AFP Charlotte and AFP Charlotte IDEA Committee wishes you a Happy Black History Month 2022!

"Black History Month" actually began as "Black History Week" - designed and developed by historian and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. After years of recognizing that schools and scholars were not incorporating Black people and achievements into their history lessons, Dr. Woodson decided to create his own vehicle to teach this history.   

His remedy was a week that celebrated the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. Alongside his staff at the organization he co-founded, then known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Dr. Woodson developed and distributed curricula, course materials and resources for people to use during Black History Week. Dr. Woodson intentionally chose the second week of February for Black History Week, to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass - two figures who were key in ending slavery and in the emancipation of the enslaved. 

[Image]In 1976, the 50th anniversary of the first Black History Week, this annual celebration of history, culture and achievement became Black History Month.  President Gerald Ford issued the first Presidential proclamation in support of Black History Month that same year, a tradition that has been continued by every president since Ronald Reagan. In honor of all the work that Dr. Carter G. Woodson has done to promote the study of Black History, an ornament of Woodson hangs on the White House's Christmas tree each year. PHOTO CREDIT: Carter G. Woodson, ca 1940s, Scurlock Photographic Studio Records, National Museum of American History Archives. Source: Encyclopedia Virginia


We are learning more about being Black in philanthropy and specific challenges that Black fundraisers and development professionals face at work by listening to Kia Croom's "The Black Fundraisers' Podcast." Kia Croom is a 20-year nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy executive whose work spans the fields of health services, career associations and children's rights.

We're currently listening to her February 1st episode: Black History Month Edition: Celebrating Black Philanthropy and Pushing for Black Funding Equity.  Click the hyperlink to listen along with us, and to check out past episodes. Subscribe to check out her future ones!

AFP is committed to the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society.

The AFP Charlotte IDEA Committee is the local outlet of the AFP Global IDEA committee, and we are looking for a few more members! Our committee develops programming, policy and curricula to support AFP's commitment to IDEA. Could this be you?

The AFP Charlotte IDEA Committee commitment in 2022 is:

  • 1 hour committee meetings either monthly or bi-monthly (fully developed committee will decide on the frequency)
  • Any additional time it may take for work on the IDEA committee events, projects or newsletter submissions on which you decide to work (this will be at your discretion)
  • Potential additional time, not to exceed an hour or 1.5 hours a month, for any rapid response needs, miscellaneous events or welcoming leaders/authors, etc. to Charlotte, or any other work the committee deems necessary.
For more information, please contact April Harley by emailing her at both april@leadnc.org and april.n.harley@gmail.com.

Upcoming Programs
March Webinar 
Tracking it Down: Get your Board in Sync on Donor Outreach
Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Register here.

In this webinar, presenter Evan Northrup, CFRE will walk through the creation of tools and the implementation of tricks to get everyone who has contact with donors to clue you in on what those conversations are, when they happened, what the follow up steps should be, and how to manage the entire moves management process.

Affinity Groups

[Image]To help our members deal with the unique challenges (and opportunities!) of their roles and their organizations, AFP Charlotte offers a number of affinity groups free to all members! Below is a list of affinity groups currently offered by AFP Charlotte. We currently have seven active groups meeting.  For additional information, please contact Jane Freeman

  • Annual Fund - Annual giving is one of the most important areas in an organization's fundraising efforts. Development professionals with a focus on annual giving are encouraged to join this group to share best practices, dos and don'ts, growth techniques and more!  All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Development Management - Managers face unique challenges in leading their fundraising teams to success. Development professionals who supervise at least one other fundraiser are encouraged to join this group to share their experiences and challenges in supervising a fundraising team.
  • Major Gifts - If you spend at least 50% of your time raising gifts of $5,000 or more, join fellow major gifts officers to discuss best practices, strategies and ideas around key topics.
  • New Fundraising Professionals - Are you early in your fundraising career or new to the profession altogether? Come network with the next generation of fundraisers to share challenges and ideas that will quickly make you a seasoned veteran. Meeting topics will range from best practices in fundraising to career development to current trends in philanthropy. This group is targeted to professionals with less than five years' experience in fundraising. Come join us!
  • Nonprofit Communications - The Nonprofit Communications Affinity Group will focus on the marketing and communications techniques that philanthropies throughout the community utilize for successful appeals, campaigns and events. This group will provide a space for nonprofit communicators to share resources (ex: printers that offer great products at nonprofit prices), campaign ideas for fundraising and stewardship needs, resources for graphic design, and any other pressing needs that those in the marketing space need help with.  
  • Planned Giving - Planned giving is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor's overall financial and/or estate planning. Join us as we discuss best practices and how to communicate knowledgeably about planned giving options.
  • Small Shop - Development professionals working on teams of two or fewer face unique challenges. This forum allows small shop fundraisers who share many of the tactical and strategic challenges you juggle to come together and share ideas and best practices. This group is designed for those working on development teams of one or two.

National Philanthropy Day 2022

Looking for a meaningful stewardship opportunity for a donor or volunteer making a positive impact on your organization? Want to celebrate a fundraising colleague's dedication and success? A great way to honor the individuals and organizations whose generosity of spirit and giving heart make our community a better place is through a National Philanthropy Day (NPD) nomination

Every year, AFP celebrates the diverse efforts of philanthropists, fundraisers, volunteers and organizations making the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community a better, more compassionate and equitable place for all. This year's luncheon will be held at the Hilton Charlotte Uptown on November 10, 2022. 

A great way to celebrate your donors and volunteers or honor your colleagues is by submitting an NPD nomination. Click here to access nomination forms, guidelines and more. Please submit your nominations by April 22nd, 2022. 

Contact Megan Mitcham for more information.

Members on the Move


If you are a member on the move, please email Sarah Lanners Avinger, VP of Membership, and share where you will be working, your new job title, and some highlights about your new role. We want to celebrate your success!


Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Chief Executive Director

NC State University
Director of Development, College of Engineering

McLeod Addictive Disease Center
Vice President, Development

Program Coordinator

UNC Play Makers Repertory Theatre
Director of Development

Atrium Health Foundation
Director, Gift Planning

Central Piedmont Community College
Director of Prospect Research, Alumni Relations & Special Projects

McColl Center
Vice President, Philanthropy

Habitat Charlotte Region
Annual Giving Manager

Humane Society of Charlotte
Events Manager

Veterans Bridge Home
Development Associate

Road to Hire
Director of Marketing & Communications

Road to Hire
Chief Program Officer

Care Ring
Chief Advancement Officer

YMCA Greater Charlotte
Financial Development Director 2: Morrison & Steele Creek YMCA

                     Matthews Free Medical Clinic
Development Director

High Point University
Advancement Officer

Community Building Initiative
Executive Director

The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte
Grant Writer

The Fletcher School
Annual Giving Manager

Carolina Aviation Museum
Vice President, Development & Marketing

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
Finance Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
Development Manager

Camp Corral

Council for Children's Rights
Director of Advancement

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Director of Development, Southeast

Freedom School Partners
Marketing Communications Manager

Union County Community Arts Council
Executive Director

Mitchell Community College
Executive Director of Development and College Relations

Project Scientist
Chief Growth Officer


AFP Charlotte has built a reputation for getting the word out for the premier fundraising jobs across the Carolinas. Click here to read more and apply for a posted position.

In order to promote gender and racial pay equity, AFP is leading the way and will be requiring salary ranges for all new positions posted on the AFP Charlotte Job Board effective May 10, 2021. We understand this might be a significant change for some organizations, but AFP Charlotte strongly believes this is an important shift in increasing equity, inclusion and fairness in the fundraising profession.

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