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Director Major Gifts

Community Relationships Manager

Development Director

Donor Development Coordinator

Donor Engagement Manager

Development Coordinator

SVP, Development & Marketing

VP for Mission Advancement

Events Coordinator

Foundation Development Program Coordinator




March Morning Forum

AFP Charlotte's Morning Forum series returns for 2016 tackling three intriguing topics for Development professionals.
8:30 - 11 AM | March 29 | CPCC Harris Conference Center
1) New Development Professionals Panel have you just moved into the Development profession or are you considering a move? This panel, comprised of experienced fundraisers, will help newcomers learn how to harness Marketing, Sales or Finance skills, among others in their newfound Development career. This session is also great for newcomers to Charlotte looking to learn more about the how to kickstart your Development career. (Panel TBD)
2) Getting the Most Out of Your Career Join Kristin Sherry, Founder of Virtus Career Consulting, for a workshop to help attendees target and pursue career opportunities aligned to their strengths. Kristin holds numerous coaching certifications and has extensive experience, tools and strategic insights to help you identify and reach your goals.
3) The Dos and Don'ts of Database Design and Management collecting, maintaining and analyzing data is a constant struggle for most non-profits. In this session, Laura Brooks and Megan Brenneman from GLEW will discuss data collection best practices, while Jeremy Hall, Information Strategy & Financial Services Manager at the Mint Museum, will share best practices on realistic implementation and ongoing data management.

National Philanthropy Day 2016
Submit Your Nominations!

The deadline for National Philanthropy Day nominations is April 15. Nomination forms are available here. The Luncheon will be November 15 at the Sheraton Uptown Charlotte.

Please consider nominating a deserving individual or organization for the awards listed below. This special day brings the nonprofit community together to recognize the profound impact philanthropy has on our society. This is a wonderful way to recognize and honor those who have done so much for the Charlotte region.
The categories we will be honoring are:
·         Champion of Diversity
·         Emerging Philanthropist
·         Philanthropic Small Business
·         Student Philanthropist
·         Philanthropic Organization
·         Volunteer Fundraiser
·         Professional Fundraising Executive
·         Outstanding Legacy
·         Outstanding Philanthropist
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelley Clayton 

2016 NC Philanthropy Conference

Thursday, August 18
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

CFRE Review and Fundraising Fundamentals Courses, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16 & 17
Alex Sheen | Keynote Speaker
Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father in 2012, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. because I said I would has sent over 3.1M promise cards to over 150 countries. Alex's commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions around the world.
Sponsorships and exhibitor space available. Visit the conference website for details. 

Marketing Sponsor:

NC Philanthrophy ConferenceSpeaker Proposals Due 3/21  
Breakout session presenters are vital to our conference. Organizers are seeking presenters for hour-long sessions to address issues faced by fundraisers every day as well as to offer innovative ways to secure new donors.
Application submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016.  Download an application and learn more now.

Membership News and Needs

AFP Charlotte Mentoring Program
Applications due April 15th

AFP Charlotte will launch the 2016 Mentoring Program this May.  Applications are due on April 15th.  If you would like to participate in this program, please fill out the application on the AFP Charlotte website and submit to become a mentor or mentee.  The program is designed for development professionals with two years or more experience looking to:
-       Advance their fundraising skills and knowledge
-       Address a specific area of professional development
-       Connect with a seasoned development professional
-       Navigate fundraising challenges and opportunities
The mentoring program is a free member benefit for AFP Charlotte Chapter members.  The Mentoring Program pairs individuals new to fundraising with seasoned professionals who commit to work one-on-one for eight months.  


CFRE Review Course in Asheville, NC April 4-5
Certified Fund Raising Executive Review Course
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter is hosting a two-day CFRE Review Course in Asheville, NC to help prepare fundraisers to sit for and pass the CFRE Exam.
The CFRE Exam is a professional milestone that many professional fundraisers are looking to acquire and well worth the investment in a review course to increase odds of success in passing the exam. This review course is being taught by local CFRE fundraising professionals to help you in the many skill sets needed to pass the exam. 
The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4-5, 2016 at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Asheville Campus. Modules to be covered are: Why Philanthropy, Current and Prospective Donor Research, Marketing and Developing a Comprehensive Solicitation, Building & Sustaining Relationships, Securing the Gift, Volunteer Involvement, Management, and Accountability.

For detailed class information and to register, visit here.


Recruitment & Retention Committee Seeks New Members
Would you like to serve on a chapter committee? We are looking for a few additional members for the recruitment and retention committee. As a committee member you will help with registration at monthly meetings, occasionally make calls to members, help with planning and executing chapter social events, and attend meetings of the committee about three times/year. If you are new to AFP this is a great way to meet people and get involved! Please contact Jessica Otto if you are interested or would like further information. 


Affinity Groups are going strong - join one today!

Outstanding discussion among group in the areas of planned giving marketing, donor events, database mining, consultant resources and best practices.

Planned giving tip:  single women and donors who have consistently given over the years are terrific planned giving prospects

Tip:  integrate donor stories (often
posthumously) and descriptions of the impact made by a planned gift in your marketing communications to inspire additional gifts

Summer Bootcamp Seeks AFP Task Force
It mays surprise you to know that there are nearly 4,000 nonprofit public charities in Mecklenburg County, with the majority of these organizations either all-volunteer or led by a single staff member.  Though they may not have large budgets, these organizations are often involved in a wide variety of fundraising efforts.
AFP Charlotte is in the early stages of planning a summer bootcamp on fundraising essentials for the leaders of smaller nonprofits in our region.  Our goal is to introduce fundraising best practices to help ensure that the entire nonprofit sector is well served whenever any organization in our region solicits for gifts.
AFP is seeking ideas for sessions, potential speakers and avenues for attracting participation.  A task force is being put together to work on this project with a brainstorming session set for March 31 at noon at Hygge Coworking (809 W. Hill Street) near the stadium uptown. Please RSVP to Josh Jacobson, VP of Programming for the chapter.