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Happy New Year! Wishing you a successful and prosperous 2017!


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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!

What a Wonderful 2016!

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S. Sanae Tokumura, ACFRE, APR



As we close the door on 2016, I thank you for your commitment to the ideals of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and for your support of your local AFP chapter. It is a privilege to work with you and to serve as your president. The Aloha Chapter board and I look forward to the coming year with great anticipation. 2016 was a banner year in many respects. We remained steady in our membership, and have experienced great success in our non-dues revenue areas.


Thanks to strong leadership of our 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day event with Angie Britten and Michelle Morihara as co-chairs, and strong fundraising leadership for that event from NPD Sponsorship Chair Mike Robinson, we have finished this year in excellent financial position. In addition, Janice Knapp, CFRE this year has laid the foundation for unrestricted giving to Aloha Chapter with her strategic efforts as chair of the Resource Development Committee, assisted by Darcie Yukimura, Kauai board member.


Be the Cause, AFP's annual campaign, was ably chaired this year by President-Elect Cathy Alsup, CFRE. Aloha Chapter will receive 25 percent of all funds raised this year through this effort. If you haven't made your annual gift yet, please go to: today!


Many consider the education aspect of AFP the heart of this organization. Our deep thanks have been expressed to Professional Advancement and Mentorship Committee Chair Kerri Van Duyne as she steps off the board to focus on her capital campaign at the YMCA of Honolulu. Kerri has assured us that she will remain as chair of the committee's Subcommittee on Mentorship.


Also leaving our board at the end of the year are John Keene, CFRE, after many years of steady leadership; Cara Mazzei who has taken on a new challenge as the Honolulu Museum of Art's Director of Development; Unyong Nakata, CFRE, who will remain active as a vital committee leader of this chapter; Kevin Takamori who has supported our educational programs for many years; Lance Takenaka who led our efforts in being an inclusive chapter this year as diversity committee chair; Sarah Tenney, CFRE, EMBA, who emphasized the importance of CFRE. All will be missed at the board meetings, but rest assured they will be involved in the chapter in important ways.


Especially noteworthy this year is the broader and growing community understanding of philanthropy and the awareness of how professional fundraising is critical in that process. Thanks to the ongoing leadership of Public Relations Chair Norma Spierings, we look forward to making even further progress next year as we continue to elevate community awareness and regard of the fundraising profession at all levels in Hawaii. According to our new strategic plan overseen this year by President-Elect Cathy Alsup, CFRE, this is a major area of focus in coming years.


The following is a summary of some of our accomplishments, which could not have been achieved without the strong volunteer partnership that you have helped to build. This list is not definitive but it is a glimpse at the results of the work of many AFP members in 2016:


+ Achieved improved financial stability: continued growth of non-dues revenue--website revenue as of November 30, 2016 continues to increase, success of National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon, initiated Resource Development Committee for unrestricted funding.


+ As of November 30, 2016, chapter reserves grew in 2016 to $64,000.


+ AFP Aloha Chapter is represented on 2017-2018 AFP International Committee on Directorship.


+ CFRE members in Hawaii: 21, one ACFRE; with 5 CFREs credentialed in 2016.


+ Fundraising Fundamentals series presented to 9 members.


+ Advanced community awareness of AFP in general, and the AFP Code of Ethics.


+ Revived AFP presence at state capital during the legislative season with resurrection of Government Relations Committee. Successfully worked with Hawaii State Attorney General's office to strengthen S.B. No. 1067, S.D. 2, H.D.1, Relating To Charitable Solicitation.


+ Secured funding for Kauai seminar from individual Kauai donor.


+Authored new strategic plan 2016-2019.


+ Be the Cause annual campaign achieved 100% of board member goal.


+ Will receive 10 Star Chapter designation in 2017. 


These are just a few of many highlights this past year and none would have been possible without the critical teamwork among our volunteers and contracted support team.  A big thank you to John Ciambrone, Debby Ciambrone and Jen Armstrong of Kaia Consulting for all their work on behalf of our members this year. 


On behalf of your board, we wish you all a very joyous 2016 holiday season and successful new year!  



