Volume 14, Issue 8| August 2021
The Nonprofit Connection
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August! Some kids are back in school already, while others are getting ready to go back soon. It's a time of transitions and looking ahead, but we've found planning to be difficult this month, with local COVID cases and hospitalization cases spiking. As we have found to be true since last March--it's hard to plan during a pandemic! Many of our partners, eagerly looking ahead to in-person events, have decided to pause and reassess. What will the fall bring, with children under 12 still unable to be vaccinated? Will this truly be behind us in 2022? I wish I had a crystal ball, but, alas, prognostication skills are not my strong suit.

All I can say is that HandsOn will be with you on this ever-continuing journey. We're looking ahead to the launch of our 2021-2022 Women's Emerging Leaders cohort later this month, finalizing the dates of our 2021-2022 Nonprofit Essentials series (tentative dates are on our website), and putting the finishing touches on a new coaching program and technical assistance cohort geared towards BIPOC-led nonprofits. More details about each of these new programs will be released in a series of dedicated emails in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we're excited to be welcoming new team members! The search is on for a new Program Coordinator position, and we were happy be able to bring Casey Capstick onto our permanent staff as our new Development and Marketing Coordinator after she finished her year of VISTA service with us last week. Robert Gifford is our new AmeriCorps VISTA member from Wake Forest University's Community Action Coalition and he'll be taking over Casey's former duties in regards to GetConnected and some of our other volunteer and partner engagement work. Many of you may have already gotten an email from him, and I know that he's eager to learn more about your organizations and begin supporting your engagement efforts.

As always, the only way out is through. While the through is longer than many of us expected or wanted, I remain convinced there will finally be an out at the end of this pandemic--and we'll still be here, doing our best to help you do you your best!

Be well,


Amy Lytle
Executive Director

Ed note: Do you want to share your love of HandsOn with our network? We're always on the lookout for guest columnists in future newsletters--just let let Amy know!
Meet Robert Gifford--Our NEW AmeriCorps VISTA Member!
We're excited to welcome Robert to our team as our newest AmeriCorps VISTA member from Wake Forest University's Community Action Coalition. Now well into his second week, Robert will be taking over many of Casey's current duties as she transitions into her new development and marketing role. This includes becoming our primary contact for our GetConnected portal.

Robert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received his bachelor’s degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning. He first served as a VISTA with the Human Resource Development Council’s Community Café in Bozeman, Montana. He is returning for his second year as a VISTA to serve with HandsOn NWNC and is eager to begin working with our partners and volunteers!
Don't Forget to Submit Projects for the 9/11 Day of Service!
As best we can, the Youth Engagement Coalition has started planning for this year's 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. We know that there will most likely be a high-level of volunteer interest to serve on this 20th anniversary year, and we're ready to work with our partners to help ensure a supply of a-quality projects. We know we're up against other factors, like the fact that it falls immediately after the Labor Day holiday weekend, and a home Wake Forest University football game at noon. But we also know that service on this day can be a meaningful way to recognize this important moment in our national history.

Strong service options for 9/11 Day include those that can be accomplished in a short-term time frame (a few hours, or over the course of a single day,) will engage at least a five member team working together, be virtual, remote, or in-person (with safety protocols in place,) and, ideally, will help build strong, more resilience communities. Any service project that will take place in the two weeks around 9/11 Day will be recognized as a 9/11 Day project, even if it doesn't happen on that Saturday. We still plan to honor the partners and the volunteers who participate in the 9/11 Day of Service during a special event that day--more details will be forthcoming.

