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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June 15, 2016

Asheville’s Renaissance and Beyond

From a town of pawn shops and porn stores to one of the most highly acclaimed cities in the country, join historian Kevan Frazier for a look at Asheville’s transformation over the past 30+ years. The talk will look at the revitalization of downtown Asheville from its collapse in the 1970s to the beginnings of its Renaissance in the 1980s and 1990s to contemporary Asheville today, including leading figures and key movements including historic preservation, farm to table, brewing, and go local.

Learn more about this city’s history to help understand our own local organizations and donors better.

A native of Asheville, Kevan Frazier is the Executive Director of Western Carolina University’s Graduate and Professional Programs in Asheville at Biltmore Park Town Square. Kevan has taught history at the college level for some two decades, including at UNC Asheville and West Virginia University. Kevan is also the owner/operator of Asheville by Foot walking tours, which offers weekly history tours. Last year he published Legendary Locals of Asheville, a collection of 150 biographical shorts of folks who have shaped the city over the past 200 years.

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 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 June 10: Members $16, Non-Members $20; after June 9: Members $20, Non-Members $25.
Registration Deadlines: Because this is a sit-down luncheon, it is very difficult to accommodate walk-ins, so please register by June 14.

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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


June 2, 2016

Beyond Buzzwords:

Proven Digital Strategies for Fundraising

From Snapchat to Slack to Square, there’s a million trendy tools your nonprofit organization could be using to reach your supporters and raise more money. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of buzz in the air? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this fast-paced and fun session, we’ll cut through the clutter and talk about which technology trends are making a difference for online fundraising in 2016 and which ones are a bust!

At the end of this session, participants will understand:

  • which digital, social and mobile strategies are currently trending and how your organization can take advantage of them
  • examples of small, medium, and large organizations who have used these strategies to raise money, acquire new members or promote corporate partner initiatives
  • strategies to help development professionals “make the case” to internal teams and external partners for trying new initiatives

Claire Kerr has worked for non-profit organizations in the economic development, education, and health and research sectors. As Director of Digital Philanthropy at FrontStream, Claire works with charities as they fundraise through web, social & mobile channels.

AFP-WNC Facilitator: Sarah Thomas, CFRE, VP of Finance & Development, Black Mountain Home

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Upcoming Wake-Up Workshops:

August 4, 2016: How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Donor Prospect

September 1, 2016: Engage Your Board in Fundraising

October 6, 2016: Corporations and What They Want in Today’s World of Employee Engagement

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:

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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