Volume 13, Issue 9| September 2020
The Nonprofit Connection
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Is it just me, or did this August feel like one of the busiest ones EVER? July and August have traditionally been months when we here at HandsOn can take a moment to catch our breath, plan for the upcoming year, take vacations--you know, the stuff we can't do during our "regular" programming season. This year, however, the pandemic has also disrupted this cycle, and we found ourselves scrambling to fit in our annual staff retreat, vacations, and get our fall programming lined up. We've been saying since March that our work has both dramatically shifted, and expanded, since the pandemic began, and that still seems to be the case--even six months later.

Despite a busier-than-ever August, one way that we know it is Fall is the completion of the Leadership Essentials for Women portion of our 2020-2021 Women's Emerging Leaders program! We welcomed 11 amazing women into this cohort, working with them over the course of four, half-day virtual sessions over the past two weeks. A few of us then gathered for a small, celebratory, optional happy hour that gave those that felt comfortable a chance for the now rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. We were excited to work with two new co-facilitators, Stephanie Lischke and Shantele Williams (who is an alum of our 2019-2020 cohort,) to streamline and redesign this portion of WEL to make it appropriate for our current COVID and Zoom-based times!

Later this month, these WEL participants will join other nonprofit leaders in our similiarly-redesigned 2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials classes. This new, virtual season will feature classes broken into two, shortened sessions each, offered on consecutive Thursday afternoons each month. In addition, after "beta testing" the concept this spring, we're excited to FINALLY offer "2.0" classes for Fund Development, Program Evaluation, and Grant Writing! These offerings will offer a higher-level of instruction for those NPE series participants that come into the program with more experience in any of those three areas, as well as providing an appropriate offering for the hundreds of NPE graduates that are looking to further their skills. For all of these classes, as well as our other program offerings, we're highlighting our ongoing commitment to ensuring access for small, grassroots nonprofits clearer, esp. for those organizations led by Blacks and other People of Color. We never want inability to pay to be a barrier for those who could most benefit from this series!

Speaking of skills, we're also excited to expand our partnership with Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement on a NEW highly-skilled volunteer program. Starting with a pool of WFU staff and faculty, we'll be working to place highly-skilled professionals with nonprofits that need help on defined needs and concrete projects. While we believe that *every* person has skills to bring to a volunteer position, we also know that there are some skills--finance, legal, marketing, design-thinking, etc--that require a professional-level of expertise. We're hoping that this program is something that we can offer to companies and other partners on a more expanded level in 2021, especially to those organizations that have become certified through our Service Enterprise program.

Another thing to look forward to next month is the premier of a new section of GetConnected dedicated to equity and racial justice resources and related volunteer opportunities. As part of our own equity journal, our board approved a "Creating Equitable Environments for Volunteers" document at its August board meeting, based on research Julia Ough compiled, which will feature prominently on this page. Similar to our current COVID-19 page, the new page will include relevant other resources, appropriate volunteer opportunities, and highlight organizations whose missions directly relate to racial justice and equity. Stay tuned!

This new resource page, while based on excellent research performed by Julia Ough, our 2019-2020 Community Action Coalition VISTA member, before she left us last month, will be just one of the responsibilities of Casey Capstick, our NEW 2020-2021 CAC VISTA. Picking up where Julia left off, Casey has plunged head-first into learning the ins-and-outs of HandsOn, our GetConnected platform, and our wide-ranging partnerships, especially those involved in the Youth Engagement Coalition. In her second year of VISTA service, Casey spent last year with our Supporting Partner, ABC of NC, and is eager to broaden and deepen her engagement with nonprofits. Got a question about engaging volunteers or updating your GetConnected account? Casey is your first point of contact, and we hope that you'll enjoy working with her over the next year as much as we have over the last month!

Notice how this is a longer-than-normal opening column? It's just another example of our new reality this fall, trying to shove more things into an already-constrained schedule/life/programming calendar/newsletter. :) I know that we are all experiencing this same phenomena in one way or another, but I hope that you know that we are always available to lend a listening ear, a word of advice, or directions to additional resources that we hope can make your life easier.

