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Inside this issue: December Meeting: Setting Annual Fundraising Goals: A Moderated Discussion | January Webinar: From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill and Confidence | Mark Your Calendar | Apply for the 2019 Mentoring Program | 2019 Slate of Officers & Committee Chairs | AFPNWO Chapter Milestones | Welcome New Members | Thank you Renewing Members | AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips | Stay Connected | Donate to BE the CAUSE

Professional Development Luncheon & Annual Meeting
Setting Annual Fundraising Goals: A Moderated Discussion

December 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: December 16
Toledo Club: 235 14th St, Toledo, OH 43604
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Moderated by Ann Savage - Associate Vice President, Fundraising Operations, Promedica Health System - profile

goalsNonprofit organizations use a variety of methods for setting fundraising goals each year, both for organizations and individual fundraisers. In this session we will have a moderated discussion about setting annual goals for fundraising.

This is your opportunity to share the success and pitfalls of various goal-setting methods including feasibility studies, and operational needs.  How much input do development professionals have in the goal setting process? Do goals always need to increase year over year? And the age-old question: how does the organization balance setting goals for unrestricted vs. restricted dollars?

Annual Meeting

Before the program begins, John Lechman, CFRE, will lead the Chapter's annual meeting and election of 2019 Officers and Committee Chairs (see slate at right). Please plan to attend this important meeting. To register, click here.




FREE Webinar
From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill and Confidence

January 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 30
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Presented by Roberta (Robbe) A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE - VP for Philanthropy, Simpson Senior Services

Robbe HealeyBoard members shape the public’s perception of our organizations through their actions, reputations and leadership abilities. Members who use their reputation and leverage and successfully fulfill their responsibilities in raising funds help ensure the present and future of our success. Enthusiastic, dedicated and skillful involvement is irreplaceable.

Board members may be nervous about fundraising – not because they cannot do it, but because they are unsure how to do it. This webinar will explore tactics and techniques for helping your board members reexamine their roles and responsibilities to they can develop the confidence to evolve from nervous – to excited!

Approved for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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January 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill and Confidence
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February 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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So You Want to Be a Campaign Consultant
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March 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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Navigating Negotiations: More Money & More Mission
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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. Stewarding #GivingTuesday: Increase Your Retention Rate

2. How to Re-Engage Lapsed Donors in Your Organization

3. Seven Magic Words that Increase Charitable Donations

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

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Apply for the 2019 Mentoring Program

Application deadline: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

mentoringAs you make professional development plans for 2019, consider joining AFPNWO's mentoring program. This member-only benefit provides meaningful opportunities for learning & growth to those newer to fundraising. For mentors, it's a chance to share expertise and strengthen our philanthropic community. Follow the links for more info & be sure to apply by Tuesday, December 18th.

Eligibility & Commitment Requirements

Mentor Application

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AFPNWO Chapter Milestones

Over the next two issues, we will share with you the progress the Chapter has made in 2018. Not only are we proud to have reached these goals, but we are grateful to the Committee Chairs for their leadership.

Finance Committee
Chair: Bob Ampthor

financeThe Treasury Committee in 2017 took several steps to streamline operations and make better use of the chapter's funds. With Board approval the chapter invested in three CD's that were generally earning 1.5-2% APY. This was about 50 times what the checking account was earning.

The Board also approved hiring a chapter administrator, which has made the monthly transactions easier to conduct. The chapter conducted its second audit in as many years and was deemed to have a clean bill of health financially. Lastly, the Treasury Committee with Board approval obtained credit cards in the name of the chapter issued to the president and treasurer. This will make various registrations and payments to AFPI easier to track and finalize.

Mentoring Committee
Co-Chairs: Renee Canfield & Luke Reed

mentoringThe AFPNWO Mentoring Committee is experiencing the second year of the Mentoring Program since its launch in early 2017. The Mentoring Committee celebrates the growth of the program, having increased mentoring matches from four in 2017 (serving 9 AFP NW Ohio members) to seven in 2018 (serving 15 AFP NW Ohio members).

The Mentoring Committee aspires to realize additional growth of this beneficial program in the coming calendar year, and also aspires for the program to become even more of a membership recruitment and retention tool that aids in strengthening our AFP chapter.

Public Relations/Marketing
Co-Chairs: Allie Berns & Heather Slough

financeOver the last year, the Public Relations/ Marketing chairs have worked in partnership with our chapter administrator, Jacquie Skrzypiec of Jacq Connect, to meet the goals of our committee, including the publication of a bi-monthly newsletter to our members.

We also partnered with Mad Ave Group to create and execute a marketing/public relations campaign in recognition of the 30th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day. This comprehensive campaign included several weekly press releases as well as social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Looking ahead, we are working on executing a series of press releases geared towards the 2018 National Philanthropy Day success as well as continuous coverage on social media. We will also focus on increasing our presence on social media to enhance our membership recruitment efforts and gain broader financial support for future funding needs.





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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2019 Slate of Officers & Committee Chairs

On behalf of the Committee on Directorship, we are pleased to present the 2019 slate of Officers and Committee Chairs (the AFP Board).

If you have any questions or comments, please email Sandra Migani Wall, PhD, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at

The Directorship Committee recommends the following individuals for 2019 Officers:


Erin McPartland


Heather Slough


Jeff Abke


Danielle Davis, CFRE

Immediate Past-President; Chair, BE the CAUSE Campaign; Chair, Directorship

John Lechman, CFRE

The Directorship Committee recommends the following individuals for the Committee Chairs:

Diversity Co-Chairs

Shanda Gore & Taylor Burciaga

Membership Co-Chairs

Shelly Orenstein & Elizabeth Emmert

Mentoring Co-Chairs

Luke Reed & Eileen Kerner

NPD Co-Chairs

Nancy Hamilton, CFRE, & Milva Valenzuela Wagner

PR/ Communications

Nate Reid

Programs/Ethics Co-Chairs

Jill Bunge & Sarah Otis

Scholarship Co-Chairs

Christine Yoder & Elaine Jansen, CFRE

Youth in Philanthropy

Sena Mourad-Friedman

Chapter Ambassador

Allie Berns




Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the newest AFPNWO chapter members who joined in October and November:

b Olivia Barhorst, NAMI Greater Toledo

b Tana M Schiewer, Equal Justice USA

b Alia Wolaver, One Voice Foundation

We look forward to seeing you at future chapter meetings and webinars!



Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership in October and November:

b Andrew Curran, Boy Scouts of America

b Elizabeth A. Emmert, Consultant

b Jodi Farschman, University of Toledo

b Jennifer Fehnrich, Owens Community
College Foundation

b Karly Grilliot, Bowling Green State

b Robin Isenberg, NAMI of Greater Toledo

b Jennifer Jarrett, Arts Commission of
Greater Toledo

b Katherine Kreuchauf, CFRE, Findlay
Hancock County Foundation

b Marcia Sloan Latta, CFRE, The University
of Findlay

b John D Lechman, CFRE, Hospice of
Northwest Ohio

b Erin O'Bryan, Children's Rights
Collaborative of NW Ohio

b Ann Riddle, Northwest Ohio Scholarship

b Corinne Sheppard, Toledo Museum of Art

b Heather A Stombaugh, CFRE, JustWrite

We thank you for your commitment to our Chapter!




Stay Connected

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