Volume 12, Issue 3 | March 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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Our 2019 programming year is in full swing, and we're excited about what the year holds for us. During our recent board and staff strategic planning retreat, facilitated by Heather Yandow with Third Space Studios (a HandsOn Consulting Partner,) we were encouraged to end the session by completing the following sentence: " I'm starting to suspect that..." Based on the day's rich and productive discussions, I ended that sentence with "... 2019 is going to be a transformative and exciting year for HandsOn!" As the year goes on, you'll be hearing more about plans and everything that we have in the works!

2019 has already been pretty exciting, as I was given the opportunity through my role on Points of Light's Global Affiliate Assembly to present to my colleagues from across the world during the Global Affiliate Gathering in New Delhi, India last week. The gathering brought together nearly 50 leaders from 25 different affiliates from 22 different countries. I got the chance to share best practices, gather new ideas, and present the wonderful stories behind our Women's Emerging Leaders program. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I was humbled and honored to have, but I wouldn't recommend trying to get back home to the US from India when Pakistan decides to close its airspace!

Now, though, we need to focus on just what is going on in March! If you thought it was too late to nominate a fantastic community volunteer for our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, you're wrong! We extended the deadline to THIS FRIDAY, March 8th. So you have some time--but don't delay!! You can also order your tickets and tables for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast on April 17th. (Yes, that is Spring Break for WSFCS, but we hope you'll be able to join us anyway!) Remember, all nominees get to attend the breakfast for free! Interested in sponsoring the most feel-good event of the season? Please reach out to us for more details about our different sponsorship levels.

Nominations are now also being accepted for our revamped Chuck Kraft Scholarship! These scholarships honor our founding board chair, Chuck Kraft, by providing a full ride for a staff or board member of an organization that works with children and youth in one of our core signature programs. We’ve made the scholarship more flexible this year in hopes of attracting even more applicants. You can find all the details and the online application form here. The deadline is Friday, March 29 th !

Lastly, I want to remind you about the Town Hall and Advocacy Workshop that we’re co-presenting with the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and the NC Center for Nonprofits on Friday, March 22 nd at the Ciener Gardens in Kernersville. The Town Hall meeting will be in the morning, with the advocacy workshop following in the afternoon. (You can sign up for one or the other or both; if you sign up for both, you'll get lunch!) We especially want to encourage board members to attend the advocacy workshop, so that they'll learn more about the crucial role that advocacy plays in the meeting of your organization's mission.

May we all get to enjoy some springtime sun sooner rather than later! I look forward to seeing you at the breakfast next month!

Yours in Service,

Amy Lytle
Executive Director
HandsOn NWNC
2019 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
Co-presented by The Winston-Salem Journal , Salem College , United Way of Forsyth County , and HandsOn NWNC, the Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards allow local servant leaders to be recognized on a larger, community-wide stage. Do you know an individual or group of people who have given substantial amounts of their time and talent to help others in the community? If so, they could be eligible for one or more of seventeen categories resulting in special recognition at our celebratory breakfast on April 17th !  

The nomination deadline has been extended until tomorrow at 5:00 pm, so you still have time to ensure your favorite individual, group/team, corporation, etc. gets recognized for their positive contributions to our community. Everyone is encouraged to submit their nomination(s) online but, if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the nomination form, please feel free to reach out to Brittney .   Nominators may choose to recognize volunteers from the following categories (volunteers may be eligible and nominated for multiple categories):

  • Family
  • Youth
  • Senior
  • Perseverance in Volunteerism
  • Faith-Based Entity
  • Corporate/Business
  • National Service Member (AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps)
  • Group/Team
  • Director of Volunteers (paid staff only)
  • Veteran/Military
  • Serving Youth
  • Disaster (unpaid service only)
  • Animals
  • Cultural/Arts
  • Environment
  • Health & Human Services
  • Lifetime Achievement
Nominations will be accepted through 5:00 pm this Friday, March 8th . (The January 31st deadline that is displayed on the NC Governor's Office website does not apply to Forsyth County). Please keep in mind that, due to the high volume of nominations that are submitted in Forsyth County, nominators may only submit one individual and/or one group/team nomination. Category Winners will be announced at the 2019 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 17th, at Bridger Field House .  

