART Practices Report, Ellen Bristol, President, Bristol Strategy Group
You can't manage it if you can't measure it, but do you know what, how and when to measure stuff? And are you measuring the right things in the first place? In this report, you'll learn how to simplify fundraising metrics, what you can and can’t measure, and why you should bother measuring anything anyway. After all, you really can't manage or improve it if you can't measure it.
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