AFP Charlotte

Upcoming Events


Levine Museum of the New South
SVP, Development & Marketing

Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
Director of Development for Catholic Charities

Gaston College
Manager-Development Operations 

Heart Math Tutoring
Development Director

Center for Community Transitions
Development Director

Loaves & Fishes
Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Director of Development

Sustain Charlotte
Director of Development

Cornelius Arts Center
Development Associate

Winthrop University 
Development Officer

Easterseals UCP
Development Director

ANSWER Scholarship, Inc.
Development Director

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Donor Database Coordinator

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina
Chief Development Officer

Anne Springs Close Greenway
Development Manager

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Fundraising Campaign Director

Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.
Development Officer

Brookstone Schools
Volunteer & Resource
Development Manager

The Salvation Army
Director of Development

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Development Associate

Teach For America
Development Director



2018 Programming

September 25, 2018
Massive Fundraising: How to Double, Triple or Quadruple Your Income - Extended Lunch Program
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm | CPCC Harris Campus
Why do some organizations truly excel in their fundraising and others merely get by? In this session we'll explore the results of Adrian Sargeant's study of organizations that have successfully doubled or tripled their donated income in a five-year period or less. Read more about this special lunch program and register now.

We will also be voting on our 2019 Board of Directors. Click here to see the slate.

This program is funded in part through member support of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's BE the Cause Campaign.

September 25, 2018
Relationship Fundraising 3.0: Lessons from Social Psychology - Senior Forum
9:00 am - 11:00 pm | CPCC Harris Campus
We will explore the psychology of each stage of a relationship, from exploration through growth and commitment. Adrian Sargeant will then map out the fundamental human needs that can be met through philanthropy and how an understanding of these dimensions can add real value for supporters in their giving. For the first time, Adrian will present hard data on how exposure to relationship fundraising makes donors feel. He'll demonstrate how a relationship focused approach enhances the wellbeing it generates for supporters and how giving can double as a consequence. Register here.

National Philanthropy Day: Early Bird Deadline is October 12th
Join us for the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Tuesday, November 27th! The early bird deadline for individual tickets and tables is October 12th. Don't miss your chance for early bird savings.

                                            Early Bird          Regular
Individual Tickets:             $50                    $65
Table Hosts:                       $450                  $550 

The sponsorship deadline for Heart of Bronze, Heart of Silver, and Heart of Gold is also October 12th! Sponsorships are an excellent way to demonstrate your organization's commitment to philanthropy or to honor an award winner that has impacted your organization. Click here for more information.

 Heart of Charlotte Sponsor:

AFP Charlotte Member Benefit: FREE Board Training

As a benefit of your membership in the Charlotte AFP Chapter you can have a FREE training session for your organization's board of directors to learn about the board's role in fundraising. Trainings are delivered by local fundraising experts and AFP members with ten or more years of experience. Contact Jim Kelley to inquire about scheduling a session with your board members.

Legislative Update

New Tax Study Anticipates Significant Decrease in Charitable Giving Following Tax Reform

Synopsis: A third major study (complementing previous studies by the Lilly School/Independent Sector and the Tax Policy Center) has found that the new tax law will reduce annual charitable giving by $16-17 billion per year. The loss in giving will come primarily through the doubling of the standard deduction. The study also offers four different legislative proposals for increasing giving that would result in increased annual giving in the $19-23 billion range. 

Why It Matters: This latest study is the first one completed following the enactment of tax reform. It also comes from a conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute. There are now three different studies, coming from three different sources, that all point to the same result: annual drops in charitable giving in the range of $13-$20 billion. 

What to Do: Members need to be prepared for the potential impact of the new tax law later this year and into the future. AFP has published some information and advice on how to approach giving with the new tax law (here and here) and will be developing more materials later this year.  

Universal Charitable Deduction Bill Introduced in Congress

Synopsis: In May, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) introduced the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act, which would create a universal charitable deduction. The bill would allow anyone, regardless of whether they itemize their taxes or not, to take a deduction for their charitable giving, and the bill does not limit how much can be claimed through the deduction. Research has shown that a universal charitable deduction would offset the projected losses in giving from the new tax law and actually lead to an estimated $5 billion increase in annul charitable giving. 

Why It Matters: With the new tax law projected to decrease giving by anywhere from $13 - $20 billion annually, and the demand for charitable services increasing every year, the creation of a universal charitable deduction is critical to ensure giving remains strong. In addition, research shows that fewer people are now giving to charity, and that the growth in giving is primarily due to major gifts (fewer people giving more money). The universal charitable deduction will encourage giving from all Americans regardless of wealth. This bill creates a universal charitable deduction without any limitations (floors or caps). 

What to Do: AFP will be sending out a legislative message to all members later this year, asking them to contact Members of Congress about the universal charitable deduction. Please be ready to follow up on that communication.