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ConnectVA Spotlight: Vicki Neilson, The Giving Heart

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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Vicki Neilson, the Founding and Executive Director of The Giving Heart, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides food, fellowship and essential items to those in need.  Our two current programs consist of the annual Community Thanksgiving Feast (celebrating its’ 10th year) and Secret Senior Valentine Bags.

What’s the need you’re addressing?

Much of our work is typically directed towards providing toiletries, food and even, on occasion, clothing.  We also focus on ways to celebrate “Community” and the Community Thanksgiving Feast is a vital aspect of that desire.  Our “all are welcomed” philosophy translates to an open invitation for the elderly, homeless, low income individuals and families…plus those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone such as our military neighbors, students not able to return home for the brief holiday period and anyone that simply wants to share in a meal.


What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved with The Giving Heart is the realization that so many in our community truly have “giving hearts”.  The incredible response to volunteer needs…collecting items…making placemats or centerpieces…and simply showing up to help get things organized, is a true reflection of how many in our Community desire to serve.  This is especially true with being an all-volunteer organization that relies on those able to commit to many behind-the-scene needs.

What are some of the challenges that you face?

Like many nonprofits, we experience growing pains, funding needs and the desire to offer things that perhaps aren’t as readily available.  We’ve learned many lessons, especially in knowing our strengths and weaknesses.  Having wonderful volunteers that are not only appreciative, but who consistently return year after year, is a beautiful acknowledgement in supporting all that we do.

What’s coming up for your organization that excites you?

This time of year, The Giving Heart is in the thick of all things Thanksgiving.  Through ConnectVA, we hope to bring awareness to this special event of “food and fellowship”.  There is so much that can be accomplished by just one person or organization reading this “Spotlight” opportunity.  From the small effort of making copies of our event information to hand out to clients, items to make or donate, and even sponsoring a table…there are lots of ways to experience your own “Community Thanksgiving Feast” involvement!

Anything else you’d like to share?

For more information, visit www.thegivingheart.org or contact Vicki Neilson at 804-749-4726 between the hours of 9 am and 11 pm daily.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Carol Olson, Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR 97.3

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Tell us about yourself. I am Carol Olson, governing body member of the Virginia Center for Public Press and Co-Chair of the News and Public Affairs Committee and a talk show host and producer at our radio station: WRIR 97.3 LP FM Richmond Independent Radio. I joined the station about a year and a half ago, first as a producer in a short module.

What is the focus of your work? The station was created 10 years ago to offer a venue to give a voice to under-represented news and music from the local arena in Richmond. We are a mix of local musicians who DJ music shows representing a range of genres, and local advocates and activists who host and produce a range of news and opinion shows representing a range of ideas, issues and solutions current in our community.

What do you find most rewarding about your work? I get to bring a diverse group of people from the community I love and live in to the airways. I get to develop, nurture, listen to and participate in great conversations about the really important things our community is dealing with. I get to be exposed to innovative ideas and solutions that individuals and nonprofits are out there making happen everyday.

What are some major challenges you have faced? We are an all volunteer endeavor. Our challenges are capacity to train people the skills needed to produce their shows. It can be complicated and daunting to learn radio production, and takes time but is very rewarding! We are working now to improve our ability to train people and move people from proposing their great ideas to becoming radio talk show hosts.

What’s coming next for you and/or for your organization that really excites you? I am excited to expand the footprint of local voices on the airwaves. I am seeking dedicated people with a passion to talk about politics, sports, social concerns, activism, and current issues to the radio. At 10 years into this venture, we are ready for more people to join us.

How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission? ConnectVA gives us a venue to outreach to people- volunteers, future radio stars, and people with a beat in their heart ready to play it on air to join us.

Anything else you would like to share? Low power independent radio is designed for the community to talk to one another, spread awareness about what’s happening with social concerns, artistic projects and emerging local music.

