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The MASH Up

Summer/Fall 2017 • Issue 1

A Message from the President ... The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

Trumbull counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Western Pennsylvania. As fundraising professionals, we are continuing to expand relationships and improve the communities in which we work and live. We are a chapter rooted in professionalism, experience, and ethics, we are always asking, what’s next?

AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities.

Our members consistently tell us that while the educational program offerings are top notch, it’s the networking with other professionals that keep them coming back. I’m honored to serve as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Mahoning Shenango Valley and look forward to an exciting 2017. I hope to see you at our many events!

Lisa Gentile, mash president Administrator, The Oaks Foundation Director of Development Director of Resident Relations

Our local chapter serves Mahoning, Columbiana, and

Our members come from all parts of the nonprofit world to serve both the current needs of our community and to help shape its future. We learn from each other, share our successes and collectively learn. As a professional fundraiser, I’m honored to be part of this thriving community. I can’t wait to see what we’ll do next! If you are a member, thank you! If you aren’t, please join us! We have a successful dues assistance program available as well as scholarship opportunities to help cover the costs of membership and events.

Scholarship Assistance Available to MASH Members All members of AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter may request assistance with their membership dues. You are encouraged to apply for educational scholarships that will assist in your professional development, enhance your fundraising skills, and serve your organization with increased commitment to our profession. There are several categories of membership, and dues assistance of up to $125* will be made available to applicants who are or commit to becoming active members of AFP by attending programs on a regular basis and serving on at least one chapter committee. Educational assistance also is available to help members participate in local, regional and national trainings and conferences. If you have questions regarding dues assistance or educational scholarships or would like to obtain an application, please email afpmash@gmail.com. *Amount of reimbursement depends on the level of membership.


Thank You for Making a Difference! This past November, the Mahoning-Shenango AFP chapter celebrated National Philanthropy Day with its 26th annual luncheon honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations for their notable contributions in our region.

2016 RECIPIENTS Outstanding Civic Organization Youngstown CityScape Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Walmart of Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Legacy Award Irwin Thomases Outstanding Philanthropist Herb and Giselle Washington Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist Komara Jewelers Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Dorothy J. Pollock Outstanding Young Philanthropist Kate Jenkins Kindness Kampaign Seated, L to R:Deborah Grinstein, representing the Irwin Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, Legacy Award; Dorothy J. Pollock, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Sharon Letson, Youngstown CityScape, Outstanding Civic Organization. Standing, L to R: Angela Fleeger, Walmart of Mahoning and Shenango Valleys, Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist; Sarah O’Malley, representing Kindness Kampaign, Outstanding Young Philanthropist; Robert and Bob Komara, Komara Jewelers, Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist; Kate Jenkins, Outstanding Young Philanthropist. Not pictured: Herb and Gisele Washington, Outstanding Philanthropist.


2017 National Philanthropy Day Honorees Announced AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter is pleased to announce its 2017 National Philanthropy Day Honorees, who will be recognized on Friday, November 17, 2017. Those being honored this year are: Outstanding Philanthropist Reid and Judy Schmutz Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Boak & Sons, Inc. Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist Jet Creative Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group All Good Things Thrift Shoppe Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Ms. Samie Winick Legacy Award Mr. and Mrs. Rand and Eleanor Becker Valley Impact Award Mrs. Gloria and Mr. Roger Jones “National Philanthropy Day is a fantastic way to honor our local philanthropists throughout the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys,” said Landis Erwin, NPD co-chair. “Every nominee is a shining example of the great communities in which we live.” Awards are given in the following categories: Outstanding Philanthropist Award (individual or family); Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award (for-profit corporation or corporate foundation with more than 100 employees); Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist Award (100 employees or less); Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award (individual); Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Group Award (volunteer groups); Outstanding Young Philanthropist Award (individual or group, age 18 or under); and Legacy Award (individual or family). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.afpmash.org.


Mark Your Calendars! Take advantage of these upcoming networking & learning opportunities! Hit a Grand Slam: Covering the Bases of Fundraising! (Full-day Program) Thursday, October 19, 2017 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday Inn 7410 South Avenue Boardman, OH 44512 AFP MASH National Philanthopy Day Recognize the individuals, businesses & organizations whose philanthropy & volunteerism benefit our Mahoning-Shenango Valley communities. Friday, November 17, 2017 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center 7440 South Avennue Youngstown, OH 44512 Planned Giving - The Lasting Impact of Leaving a Legacy Friday, December 1, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Youngstown Country Club 1402 Country Club Drive Youngstown, OH 44505

AFP International Conference Attendee Shares Experience AFP MASH member Landis Erwin attended the 54th AFP International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco earlier this year as a Chamberlain Scholar, which is open to first-time attendees of the conference. Supported, in part, by a scholarship from her local chapter, Erwin valued the opportunity, writing the following: “This conference was a wonderful experience and I learned so much during my time in San Francisco. Attending sessions with other nonprofit fundraisers provided the motivation needed to move forward on different projects and new ideas within my organization. Some of the sessions I attended were about securing major gifts, new techniques on marketing and donor retention, acknowledgement ideas for the “unique” donor and how to use millennials to their greatest potential. I was very impressed with the different ages, genders and experience levels of every speaker. It was certainly diverse and a great way to step outside of my comfort zone. During a session about speaker engagement, I was fortunate to meet a former Ohio native who attended Mount

Union College. He is the current chair for the AFP Conference Speaker Selection Committee. After discussion, he expressed his desire to include more millennials on his committee and I was asked to be part of that mission. I was asked to participate in this year’s AFP International Conference Speaker Selection meet- Landis E. Erwin, MASH Member ing, hosted in Arlington, Fund Development Specialist Virginia in June. Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Joining AFP has been a blessing and I knew from the first meeting I wanted to be involved locally, as well as on a wider scale. Thank you so very much for this opportunity and guiding me as a new member to enhance my potential as a professional fundraiser.”

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