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March 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. March 19th Pop Up
2. April 21 Luncheon
3. Member Benefit- Pop Ups
4. ICON- Save the Date
5. Communications- Member Mondays
6. Government Relations

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Thank you to our Monthly Luncheon Sponsor Virginia Fundraising Consultants


(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
New Extended Time:
12:00 - 1:30 pm

April 21, 2020
June 23, 3030
September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
December 15, 2020

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

Registration Fees:
AFP Members $25
Guests $35


Virginia Fundraising Institute-
Save the Date
July 29-30, 2020

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Diversity and Inclusion- IDEA
 March IDEA pic
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Welcome New Members

Lil Acosta
Norfolk Collegiate

2020 Member Anniversaries

20 Years
Carter Sonders
Barbara Henley, CFRE

15 Years
Virginia Thumm
Norma Burandt, CFRE
Sharon Laderberg

10 Years
Allison Bough, CFRE
Homer Babbitt
Cristina Hudgins Dominquez
Kaitlin Robb

5 Years
Amber Gwaltney
Casie Conlon
Brett Smiley, CFRE
Jennifer Sieracki
Sara Berry
Susan Smith

Renew/Update Your Membership
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AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

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To Read the April  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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Greetings AFP- Hampton Roads Chapter Members!

Thank you to all that attended our February luncheon and especially to Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D., President and CEO of the YWCA South Hampton Roads, who led a panel discussion about professional development!  How wonderful it was to learn from non-profit leaders in Hampton Roads!

I look forward to seeing you at our AFP-HR Chapter Pop Up meeting being held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wells Theater. The speaker will be AFP Board Member Reese Beeler, CFRE, who serves as the Executive Director at the Tidewater Arts Outreach. She’ll be presenting “Living Life @ a 45 Degree Angle - How Lifting Each Other Up Can Create a Better Culture.” The meeting is free, but you will need to register!

You are invited to join AFP Chapter Members after the meeting at Grain at 5:15 to enjoy happy hour. If you are interested, you are also invited to purchase discounted tickets to attend the 7:30 performance of “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by Matthew Lopez at the Wells Theater.

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 your continued support of our AFP Chapter!

Keep up the good work,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR

Pop-Up Workshop, Happy Hour and Theater- March 19, 2020

Topic: Living Life @ a 45 Degree Angle- How Lifting Each Other Up Can Create a Better Culture
Speaker: Reese Beeler, CFRE, Executive Director, Tidewater Arts Outreach

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Wells Theater, 108 E. Tazewell St, Norfolk, VA 23510
Registration:  Click Here to Register by Wednesday, March 4th at 5pm

About our Program:
Every time we reach up and out to someone for help within our profession we should be reaching back down and pulling someone up with us – hence the 45-degree angle. It’s no secret that most development professionals burn out of their position in under 2 years. When they leave they take donor relationships and institutional knowledge with them that takes another 2 years for the next professional to rebuild. As professionals we know we need to cultivate our donors and potential donors, but rarely take the time to cultivate each other. When was the last time you called a fellow Development worker and asked how they were doing? Sent a note to someone who had a great special event or won a huge grant? Given a shout out to someone doing a great job? If we start cultivating and appreciating each other can we start to combat the burnout we all feel when other professionals within our organizations do not know nor appreciate our efforts? When employees stay longer in their positions they can cultivate even deeper donor relationships and start to increase donation dollars! Through discussions at the tables, and an “you’re awesome because” exercise, participants will leave with tools to help show those around them how much they appreciate their efforts. Participants will also leave feeling more empowered about their career choice, and how to reach up or down when they need help.

An after workshop happy hour at Grain @ The Main and opportunity to attend the Virginia Stage Company’s “The Legend of Georgie McBride” production are also available to event attendees*. Reese Beeler will be available at the Happy Hour for any post-workshop questions.

*CFRE Education Credit is only available for Workshop participants.

Hosted by: Virginia Stage Company

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Workshop at the Tazewell Lounge, The Wells Theater, 108 E. Tazewell St, Norfolk, VA 23510
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Happy Hour at Grain @ The Main, 100 E. Main St, Norfolk, VA 23410- Attendees are responsible for their own tab. Guests welcomed.
7:30 pm
"The Legend of Georgia McBride"production by The Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theater.

Registration Fee:
Workshop - Free with current AFP HR Membership. Members also have the opportunity once in 2020 to invite one non-AFP member guest to a “Pop-Up” event.

Happy Hour- Attendees are responsible for their own tab

Theater- $31.20 per ticket (includes AFP member 20% discount). Guests welcomed. NO REFUNDS.

Registration for the Theater Tickets closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Registration for the Workshop and Happy Hour closes at 5 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020

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This program has been submitted for CFRE creditt for Workshop only

Click Here to RSVP by Wednesday, March 4th at 5pm

Monthly Educational Luncheon- April 21, 2020

Topic: Charitable Giving Considerations as Related to a “Planned Giving” Program
Speaker: Leslie Doyle, Managing Director, U.S.Trust, Bank of America

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: Town Center City Club
RSVP:  Click Here to RSVP by Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5pm

Leslie Doyle, Managing Director and Private Client Advisor at Bank of America will give AFP members and their guests what they need to know about planned giving programs and vehicles from the financial advisor side of the table.

As an Institutional Client Advisor, Leslie consults with institutional and nonprofit organizations to help them pursue financial stability, mission fulfillment and long-term growth. Closely attuned to challenges and opportunities that these nonprofits face, Leslie leads dynamic engagement with client priorities by coordinating the full resources of U.S. Trust in her interactions. She aligns investment offerings and philanthropic services with the unique needs of educational endowments, arts and cultural institutions, healthcare and faith-based organizations and foundations.

11:30 am Registration/Networking
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Program/Lunch (note our new extended time)

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This program has been submitted for CFRE

Click Here to register by 5 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020

New Program Membership Benefits for 2020!

New for AFP-HR Members in 2020. All “Pop-Up” programs (breakfasts, happy hours, etc.) are complimentary with a current AFP-HR membership. Members also have the opportunity once in 2020 to invite one non-AFP member guest to a “Pop-Up” event. We hope this will help you show your colleagues what their future membership in AFP would provide and why you choose to be a member! For questions about the new “Pop-Up” program format, please contact Programming Co-Chair Kate Powell at

Attending ICON in Baltimore, Maryland March 29-31?

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

Calling All Members!

We want YOU - your bio, that is! The Communications Committee is planning our communication for the year and we’d love to highlight YOU and your organization on our new Member Mondays! To be included, please submit the following, maximum 200 words, to Patrick Belcher at

1. A brief bio, including where you work, your title and anything else about you or your organization you want to include
2. “What is Your Why?” for joining AFP HR
3. Favorite picture of yourself
4. Max word count = 200

Thank you - we can’t wait to get to know more of you! If you want to join the Communications Committee and help us share the good news about our awesome AFP HR Chapter, please contact Communications Chair Ashley Greene at

Government Relations

Potential worsening of economic impact related to coronavirus

With the recent coronavirus epidemic, market conditions may worsen. This global health situation is creating global economic issues that may affect your donors (individuals and corporations) now and/or in the future. As a fundraising professional, it is key that you stay informed and appropriately modify tactics and strategies, especially as it relates to those with a fiscal year ending June 30. Please find the below articles for your reading and keep reading to ensure you remain knowledgeable as you have a dialogue with your donors and prospects.

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

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