President's Message - October 2018

 On behalf of the entire AFP Maryland Board we hope this message finds you well, and that you’ve enjoyed the start of autumn!

 Our National Philanthropy Day Celebration is a little over a month away! The event is set to take place at noon on November 14 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. I encourage the entire fundraising community to attend! Individual tickets are $85, while it’s $750 for a table of 10. To register online, click here.

This day of great celebration will honor George and Betsy Sherman as the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund as the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation of the Year. We will also recognize James “Winky” & Florine “Peaches” Camphor with the Community Impact Award.  

And the celebration doesn’t end there!  We will also be honoring our Outstanding Youth Fundraisers and Unsung Heroes awardees during our celebration, sure to be a highlight as it is every year. Our Outstanding Youth Fundraisers for 2018 are Abigail Mackenzie Plylar (Love for Lungs), Bede Marciari (Arthritis Foundation) and Gracie Pendell Jones, Ruya Erickson, and Blake Fisher (Baltimore Ceasefire). We will be honoring five Unsung Heroes this year, including Michelle Green (BARCS), Hunter McKissock (LifeBridge Health), Dan Campbell (Mission of Mercy), Covenant Guild (University of Maryland Children's Hospital) and Paul and Vivian Schafer (University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine).

Congratulations to all our winners, and we look forward to celebrating your tremendous achievements next month!

National Philanthropy Day is truly a day-long celebration, and we offer an outstanding educational program in the morning which is open to lunch attendees.  From 9am to 10am, we offer two concurrent sessions, “Storytelling to Fuel Fundraising,” and for those with 10+ years’ of experience, “The Fundraising Power Couple: The Relationship between the CEO and CDO.” Then, from 10:15am to 11:30am, join us for our popular Donor Panel of past National Philanthropy Day awardees.  These sessions are only available to luncheon attendees, and will fill up, so register early to secure your seat.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of our National Philanthropy Day sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor, Connelly & Assoc. Fundraising, LLC. This fantastic event couldn’t happen without their support, so we greatly appreciate all of our sponsors! Sponsorships are still available! Click here to see which packages are still available, and how it could benefit your business to get involved.

There is still time to register for this week’s educational program, “Happily Ever After: Development & Marketing?”  Join us This Thursday, Oct. 11, to learn from a panel of development AND marketing professionals. Thank you to our venue host, Maryland Nonprofits at 1500 Union Avenue in Baltimore.

Don't forget to check our calendar for the schedule of upcoming monthly roundtables.  The Major Gifts Roundtable is being facilitated by Jennifer Summers on November 16 at 8:30 AM

Our Small Shop Roundtable will take place at noon on November 21. Strong City Baltimore at 3503 N. Charles Street will be hosting it, and Katie Sutton will be our facilitator.   

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