Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Cracking the Volunteer Protection Racket

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club


  • For members of VAFRE
  • For individuals who are not VAFRE members, but work at an organization that does employ a member.
  • For individuals who are not VAFRE members and do not work at an organization that employs a member.
  • For VAFRE members who have prepaid for all of their meetings.

When development staff looks for passionate mission advocates to reach out to others for support, they naturally want to harness the stories and connections of their agency’s volunteers. Far too often, program staff and even executives “protect” their volunteers from being asked to help with fundraising. That’s a nonprofit crime!

Like Elliott Ness, development staff can attack the protection racket directly or find ways to chip away at the edges. We’ll take a look at some successful strategies for breaking the protection racket in agencies like yours. Click here for a copy of the slides, and click here for a copy of the session handout.

Our speaker, Nancy Trego, has enjoyed more than 30 years’ experience in public policy nonprofit management and development. She heads her own consulting firm, which specializes in helping nonprofits move their volunteers and annual fund to the next level, and has been active as a teacher and leader  in VAFRE’s P3, AFP, and the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy.  Prior to opening her own firm, Nancy served as Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at the YMCA of Greater Richmond, where she lead a team that raised more than $40 million in annual, capital and endowment gifts over eight years.  Locally, she also served in senior development positions for the Richmond SPCA and St. Mary’s Health Care Foundation, where she first learned to crack the volunteer protection racket. Nancy received VAFRE’s highest honor, the Nina Abady Award for career achievement, in April 2013.

Thanks to Studio Center for their sponsorship of this meeting. 



  • 11:30 a.m. Registration
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Program
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn    


  • Regular menu: Chicken Parmesan on Spaghetti and chef’s choice of vegetable, warm rolls              
  • Vegetarian menu: Vegetarian Cobb Salad (this entrée is gluten free)                     
  • Dessert: Apple Pie                        

In order to keep lunch costs low for our members and guests, Jefferson Lakeside is unable to accommodate special dietary requests beyond the vegetarian option. If you have questions about the menu, please contact Mary Kidd at or by phone at 804/368-3398. 

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 Wednesday, April 27th.   



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.


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