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July 19, 2011
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This Week's Free AFP Information Exchange Paper:
Key Performance Indicators: Nonprofits Need Them, Too! -
Sageworks, Inc./Libby Bierman
While most people join the team at a nonprofit organization because of inspiration or passion, rarely can the decision be attributed to attraction to the organization's financial structure or sources. That being said, finances are critical, and there are certain proactive steps that NPO directors and manager can follow to take control of their finances before they have to report to a board, other staff, or donors.
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Good Signs in Overall Giving

Top Story: Good Signs in Overall Giving
There’s some good news about giving, as a new report shows nonprofit revenue has grown for ten consecutive months from August 2010 to May 2011. Read more

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Growing Our Ethical Skills
Paul C. Pribbenow, chair of the AFP Ethics Committee, says we must always be thinking about new ways to think about ethics, how it applies to our organizations and how we can serve donors and philanthropy more ethically. (Philanthropy Journal) Read more.

Personal Connections Impact Philanthropy
Research shows when people identified less with a cause, they were more motivated by appeals that focused on what had already been accomplished. By contrast, people who identified more with a cause were better persuaded by appeals focused on what the group needed to meet its goal. (The Daily Texan) Read more.

Nonprofit Gets Unexpected Donation
Martha Hagedorn-Krass never expected an answer to the letter she wrote thanking former President Bill Clinton for speaking at a conference she attended in March. (The Topeka Capital-Journal) Read more.

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Consultants Directory

AFP Announcements

Watch Your Inbox for NRC Benchmarking Survey
The latest Nonprofit Research Collaborative survey is being sent to 2,500 randomly chosen AFP members on Wednesday. The NRC, of which AFP is a founding member, provides an immense amount of data for the fundraising profession and the nonprofit sector. If you receive the link for the survey, we strongly encourage you to participate. Members who have previously participated will receive an invitation later in the week.

Member Motion/Accolades: Summer 2011
AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for summer 2011.
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U.S. AFP Members: Please Take Part in This Breakthrough Research About Uncollectible Campaign Pledges

Nonprofit organizations and their financial auditors increasingly question how much to budget for uncollectible pledges. To that end, AFP and ME&V Fundraising Advisers have created a survey to provide unique insight on the nonprofit sector's experience with pledge fulfillment in the United States. The survey’s 12 questions should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and responses are confidential. You will have the option of including your email at the end of the questions should you want to receive the final report. The survey will close Aug. 1, 2011.

Hone Your Skills, Meet Colleagues in Vancouver!
2012 ConferenceAre you ready to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with fundraisers from around the world? Visit the webpage for the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver to see what fun we’re going to have in 2012. Plus, be sure to become a "fan" of the conference on Facebook for all the latest updates, special offers and conference news.

Hurry! Submit Your Nomination for AFP Boards
Time is running out for you to nominate someone for the AFP Board of Directors, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Board and Canada Council. Click here to nominate an AFP board member and click here to nominate someone for the AFP foundations.

Give to the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Fund
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in coordination with the AFP Diversity Committee is pleased to announce a new Diversity Scholarship Fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Make a donation today!

Getting Things Done

Lights … Camera … Action University
This Week's Featured Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
AFP is proud to bring you its latest, free member benefit - Action University, a new, online professional development tool created in partnership with Polar Unlimited In each weekly lesson, Action University takes a recent, best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video that is accompanied by a workbook, a PDF summary, webinar, and more! This week Action University features Emotional Intelligence 2.0. Allen, a management consultant and executive coach, provides insights into attaining maximum efficiency and at the same time relaxing whenever one needs or wants to.
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Learn more about Action University
New: Register for the next Action University Digital Marketing Webinar Event (July 22 at 3 p.m. ET): Digital Marketing in the Non-Profit Sector - Crafting an Integrated Strategy

Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Building Relationships that Pay Off
(July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. EST)

Foundation professionals agree: their best grantees are the ones who look beyond the check and seek a mutually beneficial relationship. Learn how the relationship unfolds and how both grantmakers and grantees benefit from good communication and mutual understanding of risk and reward. Presented by John W. Hicks, CFRE, president and CEO of J.C. Geever, Inc. Register now.

Raising More Money from Your Business Community
(Aug. 24, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)

Many nonprofits fail to touch their local business community for a variety of reasons. In this webinar, you will learn how to approach corporate leaders, how to motivate them to become involved in your organization, and how to develop a corporate appeal. Presented by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. Register now.

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