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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.42
October 21, 2015
AFP Conference

The 2015 NPD Honors—Secure Your Ticket NOW!

AFP International will be joined by Maria Cuomo Cole, Geoff Canada and National Philanthropy Day Chair T. Denny Sanford in honoring six outstanding philanthropists during our second annual NPD Honors event on Nov. 12 in New York City. Attendance is free—to register, click here! And learn about this year's Outstanding Youth Philanthropist, Kinsey Morrison (pictured) in our top article below.

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Challenge yourself, gain mastery of successful fundraising trends from around the world and earn the new International Advanced Diploma. The 2016 class is forming now. Deadline for registering is December 5. Learn more here and sign up today!

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Kinsey Morrison Named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
Kinsey Morrison, an 18-year old college student who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia at a young age and has now raised more than $600,000 for a variety of charitable causes, has been named the 2015 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by AFP.

One in Three Americans Lacks Faith in Charities, Chronicle Poll Finds
Almost two-thirds of Americans have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in charities, according to a new Chronicle of Philanthropy poll. More than 80 percent said charities do a very good or somewhat good job helping people. But a significant number expressed concern about finances.

How to Raise Major Gifts—The Right Way
Professor Adrian Sargeant and Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, will highlight in this October 28 webinar the findings of a brand new research project on how small and mid-sized nonprofits can successfully raise major gifts. They 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. Sign up here!

Updates to Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification Program
CFRE International has made significant updates to its certification program, effective January 2016, including changes to the CFRE Test Content Outline (incorporating insights from CFRE International's most recent International Job Analysis research on philanthropic fundraising practice), as well as changes to application requirements for initial certification and recertification.

Open Forum Question: Keeping High Overhead Down
A member writes on our Open Forums:

We are struggling with high overhead. It's been the case for the last couple of years since we lost a significant amount of government funding that was skewing our financials. I'm curious what methods you use to keep overhead costs down, particularly at small orgs. Let me know if you're willing to share how you do allocation.
Email with your ideas and tips!

Steps for Strengthening and Diversifying the Nonprofit Talent Pipeline

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out, talks about three important areas that charities need to focus on when addressing diversity and inclusion: Recruitment; Retention and Advancement; and Racial Equity and Inclusion.

AFP Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
The top five indicators of a great fundraising prospect is just one of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on connecting with Gen Y donors; ruminations on why we obsess so much over social media; ROI fundraising ratios and what we should be using them for; stellar #GivingTuesday campaigns; and a quick reminder on the importance of donors.
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

Register NOW For 2016 International Fundraising Conference!
Registration is open for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference, coming to Boston in March 2016! Among the conference's inspirational speakers will be Kumi Naidoo (pictured), Executive Director of Greenpeace International. Register now at the advanced pricing rate to receive a discount of $150 off the regular member rate! Learn more and register!

National Estate Planning Awareness Week Is Here!
October 19-25 marks 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!

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

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.

Related Resource: Your Fundraising Career Hot Topic Page

Currently there are more than 400 jobs listed on our website.
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