Take Our Donor Tracking Survey

Our September professional development meeting will focus on something near and dear to our hearts: tracking our donor information! To make sure we meet your needs, we are asking all fundraisers in our area to complete a short, six-question survey.

Everyone who completes the survey by August 1st will be entered into a drawing for a FREE registration for this meeting!

Click here for the survey



Akron Community Foundation presents
On the Table

October 3 - Throughout the Day

On the Table Greater Akron

On the Table Greater Akron will bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work.

We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. While there is no “quick fix” to the many issues facing any community, progress can result from residents, organizations, businesses, foundations and government agencies sharing ideas and working together.

Anyone who lives, works or attends school in Summit and Medina counties is invited to host a mealtime conversation on Oct. 2, 2018. These gatherings can take place in homes, offices, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, places of worship or other community locations. They may happen over breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner, dessert or a snack – it’s entirely up to the host.

We hope you will join us in supporting this community-wide initiative by hosting conversations in your organizations.  You can have these events in your conference rooms, board room or lunch room. You can invite your employees to participate, or you can ask your neighbors, clients, customers and vendors to come to the table and be part of your conversations. 

We want people from all socio-economic status to participate.  We want the diversity of participants to include all races, religions, ethnicities and ages.  We would also encourage you to get your employees and board members involved by hosting conversations in their homes, neighborhoods and place or worship.

After Oct. 3, participants will be invited to complete a short email or paper survey covering the big ideas, themes and priorities that emerge from your conversations. From these responses, Akron Community Foundation will share a report highlighting the outcomes of On the Table Greater Akron. The data we collect will ultimately inform the community foundation’s proactive community investment strategies.

We are asking you to consider participating in this initiative as a Host or Super Host. Being a Super Host entails hosting 15 or more conversations with eight to 12 people on Oct. 3. Hosts will receive a toolkit in advance with everything they need, including a conversation guide. Being a Super Host comes with the added perk of having your organization acknowledged on our website and social media channels.

If being a Super Host is too daunting, consider hosting at least 1-5 conversations throughout the day.  This could  be one individual hosting 5 different conversations with 10-12 different people or 5 individuals (staff, board, donors, etc.) hosting one conversation with 10-12 individuals. It’s totally up to you.

More information, as well as links to register as either a Host or Super Host, is available at

If you have any questions, please contact John Garofalo at 330-436-5624 or



AFP Central Ohio presents
AFP Courses

Fundamentals of Fundraising: August 7- 8
CFRE Review Course: August 14-15
Columbus, OH

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offers a complete overview of the development function.  Designed by experienced fundraising professionals, the two-day course addresses the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. Recommended for professionals with zero to four years of fundraising experience. 

more info and to register

On August 14-15, 2017 the Central Ohio AFP chapter will present the 2-Day CFRE Review Course. This course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of Fundraising principles, at a step above the fundamental level. This is the last time AFP International will be offering this 2-day course. Next year AFP International is replacing it with a 1-day refresher course.

more info and to register



AFP Cleveland presents
CFRE Refresher Course

August 25, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Corporate Plaza Business Center -
6000 Freedom Square Dr, Independence, OH

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is a one-day, intensive program intended to provide an overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam. The course is not presented in a lecture format; rather, it is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices - all of which are facilitated by a knowledgeable fundraising practitioner using a case approach around the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam:

  1. Current and Prospective Donor Research
  2. Securing the Gift
  3. Relationship Building
  4. Volunteer Involvement
  5. Leadership and Management
  6. Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism


bulletPatricia Egan, MBA, CFRE
bulletKaren Kannenberg, CFRE
bulletDeborah Miller, MBA, CFRE
bulletDiane Strachan, CFRE

Participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the test content outline provided by CFRE international. However, the AFP CFRE Refresher Course is not designed specifically as a prep course for the exam. It is designed to provide a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Cost: Member - $390 | Non-Member - $490

Click here to learn more and to register



AFP Cincinnati Presents
Fundamentals of Fundraising

Aug 15 - Nov 7 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Interact for Health Conference Facility -
3805 Edwards Road 5th Fl, Cincinnati , OH

If you are new to fundraising, this is the course for you. This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques and program components for individuals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience.

Taught by veteran fundraisers and non-profit professionals this program will expose you to a wide variety of topics, including:

bulletAug 15: Overview of Fundraising
bulletAug 29: Developing an Integrated
Fundraising Program
bulletSep 12: Marketing for Ongoing Success
bulletSep 26: Building and Sustaining
bulletOct 10: Securing the Gift
bulletOct 24: Volunteers - Partners in
bulletNov 7: Management and Accountability

Can't make all the sessions? No problem. We offer à la carte pricing so you can attend the modules that are of the most interest to you.

