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2017 Committee Descriptions

Advocacy (vacant)

The Advocacy Committee’s goal is to position AFP as the "experts" in the field of fundraising in Hampton Roads.  In addition, we strive to educate our chapter’s members on issues of importance to fundraisers and philanthropists.  Furthermore, we monitor the issues AFP IHQ is lobbying for and report back to the Board and the general membership on those issues.  Moreover, the committee tries to offer ways our members can advocate for issues of importance to fundraising professionals and philanthropists here in Hampton Roads.” 

Diversity (Stacy Nixon, CFRE)

The Diversity committee has made great strides in encouraging people of diverse communities and backgrounds to join AFP; however, there is still much work to be done. The committee’s goal is for our chapter to be an association that is as diverse as the people represented by the organizations for which we work. The committee works with the other committees to promote diversity through membership, programming, and philanthropy.  Every AFP member is invited to join to seek new ways to make our chapter more diverse. 

Ethics & Mentoring (Kay A. Stine, CFRE)

The Ethics & Mentoring Chair is responsible for forming a committee to pair advanced executives 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 their knowledge and skills as development professionals.  Further, the Chair holds an organized event or activity each year that either focuses on or incorporates the importance of ethics and ethical fundraising.

Fundraising Leadership Symposium (Reese Beeler)

The Fundraising Leadership Symposium Committee is responsible for organizing the chapter’s premiere special education program. The chapter is pleased to be in a position to bring experts in the non-profit/fundraising field to Hampton Roads for the benefit of members, fundraising staff, board members and volunteers.  The committee works on all aspects of the event to include selection of speaker, venue arrangements, event promotion, event logistics, PR, etc.  

Membership (Tom Redmond)

The Membership Committee is responsible for growing membership for the Hampton Roads chapter through recruitment and retention. The Committee executes the membership recruitment and retention plan, coordinates with the Diversity Committee and Programming committee to promote member involvement and diversity. The Committee corresponds with current and potential members and implements events to encourage membership and member involvement at the local and national level. These events include but are not limited to new member orientation, AFP Socials, networking opportunities. 

National Philanthropy Day (Nicole Pellegrino)

 The National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Committee is comprised of board members and AFP general members to assist in the planning and execution of the chapter’s largest annual community event which celebrates the significant contributions of philanthropy with a local emphasis.  NPD Committee members will attend regularly scheduled meetings which will include the following components: venue/catering, application creation and honoree selection, event promotion, event logistics, PR (pre and post event), printed materials, program (script, donor stories, video), VIP/honoree reception, and more.  The NPD Committee offers many opportunities to get involved by using existing skills, enhancing skills and/or networking with development professionals. 

Programming (Rachel Newnam)

The program committee develops and coordinates monthly educational programs and webinars for the chapter. The committee also coordinates special programs such as CFRE Review Course and Fundraising Fundamentals Workshop for the chapter on a biennial basis. The goal of the program committee is to respond to the educational needs of chapter members and other in the community. 

Marketing and Publicity (Renee Duval Fairchild; Andrea Tatum)

This committee directs the external marketing and public relations for the local chapter including the creation and placement of all appropriate media.  The committee manages efforts to present the local chapter to the community in a positive light, advance membership and promote the high ethical standards and professionalism of members.  The Committee develops and advances the strategy for establishing AFP as a brand that is held in high regard. It also produces award videos for National Philanthropy Day honorees. 

Scholarship (Reese Beeler)

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for marketing scholarship opportunities made available through the Hampton Roads chapter. The scholarships include: the Virginia Fundraising Institute Scholarship, the Newcomer Scholarship, the Diversity Scholarship, the Chamberlain Scholarship for the AFP International Conference and the Diversity Scholarship for the AFP International Conference. The Committee publicizes the scholarships and selects the winners of the various scholarships with input from the AFP Board. The Committee corresponds with applicants and encourages individuals interested in learning more about philanthropy to apply for the scholarships. Information about the scholarships is listed on the AFP-HR website.