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VAFRE news, December 2020

Congratulations New CFRE!

Congratulations to Alissa Aronovici, CFRE, of the ACLU of Virginia for passing the CFRE exam.

The next application deadline is January 15th. Log in to the CFRE website for details - and don't forget that VAFRE members get a discount on certification and recertification.


Welcome New Members!

  • John Ball  
  • Jamie Burch, Health Brigade
  • Stacy Hull, University of Richmond Partners in the Arts
  • Steven Jones, The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
  • Maggie Latimer. Northstar Academy
  • Katie Lewis, Northstar Academy
  • John Murray, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
  • Susan Nolan, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
  • Anne Rogers, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
  • Stacy Shaw, Byrd Theatre Foundation
  • Amy Smith, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Log in to the Member Directory to access contact information for these and all members.


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Need Help with Your Dues?

The Susan Early Scholarship Fund is available to new and renewing VAFRE members to cover the cost of your dues – something that could be crucial to your ongoing professional development in these turbulent times. To apply for a scholarship, follow the link in the member application or, for current members, follow the link on the Members Only page


Link Up with VAFRE on LinkedIn

VAFRE has a Company page on LinkedIn: check it out to see what's happening with VAFRE

Also, members can join our LinkedIn group page and post items of interest to other members.

Message from the President 

Season's Greetings!  What an epic year? We have been through so many changes this year and we made it through.  I hope you have navigated these changes and are ready to close the year with a non-profit bang.

Remember to take time out for yourself this holiday.  Rest, relax and enjoy. 

Fundraising Tip of the Month: Communicate with Donors
Communication is essential for creating lasting relationships. Getting people to stay with you over the years isn’t easy, but your organization needs them more than they need you. And that means you need to find ways to connect with your donors and show them how important they are. One startling statistic is that most people only donate to a cause once, so you need to find reasons for them to come back. 
Offer donors the opportunity to volunteer with your organization. You know you can always use the help, plus they will see the value of your nonprofit firsthand and might be inclined to spread the word about your cause.

See you at our next virtual lunch-in on January 5th as we learn how to Stress Less in 2021.



Robinette Tiller
VAFRE President


Virtual vs. Live Events - Member Poll Results

In November, the VAFRE Board of Directors polled the membership regarding their comfort level with the idea of live events in the first half of 2021. It was very clear that our members were not comfortable with the idea of in-person meetings in the first quarter, but there is a little more optimism about events in the second quarter: especially outdoor events. 

Of 97 VAFRE members responding, 69 responded that they would not attend an in-person luncheon in the first quarter of 2021; 12 responded that they would attend; and 16 would attend only if a vaccine were widely available. When asked about the possibility of attending an in-person event without lunches in the second quarter, 35 members said they would attend if it was an outdoor event; 25 would attend if a vaccine is widely available; 21 would attend regardless of location or vaccine availability, while 16 said they would not be comfortable attending.

In light of these results and the current situation with the pandemic, the Board has voted to hold all of our regular monthly programs as virtual through June. We will hope to schedule some in-person member events outside once we get to spring, but we will continue to monitor the situation and plan to poll the members again in early spring.


2021 Award Nominations are Open

Each year, VAFRE is honored to recognize some of the best development talent in the area with our Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Nina Abady Award and the 2021 Rising Star Award. All nominations should be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.

The Nina Abady Award is the most prestigious award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives (VAFRE). It is presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated utmost excellence in the field of development. The award signifies to individuals, organizations, and the greater community that the recipient has garnered the respect and admiration of colleagues throughout the Commonwealth for professional and ethical service.  Learn more about the Nina Abady Award

The Rising Star Award is made annually to a VAFRE member who exhibits excellent potential and who has demonstrated remarkable talents at an early stage in their fund-raising career. Learn more about the Rising Star Award

Click here to watch the video of our Annual Awards Lunch-In on September 22nd as we celebrated the achievements of our 2020 honorees, Virginia McAndrew and David Thomason.  (58:30)


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