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AFPMASH ● Summer Newsletter ● August 2014

WE’LL TAKE…ETHICAL FUNDRAISING FOR $500! embers of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning/Shenango Chapter (AFPMASH) were recently visited by Val Lay, director of Chapter Services-Central US, GA and FL, to play a game of Jeopardy. The topic? One, if not the most, significant building blocks of the Association: ethics. Lay visits the chapter every two years to lend AFPMASH members interact during a assistance on chapter and membership items, game of ethical fundraising Jeopardy and this year she hosted the game as a part of AFPMASH’s annual education on ethics. The game mentioned it was a great featured categories such as The Code and Grab Bag, and learning experience for both answers covered many of the standards and principles her and her employer and AFP has on ethical fundraising. The 15 members in that she was able to accept a attendance enjoyed offering questions to those different type of bonus as the answers, starting their responses with the well-known organization offered phrase “What is.” performance-based Val Lay and Linda Kostka, Attendees reminded themselves of the importance of compensations to all AFPMASH president the Donor Bill of Rights, learned about the Social Media employees. Guidelines and were connected to the Ethics Although played as a game, the topic of ethics is an Assessment Inventory, a self-assessment tool available important and necessary subject for fundraisers. Lay online to AFP members to measure their ethical shared it is especially important to her while working behavior and practices. with many chapters and members across the United One of the topics that initiated further discussion was States. “Every member signs the Code of Ethical compensation based on percentage, a standard on the Principles and Standards,” Lay said. “It is important for Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. Attendees them to know the resources the Association has to back revealed their own experiences, and one member them up.” shared she was once offered a bonus by an employer To view many of the documents and topics mentioned in based on a percentage of what she had raised. She this article, visit www.afpnet.org/ethics.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

is just lf over, and the Canfield Fair ha n tha re mo is 14 20 t tha It’s hard to believe office, but I right across the street from my it’s ly, ral lite ll, We r. ne cor around the digress…… r. quite a bit to celebrate this yea is re the P, AF of er mb me a As from AFP ed the chapter 10-Star Award  Once again, we receiv rs that have fulfilled a list of International, given to chapte ness of se professionalism and aware accomplishments that increa y. fundraising in our communit at speaks to the highest in the country! Th is e rat n tio en ret er mb me r  Ou d commitment of members. our chapter the quality of our programs an t will provide a roadmap for tha n pla gic ate str a g tin ple s of com l be voted on by  We are in the proces by Pat Palombo, this plan wil ed air Ch rs. yea ee thr xt ne to follow during the ng on October 10. hard to put members at our annual meeti Committee has been working ity ers Div the d an , ed uct str ing con community.  A diversity plan is be ers from all segments of the mb me ain ret d an t rac att r 14. to t together a blueprin l be held on Friday, Novembe wil nt, eve e tur na sig r’s pte cha y Day, our the recipients  National Philanthrop eptionally difficult to choose exc s wa it t tha r yea s thi s ion have made the We had so many applicat , I’m sure you’ll agree that all sed ea rel is list the en Wh es. in several categori . ys a much better place to live Mahoning and Shenango Valle mber, I October. If you’re not yet a me in ng eti me al nu an r ou at u see yo local If you’re a member, I hope to at network of support in our gre a d fin l u’l yo nk thi I t— ou us hope you’ll become one. Try fundraising community!

Linda Kostka, CFRE g-Shenango Chapter 2014 President, AFP Mahonin ll Creek MetroParks Director of Development, Mi

New AFPMASH Members January 1, 2014-June 30, 2014 Edward M. Goist, Senior Development Officer Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio

Mollie Hartup Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio


$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount! In honor of National Philanthropy Day® AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2014! Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include this coupon with your payment.* Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2014 *Coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. Can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2014. Questions, call the AFP Membership Department at (800)666-3863. AFP, 4300 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203 /Fax: 703-684-1950

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES AFP Mahoning/Shenango Chapter is pleased to present scholarship opportunities and dues assistance to new and existing members each year. The scholarship committee accepts and reviews applications for each on a rolling basis and encourages members to take advantage of this program when needed. The Chamberlain Scholarship, available for AFP members that have never attended an International Conference before, is perhaps the most widely publicized, but it is by no means the only one available. In the past, members have received support for a large array of programs and conferences, all geared toward continuing their education in the fundraising profession. Casey Bertolette, development director at Beatitude House, received a partial scholarship in 2013 to attend the Seventh Annual Fundraising Classic Seminar at Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio. The Fundraising Classic, presented by AFPMASH and Mahoning/Shenango Planned Giving Council, featured Barlow T. Mann, J.D., COO of the Sharpe Groupe and focused on planned giving. Bertolette said the award was integral to enabling her and her staff members to attend the seminar, which she deemed important for their professional growth. “Without that scholarship, we

would not have been able to attend,” said Bertolette. “I was fortunate to receive AFP’s assistance so that we could experience Barlow Mann’s informative presentations.” Lori Shandor, campaign/gift planning director at the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation for Park Vista, was another scholarship recipient who said she was happy to serve as an example of the generosity of AFPMASH. Shandor was the recipient of a scholarship in 2012, which covered the cost of registration for a two-day CFRE preparation course in Connecticut. “It was a great experience,” said Shandor. According to the application for dues assistance, “The purpose of this assistance is to enable persons to participate in the benefits of AFP membership who are volunteer fund raisers, in part-time positions, or employed as fundraisers by smaller agencies.” New members as well as current members who are serving on a committee or the board are eligible to apply for this benefit. Both scholarship and dues assistance applications can be found at www.afpmash.org and completed forms should be submitted to Jim Echement of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, the current chair of AFPMASH’s scholarship committee.


P.O. Box 672 Youngstown, OH 44501 www.afpmash.org

NON-PROFIT ORG US Postage PAID PERMIT #214 YOUNGSTOWN, OH

The Eighth Annual Nonprofit Wean Summit

National Philanthropy Day

Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Youngstown State University, Kilkawley Center

Friday, November 14, 2014 Antone’s Banquet Centre, Boardman

Holiday Mixer Annual Members Meeting & Breakfast Friday, October 10, 2014 D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center Radius Room

Details TBD

For additional information about upcoming programs, contact Barb Schuller at afpmash@gmail.com.

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AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter's Summer Newsletter, August 2014