AFP Charlotte Chapter

November Morning Forum

You Can't Do It All On Your Own: Solutions for Your Organization

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 8:00am-9:30am
Location: CPCC Harris Conference Center, 3216 Cpcc Harris Campus Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208

(Registration closes 11/ 13 /2014)

·         Volunteer Management As fundraisers, we know that engagement of potential donors as volunteers is an important tool in our toolkit.  However, we can often find ourselves managing all of the logistics related to the volunteer experience without ensuring that the fundraising message is being communicated effectively.  Worse, people who want to volunteer find themselves on an endless waiting list and are left to die on the vine.  A Child's Place and Hands on Charlotte will share how they have effectively engaged a large base of volunteers, while maintaining a fundraising message.

·         Staff Retention Researcher Penelope Burke has noted that the turnover rate for development professionals is an abysmal 16 months.  After six months of getting a new development professional oriented to the organization and the role, a nonprofit gets roughly six good months out of that employee on average before they begin looking for a new job, exiting before the year-and-a-half mark.  Organizations that do a good job of retaining talented staff create a culture of retention that is intentional and oriented toward bottom-line success.  AFP President-Elect, Michelle Hamilton, will lead a roundtable discussion around issues of staff retention.  This session is for experienced development professionals who are currently managing a staff of two or more. 

·         Direct Mail Not Necessarily Evil! - Come to this interactive session with your questions, success stories, and missteps for group discussion.  This session is geared to those with direct mail appeal  responsibilities, as well as those who wish to learn more about both theory and practice.  Will include how to incorporate direct mail into your development program.  Pam Janowicz Gray from Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region will share tips and tricks for effective direct mail strategies.

Reminder: Register Now for the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon!

Tickets are going fast for the 2014 National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Visit our website to get yours today!
Our award honorees include:
Michael Rose Lifetime Achievement Award
Stephanie Stenglein Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist
Molina & Milaan Shah Outstanding Student Philanthropist
CEO, Inc. Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business
Carlos Evans Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
PNC Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Joe Grier, Jr. Outstanding Legacy
Holly Welch Stubbing Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive
Anne Springs Close Outstanding Philanthropist
Please join us to celebrate philanthropy in Charlotte. Details below!

Wednesday, November 12
The Westin Charlotte 601 South College Street
11:15 Networking
11:45 1:00pm Program
Individual tickets: $60
Table of 8: $500
Questions? Contact: Julie Drinkhahn, 704.641.4694 or email JDrinkhahn@charlottechamber.

Save The Date: Major Gift Affinity Group

We will have our next AFP Major Gifts Affinity group Monday, November 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 Jim Kelley at


Member Access to  AFP Charlotte Member Portal

It has been a great year for AFP Charlotte with some of our best programs including National Philanthropy Day yet to come!
We are excited to announce the launch of our members-only area of! Here are just a few features you will have access to:
  • Discounted registration fees for our monthly meetings
  • Free access to affinity groups
  • New Member Profiles which include background, social media info, affiliations/accreditations and more
It is important to note that this login is completely different than your AFP International Headquarters login information. Our login credentials will always be your preferred email address and a secure password.

Your access to the portal and your password have already been sent to your email.  If you have not received this email, please contact our Administrator,

Chamberlain Scholarship Winner Attending ICON

The AFP Charlotte Scholarship Committee has selected Nicole Patrick, Donor Relations Manager at the Humane Society of Charlotte as the recipient of the Chamberlain scholarship for the 2015 AFP International Conference in Baltimore.  Congratulations Nicole, and we'll look forward to hearing about the conference next year!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:

Company: Providence Day School
Position: Director of Alumni Relations

Company: Renaissance West Community Initiative
Position: Development Officer

Company: UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Position: Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Company: Catawba County
Position: Director - Children's Advocacy and Protection Center

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!  

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