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VAFRE e-news, February 2019

New Members

Laura Garlock,
American Cancer Society

Andrew Gillette, Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters

Cameron Patterson,Robert Russa Moton Museum

Tammy Shackelford,Chesterfield Education Foundation

Carole Smith, ALS Association

Jennifer Whiteside,Community Idea Stations

Sarah Young, Peter Paul Development Center

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


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Affinity Group Discussions

Beginning with our March 5th meeting, we will begin an affinity group initiative to facilitate discussions on specific topics during our monthly meetings. We will begin with two tables each focused on:

  • Donor Appreciation
  • Volunteer Education
  • Grant Writing

If you're attending the lunch, look for the tables with the signage and join the discussion.


Link Up with VAFRE on LinkedIn

VAFRE has a Company page on LinkedIn. Be sure to "follow" the company and share news and items of interest to other members.



In The News

Have you checked out the VAFRE News pages?

The main News page will feature a web version of the current e-news, with links to back issues.

The Industry & Business News page features live feeds from leading industry publications that are updated throughout the week.

The Member News page is available for members to post items of interest to the community (members must be logged in to post items).

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Message from the President

Happy February!  The groundhog didn’t see a shadow, so here’s to an early spring and much more this year.

We were fortunate to host a session this month about career mapping for a fulfilling and successful career with Susan Brock Wilkes, Ph.D. and Lisa Freeman, CFRE.  We appreciate the structure and questions to consider as well as the case study of our friend ELF in her career. We may not always be able to predict the future of our career paths, but we sure can influence it and evolve with it.   

Please hold March 5 on your calendars for our next session about When Donors Get Too Close - Sexual Harassment and the Development Professional in the Age of #metoo with featured speaker Whitney Fogg, SHRM-CP who has over fifteen years of experience in Human Resources providing guidance to both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  She will lead a discussion in learning how to establish and helping your staff to establish respectful boundaries and manage uncomfortable situations in your interactions on behalf of your organization.

Improv Time: I’ve Got Your Back

Backstage before every performance, my fellow improvisers and I say to each other - “I’ve got your back.”  We already know that we will support each other and work together as a team to have the best performance we can together; regardless, we affirm this commitment.  

Consider if we told our colleagues, our board members, our donors and the beneficiaries of our work - “We’ve got your back.”  Would they feel supported? Do they feel supported? Do they have the same commitment to you and your organization? Once this commitment has been made and proven consistently over time, an environment of mutual trust will exist with a solid foundation.  

Thank you for all you do to support our community, and remember - I’ve got your back.  


P.S. Mark your calendars for the New Member Social and plan to join us at our Annual Awards Luncheon - see the details below.


Honoring Excellence

Join VAFRE on April 16th as we honor our 2019 Nina Abady and Rising Star Award winners at The Woman's Club at the Bolling Haxall House.

This year's honorees are:

  • Nina Abady Award Winner - Gayle Haglund, CFRE, Westminster Canterbury Richmond (pictured below, at left) 
  • Rising Star Award Winner - Amy Clark Garmon, ChildSavers (pictured below, at right)


For details on our honorees, visit the Awards page of the website. To register for the Luncheon, click here.

Our speaker will be Talley Baratka, founder of Impact 100 Richmond, a collective giving organization with more than 300 women investing over $1 million in Richmond since 2009. Talley currently leads the Business Strategy Team at Rhudy & Co. In her most recent corporate role, she led Capital One's grant-making and volunteer programs in Richmond.



Board Nominations Sought

The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2019/2020 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, 2019. Each nominee will receive a Candidate Interest Form that must be completed to be considered for a position by the Nominating Committee.  

Eligibility and Term of Office: To be a director, you must be a member, in good standing.  Each elected Director shall take office on July 1, 2019 for a two-year term and is responsible for, along with other Board members, determining VAFRE policies and supporting the mission of the organization. Time commitment includes board meeting the first Tuesday of every other month and the time needed to complete the tasks of your board role.

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, or view the Board Job Descriptions from the Policy Manual.

VAFRE is proud to be a participating organization with CFRE International.

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