Message from the President
AFPNEO's Plans for the Near Future

Dear AFPNEO friends,

Paula MastroianniWhat a difference a day makes ... literally. With new information and changes coming out daily, it's hard to make sound organizational decisions for next week, let alone months from now. That being said, we must move forward to the best of our abilities. Rest assured your Board and our committees are continuing to meet to keep moving our organization forward.

Here is an update on where we are with our initiatives in this quickly changing environment:

  • Focus on Philanthropy Conference - This committee, lead by Angela Palomba and Sue Figler, has worked to bring you a significant professional experience next month. When the CDC pushed their guidance back to May for groups more than 10, the decision was made to cancel the conference until 2021. Not knowing when normalcy (whatever that is) will return, we felt there will be so many fundraisers come Fall and you as fundraisers will be working to recover losses that it's not a time to take you away from your workplace. The committee is working with Amy Eisenstein to reschedule. Our appreciation goes out to the committee for their hard work.
  • Membership - We suffered a slight set-back when we lost board member Andrea Looney late last year, but are grateful to Sheila Hurley for stepping into her shoes. We are reaching out to lapsed members and cleaning up our database. Please think about who you can invite to all AFPNEO has to offer!
  • Professional Development  - We had to reschedule the March meeting, and with FOCUS not taking place in April, program co-chairs Dan Blakemore and Dawn Moeglin are reconsidering our 2020 line-up. We might offer a webinar in May and we will hopefully be able to get back to in-person professional development meetings in June. There was high interest in the major gifts topic, so we are looking to reschedule the meeting starring Terri Bate. A smaller educational workshop is also being considered for later in the year.
  • National Philanthropy Day - We are right on track with NPD. Co-chairs Renee Scherick and Carol Hawk and their committee are working their plan. Nominations are due by June 15th.
  • Scholarships - Under the leadership of Deb Neff-Maurer, we have had several members apply for our various scholarship offerings. Even though AFP's ICON Conference has been canceled on-site in Baltimore, our Chamberlain Scholarship winner, Jess Rist, will be able to attend virtually. Check out our website for the other scholarships available to members.
  • Mentoring - Our mentoring program has seven matches this year! Lauri Molnar and Lynne Robie have done an excellent job in providing this experience to our new to the profession members. A special shout-out to the mentors who stepped up to help.
  • BE the CAUSE - Susan Schweitzer has taken this important piece of our AFP responsibility on, and I am pleased to report we have 100% participation from your Board members. Meeting our goal is a requirement for achieving 10 STAR status, so if you haven't donated yet, please do so ASAP. It would be greatly appreciated. New this year: you can make monthly donations through PayPal.
  • IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) - Cynthia Sheeks and her committee have been busy building a solid program around this most important initiative. Plans will be announced in this Update.

So there you have it -  your hard-working Board and committee members making your organization the best it can be.

Stay safe,

Paula Mastroianni
2020 President, AFPNEO



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.

The Scholarship Committee is seeking applicants for the following scholarships:

Both members and non-members may apply for the National Membership Scholarship. Apply for this scholarship anytime. The committee will review the applications on a bi-monthly basis.

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Focus on Philanthropy Conference Scholarship, which provides a free registration to the conference on April 24. The application deadline is March 12.

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the AFP's Donor Retention Course Scholarship, which provides a free registration to the workshop on June 12. The application deadline is May 1. Click here to learn more and apply.

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Leadership Akron Diversity on Board Scholarship, which provides full tuition to the Leadership Akron Diversity on Board (LADOB) program. The AFP Scholarship Chairs will select one person to receive the $500 scholarship, and that person must apply by May 24 and be successfully admitted to the program. The deadline for AFP’s scholarship application is May 1.

For more information about these scholarships, including eligibility requirements, 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.


AFP ICON Goes Virtual ... with Discounts!

AFP's International Conference has switched to AFP ICON VIRTUAL so that we may still come together to learn, discuss, share, commiserate, laugh and inspire. Even better ... the price is now $799 for members and $999 for nonmembers. You can also register for just one day of AFP ICON Virtual (Monday, March 30) and enjoy the full schedule of activities for that day at a price of $599 ($699 for nonmembers).

With AFP ICON VIRTUAL, you will experience:

  • 3 days of education sessions (10 sessions in total, all submitted for CFRE education points) featuring some of the best content and speakers, including Gail Perry, Kishshana Palmer, Laura Fredricks, Sam Laprade and so many more. Plus, each session will be video-recorded so you can watch them at your leisure.
  • Access to live bonus content, including interviews with top leading fundraisers discussing fundraising in challenging times.
  • Discussion forums, polls, surveys and other ways to connect and communicate with participants through the conference app.

