AFP eWire
eWire Volume 12, Number 16
April 17, 2012
Are You TechSavvy or TechNew? Either Way This Conference is for You!
The AFP TechKnow Conference, presented by Visa, is designed for anyone interested in helping their organization reach and engage donors and supporters using new technologies—from database management to social media to other emerging tech tools. We have a host of dynamic speakers including Steve Wozniak, Carlos Dominquez, Laura Howe, Adrian Sargeant and Penelope Burk to name a few. And for AFP Collegiate members, you can attend for only $200! Use code Collegiate when you register to receive the discounted rate. AFP TechKnow is an event you can’t afford to miss. Go to to learn how new technologies can increase your fundraising! Re
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This Week's Free AFP Information Exchange Paper:
Beyond Construction Costs - Capital Campaign Budgeting - Norman Olshansky

If you and your nonprofit are considering a major capital initiative, such as a renovation or construction of new facilities, one of the first things to do is to develop a realistic budget, which you can use as a beginning basis for developing your campaign goal.
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Top Story: Great Memories, Fresh Ideas from AFP in Vancouver
Curious what happened at the AFP International Conference earlier this month? Take a peek at what participants learned and discovered—in their own words.
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Fundraising News and Tips

5 Simple Ideas for Supporting Young Nonprofit Professionals at Work
Professional development is an essential part of cultivating a new generation of leaders, but it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. Here are a few strategies that nonprofits (even tiny ones!) can implement to support their younger staff. (Rosetta Thurman) Read more.

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Tweeting For a Better World
In the rush to "go social," many nonprofits are failing to think through their strategy, define their target audience, match online tactics to real world goals, or consider how they might measure success and learn from failure. Here are some constructive ways to address those challenges. (The Bridgespan Group) Read more.

Avoiding Capital-campaign Mistakes
When a nonprofit is preparing for a vital growth spurt, or desperately needs to renovate a dilapidated building, the natural inclination is to focus on the physical facility that must be located, purchased or repaired—instead of telling the inspiring story of what will happen within those walls. (Philanthropy Journal) Read more.

AFP Announcements

Nominations Being Accepted Now for the AFP 2013 Board of Directors
Now is your chance to play an important role as a member of AFP by nominating an individual for the AFP Board and for the position of chair-elect. Click here to submit a nomination!

AFP Announces New Chapter in Florida
AFP is proud to welcome the AFP FL, Volusia/Flagler Chapter as the newest chapter in the association. They are sponsored by the AFP FL, First Coast Chapter. AFP now has 230 chapters around the world.

Get the Free AFP 2012 Conference e-Book Sampler!
We’ve gathered together excerpts from six of our leading AFP Fund Development Series books to help you engage the next generation of fundraisers, get your board more active in raising money, build your nonprofit brand, better understand development and operations, and more! Click here to view the book sampler. Plus, visit the AFP Bookstore to purchase these and countless other books on fundraising.

AFP Conference Recordings Available Now!
The conference audio recordings of a majority of the regular education sessions are now available for purchase as CD-ROM, streaming and now as podcasts for your mp3 player! Plus, three of our Hot Topics and an ACFRE session are being offered this year as a streamed video. All recordings contribute CFRE points towards your certification/re-certification. To create your customized package of the 2012 conference recordings today, click here.

Please Note: May/June Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Will Be Digital Only
The May/June issue of Advancing Philanthropy will be digital only. Read articles on inspiring innovation in your team, thinking more creatively and creating a culture of “futuring.” In addition, there will be videos, a podcast and even a comic book. Click here to access the digital magazine and past issues. If you have questions please email

AFP Member Exclusives

We Want You...To Send Us Your Papers for AFP's Information Exchange!Have some white papers you've developed that you think can prove useful to fellow members? Memos or how-to's that provide tips and advice to improve fundraising efforts and results? Please send then to us and we will include them in the AFP Information Exchange, our online member resource database! It doesn't matter the length or topic - if you feel it can be of use to your colleagues, please submit it us and we will share it with a larger audience! Please send all papers and questions to
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Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
This Week We Present an AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself, by John Jantsch
As lean times force businesses to reduce advertising and marketing budgets, more and more companies are trying to develop new clients through word-of-mouth referrals. Jantsch
champions such an approach, asserting that many widely referred businesses do very little when it comes to traditional advertising and that happy customers and actively engaged partners account for a great deal of their efforts. According to Jantsch, referral behavior is a primal activity rooted in our survival instinct and satisfying our need to connect with other people and mint social currency. Jantsch offers practical solutions on how to build a powerful referral engine by developing a systematic, consistent, and replicable approach and exploiting content, using social networking, and building strategic partnerships.
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AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
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Have You Created a Profile on AFP2P—Your Exclusive AFP Online Community?
AFP is proud to announce a new and exclusive online community called AFP2P, powered by Blackbaud Social and developed based on your suggestions and feedback! AFP2P allows members to interact, network and share expertise with one another through such personalized features as discussion groups, blogs and news feeds. In addition, members are able to create unique profiles, upload pictures and documents, and leave comments. Log on today! Learn more.

Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Analytics for Successful Fundraising
Apr. 24, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Author of AFP Fund Development Series book, Fundraising Analytics: Using Data to Guide Strategy, Joshua Birkholz will show you how to turn your nonprofit’s organizational data, with an appropriate focus on donors, into actionable knowledge.
Register now.

Online Success Strategies, Tools and Trade Secrets
May 9, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Over the past decade nonprofit organizations have been inundated with Internet services and technology options. This session will focus your organization on how it can integrate offline fundraising with online strategies. Presented by Ted Hart, ACFRE.
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See the 2012 Webinar Schedule!


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