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United Way of Central Carolinas
Director of Major Gifts

Community Shelter of Union County
Director of Development

Charlotte Lab School
Director of Development

Make-A-Wish of Central & Western NC
Individual Giving Manager

Heart Math Tutoring
Development & Grants Coordinator

The Enrichment Center
Executive Director

Brookstone Schools of Mecklenburg County
Advancement Administrative Assistant

Voices Together
Director of Development

Supportive Housing Communities
Chief Development Officer

Rescue Ranch
Development Director

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Director of Institutional Philanthropy

Let Me Run
Director of Development

Girl Scouts of South Carolina, Mountains to Midlands
Chief Advancement Officer

Davidson College
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Central Carolina Community Foundation
VP for Development

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
Grant Manager

Winthrop University
Advancement Services Specialist




President-Elect's Letter

Hello Charlotte AFP Members and Friends,

Wow! On Monday, August 5th, so many of you joined us at the 15th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference at the Charlotte Convention Center. In fact, we had over 500 in attendance! We cannot thank you enough for sharing in a day to learn, network and grow together. Our lunchtime keynote speaker, Father Gregory Boyle, put it best: "There is no "them" and "us." There is only us." The important work of the agencies you represent would not be possible without you. Together, we ensure there is only us.

The NC Philanthropy Conference always offers development professionals a great day of programming. This year was no different.

  • 2 Keynote Speakers
    • Breakfast Keynote - Penelope Burk
    • Lunch Keynote - Father Gregory Boyle
  • 36 Breakout Sessions, CFRE approved, led by over 60 regional professionals
  • 2 Master Classes
    • Morning Master Class - Penelope Burk
    • Afternoon Master Class - Joann Beam and Bill Whitley
  • Post-Conference Reception hosted by FFTC
  • 2 Post-Conference Sessions hosted by UNCC 
    • AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising
    • CFRE Review Course
  • Over 500 Diverse, Skilled and Passionate Fundraisers
  • 20 Exhibitors
  • 12+ Vital Partners & Sponsors 

The NC Philanthropy Conference is staffed by volunteers in AFP Chapters across the state. The team works tirelessly to ensure that attendees experience high quality programming that empowers, inspires and educates. If you are interested in serving on a future NC Philanthropy Conference Committee, please contact me at We welcome your valuable input on the NC Philanthropy Conference.

My thanks to those who served, attended and supported the 15th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference. There is an undeniable feeling of renewal and sense of purpose once we come together and realize our collective passion for bettering our region. Thank you for all you do for philanthropy in our community.

Many Thanks,
Penny Hawkins
AFP Charlotte, President-Elect

Upcoming Lunch Program

Thursday, September 12, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | CPCC Harris Campus

Join us for a presentation by David Heinen, NC Center for Nonprofits' Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy.
During this presentation, you will learn about:

  • The latest trends in the nonprofit sector and charitable giving;
  • Ways nonprofits are changing their fundraising strategies as fewer donors are using the charitable deduction; and
  • Possible federal and state legislation that could bolster tax incentives for charitable giving.

David Heinen has been with the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits since 2007, leading the Center's public policy and advocacy work and providing non-answers (and occasional useful information) about legal compliance, trends in the nonprofit sector, and advocacy to hundreds of nonprofits. Before returning to North Carolina to work for the Center, David spent seven years as an attorney with a Washington, D.C. law firm serving the nonprofit community. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and two young(ish) children. Register here.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | CPCC Harris Campus

Communication Skills for Politically
Polarizing Situations at Work

Feelings of distrust and hostility toward 'the other' political side are probably higher now than at any time since the Vietnam era. Better Angels, a national group, brings conservatives and liberals together for political discussions to clarify differences and listen for common ground. Rich Midkiff of Better Angels will provide communication skills that you can use to mitigate difficult political conversations at work and home. Register here.

