December 2015



The VAFRE e-news 



From the President 

This is always my favorite time of the year to be in the Development profession. So many opportunities to reach out and thank those who have done so much for us. If you’re like me, these last few weeks have been a flurry of activity. End of year appeals, the joy of opening the mail, celebrating gifts, thanking donors, and just generally doing what you all do so well: Sharing the stories of the impact of our community’s generosity. While the weather outside has been frightful(ly warm), I hope that these last few weeks have been delightful (with maybe a nice surprise or two under the tree).

As the year draws to a close, I hope that every one of us has a chance to reflect on the year that was, celebrate the good, make plans for the new year, and most importantly…breathe.  We all tend to move at a breakneck pace this time of year, so be sure to allow just a couple of minutes each day for yourself. We are fortunate to be in an industry that helps our community realize its potential. I hope that you are as proud as I am of what we have all accomplished this year.  Thank you for the opportunity to be your colleague.  Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season.

Dan Stackhouse


Welcome New Members

  • Jocelyn Blizzard, St. Margaret's School
  • Tamara Mason, ACLU of Virginia

  • Carol Olson, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

  • Tara Quinn, Virginia Dental Association

  • Laurie Ursiny, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia

  • Lauren Williams, Virginia War Memorial Foundation

Log in to the Member Directory for new member contact information.

VAFRE Member in the News

Harry Warner, Jr., of West Avenue Associates and the VAFRE Board of Directors, is helping to organize the efforts of the group known as Save the Diamond, a grass-roots group working to keep baseball on the Boulevard. The group, and Harry, were featured in the December 1st issue of Style Weekly. For the full article, click here.


Award Nominations Due Friday!

One of VAFRE’s goals--and privileges--is to recognize and celebrate the exemplary work of our colleagues. Now is the time to elevate those who inspire us daily, with a nomination for VAFRE’s Rising Star or Nina Abady Awards for fundraising excellence. Please help us honor our colleagues by nominating those among us who set the bar high and pave the way for us all.

Nominations are open now through this Friday, December 18. The process is quick and user-friendly. Learn more about these awards, their criteria, past winners, and the process by clicking here

Questions? Contact Susan Early, Awards Selection Committee Chair.


Call for Presentations

The Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) 2016 Program Committee invites submissions for presentations at the 21st Annual ALADN Conference in Boston, MA June 1 – 4, 2016.  They are looking for dynamic, original presentations that demonstrate best practices applied to library fundraising, development, and communications and marketing. Proposals may include presentations, panels, and workshops. Sessions run for one hour, with the presentation lasting 45 minutes and 15 minutes for Q&A.
Proposals are due no later than January 15th.  For details, click here.


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Upcoming Programs 

Join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 when Lauren Kiger, VCU Massey Cancer Center, and Hunter Leemon, Sportable, provide research, strategies and case studies about Peer to Peer Online Fundraising Platforms.   

Thanks to MassMutual Financial Group Greater Richmond and The Sollog Group, for their sponsorship of this meeting.


Mark your calendar for our upcoming VAFRE luncheon on Tuesday, February 2nd, as Jamelle Wilson, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond, joins us to discuss the importance of Professional Community Service. This meeting was rescheduled from December 1st.

Thanks to AMPA Events and Halcyon Management, LLC, for their sponsorship of the February meeting.

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


Celebrate the New Year with VAFRE, the Symphony and Hardywood!

Grab a beer, hit the food trucks and enjoy a great Richmond Symphony concert with help from VAFRE.

Make it your New Year's resolution to network more, frequent local businesses, and learn about area nonprofits.

Meet your VAFRE colleagues for a brew at Hardywood on Thursday, January 14, while supporting the Richmond Symphony. This one-hour informal concert set inside Hardywood's tasting room is the right way to start the New Year.

Buy your ticket today... $10.00 special price for VAFRE members and their guests only. Hurry! Seating is limited.

Registration Deadline: December 28, 2015

Please join us!

5:30 PM VAFRE Socializing Begins
6:30 PM Concert
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Lane

Register for the social
here.  (please note, in order to access this event, members must be logged-in to the website). For more info on the performance details, visit the Symphony website and check out the Rush Hour seres.  See what's on tap here.



AFP Central Virginia Chapter Annual Meeting                                

The Central Virginia Chapter of AFP will hold its’ Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 16, at Willow Oaks Country Club from 8 until 10 a.m. The 2016 Board of Directors will be introduced and the Chapter will announce its’ 2016 Calendar of events. For details or to register, visit the Chapter website.



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.





VAFRE Mission

VAFRE is an inclusive membership organization devoted to providing educational programming, networking opportunities, and recognition for the nonprofit development professional.

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