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VAFRE E-news, February 2021

Member News

SOAR365's Young Professional's Group is seeking volunteer leaders for their Next Generation Council. Applications are due March 29th.

Thriving Nonprofit Boards is a recorded Zoom call from January 21 featuring Katherine Whitney, Co-Founder & Director of Warren Whitney and David Charlton, President of The Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia as they discuss boardroom best practices and answer questions.  

For complete details, visit the Member News page.

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


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.

Welcome New Members!

    • Elly Bacigalupo, VMFA
    • Nina Bowen, The Doorways
    • Karen Cunningham, Needle's Eye Ministries
    • Lee Ann Ibanez, Elk Hill
    • Katy Larkin, A Street Studios LLC
    • Deb Lawrence, ReWork Richmond
    • Heather Phibbs, March of Dimes
    • Nicole Storms, projectHomes
    • Ann Taylor, McIntire Botanical Garden
    • Stephen Wilson, St. John's Church Foundation
    • Melissa Worrell Matthews, Children's Health Investment Program of SHR
    Log in to the Member Directory to access contact information for these and all members.


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    AFP Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship Applications Due by February 26

    The Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship offers inclusion-oriented education, training and networking activities, and one-on-one mentorship for Central Virginia-based mid-level and emerging nonprofit professionals representing a wide range of diverse backgrounds and interests. The goal of this program is to build a pipeline of fundraising leaders that reflect the diversity of our communities and develop practices that make a more just, equitable, and holistic Richmond fundraising community. 

    More information on the Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship and details on how to apply can be found on the AFP website


    Registration Still Open for IOP's Virtual Grant Writing Institute

    Register now for IOP's four day Grant Writing Institute! The program incorporates the latest trends together with theoretical and practical insights from expert practitioners who write and evaluate grants. Attendance by both grant writers and program directors, or those who want to be, and is qualified for 23 hours of CFRE Credit.

    Click here for complete details or to register now.

    Message from the President 

    Our commitment to you: 

    VAFRE is committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within our membership and programing.  We want to encourage you to share your thoughts with us on how we are doing and what we could better.  We respect the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all our members.

    Fundraising Tip of the Month: Measure, Evaluate and Repeat

    If you are not seeing a difference in donations, you should examine new ways of reaching out to people. If people donated to you before, you could compel them to donate again. Keep analyzing ways in which you can expand your base and revisit what worked in the past. Maybe the data is trying to tell you something that you are not seeing right away. The answer is there, you will eventually find it.

    Do not forget what your mission meant to you in the beginning. Sometimes when you tell the story of WHY you decided to join a nonprofit, it will resonate with people and draw them in.

    See you at our next virtual lunch-in, COVID-19 Crisis Giving: FeedMore's Strategy for Stewardship and Retention, on March 3.



    Robinette Tiller
    VAFRE President


    Board Nominations Due February 26th

    The VAFRE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacant positions for the Board of Directors for the 2021/2022 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 26, 2021. Click here for details on Eligibility and Term of Office, as well as the Nominating form and the Board Job Descriptions.


    New Member Benefit: VAFRE Affinity Groups

    One of the greatest things about our Association is the opportunity to meet and network with fellow fundraisers in our region. VAFRE Affinity Groups are discussion forums and listservs targeted to specific interests within the fundraising field. Choose to join one or more groups that most interest you or relate to your career. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions from members, share new ideas and best practices, meet members in your field or connect to those you've already met, and create virtual meet-ups. 

    Members, log in and select from groups dedicate to Annual Funds, Grant Writing & Reporting, Small Shop Fundraising and more.


    Free Webinar About the CFRE Exam February 23

    If it’s your goal to make 2021 the year you become a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a key component is properly preparing for the CFRE exam.

    This free one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. ET on February 23 will walk you through everything you need to know about the exam.

    CFRE International staff will cover how the exam is structured, a sample question, study tools, recommended reading, how to create your study plan, and more! Register now.


    The Susan Early Scholarship Fund is available to new and renewing VAFRE members to cover the cost of your dues. To apply for a scholarship, follow the link in the member application or, for current members, follow the link on the Members Only page.


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