NPD news
The NPD Awards Luncheon is sold out!

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.

AFPNEO will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 2, 2018, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Once again, we have sold out the event. If you are interested in attending should tickets become available, please email Please include the number of tickets you would like and your contact information to put your name on a wait list.

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




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.




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 Awardee Profile
Lebron James Family Foundation
Foundation Leadership Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present the LeBron James Family Foundation the AFPNEO Foundation Leadership Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Valoree Vargo of Kent State University.

LeBron James Family Foundation

LeBron’s I PROMISE program will infuse Akron Public Schools’ rigorous curriculum with a STEM, hands-on, problem-based learning focus with LJFF’s ’We Are Family’ philosophy to create a complete wraparound for its students and their families

One Akron-area foundation is taking "King"-sized strides to improve the lives of at-risk children and their families through education. Guided by its "We Are Family" motto, the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) is bringing together local charities, small businesses, corporations, education experts, and Akron residents to pursue foundation's visionary commitment to Akron's most vulnerable students.

LJFF aims to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives, believing that an education and living an active, healthy lifestyle is pivotal to their development. Founded in 2004 as a vehicle for LeBron James to give back to his hometown, the foundation began its work through Wheels for Education, a program providing under-served students with tools to succeed in school, such as laptops, uniforms and school supplies, as well as bikes.

LeBron James Family Foundation

The motto of the I PROMISE curriculum is "Nothing is given. Everything is earned."

In 2011, LJFF recognized that real change would require a lifelong commitment rooted in research and executed with care. The foundation began tackling the high-school dropout rate in Akron Public Schools (APS) and launched the I PROMISE Initiative. Today, the foundation has grown to support more than 1,100 at-risk Akron students and their families through the I PROMISE network, enhancing its focus on equipping students with a comprehensive support system that will guide them to success in school and beyond.

Each year, APS identifies a new class of I PROMISE students who, by third grade, have already fallen behind their peers. LJFF supports these students with the resources they need to stay on track to graduation. LJFF strengthens students' academic and socio-emotional skills by facilitating after-school activities, family outings to experience new life and career opportunities, and mentoring via the 330 Ambassador program, which recruits mentors from Akron-area schools to serve as role models.

LeBron James Family Foundation

LeBron continues to be a role model of students yearning to succeed

July 2018 marked a milestone for LJFF and its APS partnership, as it welcomed the inaugural class of students to the new I PROMISE School. Part of the APS district, the school's first class will be comprised of 240 3rd and 4th graders, with the school later expanding to 1st-8th grades. The I PROMISE School will blend a STEM-focused curriculum with the foundation's "We Are Family" philosophy, paying special attention to three challenges facing its students: academic performance, socio-emotional issues from trauma and poverty, and parental involvement. With expertise from the LeBron Advisory Boards' leaders in education, the I PROMISE School will set a new standard for closing the achievement gap for at-risk students.

LJFF's efforts have been widely supported by the Akron community. At the same time, the foundation's work is inspiring support from the national level, such as JP Morgan Chase & Co. Of note is the promise LeBron James made to his students through a partnership with the University of Akron: Any I PROMISE student who graduates high school and meets certain academic benchmarks will receive a four-year scholarship to UA.

In 2018, LJFF added another higher-education champion to its family, collaborating with Kent State to provide I PROMISE high-school students with a three-week residential ACT-prep summer camp at the Kent campus. In addition, Kent State undergraduates will join the LJFF's mentoring family in fall 2018 to form lasting bonds with I PROMISE students.

LeBron James Family Foundation

As part of Kent State University's partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation to help high school kids in the foundation’s I Promise program prepare for college and beyond, Kent State hosted 29 upcoming 10th-grade students to help focusing on ACT test preparation, college readiness and personal development

Reinforcing a cornerstone of LJFF's mission to promote wellness, the foundation recently partnered with Crystal Clinic to remove barriers to healthcare for its students. With this partnership, Crystal Clinic's staff will provide monthly clinics and preventive education for all I PROMISE families, annual student-athlete physicals, expedited access to primary care for I PROMISE School students, and athletic trainers for all LJFF-sanctioned sporting events. Additionally, LJFF has provided grant funding to local recreational organizations to help encourage active lifestyles among Akron youth, including the Akron Recreational Bureau, Summit Cycling Center, and Northeast Ohio Basketball Association.

