Virtual Professional Development Meeting
A Lifelong Relationship: Keeping Your Corporate Donors Engaged

March 18 | 8:15 - 9:45 am

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8:15 - 8:30 am ... Networking
8:30 - 9:45 am ... Program

Sponsored by Metis Construction Services

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  • Mella A. Castner (moderator), Director of Development, Akron Rotary Camp
  • Joni Fitch, Manager, Global Community Engagement, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Tamara Fynan, Senior Advisor, Communications & Charitable Giving, The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Michelle Primm, Managing Partner, Cascade Auto Group
  • Lorna Wisham, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement & President, FirstEnergy Foundation


Have you and your organization kept in touch with your corporate partners during the pandemic? What has changed in those relationships? Come hear from a panel of local corporate leaders on how their companies have adjusted their giving during this time. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear from your fellow fundraisers on what has worked to keep corporate partners engaged.

Learning objectives:

  • How to continue engaging corporate partners and prospects despite the pandemic
  • Flexible approaches to corporate partner benefits
  • How your peers are maintaining, and in some cases growing, their corporate partnership programs

Click here for more info and to register.

$10 for AFPNEO members, $15 for non-members. Donations will also be appreciated.

Approved for 1.25 CFRE credits; documentation.



OAHP Virtual Conference
Healthcare Philanthropy in a New Era

OAHP Conference

Presented by billion-dollar fundraiser Bill Littlejohn, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Join healthcare fundraisers throughout Ohio to learn from one of the best in the business - Bill Littejohn! Bill Littlejohn is one of the nation's leading health care philanthropy professionals. With more than three decades of experience, Littlejohn has led and directed philanthropic programs that have generated nearly a billion dollars.

Littlejohn has consulted with and facilitated board retreats, conferences, site visits and presentations for hundreds of hospitals and health systems across the U.S., Canada, France and Germany. During 10 years of providing fundraising counsel, Littlejohn directed more than 40 projects, including capital campaigns, planning and feasibility studies, development audits and major gift programs.

Conference sessions include:

  • A Year of Health Care Philanthropy in COVID-19
  • Virtual Work, Virtual Moves Management, Making Sense of Performance, Data and Benchmarking in a New Era
  • The Future of Health Care Philanthropy – A “Next Normal?”
  • Our Role(s) as Professionals
  • Open Forum for Questions and Discussion

Register by March 12 and save!

$175 members | $250 non-members* (*includes OAHP membership)

Register 4 or more from the same organization and save an additional $25 per person!
$150 members | $225 non-members* (*includes OAHP membership)

Submitted for 5.0 CFRE Credits

Click here for more info and to register.



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Boost Your Career Growth
Apply to AFPNEO's Mentoring Program

We would like to share testimonies to show the impact the mentor program has on our members. If you were a mentor or mentee and are interested in sharing, please email and

mentoringAFPNEO provides its members many learning opportunities to help them and the nonprofits they serve. One such opportunity is our Mentoring Program.

The goal of the Mentoring Program is to pair seasoned professionals with people new to the field, those transitioning job responsibilities, or those searching for additional networking opportunities.

Mentor/Mentee pairings will work together to develop objectives around the Mentee’s areas of interest. Additional networking opportunities will be available.

The pairs will be expected to have at least six conversations; conversations may be in-person, via phone and/or email. Both the Mentor and the Mentee are encouraged to keep a simple log of meetings and general discussion topics as a guide for future program evaluation.

These relationships are meant to be career specific and not used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship. Mentors are encouraged to recommend appropriate resources i.e. courses, workshops, educational opportunities, vendors or consultants. The mentoring program is not a job placement service.

We look forward to your participation in this important project.

Apply anytime before June 30; matches will be announced in March, May and July.

Mentors/Mentees from 2020 who wish to participate in 2021 must submit a new application.

Mentoring Program Info, Schedule and Requirements for Participation

Mentee Application

Mentor Application



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

  • Development Manager, Advocating Opportunity - 2/28/2021
  • Executive Director of Development, Case Western Reserve University - 2/28/2021
  • Corporate Executive of Gift Planning, Ohio Living - 2/28/2021
  • Marketing and Communications Specialist, Christian Children's Home of Ohio - 2/28/2021
  • Development and Grants Manager, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio - 3/10/2021
  • Director of Fund Development, Akron Urban League - 3/12/2021
  • Corporate Relations Manager, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank - 3/31/2021
  • Director of Advancement, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival - 3/31/2021
  • Executive Director of Development, Ohio Northern University - 3/31/2021
  • Regional Development Executive - Stark and Summit Counties, Coleman Professional Services - 4/1/2021
  • Director of Development, IBH Addiction Recovery - 4/1/2021
  • Grants Coordinator, Victim Assistance Program - 4/2/2021

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




An Easy Way to Give!
BE the CAUSE Campaign

Did you know that you could set up automatic payments to AFPNEO's BE the CAUSE Campaign? Simply click the button below and check the box for make a monthly donation. This is a great way to give a significant gift to your Chapter throughout the year. Whether you give $5, $10, $20 or $50 a month, we are deeply grateful for your generosity!