Click here for more info and to register.



Save the Dates

Mark your calendars so that you may join us for AFP's professional development programs, special events, and member benefits.

bulletApril 30 | 4:00 pm
AFPNEO Mentoring Program
Second application deadline for
mentors and mentees

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bulletMay 1 | 4:00 pm
Apply for a Scholarship
Deadline to Apply for AFP's Donor
Retention Course & Leadership Akron
Diversity on Board Scholarships

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bulletMay 14 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
FREE Online Webinar
Ethics in the Age of Social Media
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bulletMay 29 | 8:30 - 9:30 am
AFPNEO Mentoring Program
Mentoring matches meet for
feedback and discussion

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bulletJune 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Wellness Center in Green
Full-Day Professional Development
AFP's Donor Retention Course
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bulletJune 30 | 4:00 pm
AFPNEO Mentoring Program
Third application deadline for
mentors and mentees

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bulletJuly 9 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Online Webinar
Young Professionals and Junior
Boards: Beyond the Kids' Table to
Meaningful Engagement

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bulletJuly 17 | 8:30 - 9:30 am
AFPNEO Mentoring Program
Mentoring matches meet for
feedback and discussion

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bulletAugust 13 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Online Webinar
Ethics in the Age of Social Media
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bulletSeptember 10 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Professional Development Meeting
Working with Your Community

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bulletOctober 8 | 8:00 – 9:45 am
Professional Development Meeting
Hard Conversations with Donors
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bulletNovember 6 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Celebration of Philanthropy in
Our Community

National Philanthropy Day
Awards Luncheon

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bulletNovember 13 | 8:30 - 9:30 am
AFPNEO Mentoring Program
Mentoring Wrap-Up Breakfast
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bulletDecember 10 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Professional Development/
Annual Meeting

Leadership Development
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Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Director of Development, Canton Symphony Orchestra - 3/13/2020

Part-time Program Officer (32 hours), Burton D. Morgan Foundation - 3/15/2020

Development Coordinator, Akron Art Museum - 3/31/2020

Senior Regional Development Executive, Coleman Professional Services - 4/1/2020

Special Events & Fundraising Manager, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio - 4/15/2020

Event and Program Coordinator, Cornerstone of Hope - 4/30/2020

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Archbishop Hoban High School - 6/30/2020

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



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 2020!


Professional Development & Networking
AFP's Donor Retention Course

June 12 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wellness Center in Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd, Uniontown

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Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
Friday, May 29

Presented by ...

bulletKen Frisch, ACFRE, FAFP
bulletVern Snyder, ACFRE, FAFP

Ken Frisch & Vern SnyderAFP's Donor Retention Course focuses on developing a donor retention plan based on what research indicates really works. It shows the value of tracking overall gains and losses in gifts and donors – and then using that information to develop cultivation strategies to improve donor retention. Attendees will be able to prepare a donor retention plan that will identify and implement effective practices to retain and upgrade donors and improve fundraising effectiveness.

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the AFP's Donor Retention Course Scholarship, which provides a free registration to the workshop on June 12. The application deadline is May 1. Click here to learn more and apply.

Submitted for 8.0 CFRE credits; documentation.

Click here for more info.

Click here to register.



Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the newest AFPNEO Chapter member who joined in February:

bulletMichelle Mullaly,
Canton Symphony Orchestra

bulletTina L. Sellers-Smith,
University Hospitals

We look forward to seeing you at future Chapter meetings!



Thank You Renewing Members!

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

bulletLaura Elizabeth Fink,
Akron Community Foundation

bulletKimberly Fleischman, MED,
Akron Urban League

bulletJeneé Garlando, MED,
Akron Art Museum

bulletLeslie Genovese,
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

bulletStacey Giammarco,
Red Oak Behavioral Health

bulletPatricia Holmes, CFRE,
National Inventors Hall of Fame

bulletKairsten Nitsch,
Hattie Larlham Foundation

bulletVondea Sheaffer,
The Village of St. Edward

bulletJacquie Skrzypiec,
Jacq Connect

bulletShirley Smith,
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

bulletMarissa Vanio,
National Inventors Hall of Fame

bulletBarbara Vitcosky,
The Wilderness Center

bulletKristie Woods,
Refuge of Hope Ministries

We appreciate your commitment to our Chapter!




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! Click here to go to our donation page and submit your pledge/payment.

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.

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.



Boost Your Career Growth
Apply to AFPNEO's Mentoring Program

mentoringThe 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.

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

Mentoring Program Info, Schedule and Requirements for Participation

Mentee Application

Mentor Application


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