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AFP eWire
Vol.15, Num.48
December 2, 2015
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Fundraising Fast Track - AFP's Educational Opportunities

AFP has the best resources and opportunities for you on a variety of educational opportunities, no matter your experience level or job responsibility!

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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."

Nominations Due Dec. 4 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.

Contact Congress TODAY to Reinstate and Make Permanent the IRA Rollover!

Congress is poised to take action on tax extenders to reinstate the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover provision and other charitable provisions before Dec. 11. But they need to hear from YOU. Please contact your members of Congress as soon as possible!

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Top Stories/Education News

Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning
Many fundraisers are uncomfortable with both the technical aspects of gift planning and having a conversation about gifts at death. Fortunately, gift planning does not have to be complicated, and building a strong program is within reach of every fundraising shop. On Jan. 12, Brian Sagrestano, JD, and Robert Wahlers, MS, CFRE, will share information from their upcoming book Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning on the different phases of a gift planning program and how to build a program that is appropriate to your nonprofit. Demystify planned giving and set your organization on the road to maximizing gifts from your donors. Register now for this webinar!


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 rstarr@afpnet.org or (703) 519-8471.



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Registration for 2016 Webinars Now Open!
The new slate of AFP Webinars for 2016 has been released, featuring many exciting new changes! We have lowered prices and made our presentations shorter (one hour in length), while maintaining the same level of elite knowledge from fundraising’s top minds. Plus, we're also including new pricing for bundles of 10 webinars—as well as a special price for all 25 webinars in 2016—that include both live and downloadable versions of the presentations! To check out the 2016 schedule of webinars and to register today, click here.


AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning
The popular face-to-face introductory course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, is also available as an eLearning course! This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques and program components for individuals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience, and is applicable for 16.0 points of CFRE Education credit. Click here for more information.


North Park University Offers Tuition Discount to AFP Members
North Park University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals have partnered to offer Active AFP members a 40 percent tuition discount for all graduate management courses in North Park's nationally recognized School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Save over $4,000 for a graduate certificate and over $15,000 for a degree with the AFP discount! To learn more, contact Ida Eriksson at ieriksson@northpark.edu or visit www.northpark.edu/sbnm.


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.


Giving Tuesday Preliminary Results Very Strong
Blackbaud, the technology provider who processes the majority of online donations on #GivingTuesday, is reporting final results that online giving is up 52% compared to 2014. The company processed $39.6 million in online donations alone yesterday. For updates, visit the #GivingTueday Command Center, as well as The NonProfit Times, and read AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt's blog on #GivingTuesday and National Philanthropy Day.



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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!


BE the CAUSE—And Fulfill Your Pledge!
Don't forget—with the end of the year coming up soon, now is a great time to complete your pledge to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's BE The CAUSE campaign. Deadline is Dec. 31!


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 rstarr@afpnet.org or (703) 519-8471.

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 December:

Developing an Effective Network

Networking is a skill set for overall career and life success. Yet many of us don't think about it until we are in a job search. 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 http://jobs.afpnet.org/search.

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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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