Register to attend the most inspirational, feel-good event of the year!
Nonprofit Essentials 2018-2019 : Collaboration
Thursday, March 21st, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Pfefferkorn Conference Room ( see map )

Is your nonprofit interested in doing true, deep collaborative work with other organizations? The kind that moves from talk, to action, to measurable results? Then this session is for you! In this highly interactive, energetic, and, dare we say, FUN workshop, you will get the opportunity to explore specific skills and tools that will help you create and sustain powerful, effective partnerships.  
The class will be taught by T. Sharee Fowler, PhD , Assistant Professor and Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management and Community Leadership Programs at Salem College . Sharee has twenty years of experience in advancing social change and systemic transformation efforts focused on cultivating and sustaining more just, inclusive communities.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners/ $60 for all others 
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10 class series for just $450 ! (The cost is $550 for all others.) Payment plans are available. All classes include a networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

2019 Triad Nonprofit Town Hall & Advocacy Workshop
Friday, March 22nd, 10:00 am-Noon
Location: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
215 S. Main Street, Kernersville ( see map )

Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits , Guilford Nonprofit Consortium , and HandsOn NWNC for a collaborative Nonprofit Town Hall! The meeting will offer nonprofit board and staff members an opportunity to talk with other nonprofit leaders and elected officials about some of the major policy issues facing North Carolina nonprofits in 2019. We'll strategize ways that we can all work together on policy issues affecting our communities, and we'll include briefings on the top federal and state issues affecting nonprofits in North Carolina.

COST: $25 for Center Members & Sustainers/ $35 for all others 

Friday, March 22nd, 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
215 S. Main Street, Kernersville ( see map )

Held in conjunction with the Nonprofit Town Hall, the Advocacy Workshop will allow nonprofits to work in small groups to develop an advocacy strategy and plan for their organizations, as well as answer these important questions about lobbying and nonprofit advocacy:

  • What is lobbying?
  • Can nonprofits lobby?
  • How can I interact with my elected officials?
  • How can my organization weigh in on legislative actions that affect us?
  • What strategies are effective in talking with elected officials?
  • What difference will my voice make?
  • Can my Board of Directors be involved?
  • Will funders penalize my organization for advocacy efforts?

COST ( includes a meal ): $50 for Center Members & Sustainers/ $60 for all others 

Chuck Kraft Scholarship Update
HandsOn NWNC created the Chuck Kraft Scholarship to 
acknowledge the Herculean work of our first board chair for his leadership during the establishment of our organization, while also honoring his dedication and service to youth throughout his continuing career with nonprofits. In appreciation of his exemplary service, we are pleased to offer this scholarship, which provides full tuition for one staff or board member currently working with a nonprofit that serves children and/or youth in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin County, to attend the Nonprofit Essentials Certificate Program, Project Blueprint , Women's Emerging Leaders Program , or the Volunteer Management Training Series . (Previously, this scholarship was only applicable to the Nonprofit Essentials Program. Now, applicants may select the program of their choice!) HandsOn NWNC will award one scholarship per year, which will be announced during our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast .

All applications are reviewed by a volunteer committee and preference will be given to staff and board members of nonprofits that have a relationship with HandsOn NWNC. Please contact Brittney with any questions. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29th.

April Peer Philanthropy Network Meeting
Tuesday, April 9th, 8:00-9:00 am
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

Share fundraising ideas, tips, trends and best practices with your nonprofit peers! The group meets three times per year to share practical information and is a great opportunity to meet other nonprofit staff involved in similar work while exploring concerns and discussing effective solutions.

We'll be discussing chapter 10 of Kim Klein's book, Fundraising For Social Change. If you don't have a copy of the book, an outline will be provided at the meeting. HandsOn has several copies of Fundraising For Social Change for sale for $45.

Meetings are from 8-9 am, but feel free to arrive at 7:45 am for networking. Coffee will be provided!