Onwards towards the end of 2020 (finally!)
Yours in service,

Amy Lytle

Amy Lytle
Executive Director

Ed note: Are you interested in sharing your love of HandsOn with our network in a guest column in the future? Then please let Amy know! (She promises it doesn't have to be as long as this one was!
Above, a Zoom "action shot" of some of the members of our
2020-2021 Women's Emerging Leaders cohort.
Casey Capstick, our new VISTA, is the second from the left on the top row.
Join Us This Friday for the 9/11 Day of Service Virtual Event!
Friday, September 11, 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE!

The 9/11 Day of Service is a major event for the newly-formed Youth Engagement Coalition. HandsOn and our partners at Forsyth County Young Leaders Program and Wake Forest University created this collaboration to help inspire and equip both young people and organizations to engage in service more effectively. In just the past month, the YEC has hosted a kick-off Town Hall, and two free workshops on Best Practices for Engaging Youth in Service. We've also expanded the planning team for the YEC to include members from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, LEAD Girls of NC, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

This Friday, we'll gather our community once again in a virtual event to share ways that we all be honoring the Day of Service, discuss virtual and in-person volunteer options for the coming weeks, announce the winners of our service project awards, kick-off the mini-grant process, and hear from the youth members of the coalition about what the service day means to them. We'll also be sharing more about the MLK Day of Service scheduled for January 2021.

2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials:
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday, September 24, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom

We're excited to kick-off our 2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials series with this engaging, online session focused on issues of nonprofit governance. The class provides a practical lens on the topic, including the examination of organizational life cycles, best practices, legal framework and compliance, general oversight, duties, and building an effective board. 

The class is taught by Barbara Lentz, an innovative and inspiring teacher, advisor, and mentor, and taught at Wake Forest University's School of Law for almost 20 years. Her excellence in teaching has been recognized not only by students but also by being awarded both the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award (law school) and the Innovative Teaching Award (University teaching). As an attorney, Barbara focuses her work advising and consulting on nonprofits, entrepreneurship, and art & museum law. She is also the co-founder and board member of the Forsyth Backpack program.

Nonprofit Essentials is a monthly series of 10 classes designed to provide the "essentials" needed by nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteer leaders to be successful in the sector. Classes can be taken individually, or as a full series, which can be started at any time. Offered in partnership with Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement for more than a decade, the classes are taught primarily by Wake Forest University staff, faculty, and alums. For the 2020-2021 season, all classes will be held online and divided into two weekly consecutive two-hour sessions to avoid the very real "Zoom fatigue!"

Visit our website to find out more about the full series, including dates for remaining sessions and NEW "advanced" sessions for some topics.

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners, $60 for all others
Full Series: $450 for SPs, $550 for all others (the series can be started with any class)

Not sure if your organization is a Supporting Partner? Please check Join/Give Now on our website or call 336-724-2866. If payment is a barrier to your organization's participation in this program, please contact us. We want to ensure that small, grassroots organizations and those led by people of color can benefit from these sessions.

Nonprofit Happy Hour is Back for September!
Celebrate your successes, get timely info, and connect!
Thursday, September 24, 4 pm to 5 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE! (BYOB, of course!)

After deciding to take August off, we're happy to welcome you back for our September Nonprofit Happy Hour! Join us for this informal networking time to share your successes and your struggles, and learn more about a timely topic of interest.

This month, we're hoping to welcome a member of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools to share more about their Remote Learning Centers and ways that community nonprofits and local volunteers can support this effort. We'll hope you'll join us to share your questions, thoughts, ideas, celebrations, and worries--we're here to help make your life easier!

2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials:
Strategic Planning
Thursday, October 15, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday, October 22, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Our second session of Nonprofit Essentials focuses on strategic planning--or, more aptly, "strategic thinking." You'll learn how to applying a strategic lens to help you think through critical questions in order to have a successful strategic planning process. Using case studies, you'll examine effective strategies, assess the importance of the organization’s position in the external market, select an analytical and organizational approach to strategy formulation and implementation, and overcome common strategic planning myths.

