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VAFRE E-news, May 2021

Member News

Members, do you have recent news you'd  like to share? Details on an upcoming charitable event for your organization? A book you've published? A recent promotion? Log in and post it on the Member News page of the website and let the rest of the VAFRE community know. The most recent posts will also show up on the Home page and the News page of the website.

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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!

    • Andrea Ahonen, World Pediatric Project
    • Deborah Arenstein, Blue Ridge Abortion Fund
    • Cynthia Coleman, Voices for Virginia's Children
    • Jay Davenport, VCU
    • Jack Lauterback, FETCH a Cure
    • Nick Lucas, CCC
    • Louis Massett, Hargrave Military Academy
    • Lloyd Richardson, Research Associates, LLC
    • Susan Rockwell, Cristo Rey Richmond High School

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


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    Don't Forget to Sign Up: 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.


    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. To apply for a scholarship, follow the link in the member application or, for current members, follow the link on the Members Only page.

    Message from the President 

    Warm days are coming. We are getting ready to embark on our summer months.  During this past year we are have been closed inside.  We can now take a breath outside (still stay safe) but enjoy the fresh air.  Use this time to take a small break from work.  Let your mind, body and spirit enjoy this this time. You can then rejoin the work world refreshed and renewed. 

    Fundraising Tip of the Month: Ask for Advice – You’ll usually end up with Money

    The old fundraising maxim applies here: “Ask for money, you’ll get advice. Ask for advice, you’ll get money.”

    What most people truly want is to be heard. Asking for advice means that they will freely tell you the secret thing they are most passionate about, as well as their biggest fears about giving. And most importantly, the donor will feel valued and important. Which they are! They’re the ones whose enthusiasm makes changes happen in the world. So, ask them for their input and impressions.

    See you at the (virtual) member social next week or at the next virtual lunch-in on June 8th.



    Robinette Tiller
    VAFRE President


    Awards Lunch-In Video Available 


    If you weren't able to join us for the Awards Lunch-In on May 4th, now's your opportunity to see what happened as we honored this year’s Nina Abady Award winner, Bobby Thalhimer (pictured above left)  and our Rising Star Award winner is Sarah Young (pictured above right). Visit the Awards page of the website, or click here to view the video.

    Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Mitchell Wiggins and Company, for their support of this event.


    Virtual Member Social

    Miss connecting with your friends and colleagues at our in-person events? Try out the next best thing with a VAFRE Virtual Networking Session on May 25th at noon! Attendees will enjoy round-robins in Zoom breakout rooms, and the event will feature a special guest speaker!

    Members, to see who's joining us, login and register online now. “See” you on May 25th!

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