Keep the Tip! – How to Make the Most of the New AFPnet.org
The new AFPnet.org is the culmination of months of gathering member feedback aimed at creating the premiere web resource for both AFP members and anyone interested in the world of fundraising. The following tips and helpful suggestions have been developed (and appear weekly in the AFP eWire) with the intention of helping you maximize your online experience, and to get the most from this continuously improving member benefit.
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December 22, 2009: The AFP 50th Anniversary Website
Most of us are not thrilled when we hit the Big 5-0, but when you an association, making it to the golden anniversary is cause for celebration! The upcoming year marks AFP’s 50th anniversary, and as part of the activities planned, we have launched a new, dedicated website – AFPnet.org/AFP50 – to mark and highlight the occasion. Here, you can find features on the history of AFP and its chapters, the AFP 50th Anniversary Chapter Toolkit and a listing of related chapter events, the Anniversary Task Force Roster, and a page where we will feature your personal recollections and stories from over the years (and don’t forget you can share your experiences on the AFP 50th Anniversary Facebook site). Please visit AFPnet.org/AFP50 during 2010 and join the celebration!
December 15, 2009: Make a Gift
Did you know that you can make a secure gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada simply by logging on to the new AFP website? The Foundations’ Every Member Campaign helps to generate the resources needed to fund strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. To make a gift, simply click the “Make a Gift” link that appears at the top of every page, or visit the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy homepage to also access the Canadian form. For more information, please visit the Every Member Campaign page (Canada page).
December 8, 2009: The AFP Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers
AFP's professional advancement programs and courses give every professional, no matter the level of experience, the opportunity to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base. To help guide your fundraising career, AFP has created and hosted on its website the AFP Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers (available as printable PDF or interactive Word doc). This is a comprehensive map that details your career needs based on years of experience. The plan is interactive—simply click on a product or course in the guide to learn more. And don’t forget the other Professional Development resources, including comprehensive pages covering Executive Institutes, the Essentials of Fundraising series, Certification & Career Management, Web/Audioconferences, the First Course in Fundraising, CFRE Review Courses, and more!
December 1, 2009: The AFP Consultants and Resource Directory
When analyzing the most-searched topics on the AFP website, it’s clear that many of you are interested in learning more about consulting services. To that end, we have created the AFP Consultants and Resource Directory, a one-stop online shop for both fundraisers and businesses to post and locate key services. Increase your consulting business opportunities by placing your company in front of fundraising and nonprofit industry professionals worldwide. And you can control and update your listing at any time. Are you a fundraiser searching for a consultant or service to improve your fundraising bottom line? Browse the easy-to-use directory and search by category, location, name or keyword. Visit the directory today and see what we have to offer!
November 24, 2009: Discussion Groups
When asked, AFP members often cite the ability to network and interact with colleagues as a key benefit of membership. In response, AFP has established a number of discussion forums and groups based on topics and chapters, where you can pose questions and ask advice of your fellow AFPers! Simply go to the Discussion Groups page and check off the forums that interest you. You can also indicate how you want to receive communications, whether instant or once-a-day e-mail digests. Join a discussion now (login required), or learn more about how discussion groups work.
November 17, 2009: Social Media and Blogs
AFP's new website is not merely an online presence, but strives to be an interactive online community, where members and others can meet, interact, network and share information and experiences with colleagues. The AFP Online Communities page presents all available social media options. You can sign up for our official Linkedin Discussions and the only nonprofit sector-specific networking community, ammado. And you can find us on Facebook and Twitter! In addition, the AFP Resource Center maintains a number of topical research and knowledge blogs to assist, guide and inform both members and non-members interested in the world of fundraising. These blogs are updated daily, and you can leave comments on what you read. See a list of all AFP Resource Center blogs.
November 10, 2009: The AFP Job Center
It’s often said that the true measure of a person is what they do not when times are good, but when the chips are down. And it’s no different with member associations. AFP understands that in today’s economy, both job seekers and employees can use a helping hand. That’s why we are proud to offer the AFP Job Center, a one-stop shop to locate a new job opportunity, post open positions, or find the latest employment articles, news and tools posted to AFPnet.org to help with your career development. Come take a look at the AFP Job Center today, and let us know your thoughts!
November 3, 2009: The Related AFP Resources Feature
On each content page, you will find a dedicated area called "Related AFP Resources" in the left-side column under the navigation for that section of the website. This box features additional, relevant content and articles on the AFPnet.org website that we believe, based on similar key words and topics in the content, you also might be interested in reading. This "smart" function is one way we hope to upgrade your user experience, and to quickly present other interconnected items that can help you in your practice. We are continuously tweaking this feature to better fine-tine the results, so please let us know your thoughts.
October 27, 2009: The AFPnet.org Quick Poll
AFP is comprised of experienced, wise members who have their pulse on the world of fundraising and philanthropy, so who better to help inform and educate us on the latest mood, developments, and directions in the field? To better capture your thoughts and impressions, we have developed a new Quick Poll area on the homepage of AFPnet.org, where—once a month—we will post a new relevant and timely poll question for you to answer. After a month, we tabulate the results, develop an article based on them, and when appropriate use these findings to help shape the way AFP approaches an issue. Please make sure to complete the Quick Poll question during your next visit to AFPnet.org! And visit the updated Quick Poll page for the latest results.
October 20, 2009: The Meetings and Events Calendars
The new AFPnet.org website has a new, dynamic calendar feature that allows a user to filter events by date, location and type of event. The main calendar page defaults to a comprehensive All Events calendar, but from here you can narrow your returns by selecting one of the following sub-calendars: AFP Events, Education Events, Chapter Events, or Geographical Region. No matter which calendar you visit, you can click the event title to find out more information, or jump to the relevant event page or registration. You can also choose to view a calendar in either a standard grid format or as a simple list. Check out the AFP calendar today
October 13, 2009: Browse by Topic and Most Popular Resources
In addition to the upgraded advanced search capability of the new AFPnet.org website, we also offer alternate ways to quickly locate the most popular and useful resources available to members. The first is the Browse by Topic pulldown menu featured in the top-right corner of every page. Here, you will find quick links to specialized, comprehensive pages on identified “Hot Topics” such as Capital Campaigns and Special Events, with new ones added as fast as they are developed! Another way AFP spotlights key resources now available to members is via the Popular Resources box on the AFPnet.org homepage. This section provides instant access to our new AFP Information Exchange papers, valuable toolkits, discounts and more!
October 6, 2009: The New Advanced Site Search Feature
The AFPnet.org website now features a new, robust search capability that allows you to narrow your search by specific topic, event or product! Visit the Advanced Search page and you can search the entire site by keyword, selected categories and/or subcategories, or a combination of both, returning focused search results without unnecessary scrolling and hunting.