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The Top 5 Reasons to Join the YNPN RVA Leadership Team

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) is looking for the next crop of young leaders!  Applications are open for the 2020 leadership team and we are recruiting for both board and committee members through September 6th.

We asked our current YNPN RVA Leadership how being a part of the team has benefited them, and below are the top 5 responses.

They said that “being a part of the YNPN RVA Leadership Team, has helped me”:

  • build deeper connections with other nonprofit professionals
  • form a better understanding of the RVA nonprofit sector
  • gain skills or practice new ones
  • flex my leadership muscle
  • have fun while giving back!

“Being a part of YNPN RVA has allowed me to build friendships and professional connections with people from all across the city who are employed in diverse non-profit fields. Having a large and varied professional network has made me more aware and more appreciative of our larger nonprofit sector.” – Michael Parsons, Information Coordinator at Peter Paul Development Center & YNPN RVA Secretary 2018-2019

Members of the YNPN RVA Leadership Team are a part of one of three committees: Communications, Membership or Programs. The committees have approximately 5-7 members each and are led by their respective Co-Chairs. In addition, there is an Executive Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer/Staff.

YNPN RVA Committees and Focus Areas

For 2020 we are looking to fill the following positions: Co-Chair, Secretary, Communications Committee Co-Chair, and two Membership Committee Co-Chair positions, as well as recruiting for representatives for the Membership, Communications and Programs Committees.

Learn more and apply here by September 6th!

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YNPN RVA Member Highlight July: Cristelle Brown

Name: Cristelle Brown

Previous Position: Senior State Director, Partnerships, Spread the Vote

Why did you join YNPN RVA and when?

I joined YNPN in January 2019 in order to deepen my connection to the nonprofit professional community in RVA.

What is your career background?

I’ve been working as a nonprofit professional for five years. My work has spanned across higher education, large nonprofit associations, as well as small, homegrown organizations serving the Richmond community. I’ve worked primarily in programming, but in my most recent role, I served as the Senior State Director of Partnerships for Spread The Vote, a nationally-operating 501c3, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps individuals obtain government-issued photo identification for the purposes of voting, obtaining employment, securing housing, and so much more.

What are your career goals?

I look forward to one day scaling my own organization, the Cristelle Brown Legacy Foundation, to a full operation that allows me to serve communities of color on a deeper level. I strive to provide our communities with the tools, resources, and experience needed in order for them to live full lives.

Why do you do what you do?

I love providing and/or connecting people to the resources that they need to live out their fullest potential. Everyone deserves to see their dreams come into fruition.

Favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Festival season reminds me why I love living in Richmond. When the weather cooperates, I love heading over to whichever festival is running at the time and kicking back with friends. Enjoying the weather, a cup of beer or wine, great food, and performances by local/national artists.

If you were to take over the YNPN Instagram page for a day, what would you show us?

I’d show the YNPN audience some of my favorite places to collaborate and recharge across RVA.

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Mindfulness with YNPN RVA and Project Yoga

Project Yoga Richmond’s goal is to make yoga accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities. On Monday night, they led YNPN RVA in a facilitated mindfulness discussion followed by an interactive yoga session. PYR also gave a moment for individuals to do a self-care check-in which asked the following questions based on the past 24 hours of your life:

  1. Have you stretched and moved your body?
  2. Have you paused for a moment and taken 5 deep breaths?
  3. Did you sleep at least 7-8 hours last night?
  4. Have you spent time in nature?

Mindfulness is more than a “buzz-word”, it is a way of life that requires a lot of practice and welcomed intention. YNPN RVA’s challenge was to take a moment and set an intention around 1 of the 4 questions above. What will you take a few moments to do more of this week?

Missed the event? Join them at the mat for a class: https://projectyogarichmond.org/schedule

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Capital One Seeking Richmond Nonprofits for Accelerator Program at 1717

Capital One just announced the launch of a fall pilot program at their 1717 Innovation Center – “Grow @1717”, a local nonprofit accelerator that aims to support nonprofits in expanding capacity to deliver social impact more powerfully.

Accelerators have become a powerful part of startup communities around the world. Intended to provide entrepreneurs with the support needed to accelerate growth, the accelerator model has proven successful in catapulting startups to the next phase of business.

