About ConnectVA

ConnectVA is a virtual nonprofit and civic hub that provides information-sharing tools and resources to empower individuals, advance organizations and strengthen community. We envision a strong nonprofit community working successfully in cross-sector collaborations and contributing to a thriving region.


What we do:

Work to strengthen the community and region by providing resources, tools and information that:

  • Empower individuals to take personal action to improve themselves, their organizations and their community
  • Advance organization's efficiency and effectiveness through awareness and access to knowledge and resources that enables greater regional impact
  • Strengthen community through greater positive, sustainable change leading to a higher quality of life for all residents.



Why We Do It:

Cohesive efforts are vital to community change; all sectors -- nonprofits organizations, businesses, government and others -- are essential. We strive to:

  • Builds bridges between nonprofits,  businesses, and government leading to improved organizational communication both within and across the sectors.
  • Guides residents to opportunities for civic engagement leading to increased engagement in the community.
  • Shares resources that increase organizational capacity and promotes awareness of local issues in the nonprofit community leading to enhanced access and use of credible nonprofits information and opportunities.


How We Do It

ConnectVA focuses on powering nonprofit advancement and strengthen the social sector through Technology & Innovation, Collaboration & Action, and Public Engagement.

ConnectVA provides nonprofits, businesses and other civic-minded members of the community online tools and resources as well as offline programs. 


Who We Are

ConnectVA Catalyst Council

ConnectVA is guided by our Catalyst Council. Comprised of community leaders from all sectors across the Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities region as well as representatives from the ConnectVA 501 Tech Club and YNPN RVA Leadership Teams, the Catalyst Council guides our goals and strategies, champions ConnectVA in the community, engages on the ConnectVA website and at our events and identifies opportunities and partners.

2013-2014 Catalyst Council members:

Mr. Robert Bolling                        

Executive Director



Mr. Scott Pharr


PharrOut, LLC


Ms. Patrice Lewis

Project Manager

Southeastern Instituate of Research

Ms. Leigh Busby

Development & Outreach Manager

YWCA of Richmond

Dr. Crystal Tyler-Macky

Community Viability Specialist

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Southeast District

Mr. Rick Rusin, Board of Directors,

Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence

Chief Operating Officer

AlphaTerra, LLC

Mr. Michael Kaufman

Community Member


Mr. Michael Whitlow

Executive Vice President


Dr. George Lyons, Jr., Advisory Council, Southside Community Partners

Senior Pastor

Gillfield Baptist Church

Ms. Katherine Godin

Director of Special Gifts

Community Idea Stations | WCVE


Ms. Laura Faison, ConnectVA 501 Tech Club

Interactive Media Manager

Goodwill Virginia


Ms. Becky McDonough

Executive Vice President

Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce

Mr. David LeFebvre, YNPN RVA Chair

Director of Development

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond & Tri Cities






Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence

The Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence empowers, educates, and mobilizes noprofits, community members and partners who provide resources and seek solutions that advance the Greater Richmond Region.

Southside Community Partners

Southside Community Partners invests in the people and systems that work to solve the complex social issues of our community. By delivering high impact resources and services, we help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can more effectively deliver programs and activities that improve the quality of life for residents in the Southside Virginia region.

Funding History

ConnectVA is made possible because of the investment of the following funders who have supported the Connect system throughout the years since its inception in 2001: The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, The Cameron Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Cabell Foundation, Knight Foundation, John Randolph Foundation, Altria Client Services, Inc., Dominion, McGuire Woods, First Market, and University of Richmond.

Special thanks to Genworth Financial and the Genworth Foundation who invested in the most recent rebuild of the ConnectVA system.