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

5 Reasons to Attend the 4th Annual Health Philanthropy Summit

November 8, 2018 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Southwest General Health Center’s
Williams Conference Center

5. Innovate! Learn how to advance your Major Gift Program, how to make the most of prospect research, and how to hone your asking skills

4. Integrate! Hear from leading Hospital Advancement teams on how working together creates measurable success.

3. Motivate! Enjoy our keynote speaker Dr. Lee Ponsky and his unique perspective on transforming your organization through grateful patient philanthropy.

2. Validate! Earn 5.25 CFRE Credits while attending our one-day summit.

1. Recreate! Make it a long weekend and stay to see the Browns "beat" the Falcons or maybe just visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.....

Although the focus is on the healthcare industry, the principles apply to all fundraising activities and will provide you with innovative strategies for 2019.

Tuition is as follows:

  • Clients of Health Giving - $0
  • Members of Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy - $90
    (click here to join OAHP for $50)
  • Standard Registration - $180

Click here for more info and to register.





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 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.




Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Foundation Giving Specialist, 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

Development Officer: Grants and Foundation Relations, Mercy Medical Center - 10/31/2018

Fund Development Director, Community Support Services - 10/31/2018

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
Walk For Babies
Special Recognition Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Walk for Babies the AFPNEO Special Recognition Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Shelly Brown of Akron Children's Hospital.

Sam & Shelby Snellenberger

Walk for Babies began small, but it has grown to massive numbers ... and results! Pictured: founders Shelby and Sam Snellenberger with their children Sammy and Amelia.

Eleven years ago, Sam and Shelby Snellenberger dedicated themselves to fundraising for Akron Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This was after their oldest daughter, Amelia, was cared for in the NICU for the first 26 days of her life.

Walk for Babies

Team Princess Elena Posse

With the commitment to show their support for loved ones that were treated at the NICU, Walk for Babies was born.  A one-mile, non-competitive walk for families and friends starts in Canal Park, travels through downtown, and ends with an award ceremony on home plate. What originally began as a team of two (Sam and Shelby), Walk for Babies has now grown into a committee of eighteen, accumulates over 50 days of volunteering, and attracts more than 1,700 walkers.

Walk for Babies

Says the artist: “Everyone is always so happy and lots of love at Walk 4 Babies and at the hospital! I love my baby sister and am so glad she lived!”

Teams that have been participating for 3 years or more are provided buttons to showcase the number of years they or their team have walked in the event. Sam and Shelby will not be the only family wearing their number 12 pin at Walk for Babies in 2018. Select few have been with Walk for Babies since the beginning. This bond, and the Snellenberger’s passion, is what pushes Walk for Babies to new milestones and impacts NICU patients, their families, and the entire community.

Walk for Babies

The Baddorf quads, who were born 12 weeks premature at Akron Children's Hospital, participate in the Walk for Babies. Pictured: Anna, Becca, Ellie, and Sam.

Through their perseverance and hard work, Walk for Babies has grown to raise over $1 million for NICU projects such as Kangaroo Chairs in every patient room, replacement infant isolettes, parking passes for patient families, and most recently the NICView camera system. 

Walk for Babies

Parker Preemie Team and Olivia's Peanut Gallery

Click here for more info about this terrific event.




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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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.




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