October Professional Development
Refining Your Personal Fundraising Style with the Clifton Strength Finder

Presented by Cindy J. Biggs, CPCC, ACC, President, C. Biggs and Associates

October 16 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center -
750 White Pond Drive, Akron directions

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Maximize Your Strengths to Become Your Best Fundraiser!

Cindy BiggsWhat are your best traits? How do you maximize them to be the best fundraising professional you can be? Discover your natural talents by taking the Clifton Strength Finder 2.0. Take the assessment and plan to attend the October 16 professional development meeting to unpack your skills and learn how to maximize them.

As part of our Year of the Member, AFP members may receive the book/assessment code FREE! The workshop is FREE. The benefits to you - PRICELESS! (Not-yet-members are encouraged to participate. The benefits are still PRICELESS!)

We have already purchased books for attendees who registered by the deadline, but you can still register to attend! Simply register and then purchase the book/access code from Amazon.

Approved for 1.25 CFRE credits; click here for the documentation.

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Crum & Company

Collaboration with Crum & Company, Dot Org Solutions, SeibertKeck, and Weathervane Playhouse
Corporate Giving Philosophies
A Free Panel Discussion

October 29 | 8:00 - 9:30 am
Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron

You are cordially invited to our panel discussion with some of the Akron area's most recognized corporate philanthropists. Join us to learn more about their overall grant making philosophies, priorities and application, awarding and distribution processes.

Panelists will include, at a minimum, representatives from:

  • Huntington Akron Foundation
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • GPD Group Employees' Foundation

The discussion is intended to help attendees learn more about local companies and their giving priorities, whose grant dollars make an incredible impact in our community.  We hope to see you for what is sure to be an educational and informative session. 

FREE! Please register so that we can ensure we have enough refreshments.

Approved for 1.5 CFRE credits; click here for the documentation.

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December Professional Development& Annual Meeting Celebrating 30 Years
Be Your Best Fundraising Leader

December 12 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Carriage House, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,
714 N Portage Path, Akron - directions

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4:30 - 5:00 ... Networking
5:00 - 5:30 ... Annual meeting
5:30 - 6:00 ... Program
6:00 - 6:30 ... 30th Anniversary Celebration
6:30 - 9:00 ... Deck the Hall 2019

Year of the MemberMake plans now to attend your AFP Chapter’s Annual Meeting and very special 30th Anniversary Celebration! It’s your opportunity to network with AFPNEO colleagues and former chapter presidents and be motivated by Mike Gallina, VP of Organizational Development and Community Engagement for the AultCare Health Plans.

As a special gift, each attendee will receive one (1) complimentary ticket for Deck the Hall (valid for December 12 only). Feel welcome to tour the manor house following the AFP festivities.  

Be Your Best Fundraising Leader

Mike GalinaPresented by Mike Gallina, Vice President of Organizational Development and Community Engagement for the AultCare Health Plans


Are you the best fundraising leader you can be?

  • Do you have relationships above your brand?
  • Do you deliver relationships that are on time, unbroken and trusted?
  • Do you use your unique skills and talents to differentiate you from the typical fundraising delivery model?

Mike Gallina will help you refine your leadership skills so you can be the very best of what you aspire to be.

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This sessions is not applicable for CFRE credits.



October is Ethics Awareness Month

During the month of October, AFP will be celebrating ethics and the immense impact it has on philanthropy and fundraising. Without ethics, philanthropy and fundraising wouldn't be possible. Without philanthropy and fundraising, change wouldn't be possible. Follow AFP on social media and be sure to tag us in your #EthicsMonth posts all this month!

Some of the excellent resources available to members include:

  • President's Blog: Celebrating Ethics. AFP is celebrating Ethics Awareness Month throughout the month of October. And yes, we mean celebrating. Why? Because ethics, and its direct relationship to public trust and confidence, makes philanthropy possible. Fundraising is the IMPACT profession —because of ethics. Read the blog.
  • Recordings of Your Favorite Ethics Presentations. Ethics is a skill, like any other, that needs to be sharpened, renewed and challenged. Throughout the month of October, we're offering recordings of ethics sessions from our conferences in 2018 and 2019 to all members, free of charge. After you use the links, just click on "Add to Cart" and you'll be good to go! Click here for 2018 recordings; click here for 2019 recordings.
  • Deep Dives Into The AFP Code of Ethical Standards. Throughout the month of October, members of the AFP Ethics Committee will be addressing each of the standards in our Code of Ethics. We begin with Mark Hefter, adjunct professor of finance at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and Standard 1. Read the "Deep Dive."

Click here for all the ethics resources AFP can offer to make your job easier.



NPDPartner with AFP to celebrate philanthropy in Northeast Ohio!

Last day for sponsors/ads to appear in the program: October 18

NPDThe Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 1, 2019, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

NPD is a celebration of all forms of philanthropy in our community and the AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter encourages our local non-profits to recognize those that make it happen. The luncheon usually attracts more than 400 philanthropists, community leaders, and nonprofit professionals.

