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AFP eWire
Vol.16, Num.4
January 27, 2016

Take the NRC 2015 Year-End Fundraising Survey, Supported by AFP, CFRE and Giving USA

The latest study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative is now open. The NRC studies include critical information about types of fundraising, campaigns and other trends and challenges fundraisers face every day. US and Canada members, please take ten minutes to complete the survey about your 2015 fundraising.

U.S. Charitable Giving Projected to Grow Four Percent in 2016, 2017

New research developed by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and presented by Marts & Lundy finds that charitable giving in the U.S. will by 4.1 percent in 2016 and 4.3 percent in 2017.

Advance Pricing Discount Extended Through Thursday, January 28, for the
2016 International Fundraising Conference!


The 2016 International Fundraising Conference, in Boston from March 20-22, is less two months 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

First Relationship Fundraising Research Conducted in 25 Years Sheds Light on Philanthropic Best Practices
New research from Rogare, Pursuant and Bloomerang examines the fundamental question in fundraising: how do donors want to be approached? You can download four different volumes of the research that addresses theories, best practices, insights and tips, and next steps and future directions. (Hilborn)

Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You Need to Read
Our weekly round-up of the top blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your goal. This week's top ten includes discussions on volunteer-led fundraising, lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, listening skills, the perfect time to ask donors for money and taking a hard look on the investment needed to acquire a new donor. Read more.

Webinar—Money Wellness: Unleash the Power to Big Gifts
Money wellness is the awareness that every decision you make in life involves money, which causes stress that affects your health in a very BIG way. And make no mistake, it not only affects you, but also your donors, especially those capable of making major gifts. On February 11, renowned fundraiser and presenter Laura Fredricks will discuss money wellness, money blockers (issues that prevent you from having a good relationship with money), and how you can identify and unlock money blockers, both in yourself and in your donors. The results: off-the-charts engagement which can lead to large and repeat gifts!

Canada: Policy Changes on Estate Donations, Taxation Rates of Trusts
Because of changes mandated through the 2014 Budget, the Canada Revenue Agency has created two new webpages and outlines new rules and regulations, effective Jan. 1, 2016, regarding (a) estate donations and deaths after 2015 and (b) graduated rate taxations of trusts and estates.

Your New Nonprofit Profile Launched Today at GuideStar
GuideStar went live yesterday with its new nonprofit profiles, and if you have not seen the changes in look and accessibility at this central hub of nonprofit information, you really should go check it out. (The Nonprofit Quarterly)

At Nexus, A Peek Into the Minds of Young, Wealthy Donors?
The Nexus USA Youth Summit is not your parents' philanthropy conference, but a networking bonanza that convened close to 200 young people with names like Bush and Tutu along with idealistic social entrepreneurs and impact investors. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

UK: Charities Given 'Last Chance' on Fundraising
UK charities' fundraising activities could be controlled by law unless a new voluntary regulator succeeds in cleaning up the sector, a committee of MPs has warned in a report. (BBC News)

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.

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.

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

Raise More Money For Your Cause! 
Based on expert advice and insights from a variety of respected industry experts, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 is an essential text for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, activists, and social entrepreneurs who want to leverage best practices to promote their cause. Built upon the success of the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101, this easy-to-digest book provides practical, comprehensive guidance for nonprofit fundraising around the globe. With tips and tools, expert advice, and real-world insights from almost fifty industry leaders, this robust resource addresses the entire spectrum of fundraising. The book is out now—get your copy today!

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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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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