Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

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May 2018

New Members

Ben Bruce, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Anne Self, Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton

Susan Smart, Byrd Theatre Foundation

Jill Williams, Richmond Montessori School

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Upcoming Events

Check out these and other upcoming meetings on the Upcoming Events page of the website.

Message from the President

    Northstar Academy held its annual Talent Show a couple of weeks ago. It is such an amazing opportunity for our students of all ages to share their talents which might not be highlighted during the academic day. We had lots of enthusiastic participants and the gym was chock full of parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and, of course, our students.  The magical evening was a collage of performances - poetry readings, magic tricks, comedy, human google maps, dancing, hula hoops, chorus and one of our middle school students sang the Star-Spangled Banner (and, yes, she hit the high note!). All of us rose to our feet with hands over hearts – many even sang along! There was palpable energy, amped up excitement and kudos all around. Our students truly stepped out of their comfort zones and tried something different, and, in doing so, they bettered themselves, gained confidence and set the stage for their futures.

    I believe that we spend much of our “academic” day working on projects, events and activities and we are always striving to hit deadlines and make goals. We work to showcase, steward and highlight our donors, potential donors and constituents. I challenge each of us to do something different this summer –  take an art or cooking class, write a poem, join the choir at church, go skydiving? Let’s embrace that child we used to be, that child who would bravely go up on stage and showcase a talent. I believe we all have room to better ourselves, gain confidence, push ourselves out of our comfort zones and set the stage for whatever is in our futures! 

    See you at the Annual Meeting!


    Lynne Berkness,
    2017-2018 VAFRE President

    Board of Directors & Budget to Be Voted on by Members

    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. 

    For the complete slate and a copy of the budget, click here.

    Prospect Research Focus of June Program

    Don't have a prospect development staff? Want to find out some quick intel about someone right before meeting with them? Join VAFRE on June 5th to get the inside info from two prospect researchers about the details they look for first and the resources that anyone can access to help propel your strategy and your institution. Click here for complete details or to register.

    Register for GivingUSA

    Join VAFRE and AFP Central Virginia Chapter on June 21st to hear the latest in giving trends, facts, and figures for the industry from Keith Curtis, past chair of The Giving Institute. Social will follow program. Click here for complete details or to register.

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          See these and other stories on the Industry & Business News page of the website.

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