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About Us

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:

Catalyst Council members:

Mr. Robert Bolling

Executive Director

ChildSavers

Mr. Scott Pharr

Co-Owner

PharrOut, LLC

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

AlphaTerra, LLC

Mr. Michael Kaufman

Community Member

Mr. Michael Whitlow

Executive Vice President

PADILLA/CRT

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

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

Mr. Dean Browell

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

Feedback

Ms. April Booth

Cheif Administrative Officer

Women’s Army Foundation

Mr. Chris Busse

Principal

Sumlimata

Ms. Judi Crenshaw

Communications & Marketing Manager

Virignia Council on Economic Education

Mr. Robby Demeria

Executive Director

RichTech

Ms. Ami Kim

Social Media Manager

Community Idea Stataions | WCVE

Ms. Kim Mahan

Founder & Principal

Maxx Potential

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.

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.

ConnectVA Launches

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.

 

Job Finder:

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.

 

Business Directory:

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.

Transition Timeline

December 2012:

  • ConnectVA was launched

January 2013:

  • 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.

March 2013:

  • ConnectVA Newsletter, Weekly Update, was launched.
  • ConnectVA Blog was launched including our feature posts: Tip of the Week, User Spotlight, and Tech Roundup.

April 2013:

  • The Business Directory went live on ConnectVA.

May 2013:

  • The Message Board went live on ConnectVA.

June 2013:

  • Email Groups for ConnectRichmond & ConnectSouthside were disabled on June 21st.

July 2013:

  • ConnectRichmond and ConnectSouthside websites were turned off on July 1st.