The GroundTruth Project, Inc.
Manager of Development & Local Sustainability

The Choir School
Executive Director

Well of Mercy
Director of Development & Marketing

Communities In Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg
President & CEO

Habitat for Humanities of Orange County, NC
Vice President of Development

Ada Jenkins Center
Executive Director

The Nature Conservancy
Philanthropy Manager

NC State University
Director of Development, College of Engineering

NC State University
Director of Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences


President's Letter

Dear AFP Charlotte Members & Friends,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our community and beyond, I know we are all finding new ways of operating in our personal and professional lives. Our AFP Charlotte Board met (virtually) this week to discuss the ways we can support our membership and the Charlotte nonprofit community.  We've come up with a few ideas, but we'd love to hear from you about the challenges you are facing that we could help provide professional development and peer support to help manage.

Some of our ideas include:

- Free Programming offered Virtually - both pre-recorded sessions and live programming

- Affinity Groups specific to your sector in response to COVID-19 (if you are interested in joining, please contact with your interest area!)

- Pre-existing Affinity Groups are still meeting virtually and you are welcome to join - details are below!

- Scholarships for membership as professional development budgets contract

- Monthly payment on membership offered through AFP Global
(Membership Installment Plan)

- Other resources from AFP Global including 
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resource Guide and a guide to CARES Act: Charitable Giving Incentives

If you have a thought around how we can support you, please shoot me an email and we are happy to help brainstorm how to offer more help ( These are challenging times for everyone, but the nonprofit missions you champion have never been more important. We are #togetheralone, but together we can find innovative ways to collectively improve the situation for everyone in our community.

Be Well,

Penny Hawkins 
AFP Charlotte President

Upcoming Lunch Programs

Stories bring your mission to life! They create the opportunity for donors to connect through shared values and a deeper understanding of the impact your organization is having in the world. During this prerecorded webinar, you'll learn how to create connection through storytelling, combine it with action in order inspire your donors and prospects to give, and walk away with tools to engage your whole organization in creating a "story engine" that makes storytelling an ongoing part of your organization's culture.

In an effort to support our members during this difficult time, our affinity groups are going virtual. Here are the upcoming meetings:

National Philanthropy Day

If you're like me, then your inbox is probably full of fundraising guru newsletters, nonprofit strategy webinars and donor relations mavens all of whom seem to be preaching the same thing during these extraordinary times: Stewardship & Cultivation!

And what better way to steward and cultivate your organization's champions, then by nominating them for a
National Philanthropy Day (NPD) award. 

There's never been a better time to reach out to the donors and volunteers whose giving hearts positively impact your organization's mission. After all, their calendars might never be this clear again. Plus, it's a great excuse to learn how to

The nomination deadline has been extended to May 4th to give you time to uplift the good still happening in our community.

Visit for details and to submit your nomination. Contact Nick Stewart with questions.


Two Day Workshop

Event Name: AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising

Description:  The Triad Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter is hosting the Fundamentals of Fundraising 2 day course on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24, 2020, at Ciener Botanical Gardens in Kernersville, NC. The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges non-profit organizations face every day.

Link to Register:

Member Spotlight
Sydney Hammond, Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship, Safe Alliance

"The work continues" and so does AFP ICON
AFP ICON did not look the same this year, but it did continue. Much was different about virtual ICON. Instead of multiple options during each breakout session, there was only one presentation to view. Instead of networking happy hours, attendees connected through an app. Instead of interactive, in-person sessions, presenters pivoted to virtual presentations, holding on to as much of their original content as possible (including a singalong).

COVID-19 was unavoidable at this year's conference, and the theme that ran through all three days was summed up by Gail Perry: "The work continues." Every presenter stressed the importance of continuing fundraising, continuing communication with donors, and continuing the work. My takeaway about communication during this crisis was to stay in contact with your donors, but make sure you're updating your language for our current situation; be empathetic (start each conversation with "How are you?"); and be honest about how your nonprofit is adapting, what struggles you're facing, and why their support is so important.

I was so impressed with the organizers and presenters for how quickly they pivoted to the virtual platform. I'm thrilled I still got to attend AFP ICON!