Special Meeting Co-sponsored with the AFP Coastal
Georgia Chapter 

Virtual Meeting  -  April 21, 2021, @ NOON


Please grab your lunch and join us online for our special guest, Melissa Gratias, Ph.D. FREE to AFP members and $25 for non-members. This is a special meeting co-sponsored with our AFP Coastal Georgia chapter.

Rituals that WORK: How to Gain Control of Your Time by Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

A ritual is, by definition, a series of steps that are followed faithfully. In this one-hour seminar, you will learn how to incorporate rituals into your work to keep your to-do list updated, calendar managed, and fires extinguished before they even start.


Melissa Gratias, Ph.D., is an international speaker, coach, blogger, and author. For more than 20 years, Melissa's coaching and consulting work has improved productivity for multinational, billion-dollar companies as well as individual solopreneurs. She creates workable systems so people can accomplish their professional goals in less time and with less stress. As a result, thousands of business owners, CEOs, and other overwhelmed professionals have become more focused, effective, and balanced in their lives and work. Learn what Melissa has to offer and connect with her online at MelissaGratias.com.

To register, visit:  April 21, 2021 Virtual Meeting




IDEA Committee Announces our Chapter’s Next Fellow

AJ Davis, AFP SC Lowcountry 2021 IDEA Fellow

The IDEA committee would like to congratulate AJ Davis as the chapter’s next IDEA Fellow. AJ is an entrepreneur that has served in and works directly with nonprofit clients. AJ creates and drives strategies for programs that improve equity, community engagement, citizen values, and organizational effectiveness. Recently, AJ established a homelessness project that aims to bring together a coalition of municipal, nonprofit, faith-based, and other agencies interested in addressing the problem of homelessness in the age of COVID-19. AJ looks forward to working with the IDEA committee and the chapter to enhance his fundraising skills while also contributing his experiences and knowledge. We welcome AJ to AFP!

Professional Development

We are excited to introduce the chapter’s first two Affinity Groups- Annual Fund and Small Shops. The purpose of the Affinity Group program is to enhance members’ experience by providing benefits tailored to their specific interests and needs; serving as another way to network and collaborate with peers while addressing common concerns, experiences, and challenges. The Affinity Groups will meet monthly in a round table discussion format (virtually at moment). Below is a description for the Annual Fund and Small Shops Affinity Groups.

Annual Fund- anyone that works specifically with their organization’s annual fund or who would like to learn more or enhance their knowledge and skills.

Small Shops- anyone that works with a smaller nonprofit having 20 or fewer staff members; often fundraising professionals of these nonprofits may wear multiple hats such as fundraising, marketing/communications, or other additional responsibilities without any support staff. Or your organization may have more than 20 staff members but only 2 development staff.

Also, thank you to Taryn Mason who will be leading the Annual Fund Affinity Group and Erin Hall who will be leading the Small Shops Affinity Group. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the current Affinity Groups, please contact Professional Development Chair, Brett Wadford, bwadford@heirsproperty.org. Stay tuned for additional Affinity Groups to be added this year.

Brett M. Wadford
IDEA Chair 
Director of Development, Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

Past programs:

January 2020: 
January 21, 2020  - Proven Strategies to Connect with Major Donors via a Special Event (completed)  

February 27-28, 2020 - A Capital Campaign: Is your organization ready for the big leap?

Two-Day Intensive Workshop (FULL)  

March 19, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm) - Marking the Most of Donor-Advised Funds - Speaker - Helen Wolfe, Coastal Community Foundation (FULL) 

April 16, 2020  (11:30 am-2:00 pm) - Most Asked Legal Questions by Development Professionals - Speaker - Clay M. Grayson, Esquire.

In case you may have missed our past 2019 programs, please visit:

February 2019:  Words that Work (Recap): February 2019 Meeting

March 2019: Are you Ready for a Capital Campaign?: March 2019 Meeting

April 2019:  Intergenerational Wealth and Family Philanthropy: April 2019 Meeting

May 2019:  Secrets of Data Driven Nonprofits: May 2019 Meeting

June 2019:  Lessons Learned from Major Giving Donors with Kaky Grant and Clare Jordan of CapDev:  June 2019 Meeting

August 2019:  Your Board and the Top Five Factors for Fundraising Success with Tucker Branham, Ed.D., CRFRE of Change Develop Move:  August 2019

September 2019:  Capitalizing on Fundraising Trends from Giving USA and from the Field with Tim Winkler of the Winkler Group:  September 2019 

October 2019:  Engagement - The Key to Maintaining Successful Relationships with Your Supporters with Jessica Cooper of Charity Proud:  October 2019

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