Member Spotlight


Member Spotlight: Erin (Neeb) Prescott, CFRE

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Erin (Neeb) Prescott, CFRE

Director of Development at The Dawes Arboretum

 

Tell us about your organization:

The Dawes Arboretum enriches lives through the conservation of trees and nature.  Located just 35 miles east of Columbus, we offer nearly 2,000 acres of tree collections, woodlands, wetlands and sustainable farming.  The Arboretum provides meaningful experiences in nature that encourage learning and enhance our community.  Last year, more than 260,000 visitors explored our plant collections and more than 15,000 people participated in our educational programming.

Not just a gem of central Ohio, The Dawes Arboretum’s plant collections are known on a national scale.  Participating in the Plant Collections Network, a group of North American botanical gardens and arboreta that coordinates a continent-wide approach to the preservation of plant genetics, The Arboretum’s work includes tree records dating back 100 years!

 

How long in AFP

I joined AFP in 2012.  Erich Hunker, who has long been active in the leadership of our AFP chapter is also a trustee of The Dawes Arboretum and encouraged me to join.  I have been fortunate to learn so much from his experience. 

 

What do you consider the most valuable

Being in a small shop development office, it has really meant a lot to me to have AFP colleagues with whom to discuss ideas.  AFP helps me to remember while sometimes I might be the only one at my organization with a particular role, I’m not alone! 

I also appreciate AFP for introducing me to the CFRE credential and providing exceptional continuing education opportunities to keep my certification current.

 

How long fundraising

My first experience with fundraising came in college when I was a member of a student association promoting recycling on campus.  The Fundraising Chair role was open with no volunteers to run for the position.  I thought, I could certainly do better than no one!  After securing a $10,000 grant for the organization, I got a taste for fundraising and looked at career opportunities.  I’ve been a professional fundraiser for 10 years now.  Before my time with The Dawes Arboretum, I was lucky to learn relationship management from the wonderful folks at The Nature Conservancy.

 

Columbus Faves

I love a long walk with my dog, Annie, so of course I enjoy visiting the parks and natural areas across the region.  If you asked Annie, she’d probably rather visit the Short North and Three Dog Bakery. 

 

Fun Facts

Causes related to the environment and animals are near and dear to my heart.  When you work for a cause you believe in so much, you are willing to do everything you can to help, which is why I have found myself in several costumes over the years.  I have been Lucky the Ladybug (Ohio’s first lady of litter prevention) and The Lorax.  At first, sweating through a wool costume at a hot summer festival doesn’t seem worth it, until a child runs up recognizing you from their favorite book and thanks you for speaking for the trees!  I know that my smile can’t be seen from inside the costume, but I always smile anyway.

 

Posted July 2017


Member Spotlight: Laurel H. Marks

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Laurel H. Marks
Senior Development Director
Canine Companions for Independence®


Q: Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?
A: Canine Companions mission is to enhance the lives of children, adults and veterans who have a disability by pairing them with a highly trained assistance dog. The work that we do is life changing! I have a passion for helping people and a love for dogs, therefore I am privileged to work at Canine Companions as I get to have both of these passions combined in my daily role.


Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?
A: I have been a member for less than a year. I would like to get more involved. I have attended a few seminars and the annual lunch, held last year.


Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
A: The most valuable part of an AFP membership is having the connectivity to fellow fundraisers and colleagues who share the same passion of donor engagement.


Q: How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?
A: I came from the corporate side, working with numerous non-profits, funding them and sitting on many different boards and host committees. I decided to move from a board member to an employee of one of the non-profits we supported as a corporation. I then heard about Canine Companions nice years ago and have been with the organization ever since.


Q: What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?
A: I have a core group of friends and family that make Columbus a great place to live. My favorite restaurant is Figlio and the owners just happen to be involved with Canine Companions!


Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.
A: I have a full hip replacement at age 42. This was due to playing tennis all my life, both in high school and college

 

Posted June 2017


Member Spotlight: Kay Wilson

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Kay Wilson

Executive Director

LeaderSpark Inc.

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

MISSION:  LeaderSpark ignites the power of youth leadership by providing practical leadership skills through a proven curriculum, training and coaching/mentor support.

VISION: LeaderSpark as a leader in Central Ohio’s collective impact initiative for youth; while delivering premier curriculum, coaching and programs for developing a diverse group of young leaders who have a positive impact on their communities.  

WHO DO WE SERVE:  LeaderSpark serves young people ages 14-24 in greater Franklin County, living in low-resource environments & whose circumstances create risk of ‘lower-life’ opportunities.

A:         I jump out of bed each morning with a goal to be the type of person I needed when I was a teenager. 

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, what’s been your past involvement and tell us more about your current roles?

A: I have been a member of AFP for nearly 4 years.  My current role is as the Chair of the D & I Committee.  Our committee’s goal is focused on developing programing, and resources for members of AFP and the fundraising community to promote inclusion and diversity as a strategic component in individual and organizational success.          

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         I seem to juggle work life harmony, so the most valuable part of my membership are the online tools and videos of various luncheons and best practices. 

 

Q:        What changes to do see happening in the Central Ohio fundraising community?  

A:         I see the value of fundraising teams elevating.  I see Presidents and CEOs becoming engaged in the process.  I also see organization realizing the need to build a pipeline of fundraising talent.  

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite place to take a donor?

A:         I enjoy the growing diversity of our city, it elevates the landscape in art, dining, events, mindset.  MY favorite place to take a donor is to The Kitchen, where we have had some of our youth work along side of them to ‘prepare’ food.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I played the bass throughout middle and High School- I dreamt of being in an all girl band, the Go-Gos and Beyonce’ beat me to it. 

 

Posted June 2017


Member Spotlight – Adrienne Selsor

Meet AFP member Adrienne Selsor, founder and president of Time, Talent & Treasure; as interviewed by Amanda Turner, Junior Achievement, Vice President, Development and Communications.

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My husband and I relocated to Columbus almost four years ago from Washington, D.C., not knowing anybody. I decided to use this move as an opportunity to transition my career from politics/corporate America to getting back into non-profit fundraising. Through a friend of a friend, I met Adrienne Selsor who was willing to meet this random transplant for coffee. I was immediately impressed by Adrienne and knew she was someone I wanted to latch onto! Fast forward two and half years and I actually get the opportunity to work with Adrienne while she was a consultant at Mollard Consulting. I know first-hand the impact a consulting firm can have on not just an organization, but on the individual who gets the chance to have that relationship. Both Kerri Mollard and Adrienne have been tremendous mentors to me and have really helped our organization, Junior Achievement, get organized and develop a strategic plan to success. As a way to pay it forward, I’m thrilled to share more about Adrienne and her new firm, Time, Talent & Treasure.   

 

Tell us a little about your firm. Mission? Population you serve?

I’m so excited to share that Time, Talent & Treasure is launching! My goal is to make it easy and affordable for individuals, companies and nonprofits to get the fundraising and leadership development support they need to be successful. I passionately believe that the people who work in or on behalf of nonprofits are at the core of their success. And that helping those people to secure financial resources is the best way to strengthen the capacity of their organization and then the community. 

 

Why did you spin off to do your own consulting?

It’s something that I have thought about for a couple of years, and my goal is to be able to focus on doing a few things and doing them really well. I love supporting good people doing important work in our community and spending as much time with them as possible. Coaching and training will be available for people in the corporate grant-making sector, the nonprofit sector and serving as community volunteers. I love this because it’s a huge need and it fits my background perfectly. My overall passion is to mobilize community engagement.

 

How has the transition from being in-house to consulting been since leaving the YWCA?

People always ask me what my favorite role has been – serving as a grant-making officer at a company, serving as chief fundraiser at a nonprofit or serving as a consultant.  To be honest I have loved them all because they are each a vital part to mobilizing resources to strengthen our community. Putting them all together has been really fun.

I will always love the YWCA and the amazing work it does in the community. Serving in that role carved out a special place in my heart for nonprofit professionals and volunteers. There are so many wonderful people I met through my time there, and I am proud of the work I was able to do to stabilize and strengthen the organization. 

 

Has anyone mentored you through this process? If so, can you share who and how have they supported you?

I have had so many individuals that I call for advice so I am fortunate to have too many mentors to list. Columbus is full of wonderful people that will take the time to help you when you ask.

I’ve been fortunate to work with many amazing women. Elfi Di Bella has been a longtime mentor that I still talk with on a regular basis, as well as Kerri Mollard who has always been supportive of me and my career growth.

I do, however, get a little sad thinking about a whole generation of leaders (and mentors) that we are losing but my hope is to make it easy for people to stay involved in the community after they retire because we need them.

 

How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?

To be honest it’s been luck, hard work and creating meaningful relationships that made the next steps in my career happen naturally. I started out of college in Battelle’s corporate philanthropy department where my responsibilities increased to distribute grant and event funds into the community, place nonprofit board members, handle volunteer administration and its United Way campaign. These eight years gave me a broad overview of the community and its needs.

 

At that time, I also volunteered on dozens of nonprofit event steering committees helping them with fundraising work.  One of the nonprofit boards I served on at Battelle was YWCA Columbus where I ended up leaving the board role to take a staff role as chief development officer for six years. Mollard Consulting was contracted to do all the grant writing at the YWCA so I worked with Kerri for five years prior to starting at Mollard Consulting which lead me to now launching my own training and coaching company – Time, Talent & Treasure.

 

Why should an organization work with a consultant?

There is a real need for smaller nonprofits who cannot afford a full development plan or feasibility study but see a significant ROI from guidance and coaching.

A good consultant should provide support, direction and accountability. Consultants also have a unique perspective on the lay of the land (trends in giving, insight on donor focus for giving, where the meaningful relationships are, etc.) that they can share when advising clients.

I equate investing in a fundraising consultant to investing in my personal trainer – I think I know how to exercise but what I’ve been doing on my own wasn’t producing the results I wanted because I haven’t been formally trained in it, all exercise isn’t created equal and I don’t push myself as hard as she does.  Consultants can help you gain clarity and focus so your time is maximized. And who doesn’t want more free time?

 

How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

I have been an AFP member for over five years and this is my second year on board. I currently serve as Chair of the Mentoring Committee.

 

What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

To me the biggest benefit of AFP is being part of an effort to helping to stabilize the crazy turnover in the fundraising profession. Penelope Burk shares that $46,650 is the amount that could retain a good fundraiser. And the amount lost with each fundraiser that leaves a position is $127,650 to the organization. So why aren't we doing the math? What nonprofit doesn't need another $81,000? If a network of support and materials can help with this why wouldn’t everyone invest in it?

 

What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant and/or family activity?

I love the openness – people welcome your involvement and we encourage diversity.  To be honest, life with nine-year-old twins is usually so busy that my favorite family activity is snuggling on the couch for movie night. J

 

Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

When I was little and everyone around me wanted to be a teacher or a dentist, I wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer (do you remember that show?).  It’s funny because I’m such a big champion for women’s rights and instead of being super ambitious I just wanted to be happy, have fun and make others smile. 

 

Visit Time, Talent & Treasure website at https://www.timetalentandtreasurellc.com/

 

Posted May 2017


Member Spotlight: Jeff Redfield, CFRE

Meet Jeff Redfield, who started his AFP journey 18 years ago and recently marked a milestone by completing his CFRE.  If you want some inside tips on that process, scroll to the bottom first! But between here and there, learn more about Jeff and what makes him tick.

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Jeff Redfield, CFRE

Major Gift Officer

American Red Cross – Ohio Buckeye Region

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         The Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross covers 45 counties from northwest, to central to southeast Ohio and it’s over 4 million residents by providing prevention and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. 

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I first joined in 1999 when it was still called NSFRE (National Society of Fund Raising Executives which changed to AFP in 2000).  The Gill Foundation took 40 LGB leaders (T and Q came later) to the international conference. 

I was only able to attend a few educational programs locally, though I did get to attend the international conference a couple of times.  My real involvement came when I started serving on a committee and in 2010 when I was asked to chair Legislative Affairs, which we changed to Public Policy, which I did for 2 years and that’s also when I first joined the board.  It was at AFP International conference in Baltimore in 2010 that I got hooked, connecting with my fellow central Ohio delegates and became buddies with Suzie Childs.  I was on the board and leading and serving several committee ever since.  This year I am VP of Education and on the executive committee for the first time.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         It is really hard to say one part as the importance changes along with the emerging need.  I find the most consistent part of AFP which I find always valuable are the friendships.  It’s more than just networking, though that’s a huge part of it.  We are lucky to have such a meaningful profession though sometimes the demands and challenges can be great.  The friendships I have developed through AFP are like no others.  Laughter is the best glue.  I truly value my AFP-peeps because of the shared experiences (we’ve all be there), the shared efforts (again committee tasks and service), and the shared compassion that comes from these truly giving people who have dedicated themselves to doing good.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         Since 1992, I had served on many GLBT local and national sports organizations, which coordinated leagues and tournaments so I had gained experience with volunteers and sponsorships.  In 1998, I was hired as executive director of Stonewall Columbus. It was a growing and challenging time – I started just 7 months before Matthew Shepard’s murder.  Our vision required increased resources to achieve our goals – so with a small staff it was where I focused a majority of my time.  When I left Stonewall in 2002, I knew fundraising is what I enjoyed the most and wanted to devote my time toward doing going forward.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite restaurant?

A:         I’m a social sports junky.  Long after many of my friends from the ‘90s and 2000s have “retired.” I still – or, when my body allows it - play in four LGBT sports leagues (volleyball, bowling, tennis and softball).  Columbus has been a great LGBTQ sports city for over 25 years and very few, if any, cities anywhere in the US have so many or the year-round options we do. 

            When it comes to restaurants, I’m adventurous and like a lot of places and my absolute favorite is German Village Coffee Shop.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         As a freshman at Western Michigan, I sang in Gold Company II, a vocal jazz ensemble and the II was like JV.  In February 1985, during our big annual performance, we got to sing with a visiting celebrity and it went well.  Then partway through another number I looked over and he was suddenly sharing the microphone with me- my mic, right next to me!  He just happened to know the song and wanted to join in.  It was just months before he won two Grammy awards (of his 10) and three years before “Don’t Worry Be Happy” made Bobby McFerrin a household name.

