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
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




Save the Dates

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

bulletProfessional Development &
Annual Meeting

December 13| 8:00 – 9:45 am
Year-End Fundraising




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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.

Program Officer, Burton D. Morgan Foundation - 11/16/2018

Mid-Level Donor Relationship Manager, Synergy Direct Marketing Solutions - 11/30/2018

Director, Advancement (Planned Giving), Kent State University - 11/30/2018

Corporate Relations Officer, Kent State University - 11/30/2018

Executive Director, Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Arts Center - 11/30/2018

Database and Stewardship Manager, Walsh Jesuit High School - 11/30/2018

Director of Development, Stark County Catholic Schools - 12/31/2018

Major Gifts Officer - Planned Giving (MGO), Malone University - 4/15/2019


Click here for more information regarding each of these job opportunities or to post new jobs.




NPD Awardee Profile
John LaGuardia
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award

AFPNEO is pleased to present John LaGuardia the AFPNEO Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award for 2018. He was nominated by AFPNEO member Alex Shannon of Legacy Strategic Asset Management.

John LaGuardia

John LaGuardia has spent much of his career committing his time, energy, and compassion to ensure that the community and its citizens have the best care.

John was the University of Akron’s Vice President for Public Affairs and Development from 1997- 2015. He raised more than $1 billion for University of Akron student programs, scholarships, and capital campaigns. He set record-level fundraising from 2011 through 2014.

In November 2015, John became Vice President of Development, Executive Director of Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation. He set record-levels of institutional fundraising in 2016 and in 2017, and is currently set to exceed those levels for 2018. Through his leadership, Akron Children’s Hospital completed phase one of its Their Future, Our Focus capital campaign.

As a member of the Holy Family Parish in Stow, John coordinated a capital campaign that raised $3.2 million. John has devoted years of service to the American Heart Association, promoting regional level fund-raising events and recruiting for the executive committee. He is involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, and chaired a marketing campaign publicizing scouting events.

In 2006, Governor Bob Taft selected John as a member of the prestigious Ohio Commodores for his contribution to the growth and development of the State of Ohio and greater prosperity of its citizens. John has received the Archbishop Hoban High School Alumni Honor Award, Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Zenith Award, the Lone Star Fraternity Alumni Award, and the Harold Stubbs Award.


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