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January 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue

January 11 Membership Social
January 16 Educational Program
Tax Changes for 2018
Call for Committee Members
2017 Be the Cause Donors
2018 AFP HR Officers

Monthly Luncheons 
( 3rd Tuesday of the Month)
January 16, 2018
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 17, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018
July 17, 2018
August 21, 2018
September 18, 2018
October 16, 2018
December 18, 2018

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

Registration Fees:
AFP Members $25
Guests $35


Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council- 
Meeting January 11, 2018,
3:45pm to 6:00pm
Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club
Program and Networking Reception
"Generational Differences in Giving"
John W. Martin
AFP HR Members welcome
Click Here for More Information
 2018 VFRI logo

Welcome New Members

 Theresa Leon, CPA, MPA
PB Mares

Julie N. Morgan
Membership and Development Manager
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Michelle West
Philanthropy Associate
Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation


AFP Code of Ethical Standards
A Donor Bill of Rights
Jan 2018 Philanthropy Magazine
To Read the Jan 2018 ​​Advancing Philanthropy

Contact Us
  • 757-274-6212
  • AFP Hampton Roads Chapter
    PO Box 2338
    Norfolk, VA 23501

    2017 diversity logo

President's Letter

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Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you're as excited as I am for 2018! There are so many things to look forward to personally and professionally this year and I hope that whatever your goals are that you'll persevere and accomplish all of them!

First, I'd like to take a moment and thank our Past President, Devan MacConnell Maloney, and our 2017 board for their commitment to our chapter and to the fundraising profession. One highlight of 2017 was our National Philanthropy Day where over 600 fundraisers,philanthropists and community leaders celebrated philanthropy in Hampton Roads. I also want to thank Kay Stine who rolled off our board after many years of service. Thank you all for your commitment to making our chapter so successful!

Our board has already been working hard to make this year one of the best yet. I hope you will take advantage of all the wonderful networking and educational opportunities we have planned. One of the things that you should have already noticed is that we have a new newsletter and our website won't be far behind!

Don't miss our social on January 11 and our first meeting on January 16th. Danny Rubin was one of the favorite presenters last year and you won't want to miss it! We will also have our 5 minute Ethics Check-up and an update about the new tax bill. Don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity to network from 11:30-12 prior to the start of our monthly programs.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President. If you have any questions or suggestions for our chapter please feel free to contact me at I look forward to a great year of professional development, to meeting new friends and to celebrating philanthropy with you!


Laurie Harrison
2018 President, AFP-HR

Membership Social
"Cocktails with a Cause"

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Town Point Club
5:00 PM to 7:00PM

Please join the 2018 AFP-HR Board of Directors for a 
fun networking opportunity, meet new friends and kick off 2018! 
No cost for members to attend, appetizers provided, cash bar. The first 25 members will receive a freee drink ticket!
Please Click Here to RSVP to Jan Dungan by 5pm January 10, 2018


January Program

Danny Rubin 

How to Tell a Powerful Story
Danny Rubin, Vice President of Rubin Communications Group
Tuesday January 16, 2018 
11:30AM TO 1:00PM

Danny Rubin is an author and expert on communication skills. Danny has developed a reputation as an expert on writing and networking skills for business professionals. He’s the author of two books, Wait, How Do I Write This Email? and Wait, How Do I Promote My Business?, collections of writing guides for the job search and growing a business, respectively. Danny will share lessons and perspectives learned a career in marketing and public relations. Danny will share how telling a powerful story can make you stand out in a competitive field, be it for grant applications, solicitation meetings, writing a case statement and more. Danny will also discuss effective use of photos and other design elements that can enhance your story. 

11:30am Registration/Networking
12:00 pm Program/Lunch

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to RSVP by 5 pm Friday, January 12, 2018


Tax Changes for 2018

As you know, there is still a buzz about the recently approved tax reform bill which is expected to affect charitable giving. As a professional fundraiser, we need to be well versed in upcoming changes. Based on several articles that have been published, the changes will require us to focus our efforts on donor relationships and retention.

This year, AFP HR chapter will help provide tips along the way – look for updates in the newsletter and practical suggestions at our monthly luncheons.

Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions at 757.961.2015 or

Click here for Tips for Giving After the Tax Bill

Call for Committee Members

If you are interested in becoming more involved in AFP- HR by actively participating on a committee, please contact us at
We are looking for help with the following committees:
• Communications
• National Philanthropy Day
• Diversity
• Ethics and Mentoring
• Fundraising Leadership Symposium

Thank You 2017 BE the CAUSE Donors!
BE the CAUSE is the cooperative, annual fund campaign of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and our chapter. Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national and international programs that include Diversity & Inclusion, Professional Development and Research. You are the best of the best; fundraisers who are also philanthropists!

Serena Amerson, CFRE, Reese Beeler, Allison Bough, CFRE, Norma Burandt, CFRE, Lauren Ann Cossel, MA, Kenda Council, Victoria Dietz, Renee Duval Fairchild, Joy Eyrolles, CFRE, Ashley Gentry, Anna Goldenberg, Laurie Harrison, Devan MacConnell Maloney, Connie McKenzie, CFRE, Dory Morrison, Melissa Mullins, Rachel Newnam, Rick Nikkel, Stacy Nixon, CFRE, MPA, Nicole Pellegrino, CFRE, Tom Redmond, Peter Schleck, David Shufflebarger, CFRE, Kay Stine, CFRE, April Strickland, Andrea Tatum, Larissa Trinder, Russell Turner, Amy Weinstein, CFRE, and Kate Wilson.

2018 AFP HR Executive Board
2018 officersPresident, Laurie Harrison
President Elect, Nicole Pellegrino, CFRE
Past President, Devan MacConnell Maloney
Treasurer, Joy Eyrolles, CFRE
Secretary, Allison Bough, CFRE (missing from photo)
Chapter Administrator, Jan Dungan

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