 

CFRE

I’d thought for years about getting my CFRE accreditation and even took the review course in 2011.  I hadn’t made it a priority and seemed like something always got in the way (personal and/or work demands, time to complete the application and enter it all, finances to apply/pay for the test, time to study – it was over 20 years since I’d taken an exam).  It became important to me because I feel it reflects knowledge, experience and a dedication to a profession to which I’m committed.   Yes, it’s a feeling of pride, sense of accomplishment, and relief at the same time.

While others can jump right in, I found it all a bit daunting. 

So I broke it down into goals to:

  • Complete the application, by 6/30 last year (check)
  • Apply for an AFP scholarship reimbursing half the fee (check)
  • Talk to friends and others in AFP who have taken it, get advice, get study materials and try to set p a study group (check, almost all/no group, more likely around CFRE review course)
  • Submit final application - due dates determine test dates – and 1 year to take the test (check)
    • You can pay $35 to change the 2-month test window
  • Set time block when I could dedicate study/review time leading up to it, like cold winter weekends (check)
  • Schedule it 3 to 4 weeks ahead – this was pretty easy, many local test center options, almost any day – then review and get it down (check!)

Posted May 2017


Member Spotlight: Jennifer Hutchinson

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Jennifer Hutchinson

Tell us about your organization:

The Breathing Association serves the medically vulnerable energy-insecure residents of Franklin County, promoting lung-health and preventing lung disease through clinics, outreach education services and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  Our care for our clients and patients is holistic: we support good health in combination with home utility assistance, you can’t have one without the other.  In addition, we have a strong network of organizations we collaborate to help overcome all barriers.

While there are many favorites in my job, the part I enjoy the most is the fact we have been a pillar in Central Ohio philanthropy for over 110 years.  Our mission has evolved from caring for the “sick poor” afflicted with tuberculosis to caring for over 25,000 people every year with an array of needs we can help with. 

How long in AFP

I joined AFP in October, right after I assumed this development role.  As I collected advice from others in the industry, joining AFP was on the top of the TO DO list!  So far, I have attended meetings and participated in the mentor/mentee program and look forward to participating on other committees. 

What do you consider the most valuable

Columbus is a wonderful place to live and work- and AFP is a great example of what makes Columbus great!  The most valuable part of my membership is access to the depth of knowledge more experienced development professionals have and the fact they’re willing (and even enthusiastic!) to share best practices with me.  There’s a true feeling of philanthropy in our community, AFP members are eager to lend a hand to benefit the greater good. 

How long fundraising

I am still very wet behind the ears, I have only been in the development role since September.  My background is in sales and relationship management, with a focus on recruiting and maintaining blood donors with your American Red Cross.  My enthusiasm for Columbus’ German culture led me to a position with Schmidt’s Catering, which I thoroughly enjoyed, when The Breathing Association positioned opened up over the summer and I thought I might be able to get behind the mission and give a hand up. 

Columbus Faves

I am a true Columbus native, my mom’s side of the family has been here for over 100 years!  I love that Columbus has a beautiful skyline representing an abundance of opportunity to grow through employment, education, healthcare, and the arts.  Even though we have a big-city feel, Columbus is still very small and everyone seems to know everyone on one level or another. 

Also represented by our skyline are TERRIFIC places to eat!  Of course, I am partial to Schmidt’s Sausage Haus- every time I go there I feel like I have been on an adventure. 

Fun Facts

When I was in high school, my youth group at church was hosting a lock-in.  This was an overnight at the church intended to be a fun time for the kids already involved in Luther League, and for other kids in the community to learn what we were all about.  I created a position for myself on the event planning team to promote the heck out of the night, and accidentally had 110 kids on my guest list!  That was the last time the church ever had a lock-in, but I knew for sure that I was good at recruiting people for my cause. 

 

Posted March 2017


Member Spotlight: Stephanie Christie

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Stephanie Christie

Comp Drug/Youth to Youth

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

A:         CompDrug offers a comprehensive spectrum of services focusing on treatment and prevention of substance misuse and abuse.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         Stephanie just received her 5-year badge! Her involvement has evolved from being a periphery member to joining committees, becoming a mentee and now chairing National Philanthropy Day. She has continued to find her membership more rewarding as her involvement in the organization has progressed. She is sure that Chairing National Philanthropy Day this year will bring her skills and experience she couldn’t have gained elsewhere. She has learned that getting involved at a committee and leadership level has provided the most opportunities for networking and relationship building that has a priceless value. 

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         AFP membership has functioned as an organic mentorship for Stephanie. Relationship building with development professionals, connections to outside philanthropists and networking are just a few of the experiences she considers most valuable. She has been able to learn through the collective experience and knowledge of her fundraising peers.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         Stephanie has been in the fundraising field upwards of 6 years, and has officially been Development Director for 6 months. IT is because of her involvement in AFP that she was able to successfully advocate for this organization’s first full-time development director in its history.  

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus?

A:         Stephanie has a great appreciation for the arts and cultures scene in Columbus. She views Columbus as a big city with a small-town feel. And most of all, she views Columbus’ saturation with nonprofits to be a reflection of the values and priorities of our city. She is proud to be a part of such an empowering city.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know. 

A:         Stephanie JUST GOT ENGAGED! This past January J

 

Q:        Tell us about your experience with the mentor/mentee program.

A:         Stephanie could not speak more highly of the mentor/mentee program. It enabled her to take on a completely new fundraising position within CompDrug with confidence. Her mentor, Ruth Watkins, helped Stephanie foster relationships that have lasted well beyond the program. On a practical side, she appreciated the materials and insight Ruth provided her. But Stephanie also enjoyed having an experienced member of the field she could bounce her ideas off of; Ruth’s feedback gave her assurance she was on the right track and making the right decisions.

 

Posted March 2017


Member Spotlight, Chris Baker, CFRE

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Chris Baker

Executive Director

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         For over three decades Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has been committed to driving community change, stimulating new ideas, and engaging audiences in a conversation around sustainable food and agriculture.

Our mission: “To grow a vibrant food community for all Ohioans.”

Farm Bureau Foundation is committed to support the next generation of agriculture producers, scientists, and business and community leaders.  In 2016, over $30,000 was awarded in scholarships and professional development opportunities for individuals in food and agriculture. An additional $30,000 was invested in programs committed to addressing Ohio’s agricultural challenges.

I enjoy working with a group of people who are committed to feeding people and nourishing communities.

 

Q.     Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A.     Golf Tournament on June 26th (Jefferson Golf and Country Club)

Cultivating a Cure on August 20th (Fundraiser in support of cancer research at the James)

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I first joined AFP in 2011 while working in Washington State. Since moving back to Ohio in late 2015, I have received my CFRE and joined the board of Central Ohio AFP.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         The networking opportunities that AFP provides to individuals working in small organizations are invaluable. As a member, you have an entire community of talent and resources to draw on.  Have a question about closing a major gift, or the difference between CRUTS and CRATS? There is a pretty good chance someone in the chapter is an expert in that specialty and can assist you.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         I began my fundraising career right out of college when I joined the Boy Scouts as a District Executive.  At the time, I thought I would gain some experience working for a not for profit organization and make the transition to my planned for career when the job market rebounded. Little did I know, the next 13 years would be spent working in development for several organizations in three states.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         Friendly people, big city amenities, and a 20 minutes commute… it doesn’t get much better.

As a devoted Foodie, here are my recommendations: Breakfast – Skillet, Cheap Eats - Los Galapagos, Best Tacos - Los Gauchos Taqueria, Fine Dining - Lindey's

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         While in college, I once fought in a “Toughman” Competition. My official record was 1-1

 

Q:      What special perspective does your position as an executive director bring to the AFP board table?

A:      In my experience the best executive directors are great fundraisers, that just happen to have additional experience in board management, staffing, strategic planning and resource management.

 

Q:      Tell us why you chose to get a CFRE, and a little about the process?

A: My choice to pursue the CFRE certification was very easy to make, and thoroughly informed by my experience with AFP. Having spent the majority of my career working for a national nonprofit, it was apparent to me that there was a significant difference between how I was prepared for my role as a professional fundraiser when contrasted with the individuals that I met through my local AFP chapter.

At the time, my organization focused their training largely on the implementation of a proprietary fundraising system. While this system was successful for a while, it stood in stark contrast with the evidence based best practices that were employed by other organizations.

It was the realization that I was being left behind, and that it was up to me to take ownership over my career, that ultimately prompted action. I changed jobs, found a mentor committed to helping me achieve my goal of certification, and starting studying.

Unfortunately, the majority of my educational experience to that point did not count toward the CFRE application. Over the next 18 months, I ramped up my involvement in AFP, attended several conferences, and even a few webinars to get the requisite number of points to sit for the exam.

Too much attention is given to the test! (Yes, it is a miserable affair) Thankfully the real value of the certification is in the process. For me, that meant increasing my involvement with AFP, regularly interacting with my mentor, and learning those best practices that drove my decision making in the first place.

 

Posted March 2017


Member Spotlight: Natalie Coles

Natalie R. Coles

Area Development Director

UNCF (The United Negro College Fund)

 

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Natalie (center) with two UNCF scholarship students.

 

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:           UNCF is the nation’s oldest scholarship organization. We have been in existence since 1944 and currently give more scholarships to students nationally than any other organization second only to the federal government. UNCF’s mission is to help minority and underrepresented students get to and through college. We accomplish this with a three tier strategy: we support 37 historically black colleges and universities, we support students with over 10,000 scholarships annually and we advocate with local and national stakeholders as to why our work is so important. Some of our most passionate supporters include Bill and Melinda Gates, Colin Powell and even the late great Michael Jackson who has an endowed scholarship in his name.

I love working at UNCF because I truly believe in our mission and am beyond proud of our legacy.  America is on track to be a minority majority country by 2020 and it is imperative that we educate our growing minority workforce so that we can compete globally as a nation. Being the first person to graduate from college in my family, I have seen first-hand the impact a college degree can have. I received assistance from UNCF to attend OSU and will be forever grateful for the support.

 

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I have been a member of AFP since 2006. In that time I have served on the scholarship committee, participated as a mentee in the mentor program and led a course on marketing during the Fundraising Fundamentals seminar.

 

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           I love the people at AFP. Although working in a small shop and covering a vast territory, (Ohio and Kentucky) makes it hard to get away for lunch sometimes, whenever I am available to join an education session I have a great time, I learn a lot and enjoy bouncing ideas off of my fellow fundraising peers.

 

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:           I started fundraising at United Way of Central Ohio in 2005 under the leadership of Angel Towns and Janet Jackson. Before that I worked at The Girl Scouts and would watch then VP of Development Tammy Wharton (now their CEO) bring donors and guests through the organization. I was younger then, and had just left a high profile job in sales for a Fortune 500 company. I was fascinated that Tammy had the privilege of sharing all the good work happening at the organization with the community. I was immediately hooked on development and have been doing the work ever since. We are more fortunate than we realize sometimes.  We are the people who get the great honor of sharing the sacred stories of those we serve with others. We are a vessel for change and I feel blessed by that, nearly every day.

 

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           Columbus is a great city full of innovation. We are a clean, caring community invested in big ideas. My favorite thing about Columbus is that we are family friendly and the traffic is easy to navigate. I try to travel often and am always happy to come home to Columbus.

 

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           A fun fact is that before I moved to nonprofit work I worked in the music industry. I helped to launch amazing artists like Alicia Keys and Pink in the early part of 2000 but left when a little company called Napster started to change the way people purchased (or pirated) music. I saw the writing on the wall and left before the music business changed forever. That was an important lesson and taught me that I could trust my instinct.

Posted: February 2017


Organization Spotlight: SourcePoint

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(As told to us by Mike Miller, Development Officer)

Q. Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A: SourcePoint is the primary resource and starting point for professional expertise, referrals, and programs for Delaware County adults who want to thrive after 55. We provide in-home care that helps older adults live safely in their own homes, including services such as Meals on Wheels, help with chores, rides to medical appointments, home safety checks, emergency response systems, and more. SourcePoint provides free resources and support for family caregivers. We are also the source for both fun and fitness—our 44,000-square-foot enrichment center is designed for adults age 55 and older to focus on health and wellness, education, creativity, and recreation amongst friends.

Our primary financial support comes from a local senior services property tax levy, which has been approved by voters since 1994. Other vital support is received through corporate and private donations, sponsorships, grants, and the work of volunteers.

 

Q. What has your involvement with AFP been?

A: As an organization, we have attended the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, a few monthly educational programs, and some after-hours mixers. We are also active in the new Delaware County affinity group that was recently formed. I also served on the sponsorship committee for National Philanthropy Day and was a member of the faculty for a Fundamentals of Fundraising Course.

 

Q: Does your organization have anything special going on? Tell us about it!

A: There is always something exciting happening at SourcePoint! In the spring, our Meals on Wheels program gets an additional spotlight when we participate in the national March for Meals campaign. As a proud member of Meals on Wheels America, we help raise awareness of senior hunger and encourage our entire Delaware County community to get involved throughout the month of March. Following the awareness campaign, SourcePoint will offer its third annual Boxed Lunch Fundraiser in early April, to raise money for its Meals on Wheels program. In 2015, our Meals on Wheels program provided more than 199,000 meals to Delaware County residents. We are proud of our nutrition program, and encourage the community to get involved, whether by volunteering, donating, or helping spread the word about SourcePoint.

 

Posted: February 2017


Member Spotlight: Brian Canavan

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Brian Canavan

Vice President, Development

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:           For nearly three decades, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has transformed the lives of over 360 Central Ohioans by providing a pathway to empowerment for people to achieve, or save the dream of homeownership.  Its programs provide the successful model of offering a hand-up approach rather than a hand-out by utilizing sweat equity, financial education, and homeownership skills training.  Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio is currently embarking on their Habitat Housing Initiative - this effort will allow Habitat to go from serving about 30 families a year to over 140! We will be focusing on transforming the Linden, Southside, and Newark areas over the next 5 years.

I love working at Habitat because of the people. Getting to see someone transform their life and provide a safe home for their family is as fulfilling as it gets.

 

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I joined AFP in 2010 and have served AFP in different capacities including treasurer, Job Bank Chair, and serving as a Mentor.

 

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           The network of people and sharing of ideas. AFP is always inspiring with so many great organizations and people! Also the International Conference was an amazing experience, I was awarded the Chamberlain Scholarship to attend the conference and it really was inspiring.

