Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad Street, Richmond 23230
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    VAFRE Members: Plan to join us to take a deeper dive into the discussion we started at our June 5th meeting about Prospect Research.

    Join us on June 19th  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for VAFRE’s Deeper Dive at Mekong Restaurant.

    There is no fee to participate, but any snacks and beverages will be the member’s responsibility.

    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, 23220

    Join VAFRE and the AFP Central Virginia Chapter for a look at this year's Giving USA report followed by a reception. Come hear the latest in giving trends, facts, and figures for our industry, and then socialize in a fantastic location with local fundraising and giving professionals. Food and drink provided!

    Our Presenter

    As a member of The Giving Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting philanthropy though education, research and the ethical practice of fundraising, The Curtis Group is proud to present the results of Giving USA 2018. Giving USA is the longest-running, most comprehensive study on philanthropy and is published in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Curtis Group’s president and immediate past chair of the Giving USA Foundation, Keith Curtis (pictured at left), will provide analysis of the numbers and give recommendations on how the data can be strategically applied to nonprofits’ fundraising strategy for the coming year. In addition to an overview of the annual report on philanthropy, Keith will also facilitate a panel discussion with local fundraising professionals who will compare their organization’s fundraising trends with those in Giving USA.

    Registration is $15 for AFP and VAFRE members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Program Schedule
    •  4 - 5:30 pm Program
    • 5:30 - 7 pm Social

    Click here to register.  


    Contact AFP Administrator Ashley Landes at

    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Special Olympics Virginia, 3212 N Skipwith Road, Ste. 100, Richmond 23294

    On Tuesday, June 26th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM we will celebrate a fifth successful class of P3 participants and their leaders in a gathering at Special Olympics Virginia.

    Please register if you plan to attend. We look forward to celebrating with you!

    This event is for P3 participants, leaders, alumni and Board members.

    Thanks to our P3 Sponsor, West Avenue Associates!

    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Roslyn Retreat and Conference Center, 8727 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229
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    Join us at  Roslyn Retreat and Conference Center on Tuesday, July 10th for the first of our two summer Brown Bag Luncheons, The Improvising Fundraiser: Campfire Storytelling.

    Bring a lunch - or order one below - and plenty of questions.

    Our Presenter

    James Wasilewski, with 20 years of experience in improvisational comedy, has facilitated workshops and sessions through HaHa to Aha where laughter leads to discovery.  Through these sessions, James applies improvisational concepts and exercises to a variety of topics including idea generation, teamwork, communications and other soft skills.  He also leads fundraising sessions with individual nonprofits and conferences as well as with Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy.

    He currently serves as the Director of Development at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.  He is also a community advocate and volunteer – currently serving on the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executive Board (VAFRE), the Children’s Museum of Richmond Associate Board and the Yes, Ballon (ComedySportz RVA) board.   He has been recognized Style Weekly’s - Top 40 Under 40 (2015).

    He also enjoys being a husband and a father of two little boys (Embry and Turner).  They keep him on his toes, remaining active with ComedySportz allows him to keep up!

    James earned his BS in Accounting with a minor in Speech Communications from Randolph-Macon College and his MBA from the University of Central Florida.  


    This is a Brown Bag luncheon – bring your own lunch. A variety of cold beverages will be provided.

    If you prefer, you may order a bag lunch for $14.00 total. Bag lunch options include:

    • ham and cheddar on baguette, lettuce, honey mustard
    • smoked turkey and swiss on harvest grain, lettuce, mayo
    • veggie hummus wrap, cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes, hummus, spinach
    All bag lunches come with a sandwich, chips, whole fruit and a cookie. All orders for bag lunches must be made by June 27th.


    Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., Program begins at 12:00 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Omni Richmond Hotel

    Make plans to attend the 26th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute in historic downtown Richmond July 18-19! VAFRE is sponsoring the World Cafe Roundtable sessions, and we hope you can join us there.

