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National Philanthropy Day Awards

 National Philanthropy Day®
Join us Virtually on
Friday, November 6, 2020
4:00 PM ET

Registration, Ads and Exhibitors

Individual Attendee Registration – No Cost

There is no cost to attend but you must register to receive access to the event.

First 250 attendees registered will be mailed a complimentary Swag Bag!

Please note that each attendee must complete the registration form through their own login account.

I would like to make a donation to support AFP Greater Cleveland

Master of Ceremonies: Speaker: Closing Comments:

Margaret Bernstein
Director of Advocacy and
Community Initiatives

WKYC Channel 3

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Basheer Jones
Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman

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Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA
AFP President & CEO

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Join us in celebrating by enjoying the official drinks of NPD!

Sapphire Martini Cocktail | Blue Shoe Mocktail


Community-Based and Behavioral Health Grantseeking in a COVID-19 Environment
October 28, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30am ET
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Like almost everything else in the world, in just six months, grantseeking has undergone a startling change.  Demand for community-based and behavioral health services and support are on the rise. Identifying funders and making the essential connections for grant funding has become more complex in the COVID era.   How do you explain the changes that have occurred in your programming to your funders?  And how do you introduce yourself to and connect with the funders most likely to fund your organization?

Join David Holmes of Candid to discover the best resources to use–even with social distancing!  And learn tips and tricks to help you make connections and tell your story clearly to all potential funders.


The Mandel School at CWRU is conducting an assessment of the educational needs of nonprofit fundraisers to identify gaps in offerings in Northeast Ohio. The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation has funded this work.

Following on a round of key informant interviews, they are now conducting an on-line survey of fundraising professionals. If you are engaged in nonprofit fundraising in northeast Ohio, we invite you to take the brief survey and share your perspectives. They ask that you complete the survey by Friday, October 30.

The survey link is:

Please feel free to share this survey invitation with other fundraisers in your network. If you have any questions please contact Robert L. Fischer, Associate Professor at the Mandel School, at or 216-368-2711. Thank you in advance for your participation in this study. 



Busy schedule? Enjoy these on-demand recorded presentations at a time that works best for you. Each webinar is one hour and 30 minutes long and is eligible for 1.5 CFRE credit hours.

Webinars must be viewed immediately upon purchase. The link to your webinar will appear on the “Thank You” page that follows the successful completion of your purchase. 

If you have any problems viewing the webinars, please contact the AFP office at 216-696-1613.
Note: Webinars are available in PC format only. They are not Mac compatible.



Thea Cerra, Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Kathy Dise, President, Budgetease Bookkrrping

Megan Hall, Director of Development Operations, The Cleveland Orchestra

Susan Harlow, Director of Individual Giving, The Cleveland Orchestra

Joshua Landis, Annual Fund Manager, The Cleveland Orchestra

Justine Porter, The Cleveland Orchestra

Katie Shames, Planned Giving and Major Gift Officer, The Cleveland Orchestra

Stella Singer, Foundation Gift Officer, The Cleveland Orchestra

Qaya Thompson, Development Operations Coordinator, The Cleveland Orchestra


If you are interested in becoming a member of AFP Greater Cleveland, please click here.



 Featuring 2020 NPD Chair and Co-Chair

Jane Furth

How long have you been a member of AFP?
6 years

How are you active in AFP? What committees have you joined? What events have you attended or volunteered for?
How did you get involved with the committees – I have been a member of the NPD Committee for 5 years and this year I have the privilege of being the chair. I have attended the event almost every year for the past 20 years and volunteered to be on the committee after joining AFP, as I love being involved with events.  While planning this year’s NPD has presented unforeseen challenges, it has been very fulfilling to work with such dedicated committee members to produce a successful event.

Thank you Jane for being this months Member Spotlight!


Click here to learn more about Jane!


Joan M. Palumbo

How long have you been a member of AFP?
18 years

How are you active in AFP? What committees have you joined? What events have you attended or volunteered for? How did you get involved with the committees?
I have always felt a responsibility to give back to our profession, since I have benefitted so much from the wisdom of the friends and colleagues who have helped me over the years. Currently, I am Co-Chair of the AFP 2020 National Philanthropy Day (please don’t forget to register for this exciting virtual event that will be released on Friday, November 6th at 4:00 p.m.!)  I am also the Vice President of Resource Development on the AFP Board and this is my second Board term over the last decade.  Becoming involved on committees is a great way to help advance the mission of AFP, but also to ensure that we are remaining up-to-date on best practices in our profession. I was fortunate enough to have some of the best mentors guide me in my first years.  I have also had the opportunity to give back through mentoring others and have learned so much from the younger generation of fundraising professionals. We can never stop learning from each other. 

Thank you Joan for being this months Member Spotlight!

Click here to learn more about Joan!



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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


November 6, 2020 – National Philanthropy Day

December 4 , 2020 –  Annual Meeting

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter 

3053 Nationwide Parkway * Brunswick, OH 44212 * (216) 696-1613 *