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Virtual Farewell Celebration for Virginia Clarke

December 6, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm PST

Join us for a virtual celebration of Virginia Clarke. Virginia has served as SAFSF’s founding executive director for over 20 years and will be stepping down this December.

Bring a cup of tea, a glass of champagne, some chocolates, tissues, whatever feels right as we toast to her incredible leadership. All who love and wish to celebrate Virginia are welcome!

Beyond showing up to this virtual celebration we invite you to help us celebrate through making a pledge to the Virginia Clarke Legacy Fund for Equity, creating a well-wishes video, and signing this digital farewell card.

This event will be hosted on an external platform. All registrants will receive access information closer to the event date! Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

Help Us Celebrate

We hope you will help us send Virginia off with lots of love and appreciation below are a few additional ways you can get involved! 


To honor the legacy and leadership of 2003-2023 Executive Director Virginia Clarke, SAFSF is launching a special fundraising initiative, the Virginia Clarke Legacy Fund for Equity. Virginia worked to bring equity conversations and practices into all aspects of SAFSF’s work, opening the door for essential internal trainings and bold equity programming, and integrating equity practices across operations and organizational structure. The Virginia Clarke Legacy Fund for Equity will support intentional work to deepen and further operationalize SAFSF’s racial equity commitment and practices, and to provide programs and assistance to our members and network to do the same. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 before Virginia’s departure at the end of 2023, and $250,000 by mid-2024, to build on her strong legacy. This work benefits every funder in SAFSF’s network—and by extension, the movements we support—and we are inviting all our members to make a pledge of support to the Virginia Clarke Legacy Fund for Equity. No amount is too small—or too large!

Contact Renee Catacalos, VP, Strategy and Impact, with any questions or to donate through a grant.


SAFSF is making a group video to celebrate Virginia’s legacy and we need your help. Please add your own video wishes below (it’s quick & easy) and you’ll be a part of a memorable farewell.


SAFSF has created this digital greeting card to capture thoughts, memories, and more from folks in our network and beyond. Take a moment to write Virginia a note and wish her well.

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