2017-VFRI-Logo-AnniversaryMark Your Calendar…The 25th Annual VFRI will be held
July 19-20 at the Omni Richmond Hotel
adjacent to historic Shockoe Slip!

Call for Presenter Proposals

Submit your proposal for presentation at the 25th Annual VFRI!

The 2017 VFRI will provide sessions that attract a multi-level audience and will energize, educate, and empower great fundraising. This year’s theme is “Innovating Philanthropy” with a goal to make us “think out”, to sometimes think differently, and approach the future with courage! The institute will feature a broad range of workshop topics of value to development professionals, executive directors, board members, and other volunteers who wish to advance their professional skills. Drawing more than 250 attendees, VFRI is the premiere educational event for development and non-profit professionals in the Commonwealth. If you are interested in being considered to  present a 60- or 90-minute workshop at the 2017 VFRI, download the 2017 Speaker RFP.

Completed submissions are due no later than February 21st.

Opening Keynote Speaker Announced


Karen E. Osborne, Senior Strategist, The Osborne Group, will be the opening keynote speaker at VFRI 2017, with an interactive and experiential session on the latest trends and research backed success factors in fundraising, along with those old gold ideas that still hold true: What’s New and True, What’s Old and Still Gold.

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.

Some comments from recent participants in Karen’s sessions:
  • “Fantastic, energizing, logical, doable”
  • “I walked out of your sessions with a dozen or more great ideas.”
  • “Karen is three steps above excellent.”


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

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