February 17, 2016
Submit Your Nomination for AFP's National Philanthropy Day Honors!
Nominations are being accepted for AFP's National Philanthropy Day Honors! Anyone can submit a nomination within six categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Corporation, Foundation, and Youth. Nominations must take the form of a short "selfie" video—a person talking to the camera about the impact the nominee has made, no longer than two to three minutes. Nominations are due by March 15, and can be submitted here online at the AFP website. You can find an FAQ here with more information about the program and how to submit nominations.
Is the Magic Number for Donor Loyalty $250? New FEP Research Sheds Light on Donor Retention
New data from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) reveals startling insights and fresh strategies for charities in how they can retain donors. AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the new data and reminds fundraisers that donor cultivation isn't just about major donors, but ensuring donor loyalty at all levels of giving.
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!
Top Stories/Fundraising News
Transformational Giving: A Different Approach to the Fundraising Case For Support
Are you telling the right story about the difference your organization is having on the community and the world around it? Mena Gainpaulsingh shares some insight on helping donors to make gifts that align with their vision of the future.
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 learning to love the art of silence; turning your board members into ambassadors; turning volunteers into donors; finding new donors in your city or region; and how to improve your storytelling. Read more.
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Why Give to Charity? What Muslims and Catholics Have in Common
Contrary to the expectation that monitoring and sanctioning individuals would be central for compelling "generosity," Catholic and Muslim interviewees overwhelmingly see their generosity as motivated by their beliefs and the positive emotions they feel towards their respective religious communities. (The Washington Post)
Tom Ahern's Storytelling for Fundraisers
Storytelling in the context of fundraising is VERY different than storytelling in the context of trying to bring down a mastodon for the tribe. The story is about the donor. Used skillfully, the power of storytelling can have transformative results. AFP had a chance to chat recently with master storyteller Tom Ahern about using storytelling in fundraising, the topic of his upcoming webinar on February 23.
Postal Rates Set to Drop
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released adjusted rates, highlighted by a decrease from 49 cents to 47 cents for first-class mail stamps, to kick in once a temporary exigent surcharge on postage runs out. (The NonProfit Times)
Blackbaud's Charitable Giving Report Reveals Emerging Digital Trends as Online Giving Outperformed Traditional Giving in 2015
In 2015, overall giving increased 1.6 percent while online giving grew 9.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to Blackbaud's 2015 Charitable Giving Report. (Blackbaud)
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AFP's Canadian National Scholarship Program—Apply Now!
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada offers Canadian fundraising professionals working for charitable and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising. Financial scholarships, up to a maximum of $1000, are being offered to cover registration and travel costs for educational programs at the local, national and/or international level. Click to find out more and apply.
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), taught 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 519-8471.
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.
Raise More Money For Your Cause!
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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.
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.
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 afpnet.org 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.
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