President's Message - January 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors – Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019!  It is going to be an exciting year for the Maryland Chapter! 

I want to give a special thanks to our returning Board members, our Chapter would not be strong without your commitment and dedication to advancing the profession.  Welcome and thank you to our newest Board members who have agreed to share their time and talent by joining the Board – Andrea Martin, Beth Ryan, Emily Kindred, and Orlisha Fox.   I also want to offer a sincere thanks to those members who have stepped off the Board this year.  Thank you for your service and dedication Anne-Marie Thornton, Jessi Trice, James Wynn, Jeff Dunbow, Mike Bamonti and Kathleen Elliott – thank you for all you have done and continue to do for AFP Maryland.

Fundraising Day in Maryland will be held on Monday, June 10 at the BWI Airport Marriott.  Remember, to submit your nomination(s) for Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year – the deadline for submission has been extended till January 31, 2019.  This is a great way to honor and recognize that special volunteer that goes above and beyond for your organization.  You can view the criteria and submit your nomination online. Remember too, we are continuing to seek presenters.  Fundraising Day is filled with informative sessions offering a wide array of topics.  Learn more about how you can participate as a presenter on our website.

We are very proud of the 2018 AFP Maryland’s National Philanthropy Day Community Impact Award recipients James “Winky” and Florine “Peaches” Camphor.  They were featured in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, January 6th and on their website. Please take a minute to read their article if you missed it, it is a truly inspiring example of what philanthropy is and how it impacts so many!

As always, thanks to each of you for your membership and support.  Please feel free to reach out to me personally should you have a question, comment or suggestion.  As we continue to work together, our Chapter can only be strengthened.  I look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

 Gen Haines

President, AFP Maryland