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May 2019 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. May 21 Monthly Luncheon
2. May 14 Membership Networking/ Pop-Up Webinar
3. NPD- Call for Nominations due 5/15
4. VFRI Scholarships- due 5/3
5. Newcomer Scholarships- due 5/17
6. June 18 Monthly Luncheon
7.  August 20 Fundraising Leadership Symposium
8. Diversity
9. Government Relations

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Thank you to our Monthly Luncheon Sponsor Virginia Fundraising Consultants

Monthly Luncheons

(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
May 21, 2019
June 18, 2019
July 16, 2019
August 20, 2019- FLS
September 17, 2019
October 15, 2019
November 12, 2019- NPD
December 17, 2019

Town Center City Club
222 Central Park Ave. #230
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Registration Fees:
AFP Members $25
Guests $35

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July 24-25, 2019
The Richmond Marriott Hotel
Click Here for more info

Welcome New Members

Aila Castane
Grants & Content Manager
Access College Foundation

Lisa Baehre
Executive Director
Sandler Center Foundation

Rachael Dorsey
Director of Development and Programs
Fear 2 Freedom

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

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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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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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Hello and thank you! Last month I had the opportunity to represent our AFP-HR Chapter at the 2019 AFP International Fundraising Conference in San Antonio. What a wonderful experience it was to connect with other AFP chapters, interact with AFP International staff and learn from top fundraising professionals.

During the opening session, Mike Geiger, president and CEO of AFP, announced three major new programs and member benefits:
• AFP 360°, powered by Korn Ferry, a complete leadership development and career training program
• Negotiation workshops offered in partnership with the American Association of University Women
• Ethics Month in October.
These announcements, especially the first two, are a testament to the value of our AFP membership, and I am pleased to see our international staff forming innovative partnerships that will impact our profession. Read the entire article HERE!

Thank you to the 40 AFP-HR Chapter members who have made donations to our Annual Campaign – Be the Cause! We are just $350 shy of our goal of $3,550 from our chapter! If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to click the link and do so today (gifts of all amounts help us $10, $20 and more)! Be the Cause - Donate Today!

Thank you for being a member of AFP-HR and for what you do to change the world through philanthropy!

Warm Regards,

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

May 21, 2019 Educational Program

Vivian Oden
Leadership: Missing Voices in Philanthropy
Vivian Oden, Vice President for Special Projects, Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Hampton Roads is constantly changing! Are you? How do you engage diverse communities? This presentation will focus on diversity and inclusion around philanthropy. Attendees will learn more about engaging and building relationships with a diverse Hampton Roads community. We will discuss the development of long-term outreach strategies for fundraising and looking beyond the money.

11:30 am Registration/Networking
12:00 pm Program/Lunch

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Click Here to register by 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 16th

May 14, 2019 Membership Networking/Pop-Up Webinar

Happy Donors Keep Finding the Best Donors


Webinar Speaker:
Wayne Olson
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Location: Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23504
Special Directions: Free Parking. Enter main gate, tickets attendants will know about meeting and direct you accordingly.

Webinar Overview:
Happy donors are generous donors, but what makes donors happy? Donor relations guru Wayne Olson shows you how to find new donors and tap into the things that make them happy to get bigger and better donations.

Participants will:
• Learn how to look at donor relations from the customer service lens
• How to discover what makes donors happy
• How to shepherd the best experience for donors

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Webinar
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Networking with Refreshments, Snacks and Cash Bar

Members- free; Nonmembers $10

Click Here to register by 5pm on Thursday, May 9th

Questions: Contact Angela Benard at

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1 hour CFRE approved

National Philanthropy Day- Nominations due May 15

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Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott as AFP-Hampton Roads honors deserving philanthropists, volunteers and fundraisers during our annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Call for Nominations for honorees are now open. This is a wonderful way to celebrate and recognize a special leader, donor, or volunteer important to your organization.

We invite you to submit nominations for these prestigious awards by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Please submit nominations online here (requires Google log-in), or download the applications here and email completed forms and attachments to, Subject: AFP Philanthropy Day Awards. Questions? Please contact National Philanthropy Day chair Kate Wilson at or 757-622-7951.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available now!

Click Here for 2019 opportunities

Presenting Sponsor
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VFRI - Chapter Scholarship Applications Due May 3
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VFRI is excited to announce Kishshana Palmer as the 2019 Day-One Keynote Presenter - Register Now!

