Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle, NC Chapter

2017 Education Breakfast Series

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Time: 8:15 am – 10:00 am
Location: Hilton Garden Inn (RTP)
4620 South Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703

Cost: $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers (breakfast included)



Our Education Breakfast Series for 2017 will continue to provide interesting and helpful topics that will help advance you and your organization. Actual event information will be updated as we confirm our presenters. Upcoming events are listed below. Check back soon for topics and presenter information.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 – Introducing FLIP, a Future Leaders in Philanthropy series
How to Tackle Critical Issues Facing our Profession – A dynamic discussion with past AFP presidents
Moderated by last year’s AFP Triangle President Sherry Buckles along with past AFP Triangle presidents: Bert Amstrong, Tom Hull, Amy Daniels, April Anthony, and Oshana Watkins.

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Back in April, Bill Crouch from Crouch and Associates shared some concerning national statistics on fundraising professionals and some of the harsh realities we face, including:

  • 1/2 leave in two years.
  • 1/3 of leaders say they’re dissatisfied with their development officers.
  • 25% of previous development leaders were fired from their jobs.
  • 56% of the gift officers last year did not raise enough money to pay for their own salaries.
  • Only 20% have a strong sense of their individual purpose.

Enough is enough already. How do rising leaders work with current leaders and administrators to resolve these issues? How can organizations build a long-term staffing pipeline for it’s workforce? It’s imperative for us to come together for the future of our careers, our donors, our individual happiness and contributions to the world.

We’ll wrap up the year revisiting these issues and offer everyone a seat at the table to voice your feelings and thoughts in a safe, judgement-free zone. During this discussion, attendees will have the chance to engage with an esteemed panel of past AFP presidents to open the dialogue and determine solutions to address these fundamental issues. Don’t be confused by the title, this conversation is for everyone! From experts, to beginners to somewhere in between – we need you at the table. Let your voice be heard!

Sherry Buckles, CFRE

Originally from New Orleans, LA, Sherry began her career in the private sector, working for 13+ years as a sales representative for the largest privately owned steel company in the U.S. She then moved into her second career in nonprofit fundraising, first with her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, as the Assistant Director of Development in the Office of Annual Giving, then onto the medical side of development at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins where she focused on developing a more robust stewardship program, as well as managed a portfolio of major donors and prospects who supported research at the Kimmel Cancer Center. 

Since moving to the Triangle, Sherry has worked at Duke University, UNC Medical Foundation and currently works as Director of Development at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University. In 2015 Sherry earned her CFRE, certifying her long-standing commitment to uphold the highest standards of ethics, professional performance and service to donors, as well as the philanthropic sector. 

Sherry and her husband Paul live in Apex and are avid cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy spending time with their furry, four-legged children.

Bert Armstrong

 Bert has served the nonprofit community for 25 years as fundraising professional and administrator, working in the fields of human services, child and family services, arts, and higher education.  As co-founder and principal of Armstrong McGuire, Bert enjoys working with Armstrong McGuire’s team of talented professionals in helping clients think strategically about issues that are critical to the fulfillment of their missions. Over the past decade, he has led numerous searches for chief executives and fundraising professionals, facilitated dynamic planning efforts, and helped Armstrong McGuire clients raise tens of millions of dollars.  His leadership style is effective at helping clients recognize opportunities, overcome obstacles, and embrace new solutions and ways of thinking. 

Bert’s passion for organizational success has earned statewide and national recognition. At the 2003 National Philanthropy Day celebration in the Triangle, Bert’s peers honored him as the year’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive. He is also the recipient of the Development Director of the Year award by the United Methodist Association, the national accrediting body for child care, assisted living, and health care agencies affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  He is a past president of the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served additional terms as a member of the board.  

Bert and his wife Melanie live in Apex, North Carolina.  They have two children, Robert and Jenni who are currently in college.  

Oshana Watkins, MPA 

Oshana is a nonprofit professional with 15 years of experience in relationship building and motivating volunteers to achieve agency needs in advocacy and fundraising. She specializes in organizational risk and personnel management, policy/procedure development, and strategic planning, with a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Certificate from NCSU and Communication and African American Studies Degrees from UNC Greensboro. Oshana is Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle Chapter and sat on the NC Statewide Independent Living Council. Currently, she is the Director of Administration for Wake Enterprises and Mommy to 4 year old Vivienne.

Tom Hull, CFRE

As the Director of Development for the North Carolina Bar Foundation, Hull leads all development efforts for the 20,000 member association and its foundation. He has tripled the Foundation’s annual Patron Campaign and built an Endowment of nearly $12 million which awards grants for legally related pubic service and educational initiatives statewide.

He served as President of the Triangle NC Chapter in 2000 and served on the chapter board from 1997 to 2001. He received the Triangle chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 2002. He continues his AFP involvement through speaking and past president involvement.

April Anthony 

April brings 28 years of board development, strategic planning and fundraising experience creating partnerships and recruiting diverse revenue streams for non-profits and institutions of higher education.  Prior to joining Armstrong McGuire in 2014, April fundraised passionately for NC New Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, Wake Education Partnership, the Arthritis Foundation and the University of San Diego. 

April is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and a past President of the Triangle Association of Fundraising Professionals.  April was awarded Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2005.  She received her B.A. from Point Loma College, San Diego, CA.  She enjoys traveling, Broadway shows, film festivals and kayaking.  She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband James.