There is still plenty of time to submit your National Philanthropy Day (NPD) nomination, open until 11:59 pm on April 16. This year, perhaps more than ever, recognizing the incredible philanthropic work that individuals and organizations are doing in our community is important. Your voice is essential in telling our community's story and creating an NPD event that truly reflects the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

"We know philanthropy doesn't stop during a pandemic. This past year we relied on our steadfast supporters more than ever, so honoring them through an NPD nomination was an easy decision. Not only did we have the opportunity to express how grateful we were for the Assistance League of Charlotte's support of Arts+ but it gave us a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the amazing work they do in the  community and engage with them on a deeper level. It is truly a win-win!" - Stephanie Stenglein, CFRE, Associate Executive Director of Arts+ and AFP Charlotte Past President.

Questions? Visit www.afpcharlotte.org/npd or email NPD Committee Chair, Sydney Hammond.

NPD Past Nominator Highlight
[Image]Nominating Molly Green for Outstanding Student Philanthropist was easy. Molly, like most kids loved animals but unfortunately was very allergic so having one of her own was not an option. Molly did the next best thing - she looked for ways to support animals. It really started when she saw a collection jar for the Humane Society of Charlotte (HSC) at a store. That began her dedication to the Humane Society of Charlotte. As she grew older, Molly ran lemonade stands and donated her proceeds to the HSC. Wanting to do even more, but too young to volunteer at the shelter and too allergic to be able to adopt one of the rescued animals herself, Molly graduated to organizing a hot dog dinner and silent auction under the moniker "Paws for the Cause." Her first event, held when she was only 13 years old, raised nearly $1,500. To date, Molly has raised more than $65,000 in support of the HSC through this event. In high school, she formed the Paws for Cause student organization. Today, Paws for Cause is going strong thanks to the structure Molly put in place..

Two important legacies of Molly's work are the philanthropic skills and her organizational skills that she has developed. As she graduates from college this year, it is exciting to know that Molly will be continuing her philanthropic endeavors at Bank of America.

Upcoming Webinars

[Image]We hope you will join us in March and April as we address these issues. We will be hosting a short de-brief session after each of the upcoming webinars. Please join us! 

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Noon until 1:15 PM
Webinar:  Branding and Building Your Online Community
Register here.

Your organization's brand: it goes far beyond your logo and color scheme, and it is tied to everything you and your fellow employees say and do. Your online community: you know it takes time and effort to build an audience, but you may be missing out on golden opportunities to grow it and further engage.

Join us to learn simple tactics you can implement into your organization's everyday communication, leading to a stronger brand and tighter community. Improved communication can boost your integrity and visibility and ultimately lead to more donor dollars.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Noon until 1:15 PM
Easy and Effective Ways to Stay Engaged with Your Donors All Year Long
Register here.

Join Mark Chilutti, CFRE, for a fun and engaging webinar that will leave you with lots of innovative and FUN ways to thank your donors for their support. After working hard to secure the gift, we need to let our donors know the impact it made in our organizations.

How do you get to the next level in your career? How do you demonstrate to your peers, donors, upper management, and the board that you are truly a knowledgeable fundraising professional?

Thousands of fundraising professionals worldwide have boosted their salaries, career prospects, and fundraising knowledge by becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  In fact, CFREs earn 7 15% more than non-CFREs according to the 2020 AFP Benefits and Compensation Report. CFREs also report greater professional opportunities and on-the-job confidence. 

Don't miss this session if you want to learn how to get started with becoming a CFRE so you can begin enjoying the many benefits that come with certification. 
This session will provide you with an overview of the CFRE credential what it is, how to get started, eligibility requirements, filling out the application, an overview of the exam, and more. 

You'll also hear from and ask questions of local AFP Charlotte members who have their certification.  Come and get the inside scoop on those who have been through the process.
Register here.

AFP Racial Equity Discussion Club

Want to have a candid conversation about equitable hiring practices?  Please join us for the next Racial Equity Discussion Club on Monday, April 12 at 4:00 pm as we talk about our own experiences with hiring and tools and strategies we should use going forward. If you have samples of articles you've read or podcasts you've heard, please share with Penny Hawkins and she will distribute to the group. Toolkits and other tools will be shared after the discussion in April. 
We will be discussing the following:

[Image]"Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Why Traditional Recruiting Doesn't Work in 2020"
In this episode of ThinkCast, host Kasey Panetta interviews Dion Love, a Vice President of Advisory Services at Gartner.  In order to deliver on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, leaders must take a look at how the traditional hiring process needs to change for organizations to create diverse digital workforces.

[Image]Read "How to Expand Diversity in the Workplace" here.
Civil-rights lawyer Cyrus Mehri headed up some of the biggest race-discrimination class actions of the early aughts. Now, he has ideas on how to make companies more equitable.

Read Dana Brownlee's article "If You're Expecting Diversity & Inclusion Leaders To Fix Workplace Racism, Think Again."

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)
[Image]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 pleased to share resources to help you:

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 hwhitfield@shepherdscharlotte.org.

Job Postings
NC State University
Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Donor Database Assistant

Habitat Charlotte Region
Leadership Giving Manager

Supportive Housing Communities

JazzArts Charlotte
Administrative Program Coordinator

Rowan Cabarrus County College Foundation
College Foundation Director

Development Officer - Veteran's Program

Sustain Charlotte
Development Associate

Hospitality House of Charlotte
Development Manager

The Harvest Center of Charlotte
Development Associate

NC State University
Director of Development, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Development Associate

NC State University
Assistant Director of Annual Giving Data Analytics & Reporting

NC State University
Director of Alumni & Donor Relations

Catherine's House

Youth Villages
Development Manager

Cain Center for the Arts
Director of Development

United Methodist Foundation of Western NC
Communications Specialist

Veterans Bridge Home
Advancement Associate

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