Monthly President's Message - January 2021

Hello AFP Members,

No doubt that 2020 has forever changed our world; from our personal lives to our professional lives and our communities as a whole. For me, it has also become a change in perspective. I was particularly inspired by the way our philanthropic community came together to step in and make sure that our work could continue and that we could support those most negatively impacted by COVID. One of my favorite examples is the COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore; 16 funders coming together to provide immediate relief efforts to organizations. What a great example of innovation and unity in such a critical time for all of us.

With a new year upon us, I hope you, as I have will take the time to reflect and think about what new perspectives you’ve gained in the changes of 2020. Some of these changes may have led to positive results; maybe your emergency fundraising opened you up to new donors. Maybe those changes weren’t great; you had to cancel your largest fundraising event and were left with gaps in your funding. Whatever those changes, what can those perspectives teach you about your work?

With 2020 behind us, I’m encouraged in thinking ahead and using lessons learned to amplify out of the box thinking in our fundraising efforts, and how we can continue to redefine and inspire. I remembered how quickly our Board, volunteers, and membership came together to stay engaged through joining or renewing, eagerly attending our new virtual programs, participating in our virtual happy hours, and supporting us at National Philanthropy Day. It changed my perspective from what if to we did.

I want to thank all of you for continuing to change with us – we look forward to seeing you virtually at one of our upcoming programs, roundtables, or virtual happy hours. Our Chapter remains steadfast in its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, providing our membership with new and innovative programming and continuing to be a trusted and valuable resource for the fundraising profession.

Please also join me in welcoming our 2021 Board of Directors – I am honored to be working with such an incredible group of non-profit leaders to lead this organization over the next year. As always, be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming programs, roundtables, and affinity group virtual events.


 Sam Flottemesch Heashot

Samantha Flottemesch
President, AFP Maryland Chapter

P.S. Be on the lookout for an upcoming membership satisfaction survey. We want to hear from you about how the Chapter can better support you in the year ahead!

AFP Maryland - 4 Things You Need To Know

1. Donate to BE the CAUSE or the AFP Maryland Chapter 

Start the year with a commitment to the fundraising profession! Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform— describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it. When you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good.

Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national, and international programs. Your ongoing support of AFP Maryland is vital to our profession and future programming opportunities. There are many ways you can continually support AFP Maryland and ensure fundraisers like you have access to high quality educational, networking, and professional opportunities. 

You can also make a gift directly to the Maryland Chapter to support our Chapter General Fund. These funds will support the overall operating costs of the chapter, and allow the chapter to continue to offer outstanding networking and educational programs and continue to be a resource for fundraising professionals throughout Maryland.  

2. Connect Members to Job Opportunities!

AFP MD Chapter offers a robust job bank that can help your organization reach more than 3,000 fundraising and development professionals for your current opening, or use our job bank to explore opportunities to land your dream job.

One-time listings:

  • 30-day listing:  $100 for AFP members / $250 for non-members
  • 60-day listing:  $150 for AFP members / $350 for non-members

Multiple-listing packages (20% savings)*

  • 30-day listing: Purchase a 3-pack of listings for $240 member or $600 non-member
  • 60-day listing: Purchase a 3-pack of listings for $360 member or $840 non-member

*multiple-listing packages must be used within the current calendar year.

A la carte options can be added to one-time and multiple-listing packages.

  • Featured job listing in monthly Chapter e-newsletter and accompanying social media post (Contains job description and agency mission) - $100
  • Featured website banner ad for 30 days - $100; must provide artwork 

To reserve your job listing today.

To search for a job.

3. Mentorship Program Coming! 

Mentorship – The AFP Maryland Chapter is excited to welcome Laura Urban as our 2021 Mentorship Chair. Laura will be reenergizing the Mentorship Program, and we are excited to continue to offer this valuable resource to our fundraising community. For more information about our program, or to learn how to become a mentor or mentee, please visit our website, or contact the Chapter at [email protected].


4. Special Congratulations  

A special congratulations to our members who recently received their CFRE certifications:












Interested in learning more about the CFRE certification process, or, joining our CFRE study group? Please contact Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE, and CFRE Chair at [email protected]

In This Issue...

As we look ahead...

Mentorship Program Coming

Congrats to...

Renewing Members
in December


Manny J. Arencibia CFRE
 Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore

Maura Burnett
Loyola University Maryland

Theresa Clark
Catholic Relief Services

Holly A Cole
Anne Arundel Community College Foundation

Denise Dregier
Harford Community College

Jill Feinberg
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Marcy K. Kolodny
Dyslexia Tutoring Program

Heather Longley, BA
Catholic Relief Services

Jennie Lucca
The Children's Inn At NIH

Psalms Rojas, MSW
Marian House

Sonia Socha

Kara Allison Stambach

Katie Sutton
Cristo Rey Jesuit HS

Rebecca Teaff
Redstart Creative

Tamara W. Zavislan

 New Members
in December

Carrie Stickel
Foundation For Baltimore Leadership School For You

Jessika A. Williams
The Samaritan Women

*Membership information is provided by AFP Headquarters. Membership inquiries should be sent to [email protected]