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AFP eWire
Vol.17, Num.1
January 4, 2017

Ringing in 2017 With Certainty in Uncertain Times

Uncertainty seems to be a key theme for 2017 so far, but AFP interim president and CEO Jason Lee assures members they can be certain that AFP is moving forward with new programs and services over the next 12 months.

Faculty Training Academy: How to Make Better Presentations

Michael Rosen discusses what he learned at the Faculty Training Academy and how it made him a better presenter. Read how the FTA, March 30-31, can help you and then register today!

AFP Strategic Partners

Top Stories/Fundraising News

New Postal Rates Will Boost Costs for Charities
Nonprofits in the U.S. will pay anywhere from 2.8 percent to 4.3 percent more in 2017 to ship presorted fundraising, promotional, or informational letters, also known as standard-mail letters. (Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers)

Russell Raker, Father of the ACFRE Program, Passes Away
Russell Raker, ACFRE, former AFP board member who led the development and implementation of the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Credential (ACFRE) program, passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 75.

AFP Webinar: Strategies for Improving Volunteer Retention (January 10, 1:00-2:00 P.M. Eastern)
In our first webinar of 2017, B.J. Bischoff will identify why volunteers stop volunteering and help you to develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention. Click here to register today!

AFP Top Ten: Tons of Trends for 2017, Ways to Win at Donor Retention, More!
Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. Read more.



AFP News

Did You Hear? Shiza Shahid to Speak at 2017 International Fundraising Conference
The Co-Founder of the Malala Fund and Now Ventures will be the opening keynote speaker at the largest conference for professional fundraisers in the world. Learn more and register today.

New Year, New You—Focus on Professional Development in 2017
No matter your experience level as a fundraiser, AFP has educational opportunities designed to enhance your knowledge and take your career to new heights. Visit to see what’s available.

Know Any Great Fundraisers?
AFP is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award and our new Young Professionals Award (honoring up to five young fundraisers). Nomination deadlines are Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, respectively. Submit your nomination today!

Your Path to a Fundraising Management Role
AFP's Fundraising Principles and Practice (formerly the Diploma in Fundraising) provides you the tactical and leadership skills necessary to take the next leap in your fundraising career. You'll also receive 24 CFRE education points. Register today!

The Return of Mastering Major Gifts with Amy Eisenstein
Go from Development Generalist to Major Gifts Master in 7 weeks! That's the promise of Amy Eisenstein's Mastering Major Gifts online course. Plus you can earn 35 CFRE education points. Get started now!


Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for January:

New Year...New Opportunity

Have you updated/posted your resume lately? You never know when opportunity may knock. Visit the AFP Career Center to update your profile today!

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

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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