Volume 12, Number 47
November 20, 2012
50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego:
Advance Registration is until January 25th—Register NOW and Save BIG!
Advance registration is open for the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, presented by Blackbaud—Register TODAY for BIG savings!
Joining us in San Diego will be Bert Jacobs, half of the brother duo behind the “Life is good®” apparel company. He and his brother took a simple idea—that an optimistic attitude can make a real difference in the world—and turned it into the Life is good® Company. Life is good® represents the Jacobs brothers’ values in its emphasis on creating a rewarding and fulfilling work experience for employees. These values carry over into the brothers’ philanthropy. Since 2004, Life is good Festivals have raised more than $4 million to help children overcome such life-threatening challenges as violence, illness, and extreme poverty. The brothers have now founded the Life is good Kids Foundation, to coordinate their work on behalf of children.
This year, our goal is to engage and re-energize our profession. Join us and be a part of our efforts to create balance, focus on critical priorities, and simplify complexities—we’ll explore what it means to be Doing The Right Things…Right!
Go to conference.afpnet.org for more information and register TODAY! See you in San Diego in 2013!
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AFP Awards for Philanthropy Nomination Period Open—Deadline Nov. 30
You or your chapter can nominate an outstanding philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser, foundation, corporation, fundraising professional or youth in philanthropy for AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy, which will be presented during the International Conference in San Diego on April 6. Nominations are easy to follow, can be submitted online and are due Nov. 30! Learn more.
Fundraising News and Tips
Help Protect the Charitable Deduction: Attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s Capitol Hill Event
AFP, as chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition, invites its U.S. members to attend the Charitable Giving Coalition’s inaugural Capitol Hill fly-in event – “Protect Giving – DC Days” on Dec. 4 and 5. Read
Take the Project Streamline Survey to Assess State of Grantmaking
Five years ago, with the support of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Project Streamline was created to change and enhance the grantmaking experience. The project is now asking grantee organizations to provide their opinion of how grantmaking has changed and what sorts of changes and methods have proved most effective. Read
Members: Discuss this topic with colleagues on AFP2P!
Single Code of Fundraising Practice launched (UK)
The Institute of Fundraising has launched a single Code of Fundraising Practice to replace its 28 "long and repetitive" original codes. The new code, published today on the institute’s website, covers about 40 pages, with links to supporting guidance, compared with the 440 pages in total of the previous codes. Read
This Week's "Ten Things You Might Have Missed (and Need to Know)"
There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here’s some of the top items and ideas from last week you need to know about and that can help you find success, including stories on special events, social media, stewardship, direct mail acquisition, fundraising competition and more. Read
It’s Never Too Late to Give….or Send out a Year-End Giving Solicitation!
They say the holidays are a time for giving, and according to Alphonce Brown, ACFRE, that includes charitable giving as well. “December is a big month for nonprofit organizations,” Mr. Brown explains. “AFP’s fundraising surveys have proven this, and many organizations raise a substantial portion of their annual revenue in the last four to six weeks of the year.” And he should know! Learn more.
AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated for Hurricane Sandy)
AFP’s Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page provides information not only on how to support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, but also how charities can raise funds in the current environment and keep track of ongoing news and events. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org). And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide. Learn more.
Involving Your Board Members in Fund Development - Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE
It’s your job to help board members do their job in fund development. But who is “you”? The development officer. The executive director. The board chair. The chair of the board’s fund development committee. No one – including your development officer – does this work alone. This is a team enterprise. Volunteers – especially board members – are particularly important.
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Make the Connection on AFP2P and Help Fellow Members With Their Fundraising Questions!
AFP2P is AFP's exclusive online social community where you can interact and share your questions—and answers!—with other members. If you have an afpnet.org login, you already belong to AFP2P - simply go to p2p.afpnet.org or click "AFP2P" at the top of the AFP website and enter your login. Recent questions to the AFP2P Open Forum cover the confidentiality of fundraising campaign documentation, how to implement donor surveys, and fundraising in the face of financial challenges. Visit AFP2P and share your knowledge! (Learn more about AFP2P.)
*New!* Lights...Camera...AFP Action University!
AFP Action University Book Review (Video): The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch
In 1897, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that the distribution of wealth was predictably unbalanced. Over the years, Pareto's observation has become known as the 80/20 principle. Now, Richard Koch takes a fresh look at the 80/20 principle and finds that the basic imbalance observed by Pareto 100 years ago can be found in almost every aspect of modern life. Whether you're investing in stocks, analyzing company sales, or looking at the performance of a Web site, you'll find that it's usually 20 percent that produces 80 percent of the total result. This means 80 percent of what you do may not count for much. Koch helps you to identify that 20 percent and shows you how you can get more out of your business, and life, for less.
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Year-End Fundraising...It is Still Not Too Late
(Nov. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
Many organizations raise a significant portion of their annual revenue dollars during the month of December. This webinar will examine simply and easy ways to maximize and increase year-end contributions through proven fundraising techniques, including email campaign, the Internet and targeted direct mail appeals. Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE is president of Docere Consulting and works with U.S. and international nonprofit organizations.
Building A Winning Team: Recruiting, Retiring and Refining Nonprofit Boards
(Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. ET)
"Building A Winning Team" describes the process of developing a great nonprofit board. Sub-titled "Recruiting, Retiring and Refining Your Nonprofit Board", this session includes practical steps in the identification, recruitment and commitment of excellent board members. The session also covers the retirement of inactive or ineffective board members as well as the development and motivation of board members. The webinar will be led by Tom Nisbett, who has 25 years of experience in higher education and the volunteer sector and is president of The Nisbett Group, an organizational consulting firm which provides services in philanthropy, board training, assessment and strategic planning.
the 2013 Webinar Schedule!
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