AFP Charlotte Chapter

July Monthly Meeting

A Paradigm Shift: Next Practices with Lynne Wester

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Byron's South End, 101 W Worthington Ave #110, Charlotte, NC 28203

(Registration closes 7/09/2014)

Join us for a presentation by Lynne Wester, a frequent conference speaker and well known resource for donor relations and fundraising expertise. She has been featured in The Washington Post, CURRENTS magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and other industry publications. Lynne created this website and blog to share her expertise, opinions, and collections of samples on a variety of topics with the greater development world and hosts a monthly webinar series. Using her expertise and hands on approach, she works with many organizations to help them keep their focus donor driven, technologically savvy, strategic, and always with a splash of good humor.

The dynamics of donor relationships are experiencing a revolution unlike any seen before.  Communications are no longer segmented, stark, and costly mailings; now we look toward a present and future filled with rich, bold, all encompassing communications that grab and engage donors and prospects where they are.

The real value of this new paradigm, however, is in the genuine, authentic conversation that exists. Regardless of affinity, organization type, hierarchy, structure or budget, the standards exist, and at a minimum these should be a core function of every well performing development shop.

What sets the high achieving shop apart is their ability to take calculated risks, embrace failure, and innovate. We innovate not for the sake of being different but because it challenges us to move forward and shed the old guards of the past while challenging conventional wisdom.  Let's walk through this changing landscape together and learn how to move forward and inspire others to join our mission of innovation and the future of the next best practice.

For questions, please email

Celebrating our 2013-2014 Mentors and Mentees!

Congratulations to our graduating mentees!
  • Susan Andersen
  • Julie Attilus
  • Anne Bogen
  • Aimee Brunton
  • Penny Hawkins
  • Rachel Ingle
  • Quoinesha Jones
  • Ben Kubie
  • Martha Loftin
  • Crystal McClung
  • Justin Nash
  • Julia Passos
  • Jennifer Peele
  • Molly Swonger
  • Janet Ervin
Thank you to our wonderful AFP mentors!
  • Steffi Travis
  • Armen Boyajian
  • Marjorie Bray
  • Trish Hobson
  • Julie Conigliaro
  • John Horton
  • Amy Gregg
  • Michelle Hamilton
  • Josh Jacobson
  • Amy Tribble
  • Vanessa Stolen
  • Eric Law
  • Patton McDowell
  • Stephanie Stenglein
  • Randall Hitt

2014 NC Philanthropy Conference: CHAOS TO CLARITY

Strategies to Help Nonprofit Professionals Survive and Thrive
August 12 - August 14, 2014
301 W Morgan St Durham, NC 27701 919-956-9404
To Register:

The Charlotte, Triangle and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals are pleased to announce the 10th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina at the Durham Convention Center. Vital to the conference will be the 30+ industry leaders (consultants, practitioners and philanthropists) selected to present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions.

This year's conference is all about our nonprofit fundraisers- the staff who wear multiple hats, have more and more responsibilities and are charged to do much more with much less. We are looking for strategies that development team members can use to multitask efficiently, while maintaining a work-life balance that includes growing family commitments, economic challenges, and a very competitive job market.

Nonprofit institutions have to do more with less as they build effective boards, increase engagement with existing donors and volunteers, and utilize technology and metrics to carry out their mission. The fundamentals of fundraising are still?the same but our fundraisers are eager to learn fresh, new perspectives for success. In order to increase job satisfaction and reduce employee turnover, they want to learn strategies to help prioritize their time and their workload, reduce and manage stress, and learn effective communication techniques.

  • Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, will share how to stay on track with major gifts?by keeping in touch with donors and using the latest tools and techniques.
  • Eric Rowles will teach how to incorporate rockstar customer service strategies in our agencies.
  • Bart Landess, J.D. will share how to market planned giving and ask for planned gifts.
  • Elizabeth Ayers, J.D will share how to market planned giving and ask for planned gifts.
Durham Marriott City
Special Rate $121 per night, book by July 11 OR until SOLD OUT!
Code: AFP Philanthropy Conference

For a complete list of speakers and sessions please see:

AFP North Carolina Pre-Conference Training Classes

Register now for the AFP North Carolina Pre-Conference Training Classes!  Space is limited to 25 for the Fundamentals of Fundraising Class and limited to 20 for the CFRE Review Class. Both courses will be held at the state-of-the-art Duke University Learning Center on August 12th and 13th.  Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided each day. 
These two-day, sixteen hour courses include lectures, discussion, case studies and interactive sessions to make the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable.  In the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, you will be provided with an overview of the skills, techniques and program components of fundraising.  This course is targeted to individuals with 0-4 years of fundraising experience.  The CFRE Review Course is not a study of what will be on the CFRE Exam but rather a study of all aspects of fundraising knowledge that would be expected of an individual with 5+ years of fundraising experience.  This course will help you to review the principals, practice and ethics of fundraising so that you will be successful when you sit for the CFRE Exam.

 Register here for Pre-Conference Training Classes

AFP Charlotte Scholarship Committee:

Welcome Savannah Smith to the AFP Charlotte Scholarship Committee. AFP Charlotte offers two types of scholarships to members and prospective members.  They are:
1.      General scholarships, which include partial funding for the cost of the NC Philanthropy Conference, First Course and CFRE Review Course (both offered at the NC Philanthropy Conference) and membership scholarships (for those that need last dollar funding to join)

2.      The Chamberlain scholarship, which is $1,000 funding for a first-time attendee towards the expense of the AFP International Conference (ICON).  Applicants must be members with less than five years of experience in the field and be first-time attendees

Please see for more information.

In the past few months, the AFP Scholarship Committee has made a number of awards, including general membership support to Terri Cunningham, who is new to fund raising and AFP and scholarships to individuals attending this year's NC Philanthropy Conference in the Triangle: Michelle Hunt, Annual Giving Manager at Trinity Episcopal School; and Taylor Boyles, Development Coordinator for the Men's Shelter of Charlotte.  We previously awarded a membership scholarship to Carol Rose, Marketing Specialist for the Collegiate Recovery Community. It is your support of Be The Cause (formerly Every Member Campaign) that helps fund these scholarships, so please say yes when you are called to support it.Remember that we still have a limited amount of scholarship support available.  For more information, contact Armen S. Boyajian, CFRE, at 704-370-3371 or

Board Nominations Now Open

We are now accepting nominations to the 2015 AFP Charlotte Board of Directors.

AFP Charlotte is always looking for talented fundraisers to lead the chapter and serve the mission of the chapter. Serving on the board is a great way to give back to the profession and work side by side with your fellow fundraising professionals.
Our board is made up individuals from different organizations and backgrounds. Most have served on a committee leading up to their nomination, though this is not a requirement. Special consideration is given to candidates who have obtained their CFRE.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the 2015 AFP Charlotte Board of Directors, please complete the nomination form:

Board of Directors Nomination Form

Notice of Membership Vote

During our annual Chapter meeting on September 23, 2014 we will vote on new Chapter bylaws.  Please find the proposed bylaws here:

For more information, please contact our AFP Charlotte Secretary, Deepa Naik.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:
Lutheran Services Carolinas

Robert L. Scott, Teen in Action Across America,inc.

Women's Impact Fund

Council for Children's Rights

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Teen Health Connection

Communities In Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.
Donor Services Specialist

Grant Writer

Program Director

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Director of Development

Associate Development Officer

Development Coordinator
Charlotte Family Housing Director of Development
Pfeiffer University Grant Writer
Humane Society of Charlotte Special Events Manager
LIFESPAN Grant Writer
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Carolinas Chapter President
Westminster Towers Director of Development & Stewardship
High Point University Assistant Vice President for Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte Marketing and Communications Manager

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!  

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