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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.47
November 25, 2015

Giving Tuesday is Almost Here!

We've celebrated National Philanthropy Day®, the time to remember and celebrate philanthropy, and next week is Giving Tuesday, the day to express your philanthropy and take action. Giving Tuesday is being celebrated in the U.S., Canada and around the world. And don't forget—now's a great time to complete your pledge to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's BE The CAUSE campaign (due Dec. 31)!

The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Major Gift Solicitation

The benefit of major gifts is obvious. But the process of identifying and securing them—that's not so obvious. We recently spoke with Vern Snyder, ACFRE, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Toledo, on how to define and calculate a major gift and his upcoming Dec. 10 webinar, "The Whats, Hows and Whys of Major Gift Solicitations."

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

The Conscience of the Sector
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, remarks upon the death of journalist and crusader Rick Cohen and what he meant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Making Big Bets for Social Change
Why does such a large gap exist between what donors say they would like to achieve with their philanthropy and where they actually make their biggest bets? And how can we close it? (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

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Member Comments Requested on New IRS Substantiation Regulations
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, and AFP is requesting comments and concerns from members about the proposal.

Canada: Nearly Four in 10 Professionals Volunteer Time Outside of Work
In a Robert Half survey, nearly four in 10 Canadian professionals said they volunteer outside of work. Respondents said their philanthropic activities help them improve their sense of well-being and effectiveness at the office (58 percent), develop new skills (48 percent) and expand their network (47 per cent). (Robert Half)

Survey: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for the Coming Leadership Crisis?
Nonprofits are facing an unprecedented crisis in leadership. Boards and executive directors are saying they haven't been equipped for all the complexities of leading a nonprofit. Participate in this study, sponsored by Marc Pittman and the Concord Leadership Group, to see if your nonprofit is ready for the new leaders that will be required as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day. The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete. To participate, click here.

New Survey Reveals How Financial Advisors Can Better Support Their Philanthropic Clients
In a recent survey of its members, Foundation Source, which provides administrative support to family and private foundations, found that most philanthropists with small foundations do not know the best ways to give effectively and don't necessarily turn to advisers. Instead, these donors typically turned to a "philanthropic peer" or go it alone.

Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed
How introverts can be very successful fundraisers is just one of the topics in this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on exercising your "gratitude muscle," the number one way to destroy your chief development officer, the procrastinator's guide to year-end fundraising, shaming a major donor and creating a culture of increasing giving. Read more.

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

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!

Deadline Next Month for the 2016 International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
The world's top fundraising researchers have created the most rigorous professional qualification in fundraising. How does the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising add value to your professional practice? One 2015 recipient says, "The Diploma adds to the quality of my thinking. It gives me the tools and information to do fundraising better, and is different than any other professional development that I've experienced in 40 years in the field." With the guidance of instructors like Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Simone Joyaux, you too can differentiate yourself with this distinctive honor. For more information, click here or contact Rhonda Starr at or (703) 519-8471.

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.

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 November:

Networking for Job Search and Career Success

The important role of networking in successful career self-management and how best to use it in a job search and during the business day. Click here to read more.

Related Resource: Your Fundraising Career Hot Topic Page

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Grant Opportunities, Presented by GrantStation

The following grant opportunity listings—updated weekly—have been provided by GrantStation from the latest issue of GrantStation Insider. GrantStation is an essential tool for efficiently connecting grantseekers with accurate information about a wide range of grantmakers. Learn more about GrantStation.

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