AFP Charlotte Chapter

March Monthly Meeting: IABC/AFP Charlotte's 13th Annual Profitable Communications for Nonprofits Workshop

Communications Meets Fundraising: How to integrate and collaborate.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2014
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row (FREE parking), Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

This workshop is designed to bring you the most relevant, timely and practical communications strategies that you can apply to your organization right away.

Whether you're a fundraiser, or you work with fundraisers, you're sure to come away with some useful information.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 13, when we'll gather again at Piedmont Natural Gas (4720 Piedmont Row) near SouthPark.  The day will be organized into three 45-minute educational sessions, followed by a lunch, featuring Elaine Lyerly, who will serve as our keynote speaker. Elaine is president of the Lyerly Agency and is one of Charlotte's true veterans of the communications and public relations field. 

Her talk will entail: Women in Philanthropy A Powerhouse of Potential.

Women are beginning to change the face of philanthropy in America today. Whether it's consumer buying power or decisions about philanthropy, many more women control the purse strings. Find out how tapping into this storehouse of potential can reap huge benefits for your nonprofit.

Elaine will also lead the first breakout session.

She'll be followed by: Crystal Dempsey, Executive Director of CAST (Carolina Actors Studio Theatre) and former Charlotte Observer reporter and a surprise mystery guest!

Cost for the workshop is FREE for employees of 501(c)(3) organizations and $65 for everyone else. Lunch is optional at $15 per person.

Check-in and networking begin at 8:00 a.m.
The opening session begins at 8:30 a.m.
The luncheon begins at 12:15 p.m.

To register for this event, click here.

Attend 2014 AFP International Conference

Robert Touchstone, Director of Development at the Carolina Raptor Center and AFP Charlotte's Chamberlain scholarship winner in 2014, is organizing a meet-up of those AFP Charlotte members who plan on attending the AFP International Conference in San Antonio, March 23-25.  If you plan to attend, please contact him with your cell phone and email:

Robert Touchstone
                M: 704-616-0732
                O: 704-875-6521 x204

For more information, or if you would like to attend the AFP International Conference in San
Antonio, visit

Join Our Mentor and Mentee Networking Event

The AFP Charlotte is hosting a meeting at VinMaster Wine Shop on March 26th from 4-6:30pm. This will be a chance for the mentees to work on a fundraising skill during our skill session. The afternoon will be followed by a social with the mentees/mentor pairings.

For more information, email Marjorie Bray.

Mark Your Calendar: Affinity Groups

Small Shop Affinity Group

Date: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 3:30PM -5:00PM
Location: Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) 2401-A Distribution Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

You will see a sign at the driveway entrance:
               "Friendship Trays, Community Culinary School of Charlotte and Encore Catering" 
Turn alongside the building, into the long one-way driveway that will take you to the parking lot and entry at the rear of the building. You will see the CCSC sign over the middle doorway.
If you get lost, please call CCSC: 704.375.4500 x 4857 for Development Office or
Karen Heroy directly: 914.213.4235 (cell)

Learn More About Affinity Groups

We Need Your Vote for the 2014 Philanthropy Day Awards

AFP-Charlotte is officially accepting nominations for the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon!
This year's event will take place on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at The Westin Charlotte. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 4, 2014. Who would you like to honor this year?

We are accepting nominations for the following categories:
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Outstanding Philanthropist
Outstanding Legacy
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist
Outstanding Student Philanthropy
Outstanding Fundraising Executive
Outstanding Champion of Diversity
Writing and compiling nominations can be overwhelming, so we put together a helpful check list of the Top 7 Items to Remember when submitting a nomination.
The nomination process is a great opportunity for all development professionals to learn more about their donors and cultivate the relationship with them when you let them know that you're nominating them for an award! Even if they aren't selected as a winner this year, they will appreciate being nominated and thought of in such a special way. Remember to submit your nominations by Friday, April 4th.
If you have any questions, contact Julie Drinkhahn at

CFRE Study Group in 2014 Few Spots Remaining

Are you considering CFRE certification in 2014?  AFP Charlotte will offer a customized study group for those interested in taking the CFRE exam beginning in late February.  For more information, please contact Josh Jacobson, Chair of the CFRE Committee by February 7.

Member Confession:

Katie Benston, Chief Program Officer, Care Ring

Most people who attend AFP meetings and join AFP are on the development team, with titles such as director of development, annual fund manager, grant writer, special events coordinator, or database specialist. But my title at Care Ring is Chief Program Officer, and I am responsible for the strategic direction and operations of our healthcare programs.

That's right I'm a "program person." I believe fundraising is important to all of us who work in and with non-profit organizations. Programs and development are tied together like yin and yang, neither able to do our jobs without excellent planning and results from the other. I say all the time that the funds we raise support our programs, and our programs support our fundraising. It is important to the people we serve and the team providing services that donors understand and support our work. That is why I stay abreast of important fundraising topics through my AFP membership and attendance at meetings.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:

Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council, Senior Director of Council Advancement
The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., Director of Development and Public Relations
Samaritan's Purse, Regional Director, North & South Carolina
Catawba Science Center, Director of Advancement
Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, Associate Director of Development
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Development Specialist
UNC Charlotte, Alumni and External Relations Coordinator
Center for Child and Family Health, Director of Development
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.,  Donor Relations & Data Coordinator
NC MedAssist, Senior Director of Development
Gaston College, Director-Grants and Special Projects (Search Re-Opened)
Gaston Residential Services, Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societ, Campaign Specialist
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Campaign Manager - Charlotte Light The Night Walk
Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Fundraiser
Schiele Museum, Advancement Director
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Financial Development Relationship Manager
North Carolina Dance Theatre, Annual Giving Manager
Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Associate Director of Development

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!  

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