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August 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1.August 18, 2020 Virtual Fundraising Leadership Symposium
2. September 15, 2020 Program
3. IDEA Survey
4. Member Communications
5. Be the Cause
6. Board Nominations
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

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


IDEA Survey

Click Here to take the survey

You're Invited
Thursday, 8/13 at 6pm
Click Here to RSVP

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
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Click Here for article

Welcome New Members

Maya Billins
Administrative Coordinator
Habitat For Humanity of South Hampton Roads

Evelyn Graham
Vice President for Development
Hampton University

Gary Hunter
Director of Development
Hampton University

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,

Our AFP-HR Board members have been busy calling our AFP Chapter members! They have enjoyed getting to know our members better and finding out how we can improve your chapter experience! If you haven’t yet received your call, be on the lookout for it!

Additionally, please take time to complete the member survey created by our IDEA Committee that will be emailed to you in the near future. We will use results from this survey to guide our chapter initiatives. We appreciate you taking time to complete the survey!

I hope you are making plans to join us for our Fundraising Leadership Symposium scheduled to take place virtually on Tuesday, August 18 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The 2020 Symposium will feature Kim Ades with Frame of Mind Coaching. The Symposium will feature the topic: “How Top Leaders THINK During a Crisis.” Registration is still open! Encourage your peers to register as well!

As the fall approaches, we are making plans for exciting events for our chapter. Please save the date for Tuesday, September 15th at noon for our discussion, Gaining Insight into Donor Diversity. Our panelists will discuss ways fundraisers can engage and cultivate relationships with donors from diverse backgrounds. The discussion will be moderated by Vivian Oden, Vice President for Special Projects with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Read more about the program and register below!

While we will not be hosting our traditional National Philanthropy Day Celebration in November, our NPD committee has been making plans to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Hampton Roads during the pandemic. Stay tuned for more information to come soon!

I look forward to “seeing” you at all our exciting upcoming events! Until then, stay safe!

Keep up the good work,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR



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Topic: How Top Leaders THINK During a Crisis
Speaker: Kim Ades, President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to
11:30 AM
Place: Zoom Meeting

Program Overview
Experience how your thinking affects your decision making and performance under stressful conditions.
• Explore 3 thinking strategies that top leaders leverage when faced with adversity.
• Learn how to deal with debilitating thinking traps.
• Become crystal clear about your role right now as a mentor, leader and coach.
• Acquire a 5-step coaching process to implement with your team during a crisis.

Pricing: $15 for all attendees. No Refunds.

Click Here to register by Tuesday, August 18, 2020
(The Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email)

Sponsorships Available
Please contact Brooks Lively, our Fundraising Leadership Symposium Chair, for more details at LivelyBG@EVMS.EDU

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2.5 hours approved

September Program- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 noon

Topic: Gaining Insight into Donor Diversity

Join us for a special panel discussion to discuss ways fundraisers can engage and cultivate relationships with donors from diverse backgrounds.

Moderated by Vivian Oden, Vice President for Special Projects, Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Panelists include:
Randy Williams, President of Talley & Twine and founding member of Visionaries for Change, a giving circle dedicated to supporting causes that benefit the Black Community, and
Viviana Fullwood, education entrepreneur and Board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia

Click Here to register via Zoom by September 15th

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)- SURVEY

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As mentioned in the last AFP Hampton Roads e-news, the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee is conducting a survey seeking demographic data from our chapter’s members that will be used as part of a larger metric-driven project. The results of this data collection project will be used to drive discussions and action items as we work toward our strategic plan goals as a chapter. We hope this information when compiled, will lend itself to discussions within multiple chapter committees and serve as a meaningful, ongoing response to suspected shortfalls in representation within the profession.

Please click the link below to answer this brief 10 question survey. Responses are completely anonymous and will only be used to better understand our chapter.

The subgroup working on this project invites anyone interested to join. While this is a project that will continue to take shape over time, we are excited to get started and look forward to the challenge, and conversations, that will follow. If you’d like to join the group working on this project, please feel free to contact Jessica Johnson at


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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.


2021 Board Nominations
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AFP Hampton Roads Chapter is seeking board candidates to join chapter leaders in running our growing chapter of 200+ members.

Here's a few things you need to know:​
• Each nominee must be an AFP member in good standing (i.e. your membership is current);
• You agree to follow the Board Roles & Responsibilities (see attached);
• You have served or are serving on a committee (if you are not on a committee and are interested in board service - get involved today!);
• You are willing to help make our chapter even better;
• As with any volunteer opportunity, you'll need to dedicate time and effort;
• For AFP-HR Bylaws click here.

If you’d like to learn more about AFP-HR Board leadership, please reach out to Nicole Pellegrino, Past President and Nominating Chair, Kenda Council, President, and/or any other board member. Board service at AFP offers many leadership opportunities that will help you grow professionally and personally.

Download the 2021 Board Nomination Form and submit it to Nicole Pellegrino by September 4, 2020. The slate of directors and officers will be presented at our October Annual Meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Government Relations

Call to Action for AFP HR Members:
• Let your organization’s voice be heard with elected officials as it relates to the important work you are continuing to do despite complications during COVID-19. This also offers an opportunity to engage board members. Perhaps your organization should consider the establishment of a Political Action Committee, if you don’t already have one.
• Support AFP IDEA – Diversity and Inclusion by supporting modifications to policy or lawmaking to support social inequities.
• Consider a contribution to AFP’s Political Action Committee.
• Commence preparation for the 2020 election – initiate contact with current elected officials, identify your key points, engage in conversation, and encourage others to do the same. 

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


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