S. Sanae Tokumura, ACFRE, APR




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Jan 17 - Major Gifts Officer - Punahou School Advancement Office
Reporting to the Sr. Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and securing major outright and planned gifts for Punahou School. The Development team is one of three branches of the Advancement team and is comprised of eight high engaged professionals responsible for developing and nurturing relationships, securing gifts at all levels from individuals, private foundations, and corporate giving programs to benefit the mission and vision of Punahou School immediately, and in perpetuity. The team seeks outright, pledged and planned gifts directed towards school priorities for current use and for the endowment. Development team members are committed to educating the global Punahou community about the educational priorities of the school. The Punahou School Development team aims to engage our community in the life and future of the school in order to inspire support, facilitating the alignment of donor values with the priorities of our school and elevating individual giving to amplify social impact through Punahou's educational thought leadership. Giving Programs within the Development team include Annual Giving, Major Giving, Planned Giving, Alumni Giving, Parent Giving, Faculty and Staff Giving, and Foundation Giving. Apply online today at ... more >
Dec 24 - Senior Philanthropic Services Associate, Hawai‘i Island
The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) is a public statewide, charitable foundation that is supported by donor contributions for the benefit of Hawaii’s people. As a public foundation, HCF provides stewardship of over 700 funds that serve a broad range of interests in our community. The Senior Philanthropic Services Associate coordinates and administers a wide variety of philanthropic services to support the efforts of the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Hawai‘i Island team, to a broad array of constituents. This position is responsible for day to day operations of two Hawai‘i Island offices (Hilo and Waimea) and assists in planning, coordinating and providing administrative, logistical and communication support. The position is based in HCF’s Hilo Office and is supervised by the Director of Neighbor Islands, who is responsible for HCF’s development, stewardship and grantmaking work across the Neighbor Islands. ... more >
Dec 21 - Donor Database Associate
Manages the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) donor database for the Museum’s Development office. Ensures accuracy, effectiveness and efficiency of the CRM relating to gifts and contributions for the Museum. ... more >
Dec 21 - Director of Development, Hawaii
General Summary The Director of Development will provide leadership and direction for the enhancement, oversight and administration of a diversified comprehensive development plan that is aligned with the Association strategic plan. In addition, this position carries responsibility the cultivation of corporate and organizational gifts, increasing Walk to End Alzheimer's and The Longest Day revenue to fund the mission of the Association. This position will report to the Executive Director and will be located in Oahu, HI. Essential Job Functions Provide management level leadership, oversight and implementation of fundraising programs to ensure a diverse revenue stream from corporate sponsorship and other corporate gifts, Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day, RivAlz and other special events. Participate in the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan for the Chapter, with an emphasis on the identification and cultivation of prospects for fundraising appeals and to initiate new and maximize existing income streams from the Chapter. Manage corporate relationships to include securing new event sponsors, increasing commitment from existing sponsors, and ensuring benefit fulfillment. Develop marketing strategies, to include utilization of local media, to promote and increase special event awareness, visibility, and participation. Supervise the direct Association liaison for all third party events. Ensure completion and compliance of third party agreements. Develop an effective and "cause-dedicated" pool of effective volunteers, including strong chairs to lead all special events planning and implementation. Analyze/evaluate current donor base to identify opportunities to expand individual giving and corporate landscape. Build understanding for the Alzheimer's Association - its research role, programs and services - in all communications with current and potential donors. Supervise, develop, evaluate, and support development staf ... more >
Dec 19 - Philanthropy Manager
For more than 37 years, Hospice Hawaii, a local non-profit hospice, has been a vital part of our community, caring for our neighbors, friends and families with aloha.             We are currently seeking a Philanthropy Manager to represent the mission and values of Hospice Hawaii with passion and enthusiasm through marketing efforts.             This position will be responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program.  This position will also establish fundraising goals, and represent the mission and values of Hospice Hawaii with passion and enthusiasm. ... more >
Jan 19 - AFP Canada Board of Directors 2017 Nominations
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to announce that a new AFP Canada Board governance structure will be implemented in 2017. Nominations to serve on the first Board of Directors are open until January 31, 2017. ... more >
Jan 18 - AFP Top Ten (Week of January 16, 2017): Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy, More on the Overhead Myth, Storytelling More!
(Jan. 16, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Jan 12 - What’s Top of Mind for Fundraisers in 2017?
(Jan. 11, 2017) Instead of predicting what might happen in 2017 (and you can find a lot of those articles here), we asked a few AFP members what issues they are most concerned about—the trends or challenges that are keeping them up at night. ... more >
Jan 11 - AFP Top Ten (Week of January 9, 2017): Communicating Effectively, Buy-A-Brick Fundraising, The Donor Journey, More!
(Jan. 9, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Jan 4 - Russell Raker, Father of the ACFRE Program, Passes Away
Russell Raker, ACFRE, former AFP board member who led the development and implementation of the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Credential (ACFRE) program, passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 75. ... more >