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News from the Community: New Local Platform Launched for Virtual Restaurant Fundraising

RVA has a new online platform to help nonprofits raise funds with the help of restaurants that goes beyond the traditional “Give Back Night”. Serving Up Change is a platform that allows community organizations to connect with restaurants to fund raise with a “Virtual Spirit Night”. Instead of requiring attendance on a specific date and time, Serving Up Change and its virtual fundraiser allows supporters to purchase eGift cards from their phones or website, to be used at any time. The nonprofit organization earns the percentage back (determined by each restaurant) as fundraising profit. Supporters can also make flat donations through the same fundraising page.

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News from the Community: TCF Announces Grant Awards

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF) awarded over $2 Million to 47 local organizations through their community grant making program along with The Jenkins Foundation, a supporting foundation that focuses its grant program on improving health care in the region. Each year, a portion of The Community Foundation’s grant making is awarded through a competitive process, in which local organizations apply for funding for programs and operations. The process is guided by a framework in which the Foundation identifies nonprofit partners that are effectively, and many times collaboratively, working to lift up Richmond as a place where all of its residents can thrive.

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Campaign Closeup: The Amazing Dream

ART 180 gives local youth living in challenging circumstances, like poverty, the threat of violent crime and substance abuse, the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others. Partnering with other organizations that serve young people, ART 180 designs projects that allow for self-expression, and creates venues for this expression in the community. The name reflects their vision of turning lives and communities around 180 degrees. ART 180 also operates Atlas, an art center for teens and gallery space for young people in Jackson Ward. From September 26th to 30th – ART 180 held a grass-roots campaign called “The Amazing Dream”, with a goal of raising $7,500, leveraging matching gift donations for each day of the campaign, and showcasing stories of teen leaders in their programs. The theme for the campaign was the “ART 180 universe” and dollars raised would help support over 30 programs and 350 youth the organization serves each year.

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Capacity Building Spotlight: Colonial Heights Food Pantry

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.

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Find Funding: Free Nonprofit Proposal Writing Workshop at RPL

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don?t want to miss this popular live training from the Foundation Center in Greater Richmond.  The Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library (RPL) is hosting a FREE workshop on Nonprofit Proposal Writing on April 29th from 11-12:30 in the Auditorium. …

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News from the Community: Nonprofits Rebounding from the Recession?

How are nonprofit organizations recovering from the recession of 2008? We hear every day about how the financial sector is breaking records. ?While the stock market has recovered, the psychology of giving has not,? says Mark Medin, chief fundraiser at UUJA-Federation of New York, as quoted in an article on philanthropy.com. Since the economic downturn, charitable…

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Find Funding: Opportunities (and Deadlines) from The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia provides stewardship for permanent endowments that enhance the lives of area citizens and is the largest of Virginia?s 27 community foundations. They work with donors to build endowment, partner with nonprofits to address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on important community issues. Check out these upcoming opportunities and deadlines from…

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Tech Tips: 12 Online Fundraising Best Practices

As you may have heard, charitable giving is at an all-time high by individuals, companies and foundations; according to a report last year from Salsa Labs an estimated $335 billion went to charities in 2013, up 3% from 2012. However, more and more stats are pointing to online giving as the wave of the future. …

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