AFP Western Maryland Chapter
April 2017
Upcoming Events:

April 19, 2017
Speaker Program: The Art of Asking with Jerry Panas

May 3, 2017
Webinar: 3 Massive Mistakes That Even Smart Fundraisers Make in Raising Major Gifts

May 11, 2017
Frederick County Discovery Group

June 6, 2017
Washington County Discovery Group

June 7, 2017
Carroll County Discovery Group

June 13, 2017
Book Club: Doing Good Better, How Effective Altruism Can Help Others, Do Work that Matters and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back

June 20, 2017
Speaker Program: Doing Right by You: An Introspective Look into Ethics in Fundraising

July 13, 2017
Frederick County Discovery Group

August 2, 2017
Webinar: 40 Ideas in 40 Minutes for Raising More in the Mail
AFP Western Maryland Chapter
c/o The Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 E. Church Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
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From the President
The Western MD Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is on the move! Here are some highlights:
  • We are hosting a workshop on April 19 with world-renowned fundraiser, Jerry Panas, who will discuss the Art of Asking. There are two seats remaining for this opportunity to learn from "the master" in our field!
  • We received the 10-Star Gold Award for 2016. Only 20% of all chapters across the USA, Canada and Mexico are recognized with this honor - the highest award for chapters - as well as the 2016 Friends of Diversity award.
  • Our chapter is growing! We have more than 70 members, and more fundraising professionals are recognizing the value of the educational and networking opportunities we offer to help them enhance their skills.
  • We've started a Happy Hour Book Club to encourage members to read some of the best books in fundraising and discuss them with other professionals over a glass of wine. Our first Book Club took place on April 4 to discuss Jerry Panas' bestseller, Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift. The next Book Club will be June 13th.
  • On June 20, we will host Jason Lee, JD, the Interim President and CEO of AFP International, for a breakfast workshop.  Jason will discuss fundraising ethics as well as the benefits of being an AFP member. 
NOW is the time to get involved and be part of our chapter workshops, committees, and networking opportunities. Your career and professional development will be enhanced through involvement.


Jane DiGirolamo
President - Western Maryland Chapter
Ten Star GOLD Chapter
For the first time, the AFP, Western MD Chapter, has been named a 2016 Ten Star Gold Chapter by the Association of Fundraising Professionals worldwide headquarters. We received the Ten Star Gold Award for performing activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.

Less than 20% of AFP's 243 chapters earn the Ten Star Gold chapter recognition, making us one of the Association's leading chapters around the world.
An Introspective Look into Ethics in Fundraising
What is trust and what is its relationship to ethics and fundraising? The key is to slow down and think through the lives we want to live, our moral values and the ethical situations we face - then encourage discussion about our professional moral lives.

Our program on June 20th hosts Interim President and CEO of AFP, Jason Lee, who will lead participants in an exploration of opportunities and dilemmas that ethics present every day.
Member Spotlight:
Phil York, Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County
Phil York, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, was introduced to AFP during a graduate course on fundraising. Phil began AFP membership in Central Texas while beginning a career in development with Habitat for Humanity. Phil maintains and values friendships with those he met through his original AFP chapter, including a mentor who provided guidance to Phil as a young professional starting in the fundraising field.

When Phil relocated to his home state of Maryland, he continued membership in AFP by joining our Western MD chapter and now serves on the Board here. "I cannot imagine my career without this solid network of peers, leaders and mentors" said Phil.

Phil remarked on the importance of the AFP training he's received. "As a nonprofit professional, we carry the obligation to not only be advocates for our unique missions but to also ethically uphold the values of our field. AFP trainings offer an opportunity for professionals to learn beside their Board, staff and volunteer leadership so learning is cooperative. AFP trainings allow for that shared training environment where all stakeholders and decision makers can learn beside each other."

"The most rewarding thing about being a professional fundraiser is having the daily responsibility and joy to listen to people and to connect them with opportunities to realize their passion."     -Phil York
New & Renewing Members

Welcome New Members!
Margaret Ballantyne, Saint John's Catholic Prep
Karen Caruth, MBA, Breast Cancer and Women's Health Ultrasound Foundation
James Itell, St. James School
Elena Joos, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD, Inc.
Robert Judge, Seton Heritage Ministries
Hannah Mason, MA, Inteleos

Thank You Renewing Members!
Justin Barclay, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
Angie Casterlin, Hospice of Frederick County
Jeanne Dimmick, Covenant Life School
Margaret McGuigan, Saint James School
Dana Pauley, Md Bio Foundation, Inc
Angela Phillips
Katie Rictor, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Thomas Riford, Homewood Retirement Centers
Robin Rose, Frederick Memorial Hospital
Mary Rubin, MBA, Izaak Walton League of America
Beverly Ryan, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Linda M. Ryan, Mission of Mercy
Steve Wantz, Carroll Community College Foundation
Brooke Danielle Winn, Winn Consulting Group
Fundraising Spotlight:
Compensation & Benefits
Did you know that AFP members receive the AFP Compensation & Benefits Report free? The report, valued at $79, contains full data tables for salaries and benefits across all job positions and factors. It also contains data about how fundraisers view their jobs and the profession. 

Members can find the report, along with numerous other resources, in the AFP bookstore.