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AFP eWire
Vol.16, Num.20
May 18, 2016

A Conversation with Tom Ahern

From the AFP 2016 International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Amy Eisenstein talks with renowned author, presenter and fundraiser Tom Ahern about donor communications and case statements.

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AFP members get 30 percent off on all 2016 Giving USA products. Click here for more details and to get the member code to use.

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Top Stories/Fundraising News

Top Ten Fundraising News, Ideas, Stories & Perspectives
Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your goal. Read more.



What inspires donor loyalty and what makes them jump ship? More than 1,100 donors tell all. Learn more in the Donor Loyalty Study.


Next AFP Webinar: How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Donor Prospect
Too often we measure success in dollars raised and forget that long-range fundraising is all about building relationships. AFP had a chance recently to chat with Gail Perry about donor visits and cultivation, the subject of her upcoming webinar on May 26.

2016 Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Program
The Standards for Excellence Institute is now accepting applications to participate in its Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training workshop in October in Baltimore, Md. Application deadline is July 1, 2016. Learn more.

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Leaving a Legacy for Your Community
May is National LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month across Canada. LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a national public awareness program designed to encourage Canadians to leave a gift through their will to a charity of their choice. Here is an article by Roger Ali that charities can use in their own communications as well.

Richard K. Martin, CFRE, to Speak at 4th Annual Development and Finance Symposium
Richard Martin, chief advancement officer at Samaritas and the recipient of the AFP Chair's Award for Outstanding Service, oversees every aspect of external relations for the $120 million human services organization. Register now to see him next month in Houston!

Twenty Percent Off Fundraising and Nonprofit Management E-Courses for a Limited Time
AFP and MindEdge Learning have partnered to offer you 80+ comprehensive, affordable online fundraising and nonprofit management courses. Act now!

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

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 International Announces New Distinguished Fellows Program
Nominations for AFP's new Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow designations are now being accepted. The deadline is June 30. Learn more about these new designations by clicking here.

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Don't Let the Excitement from the 2016 International Fundraising Conference Wear Off!

In case you were in Boston and missed a few sessions—or couldn’t attend at all—we have four sessions for you to check out! Purchase one or all four sessions at a discount, and you can receive 1.25 CFRE education points for each. Click here to see the sessions, including a free preview.

Emerging Fundraisers Academy for Collegiate Members and Chapter Advisors 
AFP's Collegiate Leadership Conference, designed to encourage students to become the next generation of fundraisers and philanthropic leaders, is returning to Orlando, Fla. on June 2-4. Travel stipends, along with complimentary registration and rooms, are available for collegiate leaders and faculty advisors/chapter liaisons. Apply now!

Introducing the AFP-THOLOGY: Special Events
The Special Events AFP-thology contains articles on finding the right event for your organization, multi-channel engagement, budget planning checklist and more! To order, click here.

AFP Members Receive Discount for IoF's Fundraising Convention 2016
AFP members can enjoy a special discount for the Fundraising Convention 2016, July 4-6, in London—the largest professional fundraising event in Europe. To receive the member discount, contact and use the code AFP2016. For more event details, click here.

Registration Opens Next Week for AFP's Diploma in Fundraising!
You're a fundraiser and you know the fundamentals, but you need to take that next step. If you are hungry for that management role, stop putting off your continuing education. Become the next recipient of AFP's Diploma in Fundraising, and you will grasp ALL major aspects of fundraising. Learn more.


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Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for May:

YOUR CAREER: Think Bigger About Philanthropy

By Lynda McDaniel

Every virtue has a flip side. Risk avoidance in a constantly changing world can lead to stagnation. Challenges such as climate change, shaky economies and shifting demographics demand creative solutions, which is why a growing number of fundraisers are asking, "How can we think bigger about philanthropy?" 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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