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Vol.16, Num.5
February 3, 2016

Wounded Warriors: An Opportunity to Talk about Investment and Trust

AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt discusses the recent stories on the Wounded Warriors Project. The reporting brings up some valid points, but it doesn't do justice to the most important issue: Why is all of this investment needed in the first place—what's essential to fundraising in complicated economic and political environments, and what's not?

Take the NRC Fundraising Survey: Deadline Feb. 5!

Join AFP, CFRE and Giving USA in supporting the latest Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) Fundraising Study. The NRC studies compile 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.

Have You Registered Yet for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference? Don't Wait—Do It Today!

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. Click here to register today!

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Money Wellness: Unleash the Power to Big Gifts
Fundraising is such a goal-oriented occupation that we don't ever really consider our relationship with money or our donors' relationship with money. That relationship can have a huge effect on how we raise funds—and how people give! AFP had a chance to chat with Laura Fredricks recently about this relationship—what she terms Money Wellness—which is the topic of her upcoming webinar on February 11.

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 relationship fundraising (from Adrian Sargeant); revising and reinvigorating your mission statement; building donor confidence in your organization; turning a "no" into a "yes" and corporate fundraising in the small shop. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor: Blackbaud

Growth in Rate of Giving Slows, Report Says
Charitable donations grew for the fourth year in a row in 2015, although at a slower rate than in previous years, according to the 2015 Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report . Giving grew 1.6 percent last year, compared with 2.1 percent in 2014 and 4.9 percent in 2013, with part of the reason for the slowdown being that giving is stabilizing after the big gains that followed the Great Recession. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

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. Take the U.S. or Canada survey!

The Gender Gap in Charitable Giving
Many nonprofits have never tailored fundraising efforts to reach women. Here, in black and white, are a few reasons why they should: Women are more likely to give, and to give more, than men in similar situations. (Wall Street Journal)

Next AFP International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) Course Starting April 2016
The world's top fundraising researchers have created the most dynamic professional qualification in fundraising. The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF), led by Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Simone Joyaux, is a masters-level qualification designed to help you create an institutional environment in which fundraising can flourish. Registration is now open. Click here for more information, or contact Rhonda Starr at or (703) 519-8471.

Canada: Liberals Wind Down Controversial Political Audits of Charitable Groups
The Liberal government is winding down a controversial Conservative program of political-activity audits on charities, but it won't redefine what is political—nor will it change how much political work a registered charity can do. (The Globe and Mail)

Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs
The myths and misinterpretations of the true full costs of delivering vital programs have contributed to a chronically fragile social infrastructure for our communities. This article is meant to encourage nonprofit executives and boards to know and advocate for their full costs, and to urge the philanthropic sector to structure funding with greater consideration for the full context in which its grantees are operating. (The Nonprofit Quarterly)


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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 Is 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.

Register Today 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 to register.

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 February:

Time Out! By Mary Ellen Collins

Are you tired, frazzled, fed up, trying to do too much in too little time and with insufficient resources? Don't quit your job. Consider a sabbatical. 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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