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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 AM | T. Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Join Us for a Live Zoom Conversation Hosted by

    Davenport Asset Management

    Thriving Nonprofit Boards

    January 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST

    Featuring Guest Speakers:

    Katherine M. Whitney, Co-Founder, Owner, & Director, Warren Whitney

    David H. Charlton, Ed.D., President, Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia

    Space is limited for the event, so please email or call me at or 804-915-2766 to receive the Zoom instructions.

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 1:39 PM | Carille Greenberg Ribley

    There's still time for potential donors (corporate and individual) to take advantage of the CARES Act tax incentives for charitable contributions! 

    Here's the scoop:

    -  The new law allows all taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300, even if you do not itemize.

    -  For those who do itemize their deductions, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

    -  The new law temporarily suspends the requirements for required minimum distributions (RMD) for the 2020 tax year. Many donors use their RMD to make a gift from their IRAs. If you are 70½ or older, you can still make a gift from your IRA or name us as a beneficiary. In addition, there are some new ways you can receive financial benefits and help the charities you care about.

    -  The new law increased cash contribution limit from corporations from 10%- 25% in 2020. Charitable deductions from corporations in excess of 25% may be deducted for up to 5 years under the usual limits.

    Carille Greenberg Ribley/The Grant Whisperer Touch                                         

    Source: Neumann University

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 1:02 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    The Community Foundation is distributing FREE PROTECTIVE MASKS for nonprofit organization staff and volunteers, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and VA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VA VOAD).

    • August 5 (Ukrops Homestyle Foods Parking Lot)
    • August 6 (Location TBD in Western Henrico County)
    • August 11 (Location TBD in Southern Chesterfield County)

    How many masks does your organization need to promote the health and safety of your staff and volunteers through 2020 and beyond?

    Estimate how many masks you’ll need for the next 18 months, then complete this form and select your drive-thru pick-up location: 

    Questions? Contact Christina Mastroianni at

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:05 PM | Tara Quinn

    Our organization was recently contacted by a woman in Minnesota who saw a charge for $801 made to her bank account in our organization's name. She was not a past donor and had no relationship to us. When contacting our donor database provider, I discovered that the payment processing company had been hacked and multiple accounts have seen fraudulent charges made in their name.  Multiple "terminal ID" numbers for their clients have been accessed and donors are seeing debits to their bank or credit accounts naming charitable organizations as the recipients. 

    Please carefully review your payment processing statements or proactively contact your payment processor (such as Vantiv, Worldpay, etc.) to review activity on your account. This can be resolved but is very concerning, especially with regard to the negative public opinion that could be generated for non-profits wrongly linked to these scams. 

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:51 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    VAFRE will hold it's Annual Meeting on June 4th in conjunction with our luncheon program. During the meeting members will be asked to vote on the slate of officers and directors as well as the 2019-2020 budget.


    • President: Jennifer O’Rourke, CFRE, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
    • Immediate Past President: James Wasilewski, VCU Wilder School
    • Vice President: Robinette Tiller, VCU Massey Cancer Center
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Harry Warner, Fahrenheit Advisors

    Newly Nominated Board Members for Election

    • Samantha Marrs, VCU
    • Virginia McAndrew, The New Community School
    • Lindsay Robinson, Northstar Academy
    • Mary-Beth Yates, CMOR

    Returning Board Members (to be re-elected for an additional term)

    • Jennifer Cunningham, Better Housing Coalition
    • Courtney Elliott, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    • Sarah Fernald, Better Housing Coalition
    • Natalie Foster, Virginia Mentoring Partnership

    Returning Board Members (not up for election)

    • Samantha Charlet, United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
    • Belinda Falconer, The Virginia Home
    • Will Glasco, Preservation Virginia
    • Corey Humphrey, VCU School of Education
    • Anne Hurt, Trinity Episcopal School
    • Kathy Laing, Institute on Philanthropy
    • David Sams, The Community Tax Law Project
    • Roy Zeidman, Special Olympics Virginia

    For a copy of the Board member biographies, click here.

    To review a copy of the proposed 2019-2020 budget, click here.  There are no changes proposed to the fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Members who are unable to attend the meeting are asked to submit their proxy so their vote can be counted.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:51 PM | Laura Garlock

    Do you know someone passionate about fighting cancer and interested in serving on a non-profit board?

    The American Cancer Society’s Associate Board of Ambassadors (ABOA) is an esteemed group of young professionals in the Richmond area who are dedicated to a world without cancer. Through philanthropic efforts, networking, and community engagement, the ABOA supports the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.

