Professional Development
Data Meeting Rescheduled

Due to a speaker's scheduling conflict, Data: A Fundraiser's Best Friend, the September professional development meeting, has been rescheduled. It will now be held January 25th from 8:00 - 9:45. We apologize for the inconvenience. More information will follow as we get closer to the date.



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

Approved for 1.5 CFRE credits.

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

click here for more info

click here to register



The Foundation Center presents
Conversation with the Knight Foundation

October 10 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S High St Akron, OH 44326

Come and meet Kyle Kutuchief, Akron Program Director at The Knight Foundation, and learn about the foundation's support of investments in talent, opportunity and engagement in the city of Akron.

About the Knight Foundation: In Akron, the birthplace of Knight Newspapers and the foundation, Knight focuses on downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods through investments in talent, opportunity and engagement. Akron is also part of Reimagining the Civic Commons, a Knight-supported national initiative that seeks to counteract economic and social fragmentation by revitalizing and connecting public spaces.

Kyle KutuchiefAbout the Presenter: Kyle Kutuchief worked in higher education and was a part of two initiatives to strengthen regional collaboration in Akron. Kyle has served on a number of nonprofit boards and acted as president of Torchbearers, a young professionals organization focused on leadership development and community service. Kyle has received Akron’s 30 for the Future Award, Cleveland’s 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award and Torchbearer’s Friend of Young Leaders Award.

Coffee and Conversation programs give nonprofits a chance to meet funders and to ask questions in a relaxed setting. Although the session is free, registration is required because space is limited.

Click here to register



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



Save $50 When You Join AFP!

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2017!

Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include this coupon with your payment. Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2017. The coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. The coupon can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2017.

If you have any questions, call the AFP Membership Department at 800-666-3863.



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

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:

bullet African American
bullet Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
bullet 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



AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter presents
Covering the Bases of Fundraising

October 19 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Holiday Inn Boardman
7410 South Ave Boardman, OH 44512

Hit a Grand Slam! Covering the Bases of Fundraising is a high-impact educational forum for fundraising professionals, volunteers, board members and others who are involved in non-profit organizations throughout the region. We are proud to present an All-Star line-up of presenters featuring nationally-known author and specialist in major and deferred gift philanthropy William T. Sturtevant, along with Suzanne Allen, PhD, President and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio, and Janus Small, President, Janus Small & Associates.

Topics include:

bulletThe Dynamics of Major and Planned
Gift Fundraising

bulletIdentifying Probable Donors and
Initiating the Cultivation Process

bulletImplementing Moves Management
to Ensure Success

bulletBuilding Bench Strength

bulletDeveloping and Implementing Your
Game Plan

Cost is $85 for AFP Members, $100 for non-members

Register by September 25th and save $15!

This has been approved for 5.0 CFRE credits.

Click here for more info and to register

For questions, contact JoAnn Stock, CFRE, at or 330-746-9122



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
Bob & Linda DeHoff
Outstanding Philanthropist Award

GPD Group

Linda and Bob DeHoff (in light blue at right) played the fish in a choral reading of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat for United Way of Stark County and its Volunteer Resource Center

Bob and Linda DeHoff exemplify what it means to be a philanthropist. Their generous financial support combined with their volunteerism and leadership have contributed to the growth and success of many local nonprofits and ultimately helping to improve the lives of many in the Stark community.

The DeHoffs’ philanthropy is unique because they go above and beyond simply providing monetary support. They give “their all” to the causes they are passionate about. They actively take leadership roles for many of the causes they champion. Their passion is contagious and they inspire others to understand why the cause is important, leading them to also donate both time and funds.

Bob and Linda DeHoff

Bob and Linda are frequent visitors to the Canton arts district

A great example of their involvement is with United Way of Greater Stark County (UWGSC). In 1999, Linda became the second woman to lead the annual fundraising campaign. Bob joined her as the first chairman of the Alexis de'Tocqueville Society (people giving $10,000 or more to the annual campaign). They went on to co-chair the Alexis de'Tocqueville Society for 11 years, raising more than $19 million dollars for programs funded by United Way throughout Stark County. In 2010, United Way Worldwide recognized the DeHoffs for having the largest net increase of community-impact dollars when compared to communities of similar size during the previous year.

In 2011, UWGSC launched the DeHoff Young Philanthropist Award to annually recognize an outstanding young person for leadership and philanthropy to the community. As an important piece of this award, the DeHoffs provided each winner with $5,000 and the opportunity to donate to the charity of their choice. This commitment further demonstrates their commitment to give back and is helping create the next generation of philanthropic leaders in the community.

In addition to UWGSC, the DeHoffs support many nonprofits in Stark County, including ArtsinStark (serving as the chairs for the organization’s annual fundraising campaign). Bob is a trustee at the University of Mount Union and Linda serves on the boards of the Canton Museum of Art, the National First Ladies’ Library, and United Way of Greater Stark County.


Bob and Linda surrounded by their children, their children's spouses, and four of their six grandchildren

Bob and Linda have two adult children, Molly (Barry) Holzer and Dan (Allison) DeHoff, and six grandchildren.



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




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:

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.

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

Assistant Director, Alumni Relations for Outreach [# 995945], Kent State University - 9/30/2017

Director of Leadership and Major Gifts, United Way of Greater Stark County - 10/1/2017

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

Senior Director Development - Akron General, Cleveland Clinic - 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.

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