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 314.  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?)

Luncheon Program

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of an Organization

Catherine “Kit” Cosgrove, executive leader in hospice organizations of over 30 years, will be discussing with our AFP membership and guests the importance of volunteerism. How to recruit, train, and “get the best” from volunteers. She will share how she has best utilized volunteers in her hospice and community work.

Catherine “Kit” Cosgrove is currently the Director of CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care-McDowell County, N.C.

A life-long volunteer, Kit also knows the value that volunteers bring to non-profit organizations.  Her personal volunteer efforts have and do include:

  • 2001 Asheville YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award
  • Service Above Self Award- Marion Rotary
  • Rotarian of the Year- Marion Rotary, 2014-2015
  • McDowell Chamber of Commerce, Director, 2013-Present
  • Chair-Elect, Capstone Board of Directors
  • Historic Carson House, docent, 2010 to present
  • United Way of Asheville/Buncombe County PACESETTER Chair, 1990 and 2001—significantly increasing giving goals each time

Location: The Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Program Prices: Members $16, Non-Members $22
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2017

Register now!


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


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Following the Path to Donor Nirvana – The Six Realizations Approach

Fundraisers, there are just six things you absolutely need to know to get a good return on your communications investment. Join Tom Ahern as he guides you through his Six Sacred Realizations of Donor Communications (cue the calming music).

Realization #1: Your case for support is NOT about your organization’s need for cash. It’s about the savory, enticing opportunity you’ve put in front of the prospect.  

#2: Every donor communication sends a message. Alas, it’s often the wrong message.  

#3: Give your donor an important job to do … AND MORE! Collect ’em all. You WILL make lots more money.

After taking this workshop:

  • You will have a solid basis for your communications program.
  • You’ll understand why donor-centricity is key to growing fundraising results.

Tom Ahern, specializes in applying the discoveries of psychology and neuroscience to the tough business of attracting and retaining donors. Through his workshops, he’s trained thousands of fundraisers internationally to do the same. He’s authored five, well-regarded how-to books on donor communications. He’s also a fundraising copywriter. Clients include: Sharp HealthCare (San Diego), Planned Parenthood of MN, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He’s on the advisory board at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (UK), founded by Prof. Adrian Sargeant and psychologist Jen Shang.  

AFP-WNC Facilitator: Sandi Garcia Boyer

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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:

March 15, 2015: Ethics Panel

February 15, 2017: Planned Giving 102

January 18, 2017: Relevance Rules! Learn to Craft Powerful Messages That Move People to Act Now

December 21, 2016: Public Relations and Fundraising—Strange Bedfellows

October 19, 2016: The Surge in Donor-Advised Funds … and How to Attract More

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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