Professional Development & Annual Meeting
Chart Your Career Path:
Career Success Stories in Fundraising

December 7 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center, 750 White Pond Drive, Akron

Greetings fellow fundraisers!

This is a special invite to our December meeting, Chart Your Career Path: Career Success Stories in Fundraising. In the for-profit world, there is usually a clear path to leadership in an organization. You might start out as an assistant, then move on to manager, then director then VP, then senior VP, etc. For fundraising professionals in the non-profit sector, things might not always be so mapped out. Hear from three successful nonprofit professionals about their individual career journeys and the path they took to get to where they are today.

For our panelists, we selected three people who started at entry-level positions, but are now considered the “movers and shakers” in our profession. Learn how they charted their course to their career path of success and register for next Thursday’s meeting.


bulletSteve Bossart, MNO, VP of
Development, Executive
Director of the Foundation,
Southwest General Health
Center - profile

bulletTeresa LeGrair, ‎Director of
Community Investment, Akron
Community Foundation - profile

Steve BossartTeresa LeGrair


bulletBarb Mucci, CFRE, Chief
Development Officer, The
Aultman Foundation - profile

bulletLaura Jo Hawk, Director of the
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Foundation, Cleveland Clinic
Akron General (moderator) -

Barb MucciLaura Jo Hawk


headshotProfessional Development Bonus! Every fundraising executive needs a professional headshot (one without Christmas trees and someone else's ears!), and AFP is committed to helping you achieve this goal. Every member who comes to the December meeting can get a FREE professional photo. Non-members can get a headshot for $15.

Approved for 1.25 CFRE credits.

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2018 AFPNEO Board Slate

The membership of AFPNEO will vote on the slate of 2018 officers and directors at the December membership meeting on December 7, 2017.

Please review the enclosed slate and, if you have any questions or comments, please email Laura Jo Hawk at

The Directorship Committee recommends the following individuals for 2018 Officers:

bulletPresident: Vi Leggett
bulletPresident-Elect: Vondea
bulletPast President: Kristie Woods
bulletSecretary: Sandy Turner
bulletTreasurer: Pam Valentine
Paula Mastroianni
bulletVP/Membership: Laura Jo
bulletVP/Professional Development
& Programming:
Barb Mucci

The Directorship Committee recommends the following individuals for the Board of Directors:

bulletMarian Calvin*
bulletGina Campbell
bulletJoAnn Carpenter
bulletMella Castner
bulletDeborah Ferenc *
bulletCarol Hawk *
bulletLaura Jo Hawk
bulletJackie Hemsworth
bulletAndrea Jeffers *
bulletJulie Katz *
bulletSara Lundenberger
bulletWendy Merkert
bulletDawn Moeglin
bulletAngela Palomba
bulletAngela Perisic *
bulletBrian Reitz
bulletTracy Schlemmer
bulletSusan Schweitzer *
bulletCynthia Sheeks

* New member in 2018



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Sales Associate, Underwriting, WKSU #995775, Kent State University - 11/30/2017

Senior Director Development - Akron General, Cleveland Clinic - 11/30/2017

Events & Annual Fund Coordinator - Portage County, Coleman Professional Services - 12/17/2017

Clinical Grant Writer/Proposal Developer - FT - Portage County, Coleman Professional Services - 12/16/2017

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Hiram College - 12/25/2017

Development Associate, Hiram College - 12/25/2017

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

Today is the Last Day to Save $50 When You Join AFP!

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2017!

Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include this coupon with your payment. Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2017. The coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. The coupon can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2017.

If you have any questions, call the AFP Membership Department at 800-666-3863.



Corbin Foundation Awards $387,700 to Area Organizations

At its November 13, 2017 Trustees’ meeting, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation awarded $387,700 in grants and gifts to charities and charitable activities in the Akron and Summit County areas. The largest award, in the amount of $50,000, was given to the American National Red Cross, Summit, Portage and Medina Counties Chapter in support of its Summit County Disaster Cycle Services.

In addition to the awards approved, The Corbin Foundation made final payment on its $500,000 commitment to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens for restoration of its Historic Twin Tea Houses and Hidden Aspect under its 2nd Century Restoration and Sustainability Campaign, and continued paying down its $100,000 pledge to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for its Central Visitor Center and its $100,000 award to Summa Health System to help upgrade an MRI System.

