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August 2019 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. August 20 Fundraising Leadership Symposium
2. August 19 Senior Reception
3. NPD Announcements
4. Board Nominations
5. Government Relations
6. Diversity

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Thank you to our Monthly Luncheon Sponsor Virginia Fundraising Consultants

Monthly Luncheons

(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
August 20, 2019- FLS
September 17, 2019
October 15, 2019
November 12, 2019- NPD
December 17, 2019

Town Center City Club
222 Central Park Ave. #230
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Registration Fees:
AFP Members $25
Guests $35


Welcome New Members

Kate Baldwin
Community Outreach Director
Virginia Beach SPCA

Mackenzie Brunson
Manager of Knowledge Systems
Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Nicole Justice
Officer Mgr/Donor Relations Assistant
Old Dominion University

Lauren Kiger
Director of Corporate Relations

Sharon Kesser Laderberg
Virginia Wesleyan

Abby Lockler
Institutional Advancement Associate
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Blake Marton
Director of Leadership Giving
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Alyssa Muhlendorf
Development Director
Lynnhaven River NOW

Breanna Schroth
Development & Special Events Coordinator
Chesapeake Bay Academy

2019 Member Anniversaries

15 Years
Kendall Council
Wendy McGrady

10 Years
Peter M. Kellogg
Cristina Wineinger
Jennifer McNulty
Laurie Harrison

5 Years
Christopher Reybrouck
Andrew Clark
Brian Schultz
Rick Nikkel
Michele Benson, CFRE
Reese Beeler
Michele Catalano
Kimberly Laska
Kathryn Meechan
Luisa A. Vazquez-Lopez
Ashley Greene
Francie Teer, CFRE
Jessica Johnson
Kristen Nelson
Kaitlin Burket
Jan Dungan
Linda Dyer

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AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

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To Read the April  2019 ​​Advancing Philanthropy
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Norfolk, VA 23501

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AFP-HR Vision Statement

To be recognized as the premier fundraising resource for professionals to learn, collaborate and grow together for a vibrant Hampton Roads community.

President's Letter
2019 N Pellegrino 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months and finding an opportunity to unwind with your loved ones. I enjoyed that opportunity earlier in July before heading to the Virginia Fund Raising Institute last week! All who attended will agree that the conference allowed for education, networking and was ENERGIZING. Kishshana Palmer kicked off the two-day conference focused on us and how to make sure we are keeping our gas tanks full! She also reminded us to schedule time to make real-lationships, which is precisely what being an AFP member allows us to do!

Follow Kishana's advice and make it a priority to join your colleagues at our local half-day Fundraising Leadership Symposium on Tuesday, August 20 at The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Not only will Lynne Wester inspire us, but she will give us tangible actions to take with our board members. Find out more about the program in this newsletter.

Finally, I challenge you to let a fundraising colleague know how much you appreciate him or her. Each one of us is doing our best to make the community and world a brighter and better place.


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Nicole M. Pellegrino, CFRE
2019 President, AFP-HR

August 20, 2019 Fundraising Leadership Symposium

The 2019 Fundraising Leadership Symposium will feature the "Donor Relations Guru," Lynne Wester. Ms. Wester is the preeminent authority in improving every aspect of the donor experience—from developing sound strategy and vision to creating meaningful donor engagement—all designed to help your organization raise more money.

Lynne Wester's guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work. One of the most sought after donor relations speakers in the world, she and her inspiring message have received rave reviews from across the globe.

In a 3.5 hour morning session, Ms. Wester will speak about the “4 Pillars of Donor Relations,” and then help you make the connection with your board to ensure that your very own board members don’t become bored with donor relations.

Join us on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23504. Breakfast will be served.

Invite all your colleagues in fundraising, as well as your volunteer leadership. Everyone will come away from the morning having learned something new, as well as a refreshed outlook on our donor relationships.

Fundraising Leadership Symposium Flyer- download to invite others

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am - Noon        Program

$55 Member
$75 Non-member
$500 Reserved Table of 8

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Submitting for 3.5 hours CFRE


Click Here to register by 5pm, Thursday, August 15th

Thank you to our Symposium Sponsor

August 19, 2019- Senior Development Executive (10+Years) Reception

On behalf of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Hampton Roads Chapter, please join us!