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Capacity Building Spotlight: Al-A-Mo Addiction Recovery Center

On September 14th, an eager crowd of funders, board members and nonprofit staff gathered at the Cameron Foundation to watch “Investment Plan” presentations from five local nonprofits who had just undergone a major capacity building evaluation.  Funded by Cameron, the nonprofits were able to go through a cohort-based “Organizational Improvement Process” (OIP) offered by the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence over the past six months.

photo credit: The Cameron Foundation

photo credit: The Cameron Foundation

OIP gave the nonprofits an in-depth look at infrastructure, operational effectiveness and sustainability, including directional strategies.  Executive Directors and Board members took online assessments, attended workshops, partnered with a consultant and learned from peer organizations during the process.

The five participating nonprofits were:

Here’s a snapshot of Al-A-Mo Addiction Recovery Center’s Investment Plan:

Al-A-Mo Addiction Recovery Center

The Al-A-MO Addiction Recovery Center offers a structured and supportive atmosphere where men learn to succeed in society free of substance use disorders using a holistic approach that involves the whole person: mind, body and soul.

Mark Hierholzer, the consultant who has been working with Al-A-Mo over the past several months described the organization as “a place of miracles” as several young men from the program stood in the crowd.


Executive Director, Coretha Claiborn told audience members that the OIP process really gave the organization clarity as she explained their strategies to renew and sustain the organization.

The major capacity building priorities that came from the OIP process were to:

  • Focus on strategic planning to renew mission and vision, strengthen the board, and engage stakeholders.
  • Fundraising to increase and diversify funding sources
  • Renovating the facility and adding needed staff and organizational supports
  • Updating the web page and use of social media to communicate effectively with the community and donors regarding the importance and effectiveness of services


Over the course of 2015-2016, Al-A-Mo has estimated that they will need funds to complete the following plan:

  • Governance: Engage in Strategic Planning and Board Recruitment ($7,000)
  • Fund Development: Develop fund raising capacity ($42,000)
  • Infrastructure: Improve and increase operating and staff infrastructure ($115,000)

Next steps for Al-A-Mo are identifying and recruiting key community stakeholders who, with the board, will conduct a strategic planning process; delivering a multi-year strategic plan to renew and sustain the organization and develop and implement a fund raising plan to achieve the goals of the strategic plan.

Stay tuned for more Capacity Building and Investment Plans from the other local nonprofits!


The Organizational Improvement Process provides a proven-framework for helping our nonprofit partners invest in organizational learning and development to move their missions forward. Nonprofit capacity building is an ongoing process that requires commitment, resources and expertise to grow and advance for greater impact. All of the organizations that participate in OIP found value in taking a step back to assess strengths and opportunities for growth in order to approach the future with an informed perspective. The partnership with The Cameron Foundation has been invaluable in offering such a meaningful opportunity to five dynamic organizations that are poised to leverage this experience to open new doors and engage in conversations about what it takes to strengthen organizations that provide such important resources and services to our community. Investors should feel confident in knowing that OIP participants are committed to strengthening their sustainability, impact, and success.

Jenay Barbee, Organizational Solutions Senior Manager, Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence


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ConnectVA Spotlight: Laura Bennett, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

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Tell us about yourself. 

I’m Laura Bennett, Training Institute Coordinator for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. I have worked in the nonprofit sector in various roles – education, training, capacity building, board development, administration, operations, and policy for about 14 years. I am new to the Action Alliance, I started in February of this year.

What is the focus of your work and the need you are addressing? 

I focus on training and education in the field of sexual and domestic violence – all for the purpose of building and enhancing the capacity of our members to provide critical services to survivors of violence. We also provide education and training to allied professionals and members of the community. Ongoing training and education is vital to carrying out our mission of creating a Virginia free of sexual and domestic violence.

What do you find most rewarding about your work? 

I love hearing from the people who participated in a Training Institute event that our training enables them to do their work better. It is most rewarding when someone tells us that our training made them think about something in a completely different way.

What are some major challenges you have faced and how have you handled them?

The biggest challenge is the amount of work to be done with limited fund capacity. We have so many dream projects that we are excited about and that the field would benefit from but we are constrained by the realities of the challenges facing most nonprofits – capacity, time, and resources! We have addressed this challenge by developing a very detailed multi-year plan for the Training Institute and tackling our dream list piece by piece.

