President's Message - June 2018

On behalf of the entire AFP Maryland Board we hope this message finds you well, and that you’re enjoying the start to your summer!

Our Fundraising Day in Maryland event on June 4 was a rousing success, and we would like to thank Connelly & Assoc. Fundraising, LLC for being our Presenting & Luncheon Sponsor! The day kicked off with Erika Alston-Buck, who spoke about her remarkable journey from the corporate world to the opening of the Safe Kids Zone in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore City. Our keynote speaker during lunch, Franklyn Baker, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, gave some insight into how his organization views the new normal in philanthropy.

The highlight of the luncheon featured Ray Daue, our Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser recipient, who spoke at length about those who have positively impacted his life, especially his father.

We are now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Youth and Unsung Heroes Awards, both of which will be presented during our National Philanthropy Day Celebration on November 14 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

The Outstanding Youth Award seeks to honor young people who have been agents of change in their communities. The award highlights young individuals that have displayed quality leadership and organizational skills while working for an original project. Proof that the funds raised within Maryland benefited a non-profit organization will also be considered in the selection process. Students in kindergarten through high school are eligible for this award.

The Unsung Heroes Award highlights individuals who have done so much for the non-profits they serve, that may not receive widespread public recognition. We are looking to recognize people who have dedicated many hours and exerted a lot of energy towards the benefit of a philanthropic cause. A nomination should reflect the nominee’s individual impact, while also displaying the person’s ability to generate that same enthusiasm within their peers.

I strongly urge you to nominate deserving individuals for either honor! For information on both awards, or to nominate someone, click here. The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is Friday, June 29.

As an organization that embraces individuals who strive to make their surrounding communities better places, AFP Maryland encourages diversity, equity and inclusion. We thank you for exemplifying those values, and for being a member of AFP Maryland! Our Chapter is stronger because of you and the remarkable work you do each day!

Gen Haines
President, AFP Maryland

Thanks to our New & Renewing Members in May 2018!