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eWire Volume 9, Number 37
September 22, 2009
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Fundraising Tools and Tips

AFP/Consultants and Resource DirectoryThe Value of a Development Plan
In today’s economy, hit-or-miss fundraising is simply not an option. A good development plan will keep your various fundraising vehicles tuned and headed toward the same checkered flag. Read more.

The Development Plan: Getting Started
Learn the first steps to creating or revising your development plan with tips from AFP’s book, Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan. Read more.

"You Want Me to Think Before I Act?"
The following tips will help you move your development plan beyond logistics, activities and numbers toward seeing the bigger picture. Read more.

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AFP News

Annual Report Available for Download
AFP’s 2008 Annual Report, illustrating AFP’s strategic progress and the success of its foundations, is now available for download as a PDF file. Note: The file is quite large and may take a moment to download. Read more.

Business MemberCanadian Television Series The Foundation to Debut Soon
A new show on Canadian television, The Foundation, is a dark comedy that skewers philanthropy and charity. Clearly, the show is meant to offer an entertaining setting for a comedy rather than serve as social commentary. Certainly nothing in the program bears any resemblance to how real organizations and fundraisers work. Check out the YouTube video at this link for a sense of the series. AFP will be monitoring the show but will not be commenting at this point.

Free Canadian Webinar: Understanding CRA Fundraising Policy & How it Impacts Your Fundraising
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. Eastern time, AFP will host a special webinar on the recently released "Revised Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Guidance on Fundraising." Read more.

Spot the Next Great Nonprofit Tagline
AFP members are invited to vote for the 2009 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards hosted by eWire contributor Nancy Schwartz.

Participate in the Youth Thrive Awards
Are you a nonprofit that is making a difference for youth? GreatNonprofits, GuideStar, VolunteerMatch and DoSomething are honoring nonprofits that serve youths in the inaugural Youth Thrive Awards.

Robert Cradle

AFP Member Testimonial

"AFP has really helped me to grow as a fundraiser. The training offered has increased my skills concerning strategic planning and prospect research."

Robert Cradle explains why AFP membership is indispensable for his career in fundraising. Read Robert's testimonial.

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Special AFP Resources

NEW! The AFP Information Exchange: In-Depth Guidance From Your Peers
The AFP Information Exchange, an exclusive benefit for members, offers valuable guidance on fundraising. Two new papers are added each week! Writing an information paper is a great way to provide your unique skills and perspective in a short document (between 750 and 2000 words) that won’t take too much time away from your professional and personal responsibilities. Consider submitting a paper with your own valuable expertise! Read more.

NEW! Reduced Member Price for AFP Web/Audioconference On-Demand Collection!
Featuring a rich archive of past AFP Audioconferences from 2004 to 2008, all Web/Audioconferences in the AFP On-Demand Collection are now available to members at the low price of $79! Read more.

AFP's Job Seekers Toolkit for Fundraisers
This toolkit focuses on finding the right job and features advice and services to help you carry out a successful job search and land on your feet in a rewarding new position. Read more.

Hemispheric Congress

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Job Listings/Career Opportunities

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