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AFP Top Ten (Week of May 4, 2016): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!

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1. Fear of N.G.O.s, in Beijing and Beyond (The New York Times): Recent years have witnessed what the Carnegie Endowment terms a “viral-like spread of new laws” around the world designed to limit or shut down the activities of nongovernmental organizations that promote human rights, democracy, the environment, education and other causes.

2. Results Are In: 2016 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey (Nonprofit HR): Results from the ninth annual Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey are in, and the sector has a lot to celebrate, as well as a lot of room for growth. Approximately 57 percent of nonprofits are anticipating making a new hire in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. You can download an infographic and the survey report, as well as read the blog for highlights.

3. The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down in First Quarter (Blackbaud): The Blackbaud Index reported that that overall charitable giving to nonprofits decreased 0.1% while online giving increased 6.5% for the three months ending March 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.

4. Social Media Drives Response But Can Fail on Donations, Says Study (UK Fundraising): Campaigns on social media may grab people’s attention but that doesn’t always result in a donation, particularly for lesser-known charities, a US study has found.

5. How Can Nana Murphy Make You a Better #Fundraising Professional? (Michael Rosen Says):From Michael Rosen's blog, Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution, highlights a seminar from AFP’s 2016 International Fundraising Conference: “From Ireland with Love: A Five-Year Case Study on Donor-Centric Fundraising for Retention, Revenue, and Results.” Here’s what you can learn from Nana Murphy and other donors.

6. Social Media Effectiveness for Public Engagement: An Example of Small Nonprofits (The Nonprofit Quarterly): This article from the Nonprofit Quarterly is a treasure trove of examples of how 26 small organizations respond to the challenges and constraints they encounter with their uses of social media for organizing and engagement.

7. Good for the Sector, Good for the Students: Mandatory Volunteering for High School Graduation (Charity Village): Is mandatory volunteering really volunteering? CharityVillage examines the challenges and successes of mandatory volunteering for high school students both for individual volunteers and for the sector as a whole.

8. Three Strategies for Maximizing the ROI of your Special Event (Movie Mondays): Heidi Thomson helped an organization step back and look at their event.  Even though the event seemed successful, when they did the analysis they discovered it wasn’t a great success (from a fundraising perspective).  In this video, Heidi shares what they did to fix their event so it brought in more money and was more successful. 

9. What’s in a Name? (Skystone Partners): What’s in a name? Everything, especially if it’s your donor’s or that of someone else you’re honoring. Disagreements over naming rights can spiral out of control and land you on the front page for all the wrong reasons. That’s why you should have a policy in place to govern how such decisions are made. 

10. The Authentic Fundraiser (Hilborn): Our sector needs more authentic fundraisers, more authentic fundraising and more authentic people. But before we start throwing around yet another new buzzword, it is prudent to stop and ask ourselves: What does authenticity mean? What does it mean to be a truly authentic fundraiser? And what does authentic fundraising look like?

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