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April 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. April 21, 2020 Luncheon Canceled
2. May 14, 2020 Donor Retention Workshop Canceled
3. Be the Cause
4. April 15, 2020- Online Pop Up Discussion- New
5. June 23, 2020 Luncheon- Save the Date
6. Calling all Members
7. 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

June 23, 2020
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
 April IDEA pic
Click Here for article

Welcome New Members

Lil Acosta
Annual Fund & Special Events Manager
Norfolk Collegiate

Pam Clendenen
Executive Director

Susan Oldfield
Director of Development

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

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
Click Here


AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

 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,

Whew! It’s been a “whopper-doozie” of a month hasn’t it? If you are anything like me, you need to hear the following:

● Smile and laugh - you need it!
● Breath - you are going to be ok.
● Believe in yourself - you can do it!
● Be creative.
● Call your donors and check on them and tell them what your non-profit is doing during the crisis.
● Trust your instincts.
● Do the right thing - always.
● Appreciate the time you have for yourself and your family - smell the roses!

As you know, these are challenging times! We are working hard as a chapter to pivot and communicate with you as we are making changes and new plans. While we were very disappointed we had to cancel our March membership pop-up session and our April luncheon, we were pleased to offer a free online session to our members in March. Thanks to AFP-HR Chapter Member Patrick Belcher for creating an online seminar in March for our members to get together and share best practices for fundraising during this difficult time.

We received so much positive feedback on the March AFP-HR online seminar that we are going to host another free, members only call on April 15, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.. On the call, members will be able to ask questions and share the best practices they are using to raise funds during this difficult time. While there is no charge to virtually attend this event, you will need to register to dial in.

As the Virginia stay-at-home order was set through June 10th, we will not be able to host our May Donor Retention Seminar for professional development.

In good news…congratulations to Nicole Pellegrino, 2019 AFP-HR President, the 2019 Board and the 2019 chapter members as our AFP-HR Chapter recently received the Ten Star Award! Every year AFP honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters, so our Hampton Roads Chapter is one of a select group of chapters to earn this honor. Kudos and congratulations to our chapter!

The AFP International Conference (ICON) took place from March 29-31st. While the conference was originally planned to be held in Baltimore, AFP offered the conference virtually. I attended the conference on behalf of our chapter and learned a great deal. I was grateful for the chapter’s support and would urge you to consider attending the AFP ICON Conference in 2021 (April 18-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Life goes on, right?! We are promoting AFP’s Annual Campaign called the “Be the Cause Campaign.” More information on the campaign can be found within the newsletter. I encourage you to make a gift of $5, $10, $20 or more - whatever you can do to help AFP. Remember, a portion of what we donate comes back to our chapter to help us host programs for our chapter! I appreciate your consideration and hope you’ll join me in supporting AFP!

Here’s how to donate:
Text AFP to 56512 to make a gift through your phone to the U.S. Foundation (powered by Give by Cell). Or
Click Here to may your gift online today and support our chapter

Please take a moment to read through this month’s newsletter. Thank you for your continued support of our AFP Chapter!

Keep up the good work,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR

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The Be the Cause Campaign - AFP's Annual Fund Campaign - please give now!

Text AFP to 56512 to make a gift through your phone to the U.S. AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
Click Here ( to make your gift online today and support our both AFP Global and our Hampton Roads chapter. NOW is the time! Please consider making your BE the CAUSE annual gift to the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy. A portion of your gift will help our chapter continue to provide scholarships, pop ups and socials, educational programs, and expert speakers.

The AFP Foundations for Philanthropy support you and nearly 32,000 AFP members around the world with education, scholarships, leadership development, research, and mentoring while maintaining the highest ethical standards and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Your gift to BE the CAUSE will make a difference and support the ongoing and important work of the nonprofit fundraising community.


Online Pop Up Discussion- Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm


AFP-Hampton Roads is inviting our members to continue the online roundtable discussion about how to adapt Hampton Roads organizations during these challenging times.

Members who want to participate MUST sign-up at the link below:

Please note that capacity for this online discussion is limited, so please register.

Monthly Educational Luncheon- June 23, 2020- SAVE THE DATE

Topic: Giving USA Report: 2019
Speakers: Keith Curtis and Wendy McGrady, The Curtis Group

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: Town Center City Club
RSVP:  Registration coming soon

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

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Registration coming soon.

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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