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May 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. Be the Cause Campaign
2. May Coffee Breaks
3. June 23, 2020 Virtual Monthly Meeting
4. Calling all Members
5. Government Relations

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

June 23, 2020- Virtual Meeting
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 (VFRI)
Save the Date

While this year's conference has been canceled, save the date for next year: July 21-22, 2021.

Diversity and Inclusion- IDEA
 April IDEA pic
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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
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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,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families staying well. Thank you for continuing to promote philanthropy in Hampton Roads during this challenging time!

Great news! Our AFP-HR Chapter recently received the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Designation from AFP International. The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity. Thank you to our IDEA Committee, led by Jessica Johnson, for their commitment to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the fundraising profession in our area.

Thanks! We were pleased to offer a second free online educational session to our members in April so we could get together virtually and share best practices for fundraising in the current environment. Thanks again to AFP-HR Chapter Member Patrick Belcher for hosting this session!

New ‘Out of the Box’ Events! Our Programs Committee has been busy planning exciting sessions for our members to attend virtually in May. AFP-HR will launch “Coffee Breaks” - informal, small group (no more than 10), information sharing sessions that are free to AFP-HR members. Members will pick the topic they are most interested in and join in a zoom session to learn more from peers in Hampton Roads. Sessions include topics such as: “Make Your Case,” “Anything but COVID,” “Post-COVID,” “Some Day Events,” “Recipes for Strong Donor Relations During Uncertain Times (you already have the ingredients!),” and “Life is All About Plan B.” There is even a session that offers a Virtual Walking Tour of the Virginia Zoo! These sessions will be led by AFP-Chapter members. Plan to register to join in on calls that would be of interest to you!

Let’s Gather Virtually and Learn! The Curtis Group will present their “Giving USA” Report to our AFP-Chapter again this year. Instead of presenting the report at a formal luncheon, we will host the event on zoom on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. This session will be free. Please register to attend this very popular session.

Help our Chapter! 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!

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.


May Virtual Coffee Breaks
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Coffee Breaks are open to AFP members only and limited to up to 10 participants per coffee break. Several topics are offered more than once to facilitate smaller conversations.
Members should pick the topic they are most interested in. We ask that members register for no more than two sessions to allow as much membership participation as possible. If you are unable to attend a coffee break that you register for, please cancel your RSVP through our website immediately so it can be offered to other attendees.

Discussions will be facilitated by members of the AFP-HR Programs Committee. Zoom links will be sent to registrants one day before the event.*

*Registrants for the Zoo Walking Tour will receive the Zoom information immediately upon registration.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

10:30 AM "Recipes for Strong Donor Relations during uncertain times (you already have the ingredients!)", hosted by Jessica Johnson
Keeping your already loyal supporters engaged (and giving!)
Click Here  to register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 5/12

2:00 PM “Post-COVID”, hosted by Patrick Belcher
How will we use our stories and ability to adapt in communication with our stakeholders after COVID-19 pandemic?
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 5/12

Monday, May 18, 2020

1:00 PM “Some Day Events Will Come”, hosted by Patrick Belcher
For those who want to discuss best strategies for event planning in a rapidly changing event environment.
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Thursday, 5/14

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

12:00 PM “And Now Some Cute Animals”, hosted by Angela Benard, CFRE
Distraction time! Take a virtual walk through the Virginia Zoo and see cute animals!
Note: This event is open to members and nonmembers and is capped at 100, so invite your colleagues to take a walk through the Virginia Zoo with you!
Register by 5:00 PM on Friday, 5/15 at this zoom link:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

11:00 AM “Make Your Case”, hosted by Virginia Thumm
Developing case statements for COVID-specific funding from foundation and government sources.
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Monday, 5/18

1:00 PM "Recipes for Strong Donor Relations during uncertain times (you already have the ingredients!)", hosted by Kate Powell
Keeping your already loyal supporters engaged (and giving!)
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Monday, 5/18

Thursday, May 21, 2020

10:30 AM “Take Care”, hosted by Jessica Johnson
Ways to care for yourself (professionally and personally) during this time of change
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 5/19

12:30 PM “Some Day Events Will Come”, hosted by Joy Eyrolles, CFRE
For those who want to discuss best strategies for event planning in a rapidly changing event environment.
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 5/19

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

1:00 PM “Make Your Case”, hosted by Amy Weinstein, CFRE
Developing case statements for COVID-specific funding from foundation and government sources
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Friday, 5/22

Thursday, May 28, 2020

2:00 PM “Life is All About Plan B”, hosted by Ashley Greene
Having a Plan B is critical even when we’re not in a pandemic! Join us to hear about some awesome “Plan B” stories and how adapting to the unexpected can turn into your greatest success.
Click Here to register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 5/26

Monthly Virtual Meeting- June 23, 2020

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

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Place: Zoom Meeting

The Curtis Group is proud to present the results of Giving USA 2020. Giving USA is the longest-running, most comprehensive study on philanthropy and is published in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Keith Curtis, president of The Curtis Group and past chair of the Giving USA Foundation, and Wendy McGrady, executive vice president of The Curtis Group and co-chair of the Giving USA Editorial Review Board, will provide their own analysis of the numbers and give recommendations on how the data can be strategically applied to your fundraising strategy.

In light of current challenges for fundraisers, the session will engage participants in a conversation on recent changes in giving as well as last year’s trends. This session will provide professionals and board members with data to inform their fundraising strategies and practical guidance to advance the execution of those strategies.

Register by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 19:

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Calling All Members!

Still needed: Member Monday and Why Wednesday content! To be included, please send Patrick Belcher at the following:
• Your brief bio (max = 200 words) including where you work, your title and anything else about you/your organization you want to include
• “Why” you joined AFP HR and what you get out of your membership
• Your favorite picture of yourself
To keep our posts going and continue to spotlight our members even if we don’t get submissions from you, we will post our members’ and their organizations’ names on Member Mondays…BUT it’s a lot more fun to read your personal stories along with your names! Please help us and email Patrick today!

The Communications Committee still needs members! If you are working from home and find you have some extra time, we would welcome your help on our committee. Or if you have had had some organizational changes or restructuring as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, getting involved with the Communications Committee will provide you with support while keeping your involvement and exposure up in the AFP Hampton Roads community network. Contact Communications Chair Ashley Greene at to get involved or learn more.

Government Relations

Enhanced Charitable Giving Incentives

The CARES Act offers enhanced charitable giving incentives which may be of interest to your donors. Please find the below highlights from a recent AFP post:
• Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction—Taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for gifts made to charitable organizations, or $600 for those married, filing jointly.
• 60% AGI limitation suspended for individuals’ charitable contributions for the year 2020 - Typically, individuals can only take a charitable deduction of up to 60% of their AGI, no matter how much they give. For 2020, there is no limit, making cash contributions fully deductible.
• Cap increased on how much corporations may deduct for charitable gifts from 10% of taxable income to 25% - In addition, the limitation on deductions for food donations by corporations increases from 15% to 25% in 2020.
• Required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020 waived from retirement plans - Any minimum distributions from retirements plans that would have been required in 2020 can be delayed until 2021. This change reduces the incentive for donors to make gifts from their individual.

For more information:

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

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