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!


Speaker Proposals Being Accepted for

11th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference

DEADLINE:  April 17th 5:00 PM

Speaker Application Guidelines
The Charlotte, Triangle and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals are pleased to announce the 11th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference on Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Koury Convention Center. Vital to the conference will be the 30+ industry leaders (consultants, practitioners and philanthropists) selected to present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions.

Conference Theme: Balancing Balls: Better and Consistent
Nonprofit professionals juggle balls constantly: staff, events, volunteers, funders, budgets, etc. Through humor and insight, this year’s keynote speaker, Vu Le, will help participants embrace the complex world of fundraising. Speakers are strongly encouraged to visit Vu Le’s website: www.nonprofitwithballs.com.

This year’s conference focuses on best practices and emerging trends in philanthropy. Think about the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge. What other nonprofit institutions raised $2.5 million in 2013 and then over $100 million in 2014? Similar challenges have been initiated but what made the Ice Bucket Challenge a success?   The Conference Program committee seeks presenters with the skills to deliver effective solutions to everyday issues faced by fundraisers as well as innovative ways to secure new donors.

Interactivity is critical to adult learning. AFP members and conference attendees will bring a variety of knowledge and experiences to each session. Optimally, sessions at the AFP Conference should offer each and every participant opportunities to actively listen, speak, engage, and reflect. Our goal is for participants to not only leave the conference inspired by new ideas but to feel equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to implement ideas – regardless of the size of their fundraising budget

The Breakout Sessions
This year’s conference will provide dynamic, continuing education opportunities for the 500+ development professional attendees – nonprofit executive directors, development officers, marketing and communication managers, support staff, and community volunteers and leaders.

The conference will provide practical strategies that our nonprofit professionals can take back to their workplace and implement immediately. Attendees of all experience levels and interests will receive a healthy mix of practical wisdom infused with new or refined strategies to help find success in today’s vastly different, and often more stressful, landscape.

Sessions are 75 minutes long (including 15-20 minutes for questions/discussion) and range from 25-100 attendees.

Options for presentation topics have been significantly condensed based on 2014 surveys and trending subject matter. We will focus on two tracks:
1. Beginner/Intermediate Track (for professionals new to the field to those with 5+ years of experience)

Potential session topics might include:

  • Annual Giving Strategies
  • Creating/Building a Major Gifts Program
  • Moves Management Strategy
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creating a Financial Development Plan
  • Partnering with Volunteer Leaders
  • Trends in fundraising
  • Fundraising and Millennials

2. Advanced Track (for professionals with 10+ years of experience)

Potential session topics might include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Strategies for online fundraising
  • Succession Planning
  • A Guide to Advancing Into Leadership Roles
  • Creating a Healthy and Successful Development Team
  • Successful Board Recruitment and Engagement
  • From Cultivation to Stewardship – How to Create Lasting Partnerships with Significant Major Gift Prospects
  • Mentoring/Coaching Techniques for Nonprofit Executive Directors and Managers

Selection Criteria:  Selection of the breakout session speakers will be three-fold: by invitation, nomination and application. The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Practical, “Hands-on” Training Sessions – last year’s survey of conference attendees indicated a consistent request for “hands-on” training and “real life” scenarios that are creative and insightful, with practical applications for implementation.
  2. Audience Participation – presenters should consider integrating audience participation – such as time for questions, small group conversations, worksheets with tips and strategies, and specific examples attendees can use or simulate.
  3. Expertise – your professional background; speaking experience; credentials.
  4. Relevance – does your proposed session address the conference theme and current trends?
  5. Originality – is your presentation topic interactive, engaging and high energy?
  6. Recommendations/References – from current AFP members and others.

Technology will be an integral part of the conference including social networking. Speakers will work closely with the Conference Logistics Committee regarding technology at the conference. Speakers are encouraged to provide their own laptops. Sessions may be recorded.

We strongly recommend that if you use Power Point in your presentation, that the slides can be read easily from the back of a conference room, as well as in print in your handouts. Please test your presentation ahead of time to ensure that your participants will have a positive experience and not create an unnecessary distraction.

How to Apply:   Speaker applications are available to download and complete HERE.   Application submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2015. Please submit a separate application for each session topic via e-mail to: ncphilanthropyconference@gmail.com.

The Process:
SELECTION: Applicants will be notified via e-mail by Friday, May 8, 2015 of the decision of the Conference Program Committee.

REVIEW: Speakers will be asked to submit an outline for each breakout session presentation by May 22, 2015; and the actual presentation and any technical needs/requirements must be submitted by May 29, 2015 for final Committee review and approval.

ACCEPTED FORMATS for publication include: Microsoft Word (doc or docx formats): PowerPoint or high resolution PDF’s.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (confirming materials needed, publication requirements, formats and deadlines) will be provided upon acceptance.

CONFERENCE SPECIFICS: Speakers will be invited to attend the conference free of charge. Information regarding complimentary registration will be provided upon acceptance.


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.

September 2014 – 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. The more Association members who take advantage of the program, the deeper the discount—up to 20 percent!

“LR’s goal is to support the professional advancement of AFP-WNC members who want to build their skills and knowledge and take their careers to the next level,” said Dr. Paul Knott, Director of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. “This is a tremendous opportunity for AFP members, their employers and the university. This program makes our already competitively-priced graduate programs, even more affordable.”

As part of this benefit program, LR will waive its application fee. The University also offers an alternative to standard admissions tests (like the GRE, GMAT or MAT) if the prospective student can demonstrate readiness for graduate studies through a professional letter of recommendation.

At this time, Lenoir-Rhyne offers 22 graduate programs across three campuses (Asheville, Columbia, SC and Hickory)—and that number continues to grow to meet the needs of its communities. In Asheville, ten Master’s programs are offered through the Center for Graduate Studies located at 36 Montford Avenue, just off I-240 and minutes from downtown. In addition, four other fully online programs are eligible for this discount arrangement.

The Asheville graduate offerings include programs in Business Administration, Community College Administration, Counseling, Dietetic Internship, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sustainability Studies, Teaching and Writing. Additional online programs include Human Services, Language Development & Learning, Leadership (including a nonprofit track!), Nursing and Online Teaching and Instructional Design.

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.


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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