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AFP eWire
Vol.18, Num.24
June 13, 2018

Giving USA 2018: Americans Gave $410.02 Billion to Charity in 2017

Powered by a booming stock market and a strong economy, charitable giving by American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations to U.S. charities surged to an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017.

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Take the AFP/Charitable Giving Coalition Survey on Giving and the New Tax Law
Throughout the year, AFP and the Charitable Giving Coalition will be monitoring the impact of the new tax law on giving in the U.S. Please participate in this short survey (nine questions) to look at how fundraising fared in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017, as well as a few other issues.

Research Finds "Ideological" Gap in How to Represent Charity Beneficiaries
New research explores the opposing views and attitudes that fundraisers and service delivery staff often have about how beneficiaries ought to be portrayed in advertising, marketing and fundraising materials.

AFP Webinar: Building a Culture of Philanthropy (June 20, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Join Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, AdvDip, to talk about the importance of a philanthropic organizational culture. She'll discuss what it should mean and why it works. Click here to register.

Gifts Happen: Tales from an Introverted Fundraiser
An introverted fundraiser confides her fears and successes,with some insights for all professionals.

AFP Top Ten Fundraising Tips for the Week: Overcoming Rejection, Letting Go of Donors, Your Major Gift Organization Structure & More!
Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. Read more.

AFP News

Now Available: Recorded Sessions from the 2018 International Fundraising Conference
Did you miss one of your favorite fundraising experts speaking at the 2018 International Fundraising Conference? We now have more than 40 recorded sessions from New Orleans available for purchase. Click here to see the full list and watch one today.

Deadline Approaching for AFP's 2019 Distinguished Fellows Program
AFP is now accepting nominations for our third class of Distinguished Fellows to be recognized at the April 2019 International Fundraising Conference. The program recognizes individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions, and who will continue to advance AFP's mission and vision through their volunteer work.

CFL Football Legend and Respected Leader will be Closing Keynote at 2018 AFP Leadership Academy
From the football field to the sidelines to the front office, few have accomplished as much in the Canadian Football League (CFL) as Michael "Pinball" Clemons. Join us in Toronto at the AFP Leadership Academy to hear him, and many other transcendent leaders, speak about effective leadership. Click here to learn more and register.

Stuck in a Rut in Your Fundraising Career? Check Out AFP's Fundraising Principles and Practice Course
This intensive mid-level learning course gives you the tools to expand your knowledge like few other courses can, taking you down the path of that promotion or credential you've been seeking. You'll learn directly from Prof. Adrian Sargeant and walk away with tangible benefits for your organization. Click here to learn more and register.

Free Webinar Now Available: Tax Reform is Now Law.... What Happens Now?
Free for AFP members only, watch this timely webinar featuring AFP's Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer, Jason Lee. This webinar was re-recorded following technical difficulties during the originally scheduled program on May 17. Click here to login and watch now.

Career Center Spotlight

A Fundraising Life By Sarah K. Nathan
It is still common to hear fundraisers say they "fell" into fundraising or that they came to it "accidently". Click here to read an article about "the fundraising life" in the latest edition of Advancing Philanthropy.

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