Topic: "As seen on TV: How Donor Relationships and Philanthropy are seen in Modern Media" 
Speaker: Featuring Donor Relations Guru, Lynne Wester
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time:  5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Norfolk Collegiate, Meredith Center for the Arts,  7336 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23505

Program Overview:
Ever wonder where donors receive their information on the nonprofit industry? Look no further than the latest episode of a TV show, Netflix or movies. Examine how giving is portrayed in pop culture. Learn how we can prepare for conceptions of generosity and the media. You will be entertained, informed, and share a chuckle with peers while watching clips of relevant videos and examining the outcome of each. No shipping and handling charges needed!

Senior Development Professionals with 10 or more years experience only.

5:30 pm Registration/Networking
6:00- 7:00 pm Presentation/Questions

$25 AFP Members
$35 Non-members & Guests
(Includes appetizers and beverages)

Registration Required –
Space is limited

If there are other senior development leaders you know who would enjoy an evening of camaraderie and discussion, please forward this invitation to them.

We also encourage you to join us the following morning for our Fundraising Leadership Symposium on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 8:30 am - Noon at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center,1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23504. Breakfast will be served.

Senior Reception and Fundraising Leadership Symposium Bundled Ticket ($10 discount):
$70 AFP Member
$100 Non-member


Click Here to register by 5pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019


National Philanthropy Day

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Honorees Announced

Join us as we celebrate our 2019 Honorees

Community Champions

NEW! AFP-HR members, submit a Community Champion for recognition at 2019 National Philanthropy Day. This is an exclusive opportunity for AFP-HR members to recognize a special volunteer or donor who makes a difference to you or your organization. Program details online here. Submit your Community Champion by October 1st.

Sponsorships Available
Event Registration

Presenting Sponsor
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2020 Board Nominations

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AFP Hampton Roads Chapter is seeking board candidates to join chapter leaders in running our growing chapter of 200+ members.

Here's a few things you need to know:​
• Each nominee must be an AFP member in good standing (i.e. your membership is current);
• You agree to follow the Board Roles & Responsibilities (see attached);
• You have served or are serving on a committee (if you are not on a committee and are interested in board service - get involved today!);
• You are willing to help make our chapter even better;
• As with any volunteer opportunity, you'll need to dedicate time and effort;
• For AFP-HR Bylaws click here.

If you’d like to learn more about AFP-HR Board leadership, please reach out to Laurie Harrison, Past President and Nominating Chair, Nicole Pellegrino, President, and/or any other board member. Board service at AFP offers many leadership opportunities that will help you grow professionally and personally.

Download the 2020 Board Nomination Form and submit it to Laurie Harrison by September 6, 2019. The slate of directors and officers will be presented at our October Annual Meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Government Relations
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Universal Charitable Deduction

AFP continues to push for the enactment of the universal charitable deduction, which is our key public policy priority for 2019. The universal charitable deduction would allow donors to deduct charitable donations from their taxable income, regardless of whether they itemized their taxes.

The deduction has been given more impetus since the release of Giving USA 2019, which showed a 3.4% drop in giving by individuals in 2018. While more research is needed, it is likely that some of the drop is attributable to the 2017 tax law, which doubled the standard deduction, making it more likely that taxpayers would not itemize their taxes and take advantage of the charitable deduction.

The Charitable Giving Coalition, co-chaired by AFP, distributed a statement talking about how the recent Giving USA numbers for 2018 point to the need for a universal charitable deduction. Chapters can make use of the latest data in their letters to local Members of Congress.

Member Action: AFP is encouraging chapters to urge their local U.S. Representative(s) to sponsor H.R. 1260 which would create a universal charitable deduction. Please download the sample letter for your use in contacting local members of Congress.

Mandatory Electronic Form 990 Filing

Congress has approved a bill, H.R. 1957, the Taxpayer First Act, that would require most charities and nonprofits to file their Form 990 electronically. The provision is part of a series of proposals in the bill designed to make the Internal Revenue Service more “taxpayer-friendly.”

The bill now heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign the bill given its strong bi-partisan support. If signed, the bill would take effect starting in 2020.

Under the bill, forms would need to be submitted in an electronic format that is easily searchable. Nonprofits with annual revenue of less than $200,000 and assets of less than $500,000 may ask the Treasury Department for a two-year delay if filing electronically would create an "undue burden."

Chapter Action: AFP will let members know if and when the bill is signed into law and will create a short fact sheet to share with members.

Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions at 757-961-2015.

Diversity & Inclusion​
August 2019 Diversity
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