 

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:           I have been blessed to be in fundraising for about 9 years. I fell into the profession after getting my MBA and working in Corporate Partnerships for various professional collegiate sports teams. I was burnt out and was able to transition my skill set to make a difference with great organizations. 

 

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           I came to Columbus for my undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and met my wife there. We fell in love with Columbus and after moving around a bit came back in 2010. We love that Columbus is the best of both worlds being small enough to get around without much hassle but also having great restaurants, bars, and culture. We live in Delaware so I will have to give a shout  out to all of the amazing bars and restaurants that have come to Delaware – more specifically 1808 has amazing food and craft beers. 

 

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I live in Delaware with my wife Megan, my 2 year old daughter Maggie, and two dogs. Additionally, I am an avid Hockey Player and fan and have been playing Ice Hockey since I was three. The Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins are my favorite teams as I have worked at both organizations. I have used my passion for hockey to fundraise as well, starting the Hockey Beats Down Cancer Tournament raising money for the American Cancer Society, and am starting the 24 Hours of Hockey for Habitat event to raise money for affordable housing.

 

Posted: January 2017


Member Spotlight: Jennifer Blank

Jennifer Blank

Director of Major Gifts

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

 

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Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:           At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we are dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions from the 130,000 waiting children in the U.S. and Canadian foster care systems. Every day, children are either entering into or aging out of foster homes. At DTFA, we are relentless in our pursuit to find more forever families faster for these children and youth in foster care. Created by Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation leads programs such as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Adoption-Friendly Workplace, and National Adoption Day.

I enjoy working for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption because we make such an amazing impact on the lives of the children and families we serve. These children end up in foster care through no fault of their own, and the trauma that they endure to have been removed from their home, and then moved from foster home to foster home leaves these kids pretty shut down. To be able to give them hope and to see families formed through the work that we do every day is pretty amazing.  

 

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I have been a member of AFP for about 5 years, first in North Carolina and now in Central Ohio. As I have grown in my career, so too has my involvement in AFP. This year I have been involved in the Scholarship Committee as well as the Mentorship program.

 

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           I find the connection and network of people in AFP to be priceless. As a fundraiser, getting to know people is what I love. AFP gives me the opportunity to do that, but with people who have passions and desires to better a diverse and ever changing community of needs. To be connected to this network of fundraisers makes my day to day work that much easier.

 

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:           I began my fundraising career right out of graduate school (about 7 years). I was introduced to development/advancement work while earning my MFA in Arts Management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduation, one of my adjunct professors, who happened to be the Chief Advancement Officer at UNCSA, offered me a job at the University as a development officer.   

 

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           We are transplants, moving to Columbus about 3.5 years ago. While we are still getting to know the area, we love how both big and small the city feels. We live out near Gahanna and find that when we need a small community, we have that in our backyard. We haven’t ventured out much to explore all that Columbus has to offer just yet (we had our daughter right after we moved here!), but look forward to seeing and finding new places around town.

 

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I went to Hope College in Holland, MI. One summer while in college, I worked at the local Tulip Time festival, giving tours of an authentic Dutch windmill, dressed in authentic Dutch attire, including wooden shoes!

Posted November 2016


Organization Spotlight: Freedom a la Cart

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http://freedomalacart.org/
(As told to us by Paula Haines, Executive Director)

Q. Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A: Freedom a la Cart empowers survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. In Franklin County, over 1,200 women are arrested each year for prostitution. Of those, over 92% are identified as victims of sex trafficking. These are women who were coerced into a life of prostitution, typically by someone they've loved and trusted. Even after they’ve escaped the street, these women still struggle daily with the effects of shame, severe trauma and drug addiction. Freedom offers hope and restoration. In addition to our supportive services, we’ve developed a wholistic strategy of workforce training through operating a box lunch and catering business. We prepare survivors to eventually get sustainable jobs in their areas of interest and support themselves financially.

Our ladies are breaking free! They are getting their GEDs, attending college, getting their driver’s licenses, regaining custody of their children, buying cars, moving into their own apartments, and even buying their own homes!

 

Q. What has your involvement with AFP been?

A: I became the Executive Director of Freedom in late June, joined AFP in July and attended the Fundamentals of Fundraising workshop in early August. The class served as a valuable foundation for the fundraising responsibilities of my new role. I’ve also recently joined the Marketing Committee.

 

Q: Does your organization have anything special going on? Tell us about it!

A: EAT UP! COLUMBUS — Celebrating Community, Collaboration & Cause Cuisine, on March 11, 2017. In the spirit of the underground supper clubs which debuted Freedom a la Cart to the Columbus dining scene, Eat Up! Columbus is a culinary adventure celebrating community, collaboration and cause cuisine.
The evening’s dinner party will showcase a female-led team of Columbus’s top up-and- coming chefs who will prepare an innovative six-course menu complemented by select drink pairings and finished with an array of petite desserts. Selected chefs will collaborate to create a unique culinary experience for guests, while supporting an important cause in our community. The list of participating chefs will be posted online at eatupcolumbus.org.


The honoree at this year's event is Ohio First Lady, Karen Kasich. Mrs. Kasich is passionate about issues affecting women and young people and has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against human trafficking in Ohio.


Eat Up! tickets will be available soon at freedomalacart.org.

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Posted November 2016


Member Spotlight: Laura Campise

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Laura Campise

Director of Mission Advancement

Catholic Social Services

 

Q:  Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A: Catholic Social Services is a faith-based social service agency focused on improving the quality of life of people of all faiths and backgrounds during some of the most vulnerable times of their lives. By serving people in ways that help seniors live independent, connected lives and help families thrive, Catholic Social Services continues its 70 year legacy addressing the community’s unmet, pressing needs with compassion and dignity.

Our mission: Motivated by faith, Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.

In 2015 Catholic Social Services served 13,000 seniors and families in central and southern Ohio. We serve the 23 counties of the Columbus Diocese and have five locations in: Franklin, Licking, Muskingum and Scioto Counties.

I like working with a group of people that have a similar vision and goals. Our core values (compassion, impact, excellence, respect and courage) are a vital part who we are, and we carry out those values in our daily behavior with each other and our clients. I am motivated to work for a mission that has a purposeful impact and proven results.

 

Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A: I became an AFP member in 2013, when I worked at the Mount Carmel Foundation. I have participated in a number of the offered workshops/seminars/trainings throughout the years, and recently received my CFRE in 2015.

 

Q:  What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:  The opportunity to network and share best practices with my colleagues has been invaluable to me and has had a positive impact on my work and success.

 

Q:  How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A: I started fundraising in 1996 when I ran the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program at The OSU Medical Center—I am a social worker and fell into fundraising (i.e., grant writing) in order to create sustainable operating dollars for the program.

 

Q:  What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite restaurant?

A:  Columbus has been a great place to raise my family. I believe Columbus is an open community, and I have had numerous career opportunities and growth. Columbus is philanthropic and it’s been an honor to get to know the many people I have met during my fundraising tenure (individuals and corporate and foundation leadership).

 

Q:  Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A: I am a proponent of single-sex education. I am proud to have graduated from an all women’s college—Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

 

Posted: November 2016


Member Spotlight – Christina Patel

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Christina Patel

Relationship Manager, Corporate Relations

United Way of Central Ohio

 

Q:  Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A: United Way of Central Ohio is dedicated to the singular goal of reducing poverty. We link people to high-quality services that effectively help them emerge from poverty.  I really enjoy how the UWCO team is passionate about its work and truly committed to our mission. There are so many people in our community who face several barriers to success and shouldn’t have to choose between paying for rent, quality education programming for their children, proper meals for the entire family, etc. To me, knowing that what I do helps eliminate barriers, like these, is very rewarding.

 

Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A: I joined AFP in 2015 and am a member of the Diversity & Inclusion and Marketing committees. As a member of the Marketing committee, I am working on growing our Twitter presence…. so be sure to follow us @CentralOhioAFP!

 

Q:  What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:  Volunteering on one of AFP’s many committees is a great way to do something different from what you normally do at work and with people you don’t normally work with. Personally, I believe that most of our members don’t take advantage of the type of experiential learning and professional development that comes with being an AFP committee member.

 

Q:  How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A: Like most development professionals, my fundraising days started as student caller in 2003. I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh and my mom told me I had to get a job to pay for my leisure expenses. That was 13 years ago and I have yet to find myself running away from hearing “No” in this field.

 

Q:  What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite restaurant?

A:  The best part about working downtown is the quick and easy access to great restaurants. My favorite lunchtime restaurants are Alchemy, Harvest Pizzeria, and recently, I was introduced to Barcelona, which was delicious!

 

Q:  Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A: I take lessons in Kathak, which is a classical Indian dance form. My weekly lessons are a great way to not think about work, learn more about my Indian culture, and challenge myself as I learn something new.

 

Posted October 2016


Organization Spotlight – The Childhood League Center

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(As told to us by Nicole Papa Odegaard, Director of Advancement)

 

Q. Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A: 70+ Years Strong! Founded in 1945, The Childhood League Center cares about children in need. This was our original mission and we remain true to it today. The Childhood League Center provides the best in early childhood education, interventions and therapies for children with and without special needs. Children learn together and from one another in fully inclusive classrooms, and we celebrate the strengths of each child. Central to our mission are families, and we work together to ensure they feel confident in their ability to help their child and to be lifelong advocates, well beyond their years with us here.

It’s an approach that works. On average, 45% of our youngest children catch up to their typically developing peers by age three and no longer qualify for services. The same holds true for our preschool children by the time they graduate. The impact this has on that child and their family is significant, but this also greatly affects the future for our school districts, communities and future workforce.

 

Q. What has your involvement with AFP been?

A: Nicole has been a member of the Central Ohio Chapter since 2010 and serves on the AFP of Central Ohio’s Board of Directors. Peter Tripp, the Director of Community Development is also a member. We believe AFP is instrumental in creating a community with the most highly qualified fundraising professionals!

 

Q:  Does your organization have anything special going on? Tell us about it!

A:  The Childhood League Center is in the final stages of a comprehensive capital campaign that will culminate in our re-location to a new facility in January 2017. This building will more than double our current space to 40,000 square feet on 4 acres on the historic Fort Hayes campus. Our classrooms will increase from 6 to 10, increasing children served at The Center by 100 with the opportunity to serve more in the community as well. Our new campus will provide an incredible outdoor environment unlike any other in the nation that will ignite exploration and wonder for our students. Our campaign is a total of $14.4 million and is a combination of philanthropy, New Markets Tax Credit proceeds and the sale of our current building. The campaign total includes construction costs, an operating reserve and a contribution to our sustainability fund.

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Posted October 2016


Member Spotlight – Dorothy Cage Evans

 

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Dorothy Cage Evans, President

Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc.

 

Q. What is Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc.?

A. Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc. (GCCHH), established in 2006, consists of a group of volunteers committed to providing service, programs and activities to enhance educational opportunities and self esteem of youth in this community.

 

Q. What is the GCCHH mission and population served?

A. GCCHH targets at risk high school seniors, focusing on first generation college bound students. Columbus City Schools, Whitehall Yearling High School and the Columbus Housing Community students are eligible to compete to participate in the program.  Students participate in The Stepping Off to College Program which provides workshops to better equip them for college entry.   At the conclusion of the program, students receive a laptop complete with all software and warranty, printer, school supplies and college dorm supplies.

After one year of college, students are eligible to compete for books and fees scholarships through the GCCHH Scholarship Fund at the Columbus Foundation. 

GCCHH has one event annually during which local role models are honored and students who are in our programs are presented to the public.  In 2016, six citizens were honored, six local agencies which serve youth were recognized, twenty six college student scholarships were awarded and eighty six students in the Stepping Off to Program were presented to the public.

 

Q. What do you like most about GCCHH?

A. The opportunity to encourage youth and to give them hope.

 

Q. How long have you been a member of AFP, and what’s the most valuable part of your membership?

A. I’ve been a member for less than five years. The educational information provided in the programs is excellent. The networking opportunities have been great.

 

Q. How long have you been in fundraising?

A. I have more than ten years of fundraising experience with our non profit organization in which I was a co-founder. We saw the need to help the underserved and determined that could be done best with the help of others as we work to make a positive difference with our youth.

 

Q. What’s your favorite part about living in Columbus?

A. Columbus is a diverse city with opportunities to see and do many things.

 

Q. Tell us a fun fact about you.

A. I enjoy creating and maintaining flower gardens in our yard.

 

Posted October 2016


Member Spotlight – Julie Naporano

 

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Julie Naporano

Director of Philanthropy

Homeport

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         Homeport is an affordable housing developer who provides Central Ohio’s low-income families with needed housing and education so families and seniors can have sustainable affordable homes in safe neighborhoods where kids can grow up secure, parents can go to and from work, and seniors can grow old with dignity. We will be celebrating 30 years of development next year with a mission of building homes that center on the individual, with the understanding that providing a roof over someone’s head is only the start of a strong home and community. The people that work for Homeport are incredibly passionate about our work and we share client success stories every week. Putting a face on the mission is so important and Homeport is the organization that cares about each and every resident that lives with us.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

 A:        I have been involved with AFP for almost 3 years and serve on the Education Committee.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:        I really enjoy the monthly meetings that provide not only a variety of educational opportunities but keep me updated on fundraising trends, the marketplace, best practices, and is a place where we in the industry can gain feedback.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:        I have been involved in fundraising for almost 12 years. My background is actually in accounting. After thoroughly enjoying time home with our two children I started back to work part time working with a large local caterer. Then I started working for non-profit organizations helping build new fundraising events, freshen existing events and starting new initiatives such as endowment funds or capital campaigns.  I enjoy the challenge that working for a non-profit brings and the passion of each great cause.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:        My husband and I moved to Columbus, from New Jersey, as a stopping point for his career. We ended up falling in love with the city as a great place to raise our family while still being able to enjoy the arts and culture that we grew to like while living so close to NYC.  I love all the new pop up restaurants, the great art outlets, local sports, the museums, and the general feeling from the people that live here as loving life.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

 A:        Ironically, I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin but am lactose intolerant.


