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Member Spotlight
Margaret Medzie
Vice President Development
and Donor Engagement
Akron Community Foundation
www.akroncf.org

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Most rewarding is the fact that I am able to represent all of the organizations in the Summit County community who do such great work. When I meet with a prospective or current fund holder, I have the capacity to share with them the foundation’s wide range of supporting opportunities throughout the community.

What made you choose/led you to a career in fundraising/nonprofit?
Fundraising found me. I owned and operated a restaurant for many years, was introduced to the local leadership program, invited to join the United Way board of directors and my understanding and knowledge base for the importance of fundraising was formed. When I sold the business I was asked to assist in the founding of the Portage Foundation, Portage County’s community foundation and since then I have had the privilege of working in this field.

Tell us about a memorable event/grant request/gift solicitation/donor experience.
I met over lunch with a significant philanthropist in our community so that we could request $100,000 for a capital campaign. The response is forever etched in my memory. The philanthropist stated: “I am flattered that you asked, but I do not know your organization, and I only give to organizations that I know.” Lesson learned:  donors of every size need to know your organization. Over the following years you can bet that I engaged the donor in quarterly updates of needs, successes and impact. This donor eventually became a major donor to the organization and I never asked for a dime.

What is the best piece of career advice you've received and who gave it to you?
Amie Bruggeman and Ann Brennan – You don’t need to go to Law School!

What has been your most noteworthy professional accomplishment so far?
Being a mentor to young professionals has been the most meaningful accomplishment at this point.

Why is AFP important to you?
AFP provides the opportunity to network with peers. It also allows for best practices to be front and center everyday. I love that we have a code of ethics that we honor as professionals. Many times I have been able to reference it.

What is the most thoughtful gift you've ever received?
My very first major gift was made in honor of a neighbor of the husband and wife donors. A fund was established in the name of this woman, a retired nurse, because of her care and compassion of checking in on all of her neighbors over the years.

What are you currently reading?
The Foundation is laser-focused on Donor Engagement, so I have been reading quite a few books on donor retention and stewardship. Building Donor Loyalty by Adrian Sargent and Elaine Jay is on the top of the pile right now.

What is something people would be surprise to learn about you?
I have duel citizenship with Italy.

Know someone who would be a great “member to spotlight?” Email us at info@afpncoh.org with your recommendation.

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April 9, Columbus OH
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Membership Scholarships Now Available

Recognizing there are individuals who would like to be members of the AFP North Central Ohio Chapter but whose organizations may have difficulty paying the annual membership fees, the Chapter is pleased to announce scholarships for those with demonstrated need and an interest in being active in the Chapter.  For more information on scholarships, click here.

Please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair Danielle Hupp at daniellehupp@gmail.com with any questions.

 

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Sandy Turner, President - sandyt@akronymca.org
330-329-2472 • 330-315-0399 Fax • info@afpncoh.org
PO Box 1286, Bath OH 44210

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