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October 2020 Newsletter

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In This Issue

1. October 20, 2020 Program
2. NPD Community Champions
3. IDEA Survey
4. BE the CAUSE Matching Gift
5. Ethics Awareness Month
6. Membership Communications
7. 2021 Board Slate- VOTE

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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


NPD Community Champions
NPD Community Champtions 
Click here to submit by 10/16

Be the Cause Matching Gift
13. BE the CAUSE Logo - No Bar 
Click here to donate 10/14-15

IDEA Survey
Your opinion matters
Click Here to take the survey by 10/12 at 5PM

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
 July IDEA pic
Click Here for article

Welcome New Members

Renyatta Banks

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
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,

I encourage you to read this newsletter from top to bottom as it's full of exciting chapter news and information!

I hope you enjoyed attending our September panel discussion, “Gaining Insight into Donor Diversity.” Our panelists discussed ways fundraisers can engage and cultivate relationships with donors from diverse backgrounds. Thank you to Shira Turner and Kate Powell, co-chairs of the Programs Committee, along with their committee members who helped organize this informative session.

October is Ethics Awareness Month for AFP. The goal for AFP Ethics Awareness Month is to help us live ethics, grow our ethical skills and demonstrate our commitment to the highest ethical standards. To explore more AFP Global Resources about ethics visit:

At our October 20th meeting, we will hold our Annual Meeting. At the meeting, we will finalize the Slate of Officers, summarize the 2020 AFP-HR year and host a Virtual Events Workshop presented by Reimagined Experiences. I hope you will make plans to join us for this free event!  Click here to register today.


In November, we will celebrate National Philanthropy Day! While we will not be hosting our traditional National Philanthropy Day luncheon celebration, our NPD committee has been making plans to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy by honoring Community Champions! Honor a Community Champion today by clicking here! 

Lastly, I am pleased to present you with the AFP-HR 2021 Slate. We are grateful to Nicole Pellegrino, Past President and Nominating Chair, who has worked tirelessly with her committee to build our 2021 Slate of Directors. While we typically vote in person, we will be voting electronically this year.  

All terms are one (1) year. The Nominating Committee, as well as the current AFP-HR Chapter Board, have vetted the slate and present the slate for your approval. You may vote starting today. The last day to submit your vote will be on October 20th by 1pm. One vote per member. Please click the link below to register your vote:

AFP-HR Board Slate 2021 - Click to Vote

AFP Hampton Roads 2021 Slate of Board of Directors

President: Kate Wilson (Hampton Roads Community Foundation)
President-Elect/ Finance Council Chair: Joy Eyrolles, MPA, CFRE (Anchor Scholarship Foundation)
Treasurer: Emily Peck (Virginia Beach SPCA)
Secretary: Melissa Hlinovsky (Nansemond-Suffolk Academy)
Immediate Past President/Nominating Chair: Kenda Council (Nansemond-Suffolk Academy)

Committee Leadership
National Philanthropy Day Chair: Amy Weinstein, CFRE (Beth Sholom Village)
Membership Co-Chair: Angela Walsh-Benard, CFRE (Virginia Zoological Society)
Membership Co-Chair: Brooks Lively (Eastern Virginia Medical School)
Educational Programs Co-Chair: Kate Powell, CFRE
Educational Programs Co-Chair: Shira Turner, CFRE (American Red Cross)
Continuing Education Chair: Blake Marton, CFRE
Communications Co-Chair: Ashley Greene (Western Tidewater Free Clinic)
Communications Co-Chair: Patrick Belcher (PB&J MarComm)
Scholarship Chair: Linda Dyer (Virginia Symphony Orchestra)
Sponsorship Chair: April Le
IDEA Chair: Jessica Johnson (PETA)
Ethics and Mentoring Chair: Virginia Thumm (Virginia Fundraising Consultants)
Government Relations Chair: Trish Carrier (DatocWitten Group, Inc.)
Fundraising Leadership Symposium: Abbie Hacker (The Curtis Group)

Returning Members At-Large
Allison Bough, MBA, CFRE (SparkNonprofit, LLC)
Nicole Pellegrino, CFRE (Eastern Virginia Medical School)
Kerry O'Donnell (MOCA)

New Members At-Large
Mary Helen Hilton (Edmarc)
Amy Moynihan, Ph.D.(Old Dominion University)
Jillian Talley (YWCA)
Tristan Carter Warren (The Up Center)

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Keep up the good work,

Kenda G. Council
2020 President, AFP-HR


OCTOBER PROGRAM- Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00 noon

Topic: Annual Meeting and Virtual Events Workshop

11:30am-12pm Annual Meeting
12pm-1pm Virtual Events Workshop by Reimagined Experiences

Join us for a discussion on how to plan, develop, and execute virtual/online fundraising events with Trace Kingham and Effie Santos of Reimagined Experiences.

