AFP Charlotte Chapter

May Monthly Meeting

Morning Forum

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 8:30am-10:00am
Location: The Westin Hotel, 601 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Join us for breakfast and your choice of one of three sessions:

From the Gridiron to the Sandbox: Sponsorship Tips and Trends
Sponsorship is a key part of any fundraising program that relies on events or corporations for support.  The landscape of corporate support has changed dramatically over the last few years and it is important for any fundraiser to adapt to these changes.  Our panelists bring a unique perspective to sponsorships and will offer takeaways you can implement in your sponsorship program.

Mara Campolungo is the Founder and Executive Director of The Sandbox,  a Charlotte-based nonprofit that supports the families of children battling cancer and other life changing illness. She is a 25 year marketing and brand expert having built multimillion-dollar organizations from the ground up. The Sandbox leverages in-kind and earned revenue from corporate sponsorships to drive The Sandbox' mission

Mike Mahoney is a Sports Marketing Executive for the Carolina Panthers. Over the past nine years, Mike has worked with sponsors and advertisers to increase sales, brand awareness, and meet marketing goals. Mike has been involved in all aspects of the Panthers assets; digital, print, radio, interactive, TV and social media, to provide custom sponsorship programs and hospitality events for B2B firms wanting to reach key decision makers.
Prospect Research:  From upgrading annual donors, to cultivating major donors
Prospect Research is a foundational part of any fundraising program. This program will focus on practical advice that delve into prospect research, management, and analytics. Our panel will also discuss ways fundraisers can be more effective and raise more money.

Cindy Manshack is the Executive Director of Research and Advancement Services. She oversees prospect research and prospect management in support of Queens' major gift fundraising efforts. She has been with Queens since 1989, and headed the university's annual giving program from 1995 to 2002, when she moved into her current position.

Randy Peterson is Vice President of Fundraising Solutions for The Pursuant group, a full service fundraising agency and consultancy, where he works with all aspects of major giving programs with clients such as Children's Hospital of Philly. Prior to joining pursuant, Randy was the Director of Major Gifts for Autism Speaks and was the Senior Associate at Charitable Partners. Randy also was the Executive Director of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation.
Ten Things Every Early Career Development Professional Should Know
The first 90 days on the job as a new development professional are some of the most chaotic of one's career. Even after the first year, most early career development professionals will say that they are learning something new every single day.  In this lighthearted but substantive session, early career development professionals, their managers, and those considering a career change to the nonprofit sector will get the inside scoop on topics not typically included in the organizational handbook. Josh Jacobson (Next Stage Consulting) and Arden McLaughlin (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library) will cover a wide variety topics, from personal brand and online habits to donor prospecting and knowledge-building, in a session that aims to be straight-shooting and engaging.

For questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Smith,

SHIFT or FIESTA: AFP ICON Thoughts from a Newbie

SHIFT was the official theme at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, however I feel Fiesta, Spanish for "festival" or "party" seemed equally apropos. Thanks to the generosity of AFP-Charlotte, I attended my first (of what will now be many) AFP ICON. This year's setting was San Antonio, TX, on the beautiful River Walk, just steps away from the Alamo. If you saw Miss Congeniality, then you know exactly what I am talking about, but I digress... read more

Affinity Groups This Week!

Major Gifts

If you spend at least 50% of your time raising gifts of $5,000 or more then please join fellow major gifts officers to discuss best practices, strategies and ideas around key topics.

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 9:00AM -10:30AM
Location: Catholic Center, 1123 Church Street, Charlotte 28203
Fee: Free for members, $10 for non-members

Small Shop

This forum roundtable discussion is for people who work in a small development shop of less than three people and would like to share ideas and best practices with colleagues.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Location: Sugar Creek Charter School, 4101 N Tryon Street, Charlotte 28206
Fee: Free for members, $10 for non-members

Learn More About Affinity Groups

Are you a non AFP Member interested in attending an affinity group meeting for the first time?  Please contact Benjamin Mohler to find out about out free "guest pass": 

Goodbye to Board Member Jennifer Player

AFP Charlotte would like to thank Jennifer Player for her Board service over the past year, specifically in organizing our three affinity groups.  Please join us in wishing Jennifer the best of luck as she begins a new role with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. If you have any questions regarding affinity group programs, please contact Ben Mohler (

Read about Jennifer's experience at AFP Charlotte in her Member Confession below.

Member Confession: Jennifer Player, Director, Crisis Assistance Ministry

After 8 years of the corporate "rat race", I decided to make a career change.  I felt in my heart that I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector; to spend my life devoted to helping others.  What that looked like, though, I didn't know.  I chose to pursue a Masters of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte with a focus on nonprofit management so I could have a solid foundation on which to start my nonprofit career.  While taking a course on Fundraising, my professor, Beth Fischer, listed off the various traits and skills needed to be a successful development professional.  A light bulb went off.  I felt that Beth was talking directly to me and, as they say, the rest is history.  

Read more here...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

There are some great new jobs posted including:

UNC Charlotte Campaign Director
UNC Charlotte Director of Prospect Strategy & Research
Loaves and Fishes Donor Database Coordinator
UNC Charlotte Senior Director of Major Gifts
UMAR, Inc. Director of Development
Pfeiffer University Major Gifts Officer
Corporate DevelopMint, LLC Senior Consultant
LIFESPAN, Inc. Director of Development
YMCA of Greater Charlotte Senior Financial Development Director
Clemson University Development Officer - Gift and Estate Planning
Florence Crittenton Services of NC CEO
Safe Alliance Events Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte Donor Database Coordinator
The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. Director of Development and Public Relations

Visit our Jobs page for all current openings!  

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