Nonprofit Essentials 2018-2019: Program Evaluation
Thursday, April 25th, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

The nonprofit sector is increasingly under pressure to show meaningful results. This class will explore different evaluation models and lead you through the process of designing an approach to measure programs, create meaningful measures, collect and analyze data, generate a report, and communicate results to document impact, improve services, and support fundraising efforts.  

The course is taught by Lori Fuller , who serves as the Director of Evaluation and Learning for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The Trust’s work sits at the intersection of people, places, and issues that she cares deeply about. Lori leads the Trust's efforts to track progress and design ways to learn collectively from their work—all in service of accelerating results.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners/ $60 for all others 
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10 class series for just $450 ! (The cost is $550 for all others.) Payment plans are available. All classes include a networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Content Marketing Campaigns: How Good Content Can Attract Thousands of People to Your Cause Kivi Leroux Miller, Founder of NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, knows from years of researching nonprofit communications trends that nonprofits are spending a huge chunk of time creating their e-newsletters. If you are going to invest that kind of time into something, why not do it right? 'Creating Awesome Email Newsletters' is a two-part webinar series. You have two options to attend - sign up for just Part 1 for $119 or attend both webinars and learn e-newsletter strategies and design best practices for $199 .

  • Part 1: Content Marketing Strategy Basics- Tues., March 19th; 1-2 pm
  • Part 2: Content Marketing Campaign Examples- Thurs., March 21st; 1-2 pm

These are the only dates in 2019 this webinar series will be offered, so be sure to take advantage of Kivi's expertise!
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.

Fri, Apr 5th @ Crisis Control 8:30 am
(Registration required by 3/29)

Fri, June 21 @ Crisis Control 8:30 am
(Registration required by 6/14)

Fri, Oct 18 @ Crisis Control 8:30 am
(Registration required by 10/11)
Racial Equity Institute Hosted by Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods Monday-Tuesday, March 11th & 12th, Knollwood Baptist Church. The Institute is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in their organization and in the community where the organization is working, and for those persons who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities and disparities within our society. Can't attend in March? Additional dates have already been set for July. Register Now!
“Bias Proofing Your Workplace Culture” , Forsyth Tech, March 26th . This event is designed to address critical workplace issues in our community. It will feature a panel of local diversity and human resource experts from large local employers, followed by a keynote address from Howard Ross, a national implicit bias expert, whom you may recall was a big hit at last year’s WS Foundation Luncheon. Ross will focus on the Starbucks Diversity Emergency, what can go wrong and what to do right when building a bias-resistant workplace. Lunch is included and SHRM credits are available. For more information, visit the event website or contact Carolyn Couch at 336.757.3806. 
Race, Justice, & Equity Panel hosted by Love Out Loud at Venture Cafe, Thursday, March 14th . Join Love Out Loud , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , for their monthly session at Venture Cafe . They will be facilitating a panel discussion with organizations doing good work in the areas of race, justice, and equity in our community, including: Piedmont Freedom Schools , School of Love , Guiding Institute for Developmental Education , My Brother's Keeper , and Triad Restorative Justice . Click here for more information.
Attend the Next PRAVA Meeting! PRAVA , the local professional development association for those that lead and manage volunteers in any setting, and a HandsOn Supporting Partner , will be hosting its next meeting on Wednesday, March 27 th, 8:30 AM-10 AM, at Catholic Charities, 1612 14 th Street NE, Winston Salem, NC 27105. The presenter will be Kent Price, Chief Human Resource Officer, Center for Creative Leadership. He will be sharing interviewing tips and techniques. Come learn best interviewing practices that can benefit your agency’s programs and volunteer management practice. No need to RSVP--just come!
Join Brittney at the NCAVA Conference in Kitty Hawk, NC--and Apply for Their Scholarship and Awards! Join volunteer managers from across the state at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, N.C. May 15-17th. One of the best values in professional education, the NCAVA conference is a great way to network with your peers, develop best practices, and gain credit towards your certification in volunteer administration. Registration is now open! You can find details here .   NCAVA offers a scholarship to an emerging leader in the field, as well as bestows a variety of awards during conference. Please visit their website to learn more about both.
The nomination and scholarship forms are fillable PDFs, so please fill them out, save them and email them to Mandy Valiquette by March 30. 
Join Amy and Kathy for the 2019 Points of Light Conference June 18-20, St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2019 Points of Light Conference will challenge attendees to not only ask “how do we get more people to volunteer to make change,” but also, “how can we create a society where it is easy for every individual to take action to accelerate change within their community and around the world?” The conference, co-hosted with HandsOn Twin Cities, is your opportunity to connect with peers and learn from experts in the field as we work together to ignite a civic passion for community mindedness, citizen action, social responsibility and a commitment to giving back. This year’s conference will feature engaging experiences designed to foster new ideas, cultivate conversations, and generate solutions to problems that cut across sectors by offering a range of experiences including forums, Civic Talks, Connecting Conversations, and traditional workshops. You will leave with best practices, insights and ideas to help shape your efforts to inspire and accelerate people-powered change in communities around the world.

