Are you new to fund development or would you like to enhance your professional skill sets? If you answered “YES’ then VAFRE has great news for you!
The Professional Partnership Program (P3), now entering it's seventh year, offers VAFRE members the opportunity for small groups (the Partners) to meet a minimum of four times with two highly experienced facilitators (the Leaders) between October and June.
The Professional Partnership Program will encourage discussion and comment on job-related concerns of greatest interest to each group (identified by each participant completing an application detailing their interest and experience). Issues and topics for each session will be solicited in advance and facilitated by the Leaders.
The Professional Partnership Program is an optional supplement to VAFRE’s current and ongoing offerings and is intended to meet the expressed interest of the membership in an initiative that will more formally link the most experienced VAFRE members with those members seeking to learn from their experiences. P3 will offer VAFRE members an annual opportunity to develop more extensive professional skills and understanding through an optional and self-supporting program that will organize small groups (the Partners) which meet periodically with two highly experienced facilitators (the Leaders).
Each group will meet a minimum for 4 times between October 1 and May 31 under the guidance of the Leaders. Additional sessions may be arranged at the discretion of the Leaders. The purpose of each P3 group is to encourage discussion and comment on those job-related concerns of greatest interest to each group. Issues and topics for each session will be solicited in advance and facilitated by the Leaders. Because of the rather informal nature of this program, it is not expected that participation will qualify for accreditation required for the CFRE certificate. The administrative and operational expenses of PPP will be underwritten by a non-refundable annual participation fee paid by Partners; such fees will be paid to VAFRE and will not benefit Leaders, except in providing reimbursement for expenses associated with group sessions.
Under the auspices of VAFRE, 2-3 teams of Leaders will be identified and selected. Each team would consist of 2 individuals who are specifically chosen from the VAFRE membership for their demonstrated experience and success in conducting fundraising activities on behalf of at least two (2) recognized non-profit organizations/institutions and have achieved the position of chief advancement officer, that person ultimately responsible for the direction and success of all fundraising activities. Each Leader team will bring relevant experience, including both specific fundraising program direction and management responsibility. The emphasis in selecting Leaders is to favor those who have had extensive front-line (in the trenches) fundraising and management experience.
The Leaders will be responsible to VAFRE for organizing and directing 4 group sessions annually with their assigned Partners. Leaders may exercise their discretion over the time, duration and venue of such sessions, but they will be separate from VAFRE’s established membership meetings. Individual meetings and consultations between Leaders and Participants is solely at the discretion of the Leader, but are not included under the program’s auspices.
P3 Partners will be expected to apply for Program participation annually, with the completion of a short on-line application provided by VAFRE. Such application will detail the applicants’ interests and desired expectations for P3 participation. There will be no more than 8 Partners per team.
In consideration of their participation, Partners will pay a non-refundable $75 annual fee (discounted to $50 prior to July 1), payable to VAFRE, to underwrite the administrative and meeting expenses of each group. The fee must be paid in full in advance of the first group session. They will not be charged any additional fees for their participation. P3 Leaders will not be compensated for their service to VAFRE in this capacity, but can secure reimbursement of reasonable meeting expenses.
Thanks to Fahrenheit Advisors for their sponsorship of this program.
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:
Join us for a Brown Bag Luncheon on Tuesday, August 6th, as we are joined by Jennifer Gentry to discuss how we can be more productive with our networking. Learn how you can make the most of your interactions with donors and prospects at social engagements:
This program is approved for 1 hour of CFRE credit.
Jennifer Sager Gentry, Ph.D., is vice chancellor for institutional advancement for Virginia’s Community Colleges, and is responsible for private fundraising, public relations and marketing. As executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education from 2005 to 2013, she has worked with a statewide board of directors to generate awareness and resources on behalf of Virginia’s 23 Community Colleges. Jennifer has created a robust scholarship program and started the Great Expectations Initiative serving Virginia’s foster youth. Formerly, she was vice president and managing partner of The Clements Group, a national fundraising consulting firm specializing in community and technical colleges. While there, she organized major gifts fundraising campaigns for more than 20 community and technical colleges in 13 states targeting over $90 million. She began her career at Lord Fairfax Community College, where she built a comprehensive institutional advancement program. Jennifer received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in business administration from James Madison University, and a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College. She is a 2006 graduate of Lead Virginia, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy.
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 by 1:15 p.m.
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 2019 through June 2020, including the monthly luncheons and the Awards luncheon.*
The Season Pass allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate of $190.00 - 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 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.
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