Professional Development Meeting
Data: A Fundraiser's Best Friend

September 28 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
8:00 - 8:30 am ... Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 - 9:45 am ... Program

Shaw Jewish Community Center,
750 White Pond Drive, Akron directions

Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
September 25


bulletLaura Brown, Executive Director,
Advancement Services, Kent State
bulletVicki Newman, CPA, MBA, Director,
Gift Accounting and Analysis,
Cleveland Clinic
bulletAmy Wong, President, Dot Org

There's a reason why you collect all that info - the diamonds of data can make your job easier and your donor meetings more productive.

Learn how using data analytics can help you improve your bottom line. This session will feature three expert panelists who will cover:

bullettracking donor information
bulletwhat data points to include
bulletdatabase cleanup
bulletreceipting & acknowledgments beyond
outright cash gifts
bulletethical issues with donor information
bulletcampaign counting & reporting
bulletAnd more!  

Submitted for 1.25 CFRE credits.

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Crum & Co and AFPNEO present
Keys to Successful Special Events

October 19 | 8:00 - 9:30 am
7:30 - 8:00 am ... Registration & Networking
8:00 - 9:30 am ... Program

American Red Cross
501 W Market Street Akron, Ohio 44303 directions

Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
October 16


Complimentary coffee and beverages will be provided.


bulletAnne Bitong, President/Executive
Director, Akron Marathon Charitable
bulletKevin Crum, CPA, ‎Principal, Crum &
Company, CPA's
bulletMella A. Castner, Director of
Development, Akron Rotary Camp

Join us as we answer YOUR questions about special events as well as raise intriguing scenarios you probably have not even considered. Topics will include ...

bulletPlanning special events
bulletVenue selection
bulletMarketing the event
bulletObtaining sponsorships
bulletRisk management and insurance
bulletTemporary liquor permits
bulletRaffle rules and regulations
bulletGaming rules and regulations
bulletSales tax implications
bulletSponsorship vs. advertising
bulletLive and silent auction rules and
bulletDetermining the tax deductibility
of entrance fees, event tickets and
auction items
bulletCould the event be considered taxable
even though we are tax-exempt?

Submitted for 1.5 CFRE credits.

Although there is no cost to attend,
registration is required.

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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!

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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


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.



Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship

The Chamberlain Scholarship covers the recipient’s registration fee to the AFP International Conference plus up to $1,000 in travel expense reimbursement. The recipient is required to pay a $10 processing fee. Applicants must be AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter members and must never have attended an AFP International conference.

This 2018 Conference will be held April 15-17, 2018, in New Orleans. The deadline to apply for the Chamberlain scholarship is October 1st.

Click here for more info and to apply.



Apply for the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to once again offer the Diverse Communities Scholarship program for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 15-17, 2018.  This fund is broken out into three categories:

  • African American
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT)
  • General Diversity Fund

AFP is pleased to offer $1,500 scholarships ($799 conference registration fee + some travel expenses) for each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities. 

The deadline for application submission is October 31, 2017. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2017.

Should you have questions about the AFP the Diversity Scholarships Campaign, please contact Heba Mahmoud at

Click here to apply



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.



NPD Awardee Profile
GPD Group
Corporate Leadership Award

GPD Group

The GPD Group at the Soap Box Derby

GPD Group is a team of over 600 people from architects to designers to engineers to planners and everything in between. According to their website, "Each of us specializes in various markets, but there’s a common element that binds us. Passion. We dig into your project right away. We ask questions, we explore every angle and we consider every need. Then, we assemble the team that will transform your vision into reality."

Their passion, vision and teamwork are evident in their involvement in the community. In 2014, GPD Group launched their own nonprofit. The GPD Group Employees’ Foundation was created to support, promote and extend financial aid to qualified organizations through grant dispersal. The vision of the foundation is “to make a difference in the lives of children” and their mission is “to encourage the enrichment of the public education experience for K-12 students and to support children with medical and special needs.”

GPD Group at Goodwill

GPD Group selected Goodwill as their Day of Action volunteer project

For over ten years, the GPD Group has provided an outstanding partnership with Goodwill by lending their expertise and support to our nonprofit organization by beautifying the landscaping, creating greenspaces, enhancing safety features, assessing damage and improving areas around the building in order to enrich space and make it more enjoyable. Employees of GPD donated their time and resources to Goodwill by building a brick patio, installing picnic tables, landscaping, mulching, painting and processing in our stores in order to give back to the community and to support Goodwill's mission of helping individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. 

GPD's support to Goodwill is only just one example of the philanthropic role they play to nonprofits within the community. At the Goodwill office alone, volunteers from the GPD group donated nearly 200 hours of their time, expertise and resources during the two-day project in the summer of 2015.


GPD at the Kids' Book Bank

GPD's dedication and commitment to helping the community is amazing. In 2017 alone, the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation approved grants to 133 organizations in Northeast and Central Ohio, Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, Louisville, Phoenix, and Seattle. Nearly $515,000 of grant awards will be disbursed this year by the foundation, whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of children. Click here for the list of the grants.

Year after year their incredible team, extraordinary talent and remarkable drive helps our community improve. GPD's involvement with Goodwill and throughout the community is so admirable for all of these reasons.




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:
Data: A Fundraiser's Best Friend
(Shaw JCC)

bulletOctober 19 | 8:00 - 9:30 am:
Keys to Successful Special Events
(American Red Cross) - FREE

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



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Strategist, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Summa Health Foundation - 10/30/2017

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

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

Sales Associate, Underwriting, WKSU #995775, Kent State University - 11/30/2017

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.



Nonprofit Clearance Open House Sale

September 7 | 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.

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

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