The class is taught by Dr. Pat H. Dickson, a Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of the undergraduate program in the School of Business at Wake Forest University. He has also served as a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship on the faculties of Georgia Tech and the University of Louisville. Prior to earning his PhD in 1997 from the University of Alabama, Pat spent fifteen years as an entrepreneur, co-founding companies in the automotive parts and service industry and as a corporate executive serving as Director of Franchising for a regional retail and manufacturing company in the same industry. Pat is currently a Fellow and a past-President of the Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) 

Nonprofit Essentials is a monthly series of 10 classes designed to provide the "essentials" needed by nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteer leaders to be successful in the sector. Classes can be taken individually, or as a full series, which can be started at any time. Offered in partnership with Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement for more than a decade, the classes are taught primarily by Wake Forest University staff, faculty, and alums. For the 2020-2021 sesason, all classes will be held online and divided into two weekly consecutive two-hour sessions to avoid the very real "Zoom fatigue!"

Visit our website to find out more about the full series, including dates for remaining sessions and NEW "advanced" sessions for some topics.

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners, $60 for all others
Full Series: $450 for SPs, $550 for all others (the series can be started with any class)

Not sure if your organization is a Supporting Partner? Please check Join/Give Now on our website or call 336-724-2866. If payment is a barrier to your organization's participation in this program, please contact us. We want to ensure that small, grassroots organizations and those led by people of color can benefit from these sessions.

Spots Still Available for Our Next Service Enterprise Cohort!

After a brief pause to move our Spring 2020 cohort online, we're happy to announce that we are once again accepting applications for our next fall/winter Service Enterprise cohort!

According to recent studies, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers, and more than 70% of all donors have at least one volunteer within their familyResearch further shows that organizations maximizing volunteer skills and providing effective volunteer management outperform peer organizations in addressing community needs, operate at significantly lower costs, and are more adaptable, sustainable, and able to go to scale. As you've probably heard us say over and over again--it's about ways that we can help YOU meet YOUR mission more effective and efficiently!

