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Maehara Again Named Among Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders  

The NonProfit Times has again placed Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP, among the ranks of the U.S. nonprofit sector’s most influential in its yearly listing: The NPT Power & Influence Top 50.

This year’s list of leaders is made up of “executives who mobilize the masses for good and who manage their resources while blazing a path for others to follow,” the newspaper explains. Having been named to this list 11 years in a row, Maehara is also listed in the Hall of Fame section of the NonProfit Times’ ranking, which it describes as “a roll call of the executives who have shaped the listing and the sector.” The newspaper began its listing in 1998.

“She has said that simply raising money is not enough and that ethical treatment of donors and funds is critical to an effective fundraising process,” The NonProfit Times writes of Maehara. “Maehara has long led the call for stewardship that is beyond reproach.”

“I am always proud to be named to this list, and always so thankful of the thousands upon thousands of fundraisers across the world who work to give fundraising a good name,” said Maehara. “The influence of AFP is obviously very strong and I’ve always been committed to using that influence to push for high ideals of ethics and accountability.”

Among those new to the list of influential nonprofit leaders for 2009 are the following:

  • Sharon Burns, chief information officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Ill.
  • Alan Khazei, founder and CEO, Be the Change Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation in Los Angeles, Calf.
  • Barry Rand, CEO of AARP in Washington, D.C.
  • Holly Ross, executive director of NTEN in Portland, Ore.

AFP also wishes to recognize AFP member Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, president and CEO of the National Catholic Development Conference in Hempstead, N.Y., who was named this year among the nonprofit sector’s most influential leaders.

The NonProfit Times’ annual Power and Influence Top 50 were selected by the publication’s staff and several members of the nonprofit community (none of whom were permitted to be part of the list).

The executives will be honored for their work at a gala at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising From Ammado  

Ammado, one of AFP’s social media partners, has now introduced new fundraising communities to facilitate not only the sharing of ideas and experiences, but fundraising from friends, relatives and colleagues.

The new “peer to peer” fundraising communities are especially useful for fundraising in the international arena with individuals from different countries who want to donate in their own currencies.

As Terry Farris, ammado’s head of global strategy and long-time AFP member, notes, a typical “P-to-P” fundraiser involves tracking down email addresses, sending out numerous email messages, asking for wire transfers to a personal account and then personally transmitting funds to the charity. In contrast, the new fundraising communities on ammado are set up with beneficiaries taken care of, direct invitations to friends and supporters, donation options in over 30 currencies and real-time reporting.

Beyond the individual peer-to-peer options, nonprofits can use the fundraising communities when looking for sponsorship for challenge events, etc., and companies can launch campaigns with their employees and stakeholders to support local charities in the community. 

There are already some early successes and examples, including a variety of personal races for charity, as well as “Back to School” campaigns by individuals and nonprofits in Asia and Africa. In addition, a global business company is also using ammado to raise US$20,000 to support several sustainable, education-based organizations assisting underprivileged children and families in Cambodia. 

You can learn more about ammado’s peer-to-peer fundraising communities on Terry’s blog, the ammado website and by creating your own fundraising page. To get started, go to, and make sure to visit the AFP and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy profiles on ammado.

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Coming Soon to a Browser Near You – The New!  

Summertime means blockbuster movies, and this year we’ve saved the biggest and best for season’s end.

In September you can enjoy the best sequel of the year as AFP will bring up the curtain on the brand new website! The new—the culmination of months of gathering member feedback—will be the premier web resource for AFP members, as well as anyone interested in the world of fundraising. 

Want a sneak peek?  Go to or click on the link in the electronic version of this eWire story.

What are some of the coming attractions on the new First, there’s a fresh new layout and focused navigation that will help you locate whatever information you need on the website in just one or two clicks. Second, the new homepage will quickly aggregate and highlight the latest fundraising news, upcoming events, the popular Job Center and AFP’s top resources. It will also feature a timely Poll Question and links to the latest blog posts by AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE.

Once inside the site, you will find more new features that will advance and enhance your experience, including:

  • Targeted landing pages for each main navigation family that encompass all possible, up-to-the-minute topics and materials for that particular area
  • A “Related AFP Resources” box on every content page alerting you to additional relevant, cross-promotional materials
  • A new, robust search capability that allows you to narrow your search by topic, event or specific product
  • A dynamic calendar that allows you to filter events by date, location and topic
  • And more!

And never fear—we will continue to have all the great features and benefits you have come to expect from us, including AFP Discussion Groups, Resource Center materials such as the Ready Reference Series, fundraising toolkits, and AFP Information Exchange papers.

