FREE Webinar & Member Networking Reception
June 28 | 4:30 - 7:00 pm

4:30 - 5:30 pm ... Webinar
5:30 - 7:00 pm ... Networking Reception

Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44702 directions

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

Cash bar (beer, wine, soda and bottled water) and complimentary appetizers.


4:30 - 5:30 pm - FREE Webinar
The Capital Campaign:
How to Prepare for the 59th Minute in Your Busiest Hour

  • Everyone who attends the webinar will get a FREE drink token and a raffle ticket.

Vivian Smith CFREIs there anything more exciting than the launch of a capital campaign? Board members, volunteers and major gifts - fundraisers can't wait for that all-consuming and exhilarating announcement of the new project that will allow the organization to launch from the starting gate. But wait! There are many steps and a lot of time needed to get ready to make sure you cross that finish line successfully! Join Vivian as she shares with you the key elements of preparing for your next capital campaign.


5:30 - 7:00 pm
Member Networking Reception


  • Enjoy this relaxed networking reception and network with your 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!
  • Everyone who attends the networking reception will get a FREE drink token and a raffle ticket.
  • At 6:30, we will draw the winning tickets for our MARVELOUS raffle prizes.

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Corbin Foundation Awards $636,000

Corbin FoundationAt its May 21, 2018 Trustees’ meeting, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation awarded $636,000 in grants and gifts to charities and charitable activities in the Akron and Summit County area. 

The largest awards, in the amounts of $210,000 and $100,000, were given, respectively, to Akron Civic Theatre for its Transforming Main Street Capital Campaign and the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad to acquire an historic four-car California Zephyr trainset under its Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future Capital Campaign.

In addition to the awards approved, The Corbin Foundation made final payment on its $100,000 commitment to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for its Central Visitor Center and final payment on its $100,000 commitment to Summa Health System to upgrade an MRI System.

Other newly awarded recipients included:

Akron Art Museum: $25,000 for Corbin Gallery exhibits and related programming

Akron Community Service Center & Urban League: $10,000 for its Summer Enrichment Day Camp

The Akron Marathon Corporation: $7,500 for intern salaries

Alchemy, Inc: $5,000 for programming

Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: $5,000 for its Summit County Series

Autism Society of Greater Akron: $5,000 for Autism-friendly training in Summit County

The Chamber Music Society of Ohio/Urban Troubadour: $2,500 for its Four-Concert Season

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron: $25,000 for its Office of Addiction Services

Cleveland Modern Dance Association d.b.a. DANCECleveland: $5,000 for Summit County Outreach

Coleman Professional Services, Inc.: $5,000 for Data Entry Skills Training          

Donovan's Kids, Inc.: $10,000 for its Summer Camp

Downtown Akron Partnership: $6,000 for its Downtown Akron Beautification Program

The First Tee of Akron, Inc.: $5,000 for its After-School TARGET Pilot Project

Freedom House for Women, Inc.: $5,000 for its Adult Supportive Services Program

The Friends of Children's Hospital Charity Events: $2,000 as a contribution

Furnace Street Mission: $8,000 for the Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio: $5,000 for its Girl Scout Journey Program

International Soap Box Derby, Inc.: $25,000 for general operating

Junior Achievement USA - Junior Achievement of North Central, Ohio, Inc.: $5,000 for Summit County school programs

Keep Akron Beautiful: $4,000 for a Mill Street Flowerscape

Legacy III, Inc.: $5,000 for its Humble Beginnings Program

Let’s Grow Akron, Inc.: $10,000 for operating costs

Musical Arts Association - Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Music Center): $50,000 for its 2018 Blossom Festival and 50th Anniversary

The Oak Clinic: $10,000 for Wellness Services and Emergency Assistance

Ohio Shakespeare Festival: $5,000 for its 2018 Season

Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry: $20,000 for operating support

Project GRAD Akron: $6,000 for its Summer College Institute

Reaching Above Hopelessness and Brokenness Ministries, Inc.: $25,000 for therapies, interventions, and evaluations

Summit Education Initiative: $5,000 for Classroom Assessment & Scoring System training

Summit County Children Services Women's Auxiliary Board – Contribution Fund: $4,000 as a contribution

Tuesday Musical Club: $6,000 for its Education and Community Engagement Programs            

The Western Reserve Historical Society - Hale Farm & Village: $10,000 for its Adopt-a-School Program: Leggett Elementary School


As of April 30, 2018, the market value of The Foundation’s invested assets was approximately $20,800,000.

