Professional Development Meeting
Stewardship: Getting It Right the First Time

May 9| 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw JCC - 750 White Pond Drive, Akron

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Presented by:

  • Gina Campbell, MPA, CFRE, Director of Development, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Jo Ann Carpenter, Director of Development, Refuge of Hope Ministries
  • Melissa Hamlin, Director of Advancement, Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties
  • Dan Blakemore, CFRE, Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Moderator

thanksDo you know how critical donor stewardship is to your organization’s fundraising? Do you think that you could be doing a better job of it? Or just need a few fresh ideas to take your stewardship to the next level? If you said yes to any of those questions, come learn from our panelists how they keep their donors happy, engaged and feeling the love.

Year of the MemberCost on or before
May 2:

FREE for Members |
$25 for not-yet members
Cost after May 2:
$5 for members |
$30 for not-yet members

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Learn More About Our Chapter!
FREE AFPNEO Networking Reception

June 13 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Lock 15 Brewing Company
21 W. North Street, Akron

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Enjoy this fun event and network with fellow fundraisers and nonprofit peers.

Tour the Networking Stations to learn more about AFPNEO and how to get involved in the Chapter: Professional Development, Diversity, Ethics, National Philanthropy Day, Membership Benefits, CFRE Credentials, Mentoring, Scholarships, BE the CAUSE, and more.

At 5:30, we will draw the winning tickets for our MARVELOUS raffle prizes for the BE the CAUSE Campaign. Everyone who donates by June 13, 5:00 pm, will be entered into the drawing!

There will be a cash bar (beer, wine, soda and bottled water) and complimentary appetizers.

FREE registration! Although this session is free, reservations are required so we can ensure sufficient refreshments.

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FREE Webinar
The Next Generation of Giving

July 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Relax at your desk, eat your lunch, and watch this terrific webinar ... compliments of AFPNEO!

Presented by Ashley Thompson - Managing Director, Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

generationsWe can’t ignore it: Around the world, donor acquisition rates have fallen and traditional channels alone just aren’t cutting it anymore. The art and science of fundraising must adapt, or we might be in real trouble. In this session, expert Ashley Thompson will guide you through learning how your organization can tap into the next generation of giving. 

Participants will:

  • Get the newest data from The Next Generation of Giving Report
  • Learn the multichannel preferences and charitable habits of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Matures
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of omni-channel and multi-generational fundraising

Although this webinar is free, registration is required.

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Member Benefit
Apply for a Membership Scholarship

scholarshipsThe mission of AFP is to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals, and the AFPNEO Chapter dedicates its resources to that mission by providing several scholarship opportunities throughout the year.

Both members and non-members may apply for the National Membership scholarship. The scholarship will cover the recipient’s national dues for one year (up to a $250 value), and the recipient is expected to pay the local chapter’s $35 dues. All scholarships granted to current members will become effective once their current membership has expired. The Spring application deadline is May 1, and the scholarship is offered again in fall with a September 2 deadline. 

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship, which provides a free registration to the AFP International Conference (recipient pays a $10 co-pay) and $1,000 towards travel expenses (a $1,690 value). The application deadline is October 1.

For more information about AFPNEO scholarships, including eligibility criteria and the application, click here.



Current Job Postings

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Development Officer, Akron Art Museum - 4/19/2019

Director, Advancement (College of Communication and Information), Kent State University - 5/1/2019

Annual Giving Manager, United Church of Christ - 5/13/2019

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


Nominate a community leader for a
National Philanthropy Day Award

Nomination deadline: June 14, 4:00 pm

AFPNEO will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 1, 2019.

NPD 2018

The NPD Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for awards in the following categories to be presented at this year’s luncheon celebration:

Small Business Leadership Award: This award is presented to a business with 100 employees or fewer that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through financial support and volunteerism. The business encourages and motivates others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.

Corporate Leadership Award: This award is presented to a business or corporation of any size that demonstrates outstanding philanthropic commitment through financial support and community involvement. The corporation contributes direct financial support for projects, programs, and/or capital improvements to multiple northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations in addition to participating in volunteer community activities.

Foundation Leadership Award: This award is presented to a philanthropic foundation that contributes financial support to multiple northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations. The foundation’s impact includes support for innovative approaches to solving problems in the community.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award: This award honors an individual or family who demonstrates outstanding skills coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for nonprofit fundraising initiatives. The recipient(s) have exceptional leadership skills coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects, ideally for more than one nonprofit organization. 

Outstanding Philanthropist Award: This award honors an individual or family with exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community. In addition, the individual or family encourages and motivates others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.).

