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AFP eWire
Vol.16, Num.15
April 13, 2016

The State of AFP and What's Ahead for 2016

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, caught up with AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, during the AFP 2016 International Fundraising Conference in Boston and talked with him about the conference, AFP's priorities for the coming year and how the association is working to advance the profession.

Call for 2017 AFP Association Board Nominations

The AFP Committee on Directorship is calling for board nominations for 2017. Nominations are due June 24 (EXCEPT for chair-elect nominations, which are due June 17). For more information and the nomination form, click here!

AFP Strategic Partners

Top Stories/Fundraising News

AFP Boston: A New Sort of Buzz—Passionate, Challenging, Calming and Inspiring
In a guest blog, Daryl Upsall, AFP's vice chair of professional advancement, talks about his experience at the International Fundraising Conference in Boston and the great vibe and buzz he felt from everyone there.

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Stop Showering All of Your Donors with Love!
From Michael Rosen's blog, Chad Barger, CFRE, principal of Productive Fundraising, highlights a seminar from AFP's 2016 International Fundraising Conference in Boston called "Relationship Fundraising: Where Do We Go From Here?" The key lesson: If you want to raise more money, stop showering all of your donors with love.

AFP International Announces New Distinguished Fellows Program
Any AFP member with fifteen years in the profession is eligible for nomination as a Distinguished Fellow. Nominations are due June 30. Learn more about these new designations, and the nomination process, by clicking here.

Upcoming AFP Webinar: Beyond the Buzzwords: Proven Digital Strategies for Fundraising (April 27, 1:00–2:00 PM Eastern)
From Snapchat to Slack to Square, there are a million trendy tools your nonprofit organization could be using to reach your supporters and raise more money. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of buzz in the air? In this fast-paced and fun session on April 27, Claire Kerr will cut through the clutter and talk about which technology trends are making a difference for online fundraising in 2016 and which ones are busts! Register now!

April is National Financial Literacy Month—Ways to Educate Donors About Financial and Charitable Planning
April 2016 is the 12th anniversary of National Financial Literacy Month and an important opportunity for all charities to help educate donors about financial challenges and how estate planning—and including philanthropy in your planningcan help overcome those challenges.

Scholarships Available for the 4th Annual Development and Finance Symposium
Interested in attending the Development and Finance Symposium, co-sponsored by AFP and Rice University? Scholarships are now available! Join us to hear from panels of senior advancement and chief financial officers, and explore how to make better-informed business decisions for your organization. Our esteemed speakers will include Alan Hutson, MPA, CFRE, Managing Partner of the Monument Group and Senior Consultant of The Management Centre (=mc). Click here for the event scholarship form, or click here for more event details.

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 include how to effectively use hashtags; a great crowdfunding success story; using images in your fundraising; why your board should care about fundraising compliance; using Snapchat; and calculating your special event's opportunity costs. Learn more.

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

The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising is Calling YOU!
Looking for education that will allow you to create an organizational environment for impactful fundraising success? The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF), taught by Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Simone Joyaux, is a rigorous masters-level qualification designed to do just this. Adrian Sargeant took the time to explain what the IADF can offer you. Registration is open through this month only! Click here for more information, or contact Rhonda Starr at or (703) 519-8471.

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.

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 for more information and to submit your proposal. Proposal submission deadline is May 6, 2016.

Emerging Fundraisers Academy for Collegiate Members and Chapter Advisors 
AFP's Collegiate Leadership Conference is returning to Orlando, FL on June 2-4 as AFP's Emerging Fundraisers Academy. AFP is pleased to offer a $500 travel stipend, 2 nights of complimentary hotel rooms at the Wyndham, and complimentary event registration for one faculty advisor/chapter liaison and one collegiate chapter leader from each AFP collegiate chapter. Join us in continuing to encourage and aid students in becoming the next generation of philanthropic leaders and professional fundraisers. Apply 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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Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for April:

Finding Talent. Growing Talent. Encouraging Talent.

By Lynn Wester

Did you know that there are about 1 million fundraising positions posted at any given time? Competition for the best people is fierce. To address this issue many of the large higher education institutions are building talent management teams in house to help them discover the best employees and recruit them to their organizations. 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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