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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C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

Collaboration with Crum & Company, Dot Org Solutions, & SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
Seeking Gifts from Local Family Foundations
& Donor Advised Funds

FREE! However, registration required

September 20 | 7:30 - 9:30 am
Weathervane Playhouse
1301 Weathervane Ln, Akron, OH 44313

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You are invited to a panel discussion with some of the Akron area's most recognized philanthropists. Learn about their overall grant making philosophies, priorities, application, awarding and distribution processes.

The panel will include:

  • Phil Maynard, The Maynard Family Foundation
  • Roger Read, The Read Family Fund
  • Marilyn Buckey, Marilyn Meyers Buckey Family Fund
  • Margaret Medzie, V.P. and Chief Development Officer, Akron Community Foundation

The discussion is intended to help attendees learn more about these individuals whose grant dollars make such a big impact in our community. We hope to see you for what is sure to be an educational and informative 90-minute session.

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AFP International Conference

Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship

Application deadline: October 2, 2018

The Chamberlain Scholarship provides a free registration to the AFP International Conference (actually, you pay $10) and $1,000 towards travel expenses (a $1,690 value).


  • Applicants must be AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter members.
  • Applicants must never have attended an AFP International conference.

This year's scholarship will be for the 2019 AFP International conference, which will be held in San Antonio, TX, March 31 through April 2.

Click here for more info about the scholarship and to apply.




AFP International Conference

Apply for AFP's Diverse Communities Scholarship

Application deadline: October 31, 2018

AFP International also offers a scholarship to the AFP Conference. If you qualify for their diverse communities scholarship, we encourage you to apply for both - the Chamberlain and the Diverse Communities - to double your chances!

Diverse Communities Criteria:

  • I am a fundraising professional who self identifies as coming from an eligible diverse community as defined by AFP (African-American/Black, Asian, Disabled, Faith-based, GLBT, Hispanic, Jewish or Rural)
  • I am a fundraising professional or fundraising executive director employed by an eligible AFP diverse community where 50% or more staff members are from that diverse community.
  • I work for a nonprofit organization that serves a 50% or more eligible AFP diverse community client base.

Click here for more information and to apply





The Grant Professionals Association in Ohio presents a one-day regional conference to provide professional development and networking for grant and nonprofit professionals in Ohio and neighboring states. The Whole Nine Yards: From Prospecting to Reporting, will be held on September 21, 2018, from 9am to 4pm at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The keynote speaker is Gene Tempel, EdD, Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Founding Dean Emeritus, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the President Emeritus, Indiana University Foundation. Nine additional breakout sessions will offer a variety of topics in grants, fundraising and non-profit management .

The conference is open to GPA members and non-members. Early bird registration ends on August 31: Members $100, Non-members $125, Students $50. For more information or to register, click here.





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.



NPD News
Partner with AFP to celebrate philanthropy in Northeast Ohio!

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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 2018 awards luncheon:

Akron Children's Hospital

Walk For Babies
Special Recognition Award

Kent State University

LeBron James Family Foundation
Foundation Leadership Award

Refuge of Hope

Ron & Dawn Hartman
Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Summa Health

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo
Lifetime Achievement 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
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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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




On the Table Greater Akron

Community Involvement
On the Table
Greater Akron

October 3
Locations throughout Greater Akron

On the Table Greater Akron is only a month away – but there's still time to get involved. Join the conversation in one of two ways:

  • Host your own conversation by inviting 8-12 of your friends, family members, colleagues or neighbors to a mealtime discussion. Make sure to register as a host!

Either way, we hope to see you again on Wednesday, Oct. 3! More information about this event is available 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.




Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Development Officer, Major Gifts, Akron Art Museum - 9/28/2018

Development Associate, National Inventors Hall Of Fame - 9/30/2018

Grants Coordinator & Donor Communications, Mercy Health Lorain - 9/30/2018

Events Manager, Soap Box Derby - 9/30/2018

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

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

Director of Development and Community Relations, SHC/The Arc of Medina County - 10/31/2018

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.


