SHARE Charlotte
Executive Director

JazzArts Charlotte
Development Director

Freedom School Partners
Individual Giving & Donor Stewardship Manager

Charlotte Symphony
Government & Institutional Relations Manager

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Development Director

Heart Math Tutoring
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Habitat for Humanity Gaston County
Development Manager

Dix Park Conservancy
President & CEO


A Letter from AFP President Caitlin Donley

2020 has earned its spot in the history books as one of the strangest years in our time. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all of us in ways we didn't expect (and couldn't predict), and we were forced to change and adapt to the new "normal." 2020 was tough; however, philanthropy remains strong and more needed now than ever.
As we move into more unknown in 2021, I ask you to invest in your professional development and take advantage of the multitude of resources AFP Global and AFP Charlotte have to offer. Attend our virtual programs and affinity groups, participate in the racial equity book club, join an AFP Global webinar, or take advantage of their sample documents.
Most of all, stay connected, stay engaged, keep learning and sharing with our network of local professionals. In these unpredictable times, we are here to support you and the sector with best practices in ethical and effective fundraising throughout the months to come.

Caitlin E. Donley, CFRE

February Program

AFP Charlotte, in partnership with United Way of Central Carolinas, will host a virtual workshop "Strategies for Successful Fundraising During the Pandemic" on Friday, February 5th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The three- hour workshop will include a panel of local business leaders discussing corporate partnerships, professional networking opportunities, and breakout sessions on hosting virtual events, telling your story, creating development plans, using digital and direct mail, and planning budgets. AFP members, Unite Charlotte grantees, and the community are welcome to join. There's something for everyone!

You must register to attend; please be certain to use a valid email address for communication about this event. We will send out the Zoom link closer to the event.

Register here.

IDEA Racial Equity Challenge

AFP Charlotte has signed up for The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge. Have you?

The Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth that invites people in the Charlotte region to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. Sign up at for the 21-day self-guided learning journey that begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2021.

  • FREE to participate!
  • Receive an email every weekday from January 18 to February 15, highlighting a different topic with links to recommended articles, videos, podcasts and more.

Topics include racial identity, intersectionality, housing affordability and homelessness, race and health, legal system inequity, allyship and more.

Calling all CFRE Accredited Fundraisers!

AFP Charlotte is planning to host a workshop for members and guests who are interested in attaining their CFRE certification. We are looking for current members who have their CFRE and would be willing to share their experience with the process. Please contact Alex Reardon if you are interested and available. And don't forget by being a presenter, you'll be earning your own credits towards re-certification.

NPD Committee Member Spotlight: Tenille Banner

I attended the NPD Luncheon for the first time in 2017 and joined the committee in 2019. Being fairly new to AFP at the time, my manager suggested joining the NPD planning committee as a way to connect with professional peers and get more engaged in AFP Charlotte. I was a bit hesitant at first because who has more time in their already busy schedule to serve on another committee, right? However, I'm so glad I took advantage of the opportunity as I thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Overall, the time commitment is manageable and the committee shares the workload so it's not too much on any individual.

Serving on the NPD committee gives you the opportunity to strengthen skills related to event planning, securing sponsorships, marketing, and more. In my first year, I helped with logistics, and this past year, I helped coordinate the filming of each award winner's video. Both experiences allowed me to build new relationships with peers, vendors, and the honorees.

These experiences have also paid off as I've been able to work with some of these same people and organizations to accomplish goals in my role at Safe Alliance.

I'll definitely be returning to the NPD committee this year and highly recommend joining if you're new to AFP, the fundraising profession, or looking to make some new connections!
Interested in joining the 2021 National Philanthropy Day Committee? Contact Sydney Hammond.