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September 2018

New Members

Katherine Cook,
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation

Paul Evans,
St. Christopher's School

Ann Flippin, Autism Society of Central Virginia

Merritt Harrell, Virginia Tech (student)

Erin Hillert, World Pediatric Project

Nikkia Johnson, Voice's for Virginia's Children

Jay McNamara, Access National Bank

Stephanie McNamara, Make-a-Wish Greater Virginia

Kathleen Sams, Sabot at Stony Point

Maryanne Serignese, The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education 

Caitlin Udall, American Cancer Society

Erik Williams, The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

Log in to the Member Directory for complete details on these and other members.

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Upcoming Events
Season Pass Still Available

VAFRE members who would like to prepay for all of their 2018-2019 VAFRE meetings can purchase a Season Pass. A Season Pass allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate of $170 after September 11th - that's $30 less than paying as you register for each event. Log in and click here to purchase your Season Pass, 

Message from the President

    hope this summer was fun and productive for everyone. Now the question on all of our minds is - how is summer almost over?!?! C’mon! 

    Whew. That’s out of my system. Okay... 

    We are very excited to continue and elevate the educational and networking opportunities for our members in our 37th year of VAFRE. We were thrilled to have Amy Holland and Nick Sollog provide insights and perspective about Planning for Year-End Giving at our most recent meeting (and see below for a link to the upcoming Deeper Dive). We look forward to building our knowledge and sharpening our skills throughout the year.  

    Register for our October 2nd session - Getting Ready to Get Ready: Laying the Groundwork for Your Capital Campaign, featuring our colleagues from St. Joseph’s Villa - CEO Kathleen Barrett, CFRE, CLU and Director of Development Jenny Friar.   

    Improv Time: Listen and Build

    In the world of improv, we need to actively listen in order to build. We need to hear the dialogue - what is said, pick up on vocal cues - how it’s said, and understand the reason - why it’s said. This helps us create an amazing something and also allows for us to connect on new and shared levels. 

    In our development roles, we need to listen to the needs of our supporters, our organizations, our beneficiaries and our communities.  If we hear the what, how, and why of each partner, we will create an opportunity for that amazing something to happen.

    We are here to listen and build with you!  


    James Wasilewski,
    2018-2019 VAFRE President

    P.S.  The deadline for P3 applications is September 15th. This is a valuable resource of our membership community; please consider being a part of it!

    Applications for Year Six of P3 are Due Saturday!

    The Professional Partnership Program (P3) offers VAFRE members an annual opportunity to develop more extensive professional skills and understanding through an optional self-supporting program. Issues and topics for each session will be solicited in advance and facilitated by the Leaders. The program has been described as “the cheapest group therapy available” and each year one or more of the past participants find it valuable enough to sign up for the program again.  

    Applications are now being accepted for year six, which begins later this month. Registration is $75. Fees offset program expenses and do not benefit team leaders except for the reimbursement of expenses associated with group meetings.

    associated with group meetings.

    Get Social With VAFRE

    Have you been wanting to check out the VCU Institute of Contemporary Art and to catch up with fellow VAFRE colleagues?  If your answer is "yes" to one or both of these,  then you will not want to miss the next VAFRE Social taking place on October 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art. 

    By attending you will be able explore the new fall exhibition while networking with other non-profit professionals.  A brief tour of some of the exhibits will be available along with light appetizers.  Alcoholic beverages and additional food items will be available for purchase at the ICA Café.

    This event is free to attend.  Friends, family, and coworkers are welcome to attend as well. We hope to see you there.

    Socials sponsored by Halcyon Management, LLCSmart, timely solutions for event & nonprofit management.

    Member News
      • Congratulations to VAFRE member Belinda Falconer of the Virginia Home for the record $6 million gift they recently received.
      • Check out the interview with VAFRE member Nicole Duciaume with ChildFund about her experience working in Ecuador.
      • Congratulate Ed Kardos on the release of his second book. 
      Check out details on the Member News page of the website, and be sure to add your own updates, events and job changes. (Members must be logged in to add items to the Member News.)

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      Exclusive Professional Partnership Program (P3) Sponsor

      Click here to learn more about the P3 Program.

      Would you like to be a VAFRE Sponsor? Click here for details on the available sponsorship options.

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