Registration is open for VFRI 2019!

Join us at the Richmond Marriott Hotel July 24-25 as we hold the 27th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute.

Opening Welcome Reception - Game Night Edition!




Before VFRI officially kicks off on the morning of July 24, we invite you to join us for a fun game night style reception on Tuesday, July 23. Join fellow fundraisers and nonprofit leaders from throughout the state for a lighthearted networking event that includes our take on a popular game with a fundraising twist – Cards FOR Humanity! hosted by Danielle Ripperton, Director of Development at Peter Paul Development Center and Alan Hutson, Jr., MPA, CFRE, Managing Partner and Senior Consultant at The Monument Group.

Richmond is a fun town – and we hope you register for this fun Opening Welcome Reception. Well-known Richmond fundraising stars will lead attendees through this game designed to get you thinking (and laughing) about all that we do as development professionals.
Registration for the reception is just $30 and includes 2 drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, a unique networking experience, and good, clean fun. Registration is available as part of your overall registration or as a stand-alone event.




Keynote Sessions




VFRI is excited to welcome Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, to Richmond on July 24 to kick off the 2019 Virginia Fund Raising Institute! Kishshana is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 16 year background  in fundraising, marketing, and talent management.  She’s a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. It doesn’t matter if she’s speaking about philanthropy, living your most authentic life, or diversity, the energy she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying.

Our Day-two Opening Keynote session will be Women in Philanthropy: A Force to Be Reckoned With. The discussion will be led by a panel that is a force in it’s own right: Beth Johnson, Founding Principal, Virginia Non-Profit Associates, LLC., Gail L. Letts, President and CEO, Letts Consulting LLC, and Claiborne Mason, President, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

Our closing keynote presentation, Robots Make Bad Fundraisers – How Nonprofits Can Maintain the Heart in the Digital Age, will feature returning favorite Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang, which helps nonprofit organizations to reach, engage and retain the advocates they depend on to achieve their vision for a better world.

Click here for more details on all three sessions.


Breakout Sessions
The VFRI Program Committee has confirmed the breakout sessions that will be presented at the 27th Annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute on July 24-25 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel.
The program is designed to inspire and equip development professionals, board members and executive directors to excel in fundraising and nonprofit management. VFRI is the premiere educational and networking event for development and nonprofit professionals in the Commonwealth, with twenty-five workshop topics developed for individuals of all experience levels, from early career to leadership. Everyone, whether a Development Assistant, Director of Development, Executive Director, or Board member, will come away from the program with new ideas and contacts that will help you take your fundraising to the next level.
Become a Sponsor!

The Virginia Fund Raising Institute is the premier training ground for fundraising professionals in Virginia. Begun in 1992, by the Shenandoah Chapter and expanded in 2000 with other Virginia AFP chapters, the Institute draws attendees from all over Virginia, DC, Maryland and West Virginia and is celebrating its’ 27th anniversary in 2019.

Click here for complete details on Sponsor and Exhibit opportunities.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Richmond Marriott Hotel at the rate of $165 per night. The cut-off date for reservations is July 2nd. Rooms at the host hotel typically sell out, so book early! Reservations may be made by clicking here or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and requesting the AFP Virginia Caucus room block.