We are very excited about the new, and are working hard to make sure this premier member benefit meets your discerning expectations!

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Reminder: AFP Offices Will Be Closed Last Week of August

All AFP offices will be closed Aug. 24-28, and no communications, including AFP eWire, will be distributed that week. For more information please visit

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NPD Canadian Globe and Mail Supplement Set for Nov. 13  

AFP will again be partnering with the Canada’s most read national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, to produce a special supplement on philanthropy and fundraising on Nov. 13.

The supplement, entitled Canada’s Future: Philanthropy in Action, will showcase the work of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has on all aspects of society. Specific articles will focus on new programs and innovations helping Canadians, partnerships between donors and charities, young people as donors and volunteers, and how to get started professionally in the charitable sector.

Members are encouraged to advertize in this premier report because it will be a tremendous opportunity to reach a wide cross-section of donors and constituents. Special advertizing discounts are available. The deadline for reserving space is Oct. 5.

The supplement will include a limited number of one-eighth, quarter-, half- and full-page advertizing positions. The Globe and Mail will also reprint additional copies of the report and provide an online PDF version of the supplement. The special section also will appear online at for seven days and thereafter will be archived for 90 days.

“AFP is excited to work again with The Globe and Mail because this supplement gives members the best chance to reach out to donors and the public across Canada and demonstrate the impact they’re having,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “With so many charities competing for the charitable dollar, it can be difficult to get your message out to the public, but participating in this special supplement on Nov. 13 can expose your organization to a host of new potential supporters.”

The Globe and Mail reaches 1.3 million daily readers and is a favorite publication of Canadian senior executives, read by 71 percent of all executives and 76 percent of presidents, CEOs and chairpersons.

The sell sheet (attached in the electronic version of this eWire article) has additional information about the supplement. Interested members can contact Richard Deacon, project manager, at (604) 631-6636 or email

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Submit Your Papers to the AFP Information Exchange

The AFP Information Exchange, an exclusive benefit for members, offers valuable guidance on fundraising. Two new papers are added each week. Writing an information paper is a great way to provide your unique skills and perspective in a short document (between 750 and 2000 words) that won’t take too much time away from your professional and personal responsibilities. Consider submitting a paper with your own valuable expertise! Go to the AFP Member Gateway at Log in and look under Member Resources.

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Register Today for the Nonprofit Management Institute!

Best-selling author and popular speaker Heather McLeod Grant will return to the AFP and Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) Nonprofit Management Institute this Oct. 6-7. In her talk, McLeod Grant will discuss how social media tools are engendering a new, networked mindset characterized by openness, transparency, decentralized decision-making and distributed action. She will show how nonprofit organizations adapting the networked mindset are finding exciting opportunities to expand their leverage and impact. For the complete 2009 program and to register, visit Don’t miss the early bird deadline: Aug. 27!

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Attend the Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising

AFP and Faculdades Integradas Rio Branco will co-host the 5th Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising—Latin America. The Hemispheric Congress is an exciting educational event for all fundraising professionals in Latin America and will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Don't miss this great opportunity to expand your fundraising knowledge this Nov. 6-8 in Sao Paulo! For more information visit,

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Don't Miss Two Upcoming Great Webconferences to Improve Your Fundraising!

(To register go to and click on Education and Career Development—AFP Web/Audioconferences)

Creating a Successful Fundraising Culture: Twelve Tools for Motivating Your Board

August 12 | 1–2:30 pm ET
Why are so many volunteers and staff members reluctant to participate in approaching prospects and donors? How can board chairs, development committee members, nonprofit CEOs and professional fundraising staff lead their board teams to own -- and even enjoy -- the essential and ultimately rewarding work of major gifts fundraising? In this practical train-the-trainer session, Carole V. Rylander, CFRE, will address the needs of nonprofit leaders who want to increase volunteer and staff participation in approaching and engaging prospects and donors. Register now for Creating a Successful Fundraising Culture: Twelve Tools for Motivating Your Board on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. E.T.

Keeping the Plates Spinning: Time Management and Goal Setting for Development Professionals—Presented by Marc A. Pitman

September 17| 1–2:30 pm ET
How do you meet your departmental goals when the priorities change daily or hourly? How do you keep all the plates spinning and determine which plates are truly important? When schedules are tight, every unexpected occurrence impacts your entire day. No matter how small the interruption, the ripple effects may be felt throughout your organization! You'll walk away from this session with incredibly practical tools you can use immediately to help you regain a measure of sanity in your work day. Offices of any size will find this helpful! Don’t miss Keeping the Plates Spinning: Time Management and Goal Setting for Development Professionals on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. E.T.

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