    Applications are being accepted through April 5, 2019. Learn more about the program and apply:

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 9:56 AM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    This year’s Nina Abady Award winner, Gayle Haglund, CFRE, is the Director of Resource Development for Westminster Canterbury Foundation. As noted in her nomination, she has “devoted herself to excellence in fundraising for more than twenty years” and has served in leadership positions for many organizations in the greater Richmond region – Trinity Episcopal School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Virginia-Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, FeedMore and Baptist Theological Seminary. Gayle is devoted to ensuring that donors’ gits are stewarded properly and that they understand what a difference they are making with their generosity. She is so trusted and genuine in her dealings with donors that most refer to her as a friend rather than a fundraiser.

    Our Rising Star Award winner is Amy Clark Garmon, the Annual Giving Officer at ChildSavers. Amy’s work focuses on strategies to build relationships to sustain the mission. Her work is about the thousands of children, and those who care for and educate them, ChildSavers serves each year. It's about all of the children in Central Virginia that ChildSavers needs to grow their capacity to reach. It's about you! Yes, you, too! Because making nurturing early child care and trauma-informed mental health therapy accessible and affordable takes all of us. She is proud to be a member of VAFRE, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Board of Associates, and the Podium Foundation’s Young Professionals Board. 

    Congratulations to both of our honorees!

    Make plans to join us as we celebrate their achievements at our Annual Awards Luncheon on April 16th at the Bolling Haxall House.

  • Friday, January 04, 2019 1:33 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jodi Leonard has been named Director of Development for the VBH Foundation, LifeSpire's benevolent arm, effective, January 1, 2019. In her new role, Leonard will lead the annual planning, relationship building, and fundraising administration, which includes the annual golf tournament.

    Leonard joined the VBH Foundation in November 2015 as Annual Fund Manager where she quickly became a trusted member of the team, said Patricia Morris, Vice President of the VBH Foundation. Residents and community staff welcomed her and have consistently praised both her genuine personality and her effectiveness.

    "Jodi is creative, fearless, sensible, and compassionate in her approach to fundraising, and she loves working with seniors," Morris said.

    Prior to joining LifeSpire, Leonard served nonprofit fundraising as director of development for Safe Harbor in Henrico, Virginia; as database and special events coordinator for Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York; and as database systems coordinator at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received certification in fundraising from the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy. She also completed a Leadership Intensive Training for New and Emerging Directors from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Leonard currently serves on the finance and gala committees for Action Alliance.

    For more information, contact Ann Lovell, Corporate Director of Communications, at (804) 521-9192 or

    LifeSpire of Virginia manages four continuing care retirement communities across Virginia, including The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood in Richmond. The VBH Foundation is LifeSpire's benevolent arm, which raises funds to help LifeSpire seniors stay in their homes when they outlive their financial resources.  

  • Monday, November 05, 2018 8:17 AM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    VAFRE is proud to announce that it is now a participating organization with CFRE International, which means our members save 20% off CFRE certification and recertification fees.

    To enjoy this discount, check the box inside your CFRE online application that indicates you are a VAFRE member.

    The next CFRE Application deadline is January 15, 2019.  View the CFRE deadlines and fees at

    Start your CFRE application now at

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:54 PM | Stacie Birchett

    Beer. Dessert. Cut-throat competition. What more could you ask for?

    The Better Housing Coalition's second annual Gingerbread House Challenge on Sunday, November 4th from 12-5PM at Hardywood Craft Brewery dares 24 local business, nonprofit and student teams to display their holiday spirit and creativity by constructing a gingerbread house centered around the 2018 theme: “Holiday Movies.” If you’re a fan of festive craft beer, delightful desserts turned into architectural masterpieces and a jolly good time for the whole family, ‘yule’ love this event!

    Thanks to the goodwill of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, this exciting event coincides with the release of their popular Gingerbread Stout (which BeerAdvocate calls “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle.”) So much fun!

    The event is free to attend, but you'll want to vote for your favorites to win cash prizes. VIP tickets are $20 and include 2 votes, 1 Hardywood drink ticket, an exclusive VIP cup koozie and a gingerbread cookie.

    Plus, we've got food trucks, a slate of celebrity judges, and Gelati Celesti is creating a special gingerbread ice cream just for this event! Don't miss out!

    Get details, see a video from the 2017 Challenge, and get tickets hereSee you there!

    All proceeds benefit BHC's mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality, affordable housing.

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