President's Message - April 2018

On behalf of the entire AFP Maryland Board we hope you are enjoying the start of Spring, despite the chilly temperatures!

Don’t forget the Harford Celebration of Philanthropy will be hosted Wednesday, April 11 at the Water’s Edge Events Center. The event kicks off with at 8:30 AM with a registration and networking period before a presentation from Jennifer Pelton, CFRE, Director of Development, Public Justice Center. Her workshop will focus on successful strategies around engaging and inspiring board members to be excellent, well-prepared brand-ambassadors and resource-attractors for your mission. You won’t want to miss it!

After the morning program, there will be a luncheon during which AFP Maryland will celebrate those who have been agents of change in Harford County. This year’s honorees include: Tom and Sharon Walls and Katie Hargrove as the Family Philanthropists of the Year; Erin Acerno, Southampton Middle School and Robert Temeh, The John Carroll School as Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraisers; the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance as Outstanding Business Philanthropist. William H. Cox, Jr.  will receive the Terry Troy Award for Volunteer Service. To learn more about this outstanding event, click here!

The nomination form for the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropists is now available, for more information click here. AFP Maryland is looking to highlight individuals who fully represent the true spirit of giving by promoting the well-being of others and the betterment of the community. Recipients will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day celebration on Wednesday, November 14 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, with presenting sponsor Connelly & Assoc. Fundraising, LLC.

The deadline for nominations is May 25. If you have any questions or concerns about the nomination process, contact Kate McGuire, the Selection Committee Chair, at

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 strong because of you and the remarkable work you do each day!

Gen Haines
AFP Maryland