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Vol.15, Num.41
October 14, 2015

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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! And learn about this year's Outstanding Philanthropists (pictured above) in our top article below!

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Virginia Donor-Volunteer Power Couple Named 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists
Macon and Joan Brock, a Virginia Beach couple who has given more than $45 million to a variety of charitable causes, have been named the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

National Philanthropy Day Every Day
AFP President & CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF talks about the latest Fundraising Effectiveness Project report and the need to better engage donors.

NYN Media to Host Nonprofit TechCon: RSVP Now for Early Bird Rates!
New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit TechCon, a day dedicated to addressing the impact of technology on the healthcare, human services and educational organizations in New York on December 10th at Fordham University, Center for Nonprofit Leaders. Hear from industry experts, participate in discussions following the panels, network with colleagues and discuss how technology benefits the nonprofit community! Speakers include Minerva Tantoco, New York’s Chief Technology Officer, and the Senior Advisor to the CTO at the White House! Early Bird Rates Expire October 15th! To RSVP and for more information, click here!

Take the AFP Diversity Baseline Survey
At the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit, the number-one identified need was the lack of research about diversity in the fundraising profession. Help your organization and the nonprofit sector by completing this short survey. Deadline is tomorrow, Oct. 15!


Nonprofits Must Adapt or End Up in 'Ash Heap,' Diana Aviv Says
As Diana Aviv prepares to leave Independent Sector after 12 years as its leader, she calls on nonprofits to collaborate with each other—and with businesses and other parts of society—to survive the challenges they face.

Benjamin Mohler Earns Highest Professional Fundraising Credential from AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), to Benjamin Mohler of Richmond, Ky.

At What Point Does A Fundraising Ad Go Too Far?
Is "poverty porn" making a comeback? That's the term that some people used back in the 1980s to describe attention-grabbing fundraising ads that featured images of starving African children in desperate need of food, seemingly all alone in the world. (NPR)

AFP Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
Mastering nonprofit video and making better use of YouTube are just two of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on rekindling organizational passion through your case for support; end of year fundraising resources; getting board members excited to say "thank you" to donors; seven kinds of tweets nonprofit should stop sending; and the pros and cons of using a celebrity endorser.
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

National Estate Planning Awareness Week Is Almost Here!
October 19-25 will mark the 7th Anniversary of National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Please join AFP as we partner with The Financial Awareness Foundation and other leading nonprofit associations, companies, government agencies and others in celebrating, supporting and participating in the 2015 Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy Movement. This is a great opportunity for fundraisers to wear their "donor advocate" hat and talk with supporters about their personal financial and estate planning. Find resources on talking with and engaging donors in estate planning and what it can mean for your organization!

Upcoming AFP Webinar: How to Raise Major Gifts—The Right Way
Speakers: Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE and Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D.
October 28 | 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT

This webinar will highlight the findings of a brand new research project on how small and mid-sized nonprofits can successfully raise major gifts. We will break down the findings into concrete steps and identify best practices nonprofit organizations can use to raise major gifts in more effective and efficient ways. Join us to gain genuine insight into the world of major gift fundraising, and get the truth about myths surrounding major gifts. Register now!

Nominations Open for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional Honor!
Nominations are now being accepted for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional. It's our most important honor, recognizing an outstanding practitioner. Maybe it's a colleague or someone in your chapter. You can submit online, and the deadline is December 4.

Now's Your Chance to Serve on a 2016 AFP Committee!
Know someone who would make a great candidate for committee service? Maybe you would like to serve on one of AFP's committees? Sign up for 2016 AFP committees now!

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

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Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:
Measure It To Manage It: Metrics for Fundraising—A SMART Practices Report
Ellen Bristol, President, Bristol Strategy Group
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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Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for October:


Please Sir, I Want Some More
By Lynda McDaniel

As the economy rebounds, many nonprofit organizations plan to add jobs, according to the 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey™ results produced by Nonprofit HR. And the news gets better: Salaries are on the rise, along with increased benefits for those jobs. Click here to read more.

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