AFP Charlotte Chapter

June Monthly Meeting

When: 06/23/2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
Where: CPCC Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte NC 28208
(Registration closes 6/22/2015)
Within the past month, the cover stories of Chronicle and Philanthropy and the Harvard Business Review have both centered on the science of decision making. This work has previously been explored in depth by Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his book Thinking Fast and Slow. His book explains how we often make irrational decisions but want to justify them to ourselves as rational.

This training explores how neuroscience can transform our approach to fundraising in revolutionary ways. It takes Kahneman's work and combines it with the practical marketing thinking from leading authors to show how we can influence donors in ways of which they are not consciously aware. Participants will explore commercial and nonprofit examples of this approach in progress and consider the ethical challenges this technology creates.

This session will provide the framework for how automatic and calculated parts of our brains interact and (occasionally but consistently) misfire and how those misfires impact fundraising. Specific implications will include displaying progress of campaigns, how the ranges we list in response devices impact average gifts, and how an appeal can be used to complete a story. After establishing the parts of behavioral economics that are hardwired in our brains, participants will look at fundraising applications drawn from the U.S. and abroad, and discuss their implications to their own fundraising strategies.

Alan Hutson is managing partner of The Monument Group, a leading US-based consultancy that for almost 20 years has helped nonprofit organizations tap their fundraising potential. He is a trained economist, has been an adjunct faculty member of Virginia Commonwealth University, and facilitated for the Federal Reserve's community engagement series. His consulting work focuses on converting people's passions and good ideas into viable programs within well-run organizations. Specifically, he works to demystify the fund development process for nonprofit staff and their boards by removing psychological barriers and breaking technical challenges into manageable pieces. He has been responsible for nonprofit organizations raising over $100M.

New Member Pricing for AFP Programs

AFP Charlotte is committed to fostering the professional development of its members.  To that end, since membership dues help offset costs associated with monthly programs, the board has made the decision to lock in new discount levels for monthly programs.

Beginning in June, member prices for breakfast events at Harris Conference Center will be $20 for early bird registration and $25 for regular registration and lunch events at Harris Conference Center will be $30 for early bird registration and $35 for regular registration.  Full price for breakfast programs is $30 and $45 for lunch programs. Early bird registration ends two weeks before each program.  Programs occurring at locations other than Harris Conference Center will have similar discount structure based on the cost to the chapter.

These changes are meant to ensure AFP Charlotte provides meaningful discounts and benefits to its members while encouraging non-members to join.  The chapter enjoys the participation of nearly 300 members from the Greater Charlotte area.

Winners of 2015 Philanthropy Awards

The AFP Board of Directors and the community selection committee, comprised of past winners, had the difficult task of selecting this group from many deserving nominees. The winners will be formally recognized and congratulated at the annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon on November 18th at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 
Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Charlie Elberson
"Charlie broaches philanthropy in a unique and innovative way...the organizations he supports run the gamut from supporting people with disabilities to immigrants to women coming out of incarceration to veterans and beyond. He empowers organizations and the people they serve to become more financially independent." -Stephanie Stenglein, Community School of the Arts
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Dale Gillmore
"Dale Gillmore's passion for helping children is the reason he co-founded the Make an Impact Foundation in 2010. In the past five years the MAIF has donated over $150,000 in project grants to local children in need." -Todd Lanham, AT&T External Affairs
Outstanding Student Philanthropist: James McLelland
"James is only the second sophomore who has ever served on the Service Council and his impact was immediate. He wants to be a part of the changes that can make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate." -Mary Jane Gallagher and C.W. Stacks, Charlotte Latin School
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Bank of America
"Bank of America is just as much a leader in philanthropy and social impact as it is an industry leader in banking. With thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars invested in our community, this organization is top-of-mind when one thinks of philanthropy in Charlotte." Shannon Hinson, Thompson Child & Family Focus
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Two Men and a Truck
"Two Men and a Truck Charlotte, led by Tripp Moore, consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to support Charlotte area non-profits through moving or storage. Tripp and his team recognize their ability to help the community, and respond to the call each and every time." Sarah Lanners, Community School of the Arts
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Edward O'Keefe
"Ed is one of the most generous and impactful community leaders that I know. Ed consistently holds himself and those around him to the highest standards of ethics, transparency, accountability and commitment." Charles Bowman, Charlotte Market President, Bank of America
Outstanding Legacy: Mary Liz Francis
"Educating students of all ages was a passion for Mary Liz Francis, who believed in the importance of providing young people with opportunity, experiences to inspire, and people around them to encourage a love of learning." -James Bullock, Queens University of Charlotte
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Jenni Gaisbauer
"A development professional for 15 years who's raised more than $25 million for a variety of organizations, Jenni sets high goals for herself and her team, but doesn't ask her teammates to do anything she wouldn't be willing to do herself. Jenni bravely asks "why" when that's not clear. She listens and then listens some more. She learns as effectively as she teaches, and cares about the community outside her own organization."- Lee Keesler, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Outstanding Philanthropist: Howard Levine
"Howard Levine is transforming this community, one gift at a time. He sees a need, and acts quickly, rewarding innovation and creativity while also recognizing the importance of meeting pressing, urgent community needs. He and his wife Julie have generously supported a variety of educational, health care, human services and Jewish causes in an effort to give back and make a difference." -Catherine Warfield, Foundation For The Carolinas

Upcoming NC Philanthropy Conference and AFP Scholarship Opportunities for Sessions

The NC Philanthropy Conference and Pre-Conference Sessions will take place at the Koury Convention Center (3121 High Point Rd) in Greensboro on August 18 - 20, 2015. The 2015 NC Philanthropy Conference is the 11th annual conference co-hosted by the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte chapters of the Association of Fundraising professionals. Each year we attract between 400 and 500 fundraising professionals from nonprofits across the state of North Carolina and surrounding states. Our sessions are CFRE approved and yearly we bring 30+ industry leaders (consultants, practitioners and philanthropists) selected to present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions.  To register and read more about the 2015 Conference click here.

NC Philanthropy Conference: August 20, 2015  
Scholarship Application Deadline: June 12, 2015
The conference attracts fundraising professionals, executive directors, and other staff from small grass-roots non-profits to large universities & foundations who serve the people of North Carolina. This year's conference is all about nonprofit fundraisers - the staff who wear multiple hats, have more and more responsibilities, and are charged to do much more with much less.
The sessions are CFRE approved and bring industry leaders (consultants, practitioners, and philanthropists) selected to present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions. Last year the conference attracted to Raleigh more than 440 attendees from 250+ organizations. The NC Philanthropy Conference is well respected, evaluated highly, and continues to grow.
Pre-Conference Session: August 18-19, 2015 
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 17, 2015
The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course was developed with a foundation from the Essentials of Fundraising Program and the First Course in Fundraising and is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges non-profit organizations face every day.
This 16 hour course is meant to be taught in an active learning style and includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques and will provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components for individuals with zero to four years of fundraising experience.
Pre-Conference Session: August 18-19, 2015 
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 17, 2015
AFP's CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program.  The purpose of this two-day, 16 hour intensive program is to provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level.
The course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles.  Its content is organized around the CFRE exam domains: Current and Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Management, and Accountability.  Participants engage in fundraising problem-solving with top-notch professionals and network with fundraising peers.
Direct scholarship questions to Susan Yarber at Instructions and Application Form can be found at:

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