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2018 Course Catalog is Live: What You Need to Know

The wait is over. You may now register for classes scheduled for the early part of 2018. Before you get started, we hope you will read this blog to better understand our philosophy and values, as well as some new elements of our programming. We hope you share our excitement for the year ahead and we look forward to seeing you soon. Continuous Learning In 1998, The Community Foundation was a co-collaborator and co-investor in the creation of Especially for Nonprofits, a program designed to meet the unique professional development needs of our local nonprofit sector. It quickly became an important resource for those working for, or on behalf of, community based organizations. Over the years, the program has evolved – in name, content and format – in response to changing dynamics in our community, as well as input and insight from course participants, nonprofit leaders and education professionals. What remains consistent is our belief that strong, skilled leaders – regardless of position or tenure – are essential in building strong, sustainable organizations and a healthy, thriving community. We will continue to help nonprofit staff, boards and volunteers build knowledge and skills through affordable, high quality learning events. Through diverse programming and partnerships, the sector can bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to its mission-driven work.

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News from the Community: The Region Will Come Together for Day of Service with New “Give a Day RVA”

HandsOn Greater Richmond is calling on Richmond residents to volunteer for the region’s largest day of volunteer service. Over 1,300 volunteers are needed to help transform the region by participating in one of over 55 service projects on Saturday, September 23, 2017. With a new name and a new date, HandsOn is reinventing the region’s largest day of service with exciting new partnerships and opportunities.

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Nonprofit Tips: Building an Effective CEO/Board Chair Relationship

As part of a Board Chair Series, Leadership Metro Richmond, The Community Foundation and Sands Anderson brought together Board Leaders from around Greater Richmond to learn and discuss best practices for building effective organization leadership – particularly around the relationship between the Executive Director (ED) and Board Chair. The CEO of ChildSavers Robert Bolling, along with Immediate Past Chair Linda Schreiner, talked in-depth about how they created an effective working relationship during their tenure of leading the organization together.

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From an Expert: Should My Organization Discontinue Group Health Insurance?

Although in the past the American workforce has relied on employer-provided health insurance, some of the rationale behind that system has changed and many small organizations, defined as those having fewer than 50 full time employees, are re-considering whether health insurance must be a required benefit. What has changed? Employees in group plans were guaranteed…

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User Spotlight: Beth Groff, Dept. for Aging & Rehabilitative Services

Get to know Beth Groff, Business Development Manager of the South Central Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  "Our work changes with the ebbs and flows of the economy and as we change more opportunities are available to people who may not have been able to gain employment without our assistance." Tell us a…

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Event Recap: Health Services Fair in Petersburg

ConnectVA teamed up with Southside Regional Medical Center and the Healthy Living & Learning Center @ the Petersburg Public Library to host a Health Services Fair in Petersburg.  By holding a Health Services Fair in the Tri-Cities region, ConnectVA created an opportunity to connect organizations who provide direct care to each other and to community…

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Resources You Can Use for New Board Members

Make sure your new board members have everything they need to start serving your nonprofit with these samples, templates and webinars available through ConnectVA's KnowledgeCenter, powered by 4Good.  Before you start recruiting: Know what you need. Before you even start recruiting new board members, find out your current board's strengths and weaknesses with Board of…

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