Full Course: AFP Members $405
Non-AFP Members $505   

Single Sessions: AFP Members: $89
Non-AFP Members $119

click here for more info

click here to register



CFRE Study Group

CFREAFPNEO has started a listserv for that group so they can make plans for the group, ask questions, and let each other know that they have achieved their CFRE credentials. If you would like to be involved in that group, please send an email to



Join Our LinkedIn Group
Now Open to All!

LinkedInEver want to send a question to other fundraisers who might have the answers?

Join the AFPNEO LinkedIn group and post your questions and share your experiences. Be sure to go to the More tab and select Your Settings so that you can set it up to send weekly or daily digest emails.


Member Benefit
Scholarship Deadlines

AFPNEO scholarships can help boost your career goals while saving you and your organization valuable funds. Available scholarships and their deadlines are as follows:

bulletFall Membership - September 1

bulletChamberlain* - October 1

* Available to AFPNEO chapter members only. Click here to join AFP.

For information about the scholarship criteria and guidelines, click here.


NPD Awardee Profile
Marlene Dunford
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award

For many reasons, AFPNEO's Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award has been dormant for the last 10 years. When the Board of Directors decided to resurrect the award, they felt that this was an opportunity to honor a lady who represented the highest ideals of the fundraising profession while demonstrating leadership, ethics, and joy in giving back: Marlene Dunford.

Marlene DunfordMarlene Dunford truly left her mark on the greater Akron area with her amazing fundraising skills. At the age of 50, she started her career as the first Director of Development for St. Vincent - St. Mary High School. Her career in fundraising continued on to Rockynol Retirement Community (now Ohio Living Rockynol), Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation, Our Lady of the Elms, and Summa Health System. In 1995, Marlene was hired by United Way of Summit County as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. She developed four new and distinct fundraising programs, including the Women's Initiative and Young Leadership Club.

After 21 years of professional fundraising in major and planned giving, Marlene “retired” and then founded Leave A Legacy Summit, Portage, Medina in 2002. Her goal was to create a regional collaborative of nonprofits and allied professionals whose mission was to encourage people from all walks of life to leave a bequest or planned gift to their favorite charity. During Marlene’s tenure, more than 2,500 wills were written free of charge by attorneys who participated in “Write a Will Month.”  Marlene also initiated “Voices of Giving Honor Awards,” a signature event held every year at the Portage Country Club to honor donors who have made an impact on a non-profit by leaving a planned gift.  A “Crown Jewel” is selected from all donors nominated, and the charity that nominated the winner receives a cash gift.

Marlene Dunford

Marlene Dunford (center, in wheelchair) at her Celebration of Life party; many of the women attending are from the Widows of Faith, Hope and Charity Ministry, which Marlene started five years earlier when her husband passed away

When Marlene retired (again), Patrick Weschler of Buckingham Doolittle announced the establishment of the Marlene Dunford Planned Giving Day Scholarship Fund in her honor. This scholarship provides the opportunity for a Leave a Legacy partner to attend the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council's Planned Giving Day. Liz Ganocy, who succeeded Marlene at Leave A Legacy, notes, “Without Marlene's foresight and dedication, Leave A Legacy Summit, Portage, Medina would not exist today. We are eternally grateful to her.”

Marlene was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Akron Chapter of the National Society for Fundraising Executives in 1994, which changed its name to the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2001. She served as president of the Chapter in 1994. Marlene passed away in 2015, but her legacy lives on in the strength of our Chapter. It is with great appreciation to her leadership and fundraising excellence that the Board of Directors posthumously recognizes her with the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award.



National Philanthropy Day
Partner with AFP to celebrate philanthropy in Northeast Ohio!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 2, 2018, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

National Philanthropy Day is a celebration of all forms of philanthropy in our community and the AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter encourages our local non-profits to recognize those that make it happen.

Become a sponsor and recognize your organization’s incredible donors and volunteers. The following sponsor levels are available:

Presenting Sponsors - $2,500
($2,020 of this sponsorship is tax-deductible)
Presenting sponsors will receive sponsorship of the award, including name recognition on the NPD home page and eblasts and logo recognition in all other event materials. This sponsorship includes a full-page program ad. Presenting sponsors will also receive two tables for 8 guests per table (16 guests total) as well as recognition during the awards ceremony.

The following awards are available for sponsorship:

bulletSmall Business Leadership Award:
Employers Health
bulletCorporate Leadership Award:
GPD Group
bulletFoundation Leadership Award:
Stephen A. Comunale, Jr.
Family Cancer Foundation

bulletOutstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Award: Julia Rea Bianchi
bulletOutstanding Philanthropist Award:
Bob & Linda DeHoff
bulletSpecial Recognition Award:
The Women's Board of Aultman

bulletYouth in Philanthropy Award:
Kylie Rose Jacobs
bulletLifetime Achievement Award:
Justin T. Rogers, Jr.
bulletGeneral Luncheon Sponsor

Community Champion Sponsors - $1,500
($1,260 of this sponsorship is tax-deductible)
Community Champions will receive one table for 8 guests and a full-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and website. 

