Volume 14, Issue 6| June 2021
The Nonprofit Connection
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I remember this time last year, when Dr. Ohl, with Wake Forest Baptist Health, made a bold prediction that the worst of the pandemic would be behind us by July 4th, 2021. It was before the winter surge of cases, before the approval of any vaccines, before the election. It seemed like a wild and bold statement. But from where I am sitting now, less than a month away from that date, and 15 months away from the start of the pandemic, it would appear he may be right. Cases, percent positivity rates, and hospitalizations are as low as they've been in over a year. Nearly 50% of Forsyth County's entire population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. The tide has definitely turned.

Our community has been forever changed over the course of these past 15 months. We have grieved, we have organized, we have come together to care for each other in new and intentional ways. It has been exhilarating, and it has been exhausting. We've learned to be resilient in ways that most of us could never have imagined.

The stories of service and dedication that we celebrated last month during our Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards highlighted just some of the amazing strength and gifts of our neighbors during 2021. The nominees and winners that we recognized represent just a small amount of the caring and concern shown by thousands of volunteers that have gotten our community through these past 15 months. It's always a highlight of my year to share these stories of service with our wider community, and this year was no different. If you missed our live Facebook event on May 6th, you can watch it here (we've also embedded it below.) You can read more about the Awards in our virtual program, and you can access the profiles of all of our nominees on our Facebook page. I promise that you'll be as inspired by these amazing volunteers as I was. We're hosting a small, drive-thru event later this month to hand our winners and nominees their physical awards, and I'm excited to meet many of them "in the flesh" for the first time. Many huge thanks to Casey Capstick on our team, and our partners at United Way, Salem College, and the Winston-Salem Journal for helping us to make sure that these awards happened, even during a pandemic.

It has been an honor to navigate these waters with all of you, and I am ready to find the shore of our "next normal" over the course of the summer. I hope you all get a chance to catch your breath, and an opportunity to imagine what comes next. Be on the lookout for an announcement of some of our "next" work over these coming summer weeks. These are exciting times, all around--and I am glad to experience them with all of you.

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!

Last Sessions of 2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials!
Grant Writing OR Advanced Grant Writing
CHOOSE ONE (Both are offered in two parts:)
Advanced Grant Writing
Wednesday, June 16, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, June 23, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom


Grant Writing
Thursday, June 17, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 24, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NOTE: this class meets at a different time
Location: Zoom

Our 2021-2022 Nonprofit Essentials series finishes up with one of our most popular topics--Grant Writing! Like April's Program Evaluation, we've decided to offer two tracks for this topic to help make sure that those with more experience--as well as those who have never written a grant proposal before--can connect with material that will make their task easier.

Our Advanced Grant Writing--held on consecutive Wednesdays--is designed for those who seek to increase their effectiveness in the field of grant writing. The workshop will include: Request for Proposal Analysis, Use of Statistics, Collaboration, Identification of Support Documentation Proposal Analysis and Sharpening Your Grant Writing Skills. Working in small groups, participants will have an opportunity to review and critique well-written proposals and seek guidance regarding their specific grant writing challenges.

The Advanced class is taught by Ruth Peebles, President of The INS Group. With more than 30 years of hands‐on experience in nonprofit management, project management, fundraising and organizational development, Ruth founded the INS Group in 1999 with the mission of helping federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofits, and faith-based institutions use innovative solutions to build their capacity and sustain their programs and services. Ms. Peebles currently serves on Wake County Affiliate Board of the North Carolina Community Foundation and Student U Board of Directors. She is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle. 
The Grant Writing class--held on consecutive Thursdays--is a practical course designed for those seeking to develop their grant proposal writing skills. Participants will learn how to: assess the "grant readiness" of their organization; how to research funding sources; become familiar with grants terminology; write a successful grant by learning the common elements of a grant proposal; and prepare to manage a grant as part of your organizational process.

These sessions will be taught by Susan Brittain, who brings decades of experience in our local nonprofit to her current private consulting and grant writing practice. Susan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and received her Master’s degree in Education/Counseling from Wake Forest University.  

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.

Visit our website to find out more about the full series. The 2021-2022 series will begin again in September, and we will announce those dates over the summer.

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.

