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Event Recap: Building Strong, Strategic, Sustainable Nonprofits.

Do you know that moment when you have a sense of a concept, but then someone comes along and clarifies it with a spot-on phrase or illustration? You think, “A-ha, if only I had thought of it this way.” Last week, many local nonprofits had that moment while listening to guest speaker Steve Zimmerman, co-author of Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, who shared insights into managing the sustainability of nonprofits.

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ConnectVa Spotlight: Betsy Bilharz, Virginia Mentoring Partnership

Tell us about yourself. My name is Betsy Bilharz and I am part of the Program Services Team for Virginia Mentoring Partnership, a state-wide nonprofit organization that supports mentors and mentoring programs by providing training, consulting, and capacity-building services to enhance the quality of mentoring programming and relationships. Having received my bachelor’s degree in economics and data analysis from Hamilton College and, more recently, a master’s degree in public administration, program and policy analysis from VCU, I have always been interested in working with volunteer and community organizations to apply an analytical and research-based lens to nonprofit practices. I was drawn to VMP’s work promoting evidence-based quality standards to maximize impact in the mentoring field.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Katina Williams, United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

Tell us about you (include name, position, organization, background) My name is Katina Williams and I am Director of Community Impact: Income Area with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. I started working with United Way in July 2016. I am a native of Petersburg, VA and I worked for 13 years in homeless services with St. Joseph’s Villa. Through my work with St. Joseph’s Villa I gained a love for systems, how they work and how they can be changed to fit the needs of those most affected by a community issue. I believe in the power of individuals and their ability to create a path to success for themselves and their families when resources are made available.

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Event Recap: Great Nonprofit Bosses

Over the past several weeks, YNPN RVA sent out a call to young nonprofit professionals all over Greater Richmond to nominate their boss or supervisor to be recognized as a part of our largest event of the year, Great Nonprofit Bosses Celebration that was held on November 1st at the Hippodrome Speakeasy. There was an incredible turnout from the community as we recognized and celebrated 26 outstanding nonprofit bosses serving our sector. (See the full list here). Our four panelists: Robert Bolling (Childsavers), Chris Hariston-White (Better Housing Coalition), Myra Goodman Smith (Leadership Metro Richmond) and Megan Hodges (NAMI Virginia) shared about their career experiences and offered wisdom about leading effectively in the nonprofit world. Resounding themes from the conversation included: open and intentional communication with coworkers, always continuing to learn, making mistakes is okay, and find your heart and your passion - and go after it.

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Commonwealth Autism Accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute

Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team over the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. These standards cover areas such as: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Heather Farber, Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN)

Tell us about yourself. My name is Heather Farber and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates, a program of Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). SCAN is working to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area through services that promote positive parenting, strengthen families and help create a community that values and cares for its children. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization and in 2009, Richmond CASA merged with Greater Richmond SCAN and became one of their five programs. CASA assigns volunteers to advocate for children who are involved in child abuse and neglect cases in the Richmond City Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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YNPN RVA Spotlight: Great Nonprofit Bosses 2017

This past Monday, we celebrated National Boss Appreciation Day! In the spirit of appreciating great leadership in our local nonprofit sector, we are highlighting a few of YNPN RVA’s 2017 Great Nonprofit Bosses. In case you missed last week’s post – here are all of the 26 Great Nonprofit Bosses chosen by young nonprofit professionals around Greater Richmond! Read on to learn more about four nonprofit bosses who will be speaking about their professional careers, leadership and growth during the 2017 Great Nonprofit Bosses Celebration with YNPN RVA on November 1st at the Hippodrome Speakeasy! Make sure to purchase a ticket and join us for an evening of recognition, learning and socializing with nonprofit peers and leaders!

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YNPN RVA Presents: 2017 Great Nonprofit Bosses

The Young Nonprofits Professional Network RVA (YNPN RVA) believes that a great boss or supervisor supports, inspires and pushes others towards excellence; is an effective communicator, passionate, intuitive and resourceful; and finally, is truly committed to developing the careers of the people they supervise. Over the past several weeks, YNPN RVA sent out a call to young nonprofit professionals all over Greater Richmond to nominate their boss or supervisor to be recognized as a part of our Great Nonprofit Bosses Celebration on November 1st at the Hippodrome Speakeasy from 6pm to 8pm.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Terence Barber, Prevention & Outreach Specialist, The James House

Tell us about yourself. My name is Terence Barber and I am the Prevention & Outreach Specialist for the James House. I have a B.A. in Mass Communications and a M.A. in Media Management from Virginia State University. Prior to starting this position in February, I worked with citizens in the community and helped connect them to resources that would assist them in becoming self-sufficient. I also planned community events and connected with other organizations to help provide services to those clients.

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Help Somebody Spotlight: Sara Fender, The Caring Clothes Closet

We are honored to have received (and are still receiving!) so many incredible nominations for the Help Somebody Hall of Fame. This week we are highlighting the work of Sara Fender, a passionate volunteer with a desire to make a difference and a great idea to fill a need she saw in the community. The person who nominated Sara, and wishes to remain anonymous, says that Sara is a true inspiration and leader. Read more about Sara’s story in October’s “Help Somebody Spotlight”:

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