2017-vfri-logoMark Your Calendar…VFRI 2017 will be held
July 19-20 at the Omni Richmond Hotel
adjacent to historic Shockoe Slip!


Opening Keynote Speaker Announced


Karen E. Osborne, President, The Osborne Group, will be the opening keynote speaker at VFRI 2017.

Nationally and internationally recognized as an excellent consultant, executive coach, and presenter, Karen receives invitations from all over the United States and the world to make presentations and consult with large and small, national and international advocacy, arts, education, faith-based, federated, healthcare, justice and social service not-for-profits and institutions.

Firsthand experience backs Karen’s work. For 18 of her 34 years in the business, Karen led outstanding philanthropy operations and successfully managed campaigns as large as $200,000,000. As a consultant and campaign counsel, her experience is wide and varied including helping organizations and institutions develop and engage high performing boards, build internal capacity and achieve campaigns as large as $500,000,000.

Considered an industry thought leader, Karen has many published articles, serves on leadership panels, and is often featured in industry magazines and blogs. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded Karen the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and Public Speaking. Karen serves on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation board, and is an adjunct faculty member for Johns Hopkins University’s graduate certificate program, teaching philanthropy to aspiring nonprofit CEOs and board leaders.

Click here for a video of one of Karen’s presentations.

Watch for further details on the 2017 Conference as they become available.