Hometown Hero Sponsors - $1,000
($820 of this sponsorship is tax-deductible)
Hometown Heroes will receive lunch tickets for 6 guests and a half-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and on the website.

Vanguard Sponsors - $500
($380 of this sponsorship is tax-deductible)
Vanguard Sponsors will receive lunch tickets for 4 guests and a quarter-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and on the website.

Program Booklet Advertisements
Salute an award recipient or promote your organization in the program and on the website.

Table Sponsor - $600
($360 of this sponsorship is tax-deductible)

Patron Sponsor - $100 per ticket
($70 of each ticket is tax-deductible)


Click here for 2017 NPD award recipients

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Click here for table/ticket reservations.



Apply for the AFPNEO Board of Directors

Do you love AFP and the benefits it provides to our profession? If you are an active, AFP advocate we would love to have you on the Board of Directors. Being on the Board means you have a role in deciding the direction of the chapter and what programming we offer to fundraising professionals throughout our community.

We are currently accepting nominations and applications for 2018 Board of Directors until September 15th. Click here to fill out an application for yourself or nominate a colleague.

If you would like more information about serving on the Board, please contact Laura Jo Hawk, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Executive Director, Cleveland Engineering Society - 7/31/2017

Development Coordinator, The Aultman Foundation - 8/1/2017

Public Relations and Communications Manager, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank - 8/7/2017

Administrator, Donor Engagement and Prospect Research, UCC - 8/11/2017

Individual Giving Coordinator, Humane Society of Summit County - 8/15/2017

Communications Director, Old Trail School - 8/18/2017

Director, Annual Giving and Events, Old Trail School - 8/18/2017

Director of Development, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio - 8/31/2017

Grant Writer, Foundation Relations (#988594), Kent State University - 9/30/2017

Assistant Director, Alumni Relations for Marketing [No. 995943], Kent State University - 9/30/2017

Executive Director, Corporate Relations(#990261), Kent State University - 9/30/2017

Associate Director, Advancement for Regional Campuses, Kent State University - 10/30/2017

Associate Director, Annual Giving [#995928], Kent State University - 10/31/2017

Click here for more information regarding each of these job opportunities or to post new jobs.



Save the Dates

Mark your calendars so that you can join us for AFP's professional development programs and special events:

bulletSeptember 28 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Professional Development Meeting
(Shaw JCC)

bulletNovember 3 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:
National Philanthropy Day
(Hilton Akron/Fairlawn)

bulletDecember 7 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Professional Development &
Annual Meeting





NPD Awardee Profile
Kylie Rose Jacobs
Youth in Philanthropy Award

Kylie Rose Jacobs

Kylie Rose Jacobs, with her parents Eric and Carrie, presents Dr. Jeff Hord, director of pediatric hematology-oncology at Akron Children's Hospital, with a check for $15,415

AFPNEO is pleased to present Kylie Rose Jacobs the AFPNEO Youth in Philanthropy Award for 2017.

In January 2015, when she was six years old, doctors found a cantaloupe-sized tumor around her liver and kidneys. She was admitted to the Akron Children’s Hospital immediately. The next day, she received a surgical biopsy, where doctors found the tumor to be cancerous. For the next two years, Kylie was in and out of hospitals, receiving treatment. Through it all, Kylie was thinking of others and how she could help them.

Kylie designed a bracelet colored pink, neon green and powder blue. The bracelets read “Kylie Rose Kickin’ Cancer” and displayed her motto: “SSSB” which stands for Sweet, Strong, Smart, and Brave. The bracelets were mass produced and sold for $5 each, all the proceeds donated to the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology team and benefiting the day-to-day fight of childhood cancer.

Kylie Rose's Run

In June 2015, the first annual Kylie Rose’s Run was held, to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology and all the patients and their families. It raised over $15,000. The second raised more than $17,000. Her 2017 Kylie Rose's Run is in the planning stages (click here to check its progress and support it). Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and scroll through the pictures of Kylie at the race wearing her sun hat to avoid a burn because she has lost her hair due to her chemotherapy treatment, Kylie practicing her ballet pose, Kylie surrounded by her loving family.

Kylie Rose

Kylie’s next big idea occurred when she asked for a sewing machine (not a toy ... a REAL sewing machine). She began to sew bags for the other children on the Oncology floor, filling them with coloring books, puzzles, and other fun things. She calls them “Kylie’s Bags of Love.” Since Kylie is not always feeling up to sewing, others have stepped in to help with the project.

On May 26, 2017, Herberich Elementary School in Copley, Ohio, hosted an annual Relay for Life event, naming Kylie as the honorary survivor. It was amazing to witness the passion and excitement of the students, as they cheered on participants.

