Established in 1980 by a small group of development professionals, the organization thrives as the premier gathering place for beginning, intermediate, and advanced fundraisers from CentralVirginia. With a focus on educational and networking opportunities in a open and welcoming environment the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives serves as the premier gathering place for development professionals in the area. Programs occur monthly starting in September with meetings at Jefferson-Lakeside Country Club in Richmond. Hands-on workshops occur during the year, and during the summers a Summer Brown Bag series is offered. In April, the VAFRE Awards Luncheon takes place and the winners of our Nina Abady and Rising Star Awards are recognized. Mission: VAFRE is a regional organization that advances the talents of our members, fostering an effective, sustainable fundraising community.