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Central to VAFRE’s mission is education. We encourage all of our members to keep up with the latest in the nonprofit sector. Below you will find a number of blogs and websites divided into topic areas that we think may be of interest.

Virtual Lunch-In: Introduction to Community-Centric Fundraising

Access the recording of our April 6th webinar here. (1:24:15) (approved for 1.5 hours of CFRE credit)

Program description

Community-Centric Fundraising is a fundraising movement that is grounded in equity and social justice. Organizers and practitioners of this movement prioritize the entire community over individual organizations, foster a sense of belonging and interdependence, present our work not as individual transactions but holistically, and encourage mutual support between nonprofits. For our April 2021 program we werel be joined by two members of the Community Centric Fundraising Leadership, Erika Chen and Rakhi Agrawal. They lead us through an interactive virtual lunch-in that will introduce the Community-Centric Fundraising movement and the 10 Principles. The goal for this presentation was for everyone to feel energized, motivated, and empowered to take actionable steps to be more community-centric in their everyday work. Together we will build momentum! The presentation also includes local fundraisers from Virginia Community Voice and Legal Aid Justice Center that have embraced the Community Centric Fundraising principles in their development programs. Our Presenters Rakhi Agrawal, Erika Chen, Angela Ciolfi and Lea Whitehurst-Gibson.

Members may access recordings and handouts from all of our monthly meetings on the Members Only Resources page.  

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Board Development

BoardSource: Build Effective Nonprofit Boards of Directors Through Good Governance 
BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. The Knowledge Center section provides loads of good information.


The Heath Brothers 
Chip and Dan Heath offer up a fun and approachable blog with relevant news updates, opinion pieces, research, and more on marketing and organizational change.

Seth Godin: Make Something Happen 
Popular bestselling author writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

Stanford Center for Social Innovation 
Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.... Part of Stanford’s graduate school of business, this site offers access to research and serves as a bridge between academia and practice.


Critical, timely, and research-based  information by creator of Donor-Centered FundraisingĀ®, Penelope Burk.

A well-known & highly experienced consultant shares a bit about herself and offers a good book list.


Michael Hyatt: Intentional Leadership 
According to former CEO of Thomas Nelson, he “helps people live and lead on purpose.” You’ll find very practical information here (including templates for creating a life plan and scheduling an ideal work week) you can use at work and in your personal life.


Marketing Profs:
Smart thinking. . . pass it on. A rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. 415,000 subscribers! 

The Social Media Marketing Blog
The head of Ford Motor Company’s social media, Scott Monty, shares his perspectives on social media - the convergence of marketing, advertising and PR on the Web - for marketers, agencies, the enterprise, and the individual.

Technology/Social Media

Social Media news, tips, and information. Lots of high tech information here; you’ll likely find the social media section the most helpful.

Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. This site is a great place to start.

Nonprofits (General Info)

Blue Avocado
Practical, provocative, and fun food for thought for nonprofits.... Great informational and opinion pieces on a wide range of topics of interest to nonprofits; blog owner never shies away from posting rebuttals. Food for thought, indeed.

Foundation Center
Knowledge to Build On.... Don’t forget how much information the Foundation Center’s site makes available for free, including statistics and data, how-to’s, webinars, and more.

Independent Sector
Independent Sector is the leadership network for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. The site is jammed with information on shaping public policy, increasing effectivenss, strengthening accountability, building connections, and understanding the sector.

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