Worried about the cost of registration plus travel to St. Paul? Then consider applying for a scholarship! The Jill Friedman Fixler Scholarship is open to volunteer managers or leaders and provides the recipient with registration and travel reimbursement (up to $1,500 USD) to attend conference. Each year, this scholarship assists an individual in meeting their professional development needs, with the opportunity to learn from, share with and be inspired by leaders in the volunteer and service field. Applicants must inspire and engage volunteers, be committed to the field of volunteer engagement, and demonstrate financial need in attending the conference. Applications are due Friday, March 15!
" White Supremacy Culture: Treachery and Transformation " webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits, A pril 10th, 1:00-2:30 pm, $35. Part of the Center's Walking the Talk initiative , this webinar will ground participants in a shared understanding of what white supremacy culture is and how it manifests in organizations so we are better positioned to challenge it. We’ll examine how we are navigating white supremacy culture personally, in our nonprofits, and in our communities, and define our stake in dismantling it as we envision a transformative way of being and doing in the world. More details and registration can be found on their website.
Other Opportunities
Are you or someone you know a good candidate for Leadership Winston-Salem? Then consider inviting them to an upcoming Recruitment Reception! Leadership Winston-Salem , a HandsOn Supporting Partner, designed its Flagship Program to ignite community leaders with a mission of educating, connecting and energizing leaders to serve and improve the community. Likened to a “community MBA,” participants benefit through active engagement, attending one Program Day each month and working in Action Learning teams to address an actual dilemma faced by a local agency. Recruitment receptions for those interested in the class of 2020 will be offered on March 19, April 18 and May 1st from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the LWS office  (624 West Sixth Street, Suite 110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101). Please provide contact information for those who might be interested in attending to
Katherine Perry or call 336.723.1002 ext. 206.
Learn More About Medicaid Transformation And How It Could Benefit Your Organization and Its Clients As many of you are aware, North Carolina DHHS is in the process of gathering information (RFI) which will be used to issue a request for proposals for demonstration projects across the state to test the impact of funding key human services through Medicaid . The areas of service they are looking at supporting are housing, nutrition, transportation and intimate relationship violence. They are currently seeking input from providers across the state both on definitions of service and COST DATA for services. They will use this information to set reimbursement rates.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help define the real cost of delivering critical human services! Our friends at the United Way of Forsyth County , a HandsOn Funding Partner , are hosting a session on Friday, March 8th from 2 pm to 4pm at the United Way office for anyone who would like to drop in and provide feedback to be included in a joint response to the RFI (you can also submit your own response by March 15 th ). This joint response is being led by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) .   If you can make it to the session, it would be great if you could bring some information about the cost of services you offer related to housing, nutrition, transportation and intimate relationship violence. If you cannot make the session on Friday but would still like to contribute, you may call or email Andrea Kurtz and she will help you get your information together to submit to PTRC. There are not a lot of Forsyth based human service providers working with PTRC right now, and they want to make sure your voices are included in this RFI. For more information on the RFI you can visit the state's wesbite. You can learn more about the work PTRC is doing here.

