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CANCELLED: Fostering Equity and Inclusive Communication in Fundraising

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
  • 136


  • 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.
Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution, VAFRE is cancelling our regularly scheduled April 7th luncheon. We are looking into the possibility of bringing the speaker in for an upcoming meeting, as we know the topic is of great interest to our membership. 

Are all your donors and potential supporters reflected in your organization's work? Does their absence communicate a message about who and what are your organization’s values? When certain groups of individuals are always represented and others are missing in your communications, whether intentional or unintentional, it sends the message about who does and doesn’t belong. There are countless donor stories connected to diverse communities of supporters. This session will help fundraising professionals explore how to look for those stories through equity and inclusion. More specifically, participants will consider how to eliminate disparities connected to historically marginalized social identities and when addressed how they work effectively together, producing the best outcomes in fundraising.  

1 hour CFRE credit pending.

Our Presenters

Charm Bullard is Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). In her role, she designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups. Charm particularly specializes in VCIC’s higher education, workplace, and community programming. Since joining the VCIC team in 2016, Charm has had the opportunity to conduct over 300 workshops across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is particularly known for her warmth and humor as a facilitator. Prior to joining VCIC, Charm spent 11 years working in various student affairs roles on collegiate campuses throughout the Southeast. It was during that time that she found her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion. Charm received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Lander University and her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jacqueline “Jacquie” Johnson is Professional Development Coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). In her role, she designs, coordinates, delivers and evaluates diversity and inclusion programs conducted for VCIC’s workplace clients across Virginia. Jacquie has a diverse background that includes workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), cultural competency, instructional design, organizational development, and underrepresented community outreach and engagement. Jacquie is especially interested in how DEI practices, adult learning events, and inner self-work help build and sustain workplaces and broader communities where everyone thrives. Prior to joining VCIC, she managed special projects and training programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation; American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity; and Morgan Lewis, an international law firm. Jacquie received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her Master’s degree in Anthropology from George Washington University in Washington DC.

  • 11:15 a.m. Registration Open
  • 11:30 a.m. Table Talks (topic to be determined)
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 12:25 p.m. Program Begins
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn 

    • Regular: Herb-roasted Chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus, warm rolls
    • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Cobb Salad no meat, side of balsamic dressing
    • Dessert: Tiramisu

    $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 April 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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