Member Benefit
Apply for a Scholarship

applyAFPNEO scholarships can help boost your career goals while saving you and your organization valuable funds.

Fall Membership Scholarship - Both members and non-members may apply for the National Membership scholarship.  The scholarship will cover the recipient’s national dues for one year (up to a $250 value), and the recipient is expected to pay the local chapter’s $35 dues. All scholarships granted to current members will become effective once their current membership has expired. The application deadline is September 1.

Chamberlain* - Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship, which provides a free registration to the AFP International Conference (actually, you pay $10) and $1,000 towards travel expenses (a $1,690 value). The application deadline is
October 2.

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

For information about the scholarship criteria and guidelines, as well as to apply, click here.



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



Akron Community Foundation presents
On the Table

October 3 - Throughout the Day

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.

On the Table

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 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



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Marketing and PR Associate, Dot Org Solutions LLC - 9/1/2017

Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement, Case Western Reserve University - 9/30/2017

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.


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.

We'd like to thank our current presenting sponsors for the 2017 awards luncheon:

Aultman Foundation

The Women's Board of Aultman Hospital
Special Recognition Award

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Justin T. Rogers, Jr.
Lifetime Achievement Award

United Way of Stark County

Bob & Linda DeHoff
Outstanding Philanthropist Award


You can 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
bulletYouth in Philanthropy Award:
Kylie Rose Jacobs
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.




The Knight Foundation presents

October 12 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at the University of Akron 198 Hill Street, Akron

Connect2Akron seeks to connect college students, recent graduates, and young professionals with Greater Akron area non-profit organizations in an effort to increase connectivity and provide organizations with the support needed to be successful.

Any Greater Akron non-profit or young professionals organization is invited to participate. All submissions are subject to review and availability. Click here to reserve a booth.

For more information, contact Lashawrida Fellows at 330-926-2525 or



Boot Camp

The Foundation Center presents
Proposal Writing Boot Camp

October 25-27 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Foundation Center
1422 Euclid Ave #1600, Cleveland, OH 44115

This three-day, project-based immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation grant proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation, best practices for developing a well-organized budget, and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder's perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch.

Day 1: Participants develop the need statement, and gain peer feedback on their writing, then launch into an overview on using a logic model framework to craft the project description and program evaluation. An introduction and review of the letter of inquiry follows. 

Day 2: Participants continue to gain familiarity and practice with components of a full proposal and letter of inquiry and draft and submit a one-page letter of inquiry for day three’s peer-review exercise. We continue to cover proposal packaging and online applications. In the afternoon, participants consider the mission-money matrix framework to prioritize fundraising in their organization, then learn to develop a project budget in the afternoon. 

Day 3: Participants kick off the day learning how to research, approach and cultivate relationships with funders. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a live expert and peer-review of their submitted letter of inquiry. We wrap-up the three days together with closing exercise and evaluation. 

To accommodate diversity in learning styles, the three days is grounded in project-based learning and includes a variety of individual writing time, small group discussions and activities, peer review, and large group lecture. This course qualifies for 18 CFRE credits.

Cost is $695

Click here for more info and to register.



Member Benefit
Download AFP's 2017 Compensation and Benefits Report

Don't forget to take advantage of one of your valuable member benefits! Download your free copy of the 2017 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report for comprehensive salary and benefits data in the fundraising sector.

salarySeventy-one (71) percent of fundraisers reported increased income in 2016, even as overall average salaries remained generally flat. Find relevant data points like this within the report.

If you're looking for more detailed reports, check out our complete list of Compensation and Benefits Reports by Position and Function for purchase. These reports are in-depth looks at positions like "Chief Development Officer" and functions like "Annual Giving" and "Major Gifts."

Click here to download the report if you are a member of AFP.

Not a member? No problem! Click here to join!


NPD Awardee Profile
The Women’s Board
of Aultman Hospital
Special Recognition Award

The Women's Board of Aultman Hospital

The Women's Board of Aultman Hospital

The Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital has played an instrumental role in the health and wellness of our community since 1969. Nearly 300 volunteer members strong, the organization provides services to Aultman Hospital in the areas of community engagement and fundraising. 

The organization’s philanthropic leadership and advocacy efforts have led to enhanced patient care and services for Aultman Hospital’s Pediatric Services, Emergency/ Trauma Center, NICU, Aultman College, Child Care, The Shoppes at Aultman, Compassionate Care Center and most recently the Aultman Cancer Center. Through these and other projects, their work has touched many lives and families across Aultman Hospital’s five-county region, including Stark and Wayne counties.


In 1969, the Women's Board committed to raising $75,000 for Aultman's new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Their work has a powerful impact upon The Aultman Health Foundation and the community it serves. Since the Women’s Board inception, the organization has succeeded in raising more than $25 million. The majority of those funds were raised as a result of the annual Women’s Board Angel Auction, which has generated a total of $13.8 million since 1970. Alongside the Angel Auction, the Women’s Board manages several ongoing programs that generate revenue while providing valuable services, including an annual Fashion Show, Newborn Photos, The Shoppes at Aultman and the Tribute Fund.

The Women’s Board pledges an amount to a priority project and works diligently until the commitment is met. Their current pledge of $5 million to the Aultman Cancer Center began in 2012 and will be fulfilled at the end of this year. Thanks to their generosity and leadership, the Stark County community will soon have a freestanding, comprehensive cancer center equipped with clinical services combined in one location, allowing patients and family members access to convenient, compassionate and high-quality care close to home.

As stated, their commitment to Aultman expands beyond fundraising into community support. In 1980, the Women’s Board initiated free health programs for the community featuring local health care professionals on topics that promote wellness and inform the community about new developments in health care.

Aultman Women's Board

The Annual Fashion Show is but one of the many fundraisers the Women's Board uses to raise funds for its priority projects

Today, the Women’s Board carries out a new concept titled Angels in Action. It was developed to help lead the community to improved health by raising awareness of the Women’s Board, their fundraising pledge and offering support. When carrying out Angels in Action activities, they do so in collaboration with community partners, a tactic which enhances their reach, relationships and effectiveness. It is this partnership approach that distinguishes this remarkable volunteer board from others.

Women's Board leadership

The current Women's Board leadership team (from left to right): Lori Martino, Vice President; Gail Sterling, President; Lisa Warburton-Gregory, Executive Committee Member and Past President; Vicky Sterling, Executive Committee Member and Past President

For instance, in 2013 and 2014, the Women’s Board Angels in Action projects provided manpower and financial resources to a Habitat for Humanity home, Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties, the Look Good Feel Good program and the Harvest for Hunger campaign.  In 2015 and 2016, their collaboration with the Canton Symphony, Alzheimer’s Association, Aultman Hospice & Palliative Care and Direction Home Akron/Canton (Area Agency on Aging) brought the Alive Inside movie to the community. Alive Inside is a compelling documentary demonstrating how music can combat memory loss.  Thanks to the generosity of The Women’s Board, the event was complimentary for all attendees. These efforts brought organizations together, served the community and provided The Women’s Board an opportunity to educate others of their fundraising pledge to the Aultman Cancer Center and why the project is vital to the community. These collaborative efforts and relationships have no doubt resulted in treasure to the Women’s Board.

The philanthropic success of this dynamic volunteer group is only part of the story. The real impact of their giving is in the lives that are changed each day in the community.




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.



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.



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

Ten Star Gold Chapter

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