NPD Awardee Profile
Student C.A.S.T
Caring and Serving Together
Youth in Philanthropy Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Student C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together) the AFPNEO Youth in Philanthropy Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Angela Palomba of First Tee of Canton.

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

It's hard to fit all the members of C.A.S.T. in such a small picture! Click here to see a larger version.

C.A.S.T. (Caring And Serving Together) simply defines itself as a group of people who like to come together to give back and serve in our community. Their mission is to strengthen community life, serve the needy in Canton and Stark County, and honor God by sharing their time, talents, and generosity.

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

These young people, ages 13 – 18, are being taught at a young age the importance of giving back. Many youth come from backgrounds where they themselves do not have a lot, but make it a priority to commit to their community through volunteerism. They have worked hard to develop friendships and meaningful relationships with the organizations and individuals they serve and likely may not even realize the impact they have beyond those they are directly serving.

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

Student leaders manage the various projects they are involved in including coordinating projects at partner organizations and recruiting peers to get involved.  In addition to The First Tee of Canton and Refuge of Hope, the student C.A.S.T. group volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark County, Stark County Humane Society, Whispering Grace Horses, Love the Children Ministries and more.  They are an example of what it means to serve with humility and genuinely care about our city.

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

At The First Tee of Canton, these young men and women perform various tasks including grounds maintenance and program support.  They are leaders in our community and great role models for the young people attending classes there. They truly exemplify the values taught and delivered through The First Tee Life Skills Experience including integrity, honesty and perseverance. 

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

For Refuge of Hope Ministries, the experience with C.A.S.T. has been remarkable. Seeing young people push up their sleeves to serve hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children, refilling their coffee and chocolate milk with smiling faces and loving hearts is just the beginning. We get to witness them develop into philanthropic volunteers with hearts as big as their dreams.

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

Their energy is contagious! C.A.S.T. advisor Rhonda Sypek exclaims, "They inspire me. In the midst of the busyness of their crazy high school lives they take the time, they MAKE the time, to give back to others. Serving is hard sometimes. It doesn't fit into your neatly packaged daily plans. These kids have been doing this for years. They are purposeful and filled with joy and they just do it. Joyfully. And that is inspiration for us all."

C.A.S.T. (Caring and Serving Together)

The C.A.S.T. Student Community is a special group that impacts not just those they serve, but everyone involved. "Hanging out with these students has allowed me to grow exponentially," Rhonda adds. "These kids love unconditionally and they speak what's on their minds, often without filter, and
that is so refreshing to me. We are a group of friends. We have each other's back. We love each other and we love Jesus and it's great just being part of a safe, trusted posse that's trying to do something for others together whenever and however we can."

For more information about the terrific work this group does, click here.




Save the Dates

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

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
September 18 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
The Danger of a Single Story

bulletFunder Panel in Collaboration with
Crum & Company, Dot Org Solutions,
& SeibertKeck Insurance Partners

September 20 | 7:30 - 9:30 am:
Seeking Gifts from Local Family
Foundations & Donor Advised Funds

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




Health Philanthropy Summit

Register for the 4th Annual Health Philanthropy Summit

For Health Giving’s fourth annual Health Philanthropy Summit, we will explore new fronts as we INNOVATE, INTEGRATE and MOTIVATE! Although the focus is on the healthcare industry, the principles apply to all fundraising activities.

The conference will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 9:30 am - 4:00 at Southwest General Health Center’s Williams Conference Center.

Topics include:

  • Advancing Philanthropy in Home Health, Hospice, and Hospital Care
  • Advancing a Major Gift Program to its Full Potential
  • Utilizing the “Triple” Ask – The Trifecta of Fundraising
  • Making the Most of Prospect Research to Maximize Top Giving
  • Integrating Annual, Event And Leadership Giving Donors With Major Giving
  • A Physician's Perspective on Transformational Grateful Patient Philanthropy ... An Executive Physician Leader Conversation with Lee Ponsky, MD FACS

Tuition is as follows:

  • Clients of Health Giving - $0
  • Members 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 30th!

We will be submitting the conference for 5.25 CFRE credits.

Click here for more info and to register.

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