If you need help developing service project ideas, or getting them up in GetConnected, don't hesitate to reach out to Robert!
Training Opportunities
Join AFP for a Special August Monthly Meeting with Gail Perry on August 18th! This special event, co-hosted with AFP Charlotte, has two separate virtual sessions. Each session is $10 members, $20 for guests. Feel free to register for one or the other, or both! Session 1: "Moving Your Fundraising Forward in 2021 and ’22," 11:30 am-12:45 pm They'll review the new strategies you need for this year, what's working, and what's not working in fundraising today. They'll take a ride through the events and issues on the philanthropic landscape both now and in the near future. Learn more and register here! Session 2: "The Gift Conversation: Using Permission to Close More Transformational Gifts," 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Designed for those with 15 or more years of experience in professional fundraising, this session will explore major gifts, principal gifts, and capital campaign gifts. The major donors are here, but are you prepared? This session will help you discover new approaches that will help you close more major and capital campaign gifts this year. You’ll discover how to turn the Ask into an easy, seamless “Gift Conversation.” Learn more and register here!
Engaging Volunteers with Disabilities, PRAVA Meeting, Thursday, August 26th, 9:45 am, Zoom. Join PRAVA, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, for their August meeting! Facilitators for this session will be Matthew James, Chief Academic Officer at Mount Eagle University and Haley Sink, Marketing and Engagement Officer at Crosby Scholars. Members and guests will learn how to apply strength-based approaches to alignment of volunteer opportunity and volunteer supports. They'll also explore various communication modalities and how to outreach to people with disabilities. The cost is free for members and guests. Registration is required. Email to register and get the Zoom link.
"Your 50% Growth Plan: Aligning Your Vision, Team and Board for Dramatic Revenue Growth in the Next 12 Months," a HIGOL virtual session, Thursday, September 2nd from 1:30 pm - 3 pm, $99. Sponsored by the DC-area Center for Nonprofit Advancement, this training is provided by HIGOL, a HandsOn Consulting Partner, and is designed for Executive Directors and CEOs (and those who support them) interested in a deep dive discussion on how to build a sustainable organization in times of rapid economic, social and political change. In this highly-interactive session, participants will explore different ways to plan and deploy precious resources and genuinely leverage the capacity of their organizations, making it extremely relevant and attractive to funders, strategic partners and the broader community. Learn how a new way of doing business has enabled organizations to double their measurable impact over several years and increase revenues by 50% in 12 months. Class size is limited to 12 to ensure you walk away with actionable next steps. Click here to learn more and register
"Nonprofit Legal Compliance Workshop," NC Center for Nonprofits webinar, Wednesday, September 15th, 9:30 am-3:00 pm, $79 for Center Members, $99 for all others Charitable nonprofits are required to comply with a wide array of federal and state laws and regulations. During this virtual workshop, nonprofit staff and board members, attorneys, CPAs, and consultants who work with nonoprofits will get a better understanding of the common nonprofit legal compliance policies, rules, and issues that affect nonprofit organizations. Continuing education credits available (pending approval). More details and registration are online.
Save the Date for Amy's Podcast Debut: September 15th at Noon! At the kind invitation of Teddy Burriss, Amy Lytle and Renee Rohrer, HandsOn's board chair, will be discussing "Non-Profit / Not-For-Profit Career Ideas and Trends." You can attend in the audience by registering here! It should be a rich discussion, and a great chance to get your burning nonprofit employment questions answered!
Registration is Now Open for the 2021 Virtual NCAVA Conference, September 29th-30th! Having cancelled last year's spring conference entirely due to COVID, the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administrators (NCAVA) will be hosting a virtual event this year, over the course of two consecutive afternoons. After a year of constant change, they are inviting all volunteer managers to join them and to “Reignite the Spark” in the profession. They have 18 presenters lined up to discuss all matters of volunteer management over these two days. Spoiler alert: one of the featured speakers is our network's own Andy Hagler from the Mental Health Association! The NCAVA Statewide Conference on Volunteer Management is open to both members and non-members of NCAVA, whether within or outside of North Carolina. Once you register for the conference, they will send you a link to sign up for individual Zoom sessions. You'll find a more detailed schedule, pricing information, and registration instructions on their website.
CapDev's "CAPitalize" campaign planning workshop, an in-person event, Thursday, October 7th, Wilmington, NC, $119 Join CapDev, a HandsOn Consulting Partner, for their only workshop of 2021. During this session, CapDev leaders will guide you through the elements of building philanthropy in our rapidly changing world. They will share some approaches to philanthropy that you may not have considered, and you will gain tangible takeaways you can use to build your own development and campaign plans. Registration is limited to just 20 people, so sign up today!
Join HandsOn NWNC Staff at the 2021 NC Statewide Conference, November 3-5!
Funding Opportunities
Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods Offering Micro-Grants for Resident-Led Grassroots Projects! Our friends at NBN have started to accept proposals for micro-grassroots grants ($100-$5,000) for resident-led community building projects. The funds come from a combination of private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donations. The goal is to provide access to funds for residents of the neighborhoods that NBN serves so that they can implement a variety of community-enhancing projects. The first step is to submit a Letter of Interest via email to Shakerra Jones or USPS at 1650 Ivy Ave, Winston Salem, NC. 27105. Learn more here; the next LOI deadline is October 15th!
Other Opportunities
Are You a Grassroots Group Interested in Redistricting Work? Please Let Us Know! With the final Census data being released this week, our friends at the NC Counts Coalition have reached out to us here at HandsOn to see if there is enough interest to hold a Triad-based virtual training series that would equip small, grassroots nonprofits with the information needed to provide effective, strategic communication to stakeholders, information about redrawing electoral maps, and how to best participate in public hearings. This three-part series would take place over the course of three evenings in a single week and would be offered in both English and Spanish. They'd like to know if at least five organizations are interested before moving forward. If your organization may be one of them, please let us know!
Complete Novant Health's Forsyth Community Health Needs Assessment Survey--and Share it with Your Networks! Novant Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years as part of their compliance with the Affordable Care Act. This is a voluntary and anonymous survey conducted in partnership with local community groups, health departments and hospitals. The results of this survey will help Novant Health understand the prioritized needs of Forsyth County residents, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. They will use what they learn to plan education, access, and investments to address the most urgent needs. The voluntary survey will be open from August 2 – 27. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous: you will not be asked for your name and the name of the person taking the survey can never be connected to the survey results. Please share this survey with those you serve:

