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October 2018 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. October 16 Educational   Program
2.  October 23 CFRE Prep Course Informational Session
3. November 7 New Member Orientation Lunch
4. Membership Coupon
5.  NPD  Sponsorships Available; Register Now
6.  Government Relations
7.  Mentoring Program
8.  Diversity 
9.  Be the Cause

Monthly Program Sponsor
Specialists in Hampton Roads Philanthropy Since 1984

Monthly Luncheons

(3rd Tuesday of the Month)
October 16, 2018
December 18, 2018

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

Registration Fees:
AFP Members $25
Guests $35

CFRE Prep Course Information Session-
Tuesday, Oct 23rd at 3pm
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Click Here to RSVP by 10/22


Welcome New Members

Jennifer McGee

YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Patti Seeman
Director of Development
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater

Andre Small
Cathedral of Faith Christian School

2018 Member Anniversaries

20 Years
Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D

15 Years
Connie McKenzie, CFRE

10 Years
Suzanne Nowers
Jessica Lombardi
David Shufflebarger, CFRE

5 Years
Alex Pomerantz
Brooks Lively
Mary-Ellen McLean
Jennifer Orlando
Catye Brown
Susan Graves
Stacy Nixon, CFRE
Kate Pringle

Renew/Update Your Membership
Click Here


AFP-HR Job Postings

AFP Code of Ethical Standards

A Donor Bill of Rights

AFP Summer Magazine
To Read the Summer 2018 ​​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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Dear AFP-Hampton Roads Members,

On October 16th we will be hosting our chapter’s Annual Meeting. This is always a member favorite and I hope you’ll make plans to join us and learn more about our AFP-HR chapter, VOTE on the proposed 2019 AFP-HR Board Slate and participate in roundtable discussions on a variety of topics hosted by AFP-HR Past Presidents and Board members.

If you haven’t already, please make plans to attend National Philanthropy Day on November 28th. This event is our chapter’s signature event where we celebrate with close to 600 fundraising professionals, philanthropists and business leaders the impact of philanthropy in Hampton Roads. Join me in being a Friend of AFP-Hampton Roads sponsor! For $100 you can support our chapter, our National Philanthropy Day celebration and be listed in the NPD booklet as a sponsor. Click here to be included as a friend:

We have so many great offerings for our members. Please take a moment to learn more about the CFRE Prep Course information session, the new member benefits lunch, our Mentoring Program, updates from Government Relations and more!

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on October 16th!

Warm regards,

Laurie Harrison
2018 President, AFP-HR

October 16th Educational Program
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Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
11:30AM TO 1:00PM

Join AFP-Hampton Roads for our Annual Meeting and one of our favorite luncheon programs! Learn more about how you can become more involved in our chapter and participate in electing the 2019 Board Slate. Additionally, this luncheon will feature casual roundtable discussions on topics including:

• Major giving
• Annual giving
• Planned & Legacy giving
• Stewardship & cultivation
• Marketing & Communications
• Special events
• Mentorship and professional development
• Spooky stories from the field

Don’t miss this chance to learn from seasoned colleagues, share successes and challenges, review best practices and hopefully meet a new friend or reliable resource!

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Program and Lunch

Click Here to Register by 5pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018

CFRE Prep Course Information Session

Date: Tuesday, Oct 23rd
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00pm
Location: Hampton Roads Community Foundation

If you are interested in earning your CFRE, join us for this informational session about the AFP CFRE Refresher Course.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course (formerly CFRE Review Course) takes a new approach that asks participants to apply fundraising theory, skills, and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on three or more years of professional experience in fundraising. This course is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge, and peer exchange of best practices - all of which are facilitated by a knowledgeable fundraising practitioner. It is not presented in a lecture format.

Click Here to RSVP by Monday, October 22nd

New Member Orientation Lunch- November 7th

Date: Wednesday November 7, 2018
Time: Noon to 1:00 pm
Place: Simon Family Jewish Community Center
5000 Corporate Woods Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

If you’re new to AFP, new to our chapter or simply want to take full advantage of your membership, join this one hour session that highlights the resources and opportunities afforded to you as an AFP member. Bring your own lunch or come early to pick up something from Cardo Café. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

Questions: Contact Rick Nikkel, Membership Co Chair at 757-620-2343

Click Here to RSVP by Monday, November 5th at 5PM

Membership Coupon

$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount!

In honor of National Philanthropy Day®, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members
joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2018!

Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and
include this coupon with your payment.*

Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2018
*Coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. Can also be
redeemed online by using discount code NPD2018.

Questions, call the AFP Membership Department at (800)666-3863.
AFP, 4300 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203 /Fax: 703-684-1950


Join us to celebrate our 2018 National Philanthropy Honorees on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Hilton Norfolk The Main.

Outstanding Philanthropists
Richard and Leah Waitzer
Outstanding Corporation
The Dragas Companies
Outstanding Foundation
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Serena Amerson, CFRE
Outstanding Non-Profit in Fundraising
Virginia Wesleyan University
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Wendy Drucker
Outstanding Community Organization
The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach

Registration Open-Click Here to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Click Here
for details.

For more information: Sponsorship Chair: Kenda Council at or NPD Chair: Ashley Gentry at

Presenting Sponsor

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Government Relations
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Fall is here and it’s time to get in the know about what is happening in the government relations scene – in the Commonwealth of VA and the United States.  Here are a few tips and resources:

  • Be mindful that many of your donors/prospects will be engaged/interested in what is going on legislatively; you don’t have to be an expert, but you do need to know what is going on.

o   Midterm Congressional, State and Local Elections:
o   Virginia General Assembly:

  • Your donors/prospect may be supporting candidates financially via political actions committee (PAC) – this could impact their giving to you.

o   Federal Election Committee – USA:
o   Virginia Dept of Elections info of PACs:

  • ·Please ensure your are registered and exercise your right to vote.

o   How to Register – VA:
o   Understanding Voting Rights – VA:

Contact Serena Amerson, CFRE, Government Relations Chair with questions – 757-961.2015.

Mentoring Program
Mentoring Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Winter session of the AFP-HR Mentor Partnership Program.

Everyone, regardless of years of experience in the field, can benefit from the sage advice of a mentor at some point, or several points, in their careers.

The AFP Hampton Roads Mentor Partnership Program is designed to support and nurture fundraising professionals in the Hampton Roads area by pairing advanced development professionals with those members who are new to the field of fundraising, contemplating a career change, or seeking expert guidance in order to provide one-on-one assistance that will enhance your knowledge and skills as development professionals.

The next six-month session will begin in January 2019.

If you are interested in participating in the winter session as a mentee, please submit an application (found on the AFP-Website) by October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Virginia Thumm at

Click Here to download the Mentee Application

Diversity & Inclusion​
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The Diverse Communities Scholarship application is now open for members of diverse communities to attend the 2019 AFP International Fundraising Conference:
2019 Diverse Communities Scholarship Application .
It is open to members and non-members. Please feel free to apply and to share this with anyone you feel would be a good candidate.

Additional Information:
1.  AFP International Fundraising Conference San Antonio, TX, March 31 - April 2, 2019.
2.  AFP is pleased to offer $1,500 scholarships ($799 conference registration fee + some travel expenses) for each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities.
3.  AFP’s diverse communities include: African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or another underrepresented community.
4.  The application process will open September 1 – October 31, 2018. Deadline for application submission is October 31, 2018. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2018.

13. BE the CAUSE Logo - No Bar

Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform—describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it.

When you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good.

You can go online to to make your gift.


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