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 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!


Hello Fellow Members of AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter!

I invite you to consider a donation to the BE the CAUSE campaign for our Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPNEO).

BE the CAUSE supports our profession of fundraising by advocating ethical and effective fundraising, educating the next generation of fundraisers, and advancing issues that affect our profession. Our local chapter has decided that providing membership scholarships is the best way to support our profession.  By donating directly to our local BE the CAUSE campaign, you will help allow local development professionals to be a part of AFPNEO, even if they are with a small nonprofit that does not have the resources to support membership. Our chapter has elected to support the goals of BE the CAUSE by committing local BE the CAUSE funds to support scholarships for our local chapter memberships. Our 2024 Goal is $2,500.

Please join me and many of our members in supporting our local BE the CAUSE campaign!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Susan Kosco, BTC Chair  

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.

2023 Contributors

Ruby Ambassadors Club

Dan Blakemore, CFRE
Wendy Merkert, CFRE
Kristie Woods

Sapphire Ambassadors Club

Angela Barnes, CFRE
Debra Hagarty, CFRE
Susan Kosco
Dawn Moeglin
Deb Maurer
Renee Scherick, CFRE

Friends of the Foundation

Marion Drake, CFRE
Susan Figler, JD, MA
Leslie Genovese
Sara Lundenberger
Dennis O'Connell
Susan Schweitzer, MPA
Doreen Thorne
Pamela Valentine