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Special Advanced Professional Edition
February 22, 2017

Introducing the Advanced Professional Newsletter

Once a month, we'll have stories, spotlights, Q&A, articles, resources and other items that dive deeper into management, leadership, trends and other professional areas that are important to you as an advanced professional. Let us know how we're doing, or if you have ideas for issues or stories you'd like to see. Email

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Cover Stories

Advanced Professional Spotlight: Mike House
We talk with Mike House (right), president and CEO of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, about his job, the use of acronyms, managing a large staff and the moment he realized he wanted to be a leader and a CEO.

Why Are There So Few Male Fundraisers?
Fundraising has been a female-dominated profession for decades. Why is that, and is it going to change any time soon? AFP members provide some ideas and perspective.

Top Stories

AFP Position on Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
The Trump Administration and some members of Congress are discussing the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from engaging in partisan, electoral politics. AFP stakes out its position, opposing repeal on a number of grounds.

100 Years of Giving DC Fly-In Day on Capitol Hill
Chris Griffin, AFP's professional advancement coordinator and guest blogger, reports on the success of our Capitol Hill Day to defend the charitable deduction.

Action University Summary: First Break All The Rules
Over the last twenty years, managers have come to realize that competitiveness depends on being able to find and keep talent. To keep talent, you first must break all the rules, according to Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. Take ten minutes to find out why and what great managers do differently.

Playing Matchmaker in the Month of Love
February, Valentine's Day—the time for finding that special someone. But take your time, cautions Elizabeth Kohler Knuppel, in finding that right development officer for your organization. (Skystone Partners)

Opinion: The Fundraiser's Duty to Ask—A Philosophical Rationale
It's often heard that fundraisers have a 'duty' to ask for donations. Cherian Koshy offers an interesting perspective and argues that duty is grounded in the ethics of the specific role of the fundraiser. (Plymouth University)

Rise Above Your Fears and LEAD!
Charity executives, here's a simple suggestion for improving your job satisfaction, for feeling proud about your organization's accomplishments, and becoming known as one of our sector's shining stars. Own your title! (Hilborn)


Upcoming AFP Education Courses

"Donor Retention: A Self-Assessment Workshop" featured at 2017 International Fundraising Conference
Formerly known as "Planning to Keep Your Donors," this full-day workshop, April 29 in San Francisco, will help you focus on keeping your existing donors and use the Fundraising Fitness Test to help maximize your efforts. Click here for more information and to register.

Adrian Sargeant Explains Why You Should Strive for the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising
Designed for senior-level fundraisers, AFP's International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) is not for the faint of heart. It will revolutionize the way you think about fundraising. Let Professor Adrian Sargeant explain; watch the video now. The next cohort begins April 2017. Click here for more information and to join us.

Free AFP Webinar for Members Only: Accepting Gifts from Pablo Escobar and Other Ethical Dilemmas (February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Would you accept a gift from Pablo Escobar? Explore different scenarios that raise ethical issues in everyday fundraising. This member benefit is made possible by the generous support of the Claudia A. Looney, CFRE, Fund for Ethics in Fundraising and the AFP Foundation. Click here to register.




Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for February:

Career Considerations

Read the latest career article from the Winter 2017 Advancing Philanthropy magazine titled "Why Do You Want Me to Do That?" by Robert E. Fogal, Ph.D., ACFRE. Click here to read the article in the digital magazine.

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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