Share Your Story About How the Pandemic Has Impacted Your Organization! The National Council of Nonprofits and the Federal Reserve are partnering on a nation-wide survey to create a comprehensive picture of the effects of the pandemic on nonprofits and the communities we serve. The results will help inform policymakers at every level of government about the challenges nonprofits have faced during the pandemic and can help nonprofit organizations advocate for further relief.
Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey today, which will remain open through August 24! Many thanks to the NC Center for Nonprofits for the head's up.
Employment Opportunities
HandsOn NWNC, Program Coordinator This new position plays an important role as a member of our small team, as we all work to mobilize people and organizations that inspire community change in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties. HandsOn NWNC develops and delivers a wide variety of programming that fills the needs of its diverse constituents, including nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, schools, and community volunteers. The Program Coordinator works closely with the Program Director to plan and implement capacity building training and programming that is delivered to nonprofits throughout our six county region. This position will serve as a coordinator for all of our training programs with a focus on capacity building programs for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) nonprofit leaders and the organizations and communities they serve. This is a permanent, full-time, hourly position. Pay range is $16-$17/hr for 32-35 hours per week with benefits. For more details, including application instructions, please review the full position description. The position will remain open until filled, with the goal of a September start date.
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Executive Director and CEO Habitat for Humanity, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is seeking their new leader, who will help guide them into the future, where their goal is to grow partnerships with other non-profits in the community, develop new neighborhoods and revitalize others with a goal of building 20+ houses annually, expand its mission into other areas of the county and to continuously improve processes to better serve the community. The new Executive Director and CEO will inherit a successful, financially sound organization with a committed and experienced staff, hundreds of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and donors, an active and influential Board of Directors, and a universally admired brand name – both locally and nationally. The Executive Director & CEO directs, supervises, integrates, coordinates, and assumes overall responsibility for all areas of Habitat Forsyth’s operations and has full financial responsibility for the enterprise. The Executive Director & CEO is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of the organization, evaluating alternative strategies and constraints, capitalizing on core strengths, and developing and implementing operating plans to achieve Habitat Forsyth’s long range and annual goals and objectives. The Executive Director & CEO will represent Habitat Forsyth, as appropriate, in its relationships with major donors and prospective donors: to maintain and enhance Habitat Forsyth’s recognized place as one of the leading non-profits in Forsyth County and as one of the leading Habitat affiliates in the nation. The Executive Director & CEO will be expected to motivate, measure, coach and mentor management, employees and volunteers to ensure optimum operating effectiveness. No salary information was provided. Habitat has retained CapDev, a HandsOn Consulting Partner, to assist with their search, and more information and application instructions can be found on their website. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier or 336-747-0133 x 208.
Keleideum, Multiple Positions Kaleideum, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, has multiple full-time and part-time positions available. Some key positions include the Manager of Community Outreach, who is the person who manages their volunteer program, overnight camp-ins, Scout programs, and community-based outreach and collaborations. These experiences help Kaleideum further their mission and revenue-based goals through strong guest engagement, budget management, communication, team management, and program development and facilitation. The successful candidate will be flexible, resilient, insightful, innovative, accountable, and relationship-driven with a desire to learn new things and remain current on successful community engagement strategies. The candidate will be tasked with building an extensive and robust volunteer program that encompasses a wide range of ages and skill sets to establish Kaleideum as a well-integrated community partner. Primarily based at the Kaleideum North location, but must be able to travel for work, meetings, etc. Must be available many evenings and weekends to manage events and special programs. Compensation: $35,568 annually with a robust benefits package. View the full position description for more details.

