AFPMASH ● Summer Newsletter ● August 2015 AFPMASH MEMBER SPOTLIGHT he Mahoning-Shenango Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is comprised of a diverse group of members, each with their own story and unique background. This section of the newsletter will highlight a current member, providing readers with a glimpse into their peers’ life and career.
company. Transitioning from a for-profit company to a not-for-profit organization was certainly a huge change for me. When I would spend the day meeting and talking with donors, I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m getting paid for this, is this really considered a job?” And I’ve been in development work for more than 17 years now and still loving it just as much as I did when I started.
What do you like best about your work? As the Administrator of the Oaks Foundation and the Director of Development for Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, the best part of my job is meeting with Was fundraising your first career donors and learning about them and their families. I choice? find people interesting and absolutely enjoy the time I Most of us don’t set out to spend getting to know them better. I spend the most become professional fundraisers; time with donors that I know are passionate about the I think you just kind of “fall into it.” My first career plan organization I work for and understand our mission. was to work in HR at a for-profit manufacturing “Member Spotlight” continued on page 3
Lisa Gentile, Development Director at Copeland Oaks Foundation
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Donor-Centered Fundraising The Key to Philanthropic Success Thursday, October, 22, 2015 Holiday Inn Boardman│8am-3pm Event Sponsors: Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley│Catholic Diocese of Youngstown│Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern Ohio│Farmers Trust│Home Savings Charitable Foundation Key Private Bank│PNC Bank│YSU Foundation
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Dear Friends, As the dog days of summer slow the pace down a bit, your AFP board and committees are still hard at work. (Did you know that the term “dog days” was so named because the ancient Romans associated the hot weather with the Dog Star Sirius?) The Program Committee is finalizing the rest of its plans for this year, including a revamped Meet the Funders, scheduled for September this year, and a workshop in October on getting the most out of your special events. We’ll end the year looking forward with fundraising trends and what you can anticipate in 2016. The National Philanthropy Day Committee has once again selected the recipients who will be honored in November, a daunting task as always. There are so many deserving individuals, groups and organizations that it makes the final choices difficult. One thing that we always take away, however, is the fact that there are so many in our community willing to help others, and many who do so without receiving or wanting recognition for their efforts. They do their work quietly, their personal satisfaction reward enough. Our community is so much better because of these dedicated individuals. Of course, there is the Annual Seminar committee, which has an amazing day planned for us on October 22, with nationally known speaker and author Penelope Burk, as well as Bob Carter, former chair of the AFP International Foundation, as our guests. It will definitely be a great day in the Mahoning Valley for those in the fundraising profession! Several other committees are working to make AFP Mahoning / Shenango stronger and more responsive to members’ needs. The Diversity, Communications and Scholarship, as well as Government Relations, Membership and Mentoring are all moving their agendas forward in accordance with our strategic plan. Members will hear more at our annual meeting in October. While I truly hate to see summer come to a close – and those of you who know me well know how much I loathe winter – I am looking forward to what our chapter has to offer this fall in the way of programming. I think we have an outstanding array of educational opportunities for fundraisers at every level. I hope you’ll take advantage of them!
Linda Kostka, CFRE, AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter President Coordinator of Development and Donor Services, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
Scott Landy, Development Coordinator Meridian Healthcare, Youngstown, OH
New AFPMASH Members January 1-June 30, 2015
David Lee-Morgan, Development Officer YSU Foundation, Youngstown, OH
Brian Amos, President Amos Communications, Inc., Beloit, OH
Chaney Nezbeth, Development Officer YSU Foundation, Youngstown, OH
David Baker, Annual Giving Coordinator YSU Foundation, Youngstown, OH
Brian A. Nord, Development Officer YSU Foundation, Youngstown, OH
Kathy Evans, Director or Marketing & Recruitment NE Ohio Adoption Services, Warren, OH
Kaitlyn Pinter, Development Associate YSU Foundation, Youngstown, OH
Meet the Funders Registration & Networking 11:00 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m.│Program 12:00-1:00 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 10, 2015│Tippecanoe Country Club
National Philanthropy Day Registration 11:00 a.m.│Welcome & Lunch 11:30 a.m. Award Presentation 12:30 p.m. Fri., Nov, 20, 2015│Mr. Anthony’s
Board and Annual Meeting Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Annual Membership Meeting 9:00 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 2, 2015│Details TBA
TBD Registration & Networking 11:00 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m.│Program 12:00-1:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015 D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT—LISA GENTILE
what your donors and prospective donors are saying. If a donor has questions about a particular project you are Continued from Front Page raising funds for, get them the answers they are seeking. When I’m having a bad day, I reach out to those who are Always follow through and do what you say you are making a positive impact in the community and it always going to do and keep the communication going. makes me feel better. Remember to step outside of your comfort zone; we can’t grow unless we challenge ourselves to step into What suggestions would you give to someone entering unfamiliar territory. the field? The best advice I can give to someone entering the To read the rest of the Member Spotlight with Lisa fundraising field is to be a great listener. Really listen to Gentile, visit www.afpmash.org today!
RECENT PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION Did you know statistics show women are more involved than ever in giving to charitable causes? Did you know Baby Boomers are primarily interested in local charities? Or that 64% of donors are from the population’s least wealthy segment? Those facts, along with the trends and best practices that follow them, were presented at two recent AFPMASH programs: “The Browning & Graying of America” (April 25th) and “Women as Philanthropists” (June 11th). Join us for the next program and see what leading technique or helpful hint you can take away and apply within your everyday setting.
Top: Attendees at “Women as Philanthropists,” presented by Dr. Suzanne Allen (left), president and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio
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