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 Scholarships 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 of the 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.




FREE CLE Seminar

October 16 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
FirstEnergy Auditorium, Austen BioInnovation Institute
47 North Main Street, Akron, OH 44308

The Salvation Army’s 26th Annual Red Shield Symposium, formerly the Estate Planning and Charitable Giving Seminar, provides essential Information for Attorneys, Accountants, Financial Advisors and Other Planning Professionals. 5 CLE credits (estimated for Ohio), including 1 for Ethics, will be earned for the day.  There is no charge to attend and includes lunch and free parking.

To register, go to

This is a national satellite feed presentation.  CLE, CPE, CFP® and CTFA continuing education credits are pending approval, including one hour of ethics for CLE, CPE and CTFA. Credit hours vary from state to state.




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 pm 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.




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.

Foundation Giving Specialist, Kent State University - 10/07/2018

Corporate Relations Officer (Two Openings), Kent State University - 10/07/2018

Associate Director, Advancement, Stark Campus, Kent State University - 10/12/2018

Development Director, Canton Museum of Art - 10/26/2018

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

Fund Development Director, Community Support Services - 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 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 on the 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.





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 Awardee Profile
Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo
Lifetime Achievement Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo the AFPNEO Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Jessica Hudson of Summa Health Foundation.

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo

In 2007, AFP recognized Vincent DiGirolamo with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Since that time, Vincent and his wife, Nancy, have continued to demonstrate their enduring commitment to building a stronger community through their dedicated service, unwavering generosity and inspirational example.

Nancy was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2006 and with lymphoma in 2010. In gratitude for the care Nancy received at Summa Health throughout her cancer journey, the DiGirolamos established the Summa Health Cancer Institute’s Vincent and Nancy DiGirolamo Endowed Chair in Oncology in 2007.  In 2014, they made an additional commitment to support the chair, bringing their total endowment to $3 million. They were the first to endow a chair at Summa  Health.

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo

The DiGirolamo Chair helped draw current Cancer Institute chair Gilbert Padula, MD, a nationally recognized trailblazer in oncology, to Summa Health in 2017. With the protected and lasting support provided by the endowed chair, Dr. Padula has the unique opportunity to accelerate innovative cancer treatment, prevention and patient support services that otherwise would not be possible for our community.

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo

The DiGirolamos were awarded the 2015 Boniface DeRoo Award for Philanthropy, the highest philanthropic honor presented by Summa Health. Pictured: Honorees Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo (third and second from left) with (left to right) James McIllvaine, chair, Summa Health System Board of Directors; Thomas A. Malone, MD, former Summa Health president and chief executive officer; and Thomas A. Clark, chair, Summa Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition, the DiGirolamos’ endowment funds the annual Vincent and Nancy DiGirolamo Oncology Symposium, which has provided more than 1,500 physicians, nurses and other health professionals from northeast Ohio and beyond with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in cancer care. Vincent and Nancy have supported a broad range of clinical areas across the health system, including critical care, neuroscience and medical education.

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo

Vincent and Nancy also dedicate their time to Summa Health as volunteer leaders. Vincent served on the Board of directors for both Summa Health System and Summa Health Foundation, while Nancy is a longtime member of the Women’s Board of Summa Health System. Both Vincent and Nancy share their experiences and expertise as members of the Summa Health Cancer Institute Leadership Council, working in partnership with other influential community leaders and the health system’s senior leaders to secure the future of high-quality, compassionate cancer care for the Greater Akron community.

Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo

The DiGirolamos (first row, center) were awarded the Kenneth "Red" Cochrane Meritorious Service Award from The University of Akron Department of Athletics

Numerous local and regional nonprofits have benefited from the boundless charity of the DiGirolamos, including the University of Akron, Hiram College, Akron Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Walsh Jesuit High School, Ohio Ballet, Akron Symphony, Child Guidance and Family Solutions, Catholic Charities, Catholic Community Foundation, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, American Cancer Society of Ohio, and The Gathering Place.




Save the Dates

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

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







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