ADRP President's Message

March 2020

ADRP Community,

On behalf of the ADRP Board, volunteers and staff, I want to send good thoughts to everyone as we all work through current events together. ADRP is indeed a family uniting in Building Relationships for Good. As we all navigate our work and non-work lives in these difficult times, please know that your organization is here for you and we remain very active.

Here are some updates:

  • Our monthly webinars remain a terrific way to learn effective stewardship practices. We have always encouraged members to watch these in a group at their institution so you can discuss in real time together. Since registrations cover one individual and are shared with in-person groups only, we are temporarily lifting our policy and encouraging the sharing of post-webinar recording and materials with your staff to watch. Watch the recording together virtually, and come up with some creative discussion topics!

  • Due to public health encouragement to not congregate in large groups for the immediate future, we have decided to postpone ADRP’s Southeast Donor Relations Conference (SEDRC), originally scheduled on April 30. We will be in touch with SEDRC registrants and sponsors as decisions are made to reschedule. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to monitor the situation and respond appropriately.

  • The 2020 International Conference in Albuquerque September 23–25 is not anticipated to be affected by the current health concerns at this time. The planning committee is working hard to assemble a dynamic program – presentation proposals are due March 23. Registration will open on June 1 and applications for Blair Scholarships will open later in the spring. We hope to see you there!

  • Please also mark your calendars for Friday, July 17, for the 2020 New York City Regional Workshop and Thursday, July 30 in Denver.

  • ADRP is still seeking nominations for President-Elect for the September 2020–2023 term. Officers advance our profession and gain valuable leadership experience while serving ADRP's members and volunteers. ADRP members may self-nominate or nominate a colleague with demonstrated excellence in donor relations and stewardship, leadership qualities, and a collaborative spirit via our online nominations portalIf nominating someone else, the nominator will submit the form and is asked to obtain and include the nominee's statement of interest. Nominations are due by Friday, April 10, 2020.

  • Finally, the ADRP member listserv is always active and a rich source of effective practices and resources from our generous community. If you are not currently subscribed, please visit for more information.

Thank you, my ADRP family, for all that you do. We will continue to provide engagement opportunities for members during these difficult times.

Michal Shaw
ADRP President