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VAFRE e-news, Summer 2019

In This Issue

New Members

Matt Leighty, Leighty & Associates

Jay Patrick, Liberation Veteran Services

Nannette Shor, Shor Fundraising Strategies

Jeanette Ucci, Westminster Canterbury Foundation

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


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Summer Survey Question: How old are your donors?

Please indicate the percent of individual donors in each age range. Click here to participate in our one-question survey. See results of last month's survey below.


May Survey Results: Does your organization produce a newsletter?

80% of respondents said yes, they produce a newsletter. 20% responded no.

The trend is towards fewer print newsletters and more online: no respondent still produces a monthly print newsletter, and 25% have transitioned to all electronic.

Participate in this month's one-question survey (above) and look for the results next month.


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Message from the President

It has been a wonderful year and an honor to serve as VAFRE President.  We continue to elevate the priorities of our strategic plan with membership and the profession always in mind.

I am grateful for our amazing board, fantastic administrator and incredible members who are truly passionate about creating a better community and world.  

Final Improv Time: Celebrate it all

Success breeds success; failure breeds success.  

In improv, success is a great performance and scene hitting all of the marks, an entertained audience, a positive sentiment overall and a want to do and see more.  In improv, failure is also a success. If you fail - what did you learn, and how do we move forward and continue to build?  

Celebrate all of the successes from the past year and continue to build in a positive and accepting (yes, and) and supportive (got your back) manner.  

Serving this wonderful organization has been a pleasure.  

And, scene.  

James Wasilewski, VAFRE President


Register for the Professional Partnership Program by Sunday to Get Your Discount!

Part  ner : one that shares

Are you new to fund development or would you like to enhance your professional skill sets?  If you answered “YES’ then VAFRE has great news for you!

The Professional Partnership Program (P3), now entering it's seventh year, offers VAFRE members the opportunity for small groups (the Partners) to meet a minimum of four times with two highly experienced facilitators (the Leaders) between October and June. 

The Professional Partnership Program will encourage discussion and comment on job-related concerns of greatest interest to each group (identified by each participant completing an application detailing their interest and experience). Issues and topics for each session will be solicited in advance and facilitated by the Leaders.

Register by end of day June 30th at the discounted rate of $50. Beginning July 1st, the fee will increase to $75. (You must be logged in to access this event.)

Thanks to Fahrenheit Advisors for their sponsorship of the P3 program.


Hope to See You at VFRI 

This year's Virginia Fund Raising Institute on July 24-25 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel is now less than a month away.  There are going to be three amazing keynote presentations, twenty-five breakout sessions, time for participants to exchange ideas during the Topic Talks on Wednesday, two receptions, sponsors and exhibitors, and more than 250 of your colleagues from around the state.

12 hours of CFRE credit applied for.

What are you waiting for? Register now! 


Get Your Season Pass for 2019-2020 

VAFRE members who would like to prepay for all of their meetings may purchase a Season Pass. A Season Pass covers all regular meetings from September 2019 through June 2020, including the monthly luncheons and the Awards luncheon.*

The Season Pass allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate of $190.00 - that's $30 less than paying as you register for each event, or like getting to attend the Awards luncheon for free! Members may also send another staff person in their place if they are unable to attend a meeting (simply contact our offices to register your substitute).

ADDED BONUS: Season Pass holders may register one guest to attend any one regular monthly meeting (excludes Awards luncheon) at no additional charge. That's an additional savings of $30!

*VAFRE reserves the right to charge Season Pass holders for any additional events that may be scheduled.

Please note: the Season Pass is available to members only. You must be logged in to register for this option.

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