Virginia Fund Raising Institute 2015

July 29-30, 2015

Call for Presentations

The Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D.
Chair of Fundraising, Plymouth University

Jay Love
Co-Founder & CEO, Bloomerang

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis
Founder, Classes 4 and former teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary

2015 Chair:
Patricia Morris
(804) 521-9229




  2015 Call for Presentations 

Call for Presentations

For almost 20 years, the Virginia Fund Raising Institute (VFRI) has been the premiere educational conference for non-profit development professionals in Virginia and surrounding states. Hosted by the Virginia chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, VFRI 2015 will be held July 29-30 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

The 2015 VFRI 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 200 attendees, VFRI is the premiere educational event for development and non-profit professionals in the Commonwealth. 

The theme of the 2015 institute is Energize.  Educate.  Empower.  We are pleased to have Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D. as our opening speaker to kick off this theme.   Dr. Sargeant is the world’s foremost fundraising academic, holding a Chair in Fundraising at Plymouth University and was formerly the first Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  He is opening the institute with a half-day workshop, Donor Retention: The 3 Big Drivers.  In addition, Dr. Sargeant will conduct a 90 minute plenary session with Jay Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang, entitled Great Fundraising: Thinking Differently About Fundraising Problems.   Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Founder of Classes 4 Classes and former teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will close with a full session on Positive Change. 

Presenter proposals should keep in mind the overarching theme of the institute and the focus of the opening and closing keynote speakers. The messages in the keynote sessions include donor retention, best practices, new trends in fundraising, communication methods, and excellence in leadership. Based on the definitions of the four workshop tracks below, the committee invites proposals for 15 workshop sessions, 90 minutes each.

Please return completed RFPs to Mary Kidd   by February 6, 2015.
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