Service Enterprise was designed to help nonprofits "re-imagine" how they engage volunteers in order to develop a volunteer strategy that leverages their skills throughout the organization, and creates or improves processes for effective recruiting, management, funding, training, support, and retention. A national model built on training, coaching, peer support, and certification, becoming a nationally-recognized Certified Service Enterprise has been transformational for many of our partners, including Crisis Control Ministry and Senior Services.
Interested in finding out more?  Click here or contact Kathy Davis. Cohorts are small, so there are only a limited spaces available!
Training Opportunities
"Generating Revenue Without Writing Grants," NC Center for Nonprofits webinar, September 17th, Noon to 2 pm, $35-$50. Using strategies from the nonprofit entrepreneurial mindset (NEM), this webinar will help you identify ways to generate revenue without writing grants, discover funding opportunities specific to your community, and create a strategy to market, implement, and fund your new revenue stream. Register online.
"Sustaining and Adapting Volunteer Engagement in our New Reality," a Sterling Volunteers webinar, September 17th, 2 pm, FREE! Join our friends at Sterling Volunteers for this free webinar. Wherever your organization is along the path to reopening or resuming standard services, there is much to navigate and consider as you contemplate bringing back volunteers. Join Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies, to get useful tips on how you can adapt and engage volunteers safely and meaningfully to help achieve your mission. The session will explore issues to consider when restarting services, share best practices in redesigning roles to address new needs and reconnect with volunteers through strategic communications, and provide tips on how to effectively manage change with your colleagues and leadership as well as with volunteers. Register today!
Racial Equity Institute's Virtual Phase I Anti-Racism Workshop, Hosted by Neighbors for Better Neighborhood, October 1st-2nd, 9 am to 5pm, $275-$295 NBN will be hosting their first-ever VIRTUAL REI Phase I workshop experience which begins a process for those wishing to proactively address racism and build an equitable community for all. This Racial Equity Institute training does not place blame or focus on personal bias; it instead provides a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of modern racism that challenges participants to think critically about the structures that create racial inequity in their communities. This virtual workshop will take place over two full days via Zoom, and while small teams from organizations are encouraged to participate, each individual must pay and register (people cannot share a screen.) There is limited scholarship funding available for first-time participants. More information and registration is online.
Other Opportunities
Save the Date for The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem's Annual (and now virtual!) Lunch on November 17th! The 15th Annual Women's Fund of Winston-Salem's lunch is now virtual with a theme of Where Do We Go From Here? Scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th from noon to 1:15 pm, the virtual gathering will celebrate their 2020 grantees, feature the unveiling of their NEW 2020 Gender Lens report, and include a panel discussion around the issues and metrics uncovered in the report. Please plan to join them!
Still Need Masks? Please Let Us Know! We know that many of you are starting to head back into the office, and resuming in-person services soon (if you ever suspended them in the first place.) If your staff, volunteers, or clients still need masks or other PPE to be as safe as possible, please let us know. There are mask resources available through both emergency management as well as Novant Health. We're happy to help get you connected to the equipment you need!
Funding Opportunities
Clemmons Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Their 2020-2021 Community Grants! As a part of their continuing service to those living and working in Clemmons and Lewisville, the Clemmons Community Foundation, a HandsOn Funding Partner, announces two grant opportunities available to nonprofits that also serve those communities. Their Thriving in Education Grants are available up to $7,500 for programs and services that reduce public education support gaps, engagement decline, and learning loss, as well as services to address student mental, social, and emotional health. Their Nonprofit Sustainability Grants are available up to $5,000 to support an organization's adaptations in program and service delivery or to ensure continuity of valued services and programs in the current environment. Any registered 501(c)(3) organization serving Clemmons and Lewisville may be eligible to apply. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 pm on October 1st! More details and the online application can be found on their website!
Employment Opportunities
Community Care Center, Executive Director The co-founder, and long-time leader, of the Community Care Center, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is leaving at the end of December, and they are working with CapDev, a HandsOn Vendor Partner, to find their next leader. The Center is North Carolina’s largest medical clinic serving uninsured patients and is one of the largest such clinics in the US. The volunteer-based, free, non-profit healthcare clinic provides health care services and medicines to uninsured patients who don’t qualify for federal or private insurance and who have family incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and organization of the Center, as well as its staff and functions. Specific areas of oversight include financial, human resources, medical directorship, technology, fundraising, and community relations. The Executive Director is considered the “face” of the Center in the community and is the primary spokesperson in all communications on behalf of the Center. For more details on qualifications and responsibilities, as well as application instructions, please visit CapDev's website.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, President and CEO The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, – the first arts council in the country, and a HandsOn Supporting Partner – is seeking its next leader. The CEO directs, supervises and leads all aspects of The Arts Council’s multi-faceted operations, and is also a full member of The Arts Council’s Board of Trustees, participating directly in governance and establishment of strategic direction for the organization. Because of The Arts Council’s recognized unique and vital role in supporting the community’s vibrant and diverse arts constellation, the CEO – as the leader and “face” of The Arts Council – is an important community leader. The CEO engages frequently with other community leaders from government, business, education and philanthropy to advance strategic initiatives for the community’s economic, cultural and other development as the “City of Arts & Innovation” and a great place to live, work, learn and play.
Interested persons should review the full position description, and then submit a cover letter and resume to Rick Moss, Chair of the Succession Planning Committee, by September 30th! Submissions are likely to be considered as they are received, and a decision might be made before that date--so act soon!
Imprints Cares, Director of Business Operations As a member of the Imprints Cares leadership team, this position will be responsible for all financial and human resource functions. Imprints Cares is an early childhood education nonprofit, with a mission to enrich the lives of young children while supporting families through their journey of parenthood. The Director of Business Operations is responsible for overseeing day-to-day accounting responsibilities in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and adherence to all nonprofit financial regulations. This position will also be responsible for all Human Resource matters including maintaining employee relations, benefits, compensation, and employee personnel files. The Director of Business Operations will need to have the ability to think strategically and lead project implementation as well as handle administrative functions and details. For more information, please review the full position description.
World Relief Triad, Multiple Positions Available World Relief Triad is currently hiring for a number of open positions in the Winston-Salem and High Point area. Their services are primarily focused towards immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking, with a focus on community engagement and transformation, and their organizational mission is “empowering the local church to serve the most vulnerable.” The following positions are available:

  • Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) Services Client Coordinator
  • Health and Wellness Program Manager

Review all of the full position descriptions and apply online.
Participate in Forsyth County's Community Support Days!

Like voting, participating in the 2020 Census is a key part of civic participation in our democracy! Forsyth County's Complete Count Committee is working in partnership with members of some of their subcommittees to hold a variety of pop-up events across the county before the deadline to be counted approaches at the END OF THIS MONTH! As a community, we need increase the self-response rate, since, as of last week, the response rate for Forsyth County was ONLY 63.6%. We all know that the pandemic diverted everyone's attention away from the Census, but that doesn't make getting counted any less important!