Member Spotlight – Greg Kellison

 

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Greg Kellison

Director of Development

Gladden Community House

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         Gladden Community House is a Settlement House which provides essential programs and social services to the low-income children, families and seniors who live in the Franklinton area of Columbus, Ohio. Gladden was founded in 1905 as an outreach mission of First Congregational Church and became an independent, 501 (c) (3) based nonprofit organization in 1923. Gladden’s mission is “to strengthen the well-being of Franklinton’s children, families and community and build a thriving equitable neighborhood.” I like working here because it provides me with a great opportunity to build strategic relationships and partnerships that result in needed awareness and funding, both of which help make an important positive impact on the lives of those whom Gladden serves. I’m able to see – everyday – the impact of my work, which is very rewarding.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:        I became a member of AFP during the time I lived and worked in Atlanta. Since relocating to Columbus, I have been a member of the Small Shops Affinity Group as well as a member of the Membership Committee. I’m considering becoming a part of the Mentorship Program in 2017.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:        I am a life-long learner, and my AFP membership continually opens new doors for learning about the fundraising profession and all the positive ways it touches the broader community. I especially like the Chapter Affinity Groups, and I’m always looking for ways to network, meet new people and learn more about the fundraising profession and the amazing philanthropically-inclined community that is Columbus!

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:        I came to a career in fundraising after having spent 16 years in the software industry with a major technology firm. I guess it was meant to be, because looking back, I was always the guy who ended up chairing the internal United Way campaigns! I’ve also served on many church-related stewardship and capital campaigns, so in 2004, while living and working in Atlanta, when I was presented with the opportunity to make a career switch, I seized the opportunity. I’ve never regretted that decision.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:        Having lived in several major cities during my days as a road warrior in the software field, I believe Columbus offers an ideal balance in terms of quality of life. It would be very difficult to be bored here! On weekends, my partner and I love to check out museum exhibits and music venues. We’re both huge movie fans with very eclectic tastes. And – of course – OSU sports (although I’m more of a basketball fan, having played for three years in high school). In terms of restaurants, the options in this town are amazing. For comfort food, we love Sweet Carrot in Grandview. For a fun night in the Short North, The Guild House never disappoints. And for a quiet dinner on the best patio (my opinion!) in town, you can’t beat Barcelona.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:        While it will no doubt age me, one of the most fun things I’ve ever done was to dance with former First Lady Betty Ford when she was honored at a fundraising event in Los Angeles.

 

Posted September 2016


Organization Spotlight: Equitas Health

Equitas Health

 

www.equitashealth.com

(As told to us by Michele Gregory, Chief Advancement Officer)

Q. Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A. Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. We recently expanded our mission and services to include a specialization in LGBTQ health & wellness as well as other medically underserved Ohioans, while continuing to provide the HIV care and prevention services we have always provided to our community. Equitas comes from Latin origins, meaning justice, fairness, and equity. These values have always been core to our mission; our new name now puts them front-and-center. We are proud of our more than 30 years of dedication to our mission leading the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our expanded mission is to be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV/AIDS, for the LGBTQ community, and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. We are excited to embrace this expanded mission as a step not only to further our legacy, but also to provide care for all. We serve more than 45,000 individuals in Ohio each year through our diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.

Q.   What has your involvement with AFP been?

A.   AFP has been a steadfast resource and support for me during my 20+ development career. I joined the Central New York chapter in 1995 then became an international AFP member in 2001 and a Central Ohio chapter member in 2011. I had the pleasure of serving as an AFB Board member, in the role of Resource Directory Chair, from 2013-2015.

Q.   Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A.   Art For Life, September 24, 2016: Art for Life is currently the largest charity art auction in central Ohio. It is longest running, biennial fundraising gala benefitting Equitas Health. This year, we joined forces with the Pizzuti Collection and Columbus Museum of Art to showcase local and national artists, all with ties to Ohio. For more information, visit www.artforlife.arcohio.org.

RED Dayton, October 15, 2016: RED Dayton Table Design Gala is a biennial event produced by and to benefit Equitas Health. RED Dayton will highlight the talents, creativity, and imagination of the area’s top artists and designers. This year’s theme for the table decorations is “Idols and Icons”. For more information, visit www.reddayton.com.

Reason to Dine, December 1, 2016: A Reason To Dine is an event held in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo on Worlds AIDS day to promote HIV/AIDS awareness by encouraging people to dine at local restaurants for a great cause. Information on participating restaurants is coming soon. Visit www.facebook.com/AReasonToDine for updates.

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Posted September 2016


Member Spotlight – Lauren Miller

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Lauren Miller 

Student and President, AFP Ohio State Collegiate Chapter

 

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:            AFP Ohio State is a collegiate chapter of young professionals who are interested in fundraising, development, and nonprofits in general. Our membership includes both Undergraduate and Graduate students at Ohio State from all colleges and majors. We strive to provide educational programming and networking opportunities for students who will most likely be emerging into the field in the next 1-4 years. In my leadership role, I look forward to expanding our membership and giving students the opportunity to grow their professional network and become qualified, emerging professionals.

 

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:            I have been involved with AFP for 3 years now, and held leadership positions for 2 consecutive years. AFP Ohio State has helped me not only expand my professional network, but provided me with opportunities to learn and grow. I have had an incredible experience being a member of the chapter; I have met countless mentors and have continued my personal development through internships and informational interviews. My involvement has led me to Orlando for the Emerging Fundraisers Academy, where I not only learned about the practices of collegiate chapters throughout North America, but also expanded my contacts nationwide.

 

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:            The most valuable part of my AFP membership has absolutely been the relationships and contacts that I have made. The broad access to professionals in the Columbus area has allowed me to sit down with individuals that I would not have otherwise been able to get in contact with. To have them impart their knowledge and experiences has been an incredibly helpful tool in navigating my educational experience and a helpful piece in creating a plan for my future.

 

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:            As I said, I got involved with AFP as a Freshman in undergrad. I was recruited by the then-executive team and found that fundraising was the career path that I had been looking for. From my experience, it is a way to harness the passions of others in a productive and impacting manner. I have a psychology background, so my love of understanding and helping people is put to use in a much more broad setting. I am hopeful to continue on with fundraising and development when I graduate in May.

 

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:            My favorite part about living in Columbus is the welcoming people and atmosphere. I think it is a mecca for new experiences, and the city is conducive to constantly trying new things. My favorite restaurant would have to be Lindey's in German Village; their brunch is probably the reason why I chose Ohio State.

 

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:            I can sing every word to "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.  I learned it during a school project in 7th grade, and it's stuck with me ever since.    

 

Posted August 2016


Organization Spotlight: Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Furniture Bank

www.furniturebankcoh.org 

(As told to us by Sarah Rooney, Director of Development)

Q. Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A. The Mission of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is to provide furniture to central Ohio families and individuals struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges. Our Vision is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby relieving suffering, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community. Community collaborations and resource sharing make this possible on an ongoing basis. We serve about 4,000 low-income families a year in Central Ohio with our services. Families are referred into us through a social service or religious organization and get to come to our warehouse and choose 14-16 pieces of furniture that we deliver to their home that same day. Last year we partnered with Graco’s Cribs for Kids program so if a family comes in with an expectant mother or has a child under 1, they also get a pack n play with a safe sleep kit. This is our way of helping to lower the high infant mortality rate we have in Central Ohio. We have 2-3 trucks out every day picking up furniture for our families as well as 2 trucks delivering furniture to families. The majority of our donated furniture comes from individuals, but we also collect stuff from furniture stores, hotels and businesses. We only accept gently used furniture - it has to be free of rips, stains and pet hair. Our volunteer-run woodshop makes about 12% of the furniture we give away each year using wood that is donated from Sauder, in Archibald, OH. The Woodworkers of Central Ohio (WOCO) designed our bed frames, dressers and tables then created jigs to be able to create these pieces. WOCO has a Tuesday and Wednesday crew that comes in to build bed frames and dressers, and the additional items - kitchen tables, coffee tables and chairs - are built by the more than 2,000 volunteers we have throughout the community.

We recently opened a social enterprise thrift store, Furniture with a Heart, at 2165 Morse Rd. It is our way of diversifying our funding sources and becoming more self-sufficient as an organization. We sell mainly furniture but we also have home goods and a little clothing. All proceeds from the store go directly into our mission to help more families. That website is www.furniturewithaheart.org.

 

Q. What has your involvement with AFP been?

A. I have been a member with AFP for a couple of years now. I became a member while I worked at Ohio State and then renewed my membership when I came to the Furniture Bank. I have been to 1 international conference and several local meetings and events and love what AFP provides for fundraising professionals. It’s a great place to network and benchmark new ideas for your organization.

 

Q. Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A. We have our largest fundraiser, Big Hearts, coming up September 9th from 6-11pm! It will be at Strongwater on 401 W. Town St. There will be a live band, The Sly Band, food, drinks and a silent auction. For tickets visit our website www.furniturebankcoh.org/bighearts.

 

Furniture Bank - PhotoVolunteers from Woodworkers of Central Ohio Tuesday/Wednesday Build Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted August 2016


Member Spotlight – Chris Donovan

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Chris Donovan

Development Director, Cristo Rey Columbus High School

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?

A:        Founded in 2013, CRC was the 26th school to join a national network of 32 schools. At Cristo Rey schools students who generally lack access to high-quality education receive both a college preparatory experience and real work experience. Our students fund part of the cost of their education by working in professional jobs at local businesses. This model exposes students to professional careers and mentors, which are critical components of their education since the majority of our students will be first-generation college students.

Our student body is diverse geographically, religiously, and racially/ethnically. They come from throughout central Ohio, and from a variety of faith backgrounds.

The best part of working at Cristo Rey is the community. Being surrounded by 50+ intelligent, funny, dedicated colleagues is a blast. I love interacting with the students and watching them grow from timid freshmen to confident, capable seniors. It's an honor to help them grow up.

 

Q:           Do you have any events coming up? Tell us about them!

A:            Yes! Our annual fundraiser, The Garden Party, will be held on Saturday, September 10. It’s a great chance to see the school, meet our students, and enjoy the beautiful Topiary Garden next door. Visit www.cristoreycolumbus.org/thegardenparty for more information.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:            I joined AFP in 2013 at the urging of my fabulous then-colleague, Jessica (Gelin) Grisez. As for involvement, I've really appreciated the monthly programs and the affinity groups. Last year, I joined the mentoring program, but I changed jobs and my mentor left Columbus. Even in the few months that we were together, I learned a lot.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:            Easy answer: The relationships. I've met so many people through AFP. When I made a job transition in 2015, this community supported me so much. A small shop like Cristo Rey has a different set of opportunities and challenges than a large environment like Ohio State. Reaching out to my AFP colleagues for advice made the transition much smoother than I anticipated. This group definitely inspired me to keep paying it forward as I continue in my career. 

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?    

A:            I joined the profession about five years ago. Like many of us, I stumbled into fundraising and found a great home here. I worked in nonprofits for years before returning to law school, where I started fundraising with a small organization and loved it. After spending a summer interning in the Development office of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, I was hooked. Fundraising uses the skills of problem-solving, persuasion, creativity, and strategic thinking, which are some of the passions that led me to law in the first place. Fortunately I found great mentors who understood both law and fundraising very early in my career, and they helped guide my path.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:            The city is so accessible. After living near huge cities for most of my life, I've been pleasantly surprised by the size of Columbus. It's big enough that there's always something new to discover, but small enough that you can get your arms around it.

My favorite restaurant? After a few weeks packed with professional dinners, I wanted something low-key where I didn't have to be "on" professionally, and I stumbled upon Hounddog's in Clintonville. It's still my favorite place for a no-frills dinner.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:            I've lived in three South American countries - Chile, Peru, and Ecuador.

 

Posted August 2016


Member Spotlight: Tracey Wilson

Tracey Wilson
Tracey Wilson
Development Officer, Grant Medical Center
OhioHealth Foundation

Q:       Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:      OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is an integrated, regional health system with a presence in Ohio for over 100 years.  Serving patients since 1891, OhioHealth’s mission is “to improve the health of those we serve.”  Each year, OhioHealth has over three million patient visits at our hospitals and care sites spanning a 40-county area and affords each patient high-quality healthcare, wellness, and prevention and education services – regardless of their ability to pay.

I’m proud to represent OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and find working with our patients and their families the most rewarding part of my role. 

 

Q:       How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:        I joined AFP beginning in 2005 but due to working outside of Columbus let my membership lapse until I rejoined in 2014. 

 

Q:       What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:        I find the opportunity to network with colleagues in the fundraising profession to be one of the best aspects of joining AFP.  I also enjoy the monthly educational luncheons and the opportunity to learn and gain new insights into philanthropy which enhance my skills.

 

Q:       How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:        I started my development career in 2005 after leaving The Longaberger Company as their Director of Corporate Giving where I was responsible for working with non-profit organizations in the communities where our associates lived and worked.  I found the passion and commitment that non-profit leaders needed to be successful was a motivating factor to transition to this very rewarding career in development.  

 

Q:       What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:        I love working in Columbus because of the diversity and entrepreneurial spirit where businesses and the community as a whole thrives.  Columbus is a big city, but still has that small town feel that makes living here and raising a family here so enjoyable.

 

Cooper’s Hawk is one of my favorite restaurants.  I love the wine tastings and the food is always great!

Q:       Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:        I’m the proud Mom to 4 young men, Taylor - 23, Spencer - 21, Hunter - 21 and Jared - 17.  If I can raise 4 boys as a single-parent, I figure I can do just about anything!!

 
Posted: July 2016



Member Spotlight: David Weaver

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David Weaver
Executive Director
Ohioana Library Association

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?   

A:         Ohioana collects, preserves, and celebrates Ohio literature. It was founded in 1929 by an Ohio First Lady - Martha Kinney Cooper - who was an avid reader. In addition to a collection that includes more than 75,000 books and other items, we produce an annual book festival, give out literary awards, and publish a magazine. I have always loved reading and am a writer myself - so the Ohioana Library Association is a great fit for me.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I attended the second organizational meeting of the Central Ohio chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives, which preceded AFP. That was in 1981! Except for a few brief periods, I've been a member ever since. I have served on the board four times since 1982, most recently in 2011-14, during which I served as National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         Great educational programs, wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with your colleagues, whom you often do not see except for AFP luncheons and events, since everyone is so busy back at the shop!

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?       

A:         I began my career as Development Assistant at the Columbus Symphony in 1980, soon after Ralph Goettler and his firm, Goettler Associates, organized the CSO's first professional development operation. Within a year I was Assistant Director of Development. My first job as a Development Director was in 1981, at The Breathing Association. A job I learned about, by the way, at an NSFRE meeting!