Forsyth Futures, Executive Director Forsyth Futures, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization. He/she will report directly to the board of directors and serve as the key strategic, operational, and development leader of Forsyth Futures. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership of operations including fundraising, programs, budgeting, personnel management, marketing, and community outreach and relations. In collaboration with the board, the Executive Director leads the development and execution of a successful short and long-term strategic plan. For more details, please review the full position description on their website.
Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Center for Homeownership Housing Counselor Working at Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, this position provides financial counseling/education regarding pre-purchase counseling to individuals and families and provides an Action Plan with options for the goal of new home purchase and maintenance. For more details, please review the position description. Application instructions are on their website.
Korner's Folly, Capital Campaign Coordinator Korner's Folly is looking for a new person to be the primary staff person charged with supporting the Körner’s Folly Foundation Board, staff and volunteers in an upcoming multi-million dollar campaign to help conserve one of the state’s most treasured historic homes and establish a visitor's center on site. Additional responsibilities include support of the overall fundraising program and maintenance of the donor database. This is a temporary, part-time position that reports to the Executive Director. Salary is $16/hour, 30 hours per week. The position is anticipated to last 24-36 months but success in the role could provide the necessary funding to create a permanent, full time position following the close of the campaign. Click here to view the full position description.
Smart-Start of Forsyth County, Social-Emotional and Behavioral Specialist Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., a HandsOn Supporting Partner , is accepting resumes for a full time position to provide coaching and consultation to early educators around proactively addressing challenging behaviors and supporting the social-emotional development of children in their classrooms. This position requires a BA or BS in early childhood education, early childhood special education, early intervention, or other closely-related field. A Master’s degree and B-K teaching license are preferred. Professional experience in an early childhood setting or with early educators, and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required. Please send a cover letter and resume via email or snail mail to:
Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc.
Attn: TLS/Whitley
7820 North Point Blvd., Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Position will remain open until filled.
Smart Start of Forsyth County, Teaching & Learning Specialist (TA) Smart Start is also accepting resumes for a full time position to provide consultation and technical assistance to early educators in the Forsyth County community. This position requires a BA or BS in early childhood education, or closely-related field. A Master’s degree and B-K teaching license, and training in the Environment Rating Scales (ITERS-R/ECERS-R) or CLASS assessment are preferred. Professional experience in an early childhood setting or with early educators, and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required. Please send a cover letter and resume via email or snail mail to:
Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc.
Attn: TLS/Whitley
7820 North Point Blvd., Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Position will remain open until filled.
Kaleideum, Guest Engagement Specialist Kaleideum seeks a part-time Guest Engagement Specialist to facilitate STEM demonstrations, pop-up programs, storytimes, and making experiences with children, families, and other audiences at both Museum locations. Through programming and staging the museum for play, staff in this position cultivate an environment that encourages a mood that is playful, spontaneous, and fun, which focuses on learner-driven exploration and experimentation. This is a public-facing position, so the successful applicant is adaptable, resilient, insightful, innovative, accountable, and relationship-driven with a desire to learn new things and remain current on a variety of topics and learning styles. The successful candidate will collaborate with peers and his or her team to deliver innovative programs that are dynamic, exciting, credible, and interactive. To apply, review the full job description and please submit a museum application and resume to Kayla Todd , Manager of Guest Engagement.
ABC of NC, Director of Development Work for one of the fastest growing non-profit organizations in the Piedmont Triad! ABC of NC's (a HandsOn Supporting Partner ) cutting edge autism specialty campus features a full diagnostic and therapeutic clinic and a non-public school, serving preschool through high school. They are currently expanding their campus to include a 26,000 square foot clinic building with additional therapy space, vocational training spaces, community skills labs (mock doctor, dentist, barber, shopping), and a mini-apartment for independent living skills practice. This position o versees all activities of the development department, including fundraising, marketing/communications, grants and reporting/ and the volunteer/internship program; develops and implements ABC of NC’s comprehensive fundraising plan with the Board of Directors, staff, and key community stakeholders; raises money through individual, corporate, and foundation giving; researches and develops funder prospects; coordinates, writes, and procures programmatic, capital, operations, capacity, and research grants; visits, cultivates, and solicits individual donors; reviews and contribute supporting materials to secure long-term community and institutional support to meet the organization’s development goals. More details and the application are online.
Funding Opportunities
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces New Funding Opportunities The Trust, a HandsOn Funding Partner, recently convened a gathering here in Winston-Salem to discuss their new impact strategies and funding priorities. They are now excited to announce new funding opportunities, including those in Forsyth County that are focused on strengthening  the safety net , supporting informal childcare providers , a nd preventing and mitigating a dverse childhood experiences for our youngest residents. Please review their website to see if you are eligible to apply, and then call to schedule an appointment.
Clemmons Community Foundation
The Clemmons Community Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2019 Community Grants cycle for competitive applications will open on February 14th, 2019 . This year, their full application process is online and can be accessed by visiting their website and choosing "Grant Guidelines" underneath the "Apply" tab at the top of the page. (Keep in mind that the link will not be active until February 14). The deadline for applications is March 18th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation's Ribbon of Hope Grants The one-time grants award each nonprofit $25,000 to enhance an existing program or establish a new initiative that aligns with science, health, or education goals/needs in its community. Learn more during an informational webinar on March 11th . The application deadline is April 1st!
Board Member and Women's Emerging Leaders Participant Torry Reynolds Highlights HandsOn NWNC in
Triad Business Journal!

