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VAFRE E-news, September 2021

Congratulations to VAFRE's Newest CFREs!

Congratulations to the following VAFRE members who recently passed the CFRE exam:

  • Sara Higgins, CFRE, Shalom Farms
  • Lindsay Robinson, CFRE, Northstar Academy

VAFRE is proud to be a participating organization with CFRE International. Members receive a 20% discount on certification and recertification.

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.

Upcoming Events

October 5, Placing Social Capital at the Heart of Your OrganizationThe Mariner's Museum Team simultaneously adopted a servant leadership approach to its Mission and operations and a donor-centric approach to its fundraising efforts. This has transformed the institution and dramatically increased contributed revenue. In-person and Virtual registration available.

November 2. Let's Talk Tofurkey: Stewardship for Every Appetite. Stewardship is a critical activity for any solid fund development plan. Carol Anne Lajoie and Stuart C. Siegel will take a look at customizing stewardship to fit every organization, regardless of the size of your development shop. In-person and Virtual registration available. 

Welcome New Members!

        • Olivia Covington, Saint Francis Home
        • Kathryn Cramer, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
        • Stevan Dozier, VCU
        • Stephanie Glenn, The Community Foundation
        • Yasmin Gregg, ChildSavers
        • Ronelle Lucas
        • Bartley Mullin, Elk Hill
        • Annie Warman, Virginia War Memorial
        • Allyson Zak, Cedarfield
          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.


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          President's Message

          I hope you are all enjoying the last of the summer weather and not stressing too badly about your year end appeals.  I for one am looking forward to some cooler temperatures, and I am very hopeful for the Community Tax Law Project's year end push.  

          For those of you who were able to join us for September's excellent luncheon with the always informative and entertaining Randy Howard, I cannot thank you enough.  This was our first attempt at our new hybrid meeting approach, and I have to admit I was very nervous.  Having a long time friend of VAFRE such as Randy as a speaker plus the amazing pre-production efforts of Mary Kidd, Sara Higgins, Leigh Busby, Will Glasco, and Nikkia Johnson made the whole event a success.  

          While we view the event as a success, VAFRE is always striving to offer our members the best in fundraising educational and networking opportunities, so please give us your feedback.

          During Mr. Howard's talk, he used the analogy of driving a car where fundraisers are known to be "pressing the gas" while the finance department is known for "pressing the brake," creating two seemingly opposing forces.  I thought that Randy's analogy was worth exploring further.  Obviously, our organizations are the vehicle, but how does our mission fit into Randy's model?  More importantly, can a strong mission ease the tension between the gas and the brake?  I think our mission acts as our trip guide, keeping us on the right track as well as moving forward for our intended purpose.  Focusing on our mission should prevent us from frolicking on unnecessary detours.  Our mission should also help our team understand that along our path, we will need to both progress along our path (i.e. to press the gas) as well as press the brake at times (.ie. to prevent us from crashing).  With the mission as the focus, it seems that neither the fundraiser nor the finance person should be surprised or upset by the others actions, so long as those actions are mission directed.  I thank Randy for a very thought provoking analogy.  How is your mission "vehicle" doing?

          I hope you are all able to join us again in October for what we hope is going to be an equally thought provoking luncheon with Howard Hoege from the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, where Howard will share with us his social capital approach he adopted for the Museum.  I have had the pleasure of hearing Howard speak, and he will not disappoint.

          Thank you all again for being part of VAFRE, especially as we continue to navigate these uncharted times.  This organization is amazing because of each and every one of our members.


          David Sams
          2021-2022 VAFRE President


          Don't Forget Your Season Pass!

          A Season Pass covers in-person registration for all regular meetings from September 2021 through June 2022, including the monthly luncheons and the Awards luncheon, at a discounted rate of $190.00 - that's $30 less than paying as you register for each event, or like getting to attend the Awards luncheon for free! Members may also send another staff person in their place if they are unable to attend a meeting (simply contact our offices to register your substitute).

          ADDED BONUS: Season Pass holders may register one guest to attend any one regular monthly meeting (excludes Awards luncheon) at no additional charge. That's an additional savings of $30!

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          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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