AFP Charlotte Chapter

Monthly Program: January

True Stories: Successes In Our Community

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: CPCC Harris Center, 3216 Cpcc Harris Campus Dr Charlotte, NC 28208
Fee: Early Bird Members $30 and Early Bird Nonmember $40 before January 22, Members $40 and Nonmembers $50 after January 22.

(Registration closes on January 28th)

A TED-style session with stories of success from development professionals in our community.  Featuring Charles Thomas from Queen City Forward, Charlie Elberson from Reemprise Fund, and Chad Henderson from NoDa Brewing.

For more information, please contact Rachel Smith.

Mark Your Calendar: Affinity Groups

Major Gifts Affinity Group

Event Date: 02/10/2014
Location: Catholic Center, 1123 South Church Street
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

(Registration closes 2/10/2014)

We will have our next AFP Major Gifts Affinity group Monday, February 10 from 9 am to 10:30 am at the Catholic Center, 1123 South Church Street. If the parking lot is full in front of the building, remember you can park across the street in our other lot.

If you have any questions, you can email or call Jim Kelley at 704-370-3301.

Introducing New Board Members

The 2014 AFP Charlotte Board welcomes its new members.

Alicia Morris
Habitat Charlotte
Bart Landess
YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Caitlin Donley
Levine Museum of the New South
Jenna Westbrook
Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte
Jennifer Player
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Marjorie Bray
UNC Charlotte
Patrick Lynch
McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
Rachel Smith
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Randall Hitt
Community Link
Rex Otey
Catawba College

Scholarships Recipients in 2014

The AFP Charlotte Scholarship Committee is pleased to award AFP membership scholarships to Carell Brown of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. and Jane Williams of Queens University of Charlotte.  Congratulations to Carell and Jane!

There is still funding available for scholarships from AFP Charlotte for membership as well as other continuing education costs.  See or contact Armen Boyajian, CFRE, 704-370-3371 or

Seeking Participants: CFRE Study Group in 2014

Are you considering CFRE certification in 2014?  AFP Charlotte will offer a customized study group for those interested in taking the CFRE exam.  For more information, contact Josh Jacobson, Chair of the CFRE Committee.
As with many professions, the CFRE is a credentialing process for professional fundraisers. Through the CFRE credential, CFRE International supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector.  CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals.

The CFRE certification process consists of three parts: a written application, a written examination consisting of 200 multiple choice questions, and agreement to uphold a code of ethics and Accountability Standards. The application works on a point system, and you must earn a minimum number of points in the categories of education, professional practice, professional performance, and service. Studies show that on average CFRE certificants earn 17% more than their non-certified counterparts.

AFP Charlotte's CFRE Study Group will begin in February 2014.  To be a part of it, please contact Josh by January 24.

AFP Member Confessions

Randall Hitt (first joined 1997)
October 1997. I'm one month into my new director of development job and walking into the Four Points Sheraton to attend my first AFP Charlotte monthly lunch. Well, actually, back then it was called NSFRE (National Society of Fundraising Executives).

At any rate, I've gone through the buffet line and anxiously seek a place to sit. I don't know anyone, nor do I really know what the profession of "fundraising" is all about.
Heading toward the back of the room, I'm stopped by Stacy Sumner (Jesso) who said "come on over, sit by us." Immediately I was welcomed to the group, felt at home, and was introduced to what I now recognize as the "love" of being an AFP member.

I continued attending programs and steadily got more involved. Instead of just being a participant, I helped plan, joined a committee, and reached out to network with other members (new and current) who I didn't know.

Building relationships, growth and learning, and being a part of a group that lifts our philanthropic profession are why I continue being a member today. And, I'm honored to be on the AFP Charlotte board as its membership chair.

As we enter 2014, I hope you'll become passionately involved in AFP. I'm proud to lead a membership committee who you'll be hearing from throughout the year and who will be glad to help you get more involved.

And, perhaps next time, you'll share your AFP Member Confession with us!

AFP Charlotte's Marilyn Garner Now UMAR CEO

UMAR is pleased to announce Marilyn Garner, UMAR's chief development officer and interim president, is the nonprofit's new president and CEO as of Jan. 1, 2014.

"I and the rest of UMAR's board have seen Marilyn's commitment to UMAR and her passion to serve. We look forward to working with her and the rest of UMAR's leadership," Max Daniel, UMAR Board of Trustees Chairman, said.

For 30 years UMAR has been dedicated to promoting community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its group homes, day programs and vocations services support more than 400 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities-- some of whom survive on $66 per month--throughout the western North Carolina region.

Congratulations Marilyn!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:

UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute Director of Community Outreach        
Lutheran Services Carolinas Donor Relations Specialist        
Habitat for Humanity International Development Officer, Individual Giving        

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!

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