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February 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue

February 20 Educational Program
March 20 Save the Date
VFRI Update
Tax Changes for 2018
2018 Board of Directors

Monthly Luncheons 
(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
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

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VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads Award Nominations:

The 2018 Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognizes volunteers who give their time and talent to improve their community. Hosted by VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, the Awards have been held for more than 40 years and serve as the area's largest volunteer recognition event. Nominations for outstanding volunteers and nonprofit organizations will be accepted through March 9, 2018. Click Here to nominate your volunteer hero today

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Welcome New Members
Annalisa "AJ" Assaadi
Director of Engagement
United Spinal Association

Cary Gaddy
Executive Assistant
Neptune Festival

Kevin Hoffer
Vice President of Operations and Resource Development
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia

Paula Moran
President and CEO
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia

Jamilia B. Shipman, MA
Director of Foundation and Corporate Giving
Christopher Newport University

Rehn West
Donor Engagement Specialist
Nauticus Foundation

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

Jan 2018 Philanthropy Magazine
To Read the Winter 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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Thank you to everyone who attended our first meeting and social for 2018.  I think we are off to a great start and hope you agree!  This week  we have a Pop-Up for Advanced Development Professionals and on February 20th our very own Virginia Thumm, President of Virginia Fundraising Consultants will be offering some new insight on How to Get the Meeting!  I hope you’ll join us!  And please mark your calendar for March 20th when Mike Geiger, President and CEO of AFP will be our luncheon speaker.

Please notice we have included information in our newsletter to search our job postings, renew or update your membership, link directly to FaceBook and more!  If you haven’t already, please “like” our page on FaceBook to keep updated and see photos from events.  

Thank you for being a part of the AFP-Hampton Roads Chapter.  I hope you’ll take advantage of all the professional development and networking opportunities we have planned and bring a guest!

I look forward to seeing each of you soon!

Laurie Harrison
2018 President, AFP-HR

February Program
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How to Get the Meeting
Virginia Thumm, President, Virginia Fundraising Consultants

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
11:30AM TO 1:00PM

Virginia Thumm has worked in the non-profit sector in New York and Southeastern Virginia for more than 30 years, expanding the financial capacity of organizations in the arts, education and social services. A veteran of dozens of successful fundraising campaigns, she has personally solicited millions of dollars to enhance the missions of non-profits. A native of Norfolk, VA, she has been a prominent figure in the non-profit field, and is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and has served on several non-profit boards.

Often, the hardest part of a solicitation is getting in the door.  This workshop will offer some new and clever strategies for getting the meeting—even for those prospects who are most elusive!  Then, Virginia will lead a discussion about the preparation that will ensure your meeting is successful.

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

This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

Click Here to Register by 5pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018

March Program- Save the Date
Mike Geiger 

Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA
President and CEO, AFP

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
11:30AM to 1:00PM

Recently, Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA became the new President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world's leading association for individuals and organizations that support charitable institutions. We are so excited that Mike will be speaking to AFP-HR at our March monthly luncheon. Please mark your calendar for this special opportunity.

Click here to learn more about Mike

VFRI Conference
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VFRI is excited to announce Tom Ahern as the 2018 Keynote Presenter! 

In November 2016, the New York Times called Tom Ahern "one of the country's most sought-after creators of fundraising messages." He specializes in applying the discoveries of psychology and neuroscience to the day-to-day business of attracting and retaining donors. He's authored six well-received books on that topic; his latest is What Your Donors Want...and Why!

Each year, he trains thousands of fundraisers internationally through conferences and webinars. Read more about Tom and his work on the VFRI website.

Save the Date for this energizing educational opportunity - July 18- 19, 2018 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. In addition to Tom's engaging keynote, VFRI features a broad range of workshop topics of value to development professionals, executive directors, board members, and other volunteers who wish to advance their professional skills. VFRI 2018 will also provide opportunities to network with your peers and provide more peer-to-peer learning opportunities throughout the Institute.

2018 Tax Update
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Here are a few key points related to the recent tax cuts and jobs act:

·  The bill was signed into law on December 22, 2017.
·  Most provisions took effect January 1, 2018.
·  A majority of the individual tax provisions expire December 31, 2025. 
As a professional fundraiser, you should be generally aware of the changes.  Familiarize yourself with the changes to the tax brackets.  Most taxpayers will find themselves with more disposable income due to lower brackets which means that they may now have the opportunity to give more to the charitable organizations they care about.  And, those with donor advised funds may have an increased interest in supporting your organization.  Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions – 757.961.2015 or

Click Here for more information

2018 AFP Hampton Roads Board of Directors

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President: Laurie Harrison, MSEd
President Elect: Nicole Pellegrino, CFRE
Immediate Past President: Devan MacConnell Maloney
Treasurer: Joy Eyrolles, MPA,CFRE
Secretary: Allison Bough, MBA, CFRE

Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Dory Morrison
Ethics and Mentoring Chair: Virginia Thumm
Mentoring Co-Chair:  Anna Goldenberg
Fundraising Leadership Symposium Chair: Reese Beeler
Government Relations Chair: Serena Amerson, CFRE
National Philanthropy Day Chair: Ashley Gentry
Communications Co-Chairs: Renee Duval Fairchild & Andrea Tatum
Membership Co-Chairs: Tom Redmond and Rick Nikkel
Programs and Professional Development Chair: Amy Weinstein, CFRE
Scholarship Chair:  Homer Babbitt
Sponsorship Chair: Kenda Council
Virginia Fundraising Institute Chair(VFRI):  Victoria Dietz

Directors at Large:
Linda Dyer
Melissa Reese
Kate Wilson
April Strickland
Stacy Nixon, CFRE, MPA

For BOD contact information: Click Here


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