What’s coming next for your organization that really excites you? 

Tackling the dreams for the Training Institute outlined in our multi-year plan and making them a reality, one step at a time. In the near future we will be using technology in exciting and accessible ways to reach a broader, more diverse audience. This will include micro-learning, virtual peer communities, and the use of open badges to incentivize learning.

How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission? 

We appreciate the connections and marketing that ConnectVA provides us. We can bring our mission and our opportunities to the broader nonprofit community. Many people don’t realize how we can connect with them, or how training professionals on how to respond to and work with survivors of interpersonal violence can improve their own work within our shared community.

Anything else you would like to share? 

Lifelong learning and professional development are the keys to the sustainability of all nonprofits and I am excited to be part of the nonprofit community, particularly the sexual and domestic violence field, every single day.

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Amazing Raise 2015 Recap and Awards


This year’s Amazing Raise, sponsored by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF), was bigger and better than ever before!  In its fifth year, the event surpassed last year’s gift totals and dollars raised by over 10%.

Through the generosity of individuals in the region, across the nation and around the world, the Amazing Raise generated 21,2135 gifts and over $1.84 million in unrestricted support for 553 local charities in just 36 hours on September 16th from 6am to September 17th at 6pm!

The Amazing Raise kicked off a week earlier with the Amazing Raise 5K on September 10th and more than $19,000 was distributed to nonprofits on behalf of participants.  In addition to the funds donated from the community, TCF raised $189,500 in prize money that was awarded to various nonprofits for reaching different goals throughout the 36-hour period.

TCF reported that all donations will be processed for payment and distributed on or about October 1st, while prizes will be distributed around October 15th.

Here’s a recap of the prizes and final standings:

Grand Prize Winners:

Grand Prize leaders for each size category were based on number of unique gifts. Unique gifts are defined as one gift of $50 or more to one organization from one donor.

Large Organizations (Annual Revenue $1M+):

  1. CHAT ($15,000 prize) – 885 unique gifts, $62,522
  2. Community Idea Stations WCVE ($10,000 prize) – 405 unique gifts, $42,751
  3. Elijah House Academy ($7,500 prize) – 337 unique gifts, $29,860

Small Organizations (Annual Revenue under $1M)

  1. Richmond Center for Christian Study ($15,000 prize) – 491 unique gifts, $37,464
  2. Blue Sky Fund ($10,000 prize) – 474 unique gifts, $28,150
  3. Southside SPCA ($7,500 prize) – 322 unique gifts, $23,900

Over the course of the event TCF staff members, along with event sponsors, distributed prize money to participating nonprofits.


To earn incentive prizes, nonprofits organized morning coffees and cocktail hours, along with launching email and social media campaigns before and during the event.  Read more about some of the unique ways nonprofits garnered community support here (and it paid off!).


Thirty nonprofits even entered video campaigns for a “Spirit of Giving” prize and “Go Viral” prize. Read about the winners here.

“We’re overwhelmed with the growth and excitement the event generates each year. The Amazing Raise shows that philanthropy is something everyone can participate in,” said Sherrie Brach, President & CEO of The Community Foundation.  New to the Awards this year was a “Youth Give Back” prize and a “Youth Power Hour” prize – encouraging young people to get involved in philanthropy.


New prizes also included a “PNE Prize Pack”, where Re-Building Together Tri Cities won several nonprofit capacity building prizes from the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence  and a “Give for Good Health” Prize sponsored by the Jenkins Foundation that Crossover Healthcare Ministry won.


Prizes were awarded to successful new organizations to the event, like MidWives for Haiti in the “Notable Newcomer” Award and smaller nonprofits for their grassroots efforts to raise funds.


Congratulations to all who participated. Click here to see a full list of winners. And THANK YOU to The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia for offering this incredible opportunity to the nonprofit sector.

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Amazing Raise 2015 Video Contest Winners!

The Amazing Raise is almost underway!  The event was designed to shine a light on the many nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in our region and the role of philanthropy in supporting their important work.

