September 2014



The VAFRE e-news 



From the President                                

Dear VAFRE Members,

September. No matter how old I am, it always signals a new year. As a child I loved the promise of the school year, buying school supplies and shopping for some new school clothes. With my school days long gone, now it has become more a time for reflection and engagement. So as we kick-off VAFRE’s new year of programming, I began thinking about our mission statement: VAFRE is an inclusive membership organization devoted to providing educational programming, networking opportunities, and recognition for the nonprofit development professional.                  

  • Inclusive membership organization – All experience levels, all organization sizes – everyone is welcome.
  • Educational programming – Regular monthly meetings, September through June, and brown bag lunches during the summer. 
  • Networking opportunities – Before each meeting, over lunch and at our socials.
  • Recognition for the nonprofit development professional – Two awards given each year – the Rising Star Award and the Nina Abady Award. 

What does our mission statement mean to you? It makes me excited and proud to be part of VAFRE and the work it does to promote our profession and professional development. If you feel the same, please jump in:

  • Join a committee. Communications, Programs, Membership and Awards can use your help on a regular basis or as a one-off.
  • Bring a guest to a luncheon and then encourage him/her to become a member.
  • Nominate someone for the Rising Star or Nina Abady Award.

If you have other ideas for how you would like to be involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the other Board members.

Thank you! 

Susan Early

Member Q&A:

Maureen Neal, CFRE,
Chief Operating Officer for Advancement, 
The Daily Planet   


Q: What is one skill you rely on to be successful in your fundraising role?


Active listening and story-telling.


Q: How has VAFRE contributed to your success?


For more than 20 years as a member and in a board position, I have benefitted from the relationships and friendships, networking, leadership opportunities and professional development activities of VAFRE.

Read more... 


Welcome New Members

  • Sarah Cowles, Collegiate School                                   
  • Jasmine Davis, Virginia Commonwealth University                                   
  • Courtney Elliott, St. Joseph's Villa
  • Brownie Hamilton, The Grant Writer        
  • Kristen Johnson, Legal information Network for Cancer
  • Ingrid (Izzy) Kane, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kristen Read, Greater Richmond SCAN                                   
  • Jessica Sorensen, VCU School of the Arts                           

Log in to the Member Directory for new member contact information. 




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Members Only

Upcoming Programs

Our upcoming program on Tuesday, October 7 is Getting to Know YOUR Community Foundation with Molly Bittner, Vice President of Philanthropic Services at The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.  

What is a Community Foundation?  How do they benefit the community and non-profit organizations?  Why are they important?  How could you collaborate with a Community Foundation?  Molly Dean Bittner and colleagues at The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence will answer these questions and more during their presentation. The presentation will be followed by a short Q& A session about The Community Foundation. Come out for lunch and an interesting insight about this topic. Click here for complete details or to register. 


Announcing the 2014/2015
P3 Teams

The Professional Partnership Program (P3) is back again to offer VAFRE members the opportunity for small groups (the Partners) to meet with two highly experienced facilitators (the Leaders).

We are pleased to announce the Partners and Leaders for the 2014/2015 P3 Program!

  • Chris Withers & Alex Smith – Leaders
  • Carolyn Chilton
  • Lisa Cirillo
  • Anne Hurt
  • Lindsay Lane Robinson
  • Jessica Lee Sorenson
  • Dave Johnson & Pam Seay - Leaders
  • Morgan Bailey
  • Maya Erhardt
  • Corey Humphrey
  • Kimberly Lammi
  • Barbara Payton               
  • Lou Markwith & Nancy Trego - Leaders
  • Jasmine Davis
  • Marny Hackley
  • Barbara Hickerson
  • Lindsey Leach
  • Rachel Solomon

The VP3 Kickoff/Orientation meeting will be on October 7th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Richmond ARC. It’s going to be a great year!


The P3 Program is exclusively sponsored by West Avenue Associates




Stay Tuned

VAFRE will begin accepting nominations for the Nina Abady and Rising Star awards on Oct. 13. Keep your eyes out for more information from VAFRE on who's eligible and how to nominate a colleague. 



VAFRE offers many opportunities to promote your organization to our members, at our meetings, on our website and via our 850+ e-newsletter distribution list.  Learn more about the available opportunities here. Ready to sign up? Click here for  the sponsor form.. 

Questions?  Please contact David Thomason (804.467.6007), or Jennifer Gentry (804.819.4961).


VAFRE Annual Sponsors!

We are pleased to recognize Allegra Print & Imaging, E.L. Freeman, LLC, the Institute on Philanthropy, Keiter and Wilkes Consulting as our Annual Sponsors.

Their support will help VAFRE continue to provide meaningful educational opportunities, as well as scholarship support for our members and guests.




VAFRE Mission

VAFRE is an inclusive membership organization devoted to providing educational programming, networking opportunities, and recognition for the nonprofit development professional.

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