Youth in Philanthropy Award: This award recognizes service by a child or group of children in grades K-12 who demonstrate commitment to the community through direct financial support, volunteering, and/or leadership in philanthropy. The child or group of children devotes time, talent, and/or treasure to creatively support a nonprofit and is responsible for the creation, orchestration, and results of this project. Special consideration will be given to the child or group whose work is ongoing.

Special Recognition Award: This award is presented to an individual, family, or group whose philanthropic contributions are unique and impactful and whose work supporting a nonprofit organization or cause is innovative.

Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for philanthropy through his or her history of sustained volunteer and financial giving. He or she is also active in passing along the value of philanthropy to future generations. To be awarded this distinction, the individual must have been honored in another category in previous years.

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award: This award recognizes an individual who works directly for a nonprofit organization, serving as a role model for other fundraising professionals and demonstrating the highest of ethical standards. This person's career should highlight significant increases in return on fundraising investment, successful management of key programs, the creation of new organizational cultures, and/or the introduction of innovative and creative ideas. The nominee must have a minimum of ten years' experience and be a member of the AFPNEO chapter. Consultants or other individuals not working directly for a charity are INELIGIBLE for this award. Two letters of support of this nomination should be emailed to

Walk for BabiesThis is a wonderful way to honor an individual or an organization who has made a significant contribution to your organization and the community. Let NPD help you say “thank you!”

Note: if you submitted a nomination previously and it was not selected, we encourage you to resubmit your nomination! Email for a copy of your nomination from last year.

Apart from those nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award, past awardees may not be nominated multiple times. Please click here to see if your awardee has already been honored before you submit your nomination.

Awardees must be present at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. If your nominee is selected for an award, you will be asked to confirm their attendance before their selection is finalized. In addition, if your nominee is selected, we will ask for your assistance in preparing the presentation and program materials.

Nominators must be members of the AFPNEO; only one nomination may be submitted per member.

Completed nomination forms are due June 14 by 4 pm.

If you have questions, please contact Vi Leggett at

Thank you for your continued support of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and your commitment to philanthropy in Northeast Ohio.



Professional Credentialing
CFRE Refresher Course


August 1 & 2 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Village of St. Edward -
3125 Smith Rd, Fairlawn OH

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Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
Thursday, July 18, 4:00 pm

CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience of international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals as a veritable steward of the public trust.

The CFRE certification process consists of three parts: a written application, a written examination, and an agreement to uphold a code of ethics and Accountability Standards. Individuals who wish to maintain their CFRE certification must re-certify every three years.

To help you prepare for the exam, AFPNEO will host the AFP CFRE Refresher Course on August 1 and 2. Sessions will start promptly at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. The purpose of this two-day, intensive program is to provide a “refresher” of the six fundraising knowledge domains and the core principles and concepts that all experienced fundraising professionals should know. It is not designed specifically as a prep course for the exam but as a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level.

Year of the MemberAs part of our commitment to Professional Development, AFPNEO is offering five $200 CFRE Review scholarships to members of our chapter. The application deadline is July 12. Click here for guidelines and the application.

Ken Frisch, ACFRE, FAFP, and Vern Snyder, ACFRE, FAFP, will facilitate the course. Click here for more info.

Click here to apply for a half scholarship (AFPNEO members only).

To register for the CFRE Refresher Course, 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 may make your gift to the Campaign today by (1) emailing your pledge to (you may 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.



AFP Northwest Ohio/Center for Nonprofit Resources Present
Capital Campaigns: 10 Critical Tools for Success

Presented by Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE

May 22 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
300 Madison Ave., 8th Floor, Toledo OH 43604

Are you considering a capital campaign? Or maybe you already committed to a campaign, but you’re not sure where to begin? If so, this session is for you, your executive director, and your board members.

Bring your leadership team to learn from Amy Eisenstein how you may plan and lead a successful capital campaign. You’ll leave with the workshop with a master plan and the critical tools and resources you need.

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRERecognized as a leading expert in her field, Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, has helped small and large nonprofits alike raise millions of dollars through major gift and capital campaigns, board development, annual fund campaigns, direct mail, and planned gift solicitations.

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

bulletMay 9 | 8:00 – 9:45 am   
Stewardship – Getting` It Right
the First Time

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bulletJune 13 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Member Networking
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bulletJune 14 | 4:00 pm
Deadline to Nominate a Community
Leader for an NPD Award

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bulletJuly 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Next Generation of Giving
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bulletAugust 1 & 2 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CFRE Refresher Course 
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bullet September 19 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Communicate Smarter, Not Harder
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bulletOctober 16 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Clifton Strength Finder/Refining
Your Personal Fundraising Style

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bulletNovember 1 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
National Philanthropy Day
Awards Luncheon

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bulletDecember 12 | 4:00 - 6:00
Annual Meeting Celebrating 30 Years
Be Your Best Fundraising Leader
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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.

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