2023 Central Ohio Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer?

Hone your skills | Polish your event, stewardship or solicitation skills in a non-work environment
Gain new talents | Challenge yourself to try skills outside of your norm & boost your resume
Network with like-minded professionals | Virtually connect with peers to grow, vent, or get advice
Give back to our Central Ohio community | Be part of our almost 100% volunteer-run AFP chapter


We currently have 8 committees looking for 45 volunteers:

Scholarship & Collegiate Chapter
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access)
Monthly Education Programs
National Philanthropy Day: Event Planning
National Philanthropy Day: Nominations

Check out each committee’s description to learn more about their areas of focus. Look at their meeting schedules, ‘busy’ seasons, roles and responsibilities, and determine which committees are best suited for your personal and professional growth.


Please click here for the official sign-up Google Form.
Click here for the current Volunteer Information Packet.

AFP’s Volunteer Placement Chair, Patty Hiatt, will follow up with you. Committees vary in size and need, so volunteer assignments will be made according to committee need and volunteer preference.

Questions may be directed to Patty Hiatt at [email protected].


Chair: Natalie Dunn-Billings

– Plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate the annual AFP education courses. The three courses planned for 2023 are: Donor Retention Workshop, Fundamentals of Fundraising, and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Refresher.
– Create promotional marketing for these three educational events, tailored to different
professional skill levels.
– Assist with coordination of in-person education courses, communicating with presenters, and the dissemination of course materials.
– Assist with creation of feedback surveys.

Specific Duties: 
Volunteers assigned to each education course to plan, implement, schedule, and recruit speakers. At least one volunteer will be needed for each event to facilitate and assist speakers.

Year-round, light (less than 1 hour per week) but increases near course dates. Courses are planned for
April, June and August and workload will be heavier (1-2 hours per week) at these times. Volunteers will
be asked to attend courses, some of which are full days.

Meeting Schedule:
Every month, or as needed after August.

Skills Gained: 
Event coordination, marketing, communication, networking
Volunteers also have the opportunity to sit in on these educational courses at no charge

Volunteer Slots Available:


Chair: Jennifer MacCartney, MBA

The Scholarship & Collegiate Chapter Committee is responsible for promoting and awarding scholarships that benefit AFP’s professional members and encouraging the next generation of students studying at colleges in central Ohio to consider the fundraising profession. As a result of these efforts, more members or prospective members should be interested and engaged in AFP’s mission and programs.

Specific Duties:


– Promote scholarship opportunities to AFP members and beyond. 

– Share posts on LinkedIn to increase application rates and diversity of applicants. – Be willing to help review scholarship applications and make recommendations for finalists. – Support committee chair with tasks and outreach. 


– Participate in virtual committee meetings and collegiate chapter meetings. 

– Brainstorm and help implement opportunities to engage college students who are interested in fundraising careers after graduation. 

– Encourage college students to launch APF collegiate chapters on their campuses and welcome new college graduates to join AFP. 

– Take part in Zoom presentations that will be shared with college students or recent graduates.

Jan/Feb: Prepare marketing plans and strategies for the year; launch scholarship application. March – May: Heavily promote scholarships, review scholarship applications received. Connect with college representatives to plan promotions for the 2022-2023 academic year. June – July: Second round of promotions for scholarship and continue review of applications. Assess marketing plans and measurable outcomes achieved thus far. Finalize engagement opportunities for college students. 

Oct – Dec: Finish selections for scholarships before end of year. Host college students online or in person for recruitment into fundraising and AFP. Highlight student profiles in E-digest.

Meeting Schedule:
Monthly meetings, currently held virtually on the second Thursday of each month.

Skills Gained:
Strategic planning, teamwork, public speaking, volunteer engagement, mentoring.

Volunteer Slots Available:

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) COMMITTEE

Chair: PJ Gamble

Implements, incorporates and monitors the chapter’s diversity/inclusion goals and objectives into all aspects of chapter operations. We’d love to grow and diversify the committee in order to strengthen our programming through more input from a variety of voices and identities. This is a great committee for anyone looking to take on a leadership role in the chapter. Experience with diversity programming a plus.

Specific Duties:
Coordinating Big IDEA speaker series (includes speaker outreach and catering/logistics coordination). Planning annual collaboration with the Education Committee (large event focused on education related to IDEA). Gathering and submitting IDEA-related articles and resources for the AFP Marketing Digest. Partnering with other committees to evaluate processes for IDEA and helping craft new processes where needed.

