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Word Soup: Achieving “impact” starts with how you define it

Perhaps the best way to capture community impact is to measure against the goal(s) of the person, organization or partners who choose to act. They may support or deliver programs intended to expand mental health services, increase access to safe and affordable housing or increase participation in the arts. Results, however, are influenced by other factors such as reliable transportation, job opportunities and child care. With this level of complexity, we strive to view community impact as a coordinated effort in which multiple partners come together to define expectations, integrate services and measure progress with the full set of participant needs in mind...which leads us to the next term.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Jacki Quinlan, Sports Backers

Tell us about yourself My name is Jacki Quinlan and I am the Director of Community Outreach at Sports Backers. Armed with a B.S. in Psychology and a MEd. in School Counseling, I spent the first 11 years of my career working with individuals with disabilities in a sheltered employment program and serving youth with mental health disorders in Title 1 schools. As I moved into a management position I decided to start a run club at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School to fulfill my need to continue having a direct impact on youth. The experience of giving back through physical activity was more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined, certainly more fulfilling than my personal running accomplishments. Now I have the opportunity to support youth run clubs all over the Richmond Metropolitan Service Area and facilitate fitness programs in underserved communities to combat the health inequities that exist in our region. I was born and raised in Richmond so it is a dream come true to work for a nonprofit that serves my hometown. This position allows me to combine my passion for active living with my program management experience while giving me the opportunity to improve the health and wellness of the communities I care so much about.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Kathy Perun, St. Joseph’s Villa

Tell us about yourself My name is Kathy Perun, and I am honored to serve as the Director of Community Engagement at St. Joseph’s Villa. I have over 25 years of experience in volunteer engagement and human resources management. For the past four years I have been engaging the community with programs at the Villa that change the lives of children and their families. In addition, I teach nonprofit classes through The Community Foundation. I love teaching and coaching others that have a passion for volunteers and the nonprofit community. Since 2003, I have been Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) credentialing program. I am a long-standing member of the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration (GRAVA) and past-president of the board of directors.

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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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