March 16, 2016
AFP Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report Provide Baseline for Future Work
AFP partnered with several other organizations to launch a survey to establish a baseline of information on diversity in the fundraising profession. The AFP Diversity and Inclusion Research Task Force created the report to summarize the survey findings.
Awards Nominations Deadline Extended to April 1!
No fooling! We've extended the deadline to submit video nominations for AFP International's awards program, the National Philanthropy Day Honors. Anyone can submit a nomination within six categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Corporation, Foundation, and Youth (Individual and Group). 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 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.
COUNTDOWN TO THE 2016 BOSTON CONFERENCE!
Live-Streaming of the 2016 International Fundraising Conference!
AFP Boston Live brings a piece of the 2016 International Fundraising Conference to you. We're live-streaming four (4) sessions on Monday, March 21, 2016. Can't watch live? Don't worry-your purchase will include an archive of the four sessions for future on-demand viewing. You can also receive 5 CFRE education points! Visit afpfc.com/bostonlive to register now!
Got App Yet? Download AFP 2016 Now!
Download the AFP 2016 app, sponsored by Abila (click here if you missed the special eblast about conference online activities and social media) and have everything at your fingertips! Create your own personalized schedule, set up your profile, connect with fellow attendees, post updates and pictures to the activity feed and social media, see what the AFPeeps are up to (and the Peeps U schedule), and more. Simply search "AFP 2016" in iTunes and Google Play, or check out afpnet.org/app to learn more!
Games, Contests & Badges (Oh My)!
Been on the app? Surely you've noticed you can soon earn points and badges for various activities, such as posting status updates, checking into sessions, adding photos, etc., and you can see who's got the most points on the "App Leaderboard" page. But this isn't just for bragging rights—there are prizes to be won! Mark your calendar: The AFP Leaderboard Challenge will officially begin at 8 am Friday (March 18) and conclude at 5:00 pm Tuesday (March 22)! And keep an eye out for new "special" badges and games popping up during the Boston conference. To learn more about all these fun activities and all your chances to win, visit afpnet.org/app or the "Games/Contests/Badges!" page on the app!
Key Conference Information & Links
• Last-Minute Information: Things You Need To Know!
• Conference Handouts (also available within each session on the app)
• Conference Program | Conference Fold-out Schedule
Presenting Sponsor: Blackbaud
Top Stories/Fundraising News
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada Releases Biennial Survey: What Canadian Donors Want
The 2015 survey of What Canadian Donors Want shows that in challenging economic times, Canadians donate to charities that have a clear purpose and demonstrate corresponding impact. The findings also indicate that public trust in Canadian charities has increased six percent since 2011.
AFP Announces Strategic Partnership with iDonate
AFP has announced a new strategic partnership with iDonate, a leading provider of digital fundraising solutions for nonprofits.
Next AFP Webinar: Five Simple Strategies to Boost Donor Retention (March 29)
Do you ever feel like you're on a fundraising treadmill? That you're constantly looking for new donors because you aren't keeping the ones you already have? Taking good care of donors, and listening to and respecting them, is how you'll raise more money (and get off that pesky treadmill). On March 29, learn how during this webinar with Shanon Doolittle and leave with actionable steps you can take now to start building more gratifying, long-term relationships with your donors. Click here to register for the webinar today!
AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize Awarded to Innovative Book on Philanthropy and Entrepreneurs
AFP has awarded the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to David Renz, Robert Strom and Marilyn Taylor for their book, Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Blackbaud's Good Takeover Challenge to Boost Fundraising Efforts for AFP Foundations
Members of the AFP can further support AFP Foundations for Philanthropy by participating in Blackbaud's Good Takeover fundraising challenge during the 53rd AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Mass., March 20-22.
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 posts includes information on communicating with donors; maximizing board effectiveness; how board members can help executive directors thrive; hosting a donor thought circle; and fundraising lessons learned from a cat. Learn more.
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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know
Introducing the AFP-THOLOGY: Special Events
Want a quick digest of information on Fundraising Hot Topics? We're creating "best of" anthologies for our most-asked-about topics beginning with Special Events. The Special Events AFP-thology contains articles on finding the right event for your organization, multi-channel engagement, budget planning and more! To order, click here.
A Masters-Level Professional Qualification for a Fraction of the Cost!
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 through April 2016. Click here for more information, or contact Rhonda Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 519-8471.
Call for Proposals to Speak at AFP's 2017 International Fundraising Conference
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-May 2, 2017. Please visit http://afpnet.org/2017speakers for more information and to submit your proposal. Proposal submission deadline is May 6, 2016.
Upcoming AFP Webinar: Practical Advice to Amp Up Your Mid-Level Program (April 11)
If you're not investing in mid-level giving, you should be. Whether you're just starting out or looking to up your game, this webinar will be chock-full of action steps you can take to cultivate and steward mid-level donors. Join Sea Change Strategies principal Mark Rovner and Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Lori Hutson for this lively and idea packed session. Register now!
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!
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