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:
2013-2014 Catalyst Council members:Catalyst Council members:
Mr. Robert Bolling
Mr. Scott Pharr
Ms. Sarah Milston
Founder & Principal
The Spark Mill
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
Mr. Michael Kaufman
Mr. Michael Whitlow
Executive Vice President
Dr. George Lyons, Jr., Advisory Council
Southside Community Partners
Gillfield Baptist Church
Ms. Katherine Godin
Director of Special Gifts
Community Idea Stations | WCVE
Ms. Laura Faison
Interactive Media Manager
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
Mr. Dean Browell
Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
Ms. April Booth
Cheif Administrative Officer
Women’s Army Foundation
Mr. Chris Busse
Ms. Judi Crenshaw
Communications & Marketing Manager
Virignia Council on Economic Education
Mr. Robby Demeria
Ms. Ami Kim
Social Media Manager
Community Idea Stataions | WCVE
Ms. Kim Mahan
Founder & Principal
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.
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.
ConnectVA Press Releases & Media Alerts
Help in a Zip: Announcing ConnectVA’s Basic Needs Directory (April 28, 2014)
Nonprofit Sustainability Powers Jobs, the Economy, & Our Community (April 16, 2014)
ConnectVA Invites the Community to Join Us In Redefining Philanthropy (August 30, 2013)
ConnectVA unifies and redesigns ConnectRichmond and ConnectSouthside, building on the successful legacy of the Connect system, built specifically for our community. The new website offers the same useful services you value – jobs, events, items, and message boards – with enhancements that make using ConnectVA easier than ever before. New, improved features better connect you to other users, organizations and businesses as well as nonprofit resources and information across Central Virginia.
ConnectVA continues as a nonprofit and civic hub that provides information-sharing tools and resources to empower individuals, advance organizations, and strengthen community.
All current and new Connect users need to register on the new ConnectVA website and create new organization profiles. There will be no user data migration from the current websites to the new website. This process will allow you to start fresh on the new system – customizing your profile and familiarizing yourself with the new website while avoiding any duplication. Please visit our Help page for more information on this or Contact Us with specific questions.
Beginning January 23, 2013, ConnectVA implemented a $30 per job posting per month. Job postings expire after 30 days and can be renewed upon expiration. This nominal amount ($1 a day!) helps ConnectVA continue to provide the Job Finder and our other valuable services to nonprofit organizations like yours. We are the “go to” place for nonprofits jobs in the region and are committed to helping your organization find the professional expertise and talent needed
Message Board (Email Groups):
We know that our email groups have become an indispensable means of communication for the Connect community. We also know that they could use improvement so that messages are easier to send, approve and read. That is why ConnectVA now features the new Message Board that’s more visually appealing, easy-to-use and eliminates the need for a moderator! Learn more.
Nonprofits searching for businesses and consultants who provide services to nonprofits are now able to search the ConnectVA Business Directory. Businesses who provide services to nonprofits can register for a listing in the ConnectVA Business Directory. There are two levels of business listings, free basic and fee premium – learn more.
- ConnectVA was launched
- On January 2, Jobs, Events and Items were disabled on ConnectRichmond & ConnectSouthside.
- On January 23, ConnectVA started charging $30 per job posting per month. Job postings expire after 30 days and can be renewed upon expiration.
- ConnectVA Newsletter, Weekly Update, was launched.
- ConnectVA Blog was launched including our feature posts: Tip of the Week, User Spotlight, and Tech Roundup.
- The Business Directory went live on ConnectVA.
- The Message Board went live on ConnectVA.
- Email Groups for ConnectRichmond & ConnectSouthside were disabled on June 21st.
- ConnectRichmond and ConnectSouthside websites were turned off on July 1st.