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February 2019 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. Feb.19 Monthly Luncheon
2. March 19 Monthly Luncheon
3. VFRI- Save the Date
4. Diversity
5. Government Relations

Monthly Luncheons 
(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
February 19, 2019
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- 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


Welcome New Members

Hailey Chohany
Director of Development & Marketing

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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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 pop-up workshop for 2018. Virginia Thumm, President of Virginia Fundraising Consultants, kicked-off the year with an engaging conversation, and attendees walked away with tools to implement immediately. We have made the presentation available here for easy reference. Our first “Pop-Up” educational session was held last week and provided an open forum for those new to the profession to ask questions on their mind.

On February 19th our very own past president Connie McKenzie, CFRE, Senior Associate VP of Development & Alumni Relations, EVMS, will be offering an In-Depth Look at Preparing for a Major Fundraising Initiative. Elise Krikau will join her and brings over 20 years of professional experience across the healthcare, education, and human services sectors to her role as Senior Consultant at Campbell & Company. I hope you’ll join us!

Don’t forget to utilize this 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. We also have a link to the Virginia Fundraising Institute’s Conference registration in July. I can personally attest after seeing keynote Kishshana Palmer speak at the AFP Leadership Academy last fall that this will be a great conference! Our chapter will provide additional scholarships to VFRI this year. Stay tuned for more information!

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!

Warm Regards,

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

February 19, 2019 Educational Program

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360 Degree Campaign Planning: An In-Depth Look at Preparing for a Major Fundraising Initiative

Connie McKenzie, CFRE, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, EVMS 
Elise Krikau,Senior Consultant, Campbell & Company

Preparing for a campaign is a rigorous, multifaceted process. Where should you direct your focus ahead of a major fundraising initiative, and what does it truly take to be campaign ready? Eastern Virginia Medical School has been confronting these tricky questions as it ramps up for an upcoming campaign.
From rebalancing portfolios, focusing on staffing and systems, and strengthening planned and major giving to building a versatile case for support and assigning staff to partner with board members, the EVMS case study presents a powerful example of campaign readiness.
EVMS’s Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations and consulting partner will walk through the step-by-step process they have followed—and explain how attendees can apply it to their own campaign plans.

11:30 am Registration/Networking- Learn about 2019 Committees!
12:00 pm Program/Lunch
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This program has been submitted for CFRE Credit

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

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

VFRI Save the Date
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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.

Our chapter will provide additional scholarships to VFRI this year. Stay tuned for more information!

Diversity & Inclusion​
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The Lasting Effect of the Government Shutdown

With the recent government shutdown, there were several opportunities to share your voice with elected officials. While volume is generally higher when issues arise, it’s a good reminder that reaching out to elected government officials should be an on-going effort. Take a moment to ensure you know who your elected officials are – city/county, state and federal. As a fundraising professional, we have the opportunity to opine on topics that are personal and/or to share information relative to the type of non-profit organization you represent. Please refer to the link below on tips for writing letters and emails to government officials.
Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions – 757-961-2015.

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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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