February 2015



The VAFRE e-news 



From the President                              

Dear VAFRE Members,

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it is packed with the fun and offbeat tradition of Groundhog’s Day, as well as a day to pay tribute to some of our founding fathers on President’s Day.  But I am partial to Valentine’s Day.  Looking beyond the romantic connotations, it is a wonderful opportunity to let our volunteers, board members and donors know we value and appreciate them. And all the red and pink hearts are a bright spot in the six more weeks of winter as predicted this year by Punxsatawney Phil! 

Valentine’s Day is a good excuse for me to tell you what I should tell you every day…

Thank you for being part of the larger philanthropic community, for attending our luncheon meetings and socials, and working through your organizations to make Richmond a better community for all of us.  And extra thanks to those of you who participate on committees and help with registration each month.

A special Valentine thank you to the VAFRE Board for their hard work on behalf of all of us:

 Lynne Berkness
 Thomas Millisor
 Jenni Booker
 Alex Moore
 Amy Bridge
 Jenn O'Rourke
 Christina Cruz
 Nick Sollag
 Tina Egge
 Dan Stackhouse
 Lisa Freeman
 Nita Starr
 Jennifer Gentry
 Evelyn Terry
 Anne Hurt
 David Thomason
 Carol Anne Lajoie
 James Wasilewski
 Sarah Melvin
 Bruce Yoder

You - our Members - are the heart of VAFRE. Happy Valentines Day. 

Susan Early

Member Q&A:

Jane Helfrich
Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity   

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

An intuitive sense of appreciation has certainly helped me in cultivating and retaining donors.

Q: How has VAFRE contributed to your success?

I joined VAFRE in 1996 immediately after beginning my first job in development at Friends Association for Children where I worked for four years.  Read more...

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


Welcome New Members

  • Alissa Aronovici, Jewish Family Services

  • Ann Criswell, Elk Hill

  • Shawn Morrison, University of Richmond

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


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



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Members Only

Upcoming Programs 

Be sure to mark your calendar for VAFRE’s national speaker workshop with Chuck Loring, CFRE, MBA. The session, on Tuesday, March 10th at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center, will focus on intentional board recruitment and how to involve board members in effective fundraising

It's extremely important for your Board and staff to work together effectively to raise financial support for your organization.  Developing a “fundraising culture” is vital but many still shy away from it.  This workshop will help you learn how to begin the painless process of developing a fundraising culture in your organization!

Topics will include:

  • How great boards profile before recruiting and the critical importance of an Expectation Statement
  • Assessing your “Fundraising Culture”
  • How to get your board to articulate your organization's value to the community
  • How every single willing board member can be a great fundraiser including
    • Donor “Must Haves”
    • The Development Process – Cultivation, Solicitation & Stewardship
    • Periodic fundraising exercises you can do with your board

While individual board members and staff will benefit from this session, having the team attend as a group will enhance the experience.

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


AFP February Meeting

AFP thanks everyone who participated in January to be a part of a Task Force. These Task Forces will continue to be the focus of the February meeting.

When:  February 26, 2015
Where:  Downtown YMCA
            2 W. Franklin Street
Meet & Greet:    8:00-8:30am
Work Sessions:   8:30-9:30am

This meeting is free to members and guests. For complete details or to register, click here.


Join VAFRE and AFP for Steal the Vessel Night at Strangeways!

As development professionals, we’re in the business of asking. Why not take for a change? Join VAFRE for Steal the Vessel Thursday, February 19th, at Strangeways Brewing. Purchase a to-go beer in a Growler, Grunt, Blue Ball, or CAN-ABLE, and receive the glass for free. Light snacks provided, and your drink tab is your business. Invite a colleague, then RSVP on the VAFRE website or through Facebook.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Strangeways Brewing
2277A Dabney Road
For directions or the current tap list, visit strangewaysbrewing.com

There is no fee to attend this meeting, but members are asked to register through the events page of the website or through Facebook.



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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