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VAFRE e-news, February 2020

In This Issue

New Members

Mary Ryann Clary, NAMI Virginia

Thomas Draper, ORPHANetwork

Steven Koehler,   Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Elizabeth Mason, St. Joseph's Villa

Rainey Niklawski, 
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

Amy Phillips, Bath Community Hospital

Mary Catherine Raymond, UR School of Professional & Continuing Studies

Devin Reaves, Piedmont Housing Alliance

P.J. Shaver, St. Joseph's Villa

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Message from the President

Have you thought much about change and growth at your organization?

I know they say change is one of the few constants in life, but somehow it always seems easy to focus on routine items until enough little things become "big" or something unexpected leads to a sudden change. Looking at the big picture can be daunting at times - there can be so much to accomplish that you don't know how the work will ever be completed.

When this happens, I always like to remember something my mom taught me - don't spend all your energy worrying about things - break projects down into smaller pieces and get to work! Yes, I know, that may be easier said than done :-).  but hopefully, you can utilize VAFRE as one of the tools in your toolbox to accomplish this.

If you haven't already registered, I hope you will join us for the March 3rd luncheon, Building the Development Function, Starting with Your Board of Directors.  Bring your Board Chair or CEO and start strengthening a foundational piece of your fundraising work. When your Board is engaged in fundraising it is an impact multiplier and a game-changer for you and for your organization.  What better way to implement growth and navigate change? 

I hope to see you there!


Jennifer O’Rourke, CFRE, VAFRE President


Upcoming events


Link Up with VAFRE on LinkedIn

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

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

Board Nominations Sought

The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2020/2021 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 Friday, February 28, 2020. 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, 2020 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.


New Member Social Planned

The Membership Committee invites all individuals who joined VAFRE within the last year to a New Member Social on Friday, March 13th, at the VCU School of Business from 8 until 9:15 a.m.

Come learn more about what VAFRE offers members, and get to know other members. Light breakfast provided. This is a great opportunity to plan to connect with your Ambassador!

There is no fee to attend this event, but members are asked to register by March 6th. Log in and click here to register.

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