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Your professional development matters! Join other fundraisers to learn together. Meetings consist of a program with a guest speaker, lunch, a short business meeting, and networking time. Workshop luncheons are usually held on the third Thursday, 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM (lunch available starting at 11:45). Cost is $25 for members and $35 for all other guests. Reservations are normally required by the Monday before the meeting. To reserve for your space, RSVP online.  We generally meet in the Plecker Center at Blue Ridge Community College. Please contact us with questions!

2024 Workshops and Events - supported by chapter sponsor F&M Bank.
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January 18   How can you grow both your personal brand and your organizations social media presence using the LinkedIn platform?   with Steve Gilman, Gravity Group. Workshop sponsored by LD&B Insurance and Financial Services - Thank You! 

February 15   The ABC's of Planned Gifts with Lora F. Hamp, J.D., Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

March 21    Managing Donor Relations in an Age of Polarization with David Brubaker, PHD, EMU School of Social Sciences and Professions, and Organizational Consultant  SIGN UP

April 18     The Annual Global Review of Legal Developments & Court Decisions Impacting Fundraising and Philanthropy with Ted Sudol JD Athens Philanthropic

May 20   Marketing ≠ Fundraising. Marketing Supports Fundraising with Mike Miriello, TDC Marketing 

June    No Workshop this Month


July     32nd Annual Virginia Fundraising Institute (VFRI)* Conference

August 15  TBD

September 19  TBD

October 17-19  AFP LEAD 2024 in Atlanta, GA 

October 17  TBD 

November  National Philanthropy Day 

December 12  TBD  

*Professional Development Scholarship available for chapter members.

For more information on joining our Chapter, or scholarship memberships, contact us.


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Archive: 2023 Workshops and Events 
  • January 19   The Secret Sauce: Equal Parts Cultivation and Stewardship with Bradley Snowden
  • February 16   Keep Them Coming Back: How to Use Stories to Drive Donor Retention and Authentic Relationships with James Goalder
  • March 16    Inspirational Laughs: On the Other Side of Fear with Dawn Davis Womack
  • April 16-18 AFP ICON, New Orleans
  • April 20  From No Way to Absolutely Yeah: How to Supercharge Your Fundraising to Hear Yes Faster, More Frequently, and With Less Follow-up with Maryanne Dersch
  • May 18   Board Governance, Engagement, and Development with Maria Paz G. Esguerra and Rollin G. Johnson, Jr, of Kensington Strickland Group. Workshop sponsored by The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.
  • July 25-27  Virginia Fundraising Institute (VFRI)*
  • August 17  Marketing with Jen Sodikoff. Sponsored by F&M Bank.
  • September 21  Current Economic Climate and Gearing up for End-of-the-Year Giving.
  • October 19-21  AFP LEAD in Philadelphia, PA
  • October 19  Wearing Many Hats in a Small Shop with Bernadette Mack
  • November 20  National Philanthropy Day @ Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg
  • December 14  Holiday Gathering, Roundtable Discussions & Raffle. Special location! Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Sponsored by F&M Bank.

Archive: 2022 Workshops and Events
  • January 20   Interactive Panel with National Philanthropy Day Recipients
  • February 17  How Email Will Shape the Success of Your Next Campaign with Bernadette Mack
  • March 17    Webinar with AFP Global
  • April 15  Financial Advisors as a Resource for Fundraisers, with Matt Robinson from F&M Bank
  • May 2-4   AFP ICON, Las Vegas, May 2-4
  • May 19  Strategic Planning - How The Bigger Picture Leads to Greater Fundraising Success with Sheila Smith, Advancement Planning & Operations, JMU
  • July 19-21 Virginia Fundraising Institute (VFRI)*
  • August 18 Roundtables & Holiday Raffle
  • September 15 How A Pro-Active Culture of Diversity Can Grow Your Non-Profit with Tycely Williams, CFRE, Chief Development Officer, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • October 13-15  AFP LEAD in Houston
  • October 20  Social Media, Video and Fundraising with Andy VanHook of Appeal Productions
  • November 21  National Philanthropy Day @ Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg
  • December 15  Holiday Gathering & Raffle

Archive: 2021 Workshops and Events

  • January 21   AFP Global: Benefits of Membership with Taryn Gold
  • February 18    Equitable, Inclusive, and Strengths-Based Language with Salathia Johnson
  • March 18    Developing Fundraisers in ALL Staff with Tim Plant, Director of Development for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • April 15  Fundraising Events in 2021 with group of panelists
  • May 20   Personal Storytelling for Fundraising Success with Terry Wolfish Cole. In partnership with The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham. 
  • June 28-30   AFP ICON, Minneapolis/ online*
  • July Virginia Fundraising Institute (VFRI)*
  • August 19 Growing Your Brand in a "Post" Pandemic World with Steve Gilman.
  • September 16 Giving through estate planning and investments with Matt Robinson, F & M Bank Financial Advisor (to be rescheduled)
  • October 21  Managing Donor Relations in an Age of Polarization with David Brubaker, EMU's School of Social Sciences and Professions, and Organizational Consultant. Register
  • October 18-20  AFP LEAD in Indianapolis
  • November 22  National Philanthropy Day
  • December 9 Roundtables & Holiday Raffle

Archive: 2020 Workshops and Events



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