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Campaign Closeup: Close The Gap

Over the course of four days – from September 26th to 29th – Shalom Farms held an online giving event called “Close the Gap”, with a goal of raising $20,000. The slogan for the campaign was “closing the healthy food gap, together” and Shalom conveyed that “all funds raised during the event will go to directly to our goal of providing over 400,000 servings of fresh produce along with nutrition resources, food-skills education and support to over 7,000 people. The Nutrition Distribution Network, Prescription Produce Plan, Youth Run Farm Stand, Healthy Corner Store Initiative and Community Mobile Market are all made possible by these donations.” They ended up surpassing the $20,000 goal and reached over $36,000 in donations from 182 gifts. We caught up with Shalom Farms, who gave us more insight into their campaign.

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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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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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