Don't forget to apply by June 30th!
2021-2022 Women's Emerging Leaders Program
Attention all mid-level female or non-binary staff and new Executive Directors! If you are currently working in a nonprofit and looking for leadership development, a better understanding of nonprofit operations, and the opportunity to meet others like yourself, come to this information session to learn more about the Women's Emerging Leaders Program.
This 10-month, equity-focused program is designed just for you by developing the skills needed to move into next-level leadership positions within the nonprofit sector. The program consists of an intensive Leadership Essentials for Women component in late August and early September, and then the cohort moves through our 2021-2022 Nonprofit Essentials series together. The Leadership Essentials for Women curriculum is based on research and methods developed by the Center for Creative Leadership and is co-facilitated by one of their adjunct faculty members, HandsOn staff, and a Women's Emerging Leaders alum. The program is open to mid-level female and non-binary staff or to Executive Directors of new or emerging nonprofit organizations who have 3 years or less of experience in their role as Executive Director. We deliberately limit each year's cohort to no more than 15 people to ensure quality engagement and participation, and the development of strong bonds between members. You can learn more about the program here. Have questions? Please don't hesitate to email Kathy!

To date, more than 100 local women have graduated from this transformational program. If you are a graduate, please be sure to share this opportunity with others you think may be interested. If you're considering applying, but would like to speak with a graduate first, we'll be happy to share a contact.

Note: If payment is a barrier to your participation in this program, please contact us. We want to ensure that leaders of small, grassroots organizations, especially BIPOC leaders, can benefit from
Training Opportunities
"Working with Group Volunteers & Reaching Them Through Social Media," PRAVA monthly meeting, Thursday, June 24th, 9:45 am Join PRAVA, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, for this virtual roundtable discussion. Facilitators for this session will be Lindley Curtis, Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator, and Lisa Northrop, Director of Donor Relations, both with SECU Family House of Winston-Salem (another Supporting Partner of HandsOn.) Members and guests will learn helpful strategies for reaching volunteer groups and maintaining relationships with them. The cost is free for members and guests. Registration by email is required to get the Zoom link.
"The Golden Thread: Nonprofit CEOs Share Surprising Success Strategy that Greatly Enhanced Adaptation, Innovation and Revenue Growth During the COVID Crisis," HIGOL webinar (and report), June 24th, 3 pm to 4:30 pm, FREE! HIGOL has created a paper that examines a 'Golden Thread' that supported innovation and growth during the pandemic. This panel follows up on that work and will feature four nonprofit CEOs from across the state who made elegant pivots to align their core values to their work, adapt in a radically changing environment, and make a difference in the lives of many when they needed it most: Scott Hoekman: President of Enterprise Housing Credit Investment (EHCI); Maurice Jones: Past CEO of Local Initiative Support Corporation and Present CEO of OneTen; George Jones: CEO of Bread for the City; and Ron Pringle: CEO of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. To register, please email them and they will send you a calendar invite and zoom link.
Grantwriting and Research Workshop, IN-PERSON, Thursday, July 22nd, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Yadkin County Agricultural & Education Building in Yadkinville, NC, $25 includes lunch. This one-day seminar offered by Funding for Good and sponsored by the Clemmons Community Foundation, a HandsOn Funding Partner, is designed for both beginners and practiced grant writers. Topics include basic grant writing objectives, the elements of almost every proposal, formatting, how to customize proposals to the granting organization, the process for successful grant research, as well as post-pandemic grant-maker shifts. More details and registration are online. Register by June 30th for a $5 discount!
Join HandsOn Staff at the VIRTUAL 2021 Points of Light Conference! Scheduled for July 14th-16th, this year’s online conference experience promises a dynamic array of inspirational moments and content relevant to the ever-evolving world over volunteerism that we are navigating together. Registration for the conference opened last week with early registration savings. Hold these dates on your calendar today and prepare for an exciting virtual conference experience! Learn more and register today!
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!
Save the Date for CapDev's "CAPitalize" campaign planning workshop, an in-person/hybrid event, October 7th, Wilmington, NC CapDev, a HandsOn Consulting Partner, is currently finalizing details and registration will be open later this summer. In the meantime, you can find more information here.
Join HandsOn NWNC Staff at the 2021 NC Statewide Conference, November 3-5!
Funding Opportunities
Women's Fund of Winston-Salem Now Accepting Applications! Hundreds of local women come together in the Women's Fund of Winston-Salem to direct their resources towards people and organizations that are building a better economic future for local women and girls. Are you doing this work in Forsyth County and need additional funding? Their grants program is now accepting applications! While grant decisions are ultimately made by The Women’s Fund’s membership, applicants that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive priority during the review process:
  • Newly-established organizations less than five years old 
  • Smaller organizations with annual revenue under $250,000 
  • Organizations led by women of color focused on working with women and/or girls of color 
  • Organizations that engage women and/or girls with lived experience in the design and/or implementation of the proposed program or work
Learn more and apply online through midnight on Monday, June 21st!
New Round of Funding Available for Grassroots Organizations Working on Vaccine Equity! Our friends at the NC Counts Coalition invite organizations that are committed to ensuring equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution to apply for grants in the range of $10,000 -$20,000. Funds will support organizations implementing vaccine equity initiatives that support NC communities experiencing health inequities to vaccine access, while building toward long-term civic engagement efforts. Up to $155,000 will be disbursed for short-term vaccine equity efforts through October 31st in collaboration with Made To Save. Starting TODAY, they will be holding a series of informal "office hour" sessions for partners who are interested in applying for funding. Please click on the dates below to register for a session:

