Professional Development Meeting
In-Kind Gifts: When Cash is King and the Queen Comes Knocking!

August 23 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center, Akron

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

in kind giftsCash is indeed the king in the non-profit world, but we can’t ignore the queen when she comes knocking with those special gifts: raffle baskets, game tickets, time shares, or even (literally) gift horses!

In-kind contributions can be an important source of nonprofit revenue, but they come with restrictions on how you are legally able to acknowledge them. Moreover, some in-kind gifts might not be worth the associated hassle and expense. For example, accepting certain gifts might run counter to your organization's mission and values, or you might not be equipped to manage and maintain the value of a gift. And it’s so much easier to decline a gift from a beloved donor when you have an established gift acceptance policy to reference.

Ken Frisch ACFRE FAFPIt's Ken Frisch, ACFRE, FAFP, to the rescue! Ken has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of development, including all kinds of in-kind donations. He will walk you through the components of a gift-acceptance policy that will help your organization through those quirky tough spots. He will also share case studies so you can see the theories in action.

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CFRE Sets July 15th Deadline

CFREIf you have been considering submitting a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) application, now is the time to put yours together! Submit your application by the July 15 deadline to get one step closer to becoming a CFRE. Once your application is approved, you’ll be eligible to sit for the CFRE exam.

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AFPNWO presents
CFRE Refresher Course

September 21, 2018 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Hospice Center: 800 S. Detroit Ave, Toledo OH 43609 (directions)

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The AFP CFRE Refresher Course asks participants to apply fundraising theory, skills, and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on three or more years of professional experience in fundraising. This one-day course is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge, and peer exchange of best practices – all of which are facilitated two of Toledo's most knowledgeable fundraising practitioners: Ken Frisch, ACFRE - Vice President, Philanthropic Services & Advancement, Toledo Community Foundation (retired) & Vern Snyder, CFRE, ACFRE - Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The University of Toledo Foundation (retired).

Members: $390; Non-Members: $490 Registration fee includes course manual and lunch.

Approved for 8.0 CFRE Credits; documentation

Click here for more information and to register.



Akron Community Foundation Grants $616,000

In 2018, the Akron Community Foundation granted $616,000* to arts and culture programs throughout the community through the competitive grant program. Programs funded include Curated Storefront, a series of ongoing exhibitions that will revitalize unused storefronts in downtown Akron, and Crafty Mart, to support its Maker Sessions.

 *Supplemented by donor-advised funding

In addition to honoring its fundholders’ individual wishes, the Akron Community Foundation gives strength to big ideas, vulnerable populations, and targeted regions with an array of high-impact initiatives and grants. For more information, click here.


Congratulations to the 2018 NPD Award Recipients!

The AFPNEO National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Nominations Committee is proud to announce this year's awardees. Their achievements will be celebrated at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 2nd at the Hilton Akron/ Fairlawn.

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Small Business Leadership Award:
Metis Construction Services, Inc.
nominated by Akron Rotary Camp

Corporate Leadership Award:
Allstate Insurance
nominated by Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio

Foundation Leadership Award:
LeBron James Family Foundation
nominated by Kent State University

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award:
Kim Haws Falasco
nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve

Outstanding Philanthropist Award:
Ron & Dawn Hartman
nominated by Refuge of Hope Ministries

Special Recognition Award:
Auxiliary Board of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
nominated by Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Special Recognition Award:
Walk for Babies
nominated by Akron Children's Hospital

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award:
John LaGuardia
nominated by Legacy Strategic Asset Management

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo
nominated by Summa Health Foundation

Youth in Philanthropy Award:
  Student C.A.S.T. (Caring And Serving Together)
nominated by The First Tee of Canton



NPD News
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.

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:
Metis Construction Services, Inc.
bulletCorporate Leadership Award:
Allstate Insurance
bulletFoundation Leadership Award:
LeBron James Family Foundation
bulletOutstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Award: Kim Haws Falasco
bulletOutstanding Philanthropist Award:
Ron & Dawn Hartman
bulletSpecial Recognition Award:
Auxiliary Board of Stan Hywet Hall
& Gardens

bulletSpecial Recognition Award:
Walk for Babies.
bulletOutstanding Professional Fundraiser
Award: John LaGuardia
bulletLifetime Achievement Award:
Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo
bulletYouth in Philanthropy Award:
Student C.A.S.T. (Caring And Serving

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)


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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 2019 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 Kristie Woods, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at



Save the Dates

Mark your calendars so that you can join us for AFP's professional development programs and special events:

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
August 23| 8:00 – 9:45 am
In-Kind Gifts: When Cash Is King &
The Queen Comes Knocking

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
September 20 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Diversity in Philanthropy

bulletProfessional Development Workshop
October 12 | 8:00 - 5:00 pm
Proposal Writing SPARK TANK

bulletCelebrate Philanthropy in Our
November 2 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:
National Philanthropy Day

bulletProfessional Development &
Annual Meeting

December 13| 8:00 – 9:45 am
Year-End Fundraising



CFRE Study Group

AFPNEO has created a CFRE study group listserv. The purpose of the group is to allow members to make study plans, ask questions, and celebrate each other’s success when they achieve CFRE credentials. If you would like to be added to that list, please send an email to


NPD Awardee Profile
Metis Construction Services
Small Business Leadership Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Metis Construction Services the AFPNEO Small Business Leadership Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Mella A. Castner from Akron Rotary Camp.


