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Inside this issue: September Meeting: Fundraising Management Up, Down and Sideways |September Webinar: How to Grow Your Monthly Giving Program without Breaking the Bank | Join the AFPNWO Board | Ohio Grant Professionals Conference | Health Philanthropy Summit | Apply for a Scholarship | Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship | Apply for AFP's Diverse Communities Scholarship |CFRE Refresher Course Rescheduled | CFRE Application Process Webinar|AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips | Stay Connected | Mark Your Calendar

Special Section: NPD Honoree Profile | Join us for the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon | Recognize a Volunteer | Sponsor the 31st Annual NPD Awards Luncheon

Professional Development Luncheon Meeting
Fundraising Management
Up, Down and Sideways:
How to Get the Best Results

September 26 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: September 21
Toledo Club: 235 14th St, Toledo, OH 43604
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Presented by:

  • Dasa Dzierwa - Associate Vice President, ProMedica Foundation - profile
  • Dan Stong, CFRE - Executive Director, ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospitals - profile
  • Kris Theisen - Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering, Wayne State University - profile
  • Jenny Goldberg, CFRE - Vice President, Aly Sterling Philanthropy (moderator) - profile

CAREERIn this session panelists will address managing up, down and sideways in a fundraising operation.

If you manage fundraisers, you will find some tips for getting the best results. If you are a fundraiser eager to move into management of staff, you will get a feel of the day-to-day tasks of managers and how they balance their own fundraising goals against managing the goals of others.

We will also address managing up—what happens when you need to work with your manager, an executive or someone in another department for a fundraising project.

Submitted for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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Career Advancement
CFRE Refresher Course Rescheduled; FREE Webinar about the Application Process


Please note: the CFRE Review Course scheduled for September 21st has been canceled. It will be rescheduled in 2019. If you have questions about CFRE accreditation, please click here or email

Whether you’re just starting your CFRE application or putting the finishing touches on it, join CFRE International for this free webinar. The CFRE Certification Manager will walk you through filling out the application.
You’ll get tips to help ensure your application contains all the correct information plus an in-depth look at the application’s main sections and a live Q&A to have your questions personally answered.

Tuesday, September 25 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. 60 minutes. Free.

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FREE Webinar
How to Grow Your Monthly Giving Program without Breaking the Bank

September 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 14
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Presented by Erica Wassdorp - President of A Direct Solution

Erica WaasdorpAre you looking to find a way to improve your organization’s cash flow? Do you have a large number of small donors? Are you looking to improve your donor retention rates? Are you looking for ways to upgrade your donors to give more or to give more often? Think no more! Monthly donors are the answer.

We’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to include:

  • The fundamental needs – website, forms, backend processing
  • Set your strategy and target the right audiences
  • Acquiring monthly donors Cultivation approaches
  • Upgrading monthly donors to higher levels
  • Retaining them to achieve all-time high donor retention levels
  • And more…

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September 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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How to Grow Your Monthly Giving Program without Breaking the Bank
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October 16 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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10 Ways to Supercharge your Storytelling

November 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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The 100% Fallacy: Common Presumptions that Hold your Fundraising Back

December 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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Building a Culture of Philanthropy


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October 24 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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December 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Stay Connected

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Social media is the ideal platform for fundraisers and nonprofit executives! It allows us to communicate in real time, reach out to each other when we have questions, and engage with each other across platforms. Click on the buttons above to connect with AFPNWO's three platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.




AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Top 10Need some tips on how to do your job better? Or maybe just a reminder on some key skills, the insight on the latest research, and the latest, coolest ideas from the best minds in the fundraising profession?

Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals.

1. NOW Is the Time to Prepare for Your Year-End Appeal Acknowledgment Process

2. Twenty-Six Ways to Show Your Donors They Matter

3. Six Ways to Get Ready for GivingTuesday

Click here for more of this week's top ten.




Join the AFPNWO Board

Do you love AFP and the benefits it provides to our profession? If you are an active AFP member, we would love to have you on the Board of Directors. Being on the Board means you have a role in deciding the direction of the chapter and what programming we offer to fundraising professionals throughout our community.

If you would like more information about serving on the Board, please contact Dr. Sandra Migani Wall, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at

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Honoree Profile:
Designetics Cares, Outstanding Foundation
nominated by Josh Yecke, St. Ursula Academy

Designetics Cares

The CARING staff of Designetics

Committed to community. Passionate about elevating people. Driven to create better opportunities for at-risk families. These are the hallmarks of the Designetics Cares Foundation.

Designetics Cares

Early Bird Summer Basketball recognizes the importance of sports and mentoring in children’s lives. Additionally, it gives kids structured activity as well as an outlet to hone team skills and work toward a common goal.

At its core, the foundation strives to transform the lives of Designetics employees and the next generations in its community by spearheading educational opportunities and personal health initiatives. By reaching out and engaging employees in community efforts, the Designetics Cares Foundation also instills a “giving spirit” in its stakeholders.

Designetics Cares

Sunbridge Schools visited Designetics on one or their outings.  The focus was for those interested in engineering or another technical degree.

Believing that collaborative efforts to effect many small changes in the world often bring about the greatest possible outcomes, Designetics Cares adopts projects both large and small for its volunteerism efforts, need-based grants, and in-kind gifts.

Designetics Cares

The Historic South Initiative supports children through their after school program, mentoring and tutoring. This photo was a holiday program with dinner and gifts.  The kids' performance was wonderful! 

The Designetics Cares Foundation mission statement emphasizes this philosophy:

Our target: our communities and their children.
Our mission: to make a difference in lives—now and for future generations.
Our method: outreach, donations, and in-kind services.
Our mantra: selfless service and a focus on the little things that make a big difference.

