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Giving USA 2019

Giving USA’s 2018 Findings and Impact on Greater Cleveland Non-Profits

Friday, June 21, 2019

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114

Giving USA’s study of the 2018 data highlights the trends in philanthropic giving nationwide. It is conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University for the Giving Institute, an association of leading consultants to nonprofits based in Glenview, IL. Giving USA provides information to help nonprofit organizations learn more about and understand factors that affect fundraising success. Furthermore, the study contributes to the historical record about charitable giving in the United States. Public release of the study throughout the US is scheduled for early June 2018.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. – Giving USA Program
12:35 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch and AFP Announcements 

Peter Fissinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell & Company

Bruce Loessin, Case Western Reserve University
Kate Brown, The MetroHealth Foundation/The MetroHealth System
Dionne Broadus, JD, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Cleveland has a big heart. From change for charity at a cash register to a commitment of thousands of dollars, philanthropy builds the regions’ dreams with multiple acts of selfless kindness. It feels so good to give!

While no one expects recognition or an award for their efforts, some of the region’s leading supporters of non-profits are getting one. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter celebrates the Giving Hearts of Northeast Ohio with honors in six categories for National Philanthropy Day®, November 8, 2019.

Debra Hershey Guren – Outstanding Philanthropist Leadership Award
Nominated by: Martha Loughridge, Stonebrook Montessori

Co-Nominated by: Anne Marie Kollander, Hershey Montessori School
and Deborah Miller, Holden Forests & Gardens

BMW of Westlake/Ganley Auto Group – Corporate Leadership Award
Nominated by: Patricia Egan, MBA, CFRE, Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

Reitman Family Foundation – Foundation Leadership Award
Nominated by: Monica Ghose and Aaron Petersal, United Way of Greater Cleveland

Kristen Saada – Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Nominated by: Judy Payne, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Baldwin Wallace University’s Jacket Philanthropy Program – Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
Nominated by: Chantel Davis, Eliza Bryant Village

Kaye M. Ridolfi – Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Nominated by: Michelle Blackford, Cleveland Foundation

Co-Nominated by: Bruce Loessin, Case Western Reserve University

So many people give generously of their time, talent and resources, and the chapter received many outstanding nominees who are all moving the needle to improve the city, the region and the nation. We applaud them all.

Registration to attend National Philanthropy Day 2019 is now open!

  Ellen Vohsing, Holden Forests & Gardens
Sarah Forner, CHN Housing Partners
Annabelle Gries
Brian Lu
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Annual Fund and Database Manager – Cleveland Animal Protective League

Recognizing philanthropy’s importance to the sustainability and success of the APL and with a trans-formative capital project soon to break ground and its fundraising campaign already under way, the APL has committed resources to create a new position in its department of development – Major Gifts Officer. This position is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional with specific experience cultivating and growing a base of individual donors. The ideal candidate will be a high-energy and highly competent fundraiser who can collaborate with the existing team of staff responsible for sustaining more than $3.8 million in contributed income annually and growing this support every year. The incoming Major Gifts Officer will join the organization at a time when they will have significant impact on the success of the APL’s ambitious $13.5M capital fundraising effort over the next few years.

Director of Development – Birchwood School of Hawken

Birchwood School of Hawken is seeking a Director of Development to manage all aspects of Birchwood’s fundraising program. This role involves organizing all fundraising initiatives, working with School leadership, managing the Annual Fund and building relationships with alumni, parents, and friends. The Director of Development will also create and implement the School’s first major giving program.  This individual must be able to assimilate into one of the most diverse communities in Northeast Ohio. Seventy percent of Birchwood students are children of first or second generation US citizens from around the world.


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AFP must continue to evolve as the needs of the profession change. The association is now focusing on areas such as continuing education for an increasingly diverse array of fundraising skills and techniques; public policy at the national, regional and local levels; and workplace challenges and issues related to inclusion and equity, ensuring all fundraisers have the same opportunities to rise in the profession. The needs of the profession are expanding rapidly and in different ways than in the past. Key milestones of the past—the creation of an ethical code, development of a certification program—required a different set of resources and approaches.

We must ensure adequate resources to meet future member needs as we look to changes in demographics of membership, with a focus on reaching out to younger and diverse members. The challenge of not increasing dues for a ten-year period is that ultimately, it directly impacts the ability to provide quality and valued services and benefits—which then leads to a declining membership base that drops away and/or joins other organizations because there’s nothing new and interesting to stimulate interest and prove value. 

We must continue to develop and enhance benefits and services, especially focusing on programs for mid- and senior-level fundraisers as the profession continues to establish itself and growing numbers of fundraisers seek leadership positions in the sector.

Finally, AFP must keep on top of increasing technological changes, especially as it relates to communications and information management, ensuring that AFP stays relevant with its membership and is effective and efficient with its use of technology.

As a result of a thorough and deliberate process, it was decided that only a $30 dues increase was needed for these two categories. Therefore, AFP Global will be increasing its dues for Professional and Associate members for the first time in 10 years, by $30, effective July 1, 2019.

We do not take any dues increase lightly (as evidenced by not increasing dues in ten years). But in order to continue to provide valued benefits and add to them, this is the proper decision for AFP at this time. We are in this together—chapters and AFP Global—and we are eager and committed to your success and your members’ success. We also greatly appreciate and honor your support and dedication to your members and their causes.


 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


 September 13, 2019Nonprofit Career Boot Camp

October 3 – 5, 2019 – AFPI Leadership Academy

October 5 – 7, 2019 – AFPI Women’s Summit

October 11, 2019 – AFPGC/FC joint program: Grantwriting Workshop

November 8, 2019 – National Philanthropy Day

December 5, 2019 – AFPGC Annual Meeting (Date Change possible) 

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter
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