Left to right, Julie Brandle President/ Founder; Steve Brandle, VP of Construction; and Kimberly Brandle.

Founded in 2009, Metis Construction Services is a female-owned and operated commercial general contractor located in Kent, Ohio. It is a National Women Business Owners Corporation and is certified by the State of Ohio’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program. 
Metis focuses on the importance of supporting the community and their customers throughout Northeast Ohio. Personal and professional community engagement is a core value of their leadership. Their commitment is visible through the support that is given to a variety of programs, projects, organizations and initiatives through board and committee volunteer service, financial, sponsorship and gift-in-kind donations.


Julie Brandle was recently honored as the outgoing President of the Rotary Club of Akron. Left to right: Steve Brandle, VP of Construction, Metis Construction (husband); Kimberly Brandle (daughter); Julie Brandle, President/Founder, Metis Construction; Kristen Fernandez (sister); Donna Komar, CEO/Founder, Metis Construction; and Leann Soika (mother).

For more than four years, Metis Construction has been a true champion of Akron Rotary Camp, providing both philanthropic support and volunteers for Akron Rotary’s main fundraisers: the Chili Open Golf Classic and the Regatta. They have been instrumental in the continuing improvements and expansion of the Rotary Camp's main campus on Rex Lake in the Portage Lakes.  In 2017, they remodeled the Nature Center to provide a more enriching experience for the campers. They completed the upgrade and expansion of the newly renovated "Judy and Roger Read Dining Lodge" in time for the 2018 Summer Camp season. Metis is always available to assist with ongoing miscellaneous facilities maintenance to help keep Akron Rotary Camp in excellent condition.


The regional affiliates of Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together collaborated on one community project within the city of Ravenna last November, and Metis was there to help. “Our company has been involved with both of these outstanding organizations. Habitat and Rebuilding Together coming together for the good of the community, that’s true collaboration from which everyone can benefit,” stated Julie Brandle, President of Metis Construction.

Metis believes strongly in making a positive impact in the communities that have helped make them successful. As a construction company, it is a natural fit to get involved with organizations that need assistance with skilled trades, such as the LeBron James Family Foundation-Promise Project, Habitat for Humanity (Summit and Portage County affiliates), Rebuilding Together-Kent Senior Service Day, Akron Rotary Camp, and Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls Heroes Day.


Metis Construction was proud to be chosen as a partner company for a complete home makeover for an Akron student in the LeBron James Foundation's I Promise Program 

Metis has also been involved with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, Archbishop Hoban High School, Kent Social Services, The Ben Curtis Foundation-Birdie Bags, Akron Children's Hospital, Coleman Foundation, Hattie Larlham, Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, Lopen Charities, Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve, Catholic Charities, Hillel at Kent State University, Project Ed Bear, Akron Urban League, Boy Scouts Great Trail Council, and Kent Brunch Bunch.


Akron Chapter #124 of NAWIC, National Association of Women in Construction, designed and implemented the summer Girl Scout camp program “Build Like A Girl” for the GSNEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Click here for more info.

Metis Construction has helped community organizations meet financial goals, provide services, and achieve their missions. From a complete renovation of a home for a child in LeBron's Promise Program to facilities upgrades at Akron Rotary Camp, Metis makes a difference for the community in every project they adopt. Their work truly helps to create more vibrant communities through philanthropy and service.


Metis Construction initiated a “March into Literacy” Project to benefit Summit County Children Services, and more than 490 children received brand new books with their Easter baskets this year.

For more information about their community impact, click here.



Join Our LinkedIn Group

Ever 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.



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Program Assistant, Digital Communications, United Church of Christ, National - 7/13/2018

Development Associate, United Church of Christ, National - 7/13/2018

Director of Development, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University - 7/20/2018

Director, Advancement College of Business Administration, Kent State University - 7/30/2018

Grants Manager, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - 8/17/2018

Director of Annual Giving, Malone University - 8/30/2018

Director, Advancement (Planned Giving) #990191, Kent State University - 9/30/2018

Director, Advancement (Student Affairs), Kent State University - 9/30/2018


Click here for more information regarding each of these job opportunities or to post new jobs.




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 the 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.



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