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



Health Giving & OAHP Present
2017 Health Philanthropy Summit

November 8 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Fawcett Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH

Approved for 5.25 CFRE Credits

Join us for the third annual Health Philanthropy Summit: The Importance of Value. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading health philanthropy and fundraising experts on their latest successes and lessons learned. Although the focus is philanthropy in healthcare, the principles apply to all areas of fundraising, no matter what mission we support.

We welcome you to join us for this unique opportunity to hear from leading health philanthropy and fundraising experts on their latest successes and lessons learned.

Topics include:

bulletThe Sensitive End-of-Life Conversations
That Fundraisers Have
bulletThe Rise of Behavioral Health to the
Top of Our Cases for Support
bullet Value-Based Healthcare Philanthropy
bulletFaith-Based Fundraising Advantages/
bulletMillennial Philanthropy in Healthcare
bulletMotivating Boards to Fundraise
bulletEthics in Fundraising


Client of Health Giving - $0

Member of Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy - $90 (click here to join OAHP for $50)

Early Bird - $150 ... This reflects a 20% discount off the $180 standard price if you register by September 29th!

click here for more info and to register



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Director of Development, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio - 08/31/2017

Development Director, Community Support Services - 9/1/2017

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

Director of Development, Canton Symphony Orchestra - 9/15/2017

Director of Development, Community Health Center - 9/16/2017

Development Coordinator/Manager, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio - 9/20/2017

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

Executive Director, American Heart Association - 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

Advancement Officer, University of Mount Union - 11/1/2017

Leadership Annual Giving Officer [# 988522], Kent State University - 12/30/2017

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:

Akron Children's Hospital

Kylie Rose Jacobs
Youth in Philanthropy Award

Aultman Foundation

The Women's Board of Aultman Hospital
Special Recognition Award

Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs

Stephen A. Comunale, Jr.
Family Cancer Foundation
Foundation Leadership 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
bulletOutstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Award: Julia Rea Bianchi
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.



Nonprofit Clearance Open House Sale

August 31 | 12:00 Noon - 4:00 pm
2300 Call Rd, Stow OH

Hope Homes Foundation is clearing out its assets and has computer equipment, furniture, office supplies and other useful items for sale. All items are available at a first-come, first-served, make-a-bid-for-what-you-want basis.

Items include:

bulletFlat-screen monitors
bulletPrinters & scanners
bulletFax/copier/scanner combos
bulletCPR dummies
bulletRound tables
bulletConference chairs
bulletMail organizers
bulletIce chests
bulletCordless phones
bulletTransport chair
bulletPitney Bowes Ink Cartridges
bulletRicoh toner Cartridges
bulletRemote Capture Check machine
bulletBulletin boards
bulletDry Erase boards
bulletBulletin Board Paper
bulletMany more miscelaneous items

If you are unable to make the open house, or have any questions about the items, contact Paul Herrera at


NPD Awardee Profile
Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation
Foundation Leadership Award

Stephen A. Comunale, Jr.

Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. (pictured at right with his sister Amanda, father Steve, and brother John) left a legacy of hope and support for thousands of cancer patients in northeast Ohio

Like many others across the nation, the Comunale family of Akron has endured the heartbreaking experience of losing loved ones to cancer. Under the leadership of Chairman Steve Comunale, the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation was founded in memory of his son, Stephen, to provide residents of Akron and surrounding communities with the resources needed to cope with the everyday challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

A major program of the Foundation "fills in the gaps" by easing day-to-day financial burdens faced by individuals and families during their battle against cancer. They provide day-to-day financial assistance to individuals and families who touch Summit County, Ohio, and are being treated for cancer. Some examples of how they help include mortgage or rent assistance, transportation or gas costs, daycare costs, utility assistance, food assistance, and more.

Sarah's Wedding Day

Sarah and her friends and family enjoy her "sunshine wedding day"

Jane's Sunshine Fund was establised in 2012 in memory of Jane Comunale, Stephen's mother who lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Jane's Sunshine Fund helps put smiles on faces through small grants. One example of this was the participation of the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation in Sarah Mclain's List of Possibilities.

Sarah, 39, who is receiving hospice care in her Akron home, has a “list of possibilities,” or what some would call a bucket list. One of the things on that list was trying on a wedding dress. During the gathering at David’s Bridal, which was held after the store closed, Sarah’s entourage of loved ones were fitted in bridesmaid dresses. A dress fitting, bouquet toss, and champagne were followed up by a visit to Sweet Frog for frozen yogurt. “This is the most beautiful day ever,” Sarah said, grinning. “But then how can every day not be the best day ever?”

Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation

Through Foundation support, children with cancer are given the opportunity to groom, ride and interact with horses

The Foundation also partners with Akron-area organizations to carry out its mission to instill happiness and hope in the lives of those affected by cancer. For example, the Foundation collaborates with nonprofits Victory Gallop and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center to offer a summer horse camp to children with cancer, a favorite pastime of Stephen Comunale before his passing.

The Foundation also grants funding to other nonprofit organizations that support cancer patients and their families throughout the Akron area, including Akron Blessings in a Backpack, Stewart’s Caring Place, Breast Oasis and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

breast cancer early detection

Early detection truly does saves lives, which is why the parthership between the Comunale Foundation and Summa Health is so critical to our community

While the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation works to ensure that patients’ needs are met beyond the clinical care provided by cancer specialists, the foundation also works closely with local healthcare providers to enhance the standard of cancer care in our community. Summa Health is fortunate for its longstanding partnership with the foundation, which generously provides financial support for the Summa Screens program.

Summa Screens is a cancer screening program that offers free mammograms and breast ultrasounds to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women. According to the American Cancer Society, women with low incomes or without health insurance are less likely to receive mammograms. The support of the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation helps to improve access to screening and care, which can increase early detection of cancer and survivorship. With the foundation’s generosity, Summa Health has provided free testing to more than 150 women.


With a mission to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and heavy burdens that confront cancer patients and their loved ones, the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation has impacted countless families across our community. The patients, physicians and staff of Summa Health are grateful for the foundation’s determination to improve the lives of those with cancer through acts of kindness.


If you would like to support the Foundation's mission, either financially or through volunteer hours, click here.




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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