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SAVE THE DATE - National Philanthropy Day 2017


Sheraton Waikiki


 AFP Education Session: Sustaining Your Major Gifts Program - March 21, 2017

In this session, we will dive into the groundbreaking research on major gift fundraising conducted by Adrian Sargeant PhD - Professor of Fundraising and Director at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy Plymouth Business School - and leading fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE. Register Now!


RFP For 2017 Chapter Educational Programs 

The AFP Aloha Chapter seeks proposals for educational programs for its 2017 program year.
Program topics should appeal to fund development professionals, executive directors and CEOs, board members and volunteers. 
Topics range from the science of fundraising strategies to leadership skills, current events affecting the field, the use of technology and other areas of interest to our membership. Apply Now!

President's Message

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Dear Aloha Chapter Members and Friends:

On behalf of the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter Board of Directors, Happy New Year! 

We just finished reporting our accomplishments in 2016, and here we are again in front of you with plans for the new year!

This year Aloha Chapter is ably served by an agile and enthusiastic board composed of leaders who have years of leadership experience in AFP. The board recently held its first meeting of 2017 and is committed to moving our programs forward while providing even better service to you, our members.

This year, we are planning to focus on building robust educational programs to advance the professional development of fundraisers. The professional advancement committee's programs are the heartbeat of Aloha Chapter. Chaired by Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum's Vice President for Institutional Advancement Courtney Chow and co- chaired by Lori Admiral, Associate Vice President for Development of the University of Hawaii Foundation, we anticipate exciting presentations by notable experts and brown bag peer discussions on selected issues throughout the year.

Our new Membership Chair KC Collins, CFRE, is Executive Director of Development, Regional and Community Colleges of the University of Hawaii Foundation. An experienced past board member who has returned to board service, she has an ambition to care for each of our members. 

Urban, suburban or rural, large or small, our non-profit organizations share the need for ethical fundraising professionals who can mean the difference between a valuable service being provided, or not, in our community.

Working together to be a voice for ethical fundraising and donor protections, AFP Aloha Chapter membership will have an effect on state decision-making on issues of common interest. Michael J. Robinson, Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs of Hawaii Pacific Health, continues his exemplary leadership of the Government Relations Committee through 2017, and assures that our chapter will remain an active participant in this process.

Community leaders are increasingly aware of the crucial role professional fundraisers play in the overall viability of nonprofit organizations. And when leaders use the terms "culture of philanthropy" in strategic planning sessions, and are willing to create infrastructure that holistically supports the fundraising process from board management practices to overall staff and management training, we will know we have had an effect. In the meantime, 2017 Public Relations Chair Norma Spierings, Vice President of Development and Community Relations of Parents & Children Together, will continue to solicit media and other opportunities for us to tell our story. 

We keep receiving accolades for our recent 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards luncheon, Philanthropy: a Catalyst for Change. Last year's annual event was chaired by Angie Britten, Development Director of Hawaii Island Land Trust and Michelle Morihara, Corporate Development Officer for Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. This year, the duo has pledged to do it again, only better! Very soon, they'll be recruiting their A-Team to get that monster ball rolling again.

AFP also has an annual campaign. Entitled Be the Cause, it will be chaired locally by Maile Kawamura, Vice-President for Market Development of the Arthritis Foundation. Expect contact and an ask. Please give generously this year! Remember, we get 25-35 percent back to our chapter, too, if we achieve our local annual funding goal in the 2017 drive. 

A key factor in our chapter's ability to sustain educational programs is our ability to raise money--yes, we too have to raise money. So Darcie Yukimura, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer of the Hawaii Community Foundation, has stepped up to chair our Resource Development Committee to develop major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Manning the helm of the Committee on Directorship this year once again is Mike Moses, Director of the Iolani Fund at Iolani School. One of the most influential board committees, it is in charge of making sure our board has the background and experience it needs to implement our strategic plan. It recruits, trains and evaluates that leadership, and oversees the administrative services contract. 

Amply powered in 2017, we are enthusiastic about 2017!

Please plan to attend our exciting educational sessions this year, and definitely plan to attend the National Philanthropy Day conference in November. The 54th AFP International Fundraising Conference will be held in
 San Francisco, CA, April 30 - May 2, 2017. Attending my first international conference changed my life, and put me on the career path that I navigate to this day. If you've never attended, please take a look at scholarship opportunities for first-time attendees.

Each new year heralds changes that shape our organization. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as your president to help navigate these changes, and I look forward to seeing you at our programs. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me about any issue of concern or interest to you. You can reach me directly at

Me ka `oia`i`o, 

S. Sanae Tokumura


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