Cost: No charge. Please invite your colleagues.
Click Here to register via Zoom by October 20th

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Applying for 1.5 hours

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY- Celebrate your Community Champions

NPD Community Champtions

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the National Philanthropy Day Committee, we want to thank you for all that you’ve done in 2020.
Your hard work serving your organization, the people who benefit directly from your organization, and our entire community helps us get through this crisis, one day at a time.

2020 certainly has been exceptional! Like so many other things, National Philanthropy Day will look a bit different this year. In lieu of a National Philanthropy Day in-person event, we are offering AFP-HR members an exclusive opportunity. National Philanthropy Day 2020 will be celebrating Community Champions!

Take this opportunity to recognize someone, or even your own organization, who has always made a difference and continued to do so through a global pandemic. This is a wonderful way to recognize and steward those who have helped your cause in a meaningful way. This opportunity is only available to active AFP-HR members. Help us celebrate the “Power of Philanthropy” in Hampton Roads!

Too many Community Champions to name but still want to support the “Power of Philanthropy” NPD 2020 Community Champion Celebration? Simply type Friend of AFP-HR in the Community Champion field in the registration form to submit your $100 sponsorship.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020

Click Here for details.

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)- SURVEY- Due 10/12
 Your opinion matters
Wow, thanks to everyone who has taken the demographic survey so far! We currently have 46 responses, but we need 20 more to make our project viable. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please take a moment to now. It only takes a minute! Thank YOU for all you do for our community and chapter. Please take the survey by 5pm on October 12th.


 13. BE the CAUSE Logo - No Bar

Please consider making your AFP Be the Cause annual donation this year and take advantage of the BE the CAUSE Matching Program! For every gift (not pledge) of at least $20 made from October 14-15, the program will provide a $10 match that is counted toward our chapter’s BE the CAUSE results. A portion of funds raised from BE the CAUSE goes directly back to our chapter.

Click here to donate on October 14-15.


What does it mean to be ethical?  As fundraisers, we make important choices almost every day—on how to approach donors, how their gifts should be recognized, etc. and unfortunately we sometimes come across difficult decisions which are not black and white, but tinged with shades of gray.

Thankfully, the AFP code of ethics gives us a good map to navigate when we come up against sticky situations.  I find it helpful, every once in a while, to revisit the AFP Code of Ethics to refresh my knowledge and remind me that, sometimes there are easy answers.

As October is ethics month, I urge everyone to dust off their Code of Ethics and read through it this month to remind yourself of the basics of ethical fundraising.

And when you do, you might test yourself with these ethical dilemmas.  (We’ll provide answers in next month’s newsletter.)

Ethical Dilemma #1:   A donor contacted a university and asked if he could contribute a charitable contribution to pay the college tuition of a student he knows.  What should the college’s answer be?

Ethical Dilemma #2:  Your Board Chairman wants to hire as Campaign Director a highly seasoned, successful salesperson, who was the top salesperson at GE for a decade. This candidate is clearly the best option. However, she will only work on a percentage-based compensation plan.  Would you hire her?

Ethical Dilemma #3:  A donor says that he will consider a $250,000 gift to the campaign if their institution will hire his sister, who is actually fully qualified for the position, for a nursing role within the hospital. Do you accept the gift and hire his sister?

Ethical Dilemma #4:  Suppose an elderly major donor has bought you a gold ring as a thank-you gift for helping arrange a planned gift of $1 million to your organization. You know the donor and know that the donor would probably be offended if you turned down the gift.  What should you do?

I encourage you to reach out to a colleague to discuss these questions and jump-start a fuller conversation on fundraising ethics.

And, if you have any concerns or situations you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me at

Here are some helpful resources:

AFP Code of Ethics 

AFP Deep Dives Into the AFP Code of Ethical Standards 

Register for the free AFP member-exclusive webinar on October 22, Ethics: It's Not Just About the Money.

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2021 Board Slate- VOTE by October 20, 2020 at 1PM

The Nominating Committee, as well as the current AFP-HR Chapter Board, have vetted the slate and present the slate for your approval.

You may vote starting today. The last day to submit your vote will be on October 20th by 1pm. One vote per member.

Please click the link below to register your vote:
AFP-HR Board Slate 2021 - Click to Vote


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