Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club

    Join our moderator, Ruth Modlin Ellett, CFRE, as she guides our panel members through a discussion on some of the lessons learned in the field of planned giving and how they can be applied by organizations of any size.

    Panel members:

    • Gayle Haglund, Westminster Canterbury Richmond; 
    • Dan Stackhouse, The New Community School; and 
    • Boyd Spencer, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (recently retired).


    • Regular: Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti
    • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Harvest Apple Salad (Romaine lettuce, dried apricots, blue cheese, toasted almonds, maple vinaigrette dressing)
    • Dessert: Pumpkin Pie.

    In order to keep lunch costs low for our members and guests, Jefferson Lakeside is unable to accommodate special dietary requests beyond the gluten free and vegetarian options listed and is unable to make last minute substitutions of one meal for the other. 

    If you have questions about the menu, please contact Mary Kidd at or by phone at 804/368-3398. 


    • 11:30 a.m. Registration
    • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Program
    • 1:00 p.m. Adjourn (time approximate)

    Cost to attend

    $20 for members (no additional fee for Season Pass holders), $25 for nonmembers employed by a member organization, and $30 for nonmember guests. Fees support program costs and administration. Registrations should be received by end of day November 1st.


    Contact VAFRE Administrator Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE at (804) 368-3398 or by e-mail to

    Cancellation Policy

    Credits for a future meeting or refunds will be given if notification of cancellation is received at VAFRE’s office prior to noon on the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting. If cancellation is received after the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting, credits and refunds will be given at the discretion of the Management Company based on the number of late registrations received. In the event of illness or an emergency, credits or refunds may be granted at the discretion of the Management Company.

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • University of Richmond

    In our ever-changing environment, nonprofit leaders often search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow known as “sustainability.” But sustainability lies not at some far-off destination. Rather, it occurs when organizations engage others in making ongoing strategic decisions to guide toward exceptional impact and financial viability.

    Join us on November 8 for Strong. Strategic. Sustainable. Balancing Leadership, Finance & Impact in Today’s Nonprofits

    This program is a collaboration of community organizations and features national speaker and author Steve Zimmerman, co-author of Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, who will offer insights into building competencies for sustainability.

    The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion that will connect Zimmerman’s talk to what is happening in the Richmond region. We will hear from nonprofit executives about how they have positioned their organizations to be sustainable in the long term, their challenges, together with best practices from the financial and funders perspective.

    For complete details or to register, click here.

    • Thursday, November 09, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Richmond

    This new one-day program from the Institute on Philanthropy at UR  focuses on financial leadership and its role in the long-term sustainability of nonprofits. We begin by building knowledge of your current framework and understanding your financial position. Then we examine the strategic aspects of financial leadership and how to create and communicate your financial vision. Topics covered include decision making, matrix map analysis, human capital, internal controls, assessment of financial health, and effectively communicating your financial position using info-graphics.

    Susan Rucker, Randy Howard, Scott Warren, Katie Gilstrap

    To register, click here.
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • webinar
    Annual giving campaigns are critical to the bottom line for most charities, colleges and universities. Yet many groups are grappling with declining participation rates, poor donor retention, and falling revenue. 

    How can your nonprofit adopt innovate approaches and broaden its pool of supporters?

    Join The Chronicle of Philanthropy on November 16 for the one-hour webinar, Tips for Boosting Annual Giving. You'll learn from two experienced fundraisers who are bucking the trend and attracting more annual gifts.

    Follow the link above for complete details or to register.

    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • 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 November 7th meeting about Planned Giving.

    Join us on October 17th 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.

    • Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club

    Topic to be announced.

Past events

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
Thursday, June 29, 2017 June 29th VAFRE Social
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 P3 Celebration
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 VAFRE Annual Meeting and State of the Organization
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Aligning Marketing and Development Efforts
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Aligning Marketing and Development Efforts: Maximizing the Fraternal Twins of Your Organization
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2017 Awards Tribute Slide
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Annual Awards VIP Reception
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 National Speaker's Forum: Fundraising for Your Nonprofit’s Workforce: How Fundraisers, Executives, and Board Members Can Maximize Investment in Virginia’s Nonprofit Workforce
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 VAFRE Strategic Plan Update
Thursday, February 23, 2017 February 23rd VAFRE Social
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Online Fundraising
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 Online Fundraising in a Post-Amazing Raise World
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Telling Bold Stories
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Telling Bold Stories
Thursday, December 15, 2016 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Right Person, Right Job
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Right Person, Right Job...How Do We Make the Fit?
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Impact Investing
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Impact Investing: Why Is It Important to Me?
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October 20 VAFRE Social
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Donor Advised Funds
Thursday, October 06, 2016 Professional Partnership Program Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 Donor Advised Funds: Used or Abused?
Friday, September 30, 2016 2016-2017 Season Pass
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Why Culture Matters
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 Brown Bag Luncheon: Metrics for Development Success
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Virginia Fund Raising Institute: For the Love of Fund Raising
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Brown Bag Luncheon: Current Research on "Women in Nonprofit Leadership" and "Investing in Talent"
Thursday, June 30, 2016 June 30th VAFRE Social
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 AFP June Meeting: GivingUSA 2016 Review: Perspectives on Philanthropy and Today's Philanthropic Landscape
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Organizational Leadership and Development – On the Same Team AND the Same Page
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 P3 Celebration
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Cracking the Volunteer Protection Racket
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 National Speaker's Forum: Sustainable Fundraising
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 AFP Meeting - Creating Positive Change in the Community through Advocacy
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 Professional Community Service
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Suds and Songs at Hardywood
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Peer to Peer Online Fundraising Platforms
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Talent Management
Thursday, October 22, 2015 VAFRE Social: Walking Tour and Unhappy Hour
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Professional Partnership Program Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Best of the Best: A Regional Donor Acknowledgment Survey
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 AFP Meeting - Nonprofit Advocacy: A View from the Outside
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Developing a Compelling, Competitive Case for Support
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2015-2016 Season Pass
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Brown Bag Luncheon: What is the Value of Professional Development?
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 July 7 Brown Bag Luncheon

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