AFP Charlotte

Upcoming Events


Freedom School Partners
Volunteer & Donor Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
Grant Manager

Levine Museum of the New South
VP, Fund Development & Planning

The Winkler Group
Senior Campaign Consultant

Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Director of Development, Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center
Development & Communications Associate

Development Officer

Nurse-Family Partnership
Carolinas Development Officer

United Way of the Midlands
Senior Vice President of Resource Development

The Salvation Army
Associate Planned Giving Director

Lenior-Rhyne University
Executive Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement
Executive Director of Advancement

Humane Society of Charlotte
Volunteer Programs Manager

Hospitality House of Charlotte
Director of Development

UNC Pembroke
Vice Chancellor of Advancement

Join members of the NCPGC and AFP for the Annual Member Meeting to be held at the Albert H. Anderson Center, Winston-Salem State University on Wednesday, November 29.  Click Here to register.  Cost is just $55 for AFP members


Highlights from the AFP Leadership Academy

From the President-Elect Josh Jacobson:

In October, your upcoming President-Elect Mike Blackwelder, Chapter Administrator Alice Harry and I attended the three-day AFP Leadership Academy in 
Cincinnati. The event is a chance for our chapter to check in with other chapter leaders, learn more about chapter management and engage in leadership development opportunities. And plus, there was chili. Here's the report: 
  • AFP has a new President and CEO, Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, who comes to the role as the leader of the Chief Executives Organizations, Inc.  He succeeds Jason Lee who ably served as interim president for the past 17 months.  Lots of good news about the fiscal health of our umbrella organization AFP is back in the black and working on public policy efforts as Congress considers tax reform.
  • At the Academy, the AFP International Board announced a new approach to diversity and inclusion, including a focus on access and equity. The IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) has made a series of recommendations, and our chapter will be reviewing as a part of an upcoming AFP Charlotte board retreat in December.
  • We were reminded again of what a robust set of resources are available to members on the AFP website. Wondering if your salary or the salary of your team is competitive in the marketplace? Check out the 2017 Compensation and Benefits Report. This free report is an AFP member benefit.
Here's to a great end-of year fundraising season!  Hope to see you and your colleagues out at our programs.

December Program

Cocktails and Conversation
November 28 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Queen City Q
225 E 6th Street

Join us for topic-based conversation, cocktails and good food on November 28th. Conversations to begin at 4:00pm with networking at 5:00pm. This event is FREE for members!

The topics for conversation will be:

  • Stewardship during the busy holidiay season
  • Managing a development shop
  • Best practice for event management
  • AFP 101 - Getting the most out of your membership

We will host the event prior to the wrap-up celebration for Giving Tuesday at 7th Street Station (right next door), which is hosted from 5 to 7pm. Please feel free to attend the Giving Tuesday wrap-up celebration to support our collective philanthropic community.

Networking with Affinity Groups

One of the best ways to get more involved with AFP Charlotte is to take advantage of our Affinity Groups.  Not only that, they are an excellent way to network with your peers!  These small, informal groups meet throughout the year to discuss trends, best practices, and issues regarding the specific topic.  Our current Affinity Group lineup includes:  Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Small Shops, New Fundraising Professionals, and we're in the process of creating a new group for Development Managers.  Visit our website for more information on these groups, see dates for upcoming meetings, and to register.  Remember, this is a member-only benefit! 

Why is a CFRE Accreditation Important to You?

I was fortunate to have several mentors who strongly believed in the value of obtaining a CFRE and the professionalization of fundraising. In early 2016, I decided it was time to submit the paperwork and begin to study for the exam. I wish now I hadn't waited over a year to take the test in early 2017, because I realize that if you are putting in the hard work every day to continue learning about being a great fundraiser, you are halfway there!

It's a sign to those with little understanding of fundraising that our field requires expertise, learning, and high ethical standards. The bonus for me was becoming more engaged in the local Charlotte AFP chapter to obtain the continuing education component for the exam - Penny Hawkins
Becoming a CFRE was important to me because of the high level of professionalism and ethical standards it brings to the fundraising profession. Not only that, the CFRE acknowledges the time, education, and experience I've committed to fundraising - Mike Blackwelder

AFP Update on Tax Reform AND Additional Call to Action

We finally have some positive movement to share on tax reform and the charitable tax deduction. Please see the note immediately below (italics) from AFP Charlotte's friend and AFP Counsel, Jason Lee and his CALL TO ACTION in bold. 

Thank you for your ongoing attention and action toward this critical issue that will in some way, shape, or form, impact philanthropy in the U.S., our donors, the worthy charities we represent, and our profession. 
Rex Otey
AFP Charlotte Legislative and Advocacy Board Chair
From Jason Lee:
"In what is some breaking and exciting news, we have an amendment for the Senate Finance Committee Mark from Senators Wyden and Stabenow to create a universal charitable deduction subject to some limitations (see below).
We're very grateful to have an amendment offered to offset the $13 billion annual loss to charitable giving that would occur under the current tax reform bill. Although this amendment is not the unlimited deduction that AFP, the Charitable Giving Coalition, and others have proposed, it creates a new deduction for non-itemizers.
To the extent possible, we ask that you please reach out to both Republican and Democrat Members of the Senate Finance Committee to strongly encourage a yes vote in Committee markup."