Spring is just around the corner and the Chapter continues to arrange Happy Hours, programs and of course Fundraising Day in Maryland.  This year promises to be a busy one and one that I hope enhances the value of your membership.  Join us as we celebrate spring at our Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 3 at Union Craft Brewing.  Learn more and RSVP online.

I am pleased to share that our AFP Maryland Chapter has again been awarded the designation of being a Ten Star Chapter.  Congratulations and thanks to each of you! Your participation in events and programs enables AFP Maryland to continue to increase professionalism in fundraising and raise public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. On behalf of the entire Board, thank you for your support and your continued participation.  We are all stronger because of your commitment.

AFP Maryland was recently featured in the Baltimore Business Journal discussing how many small nonprofits compete for donors when launching multi-million dollar Capital Campaigns.  If you missed the article, please click here, it has valuable insight for those in a Campaign, or thinking about undertaking a Campaign.  Congratulations to the St. Francis Neighborhood Center for its success as it gets ready to transform its 125 year old facility. 

Fundraising Day in Maryland is set for June 10th at the BWI Airport Marriott.  The Committee is busy finalizing the presentations, keynote speakers and announcing the winner of this year’s Volunteer Fundraiser.  Please mark your calendars for June 10th, the day promises to be filled with great presenters, networking with colleagues and of course, the award for that individual or couple who have gone above and beyond to share their talent, resources and commitment to nonprofits in the area.   The selection Committee will be making the announcement soon so stay tuned.

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

P.S. AFP Maryland offers additional networking opportunities at our monthly roundtables for Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Small Shop fundraisers.  Visit our Event Calendar for a list of upcoming meeting times and topics.