On May 2-3, 2023, VFN hosted its 2nd annual conference at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. With nearly 225 philanthropic leaders in attendance from across the Commonwealth, this event was one of the largest gatherings of Virginia’s philanthropic community.

The 2023 conference theme – Stronger Together: Building Our Futurewas carefully crafted to advance VFN’s new strategic framework. The two-day agenda intentionally focused on how philanthropy can work together across sectors to advance opportunities where all Virginia communities are valued and thriving and are empowered and supported by a strong and vibrant philanthropic sector.

A special thanks to this year's sponsors

2023 Conference Planning Committee

Each year, the Annual Conference Planning Committee, comprised of VFN Advisory Board members, members, and event sponsors, is responsible for planning and hosting this valuable and inspiring gathering.


Erin Hogan

Bank of America

Scott Blackwell

The Community Foundation

for a greater Richmond

Kelly Chopus

Community Collaborations


Carolyn Champion

Dominion Energy

Mary Fant Donnan

The Alleghany Foundation

Eileen Ellsworth

Community Foundation

for Northern Virginia

Holly Hatcher

Genan Foundation

Denny Huff

Bedford Community Health 


Edward Jones

Weissberg Foundation

Courtney Rice

Richmond Memorial Health


Robert Simmons

Micron Foundation

Jessica Wirgau

Community Foundation of the  

New River Valley

Highlights from this Year's Conference

For access to the full conference album, click here


Q: Were any of this year’s sessions recorded?

A: Yes…you can find select session recordings on VFN’s YouTube channel! You can access last year’s sessions on there as well!

Q: Where and when will the 2024 annual conference take place?

A: Mark your calendar for May 6-8, 2024 for the 3rd Annual Conference. See the official announcement here

Q: Will I be able to access a list of attendees? 

A: A list of attendees is provided exclusively to conference attendees and participants. If you attended this year’s conference and did not receive that information, please contact patte@vafunders.org.