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite restaurant?

A:         I was born in Columbus and, except when I went to college in Cincinnati and spent a year studying music in California, I've lived here all my life. Columbus is a great place to live and work because the people here are warm and friendly. And the nonprofit community here is fantastic - so many dedicated people and organizations. As for favorite restaurant – it’s Haiku, in the Short North.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I played Kermit the Frog once on "Alive at the Fair." It was on the old Warner QUBE service, in 1980.

Posted: July 2016


Member Spotlight: Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards
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Executive Director
Simply Living


Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         Simply Living is entering its 25th year. The germination of the idea came when its founders were participating in Earth Day 1991 at Whetstone Park. People were expecting about 2,500, and instead 25,000 people showed up! Clearly it was time to create an organization that honored the Earth year round and Simply Living was created! Our vision has remained the same: Creating a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation.

The vision has remained the same, but how we work toward manifesting the vision has grown with the times as the interests of the community have changed: Simply Living is a largely volunteer, community organization celebrating and promoting sustainability and the power of localism through educational outreach and partnerships within our community. We connect people to learning opportunities that promote environmental, economic and social justice.

Always believing in the value of accessible education, our major initiative is Simply Living Sustainable U. We are taking a major step forward to optimize our efforts by creating a virtual hub that aggregates local courses, workshops and training opportunities related to environmental, social and economic justice. The campus is the community, the instructors are from the community and the learners are our neighbors, family, friends, and those who want to learn about and activate a sustainable lifestyle. (www.university.simplyliving.org)

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I moved to Columbus in 2014 from a rural state whose entire population is smaller than the City of Columbus! One of the first people I met was a current board member of AFP. So, I have been a member since 2014. My involvement began with becoming a mentee of a terrific director of another small non-profit. He helped me learn the ropes of the City and introduced me to the AFP community.

Since then, I have been participating in the BeThe Cause campaign, which is a membership fundraiser the raises dollars for scholarships. I expect that my involvement will increase over time.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         So far, the most valuable part of being a member of AFP has been the educational component. The monthly lunch series has been very instructive on a number of levels, especially helping me to stay on top of the latest thinking in philanthropy and expanding my knowledge of the field in general. It has also provided an invaluable review of the basics. There was a 10-year hiatus in my career and I enrolled in the Fundamentals of Fundraising course. As the director of a small organization, it is not unusual to have to wear all the hats! AFP has helped me fill in the gaps.

I am also part of the Small Shop affinity group. This group is comprised of small non-profits that have many challenges in common. We brainstorm solutions or someone in the group has met with the same issue and can offer practical solutions that you might not have thought of. An added bonus: it is lively and there is always a healthy dose of laughter. A great networking opportunity!

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?

A:         I began working for non-profits (equals fundraising!) as a grant writer. Believe it or not, I find the grant writing process rewarding. How often do you get to take a thought, develop it and see it through to the end? Of course it is always more fun when the effort results in a funded proposal! Thanks to AFP I am now learning to become a better fundraiser in general.

           

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         My favorite part of living in Columbus is the vibrancy that is exhibited everywhere from community food gardens, to a lively arts and food scene, to a strong community of collaborative non-profits doing great work. I also like that rivers run through it which allows for kayaking, reverie and scenic walking.         

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I love swimming in biologically active ponds!

 

 Posted June 2016


Member Spotlight – Kerry Shaw

Member Spotlight – Kerry Shaw

 Kerry Shaw - Photo

 

 

Kerry Shaw

Director of Development and Communications

Local Matters

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         Local Matters was founded in 2008 in response to projections at the time that the current generation of children would have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, largely due to diet-related diseases. Our mission is to improve the health of people and communities through food education, access and advocacy. Local Matters works to address issues related to chronic disease and food insecurity by delivering critical hands-on cooking, nutrition and growing education, working with everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors, at over 80 sites throughout the city and state, supporting almost 12,000 people annually.

 

I have been working in the non-profit sector for almost 20 years and I have never worked at a place like Local Matters. The passion and commitment that I see carried forth from the staff and leadership is indescribable. Our food educators are teaching over 40 classes a week all over the city. When you go to a class and see how connected the children and adults are to what our food educators are teaching and how excited they get to interact with healthful food, it changes you. In 2015, we embarked on a capital improvement campaign of sorts to relocate our offices and build a culinary classroom, the first one in the organization’s history. The foresight shown by the leadership of the organization and the support we received from funders and partners was exceptional. Local Matters now has a Community Kitchen where we teach cooking, nutrition and gardening classes to the public, regardless of ability to play, where we train satellite partners from across the state and where we will be instructing culinary medicine to second year pediatric residents from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I was honored and humbled to be a part of such a legacy-setting endeavor. I love working at Local Matters because everything about it is real.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I have been an AFP member for almost two years. I have attended numerous education sessions, networking events and have met with members who have helped me grow in the development world. I realized I had a lot to learn about development when I joined Local Matters and AFP has helped tremendously with that learning curve. I also participated in the mentorship program in 2015.

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         I find the most valuable part of AFP to be the other members that I meet. Some I have known for years in my past roles in the non-profit world but being exposed to such a brain trust around fundraising and development is invaluable. I also found the mentorship program to be extremely beneficial. It was helpful to be paired with a mentor who was running a small shop type of non-profit, similar in size to Local Matters. My mentor had years of experience in fundraising and imparted not just wisdom but also practical tools to use in further defining development at Local Matters.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         I have been in fundraising for two years, although I have been in the non-profit world for many years as a grant writer, program manager, and most recently as a program officer with a foundation. The position at Local Matters appealed to me, first, because of the people, the mission and the culture, and second, because it was an opportunity to grow my skill set. I have learned so much in the past two years because of on-the-job exposure and because of resources such as AFP.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         My favorite part of living and working in Columbus is being close to my family, friends and my two nephews. My husband and I recently moved to Clintonville and it truly feels like home. My current favorite restaurants include Gallo’s Kitchen, Harvest Pizza and Brassica.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I am a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. All four of my grandparents were born in Ireland and immigrated to the US in the 1920s and 30s. I had the opportunity about 20 years ago to apply for citizenship because of my grandparents. I haven’t necessarily done anything with it yet but who knows…there is still plenty of time.


Posted June 2016

 

 


Organization Spotlight: Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

KYC

www.kycohio.org

As told to us by Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Development & Marketing Associate

Mission, Vision & Population Served

The mission of Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) is to work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ and Ally youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement. Our vision is for youth across the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity to live healthy, whole lives with acceptance and freedom from oppression.

Kaleidoscope’s programming focuses on building resiliency and reducing risk factors for LGBTQ+ young people ages 12-20. KYC engages young people in inclusive, affirming, and empowering positive youth development programming. Our staff, volunteers, and participants work together to cultivate a safe and supportive community in which our participants can thrive.

The Center primarily serves youth from Columbus and surrounding communities, while the GSA Network spans the state.  Youth from more than 48 zip codes participated in KYC programming during calendar year 2015.

During 2015, KYC’s after school programming served 413 youth who made a total of over 4,000 visits to the Center to participate in programming.

Kaleidoscope serves hundreds of additional youth through the Ohio GSA Network, a program providing education, consultation, events, and organizing for our local Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) network and youth-serving professionals.

 

Involvement with AFP

Kaleidoscope has become more involved with AFP over the last few years as we have dedicated more time and resources to fundraising.   AFP has been a great resource as I evolved into the position of Development and Marketing Associate, the first development position established at KYC.  I completed the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course in 2015.

 

Special Events

Kaleidoscope moved to a new, bigger facility this year, opening our doors on February 29.  We will be opening our doors to the community for a second housewarming celebration on Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 7pm – 9pm.  Kaleidoscope will also be celebrating the Columbus Pride holiday by marching in the parade, hosting a Teen Tent, and participating in the festival, all on Saturday, June 18. 

 

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Left to Right: Michelle Jordan, MSW, LSW (Center Program Coordinator), Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, JD (Development & Marketing Associate), Amy Eldridge (Executive Director), Michael Eblin (Prevention Specialist), Danielle Boyd, MSSA (GSA Network Coordinator)

Posted June 2016


Member Spotlight: Evan Kleymeyer

Evan Kleymeyer

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Foundation Director

 Ohio Bankers League

 Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

 A:         The Ohio Bankers League (“OBL”) is the trade association for the Ohio banking industry focused on meeting the needs of all banks and thrifts in the Buckeye State. For more than 125 years, the OBL has been the voice of the Ohio banking industry fostering a cooperation that has made it one of the strongest and most reputable financial trade associations in the country. By linking banks, bankers, and industry experts – and by pooling their intellectual and capital resources – the OBL serves as a powerful creator of knowledge and collective resources. The non-profit association is comprised of 200 FDIC-insured financial institutions including commercial banks, savings banks, and savings and loan associations ranging in size from just over $13 million in assets to more than $2.5 trillion.

The Foundation is my favorite part of working at the OBL. Our focus is bringing financial literacy to every school in the state, as well as providing scholarships to college.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I have been a member of AFP for almost three years. I am the public policy chair on the AFP Board of Directors, as well as a mentee in the AFP mentor program.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         I appreciate the network opportunities that AFP provides me. It is incredibly beneficial to have relationships with individuals that I can bounce ideas off of.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         My fundraising career started 5 years ago when I was doing political fundraising for candidates all over the state. I made the switch over to nonprofit fundraising a year and a half ago, and have been loving it ever since.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         Columbus, in my humble opinion, is the perfect city. (Ok, it could be a little warmer.) There is so much to do, however it is not as much of a hassle as a larger city. You can get anywhere in 20 minutes.  I am a huge fan of anything Cameron Mitchell, number one probably being Marcella’s.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I enjoy running and at the end of this month will be running my third half marathon.

Posted May 2016

 


Member Spotlight: Ariane Bolduc

Ariane Bolduc
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Development Writer

COSI

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         COSI’s mission is to inspire interest in science and encourage people to want to know more about their world. I love the collective talent and dedication of my amazing co-workers, and I feel extremely proud to be part of the COSI Team.  Also, it’s meaningful to me to be part of an organization that encourages critical thinking, teaches science inquiry skills, and supports a larger culture of curiosity—which, I believe, are all essential to a healthy society. COSI offers so many programs that support the development of these habits of mind. Whether through outreach to 280,000+ students a year or bringing students onsite to our Teen Tech Studio— to me, it’s about supporting the innovators and scientists of tomorrow, yes, but also (equally important) supporting the development of informed and engaged citizens, the problem-solvers of tomorrow. It’s about asking questions, testing solutions, and sharing ideas… whether programming a robot or creating a more fair democracy. I love contributing to that!

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I became an AFP member four years ago. I completed the year-long Mentorship program under the guidance of the fabulous Ruth Watkins and also completed the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course. Especially for those starting new in the profession, AFP is an amazing resource to gain practical knowledge, a nurturing circle of colleagues, and practical steps for advancing a career path in the field.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         I would say the supportive colleagues. When I took on my first Development Director position, I felt no hesitation whatsoever in picking up the phone and calling a much more established AFP colleague for advice (for some random, elementary database issue, if I recall) — not someone I knew particularly well, just someone I’d run into along the way. I felt very comfortable and confident that I would receive a warm and helpful response (I did!)— simply because it feels like that’s the kind of community the central Ohio AFP has built over time. The veterans are so helpful to the newbies and give (both formally and informally) of their talents and expertise for the good of the profession and the success of our collective central Ohio non-profit base.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         I began my fundraising career over ten years ago, when I joined the Columbus Symphony as the Associate Director for Grants and Foundations. I had just completed an MFA in Creative Writing and wanted to use my writing skills in a non-profit setting. Grant writing seemed the ideal fit. Over time, I’ve used writing to help build donor relations, communicate impact, and advocate for my organization’s value among many different stakeholders. 

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         I have an enduring love affair with everything German Village, which is where I first lived when I moved here from California… 15 years ago! I also love our Metro Parks and library systems. Restaurant-wise, I would never turn down a meal at Hunan Lion on Bethel— always delicious, always peaceful.

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         In an earlier version of me, I was studying to be an opera singer. That was my first major in college, before I switched to poetry. It’s still a dream of mine that one of my poems will be set to music for some soprano to perform from the bend of a grand piano!

 
Posted May 2016


Member Spotlight: Steve Miller

Steve Miller
Director of Development
The First Tee of Central Ohio

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Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         The First Tee of Central Ohio’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that are designed around teaching the game of golf, as well as helping them understand and develop The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement. We serve 5 Central Ohio Counties and have programs in over 40 Columbus Public Schools as well as KIPP and Afterschool All Star’s.

I love working with young people and I love Golf!

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I have been an AFP member since 2010. I started out as a member of the Membership Committee and then was asked to start and Chair our Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         I consider the most valuable part of my AFP membership to be the educational information that I get from the programs and from the members who have been in philanthropy for a while. I want to always be learning and growing professionally and my membership is the best value and opportunity for me to stay informed on all aspects of philanthropy.      

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         After over 20 years of contract sales and sales management in Columbus and Atlanta, I started fundraising in 2010 at St. Charles Preparatory High School. I was asked to help professionalize their Annual Fund in the development department and to also help with diversity recruitment and retention.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         I love being back at home in Columbus where I grew up and to be able to help out with my aging parents. Columbus has grown so much and it is a great place to live and work. No Real Traffic!

My favorite restaurant is Ms. Ena’s Caribbean! I love Jamaican Food!

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I was a DJ for 15 years.  I love Music!          

 

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Posted: April 2016


Organization Spotlight: Greater Columbus Arts Council

Greater Columbus Arts Council

http://www.gcac.org/

As told to us by AFP Member Emily Toney, Director of Development

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A:           Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council (“GCAC”) supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we –

  • Fund exemplary artists and arts organizations
  • Provide programs, events and services THAT
    • Educate and engage all audiences in our community.

The mission is satisfied by encouraging, promoting and supporting excellence in arts programming. Arts Council programming provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability and ensures broad public access to the arts.

Providing funding for Columbus artists and arts organizations enhances the cultural image of the Greater Columbus area. Arts and cultural organizations that maintain high standards of management and governance further support the health and vibrancy of our community.

Q:           What has your organization’s involvement with AFP been?

A:           My position is new to the organization so we are just beginning to get more involved.

