Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina
President & CEO

Charlotte Catholic High School
Assistant Director of Advancement & Communications

Carolina/Sigal Music Museum
Director of Development & Marketing

HOPE Academy
Advancement Director

Courage For Life
Office Manager

Monarch NC
Grants & Foundations
Relations Manager


President's Letter

Dear AFP Charlotte Members and Friends,

I hope that many of you saw the response from AFP Charlotte on racial equity that we shared last week. If not, please read the statement here. We welcome your feedback on other ideas we can implement to address systemic racism, racial equity and philanthropy in our community.  As we stated, we pledge to do more. Some of our immediate next steps include: 

  • Listen, Learn and Educate members about the disparities that pervade every level of society for people of color
  • Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA), which is a key pillar of AFP Global and AFP Charlotte's vision for the organization
  • Actively recruit, remove barriers and cultivate participation from a diverse group of fundraising professionals as members, guests and board members
  • Offer technical support for fundraising best practices for both member and nonmember nonprofit organizations that elevate AFP Charlotte's principles of IDEA
If you are interested in learning more about our IDEA Committee, please email us at

As mentioned in last month's e-newsletter, we are increasing our focus on membership and professional development in our chapter scholarships. We are offering partial and full scholarships through AFP Charlotte for membership and professional development on a rolling basis.  As you plan your 2021 professional development budget, know that we are here to ensure that you still benefit from AFP Charlotte and its many opportunities for engagement. There is also a $50 discount offered through the end of the month through AFP Global for new members. Is someone on your team ready to join? Now is a great time!

Lastly, we hope you will consider joining us at our upcoming virtual programs. On Thursday, July 2nd we will host our summer Cocktails and Calamities with a
virtual social from 4 - 5:30 p.m. 
We will also host 3 prerecorded webinars from AFP Global between now and the end of July. These sessions will include the prerecorded webinar and a chance for discussion with AFP Charlotte attendees afterwards. I look forward to a time when we can all be together in person, but for now I hope you will take one of the many opportunities we have to connect with AFP Charlotte virtually. On top of great programming, we also have our regularly scheduled affinity groups and various pop-up topics that you can find on our social media.  

Many Thanks,

Penny Hawkins 

Upcoming Events

Join us for our annual social! Although it will look a little different this year, we still want to network and learn from each other. There will be breakout rooms via Zoom with the topics:
  • What are your favorite professional development books?
  • What are your favorite podcasts?
  • What conferences would you recommend that others attend? 
Grab your favorite beverage and join AFP Charlotte as we kickoff the beginning of the summer season!

Register here.

Pre-recorded Webinars with Conversation

Don't Say I Didn't Warn You - The Pragmatist's Guide to Successful Special Events
July 7 at 9:00 am
Register here.

How Nonprofits Can Powerfully Use Storytelling NOW During the Pandemic
July 16 at 9;00 am
Register here.

Before You Post that Job - How to Hire RIGHT When You're Not HR
July 23 at 12:00 pm
Register here.

We Want You!
Do you want to take a more active role in AFP Charlotte? Our Chapter is only as strong as its members, and those willing to serve on the board bear the responsibility and privilege of leading our vibrant chapter. Serving on the board is a rewarding  experience, and a change to work closely with some of the best fundraising professionals in our community.  Now is an exciting time to join as we advance our strategic plan and increase our focus on equity.
Every chapter member in good standing is eligible for consideration as a director or officer. A single slate of officers and directors for election will be presented to our chapter membership later this year. We hope you will consider serving the chapter in this meaningful way! To learn more about being an AFP Charlotte board member and to fill out an application, please click hereThe deadline for applications is July 13, 2020.  
Questions? Need more information? Contact Mike Blackwelder at

Membership News

Have you considered inviting members of your board, volunteers, or colleagues to become members of AFP? Now is the time. AFP is an amazing opportunity to network, connect, and learn from the largest organization of fundraising professionals in the world.
As a member of AFP, you will have access to free opportunities including affinity groups, mentoring programs, and access to scholarships towards professional development opportunities. Additionally, in light of Covid-19, AFP Charlotte has offered monthly programming at no additional cost to members. Engaging your board, volunteers, and colleagues with AFP exposes them to a network of fundraisers where they can learn, ask questions, and grow to not only to the benefit of their professional life, but to your organization.
AFP members have access to a larger, global community. Through AFP Global, members receive Advancing Philanthropy Magazine (a quarterly fundraising publication), the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, AFP 360 (a career builder and management tool), and more.
Our membership team would be happy to talk with you more about the opportunities AFP offers. Please e-mail us at with any questions.

Membership Coupon
In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories. The discount is available through June 30th.
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