November 2014



The VAFRE e-news 



From the President                               

Dear VAFRE Members,

Wishing you a Happy and Bountiful Thanksgiving!

Susan Early

Member Q&A:

Harry H. Warner, Jr.,
Senior Consulting Associate, 
West Avenue Associates

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

Just the mere role of a development professional connotes possessing multiple skills to be successful. One I have relied upon is the ability to communicate – both verbally and in writing – whether to an individual or to a mass audience, which has been essential to my success. 

Q: How has VAFRE contributed to your success?

In a word, I would say effectiveness.

Would you like to be featured in a Member Q&A? Contact Cristina Cruz at cmcruz@vcu.edu for more information.


Welcome New Members

  • Julianne Akins, Richmond Symphony                                 
  • Amy Humphreys
  • Lisa O'Mara, The Community Foundation         

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


An Opportunity for VAFRE Members

Have you always wanted to learn more about Prospect Research? Well if so, look no further. APRA-VA is having their 20th Anniversary Conference in Richmond on November 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Richmond. Just go to www.vaapra.org for complete details and to register. 

David Lawson, Josh Birkholz, Jay Frost, Bond Lammey, Devon Gessert, Chris Pipkins, Martin O'Donoghue, and a very special VP Panel Discussion are all on the agenda as speakers.

Did I mention there will be birthday cake!?!



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Members Only

Upcoming Programs

Join us on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 for The Power of the Positive No with Jean Gasen, Ph.D., PCC, Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and President of JB Gasen and Associates. 

No.  Just two little letters – N. O.  And yet, isn’t it amazing that ‘No’ can be one of the most difficult words to say, just when we need to say it most? This one word has the power to profoundly transform our lives for the better, when we understand the underlying Yes that creates our No’s. As Gandhi once said : “A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”

During this lunch, Jean will discuss how to say no in a way that reinforces your values and keeps your sanity, while still reaffirming the relationships with those around you who depend on you to say Yes (and No). Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to create more Positive No’s in their work and life, and will have at least one opportunity to practice saying No using this framework.

Start your new year right! Mark your calendar for January 6, 2015 when Andrea Goulet Ford, Founder and Chief Message Architect of BrandVox, chats with us about Copywriting Strategies for Fundraising Success. This luncheon session will focus on exploring copywriting - the art and science of using words to encourage action.  Andrea will walk us through her top strategies for creating compelling communications.

Click here for information and registration for all of VAFRE’s upcoming programs.


The P3 Program is exclusively sponsored by West Avenue Associates




Submit Your Award Nominations!

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. Now is the time to elevate those who inspire us daily, with a nomination for VAFRE’s Rising Star or Nina Abady Awards for fundraising excellence. Please help us honor our colleagues by nominating those among us who set the bar high and pave the way for us all.

Nominations are open now through December 19. The process is quick and user-friendly. Learn more about these awards, their criteria, past winners, and the process by clicking here

Thank you all for what you do each day to strengthen communities across the Commonwealth!

David Thomason
Chair, Awards Selection Committee



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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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