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VAFRE E-news, December 2022

VAFRE Members Can Access Free CFRE Credits!

If you've been looking for a few credits of continuing education, be sure to check out the VAFRE website for recordings of all of our webinars. Members simply need to log-in to access the Program Recordings and Handouts page of the website, where all of our programs are available to view on-demand.

Currently, there are twenty programs available for credit, with more being added regularly.


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.

Link Up with VAFRE on LINKEDIN

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 (& Returning) Members!

      • Miriam Bradley, James Madison University
      • Patricia Cook, Virginia Institute of Autism

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


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              scholarships available.


              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.

              Thanks to our P3 Sponsors

              Two VAFRE Members Earn Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential

              We are proud to announce that Julianne Duvall, CFRE, with Chesapeake Academy, and Susan Nolan, CFRE, with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education recently became Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs). They join more than 7,700 fundraising professionals from 25 countries who currently hold the designation.

              To become CFREs, Julianne and Susan met a number of professional requirements and passed the 200-question CFRE Exam. Becoming a CFRE demonstrates mastery of ethical, best-practice fundraising and is a true professional milestone. We applaud Julianne and Susan on this incredible professional achievement!

              Current VAFRE members receive 20% off the cost of CFRE certification. January 15, 2023, is the next CFRE application deadline.

              Learn more about becoming a CFRE at


              January 10 Program: A Fireside Chat with VAFRE Leaders

              4 Past Presidents + 125 Years of Experience = 1 Hot Conversation

              Join us for a fireside chat with former VAFRE presidents, Barbara Wells (‘91), Maureen Neal (‘99), and Dan Stackhouse (‘16), as moderator James Wasilewski (‘19) asks those burning questions to seasoned leaders with decades of fundraising experience.  Prepare for a different style of program as we engage you (the audience) in this more intimate conversation sure to light up your thinking and spark ideas for 2023!

              For complete details or to register for the in-person session, click here: for the virtual session, click here.


              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 2023 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 2022 honorees, Leigh Busby and Thomas C. Burke.  (1:02:24) 


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