Association of Fundraising Professionals
Central South Carolina Chapter


Our monthly meetings are eligible for CFRE credits.


Please note, because we are charged for the number of reservations we confirm with our meeting venue, registrants must provide 48 hours cancellation notice.  Registrants cancelling less than 48 hours prior to the program will be billed for the cost of the program.


Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Substitutions permitted. Refunds minus a 10% administrative fee will be processed following the meeting.  Email for cancellations/refunds.



Upcoming events

    • 26 Jan 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 11:30 - 1:00 PM 300 Senate at Senate’s End, 300 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

    Have you been the “recipient of a gift” only to find out that strings were attached?  Were you ever promised a commission on the amount of money that you were expected to raise?  Has a donor specifically requested that their funds be designated for a particular purpose but someone within your organization asked that you use them for something else?  These are just some of the dilemmas that fundraising professionals may face.  The answers to these situations may seem simple in theory but may be much more difficult when they are real life scenarios.  Join this session for what promises to be a lively, fun, and informative discussion that will address real life issues that you are sure to be confronted with during your fundraising career.

    About Tina Gentry, CRFE:

    Tina Gentry, CFRE, joined the United Way of the Lowcountry as President and CEO in February of 2013.  Prior to joining the United Way, Tina served for over nine years as the Vice-President of Patient Access and Sustainable Resources for Four Seasons, a not-for-profit hospice and palliative care agency serving nine counties in Western North Carolina.

    Tina is a graduate of Beaufort High School.  She received her Associates degree (Accounting) from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort and she is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Columbia with a bachelor of science in Business Administration (Finance).  She completed her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  Tina achieved and has maintained the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2008, a designation held by only 6,100 people worldwide.   

    Previously, Tina owned her own consulting company specializing in marketing and fund development and worked as Vice President of the Anderson (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce.  Immediately after graduating from college Tina worked in the banking industry at both and NationsBank and NBSC. 

    She has completed several professional development programs: the Duke Non-Profit Management Program, the Institutes for Organization Management (Universities of Georgia and Notre Dame), the Diversity Leadership Institute and Leading for Creativity at the Disney Institute.

    She has balanced her work life with involvement in a number of community organizations and an active family life.  She was a member of the Asheville Rotary and the Philanthropy and Marketing and Sales Forums of the National Hospice Work Group.  She served for three years as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. She also served on the board of the Partnership for Health as well as the Board of Trustees for the Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina.  Currently, Tina is a member of the Sea Island Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chair-Elect for the Public Policy Committee of the South Carolina United Way State Association. 

    She is married to Kevin and they have two children, Walker and Sophi. She enjoys spending time with her family, and when not working, can be found cheering on her children in their extracurricular activities.

    About the Association of Fundraising Professionals

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 11:30 - 1:00 PM 300 Senate at Senate’s End, 300 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

    In 2016, Blackbaud launched the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. It was out of our belief that, beyond the technology we produce that helps organizations be efficient, we can play a major role in helping your organizations be more effective because we are able to deliver data that provides valuable insights to overall giving trends as well as household donor demographics and behaviors.


    This program will give you a snapshot of not only some of that work but also provide a bird’s eye view of what we’re seeing across the sector. We’ll cover the macro trends on giving, donor insights, key trends to watch for, and share what’s coming next.

    Special Guest Speaker: 

    Susan Ulrich, CFRE

    Director, Business Development


    Susan Ulrich brings more than 16 years of fundraising and nonprofit administration experience to her role at Blackbaud as Director of Business Development with Customer Operations. She leads a team that is responsible for developing and confirming solutions to meet the business critical needs of Blackbaud’s customers. Susan acts as a trusted advisor and key interface point with clients as well as a liaison between other key functions at Blackbaud including sales, professional services, customer success, customer support, and product management. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Susan led the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation in Central Pennsylvania as its first executive director. She was responsible for all aspects of foundation management including fundraising, financial management, database management, policy development and implementation, fund distribution, marketing, and public relations. Susan began her career in fundraising at Penn State University. Susan is a charter member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Allegheny Mountains Chapter and was recognized as the chapter’s first Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2006. She received her Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 2000.

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 11:30 - 1:00 PM 300 Senate at Senate’s End, 300 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

    Developing Your Planned Giving Program:

    Without a successful planned giving program, your institution or organization could be losing millions of dollars. Individuals are living longer and leaving more and more of their assets to charitable institutions and organizations through bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and other planned gifts.

    Calder will outline the most important steps for the technical, marketing, and administrative aspects of your planned giving program – while avoiding egregious errors.

    About the Speaker:

    Calder P. Sinclair founded Sinclair, Townes & Company and serves as president of the Atlanta-based fund raising consulting firm. He has consulted with non-profit institutions and organizations throughout the country on capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, and comprehensive development counseling. As the former Director of the Estate Planning Program for Emory University, Calder was directly involved in The Campaign for Emory which raised more than $220 million for the university in the early 1980's.

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University, Calder received his J.D. from the Emory Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and The Florida Bar. An Atlanta resident since 1968, Calder most recently served as national president for the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, the college and university leadership honorary. He also serves on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center.

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 11:30 - 1:00 PM 300 Senate at Senate’s End, 300 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

    As a fundraising professional sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that philanthropy is deeper than your pockets. Join this conversation to delve into the array of beliefs, values and experiences that influence philanthropy and motivate people to give. Changing the world in a changing world requires fresh approaches, new relationships and reframed ideas about philanthropy. You’ll tap into your own giving story and learn how to elicit and listen to others’ stories for greater understanding and connections.

