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VAFRE E-news, September 2022

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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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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Welcome New Members!

    • Eileen Bunn, Goodwill of Central & Coastal Virginia
    • KJ Delgado, Sacred Heart Center
    • Courtney Grice, Virginia State University
    • Deborah Grulke, Mercy Medical Angels
    • Suzanne Hall, RVA Rapid Transit
    • Carolyn Keurajian, The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
    • Brittany Lavalleur, An Achievable Dream
    • Sammie McCabe, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
    • Laura McGowan, Anna Julia Cooper School
    • Katy Sawyer, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Elizabeth Spivey, Science Museum of Virginia Foundation
    • Scott Turnbull, First Chesapeake

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


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          Still Available: VAFRE Season Pass

          Have you considered getting a Season Pass? If you are tired of having to submit a check request for every program, this could be the perfect option for you!

          A Season Pass covers either in-person or virtual registration for all regular meetings from September 2022 through June 2023, including the monthly luncheons and the Awards luncheon. It  allows members the convenience of one annual payment for VAFRE events at a discounted rate. Click here for complete details or to get your Season Pass now!


          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 October 1st.

          AFP Central Virginia Chapter and VAFRE Partner on October 13 Program

          The Culture of Philanthropy Through an Equity Lens will be a co-presentation featuring Virginia Community Voice (VACV) and members of the 2021 Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship (IFF). During the first half of the workshop, attendees will explore an overview of VACV’s Courageous Fundraising Principles. Afterwards, hear from 2021 IFF fellows about the unique ways they’ve been able to promote change at their organizations by applying themes from the Courageous Fundraising Principles and their IFF journey. The program is pending approval for 1.5 hours of CFRE credit.

          In-person registration for this special program is $15 for all registrants, except for season pass holders.  There is no fee for virtual registrants.

          Thanks to the sponsors of the Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship, The Monument Group and The Schaberg Foundation.

          Thanks to our sponsors, The Sollog Group and The Spark Mill, for their support of this program.



          Tell Us What You Think of VAFRE!

          Each year the VAFRE Board seeks input from the membership to guide the growth of VAFRE and our programs in our Annual Survey. This year, as we work to develop a new strategic plan with our partners at Amy Nisenson Consulting, we wanted to include former members and nonmembers who have been frequent guests at VAFRE programs to gain a broader perspective.

          Please take a few minutes to complete our thirteen-question survey to let us know what you think about VAFRE - what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what you'd like to see in the future. Suggestions offered in past surveys have given us everything from the Professional Partnership Program to member socials and CFRE credits for luncheons.

          Click here for the anonymous Annual Survey, and thank you for letting us know what you think.


          Happy Anniversary!

          During our September 13th meeting, Membership Chair Jennifer Whiteside recognized members who are celebrating, or celebrated during the pandemic, important milestones with VAFRE. 

          Celebrating 5 years of membership:

          • Alissa Aronovici, CFRE, ACLU of Virginia
          • Leigh Busby, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
          • Samantha Charlet, MCV Foundation
          • Jennifer Cunningham, Commonwealth Catholic Charities
          • Sam Davis, The Davis Group
          • Teresa Earles, Brown Edwards, LLP
          • Jodi Leonard, CFRE, Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation
          • Mary Maupai, Safe Harbor
          • Cindy Paullin, Art for the Journey
          • Tara Quinn, Virginia Dental Association
          • David Sams, The Community Tax Law Project
          • Courtney Winters, Communities in Schools of Richmond

          Celebrating 10 years of membership:

          • Anita Adkins, Westminster Canterbury, Richmond
          • Kathy Erhardt, ACTS
          • Maya Erhardt, VMFA Foundation
          • Karen Huennekens, The Woman's Club
          • Anne Hurt, Peter Paul
          • Margaret Keightley, Catholic Diocese of Richmond
          • Elizabeth Kell, Elijah House Academy
          • Carol Anne Lajoie, Richmond SPCA
          • Elizabeth Littlefield, CFRE, Reynolds Community College
          • Alexandra Moore, CFRE, YMCA of Greater Richmond
          • Lauren Moore, Children's Hospital Foundation
          • Robinette Tiller, CFRE, VCU Massey Cancer Center
          • Nancy Trego, Trego Third Sector Solutions
          • Katherine WhitneyWarren Whitney
          • Deborah Williamson, The Salvation Army, Potomac Divistion

          Celebrating 15 years of membership:

          • Toni Maxey, Virginia Poverty Law Center
          • Sarah Melvin, The Doorways
          • Jennifer O'Rourke, CFRE, Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity
          • David Thomason, Special Olympics of Virginia
          • Roy Zeidman, Special Olympics of Virginia

          Celebrating 20 years of membership:

          • Lynne Berkness, Liberation Veteran Services
          • Alan Hutson, MPA, CFRE, The Monument Group
          • Samantha Marrs, Virginia Commonwealth University
          • Dan Stackhouse, The New Community School
          • Harry Warner, Warner & Associates Consulting

          And a special congratulations, and thank you, to two of our Lifetime Members who are celebrating 35 years of membership with VAFRE:

          • Marcy Horwitz, Marcy Horwitz & Associates and
          • Delores Smith

          It is the support of members like these that make VAFRE the special organization that it is.


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