VAFRE E-news, October 2023
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VAFRE Member Becomes Certified Fundraising Executive
We are proud to announce that VAFRE member Linda Wilkinson recently became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Linda joins more than 7,700 fundraising professionals from 25 countries who currently hold the designation. The CFRE is the only globally recognized accredited credential for fundraising professionals.
To become a CFRE, candidates must meet requirements for time in the profession, funds raised, and participation in education. Then, candidates must pass a 200-question exam that evaluates their knowledge of fundraising best practices.
Becoming a CFRE is a true professional milestone. We applaud Linda for this incredible achievement!
January 20, 2024, is the next CFRE application deadline.
Learn more about the CFRE credential at cfre.org.
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:
Click here for complete details or to register for the November 9th program.
From the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It’s almost the busy season! But then again, is there such a thing as a slow season anymore? Not just at work, at VAFRE too! There are a lot of amazing programs coming up we hope you’ll be a part of.
November Program: Unlocking Grant Writing Success with ChatGPT
During this live demonstration, participants will experience the incredible capabilities of ChatGPT in grant proposal writing. Watch as we select an audience member and showcase the seamless process of using prompts to generate and refine persuasive content for grant applications. Witness the speed, accuracy, and creativity of ChatGPT as it helps craft compelling narratives and impactful project descriptions. Learn how to leverage this AI tool to streamline proposal writing, save time, and enhance grant-seeking success.
Click here for complete details and to register.
Fundraising.AI Virtual Global Summit Scheduled Next Week
On October 23rd and 24th the Fundraising.AI Global Summit will be held. It is expected to be the largest gathering of nonprofit and for-profit professionals and organizations to explore the role of responsible AI in fundraising. Click here to register.
National Philanthropy Day is Almost Here
Members of VAFRE are invited to register for the Central Virginia Chapter AFP’s National Philanthropy Day on November 9th at the AFP Member rate. The program at Virginia State University gets underway at 2:00 p.m. with a free workshop featuring Birgit Smith Burton, AFP Global Board Chair, discussing The Accidental Fundraiser.
The Awards Ceremony and Reception follow from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. as this year’s honorees are recognized:
For complete details or to register, click here.
Member Social at Brambly Park is Tomorrow
The VAFRE Membership Committee invites you to our Fall Member Social on Thursday, October 19 from 4-7PM at Brambly Park.
Come mingle at Brambly Park, an urban winery located in the northwest corner of Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood (with parking available).
VAFRE will provide appetizers, as well as several bottles of red and white wine to share at our reserved tables (first come, first served).
We hope to see you there! This is a FREE event, but we'd appreciate it if you'd let us know you're coming. Register now!
P3 Kickoff Meeting
Join your P3 colleagues, in-person or virtually, as we kick off the eleventh year of the program! There will be a welcome from the VAFRE Board and a chance to meet some of our P3 alumni. This year's teams will be announced and each team will begin their discussions and schedule their first meetings.
Click here for complete details or to register.
Virtual New Member Orientation
Come learn more about all that VAFRE has to offer in our virtual new member orientation next Friday, October 27th. Get to know other members, and learn about how to become more involved. This session is designed for those who have been members for one year or less.
Click here to register.