The government has decided to end the count a month early--at the end of September, rather than the end of October--which could be particularly problematic in North Carolina, as seen in the current state of Forsyth County's undercount to date. Why is undercounting so important? It could cost North Carolina billions of dollars in federal funding for public schools, childcare, health care, affordable housing, food assistance, and many other programs over the next decade, not to mention the possibility of an additional seat in the House of Representatives.

Supporting one of these drive-through, pop-up events can make a difference in getting your neighbors counted. (We're going to assume that all of readers have already completed their Census--RIGHT?!?) At each event, there will be educational materials, free mask giveaways, and food. Many thanks to our friends at Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods for giving us the head's up about these events!

Dates + Times for No-Contact, Drive-Thru Events:
Thursday, Sept. 10th (4:00 - 6:00 PM) at the Kimberly Park Pool Parking Lot
Friday, Sept. 11th (4:00 - 6:00 PM) at the Bolton Park Pool Parking Lot
Thursday, Sept. 17th (4:00 - 6:00 PM) at the North Forsyth HS Parking Lot (front lot by tennis courts)
Saturday, Sept. 19th (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) at the Enterprise Center

North Carolina Moves into
Phase 2.5 Reopening Plan!

Just ahead of the holiday weekend, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 163, moving North Carolina into “Phase 2.5” of the state's re-oping plan. Some key provisions for nonprofits, as we all work to remain both compliant and as safe as possible:

·   Gatherings of up to 25 people are now allowed indoors and up to 50 people outdoors (up from 10 people in indoor gatherings.)

·   In great news for nonprofit museums and aquariums, they can now re-open at 50% of their capacity, after being closed for nearly six months!

·   Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, including those operated by nonprofits, may re-open at 30% of their capacity.

·   All employers in North Carolina – including nonprofits – are required to make a good-faith effort to provide face coverings for their employees. The Executive Order calls for employers to provide either a weekly supply of re-usable face coverings or a daily supply of disposable face coverings for their employees. Need help meeting that requirement? Please let us know so that we can hook you up!

Many thanks to the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for the great summary.
Including Salary Information in Job Postings is an
Easy Step Towards Equity!

As the sector--and the nation as a whole--continues to take steps to increase racial and gender equity, one area that continues to grow is the movement to include salary information in all job postings. Instead of revealing that information towards the end of the hiring process, advertising it upfront makes life easier--and more equitable--for both candidates and the nonprofits.

How? It ensures that those candidates interest in applying can more quickly decide if the pay range meets their needs, saving both parties time. On the nonprofit side, it signals to candidates what they can expect when they come to work--transparency, trust, and respect. It also makes is easy for the organization to see if there are obvious pay disparities across positions. Since this blog post by Vu Lee, written more than five years ago, the recognition of the ties between salary transparency and equity is only growing.

As a result, popular nonprofit jobs boards--including the three biggest in Minnesota--are now requiring salary information before sharing openings. While we here at HandsOn haven't yet implemented that policy, it is a practice we are considering as we move forward in our own equity journey. We hope that more of our partners will voluntarily begin including this information, so that such a policy won't even be necessary.

Still have questions about why this is important? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us! And, if you'd like to post an opening in this newsletter, be sure to send it to us before the last day of the month preceding the month of publication--and don't forget the salary info!
Co-Founder and Long-Time Leader of Community Care Center Announces Retirement!

After 20 years of service, the Community Care Center executive director and co-founder, James Robinson, announced his plans to retire from this long-standing HandsOn Supporting Partner last month, effective December 31, 2020. The search for Robinson’s successor will commence immediately (see "employment opportunities" above.)

Robinson, Drs. Ernesto de la Torre, and William Satterwhite, Jr., were the three original founders of the clinic, which opened to patients on October 23, 2000, staffed by volunteer providers and support staff. Originally conceived as an opportunity for retired physicians to give back to the community, its potential was realized when Novant Health offered a large medical building under $1 a year lease. Under Robinson’s leadership, Community Care Center quickly grew to be the largest free clinic in North Carolina and one of the largest in the country. The organization has earned the Gold rating from the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program and the highest accreditation from the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics. It is also “deemed” under the Federal Torts Claims Act, which requires certain standards of quality control and peer review.

For more details, please read the full press release. We wish the best of luck to James as he begins his "next act" but we will surely miss him in our network!
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