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VAFRE E-news, September 2023

 Submit Your Proposal!

 You are invited to propose a program for VAFRE’s monthly luncheon   sessions. Luncheons are held in person in Richmond, with a hybrid   option. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of
 membership status, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. 
For   complete details and to submit a proposal, click here.

Thank you to our Newsletter Sponsor!


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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Thanks to our P3 Sponsors

Welcome New (& Returning) Members!

    • Teri-Gene Conlin, Virginia Voice
    • Ryan Corrigan, The READ Center
    • Lauren DiMaria, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Inas El-Amin, Making a Difference for You, Inc.
    • Heather Farber, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
    • Emily Griffey-Ewees, University of Richmond
    • Garrett Jackson, APAH
    • Susan Keightley, The Child and Family Network Centers
    • Greg McCandless, UP RVA
    • Victoria McGraw, Jackson-Feild
    • Kristina Pudner, Benedictine Schools of Richmond
    • Miriam Rafferty, project:HOMES
    • Matt Rowe, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Heather Sherwin, Corning Museum of Glass
    • Cathleen Stepp, Richmond Montessori School
    • Daniel Thomas, Virginia War Memorial Foundation
    • DarrylLee VanOudenhove, Circle Center Adult Day Services
    • Terron Watkins, OAR of Richmond, Inc.
    • Lynn Williams, ACTS

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


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

              AFP Announces National Philanthropy Day Honorees

              AFP Central Virginia has announced their 2023 NPD Honorees:

              • Enduring Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Burt Pinnock, FAIA, NOMA, nominated by Storefront for Community Design 
              • Outstanding Organizational Partner Award, RiverFront Investment Group, nominated by The Doorways 
              • Volunteer Impact Award, Suzanne T. Long, nominated by ACTS 

              Click here for complete details or to register for the November 9th program.

              Program Recordings Available to Members

              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.

              From the President

              Dear Friends and Colleagues,

              I wanted to thank our friends at AFP Central Virginia Chapter again for partnering on this month’s program at the Virginia War Memorial! I personally learned a great deal about preparing for the CFRE, and the live practice quiz was a lot of fun. Congrats to Nick Sollog for getting 9 out of 10 questions right!

              We really appreciate all the submissions from VAFRE members for possible program topics next year. The fantastic Programs Committee are busy planning 2024’s calendar, and if you have ideas for program content and would like to present, it’s not too late! Check out the guidelines and submit your ideas here.

              As is the case at our jobs, committee work is so important to the success of an organization. VAFRE is no exception. We’re seeking folks who’d like to participate in VAFRE committees, including membership, programs, community engagement and communications. It’s a great way to network with your VAFRE peers, and in fact, that’s how I got my start with VAFRE-  meeting up with the membership committee.

              Along those lines, we’re also recruiting volunteers who could help day-of with next year’s Awards Ceremony in May. It might feel like a long way out, but it’ll be here before we know it! If you’re interested in committee service or helping with awards, let Mary Kidd know and she’ll get you connected.

              Thank you so much again for investing in VAFRE and helping move the profession forward. Best of luck in your work and take care,

              Will Glasco
              VAFRE President


              October Program Looks at How Data Can Drive Campaign Success

              Join VAFRE at the Virginia War Memorial, or virtually, on October 3rd as Dana Gresko, Vice President of Analytics at GG+A, joins us to look at how organizations of all types and sizes can approach their prospect pool data to gauge the available potential and what kind of campaign may be possible. 

              Click here for complete details and to register.


              VAFRE Seeks Committee Volunteers

              Have you been thinking about becoming more engaged with VAFRE? Now's your chance!

              As you know, much of the work of any nonprofit organization is done by volunteers, and VAFRE is no different. Our Committees (Awards Event, Communications, Community Engagement, Membership and Programs) could use some additional help. We'd also love to engage a few members who would be interested in acting as an Ambassador for new VAFRE members, to help them become more familiar with the organization, meet a few people and, perhaps, join a committee themselves.

              If you would be interested in getting more involved in the workings of VAFRE, e-mail for details or if you have any questions.


              October 1 CFRE Application Deadline is Nearly Here

              The final 2023 Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) application deadline is quickly approaching.

              If it’s your goal to become a CFRE in 2023, plan to submit your application by October 1.

              Have use-it-or-lose-it professional development funds expiring at the end of the year? Speak to your boss now about putting them towards your CFRE application fee.

              Don’t forget that VAFRE members save 20% off the cost of CFRE initial certification and recertification.

              There’s still time to make 2023 the year you become a CFRE!

              Learn more


              UR Grant Writing Institute Coming Up

              UR's School of Professional and Continuing Studies is offering it's Grant Writing Institute on October 10-13. The program offers a comprehensive learning experience where participants gain an understanding of what t means to be "grant ready."

              Click here for complete details or to register.


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