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Kick off the New Year with AFP’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter at this Network & Knowledge session focused on getting ahead in 2024.

Visit with AFP’s 2023 winner of the Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising award, Darlene Kamine, who was nominated by Adopt-A-Class and the Community Learning Center Institute for her leadership and achievements throughout her fundraising career.

Then, explore all that AFP Greater Cincinnati has in store for you to advance your career in 2024 with Education Committee member Leah Bobbey.

Whether you’re interested in getting set up with the Fundamentals of Fundraising or pursuing your next certification as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) or Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), we have the pathway you need!

Moderated by incoming AFP of Greater Cincinnati President, Amanda Jenkins.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

8:30-9:00 – Doors open/Networking
9:00-10:30 – Program

United Way of Greater Cincinnati
 2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202
United Way has a free surface lot for attendees.

AFP Members & Students (with valid student ID) – FREE
Non-Members – $45.00


Darlene Green Kamine is the founding Executive Director of the Community Learning Center Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of all schools as hubs of partnerships which maximize the conditions for learning and catalyze the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Kamine has devoted her career to ensuring the best interests of children.

She was the founder of ProKids,  a guardian ad litem program for abused children in the juvenile court system, and was the co-founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Museum.  For more than 17 years, Kamine was a magistrate in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, devoted to the dependency, neglect and abuse docket.

When Cincinnati Public Schools launched the rebuilding of all schools in 2000, Kamine was recruited to design and lead the districtwide community learning center initiative in Cincinnati.  Kamine and CPS received the 2013 National Coalition of Community Schools Award of Excellence.

In 2017, Kamine co-founded the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, the first immigration law clinic located inside a school in the country.

For her lifetime of professional and volunteer efforts on behalf of children, Kamine has been recognized with numerous honors including the ProKids Child Advocacy Award, Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year, Foundation for Improvement of Justice Gold Medal Award, Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Makers Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Cincinnati Bar Association Warrington Community Service Award.

Leah Bobbey initially pursued a career as an opera singer before transitioning to Development at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2016, eventually working with all six volunteer boards and coordinating the organization’s various annual galas and triennial Wine Auction, which net $2.2M in 2018.

In 2020, Leah joined Denver’s Opera Colorado as the Individual Giving & Special Events Manager, involved in every facet of fundraising from portfolio management to grant writing to annual fund planning.

In September 2022, Leah began her current role as Senior Philanthropic Strategies Advisor with Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Working primarily with professional advisors to connect their clients to the foundation, Leah also works with businesses and their owners to explore charitable giving through corporate donor advised funds and gifts of non-cash assets.

Leah was a 2018-19 Annual Fellow through the Development Leadership Consortium in Chicago, and part of the 2021-22 cohort with the Institute for Leaders in Development through the University of Denver. She received her CFRE accreditation in June 2021 and will renew in 2024. Currently, Leah serves as Secretary on the Board of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Kentucky as well as the CFRE Coordinator on the AFP Education Committee, and is pursuing her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation through the American College of Financial Services.

Amanda Jenkins is the Senior Manager of Development Operations at StriveTogether, helping the development team achieve their short and long-term fundraising goals.

Amanda’s professional career has focused on development work for political candidates, non-profits and associations. Prior to joining StriveTogether, she served as the Development Director at the Community Action Agency, where she led strategy, execution and outreach to diversify revenue streams.

Amanda currently serves as President-Elect of Cincinnati’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Amanda also participated in Class 17 of the Cincinnati Chamber’s C-Change program, a leadership development program designed for professionals looking to increase their civic engagement in the Cincinnati region.

In Amanda’s free time, she enjoys going on camping trips, hiking with her dog Mamma Mia, and exploring Cincinnati’s restaurants.

This event will be approved for 1.5 CFRE Credits.

Your reservation is a financial commitment.

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