Keynote Speakers

Day-One Keynote Presenter, Kishshana Palmer



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.

Kishshana is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Long Island University,  Certified Fundraising Executive, a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) and an AFP Master Trainer.  When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more she is the philanthropic fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Her work isn’t limited to organizations, she also coaches women entrepreneurs.

Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful teenage daughter. In her spare time she’s listening to R&B, reading, serving her community and finding new fabulous clothes to fill up her wardrobe.


Closing Keynote Presenter, Steven Shattuck



Our closing keynote presentation, Robots Make Bad Fundraisers, 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.