Volume 12, Issue 7 | July 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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Greetings!

It’s July and that means long, hot days, fireworks, and summer vacations. I remember my summers as fun times hanging out with friends and taking family vacations. In those summers, I didn’t think about volunteering, but as I raise my own children, I want to expose them to volunteer opportunities in the community, especially during the summer months when they have a break from school. I enjoy sharing my volunteering experiences with them. In May, I had the opportunity as a HandsOn Board member to volunteer at the DiaperBank of NC--Piedmont Triad Region. As a first timer, I didn’t know what to expect, but had so much fun with fellow board members sorting diapers and getting to know them outside of a board meeting. This experience validated that exposing myself to new volunteer opportunities can be fun and rewarding and I plan to return to the DiaperBank to volunteer again. I encourage you to search for new volunteer opportunities on the HandsOn volunteer portal and you may be surprised by how much fun your experience can be. If you want to volunteer as a group--with your employee team, church, or civic club--I know Amy and Kathy would love to hear from you to help you customize a service project.

Natalie Webb
Handson NWNC Board Member
(Pictured on the right, above, with fellow board member Jennifer Cobb)

Ed note: We are again pleased to welcome a guest columnist this month. No, Amy is not taking another sabbatical over the summer--but Kathy is! Kathy will be taking a well-earned break from the end of July through August. We will welcome her back with open arms after Labor Day!
New Online Volunteer Matching Service Launching Soon!
We're excited to announce that HandsOn will be replacing our current volunteer matching service, HandsOn Connect, with a new platform powered by Galaxy Digital over the summer. If you already have a nonprofit partner or volunteer account on our current site--no worries! All of your information, history and connections will remain intact as we transfer data over to the new platform. The new site should be easier for both partners and volunteers to navigate, and this migration is part of our commitment to help you make it easy to make a difference. To be in the best position for a smooth transition, we encourage you to log in to your current HOC account and update your information ASAP. If you need advice or assistance, or have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Stay tuned for more details throughout the summer!

If you have recently seen the news about our partners at Love out Loud 's new platform, BASE, please don't be confused. We are making this migration together, although they launched on their end a little earlier (because they are not transferring data.) We will still be sharing data, and partners and volunteers will be able to access their accounts from either organization's website once our migration has been completed.
2019-2020 Women's Emerging Leaders:
Leadership Essentials for Women
Wednesday, August 28th through Friday, August 30th
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )


We still have a few open slots in our 2019-2020 Women's Emerging Leaders (WEL) cohort! WEL is a ten month program consisting of two components: an intensive Leadership Essentials for Women workshop and enrollment in the  Nonprofit Essentials Program, a series of skill building classes jointly sponsored by HandsOn NWNC and Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute.

Applicants must be mid-level female staff (managers, program directors, program coordinators, and other professionals) currently employed by nonprofits located in and serving Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties, who are committed to public service and interested in gaining leadership skills to enhance their ability to pursue leadership positions within their organizations or within the nonprofit sector. The program is also open to Executive Directors of new or emerging nonprofit organizations who have 3 years or less of experience in their role as Executive Director. Priority will be given to leaders of colors and to those working within organizations that are focused on expanding economic opportunity for under-resourced communities in Forsyth County.

The Leadership Essentials for Women (LEW) program is the multi-day intensive opening workshop for WEL that kicks off HandsOn's 2019-2020 programming year. LEW helps participants develop their personal leadership skills, while addressing issues and perceptions traditionally unique to women, such as the choices and trade offs that many women face as they juggle professional and personal issues. Based on a curriculum from the Center for Creative Leadership and taught by a CCL adjunct faculty member, this workshop has been crafted specifically for WEL participants. Participants will receive insight into their personal leadership skills and challenges, learn techniques to give and receive feedback, gain fresh perspectives and practical advice on how to tackle their personal leadership challenges, learn to make choices based on trade offs and rewards, how to overcome biases, and develop strong bonds with a new group of local female peers within the nonprofit sector who will provide future career support. 

Cost: $500-$550 per participant; includes both portions of WEL

Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Intro to Design Sprints: Everything You Want to Know (But Have Been Afraid to Ask)! Looking for a fast, fun and practical way for your team to source creative new ideas and actually find out if they’ll work? Try a DESIGN SPRINT! The Design Sprint process was created by Google Ventures as a way to rapidly validate and test new ideas, saving time and money. While it’s origins are in digital product design, sprints have been used to solve issues in healthcare, services, marketing, government and more. It’s NOT just for designers or creative people, it does NOT require specialized knowledge to participate and it is definitely NOT boring! It is a facilitated week-long workshop with a small, carefully selected team of people. During the week, you’ll deep-dive into understanding a problem or challenge, brainstorm new creative solutions, select one to move forward with and even prototype and test your new solution with real customers!