We'd like to thank our current presenting sponsor for the 2019 awards luncheon:

Akron Children's Hospital

Mella A. Castner
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award

Akron Children's Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Women's Board

Special Recognition Award

Akron Children's Hospital

Massillon Perry High School
Speak Life Committee

Youth in Philanthropy Award

Akron Children's Hospital

Gessner Family Foundation
Foundation Leadership Award

Akron Children's Hospital

Dr. Gary & Pamela Williams
Outstanding Philanthropist Award

You can become a sponsor to promote your organization, reach community leaders, and recognize your organization’s incredible donors and volunteers.

The following sponsor levels are available:

Presenting Sponsors - $2,500
($2,020 is tax-deductible)
Presenting sponsors will receive sponsorship of the award, including name recognition on the NPD home page and eblasts and logo recognition in all other event materials. This sponsorship includes a full-page program ad. Presenting sponsors will also receive two tables for 8 guests per table (16 guests total) as well as recognition during the awards ceremony.

The following awards are available for sponsorship:

bulletSmall Business Leadership Award:
Southeast Harley Davidson
bulletCorporate Leadership Award:
Giant Eagle
bulletOutstanding Professional Fundraiser
Award: Mella A. Castner
bulletSpecial Recognition Award:
Akron Bar Foundation
bulletGeneral Luncheon Sponsor

Community Champion Sponsors - $1,500
($1,260 is tax-deductible)
Community Champions will receive one table for 8 guests and a full-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and website. 

Hometown Hero Sponsors - $1,000
($820 is tax-deductible)
Hometown Heroes will receive lunch tickets for 6 guests and a half-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and on the website.

Vanguard Sponsors - $500
($380 is tax-deductible)
Vanguard Sponsors will receive lunch tickets for 4 guests and a quarter-page program ad, as well as sponsorship recognition in the program and on the website.

Program Booklet Advertisements
Salute an award recipient or promote your organization in the program and on the website.

Table Sponsor - $600
($360 is tax-deductible)

Patron Sponsor - $100 per ticket
($70 of each ticket is tax-deductible)


Click here for sponsorship reservations.

Click here for table/ticket reservations.

Click here to see the 2018 event program.



Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the newest AFPNEO Chapter members who joined in August:

bulletKen Muller, Canton Christian Home

bulletJesse Pertee, The Ohio Masonic Home

bulletTracy Schlemmer, Kent State
University, College of Public Health

bulletErin Siegferth, National Inventors
Hall of Fame

bulletMelissa Young, Imagine Missions

We look forward to seeing you at future Chapter meetings!



Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you to everyone who renewed their AFPNEO membership in August:

bulletMaria Duvuvuei, Community Legal
Aid Services

bulletBrenda Griffith, Stark State College

bulletMarisa Rohn, Stark State College

bulletMariana C. S. Silva, National
Inventors Hall of Fame

We appreciate your commitment to our Chapter!



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.

NPD Awardee Profile
Massillon Perry High School Speak Life Committee
Youth in Philanthropy Award

Perry Speak Life

Last year, Stark County schools made national news with several tragic suicides that devastated the community. In an effort to combat these unprecedented suicides among young people, students at Massillon's Perry High School held a Speak Life Resiliency 5K Run/Walk to benefit Akron Children's Hospital & Coleman Professional Services/Mobile Youth Response Team.

This event brought the school and the community together with the mission of turning their sadness and heartbreak into resiliency and hope. After the devastation of multiple suicides, the students knew they needed to do something to help each other heal and to come together as a school. The message for each other and the Stark community as a whole is to stop the stigma of mental illness, reach out and help each other, get treatment, if needed, and always "Speak Life."

Perry Speak Life

Planning and hosting an event of this magnitude required student involvement from across Perry High School. The members of the committee represented all grades and many disciplines. Art classes, shop classes and more were involved in making this a successful event. Students reached out to community businesses and service clubs requesting support. The event raised more than $10,000 to support Akron Children's Hospital and Coleman Professional Services/Mobile Youth Response Team.

The Perry High School Speak Life Committee took a tragedy in their community and turned it into an event to remember their classmates, talk about mental health and to remind all students there is a safe place to go for help. It was not a day of grief, but rather a day of hope.

Click here to learn more about NPD.




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.



Save the Dates

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

bulletOctober 16 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Clifton Strength Finder/Refining
Your Personal Fundraising Style

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bulletOctober 29 | 8:00 – 9:30 am
Corporate Giving Philosophies -
A FREE panel discussion

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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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Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Director of Gift Planning at Ohio Living Breckenridge Village, Ohio Living Foundation - 10/6/2019

Donor Development Coordinator, First Glance Student Center - 10/15/2019

Coordinator, Fund Development, Girl Scouts NEO - 10/31/2019

Major Gifts Officer, Ashland University - 11/16/2019

Development Officer, Summa Health - 11/20/2019

Program Manager, Summa Health - 11/20/2019

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

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