BE the CAUSE Campaign

The purpose of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - United States is to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. 

The Foundation secures funds and other resources to support these initiatives through its BE the CAUSE Annual Fund, as well as a variety of campaigns including the Chamberlain Scholarship/Leadership Development Campaign, Chapter Impact Campaign, Diversity Scholarship Campaign, Growth in Giving Research Campaign, and Leadership Academy Campaign.

The Foundation has an ambitious four-part plan to strengthen our sector:

1. Attracting and Developing Fundraising Leaders
2. Designing Evidence-Based Solutions through Rigorous Research
3. Enhance the Diversity of the Talent Pool
4. Renew Public Trust in Charitable Organizations

AFPNEO manages the BE the CAUSE campaign at the local Chapter level, which allows us to keep more dollars raised from the campaign right here in northeast Ohio, supporting chapter membership and conference scholarships that directly benefit our members.

Through your support of the BE the CAUSE Campaign, you help determine the future growth and development of the fundraising profession. We count on your support to help make it happen!


Want to volunteer for the be the cause committee?

We are actively recruiting committee members to support our Be the Cause Initiative. If you are interested in joining this committee, please sign up here.

2021 Contributors

Ruby Ambassadors Club

Daniel Blakemore, CFRE
Wendy Merkert, CFRE
Nanci Miller
Debra Neff-Maurer
Jessica Rist
Doreen Thorne

Sapphire Ambassadors Club

Jo Ann Carpenter, CFRM
Susan Marie Figler, J.D., M.A.
Debra K. Hagarty, CFRE
Susan Kosco
Vivian Leggett, MSN, RN
Paula Mastroianni
Lauri Molnar
Renee Lucas Scherick, CFRE
Susan Schweitzer, LSW
Vondea Sheaffer, MPA, CFRE
Pamela Valentine
Kristie Woods

Friends of the Foundation

Laura Brelin
Marian Calvin
Carol E. Hawk
Elzabeth Longenecker
Sara Lundenberger
Dawn Moeglin
Angela Palomba
Taylor Prelac
Casey Shandel
Cynthia Sheeks