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We have an IDEA! What you should know about raising funds from and for diverse groups

Cleveland History Center in conjunction with The Soul of Philanthropy
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106

We are asking that all attendees please bring a canned food item to donate!


10:30 a.m. – Registration
11:00 a.m. – Panel Presentation
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Annual Membership Meeting
1:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Belva Denmark-Tibbs, Exhibit Committee Chair, The Soul of Philanthropy
Jazmin Long, Vice President of Fund Development, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Jimmy Malone, Founder, The Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund
Teleange` Thomas, Co-Architect, The Soul of Philanthropy

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1.25 CFRE Credits APPROVED


AFP is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society. Non-profit organizations and donors reflect the diversity of our human fabric – organizations serve, support and rely on philanthropic funds from all members of our community. However, many fundraising professionals (and some non-profit organizations and non-profit boards) grapple with the most inclusive, culturally appropriate, and informed approach to donors and prospects when it comes to raising funds. Some fundraising professionals may falsely assume that if they serve a specific population that they need to or should raise their funds predominantly from communities that reflect that same diversity.

Join us for this panel discussion about IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) and how you, as a fundraiser, can improve your skills and understanding of raising funds from and for diverse groups of individuals. The moderator and panelists bring unique perspectives from Northeast Ohio’s African-American philanthropic community. Our experts will share giving trends in this area and will provide guidance and their own fundraising stories regarding what has worked well and what hasn’t been as successful when it comes to raising funds. You will learn how your organization can better serve a diverse constituency and represent the community you serve. You will learn how various segments of the community respond to different motivations, and how to increase philanthropy.

We hope to offer additional IDEAs in the future!


 Thank you to Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC Attorneys at Law 

for being our 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsor!


Cost to Attend:

AFP Member $45 per person
Non-Member $55 per person

The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit as well as the entire museum are included in the cost!









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Morgan Paskert, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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Andre Calabretta

How long have you been a member of AFP? I joined AFP when I first began my development career in 2002.

How are you active in AFP? I was an AFP Greater Cleveland board member from 2014 to 2017. Currently, I try to be present to as many of the sponsored events as I can. At a minimum, I try to attend the Giving USA program, NPD Day and the Annual Meeting. 

What committees have you joined? Early in my career I served on the NPD sponsorship committee. While I was on the Board I co-chaired the Professional Development Committee, and then simply served as a member on that committee too.

A few years back we started a Collegiate AFP chapter here at John Carroll University.  

What events have you attended or volunteered for? How did you get involved with the committees? Again early on, I volunteered for NPD day and Boot-camp for beginners.  

Give us some highlights from your professional background. I began my professional career as a public accountant with a regional sized accounting firm, which provided me with a solid financial background. The ability to read and understand financial statements and 990’s has helped immensely.  After 4 years in public accounting, I took a leap into a totally different direction, joining an advancement office at my high school alma mater.  Development work really connected with me, I enjoyed it, and I soon realized that there are career paths within fundraising.  17 years later, I still enjoy development work.    

What do you value most about your membership with AFP? I appreciate the ability to connect with people who are doing similar work as me, just at a different place.  I would say that I have developed several professional and personal friendships; people that I can call, grab coffee with, bounce an idea off of and learn from their experiences too. 

Thank you Andre for being this months Member Spotlight!


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Donor Relations Coordinator

In this newly designed role the successful candidate will work with the Director of Membership to support the Marketing and Development Department and provide exceptional service to donors and members of WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 10.49 ideastream. The candidate will oversee the Sustainer Membership Program and provide support to Membership campaigns and other projects, as assigned.


Executive Director Forging Foundation – Forging Industry Association

The Executive Director of the Forging Foundation reports to the President & CEO of the Forging Industry Association. The Executive Director is responsible for executing the foundation’s strategic plan (2018) which includes developing the donor base and managing the programs of the foundation, including scholarship programs; university grants; membership and prospects outreach; fundraising events; supporting content development for Forging University, and responsibility for all communications (articles, newsletters, website maintenance) supporting these programs. The Executive Director works closely with the Forging Foundation board, its committees and the FIA President & CEO to ensure the success of this supporting organization of the Forging Industry Association.



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Get ready! January 15th is the next CFRE application deadline!

Don’t let the end-of-year madness derail your professional goals! Start 2020 off feeling great about your fundraising career. Submit your CFRE application on or before January 15, 2020.

Our members always enjoy a special discounted CFRE initial application fee of US$700.

You’ll have one year to sit for the CFRE Exam once your application is approved, meaning you’ll have heaps of study time.

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 Donate to BE the CAUSE and acknowledge up to three professional mentors: this is an opportunity to thank mentors who have helped shape your fundraising career. Simply check the ‘Thank a Mentor’ box and include contact information for your mentor(s). We will send a letter notifying them that you have made a gift in honor of the help and support they provided to you.

BE the CAUSE Fast Facts:

– Over the past three years, it has allowed AFP Greater Cleveland to distribute more than $10,000 in scholarships
– All funds raised will be split 62/38 between our local chapter and AFP international


February 12, 2020 – Morning Program at the Children’s Museum

 November 6, 2020 – National Philanthropy Day


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