The newly awarded recipients include:

Access, Inc.: $7,700 for playground rubber mulch

Act II Productions Illusion Factory: $3,000 for its Theater in Education Program

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: $15,000 for transportation and produce procurement costs

Akron Children's Museum: $10,000 for its All-Access Outdoor Playground

The Akron Roundtable: $1,500 for its Student Ticket Program

American National Red Cross, Summit, Portage and Medina Counties Chapter: $50,000 for its Summit County Disaster Cycle Services

The Arthritis Foundation - Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio Office: $1,000 as a 2017 contribution

Battered Women's Shelter: $15,000 for Summit County Crisis Intervention Services

Big Brothers and Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties: $5,000 for its Summit County Big/Little Community Match Programs

Bluecoats, Inc.—Endowment Fund: $1,000 as a 2017 contribution

Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council: $10,000 for its Pathfinder Urban Scouting Program

Building for Tomorrow: $15,000 for its Early Childhood Initiative

Children's Concert Society of Akron, Ohio: $5,000 for its Continuum of Musical Training – First Grade through College

Children's Concert Society of Akron, Ohio: $8,000 for In-School Program artistic fees

Community Outreach Resources Exchange: $6,000 for its Furniture Bank operating costs

Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet: $7,000 for its 42nd Performance Season

Easter Seal Society of Northeast Ohio: $10,000 for a new passenger van

Embracing Futures, Inc.: $16,000 for orthodontic treatment

Family & Community Services, Inc.: $15,000 for its Summit County Mobile Meals Program

The Foundation Center - Cleveland: $500 as a 2017 contribution to its Library/Learning Center

Good Neighbors, Inc.: $6,000 for its Food Pantry

The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc. : $2,500 as a 2017 contribution

Greater Akron Musical Association - Akron Symphony Orchestra: $15,000 for Red Chair Sponsorships

Greenleaf Family Center: $7,500 for its Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program

GroundWorks Dancetheater: $5,000 for Summit County Performances and Outreach

Haven of Rest Ministries, Inc.: $2,000 as a 2017 contribution

Humane Society of Greater Akron: $10,000 for kennel transfer doors

Info Line, Inc.: $10,000 for its 2-1-1 Information and Referral Program

International Institute of Akron, Inc.: $10,000 for Citizenship and Immigration Services Programs

Jewish Family Service of Akron, Ohio: $10,000 for its Summit County Seniors: Happy, Healthy and at Home Project

Leadership Akron: $5,000 for its Alumni Association’s Akron Encounters Program

Magical Theatre Company: $7,500 for its Residence Performance Program artistic fees

Mature Services, Inc.: $10,000 for its Homecare Program

OPRS Communities - Rockynol Life Care Fund: $1,000 as a 2017 contribution

Philanthropy Ohio: $1,000 as a 2017 contribution

Rape Crisis Center: $12,000 for Summit County Crisis Intervention Services

Rebuilding Together Summit County: $7,500 for general operating

The Salvation Army: $10,000 for its Learning Zone

Stewart's Caring Place: $15,000 for Health & Wellness Programs

Summit County Children Services—Caring and Sharing Fund: $500 as a 2017 contribution

Summit County Children Services— Graduation Recognition Fund: $500 as a 2017 contribution

Truly Reaching You: $10,000 for equipment supporting the Lawncare & Landscaping Tract of its Employment Skills Training Program

United Way of Summit County: $13,000 to reduce Emergency Room visits due to drug overdose

Victim Assistance Program, Inc.: $5,000 for its 24-Hour Crisis Response Program

Weathervane Community Playhouse, Inc.: $10,000 for its 2017-18 Season

As of November 2017, the market value of The Foundation’s invested assets was approximately $20,700,000.

For information concerning grant application, 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


Call for Presentation Topics

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter (AFPNEO) offers our annual Career Success Institute (CSI) - an intense half-day professional development and education symposium event. It is designed for fundraising professionals, nonprofit executives, and board members at various levels in their career (novice, intermediate, and advanced).

CSI 2018 will be held on Friday, April 13, at Embassy Suites in North Canton. Our theme – JOIN THE AFP FUNDRAISING SUPERHEROES – seeks experienced presenters to help novice, mid-career, and experienced development professionals, board members, volunteers, and professional advisors become fundraising superheroes.

The planning committee is seeking presentation topics for four one-hour sessions.

This is your chance to help us identify the topics and presenters you want to see at the CSI in April. Please send us ideas for topics and presenters to

If you would like to be a presenter, or would like to forward the RFP to someone you know, see the call for presenters. The deadline for proposals is December 13, 2017.




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 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.



Join Our LinkedIn Group
Now Open to All!

LinkedInEver 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.



Save the Dates

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

bulletDecember 7 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Professional Development &
Annual Meeting
- Chart Your
Career Path: Career Success
Stories in Fundraising



CFRE Study Group

CFREAFPNEO has started a listserv for that group so they can make plans for the group, ask questions, and let each other know that they have achieved their CFRE credentials. If you would like to be involved in that group, please send an email to




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