As one of the foundation's core partners, LJFF has granted philanthropic support to APS, including funds to provide students with technology-focused summer camp experiences, as well as numerous other programs and services for at-risk students. Fulfilling his promise to never forget where he came from, the foundation has also provided support to LeBron's alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School - most notably, a $1 million commitment to renovate the school's gym into the LeBron James Arena. As a frequenter of his community's Boys & Girls Club in LeBron's youth, LJFF committed to giving back to Akron's chapter by funding a new clubhouse facility. It is one of many Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation to benefit from the foundation's generosity.

Through a partnership with Project Learn of Summit County, I PROMISE parents can recommit to their own educations by earning their GEDs at no cost. LJFF provides funding for the entire cost of classes, GED exams, laptops, and calculators for participating parents.

LJFF consistently supports community events across Greater Akron that encourage positive change in LeBron's hometown. The foundation has supported local fundraising events such as the Boys & Girls Club's Aspire Event and Summa Health's Sapphire Ball, among others.

LeBron James Family Foundation

LeBron James with his wife and children. "I've had kids come up to me and say, 'I was part of your program when you had the bike-a-thon and now I'm on my way to Akron U, or I'm on my way to Kent State,'" James said At the opening ceremony for the I PROMISE School. "And they just thank me and they thank us. They thank me for the structure and what we've been able to do for them. Like half the battle is the kids just having someone that they are like, 'Oh, this guy believes in us.'"

LeBron has called Akron "the lifeline of the operation." The partnerships forged on behalf of LJFF's more than 1,100 students have created a support system that will ensure I PROMISE students have the opportunities to succeed in school and achieve their dreams.



NPD Awardee Profile
Corporate Leadership Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present Allstate the AFPNEO Corporate Leadership Award for 2018. They were nominated by AFPNEO member Carol L. Carbary, ACFRE, of Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio.


The Hudson Allstate staff

Years ago, the Allstate Corporate Council, a group of employees dedicated to promoting giving and volunteering for Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio (JANCO), began an annual event to raise funding for JANCO. For many years, this was the 5k " Donut Run." Two years ago, Allstate wanted to do something different and held a volleyball tournament. This year will mark the second annual cornhole tournament. Allstate employees do all the planning, as well as securing sponsorships, prizes, and other donations. Allstate allows employees to volunteer during work hours because they understand the value of the relationship with the community in which they live, work, and play.


Gary Hutchins, Senior Leader in Administration and Real Estate at Allstate in Hudson, presents their latest donation to JANCO: $30,000.

Allstate has donated nearly $300,000 to JANCO over the past twelve years to support local programming. In addition, several employees volunteer each year with JANCO (more than 40 this year alone) delivering mentoring and educational programs in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. Many employees make personal gifts to JANCO and Allstate matches their gifts. Employees also influence Helping Hands giving; all of this adds up to increased philanthropic donations for JANCO.

 Allstate provides funding, support and volunteer time to several other local organizations including Habitat for Humanity of Summit County,  Soap Box Derby, of the Humane Society of Summit County,  Haven of Rest Ministries,  Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Freedom House, Gardens of the Western Reserve, and Caring For Kids.


Allstate coordinated the 2018 Battles of the Bags as 14 teams battled against one another for the cornhole title. In total, the Allstate Corporate Council and their teams were able to raise $1,125 for JANCO

Allstate has been a major supporter of United Way of Summit County. Through both corporate support and annual employee giving campaigns, Allstate helps United Way reach people throughout the county, bringing resources and programs to thousands of individuals. In addition, Allstate provides over 50 volunteers annually for United Way's Day of Action. Allstate is a pillar for the improvement of lives in Summit County, and United Way is a proud partner in their corporate responsibility efforts.

Allstate has been a key and significant supporter of Ronald McDonald House for over 35 years, contributing over $30,000 through employee giving campaigns, providing in-kind donations to help stock pantries for families in need, and by giving their time as volunteers through countless hours within the House or as part of the meal donation program.


At JA in a Day, Allstate Senior Leader Gary Hutchins thanks his favorite teacher: his wife Mrs. Hutchins

Over the past ten years, Allstate and their employees have donated over $36,000 to Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina counties. Annually, the Allstate Foundation conducts the Purple Purse challenge dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence through financial empowerment. Allstate Foundation donated $15,000 to sponsor the second floor porch of the newly renovated Battered Women's Shelter. Volunteers even helped with demolition of the old building.




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Annual Meeting

December 13| 8:00 – 9:45 am
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Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

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

Director of Fund Development, Birthing Beautiful Communities - 10/31/2018

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.



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