Rich Midkiff served in the Air Force for 22 years and with the State of Alabama for 22 years. In eight very different agencies, he was an instructor pilot, classroom teacher, performance coach, curriculum writer for a broad spectrum of technical and humanistic topics, training manager, or deputy director for training administration. Midkiff was the agency administrator for the first operational Learning Management System in Alabama's executive government, which provided work courses online for 4,000 employees state wide. Since retiring, Rich volunteers in the Charlotte area, and is a Moderator for Better Angels.

"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."     
            ~  George Bernard Shaw

Now Accepting Chamberlain Scholarship Applications for AFP ICON 2020

The Chamberlain Scholarship program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999. Mr. Chamberlain's dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation's annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain's memory and commitment to the Association. 

Each year, it is the intent of the AFP Charlotte Chapter to select one qualified candidate as the Chamberlain Scholar to represent the chapter during AFP ICON. This is a wonderful learning experience and an opportunity to meet and network with professional peers in the field of fundraising. AFP ICON will be held in Baltimore, MD on March 29-31, 2020. To learn more, visit

Requirements for applicants: 

  • Be a current member of AFP Charlotte in good standing.
  • Candidate must be currently employed by a non-profit and have worked in the development profession for at least three years.
  • Candidate will not have previously attended an AFP International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant.
  • Candidate is responsible for making all travel and lodging arrangements and agrees to pay $10 to register for the conference. The candidate also will complete and return an Evaluation Form about his or her experience to the Scholarship Committee Chair. 

The deadline for submitting the Chamberlain Scholarship application is September 15, 2019. Please reach out to Lori Avery, Scholarship Chair, with any questions. 

Member Benefit

Did you know? Just 59 percent of fundraisers feel like they negotiated effectively for their salary, according to AFP's 2019 Compensation and Benefits Report. So, learn how to negotiate more effectively with AAUW's Online Negotiation Workshops, at no charge to AFP members. All AFP members will have to a free one-hour digital course, which provides strategies and skills to help individuals learn to better negotiate on behalf of themselves. The workshop provides negotiating tactics that participants can feel comfortable with and teaches them that negotiation is a conversation, not a confrontation.

Member Spotlight:
Mallory Seibel

Meet Mallory Seibel. She is the Annual Fund Manager at Urban Ministry Center (newly merged with Men's Shelter of Charlotte!). The transition has been dreamy. Mallory says "I have only been here for 2 months but can see myself being here FOREVER. I love this work and I LOVE this organization." What an awesome way to feel about your job! 

Mallory joined AFP Charlotte in 2014 and currently attends the Annual Fund and "New" to Development Affinity Groups. When asked what she has learned through AFP affinity groups, she talks about the sense of belonging, stating "I've learned that we are never alone. There are so many commonalities among not only nonprofits but fundraising teams and roles. You never have to look very far to find someone who is sharing in your joys or your miseries!" While Mallory loves participating in affinity groups, she brought up a common topic of feedback on the meetings--the importance of a convenient location. "We work at organizations that are spread across the city and work in all corners of the county."

Thank you, Mallory for this feedback. Our chapter will continue to ask members for feedback on the best locations for our affinity group meetings!  Mallory credits our chapter with creating an enjoyable and welcoming community--one where people are understanding, supportive, and friendly. Mallory, thank you for all YOU do to support AFP and our Affinity Groups. We hope to see you at a monthly meeting soon!

Membership News

Greetings members!  We hope that you all are taking full advantage of one of our most valuable member benefits: affinity groups! A few of our members have inquired about the availability of affinity groups in other parts of the greater Charlotte metro area. We are happy to explore this option! If you would be interested in an affinity group meeting outside of center city, please send an email to Jane Sanders noting your preferred topic (Current topics include Annual Fund, Development Management, Major Gifts, New Fundraising Professionals, Planned Giving, Small Shop. Have a different idea? Let Jane know!) and your preferred location (Matthews, Pineville, South Charlotte, Lake Norman, etc.). In the meantime, please continue to support our chapter by participating in this valuable membership benefit!