Q:           Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A:           We do! The Greater Columbus Arts Council will be hosting the 55th annual Columbus Arts Festival June 10-12 on the newly reopened Scioto Mile. www.columbusartsfestival.org  

We are also in year 2 of a 5 year marketing campaign. Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art.

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At the Columbus Arts Festival Patron Party last year: (left to right) Artist Laura Alexander, Emily Toney, GCAC President Tom Katzenmeyer, Columbus City Councilman Michael Stinziano, and Elissa Schneider, Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Posted: April 2016

 


Member Spotlight: Dana Ward

Dana Ward
Donor Relations Coordinator
Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Dana Ward - Photo

 

AFP Member Dana Ward accepting a donation from the Sweetheart of Queens on behalf of Mid-Ohio Foodbank


Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         Our mission is to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and co-create a sustainable community where everyone thrives.  We serve people who have a hard time providing food for themselves or families – which can be anyone!  Hunger does not discriminate.

My favorite part about working at the Foodbank is building relationships with our donors and clients.  Our donors are so generous and care about the well-being of people in their community.  The stories people share when they need to ask for help are so moving – it keeps me passionate about the work I do every day.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         This is my first year as an AFP member.  Before I was a member, I took the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course and really enjoyed it.  I am currently the NextGen affinity group chair and was paired with Ann Snider (OhioHealth Foundation) as part of the AFP mentor program. 

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         Networking.  At one of the first luncheons I attended, I was called out for sitting with a coworker and that lesson really stuck with me.  I want to branch out and meet people in the fundraising world, and it won’t happen if I stay in my Foodbank bubble.  I have so much to learn in the profession and there are many people I can learn from through AFP.  A lot of people I’ve met through AFP have turned into genuine friendships which was not something I anticipated.  It’s great having a group of people that you can count on in both a professional and personal sense.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         I’ve been working in development for the last three years, but got into fundraising accidentally.  I was an AmeriCorps VISTA at Mid-Ohio Foodbank working on nutrition education and my program was at a standstill because we didn’t have a registered dietitian on staff.  I moved onto our Operation Feed team to help with campaign research and various different fundraising events.  I loved it.  The pace of the events kept me on my toes but working with campaign coordinators and building relationships with people made it worthwhile (along with the amazing mission of Mid-Ohio Foodbank). 

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         My favorite part about Columbus is the livability of the city.  I’m originally from Chicago and moved here a little over five years ago.  Chicago is expensive and a little too big for me, but Columbus is affordable and has a bigger city feel but is easy to manage.  I recently moved to the south side and the community is fantastic!  There is a large revitalization happening there and it feels great to be part of it.

I love to eat – my favorite restaurant is either Harvest Pizzeria (their kale Caesar salad is something I dream about) or Akai Hana (salmon skin hand-roll!!). 

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I ran the Chicago Marathon in October.  It was my first ever and I ran to fundraise for Marathoning for Meals (a fundraising program for Mid-Ohio Foodbank).  After I hit mile 17, I basically cried the entire way (man, was it painful!).  I told my friends to remind me how horrible I felt after and that I would never do it again…  Now, I’m thinking about signing up for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon!  I may be a quick forgetter.

 
Posted: April 2016


Member Spotlight: Jessica Gelin, CFRE

Jessica Gelin, CFRE

Director of Development

The Ohio State University, College of Medicine

 Jessica Gelin - Photo


Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         The OSU College of Medicine is a top-notch public medical school, creating a future of medicine through innovation in education, research, and collaboration.  We educate future physicians to care for our communities here in Ohio and throughout the country.  We train medical scientists and researchers to discover cures for disease.  In my role, I help to make medical education affordable by connecting our alumni to the College through philanthropy.  It’s rewarding to help students realize their dreams of becoming doctors.  The future looks bright in the hands of Buckeye trained physicians.

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         As a newbie to Columbus, I joined the Central Ohio AFP chapter.  I got involved immediately, making a new network for myself. I am a current board member as Chair of AFP HQ Education, leading our Fundamentals of Fundraising and CFRE Courses.  I’m an active member for the Monthly Education Course and Scholarship Committees. I’ve met some great new colleagues through NextGen, served as a mentor for the Collegiate Chapter and have learned a great deal as a mentee to a seasoned development pro in the area. 

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         The most valuable part(s!) of my AFP membership are 1) the incredible network of fundraising professionals, 2) continued education opportunities for professional growth and CFRE credentials, and 3) learning from mentors who teach, encourage, and empower members.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         I’ve been in fundraising eight years, starting as a communications and development intern in college.  I quickly transitioned from PR to development, realizing a donation in the mail was an exciting fruit of my labor.  I spent most of my development career as a Jill of all Trades with small nonprofit shops and am learning every day in my current major gift role in higher education.

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:         My favorite part about living and working in Columbus is the size of the city.  Columbus can be anything you want, a happenin’ city or cozy neighborhood town.  My favorite restaurant is Hudson29.  (Jeni’s Ice Cream and Giant Eagle Market District Bakery are close seconds.)

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         I’ve been yelled at by a Supreme Court Justice and survived to tell the tale.

 
Posted: March 2016


Organization Spotlight: United Way of Central Ohio

United Way of Central Ohio

www.liveunitedcentralohio.org


United Way - Photo

As told to us by AFP Member Cory “Boomer” Schmidt, Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate Relations

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A:           Our goal is to reduce poverty by building pathways to prosperity and offering access to basic needs during tough times for individuals and families in central Ohio. 

Q:           What has your organization’s involvement with AFP been?

A:           We have numerous employees that are AFP members, and many that serve on various AFP committees.  Also, in November our CEO and President, Janet Jackson, was the keynote speaker at the AFP Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast Club.

Q:           Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A:           We just hosted our first ever Pitch to Ditch Poverty event that was a huge success! We had four innovative projects focused on meeting unique community needs that were presented and guests paid to vote on the one that would receive funding. 

Also, our annual Celebration of Excellence is scheduled for May 5th this year.  This is our chance to thank our generous volunteers, donors and community members.  Details are available at our website.

 
Posted: March 2016



Member Spotlight: Carmen Boy

Carmen Boy

Development Director

United Schools Network (“USN”)

Carmen Boy - Photo

 

Q:        Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?  

A:         United Schools Network's mission is to prepare all students to achieve academic excellence and become citizens of integrity. United Schools Network schools do more than close the achievement gap for low income and high need students. They open their minds to learning - with discipline and mutual respect - and give students the life skills to gain entrance, gain success and gain a degree from the most demanding high schools and colleges. We serve elementary and middle school students from Columbus’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods in our buildings, but also follow them through high school and college with our Alumni Services program.  Soon we will launch our social enterprise, School Performance Institute which will train and provide services to urban education leaders and teachers across the city and country, raising the education bar in hopes that all students will have access to excellent education.  I’m most inspired when I see our students grow into young men and women who live their lives with composure, ambition, and a love for learning. Our oldest alumni are now freshmen in college and are amazing!

 

Q:        How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:         I’ve been a member for 3 years.  In that time I’ve served on the National Philanthropy Day (“NPD”) committee helping with public outreach surrounding the event; I was fortunate enough to receive an highly beneficial scholarship to the International Conference in San Antonio; I have a mentor who is still impacting my life in great ways long after the official mentorship was over; and have had the privilege to serve on the board as VP of Communications both last year and this current year.

 

Q:        What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:         Without AFP, I would not have firsthand access to quality, tested fundraising practices.  Yes, I can gain some valuable information from books or webinars, but working on committees with professionals, talking through the practical issues we face in our offices, having a mentor and colleagues, sharing recommended reading, debriefing after luncheons and speakers, all give me a personal library of experiences and resources that I can pull from to benefit USN and, ultimately, our scholars.

 

Q:        How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:         As so many have, I “fell into” fundraising. Although I had a career of my own, I began by volunteering to help start USN’s first school, Columbus Collegiate Academy.  It involved market research, prolific grant writing, some special events support, and helping with annual appeals.  Initially I took on tasks just to help our founding team but then I, very much, “fell into love” with the process, and seeing what the results of that work can have in our community! Thank goodness AFP was there to help me hone my skills as a professional. We’ve grown from 1 to 3 schools…soon to be 4…and serving over 630 students.  Every dollar raised is a victory for scholars who deserve the opportunity to have a great education; it’s very gratifying.  

 

Q:        What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite restaurant?

A:         Columbus is such a friendly city – from strangers at the grocery store, drivers on the highway, to most professionals I meet.  It was a shock when I moved here, but I’ve found it is something that I value and share about Columbus often.  Picnic with the Pops is a fav that I look forward to every year. Restaurants? It is a three way tie between Basi Italia, M, and Indian Oven.  Ooh…and The Tavern in Olde Town East. Did I forget to mention that I love Cbus for being a foodie haven?

 

Q:        Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:         If the genealogy experts in my family are correct, I’m an 11th generation descendant of Pocahontas.  

Posted: March 2016



Member Spotlight: Ken Flower

Ken Flower - Photo

Ken Flower

Director of Advancement and Community Relations

Bexley Public Library

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

A:           Bexley Public Library exists to enlighten, engage, and inspire our community of lifelong learners. We serve Bexley and surrounding communities by providing access to millions of resources, lifelong learning opportunities for everyone from babies to seniors, and a warm and welcoming place for exploration, collaboration, and learning. I've always been a supporter of libraries, but had no idea all that libraries do until I began working here. I love getting to be a part of a mission that literally serves everyone regardless of age, race, or socio-economic background. Libraries help level the playing field and provide opportunities for everyone to learn and be inspired. It's also pretty great to pick up my next bedtime read when I leave work!

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I've been an AFP member for almost 2 years. Apart from attending monthly luncheons, I've also taken the Foundations Course, been a part of the mentoring program (had the greatest mentor in Mayme Norman!), and am joining the board this year as chair of the "Be the Cause" committee. I'm excited to serve on the "Be the Cause" committee because of the opportunity it gives all of us to give back to AFP after receiving so much professionally from this group.

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           The relationships and friendships started through AFP are by far the most valuable part. To have a network of colleagues I can learn from as I continue to grow professionally is priceless. Specifically, I found the mentoring program to be invaluable and encourage everyone to join it at some point.

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:           I've only been fundraising professionally for 2 years. Like most, I've wanted to be a fundraiser since I was five years old :).  Actually, I kind of "happened upon" fundraising. After serving church communities full-time for almost 10 years, I was making a professional transition and thinking through where my skills and passions might lead me next. The world of non-profit service made sense and my skills and experiences translated well.

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           I work in Bexley and live in Merion Village. I love both communities because they really feel like communities. My family loves the friendships we have in our neighborhood and how easy it is to be a part of our neighborhood community. Being able to walk to restaurants, parks, shops, and school help with this a lot. Our go-to diner is the German Village Coffee Shop on Thurman Ave. I probably spend too much time there. They know my kids and it’s a great place to get a solid breakfast without breaking the bank. If the sky is the limit, then it's G. Michael’s.

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I helped to start a movement in our neighborhood 4 years ago called Southside STAY and currently serve as board president. Our goal is to support and improve our neighborhood public schools so that we have excellent schools. Two of our kids are currently at our neighborhood school. I've learned that the biggest factor to whether or not a child succeeds in school is the level of parental engagement. 

Posted February 2016
  


Member Spotlight: Amanda K. Metskas

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Amanda K. Metskas

Executive Director

Camp Quest

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

A:           Camp Quest is a network of summer camps providing weeks of fun, friends, and freethought to campers ages 8-17 across the United States. We’re aimed at giving kids a safe secular place to belong, challenge themselves, question, and grow.  Last summer we served more than 1,100 campers at 17 weeks of camp staffed by more than 400 volunteers.  I love the work that I do because I get to help kids flourish every summer.  I hear from parents that their child has never found another place where they felt so comfortable being themselves.  Camp people are amazing, and I love working with the Camp Quest team.

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I’ve been a member for two years. I’ve taken the Fundamentals of Fundraising training, I participate in the Small Shops affinity group, and I try to get to as many of the monthly lunch trainings as I can. I also had a mentor in 2015 through the mentoring program.

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           The mentoring program was an amazing opportunity to connect one on one with a more experienced fundraiser. I learned a lot from my mentor, Joanne Spoth.  She’s awesome!

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:           Eight years.  I’m passionate about the mission of Camp Quest, and became our first paid staff person after many years of us being an all volunteer organization. To make what we do possible I had to become a fundraiser, but I’ve found that I really enjoy the work because it’s about connecting with people who share my passion for Camp Quest’s mission.

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           Columbus is a wonderful city because it’s a cosmopolitan place with tons of arts and culture, educational opportunities, and delicious food, but I can still afford to live here as a non-profit professional! It’s a humane and livable city that also has many of the benefits of much larger cities.  I live in the Short North and I love the restaurants and galleries. My favorites are the Rossi, da Levee, Philco, and Northstar Café.

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I’m a knitter.  It’s a creative way to unwind (pun intended).

  
Posted February 2016


Organization Spotlight: Columbus Museum of Art

CMA - Photo - Museum


Columbus Museum of Art

www.columbusmuseum.org 

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve?

A:           Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Whether we are presenting an exhibition, designing an art-making activity, or giving visitors directions, we are guided by a vision to connect people and art. Our new wing [pictured above], which opened this past October, echoes our visitor-centered philosophy with larger, livelier and more experiential spaces.

Q:           What has your organization’s involvement with AFP been?

A:           Sarah Rogers, CMA’s Executive Deputy Director, has been an AFP member since 2008; Carolyn Caldwell, our part-time Grant Writer/Researcher, has been active in AFP since 2010 and is now President-Elect of the Central Ohio chapter!

Q:           Does your organization have any special events coming up? Tell us about them!

A:           Coming up on February 27 at Hollywood Casino, our Women’s Board hosts D’Art for Art, where art lovers can win an original work of art by established or emerging artists. Upcoming exhibitions include Melvin Edwards Five Decades, opening February 12, with works borne out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement. Of course we’re all looking forward to the Picasso exhibition opening in June. Look for it!

