Wednesday, July 19

  • 7:30 AM – Conference registration, Vendor exhibits open
  • 8:30 – 11:00 AM – Opening Session: What’s New and True, What’s Old and Still Gold, Karen E., Osborne, The Osborne Group, Inc. (see complete details here)
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Opening Session and Buffet Lunch
  • 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Break, Sponsor Exhibits, Early Hotel Check-in
  • 12:45 – 2:15 PM – Workshop Session I
Emerging Track

Innovative Ways to Engage and Retain Donors, Kenda G. Council, Director of Advancement, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Melissa H. Hlinovsky, Annual Fund Coordinator, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy

Advancing Track

The Annual Campaign – Doing it Well and Then Doing it Even Better Next Year, Jane Stein, JPS Consulting

Leading Track

Leadership Succession in Fundraising Organizations, Sam Davis, III, Principal, The Davis Group

General Track

Share the Love: Using Social Media to Engage Donors, Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer, Bloomerang

Professional Development Track

Senior Practitioners’ Executive Forum, Karen E. Osborne, The Osborne Group, Inc.

  • 2:15 – 2:30 PM - Break, Sponsor Exhibits, Hotel Check-in
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM - Workshop Session II
Emerging Track

The Improvising Fundraiser, James Wasilewski, MBA, Director of Development, VCU Wilder School and Owner, HAHA to AHA

Advancing Track

Thinking Big (Even if Your Nonprofit is Small): Major Gifts and Legacy Giving, Karin Cox, MFA, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Hartsook Companies, Inc., and John Warren, Executive Vice President, Harstook Companies, Inc.

Advancing Track

Innovative Campaigns, Allan Burrows and Clare Jordan, Capital Development Services

Leading Track

Diversity in Action, Lindsey O-Pries, Associate Consultant and Facilitator, The Spark Mill

General Track

The Power of Story Telling – It’s What You Say and How You Say It, Anna Goldenberg, Principal, True Impact Coaching

General Track

Healthy Aging Database, Jeff Johnson, Planned Giving Marketing Consultant, The Stelter Company

  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM – Break, Sponsor Exhibits and Hotel Check-in
  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM - Workshop Session III   
Emerging Track

Branding for Fundraising: Appeals that Inspire, David Huffine, CFRE, VP for Advancement, St. Joseph’s Villa, and Drew Melson, Director of Marketing Communications, St. Joseph’s Villa

Advancing Track

Women in Philanthropy: A Force to be Reckoned With, Beth Johnson, Founding Principal, Virginia Non-Profit Associates, LLC., Gail L. Letts, Virginia Market President, First Tennessee Bank, and Claiborne Mason, President, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls

Leading Track

Fifty Shades of Gray – A Development Officer’s Guide to Dating Donors, D. Todd Gray, Vice President and Director of Development, YMCA of the USA

General Track

Leveraging Major Data into Major Gifts, Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President, The Curtis Group, and Erin Hogan, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Market Executive, U.S. Trust

Professional Development Track

Finance vs. Development: Let’s Partner, Scott R. Warren, Director, Warren Whitney

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Sponsor Reception with Prize Drawings! Fellowship, food, and refreshment. And you don’t want to miss the good prizes!                                                      

Thursday, July 20

  • 7:30 AM – Buffet Breakfast  (A full, hot breakfast!), Sponsor Exhibits
  • 8:30 – 10:00 AM – Plenary Session, Behavioral Economics and Fundraising (click here for details)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM – Break, Sponsor Exhibits and Hotel Check-out
  • 10:30 AM – Noon Workshop Session IV
Emerging Track

Gratitude Fueled Giving, Cheryl A. Booms, CFRE, Consultant, Richner & Richner, and Sally Wolfe, Senior Director of Development, Williamsburg La

Advancing Track

Not Another Moves Management System, Dan Jenuwine, Oakland Community College

Leading Track

15 Years to Life, Bobby Thalhimer, Senior Consultant, The Monument Group, and Lisa Pratt O’Mara, The Community Foundation Richmond-Central Virginia

General Track

Building an Active and Engaged Board of Directors Jeanne Allen, Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Jeanne Allen Consulting

Professional Development Track

Optimizing Your Personal Planning System, Katherine Harrison, Owner/Professional Organizer, Grace Works, LLC

  • Noon – 12:30 PM - Break, Sponsor Exhibits and Hotel Check-out
  • 12:30 – 2:30 PMLunch and Closing Plenary Session, 25 Years of Philanthropy: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward (click here for details)
  • 2:30 PM - Closing Remarks, Final Prize Drawings 
  • 3:00 PM – Conference Adjourns

…….and on to VFRI 2018!