Not only is the Amazing Raise a 36-hour online giving event, but many grant prizes are being awarded before and after to nonprofits through various contests, including video contests!  Organizations were encouraged to use viral marketing to promote who they are, what they do, and how individuals can help them achieve their mission through The Amazing Raise 2015.  Liz Lungut, Manager of ConnectVA had the honor of being a judge of the Spirit of Giving Video Prize.

Here are the results:


Project Yoga Richmond received $1500 for their Amazing Raise video submission #insPYRe that best promoted the spirit of giving and Lewis and Clark Leadership received $500 as the runner up for their video submission.


UMFS received $1500 as the most popular Amazing Raise video submission based on reach (determined by combination of views, times watched, likes and shares on YouTube).

There was a two-way tie for the $500 runner up prize between The PROC Foundation Inc  and Project Yoga Richmond.

Thank you to all who contributed a video!  There were many great videos that we all enjoyed watching.  We appreciate your efforts in getting the message out about the event.  You can watch all video prize submissions here.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Margaret Nimmo Crowe, Voices for Virginia’s Children

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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Margaret Nimmo Crowe, and I am the Executive Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children. I have worked at Voices for 11 years, first as a policy analyst and now as the director for the last two years. Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s children.


What is the focus of your work and the need you are addressing?

Decisions are made every day in Richmond that affects the lives of children and families across Virginia. As a statewide child advocacy organization, we are the ones who speak up for kids when those decisions are being made. In particular, we focus on the issues surrounding early childhood, mental health, foster care, and families in poverty. We educate the public and policymakers about the problems children face in these areas and the laws and budget decisions that research shows can improve these children’s lives. We empower the citizens of Virginia to speak up along with us.


What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Convincing legislators to change laws for the better can be a long-term effort, but when it happens it is incredibly rewarding. Our work has given thousands more children access to mental health treatment, for example, and improved safety of the thousands of children who are cared for in home-based child care settings every day. Knowing that our work makes a positive difference in the lives of kids and families is highly motivating.


Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in this position.

I am very proud of the incredible team of staff members and board members that we have here at Voices. As a statewide organization with a staff of seven, we are always under pressure to do more with modest resources. We are continuing to build on our strengths and prepare ourselves for growth by assembling a strong and diverse board that can help us achieve our goals. As executive director, I have had a crash course in accounting and finances, an essential area to master but one to which I’d had limited exposure in previous positions.


What’s coming next for your organization that really excites you?

We are very excited about our fourth annual Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award Reception on October 7! We have the opportunity to honor a very dedicated child-serving organization, Family Lifeline, and individuals who have made a huge difference in the lives of Virginia’s children.

Elly Lafkin is a mom-turned-advocate who has fought successfully to improve the safety of child care after losing her own infant daughter. Grace and David Gallagher have worked to raise awareness and reduce stigma of teenage depression following the death of their daughter Cameron. This event is a great opportunity for Voices to highlight how individual efforts make a difference, and working together we can improve the lives of all kids.

How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission?

ConnectVA has helped us recruit high quality candidates for job openings, learn about professional development opportunities, and stay connected to our nonprofit community. The job listings have made the biggest impact on our organization, and we are so grateful that this resource exists for our state.


Anything else you would like to share?

I would encourage folks to visit our website, www.vakids.org, to learn more about what we do at Voices for Virginia’s Children and how you can get involved. We would love for you to join us for the Making Kids Count Awards on October 7th! Also, sign up for our emails to stay in the loop!


Know someone who should be a ConnectVA Spotlight?  Email us at admin@connectva.org!

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Amazing Raise Spotlight 2015


The Amazing Raise 2015 is right around the corner, and many local nonprofits are gearing up for the big 36-hour online giving challenge from Wednesday September 16th at 6am until Thursday September 17th at 6pm.

The Amazing Raise, hosted by The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF) is designed to inspire and expand philanthropy in our region. In its 5th year, over 600 nonprofits will participate and the overall goal is to raise $2 million!

Not only are nonprofits raising funds online, but they’re also competing for several grant prizes, including an online video challenge (more on this soon!) and competing in the Amazing Raise 5K, held on September 10th!

With a multitude of campaigns underway, we wanted to spotlight some unique activities happening in our community!