The Virginia Fund Raising Institute is hosting their annual conference in Richmond on July 24 and 25. This year our chapter is offering three scholarship types: a scholarship for general members, a young professional scholarship and a diversity scholarship. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships that apply.

All Applicants must be members of the Hampton Roads Chapter of AFP. The VFRI scholarship is valued at $280 and includes access to all sessions, two Continental breakfasts, two lunches and a networking reception. It does not include hotel, additional meals and travel.

Click Here for the scholarship application and submit to Homer Babbitt, Scholarship Chair, by May 3rd.

Newcomer/Membership Scholarship Applications Due May 17

Applicants must be a newcomer to fundraising and should attend all AFP-HR meetings if selected as the winner. Winner may not transfer award to another recipient.

The scholarship covers a one year AFP membership.
The awardee will be required to attend 70% of the monthly meetings and actively participate on a committee.

Click Here to download the application
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 17, 2019 at 5 PM

Applications should be sent to: For questions, contact Homer Babbitt

June 18, 2019 Educational Program

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Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year 2018

Keith Curtis, President, The Curtis Group
Wendy McGrady, Vice President, The Curtis Group

The Curtis Group is proud to present the results of Giving USA 2019. 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, will provide their own analysis of the numbers and give recommendations on how the data can be strategically applied to your fundraising strategy.

In addition to an overview of the annual report on philanthropy, this program will also engage the audience and their feedback through either roundtables or a panel discussion. This session is designed to prepare professionals and board members with information which will assist in their understanding of philanthropy on a macro level as well as tips on how the data can help them increase their fundraising results, and it will give participants an opportunity to compare their organization’s fundraising trends with those of their peers and of those in Giving USA.

The Giving USA 2019 report is first available to the public on Tuesday, June 18th – hear it at AFP Hampton Roads first!

Special Member Benefit: A Professional Headshot – only $25 for AFP Members!

AFP is offering a special member benefit before and after the June 18th Educational Program. We’ll have a professional photographer available to take member headshots. You can use this headshot in your LinkedIn profile, on your company website, or for other social media and publications. You must prepay and sign up for a slot: 11:00am-12:00pm or 1:30pm-2:30pm. A limited number of slots are available, so register today!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Member Headshot Sessions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Program and Lunch (note extended time)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Member Headshot Sessions

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This program has been submitted for CFRE

Click here to sign up for the June Luncheon and your headshot time slot by 5pm, Thursday, June 13th.

August 20, 2019 Fundraising Leadership Symposium

The 2019 Fundraising Leadership Symposium will feature the "Donor Relations Guru," Lynne Wester. Ms. Wester is the preeminent authority in improving every aspect of the donor experience—from developing sound strategy and vision to creating meaningful donor engagement—all designed to help your organization raise more money.

Lynne Wester's guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work. One of the most sought after donor relations speakers in the world, she and her inspiring message have received rave reviews from across the globe.

In a 3.5 hour morning session, Ms. Wester will speak about the “4 Pillars of Donor Relations,” and then help you make the connection with your board to ensure that your very own board members don’t become bored with donor relations.

Join us on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23504. Breakfast will be served.

Invite all your colleagues in fundraising, as well as your volunteer leadership. Everyone will come away from the morning having learned something new, as well as a refreshed outlook on our donor relationships.

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am - Noon        Program

$55 Member
$75 Non-member
$500 Reserved Table of 8

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Click Here to register by 5pm, Thursday, August 15th

Sponsorships available. For more information, please email Joy Eyrolles at or call (757) 779-9406.

Diversity & Inclusion​
May 2019 Diversity
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Government Relations Committee Update
Universal Charitable Deduction Update
Two bills have been introduced that would create a universal charitable deduction, which would allow donors to deduction charitable donations from their taxable income, regardless of whether or not they itemized their taxes.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) has re-introduced the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act, H.R. 651, which he originally introduced in the last Congress. The amount of charitable contributions would not be capped under this legislation. The lead Democratic co-sponsor is Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. For a list of current co-sponsors, click here. The full text of H.R. 651 is here.

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced similar legislation, H.R. 1260. The full text of H.R. 1260 can be found here, with a list of co-sponsors here.

The universal charitable deduction is AFP’s key legislative priority, and both bills have been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Cuellar’s and Rep. Davis’ leadership on this issue is especially critical, as through their positions on the committee, they can manage the legislation through the process and ensure that the universal charitable deduction is included in any comprehensive tax bills that are developed.

Member Action: Please consider encouraging your local U.S. Representative(s) to sponsor either bill that would create the universal charitable deduction.

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

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