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VAFRE E-news, November 2021

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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.

Welcome New Members!

          • Sarah Boyack, The Faison
          • Riley Cain, VCU Ram Athletic Fund
          • Julianne Duvall,  Chesapeake Academy
          • Catherine Estevez, Girls on the Run Greater Richmond
          • Debra Holley, Holley GrantWriters
          • Laura Keller, VCU College of Engineering

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


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          President's Message

          Well, it is that time of the year, when a fundraiser's time is stretched in so many ways, so I will keep this short.  I would like to take the time to thank you all personally for continuing to turn to VAFRE as your development community.  I wish you the best of luck with your year end pushes.  Most importantly, please take a moment to look back on your year with positive thoughts and relish in the fact that your work made so many lives much much better.  I will be thanking those persons in my life that give me the energy to keep pushing to make the lives of others a little bit better and that includes all of you.  So... thank you my fellow VAFRE members!


          David Sams
          2021-2022 VAFRE President


          Seeing Each Other (Mostly) Face to Face Again

          David Thomason, Samantha Charlett and Jess Burgess (above, left to right) joined VAFRE at the War Memorial for our October program, Placing Social Capital at the Heart of Your Organization with Howard Hoege, President and CEO of The Mariners' Museum and Park. Members can access a recording of the presentation, hailed as one of the best VAFRE has offered in years, on the Members Only page of the website.


          Upcoming Events

          December 7, The Story of VCU's Make It Real Campaign: The Design, Results and Lessons Learned for Every OrganizationIn 2016, VCU announced its $750,000,000 Make It Real Campaign, the largest and most impactful campaign in its history. It concluded on June 30, 2020, exceeding its goal. Discuss the planning process, outcomes, and lessons learned that can apply to any organization. In-person and Virtual registration available.


          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.

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