The Valentine

This year, The Valentine’s Amazing Raise campaign “Bill, Bikes, Bagels, and Bourbon” will combine the fun of the online giving event with their exhibition In Gear: Richmond CyclesThis exhibition is a uniquely-Valentine take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to the present day. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September.

According to the Campaign, here are prizes to be awarded during the Amazing Raise if someone gives to The Valentine:

  • Donate $50 to win a gallery talk with the Valentine’s director Bill Martin and curator David Voelkel
  • Donate $100 to win a tour of In Gear with the Valentine’s director Bill after a bagel breakfast
  • Donate $150 to win the above and a happy hour with Bill
  • Donate $250 to win all of the above
  • Donate $500 for the GRAND PRIZE Day + Event to be decided by the Valentine’s director Bill Martin

Happy Hours Galore!

Many nonprofits are using the Amazing Raise as an opportunity to bring supporters together to rally around their cause, and having a happy hour seems to be a popular choice (and, yes there is a “Happy Hour” prize this year).  Not only are happy hours trending, but also the use of a nonprofit’s Young Professional Council to help catapult their message.

United Methodist Family Services

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UMFS wanted to give supporters an opportunity to get together in person both to celebrate progress thus far and to motivate others to give during their “Halftime” event – happening at Hardywood Brewery right in the middle of The Amazing Raise.

They will have laptops and will be projecting donations and their Twitter feed in real time during the event. The ‘star’ of their Amazing Raise “Go Viral” video will be a guest speaker to share her story about how UMFS has impacted her life. As an incentive for people to give, they’re offering raffle prizes such as a trip to Myrtle Beach, 2 rounds of golf, and RVA “Staycation” prizes like one night at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown, Segway tours, and more.

Development Manager, Katie Moore said, “Our YP Council is 100% responsible for planning this Amazing Raise event – they secured the raffle prizes, chose Hardywood as the location, coordinated the speaker, and are promoting and inviting their friends and family to attend.”

Other nonprofits celebrating with Happy Hours include Family Lifeline, hosted by their YP Council FLYP and Virginia Supportive Housing, hosted by their Junior Board and Better Housing Coalition’s Discover RVA Event at Ardent Craft Ales.


Is your nonprofit doing something exciting during The Amazing Raise 2015?  If so, sign in and comment! Stay tuned for more reports from the big event this year!

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7 Tips for Nonprofits on How to Use LinkedIn

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According to LinkedIn, there are 9 million plus nonprofit professionals with member profiles, and over 212,000 organization pages. They recently shared tips on how organizations can effectively use LinkedIn for brand awareness, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and more in a recent webinar. Here are our takeaways:

1.  Start with a strong personal presence, and add new connections as soon as you make them. Profiles with a photo are 14 times more likely to be viewed. Ensure your profile “completeness” reaches 100% by adding a robust summary, education, work and volunteer experience, skills, and recommendations. Ask volunteers and board members to add their work with you to their profile(s). When you have a strong profile built, add a link to it in your ConnectVA member profile.

2. Use LinkedIn to stay connected with nonprofit professionals you meet at in-person networking events. The more “first-degree” connections you have (the people you’re connected with), the more potential second and third-degree connections you have (those connected to someone you’re connected with) making it easier to identify future collaborators and supporters.

3.  Promote yourself and generate awareness of your nonprofit at the same time. Post regular status updates about projects you are working on, invite people to events your organization has coming up, or post articles about relevant and timely topics. You can best catch users before they start their work day and just after – LinkedIn users are most active between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

4.  Make sure your organization has a company page, and make a plan to engage followers. If your organization doesn’t already have a company page on LinkedIn, create one! Add your logo, short description, and a photo representing your mission. Reach out to staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and all other constituents to start following your page. Incorporate regular updates into your social media plan. Be sure to add a link to your company page on your ConnectVA organization listing.

5. Establish your organization as a thought leader by re-purposing blog posts. Does your organization publish regular blog posts? Consider posting them on LinkedIn. Share blog posts that inspire your followers to get engaged with your organization – as a volunteer, donor, or future employee! Be sure to add a photo – there is a 147% average increase in engagement by sharing a photo in your update.

