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  • Monday, July 30, 2018 10:09 AM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Preservation Virginia is among the inaugural class of grantees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s newly established African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The private non-profit was awarded $75,000 to conduct a two-part economic study of Shockoe Bottom. The study will make the case for developing the historic area as a heritage tourism destination through the creation of a memorial park while embracing equitable economic revitalization. Read more from Preservation Virginia.

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 4:34 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    On a street that once marked the boundary between black and white communities in Richmond, Va., a gleaming new Institute for Contemporary Art is set to open this spring with an exhibit called “Declaration” that will boldly confront pressing social issues in a city that was once the capital  of the Confederacy. Designed to explore contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, the inaugural exhibit will feature many site-specific works by 33 emerging and established artists from Richmond and around the globe, including Paul Rucker. Read more of this article from The New York Times

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Outstanding Women Awards luncheon: will honor nine dynamic leaders in our region, and their efforts to create positive change in their community. The luncheon, now in its 38th year, is the Richmond region's largest celebration of women in leadership. It will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on April 27, 2018.

    Registration opens at 11:30 a.m.
    Program starts at noon

    Tickets on sale now for $75, or get a combination tickets which includes the Leadership Forum breakfast on 4/10 for $100 at:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    "Leading With Courage; Discover Your Leadership Superpower!" YWCA Richmond will hold our 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum, sponsored by Capital One, on April 10, 2018 at Capital One's West Creek Campus in the Town Hall. Join us for an honest conversation about women in leadership with Outstanding Women Award honorees.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m.
    Program will be held from 8:45 - 11 a.m.

    Tickets are $35 and are on sale now! You may also purchase a combination ticket which includes the OWA luncheon for $100.00

    We will also announce our second Rising Outstanding Woman Award, presented by Capital One.

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 8:54 AM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Brydon M. DeWitt, VAFRE member and President of DeWitt & Associates, Inc., died January 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Lou, his son and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, as well as his aunt. He dedicated his career to serving non-profits and was a teacher and author. He was director of development at his alma mater, Bridgewater College. Since 1995, Brydon provided consulting services through his firm DeWitt and Associates. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Baptist Church.

    VAFRE's condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 3:39 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)
    WHEN TWIN SWORDS COLLIDE, an incredible power is unleashed and a new world opens. Defeating the three-headed dragon is the only way for Elias to seize his treasure. THE AMULET- Journey to Sirok is a magical adventure as Elias searches to find a sorcerer named Zoltan to reveal clues to his search.

    THE AMULET:Journey to Sirok  is Book I of THE ELIAS CHRONICLES.

    To learn more, please visit:

    Edward Kardos - Home

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 3:38 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Joystick: Guiding and Managing Your Nonprofit Business by Brydon DeWitt, Lou Markwith and Tom McCarty, along with a group of professional colleagues, is a collection of best practices for all areas of nonprofit governance. 

    A book launch reception and signing will be held Thursday, September 21st at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Villa. To register for the reception e-mail DeWitt & Associates.

    The success of every nonprofit organization is directly tied to the leadership of the CEO, the Board Chair, and the Board.  It is to this group of nonprofit pilots, co-pilots, and navigators that Joystick is addressed. Divided into helpful sections, each brief chapter contains specific, practical advice that applies to leadership challenges faced by those who manage and operate these charitable businesses for the benefit of others and society. Sound management and development principles are translated into pragmatic, usable guidance that nonprofit executives and chief volunteers will refer to again and again.

    Purchase a copy from the CreateSpace store or from Amazon.

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