Collaboration with Leave a Legacy Summit, Medina, Portage
2019 Planned Giving Series

Leave a LegacyLeave a Legacy, Summit, Portage, Medina (LAL) and AFPNEO are pleased to again offer a series of workshops on Planned Giving in 2019.

The series will be presented at the intermediate level. Building upon the information presented in previous classes, each type of planned gift will be reviewed in detail, and then new information about additional techniques will be added. The instructors will walk you through how each new technique works and how it fits into the donor’s estate plan. Marketing techniques will also be discussed.

This is a great opportunity for staff members who are new to planned giving to learn from the experts, or for seasoned staff who just want a refresher course. 

  • February 27: Gifts of Marketable Securities and Gifts of IRAs And Qualified Plans
  • March 6: Gifts of Insurance and Gifts of Real Estate
  • March 13: Donor Advised Funds and Gift Acceptance Policies

Our thanks to Huntington Bank for hosting the workshops!

Huntington Training Room,
3421 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn directions

$30 each session for members of LAL/AFP | $40 each session for non-members

Register for all five workshops and receive one FREE.

Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
Friday before the session, 4:00 pm

Each session has been submitted for 1.5 CFRE credits

Click here for more info.

Click here 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.



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Director of Development Operations, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park - 2/28/2019

Advancement Officer, University of Mount Union - 2/28/2019

Assistant Director, Advancement Video and Digital Outreach, Kent State University - 2/28/2019

Volunteer Coordinator, The Salvation Army, Summit County Area Services (SCAS) - 3/18/2019

Assistant Development Director Planned Giving and Endowment, National Inventors Hall Of Fame - 3/30/2019

Advancement Business Intelligence Developer, Kent State University - 3/30/2019

Database and Gift Entry Manager, Archbishop Hoban High School - 3/31/2019

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

Assistant Director, Alumni Relations for Marketing, Kent State University - 5/1/2019

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


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



AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Top 10Need some tips on how to do your job better? Or maybe just a reminder on some key skills, the insight on the latest research, and the latest, coolest ideas from the best minds in the fundraising profession?

Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals.

1. The How to Fundraise Without Annoying People Checklist

2. This Is What's Keeping Your Donors from Giving

3. No, it’s Not Like Sales! Five Common Myths About Fundraising

Click here for more of this week's top ten.


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.




Register for the OAHP Spring Conference

April 5, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fawcett Center at OSU, Columbus

Join fundraisers across the state at the annual OAHP Conference on April 5th. Chad Gobel, MBA, and Helen Poole, RN, BSN, MPH, will present the following:

  • Gratitude Over Wealth
  • Leading with Philanthropy to Increase Patient Satisfaction and Employee Engagement
  • Engaging Nurses in Healthcare Philanthropy
  • Key Lessons Learned in Hospice Fundraising

Even if your programs do not deal directly with healthcare, the concepts and practical tips will transfer to any fundraising effort.

The conference has been approved for 5.0 CFRE credits. Click here for more info and to register.




AFP ICON Diversity Art Showcase

Deadline: March 1!

The Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is looking for members everywhere who are Artists, Poets, and Photographers to exhibit their artwork at the Member Art Showcase – part of the AFP International Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s Diversity Art Showcase and the upcoming 56th AFP International Fundraising Conference on March 31 - April 2, 2019, in San Antonio, TX.

The Diversity Art Showcase spotlights youth art, a local professional artist, and the artwork of AFP members. The Showcase strives to portray the uniqueness, value, and diversity of people through art, photos, and poetry. 

AFP knows there is a lot of talent among our members, so they are calling all AFP member artists, poets, and photographers to participate. Members do not have to attend the conference to participate.

Types of Artwork Accepted: Painting, photography, drawings, sketches, collages, quilting, computer art, mixed media, and sculpture. Poetry submissions can include rhymed poetry, free verse, experimental and Haiku.

Important Dates:

March 1st:  Deadline for members to register their artwork by completing this online form.

March 15th: If shipping your artwork, this is the deadline your artwork should be received by AFP Headquarters.

Ship to:
4300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203-4168
Attn: Taryn Gold, MPA, Vice President, Chapter Engagement

March 30 @ 1:30pm: Deadline to set-up your artwork if you are personally delivering it.

Bring it to: AFP ICON 2019 at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center, located at 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

March 31 – April 2: Art Showcase @ the 56th AFP International Fundraising Conference.

If you have additional questions, please contact Victor Mitre, CFRE, at or (209) 609-3937.



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.

Professional Development Workshop
Proposal Writing

March 1 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Shaw JCC

A SPARK TANK is a fun opportunity for organizations to make a pitch to potential funders about an exciting project they have.  Does what you’re pitching strike a spark? Find out!!!

In this one-day proposal writing workshop, Dave Holmes from the Foundation Center Midwest will teach you the keys to effective proposal writing and budgeting as well as give you an opportunity to write a one-page proposal with project budget for your organization. Even if you are a seasoned grant writer, this workshop will help you hone your skills to ensure you meet funder criteria.

winOrganizations participating in the SPARK TANK will submit their one-page proposal and project budget to the funder review panel for scoring. The organizations that submit the top three proposals for the SPARK TANK will have the chance to pitch their ideas to the funder panel and compete for a $500 grand prize! 

Not ready to get feedback? No worries! You can still attend the proposal writing workshop and learn the skills so you are ready for your real-world SPARK TANK!


  • Attendees will learn the basics of putting together a concise 1-page proposal.
  • Attendees will create a proposal they can use for their own projects.
  • SPARK TANK participants will receive educated feedback about their proposal from foundation and nonprofit leaders.
  • Attendees will learn how to translate their written ideas into a “pitch” to a funder.

Registration Options:
Two opportunities for learning!

All participants will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All will be emailed copies of the winning pitches after the workshop.

Select your participation level ... with or without the SPARK TANK option!

Option #1 – Proposal Writing Workshop

(SPARK TANK features are in blue)
(Limited to the first 21 organizations that register. Additional organizations will be placed on a waiting list.)

  • Learn how to write a one-page grant proposal with a project budget.
  • Submit your written one-page proposal and project budget to the SPARK TANK funder review panel for scoring.*
  • The three top proposals will pitch their project in the SPARK TANK for a chance to win $500!

* Feel free to register more than one person from your organization so that all can work on the proposal. You will need a laptop to write the submission. If one is not available to you, please let us know when you register, and we will provide one for you. All participants will receive their score sheets from the funder panel after the workshop.


Option #2 – Proposal Writing Workshop Only
If there are no more slots available for the SPARK TANK, select this one. We will put you on a waiting list.

  • Learn how to write a one-page grant proposal with a project budget.
  • Listen to the SPARK TANK presentations to learn how to promote a proposal successfully.

Click here for more info and to register.



Foundation Center and GuideStar are Now Candid!

Recently, Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to create Candid, a new nonprofit organization. As Candid, they will be able to share more data and deeper insights as well as provide tools to help fundraisers navigate the nonprofit sector.
Follow these links to learn more!



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

bulletCollaboration with the Foundation
Center Midwest
March 1| 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:
Proposal Writing SPARK TANK
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