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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Professional Credentialing
Prepare for the CFRE Exam with the CFRE Refresher Course


August 1 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Village of St. Edward -
3125 Smith Road, Fairlawn

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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. The course 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.



September Professional Development

Communicate Smarter, Not Harder

Presented by Ceci Dadisman, Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

September 19 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center -
750 White Pond Drive, Akron directions

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communicateAre you still mailing the same appeal letter to your entire list? Do you send the same fundraising email to all your prospects? Not every patron will respond in the same way to your message. The key to a successful marketing campaign is using data to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time.

This session will show you how to mine your patron data for predispositions and propensities to target your potential donors with communications focused and relevant to each individual recipient. You will learn how to segment your digital and traditional communications (yes, including direct mail!) to strategically attract and retain patrons.

This session is relevant to fundraisers of all levels at organizations of all budget sizes and focuses on free and low-cost resources. 

In this session you will:

  • See how data can be used to determine interests and propensity to give
  • Learn how segmentation can lower costs and maximize results
  • Discover how you can use messaging variations to engage each segment
  • Set up strategic communications to allow your donors to self-select their interests

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

bulletJuly 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Next Generation of Giving
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bulletAugust 1 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CFRE Refresher Course 
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bulletSeptember 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 pm
Annual Meeting Celebrating 30 Years
Be Your Best Fundraising Leader
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Today is the Deadline to
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 14th by 4:00 pm. Click here to complete the form.

If you have questions, please contact Vi Leggett.

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




Diversity Essay
Black Philanthropy in America

As part of our IDEA initiative (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and ACCESS), AFPNEO is sharing resources from the AFPI website about fundraising for diverse populations. For more essays, click here.

By Spencer I. Scott, AFP New Jersey Chapter

As many history books depict, the institution of slavery lasted for approximately two and a half centuries. During this time, black slaves were denied the human rights of their white masters and owners. Their plight and the denial of their basic rights of citizenship caused the slaves and the free blacks to rally together to provide support and develop a series of institutions to meet their needs. Free African SocietyThe first mutual aid society, called the Free African Society, was formed in 1785 in Philadelphia. Its purpose was to provide support for the sick and assistance to children who were left orphaned and widows.

The enslaved people sought to improve their condition by developing cultures that provided relief from their daily struggle. Thus emerged the concept of "self-help." People helping people out of a sense of justice and duty not because of an intended financial gain. Herein lies the birth of black philanthropy: the desire of people to give of their time, energy and meager resources in service of others constitutes philanthropic acts.

As the number of black churches grew throughout the north and the south, black philanthropy became an ever broadening and significant aspect of the black community. The Civil Rights Movement created an onslaught of organizations, groups and institutions specifically designed to relieve people's burdens and provide basic human needs. With limited resources, black churches became the "shelter in the storm." In black communities, preachers have a high and respected status. Their positions are often used to right wrongs in their communities. The messages from tens of thousands of black pulpits across the land have the power to change social policy, thereby improving the social condition.

SeniorsA recurring theme throughout definitions of philanthropy is 'unity': unity of mind, effort, will, courage and determination to make positive change in the lives of people. One of the most important roles of the black church was, and continues to be, to create a feeling of unity. From black churches spawned educational institutions to teach blacks to read thereby opening up a new world of opportunities and possibilities. 

Philanthropy is still prevalent in the black community. Local inner-city grassroots organizations find most of their supporters are from minority populations. According to Kermit Eady, President of the National Black United Fund of New York, black philanthropy tends to be most active in funding economic development projects or those initiatives that are designed to provide self-help and self-improvement for the less fortunate. Causes such as illiteracy, health issues, housing development and job readiness tend to attract the most financial support from black donors.

The same premise is true in the black constituency as is with fund raising in general that the majority of the donors are blue-collar workers. The professional or upper class tend to support at much higher dollar values but the number of gifts are dramatically less.

familyThe need for black donors to feel that their donations are benefiting the black community in some way is very real. Appeals centered on the church, family, social reform, self-help, economic development, community development, education and similar causes generate the most support from black donors. The desire to "give a hand up, not a hand out" seems to be the cornerstone of black giving.

This essay has been abridged. For the full article, click here.



Member Benefit
Apply for a Membership Scholarship

scholarshipsThe mission of AFPNEO 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 next deadline is September 2

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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Director of Advancement, College of Nursing, Kent State University - 6/30/2019

Director of Fund Development, Friends of Rawandan Education - 6/30/2019

Major Gifts Officer, Archbishop Hoban High School - 6/30/2019

Sales Associate - Underwriting, WKSU, Kent State University - 6/30/2019

Marketing and Development Coordinator, Canton Ballet - 7/15/2019

Development Specialist, Summa Health - 8/1/2019

Senior Specialist, Summa Health - 8/1/2019

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



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.




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.


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