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 more information about the BE the CAUSE campaign, click here.



Join Our LinkedIn Group

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.



Member Benefit
Apply for an AFPNEO Scholarship

applyThe 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, which is open year-round The committee will review the applications on a bi-monthly basis.

For more information about scholarships, including eligibility requirements, click here.


Focus on Philanthropy

Learn from the Best!
Register for AFPNEO's FOCUS Virtual Conference

April 29 | 8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Early Bird Savings: Register by March 29 and save!
Member: $65 | Non-Member: $80
After March 29
Member: $75 | Non-Member: $90

Register 4 or more from the same organization, and all can attend at the AFPNEO member rate!

Scholarships available! Application deadline is March 12, 2021. Click here for more info.

The Focus on Philanthropy Virtual Conference focuses on the tools needed by nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers to re-focus their efforts on best practices in fundraising and best serve those supporting their initiatives.

Keynote Speaker Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, will present Happiness, Habits and Fundraising: Strategies to Survive and Thrive. Recognized as a leading expert in her field, Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, has helped small and large nonprofits alike raise millions of dollars through major gift and capital campaigns, board development, annual fund campaigns, direct mail, and planned gift solicitations.

The virtual breakout sessions will include:

Breakout Sessions 1 ... select one of the following

1A: The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Raise Big Gifts from Individual Donors ... presented by Amy Eisenstein

Amy Eisenstein, ACFREThis session is for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started. Most nonprofit professionals are not effectively soliciting major gifts for their organizations. If you want to start or grow your individual giving/major gifts program, this session is for you. Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $10,000, you will learn how ask and receive more major gifts this year.

1B: Using Automated Email to Build & Maintain Relationships ... presented by Ceci Dadisman

Ceci DadismanStop manually sending every email! Automating emails will save you time and increase conversions. In this session, you'll learn how to identify which processes can easily be automated, how to import your data in the right way, and how to create optimized emails for registrations, renewals, memberships, and more. You will walk away with skills you can implement right away using almost any email service provider (MailChimp, Constant Contact, Emma, etc). In this session, we will cover: (1) email design best practices; (2) List segmentation that saves time; and (3) Automation methods that work to build and maintain relationships. Session sponsored by FORM.

1C: In the Donor's Mind: The Science of Giving ... presented by Daniel Mansoor

Daniel MansoorWhat really goes on in the donor's mind when they consider your appeal? Are these decisions rational? Finally, this is your chance to learn what behavioral economists, psychologists, and neuroscientists know about fundraising that you don't ... yet! What does evidence-based research teach us about what donors think and what triggers giving? This entertaining workshop is like no other you've attended with ideas you can start using tomorrow.


Breakout Sessions 2 ... select one of the following

2A: The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Raise Big Gifts from Individual Donors ... presented by Amy Eisenstein (repeat of 1A)

Amy Eisenstein, ACFREThis session is for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started. Most nonprofit professionals are not effectively soliciting major gifts for their organizations. If you want to start or grow your individual giving/major gifts program, this session is for you. Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $10,000, you will learn how ask and receive more major gifts this year.

2B: Don't Let Your Database Get You Down! Tips, Tricks and Strategies to Get Your Data Working for You ... presented by Amy Wong

Amy WongConstituent data is one of your nonprofit's most valuable assets. And when used properly, that data can help you communicate more effectively and raise more dollars. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to get reliable information from your CRM, so you spend hours manually piecing together lists, correcting information and hoping everything is right. In this session, you will learn the importance of keeping clean data, get tips on how to do it, and learn how to manage your database properly to save you time and help you raise more money. Session sponsored by Dot Org Solutions.

2C: Planting the Giving Tree - A Legal Perspective ... presented by Susan Figler, JD, MA

Susan Figler, Esq.Do you feel secure sharing legacy gift opportunities with your donors? Does the thought of discussing gift options via wills and trusts make you uncomfortable? Do the rules of descent and distribution, codicils, and pour-over wills leave you reeling? Attorney Susan Figler will discuss planned giving from a legal perspective in easy-to-understand terms.

For more information about the Focus conference, click here.

To register, click here.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.



Boost Your Networking Power
Join an AFPNEO Committee

Boost your networking power and get to know your fellow fundraisers by getting involved in an AFP committee! The following committees are in need of volunteers:

bulletProfessional Development
bulletBE the CAUSE Campaign
bulletNational Philanthropy Day

To join a committee, simply send your interest to and we will contact you.

Here's to an active and successful 2021!


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