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January 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. Pop Up Breakfast 1/28
2. 2020 Program Calendar
3. Government Relations
Virginia Fundraising Consultants logo6-14 (3)
Thank you to our Monthly Luncheon Sponsor Virginia Fundraising Consultants


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12:00 - 1:30 pm

February 18, 2020
April 21, 2020
June 23, 3030
September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
December 15, 2020

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AFP Members $25
Guests $35

Diversity and Inclusion
 Nov 2019 Diversity pic
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Welcome New Members

Lauren Rucker

Sarah Rostock
Virginia Fundraising Consultants

Aaron Helveston
Norfolk Tourism Foundation

Katrina Ardan
Volunteer Hampton Roads

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

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AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

AFP AP April 2019 Cover
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
Head Shot - 2017 Kenda Council 2 

Happy New Year!

Wow, what an amazing year AFP had in 2019! We hosted two phenomenal community events - our Fundraising Leadership Symposium and National Philanthropy Day, conducted a membership survey, revised our chapter's Strategic Plan and hosted many fun social gatherings for our chapter members!

Thank you to our Past President, Nicole Pellegrino, and our 2019 Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment to our chapter. I also wish to express our appreciation to Joy Eyrolles who rolled off our board after serving as our Treasurer for many years. Finally, please join me in thanking Virginia Thumm with Virginia Fundraising Consultants for sponsoring our speaker program in 2019 as well as 2020!

Our 2020 Board of Directors is looking forward to working hard this year to make this year our best yet! Thank you to everyone who completed our membership survey. Based on your feedback, we’ve adjusted our programs for the year.

The AFP Hampton Roads Chapter Board of Directors and Programing Committee are very excited to present you with a new format for your 2020 programs. This means you can pick what works best for your schedule. In addition to luncheons, AFP will offer members-only, free, pop up sessions during breakfast or happy hours, at various locations throughout Hampton Roads.These pop up sessions will be less formal than a luncheon, and offer the ability to do group work and network throughout the session. AFP Hampton Roads will continue to offer Membership Socials, as well as half-day and full-day seminars, for a deep dive into the topics that you care about most. You told us what you want, and we listened—join us!

Our first meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday, January 28th from 9:00-11:00 am at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Main Campus in downtown Suffolk (3373 Pruden Boulevard, Suffolk). A continental breakfast will be provided. Come and hear from Blake A. Marton, CFRE, Director of Leadership Giving at CHKD about Creating and Evaluating Effective Direct Mail Packages. Following his presentation, you are invited to take a tour of the NSA Main Campus and visit NSA’s 34th Annual Art Show & Sale (featuring over 1,000 pieces of artwork - flat art, jewelry, pottery and more - from local and regional artists with pricing ranging from $25 - $5,000!).

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President. If you have any questions or suggestions for our chapter, please feel free to contact me at I look forward to working with you this year!

All my best,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR

 Pop-Up Breakfast- January 28, 2020

breakfast meeting

Topic: Creating and Evaluating Effective Direct Mail Packages
Speaker: Blake Marton, CFRE, Director of Leadership Giving, CHKD

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place: Nansemond-Suffolk Academy- Main Campus
3373 Pruden Blvd
Suffolk, VA 23234
RSVP: to or  Click Here to RSVP by Monday, January 27th at 5pm

A direct mail solicitation is often the first interaction a constituent has with the development office; thus it is vital to create pieces that engage the reader, build trust and encourage philanthropic outcomes. Join us for a working breakfast meeting where you will refine your skills on how to develop a strong case for support using proven techniques, how to implement direct mail strategies that focus on donor behavior, and how to analyze the effectiveness of direct mail solicitations. Attendees will work together to critically analyze direct mail solicitation samples.

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This program has been approved for 1.5 hours CFRE credits

Click Here to RSVP by Monday, January 27th at 5pm

2020 Program Calendar- Save the Dates

The AFP Hampton Roads Chapter Board of Directors and Programing Committee are very excited to present you with our 2020 programs!

January 28, 2020: Breakfast Pop-Up - Blake Marton, CFRE
February 18, 2020: Luncheon - So You Want to be a CEO? with Mary Kate Andris, Ed. D.
March 2020: Afternoon Pop-Up w/ Happy Hour (Date TBA)
April 21, 2020: Luncheon- Understanding Planed Giving Vehicles
May 2020: Donor Retention Seminar (Date TBA)
June 23, 2020: Giving USA Report Luncheon - The Curtis Group
July 2020: Membership Social (Date TBA)
August 2020: Fundraising Leadership Symposium (Date TBA)
September 15, 2020: Luncheon- Whate a Donor Wants- Panel Discussion
October 20, 2020: Annual Meeting Luncheon w/ Hot Topics
November 17, 2020: National Philanthropy Day
November 2020: Afternoon Pop-Up w/ Happy Hour (Date TBA)
December 15, 2020: Holiday Party Luncheon
December 2020: Member Benefits Breakfast (Date TBA)

Government Relations
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On December 20, 2019, the president signed into law the Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE) which will went into effect on January 1, 2020.

The SECURE Act increases the age retirees must begin taking taxable withdrawals from their retirement savings from 70 ½ to 72. It does not increase the age an IRA owner can take a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). That age remains at 70 ½. This may cause confusion among your donors.

Next Steps:
Review your list of donors and identify those who may be interested in stretching their IRA distributions using a testamentary charitable remainder trust or a testamentary charitable gift annuity. Reach out to them and begin the conversation.

For more information, follow the below links:

Welcome our 2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Kenda Council, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
President Elect/ Finance Council: Kate Wilson, Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Immediate Past President/ Nomination Chair: Nicole Pellegrino, CFRE, Norfolk Collegiate School
Secretary: Melissa Hlinovsky, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Treasurer: Homer Babbitt, Museum of Contemporary Art

Committee Leadership
Communications: Ashley Greene, Western Tidewater Free Clinic
 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA): Jessica Johnson, PETA
Ethics/Mentoring: Virginia Thumm, Virginia Fundraising Consultants
Fundraising Leadership Symposium: Brooks Lively, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Government Relations: Serena Amerson, CFRE, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Membership Co-Chair: Trish Carrier, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation
Membership Co-Chair: Angela Walsh-Benard, CFRE, Virginia Zoological Society
National Philanthropy Day: Amy Weinstein, CFRE, Beth Shalom Village
Programming Co-Chair: Kate Powell, CFRE, Tidewater Arts Outreach
Programming Co-Chair: Shira Turner, CFRE, American Red Cross
Professional Education: Allison Bough, MBA, CFRE, Spark Nonprofit
Scholarship: Linda Dyer, Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Sponsorship: Abby Weber, The Curtis Group
VA Fundraising Caucus/VFRI Secretary: Reese Beeler, CFRE, Tidewater Arts Outreach

Board Members at Large
Laurie Harrison, MSEd, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Renee Duvall Fairchild, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kerry O’Donnell, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Emily Peck, Virginia Beach SPCA

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