Tuesday, July 17

6:00 PM Opening Reception:

IMPROV Your Networking, James Wasilewski, Founder, HAHA to AHA, Director of Development, VCU Wilder School
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Wednesday, July 18

8:30 AM Opening Keynote Presentation: Storytelling for Fundraisers, Tom Ahern, Owner, Ahern Donor Communications

12:30 PM Workshop Session I

2:20 PM Workshop Session II

3:40 PM Workshop Session III

  • Making the Successful Major Gift Ask, Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President, The Curtis Group
  • Planned Giving Basics for New and Growing Programs: Tested Solutions When That’s Not All You Do, J. Bradley Purcell, JD, Owner, Planned Giving Advantage, Inc., and Kelly del Campo Merricks, CFRE, MBA, Vice President of Philanthropy, Sheltering Arms Foundation, and Pam Seay
  • Whining and Moaning and Groaning…Engaging Your Board and Volunteers in Fundraising, Jane Stein, President, JPS Consulting
  • Designing & Leading Mid- & Major Giving Programs, Dr. Susan K. Johnson O’Neil. Principal, Points Ahead, and Rhonda Sherman, Vice President, Philanthropy, Operation Blessings International
  • Time, Interest and Impact: Content Marketing for #ShortAttentionSpans, Will Schermerhorn, Content Marketing Consultant and Photographer, AtomStream Communication
  • World Café Session, Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story, facilitated by James Wasilewski, Founder, HAHA to AHA, Director of Development, VCU Wilder School

Thursday, July 19

8:15 AM Day 2 Opening Keynote: Fifty Shades Grayer – From Dating Donors to Building Lasting Relationships, D. Todd Gray, Vice President of Financial Development, YMCA of the USA

9:35 AM Workshop Session IV

10:55 AM Workshop Session V

11:55 AM Lunch and Closing Panel Presentation: Key Trends in Philanthropy, Moderator: Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy , Panelists: Sixto Cancel, CEO, Think of Us; Keith Curtis, President, The Curtis Group; Erin Hogan, Managing Director, Philanthropic Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; and Matt Nash


2:30 PM   Closing Comments – Announcement of VFRI 2019