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VAFRE News, Late Summer 2020

New Members

  • Blair Curcie, Medical Society of Virginia Foundation
  • Jonathan Davis, Beale Memorial Baptist Church
  • George Piazza, Virginia LISC
  • Suzy Rohler, Maymont Foundation
  • Lori Schattner, Benedictine Schools of Richmond
  • Sara Schmatz, NAMI Virginia
  • Maggie Shaw, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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


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Quarterly payment options and scholarships available.


Upcoming Programs

VAFRE Virtual Lunch-In: Action Continuum for Equity in FundraisingTuesday, September 1, noon - 1:15 p.m. This interactive workshop will focus on actions against and in support of inclusion and equity. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their organizations and ways they currently stand up to inequities in fundraising as well as how they see others addressing inequities. This session has been approved for 1 hour of CFRE credit.

VAFRE Virtual Lunch-In: Board Diversity, Recruitment and Culture. Tuesday, October 6.

VAFRE Virtual Lunch-In: Fundraising and Social Justice. Tuesday, November 10.

Check out the details on these and other upcoming programs on the upcoming events page of the website as they become available.


Registration Fees for Lunch-Ins

Although there are no meal and facility costs associated with a virtual event, there are still expenses involved. In light of this, VAFRE has instituted the following fees for our monthly Lunch-Ins (excluding Awards, see article at right):

  • Season Pass. If you held a Season Pass last year, login and select this option to register at no cost. Guests will be $20.
  • Member Registration. Log in and select this option to register at the member rate of $10. Guests will be $20.
  • Member Organization. If you are not a member, but you work in the same office as a VAFRE member, select this option to register yourself and your guests at $20 each
  • Nonmember Registration. If you are not a VAFRE member and do nor work in the office of a VAFRE member, select his option to register yourself and your guests at $30 each. Consider becoming a member of VAFRE in order to access reduced registration fees. 

We will continue to monitor our costs and the associated fees, and adjust them if needed.


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.

Message from the President 

Change is here.  This time of year, we prepare to see the leaves change colors. It is the time we prepare to send our kids back to school, or at least, back to the kitchen table. We all are trying to get our mojo back. We are navigating through this new norm.

As you prepare for this fiscal year remember, we are all going through this together. Use this time to reach out to your colleagues, whether internal or external. Seek a new resource or be a new resource.

VAFRE is here as a resource. Use this time to take advantage of our virtual learning.  Our virtual lunch-ins will allow you more flexibility to participate.  Our next lunch-in will be on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm.  The topic is Action Continuum for Equity in Fundraising. The program will help us to explore the issues of equity and inclusion in our organizations and in our fundraising.  

As president of VAFRE, I want you to challenge us to examine Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within our organization and what we present in our programs. Help us help you.  We want to have the difficult conversations. As you register, invite a guest. If you are not a member, we welcome you to join. We offer scholarships and payment plans. I hope you take this opportunity to invest in you!

I look forward to seeing on September 1st.



Robinette Tiller
VAFRE President


Celebrate with VAFRE!

Join VAFRE on September 22nd for a Virtual Celebration of our 2020 Award Winners, David Thomason and Virginia McAndrew (pictured below).

When David and Virginia were announced as our honorees last spring, we expected to come together in May to celebrate their accomplishments. Though COVID-19 postponed and altered the celebration, it has also presented us with an opportunity to expand the celebration to include the entire VAFRE community instead of just the two hundred that can join us for lunch at Bolling-Haxall.

Our speaker is Rachel Pater, Founder and Director of Richmond Story House, a 501(c)3 dedicated to unearthing and amplifying stories in our community.

Click here for complete details or to register now! There is no fee to participate, but advance registration is required.  


P3 Registrations Due by September 15th !

Part  ner : one that shares

The Professional Partnership Program (P3), now entering it's eighth 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 - though most teams schedule more than just four meetings. P3 is an optional supplement to VAFRE’s current and ongoing offerings and is intended to meet the expressed interest of the membership in an initiative that more formally links more experienced VAFRE members with those members seeking to learn from their experiences. 

 Click here for complete details or to register now.

Thanks to Fahrenheit Advisors for their sponsorship of this program.


Richmond Recovers Grant Program Opens Soon

The Richmond Recovers program, run through the Economic Development Authority, provides grants to organizations that are recovering from the pandemic. Grants range from $10,000 to $15,000. Applications can be submitted online from September 1st through September 30th. Click here for complete details.


Webinar Recordings on Members Only Page

Did you have to miss this month's Lunch-In, or did your dog start barking and keep you from hearing THE most important point of the entire program? Members can access recordings of all of VAFRE's webinars on theMember Only Resources page of the website, just log in and follow the link to see what you missed. The page also has links to slides and handouts from several years' worth of programs with a lot of ideas that still apply today, even in our new normal.


Reminder: Options for Your Dues 

Don't forget, VAFRE now has the option to pay your dues quarterly instead of all at once when you join or renew.  When completing your application or renewal, simply select the appropriate membership category with Recurring Payments to be billed $31.25 every three months instead of $125.00 all at once.

Dues scholarships are also still available! The Membership Committee is revising the scholarship process to make it easier. Email admin@vafre.orgfor details.


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