Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

October 2018

New Members

Barbara Cushing, Menokin Foundation

Susan Higgins, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Kirsta Millar, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

Stephanie West, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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

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Upcoming Events
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 the new exhibit, Hedges, Edges, Dirt and Provocations: Rashid Johnson, 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.

Message from the President

    Happy Halloween, and Trick or Treat!  We don’t have many tricks for you, but there are plenty of treats.  

    We hosted a wonderful educational luncheon about preparing for a capital campaign with our guest speakers from St. Joseph’s Villa - CEO Kathleen Barrett, CFRE, CLU and Director of Development Jenny Friar.  Please be sure to catch our November session to learn the implications of the new tax bill and how to educate your donors about the deductibility of their gifts to your organization with Carman Faison (Mitchell Wiggins) and Amy Singleton (The Community Foundation)

    Additionally, we’ve just launched into another season of P3 with a kickoff on Oct 10; there’s a networking and fun social at ICA on Oct 24; and we’re continuing the conversation after our luncheon programs with our revitalized Cocktails and Conversations series.  Also, be sure to check out our updated News page with feeds from leading industry publications (see more details below).

    It’s also time to start thinking about recognizing the good work our colleagues do. Consider submitting a nomination for the 2019 Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards (see details below).

    VAFRE is also working toward becoming a participating organization with CFRE International offering wonderful opportunities to our members.  An update and details to follow! 

    Improv Time: Be Present

    For ourselves and those we serve, we need to be present and in the moment; be in the “now.” The present exists for only a brief moment. Respond fully and discover the outcome of our actions and reactions. Surrender to the moment and use what is offered and available. Seize the opportunity and make the best of it. If a pause is needed, absorb, consider, then act - remain present.

    Let’s make the best of the present and enjoy the process of the “now” together. 


    James Wasilewski,
    2018-2019 VAFRE President

    membership community; please consider being a part of it!

    Award Nominations Sought

    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 21st. 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!

    Lynne Berkness
    Board Liaison, Awards Selection Committee   

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    VAFRE Unveils Updated News Pages

    VAFRE is pleased to unveil some updates to the News pages on our website:

    • The main News page will feature a web version of the current e-news. Back issues are available by following the links found here.
    • The Industry & Business News page features live feeds from leading industry publications that are updated throughout the day. Bookmark this page in order to have a one-stop location to get the latest industry news. (*Members, if there are other publications you think we should feature here, please e-mail 
    The Member News page is available for members to post items of interest to the community. If you'd send it out in a press release, you can post it here. Simply log in, click on Member News and follow the prompts to post news relevant to you and your organization.

    Annual Sponsors

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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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