November 2019 Focus Print

President's Report


Dear Members,

In this season of Thanksgiving, on behalf of the Board of NEAHP, I want to thank you for being a member. NEAHP is truly your organization, and your membership makes so much possible. From participation in our annual Conference and lunch webinars, to sharing your knowledge, time and talents with the group, each of you helps us to be a strong organization, and for that, we are very grateful!

We wish you all good things for the holidays and the New Year!

Jessica Symonds

and Members of the NEAHP Board

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Announcing our new blog!

The Communications Committee is always looking for new opportunities to add value to your NEAHP membership. We are pleased to announce that in November we will start an NEAHP blog, which we hope that you will follow on our new and improved LinkedIn page.  Stay tuned for more information on how you can stay connected and up to date with NEAHP!

John Modzelewski

Our opening blogger is John Modzelewski, and we are excited to feature John as a regular contributor!

For members who are not well-acquainted with John, he has a breadth of experience in institutional advancement, from capital campaigns and annual funds, to special events, government and foundation grants, and much more.

Retiring in 2018 after 26 years as Vice-President with Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. (GSI), John worked with healthcare providers, secondary and higher education institutions, religious orders and museums to raise nearly $500 million. Prior to joining GSI, John was Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Mercy College, and Chief Development Officer at Carlow University.

John served on NEAHP’s Board of Directors for eight years, most notably as program co-chair for the Annual Educational Conference and co-chair of the Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award Committee.  He was also a recent member of NEAHP’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

In retirement John stays busy keeping in touch with GSI and NEAHP friends, colleagues and former clients with whom he enjoys answering questions and discussing gift strategy or career path options. John’s position as a representative for his high school class speaks to his affinity to forming long term relationships and honoring the past.  Additionally, he enjoys spending time with his 9-month old granddaughter.

Please help us warmly welcome John in his new role!

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Share Your Talents

Do you like to network? Are you friendly and outgoing? If so, we are looking for you!

NEAHP is establishing a new Membership Committee.  Committee members will act as NEAHP Ambassadors in their state and will support the goal of growing membership by reconnecting to lapsed members and by inviting non-members to join NEAHP.

You must be a member in good standing, possess a genuine desire to advance NEAHP, be a collaborative team player and be able to commit to 1 – 3 hours per month to committee work.

The Membership Committee will be comprised of a chair, vice chair, six state membership liaisons, five industry liaisons (Academic Hospital, Hospital, Long Term Care, VNAs and Hospice) and three members-at-large.  

To learn more, or if you are interested in joining the NEAHP Membership Committee, please reach out to Josh Scroggins [email protected] or 207-356-8213.

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It’s Conference Time!

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Top Ten Reasons to Become a Certified Fund Raising Executive

The Top 10 Reasons to Become CFRE-Certified 





  • Increases Credibility
  • Improves Career Opportunities
  • Prepares for Greater Responsibility
  • Develops Skills and Knowledge
  • Yields Greater Earning Potential
  • Demonstrates Commitment
  • Enhances Professional Image
  • Reflects Achievement
  • Enriches Self Esteem
  • Fosters Peer Recognition


There are currently 21 NEAHP members who are CFRE certified, and your membership in NEAHP allows you a significant discount off the application fee.

Intrigued and want to learn more? Watch this YouTube video "How to become a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)" or reach out to Linda Dodge at (717) 355-6215 or [email protected]

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