AFP Charlotte Chapter

September Monthly Meeting:

Right Seat on the Bus: Board Revitalizations That Worked

We all work to have engaged and excited boards members who eagerly raise money for our organizations. Yet, we can find ourselves aching for a board term to end, dreading the next meeting, or wondering if any of the board members got your VERY important message because it's been a week without a response.  This is a great topic for Executive Directors and Board Members!
For the September AFP Charlotte meeting, our speakers will demonstrate ways they have addressed these, and other issues with their board members. With practical takeaways, you'll learn to see how you too can create volunteer leadership with the skills to put their passion into action.  
Rich Carter, CPA, Board Chair, Harvey B. Gantt Center
Karen Parker, Chief Advancement Officer, SafeAlliance
Men's Shelter of Charlotte Amy Tribble, Director of Development, Sam Farnham, Board Chair, and Will Alston, Development Committee Chair

Date:Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
*Complimentary parking will be located in the 7th Street Station garage*

(Registration closes 9/16 /2014)

RSVP Now for the AFP Welcome and New Member Social!

Get to know your fellow members better!  All members are encouraged to mix and mingle with our new members at Bubble Champagne Room at EpiCenter!

Food, drinks, and fun will be provided.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30pm -7:30pm
Bubble, 210 East Trade Street Ste. A200 Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

For questions, please email us.

Register Early and Save | 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

Early-bird rates expire on October 10th

AFP Charlotte's legendary Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon, taking place on
November 12 at Westin Charlotte attracts more than 500 community leaders each year to recognize and honor the heroes in our community who make things possible with their giving heart.

Register now and save on Table Sponsorship and reception tickets, visit our Event Sponsors' page here for more information on how you can become a sponsor and download the event sponsorship form. Reception tickets can be purchased here.

Help us recognize and thank our 2014 winners who have demonstrated outstanding support and
community involvement. To view the list of the 2014 winners, visit our National Philanthropy Day
page here.

For questions or more information, please email National Philanthropy Day Chair, Julie Drinkhahn.
Show your support of our winners!

2015 Board of Directors

The board nominating committee has proposed the following slate of officers and members to comprise the 2015 Board of Directors for AFP Charlotte.  Per the bylaws, this slate must be confirmed by a vote of the full membership at its annual meeting which is at 11:30am on September 23rd at Foundation for the Carolinas.  
President - Michelle Hamilton CFRE, Charlotte Symphony
President Elect - Katherine Lambert CFRE, Alzheimer's Association
Past President - Shannon Hinson CFRE, Thompson
Treasurer - Stephanie Stenglein CFRE, Community School of the Arts
Secretary - Deepa Naik, Capstone Advancement Partners
Mike Blackwelder, Safe Alliance
Armen Boyajian CFRE, Catholic Diocese
Marjorie Bray, UNCC
Donna Canzano, Humane Society
Shelley Clayton, UNCC
Caitlyn Donley, Levine Museum of the New South
Tiffany Graham, Levine Museum of the New South
Jamie Hayes CFRE, Novant Health Foundation
Randall Hitt, Community Link
Trish Hobson, YMCA
Josh Jacobson CFRE, Next Stage Consulting
Chase Law, Discovery Place
Basil Lyberg, 24 Hours of Booty
Patrick Lynch, Queens University of Charlotte
Patton McDowell CFRE, PMA Consulting
Rex Otey, Catawba College
Rachel Smith, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Dean Thompson, Red Cross
Jenna Westbrook, Ronald McDonald House
Susan Yarber, Blumenthal PAC

Coming in October: AFP-Charlotte Focus Group for Senior Fundraisers

In late October 2014, AFP Charlotte will host a focus group for senior members of the fundraising profession to inform future planning of the Charlotte chapter. The focus group will be facilitated by AFP Board Member Josh Jacobson, who is chairing the Senior Forum this year, and will cover a wide variety of topics.  Got an idea you'd like to share?  Want to see programs that are meaningful to you?  If you have interest in participating, please contact Josh at Participants should have 10+ years experience in the profession and/or a CFRE.  The date is currently being finalized.

