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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Principles & Techniques of Fundraising

September 6 & 7 and 13 & 14
8:00 - 5:00 pm

Aultman Health Foundation,
2600 Sixth St. SW Canton, OH. 44710

Maximize your fundraising success through this timeless course that teaches the tried-and-true practical skills of effective fundraising. Strengthen your fundraising abilities by learning proven fund development tools, and draft a specific fundraising plan to grow your organization.

This four-day comprehensive course includes the complete fundraising cycle, including:

bulletAn Overview of Fundraising
Institutional Readiness

bulletSelecting the Right Fundrasing Vehicle

bulletProspective Donor Research

bulletThe Capital Campaign

bulletCorporations and Foundations as

bulletBudgeting and Managing for

bulletPreparing a Fundraising Plan

and much, much more!

$450 for Leave a Legacy/AFP members
$550 for Non-members
Reservation/Payment Deadline:
Friday, August 24. 2018

Submitted for 27.0 CFRE credits

Click here for more information and to register



CFRE Study Group Meeting Dates

The AFPNEO chapter is hosting the first two meetings for the CFRE Study Group:

Tuesday, August 21 and 28, 5:45 pm
Akron Public Main Library in Downtown Akron, Room #1 – Floor 2R
60 South High Street Akron, Ohio 44326

There’s a public parking lot underneath the library. The first hour is free.

On August 21st, Barb Mucci will attend to share her experience. She passed the CFRE test last year and is familiar with the format.

Email to let her know the day(s) you will attend.

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



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.



FREE AFP Webinar: Career Planning, the Strategic Plan of You

Presented by Ohio's Own Vern Snyder, ACFRE

Continuing our series of member exclusive webinars this session looks at career planning. As professional fundraisers we spend a lot of time planning. Events, strategic plans, development plans, all get our attention. Does your career planning get as much attention? Just like successful major gifts, learn to make the right moves at the right time. This session also includes a review of CFRE and ACFRE credential process.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Learn tools and skills to develop their personal career strategic plan
  • Be able to develop a personal five year plan.

Verny Snyder ACFREVern Snyder, ACFRE, was appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Toledo on July 1, 2002. Prior to his appointment he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Eastern Kentucky University, where he also served as President of the EKU Foundation and at Youngstown State University where his responsibilities included fundraising, inter-collegiate athletics, public relations and communications. As a professional fundraiser Vern has raised over $500 million. During his tenure at UT, the University has received over $160 million in contributions, including the largest single gift in the institution’s history, 351 endowments have been established and UT successfully concluded its largest capital campaign raising $106 million. Vern retired from the University of Toledo in 2015.

Click here to watch the webinar


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.

We'd like to thank our current presenting sponsors for the 2017 awards luncheon:

Akron Children's Hospital

Walk For Babies
Special Recognition Award

Refuge of Hope

Ron & Dawn Hartman
Outstanding Philanthropist Award


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

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)


Click here for sponsorship reservations.

Click here for table/ticket reservations.



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 member, 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 18 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
The Danger of a Single Story

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




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.



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.

NPD Awardee Profile
Ron & Dawn Hartman
Outstanding Philanthropist Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Ron & Don Hartman the AFPNEO Outstanding Philanthropist Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Jo Ann Carpenter of Refuge of Hope Ministries.


Dawn and Ron Hartman at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Dinner

At LD Carlson Company, Ron Hartman worked his way up from accountant to President & CEO. During this time, his first wife Peggy died at the young age of 40 after losing a battle to melanoma, leaving him to raise his two young children alone. During this period, he began to involve himself in volunteer organizations as a way to start giving back. In giving, he received, and his life became better.

Ron met Dawn at Advent Lutheran Church in Uniontown. An attorney with Zollinger, D'Atri, Gruber and Thomas, Dawn decided to leave her law practice to adopt and raise Ron's children—Tyler and Carly—when she and Ron married in 2002.  Five months after their marriage, Dawn, too, was diagnosed with melanoma. Thankfully, Dawn triumphed and survived, and she credits Ron (and Peggy) for saving her life. When the children were grown, Dawn joined LD Carlson as General Counsel and Vice President.

Ron & Dawn Hartman

Hank, whom the Hartmans adopted from the Humane Society of Summit County, insists on helping them take breakfast to all the HSSC employees on Christmas day

Dawn joined the board of the Humane Society of Summit County and became a regular volunteer. She served as Board Chair from 2008-2010 and oversaw the purchase, renovation and relocation of a new shelter to serve the abandoned, abused and neglected animals of Summit County.  She continues to serve on the Board and several committees for HSSC and remains passionate about saving animals in our community. 

Ron & Dawn Hartman

HSSC Pawsibilities Ball with Emcees Fred and Beth McLeod.

Ron was attending a fundraiser for one of his volunteer organizations, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank—where he is a Leadership Partner, sits on the Board, and sponsors the Taste of NFL— and was introduced to an employee from the Refuge of Hope (ROH), a men's homeless shelter in Canton. Ron later went to tour the facility and speak with many men who called the Refuge of Hope home. He realized, "Most of us have been blessed with more than we could hope for. These poor men have nowhere to turn, but to us. They need our help." Ron decided to dedicate his time and resources to furthering the Refuge of Hope's mission.

Ron & Dawn Hartman

Groundbreaking for the Refuge of Hope Ron & Dawn Hartman facility

Ron spearheaded the Refuge of Hope capital campaign and, as co-chair, led a team of volunteers to raise $4.8 million to build the new facility, which broke ground June 28, 2018. It will be used to house 70 men and serve over 100,000 meals to men, women, and children in the area. The building will be named in honor of Ron and Dawn Hartman for their personal donation of $1,000,000. 

Dawn has also become involved with Refuge of Hope's mission.  Recently the couple donated a vehicle to a young man who was previously a tenant at ROH and has become a shining example of how God, Refuge, and a man's strength can help turn a life around.

Ron & Dawn Hartman

Dawn is a hands-on volunteer, shown here cleaning the cages at the humane society

The couple have also been actively involved in the Brimfield Food Cupboard, Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry, and Detroit Little Free Libraries. Ron and Dawn were recognized by the Humane Society of Summit County as the 2016 "Animal Heroes." Their recognition was due to their unending support to save abandoned, abused, and neglected animals.  Ron is being inducted into the North Canton Alumni Hall of Distinction this year for his outstanding contributions to the community.

Beyond their charitable and philanthropic work, Ron and Dawn have also instilled these same values in their children. Their son works at a non-profit, dedicating his talents to saving animals. Their daughter chose to be on staff as an athletic trainer in Akron Public Schools. Ron and Dawn understand the importance of making the next generation a better generation than their own. Now their children carry that same torch in making the next generation better.

Ron & Dawn Hartman

Cleveland Browns alumnus Paul Warfield, Dawn and Ron at the Taste of the NFL Fundraiser

Many are involved with one organization or another. Some even volunteer regularly. Few are as actively involved as Ron and Dawn Hartman are in multiple charitable organizations while simultaneously running a company. It is impossible to calculate the amount of lives - both human and animal - that Ron and Dawn have personally made better.




Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Senior Consultant, Grants Plus - 8/12/2018

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

Director of Development, Stark County Catholic Schools - 12/31/2018


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

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