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AFP Top Ten (Week of August 2, 2017): Facebook Engagement, Emotional Intelligence & More

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Need some tips on how to do your job better? Or maybe just a reminder on some key skills, the insight on the latest research, and the latest, coolest ideas from the best minds in the fundraising profession?

Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. Here’s this week’s Top Ten:

1. Younger Women Take Modern Approach to Philanthropy, Suggests Study (Alliance Blog): Millennial women are moving philanthropy forward with a more social and inclusive stance towards giving, suggests a study by Fidelity Charitable, one of the largest donor-advised funds in the US.

2. Five Phenomenal Traits in a Highly Effective Major Gift Officer (re: charity): Aly Sterling identifies the top five traits for your executive search team to look out for while bringing on a new major gift officer.

3. Facebook Engagement: What is Working Now (Andrea Vahl): Videos, tips and quick lists are just a few of the ideas. It’s work but Facebook remains, by far, the most popular social media tool, and engagement can pay off.

4. Acronyms, Jargon and Other Fundraising Terms to Know (Fundraising Report Card): Fun post on all the jargon you should (and need to) know. We liked LYBUNT: Donors who gave “Last Year But Unfortunately Not This.”

5. Getting Board Members Excited to Say “Thank You” To Donors (Movie Mondays): Marc A. Pitman shares a couple of reasons why board members may not be so open to thanking donors. And then Marc walks you through a simple and fun way to get board members excited and motivated to thank donors.

6. Deeper Pyramid For Donor Prospect Management (The NonProfit Times): With philanthropy experiencing declines in donor engagement and participation, and donors becoming more knowledgeable and capable, the classic “donor pyramid” becoming steeper in some models.

7. Emotional Intelligence: The Fundraiser’s Friend (SOFII): Being more emotionally connected to each other on fundraising teams is more rewarding—and being more emotionally open and connected to our donors raises more money! Here’s how to be emotionally intelligent.

8. IRS Ground Rules for Charity Gaming (Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman): While games of chance like bingo and raffles are often synonymous with tax-exempt organizations, the income from such "gaming" activities operated by charities is not automatically tax-free. Everything you wanted to know (and more) about such games.

9. Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy (Beth’s Blog): Guest writer, AFP’s own Vincent Law, talks about empowering young kids, like Generation Z, though philanthropy. A deep dive on youth in philanthropy and some programs to help immerse kids in helping others.

10. Lessons from the Boy Scouts Controversy: Be Prepared (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog): When faced with controversy, nonprofits must be visible and stand up for their values. They must have leaders who are willing to take the microphone and answer questions. What the BSA got right and wrong.

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