Note: Due to COVID we have pivoted away from the Big IDEA and have instead focused on an equity training series. The next session is to be hosted in April.

Year-round, 1-2 hours per month.

Meeting Schedule:
Quarterly beginning in March, dates to be determined based on mutual availability.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, project management, effective communication, strengthen personal understanding of IDEA.

Volunteer Slots Available:


Chair: Naomi Merino

The Marketing Committee is responsible for creating and implementing the Central Ohio AFP marketing initiatives and leading the chapter’s marketing efforts.

Specific Duties:
Coordination of the Digest member e-newsletter, curating and creating social media content, gathering written and video testimonials, creating other marketing materials as needed.

Year-round, steady.

Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly, dates tbd based on mutual availability.

Skills Gained: 
Copywriting, editing, project management, leadership, and hone digital marketing skills.

Volunteer Slots Available: 


Chair: Bill Bartolini, ACFRE

Overview: The Membership Committee is responsible for Membership recruitment, renewal, and retention. In the process of meeting those responsibilities, the committee engages with past, current, and prospective members. The committee also hosts membership orientation events and the annual chapter meeting/holiday social.
The Membership Committee is the front-line ambassador of the Central Ohio AFP Chapter and is comprised of both relatively new and long-time AFP members. It’s a great way to meet other members and develop life-long friendships.

Specific Duties: Volunteers take on responsibilities based on their comfort level and interest.
Duties include event-specific, one-time activities and year-round/monthly activities such as: new member welcome calls, birthday greetings, and member renewal calls. Each month, committee volunteers can decide to reach out to as few as 2 or 3 members OR can chair a subcommittee, including: Professional, Young Professionals, Large Organization, Small Organization, Retiree or Associate Members.

Workload: There’s something going on all year. Some committee members choose to be active each month; others decide what time of year works into their schedule. However involved our volunteers to be, we ensure they have a great time and meet some wonderful friends. Serving on the Membership Committee is a great way to find a mentor, a confidant, or just friends facing similar issues at work.

Major activities include:
March/April – New Member Orientation Meeting
Sept/Oct – New Member Orientation Meeting
Nov/Dec – followup calls to National Philanthropy Day attendees
December – End of Year Celebration

Potential monthly activities include:
Host a potential new member at a chapter activity or meeting
Call a new member or two and remind them of AFP Global benefits
Have a check-in call with a few new members at the 6-month point
Reach out to new and small organization members invite them to apply for a scholarship
Call a few lapsing members and remind them to renew
Follow up with guests who attended a programs
Reach out to large nonprofit business members and invite them to add more staff members
Develop a list of underserved organizations and share the benefits of AFP membership
Host a welcome table at a meeting or event

Meeting Schedule: We meet in even-numbered months (February, April, June, etc.), usually at 4 pm with adult refreshments.
March meeting; optional quarterly chair check-in meetings, virtual full committee meetings TBD at mutually agreed-upon times and dates.

Skills Gained: Event planning, stewardship, re-engaging lapsed constituents, donor communications, building and strengthening one’s professional network.

Volunteer Slots Available: 2

Membership Committee Chair: Bill Bartolini, PhD, ACFRE. Bill has over 40 years experience in fundraising and has been active in AFP for over 30 years, both at the local level and internationally. He’s a former Vice Chair of Professional Development on the AFP Global Board. He is a well-respected speaker and workshop presenter who has a wealth of experience and international contacts he is happy to share.


Chair: Michael Haddock, MPP

Responsible for providing educational opportunities for chapter members including monthly luncheons and other special educational opportunities. Looking for members with an interest in hands-on, meaningful and constantly-changing subject matter.

Specific Duties:
One Lead and Assistant per Monthly Luncheon, along with 2-3

Manage logistics for each month’s program: 

Preparing the RFP 

Deciding on the correct programs 

Contacting selected presenters 

Determine meeting locations, AV and logistics, and speaker hosting (if applicable) Coordinate food and beverage (if applicable) 

Submitting education materials to AFP Global for CFRE credits 

Communicate with the chapter administrator on all event aspects 

Create and maintain the master events calendar for the chapter website

Year-round, steady.

