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  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:08 AM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, June 5th, VAFRE will hold its Annual Business Meeting, at which time the membership will be asked to elect the proposed 2018-2019 Slate of Officers and Directors and to approve the proposed 2018-2019 budget. Members who are not able to attend are asked to submit a proxy.

    • President: James Wasilewski, VCU Wilder School
    • Immediate Past President: Lynne Berkness, Northstar Academy 
    • Vice President: Jennifer O’Rourke, CFRE, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Harry Warner, West Avenue Associates

    Other Directors

    Returning Board members to be re-elected for an additional term:

    • Samantha Charlet, United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
    • Corey Humphrey, VCU School of Education
    • Anne Hurt, Trinity Episcopal School
    • Kathy Laing, Institute on Philanthropy
    • Roy Zeidman, Special Olympics Virginia

    Newly nominated Board members for election:

    • Will Glasco, Preservation Virginia
    • David Sams, The Community Tax Law Project
    • Belinda Falconer, The Virginia Home
    • Mary Maupai, Safe Harbor

    Returning Board members (not up for election)

    • Cristina Cruz, VCU School of Dentistry
    • Jennifer Cunningham, Virginia Repertory Theatre
    • Courtney Elliott, St. Joseph's Villa
    • Sarah Fernald, Better Housing Coalition
    • Natalie Foster, Virginia Mentoring Partnershop
    • Carol Anne Lajoie, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
    • Thomas Millisor, CFRE, ChildSavers
    • Jennie Romero, Virginia Council on Economic Education
    • Robinette Tiller, VCU Massey Cancer Center

    For brief biographies of the Board members, click here.

    The proposed FY19 budget includes a small deficit that will allow the Board to continue supporting VAFRE’s mission and to bring increased value to VAFRE members.  The Board anticipates this FY19 budget deficit will be covered by a similar FY18 surplus at the end of this fiscal year, consistent with our recent history of finishing the year slightly better than budget. To review the entire budget, click here.

  • Monday, January 15, 2018 3:05 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2018 Nina Abady and Rising Star Honorees! 

    Lisa Tait, pictured at right, of the Community Idea Stations has been selected as the 2018 Nina Abady Award winner and Susan Norkus, pictured below at left, of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is the Rising Star Award winner.

    Both honorees will be recognized at the Annual Awards Luncheonon April 17th at the Woman's Club at the Bolling-Haxall House. To read more about Lisa and Susan, click here

    To register for the luncheon, follow the appropriate link below:

  • Monday, January 15, 2018 2:56 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2018/2019 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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Each nominee will receive a Candidate Interest Form that must be completed to be considered for a position by the Nominating Committee.  

    • 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.
    • Board Job Descriptions from the Policy Manual.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017 3:01 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Deadline Extended to December 28th!

    As development professionals, we are all keenly aware of the high level of dedication and integrity that are so critical to the profession of fundraising. One of VAFRE’s goals--and privileges--is to recognize and celebrate the exemplary work of our colleagues. 

    Now is the time to elevate those who inspire us daily, with a nomination for VAFRE’s Rising Star or Nina Abady Awards for fundraising excellence. Please help us honor our colleagues by nominating those among us who set the bar high and pave the way for us all.

    Nominations are open now through December 28th. The process is quick and user-friendly. Learn more about these awards, their criteria, past winners, and the process by visiting the Awards page

    Thank you all for what you do each day to strengthen communities across the Commonwealth!

    Thomas Millisor
    Board Liaison, Awards Selection Committee   

  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:39 PM | Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE (Administrator)

    Now is your opportunity to register for the new year of VAFRE's Professional Partnership Program! Applications must be received by September 15th.

    In four years 54 members have participated in the P3 program, which offers VAFRE members an annual opportunity to develop more extensive professional skills and understanding. Each group meets to discuss job-related concerns they have identified as of the greatest interest. The most succinct description I’ve heard of the program to date is “the cheapest group therapy available.” 

    Beginning July 1st, the fee increased to $75 per year, but at that price it's still, as one participant noted, "the cheapest therapy in town." 

    Click here for an application, or read more below.

    What is P3?

    The purpose of P3 is to provide an annual opportunity for VAFRE members to develop more extensive professional skills.  A team of two or more highly seasoned and experienced volunteer Leaders will guide small groups of approximately five to seven people (the Participants).

    What makes P3 so unique?

    Participants will complete an application form that provides information about their professional goals.  In addition participants will be encouraged to identify specific areas of interest – such as the annual fund, working with the development committee, managing your boss for fundraising, building relationships with program staff etc.  From this information a preliminary identification of topics of most interest will be shared with Leaders.  From there, however, it is up to each individual group to determine those job-related topics of greatest interest.  Because of the informal nature of P3, it is not expected that participation will qualify for accreditation required by the CFRE certificate.    

    How does the program work?

    The goal is that each group will meet with their Leaders a minimum of six times between October 1 and May 31.  It is recommended that each session be two hours in length.  Leaders or participants may arrange additional sessions if they desire and of interest to the group.  Groups will decide when, where, and the time of day/evening that is most convenient for them.

    Leaders are responsible for all communications with their groups as well as for all materials needed for sessions.  Leaders will prepare to the fullest extent possible for each session as well as handle any follow-up that is needed.  Leaders will provide best practices and advice based on their experience.  However, Participants will be asked to sign a document which will hold Leaders harmless in the application of this advice/best practice. 

    What is the cost?

    The fee for each participant is $75 effective July 1, 2017.  Fees are paid to VAFRE and are intended to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of the sessions and do not benefit the Leaders.

    Who or what group is responsible for P3?

    Ultimately the VAFRE Board is responsible for the P3 program.  The P3 program is a subcommittee of the VAFRE Program committee.  This year’s program chair is Nick Sollog of The Sollog Group.  Corey Humphrey, VAFRE Board member and Director of Development at the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, is the chair of this year’s P3 Program.

    What are the qualifications of the Leaders?

    Most of all, Leaders must be passionate about the unique concept of P3 and willing to be flexible and responsive to the interests of their group.  Secondly, there is an emphasis in selecting leaders who have had extensive front-line (in the trenches) fundraising and management experience.  To be considered, a prospective Leader should have the following experience:

    • A minimum of ten years as a development professional
    • Demonstrated experience and management responsibilities in one or more areas of the following: annual fund, membership acquisition, major gifts, planned giving, corporate/foundation relationships, donor stewardship.
    • Held a supervisory position that was ultimately responsible for the direction and success of fundraising activities
    • Created, managed budgets
    • Held positions that reported to the organization’s most senior professional (president, executive director, board of trustees)
    • Worked closely with volunteer leadership including the board of trustees and/or the development committee.

    If you would be interested in serving as a team leader, click here for the informational form or e-mail Mary Kidd at


     Contact P3 Chair Corey Humphrey.

    Sign Me Up!      

    Download the application here

    Thanks to our exclusive P3 sponsor, West Avenue Associates, for their support of the program! 

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