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Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

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Our Story

Established in 1980 by a small group of development professionals, the organization thrives as the premier gathering place for beginning, intermediate, and advanced fundraisers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. With a focus on educational and networking opportunities in an open and welcoming environment, VAFRE serves as the leading forum for development professionals in the area.

Programs occur monthly starting in September with meetings at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Hands-on workshops occur during the year, and during the summers a Summer Brown Bag series is offered. In May, the VAFRE Awards Luncheon takes place and the winners of our Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards are recognized.

VAFRE strives to model best practices in nonprofit management. Follow the links to view our Bylaws and Policies and Procedures Manual, as well as our ethical guidelines as spelled out by the AFP Code of Ethics.

For more information about VAFRE, please continue to visit our website or contact us directly at or 804-368-3398. To learn about sponsorship opportunities with VAFRE, click here. To sign up as a sponsor, click here.

Our Mission

VAFRE equips fundraising professionals with the expertise, strategies and networks to deliver lasting impact for an inclusive philanthropic community.


An engaged community strengthened by generous and thoughtful individuals and organizations grounded in equitable and responsible philanthropy.

Our Values

Community. Belonging. Collaboration. Success.

Our Strategic Themes

Engage. Empower. Excel.

Click here for a copy of the current strategic plan.

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VAFRE • P.O. Box 6605 • Richmond, VA 23230
Office/Fax (804) 368-3398

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