We were so excited when Torry Reynolds , one of our current board members and a participant in this year's Women's Emerging Leaders cohort, got a big promotion at Forsyth Tech at the beginning of the year, becoming the new dean of their Math, Science, and Technology Division. But we were especially honored when the promotion prompted the Triad Business Journal to highlight her in their February 8th, 2019 issue. In the article, she credits her involvement with HandsOn NWNC as the "civic activity that has impacted her the most." She states:

" I have the honor of serving on the board of directors for HandsOn Northwest North Carolina. HandsOn NWNC is a capacity-building organization that provides training, programs and services to local nonprofit organizations. Through HandsOn NWNC, I have joined with nonprofits throughout Forsyth County as they fulfill their mission of enriching our community. For me, HandsOn has reinforced Margaret Mead’s quote 'Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!' "

It is an honor and a pleasure to work with volunteer leaders like Torry every day. You can read the full profile on the Business Journal's website . Enjoy!
Remembering and Honoring
Susan J. Ellis

Without Susan Ellis, there might not be a professional field of volunteer management. She was a titan, one of the early pioneers who stood up and made the nonprofit sector pay attention to those who led and managed volunteers. No longer could nonprofit leaders pretend that the unique skill set needed to effectively lead volunteers was just "licked off the grass."

We all learned last week that Susan lost an eight year battle with cancer at the end of February. As the founder of Energize, Inc. she published articles and books that are still standard reading in the field to this day. A long-time champion of professional development associations for volunteer managers, she was a friend o f NCAVA , one of the first statewide associations in the country, and the first group to ever offer a professional credential in the field of volunteer management. Susan often presented at NCAVA's statewide conference as well as the Points of Light Conference, and Amy was proud and honored to have met and chatted with her about the field many times over the past two decades, especially during Amy's tenure as President of NCAVA in the mid 'aughts. Susan's humor, her passion, and her deep insight will be greatly missed.

Want to learn more about Susan and her legacy? Start here:
Information   about the Susan J. Ellis Foundation
Susan's obituary tribute   from colleagues and friends
A Tribute to Susan J. Ellis   by Andy Fryar
Susan Ellis Matters   by Jayne Cravens
Obituary in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Obituary in The Nonprofit Times

Want to honor her legacy in a substantive way? Attend the next PRAVA meeting on March 27th!

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network Rebrands with New Name and Logo!

Our Supporting Partner, the Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network (PDSSN) has undergone an official name change and will now be known as the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem.   The organization has also unveiled a newly designed logo bearing the new name. This is a big milestone for the organization, as they believe they have grown into more than just a "support network." The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem is a nonprofit organization which provides information, educational opportunities, and support to families of individuals with Down syndrome throughout the area.   
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