6. Hiring? Show off what it’s like to work for your organization. Post a group staff photo (photos out in the field are even better), or highlight a staff member/volunteer/board member per week. “Tap the shoulder” of potential candidates by sending them direct messages about your opportunities. Sharing ConnectVA job postings on your company page is a great way to extend your reach even further.

7. LinkedIn members are charitable. You can use LinkedIn as a social fundraising tool:

  • Drive strategic partnerships and establish institutional connections. Search for organizations with similar missions to yours and look for other nonprofit professionals to collaborate with. Do you have a list of potential funders and need to know the best contact? Use LinkedIn’s People search function to find everyone with a profile who works there.
  • Cultivate existing relationships. Use LinkedIn to keep your donor base informed and to create a call to action during campaign times.
  • Leverage board connections. Encourage your Board members to engage with your organization’s followers on LinkedIn by sharing content of their own, and ask them for introductions to key connections they have.

Check out all of LinkedIn’s Nonprofit Resources here. How is your organization using LinkedIn? Tell us in the comments!

ConnectVA is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. You can follow PNE on LinkedIn here.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Becky Boswell, Autism Society Central Virginia

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Tell us about you. 

My name is Becky Boswell and I joined the Autism Society Central Virginia as Executive Director in January 2014.  I have been working for and with individuals with autism and their families for the past twelve years. I previously served as the Outreach Coordinator for the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) and worked as the Community Outreach and Action Groups Coordinator for Commonwealth Autism Service. I also have fifteen years of experience in early childhood education, as both a Preschool Teacher and Director. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and my Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Averett University.

What is the focus of your work?

In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued their latest ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States and almost 1 in 42 boys.  Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism and no known cure at this time, but increased awareness, resources, and funding can help individuals living with autism and their families today.

The mission of the Autism Society Central Virginia is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism in our community by maximizing the self- sufficiency, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with autism and their families.  It is our vision to be the local voice and resource of the autism community in education, advocacy, services, and support.  We are committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum, at any age and any stage, and their families.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

We help individuals living with autism in our community and their families navigate the journey from diagnosis through adulthood.  We provide real help, including resources, education, programs, and information, that people in our community need right now.  My biggest rewards come from the smiles of the individuals and family members we serve, and the knowledge that every day we are working to make a positive difference in the lives of all individuals affected by autism in our community.

What are some major challenges you have faced?

Awareness is one of the biggest challenges we face – Every day we strive to educate members of our community about autism, the impact it has on individuals and families, and how the Autism Society Central VA is here to help!  We speak to groups and at events all over Central VA in an effort to raise friends and ambassadors who can help us share about the programs and opportunities we provide, so that all individuals and families who might benefit will know we are here.

As it is for many nonprofits, funding is also a major challenge.  We are blessed that many individuals and groups, who share our passion and mission, are generous and show their support in many ways.  However, we are always looking for ways to raise additional funds so that we can increase programs and better meet the needs of our entire community.

What’s coming next for you and/or for your organization that really excites you?

Fall 2015 is a very busy time for the ASCV! Our monthly programs and meetings start back with a Workshop on Special Needs Trusts in September, an IEP Boot Camp in October, and the Annual Life in the Community Conference in November!  We are also looking forward to several fundraising opportunities, including a Poker Run Motorcycle Ride in Colonial Heights/Chesterfield, the Courthouse Car Show in Amelia, and the Martial Arts World Super Show in Henrico, all in October!  Information and details on ALL of our upcoming events and programs can always be found on our website.

 How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission?

ConnectVA is a wonderful portal for area nonprofits to share information and resources with each other!  I really appreciate that ConnectVA helps promote a community feel among nonprofits – when we all work together, we can all achieve so much more!

Anything else you would like to share?

The Autism Society Central VA is always looking for volunteers who are invested in helping us achieve our mission!  A variety of opportunities are available, including serving as a Board Member, helping with registration at meetings, engaging with participants at our monthly bowling leagues and Lego/game clubs, and much more!

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