Inside this issue: November Webinar: The 100% Fallacy: Common Presumptions that Hold Your Fundraising Back | Grantwriting Workshop |Thank You Congratulations New CFREs| AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips | Stay Connected | Mark Your Calendar | Donate to the BE the CAUSE Campaign

Special Section: NPD Honoree Profiles | Join us for the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

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

Tickets are still available for the 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 tickets for November 14th and join us for this celebration of philanthropy in our community!




FREE Webinar
The 100% Fallacy: Common Presumptions that Hold Your Fundraising Back

November 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 16
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Presented by Tom Ahern - New York Times called Tom Ahern "one of the country’s most sought-after creators of fund-raising messages."

Tom AhernMany common assumptions about donors are just plain wrong, hence charities shipwreck financially and fail to grow. Get it right from the start, with this "truth stampede."

World-sourced from top experts by Tom Ahern, you'll learn what are acceptable response rates for direct mail appeals and donor newsletters. You'll learn why you should hang your entire fundraising program off just one metric, Lifetime Value (LTV). You'll learn why monthly donors are preferable to annual donors. You'll learn why bequest donors are (usually) preferable to major donors.

Approved for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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BE the CAUSE Campaign
A chance to invest in yourself, your chapter, your profession

Be the Cause supports the AFP Foundation, which in turn provides:

  • One Chamberlain Scholarship annually to your chapter that covers the registration fees (~ $800) to AFP’s International Conference – chapter members can apply here [provide link].  Our chapter in addition provides a $500 grant to the awardee to help defray travel expenses.
  • Other professional development opportunities for members;
  • A grant back to your chapter based on the total amount of funds you and your chapter’s members raise;
  • Support for research in your field; and
  • Scholarships and other programs to expand current diversity and inclusion efforts.

This year we have a unique opportunity.  In addition to keeping $375 if we raise $1,500, we will be able to keep any money raised by the chapter above $1,500.  So if we raise $2,000 we get $375 plus keep $500 for a total of $875!!!

Why is this important?  We plan to use this money in 2019 to provide better benefits to retain current members and underwrite efforts to recruit new members.

Now, you have the opportunity to impact our local AFP chapter by making a meaningful gift  to the Be the Cause campaign. Whether you give $10 or $10,000, every gift leads to the success of our chapter and our profession.

As of June, 100% of our Board members had contributed.  Please join us!

If you have already given, thank you so much!

Two Ways to Give

1) Click here to donate by credit card online.
To make sure our chapter gets the contribution, either log in at the top:
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or select 2018 BE the CAUSE in the campaigns drop-down and then select AFP OH, Northwest Chapter under Chapter designation toward the bottom of the screen:

2) Complete the BE the CAUSE pledge form: Use this form to donate by check or if you wish to pay in easy payment installments. You can ask for payments to be made from your credit card automatically or ask to be reminded to pay your pledge on specific months.

Questions? Contact Campaign Chair, Sandra Migani Wall, PhD, or Jacquie, AFPNWO Chapter Administrator, at (330-329-2472).




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

December 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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Building a Culture of Philanthropy

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December 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Toledo Club
Professional Development Luncheon Meeting 
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Honoree Profile:
The Ebeid Family, Outstanding Philanthropist
nominated by Gary Cates, ProMedica

Russell EbeidThe son of Lebanese immigrants, Russell J. Ebeid grew up to become not only a successful businessman as Chairman of Guardian Glass, but also a philanthropist who touched the lives of many people across southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio.

In USGlass magazine's interview with him for "Glass Industry's 50 Most Influential People," he shared, "My parents were knapsack immigrants who came to the United States without money, language or contacts. Their core values taught us that unselfishness, consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and measured decision-making were the currencies of life."

