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Demystifying Giving Circles: Impact Beyond Grant Making - In-Person Event

  • Tuesday, April 04, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Virginia War Memorial
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  • For VAFRE members who are planning to attend in-person at the Virginia War Memorial.
  • For individuals who are not personally members of VAFRE but whose organization has one or more paid members, or who are guests of a VAFRE member, and who are planning to attend in-person at the Virginia War Memorial.
  • For those nonmembers who wish to attend in-person at the Virginia War Memorial
  • For VAFRE members who have purchased a 2022-2023 Season Pass
  • For the complimentary guest of a Season Pass holder. This registration type is only available once per year per Season Pass holder. E-mail for the registration code.
  • For VAFRE members who have purchased a 2022-2023 Virtual Season Pass and wish to attend this program in person.

Online registration for the in-person event has now closed. You can still register for the virtual session or e-mail to check on availability for the in-person program.

Our Program

The popularity of giving circles is on the rise. According to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, giving circles have tripled in the United States in the decade of 2007-2017. This model of giving has tremendous appeal as collective giving can make a larger impact. They have also helped introduce new and increasingly diverse donors to the world of philanthropy. In fact, 60% of giving circles are formed around identity and 70% are majority women.

Join us for this discussion as we welcome leaders from three local giving circles – Impact 100, Ujima Legacy Fund, and ouRVA Collective - to understand not only how their circles operate and funding decisions are made, but why membership has incredible benefits to all development professionals.  

Approved for 1 hour of CFRE credit.

Our Presenters

Impact 100. Impact 100 Richmond is a volunteer-driven women’s philanthropy group that makes a significant different in our community through collective giving. We fund at least one $100,000 transformational grant each year to a local nonprofit that has a big idea and great potential but may not have access to large-scale funds. Since our inception in 2009, we have awarded significant grants to over 25 local nonprofits. In 2022, we crossed the $2 million mark, a milestone we are proud of!  Emily Millhiser is the current president of Impact 100 and leading a major transitional moment for the organization. Emily is the Director of Community and Donor Engagement of Caritas.

Ujima Legacy Fund. Join a forum of civic-minded African-American men who are increasing our philanthropic presence and impact in the Metro Richmond community. Ujima funds nonprofit projects that positively impact youth and young adults, ages 12 to 21 years, with emphasis on underserved youth populations. And, since 2013, Ujima has contributed more than $448,000 to 21 organizations that are transforming children’s lives through education-related initiatives. Through collective giving, Ujima works to increase the philanthropic impact and presence of Black men in the Richmond region. Members learn more about community issues and the organizations that are addressing those issues most effectively. Recipients get a boost of visibility for their programs that often leads to additional support for their work. Derrick Johnson is the current Leadership Chair of Ujima, and L. Robert Bolling is a founding member and CEO of ChildSavers.

ouRVA Collective. ouRVA Collective’s mission is to benefit the Richmond community by empowering its next generation of philanthropists, ages 21 and older, through education, volunteerism, community building, and collective giving. Through an annual monetary contribution from each member, ouRVA Collective makes a grant each year to a deserving nonprofit organization.

Important Statement on COVID Protocols

For the safety of all of our members and guests, VAFRE strongly encourages all individuals attending our programs in-person to be vaccinated. Virtual registration is available for those who are not vaccinated or who do not feel comfortable meeting in person.

In-person registration is currently limited to 80. Masks are optional, but are encouraged. Box lunches will be available for in-person registrants at the beginning of the program to eat on-site or take with you.

Our Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m. In-person Registration begins
  • 12 p.m. Program begins
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Fees

  • In-person registration is $20 for members ($0 for those with a Season Pass or $12 for those with a Virtual Season Pass), $25 for nonmembers who work at a member organization, and $30 for guests. All in-person registrants should select their meal during the registration process.
  • Virtual registration is $8 for members ($0 for those with a Virtual Season Pass), $11 for nonmembers who work at a member organization and $15 for nonmembers. The virtual registration fees help support the technology costs associated with offering a hybrid event.

If you are not a VAFRE member and do nor work in the office of a VAFRE member, consider becoming a member of VAFRE in order to access reduced registration fees.

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