Community Engagement Manager Toria Edmonds-Howell shared that, “at 1717, we believe nonprofits and startups have many similarities: they solve problems through innovation, their people wear many hats, and they take risks because they believe in their mission. And because we believe nonprofits and startups have a lot in common, we have decided to adopt the accelerator model to provide support for Richmond area nonprofits.”

The 12 week program will include a full needs assessment, workshops, project support, pro bono volunteerism, peer-to-peer learning, and mentorship – equipping participating organizations with new knowledge, tools, connections and visibility.

If you are a Richmond based nonprofit looking to grow in innovative ways, please consider applying to participate in the 1717 Innovation Center’s Grow @1717 Nonprofit Accelerator.  Additional details are below.

Important Dates:

  • Application Opens: June 24, 2019
  • Application Deadline: July 26, 2019
  • Notifications Sent: August 9, 2019
  • Accelerator Begins: Week of September 9, 2019
  • Accelerator Ends: Week of December 2, 2019

Criteria for Application:

  • Nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status
  • Richmond based
  • Commitment to organizational growth
  • Mission and/or vision focused on impacting communities in at least one of the following areas:
    • 21st century skill-building
    • financial well-being
    • small business development

If you have any questions or would like to chat before applying, please reach out to Toria Edmonds-Howell, 1717 Community Engagement Manager at toria.edmonds-howell@capitalone.com.

Here’s the link to apply: https://forms.gle/Ve6p5AK3u6FshhXu8

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YNPN RVA Member Highlight: Dan Halloran, Robins Foundation

Each month, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) will be sharing highlights of their members.  If you’d like to become a member of YNPN RVA or learn more about our upcoming events for 2019, go here.

Name: Dan Halloran

Job Title: Program and Grants Manager

Company: Robins Foundation

Why did you join YNPN RVA and when?

I joined at the beginning of 2019 to start taking professional development and networking seriously.

What is your career background?

Despite other internships during my academic career, I have worked at Robins Foundation since my undergraduate graduation in 2017.

What are your career goals?

Someday, I want to run my own nonprofit.

Why do you do what you do?

I feel more than a desire to give back to my community and country. I feel a sense of obligation and duty to do so. I have too good of a life to selfishly sit idle while others struggle.

Favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Community yoga in Byrd Park/ Maymont (hosted by King of Pops)

If you were to take over the YNPN RVA Instagram page for a day, what would you show us?

It would be great to show on the YNPN RVA Instagram examples of yo-pros getting involved and volunteering at local nonprofits (in the field, on junior boards, fundraising, etc.)

What else should we know about you?

I’m so stoked to get one of those YNPN RVA t-shirts this year. :).

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Self Advocacy for Young Nonprofit Professionals

YNPN RVA hosted “Knowing Your Worth: Self-Advocacy for Young Nonprofit Professionals” this past Monday at the Community Foundation. We had the pleasure of having three well-versed non-profit leaders deliver a panel discussion answering YNPN RVA members and non-members questions around topics like salary negotiations, skills that are desired of a nonprofit professional, how to maintain a work-life balance and other very relevant advice!

The panel was represented diverse perspectives, and included Shantell Chambliss, Executive Director of Dress for Success, Whitney Fogg, HR Director for Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation and Alan Delbridge, Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator for the Enrichmond Foundation.

Here are some key take-aways from the event:

Salary Negotiations:

 

Desired Skills for Nonprofit Professionals:

  • General writing/communication – a dying skill set with the advent and growth of social media and a critical need for storytelling within organizations
  • Don’t adapt-impact: when you walk into a room, be yourself, don’t mold to your audience
  • A servant’s heart – genuinely care about the mission of the nonprofit you are at or want to be at
  • Comfortability with all audiences

 

Work-Life Balance:

  • Change the culture – There are 6 different generations in the workplace right now and someone at yours set the precedent of what work-life balance looks like
  • Speak up when burn-out occurs
  • Log those hours off the clock mindlessly answering emails
  • Nonprofit professionals are expected to wear a lot of hats – it’s okay to take one off sometimes

 

Panel Advice:

  • Never stop learning to add value to your worth
  • Show up – volunteer at that event; help raise money during the annual fundraising campaign, even if you’re not in development
  • Align Professional Development opportunities with company goals – ask for your organization to cover the cost of these if a raise/promotion isn’t an option
  • Sometimes the budget just won’t be there – negotiate PTO or paid Professional Development opportunities
  • Master the art of “bull****” – have confidence even when you don’t know
  • Change the narrative within our society – nonprofit professionals work just as hard as a for-profit professional and we must advocate for our sector and our worth

Want more YNPN RVA learning opportunities?  Become a 2019 member and join us at our May Articles Club meet up for members only on May 21st at Chairlift and in June for our next professional development event centered around Diversity and Inclusion (registration opens soon).