For information concerning grant applications, call 330/762-6427.  Applicants may also write to The Foundation's office at Akron Center Plaza, 50 South Main Street, Suite 703, Akron, Ohio 44308; e-mail it at; or visit The Foundation’s website at



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.

Nominate a community leader for a National Philanthropy Day Award

Nomination deadline: June 15, 2018

This 2017 NPD awards luncheon ad
appeared in the Canton Repository in November 2017.


Click here to see pictures of last year's event!


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 2, 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 volunteerism 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


This 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!

With the exception of 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 AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter; only one nomination may be submitted per member.

Completed nomination forms are due June 15th.

If you have questions, please contact Kristie Woods at

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


Kristie Woods

Kristie Woods
2018 National Philanthropy Day Nominations Chair



FREE AFP Webinar
What Makes Millennial Fundraisers Tick?

June 28 | 1:00 pm

Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the workplace. What does that mean for the fundraising industry?

Nick Kulik, CFREJoin AFPNWO's Nick Kulik, CFRE, Chair of AFP International’s Next Generation Committee, to hear what he and his peers learned from a recent survey of Millennial fundraising professionals:

  • How do Millennials look at their careers?
  • What are their strengths and challenges?
  • What do they not know and wish they knew?
  • What does it mean to be a young fundraiser?
  • How should senior staff manage Millennials?

Whether you’re a Millennial or you hire and manage Millennials, this webinar will be eye-opening and informative.

Click here for more info and to register



CFRE Sets July 15th Deadline

CFREIf you have been considering submitting a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) application, now is the time to put yours together! Submit your application by the July 15 deadline to get one step closer to becoming a CFRE. Once your application is approved, you’ll be eligible to sit for the CFRE exam.

Learn more at



CFRE Study Group

AFPNEO has created a CFRE study group listserv. The purpose of the group is to allow members to make study plans, ask questions, and celebrate each other’s success when they achieve CFRE credentials. If you would like to be added to that list, please send an email to



Join AFP by June 30 and Save $50!

In honor of its 58th Anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories by June 30, 2018.

Membership categories are as follows:

  • Professional - $285 ($250 plus $35 chapter dues) - JOIN BY JUNE 30th AND YOU PAY ONLY $235 TOTAL!
  • Associate (business person with mutual interests with fundraising professionals) - $285 ($250 plus $35 chapter dues) - JOIN BY JUNE 30th AND YOU PAY ONLY $235 TOTAL!
  • Young Professional (age 30 and younger) - $95 includes chapter dues
  • Retired - available to those who have been members for the past 5 years - $75 plus $35 chapter dues
  • Small Nonprofit Organization (operating budget less than $1,000,000) - $175 includes chapter dues for 1 member
  • Large Nonprofit Organization (8 members) - starting at $2,200 for 8 members; includes chapter dues

Take Advantage of This Great Offer!

If you wish to join online and pay by credit card, click here and use the code AFP2018 when prompted.

If you wish to complete the PDF application and pay by check, click here to print the coupon and include it with the application and payment.






Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Part-Time Donor Development Coordinator, First Glance Student Center, Inc. - 6/15/2018

Program Assistant, OPTIC, United Church of Christ, National - 6/15/2018

Workplace Donor Relations Manager, United Way of Greater Stark County - 6/15/2018

Administrator: Philanthropy Data, Research and Reporting, United Church of Christ, National - 6/29/2018

Assistant Development Director, National Inventors Hall of Fame - 6/30/2018

Development Manager, JDRF - 6/30/2018

Development Director, Stark County Catholic High Schools - 7/4/2018

Director, Advancement College of Business Administration, Kent State University - 7/30/2018

Director of Annual Giving, Malone University - 8/30/2018


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




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.



Save the Dates

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

bulletWebinar Followed by Member
Networking Reception
June 28 | 4:30 - 7:00
The Capital Campaign: How to
Prepare for the 59th Minute of
Your Busiest Hour

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
August 23| 8:00 – 9:45 am
Jumpstart Your Year-End Fundraising

September TBD
Bringing Diversity into Philanthropy

bulletProfessional Development
October TBD
Proposal Writing

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


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