Professional Development Meeting
Are You Prepared?
The Benefits of an Organizational Analysis Before You Fundraise

February 22 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
Shaw Jewish Community Center, Akron

8:00 - 8:30 am ... Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 - 9:45 am ... Program

Planning and executing any fundraising initiative requires significant staffing, technology, and skills. Whether you’re embarking on a first-of-its-kind fundraising event, preparing your annual fund campaign, or starting a major gift strategy, you’ll want to be prepared.

Jenny Goldberg, CFRE, will teach you how to analyze your organization’s capacity and position your fundraising program for success.

Jenny Goldberg, CFRE

Dan BarneyVice President, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Aly Sterling Philanthropy provides fundraising, board governance, strategic planning and executive search services to organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Since 2009, Jenny Goldberg has managed almost 40 capital campaigns and feasibility studies, raising more than $60 million for clients of Aly Sterling Philanthropy. Additionally, she has helped dozens of clients launch sustainable fundraising systems and hire the right fundraising professional.

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Save the Dates

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

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
February 22 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Are You Prepared? The Benefits of
an Organizational Analysis Before You

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
March 22 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Choosing Your Campaign Leadership

bulletIntensive Half-Day Workshop &
Networking Luncheon

April 13 | 7: 45 am - 2:00 pm
Career Success Institute:
Join the AFP Fundraising

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
May 24 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Is 100% Board Participation Dead?

June 28 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
The Capital Campaign: How to Prepare
for the 59th Minute of your Busiest

bulletIntensive Two-Day Course
July | TBD
Fundamentals of Fundraising

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
August 23| 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Marketing your Campaign

bulletProfessional Development Meeting
September 27 | 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Building a Holistic Approach to Grant

bulletCelebrate Philanthropy in Our
November 2 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:
National Philanthropy Day

bulletProfessional Development &
Annual Meeting

December 13| 8:00 – 9:45 am:
Campaign Stewardship



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.



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


Planned Giving Basics

Leave a Legacy, Summit, Portage, Medina
in collaboration with AFPNEO

Wednesdays, 8:30 - 10:30 am
February 14 - March 14
Huntington, 3421 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn

Leave a LegacyLeave a Legacy, Summit, Portage, Medina (LAL) is pleased to again offer a series of workshops on Planned Giving in 2018. This year, they are collaborating with AFPNEO to offer CFRE credits.

The series will be presented at the intermediate level. Building upon the information presented in previous classes, each type of planned gift will be reviewed in detail, and then new information about additional techniques will be added. The instructors will walk you through how each new technique works and how it fits into the donor’s estate plan.

February 14: All About Wills and Revocable Living Trusts

February 21: All About Charitable Gift Annuities and Strategies

February 28: All About Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts and Strategies

March 7: All About Insurance Gifts and Gift Acceptance Policies

March 14: All About Donor Advised Funds and Family Foundation

The cost per session is only $30.00 for LAL and AFP members and includes breakfast. The non-members cost per session is $40.00. Register for all five workshops and receive one FREE.

This is a great opportunity for staff members who are new to planned giving to learn from the experts, or for seasoned staff who just want a refresher course. 

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Ganocy, Project Director, at 330-990-5027 or email

Each of the five sessions is approved for 1.5 CFRE credit hours

Click here for more info

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Join "The Major Gift Challenge"

May 23 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library clear
This Center for Nonprofit Workshop is sponsored by the AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter (AFPNWO) and the Toledo Community Foundation

Amy EisensteinAFPNWO and the Center for Nonprofit Resources are hosting The Major Gift Challenge: How to Get Started Raising Major Gifts, presented by Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, author, speaker, and trainer.

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.

Amy's published books include Major Gift Fundraising for Small ShopsRaising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. Check out her blog and video posts  for free fundraising tips and best practices.

Cost of the full-day workshop is $75. Click here for more info and to register.

Interested in car-pooling? Contact Paula Mastroianni at




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.



Registrations are now open for the 2018 Career Success Institute (CSI)!

This year's agenda focuses on the tools needed by development professionals, board members, volunteers and professional advisors to re-focus their efforts on best practices in fundraising so that they can become superheroes to their organizations and the clients they serve!

Breakout 1 Sessions (pick one)

1A: How To Grow Super Teams
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.

1B: Email Communications Makeover
presented by Ceci Dadisman -
Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

1C: Nonprofit Partnership Advancement: Building Better Corporate Partnerships
presented by Ben Bisbee -
Founder + Principal, Rhinocorn Consulting

Breakout 2 Sessions (pick one)

2A: How To Grow Super Teams (repeat of 1A)
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.

2B: Wonder Powers Activated! Building a Super-Powered Grant Program
presented by Mary Douglas -
Director, Grants Administration, Akron Children's Hospital

2C: Gen X Giving - Effective Fundraising Strategies for Gen X Donors
presented by Tim Ardillo, CFRE -
Consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates

Keynote Presentation

Take Your Cape Off, Superhero!
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.


Registration for AFP Members: $75 | Not-Yet-Members: $120 ... (lunch included)

Register by March 13th and save $10!

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

Participation in CSI 2018 has been approved for up to 3.5 points in the CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Click here for more info

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Boost Your Networking Power: Join a 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 2018!



Current Job Postings

New postings appear in green.

Chief Officer of Resource Development - FT - Portage County, Coleman Professional Services - 2/25/2018

Assistant Vice President of Development Operations, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio - 3/1/2018

Part-Time Donor Development Coordinator, First Glance Student Center, Inc. - 3/1/2018

Director, Advancement College of Business Administration (991766), Kent State University - 3/30/2018

Senior Advancement Research Specialist, Kent State University - 3/30/2018

Advancement Services Giving Specialist, Kent State University - 3/30/2018

Director, Advancement College of Business Administration, Kent State University - 3/30/2018

Part-Time Executive Director, AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI  - 3/31/2018

Business Strategy Analyst, Kent State University - 4/30/2018

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

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