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Nonprofit Trends: Movements Versus Organizations

#BlackLivesMatter, #OccupyRichmond, #BringBackOurGirls. What do these hashtags have in common? They are the digital rallying cry of "swarms" (movements) which Independent Sector defines as loose networks of individuals joining forces around a common cause. Causes are at the center of what motivates individuals to take action; action which may not always be to support a nonprofit organization in a traditional way. When injustice occurs, "swarms" quickly pick up the mic to generate awareness and mobilize new advocates. The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published an article comparing movements to organizations.

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Nonprofit Trends: Impact of Technology

How is technology transforming the way nonprofits operate and fulfill their missions? In many different ways, it turns out. According to Independent Sector’s Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector, there are a few key areas where technology is, and will continue, to have a major effect. We recap those areas here, with local examples and resources. Real-Time Data The availability and aggregation of real-time data will make measuring outcomes easier and more meaningful, will help inform decision making, and aid in the development of new business models. We spoke with two local nonprofits who have been using real-time data in their daily work:

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Nonprofit Trends: Greater Diversity and New Generations of Leadership

Recently we highlighted local nonprofits who are combating inequality and environmental degredation - two areas that are expected to continue to impact the sector. This week, we tackle diversity and new generations of leadership. We've collected some examples of organizations in the Richmond and Tri-cities area who are working to make the sector more inclusive and to prepare new generations for leadership roles. Diversity and Inclusion According to the 2000 and 2010 census, data supports that our region, and the nation as a whole, is becoming more diverse. In the city of Richmond alone, persons of two or more races increased by 61%, and persons of Hispanic or Latino origin increased by 152%. As the general population becomes more diverse, the nonprofit sector must upgrade its inclusivity practices and reflect the face of the populations it serves.

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Nonprofit Trends: RVA Combats Economic Inequality & Environmental Degradation

ConnectVA is excited to announce a new blog series, where we will showcase the local response to global and national trends in the nonprofit sector. We aim to highlight organizations who are utilizing new and innovative ways to solve challenges through programs, initiatives and collaboration. According to Independent Sector's Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector, "disruption from inequality and environmental degradation" are two factors that will put pressure on the public sector to respond with innovative solutions and political change. Nearly half the world's population survives on less than $2 a day. In the City of Richmond, the poverty rate is 26.7%, the highest level in the state. Virginia is abuzz over topics such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its potential environmental impact. Despite these challenges, we found many examples of how local organizations are actively collaborating to create change!

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