Designetics Cares

Sunbridge Schools WOC program is a step and dance team that supports girls coming together and supporting one another.  (There is a boys team too!) This team is an honor for students with good grades and outstanding character. 

Ultimately, Designetics Cares puts children and community first, working to remove socioeconomic barriers to success and empowering families to achieve their long-term goals.



Join us for the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on November 14th

On November 14, 2018, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Ohio Chapter will celebrate our 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day!

This is an opportunity for you to join us in showing your gratitude for those who have significantly contributed to the welfare of our communities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and highlight those who are positively impacting the quality of life in our region. By doing so, you inspire our communities to celebrate and practice the spirit of philanthropy that results when everyone works together to “Change the World With a Giving Heart.”

Be sure to reserve your sponsorships or tickets for November 14th and join us for this celebration of philanthropy in our community!


Recognize a Volunteer

Nomination Deadline: September 17, 2018, 5:00 pm

All AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter member organizations are invited to recognize a volunteer on National Philanthropy Day, November 14, 2018. Nominate a volunteer who has donated their time and/or has contributed financially to your organization. Each volunteer will be introduced at the NPD luncheon, listed with the designating agency in the program and receive a certificate of achievement. We do ask that your organization cover the cost of lunch for your volunteer.

Only one volunteer per organization will be recognized.

Click here to complete the nomination form.


Sponsor the 31st Annual NPD Awards Luncheon

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You can be part of this unique celebration by becoming a sponsor of the awards luncheon. Historically, 400-450 philanthropists, community leaders, nonprofit professionals, and friends and family members attend this event. We encourage you to use this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the honorees, thank special donors and volunteers, and promote your organization.

This grid below the differences between the sponsor levels, and the benefits are more fully described here.

Sponsor Grid

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Creative services for ads is available upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dasa at or Jacquie at

We are looking forward to partnering with you at National Philanthropy Day in November!




Apply for an AFP Membership Scholarship

Application deadline: September 1, 2018

ApplyThe AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter (AFPNWO) is committed to advancing the careers of fundraisers in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. To that end, it has partnered with the Toledo Community Foundation to fund the cost of membership dues to AFP International (AFPI) of eligible fundraisers for one year. A second half-year scholarship is available to members who demonstrate strong financial need after their first scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate must:

  • Be employed as a fundraising professional or an executive director in a non-profit organization or serve as a board member, leader, or development volunteer.
  • Have responsibilities that include development and fundraising, e.g., annual campaigns, special events, capital campaigns, grant writing, etc.
  • Have at least three months of fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrate a financial need/hardship, which may include: no budget for activity in the agency, limited agency budget, denial of funding from the employer, etc.

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AFP International Conference

Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship

Application deadline: October 12, 2018

The Chamberlain Scholarship provides a free registration to the AFP International Conference (actually, you pay $10) and $500 towards travel expenses (a $1,190 value).


  • Applicants must be AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter members.
  • Applicants must never have attended an AFP International conference.
  • Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations with limited resources and individuals new, or relatively new, to the field of fundraising. AFP is particularly interested in providing support to individuals working in smaller, emerging, and grassroots organizations that have not previously participated in AFP.

This year's scholarship will be for the 2019 AFP International conference, which will be held in San Antonio, TX, March 31 through April 2.

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AFP International Conference

Apply for AFP's Diverse Communities Scholarship

Application deadline: October 31, 2018

AFP International also offers a scholarship to the AFP Conference. If you qualify for their diverse communities scholarship, we encourage you to apply for both - the Chamberlain and the Diverse Communities - to double your chances!

Diverse Communities Criteria:

  • I am a fundraising professional who self identifies as coming from an eligible diverse community as defined by AFP (African-American/Black, Asian, Disabled, Faith-based, GLBT, Hispanic, Jewish or Rural)
  • I am a fundraising professional or fundraising executive director employed by an eligible AFP diverse community where 50% or more staff members are from that diverse community.
  • I work for a nonprofit organization that serves a 50% or more eligible AFP diverse community client base.

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The Grant Professionals Association in Ohio presents a one-day regional conference to provide professional development and networking for grant and nonprofit professionals in Ohio and neighboring states. The Whole Nine Yards: From Prospecting to Reporting, will be held on September 21, 2018, from 9am to 4pm at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The keynote speaker is Gene Tempel, EdD, Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Founding Dean Emeritus, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the President Emeritus, Indiana University Foundation. Nine additional breakout sessions will offer a variety of topics in grants, fundraising and non-profit management .

The conference is open to GPA members and non-members. Early bird registration ends on August 31: Members $100, Non-members $125, Students $50. For more information or to register, click here.



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Health Philanthropy Summit

Register for the 4th Annual Health Philanthropy Summit

For Health Giving’s fourth annual Health Philanthropy Summit, we will explore new fronts as we INNOVATE, INTEGRATE and MOTIVATE! Although the focus is on the healthcare industry, the principles apply to all fundraising activities.

Join the excitement as we bring together industry experts and partners from across the nation to exchange invaluable knowledge and insights. This year's sessions will cover cutting-edge developments in philanthropy, the shifting landscape of healthcare, challenges facing fundraisers, and positive future strategies available.

The conference will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 9:30 am - 4:00 at Southwest General Health Center’s Williams Conference Center. Tuition is as follows:

  • Clients of Health Giving - $0
  • Members of Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy - $90
    (click here to join OAHP for $50)
  • Early Bird - $150 ... This reflects a 20% discount off the $180 standard price
    if you register by September 30th!

We will be submitting the conference for 5.25 CFRE credits.

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