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AFP eWire
Vol.16, Num.3
January 20, 2016

Be Aware of Election Cycle Tax Plans

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) cannot grow the economy, but it can work toward preventing governmental barriers to generating income. That was the message of Jason Lee, general counsel of AFP, to those in attendance at Wednesday's annual meeting of the New York City chapter. (The NonProfit Times)

Remembering Tony Elischer

AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the passing of Tony Elischer and the impact that the renowned fundraiser had upon the profession and all of philanthropy.

Advance Pricing Discount Ends TOMORROW (January 21) for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference!

The 2016 International Fundraising Conference, in Boston from March 20-22, is less than 9 weeks away. New to this year's conference will be a series of provocative educational sessions, highlighting the glories, failures and future of the nonprofit world, called "Rebels, Renegades and Pioneers." CEO and Founder of the Wounded Warriors Project Steve Nardizzi and Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders Laura Liswood are among the speakers. Experience these insightful talks, along with 100 other educational sessions to elevate your fundraising game. Register today at the advance pricing rate to save more than $100!

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Widespread Form 1023-EZ Abuse Reported by IRS
The 2016 report of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), includes a stinging indictment of the IRS's handling of applications for tax exemption, especially the recently introduced 1023-EZ "short form" designed for use by small new charities. (The Nonprofit Quarterly)

Creating Extraordinary Experiences for Donors
Simone Joyaux asks you to consider your organization's 'wow' factor—the thing that describes the extraordinary experiences you offer your donors. But keep in mind that it isn't about glitz or superficiality. (SOFII)

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Did You Receive an Invitation to Participate in the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study?
Then we encourage you to complete the survey, which will take about ten minutes to finish. Your participation helps to ensure that members have the most accurate and precise data to use regarding salaries and related benefits at the workplace.

A Shifting Sector: Emerging Trends for Canada's Nonprofits in 2016
Several key milestones for Canada's nonprofit sector, including landmark policy discussions, research projects and sector-wide initiatives, have paved the way for what should be a remarkable 2016. Here are five emerging trends for Canada. (The Philanthropist)

January 27 Webinar: Fundraising with Mobile
There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes, and as of 2013, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales. But what are the implications for your nonprofit, and how can you quickly yet effectively craft a mobile impact strategy to advance your fundraising, programs and overall work? On Jan. 27, join Darian Rodriguez-Heyman and Matthew Bauer as they highlight how you can maximize your outreach and impact with donors in the mobile era.

Volunteering Can Lead to Benefits Related to Careers, Relationships and Health
A new survey finds that more than 80 percent of those who have volunteered in the past year would be more willing to date a person they met volunteering than through an online dating site, while networking opportunities, improving job skills and providing an impressive resume activity are other ways volunteering can benefit people. (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

Canada: Applications Being Accepted for the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy

AFP is now accepting applications to participate in the 2016 Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program, supported by a grant from the Government of Ontario. Click here to learn eligibility information and submit a form.

Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed
How to manage your time when time is tight kicks off this week's Top Ten, which also includes posts on personalizing the donor experience; ways to build up your major gift program; volunteer engagement tips from Volunteer Canada; and a final post on the passing of Tony Elischer. Read more.

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

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Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
AFP members everywhere are invited to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 53rd International Fundraising Conference, March 20-22, 2016, in Boston, Mass.

A New AFP Website Experience Is Coming in 2016!
It's all-systems-go for the long-awaited revitalization of the AFP website. The AFP Strategic Communications team has posted a new landing page at announcing the launch of an anticipated 12-month (phase one) project. This landing page also carries a call for volunteers to sit in advisory capacities on review committees for content, online communities, web policy, technology and user experience. To keep AFP audiences informed of project progress, the page features a timeline mapping out benchmarks. Members and friends can also opt-in to project updates that will be delivered monthly to their inboxes.

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.

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Development and Finance Symposium
Returning to Rice University in Texas on June 7-8, 2016, the Development and Finance Symposium is designed to explore the dynamics of having these two offices collaborate, resulting in better-informed business decisions for their organizations. Senior advancement officers and chief financial officers will share their experiences and strategies for effective management, providing insight into how you can create more stability through best practices and advanced operating procedures. Click here for more information.

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course
The popular face-to-face introductory course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, is also available as an eLearning course! The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This course includes case studies and video segments, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. Click here for more information and to purchase the course!

Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for January:

Time and Training: The Two Keys to Sustained Fundraising Success

Exceptional development professionals aren't born; they are made. And exceptional development professionals can't be made overnight. 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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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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