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VAFRE e-news, March 2019

New Members

Devan Colley, Virginia LISC

Molly Everett, UNOS

Dorian Lemasters, University of Mary Washington

Trevor Worden, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Message from the President

Welcome to March!  

On March 5th we hosted Whitney Fogg, SHRM-CP who led an informative and instructive session about the topic When Donors Get Too Close - Sexual Harassment and the Development Professional in the Age of #metoo.  We learned about the policies our organizations should have in practice; be familiar, be aware and be a proponent.  

We hope to see you on April 16 as we honor Gayle Haglund, CFRE, of Westminster Canterbury Richmond and Amy Clark Garmon, of ChildSavers, respectively, as our 2019 Nina Abady and Rising Star Award winners at The Woman's Club at the Bolling Haxall House.  We are delighted to have Talley Baratka, Founder and Chief Ideas Officer for Lightbulb Labs, as our keynote speaker for the luncheon (see below).  Please register to attend our annual awards luncheon (there are still tables available) and celebrate our colleagues and our profession!

Improv Time: Tell Your Story

We all have a story to tell - our personal stories and our professional stories...the stories of our organizations, beneficiaries and donors.  Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. They are the signal within the noise.  They help us paint a picture and take a journey.

Storytelling is important because it is effective at teaching in a way that people can easily remember and at helping people relate to one another.  Storytelling allows us to connect information to emotions; head to heart. Storytelling is essential.

Here’s to sharing our stories.


James Wasilewski, VAFRE President


Awards Speaker: Talley Baratka

Talley Baratka (pictured at left), is an award-winning communications and culture expert with a Master's degree in Human and Community Development. She has a strong community impact and grants evaluation background, having managed Capital One’s philanthropic endeavors for 15 years, at the national and local levels.

Talley created Lightbulb Labs to clarify mission, engage people and grow organizations to serve their purpose. She focuses on nonprofit and community relations efforts. While she also heads the Strategy Practice area for Rhudy & Co. Strategic Communications focused on employee communications for Fortune 500 companies.  

A YWCA Outstanding Woman and NAWBO- Enterprising Women of Excellence Award winner, she brings energy, passion and laughter to every project she touches. She is proud to have founded Impact 100 Richmond, a successful women’s collective giving organization, that has raised over $1.5M since 2009.  You can hear her TEDxWomen talk online; however, she’d much rather chat in person. Talley lives an out loud life in the Richmond region deep in the “heart of the sandwich generation” with her high school sweetheart, three teens, and mama.

Join us at our Awards Luncheon on April 16th to hear from Talley as we honor this year’s Award Winners:

  • 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.



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