December 2018 Focus Print

NEAHP's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Martin Richman, Immediate Past President

50th Anniversary News

Our 50th year celebration kicked off with events in each New England state, organized by current and past NEAHP Board members. Many thanks to the more than 70 members and guests who attended to celebrate this important milestone and to our volunteer committee who organized these opportunities.

Our focus is now on the March conference, which is sure to be a record-breaker. The Newport Blues Café will welcome us in style on Monday evening for our 50th Anniversary signature event. The evening will feature music by The Kim McHale Band and a scrumptious menu fitting of our celebration. And when you are not dancing, you can relax on the second-floor loft or in one of the two vault rooms that, in their day from 1892 to 1995, were just that – bank vaults. Today, they are intimate spaces loaded with history near the main bar. This is a not-to-miss event!

And, as you will soon see, the conference is loaded with fresh, new programming, and outstanding keynote speakers.

See you on March 3-5, 2019 and make sure to bring your dancing shoes!

50th Anniversary trivia: Did you know that the half dollar coin debuted on December 1, 1794? This is that date when approximately 5,300 pieces, were fashioned. Another 18,000 were produced in January 1795 using the dyes of 1794, to save the expense of making new ones. Another 30,000 pieces were struck by the end of 1801. The coin had the Heraldic Eagle, based on the Great Seal of the United States on the reverse. While still in circulation today, they don’t appear too often. But, they might just make an appearance in Newport… You never know!

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Legislative Affairs

NEAHP Board of Directors Meeting of December 14, 2018

Submitted by Richard P. Solomon, CFRE

1. Nonprofits Decry Latest Proposed Postal-Rate Increases (from Chronicle of Philanthropy, 10.18.18) by Julian Wyllie

Nonprofits say a proposed postal-rate hike slated for next year, most notably a 10 percent increase for first-class stamps and a 2.5 percent increase for marketing mail and periodicals, would make a significant dent in their net fundraising results.

"The increase will have a negative impact on the whole nonprofit sector," reads a statement from the American Lung Association, which urged the Postal Service to strengthen its support for nonprofits by keeping postage rates affordable.

The American Red Cross said that the proposed changes "could also reduce net revenue from our direct-mail program, the equivalent of providing tens of thousands of days of emergency shelter for people impacted by disasters big and small." The Red Cross said it has budgeted a 4 percent increase for postage in the next fiscal year.

The Postal Service did not respond to requests for comment. It is reportedly accepting comments about the proposed rate increases until Monday.

If the proposal passes, the new rules would be implemented on January 27. Among the largest price shocks proposed by the Postal Regulatory Commission would be a 10 percent increase for a first-class stamp, rising from 50 to 55 cents.

The American Lung Association says direct mail provides about 20 percent of its revenue, which funds research and programs for more than 33 million Americans living with lung diseases.

Power of Direct Mail

Some nonprofits stressed that online fundraising is not yet a replacement for traditional direct-mail fundraising.

"Yes, the shift to online giving is growing every year, which will make fundraising more efficient overall for nonprofits since reaching out to a donor digitally is less expensive than through the mail. Whether online gains will make up for potential losses, though, is still unknown," the Red Cross said in a statement. "Direct mail is still a very strong fundraising vehicle for the Red Cross, in particular for donors who prefer to mail in their donations via checks."

Click here to read more.

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Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award

Nominate your “Game-changer” for NEAHP’s Highest Honor

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” captures a spirit that can be embraced by all. We look forward to holidays, celebrating miracles, giving thanks for our blessings and being with friends and family. We also look forward to the promise of a new year.

Wrap it all together from a fundraising perspective and we give thanks for those inspired and inspiring individuals and groups that have changed our institutions and organizations through their generosity, creativity and insight. Thanks to them the promise of each new year is bright.

As you prepare to send holiday greetings to these extraordinary supporters, consider nominating them for NEAHP’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award. It recognizes those who have given time, talent and treasure to ensure that our institutions and organizations thrive and continue to meet their missions. They are what help make this the most wonderful time of the year.

The Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award nomination deadline is Monday, January 7. The Award will be presented on Monday, March 4, during the 2019 NEAHP Annual Educational Conference. To submit a nomination, go to  or click here.

Thank you,

Laura Gingras, John Modzelewski & Robin Popp
2019 Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award Co-Chairs
New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

March 3-5, 2019
NEAHP Annual Educational Conference
Newport Marriott, Newport, RI

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Member Spotlight

NEAHP is proud to recognize the following members on recently becoming CFREs:

Cheryl Callnan, CFRE
Deanne Pelletier, CFRE

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

We applaud them on this career milestone and for their commitment to ethics and professionalism in fundraising.

Learn more about becoming a CFRE at

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Conference Update

50th Anniversary Conference Chairs Gail Dexter and Jeff LaValley are excited to announce our three plenary speakers for the conference in March 2019 in Newport!

Colleen Kelly Alexander is a lifelong athlete and motivational speaker who inspires positive change, contribution, determination and actionable gratitude.With her indomitable spirit and incredible story of survival, Colleen teaches others how to aim higher, be stronger and use adversity as a catalyst to make the world a better, brighter place. Colleen is uniquely qualified to speak to the miraculous power of body, mind, spirit and the phenomenal potential every human being has to make a positive impact.

Chad Gobel, CEO & Founder, Gobel Group, is a twenty-year veteran of institutional advancement programs, having played leading roles in billion dollar medical center campaigns at the Cleveland Clinic and University of Rochester Medical Center. Chad has built the Gobel Group into the largest consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare philanthropy and the leader in grateful patient philanthropy programs. He’s a frequent speaker at national conferences, serves on the faculty of the AHP Madison Institute, and published the widely circulated book, “How to Become a Top Producer in Healthcare Philanthropy.”

Julia Campbell has run her digital marketing consulting business for almost a decade, focused exclusively on mission-driven organizations. A mom of 2 and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she is the author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, a call-to-action for nonprofits to use stories to accomplish their missions. Based in Boston, Julia is a global authority on digital storytelling, with happy clients spanning the globe from Moscow to San Francisco. Her passion is to get nonprofits of all sizes to stop spinning their wheels on social media and to start getting real results using digital tools.

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