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Vol.15, Num.43
October 28, 2015
AFP Conference

The 2015 NPD Honors—Secure Your Ticket NOW!

Come celebrate National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 12 in New York City with AFP International and six amazing honorees, including the largest beverage company in the world. Learn more about our honorees at the NPDLove website and register for this great event—free of charge!by clicking here.

Raising Major Gifts: A New Study (and Webinar!)

Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, will be holding a webinar on Oct. 28 entitled "How to Raise Major Gifts the Right Way," based on fascinating new research from a major study they developed.

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Calling Young Professionals (And Those Young at Heart)
Guest blogging this week on the AFP Blog is the Marketing Chair of AFP's Youth in Philanthropy Committee Valerie M. Pletcher, MinstF (Adv Dip). Valerie talks about AFP's collaboration with the Jefferson Awards Foundation Students in Action program and our role in educating youth about fundraising and philanthropy.

New IRS Substantiation Proposal: More Paperwork
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations that would modify its requirements that nonprofits obtain a "contemporaneous written acknowledgement" for contributions of $250 or more.

Canadians Say Yes to Checkout Charity
Most Canadians have opened their wallets for charity when they're at the checkout, according to a new survey. The survey, by Ipsos Reid in collaboration with Companies & Causes Canada, found 60 percent of Canadians have donated to a charity at the checkout, with 30% having done so in the past month. (Marketing Magazine)

#GivingTuesday is December 1!
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Find out how you can celebrate this day and encourage more giving in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Role of Donor-Advised Funds Prompts Heated Debate
Proponents of increased regulation of donor-advised funds and fans of keeping the status quo squared off at a forum held by the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Joint Letter to Congress on Giving Incentives
AFP and a coalition of organizations have sent a letter to Congress urging it to take immediate action to make permanent these three currently expired charitable giving incentives: the IRA Rollover Provision; the enhanced deduction for property donated for conservation purposes; and the enhanced deduction for donations of excess food inventory. Click here to see a copy of the letter.

AFP Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
Why nonprofits need more than just a responsive website design is just one of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on the do's and don'ts of donor calls; how to know if your fundraising is failing; seven ideas on what to tell your audience; keys to identifying a planned giving prospect; and the nonprofit leadership development deficit. Read more.

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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

Register NOW For The 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!

Earn the New International Advanced Diploma!
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!

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.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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