October 2015



The VAFRE e-news 



From the President 

Happy October!  I hope that everyone is enjoying this welcome break from the heat (and the rain!)When I speak to our members I am always interested to know why they attend VAFRE Meetings. For some it is the inspiration gained from our speakers, or the practical "takeaways" that are imparted.Others get the most out of the camaraderie and networking that happens around the lunch table. Whatever your reason, know that we appreciate your membership, and work hard each month to make our programs the best they can be.

We have some great programs coming up, including a great “UN-Happy Hour" social at the Poe Museum. I hope that you will join us! We know that fall is one of the busiest times of the fundraising year, and we appreciate you taking the time to make the most of your membership. Together we are affecting real change in our community.


Dan Stackhouse


Welcome New Members

  • Alexandra Early,United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
  • Amanda Lambert, FeedMore
  • Lucy Mitzner, Medical College of Virginia Foundation 
Log in to the Member Directory for new member contact information.

P3 Program Kicks-off Third Year!  

The Professional Partnership Program (P3) had their kick-off meeting on October 6. The energy and excitement was palpable! The three groups look forward to a year of learning, problem-solving, and fun. Thanks to the three teams of leaders for their dedication to making our industry stronger, and to the seventeen partners for having the dedication to commit to a year of growth.

VAFRE's P3 Program is exclusively
sponsored by
West Avenue Associates


NLP Summit Planned for November 10th                                

Join Nonprofit Learning Point in celebrating the last 20 years, by imagining the next 20 years. Join nonprofit leaders from around the Richmond area as we network, listen to engaging speakers such as Jay Frost and imagine the future. Register now  to take advantage of our early bird rate of $35. 

Click here for complete details.


Cybersecurity for Nonprofit Leaders                                                                                 

On Tuesday morning, October 20, BBB Wise Giving Alliance and the BBB Foundation of Metro New York are collaborating to present a free livestreamed program, Cybersecurity Planning for Nonprofit Leaders, from 9:30-11:30am. This program is designed especially for nonprofit executives, board members, and nonprofit advisors at organizations of all sizes.  Topics will include: Identify cyber risks by assessing your risk exposure; Protect your data through technology and data governance planning; Detect a cybersecurity problem when it happens; Respond effectively to a cybersecurity incident; and Recover from the impact of a cybersecurity or data impairment event.

There’s no cost to participate in the livestream, but registration is required.



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Upcoming Programs 

Join Linda Schriener, the President of ChildSavers Board of Directors and former Senior VP with MeadWestvaco, on November 3rd for a discussion of Talent Management. If you've worked in nonprofits for more than six months, you know how difficult it can be to keep good people. Register now so you can join the discussion: how can a nonprofit keep talented people happy and motivated to do their best work? Lunch will be served at noon with the program following.

Our thanks to Warren Whitney for their sponsorship of this meeting.

Check out the details on all of our upcoming meetings on the Events page of our website.



Things Get Spooky at VAFRE's Next Social!    

What goes bump in the night and during the day in Richmond will be exposed at VAFRE’s next social on Thursday, October 22. Join VAFRE for a Halloween themed social at the Poe Museum in Richmond starting at 5:30 pm.

The evening will begin with a “Richmond’s Strange Stories” walking tour of the area presented by Richmond Discoveries. This tour will unearth interesting stories of the area with a slightly spooky twist. At the conclusion of the 1-hour tour we will end at the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Garden for their monthly Unhappy Hour. This Unhappy Hour is coined as the spookiest one of the season and will feature live music, light appetizers, performances, and a cash bar.  The theme for the evening is Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado”.  You are welcome to dress up if you wish.

It is $10 per person for the walking tour and entrance into the Unhappy Hour. If you would like to join us for Unhappy Hour only, you can pay $5 at the door.

Friends, family, and co-workers are welcome to attend.

Click here for complete details and to register.


National Philanthropy Day Celebration Schedule for November 11th   

The Central Virginia Chapter of AFP invites the community to join them in celebrating this year's honorees at the Hilton Hotel & Spa Short Pump on Wednesday, November 11th.

The luncheon will feature a keynote presentation from VAFRE's own Nina Abady Award Winner David Huffine, CFRE, who was named the 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP International. For complete details on the program, including the list of the seven outstanding honorees and information on the morning workshop, click here.


Greater Richmond ARC Recognized for Donor Recognition

The Greater Richmond ARC was recognized by West Avenue Associates for their excellence in Donor Recognition (picture, below). ARC participated in a blind study developed by West Avenue and discussed at our October 6th meeting, Best of the Best: A Regional Donor Acknowledgement Survey. Members may access the brochure West Avenue put together with some best practices on the Member Resource page of the website (note, you must be logged in to access this page).


Pictured above, left to right: VAFRE President Dan Stackhouse, Harry Warner of West Avenue Associates, Kim Watson, Nita Starr and John Walker, all of Greater Richmond ARC, and Dave Johnson of West Avenue Associates.

VAFRE Annual Sponsors!

We are pleased to recognize Allegra Print & Imaging, E.L. Freeman, LLC, the Institute on Philanthropy, Keiter and The Spark Mill as our Annual Sponsors.

Their support will help VAFRE continue to provide meaningful educational opportunities, as well as scholarship support for our members and guests.





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