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“CMA’s Development Team, from left to right: Betsy Meacham, Crystal Craig, Bethany Simms, Carolyn Caldwell, James Allen, Lucy Ackley, Maureen Carroll, and Lauren Emond”


Posted February 2016



Organization Spotlight: Ohio State Bar Foundation

Organization Spotlight – Ohio State Bar Foundation 

Ohio State Bar Foundation - Logo

www.osbf.net

Director of Donor Relations Tammy Savage describes the Ohio State Bar Foundation as “the heart of the Bar.”  She explains:  “As the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association, we are like a community foundation, only our ‘community’ isn’t a city or a town, it’s the legal community across the 

State of Ohio.  At the OSBF, our primary function is to award grant money to organizations in Ohio that are providing innovative programs to improve the justice system by addressing specific needs in their communities and promote public understanding of the rule of law.”

In 2015, the OSBF awarded more than $750,000 to organizations like the Housing Research and Advocacy Center in Cleveland. With a grant from OSBF, the Housing Center conducted workshops and produced educational videos to train Ohio's senior citizens to recognize financial scams – a crime so prevalent that the National Council on Aging calls it “the crime of the 21st century.” (Follow this link to read the booklet the Housing Center created with the OSBF’s grant and share it with seniors you know and care about.)

Like many AFP member organizations, the OSBF technically has a development team of one. But as Savage says, “while I may be the only person with a development-related title, we consider our entire staff to be development personnel.  Each person understands the value of their relationships with our constituents and how those relationships impact our development work.”

Look for upcoming OSBF happenings including donor and member engagement events in March 2016.

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Tammy Savage, Director of Donor Relations at the OSBF

Posted: January 2016
 
 


Member Spotlight: Mellissa Gallagher

Mellissa Gallagher

Mellissa Gallagher Photo

Development and Events Manager

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

A:           Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change    their lives for the better, forever. Not only am I an employee of BBBS, but I also volunteer my time as a Big Sister. It has been a very rewarding    experience and sometimes I think my “Little Sister” has had a greater impact on me than I have on her!   

Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

A:           I just officially joined in December, but am excited for the training and opportunities AFP has to offer!

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:           Four years. To be completely honest, I just sort of fell into the fundraising field. I knew I wanted to make a difference in our community and the first job I got out of college was a fundraising job and I’ve stuck with it ever since. None of the amazing work done by non-profits could be accomplished without money and that’s what makes fundraising work so rewarding.

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           There is always so much happening in Columbus, with sporting events, concerts, special events, etc. – there is always something new/different to do! My favorite restaurant is Cameron’s American Bistro in Linworth—it’s amazing!

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I was a competitive figure skater for fifteen years and even skated in college at Miami University. Now, I coach basic skills group lessons and a synchronized skating team at The Chiller Ice Rinks here in Columbus!

Posted: January 2016
 
 
 


Member Spotlight: Marcus J. Fish, CFRE

Marcus J. Fish, CFRE
Marcus Fish Photo

Development Director

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation

   Q:           Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?       

   A:           Our Foundation was started in 2014 by The American Ceramic Society.  Our goal is to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of    ceramic and glass technicians, engineers, and researchers.  We have a tremendous staff and members who are dedicated to the scientific and    artistic uses of ceramic and glass materials.

   Q:           How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

   A:           I’ve been a member for one year. I joined AFP after moving to Columbus to work with the CGIF.   So far, I have taken the CFRE prep class and recently passed the exam.  I was a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council for 9 years prior to moving to Columbus.

Q:           What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

A:           Networking and learning opportunities offered throughout the year.

Q:           How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?      

A:           Ten years.  Like many fundraisers, I stumbled into the profession.  I worked as a financial advisor for several years which prepared me well for making the transition to planned giving and fundraising.

Q:           What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite Restaurant?

A:           Columbus is a great place to live and raise a family.  Everything we need and want is just a short drive away.  We recently had a great meal at The Table on E. 5th.

Q:           Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

A:           I love barbeque ribs.  I have tried them all over the country and my favorite spot is Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis.

Posted: January 2016
 
 


Member Spotlight: Emilie Zion

Emilie Zion
Development Manager
Capital Area Humane Society
  
Emilie Zion
 
Tell us a little about working at the Capital Area Humane Society.
The Capital Area Humane Society’s mission is to fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being.  I love working with all of our amazing donors and volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to the animals at the Capital Area Humane Society. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated inviduals who rally behind our cause.
  
How and when did you become a fundraiser? I became a fundraiser 8 years ago. I started out managing volunteers for a non-profit organization in Chicago and quickly learned that I had the skills and personality to become a fundraiser.  I love working with individuals of all different ages who are passionate about philanthropy and creating a legacy in their community.
  
What do you consider the best part of your AFP membership? I actually have only been an AFP member for about a year (and am now a member of the Marketing Committee), but it has been a great experience. The best part for me has been networking with other fundraising professionals and learning more about the philanthropic community in Columbus.
  
Do you have a fun fact  that other AFP members wouldn’t know about you? I am married to an identical triplet.
  
Posted October 2, 2015



Member Spotlight: Cliff Wiltshire

Cliff Wiltshire
Development Director
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)
  
Cliff Wiltshire
 
Tell us a little about CRC and what do you enjoy about working there?
The CRC is a settlement house which has existed in Clintonville since 1971. Because of that designation, its leaders are able to regularly review the landscape of needs in the community and then determine the best services to meet those needs. The CRC currently operates a busy Choice Food Pantry that's accessible seven days a week, a recently expanded Kids Club afterschool and summer experience program, and a thriving Senior Services department that helps a large and growing population of people 60 and older who often require just a little support in order to remain safe and happy in their homes. As a fundraiser, I deeply appreciate the way the CRC has many "hooks" for me to make connections with potential donors. On a personal note, I enjoy making a positive difference in my community, especially in helping provide direct material assistance to people who are facing difficult times.

   

What has your involvement been with AFP? I joined AFP two years ago when I became a full-time fundraiser. I attended the AFP International Conference in San Antonio in 2014 (with a great group of Central Ohio Chapter members)! I also attend monthly educational luncheons when possible and belong to the "Small Shop" affinity group. 
  

What do you consider the most valuable part of your membership? As a relatively new fundraiser, I especially appreciate the connections I'm able to make through AFP, with fellow fundraisers as well as with helpful and vetted resources for continuing education.
  

Why did you become a fundraiser? After 2 years in community journalist, primarily as a reporter and editor, I was looking for a "second career" in which I would be able to utilize some of the skills and gifts that I developed during that time. In fundraising, I am asked to develop relationships with other people, take he facts and stories from my agency and share them with the public, and help the CRC effectively share its story with the community. It has felt like a natural move for me to make. 
  

Tell us some of you favorites parts about Columbus? I really enjoy the small-town feel of most of Columbus, along with its great variety of entertainment options from the arts to sports and lots more. For my favorite restaurants, I'm not one to venture far from home in Clintonville: pizza from Pizza House, a pepper burger from O'Reilly's Pub, pulled pot nachos from Iron Grill and a Mozart torte and coffee rom Mozart's (but not all for one meal)!

Posted September 2015

Member Spotlight: Melissa Garver

Melissa Garver
Development Director
Community Shelter Board

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Tell us a little about working at your organization?
The Community Shelter Board is ending homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County. We make a significant impact on the community by overseeing more than $31 million in funding for homeless programs and services. Last year, these programs served 12,000 people.

 

I love working at Community Shelter Board because the leadership and the commitment from the entire team to helping people rebuild their lives is remarkable. I see every day how our community is making a huge impact for men, women and families experiencing homelessness

  
What got you into fundraising as a profession? At the age of 16, I had the wonderful opportunity to work for a small non-profit processing gifts and assisting with events. Because I’m competitive, an extrovert and wanted to make an impact in my community, being a fundraiser was a great fit. I’m a salesperson and cheerleader for a great cause, and I love it. Every day I get to balance a caring heart with a strategic brain and work with community members who are committed to providing basic human needs and building a better community for everyone.
 

How have you been involved with AFP and what do you consider the best part of your membership? I have been an active member of AFP for over 7 years. My favorite part of my membership is discussing best practices, opportunities and challenges from experts and colleagues in the field. In addition, I am passionate about fundraising as a profession and have been involved with creating and volunteering with AFP's Collegiate Chapters.
  

What is something your fellow AFP members might not know about you? I have a one-year-old daughter who laughs like me, loudly and freely.

Posted August 2015


Member Spotlight – Suzie Childs

Member Spotlight
 
Suzie Childs
new RETIREE!!! Volunteer….friendraiser…
  
Suzie Childs  
 
Can you tell us a little about your background in fundraising?  Professionally, I have been fundraising for 25 years! Throughout this time I have specifically worked to help children or women.  First, with Junior Achievement, I received grant dollars to enable implementation of in-school entrepreneurial education programs for  5th graders in Ohio’s 29 counties of Appalachia.  While at Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, I raised critical support dollars for reproductive health care for women in Ohio and personally supported women’s reproductive rights at the Statehouse. Additionally, I have been a volunteer fundraiser for the PTA, Columbus City Schools, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Symphony, Youth and Cadet Orchestra for what seems like forever! 

  
How did you make the leap from a volunteer to doing this job professionally? Divorce after two+ decades brought about a rude self assessment and I chose to follow what I seemed to do best:  obtain financial and volunteer support for meaningful causes!  It worked!  It’s not that anyone can raise dollars, but I had a great track record of success as a volunteer fundraiser in countless organizations that I believed in.  When you share a passion with a meaningful case, people buy in and join you with the financial and volunteer support that is needed and well deserved.

   
As someone with so much fundraising experience how has AFP helped your career? I joined AFP 13 years ago and I should have joined 25 years ago! The education opportunities and quality programs in which I can learn from those who fundraise every day in various venues other than mine has been the best thing that AFP has done for my career. This is followed closely by the interactive networking and learning more about other nonprofits/other fundraising opportunities in the community. But, it doesn't just happen, you have to get involved in AFP to have it make a difference. I have chaired NPD, had consistent NPD involvement, been on the Scholarship Committee, and have been a board member for a number of years.  

  
Tell us a fun fact that other AFP members wouldn’t know about you. I am really a thespian at heart.  My initial college studies focused on radio and television as well as theater. College was in the 50’s so television was new and really hot!!   God knows, my life went off track fairly quickly due to my need to eat!  My oldest daughter is an actress and has her own theater company in Philadelphia.  (I enjoy sharing fundraising tips with her.) I live my theater life through her!  Hers is an ALL COMEDY theater company.  Her mantra is that laughter heals – and we all need to laugh more in our lives.   I’m reminded of that daily as retirement is no laughing matter.  I need to make the most of this new reality.  With my work-world behind me, I now need to concentrate on what I want to do when I grow up! You’ll all be invited to my off-Broadway opening!  I’ll be the one crawling on to the stage! 

  
Posted July 2015


Member Spotlight: Carolyn Caldwell

Carolyn Caldwell
Principal
Raising Awareness, Raising Funds, LLC

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Tell us a little about Raising Awareness, Raising Funds, LLC. Raising Awareness, Raising Funds is my grant writing consultancy I started in 2010. Since my background is in the arts, I serve arts and culture organizations primarily (shout-out to Columbus Museum of Art!). I also do grant writing, funder research and other development functions for other sectors: education, children’s mental health, community development, historic preservation, etc. I love that I can serve the non-profit organizations that work on causes that mean the most to me. I also love the teaching component of my business, and find the workshops I lead and trainings I hold to be really rewarding.

Why did you become a fundraiser? When I was in special events (I have a theatre background in stage management), I found it really interesting that non-profits’ events were not just “happenings,” or “a good time,” but that they had a real purpose - to raise funds (or awareness) to move their missions forward. I wanted to work with them to strategically build their events to be even more successful. Now I call on my writing background (journalism degree from USF, Tampa) to help those organizations strengthen their missions through grant writing.
When did you become involved in AFP? I become an AFP member in 2010 and joined the Education Committee at my first New Member Orientation in 2011. Then I was asked to chair the Membership Committee. It was scary to think of myself as a committee chair so soon, and it was challenging getting the new membership levels ramped up (YP, Small Org, Large Org, etc.), but I felt ownership in the outcome. When we started seeing positive results from all my committee’s work, it was really gratifying. I am now serving as VP of Membership, and love seeing the leadership skills of others develop and come across.
What have you felt is the most valuable component of your AFP membership? I would first say the most valuable to me is the networking. I have so many contacts now in development, I feel like I have a rolodex of resources at my fingertips. And the Central Ohio fundraising community is so smart, so bright, and – most of all – so forthcoming and honest. The other most valuable part of my AFP membership is the professional development and education opportunities. I am a card-carrying lifelong learner, and even though I am in grant writing, you will still see me at meetings on planned giving, capital campaigns, strategic planning, board development, or donor relations – you name it! It makes me a more well-rounded fundraiser, and better equipped to work as a development team member

What is your favorite part about living in central Ohio? I moved to Columbus from NYC in 1988, and I am so excited by how diverse and interesting, culturally and population-wise, Columbus has become. My favorite part about Columbus is when friends come to visit from New York. They see for themselves that we’re a vibrant, clean, approachable and friendly city, with so much to offer.

July 2015


Member Spotlight: Danielle Muckley Scerbovsky

Danielle Muckley Scerbovsky

Major Gift Officer

American Red Cross

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Tell us a little about your organization.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We serve all members of our communities in times of need. That is what I find most passionate about working at this organization – and the fact that I get to work with such dedicated individuals that truly care about others and want to make our communities a better place to live. It’s a very powerful group of people and organization to work for.

  

Why did you become a fundraiser? I graduated from Kent State with a Business Degree in Marketing.  After college, I knew I wanted to be in DC and sort of “fell in” to political fundraising, which nicely mixed my marketing skills with my political interests.  Upon moving back to Ohio after several years in DC, I decided I want to transition my skills to the charitable non-profit sector so I could “give back” to those in our communities that need it. My favorite part of fundraising is the ability to start and keep new relationships with various members of our community.
 

Now that you are in Columbus, what is your favorite part? While I loved living in DC, the experience of living there can harden you a bit.  Upon moving back to Ohio, Columbus specifically, I realized just how truly nice each and every person is.  I can stop random individuals on the street if I need help and I would always be able to get help/guidance.  You really don’t find that everywhere across the country.  My favorite restaurant is a mix between two – German Village Coffee Shop (everything I eat there is beyond tasty) and Katalina’s (hello Nutella pancake balls – and everything else they make!)

  

What has your involvement with AFP been? While I have been in fundraising for the past 7 years, I didn’t join AFP until this past year. I am now serving on the board as the Public Policy Committee Chair which with my background doing political work in DC, I am excited to be able to use that experience to educate our Chapter on how they can become involved here in central Ohio.

