Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 29, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing, 4708 Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231
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    We know you’re mining your database, setting up meetings, making back-to-back calls, and checking progress to goal every hour. So on June 29th, take a bow and celebrate the great things you’ve accomplished.

    Join VAFRE for drinks, dining, good conversation and a great view on Thursday, June 29th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing.

    Friends, family and co-workers are welcome! No cost to attend. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.

    Please register by June 22nd on the VAFRE website or Facebook page. 

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 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 11th for the first of our two summer Brown Bag Luncheons, Strategic Planning:  Make it a Powerful Tool, Not a Waste of Time and Paper.

    A well-done strategic plan is the foundation for successful campaigns.  It should paint an exciting vision for your organization that makes donors want to be a part of its success.  But a good strategic plan is more than a document; it’s a process that engages the organization’s stakeholders in thinking big about ways to address identified needs.  Then, the priorities identified should become an integral part of Board and management conversations.     

    During this brown bag lunch, we’ll talk about the process, who should be involved, and what should happen after the Board approves the plan to make it worth the time and resources invested.

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

    Our Presenter

    Katherine Whitney is a co-founder and director of Warren Whitney.  She has over 25 years of experience in helping organizations reach their potential.  Her passion is helping strengthen nonprofit organizations by building good business practices to support their missions. Most of Katherine’s work involves understanding the current position of an organization and working with its management, board members, and other supporters to determine strategic direction and to create an effective approach to implementation.  In addition to facilitating strategic plans, Katherine uses the strategic direction of the organization to support: Board development in areas such as board education, board member cultivation, board assessments, and governance guidelines; and organizational work such as succession plans and Executive Director / CEO Searches. Katherine works across a number of nonprofit sectors, including education, human services, animal rescue, historic sites, conservation, membership organizations and foundations. Her approach for an engagement is tailored to each organization with particular attention given to the organization’s culture. She received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BS in Mathematics from Davidson College.  Current community service includes serving on the boards of Northstar Academy, a K-12 special education school, and the Church Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  


    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 19, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Omni Richmond Hotel

    Make plans to attend the 25th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute in historic downtown Richmond!

    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 of education.
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The New Community School, 4211 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
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    Join us at  The New Community School on Tuesday, August 1st for the second of our two summer Brown Bag Luncheons, a panel of VAFRE Award Winners.


    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.

    • Saturday, September 30, 2017
    • 12:00 AM - 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 2017 through June 2018, including the monthly luncheons, the national speaker workshop in February, and the Awards luncheon.*

    The Season Pass allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate of $220.00 - 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 February workshop and 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 06, 2017 VAFRE Annual Meeting and State of the Organization
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, 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 07, 2017 Online Fundraising in a Post-Amazing Raise World
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Telling Bold Stories
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Right Person, Right Job...How Do We Make the Fit?
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Impact Investing: Why Is It Important to Me?
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October 20 VAFRE Social
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 Donor Advised Funds: Used or Abused?
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
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
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, 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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