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  • Friday, February 25, 2022 3:45 PM | Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Davenport Asset Management presents

    Public Relations PRimer: How to Get Your News Out

    March 31st at 11am Zoom Event


    Andy Poarch of Alliance Group 

    Greg Gilligan of The Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Whether or not they seek it, EVERY organization will experience publicity. There are times when publicity is desirable, and there are more times when publicity is undesired. Every organization needs a PR plan.

    Please email if you would like to attend this program. 

  • Friday, February 25, 2022 3:31 PM | Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Recording Available

    Davenport Asset Management presents

    Investing in Your Organization’s Success:

    Strategic Planning for Sustainability


    Scott Andrews-Weckerly, MSW, LMSW, Community Engagement Manager, Learning & Grants, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond

    Beth Vann-Turnbull (she/her), Executive Director, Housing Families First

    If you missed this Zoom program featuring Scott Andrews-Weckerly and Beth Vann-Turnbull and would like to see the recording and the presentation, please email me at

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 9:37 AM | Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Join Us for a Live Zoom Conversation Hosted by

    Davenport Asset Management

    Investing in your Organization's Success: Strategic Planning for Sustainability

    January 25, 2022 at 4pm EST

    Featuring Guest Speakers:

    Scott Andrews-Weckerly, MSW, LMSW Community Engagement Manager, Learning & Grants, The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

    Beth Vann-Turnbull (she/her), Executive Director, Housing Families First

    Space is limited for the event, so please email me at to receive the Zoom instructions.

  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 4:21 PM | Deleted user

    Robert Christensen has served as a development director for various non-profits around the country, and also heads his own consulting firm.  He has just published "A Fundraising Primer," available on Amazon.  It's an engaging overview of the ways in which NPOs can raise funds, and it includes over a dozen sample documents.  If you're new to the field, this is the book you want!  (And if this isn't your first rodeo, you'll still find some good insights and take-aways).  I give it two thumbs up!

  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    VAFRE Member Nikkia Johnson, who works at the Legal Aid Justice Center, recently posted an essay on the Community Centric Fundraising website. See below, and follow the link for the complete essay.

    Tis the Season: But is Giving Tuesday Really Community Centered?

    PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) season has started so you know what that means. Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Small business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

    It’s the season to give … and give and give.

    During the week of Giving Tuesday (or more accurately, the month leading up to Giving Tuesday), you are probably inundated with emails and bombarded with marketing about it. Everyone is writing hot tips and hosting webinars on how you can up your Giving Tuesday campaign game. Read the entire essay.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    Looking to learn more about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine? Our experts are here to answer your questions and share some amazing science!

    Thursday, Oct. 14: Noon to 1p.m. Registration is free.

    The Science Museum of Virginia has always encouraged Virginians to question their world. With emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine for children just around the corner, the Science Museum recognizes that parents, caregivers, and guardians have lots of questions about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine for their loved ones. To help provide science-based answers, the Science Museum has teamed up with board-certified physician Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments, for a question-and-answer session about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine.

    During this free, virtual event, Science Museum neuroscientist Dr. Catherine Franssen and Dr. Avula will address questions submitted by community members. These experts will explain the science behind the vaccine development, the way it works in the body, the impacts it will have on children in the future, and more.

    • What: Kids & COVID-19: A Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Danny Avula
    • When: Thursday, October 14, 12 - 1:00 p.m.
    • Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home

    How to Attend

    The program is free to attend, but registration is required and open to the first 1,000 registrants. Registration will be open until 10:30 am on the day of the event.

    You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 am on the day of the event.

    Once you register, you will receive a form link where you can submit your questions to Dr. Avula and Dr. Franssen.

    The program will be recorded and shared on the Science Museum’s YouTube channel for those who miss the live event or want to share the information with others.

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:56 AM | Susan Herzick, CFRE (Administrator)

    Join the Weinstein JCC for a free outdoor community concert and block party!

    Meet, greet, and eat with the community at our free block party and community concert on Thursday, September 30 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Weinstein JCC. Come prepared for live music, food, drinks, activities, and giveaways! Please bring a blanket or chair (there's plenty of space and lots of grass), and a friend! 

  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 AM | Susan Herzick, CFRE (Administrator)

    Saturday, May 22, 2021
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  

    Join accomplished leaders as they share how you can strengthen your leadership skills and become more than a volunteer for your favorite nonprofit. Topics include:

    • “Demystifying Boards” with Sue Kindred of SK Consulting

    • “Becoming More Than a Volunteer” with Dean Browell of Hidden In Plain Site / Feedback

    • “Nonprofit Pivoting” with Danielle Ripperton of Children’s Museum of Richmond

    Participation is free, please register at Questions? Contact Edilia Bendel at 804-397-9492 or

    Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

    d by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:00 PM | Lindsay Robinson, CFRE

    Richmond is lucky to have such a philanthropic family in our community. The Goodwins are once again putting their wealth to good use by providing 50% of the seed funding to a new cancer research foundation dedicated to focusing on four of the most challenging cancers. Full article from the RTD at the link below!

    Family of Richmond Philanthropist William Goodwin Donates $250 Million to Start Cancer Foundation by Eric Kolenich

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    SUFFOLK, Va. – In February, Don Smith was glued to his computer screen, anxiously waiting to find out if NASA’s Perseverance rover landed safely on the surface of Mars. He’d been involved in wind tunnel testing the rover’s parachute system at Langley Research Center. “You do go through that seven minutes of terror,” Smith said of the Entry, Descent and Landing portion of the mission. But being uncomfortable for a few minutes is nothing compared to what the aerospace engineer has lived with his entire life.

    “I have hemophilia,” Smith told News 3 on his back porch at home in Suffolk. “My blood doesn’t clot like yours does normally. I have bleeding episodes, typically in joints.” Smith was born with Hemophilia A, a blood disorder impacts roughly one in every 5,000-10,000 men, according to the Cleveland Clinic. At the time, blood transfusions were the only treatment for painful bleeding episodes, he says, and a long life wasn’t guaranteed. “I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was a child,” he recalls.

    Now in his 50s, advancements in medicine have Smith expecting to live a full life. To help his blood clot normally, he self-injects a drug called HEMLIBRA every other week. When he was child forced to have blood transfusions, however, Smith says fear of injury kept him from playing sports with the other kids. Instead, science called and Smith pursued a career in engineering. At Langley, he leads a team of 100 people using the center’s wind tunnels to test various air and spacecraft. “If it flies, we’ve tested it,” he said. Working with engineers has its perks, though. Like when Smith returned to work from an ankle surgery to correct damage from hemophilia. “I was on one of them knee scooter things. Some of the technicians built ramps for me so I could get around in the wind tunnel. It was phenomenal,” he said.

    Good insurance from working with NASA also helps pay for expensive hemophilia treatments, Smith says. One reason why he’s speaking out during National Blood Disorders Awareness Month. “Bleeding disorders are actually a lot more common than you think,” he told News 3. “We like to offer Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month just so people are aware that it’s out there, it’s something to be concerned about, it sometimes goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.” As for Smith’s advice for people just now learning they have hemophilia… “Yeah, there may be some limitations, but there are a lot more things that we can do than we can’t,” he said.

    March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month in Virginia. Visit here for a video interview with Don. Visit for more information on bleeding disorders. #BDAM #BleedingDisorders 

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