$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount!

In honor of National Philanthropy Day® AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2014!
Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and
include this coupon with your payment.*
Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2014
*Coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member.  Can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2014.

Get your coupon here.
Questions, call the AFP Membership Department at (800)666-3863.
AFP, 4300 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203 /Fax: 703-684-1950

Don't Miss the Deadline to Participate in the Mentor Program!

The AFP Charlotte's Mentoring Program is a great benefit our chapter offers each year and is an excellent resource for new and experienced development professionals that enhances and broadens the professional's knowledge, skills set and success in the field of philanthropy.

The application will be available on the AFP website to apply to for the 2014-2015 AFP Charlotte Mentoring Program as a  mentor or mentee until Sept 19th, 2014.

We are also looking for AFP members that would like to serve on the AFP Charlotte mentoring committee.

Please let us know if you are interested in serving on the committee by emailing

Chamberlain Scholarship Deadline September 25, 2014

Are you a member of AFP Charlotte, employed as a full-time fundraiser experience in the field of fundraising, and haven't yet attended the AFP International

This year's conference will be held in Baltimore, MD, and the Chamberlain Scholarship is a
great way to obtain $1,000 towards the cost of attending the AFP ICON in 2015. The winning
Chamberlain scholar must agree to complete an online evaluation form about his/her experience
at ICON and write a brief article for AFP Charlotte about the experience.

Please see to apply or
contact Armen S. Boyajian, CFRE at 704-370-3371 or for
more information.

Remember, the deadline is Thursday September 25, 2015.

Legislation Blotter

Wondering how changes to North Carolina laws might affect your organization?  Follow our blog to get updates on legislative and public policy changes.

AFP Vice President of Public Policy Announcement

Nonprofits Collecting Sales and Use Tax on Admission Charges to Entertainment and Live Events

Member Confession:  Rachel Ellis, Director of Development, Children's Theatre of Charlotte

As many people do, I chose fundraising as my career by accident. I worked on political campaigns and for elected officials for the first few years after graduating college--which is what I had always thought I would be doing--but quickly realized I didn't see myself working in the field long-term. Because I had fundraising responsibilities in my previous jobs, I decided to turn my job search toward development positions. I landed a job in annual giving at the University of Richmond and for the first time felt a sense of professional fulfillment because I was doing something that I loved.

I moved to Charlotte just over two years ago after working in development at both the University of Richmond and Emory University. I started working for Children's Theatre of Charlotte soon after and have enjoyed working for a smaller organization where I feel like I am making a larger impact. It's rewarding to see how my work helps fulfill the Theatre's mission each day.

Perhaps the biggest change in moving from a large university setting to a smaller organization was the size of the development team. Having come from a job where there were over 200 individuals working in advancement to a place where there are four staff member with development responsibilities, I felt I needed to find a way to meet others with similar professional interests. I joined AFP last year and have since completed the Mentoring Program, where I was able to connect with a wonderful mentor and meet others in the program. I have also joined the Membership Committee and look forward to becoming more involved with the chapter. I feel more connected to my profession, the non-profit sector, and the community as whole because of the relationships I've made through AFP.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:

Carolina Raptor Center Annual Fund Manager
The Learning Collaborative Preschool Part-Time Development Director
UNC Charlotte Assistant Director of Development for Belk College of Business
Trinity Episcopal School Advancement Assistant & Special Events Coordinator
Fellowship Hall Alumni Relations Coordinator
McColl Center for Art + Innovation Director of Major Gifts
Lupus Foundation of America NC Chapter. Event Coordinator
Davidson College Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Hope Haven, Inc VP, Development & Community Outreach
Trinity Episcopal School Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Manager
Habitat for Humanity of York County Development Director
CPCC Foundation, Inc. Stewardship Coordinator-PT
Alexander Youth Network Development Officer
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc. Director of Fund Development

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings! 

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