    VFRI, founded in 1992, is a regionally recognized conference that hosts interactive educational workshops and several keynote presentations designed to inspire and equip development professionals, board members, and executive directors to excel in fundraising and nonprofit management.  In addition, 15-20 exhibitors and sponsors bring their knowledge and counsel in nonprofit and volunteer management to VFRI and help you be successful. At VFRI, development and nonprofit executives can take advantage of professional networking, workshops, and discussions to gain valuable insights into the challenges facing the nonprofit world.

    For a look at the workshops being offered and the speakers who will be presenting, or to register, click here.

    Don't forget VAFRE members can attend at the member rate! It's an inexpensive way to: 

    • get great ideas from a group of presenters with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, 
    • make some strong connections with other development professionals, and 
    • pick up 11.5 hours or more of education.
    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Studio Two Three, 3300 W. Clay Street, Richmond 23230
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    Join us at our Brown Bag session at Studio Two Three on Tuesday, August 7 for the second of our Brown Bag Luncheons: What Kind of Asker are You? with VAFRE member Suzanne Hogg of The Faison Center.

    At the conclusion of the program, a brief tour will be offered for those who are interested.


    This is a Brown Bag luncheon – bring your own lunch. A variety of cold beverages will be provided.


    Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., Program begins at 12:00 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.

    • Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    • 11:30 PM
    • not applicable

    VAFRE members who would like to prepay for all of their meetings may purchase a Season Pass. A Season Pass covers all regular meetings from September 2018 through June 2019, including the monthly luncheons and the Awards luncheon.*

    The Season Pass allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate of $190.00 - that's $30 less than paying as you register for each event, or like getting to attend the Awards luncheon for free! Members may also send another staff person in their place if they are unable to attend a meeting (simply contact our offices to register your substitute).

    ADDED BONUS: Season Pass holders may register one guest to attend any one regular monthly meeting (excludes Awards luncheon) at no additional charge. That's an additional savings of $30!

    *VAFRE reserves the right to charge Season Pass holders for any additional events that may be scheduled.

    Please note: the Season Pass is available to members only. You must be logged in to register for this option.

Past events

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Prospect Research and VAFRE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Women in Phillanthropy
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Women in Philanthropy
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2018 Awards Tribute Slide
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Annual Awards VIP Reception
Thursday, April 12, 2018 VAFRE Spring Social
Thursday, April 05, 2018 AFP Meeting - A Balancing Act: Equity and Major Gift Fundraising
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Annual Giving Strategies
Saturday, March 10, 2018 Grant-O-Rama! Presented by Studio Two Three and Cultureworks
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Spring New Member Social
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Diving Deep….Is Your Annual Campaign Floating Along or Racing to the Finish Line?
Thursday, March 01, 2018 AFP Meeting - Looking for New Major Gift Prospects? You Work with Them Every Day!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Crisis Communications or Stewardship Opportunity?
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Crisis Communications or Stewardship Opportunity?
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Get Organized for the New Year
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Get Organized for the New Year: Cut Through the Clutter
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Would Somebody Invent You?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 VAFRE Member Social
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 If You Didn't Exist, Would Somebody Invent You?
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Planned Giving
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Tips for Boosting Annual Giving
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Stewarding Your Financial Resources - Strategic Financial Leadership
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Building Competencies for Nonprofit Sustainability with Steve Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 Planned Giving Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Stewarding Your Financial Resources
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Virginia Gift Planning Council Signature Series
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Professional Partnership Program Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Stewarding Your Financial Resources
Saturday, September 30, 2017 2017-2018 Season Pass
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Diversity in Action
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Joystick Book Launch and Reception
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Fall New Member Social
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Diversity in Action
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 YNPN RVA's Summer Resource Social
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 Brown Bag Luncheon - Award Winners Panel
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Virginia Fund Raising Institute: Innovating Philanthropy
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Brown Bag Luncheon - Strategic Planning: Make it a Powerful Tool, Not a Waste of Time and Paper

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