Welcome to AFP-WNC!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter (AFP-WNC)  is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for all who raise funds in order to better our Western North Carolina community. Whether you are a fundraiser for a large agency or a small neighborhood group, we invite you to join us as a member or as a guest to our monthly activities. An inclusive group of professionals, we volunteer our time to help each other grow and succeed as fundraisers.


 Please join us at one of our programs!


JANUARY LUNCHEON MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED because of local school closings!


Chapter News

The following items are just a few highlights of AFP-WNC’s activities. For more news and announcements, we invite you to explore our Focus on Philanthropy E-News and Monthly Meetings web pages.

January 2016 – AFP-WNC Presents Special Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders and Managers on the Upcoming Overtime Exemption Changes

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, Rendi Mann-Stadt and Laura Jeffords will prepare WNC nonprofit executive directors, managers, supervisors, human resources managers, and payroll managers for upcoming Department of Labor overtime exemption updates through a workshop titled “What? I Have to Pay Overtime? To Almost Everyone?!”

If, as a nonprofit leader or manager, the following questions apply to your organization, consider attending this timely workshop. Does your development director work long days leading up to an event? Do your staff stay late to finish up that big grant? Check e-mail and take phone calls in the evening after work? Work flexible schedules—a little more this week, a little less next week?

Last year, the Department of Labor issued a proposal to update the standards for overtime exemption. It is likely after the proposed regulations go into effect, the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees will rise to approximately $50,440, with annual increases based on the 40th percentile of earnings by American workers. Regulations could go into effect this year. At that time, all employees paid below the threshold will be due overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 in one week—regardless of the nature of their work or their level of responsibility. Co-Presenters Rendi Mann-Stadt and Laura Jeffords will get you ready for this change. Explore strategies that will allow you to comply the law, stay within your budget, and reach your mission goals.

Rendi Mann-Stadt, JD, MBA, is a practicing attorney at Ward and Smith, P.A. Her practice experience includes labor and employment law, transactional matters, and regulatory compliance.

Laura Jeffords, MPA, is the Executive Director of the Mediation Center, which provides community conflict resolution services to Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk Counties. She is an adjunct instructor in the Masters of Public Affairs program at Western Carolina University where she teaches nonprofit leadership.

This workshop is free for nonprofit leaders and managers to attend. Space is limited, so please register soon.


AFP-WNC to facilitate CFRE Review Course ~ April 4-5

at Lenoir Rhyne University in Asheville

The CFRE Review Course

AFP’s revised CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a two-day, intensive program the purpose of which is to provide an overview of skills techniques, and program components base on fundraising experience at the five-year level.

Who should attend?
The course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles, at a step above the fundamental level. Its content is organized around the CFRE exam domains.

What will I learn?
The AFP CFRE Review Course consists of an introductory module and nine content modules. Each module contains content, questions for discussion, activities and other ideas and suggestions for engaging participants in reviewing the material.

To learn more please click here: http://www.afpnet.org/Professional/ProgramDetail.cfm?itemnumber=3303



August 2015 – Lenoir-Rhyne Offers AFP-WNC Discount for Master’s Programs

If you’re a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals–WNC Chapter and you’d like to earn a master’s degree, you’ll get a discount at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne offers ten Master’s programs through the Center for Graduate Studies located at 36 Montford Avenue, just off I-240 and minutes from downtown. The Asheville graduate offerings include programs in Business Administration, Community College Administration, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sustainability Studies, Teaching, and Writing.

Learn More

For information and to learn about eligibility requirements, visit asheville.lr.edu or call 828.407.4270 and ask to speak with Elisa Jacobs, our Enrollment expert, and schedule a one-on-one appointment to explore your grad school options at LR.


November 2013—AFP-WNC President Alex Comfort provided background information about western North Carolina philanthropy in the November 20–26, 2013, issue of Mountain Xpress. To read Alex’s quotes in the online version of  “Doing good in WNC,” please click on the article title. This edition of Mountain Xpress was entitled, “Giving, The Nonprofit Issue.”


October 2013—AFP-WNC Vice President of Programs Annie Fritschner, ACFRE, was featured in the October 16, 2013, AFP eWire – ACFRE Special Edition: The Best of The Best in “The ACFRE 100 Wall.” ACFREs are considered the best of the best in the fundraising profession and, so far, there are only 100 of them. Click on the article link to read one of Annie’s stories about this major accomplishment and see her photo from the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.


July 2013 – Our January 2013 meeting panel discussion on “Ethical Considerations When You Leave Your Job” became Summer  2013 Advancing Philanthropy article “Moving On—and Avoiding Ethical Potholes.” To read it, please click here!


Philanthropy Pathfinder

“Joining the Association of Fundraising Professionals has been the single best thing I’ve done since officially becoming a fundraiser in 2008. The monthly programs are wonderful, and the July Philanthropy Institute and November National Philanthropy Day are not to be missed! It is an honor to serve as Co-Chair of Membership.”

–Sharon Owen, Fundraising Coordinator for Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care’s McAuley Mercy Foundation and AFP-WNC Board Member


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