The other full-time position is the Manager of Learning, and is the person that oversees education program creation and delivery at Kaleideum, creating a strategy for continued support of formal and informal education through all learning methods, and builds and leverages relationships to create strong ties and connections with school systems and formal educators in our local community and region. This position is critical to Kaleideum as they strive to determine how the museum will continue to support teachers, classrooms, schools, and student learning needs moving forward in a post-Covid-19 environment. The Manager of Learning is also responsible for implementing Invention Convention Kaleideum in collaboration with the Senior Director of Learning + Engagement. Invention Convention Kaleideum, with start-up support from Collins Aerospace, is part of their museum-wide Prism Initiative funded by the L. David Mounts Foundation. Through Prism programming, Kaleideum is cultivating the skills, confidence, and culture our community needs to successfully engage in problem solving and design thinking. As a new affiliate, Kaleideum strives to bring Invention Convention to K-5 students in our region and to serve as a resource for educators. The manager of learning will also implement guest engagement programming and encounters on the museum floor in collaboration with the exhibits staff. More details can be found here.

To apply for either position, please submit a resume via email. A full list of all of their employment opportunities can be found on their website.
Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Multiple Positions Financial Pathways is looking for a Certified Credit and Housing Counselor who will provide financial counseling on money management coaching, credit and debt counseling, and housing counseling to individuals and families. The goal is to improve the overall financial wellbeing of the client and to assist them in reaching their goals, whatever they may be, without judgement or projection of opinion. Counseling typically assists clients through a potential crisis, while coaching offers support, encouragement, and empowers the client in awareness of financial concepts, day-to-day financial skills, and the importance of emergency savings. The Counselor provides the client with an action plan s options available to resolve their financial concerns or goals. This is a full-time, non-exempt position, with a salary starting at $35K, based on experience. The ideal candidate will have a business or related degree and two years satisfactory work experience in credit, finance, financial counseling, real estate, or other related experience. You can view the full position description here, and you can apply via their Facebook page.

