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Field Notes: Drawing Wisdom from Models of Success

Susan Hallett, Vice President of Programs at The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia shares insights from her recent visit with Smart from the Start in Southeast DC. From this visit and through discussion with her local colleagues who joined her on the journey, she formed 3 key takeaways that we can utilize here in Greater Richmond.

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Impacts and Implications of the Election on RVA Nonprofits

No matter how you’re feeling about the new president, one thing can be certain: changes in government - local, state and federal - have a huge impact on the nonprofit field. Whether those impacts are positive or negative, our sectors are intertwined and changes in legislation, leadership and government funding can and will have a trickle-down effect on nonprofit operations, philanthropy, volunteerism, services for vulnerable populations and so much more. In January, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia gathered alumni of its Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program (ENLP) to discuss anticipated impacts and implications of the federal election on their work as nonprofit leaders. Led by Susan Wilkes (the ENLP Lead Faculty), the robust conversation covered topics from “leading through political uncertainty” to “what nonprofits are doing and could do as they prepare for government changes”. Broken down by nonprofit issue area (ie Health and Wellness and Family/Housing), here’s what the nonprofit leaders in the room had to say about implications of the election on the nonprofit sector:

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Building Evaluation Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

We caught up with Trina Willard – principal and founder of the Knowledge Advisory Group (KAG) about an often confusing, but incredibly important topic – how to build a culture of evaluation in a nonprofit in order to thrive.  Here’s what she’s seeing in the field and the advice she gave:

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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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