November 4, 2015
Top Stories/Fundraising News
State of the Sector
What trends have affected fundraising and philanthropy over the past couple of years, and what should charities be focused on in 2016? AFP's first State of the Sector identifies key issues, provides insight from practitioners and nonprofit leaders and identifies important challenges for next year.
Major Gift Fundraising: Unlocking the Potential for Your Nonprofit
At AFP's recent Leadership Academy, Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, reported on research conducted by herself, Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Dr. Rita Kottasz on the critical factors that create success in major gift fundraising programs. The full report of the research is now available.
Related Resource: The AFP Major Gifts Hot Topic Page
Telefundraising Is Most Likely Target of Attorneys General
Fundraising abuse is the most common area of enforcement but state charity offices have not caught up to Internet or social media fundraising while staffing has remained stable since the Great Recession. (The NonProfit Times)
Facebook Hints at Powerful New Tools for Fundraising and Crisis Response
Members of Facebook's newly created Social Good team said Tuesday that they are only at the starting line of a long-term commitment by the $272-billion company to partner with nonprofits on things like fundraising and crisis response via the social network. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Canada: We Have To Teach Canadian Youth About Philanthropy—The Future Depends On It
Hot on the heels of last week's blog post about AFP's Youth in Philanthropy program and our partnership with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, here's another good piece on ways to engage the youth of today. (Hilborn)
What Keeps 1200 Fundraisers Up at Night?
Gail Perry surveyed 1,200 fundraisers about the challenges they face in their workplace. The biggest issues weren't necessarily about fundraising directly, but pertained to management-related problems. (Fired Up Fundraising)
AFP Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
The most sinister word in fundraising is just one of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on more opportunities online for #GivingTuesday; how to really connect with people via social media; nine scary mistakes charities make with their websites; setting your fundraising goals; and nonprofits you should follow on Instagram. 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 advance pricing rate to receive a discount of $150 off the regular member rate! Learn more and register!
Upcoming AFP Webinar: How to Elevate Your Small Shop Fundraising Plan
Speaker: Ligia Peña, CFRE
November 18 | 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT
You're in a small shop with big goals but you can't do it all. Sound familiar? Feeling like your fundraising program is in a rut? This webinar will present 10 ideas to help you supercharge your fundraising program and help you reach your fundraising goals without losing your head! Register now!
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!
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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• Fundraising Costs Hot Topic Page
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