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VAFRE e-news, October 2019

In This Issue

New Members

Sarah Blazincic, Virginia Home for Boys & Girls

Jason Chestnutt, CFP, Collegiate

Jill Gaynor, UMFS

Thomas McCarty, CFRE, Susan Sutton & Associates

Katarina Spears, James River Writers

Elizabeth Wong, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

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Building the Next Generation of Development Professionals

Building the pipeline? Help with training the next generation of RVA development professionals. The VCU undergraduate class Foundations of Fundraising seeks nonprofits willing to serve as a case study for student teams studying development operations. One hour commitment with a site visit to YOUR location in November. If interested, please contact Samantha Wheeler Marrs at


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Message from the President

I bet you know that feeling…time can fly by in all sorts of ways.  As you watch the seasons change and kids grow before your eyes or you start or finish a campaign for work, we have a few guarantees - that things will change and time will keep marching on.  

As the leaves are changing, I am reminded that this busiest of seasons for most of us will also just fly by in the blink of an eye.  I am making an effort to take time and reach out to my co-workers and peers and slow down, even if only momentarily.  I don’t want to rush through this season and miss all of the things we have to celebrate!  

In fact, at my office we recently installed a “win wall”.  As individuals and teams, we are all encouraged to post our wins on the win wall so that everyone can support one another and celebrate together.  Wins can be small or large.  I think this is such a neat idea and encourage us all to think about creating our personal and professional “win walls” to celebrate our wins together.

Wishing you a wonderful fall season,


Jennifer O’Rourke, CFRE, VAFRE President


Member Social Planned for November 7th

Before the holidays and end of year giving hit in full force, blow off some steam with other development professionals at VAFRE's Fall Member Social: The Calm Before the End of Year Storm, at Northstar Academy in Richmond on November 7th. Check out this unique facility and network with your VAFRE colleagues.

Our Schedule

·         5 p,m. New Member Orientation
·         5:30 p.m. Member Social
·         7 p.m. Adjourn

This event is free to attend, but advance registration is requested.  We hope to see you there. Thanks to VAFRE's Social Sponsor, Halcyon Management, LLC, for their support.


Who's The Boss?

Our December 3rd Program, The Secrets of Managing Up, is a special 2-hour program (CFRE credit applied for) that will reveal how you can consciously work with your boss in order to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss and your company. To help our presenter prepare, please take five minutes to let us know what kind of manager you have and what challenges you face in working with this individual or group: take our quick survey.

The member fee for this special program is still just $20 (no additional fee for Season Pass holders)! 


Volunteers Needed for AFP's National Philanthropy Day

AFP is seeking volunteers to help with National Philanthropy Day on November 14th. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the event, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and in roles ranging from workshop registration to greeters and luncheon set up. If you'd like to volunteer, please click here to register. Questions? E-mail


Professional Partnership Program Begins Seventh Year 

Part  ner : one that shares

The Professional Partnership Program (P3), now in it's seventh year, kicked off with a meeting at the offices of the program sponsor, Fahrenheit Advisors. This year there are 20 partners in two teams. Issues and topics for each team meeting will be solicited in advance and facilitated by the Leaders. 

Thanks to this year's Leaders:

  • Michael B. Dowdy, The Virginia Home,
  • Alan Hutson, Jr., MPA, CFRE, The Monument Group,
  • Kathy Laing, Institute on Philanthropy, and 
  • Samantha W. Marrs, Virginia Commonwealth University.

If you are interested in participating in a future P3, the program runs every year. Contact David Sams with questions.

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


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