February 24, 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.
University of Toledo Fundraiser Vern Snyder Named 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Vern Snyder, ACFRE, who recently retired from the University of Toledo and has helped to raise more than $400 million during his fundraising career, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
COUNTDOWN TO CONFERENCE:
Coming Soon—The Free AFP 2016 App!
We know you are gearing up for the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Ma., in just ONE MONTH! And so are we, getting our new AFP 2016 mobile app—sponsored by Abila—ready for you (and your smart device of choice)! You'll have all the sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and more at your fingertips as you roam the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and create your own personalized conference experience. You will be able to set up a profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, earn points and badges, and more! The AFP 2016 app will be released March 10. So mark your calendar and get ready to rev up your fundraising game!
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"Hacking" Your Constituent Relationship Management System for Greater Fundraising Success
Email is still around as a fundraising medium and enjoying great success. But more than ever, you have to stand out. Here's the good news: It is possible to create attention-grabbing emails simply by "hacking"—adding new code—to your current CRM system.
Call for Proposals to Speak at AFP 2017
Want to present at the largest gathering of fundraisers in the world? AFP is now accepting proposals to speak at the 54th International Fundraising Conference held in San Francisco, Calif., April 30-May2, 2017. Please visit http://afpnet.org/2017speakers for more information and to submit your proposal. Proposal submission deadline is May 6, 2016
Facebook Launches Site to Boost Nonprofits' Use of Its Tools
Facebook has unveiled a new website designed to help charities use its promotional tools, part of an ongoing effort by the social-media site to expand its integration into the nonprofit world. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
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 how to establish strong corporate partnerships; creating an authentic personal brand on Instagram; tips on grammar and how to write compelling text; why fundraising fails; and getting ready for the next year-end fundraising season. Read more.
Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency
New research released today by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) reveals that both foundations and grantees alike believe transparency about the substance of a foundation's work, rather than about financial disclosures or governance, matters most to effectiveness.
Investing for Effective Impact: Changing Donor Perceptions About Not-For-Profit Efficiency in Canada
The PwC Canada Foundation has released a new paper that explores the issue of overhead ratios and discusses why donors should look beyond these proxies to help ask questions about why and how an organization is making a difference and what resources it needs to be successful.
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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!
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.
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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