VAFRE E-news, January 2024
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Over the course of 2023, VAFRE was able to offer 7.75 hours of CFRE approved programming, which is all available on the Members Only page of the website.
Login now to view the virtual versions of our programs: from Giving Black to Demystifying Giving Circles, Using Data to Drive Campaign Success to Grant Writing with ChatGPT, it's all there for VAFRE members to take advantage of.
VAFRE is proud to be a participating organization with CFRE International. Members receive a 20% discount on certification and recertification.
Submit Your Proposal!
You are invited to propose a program for VAFRE’s monthly luncheon sessions. Luncheons are held in person in Richmond, with a hybrid option. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete details and to submit a proposal, click here.
Getting Started with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Scheduled for February
Register now for our February 6th program, A Guide to Getting Started with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising. VAFRE member Lauren DiMaria of the American Heart Association will help us explore the world of peer-to-peer fundraising: discuss creative campaign ideas, impactful messaging strategies, and insights into successful campaigns. Learn how to motivate volunteers, reach new donors, and empower your organization for fundraising success.
Who's Next? Submit Your Award Nominations!
If you take a moment and think about it, I’m certain you can think of a seasoned Development professional who has inspired you in your career, or a young gun who really impresses you. Isn’t it time they joined the ranks of VAFRE’s award winners?
Each year, VAFRE is honored to recognize some of the best development talent in the area with our Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Awards. All nominations should be submitted by January 31st.
The Nina Abady Award is presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated utmost excellence in the field of development. The award signifies to individuals, organizations, and the greater community that the recipient has garnered the respect and admiration of colleagues throughout the Commonwealth for professional and ethical service. Learn more about the Nina Abady Award.
The Rising Star Award is made annually to an individual who exhibits excellent potential and who has demonstrated remarkable talents at an early stage in their fund-raising career (less than ten years in development). Learn more about the Rising Star Award.
Both Awards are open to members of VAFRE and the Central Virginia Chapter AFP.
Board Nominations Sought
The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. Now is the time to take your membership to the next level and make a commitment to VAFRE or to nominate someone else for the Board. Your nominations are needed by Thursday, February 29, 2024. Each nominee will receive a Candidate Interest Form that must be completed to be considered for a position by the Nominating Committee.
Eligibility and Term of Office: To be a director, you must be a member, in good standing. Each elected Director shall take office on July 1, 2024 for a two-year term and is responsible for, along with other Board members, determining VAFRE policies and supporting the mission of the organization. Time commitment includes a board meeting the first Tuesday of every other month (schedule variable until we can meet again in-person) and the time needed to complete the tasks of your board role.
Click here for a copy of the Nominating Form.
Click here for a general description of the Board qualifications, nomination process and manner of conducting business as defined in the Policy Manual, or view the Board Job Descriptions from the Policy Manual.
In Case You Missed It
VAFRE Members, if you didn't get to join us for the December or January programs, you really need to check out the recordings on the Members Only page of the website.
In December, we were joined by Emma Yackso, Director of Community Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, who discussed how we can better foster equity and inclusive communication in fundraising. The recording qualifies for 1.5 hours of CFRE Credit.
The January program featured Sheila Battle, who discussed burnout, boundaries and balance and how fundraisers can combat and manage the many stressors they encounter in their tasks.