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From Captive Audience to Lifetime Friend

While the definition of ‘young alumni’ varies by institution, one common factor across all institutions is their importance for future success, both programmatically and financially. Building a lifetime relationship with ...

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Steve Smith Strikes Out Domestic Violence For Charity in Upcoming Inaugural Event

When Carolina Panther Steve Smith and his wife Angie launched the Steve Smith Family Foundation (S2F2) last year, the couple had one goal in mind, focusing on the emotional, physical ...

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Event Reminder: AFP Charlotte February 2014 Monthly Meeting

AFP Charlotte will have an ensemble presentation by members of the giving circle New Generation of African American Philanthropists and Valaida Fullwood, author of Giving Back, in recognition of Black ...

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Importance of Corporate Partnerships

The world is facing challenging economic conditions.  Traditional sources for philanthropy are still ...
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It’s a New Year! Have you thought about your strategic plan?

As we find ourselves with two feet squarely in the New Year ...
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Happy Thanksgiving

Driving to the office made it abundantly clear that most everyone is ...
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New Horizons for Philanthropy: Paying for Success

By Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D. PMA is thrilled to have Don Jonas ...
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Building Sustainability in the Third World

By David Ibsen, Associate Director For the past several years, I have ...
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Community Engagement is Key to Nonprofit Success

Often overlooked, neighborhood awareness and engagement allows for nonprofit organizations to build ...

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About Town with PMA {September Edition}


The kids have started school. Fall carnivals are planned. And the next round of fundraising begins this month for many nonprofits in the area. Wherever you are, take a break and connect with our team. September 18 – AFP Charlotte chapter meeting in Charlotte, NC. President Patton McDowell, Managing Director Josh Jacobson and Associate Director […]

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7 Characteristics of a Strong Fundraiser


By Patton McDowell, President With more than 20 executive searches under the PMA belt, clients and friends continue to ask about the key characteristics of a good fundraiser. Often when you think of a major gift fundraiser, the solicitation skill comes to mind. Can the person ask for money? While that is important, other characteristics are […]

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Cannon School Exceeds $7.1 Million Goal to Complete Capital Campaign


Congratulations goes out to Cannon School for completing their $7.1 million capital campaign in just two years! Building Bright Futures, the school’s largest capital campaign in history, will enhance the school’s arts, athletics and Middle School facilities with five major construction projects. The announcement was made to current Cannon families at the school’s annual state […]

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Does Your Organization Need an Executive Search Firm?


By taking a look at successful nonprofit organizations, it’s easy to recognize key foundational elements. One key element present in most highly effective organizations is strong leadership, starting with mid-level executives and continuing through to the Executive Director. When organizations have the correct staff in place, they streamline their ability to impact change and produce […]

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The Board Retreat: Getting Direction for Your Organization


Working at a not-for-profit often has the feeling of endless work. Days are packed and nights are spent tying up loose ends. It is easy to let months pass by without truly evaluating the work being done, the staffs’ satisfaction and the Board’s involvement. A Board retreat, led by an outside facilitator, is a meaningful […]

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