Well of Mercy
Director of Development

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Campaign Development Manager Charlotte - MW and Campaign Development Manager Charlotte - LTN

A Kid Again
Executive Director

Communities In Schools

Vice President of Advancement

Community Care Center
Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
Finance Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
Development Manager


For almost 30 years, the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) luncheon has brought Charlotte-Mecklenburg's business leaders, foundations, fundraisers, philanthropists and non-profits together to celebrate the giving spirit making an impact in our community. And we will do so, again, this year virtually! 
Please join us on November 12th from 11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m. for a virtual celebration of philanthropy in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community honoring the following:
Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Valaida Fullwood
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Brandon Swiderski
Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Eileen Keeley
Outstanding Philanthropist: Lori & Eric Sklut
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Loebsack & Brownlee
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Assistance League of Charlotte
Outstanding Student Philanthropist: Molly Green
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Joan Zimmerman
Outstanding Legacy: William Terry, posthumously

In light of the challenges presented by the pandemic, NPD has made changes to ticket and table pricing, including a special discounted ticket for frontline essential workers. Tickets include a gift certificate to one of our restaurant partners (Roots Café and Little Mama's) or a day-of boxed lunch at Community Matters Café.

Early Bird pricing ends October 19th! To be part of this important Charlotte tradition visit today!

Upcoming Events

October 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm
"The War for Fundraising Talent"

Jason Lewis, CFRE, Founder, Responsive Fundraising, provides the sector with an often-needed contrarian voice, willing to question deeply ingrained beliefs and assumptions about how effective fundraising really works. Whether writing or speaking, Jason challenges the prevailing wisdom about effective fundraising practices, hiring decisions, and donor behavior. He is the author of the book The War for Fundraising Talent and host of The Fundraising Talent Podcast.

AFP Member Benefit
Ethics: It's Not Just About the Money 
October 22, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Join AFP's panel of experts as we explore ethics in 2020. We'll be looking at ethics through the lens of diversity, inclusion and racial justice; soliciting and accepting contributions from individuals and institutions amid heightened social consciousness; dealing with controversial donors; and what ethical challenges have come to the forefront in this current environment. Contributors are Roberta (Robbe) A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE, Tycely Williams, Andrea McManus, Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, AdvDip, FAFP and Mark Hefter.
Click here to read more and register for this free virtual event hosted by AFP Global.

New! AFP Book Club Affinity Group

Did you participate in the Diversity Dialogue Series and you don't want the conversation to end there? Do you want to dedicate more time to reading books that enrich your professional life? Are you an avid reader but want to discuss what you've learned with your peers?

Participants from the AFP Charlotte Diversity Dialogue Series collectively suggested the creation of an AFP Book Club Affinity Group. Book selection will be guided by participants and will either focus on racial equity and social justice or will focus on professional development for fundraisers and nonprofits. Discussion at affinity group meetings will then have strategic conversations about the readings and practical implications. Using IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) as the foundation of the conversations, participants will continue the conversation around racial equity and social justice.

Structure of the Book Club: 

First Virtual Meeting: October 21st at 4 p.m. 

Cadence: Every 6 Weeks

Book Selection: Suggestions from participants to guide the selections

First Reading: 2 Articles to begin the conversation 

  1. "In Philanthropy, Race Is Still a Factor in Who Gets What, Study Shows" - The New York Times 
  2. "Overcoming Racial Bias in Philanthropic Fundraising" - Stanford Social Innovation Review 
Subsequent Meetings: 
- December 2nd at 4 p.m.
- January 13th at 4 p.m.
- February 24th at 4 p.m.

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)
As fundraisers, we have a responsibility to interrogate perceptions of philanthropy and to rethink what philanthropy means for modern needs and equity. 
This month, the IDEA committee is focusing on negotiation and is pleased to share the following resources: 

Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) is a key pillar of AFP Global and AFP Charlotte's vision for the organization. For more information, or to join the IDEA committee, please contact Holly Whitfield, VP IDEA and Strategic Initiatives, at

It's Time to Get Your CFRE!

Step 1: Sign up for your free account at
Step 2: Watch the video The CFRE Exam: Setting yourself up for success
Step 3: Enter your information into your CFRE account and keep it up to date. Be sure to keep receipts or information confirming your attendance at continuing education courses, seminars, or conferences. 

What do our recent CFREs recommend?:

The CFRE refresher course manual and the practice test...They helped me understand the way the test thinks...and the way questions are asked. AFP Triangle is hosting the class virtually in October.

Definitely the practice exam offered on the CFRE website. I read the book Achieving Excellence in Fundraising which was also recommended on the CFRE website.

AFP LEAD VIRTUAL, Coming This Oct. 14-15
Register Here.

Get the tools and strategies you need to be a more effective fundraising leader! AFP LEAD--the Association of Fundraising Professionals' annual leadership conference--is coming soon, October 14-15, featuring themes such as leading through change, fueling your mission, diversity and inclusion, ethics, mental health supports, and more.

With AFP LEAD, you get 12 virtual education sessions (all eligible for CFRE education points), networking opportunities and two standout keynote.

What I'm Reading
Alex Reardon, VP of Programming
If you aren't receiving Jeff Brooks' daily blog posts from Future Fundraising Now, go sign up right this second. I'll wait.
It probably took you longer to get back here than you thought, right?!? I bet you found yourself clicking on some of his posts and caught yourself saying "ahhh, yes" before you knew it. I say "ahhh" pretty much every time I open up and read his daily emails. 
If you don't know him, Jeff Brooks is one of the leading experts on donor communications and his book The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications was my bible when I worked on the annual fund at Thompson. And his blog is all about how we as fundraisers can use best practices to connect with donors and raise dollars for our organizations.
Pretty much every one of his posts in the "Things that really don't matter about fundraising" series resonated me with me. I forwarded each one to a former colleague as a celebration of what she is trying to do right in her current role and why it was important to keep doing it. 
Overall, this series was a good reminder of what donors care about. Or more importantly, what they don't care about: your organization's anniversary, brand, and/or history to start. Donors want to make a difference. It is our job to show them how their philanthropy can. Now get out there and do it!