When: Wed., July 10, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Fearless , 1002 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem
Cost: FREE for nonprofits! Just enter the code "np" at checkout

" Communicate Your Impact to Busy Donors , " Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar, July 18th, 2pm, $79. Donors ― whether individuals or foundations ― want to see how you are making a difference, so it is vital to convey your results in compelling ways. How can you present your nonprofit’s impact in visually appealing and easy-to-understand formats? Join this one-hour online session to learn from your peers. Sara Tollefson, head of impact at a global health nonprofit, will explain how to use online dashboards and share tips for selecting data to highlight. Theresa Madeira, director of marketing and patron loyalty at the California Symphony, will explain how to balance emotion and data in stories and share real-world appeals that worked. The deadline for early-bird registration is July 11, so register now to save 20% .
"Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Communications Work," Two-Part Webinar Series with Livi Leroux-Miller, July 23 and 25, 1-2 pm, $199. Did you attend our workshop last year with Kivi Leroux Miller and are looking for more insight to make sure you are getting the most out of your communication efforts? Then this is the webinar for you! Measuring the effectiveness of your nonprofits communications work is difficult, but Kivi can help show you how it's done! Go online for more details and registration.
"Prepare Your Nonprofit for Disaster," NC Center for Nonprofits webinar, July 24th, 1:00-2:00pm, $35-$50. Is your nonprofit prepared for a natural disaster? Join Daniel Altenau of North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh to understand key steps nonprofits can take to protect themselves from the next disaster and craft plans to assist survivors following the event. Working through questions to help identify actions during blue sky planning, pre-event preparedness, and post-event response, this webinar will help participants:
·   Identify how to protect their organization so it’s in a position to respond;
·   Determine the best services their nonprofit can provide following a disaster; and
·   Develop a plan for using and increasing current and new staff and volunteers.
"Emotions Run High--Understanding and Leading Your Team with EI," hosted by PRAVA, August 22nd, 8:45 am to 2:00 pm, $25-$35. Join our friends at PRAVA (Piedmont Regional Association for Volunteer Administration) for this workshop at the Leadership Winston-Salem offices. Presented by Melissa Thompson, the workshop will help you explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence. Cost includes a box lunch. For more details and registration, please visit their website.
Bridges Out of Poverty Training Offered by Crisis Control Ministry Throughout 2019 Our Supporting Partner , Crisis Control Ministry , helps to organize The Bridges Out of Poverty training, which is designed to develop understanding across social and economic groups. Cultures have norms and we all respond based on the hidden rules of our upbringing. This training provides an understanding of the hidden rules for individuals in poverty, middle class, and wealth with the goal of providing avenues of success for all. Individuals who work regularly with those living in poverty or want to advocate for those in poverty will benefit from this training. There are multiple dates when the class is being offered between now and the rest of the year. (Click on the date for more info.) All workshops are free of charge. Location is TBD.

Fri, Nov 8 8:30 am-12:30 pm
(Registration required by 11/1)
Other Opportunities
Learn How to Put a Leadership Winston-Salem Action Learning Team to Work for Your Organization! For more than a decade, Leadership Winston-Salem, a HandsOn Supporting Partner , has incorporated action learning into their curriculum, providing their participants a chance to lend their knowledge and expertise to real-world issues and problems within our community. They will be hosting two information sessions for our nonprofit community to learn more about Action Learning Projects. These will be held at the LWS office at 624 West Sixth Street on:
  • Thursday, July 11 at 1 PM
  • Wednesday July 17 at 5:30 PM
They'll share how the hard work, resources and energy of eight community leaders can provide a deliverable that could be a game-changer, as it has been for organizations like Samaritan Ministries, WSFC schools, GreeNest of Winston-Salem, and READ WS. Over 100 area non-profits have benefited from Action Learning Projects over the years. Interested nonprofits should  RSVP to Katherine Perry to let her know which session they would like to attend. Attendance at a session is not required prior to submitting a project, but is highly recommended.
Attend The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem's Social Change Exchange on Unconscious Bias! Join The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem's next Social Change Exchange event on Tuesday, July 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Kaleideum Downtown ! The event is FREE and is open to all; however, you must RSVP as light refreshments will be served and space is limited. At the event, the Fund will screen the TED Talk, Chimamande Ngozi Adichie, "Danger of a Single Story" and engage in a community dialogue about how our unconscious biases shape what we think we "know" and how we can challenge common assumptions to impact change. Hope to see you there-- RSVP today!
Attend a FREE Screening of " America To Me " Our friends at the Winston-Salem Foundation , a HandsOn Funding Partner , are hosting two more screenings of the documentary series America to Me by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James. Set in one of Chicago's most racially diverse public schools, America to Me examines the role that race and class play in American education.  In each screening, participants will watch a different episode from the series, and the subsequent discussion will connect the content back to our own community. Join them from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on August 6 and September 17 at Forsyth County Central Library. Please visit their website for more details and to RSVP.
Announcing a Great New Resource for Nonprofit Leaders: Nonprofit.ist With listings for more than 100 nonprofit consultants, lawyers, accountants and other experts, you can easily search and find the right person to help with your next project. It can be challenging to find the best person for your unique challenges. Nonprofit.ist is set up so that you can quickly find and contact the expert you need. You can search by location, specialty, or key word. 

