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AFP eWire November 13, 2012: Print Version

50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego: Advance Registration is until January 25th—Register NOW and Save BIG!

Advance registration is on for the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, presented by Blackbaud—Register TODAY for BIG savings!

Experience top-quality education, engaging networking and unique lessons to help you develop the right blend of best practices and new ideas for powerful results. Get up-to-the minute information and spread the word about the conference using the conference Twitter channel: @afpihq and the conference hashtag #afpmeet. Also, join in on the discussion related to the conference on our Facebook page:

This year, our goal is to engage and re-energize our profession. Join us and be a part of our efforts to create balance, focus on critical priorities, and simplify complexities—we’ll explore what it means to beDoing The Right Things…Right! 

Go to for more information and register TODAYSee you in San Diego in 2013!

Top Story

National Philanthropy Day® Celebrates Everyone Involved in Changing the World

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), officially recognized on Nov. 15, will be celebrated in more than 100 communities around the world with a variety of different events, contests and awards.

First celebrated in 1986, NPD is the day the charitable sector uses to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—and those involved in the philanthropic process—have made to communities around the world.

NPD brings together the entire philanthropic community—donors, volunteers, businesses, corporations, foundations, charities and young people, all working to improve the quality of life in their communities and change the world with a giving heart. Outstanding individuals and organizations are recognized for their extraordinary efforts on the local level, and the most extraordinary honorees are recognized on the international level with AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy.

This year, members and chapters can keep in touch with all of the NPD events and news though several websites and social media sites, including the official NPD website The site includes an assortment of information about NPD, including facts, statistics, videos, talking points and a list of NPD events.

Check out our NPD Facebook page at NPD also has its own account on Twitter: Let us know what you’re doing on NPD and how you’re making a difference by tweeting to the hashtag #afpnpd.

And just in case you wanted more fun about NPD, you may not know that noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch wrote the official NPD song, “Now, More Than Ever.” The sheet music and lyrics are available for download here.

“National Philanthropy Day reminds us of what we can achieve and what lies ahead in the future,” says Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Even as we celebrate NPD and our achievements, we also celebrate the promise of tomorrow and how working together, we create a stronger and more vibrant and just world. I’m grateful to our chapters for all of their hard work in putting together NPD locally and recognizing the incredible work that happens in their communities.”

Canada Milestone

This year, Canada became the first country to recognize NPD permanently through passage of a bill sponsored by Senator Terry Mercer, CFRE. In honor of passage, AFP is working with TELUS, the first ever Canadian company to earn AFP’s Award for Outstanding Corporation, on a Twitter contest for all Canadians.

On Nov. 15, Canadians can tweet to #npdTELUS what they’re doing to change the world and make their communities a better place. The top five most inspiring, innovative and/or creative tweets will earn the senders a $500 donation in their name to one of their favorite charities.

The official NPD website for Canada (—which contains all sort of information to help Canadians maximize the impact of their giving—will have a running screen of all the #npdTELUStweets so Canadians can see what their fellow citizens are doing to give back on National Philanthropy Day®.

“Through the How Are You Changing the World campaign and our partnership with TELUS, we hope to bring Canadians together through technology so they can get inspired by what others are doing,” said Watt. “TELUS was the first ever Canadian company to win the prestigious AFP Award for Outstanding Corporation for their philanthropic efforts, so this partnership was just natural for us, and we are so pleased they are working with us to promote NPD and charitable engagement.”


Special Announcement

AFP Awards for Philanthropy Nomination Period Open—Deadline Nov. 30

You or your chapter can nominate an outstanding philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser, foundation, corporation, fundraising professional or youth in philanthropy for AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy, which will be presented during the International Conference in San Diego on April 6. Nominations are easy to follow, can be submitted online and are due Nov. 30!


Fundraising News and Tips

Not Just Onsite—New Education Opportunities Before, During AND After AFP’s 50th International Conference!

Discover all of the new educational opportunities associated with the 2013 San Diego International Conference on Fundraising and how you can enhance your conference return on investment and find success for the future.

New York Times Giving Section

The New York Times has published its annual Giving section featuring articles on donor psychology, fundraising events, female philanthropists, the impact of Hurricane Sandy, social impact bonds, the loss of the gift tax exemption and more. (New York Times)

Trends Suggest the Unsettled Economy and Election Season Dampen Fundraising

Blackbaud’s latest indexes covering charitable giving and online giving show shows that that charitable giving remained relatively flat through September 2012. Overall charitable giving fell 3.1% and online giving grew slightly by 2.7% in the three months ending September 2012 as compared to the same period a year ago. (Blackbaud) 

Ten Things You Might Have Missed (and Need to Know)

There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items and ideas from last week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on donor stewardship, year-end fundraising, donor psychology, donor clubs, social media and regulation.


AFP Announcements

AFP, Mackenzie Investments Partner to Strengthen Training and Education for Charities, Fundraisers

Canadian fundraising professionals and the charitable sector are about to receive a major boost in training and development, thanks to an initiative funded by Mackenzie Investments, one of Canada’s leading investment management firms, in partnership with AFP.

Help Protect the Charitable Deduction: Attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s Capitol Hill Event

AFP, as chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition, invites its U.S. members to attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s inaugural Capitol Hill fly-in event – “Protect Giving – DC Days” on Dec. 4 and 5.

AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated for Hurricane Sandy)

AFP’s Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page provides information not only on how to support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, but also how charities can raise funds in the current environment and keep track of ongoing news and events. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster ( And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide. 


AFP Member Exclusives

This Week's Free AFP Information Exchange Paper for Members:  Involving Your Board Members in Fund Development - Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

It’s your job to help board members do their job in fund development. But who is “you”? The development officer. The executive director. The board chair. The chair of the board’s fund development committee. No one – including your development officer – does this work alone. This is a team enterprise. Volunteers – especially board members – are particularly important.
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Lights...Camera...AFP Action University! AFP Action University Book Review (Video): The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch

In 1897, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that the distribution of wealth was predictably unbalanced. Over the years, Pareto's observation has become known as the 80/20 principle. Now, Richard Koch takes a fresh look at the 80/20 principle and finds that the basic imbalance observed by Pareto 100 years ago can be found in almost every aspect of modern life. Whether you're investing in stocks, analyzing company sales, or looking at the performance of a Web site, you'll find that it's usually 20 percent that produces 80 percent of the total result. This means 80 percent of what you do may not count for much. Koch helps you to identify that 20 percent and shows you how you can get more out of your business, and life, for less.

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