The late Russell J. Ebeid felt incredibly passionate about impacting the greater-Toledo region. He inspired us, delivered hope, and motivated us to make a difference.  In October 2017, just months after his passing, the family of Mr. Ebeid gave a gift of $28.5M to ProMedica for the creation of the Ebeid Neighborhood Promise—an innovative, national model designed to deliver 10,000 changed lives in northwest Ohio through “birth to employment” pathways.


The Ebeid Family

The Ebeid Family (pictured with Bruce Gradkowski and Chrys Peterson) accepting ProMedica’s 2018 Philanthropist of the Year award

Prior to this gift, Mr. Ebeid was also philanthropic with two significant gifts to ProMedica. These gifts led to the creation of the ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania and the ProMedica Ebeid Institute for Population Health, which provides services such as financial counseling, community classes, and the Market on the Green grocery store.  The Ebeid Promise will expand the scope and purpose of the Ebeid Institute with a key focus on health, education, job creation, and family stability.

Mr. Ebeid’s generosity and service were not limited to ProMedica. He was a significant donor to, and passionate advocate leader for, many other community initiatives and programs in the Toledo region, as well as his home area of Detroit, Michigan.  A big believer in the value of education to transform lives, Russ gave substantial gifts in the education sectors.  He provided critical funding to Lourdes University and the Arab-American community in Detroit. Moreover, Mr. Ebeid served on ProMedica’s Board of Directors for several years.

Mr. Ebeid and his wife, Carolee were married for 56 1/2 years, although the knew each other for 62. They were blessed with four children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Honoree Profile:
Madhouse, Outstanding Media Outlet or Best Nonprofit Media Coverage
nominated by Dianne Barndt, The Victory Center


Madhouse is a hard–working, creativity–driven, multimedia design agency that is small enough to be agile, but big enough to be effective on any scale. With collectively more than 30 years of graphic design and production experience, the entire staff prides themselves on working as a team to get the best results. Their success is based on the partnerships they build with their clients to develop creative and compelling solutions.

When The Victory Center (TVC) asked for help with their grassroots organization, Madhouse responded by producing five Faces of Victory videos featuring TVC clients, as well as a PSA and a feature video about their “Over the Edge” event—all complimentary! These videos have garnered tremendous publicity, and TVC has utilized them on their website, at presentations, and meetings with potential donors. In the last 5 years, TVC’s number of new clients has gone up by 25%, and funding from individuals has increased by 26%.


Click on the picture to go to The Victory Center videos page and view the Faces of Victory videos created by Madhouse


Click on the picture to how Madhouse helped the library with new branding and a responsive web design

Madhouse has completed work for the Toledo Lucas County Library, Bowling Green State University, Hensville, Toledo Museum of Art, and more. Their work for the Toledo Arts Commission won a 2017 Addy Award.


Click on the picture to learn how Madhouse worked with the Toledo Art Museum with branding, merchandise, and promotional materials for "I Approve This Message"

Madhouse makes videos that evoke emotion. They build websites that are as smart as they are beautiful. And they design print pieces that are carefully and thoughtfully put together. For more information and portfolio samples, visit




AFP International Conference

Grants Training Workshop

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Toledo, November 19-20, 2018.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

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Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer area nonprofit agencies a special tuition rate of $425, which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "OHNPO" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. 

Seating is limited, and online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.




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.

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Congratulations new CFREs!

We are proud to recognize Nancy Hamilton, CFRE, and Elaine Jansen, CFRE, on recently becoming Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE).

To become a CFRE, fundraising professionals must document their professional performance (including funds raised), education, and professional practice as well as pass the 200-question CFRE exam.

We applaud them for this momentous professional achievement.

January 15, 2019, is the next CFRE Application deadline. Current AFP members enjoy a 20% discount on CFRE certification fees. A study groups page has been added to their site at More information about becoming a CFRE is available at



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. How to Read the Minds of Your Donors

2. Eight Tips that Will Make Donors Smile and Boost Online Giving

3. Ten Strategies for Building Your Board’s Fundraising Skill and Confidence

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




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