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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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Collaboration at Work: Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services

Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services (GFCFS) provides medical and social services to families in the Goochland community, including dental services, GED preparation courses, a community thrift store, and more. GFCFS depends on support and collaboration from their many partners in order to efficiently and effectively address the needs of the Goochland community.

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Nonprofit Trends: B Corps Spotlight on Impact Makers

Over the past several weeks we have been sharing information about the rise of the B Corps movement. As more and more companies make community engagement a priority and add corporate responsibility pages to their websites, and as “benefit corporations” continue to rise, the definition of the social sector is becoming increasingly broad. In our final post on local B Corps, we will highlight Impact Makers - a management and technology consulting company that provides services in Management and IT Consulting, Program and Project Management, Digital Services, Governance, Risk and Compliance, and Healthcare Solutions.

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B Corps Spotlight: Virginia Community Capital

As we continue our blog series on local B Corps we wanted to highlight Virginia Community Capital (VCC) - a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and banking entity that is celebrating 10 years of impact in Virginia this year. Their three core lines of business are Lending, Savings and Advisory Services; being a community bank, however, they go above and beyond these services to provide expertise to a wide range of constituents including localities, developers, community development agencies, nonprofits, and business owners. In April 2016, VCC converted its for-profit bank - Community Capital Bank of Virginia - to a certified benefit corporation, making it the first B Corp regulated bank in the US. We spoke with Leah Fremouw, VCC Community Programs Manager, to learn more about VCC’s mission, impact and their decision to become a B Corps.

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Nonprofit News: The Capital Region Collaborative

According to Independent Sector's Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector "addressing social challenges will require cross-sector and cross-cultural collaboration to be able to scale solutions effectively." Enter The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) - "a cooperative effort between government, business, and the community to identify and implement regional priorities that will enhance the quality of life in the Richmond Region." It is a joint initiative between the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. The Capital Region includes nine jurisdictions - Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Ashland, Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent, and Charles City. Read on as we highlight some of the progress made by this initiative:

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Technology Spotlight: And The Winner Is…..

SeniorNavigator is the WINNER of ConnectVA’s Innovation in Community Impact Award offered in collaboration with RichTech, awarded on May 13th at their 20th annual RichTech Gala. Learn how their Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving partnered with local college students to devise innovative technology solutions to advance caregiver health and wellness!

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Spotlighting Technology: Community Innovation Award

For the second year, in partnership with RichTech, the Richmond Technology Council, ConnectVA will present a dedicated technology impact award at RichTech's 20th Annual Technology Awards Gala on May 15, 2015. The Community Impact Award spotlights a nonprofit or civic organization in Central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance…

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