Membership is free and takes less than 60 seconds. Check it out at https://www.nonprofit.ist/joinnonprofit .
HandsOn NWNC, Community Engagement Coordinator Yes, we have started the search for a new Community Engagement Coordinator! This part-time (20-25 hr/wk) position is focused on working with our nonprofit and corporate partners in a variety of ways. This team member also plays the lead role in organizing our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast, and providing other programmatic and administrative support as needed. Strong organizational skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, required. Experience working with or managing volunteers a plus. If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter to Amy Lytle, Executive Director. A full position description will be shared with candidates once it is finalized, and interviews will take place in September.
Wake Forest University, Pro Humanitate Institute, Assistant Director of Advocacy and Social Justice Education Our friends at PHI are looking for this person which will design, develop, manage, and assess social justice education and advocacy programs at Wake Forest University. Key responsibilities include directing the Social Justice Incubator, supporting BRANCHES Social Justice Retreat, coordinating the Collage Advocacy Summit, advising students, developing and delivering social justice training, and creating curricular and co-curricular opportunities for social justice education. For more details and for application instructions, please visit their website.
MIXXER, Community Events Manager The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded MIXXER a grant that will make it possible for them to hire a first-time Community Events Manager. This person will be primarily responsible for managing classes and workshops at MIXXER and keeping records that will help them measure their impact in the community. The team is excited about how the addition of this role will help MIXXER grow and better serve our community. To fill the position, they are searching for a highly organized Community Events Manager to expand their ability to attract and retain members through workshops, member engagement and community events. They are searching for the right candidate who can oversee three important duties: member management, internal operations, and data tracking and reporting. For more information about the Community Events Manager position, please visit their website.
City with Dwellings, Program Director City with Dwellings is hiring a new Program Director, who will manage and oversee development and implementation of City with Dwellings’ Community First Center programs for persons experiencing homelessness and our volunteers and cultivate a culture of welcoming hospitality, building community among volunteers and individuals seeking support in their efforts to meet housing, health and employment goals. For more details and application instructions, please view the full position description on their website.
Family Services, Family Justice Center Project Coordinator Family Services , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , is currently seeking a Project Coordinator to guide, coordinate, and provide leadership for an intensive, year-long, community-wide planning process leading to the establishment of a Family Justice Center in Forsyth County. He/she will report to the Director of Clinical Services while supporting and facilitating the work of the Family Justice Center Steering Committee, associated Work Groups, and other parties involved with establishing a Family Justice Center in Forsyth County. Review the full position description and send a cover letter and resume via email. Position will remain open until filled.
Kaleideum, Birthday Party/Facilities Rental Host Kaleideum is looking for a person to fill this part-time, 11 hr/week every-other-weekend position. The Birthday Party/Facility Rentals Host provides operational logistics before, during, and after birthday parties and rental events and serves as the liaison with birthday families and rental contacts. This person assists with on-site set-up and take-down, represents the Museum in a professional manner, and interacts in an engaging and positive manner with event attendees. NOTE: The person in this position will work EVERY OTHER WEEKEND (i.e. 1st & 3rd weekends or 2nd & 4th weekends) based upon birthday party bookings. (5th weekends assigned by supervisor with staff input.) Hours are not guaranteed, but applicant can expect to work most Saturdays (up to 6.5 hours) and Sundays (up to 4.5 hours) on their designated weekends. Occasional evening hours also available for hosting facility rentals. Work may be at either location. The successful applicant is a creative, charismatic individual with customer service experience. Applicant should be innovative, accountable, and relationship-driven with a desire to learn new things and interact with children. The successful candidate knows how to make science and art activities fun, as well as engage audiences at the museum! View the full position description on their website. If interested, email cover letter and resumé (including at least two professional references with email addresses and/or phone numbers) to Allyson McCauley, Kaleideum Marketing Manager.
Funding Opportunities
Funds Available for Grassroots Groups Working on Environmental Justice and Health Issues! The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)   has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues. 
Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. Grants, which range from $1,000-$20,000 (depending on a group's overall budget) will support projects that help organizations move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms. Grant activities can include board development, membership outreach, and fundraising efforts. Project activities could also include meetings to develop an organizing/strategic plan, training leaders to go door-to-door, events, educational activities which are directly connected to your strategic plan, or general events. It is recommended that project activities be creative, effective and strategic. For more, please visit their website . Proposals are due July 16th!
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 'State-Level Systemic Change' Fall 2019 Grant Cycle ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy is one of three major strategies that comprise All For NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning . ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy supports state, regional and local organizations, coalitions, or collaboratives that are working to achieve systemic change at the state level within and across the following priority areas: Advancing Public Education, Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment, Promoting Social and Economic Justice, and Strengthening Democracy. ZSR recognizes that each of these four areas intersect in multiple ways, and will look for approaches that not only strengthen each, but also work across them.
 
