LAST CALL for 2018 AFPNEO Board applications! 

The Committee on Directorship will make recommendations on board appointments for the 2018 slate at the Friday, October 19th board meeting.   If you’ve ever considered a board position, this may be the one for you! 

Click here for the key expectations for board members.

Click here for the board application.  

The slate will be recommended in October, presented to chapter membership in November and voted by chapter membership prior to the December annual meeting.

Applications must be received by Friday, October 13th, 4:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jo Hawk at



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



Grant Opportunity
Financial Literacy Grant

Deadline: October 19

Apple Growth Partners Community Outreach Charitable Giving Fund of Akron Community Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for financial literacy education.

As Accountants + Business Advisors, the AGP Fund hopes to strengthen non-profits in our community by supporting financial literacy education programming both financially and through volunteerism. The AGP Fund welcomes applications from any 501(C)(3) organization in Northeast Ohio for financial literacy education programming.

Applications must be submitted electronically to using the grant application form located at Grant applications will be accepted through October 19, 2017 and all grants will be disbursed by December 31, 2017. Grants will average between $1,000 and $2,500.



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




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

Partial scholarships available for organizations with budgets less than $500,000 click here

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.



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Administrator, Donor Engagement and Prospect Research, United Church of Christ, National - 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.


National Philanthropy Day

Partner with AFP to celebrate philanthropy in Northeast Ohio!

Sponsorship deadline: October 13th

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.



Akron SCORE presents
Social Media Workshops

Join SCORE for a series that will give you a better understanding of social media and email marketing. Please note that while this seminar series does build on top of one another you are not required to attend all of them. You are free to pick and choose the seminars that are right for your business' needs or fit into your schedule.

Please note that each seminar will need to be registered for individually; registering for one does not automatically register you for the others. To register, click on the link of each workshop.

All sessions are at no cost.

Drive New Business with Social Media - October 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You know social media can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? This session will answer all of those questions and more!

Shorten Your Sales Cycle - Automate Your Marketing - October 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you send the same information over and over? Do you ever forget to follow up with new subscribers, customer anniversaries and birthdays? Attend this seminar to learn how autoresponder campaigns do what YOU wish you had the time to do and how to use them to follow up, inform, entertain, & provide incentives for action & engagement.

30 Ways to Grow Your Email List - October 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Having an interested and qualified list of contacts that you can stay top of mind with is vital to every business. Continuing to grow that list is just as important. Join us for this workshop where you'll leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward.

For more info, email Akron SCORE



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


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.



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
bulletValue-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)

Standard - $180

click here for more info and 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

NPD Awardee Profile
Julia Rea Bianchi
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Julia Rea Bianchi

David Bianchi, Chair Julia Rea Bianchi, LeBron James, and Honorary Chair Savannah James at Summa's 2009 Sapphire Ball

Julia Rea Bianchi is passionately committed to helping build a healthier and stronger community for at-risk women, children, and families through her volunteer service to nonprofit organizations. Julia has traveled nationally and internationally, giving presentations to promote the growing power of women in philanthropy. She is a founding chair of multiple nonprofit female-focused philanthropic groups in Akron, Ohio and Miami, Florida, including the Circle of Women's Health Philanthropists at Summa Health, the national American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, and the Venus Orbit program at Frost Science in Miami. 

Julia Rea Bianchi

Julia met Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in London during on one of her many speaking tours

Julia recognizes that women play a powerful and crucial role in family decision-making, and understands the importance of female health and wellness. She has combined these passions and worked with staff at Summa Health to found the Circle of Women's Health Philanthropists. Founded in 2013 with 13 members who each make an annual $2,500 gift, the group’s mission is to form a powerful and influential network of women leaders who share a philanthropic vision of improving the overall health and well-being of women in our community. The Circle of Women's Health Philanthropists has grown to 40 members and has given $165,000 to fund women's health needs at Summa Health.

Julia chaired the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Reflections Gala signature fundraiser in 2011, which raised more than $150,000

Julia has chaired several Greater Akron event fundraisers, including co-chairing the Akron Children’s Hospital Denim and Diamonds event, chairing the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Mid-Summer Night Gala, and chairing the Summa Health Sapphire Ball. Her leadership of the 2009 Sapphire Ball resulted in $300,000 in proceeds used to support the renovation of the Summa's Women’s Health Center, which provides OB/GYN treatment annually to 15,000 underserved women.

Julia Bianchi

Julia's passionate speech at Summa's Sapphire Ball inspired many

Julia is on the Board of Directors for the Summa Health Foundation, is the current Board Chair of the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys, and is past national chair and a lifetime member of the National Council of the American Red Cross's Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, a leadership network of women who donate $10,000 annually to support local chapters. Since it's inception 10 years ago, the Tiffany Circle program has raised $92 million from female donors throughout the country in support of the Red Cross mission.

Previous Board affiliations and leadership roles include serving as a Founding Board Member of Kristi House,  a Miami childhood sexual abuse and treatment center, a Trustee of Miami's Frost Science, President of the Junior League of Miami, President of the Junior League of Miami's Foundation and co-founder of the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund.  

Julia Rea Bianchi

With Hillary Clinton

Julia has been recognized for her volunteer leadership and  receiving the Red Cross Fundraiser of the Year and Chairmen's Spectrum Award, The Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Service Award, Spirit of Akron Philanthropy Award, the AXA Business Woman of the Year, Frost Science Philanthropy Award,  the March of Dimes Leading Lady of Miami Award, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis Women of Style and Substance Award, the Junior League’s Rebecca Herndon Bush Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award, and the Delta Gamma national Oxford Award.  

Julia Bianchi

Julia (far left) is still volunteering at a Red Cross hurricane shelter; to learn more about their efforts and to donate, click here

Julia is  a passionate fundraiser and an individual who volunteers her time helping people whenever it is needed. She is truly deserving of recognition for her dedication to changing the world with a giving heart!




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.



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.



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



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



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