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YNPN RVA Member Highlight: Morgan Carey, Venture Richmond

Each month, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) will be sharing highlights of their members.  If you’d like to become a member of YNPN RVA or learn more about our upcoming events for 2019, go here.

Name: Morgan Carey

Job Title: Marketing Coordinator

Company: Venture Richmond

Why did you join YNPN and when?

I joined earlier this year because I wanted to meet like-minded people in my community who understand what it feels like to want to create meaningful change through meaningful work.

What is your career background?

Advertising, I’ve worked in agencies in New York City and Atlanta

What are your career goals?

Placemaker, Writer & Advocate for connection and anti-loneliness

Why do you do what you do?

The most special thing we have in life is each other, I want to create opportunities for people to meet and experience moments together.

Favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Take my dog, Pablo for walks on the Floodwall, playing Street Fighter at Circuit Arcade Bar & enjoying local festivals with friends.

If you were to take over the YNPN Instagram page for a day, what would you show us?

My favorite parts of Richmond, the hidden gems of downtown & things that I’d love to see in Richmond in the future

What else should we know about you?

Fun facts: I’m addicted to the true crime podcast “My Favorite Murder,” tacos are my one true love, I think walks can cure about anything, I went on a solo road trip last summer for 10 days starting in Seattle and ending in Santa Monica, I always find my way back to Richmond, I love parks and finding art in public spaces and I love to volunteer throughout the city.

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YNPN RVA Member Highlight: Tim Nuthall, Richmond Public Schools

Each month, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) will be sharing highlights of their members.  If you’d like to become a member of YNPN RVA for 2019, go here.

Name: Tim Nuthall

Job Title: Multimedia Design Specialist

Company: Richmond Public Schools

Why did you join YNPN RVA and when? I joined last month, after attending a few social events throughout the years. I joined to connect with others who want to make changes for the community we live in.

What is your career background?  6 years Television Production & IT Engineering. 4 years Digital Content Creation, Strategy, Design, Development, and Business Management. 15 years Photography

What are your career goals?  Have my own creative business. Use my talents to help others, share their story, and achieve their dreams.

Why do you do what you do?  I do what I do, because I want to leave people places and things better than I found them.

Favorite thing to do in Richmond?  The food and beer, isn’t that what we all are here for anyway?  Just kidding, how about exploring everything and anything this vibrant community has to offer? Yep, that’s pretty much it.

If you were to take over the YNPN RVA Instagram page for a day, what would you show us?  Hmmmm. You know what would be cool? Storytelling YNPNers in their natural habitats! Series of pictures with a write up showcasing some of us movers and shakers.

What else should we know about you?  I’m here to help. Anything you need. Just ask!

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Five Tips to Own Your Personal Brand

YNPN RVA’s March professional development workshop focused on building your personal brand. Mariah Williams and Sarah Milston of The Spark Mill shared their own personal brand journeys and explained how and why your personal brand affects your career. We left the session with a better understanding of what our brand is and practical steps for how to build it.

Your personal brand should be authentic and consistent whether you’re in a casual or professional setting and reflect your core values. But once you understand what you want your personal brand to be, how do you practice representing your brand every day?

Here are five tips to help you own your personal brand:

  1. It Starts with How You Show Up

Represent your personal brand from the minute you walk in the door of your company, a volunteer opportunity, or social gathering. If your brand is detail-oriented, you should be punctual. If you consider yourself to be outgoing, you should be going out of your way to greet everyone in the space.

  1. Dress the Part

Always dress appropriately for an event or situation, but don’t wear clothes that aren’t authentic to you. There are more ways to dress professionally than a dark suit with a white shirt and dark shoes. If that doesn’t fit your personality, don’t wear that.

