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.

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Please join us at one of our programs!

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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.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR FALL 2014: AFP-WNC has several exciting announcements regarding a limited-time AFP membership discount, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville’s discount for AFP-WNC members and the availability of two different scholarships to help first-timers attend the 2015 AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Please scroll down to find these articles.

September 2014—Applications Now Being Accepted for AFP Diverse Communities Conference Scholarships

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to open up the application process for the scholarship fund for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising for the first time. This fund is broken out into three categories:

  • African American
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT)
  • General Diversity Fund

AFP’s 2014 Diversity Scholarship Campaign raised funding for 15 diversity scholarships for the 2015 Conference in Baltimore, March 29–31: 10 General Diversity Scholarships (available to fundraising professionals from any currently identified AFP diverse community—African American, Asian, Faith-based, GLBT, Hispanic, Jewish, or Rural), 2 African-American Scholarships and 3 GLBT Scholarships.

This means that AFP is able to offer $1,500 scholarships ($595 conference fee + $905 for travel expenses) for each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the diversity scholarship campaign, for your generosity and for helping to ensure a successful launch of this new program.

AFP is now accepting applications for these diversity scholarships. Non-members may also apply. Click here for the AFP Diversity Scholarship Application form. The deadline for application submission is October 31, 2014. Completed applications should be emailed to Lori Gusdorf, AFP Membership Services, at scholarships@afpnet.org. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2014.

Should you have questions about the AFP the Diversity Scholarships Campaign, please contact Lori Gusdorf, AFP Membership Services, at lgusdorf@afpnet.org

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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.

Fellow employees where you work could be eligible for this discount as well. Contact Paul Knott at 828.407.4269 or paul.knott@lr.edu for more information.

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August 2014 – AFP Membership Discount!  

In honor of National Philanthropy Day® AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2014!

 Please click here to get your discount coupon and become a new member of AFP!

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August 2014–AFP-WNC Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Chamberlain Scholarship

A single scholarship is available to a current AFP-WNC member to attend the 2015 AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, MD, March 29–31, 2015. The selected Chamberlain Scholar will receive the full registration fee (minus a $10 processing fee) from AFP International and up to $500 in travel reimbursement from the Chapter. She or he also agrees to make a presentation at a chapter program about a few of the most significant takeaways from the latest research, ethical guidelines or other relevant learnings from the International Conference and encourage others to attend the next Conference.

For an application form, please click here. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Any questions about the application or the Scholarship may be directed to Valerie Munei at scholarship@afpwnc.org.

The Chamberlain Scholarship Program honors Ralph Chamberlain, CFRE, a long-time fundraiser and supporter of AFP.  Mr. Chamberlain helped to form one of the organization’s first chapters, the Greater New York Chapter and served as both chair of the association and the foundation. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation for Philanthropy, the AFP Board of Directors renamed the Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the fundraising profession.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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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