About the Conference

On May 3-4, 2023, VFN will host its 2nd annual conference at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. We anticipate more than 200 philanthropic leaders will join us for these two inspiring days of in-person learning, networking, and community-building. Focused specifically on the philanthropic community’s unique role in helping the Commonwealth capitalize on opportunities, address needs, and overcome challenges, you won’t want to to miss this one-of-a-kind gathering!

Registration opens in 2023!

We are excited to bring our network of funders together, but we can only do it with your support! Whether as a sponsor or exhibitor, your organization’s investment in and presence at VFN’s largest gathering of the year demonstrates your support for our mission of building a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all who call Virginia home.

Who is expected to attend?

In 2022, more than 170 philanthropy executives, trustees, and staff members representing 91 organizations attended VFN’s inaugural Stronger Together: Advancing Opportunities for All Virginians, making it the largest-ever gathering of Virginia’s philanthropic community. Of those in attendance, 50% were staff members, 25% CEOs, 12% Trustees, and 13% were Program Officers.

This year, we anticipate more than 200 attendees representing 100+ philanthropic organizations to join us  –  once again making VFN’s conference the largest-ever gathering of Virginia’s philanthropic community! 

Demonstrate Leadership

Your sponsorship is a public commitment of your dedication to VFN’s mission of building a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all who call Virginia home.

Gain Targeted Exposure

As the largest annual gathering of Virginia’s philanthropic community, sponsorship gives your organization visibility and targeted exposure to the Commonwealth’s top philanthropy leaders.

Invest in Virginia

Your investment in VFN provides important opportunities for the Commonwealth’s philanthropic community to learn, network and build meaningful, collaborative relationships.

To learn more about our sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please click on the “plus signs” below to expand the details of each package.

*Please note that complimentary registrations do not include travel or hotel accommodations.

Premier visibility, acknowledgment, and logo placement in marketing materials and an opportunity to introduce keynote speaker at sponsored plenary. VIP seating and keynote speaker seated at your table during sponsored plenary. THREE complimentary registrations* (a $900 value!) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to reserve your spot as a Plenary Sponsor!

Premier visibility, acknowledgment, and logo placement in marketing materials and premier visibility at the Welcome Reception. Opportunity for brief remarks at the Welcome Reception. VIP seating during dinner plenary directly following Welcome Reception. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to reserve your spot as the Welcome Reception Sponsor!

Prominent visibility and sponsorship acknowledgment during networking breaks. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to reserve your spot as the Networking Break Sponsor!

Prominent visibility and sponsorship acknowledgment with premier visibility at sponsored workshop/breakout session. Opportunity to assist the Conference Planning Committee in shaping the sponsored workshop/breakout session. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to secure your spot as a Workshop/Breakout Session Sponsor!

Premier visibility, acknowledgment, and logo placement in marketing materials and premier visibility at CEO Retreat. Opportunity for your organization’s CEO to attend and offer welcome remarks at CEO Retreat. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to secure your spot as the CEO Retreat Sponsor!
**NOTE: This sponsorship opportunity is only open to VFN member organizations.

Support attendees’ post-conference learning by providing a topic-related book at one of the plenary sessions. Your logo and sponsorship acknowledgment will be included on a bookplate inside the chair-dropped books given to 200+ attendees. Prominent visibility and sponsorship acknowledgment. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Complimentary exhibitor table if desired. Click here to secure your spot as a Book Sponsor at this year’s conference!

Support VFN’s ability to provide attendees with useful and high-quality branded items such as pens, notebooks, thumb drives, etc. Your sponsorship will be visually and verbally acknowledged when 200+ attendees are provided with selected “swag” item(s). Prominent visibility and sponsorship acknowledgment with premier visibility related to swag. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate of $299. Also receive $1,000 off premier exhibitor table or $500 off regular exhibitor table if desired. Click here to secure your spot as one of this year’s “Swag” Sponsors! 

Show your support for VFN and be included in the list of conference sponsors. TWO complimentary registrations (a $600 value) and additional registrants at the early-bird rate or $299. Click here for more information on how to become a Supporter for this year’s conference.

8′ x 10′ exhibitor space, one 6′ exhibitor table with two chairs in a prime location, wifi and electricity access, and a PDF list of attendees in advance of the conference; TWO complimentary conference registrations (a $600 value) which includes all meals and access to most conference plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions and up to two additional registrations at the early-bird member rate of $299; Company name and hyperlink on the conference webpage, quarter-page ad in the printed program. To secure your spot as a Premier Exhibitor, click here

8′ x 10′ exhibitor space, one 6′ exhibitor table with two chairs, wifi and electricity access and a PDF list of attendees in advance of the conference; ONE complimentary conference registration (a $300 value) which includes all meals and access to most conference plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions and up to TWO additional registrations at the early-bird member rate of $299. To secure your spot as an Exhibitor, click here

FAQs

Q: Who attends the Virginia Funders Network’s Annual Conference?

A: The trustees, executive leadership, and staff members of more than 100 foundations and other grantmaking organizations across Virginia attend our conference each year. As a conference supporter, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with the Commonwealth’s top philanthropy leaders, build relationships, and explore opportunities for partnership.

Q: Will I get a lot of foot traffic as an exhibitor?

A: Yes! Exhibitor tables will be located in the center of all the activity, giving attendees access to your tables during our many generous networking breaks. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend most conference sessions with your exhibitor registration.

Q: Is there a cancellation deadline & fee?

A: Full refunds will be provided for cancellations made at least 30 days in advance of the conference. Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance of the conference qualify for a 50% refund. No refunds will be offered for cancellations made within the 2 weeks leading up to the conference.

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.

Co-Chairs

Erin Hogan

Bank of America

Scott Blackwell

The Community Foundation

for a Greater Richmond

Members

Carolyn Champion

Dominion Energy

Eileen Ellsworth

Community Foundation

for Northern Virginia

Jessica Wirgau

Community Foundation of the

New River Valley

Mary Fant Donnan

The Alleghany Foundation

Highlights from Last Year's Conference

Check out our YouTube page for 2022 conference session recordings.

To view the photo gallery from the inaugural conference, click here.