Within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, the Foundation is awarding more multi-year grants to organizations. Over the past year, the Foundation has already committed $10.4 million to more than 125 State-Level Systemic Change grantees who will be doing work in 2020. As a result, a smaller funding pool will be available for grantmaking within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy in Fall 2019 than was available in Fall 2018, which will likely result in fewer grants being awarded this Fall.

The annual Fall 2019 grant cycle marks the next open cycle of the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy and is open to any eligible local, regional, or state-level organization aligned with ZSR’s core values, mission and state-level vision and working to change state-level systems. The deadline to submit a grant application for the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy is July 25, 2019. It is important to note that the application deadline is one week earlier than in recent years. Trustees will make award decisions for State-Level Systemic Change grants in November 2019.

Organizations that are working to impact state-level systemic change in North Carolina are encouraged to read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions and Rarely Fund List to find out more about whether their work fits into the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy. For more information about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, including eligibility criteria and/or how to apply, visit: https://www.zsr.org/state-level. Questions about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy should be directed to info@zsr.org.
NEWS YOU CAN USE!
New Tax Law Will Require Nonprofits to File 990s Electronically!

Last month, both houses of Congress approved the Taxpayer First Act , a bipartisan bill to modernize the Internal Revenue Service. The bill makes two changes that will affect nonprofits, with the primary one being the requirement that nonprofits must file Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or Form 990-PF electronically. Currently, only the largest and smallest nonprofits are required to file their IRS annual reports electronically. The mandatory e-filing requirement will take effect in taxable years beginning after the law is enacted (i.e. after the President signs it into law). Small nonprofits (i.e. those with annual revenue below $200,000 and less than $500,000 in assets) will have two additional years before they must file their 990s electronically. Secondarily, the bill also requires the IRS to provide notice before automatically revoking nonprofits' tax-exempt status for failure to file 990s for three consecutive years. Many thanks to the N.C Center for Nonprofits for the head's up!
NEWS FROM AROUND OUR NETWORK
Numerous Winston-Salem Nonprofits Receive Z Smith Reynolds Community Progress Fund Grants!

Last month, our friends at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) announced the recipients of their Community Progress Fund grants, which awarded $1.2 million to 34 organizations across the state. The Progress Fund seeks to support local communities by making time-limited investments at key moments by building on existing momentum to help move a project, issue, idea, or organization forward.
 
“Sometimes, a local organization, idea, issue or project needs an extra boost at just the right time to continue to make progress toward an end goal,” said Natalie Blake, program officer with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “ZSR’s Progress Fund grantees have been provided with an infusion of short-term funding at a key moment in order to build on existing momentum to help move a project, issue, idea or organization forward.”

HandsOn is excited that the following local nonprofits are benefiting from these funds, especially since ZSR received more than 246 Letters of Intent!
 

  • Bookmarks to help support “Book Build,” an effort to provide 25,000 new, recently published, and culturally relevant books in all the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School libraries (310 books per school) by 2020.


In adhering to ZSR’s commitment to racial equity, a significant portion of the overall grants were awarded to organizations that are led by and primarily serving people of color. Over time, ZSR will work to capture and share the stories of some of these Progress Fund grantees, through video or multi-media, to showcase the good, and important, work they are doing in their communities. For more information about ZSR’s Progress Fund, visit their website.
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