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Ten Tips to Skyrocket Your Fundraising Career and Still Have a Life!

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
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  • A special offer for participants in IOP programs to join VAFRE for a complimentary meeting.
  • For those individuals who are members of VAFRE.
  • For individuals who are not personally members of VAFRE but whose organization has one or more paid members.
  • For individuals who are not members of VAFRE and whose organizations do not have another member.
  • For members who have purchased their season pass only.

Passion and skills are critically important to excelling as a fundraising superstar, but what are you missing that will help you to skyrocket your career - while still having a life? We'll discuss key lessons learned from a "seasoned" fundraiser who learned the hard way! Key topics will include: Networking; Teamwork & Communication; Cross-training; Listening & Asking; Goal-setting; Personal & Professional Development; and Self-care. Participants will have the chance to share their experiences in large group discussion as well a building their own personal/professional development utilizing a detailed workbook and tips from the group.

This session has been approved for 1 CFRE credit.
Our Presenter

Christine Casey, MBA, CFRE, is the Director of Philanthropy for Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County). She has been a professional fundraiser for 27 years, working in a variety of nonprofit organizations, both local and national, entering the field right out of college. Her main area of responsibility and expertise is in planning and managing Annual Campaigns - with goals that ranged from $300,000 to $5 million. Christine worked for nonprofit organizations including American University Law School, Washington National Cathedral, American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Transitions LifeCare since January 2016. She is a Certified Life Coach through Coach training Alliance and earned the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. She received her MBA from Averett University and BS degree from the University of Mary Washington. She Christine serves on the Board of the AFP Triangle Chapter as the Mentor Program Co-Chair. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Tom.


Join a table to discuss one of the professional development programs that is of interest to you. Topics include:

  • Certified Fundraising Executive
  • Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program
  • Institute on Philanthropy
  • Leadership Metro Richmond
  • VCU Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • VAFRE's Professional Partnership Program
  • Online Degree Program


  • 11:15 a.m. Registration Begins
  • 11:30 a.m. Table Talks (see topics above)
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 12:25 p.m. Program Begins
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn 

    • Regular: Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce, Rice and Cucumber salad, warm rolls
    • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Hummus platter.
    • Dessert: Assorted 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 January 1st.


    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.

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