Monthly Programs

AFP-WNC hosts a LUNCHEON PROGRAM on the third Wednesday of each month, featuring a guest speaker and providing opportunities for professional growth, networking, and peer recognition. (Dates and times vary in July for the Philanthropy Institute educational conference and November for National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon.) CFRE professionals can receive continuing education credits for the luncheon programs. Please scroll down to the “Luncheon Program Topic” to learn more about the latest monthly program and to register for the luncheon.

AFP-WNC also hosts a WAKE-UP WORKSHOP on nearly every first Thursday of each month. These Association of Fundraising Professionals webinars with a facilitated discussion cost only $10. They start at 8:30 a.m. and end around 10:00 a.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University (36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC, in Room 316.  Note: same building as the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce).  CFRE credits are also available for these workshops. Please scroll down to “Wake-Up Workshop” to learn more about the upcoming month’s webinar and to register.

If you miss a luncheon program, AFP WNC has a member-only benefit available at no charge. The full content of our luncheon programs can be viewed online via YouTube. To sign up, simply send an email to Mark Goldstein, CFRE, at with “Sign Me Up” in the subject line. And when it’s ready, you’ll be sent a link to a video of the latest luncheon program. You can also specify that you wish to be notified whenever a new month’s program is available online. See the topics of our past monthly meetings by scrolling down the right-hand column on this web page to “Past Luncheon Meeting Topics.” (Not a member? Did you know that you can join AFP for as little as $75 a year?)

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October 19, 2016

The Surge in Donor-Advised Funds … and How to Attract More

Did you know that charitable assets managed by donor-advised funds (DAFs) have grown from $33.5 billion to $70.7 billion from 2010 to 2014, and that contributions made to DAFs increased 14% from 2013 to 2014?

The surge of DAFs used as a charitable-giving vehicle has peaked our interest. Join us for a discussion about

What is a DAF, and how does it work?

  • Why are they so appealing to larger donors?
  • How do DAFs and private foundations compare?
  • How can you identify DAF gifts coming to you?
  • How can non-profits strengthen relationships with DAF fundholders?
  • Understanding relationships with other financial professionals who influence DAF creation and ongoing decision making.
  • How can we learn from your experiences?

Jeremy Naess is a tax manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP with a primary focus on tax-exempt entities. Since 2005, Jeremy has focused on non-profit organizations working through annual compliance matters as well as the formation of multiple exempt organizations. Jeremy’s work has focused on a range of entity types including public charities and private foundations across the Southeast. Jeremy is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He has been a regular guest lecturer at United Way Rising Leader programs and the Wake Forest “Essentials for Nonprofit Organization” program.

Wilson Sims, Jr., MBA, of Sims & Steele Consulting, has been working with non-profits since 1978 and has led over 100 successful capital campaigns and fundraising initiatives with not-for-profits in a five-state area. A graduate of The Webb School, UNC-Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management, he is a past-president of AFP-WNC. Wilson serves as convener for the French Broad River Greenway, enjoys a eight-year match through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is president of The Webb School Alumni Board.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Top of the Plaza, The Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC
Program Prices: Before October 14: Members $16, Non-Members $20; after October 13: Members $20, Non-Members $25.
Registration Deadlines: Because this is a sit-down luncheon, it is difficult to accommodate walk-ins. So please register by October 18.

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Wake-Up Workshop

Date: First Thursday of each month (excluding January, July and November)
Time: 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, Room 316
Price: $10, includes handouts, CFRE credits, and a facilitated discussion


October 6, 2016

Corporations and What They Want in Today’s World of Employee Engagement

“I haven’t met you before, but how about a million dollars?” An outrageous ask, right? And perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. But why do fundraisers, who approach major donors so carefully, feel it’s ok to zing asks like this on potential corporate partners? Approaching companies effectively means understanding what they value and what they want and need, just like that major donor you’re cultivating. In this session, you’ll hear insights about what companies value in today’s competitive work world from a corporate social responsibility professional who is on the receiving end of asks. With these insights, you’ll be better equipped to approach potential partners to work with your organization in new ways (hint: it’s not just about the money).

At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  • be familiar with the common mistakes fundraisers make when asking companies for money (so they can avoid that)
  • understand what companies care about today (purpose, culture, employee engagement)
  • think bigger and more creatively about how to approach a company about a partnership

Rachel Hutchisson is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy of Blackbaud, Inc., where she is responsible for global corporate social responsibility (CSR).  She brings a strong understanding of corporate marketing and experience in internal communications, corporate culture, and employee relations to her role, having grown professionally within Blackbaud as it matured from startup to an established public company.

AFP-WNC Facilitator: Kathy Jackson, Development Director, Diana Wortham Theatre

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Upcoming Wake-Up Workshops:

December 1, 2016: Building a Holistic Approach to Grant Seeking




Networking: 11:45 a.m.
12:00 noon

Each seat at regular prices: $16 member / $20 non-member

Each seat at late prices/no RSVP: $20 member / $25 non-member

You must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. the previous Thursday to receive the regular pricing. If you RSVP and do not attend, you will be invoiced. Because this is a sit-down luncheon, you must register no later than the day before the program. Space is limited.

As a reminder, if you have an event or a training opportunity to announce, please bring your flyers for the luncheon tables. 

Please use our online system to register by clicking the button at the top of this page. If you have any difficulties, you may e-mail Sharon Owen at with the following information:

  • Number of member/nonmember RSVPs;
  • Names of attendees; and
  • Meeting you will attend (March, April, etc.).


Regular Luncheon Program Location Directions


Inclement Weather Policy

AFP-WNC operates on the Asheville City Schools schedule. If school is in, we will meet as normal. If school is canceled, our programs will also be canceled. Wake-Up Webinars will also be cancelled when Asheville City Schools are delayed.


Past Luncheon Program Topics:

September 21, 2016: Fundraising for Introverts (please click here for Sandy Rees’s PowerPoint for this program)

August 17, 2016: Discovering Your Philanthropic Passion

June 15, 2016: Asheville’s Renaissance and Beyond

May 18, 2016: Sharing Impact in Ways That Generate Income and Interest

April 20, 2016: Increasing Your ROI: The 3-Part Ask

March 16, 2016: The Best Return on Your Investment of Time

February 17, 2016: Giving More Than Money

December 16, 2015: The First 90 Days: What to Do After You Find the Bathroom

October 21, 2015: Innovation As a Process

September 16, 2015: Dealing with Religion and Politics in Major Gift Work

August 19, 2015: Philanthropy Trends as Seen at AFP International Conference

June 17, 2015: Stop the Busy Cycle

April 15, 2015: Strategic Stewardship

March 18, 2015: Donor Money Ball – The Art and Science of Pipeline Management

January 21, 2015: Tips for the New Year: Put Your Development Plan to Work

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