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  • Friday, January 04, 2019 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jodi Leonard has been named Director of Development for the VBH Foundation, LifeSpire's benevolent arm, effective, January 1, 2019. In her new role, Leonard will lead the annual planning, relationship building, and fundraising administration, which includes the annual golf tournament.

    Leonard joined the VBH Foundation in November 2015 as Annual Fund Manager where she quickly became a trusted member of the team, said Patricia Morris, Vice President of the VBH Foundation. Residents and community staff welcomed her and have consistently praised both her genuine personality and her effectiveness.

    "Jodi is creative, fearless, sensible, and compassionate in her approach to fundraising, and she loves working with seniors," Morris said.

    Prior to joining LifeSpire, Leonard served nonprofit fundraising as director of development for Safe Harbor in Henrico, Virginia; as database and special events coordinator for Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York; and as database systems coordinator at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received certification in fundraising from the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy. She also completed a Leadership Intensive Training for New and Emerging Directors from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Leonard currently serves on the finance and gala committees for Action Alliance.

    For more information, contact Ann Lovell, Corporate Director of Communications, at (804) 521-9192 or alovell@lifespireliving.org.

    LifeSpire of Virginia manages four continuing care retirement communities across Virginia, including The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood in Richmond. The VBH Foundation is LifeSpire's benevolent arm, which raises funds to help LifeSpire seniors stay in their homes when they outlive their financial resources.  

  • Monday, November 05, 2018 8:17 AM | Anonymous

    VAFRE is proud to announce that it is now a participating organization with CFRE International, which means our members save 20% off CFRE certification and recertification fees.

    To enjoy this discount, check the box inside your CFRE online application that indicates you are a VAFRE member.

    The next CFRE Application deadline is January 15, 2019.  View the CFRE deadlines and fees at http://www.cfre.org/certification/exam-schedule/

    Start your CFRE application now at https://cfre.secure.force.com/siteregister.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:54 PM | Stacie Birchett (Administrator)

    Beer. Dessert. Cut-throat competition. What more could you ask for?

    The Better Housing Coalition's second annual Gingerbread House Challenge on Sunday, November 4th from 12-5PM at Hardywood Craft Brewery dares 24 local business, nonprofit and student teams to display their holiday spirit and creativity by constructing a gingerbread house centered around the 2018 theme: “Holiday Movies.” If you’re a fan of festive craft beer, delightful desserts turned into architectural masterpieces and a jolly good time for the whole family, ‘yule’ love this event!

    Thanks to the goodwill of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, this exciting event coincides with the release of their popular Gingerbread Stout (which BeerAdvocate calls “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle.”) So much fun!

    The event is free to attend, but you'll want to vote for your favorites to win cash prizes. VIP tickets are $20 and include 2 votes, 1 Hardywood drink ticket, an exclusive VIP cup koozie and a gingerbread cookie.

    Plus, we've got food trucks, a slate of celebrity judges, and Gelati Celesti is creating a special gingerbread ice cream just for this event! Don't miss out!

    Get details, see a video from the 2017 Challenge, and get tickets hereSee you there!

    All proceeds benefit BHC's mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality, affordable housing.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    A Chesterfield County couple whose disabled daughter was cared for at The Virginia Home for 35 years alerted officials of the long-term residential care facility about a decade ago that they would be leaving the bulk of their estate to the private, nonprofit organization. “I think none of us was surprised by their generosity,” said Robert A. Crouse, president and CEO of the Richmond nonprofit. “I think what surprised us was the magnitude of the gift. None of us in our wildest dreams would have imagined they could have made a gift like that.” Read more from The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Friday, August 24, 2018 8:51 AM | Nicole Duciaume

    I am somewhat new to VAFRE and Richmond, so by means of an introduction I wanted to share an interview from yesterday. The interview covers my path to ChildFund, my connection to Ecuador, the province of Tungurahua, how poverty manifests itself there, how our programs address the root causes of poverty, a few examples of youth who I have met there and our organizational goal to partner and collaborate with civic groups, schools, churches, and community groups going forward. Please have a look and let me know if you can think of ways to partner here in Richmond! Thanks!

    https://www.facebook.com/ChildFundInternational/videos/286590875472520/?notif_id=1535047241807178&notif_t=live_video_explicit

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:09 PM | Edward Kardos

    Ed Kardos, long time VAFRE member is happy to announce the release of his latest book, THE RINGS: Journey Beneath Sirok

    Book II of THE ELIAS CHRONICLES, he announced the release of Book I, THE AMULET: Journey to Sirok in Summer of 2017.

    Please share his good news with others who you think may value a journey of discovery that stretches the imagination of both the young and the young at heart.  In his words, "No kidding, it really does that."

    If you are interested in learning more, please visit his website at www.edwardgkardos.com

    Ed is the Senior Director of Development at the VCU School of Education. He has held many posts at VAFRE to include President and is the 2004 recipient of the Nina Abady Award. He has been in development work only a month longer than his membership in VAFRE--35 years.

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  • Monday, July 30, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Preservation Virginia is among the inaugural class of grantees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s newly established African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The private non-profit was awarded $75,000 to conduct a two-part economic study of Shockoe Bottom. The study will make the case for developing the historic area as a heritage tourism destination through the creation of a memorial park while embracing equitable economic revitalization. Read more from Preservation Virginia.

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    On a street that once marked the boundary between black and white communities in Richmond, Va., a gleaming new Institute for Contemporary Art is set to open this spring with an exhibit called “Declaration” that will boldly confront pressing social issues in a city that was once the capital  of the Confederacy. Designed to explore contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, the inaugural exhibit will feature many site-specific works by 33 emerging and established artists from Richmond and around the globe, including Paul Rucker. Read more of this article from The New York Times

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:30 AM | Joyce Loving

    The Outstanding Women Awards luncheon: will honor nine dynamic leaders in our region, and their efforts to create positive change in their community. The luncheon, now in its 38th year, is the Richmond region's largest celebration of women in leadership. It will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on April 27, 2018.

    Registration opens at 11:30 a.m.
    Program starts at noon

    Tickets on sale now for $75, or get a combination tickets which includes the Leadership Forum breakfast on 4/10 for $100 at: 

    http://ywcarichmond.givezooks.com/events/2018-outstanding-women-awards

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:00 AM | Joyce Loving

    "Leading With Courage; Discover Your Leadership Superpower!" YWCA Richmond will hold our 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum, sponsored by Capital One, on April 10, 2018 at Capital One's West Creek Campus in the Town Hall. Join us for an honest conversation about women in leadership with Outstanding Women Award honorees.


    Registration begins at 8 a.m.
    Program will be held from 8:45 - 11 a.m.

    Tickets are $35 and are on sale now! You may also purchase a combination ticket which includes the OWA luncheon for $100.00

    http://ywcarichmond.givezooks.com/events/2018-outstanding-women-awards

    We will also announce our second Rising Outstanding Woman Award, presented by Capital One.

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