Unfortunately, Kylie was back in the hospital unable to attend, but her family attended in her honor. Students from Herberich Elementary designed t-shirts to sell throughout the district and raised money to support Kylie's fight against pediatric cancer. The students also collected four boxes of items for “Kylie’s Bags of Love.”

Kylie is a fighter and even though the past two months have been hard on her, she has never once complained. She is always thinking about what she can do for others.

Please watch her video on YouTube. You can see her sewing her bags of love for other children. Her cancer came back and you can see the toll the treatments has  taken on her body, but not on her spirit … she still sits at her sewing machine sewing those bags of love! And she does it with joy, as the smile on her face attests.

Kylie Rose Jacobs

Philanthropy comes in many forms, and even at the young age of 8, Kylie lives it every day.
Yes, money is important, and Kylie is innovative in raising funds to help children impacted by cancer … raising $32,000 in just two years. Her SSSB bracelets continue to sell and benefit the day-to-day needs of children fighting cancer at Akron Children's Hospital. Kylie Rose's Run has become an annual event and promises to increase funding every year. Akron Children's Hospital has used the $32,000 she has raised for families who are unable to afford the much needed care their children require. Kylie's efforts truly saves lives. 

But it's the love that Kylie gives that is most important. Dr. Jeffrey Hord, Director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and Associate Chair of Pediatrics for Subspecialty Practices, says of Kylie: “When meeting Kylie, one is immediately struck by the joy within her and the concern she holds for others.  Throughout her own battle with cancer, she has inspired so many and this is evident as hundreds from her community come together annually for Kylie Rose’s Run to help others with cancer.  In addition, she has personally created Kylie’s Bags of Love, containing crafts and toys to give to other children who are fighting cancer alongside her, hoping to make their days brighter.  Kylie has even been the subject of a children’s book outlining her journey through the medical system  with the goal of taking away some of the fear that children have about being in the hospital. ”

Kylie's Bags of Love

Kylie (right) and her sister Emmie (left) gather up Kylie's Bags of Love to take to Akron Children's Hospital

Those "Bags of Love" that the children in the cancer ward receive are precious and much beloved by the children who receive them. Just a few comments from her YouTube page will demonstrate the true impact of her philanthropy:

Thank you so much for your Bag of Love! Harmony loved all the goodies inside and brings her bag with her each week to clinic with her tablet and some toys in it to play with. Stay strong and keep your love light shining!

My son was in Akron Children's for two nights due to Kawasaki disease. He got one of these bags and has been carrying around the little Nemo that came in it since we got home! So precious, I'm praying for God's hand on sweet Kylie! What a beautiful heart on such a beautiful girl. Thank you, Kylie! You made Jonah's stay much happier!

The long-term impact of Kylie's work will be in the lives of the children she has helped. When they get to high school or college, they can think back about the times in the hospital and be grateful for the financial help they received that saved their lives so that they could work toward the future of their dreams. When they have children, they can pass down a well-worn bag full of beloved toys and tell them of a beautiful little girl named Kylie who gave them a Bag of Love when they were scared and needed a friend. 

Kylie Rose Jacobs

Kylie demonstrates that you don't have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist - you just have to be a dreamer with the passion to make your dreams come true.

Kylie's projects are easily replicable. She held her first fundraiser at 6 years old - selling bracelets that she designed and mass-produced (easily enough done through online wholesalers). That year, she also held her first fundraising race and raised $15,000 (again, the tools are online). And anyone with a sewing machine or a local dollar store can create Bags of Love for scared children in the hospital. 

But they are only replicable if you have the drive, the ambition, and more importantly, the LOVE FOR OTHERS that Kylie has. If you have any doubt, watch her YouTube video. Even when she is sick and drained, she is still sitting at her sewing machine, sewing her love into every bag for a child she is looking forward to meeting and replacing their fear with joy and love.

This little girl is a Super Hero of Philanthropy!




BE the CAUSE Campaign

Through your support of the BE the CAUSE Campaign, you help determine the future growth and development of the fundraising profession.

AFPNEO manages the BE the CAUSE campaign at the local Chapter level, which allows us to keep more dollars raised from the campaign right here in northeast Ohio, supporting chapter membership and conference scholarships that directly benefit our members.

Remaining dollars will support AFP International's strategic initiatives such as Ralph E. Chamberlain scholarship; innovative programs on diversity, youth in philanthropy and ethics; Fundraising Fundamentals curriculum; and philanthropic research. All of these programs have a positive impact on our local chapter.

You can make your gift to the Campaign today by (1) emailing your pledge to (you can pledge now and pay by December 15th); (2) making your gift online at; or (3) mailing your check with the pledge form to PO Box 1286, Bath OH 44210.

For a list of the generous contributors so far, click here.

For more information about the BE the CAUSE campaign, click here.

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