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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
Major Gift Officer

Freedom School Partners
Executive Director

Isabella Santos Foundation
Development Director

WFAE 90.7
Development Officer

Girl Scouts of SC - Mountains to Midlands
Chief Executive Officer

Ability Experience
Regional Director of Chapter Services

SCAN of Iredell
Assistant Director of Development

Bethlehem Center of Charlotte
Communications & Development Manager

YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Financial Development Director 2

Blue Ridge Public Radio
Membership Manager

UMAR Services Inc.
Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Loaves & Fishes, Inc.
Annual Giving Manager

Audubon North Carolina
Director of Development






President's Letter

Greetings!  I hope you are enjoying the Fall weather that has (finally) come our way. 

Earlier this month a group of AFP Charlotte Board leadership attended AFP Global's LEAD conference in Phoenix. The conference, formerly known as Leadership Academy, was a great experience. While one day was devoted to chapter management and receiving updates from AFP Global, the remainder of the time consisted of high-level leadership sessions, with a large focus on IDEA principles. If you're a leader in the fundraising field, I would highly encourage you to consider attending this conference in the future.

As you have likely seen from other emails, AFP Global has created the first-ever Ethics Month during October. We all know that ethical practices are essential for the fundraising profession, and this month gives us the opportunity to create awareness. There are many great resources available to AFP members - free webinars from past conferences, micro learning videos covering 7 major ethical dilemmas, daily articles focusing on each of the ethical standards, a free webinar on ethics and inclusion on October 21st - and much more. Please take advantage of these resources if you can!

National Philanthropy Day is just around the corner, and we have some truly outstanding honorees to recognize. Our November luncheon program is coming up too, as well as our year-end member networking opportunity. I hope to see you all soon at one of these great events!

Mike Blackwelder, CFRE, MBA
AFP Charlotte President

Upcoming Lunch Program

Thursday, November 14, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | CPCC Harris Campus

Measuring Impact and Outcomes in Nonprofits

Now more than ever, nonprofits are confronted with questions about the effectiveness and impact of their services and programs. Dr. Covill will address how organizations can answer: "Are we making a difference"? The presentation will provide an overview of how to demonstrate impact through outcomes, choosing metrics, and the latest trends in evaluation.

Dr. Virginia Covill is the Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Impact for Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. She has experience supporting research and evaluation in the child welfare, mental health, and education sectors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Children's Rights and the Institute for Social Capital. Her passion is in creating better community outcomes through evaluation.

Register here.

The National Philanthropy Day committee is excited for the 2019 Luncheon and looks forward to seeing you there. If you have not already purchased your tickets or tables, do so today!

This year's honorees are:

Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Karen Parker
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Lauren and
James Chemplavil

Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Stephanie
Stenglein, CFRE

Outstanding Philanthropist: Patricia A. Rodgers
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Global
Endowment Management

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: TIAA
Outstanding Student Philanthropist: Alpha Chi Omega
Kappa Rho

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Jon Morris
Outstanding Legacy: Porter B. Byrum

Contact Brittany Jenkins for additional information or questions.

Special thank you to our Heart of Charlotte Sponsor, TowneBank, for their role in making this year's luncheon one to remember.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a member of AFP Charlotte, there's no better way to give back to the chapter or the not-for-profit profession than by volunteering for one of AFP Charlotte's committees. Joining a committee is a great opportunity to expand your network and share your skills to advance the fundraising profession as well as learn new practices from your colleagues.

AFP Charlotte committees include: Programming, Membership and Outreach.
 If you are interested in getting involved, fill out this form with your areas of interest and a member of the local AFP board will contact you to help you get started. Join your chapter colleagues who have chosen to advance their networks and careers while enhancing member programs and services. Make an investment in your profession and yourself!


Working towards your CFRE or just love learning? Here's a great way to spend your commute time.

While podcasts do not count towards continuing education credits, they are a great resource for learning. Jeff Stranger, Education Resources Manager CFRE International, suggests listening to Ted Hart. Other suggested podcasts from CFRE members are Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Simone Joyaux; Joan Garry Nonprofits are Messy: APRA; Philanthropy Works and The Fundraising Authority.

Be sure to share your favorite podcasts on AFP Charlotte's Facebook page.

North Carolina Council of Charitable Gift Planners Workshop will be Tuesday, November 5 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Laureate Center (401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis NC 28081). Tickets are discounted for AFP members. To read more or purchase a ticket, please click here.