  

Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know about you. I once practically fell off a mountain skiing.  It was my second time (ever) skiing, and it was in France while I studied abroad in college. I was able to speak fluent French to the emergency personnel somehow! The French doctors then told me my knee was damaged, but I could go home and I would need to find a pharmacy to get crutches as I shouldn’t walk on that leg. But they could not provide any to me. Talk about a wild ride!


Posted May 2015


Member Spotlight: Teresa A. Trost

Teresa A. Trost
Executive Director
Community Shares of Mid Ohio

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Tell us a little about your organization. Community Shares’ mission is to build mutually beneficial relationships and secure resources to empower our 65 member nonprofits. We do that by partnering with local businesses to hold giving campaigns in order to raise awareness of our members’ missions and to encourage philanthropy in the workplace. My favorite things about working at Community Shares’ is to write checks to our members and I love it when someone says to me “I didn’t know there was an organization to do that!” It means that we are getting the message out there.

Why did you become a fundraiser?

I have participated in nonprofit fund raising for more than 20 years and like most, I got into the professional after answering an ad for a job! Seriously, I think you become part of a mission, and want to help. Every nonprofit needs funding and you soon figure out that someone has to do the asking. 

How are you involved with the Central Ohio AFP Chapter?

I currently serve as Member at Large on the Board of Director and was previously on the National Philanthropy Day committee and Speaker Series committee since joining the organization in 2013 after relocating to Columbus. 

What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

That is a difficult question. Certainly the education part of AFP has been huge, I have participated in the Mentor/Mentee program, attended the Fundamentals of Fund Raising two day workshop, the monthly luncheon series, and the International Fund Raising Conference in Baltimore. But just as important, and in some ways, more important are the relationships I continue to develop. Working with peers that understand the joy and the frustration of being a fund raiser makes the challenge easier. 

Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know about you. 

I am a passionate bead weaver and silver smith. Also, I speak fluent Swarovski, Miyuki and Czech!

 

Posted May 2015

 

 


Member Spotlight: Pablo Banhos

Name: Pablo Banhos
Title: Development Officer for Major Gifts
Organization: Ohio Wesleyan University

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Tell us a little about working at Ohio Wesleyan: I have the privilege to work for one of the nation’s premier Liberal Arts universities. Ohio Wesleyan University combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. Our goal is to provide high quality education to students with all talents regardless of their background. The best part of working at OWU is interacting with the people, where you find big hearts and small egos.

What prompted you to go into the fundraising profession? I have been personally touched by philanthropy. I was able to pursue my dream, to attend an American university, due to a very generous swimming scholarship. If it was not for the work of fellow advancement officers, connecting with donors and matching their passion with university priorities, I would not be here sharing my story. Looking back, it was a natural decision to become involved in the business. It is a way that I can pay it forward. 

How have you been involved with AFP: I joined AFP 6 years ago and have been involved with the NextGen group as well as the mentor program with the collegiate chapter. The best part of AFP, in my opinion is definitely the educational programs. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn from great speakers but it’s been great to meet some amazing advancement professionals and exchange ideas and best practices.

What is your favorite part about living and working in Columbus?  It is such a vibrant and diverse city with a number of great universities and fortune 500 companies. Also, I’m always amazed with all the restaurants.  Basi Italia in Victorian Village is definitely at the top of my list.  

Posted: April 2015

Member Spotlight: August E. Brunsman IV

August E. Brunsman IV
Executive Director
Secular Student Alliance

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Can you tell us a little about the Secular Student Alliance?
The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. We serve thousands of college and high school students who don't get their meaning from a religious tradition, but instead focus on their life in the here and now and their connections to their fellow humans and the natural world. A ton of our work goes into supporting hundreds of local chapters all over the US. We have a Speakers Bureau, an annual conference, a Group Running  Guide, regional staff, project grants, and all kinds of other services to help these groups succeed. We also offer services to individual students via scholarships, individual project grants, awards, and out Secular Safe Zone program. The Secular Safe Zone program lets educators and administrators become Safe Zone Allies who are able to provide one-on-one support to individual students who are in the process of exploring (or living with) their secular identity.
 
Why are you an AFP member?
I joined AFP two years ago and it has been a great experience. I have been actively involved in the mentoring program - last year Diane Newman was my mentor and this year I have the pleasure of mentoring Sarah Edwards. But, the best part of AFP was in 2013 when our three-member development department went to see Penelope Burk speak about Donor Centered Fundraising. We adopted the methods in 2014 and raised more money than ever before. It's very unlikely we would have discovered the methods without our connections to the Central Ohio Chapter of AFP.
 

What made you become a fundraiser?
I started in fundraising 14 years ago because I wanted there to be an independent support network for atheist, agnostics, and humanist groups on college campuses. In order to make that happen, I needed to get people to fund it.
 

What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus?
I grew up in Upper Arlington and now my wife and I live in the Short North. We love living in Columbus because it's a reasonably affordable place to live that has impressive culture and intellectual life.
 

Tell us something that other AFP members might not know about you.
I love to attend and tell stories at Speak Easy which is a open story telling event that meets at Wild Goose Creative on the first Thursday of most months.

 
Posted April 2015

Member Spotlight: Dawn Robinson

Dawn Robinson
Senior Consultant
Cramer & Associates, Inc.
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Tell us a little about working at Cramer & Associates?
At Cramer & Associates we get to work with an amazing array of non-profit organizations and foundation helping them with their development and advancement strategies and goals. My favorite part of the job is that every day is a different adventure- one day I could be helping an organization create a strategy for their annual giving program and increasing their gifts from their Board members, and the next I can be strategizing on the best ways to ask a donor for a 7-figure gift that will truly transform an organization's impact on the community.
 
Why did you decide to work in the fundraising field?
I came from a very philanthropic family and was encouraged at any early age to always give back. When I started my career (16 years ago) I had no idea the journey it would take me on. My style of fundraising is more analytical and strategic than emotional, but I can't help get teary-eyed when I see an amazing act of selflessness and kindness from volunteers and donors- it reminds me every day why I do what I do.
 
Why are you involved with AFP?
I have been an AFP member for over 6 years now. My favorite aspect of belonging to this organization are the networking and educational opportunities- plus the friends and colleagues I have gained by being involved I know will last throughout my career and my lifetime.
 
What is your favorite part about Columbus?
Columbus is truly an entrepreneurial city- and  love that! We were built by entrepreneurs and we continue to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and power to make this a great community to live and work in.
 
Tell us a fun fact that other AFP members might not know about you.
I'm a huge movie fan. My friends and I made it our mission a few years ago to see every Oscar nominated move every year in the theater before the Oscars were televised. Some I have to say were quite boring to sit through, but every now and again you see an amazing movie like Nebraska that surprises you.




Member Spotlight: Mayme Norman

Mayme Norman
Director of Philanthropy, Annual Giving
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wilds

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Tell us a little about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing more than $2 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. How fortunate we were to have a record-setting 2.4 million visitors in 2014. Working to raise awareness and impact the lives of our world's most endangered animals and the lives of the people in those areas is one of the most rewarding experiences I've been fortunate to have.
 

Why did you become a fundraiser?
As some would say, I "fell into fundraising" (22 years ago). My second job out of college was at COSI where I could use my people, writing, and selling skills to enhance the mission of an amazing non-profit. I found my purpose in life when thanking people and showing them how their passion and support can positively impact the world around them.
 
What role as AFP played in your career over the years?
I became an AFP member 16 years ago. In 1999 I served on the PR Committee for National Philanthropy Day and now I am serving as the Chair of the Be the Cause Campaign. Serving as a members (and on these Committees) really helps me keep professional development a priority. I also have found the mentor/mentee program to be very rewarding - others helped me in my career path and it is an honor to be able to give back!
 
What is your favorite part of Columbus?
I love that Columbus has so much to offer and it is filled with non-profits of all types providing opportunities and services to those in need.
 
Tell us a fund fact that other AFP members wouldn't know about you?
I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and was also an Ohio State Cheerleaders and captain.
 

Posted March 2015

Member Spotlight: Adam Fazio

Adam Fazio
Director of Operations
Local Matters

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Tell us a little about Local Matter.
Local Matters works to increase education and access to healthful, affordable, sustainable food. We work with children and adults at schools community centers and other non-profit organizations to provide life-changing healthful food education programming and work at a community level to ensure that all individuals have access to a wide range of healthy and affordable foods. We do this work in communities of need as well as in workplaces through our employee Wellness program, Wellness Matters.
 
What role does the Director of Operation play within the organization?
In my role as Director of Operations, I have the opportunity to work with individuals from a wide range of other non-profit organizations to help them integrate healthful food education programming into their work. This includes co-fundraising to support these partnerships, shared goal setting, program evaluation and more. Every partnership is different, but building those relationships are very rewarding.
 
Why did you become a fundraiser?
Given my current role in operations with Local Matters, I am by no means a traditional fundraiser. Though I have experience in traditional fundraising and grants, my work is currently more focused on program revenue and evaluation, and financial oversight for the organization. Nonetheless, I believe strongly that the skills one develops as a fundraiser- particularly around stewardship of relationships and compelling story-telling around the impact of one's work - are instrumental to the success of any non-profit professional.
 
What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
I enjoy the educational programming as well as the networking opportunities with a diverse range of other fundraising professionals In the three years I have been a member I have been involved with the NextGen group as well as currently serving on the membership committee which have both been great opportunities to meet new professionals.
 
What is your favorite part of working/living in the Columbus community?
Harvest Pizzeria! 

Tell us something that other AFP members might not know about you.
My partner, Karl, and I recently adopted a little baby girl, Nina Clementine Fazio.
 

Posted March 2015


Member Spotlight: Carrie Gram Burson

 
Carrie Gram Burson
Senior Advancement Officer/Director of Advancement
Pontifical College Josephinum

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Tell us about working at Pontifical College Josephinum.
Our mission is to further the mission of the Catholic Church by forming competent, holy priests. We serve not only the Columbus community but the wider church with student's studying here from all over the country. We are the only Pontifical Seminary outside of Italy. Which means the Vatican has a direct relationship with us (although they send us no money)! The best part of my job is getting to know the future priests.
  
Why did you become a fundraiser?
I was working in sales and was very unhappy in that line of work even though I was told I was good at it. Fundraising allows me to use some of the same skills, but for a much better cause! It makes such a difference knowing you are at least trying to make the world a better place.  
  
Why did you join AFP?
I joined AFP almost seven years ago, the same time I moved into fundraising. I became involved with the Central Ohio AFP board in 2012 working on the educational classes (Fundamentals of Fundraising and the CFRE review course). This year in additional to the board position I am also serving on the scholarship committee. The most valuable part of my AFP membership has been the incredible friendships that I have made with people who really understand what I do and the struggles we all face.
    
What is your favorite part of working/living in the Columbus community?
I love how this city is full of young families and there is always lots to do! One of my favorite places is Dewey's in downtown Worthington.
    
Tell us something other AFP members might not know about you.
I have two crazy miniature dachshunds Annie and Greta.
  
Posted: March  2015


Member Spotlight: Erika Braunginn

  
Erika Braunginn

United Schools Network
Development Manger - Major Gifts

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Your Organization: United Schools Network (USN) is a Columbus nonprofit that manages local, public charter schools in urban neighborhoods. Currently, we have two college-prep middle schools, one on East Main Street and one in West Franklinton with an elementary school opening Fall of 2014 in the Franklinton campus, and another elementary school is planned to open on the East Side in the Fall of 2015. United Schools Network is a lean organization with only six people who are all passionate and dedicated to the success of each and every one of our students. With over 93% of our students who are economically disadvantaged, over 96% who are Student of Color, over 50% of 6th graders come in reading more than three grade levels behind, and over 74% of sixth graders enter reading more than two grade levels behind – we have quite a challenge to help our students catch up to their peers in suburban districts and get them ready to enter a college prep high school. Luckily, we are up for the task and have shown phenomenal results!  

 

How long have you been working in the fundraising profession?

 I have been the Development Manager – Major Gifts since February 2014. Additionally, while I was in grad school, I interned at OSU’s Fisher College of Business in their development department and at the Glenn School of Public Affairs with their development team.   My professional background has been mainly focused in the public sector with a range of nonprofits, higher educational institutions, government, and some consulting work in OhioIreland, and India.

 

What type of development role do you currently serve in at the United Schools Network? 
My official title is Development Manager – Major Gifts, however I also focus on new donors and expanding our donor base. Additionally, I oversee our marketing, public relations, communications, and social media. We are a very small nonprofit and we all wear a lot of hats!

 

Why did you join the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals? 
Joining AFP was a given when I took on a development role. I was a guest at some AFP luncheons with Jodi Bopp a few years ago and had the opportunity to meet some dynamic and passionate fundraising professionals. Every person I spoke with when I was looking to move into the fundraising profession told me how valuable AFP is for networking, support, and inspiration. So far, I have found that to be absolutely true.

  To date, what you found most beneficial about joining the Central Ohio AFP? 

-For you personally?
An important benefit that I have found is networking within the development world and coming together as supportive colleagues. I have lived in Columbus for about five years and I have been so incredibly impressed at how helpful and responsive folks are here. It is fairly easy to get a short meeting with almost anyone, but then the trick is impressing them very quickly! The members of AFP know how to communicate important messages swiftly and have helped me network more strategically.

 -For your organization?
United Schools Network launched in 2008 and has achieved amazing results with our students. We are still growing as we replicate our model of success, and my role was new to USN when I joined the team. Therefore, one of my tasks is to help build out this role, and through AFP I have been able to connect with experts in the field, master-networkers in Columbus, and inspirational nonprofit leaders. Through AFP I have also been able to ask other fundraising professionals about their advice on how to plan and execute a keyholder event, for instance, or about some creative ways they thank their donors. Anyone can research “best practices” online, but hearing about how organizations have achieved success locally helps us at United Schools Network better contextualize those practices.

 -For your development career?
My educational and professional background helped prepare me for the strategy and “science” of working in development, but I need to grow more with the “art” of fundraising. Being able to have small group and individual conversations with both new and seasons professionals in AFP helps me figure out the art. Also through these conversations with other folks in AFP, I have gained more confidence in my development-related decision-making and have been able to bring some unique ideas back to the United Schools Network team.

 

 Posted:  May 2014


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