We hope you will join us for Virginia Funders Network’s 2nd Annual Conference, Stronger Together: Building our Future on May 2-3rd! A portion of your registration fees help support VFN’s mission to build a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all who call Virginia home. Registration is now closed.

Who can attend?

This conference is tailored exclusively to funders.  Registration is now open to all staff and trustees of grant-making organizations.  To see eligibility, click here

Please note: VFN is delighted to be working in partnership with Virginia Tech to manage this year’s conference registration. 


Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 985-5900

Check-in: 4:00 pm | Check-out: 11:00 am 

Reservations can be made by phone or online. Room availability is not guaranteed. 

Other Hotel Options

Hampton Inn & Suites 
27 Church Street SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 400-6000


Conference Policies

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the conference start date. A $30 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the online registration portal. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail to request a substitution.

Please note: Refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. 

In the unlikely event that this conference is canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, Virginia Tech will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

COVID-19 Policy

The Virginia Funders Network (VFN) considers the health and safety of all those on-site at our 2023 “Stronger Together” conference a top priority. As such, we are implementing the following health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness at this year’s annual conference:

  • Any individual experiencing symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, should stay home. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to other people.
  • Masks will be optional in accordance with national public health guidelines. Please be respectful of individuals who choose to wear masks for personal reasons.


VFN may update the COVID policy to address emerging issues. If there is a significant shift in policy, VFN will email conference registrants directly.

Non-Solicitation Policy

VFN strives to create a space for funders and our partners in philanthropy to learn from and connect with one another; a space for candid conversation that is free of solicitation. VFN asks that all conference participants keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Fundraising and client solicitation are prohibited. While it is permissible to follow up with contacts made at the meeting at their invitation, we ask that this not happen in advance of the meeting.
  • For those organizations that both raise funds and make grants, we ask that your participation during the conference be as a funder only.
  • Contact information on the participant list is for networking purposes only. An individual’s contact information should not be added to your organization’s mailing list without that person’s permission.

Code of Conduct Policy

VFN’s “Stronger Together” conference is a space dedicated to learning, and it is important to us that all participants feel welcome. VFN appreciates your partnership in ensuring that the professional environment we share is one defined by mutual respect and inclusiveness, where dignity and diversity are valued. If you experience or witness offensive language, inappropriate behavior, or harassment of any kind during the conference, please alert a member of the VFN staff immediately.

Social Media Policy

Join the conversation on VFN’s social media platforms by using #VFN2023 in your posts and following us! We will also be using our Instagram account to post photos and highlights of the conference—follow @vafunders and make sure to tag us in your posts. Please note that presentations and panelists’ remarks are considered on the record and quotable. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Photography/Video/Audio Taping Release

VFN strives to capture the community and peer-learning environment of our conferences. To do so, we photograph and record various aspects of the conference, and your image and voice may be captured. Furthermore, we may use these photographs and videos for future distribution and promotional purposes in our communications materials. By participating in this conference and/or being present at the venue, you authorize VFN to use and reproduce any photographs taken, without compensation. All negatives, photographic prints, and digital photo files shall constitute VFN property, solely and completely. If you would like to opt out, please contact

For a full conference agenda, please click here