AFP Charlotte

Upcoming Events


Guilford College
Major Gifts Officer and 
Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations

Rex Healthcare Foundation
Database & Business Analyst

American Red Cross
Executive Director - Hickory, NC

Senior Development Manager

CarePartners Foundation
Donor Relations & Communications Officer

NC MedAssist
Development Director, Executive Luncheons

Care Ring, Inc
Chief Development Officer

Playing for Others
Development Manager

Moishe House
Southeastern Director of Advancement

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
Development Manager

The Foundation for Tomorrow
Development & Operations Assistant

UrbanPromise Charlotte
Development Director

Isabella Santos Foundation
Database Manager

Trinity Episcopal School
Annual Giving & Alumni Relations Manager

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool
Executive Director

Susan G. Komen - Charlotte
Senior Director of Development

Foothills Conservatory of NC
Executive Director

Members on the Move

Jamie Hayes, CFRE


New Position: Executive Director, JDRF, Western Carolinas Chapter

Previous Position: Planned Giving Officer, Novant Health Foundation 

President's Letter

So, it's July...

How did it become July already? For many of us, it is the start of a new fiscal year. We are busy closing down the books, running reports, studying retention rates and thanking donors, all while planning for the year ahead with loftier goals to reach.
With this going on, there is no better time to leave the office a little early and commiserate with your fellow fundraisers at our July networking event--Cocktails & Calamities. To start, there will be small group discussions on various topics, and the second hour will be a chance to network with each other. I'm looking forward to discussing the calamities!

Come with your most outlandish fundraising story. What was that one thing someone wanted to donate that you couldn't believe? What was the craziest thing you have ever been asked to do as a fundraiser? What moment at your event will you never forget (and not in a good way)? I look forward to hearing some great stories to lighten the drudgery of July!

See you on Thursday!

With gratitude,

Stephanie Stenglein, CFRE
President, AFP Charlotte

Upcoming Programs

Cocktails and Calamities
July 20 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
VGBG - 920 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC
Join us for networking, and come ready to share the biggest lessons you've learned in your fundraising career. The first hour will be guided through small group discussions sharing some of your biggest "A-Ha" moments. The second hour is purely a chance to network and catch up with your peers on a beautiful summer evening. Come prepared to share some of your own personal experiences and be ready to learn from others. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members including food and beverages. Please read more and register here.

Don't Outwork the Work!
August 24 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CPCC Harris Campus
(Targeted to Development Teams, Executive Directors and Board Leadership)

Come for an interactive conversation on steering, supporting, and safeguarding your non-profit. Listen to a real-life case study of the transformation of Dress for Success Charlotte.
Session led byTom Lane, founding partner of One Time Leadership, and Kerry Barr O'Connor, the Executive Director of Dress for Success Charlotte. Please register here for the luncheon.

We look forward to celebrating our 2017 honorees and the breadth of philanthropy across Charlotte at this year's National Philanthropy Day on November 15th. Please encourage your colleagues and networks to consider supporting NPD 2017 through an event sponsorship or by hosting a table. 

To purchase an individual ticket, table, or sponsorship, please click here

Register by October 9th to take advantage of the early-bird rate.

Senior Forum 

"Fundraising is a noble profession. Treasure it." 

Jim Kelley, CFRE, AFP Board member,
and Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 

With more than 30 years' experience in
fundraising, Jim Kelley shares his journey as a fundraiser and advice for people new to the profession or looking to break into the field. Please visit to read more.

What led you to fundraising as a career?
I was in a management role in an addiction nonprofit, was on various nonprofit boards, and was very involved in various leadership roles in the Catholic Church. My work in all three areas prepared me for the work of fundraising. The Catholic Diocese is my first and only job in fundraising. I have the good fortune of never having to interview for a job. In my addiction and fundraising jobs, my future bosses called me and offered me jobs without interviews. I've been working the fundraising field for 31 years. I have not had any career work goals but have always relied on being led through my faith life to be where I am called to be.

How important is AFP to your career?
I was told to get involved with AFP in the first three months on the job by Ed Ellis, a seasoned colleague and friend; and so, I did. I have learned all I know in fundraising from networking with those in the profession both locally in AFP and nationally through my Catholic fundraising colleagues.

When you think about how fundraising, what has changed over the time you've been in the profession? What stands out the most to you?
There is a much greater focus on:
  • the donor and his/her needs
  • more direct communications with the donor in multiple ways
  • leadership gifts
  • planned gifts.
AFP Charlotte is proud to offer Senior Forum, programming specifically for our seasoned members with 15+ years' experience fundraising. If that is you, make sure you are on the list by emailing Lucy Mitchell.