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The Virginia Funders Network was born from a belief in the power of collaboration. Our strength and effectiveness come directly from the diverse and valued insights, wisdom, perspectives, and dedication of the nearly 120 funders – our Network Partners – all across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to working together to build a connected, collaborative philanthropic community and ensure that all who call Virginia home have the resources they need to thrive. Collectively, our members invest more than $350 million each year to support Virginia’s most pressing community needs. With more members joining and contributing to this network each year, the Virginia philanthropic community continues to grow and deepen its connections, collaborations, and effectiveness.
Membership in the Virginia Funders Network runs on a calendar year and is open to any funder who makes grants for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes in support of the residents of the Commonwealth. Members affirm that their core interest in joining VFN is to inform and improve their grantmaking through networking, collaboration, learning, and leverage.
To join the VFN, members must be:
While VFN develops a more comprehensive membership fee structure, member dues remain at the inaugural level of $1,000. Because dues cover only 18% of VFN’s operating budget, almost half of VFN’s members invest in VFN at higher levels, often with multi-year commitments, to support VFN’s work, mission, and capacity. Members are strongly encouraged to support with an additional contribution, conference sponsorship, and/or grant funding.
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Organizations, businesses, and sole practitioners that serve the philanthropy/nonprofit field but are not grantmaking institutions may qualify as VFN Partners. This type of partnership opens VFN Members with potential resource opportunities and Partners with potential business development opportunities. A membership application and internal VFN approval process are required.
The Partner category includes:
Gold Tier – $15,000 annually includes:
Silver Tier: $10,000 annually includes:
Bronze Partner: $5,000 annually includes:
Basic Partner (up to 3 participants): $2,500 annually includes:
Sole Practitioner Partner (single membership): $1,500 annually includes: