Jenny Friar


  • American University of Paris
  • West Virginia University
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris I)

Worked at SJV

  • 2007 – Present

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Leadership Metro Richmond
  • President’s Advisory Council, American University of Paris

Jenny Friar, CEO

Jenny Friar
804-200-1618 • email

Jenny Friar began serving St. Joseph’s Villa in 2007 as a consultant with CCS, an international fundraising consultancy, and joined the staff in 2009 as the Campaign Director for the Villa’s first-ever capital campaign. She held successive fundraising leadership roles, serving most recently as the Chief Advancement Officer, and led staff and volunteer teams that have raised more than $50 million to support programs, capital projects, and the Villa’s endowment.

Friar was named Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly in 2016, and is a graduate of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders, Leadership Metro Richmond, and Lead Virginia. She recently completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School. She currently teaches major gift fundraising at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond, and serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the American University of Paris, the Board of Trustees of the Yew Mountain Center, and the Henrico County stakeholder group for the Marcus Alert Project.

She resides with her family in Oregon Hill.

Recent News


Uplifting the Next Generation

Meet Mysonne, a 2021 Villa graduate who today proudly serves as a counselor for elementary students in our Dooley School. Mysonne says he discovered his passion for helping others while

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SDCA Conference

Join our Inaugural Sarah Dooley Center for Autism Conference

Announcing our 1st annual conference for our public school partners! Thursday, November 2 8:00am-3:30pm | $120 Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa Lunch will be provided. REGISTER

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Virginia Home Grown

PBS's Virginia Home Grown features Villa Learning & Therapy Garden

In Virginia Home Grown's recent episode on the healing power of nature, our own Matthew Kreydatus, Senior Director of Wellness and Transition Services, and Tyler Berkeley, Garden Coordinator, shared the

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