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Professional Development
& Annual Meeting

December 8 | 8:00 - 9:45 am

8:00 - 8:30 am ... Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 - 8:45 am ... Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
8:45 - 9:45 am ... Program

Aultman North Canton Medical Center,
Health Education Building A
6046 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720 directions

$18 for members | $25 for not-yet members
Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
December 5, 4:00 pm

Approved for 1.0 CFRE credits; documentation




Celebrating Diversity
for the Future of Fundraising

Presented by Jonathan D. Simmons,
Managing Partner, JD Simmons & Associates

AFP believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and achieving philanthropic success. Join us for a conversation with a diversity change agent, Jonathan Simmons, MBA, who will facilitate a dialogue around our world’s changing demographics, the critical role that AFP members will play in this demographic shift, and ideas on how to embrace and lead an inclusive organization.

headshotProfessional Development Bonus! Every fundraising executive needs a professional headshot, and AFP is committed to helping you achieve this goal. Every member who comes to the December meeting can get a FREE professional photo. Non-members can get a headshot for $15.


About the Presenter:

Jonathan D. SimmonsJonathan D. Simmons is a dynamic thought leader, a creative talent, a team player.  He is the founder of JD Simmons & Associates, an organizational development firm focused on solutions based outcomes for management and community challenges.

Jonathan’s wide-ranging expertise includes representing the community’s interest in high profile development projects, troubleshooting management challenges for companies, schools, government agencies, hospitals and civic organizations. Additionally, Jonathan has provided diversity training to more than 3,000 people and helped a number of companies develop clear, meaningful diversity strategies.

Jonathan received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southern University and an MBA with an International Management concentration from Baldwin-Wallace University.  Jonathan has a solid technical background and understanding having worked as an Information Technology systems analyst for more than sixteen years.  Jonathan has been a successful entrepreneur for the last sixteen years. Prior to that, he worked for several companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Amoco and General Electric Consulting Services. Clients for whom he has consulted include Prudential, Merrill Lynch, the University of Akron, Noakes Group, City Architecture, the National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Akron’s Coming Together Project, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, G. Stephens, Inc., Westside Community Services, Famicos Foundation I Can Schools, and the Bureau of National Affairs.

Jonathan is equally adept at working in large corporations and small businesses. He has helped major institutions recruit executive-level diversity managers, developed basic financial and strategic marketing plans for struggling non-profits and facilitated leadership restructuring plans for groups large and small. 

Jonathan has an active civic life serving on the boards of the Coro National Alumni Association, the Boys and Girls Club of Summit County, where he served for eight years, and the Old Trail School diversity and search committees. Jonathan has worked with a number of northeast Ohio civic organizations including the Cleveland Leadership Center, Akron Urban League, the Akron Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity and Copley Athletic Association.  Jonathan served as a high school and NCAA college basketball official for over 25 years.

Jonathan plans to publish his book, Are You Leo Burns?, a story about a day in his life when a diversity change agent saved his life, in early 2017.


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