November 18, 2015
The 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors: A Special Evening in NYC
Six amazing honorees, three speakers, two special guests, and one amazing night. The 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors event was a great success and included this moment as AFP Chair Patrick Feeley, CFRE presented the Outstanding Foundation Award to David Odahowksi, president and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. To learn more about the evening, click here!
National Philanthropy Day: Thank You
In his latest blog post, AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF says it is no coincidence that we celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) when we do. NPD is the time for commemoration and recognition, giving back and saying thanks.
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AFP Celebrates National Philanthropy Day in New York
AFP held its second National Philanthropy Day Honors in New York City on Nov. 12 at the historic 92nd Street Y, honoring six individuals and organizations from across North America for their extraordinary philanthropic impact.
Celebrating National Philanthropy Every Day
In a moving tribute to National Philanthropy Day, Roger Ali, CFRE, chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, shares how we all can make a difference through small acts and a giving heart.
Five Trends to Jazz Up Your Holiday Fundraising
Add a fresh twist to your holiday fundraising this year. Here are five ways you can give your year-end ask a boost and engage supporters.
How to be a Fundraising Opportunist on LinkedIn
Feel like updating your profile and accepting connections on LinkedIn is a chore and a time waster? "You shouldn't!" says Heather Blue. "LinkedIn presents multiple opportunities for fundraising professionals to fulfill their fundraising goals." Read on to learn more.
AFP Welcomes Three New Chapters
Three new chapters were chartered by the AFP Board of Directors during its fall meetings. The chapters include the AFP Central Ontario Chapter, the AFP Carleton Collegiate Chapter, and the AFP Texas, Midland Collegiate Chapter. Congratulations to our new chapter members. AFP now has a total of 243 chapters around the world.
Canada: National Philanthropy Day Globe and Mail Supplement
AFP has again partnered with the Globe and Mail for the 2015 National Philanthropy Day supplement. The supplement features articles about National Philanthropy Day, innovative ideas on overcoming the nonprofit sector's key challenges, and the extraordinary impact that charities and donors are having across Canada.
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Kofi Annan to speak at the 2016 International Fundraising Conference!
Registration is open for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference, coming to Boston in March, and the list of influential speakers is growing! Kofi Annan (pictured, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Secretary-General of the UN, and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) will be a general session speaker, along with Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. They will be joined by more than 100 educational sessions. Register today at the advance pricing rate!
Upcoming AFP Webinar: The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Major Gift Solicitation
Speaker: Jill A. Pranger, ACFRE
December 10| 1:00—2:30 p.m. EDT
As fundraising professionals, we are expected to know how to talk with a potential donor, how to ask them for a major gift, and how to get them to "yes." But, this may not be a skill we were born with. The good news is that it can be learned, and what we are doing already can be improved. This session will explore interacting with your prospective donor, stating your case, asking for a gift, encouraging your prospective donor to talk, the importance of listening, what to listen for, and how to respond. We will also look at donor motivations, objections, and overcoming those objections. Here's to enhancing what you know and exploring what you don't—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.
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