AFP eWire January 8, 2013: Print Version
50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego - April 7-9, 2013 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!
Worried about the future of philanthropy? Don’t be! Joining us in San Diego will be five young philanthropists who are making incredible change around the world. Collectively, these amazing young philanthropists have impacted the lives of people on six continents and have raised awareness—as well as millions of dollars—for an outstanding array of causes!
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 conference.afpnet.org for more information and register TODAY! See you in San Diego in 2013!
Key Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2013
Blackbaud today shared trends that will have the biggest impact on the nonprofit sector in 2013: charitable giving is not likely to grow much; a revaluing of the nonprofit sector will occur; technology will play an increasingly important role for both organizations and supporters; and the world will continue to shrink as philanthropic borders broaden.
One Conversation Complete, Many More to Come
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, talks about the fiscal cliff bill, what it means for charities and what lies ahead.
Fundraising News and Tips
Fiscal Cliff Deal Allows Giving IRA Assets to Charity
Nice walk-through of the recently extended IRA Charitable Rollover Provision, how it works and what it means for donors. (Forbes)
What Do You Talk about at Your Board Meetings?
What do you talk about at your board meetings? Wait. Don’t answer that yet. Instead, let’s start at the very beginning: What is the purpose of a board? There’s only one answer to that question: The purpose of the board is to do governance, the process carried out by a group of people to ensure the health and effectiveness of the corporation. (The Nonprofit Quarterly)
Study: Mobile Devices Facilitate Impulse Giving
Americans are increasingly using their smartphones for monetary contributions. A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that those who use this method of giving tend to make the decision to donate without much, if any, research. (The NonProfit Times)
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 fundraising strategy, Facebook, direct mail, collaboration, mobile fundraising and corporate philanthropy.
2013 Webinar Schedule Now Available
Twenty-two webinars have been scheduled for 2013, covering issues such as transformational gifts, the case for support, donor prospecting, strategic planning, annual giving, fundraising plans, and much more! Check out the full list here and sign up for webinars now.
Rice University/AFP Development & Finance Symposium, June 11 and 12, 2013
This symposium is designed to explore the dynamics of these two offices working together more effectively, resulting in better-informed business decisions for their organizations. Senior advancement officers and CFOs will share their experiences and strategies for effective management, and participants will learn more about the complexities of both roles. Fundraisers, chief finance officers, vice presidents, executive directors, investment professionals, and board members will all benefit from gaining more insight into how fiscal roles can create stability for their organizations.
Bob Carter Companies to Sponsor Youth in Philanthropy Awards
AFP thanks the Bob Carter Companies for their support and sponsorship of the 2013 William R. Simms Awards for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Two awards, an Individual and a Youth Group Award, will be presented at The Celebration of Philanthropy at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising, April 6, 2013, in San Diego. Our youth honorees this year were Jeneece Edroff, O.B.C., and Megan and Justin Churchman. Thanks again to the Bob Carter Companies for their support of AFP’s work in encouraging young people to get involved in philanthropy.
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.
• Read the paper! - http://www.afpnet.org/files/secure/index.cfm?FileID=82008
Lights...Camera...AFP Action University! AFP Action University Book Review (Video): 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, by Nilofer Merchant
The era of social technologies provides seemingly endless opportunity, both for individuals and organizations. But it’s also the subject of seemingly endless hype. Yes, social tools allow us to do things entirely differently—but how do you really capitalize on that? In 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, social strategist and insightful blogger Nilofer Merchant argues that “social” is much more than “media.” Smart companies are letting social become the backbone of their business models, increasing their speed and flexibility by pursuing openness and fluidity. This ebook offers new rules for creating value, leading, and innovating in our rapidly changing world. These social era rules are both provocative and grounded in reality—they cover thorny challenges like forsaking hierarchy and control for collaboration; getting the most out of all talent; allowing your customers to become co-creators in your organization; inspiring employees through purpose in a world where money alone no longer wields that power; and soliciting community investment in an idea so that it can take hold and grow.
• Access this week's AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials) - http://www.afpnet.org/ActionUniversity