2022 Board of Directors Slate

Dear AFP Charlotte members,

On September 21, you will be asked to elect the following as the AFP Charlotte 2022 Board of Directors. 


President Robert Touchstone, CFRE
President-elect Brittany Jenkins
Immediate Past President             Caitlin Donley, CFRE
Secretary Penny Hawkins, CFRE
Treasurer Holly Whitfield
Vice-President of Membership Sarah Lanners Avinger, CFRE
Vice-President of Special Initiatives with IDEA       Mike Blackwelder, CFRE
Vice-President of Programming Julie Drinkhahn
Vice-President of Outreach Nick Stewart
Affinity Groups Jane Freeman
Programming Allison Morton
Mentoring Alex Reardon, CFRE
Scholarships Sydney Hammond
CFRE and Senior Forum Shannon Hinson, CFRE
NC Philanthropy Conference Stacy Greene & Meagan Conley
Community Impact Michelle Spreitzer
Communications/Marketing Xavia Miles
Recruitment & Retention Erica Ellis
Higher Education Autumn Keck
National Philanthropy Day Megan Mitcham, CFRE & April Vahey
Sponsorships Katie Sutton
IDEA April Harley

 Many thanks to these hard-working AFP Charlotte members for their commitment to our chapter.

National Philanthropy Day

We are so excited to celebrate this year's National Philanthropy Day honorees! Save the date to join your fellow AFP Charlotte members, community and business leaders on Thursday, November 18th to celebrate the Power of Community. AFP Charlotte and the NPD planning committee have the utmost concern for the safety and health of our guests. This year, we will host our honorees for a small, in-person awards ceremony that will be livestreamed to our virtual audience, and we will again utilize the Lunchpool platform to allow for networking and interaction among our guests. We hope you'll join us for a special virtual event celebrating the following outstanding philanthropists and fundraisers:

Outstanding Champion of Diversity | Justin L. Perry, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist | Lauren Harkey
Outstanding Fundraising Executive | Donna Canzano Stucker
Outstanding Philanthropist | Mary Ruth and Philip Payne
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business | Manolo's Bakery
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization | Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Outstanding Student Philanthropist | Youth Leadership Council of Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser | Jared Yerg
Outstanding Legacy | George D. Patterson

P.S. Sponsorships for this exciting event that brings together over 400 attendees are now available! View our sponsorship packet here or register on our website www.AFPCharlotte.org/NPD. For questions, please email the 2021 NPD Committee Chair, Sydney Hammond at Sydney.Hammond@SafeAlliance.org.

Upcoming Programs

This program is for our Senior Forum members. If you are a Senior Forum member and want to register for this program, click here.


IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)

August is Black Philanthropy Month and International Peace Month. The IDEA committee is pleased to share resources that relate to both of these important initiatives. We hope that these resources encourage you to think about your role in philanthropy through these lenses. 

International Peace Month:

Black Philanthropy Month:

Committee Members Wanted!

Our chapter has a wonderful opportunity to support the next great fundraising professionals. The Higher Education Committee is seeking committee members to support our goal to establish AFP student chapters on local college campuses. We will be working directly with the students to tailor programming to fit their needs as well as connecting them to our professional community. If you are interested, please contact Autumn Keck at autumnkeck@scribellc.co.

Member on the Move - Michelle Hamilton, CFRE

Michelle Hamilton recently accepted the role of Managing Director with Carter, a consulting company committed to advancing philanthropy worldwide. Michelle comes to this role from the Charlotte Symphony, where she served as VP of Development (2013-2021) and Interim President & CEO (2019-2020). She has over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and has been active in the Charlotte AFP chapter as a past president of the organization. Please join us in congratulating Michelle Hamilton on her new role!

We are excited to highlight our Members on the Move in future AFP newsletters. Please email Brittany Jenkins, VP of Membership, and share where you will be working, your new job title, and some highlights about your new role. We want to celebrate your success!

Freedom School Partners
Donor Systems & Volunteer Manager

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc.
Part-time Grants Coordinator

The Relatives
Philanthropy Officer

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
Executive Director & CEO

Chief Revenue Officer

Pisgah Legal Services
Leadership & Legacy Giving Officer

Tosco Music
Business Operations Manager

High Point University
Advancement Officer

Teen Health Connection
Development Officer

NC State University
Assistant Director of Corporate Foundation Relations                                  


NC State University
Park Scholarships

Assistant Director, Development

Catawba College
Advancement Officer

The Mercanas Foundation
Office & Grants Administration

Muddy Sneakers
Development Officer

Habitat Charlotte Region 
Partnerships Coordinator

Development Officer

Centre College
Senior Gifts Officer

UNC School of the Arts
Vice Chancellor for Advancement


AFP Charlotte has built a reputation for getting the word out for the premier fundraising jobs across the Carolinas. Click here to read more and apply for a posted position.

In order to promote gender and racial pay equity, AFP is leading the way and will be requiring salary ranges for all new positions posted on the AFP Charlotte Job Board effective May 10, 2021. We understand this might be a significant change for some organizations, but AFP Charlotte strongly believes this is an important shift in increasing equity, inclusion and fairness in the fundraising profession.

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