  1. Choose On-Brand Volunteer Activities

Focus your volunteer activities on organizations that do work your passionate about and tackle issues you talk about all the time. Don’t worry about how well-known they are or who else volunteers there.

  1. Stay On Message on Social Media

Think about how you want to showcase and promote you brand when you choose what social media platforms to be active on and what to post. Remember what you post on social media is almost always public. You don’t have to be all business all the time, but you should always be proud of what you’re putting out there.

  1. What You Do in Your Free Time Counts Too

You know you’re truly projecting an authentic brand in your personal and professional life when your personal and social activities and priorities reflect the same values you exhibit in your career and volunteer activities.

Building your personal brand is a process and takes some time. But if you’re intentional and true to your values, you will succeed.

Thanks again to The Spark Mill for hosting this workshop.  In May we hope you’ll join us for a panel discussion on May 13th – Knowing Your Worth: Self-Advocacy for Young Nonprofit Professionals and our first ever Member Only Article Club Coffee Meet Up on May 21st – this month’s read and conversation is on Valuing Diversity Within Organizations!

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Jenkins Foundation Gives $940,000 to RVA Health Organizations

The Jenkins Foundation is pleased to announce support of 16 local nonprofits with $940,000 during their spring cycle. This includes multi-year support to CARITAS for the Healing Place for Men and Women and the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood for their East End clinic.

The Jenkins Foundation is focused on providing equitable access to primary care and mental health care services, as well as preventing and treating substance use disorders in the Richmond region. The result is a more efficient health care delivery system and a safer, healthier and more productive Greater Richmond community.

New 2019 Jenkins Board Members Susan Davis,retired Sr. VP of Community Engagement at the Community Foundation; Nadine Marsh-Carter, CEO of Children’s Home Society; and Connie Pechura, Ph.D., retired executive director of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Below are the grant recipients and descriptions:

Access to Primary Health Care

Access Now, Inc. 
$40,000 to provide specialty medical care to the uninsured.

Better Housing Coalition 
$40,000 to support medical case management and access to health education for elders who wish to remain independent in their homes.

Daily Planet Health Services 
$50,000 to support Medical Respite staff in providing quality healthcare to vulnerable homeless individuals.

Family Lifeline
$50,000 to support the Early Childhood Development Initiative.

Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation 
$50,000 to fund a second Health Educator position in the Richmond Integrated Community Health Clinic.

Virginia Dental Association Foundation
$25,000 to provide case management for Donated Dental Services and assist the coordination of free dental clinics.

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
$100,000 for capital for the East End clinic. (First year of a 3-year, $500,000 grant.)

 

Access to Mental Health Care

Chesterfield CASA
$20,000 to support the training and supervision of volunteer child advocates.

ChildSavers 
$50,000 to help children build resilience to trauma by providing access to outpatient Mental Health (MHS) and Immediate Response (IR) services.

Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) Inc. 
$50,000 to provide intensive, trauma-focused mental health treatment for children and caregivers.

Henrico CASA
$20,000 to support training for at least 20 new volunteer advocates to serve abused or neglected children.

Medical College of Virginia Foundation
$50,000 to support family navigation services that connect families to mental health services in Virginia.

St. Joseph’s Villa
$30,000 to implement and evaluate new Trauma-Informed Care efforts.

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls
$10,000 to support free, monthly Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshops.

YWCA of Richmond
$50,000 to support mental health services intake for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

CARITAS
$250,000 for capital costs associated with the Healing Place for Women. (Final year of a 4-year, $1 million grant.)

CARITAS
$50,000 for operating support for the Healing Place for Men. (Second year of a 3-year, $150,000 grant.)

About the Jenkins Foundation:  The Jenkins Foundation is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond whose mission is to improve the health of Greater Richmond through strategic and impactful philanthropy. Formed in 1995 following the sale of Retreat Hospital, the Jenkins Foundation honors the legacy of the hospital’s founder Annabella Jenkins, who was committed to providing compassionate care for the medically underserved. Today grant making and leadership efforts are focused on health care services, working collaboratively with philanthropic partners and learning with local health organizations.  Since inception, the Jenkins Foundation has awarded over $37 million in grants to local organizations. http://jenkinsfoundation-va.org/

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