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September 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. September 15, 2020 Program
2. October 20, 2020 Program
3. Membership Scholarships
4. IDEA Survey
5. Mentoring Fall Program
6. Membership Communications
7. Board Nominations

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Thank you to our Monthly Luncheon Sponsor Virginia Fundraising Consultants

Monthly Meetings

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

October 20, 2020
December 15, 2020

Registration Fees:
No cost to Members and Guests


IDEA Survey

Click Here to take the survey

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

Michelle Ellis Young
YWCA Hampton Roads

Sharae Stephen
HR Generalist
Edgar Cayce ARE

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,

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!

I hope you enjoyed attending our Fundraising Leadership Symposium that took place virtually Tuesday, August 18th. The 2020 Symposium featured Kim Ades with Frame of Mind Coaching and featured the topic: “How Top Leaders THINK During a Crisis.” We had rave reviews! Thank you to Brooks Lively and her FLS Committee for hosting such a great chapter event. Additionally, I’d like to thank AFP Board member, Kate Powell, for helping make sure our technology worked perfectly for the event.

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. Stay tuned for more information to come soon!

Please take a moment to read our newsletter to learn about scholarship opportunities and the many ways to get involved in our chapter!

Keep up the good work,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR


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.

Our panel will be 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,
Viviana Fullwood, education entrepreneur and Board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia, and
Dr. Arlene Fontanares, OB/GYN and First Vice Chair of the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater


Cost: No charge. Please invite your colleagues.

Click Here to register via Zoom by September 15th

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Applying for 1.5 hours

OCTOBER PROGRAM- Thursday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00 Noon- Save the Date for our Annual Chapter Meeting



AFP understands the economic challenges that current and prospective members face as a result of COVID-19. We are pleased to announce a new scholarship program with the goal of recruiting new members and retaining existing members who are unable to afford their annual membership dues.

We are excited to offer six scholarships for our chapter! (3 for new members; 3 for renewing members)

The scholarship covers a one-year AFP membership.

Scholarship Recipients are required to participate in a committee actively and are strongly encouraged to attend all AFP-HR meetings.

The AFP-HR meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Town Center City Club (222 Central Park Avenue #230, Virginia Beach, VA  23462), but are currently made available via Zoom.

Please note that the scholarships are not transferrable to other recipients. 

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

Applications should be sent to: For questions call Scholarship Committee chair, Linda Dyer at 757-672-2045.

Click Here to download the application.


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

 Your opinion matters

The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Hampton Roads Chapter's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee is conducting a survey seeking demographic data from our chapter 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. When compiled, we believe this information will create meaningful chapter committee discussions that will help us improve representation within our chapter and 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, IDEA Committee Chair at

Thank you for all that you do for our community and for your help in advancing the future of our AFP chapter!


Mentoring Program 

Fall 2020 Mentor Partnership Program announced!

We are happy to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fall class of the AFP-HR Mentor Partnership Program.

Any AFP-HR member can apply for the five-month mentor program, which pairs fundraisers seeking advice with seasoned professionals.  Discussions are completely confidential, providing a safe place for fundraisers to explore their challenges and opportunities.

The 2020 Fall session will run for five months – September through January. We hope during that time our mentees and mentors will meet regularly (at least monthly) to develop a strong relationship and meaningfully explore pressing topics.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

Click Here for details and to download the application.

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Click here for step by step instructions on how to update your profile.

2021 Board Nominations- Due September 4, 2020
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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.


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