AFP Charlotte Chapter

June Monthly Meeting

Development and Finance: A House United

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

(Registration closes 6/13/2014)
AFP's Advancing Philanthropy publication recently highlighted the relationship between fundraising and finance in its article "Development and Finance: A House Divided?"  According to the article, "the chief finance officer (CFO) and chief development officer (CDO) have the distinction of leading teams that secure and manage resources for an organization.  At times, these teams define success using different terms....and there is the possible misperception that they work against one another rather than with each other."
Join AFP Charlotte for an honest and informative panel conversation with finance and development teams that have successfully bridged this gap and forged successful relationships to benefit their organizations.   This program is part of AFP's 2014 theme of Philanthropy for the Whole Organization.  This theme offers a four-part programmatic series in 2014 addressing key organizational issues that affect fundraising and overall organizational success.
Dean Jones and Donna Bigham, YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Mary Jane Gallagher and Fletcher Gregory, Charlotte Latin School
Rich Carter, CPA

2014 NC Philanthropy Conference: Chaos to Clarity

Strategies to Help Nonprofit Professionals Survive and Thrive

Event Date: 08/14/2014
Location: Duham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
Early Bird Registration is $129 and Ends on July 11th, 2014!

Participate in the 2014 NC Philanthropy Conference in Durham.  Keynote speaker Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, is a best-selling author, speaker, trainer and consultant, as well as the owner of Tri Point Fundraising, a full-service consulting firm for nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Her published books include: Amazon Best-Seller Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops: How to Leverage Your Annual Fund in Only Five Hours per Week, Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals and Board Members, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop.

She currently serves as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals New Jersey Chapter. Amy received her Master's Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University and her Bachelor's Degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Amy became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and became an ACFRE in 2013.

Hosted by the Triangle, Charlotte and Triad Chapter of the
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

For more information and to register, visit the NC Philanthropy Conference website,

LeGrange College Offering MA in Philanthropy

A master's degree in Philanthropy and Development will help you move ahead as a leader in fundraising and philanthropy. The only program of its kind in the Southeast, LaGrange College's 25-month degree is designed for working professionals, offering blended delivery (two-week summer sessions and online components), course credit based on your experience and a capstone project that can focus on your current or future work.  The program prepares leaders and administrators in the fields of major gifts, campaigns, planned giving, annual fund and utilization of new and social media in fundraising.
Space for this year's cohort is limited to 20-22, and slots are filling quickly. Visit, email or call (706) 880-8225.
 More on LaGrange College: Georgia's oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College is located one hour south of Atlanta on Interstate 85 and is consistently ranked as top-10 and "best value" college by U.S. News & World Report. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange aims to provide a transforming experience that both challenges the mind and inspires the soul.


2014 AFP Charlotte Membership Survey Results

In February, AFP Charlotte emailed out a membership survey asking for your feedback.  Thank you for participating!
The Board plans to use this information in strategic and program planning for the chapter.  Below are some of the findings:
·         52 members took the survey
·         75% serve on their organization's leadership team and more than 50% have a role in program operations.
·         74% were somewhat or completely satisfied with local chapter programs and services.
·         More than ½ of those surveyed with neutral or dissatisfied with AFP IHQ services.
·         One of the biggest challenges our members face is not having enough time in the day/being understaffed.
·         Most wanted program topics included: Cultivation/Stewardship and Analytics (May program offered)
·         88% of those surveyed felt as though there is at least 1 person in AFP they can call for advice.
·         35% were neutral or dissatisfied with chapter information about member benefits.
·         42% were neutral or dissatisfied that chapter leadership wasn't interactive with membership.
Our Board values your feedback!  It seems as though we can do a much better job at making members aware of AFP IHQ benefits and resources.  This will certainly be a focus for us moving forward.  As an FYI,  IHQ is redesigning the membership website to offer a more customized log in.  In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the resource center on AFP's website: AFP Hot Topics
Additionally, many of you expressed dissatisfaction with a low level of chapter leadership interaction.  This feedback will be part of our mid-year Board discussion and planning.  We will share some of our ideas at the September membership meeting.  I hope that you will also take time to introduce yourself to someone new at the next chapter event.  Networking remains one of the top benefits according to those surveyed. 
Thanks again for your input and we will look forward to seeing you soon!

-- Shannon Hinson, AFP Chapter President

Member Confession: 

Mike Blackwelder, Director of Donor & Community Relations, Safe Alliance

A few years after I graduated college, I was finding it difficult to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my career.  I had recently done some volunteer work with the ALS Association, and a friend suggested that I try working for a nonprofit.  As a last minute decision, I quit my job of several years and took a temporary contract position with United Way during their 2007 campaign season.  I can't think of a better place to start a career in nonprofit fundraising because I was exposed to so many different member agencies in the community and was able to see firsthand the amazing work being done throughout the Charlotte region.  I quickly learned that fundraising was a good fit for me.  After my contract with United Way was up, I was offered a job as Development Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, where I spent the next four and a half years. Read more here...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:
Alzheimer's Association Director Development & Communications
Habitat Charlotte Corporate Relations Manager
Teach For America Senior Managing Director of Development (Charlotte, NC)
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County Resource Development Director
InReach Development Coordinator
UNC Charlotte Campaign Director
UNC Charlotte Director of Prospect Strategy & Research
UNC Charlotte Senior Director of Major Gifts
UMAR, Inc. Director of Development

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!  

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