Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • ChildSavers, 200 N 22nd Street, Richmond 23223

    Come join VAFRE for our Spring Social on May 23rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with a tour of ChildSavers, an impactful organization that guides our community's children through life's critical moments with trauma-informed mental health and child development services. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy ChildSaver's unique view of Richmond from the edge of Church Hill. 

    There is no fee to attend this event, but you should register in advance.

    Socials sponsored by Halcyon Management, LLC. Smart, timely solutions for event & nonprofit management.

    • Tuesday, June 04, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
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    Creating a strategic development plan is the number one predictor of fundraising success. Taking the time to reflect and put goals in writing is the leading indicator of how much you will bring in this year in number of donors and dollars raised. Planning gets everyone on the same page, gives everyone a clear idea of what is expected of them, for how long and anticipated results. A new fiscal year means a fresh start, allowing you to set new goals that respond to and build upon the previous year. Join VAFRE at our June 4th meeting to discuss ways to be intentional and plan strategies and activities to build the best donor relationships.

    1 hour of CFRE credit applied for.


    Ruth Modlin Ellett, CFRE, Modlin Ellett Associates Fundraising Counsel

    With Lynne Berkness, Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Richmond High School and David Thomason, Vice President, Advancement, Special Olympics, Virginia.

    • 11:30 a.m. Registration
    • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
    • 12:25 p.m. Program Begins
    • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn 

    • Regular: Curry chicken with rice, cold cucumber salad with pita bread.
    • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Meat-free Greek Salad.
    • Dessert: Selection of Cookies.

      $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 May 29th.


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


      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.

      • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
      • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
      • disAbility Law Center of Virginia, 1512 Willow Lawn Drive, 23230 Suite 100,

      On Tuesday, June 18th  from 5:00 - 6:30 PM we will celebrate a sixth successful class of P3 participants and their leaders in a gathering at The disAbility Law Center.

      Please register if you plan to attend. We look forward to celebrating with you!

      This event is for P3 participants, leaders, alumni and Board members.

      Thanks to our P3 Sponsor, Fahrenheit Advisors!

      • Thursday, June 20, 2019
      • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
      • Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 600 E Grace Street

      Join VAFRE and the AFP Central Virginia Chapter for a look at this year's Giving USA report. Come hear the latest in giving trends, facts, and figures for our industry. 

      The Curtis Group is proud to present the results of Giving USA 2019. Giving USA is the longest-running, most comprehensive study on philanthropy and is published in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Keith Curtis, president of The Curtis Group and past chair of the Giving USA Foundation, will provide an analysis of the numbers and give recommendations on how the data can be strategically applied to your fundraising strategy. In addition to an overview of the annual report on philanthropy, this program will involve participants in the conversation on trends in giving through Q&A. This session is designed to prepare professionals and board members with information which will assist in their understanding of philanthropy on a macro level as well as tips on how the data can help them increase their fundraising results, and it will give participants an opportunity to compare their organization’s fundraising trends with those of their peers and of those in Giving USA.

      Our Presenter

      Keith Curtis has more than 35 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. He is a sought-after speaker, making up to 30 presentations a year to the nonprofit industry.

      As president of The Curtis Group, founded thirty years ago, Keith and his team have developed strategies to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for nearly 200 clients across all nonprofit sectors.

      Keith is the past chair of Giving USA Foundation and past chair of the Giving USA Advisory Council on Methodology and has spoken on the report in many national publications and broadcasts. For over 60 years, Giving USA has been the nation’s most respected and comprehensive report on charitable giving.

      Keith has served on the Dean of the Strome College of Business’ Executive Advisory Council at Old Dominion University. In recognition of his work in philanthropy, Keith was honored with the 2012 Alumni Service Award from ODU.

      Our Schedule
      • Program 4:00  - 5:30 p.m.
      • Reception 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

      Click here to register.


      Contact AFP Administrator Ashley Landes at

      • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Michaux House, 1133 W. Franklin Street
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      Join us at St. James Episcopal Church's Michaux House on Tuesday, July 9th for the first of our two summer Brown Bag Luncheons, Neighborhood Assistance Program Credits. Bring a lunch and plenty of questions.

      1 hour CFRE Credit will be applied for.

      Our Presenter

      Danielle Ripperton, Director of Development at Peter Paul Development Center and President, AFP Central Virginia Chapter


      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 1:10 p.m.

      • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
      • 8:00 AM
      • Thursday, July 25, 2019
      • 2:30 PM
      • Richmond Marriott Hotel

      Make plans to attend the 27th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute at the Richmond Marriott on  July 24-25! VAFRE is this year's Keynote Sponsor, and we hope you can join us there.

      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! Register by May 31st for the Early Bird Registration fee. 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 or more of education.

    Past events

    Tuesday, May 07, 2019 Donor Advised Funds: Changing How Donors Give
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Annual Awards Luncheon
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Annual Awards VIP Reception
    Thursday, March 14, 2019 Deeper Dive: When Donors Get Too Close
    Friday, March 08, 2019 Spring New Member Social
    Tuesday, March 05, 2019 When Donors Get Too Close - Sexual Harassment and the Development Professional in the Age of #metoo
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Deeper Dive: 21st Century Career Mapping
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019 21st Century Career Mapping: Pathways to a Fulfilling and Successful Career
    Thursday, January 24, 2019 Deeper Dive: Cultivating Resilience
    Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Cultivating Resilience: Mindfulness to Recognize and Resist Burnout
    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Deeper Dive: Thank you, Thank you very much
    Tuesday, December 04, 2018 Thank you, Thank you very much: Composing Stewardship Methodologies
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 How to Become a CFRE (Webinar)
    Monday, November 12, 2018 Deeper Dive: Changes to the Tax Code and What They Mean for Charities
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018 Changes to the Tax Code and What They Mean for Charities
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 VAFRE Fall Social
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Professional Partnership Program Kickoff Meeting
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Cocktails & Conversation: Getting Ready to Get Ready: Laying the Groundwork for Your Capital Campaign
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018 Getting Ready to Get Ready: Laying the Groundwork for Your Capital Campaign
    Sunday, September 30, 2018 2018-2019 Season Pass
    Monday, September 24, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Planning for Year-End Giving
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Planning for Year-End Giving
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018 Brown Bag Luncheon - Making the Ask
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 26th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Brown Bag Luncheon - The Improvising Fundraiser: Campfire Storytelling
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 P3 Celebration
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Phillanthropy
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Prospect Research
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Prospect Research and VAFRE Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Women in Phillanthropy
    Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Women in Philanthropy
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2018 Awards Tribute Slide
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Annual Awards VIP Reception
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 VAFRE Spring Social
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Annual Giving Strategies
    Thursday, March 08, 2018 Spring New Member Social
    Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Diving Deep….Is Your Annual Campaign Floating Along or Racing to the Finish Line?
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Crisis Communications or Stewardship Opportunity?
    Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Crisis Communications or Stewardship Opportunity?
    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Get Organized for the New Year
    Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Get Organized for the New Year: Cut Through the Clutter
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Would Somebody Invent You?
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 VAFRE Member Social
    Tuesday, December 05, 2017 If You Didn't Exist, Would Somebody Invent You?
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Planned Giving
    Thursday, November 09, 2017 Stewarding Your Financial Resources - Strategic Financial Leadership
    Tuesday, November 07, 2017 Planned Giving Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Stewarding Your Financial Resources
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Professional Partnership Program Kickoff Meeting
    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Stewarding Your Financial Resources
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 VAFRE Deeper Dive: Diversity in Action
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Fall New Member Social
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Diversity in Action

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