April 2020 Focus Print

Message from NEAHP President Jessica Symonds

           -- Rita Dove is a poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US Poet Laureate

Here we are, in week six of social distancing, day 34 of the state’s stay-at-home advisory. COVID-19 has touched all of our lives and keeps reminding us of Mahatma Gandhi’s well-known quote that begins, “It is health that is real wealth…”.

After what feels like an eternity of watching and waiting, we know that this will continue and that the next few weeks is anticipated to yield a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 patients seeking treatment and care in our region.

So, as development professionals, we must continue to adapt and collaborate on every front to also meet this challenge. Thank you for everything you are doing for your organizations and our profession as you greet each day with new ideas and creative ways to continue to connect to your community.

As we move through this new way of doing business, I would urge you to lean on one another for advice, ideas and support. We are not alone – we are #alonetogether.


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Ask the Experts: Healthcare Philanthropy in a Global Pandemic

In the latest NEAHP blog post, Amy Graves Beaudoin interviews three respected NEAHP leaders and asks them for their recommendations on fundraising during the coronavirus crisis.

Jessica Symonds, NEAHP President & Senior Director, South Shore Hospital Foundation, 

Robin Popp, Past NEAHP President & Senior Executive Counsel, Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc., and  

Martin Richman, Past NEAHP President & Senior Director of Philanthropy, UMass Memorial Healthcare

In the coming months, NEAHP members are welcome and encouraged to share how their organizations are responding to this crisis by emailing us at [email protected]

Click here to read Amy’s blog, or you can find it at https://neahp.org/blog/COVID-19.

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Message from 2020 Annual Education Conference Chairs

Dear Colleagues & Friends,

We hope this note finds you well. While we were certainly sad not to see all of you at our Annual Education Conference in Portsmouth, NH, we are anxiously awaiting the time we can gather once again. It’s sure to be a bit of a celebration.

At this time, all registrants and sponsors have been refunded.

This note also comes to let you know we are in the process of developing plans for NEAHP2020 Lite – an online learning conference that will, we hope, fit everyone’s schedule. Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more information.

Meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

Best regards,
Natalee Martin & Jeff LaValley
Conference Co-Chairs, 2020 NEAHP Annual Educational Conference

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Membership Update

Did you know? 

When the COVID-19 virus forced the cancellation of the Annual Education Conference, full refunds were made to every registrant, including the $125 NEAHP 2020 Membership Fee.

If you paid your membership dues as part of your conference registration, we encourage you to join or renew your NEAHP membership here. Membership fees are vital in supporting annual NEAHP activities beyond the conference. The NEAHP website, scholarship support, SmartLunch Webinars, CFRE Certification and educational offerings, marketing, legislative updates, peer connections and the Job Board are all made possible through member fees.

We hope you find value in being a member of NEAHP.  Please renew your membership today. 

We are all in this together.


Josh Scroggins,
Membership Chair

Above is a note sent to the healthcare heroes at one of our NEAHP member hospitals from some local students. We invite you to share your positive and uplifting stories on our Social Media pages. 

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Connect with Us on Social Media

If you haven't already done so, please follow the new NEAHP LinkedIn page for our new blog and other exclusive updates! Also, follow us on Facebook at @NewEnglandAHP  and on Twitter at @NEAHP.

We are all in this together!

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Hot Tips to Survive COVID-19

We invite you to share your best tips on our Social Media Pages!

  • Are you reaching out to your donors?  Joan Garry has a podcast called Leadership a time of COVID-19. What’s your favorite podcast? Share it on our Social Media platforms!
  • FreeWill is holding weekly webinars and increasing resources on a variety of topics, and they have just been certified by CFRE to offer them for credit! Check them out at com.
  • Association for Healthcare Professionals has resources to help in the time of COVID-19 here: https://www.ahp.org/resources-and-tools/covid-19

                      Find some great self care tips here.

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