Meeting Schedule:
Virtual meetings for one-hour.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, vendor contacts, gaining a glimpse into every area of the fundraising industry via presenters, project management, creative problem solving, budget tracking, proposal review.

Volunteer Slots Available:


Chair: David Precise

The NPD Committee is looking for assistance in planning the 2023 National Philanthropy Day event, traditionally held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This event is our local chapter’s celebration of philanthropy in central Ohio, awarding 9 awards to local individuals, corporations and foundations doing exemplary work in the community. There are NPD celebrations across the country and globe which mirror this tradition. This event is not only our signature fundraising event, but also an excellent education, recruitment and stewardship event.

Specific Duties:
Volunteers can self-select from NPD subcommittees to serve on, including: audience and honoree engagement, promotions/publicity/marketing, script and run-of-show and communications.

NPD Event Planning work is year-round, with a concentration beginning early summer. NPD event day itself falls on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Meeting Schedule:
Meetings TBD at mutually agreed-upon times and dates.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, stewardship, leadership, external relations.

Volunteer Slots Available:


Chair: Melissa Garver, MBA, CFRE

The NPD Nominations Committee oversees the award criteria, solicitation for, nominations’ eligibility, selection process/review, and public announcement of nominations for the 2023 National Philanthropy Day honorees. This includes reviewing award stipulations and criteria (avoiding bias), discussing additions/subtractions to the Honoree/Award Selection Panel, tabulating results, notification of results, and more. We historically honor 9 award recipients from philanthropists, volunteers, corporations/organizations, youth and professional fundraisers in the Central Ohio area.

Specific Duties:

Review and update current criteria, determine process and timelines, marketing of nominations process, selection and working directly with the Selection panels (mainly past honorees), honoree announcement and awards; 

Technical support: nomination/recognition “how to/best practices”, online process and tabulation, communication, Honoree Liaison; Collating all nomination submissions for review, scoring review; Coordination with Awards Vendor.

First half of the year heavier focus, beginning in the 1st quarter and concentrated work in the 2nd quarter, some work leading up to the NPD event in November, with nominations process for the following year reviewed in the 4th quarter.

Meeting Schedule:
Afternoons based on majority availability. Currently, meetings will be held virtually.

Skills Gained:
Detail-orientation, communication with outside vendors, strategic problem solving, creating and implementing a process, donor recognition/relations.

Volunteer Slots Available:


Chair: Subha Lembach

The committee’s goals are to grow sponsor revenue and create processes to increase efficiency within the committee. Volunteers will solicit and follow-up with funders in a timely manner, prioritizing transparency and trust in all communications. Volunteers will also be responsible for sponsor stewardship and communicating reach and impact.

Specific Duties:
Compiling prospect lists, stewardship of past sponsors, cultivation of potential sponsors, ongoing communications to sponsors and prospect, invoicing, and data management.

Committee responsibilities: 
will include revising the invoice process, managing sponsor relationships and developing the sponsorship packet.

Year-round, moderate.

Meeting Schedule: 
The committee will meet on a TBD basis.

Skills Gained:
Developing sponsorship materials; relationship building; Directing and supporting solicitations, graphic design, stewardship, invoicing, acknowledgement letters, prospect management, foundations relations, networking opportunities.
Volunteer Slots Available: 

Volunteer Placement Chair

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Position Title: Volunteer Placement Chair

Capacity: Board Member

Reports to: Vice President for Membership

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruits and enlists committee members as needed; monitors the work of volunteers to ensure timely completion of assignments
  • Organizes and chairs committee meetings
  • Develops and submits a budget to the Treasurer by designated deadline; monitors committee income and expenditures
  • Identifies each association committee volunteer needs and roles to be fulfilled
  • Obtains the names of scholarship recipients and mentees. Determine whether they are members of committees (as required for award and mentorship); if not, place them on a committee that best matches their interest and in the interest of the chapter
  • Makes formal introductions of volunteer to committee chair; hand-off
  • Provides timely and up-to-date content to Chapter Administrator and Marketing Chair for website and digital publications
  • Works to successfully achieve goals outlined in Chapter Strategic Plan
  • Ensures there is a succession plan to cultivate a new chair to take his/her place as needed
  • Celebrates success; ensures that celebration includes expressions of gratitude to volunteers
  • Adheres to policies and Board responsibilities as adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Upon leaving office, transfers all records to successor