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May 2018 Newsletter

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In This Issue

May 15 Educational Program
NPD 2018 Announcement
Be the Cause
June 19 Educational Program
Membership Scholarship
Government Relations Update
New Member Discount Coupon

Specialists in Hampton Roads Philanthropy Since 1984

Monthly Luncheons

(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
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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Millers Foundation 2018 Grant Application

We look forward to hearing about your organization! Please review the 'guidelines' document at before submitting your request. Your application will be reviewed based on its relevance to this important document. Please e-mail supplemental documentation to or submit them via mail. Due 6/15.

Welcome New Members

Jennifer Chavez

Development Manager
Alzheimer's Association

Christine Kroetsch
Vice President and CFO
Mercy Medical Angels

Lacy Kuller
Executive Director
Chesapeake Humane Society

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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Hello and Thank you! Last month I had the opportunity to represent our AFP-HR Chapter at the 2018 AFP International Fundraising Conference in New Orleans. What a wonderful experience it was to connect with other AFP chapters, interact with AFP International staff and learn from top fundraising professionals. One of the main topics of this year’s conference was AFP’s new I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Impact Program. It’s first campaign under the program is the Women’s Impact Initiative - a two-year program that will assess, address and highlight the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face—with the ultimate goal of creating resources that help overcome gender inequity issues in the fundraising profession. Recently, The Association of Fundraising Professionals & The Chronicle of Philanthropy conducted a survey on sexual harassment in the Fundraising Profession. The survey found that one in 4 women have experienced sexual harassment in the fundraising field and 7% of men have experienced the same. For more information about the sexual harassment survey and the Women’s Impact Initiative please visit

Please join us on May 15 for our program on how understanding volunteer recruitment and retention can bolster your fundraising program. And, don’t forget to sign up to get your new professional headshot taken at the same time! Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate a deserving leader in philanthropy to receive an award at our National Philanthropy Day celebration on November 28th. The deadline for nominations is June 15th at 5pm.

Thank you for being a member of AFP-HR and for what you do to change the world through philanthropy!

Laurie Harrison
2018 President, AFP-HR

May Educational Program/ Headshot Opportunity

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Donors and Volunteers- More Alike Than Different: How Understanding Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Can Bolster Your Fundraising Program

Leigh- Ann Cade & Melissa Estrada Reese, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
11:30AM TO 1:00PM


As Director of Training, Leigh-Anne Cade develops and implements VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads' forums, symposiums and training events.  Leigh-Anne also serves as the head trainer and facilitator for the Service Enterprise Initiative, designed to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through high level volunteer utilization.  As VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads' first full-time Director of Development Melissa Estrada Reese is tasked with developing the organization's major gift program as well as securing support of its latest initiative, VolunTier Vision; she also manages the Corporate VOLUNTEER Council.

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.

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

AFP is offering a special member benefit at the May luncheon. 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!

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

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to Register by 5pm, Thursday, May10, 2018

NPD 2018 Announcement- Nomination Deadline Extended to June 15th at 5PM


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

Nomination Deadline extended to June 15th at 5 pm. 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.

You can go online to to make your gift.

June 19th Educational Program

Keith Curtis
Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report of Philanthropy for the year 2017
Keith Curtis, President of The Curtis Group
Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President of The Curtis Group

The Curtis Group is proud to present the results of Giving USA 2018. Giving USA is the longest-running, most comprehensive study on philanthropy and is published in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Keith Curtis, president of The Curtis Group and chair of the Giving USA Foundation, and Wendy McGrady, executive vice president of The Curtis Group, will provide their own analysis of the numbers and give recommendations on how the data can be strategically applied to your fundraising strategy. In addition to an overview of the annual report on philanthropy, this program will also feature facilitated discussion groups which will give participants an opportunity to compare their organization’s fundraising trends with those of their peers and of those in Giving USA.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Program and Lunch (Note Extended Time)

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to register by 5pm on Thursday, June 14

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.

Government Relations Update
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As the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Regular Session has come to an end, this may be a good time to consider visiting elected officials to share information about the work of your non-profit organization. You may wish to start with your city officials. Engage your leadership to learn about those that have close ties with elected officials and delineate a strategy to leverage those relationships. This is a great way to partner with board members and/or donors to increase visibility and awareness of the great work your organization is doing and to help in their understanding of why funding is essential. When visiting, be prepared! Do your homework so you have a better sense for what their position may be as it relates to the work of your organization. In addition, create a packet of information with key points and a call to action. Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions – 757.961.2015 or

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.)
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Last month our speaker,  Synetheia Newby,  shared great information on Diversity and Inclusion. Please see the video “Inclusion Starts With I” discussing the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. This video shows that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways and that each of us has the power to make a difference.

"Thought Ms. Newby was the best Diversity speaker in years!" - program attendee.

Membership Announcements

$50 Professional & Associate New Member Discount!
In honor of our 58th Anniversary, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to
new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories
by June 30, 2018.

The discount applies to $50.00 off the International portion of the dues. Fill out the
membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include this
coupon with your payment. *Coupon must be included with payment.

2018 New Member Discount Coupon

To join online, go to and use Promo Code: AFP2018
One coupon per new member. Expires June 30, 2018
Questions, call the AFP Membership Department at (800) 666-3863.

Thank you to our membership committee for planning a fun outing at TopGolf!
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