Courage For Life
Office Manager

Monarch NC
Grants & Foundations
Relations Manager

The GroundTruth Project, Inc.
Manager of Development & Local Sustainability

The Choir School
Executive Director

Well of Mercy
Director of Development & Marketing

Communities In Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg
President & CEO

Habitat for Humanities of Orange County, NC
Vice President of Development


Upcoming Virtual Program

At a time when many fundraisers are hesitant to fundraise, deepening relationships with the donors you already have is key to your sustainability. Or, if you're seeing a lot of new donors right now, this is the time to get to know them.

In this session, we will examine all of the components of a great donor survey project--including how to build it, deploy it, and analyze the results. Perhaps more importantly, we'll identify and help you sidestep the countless pitfalls that plague so many surveys.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of surveys--and when to use each
  • Create a survey strategy that gets you the data you actually need
  • Analyze the data objectively
Register here.

We have invested in our chapter by purchasing a webinar package to offer expanded programming. Do you have a topic of interest? Email us!

A Zoom Welcome to New Members

Are you thinking of joining AFP Charlotte? Have you let your membership lapse? We want you involved!

AFP Charlotte is focused on ensuring that new members feel welcomed to our chapter when they join. Our goal is to introduce quarterly, in-person welcome events to those members joining us, but in light of recent COVID-19 crisis we were forced to pivot. 

On Friday, May 8th, AFP Charlotte hosted a Virtual New Member Orientation.  Membership Chair, Erica Ellis, hosted the meeting with new AFP Charlotte members and local AFP Charlotte board members. Not only were new members introduced to AFP Charlotte members, but they also discovered the multitude of resources offered by our Chapter and AFP Global. Resources included:

- Local Programming
- Affinity Groups
- Scholarships
- Mentoring Programming
- AFP Global Resources such as webinars, document library and chat room

Our hope is that every new member will find our association a community of dedicated professionals willing to help each other grow and thrive. In these uncertain times, this is important now more than ever. 

Chandler Brotak, the Employee Engagement Coordinator at Arts & Science Council stated, "I really enjoyed the opportunity to virtually connect with AFP Board members and learn about what AFP has to offer. As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector, it's reassuring to know there are resources and support systems available to guide us through this difficult time."

If you are a new member and want to learn more about our programs, please feel free to reach out at Erica Ellis, Membership ChairWe look forward to continuing these welcome events virtually and in-person. 

Membership Coupon
In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories. The discount is available through June 30, 2020.
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Membership Scholarships Available!

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and its impact on the non-profit sector in our community, AFP Charlotte has made changes to the scholarship process. After careful consideration, Chapter leadership made the decision to only offer membership scholarships at this time. 

As organizations move forward and adapt to a new normal, our goal is to assist members with continued learning opportunities offered through AFP Charlotte and to enhance the skills necessary to develop fundraising expertise. We want to focus on our members and keep everyone active and engaged in the critical work of fundraising and development that we know will be so important in the coming weeks and months. We hope you will consider completing a Membership Scholarship application.

AFP Charlotte is here to help you not only during challenging times, but throughout your career. To read more or apply for a membership scholarship, click here.

What We Are Reading
Alex Reardon, CFRE
VP of Advancement, Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council

I am currently about halfway through The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win by Jason Lewis which has been on my to-read list for a while. He believes the "war" needs to be battled on these fronts: 1) nonprofits need to retain current staff and 2) make sure new staff understand how they can be successful in their roles. He explains, too, that these two strategies are often undermined by an understanding of what effective fundraising actually is and what it will take to "fix" it. One camp believes that it is a lack of talent in the field that is the problem and the other one thinks it is a lack of donors. The author believes it is much more complicated and I agree. 

I'm only on page 70, but here is what I've taken away so far:

  • Relational fundraising is where all professionals should be spending more time. While there is always a place for direct mail, it is the relationships with your organization that you can create with those communications that are really important.

  • It is important to integrate donors into the culture of our agencies. Donors do not give to our organizations. They give to express their own values and when you can align your values with theirs, you find true philanthropy.

  • All communications should feel personal and not shallow. It's important to communicate with them and not at them. Just as important is knowing the difference. Visit one of these if you don't:,, are a few of my favorites who do it well.

  • Donors who feel like they have a relationship with the organizations with whom they support are happier which leads to retention as well as more and larger gifts. 

In addition to being an author, Jason Lewis is the founder of Responsive Fundraising. Learn more about him here.

Donor Infographic