Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Nominations are Open for 2020!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards. This year, for the first time, nominees may be members of VAFRE or AFP Central Virginia Chapter. For complete details, follow the appropriate link at the right. Nominations should be submitted by January 31, 2020.

2020 Awards Luncheon Scheduled

As development professionals, we are all keenly aware of the high level of dedication and integrity that are so critical to the profession of fundraising. One of VAFRE’s goals--and privileges--is to recognize and celebrate the exemplary work of our colleagues. Make plans to join us as we celebrate their achievements at our Annual Awards Luncheon on May 5th at the Bolling Haxall House.

Congratulations to our 2019 Honorees!

  • Gayle Haglund, CFRE (pictured below at left), Nina Abady Winner and

  • Amy Clark Garmon (pictured below at right), Rising Star Winner!


This year’s Nina Abady Award winner, Gayle Haglund, CFRE, is the Director of Resource Development for Westminster Canterbury Foundation. As noted in her nomination, she has “devoted herself to excellence in fundraising for more than twenty years” and has served in leadership positions for many organizations in the greater Richmond region – Trinity Episcopal School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Virginia-Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, FeedMore and Baptist Theological Seminary. Gayle is devoted to ensuring that donors’ gits are stewarded properly and that they understand what a difference they are making with their generosity. She is so trusted and genuine in her dealings with donors that most refer to her as a friend rather than a fundraiser.

Our Rising Star Award winner is Amy Clark Garmon, the Annual Giving Officer at ChildSavers. Amy’s work focuses on strategies to build relationships to sustain the mission. Her work is about the thousands of children, and those who care for and educate them, ChildSavers serves each year. It's about all of the children in Central Virginia that ChildSavers needs to grow their capacity to reach. It's about you! Yes, you, too! Because making nurturing early child care and trauma-informed mental health therapy accessible and affordable takes all of us. She is proud to be a member of VAFRE, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Board of Associates, and the Podium Foundation’s Young Professionals Board. 

Congratulations to both of our honorees!

Nina Abady Award

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

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is made annually to a VAFRE member 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

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