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April 2019 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. March 19 Monthly Luncheon
2. April 16 Monthly Luncheon
3. CFRE Refresher Course- 5/2
4. NPD- Save the Date
5. VFRI Scholarships Available
6. Diversity
7. Government Relations
8. Be the Cause

Monthly Luncheons 
(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
March 19, 2019
April 16, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 18, 2019
July 16, 2019
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

CFRE Refresher Course-
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May 2-3, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Sandler Family Campus of the Tiewater Jewish Community
Cost: $390 Member; $490 Nonmember
CFRE Flyer- for more details
Questions: Contact Amy Weinstein, 757-858-8011
Click Here to Register by 4/15/19
VFRI- Save the Date
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July 24-25, 2019
The Richmond Marriott Hotel
Click Here for more info


Membership Social-

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Virginia Zoo
Details to follow

Welcome New Members

Dierdre Love
Executive Director
Teens With A Purpose

Ann Bowen
Assistant Director of Donor Relations
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Rita Utz
Development Manager
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Bobby Hall
Resource & Development Manager
Samaritan House

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

Renew/Update Your Membership
Click Here


AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

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To Read the Winter 2019 ​​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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Thank you to all that attended our February luncheon with Connie McKenzie, CFRE, Senior Associate VP of Development & Alumni Relations, EVMS and Elise Krikau, Senior Consultant at Campbell & Company! We were given the opportunity to hear a case study in our very own backyard and network with over 65 like-minded professionals. It was time well spent. In March, we will have an outside presenter, Tom Koller, whose work as a writer, columnist and editor earned him national honors from both the Associated Press and Gannett News Service. You will not want to miss it!

As a chapter, it is our commitment to provide affordable educational opportunities to our membership. We are excited to announce that we are offering 2 additional VFRI conference scholarships in the categories of young professionals and diversity. Please see the link to the application in this newsletter to learn more.

Please take a moment to read through this month’s newsletter. There is a wealth of information and several important dates to get on your calendar!

Thank you for being a part of AFP-HR and for what YOU do for our community!

I look forward to seeing you on March 19 at our next luncheon!

Warm Regards,

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

March 19, 2019 Educational Program
Tom Koller

They're Just Words on Paper

Tom Koller, President, IMPACT Communications

A high-energy, hands-on presentation on the tools needed to be an effective, impactful communicator. The idea is simple: Take your message – just words on paper – and
bring that message to life, creating what Tom refers to as “impactful communication” in which the audience not only remembers you, the speaker, but most importantly your message long after you have left the room.

Putting it all together - developing attention-grabbing writing with dynamic delivery - isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Ensure that you understand your objectives, your audience and their needs, and learn to use written and verbal communication tools to craft the perfect message.

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

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This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to RSVP by Thursday, March 14th at 5PM

April 16, 2019 Educational Program

S Newby 
Leadership: It's More than a Position
Synetia Newby, President, Greater Workers Consulting Group LLC

Leadership is often construed as being applicable to those who hold certain positions and titles. However, leadership is a practice that any person can engage in, including fundraising professionals. In this presentation, attendees will engage in a conversation and activities that inspire and empower their leadership capacity and practice.

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

CFRE ConEdLogo-2019

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to RSVP by Thursday, April 11th at 5PM

CFRE Refresher Course May 2-3, 2019

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8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community
Cost: $390 Member; $490 Nonmember

CFRE Flyer- for more details
Questions: Contact Amy Weinstein, 757-858-8011

Click Here to Register by 4/15/19

National Philanthropy Day - SAVE THE DATE

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Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott as AFP-Hampton Roads honors deserving philanthropists, volunteers and fundraisers during our annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Call for Nominations for honorees will be released in just a few weeks. This is a wonderful way to celebrate and recognize a special leader, donor, or volunteer important to your organization. Please contact with any questions!

Presenting Sponsor
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VFRI - Chapter Scholarship Applications Due May 3
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VFRI is excited to announce Kishshana Palmer as the 2019 Day-One
Keynote Presenter - Register Now!

VFRI is excited to welcome Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, to Richmond on July 24 to kick off the 2019 Virginia Fund Raising Institute! She is a national speaker, trainer, coach, and self-described recovering fundraiser with a 16-year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management who will be joining us to discuss fundraising leadership. The charismatic and candid delivery she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying.

Chapter Scholarship Applications Due May 3rd

This year our chapter is offering three scholarship types: a scholarship for general members, a young professional scholarship and a diversity scholarship. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships that apply.

All Applicants must be members of the Hampton Roads Chapter of AFP. The VFRI scholarship is valued at $280 and includes access to all sessions, two Continental breakfasts, two lunches and a networking reception. It does not include hotel, additional meals and travel.

Click Here for the scholarship application and submit to Homer Babbitt, Scholarship Chair, by May 3rd.

Diversity & Inclusion​
March 2019 Diversity
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Join the Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at 4pm at EVMS Development. If you are interested in helping us improve communication and become more active as a chapter and individually, please join us (RSVP to We have several tasks we would like to put into action this year. We are seeking members with some familiarity about legislative process, those with legislative relationships and/or those interested in public policy. This year there will be much to do as Congress examines the impact of the major tax bill signed into law in 2017 as it considers changes and other amendments.

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

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 March 31 and April 2. You can go online to and give during that time frame and the additional $10 will come back to our local chapter!

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Attending ICON in San Antonio March 31 - April 2?

Let us know! We would like to plan a dinner or drinks meet-up for our local chapter! Email to tell us! For more information about ICON visit

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