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VAFRE E-news, December 2021


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

The next application deadline is January 15th.

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!

  • Dana Brown, United Negro College Fund
  • Joseph Goetz, Wartime Strategy Group
  • Caroline McClain, SOAR365

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

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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.


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Submit Your Award Nominations!

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 2022 Awards. All nominations should be submitted by January 31st.

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 an individual 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

Both Awards are open to members of VAFRE and the Central Virginia Chapter AFP.

Click here to watch the video of our Annual Awards Lunch-In last May as we celebrated the achievements of our 2021 honorees, Sarah Young and Bobby Thalhimer.  (1:01) 

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Congratulations VAFRE Members!

Our congratulations go out to:

  • New member Joseph Goetz of Wartime Strategy Group for gaining his CFRE certification.
  • VAFRE President David Sams, Executive Director of the Community Tax Law Project, wo was recognized by Virginia Business as an Impact Maker and one of the 100 People to Meet in 2022.
  • Past-President Robinette Tiller, Senior Coordinator of Annual Giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center, for gaining her CFRE certification. 

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Upcoming Events

Join us on January 4th for our first program of 2022, Mentoring: How to Find One and How to Be OneThree Nina Abady Award recipients, Ruth Modlin Ellett, CFRE, Jane Helfrich, and David Thomason, will be joined by VAFRE's former President and current VCU Senior Director of University Development James Wasilewski, CFRE, for an energetic and informative discussion of the importance of mentorship in the profession of fundraising, including some "do's and don'ts" for both those mentoring and those being mentored. In-person and Virtual registration are available.

On February 1st Suzanne Hogg will moderate a discussion on Working with Your Development Chair. Panel members include Ty Toepke, Richmond Public Schools Foundation, Nell Nutaitis, ChildSavers, and Nicole Jones of Art 180. In-person and Virtual registration are available.


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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. 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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