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April 2018 Newsletter

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In This Issue

April 17 Educational Program
April 12 Spring Social
NPD 2018 Announcement
Be the Cause
May 15 Program/ Headshots
VFRI Scholarships Available
Membership Scholarship
Call for Committee Members

Specialists in Hampton Roads Philanthropy Since 1984

Monthly Luncheons

(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
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

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Welcome New Members

Elyse Brown

Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk

Candice Burton
Community Engagement Coordinator
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

Caroline Emmert
Development Coordinator
Virginia Opera

Kenyetta Fauntleroy
Fundraising Coordinator
ACCESS College Foundation

Carly Glikman

2018 Member Anniversaries

20 Years
Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D

15 Years
Connie McKenzie, CFRE

10 Years
Suzanne Nowers
Jessica Lombardi
David Shufflebarger, CFRE

5 Years
Alex Pomerantz
Brooks Lively
Mary-Ellen McLean
Jennifer Orlando
Catye Brown
Susan Graves
Stacy Nixon, CFRE
Kate Pringle

Renew/Update Your Membership
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AFP-HR Job Postings​

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

To Read the Spring 2018 ​​Advancing Philanthropy
 Contact Us
AFP Hampton Roads Chapter
PO Box 2338
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
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Happy Spring! I know you are as excited as I am that we can leave behind cold, short days and enjoy this season of rejuvenation and sunshine!

Recently, our chapter was 1 of 37 chapters to be awarded the Ten Star Gold Award for outstanding achievements and dedication to increasing professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of philanthropy. And we were 1 of 82 chapters to receive the Friends of Diversity Designation for our efforts to increase inclusion by embracing and engaging diverse individuals and organizations within the fundraising profession. Thank you to our past and current board members for working so hard to achieve these awards for our chapter.

Please join us on April 12 for our Spring Social which promises to be a fun networking event and on April 17 when we will learn more about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.). AFP is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve throughout Hampton Roads and we look forward to Synetheia Newby’s presentation.

Mark your calendar for our National Philanthropy Day Celebration on November 28, 2018! We encourage you to collaborate with other AFP members to nominate a deserving philanthropic leader in Hampton Roads. Special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: The Curtis Group. Since 1989, The Curtis Group has been providing nonprofits across all sectors with fundraising, development and nonprofit management consulting services. We appreciate their continued support of AFP-HR and our National Philanthropy Day Celebration!

Get the most out of your membership by taking advantage of the opportunities we have listed in our newsletter: support the Be the Cause campaign, apply for a VFRI scholarship, and sign up to have your headshot taken!

Thank you for all you do to make Hampton Roads a better place to live , work and play!

Laurie Harrison
2018 President, AFP-HR

April Educational Program
Synetheia Newby 

Diversity & Inclusion: Understanding Impact
Synetheia Newby, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Unity Commission, for the City of Hampton

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
11:30AM TO 1:00PM

Synetheia Newby currently serves as the Executive Director of the Citizens’ Unity Commission, for the City of Hampton. She is also the owner and founder of Greater Works Consulting Group, LLC and possesses 17 years of demonstrated experience as a motivational speaker, training specialist, coach, and consultant. As a moderator, motivational speaker, training specialist and workshop facilitator, Synetheia’s notable areas of expertise are leadership development, communication skills, team dynamics, crisis intervention, personal motivation, and personal coaching.

This special Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.) presentation will explore the concepts of assumptions, stereotypes, diversity, and inclusion. We will explore the layers of diversity, examine the value and implications of diversity in modern society, and illuminate the “diversity lens” that each individual possesses and how they impact how we interact with others.

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

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to Register by 5pm, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Social- Join Us!

 Top Golf

Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5 PM - 7 PM
5444 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Topgolf in Virginia Beach is rolling out the red carpet for our upcoming social. Golfer or not, come enjoy some down time, networking and complimentary appetizers with fellow AFP colleagues in a private meeting room. For the curious, take a few swings in golf bays set aside for AFP – no previous golf experience needed! Bring your business card for prize drawings starting at 5:30. Cash bar available.

RSVP to by 5pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NPD 2018 Announcement


Save the Date for our 2018 National Philanthropy Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 11:30am, Hilton Norfolk The Main.

Nominate an outstanding leader in Philanthropy by June 1, 2018! Categories include: Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Outstanding Nonprofit in Fundraising, Outstanding Foundation/Corporation, Outstanding Community Organization. Please click on the category to download the application form.

For more information: Sponsorship Chair: Kenda Council at or NPD Chair: Ashley Gentry at

Presenting Sponsor

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13. BE the CAUSE Logo - No Bar 

Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform—describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it.

When you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good.

Once again, BLACKBAUD has agreed to partner with the AFP Foundation for the "Good Takeover Challenge". Blackbaud will provide a $10 match per donor between April 15-17. You can go online to and give during that time frame and the additional $10 will come back to our local chapter!

May 15th Educational Program

Donors and Volunteers – More Alike than Different: How Understanding Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Can Bolster Your Fundraising Program
Donors and Volunteers – More Alike Than Different will explore the fundamental components of volunteer management, recruitment and retention within the context of a fundraising program. The presentation will stress the importance of maintaining and cultivating relationships with volunteers just as one would with prospective and existing donors.
Leigh-Ann Cade & Melissa Estrada Reese, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

Special Member Benefit: A Professional Headshot – only $25 for AFP Members!

AFP is offering a special member benefit before and after the May 15th Educational Program. We’ll have a professional photographer available to take member headshots. You can use this headshot in your LinkedIn profile, on your company website, or for other social media and publications. You must prepay and sign up for a slot: 11:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-2:00pm. A limited number of slots are available, so register today!

Click here to sign up for the May Luncheon and headshot time slot.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Member Headshot Sessions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Program and Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Member Headshot Sessions

VFRI Conference

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VFRI Scholarship Applications Available

The Virginia Fund Raising Institute, founded in 1992, hosts interactive educational workshops and several keynote presentations designed to inspire and equip development professionals, board members, and executive directors to excel in fundraising and nonprofit management. In addition, 15-20 exhibitors and sponsors bring their knowledge and counsel in nonprofit and volunteer management to VFRI and help you be successful. At VFRI, development and nonprofit executives can take advantage of professional networking, workshops, and round table discussions to gain valuable insights into the challenges facing the nonprofit world.

Scholarship includes access to all sessions, two Continental breakfasts, two lunches and a networking reception. Two (2) scholarships will be awarded.  For an application to apply click here: Deadline is May 1.

AFP HR Chapter Newcomer/Membership Scholarship

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Hampton Roads (AFP-HR) Chapter was founded in July of 2001 to provide professional education, career development and growth of fundraising professionals in the region while promoting high ethical standards and collegiality for those in the fundraising profession.

The scholarship covers a one year AFP membership. Applicants must be a newcomer to fundraising and should attend all AFP-HR meetings if selected as the winner. Winner may not transfer award to another recipient.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 18, 2018 at 5 PM

Click Here to download the application
For questions call Homer Babbitt at 757-664-1046.

Calling for Committee Members

The following committees welcome new members:
Communications- Renee Fairchild, Andrea Tatum, Co Chairs
Fundraising Leadership Symposium- Reese Beeler, Chair

Please contact the Chairs for more information.


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