The second position is a Representative Payee Program Assistant, who will perform a wide variety of administrative services related to the needs of the Representative Payee Program, including receptionist duties, customer service, intake coordination, check processing for mailing, and check-pickup log. An Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study with two years satisfactory work experience in office management or similar is preferred for this full-time, non-exempt position, with an hourly rate between $13-$14/hr. To apply, please send an email and cover letter to Melissa Pegram.
Forsyth Backpack Program, Part-Time Operations Manager/ Program Director Forsyth Backpack provides and coordinates the delivery of weekend and holiday meal supplements to elementary-aged children across the county.  It is currently run by an all-volunteer staff, but has grown significantly and is ready to hire a paid part-time operations manager/program director. Under the President’s guidance, this new position will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and planning, including the coordination and administration of all program activities to include staffing and logistics. Current programs include but are not limited to: Backpack, Pantry Box, Holiday / Packing Events, Fruit, Summer Feeding, Voucher, and Food Closets. No salary information was provided. For more details, please review the full position description. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter.
University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Major Gifts Officer UNCSA is seeking a new person who will be responsible for working closely with the Major & Planned Gifts Officer to develop, implement, and expand their major gifts program, which is defined by (either restricted or unrestricted) gifts of $10,000 and above, to support the ongoing educational vision and operations of UNCSA. The MGO maintains a portfolio of major gift prospects, and actively works in all aspects of the major gift cycle, which include prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The MGO works collaboratively with key volunteers, advancement staff and other UNCSA representatives to cultivate and solicit major gifts for university-wide priorities. Salary range is $50,000 to $70,000. For more details, please view the full posting on their website.
Gateway Nature Preserve, Executive Director (Part-Time) Gateway Nature Preserve, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, seeks a highly motivated, environmentally conscious individual as its first-ever paid Executive Director! The Executive Director will advance the Preserve’s mission of developing a vibrant urban environmental education center next to Washington Park, close to downtown Winston-Salem. The person in this position will report to the Gateway board of directors and will be responsible for overseeing the administration of and implementation of the organization’s 2020 strategic plan. This is currently designed as a 20 hour per week position, with the potential for additional hours as funding becomes available. The salary range is $20,000 - $24,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off, an office computer, cellphone stipend, and a flexible work schedule. Gateway offers flexibility on working location.  For more information, and application instructions, please visit their website.
Tips For Nonprofits Considering Vaccination Requirements!
We know that many nonprofits in our network are considering what they can or should do in regards to vaccination requirements for both their staff and volunteers. With cases and hospitalizations rising in recent weeks due to the Delta variant, the calculus has gotten even more difficult for those organizations that want to provide their full range of services in as safe a manner as possible.
To answer one of the most common questions: it is legal for nonprofits to require their employees be vaccinated. Yet, we know the decision is more complicated than that. The NC Center for Nonprofits recently posted an analysis of the pros and cons of nonprofit vaccination mandates. The analysis also includes some tips for ways your organization can implement a policy in a way that is fair and effective and that minimizes potential liability. We appreciate the Center producing this guide for decision-making!
HandsOn NWNC Helps Scopes Projects for Lowe's 100 Hometowns Initiative!

In celebration of Lowe’s centennial, the company is supporting 100 communities in need across the country with 100 impact projects that were revealed late last month. Lowe’s combed through more than 2,200 submissions before arriving at the chosen 100, which spans 36 states.

In working to make the final decisions, Lowe's reached out to Points of Light and its affiliate network to help scope and research projects. As part of this work, HandsOn NWNC scoped more 7 different projects, both locally and virtually across the country. We're proud to say that four of these projects--including three in our local area, including those in East Bend, Wilkesboro, and North Wilkesboro--all received funding! (The Wilkesboro project was ultimately funded separately from the 100 Hometowns initiative.) We were honored to be part of the process, and look forward to working with the local project partners going forward. All the projects should be completed by the end of October.
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