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

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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

Approved for 27.0 CFRE credits

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Professional Development Meeting
The Danger of a Single Story!

September 18 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center, Akron

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

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dangerWe are aware of the ways in which we can most effectively serve diverse clients, but we are not always aware of the ways in which our unconscious biases can interfere. This program explores the “Single Story” bias and how it can negatively impact our interactions with others, especially when the bias is operating outside of our awareness.

Single stories are single accounts or stereotypes that we hold about others, based on the social group we assume that they belong to. This workshop will explore this concept through interactive activities and discussions.

Amanda Cooper PhDDr. Amanda Cooper is the Director of SHIFT Consulting at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.  She specializes in the design and implementation of culture, change, and inclusion focused initiatives. At The Diversity Center, she leads a team of passionate leaders in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Together, they support the development of productive, respectful, and inclusive organizational cultures.

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CFRE Study Group Meeting Dates

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

Tuesday, August 28, 5:45 pm
Akron Public Main Library in Downtown Akron, Room #3 – Floor 2R
60 South High Street Akron, Ohio 44326

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

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 if 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


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
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)


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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 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



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.



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

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NPD Awardee Profile
Auxiliary Board of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Special Recognition Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present the Auxiliary Board of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens the AFPNEO Special Recognition Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Daniel Blakemore, CFRE, of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Stan Hywet

The first meeting of the Women’s Auxiliary Board; to see a larger version of the picture, click on it

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens was the family estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his wife, Gertrude. Following the deaths of F.A. and Gertrude, the Seiberling children contemplated the future preservation of Stan Hywet Hall. A group of interested volunteers formed the Stan Hywet Hall Foundation and negotiated with the Seiberling family to assume ownership of the house and 70 acres of property with the intent to open it to the public as a museum in memory of F.A. and Gertrude.

Chartered at the request of the Stan Hywet Hall Foundation Board of Directors in 1964, the Women's Auxiliary Board made it their mission to support the Estate through fundraising and volunteering. In 2014, the word "Women's" was removed from the organization's name to better reflect the involvement of both men and women dedicated to Stan Hywet's preservation for the future.

Stan Hywet

Past Ohio Mart Chairs Celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016

The first Ohio Mart was organized by the Auxiliary Board in 1966. The annual event is held across the Stan Hywet grounds and includes one-of-a-kind collectibles and antiques, a floral show, a stitchery display, and homemade baked goods.  Last year, Ohio Mart featured 125 exhibitors, attracted more than 13,800 guests, and generated more than $250,000 in revenue over four days for the benefit of the estate.

Stan Hywet

The breakfast room restoration is just one of the many projects that the Auxiliary Board has made possible since its founding in 1964

In 2015, more than 110 Auxiliary Board members contributed a total of $40,777 in support of the restoration of the Manor House Breakfast Room as a part of the $6 million 2nd Century Campaign. Restoration of the Breakfast Room has begun and is anticipated be completed in 2020.

Stan Hywet

The Executive Board meets annually to plan the Auxiliary Board's priorities for upcoming years

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has more than 500 active volunteers who fill a variety of roles throughout the property including administrative, gardening, museum interpretation, curatorial services, wedding assistance, education content and facilitation, retail services and special event support. Among the volunteer population, the Auxiliary Board is the largest constituent group and one of the most active. Over the last 54 years, the Auxiliary Board membership has contributed more than 1.4 million volunteer hours and has  raised well over $5 million for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

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Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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 of Alumni Relations, Walsh Jesuit High School - 9/15/2018

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

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

Associate Director, Portfolio Development, Kent State University - 10/31/2018

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.



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.


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