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eWire Volume 12, Number 12
March 20, 2012

   AFP TechKnow Conference

Apple Co-Founder and Philanthropist Steve Wozniak Confirmed to Speak at AFP TechKnow!
AFP TechKnow is proud to annouce that Apple co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak is confirmed to speak at our inaugural event! The Silicon Valley icon will discuss his “vision of tomorrow” for philanthropy and nonprofits. And to mark the announcement of Steve Wozniak speaking at AFP TechKnow, anyone who registers now thru Friday, March 30, will be entered for a chance to win the new iPad (3rd generation) just like the one Woz recently stood in line to buy! Click here for more details! Ready to join us in Orlando? Register


This Week's Free AFP Information Exchange Paper:
Growing your Prospect and Donor Pool: Implementing a Micro-Philanthropy Program For Your Non-Profit - Prue Precourt, Ph. D., CFRE

As the local, national and global economies continue to perform with great volatility, the non-profit community will continue to become increasingly competitive for limited or decreasing pools of prospects, donors and funds. This environment for raising philanthropic support will continue to cause both professional fundraisers and volunteers alike to explore creative and actionable options for strengthening gift income for their organizations. One way to respond positively to these conditions is “micro-philanthropy.”

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Top Story | Special Announcement | Fundraising News and Tips | AFP AnnouncementsAFP Member Exclusives | Job Listings/Resources

Top Story: Building Board Buy-In for Fundraising
Board members are not going to be instant fundraisers on day one of their service with your organization. Some will be more skilled than others, but a little nurturing and clear communication can go a long way. Here are some tips on getting board members up to speed from the new book from AFP/Wiley, A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members.
Learn more.

AFP Strategic Partners

Special Announcement

FREE AFP Webinar—"Not All Conversations Happen on Facebook: Introducing AFP2P"
March 29 – 1 p.m. EST
We all know that constituents are looking for ways to connect within smaller social networks of like-minded people. But there’s more to social networking than just Facebook and other well-known sites. Some organizations are developing their own "house social networks" to connect volunteers, advocates, fundraisers, and others to build strong online communities. This free webinar will discuss these kinds of networks and introduce members to AFP2P, AFP’s new members-only community that is a great way for fundraisers to connect and share ideas and documents. Register below for this important and insightful presentation!

Presenters: Mark Davis, Director of Enterprise Internet Solutions, Blackbaud; Sarah Gwaltney, Solutions Manager, Blackbaud Social. Link to FREE Registration

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Vancouver 2012

Fundraising News and Tips

Nonprofits Need Time to Think
In the face of unprecedented storm and stress in the charitable marketplace, nonprofits need to be thinking smarter about how to work better. (Inside Philanthropy) Read the letter.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

Charitable Giving Continues a Rebound
Charitable giving increased more than 3 percent while online giving jumped almost 13 percent for the three months ending January 2012, according to the latest giving index. (The NonProfit Times) Read more.

Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!

New Deal Helps Small Charities Use Text Appeals
Small charities will now get more opportunities to conduct low-cost fundraising efforts by text message under a deal announced recently. But they’ll have to do so under new guidelines designed to prevent fraud. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Read more.

International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), the premiere full-service scholarship, grant and tuition program management company, offers cutting-edge online application technology and personalized attention from expert program administrators.

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AFP Announcements

Call for Nominations for the AFP 2013 Board of Directors
Now is your chance to nominate an individual for the AFP Board and for the position of chair-elect. Click here to learn more! Click here to learn more. - AFP's Mobile Site for the AFP 2012 Vancouver Conference! is the exclusive mobile site that will allow attendees to access everything they need to optimize their AFP 2012 Conference experience—right on their smartphone! The conference mobile site can be viewed across all smartphone browsers (iPhones, Blackberries, Droids, etc.), no matter the device. The mobile site will allow you to search the conference schedules and create a personalized daily schedule, search speakers and exhibitors, access the AFP Marketplace floor plan, follow the conference on Twitter, and more!
Visit | Learn more about and what it can do!

Ad Space Available in Globe and Mail May 2012 Philanthropy Supplement
Everyone has a story about why they are driven to give, volunteer and engage with charities. The latest AFP/Globe and Mail supplement on philanthropy, “What Drives Philanthropy in Canada,” highlights some of the most inspirational stories of donors and volunteers – individuals driven to make a difference in the world, plus new trends and ideas in the sector. A limited number of ad spots are available for this supplement, which will be published May 28, 2012. Hurry - the deadline to reserve an ad spot is April 16! Read more!

Register today for AFP's International Conference on Fundraising for your
chance to win the new iPad! Use code 2012CONIPAD when you register to enter.

May/June Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Will Be Digital Only
Focusing on innovation, 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.” Eureka! In addition, there will be videos, a podcast and even a comic book.

What does the digital magazine offer? Briefly, you can email articles, search an entire magazine (archived issues go back to October 2007) by author or key word, and save and download your digital copy.

To access the digital magazine, go to the AFP website,, and select “Publications” and “Advancing Philanthropy.” Also, scan the QR code or MS Tag and have Advancing Philanthropy on your mobile device. Simply download the free app for a QR code or MS Tag, scan and then read the current issue of the magazine. There is also a link to archived issues.

If you have questions please email

AFP Gives Back, Sponsored by Sage—Dress for Success in Vancouver!
AFP is offering a unique way for Vancouver conference participants to give back! AFP is partnering with Sage and Dress for Success, a charity that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, networking support and career development tools. Conference attendees are asked to bring new or gently used professional women's (or unisex) accessories, such as belts and scarves, and especially handbags and computer cases or brief cases/bags, to donate to Dress for Success onsite at the conference. Start looking through your closets for appropriate items! See everything happening in Vancouver!

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AFP Member Exclusives

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.

Ultimate Sales Letter

Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
This Week We Present an AFP Action University Book Review (Video):
The Ultimate Sales Letter: Attract New Customers. Boost your Sales, by Dan S. Kennedy
In the age of e-mail and instant communication, great sales copy is indispensable to closing a deal. But too many sales letters end up in the junk file or the wastebasket. In this new edition of his top-selling book, author Dan Kennedy explains why some sales letters work and most don't. And he shows how to write copy that any business can use.
Acces this week's
AFP Action University Book Review development tool (video and materials)
Learn more about Action University
• Want to discuss Ultimate Sales Letter
? Join us on AFP2P!


  Upcoming AFP Webinars:

Spinning Like a Top: 8 Secrets to Well-Oiled Fundraising Operations
Apr. 12, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
This session centers on sharpening your message to focus more on why the available fundraising dollars should come to you. It is ideal for anyone involved in developing the right message, those responsible for developing the needed data and those involved in raising dollars in the fundraising field. Presented by Mark Grimm.
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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.
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See the 2012 Webinar Schedule!

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