Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Central to VAFRE’s mission is education. We encourage all of our members to keep up with the latest in the nonprofit sector. Below you will find a number of blogs and websites divided into topic areas that we think may be of interest. Members may also access handouts from our monthly meetings on the Members Only Resources page.  

If you know of a good resource that is not listed here, please let us know!

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Board Development

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. The Knowledge Center section provides loads of good information.


Chip and Dan Heath offer up a fun and approachable blog with relevant news updates, opinion pieces, research, and more on marketing and organizational change.

Popular bestselling author writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.... Part of Stanford’s graduate school of business, this site offers access to research and serves as a bridge between academia and practice.


Ahern Communications Ink
Tom Ahern provides a very full (although somewhat cluttered) site packed with information on donor communications.

Burk’s Blog
Critical, timely, and research-based  information by creator of Donor-Centered FundraisingĀ®, Penelope Burk.

A well-known & highly experienced consultant shares a bit about herself and offers a good book list.


According to former CEO of Thomas Nelson, he “helps people live and lead on purpose.” You’ll find very practical information here (including templates for creating a life plan and scheduling an ideal work week) you can use at work and in your personal life.


Marketing Profs: Smart thinking. . . pass it on
A rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. 415,000 subscribers! 

The head of Ford Motor Company’s social media, Scott Monty, shares his perspectives on social media - the convergence of marketing, advertising and PR on the Web - for marketers, agencies, the enterprise, and the individual.

Technology/Social Media

Social Media news, tips, and information. Lots of high tech information here; you’ll likely find the social media section the most helpful.

Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. This site is a great place to start.

Nonprofits (General Info)

Practical, provocative, and fun food for thought for nonprofits.... Great informational and opinion pieces on a wide range of topics of interest to nonprofits; blog owner never shies away from posting rebuttals. Food for thought, indeed.

Knowledge to Build On.... Don’t forget how much information the Foundation Center’s site makes available for free, including statistics and data, how-to’s, webinars, and more.

Independent Sector is the leadership network for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. The site is jammed with information on shaping public policy, increasing effectivenss, strengthening accountability, building connections, and understanding the sector.

A busy but helpful blog by renowned consultant Simone Joyaux who helps organizations raise money, plan for the future, build stronger boards, and more. 

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