Past events

14 Dec 2017 2017 AFP Holiday Social
07 Dec 2017 Workshop: Crafting Personalized Messages
09 Nov 2017 November Luncheon: Donor Panel with moderator JoAnn Turnquist
26 Oct 2017 2017 National Philanthropy Day
14 Sep 2017 CANCELED: All-Day Workshop - Major Gifts Ramp-up
10 Aug 2017 August Luncheon: Susan Bacon, Palmetto Grant Consulting
11 May 2017 May Luncheon: Cultural Diversity
13 Apr 2017 April Luncheon: The Secrets of Fundraising Storytelling!
09 Mar 2017 March Luncheon: The Development Pipeline: News for Job Seekers and Employers
09 Feb 2017 February Luncheon: I Love You So Much, I Could Squish You!
12 Jan 2017 January Luncheon: Change Leadership
08 Dec 2016 2016 AFP Holiday Social
10 Nov 2016 Corporate and Foundation Relations Panel
27 Oct 2016 2016 National Philanthropy Day
08 Sep 2016 September Luncheon Meeting: Writing Effective Grants
11 Aug 2016 August Luncheon Meeting: Avoiding the Inclusion Illusion: Strategies for Embracing & Valuing Diversity
12 May 2016 May Luncheon Meeting: Maximizing Your Major Donor Pipeline
14 Apr 2016 April Luncheon Meeting: Planned Giving Program
10 Mar 2016 Sustainability Toolkit: Effective Tools to Build More Sustainable Fund Development
11 Feb 2016 Maximize Your Database for Fundraising Success
14 Jan 2016 Using Special Events to Cultivate Major Gifts
10 Dec 2015 AFP Holiday Party
27 Oct 2015 2015 National Philanthropy Day
08 Oct 2015 Sustainability Toolkit: Effective Tools to Build More Sustainable Fund Development
10 Sep 2015 WORKSHOP: Happiness, Habits, and Major Gift Fundraising: Strategies to Help You Survive and Thrive
13 Aug 2015 August Meeting: Diversity: The Value in Differences
14 May 2015 May Luncheon Meeting, Managing Up: Understanding Board Profiles
09 Apr 2015 April Luncheon Meeting: Donor Retention
12 Mar 2015 Successful Events: 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Event
12 Feb 2015 Leadership in 3-D
08 Jan 2015 Current Trends in Philanthropy Panel & Discussion
11 Dec 2014 AFP Member Holiday Social
13 Nov 2014 National Philanthropy Day
07 Oct 2014 Board Development and Engagement
05 Aug 2014 CREATING YOUR CASE STATEMENT: Separating You From The Other Noise Out There!
03 Jun 2014 The Inclusion Illusion
06 May 2014 The Coming of Age of Collaborative Fundraising
01 Apr 2014 Trends in Philanthropy on the Web
11 Mar 2014 Transform from Transactional to Relational Philanthropy
10 Feb 2014 Together. For Good. Nonprofit Summit 2014
04 Feb 2014 SOLD OUT! Capturing Corporate Philanthropy
23 Jan 2014 Thinking About a Capital Campaign?
07 Jan 2014 Improve Your Career Opportunities and Earning Potential
20 Nov 2013 National Philanthropy Day
19 Sep 2013 BOARD DEVELOPMENT 101 with Jim Hackney: How will you Make Your Board Stronger?
15 Aug 2013 The Online “Ask” - Optimizing the Online Donation Experience
16 May 2013 The Ethics of Diversity
18 Apr 2013 Creative Targeted Pitches to Potential Major Donors
21 Mar 2013 Planned Giving ABC's
13 Mar 2013 2013 Together. For Good. Nonprofit Summit
13 Dec 2012 Holiday Mingle
15 Nov 2012 National Philanthropy Day - November 15, 2012
08 Nov 2012 AFP Mingle
18 Oct 2012 Corporate and Foundation Funding: The Times They Are A Changing
11 Oct 2012 AFP Mingle
13 Sep 2012 AFP Mingle
16 Aug 2012 Strategies for Enhancing Fundraising with Social Media: Mandi Engram
09 Aug 2012 AFP Mingle
12 Jul 2012 AFP Mingle
21 Jun 2012 Making the Ask: Hall Powell, MBA, CFRE
19 Apr 2012 An Insiders View to Corporate Giving
15 Mar 2012 Planned Giving: W. Todd Ripley, CTFA
16 Feb 2012 Creativity in Motion - Unique Ways to Approach Fundraising and Partnership Opportunities
17 Nov 2011 National Philanthropy Day - 2011
20 Oct 2011 Diversity and Ethics - Tom Keith
14 Sep 2011 Fundraising Workshop: Major Gifts - Bill Sturtevant
18 Aug 2011 The Real Numbers and Why Things are Happening, Alexander Haas Group
16 Jun 2011 THE NEW 990 Form - Denise Hill, Elliott Davis
19 May 2011 Governmental Affairs, Madeleine McGee, SCANPO
21 Apr 2011 With a Little Love - David Kunz, Cooperative Ministries
17 Mar 2011 Planned Giving-Do it YOURSELF - Maria Hargrave & Cindy NeSmith, CFRE
17 Feb 2011 Alumnae Giving Program - Steven J. Farwick, II, USC
Association of Fundraising Professionals | SC Chapter © 2016
Attention: Sarah W. Wells, Treasurer

P.O. Box 7701

Columbia, SC 29202
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