If you have questions about this process, please contact Angeline Echeverría. For resources to help you pull your application together, please visit their website. You can also find more details here. The deadline to apply is June 16th at 11:59 pm! Everyone needs to be registered by July 7th.
Wake Health's Program in Community-Engaged Research Offering $5,000 for Their Community Engagement Boost Award! The Community Engagement Boost Award is granted quarterly to supplement the translational work of community organizations. This award can support the implementation of evidence-based interventions, fund evaluations, prepare pilot data that will allow for the submission of a subsequent, larger grant application, or advance change that promotes health. The application deadline is Monday, July 12th, by 11:59 PM. Questions? Please contact Isaiah Randall.
Employment Opportunities
ABC of NC, Development Database and Administrative Manager ABC of NC, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is a not-for-profit private center and research-based provider of diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. This person is the primary administrator of the development department's database, and is also responsible for implementing and managing new document management and photo filing systems; providing administrative and programmatic support to the development department; and assisting with marketing, communications, and fundraising efforts as requested. Salary range is $43-49K, with full benefits. To view the full position description and apply online, please visit their website.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Development Manager The Arts Council, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is seeking a new Development Manager to oversee administrative functions associated with their fundraising efforts while providing a high level of customer service to donors and partners. This is an in-office, full-time position. This positions reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and works cooperatively with the President & CEO and the Marketing & Communications Manager. They are responsible for fundraising and development activities (including but not limited to individual gifts under $1,000, sponsorships, corporate support, and workplace campaigns) with a personal portfolio of $700-750K annually. (The annual team fundraising goal is a minimum of $2 million.) The Development Manager works to sustain and grow the current donor base while also establishing new relationships to build and advance the Arts Council’s mission, visibility, relevance, impact, and financial resources. It is important that the applicant be engaged within the greater Winston-Salem and Forsyth County community. Salary range is $45-$50K, with benefits. For more details, please review the full position description. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Hall, Chief Advancement Officer by 5 pm on June 9th!! Don't wait!
Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Community and Youth Program Organizer (Part-Time) PEA, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is seeking someone to fill this new, 30 hr/week position. The Community & Youth Program Organizer will develop and coordinate programs that engage youth and community leaders in action for a more sustainable and just region. Effective candidates will be excellent relationship builders, compelling communicators, and energetic leaders. Responsibilities include: cultivating strong relationships with partners, volunteers, community leaders, and elected officials; developing and launching new environmental action programs and events; facilitating regular working groups and networks of stakeholders; managing and growing existing PEA community programs; and supporting PEA’s membership programs and fundraising work. While this position will start at 30 hr/week, there is the potential for additional hours as funding becomes available. The salary range is $20K-$24K annually, and benefits include paid time off, a cell-phone stipend, and a flexible work schedule. PEA offers some flexibility on working location, with an expectation that at least half of working hours take place in their Winston-Salem based office. Submit your resume and a cover letter via email explaining why this opportunity is exciting to you to, and be sure to reference “Community & Youth Program Coordinator” in the subject line. The position will close soon, so don't delay!
City with Dwellings, Executive Director City with Dwellings has re-opened their search for an Executive Director, with the assistance of Capability Company, a Hands On Consulting Partner. City with Dwellings (CwD): A Community First Initiative works to end the crisis of homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County by building a supportive, consistent community with individuals experiencing homelessness. CwD currently operates four integrated programs focused on their mission of building community and ending homelessness: Community First Center, Winter Overflow Emergency Shelter, The HEARRT Project, and Street Outreach. CwD’s first Executive Director will be a compassionate leader, a growth-oriented visionary, and an innovative problem solver. A nonprofit professional with a collaborative focus and strong experience working with a Board, the Executive Director will represent CwD’s collective voice in the community, serving as an encouraging partner, identifying and leveraging opportunities, and leading fundraising and advocacy efforts. The salary range for this position is $65k-$75K, but no additional benefits are offered at this time. CwD recognizes that the position and compensation will grow as the organization and funding grow. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references (including a past or present supervisor and/or Board member, a direct report, and a volunteer working directly with you). Only applications received through this address will be considered as they are received, on a rolling basis.
Wake Forest University, Community Action Coalition VISTA Members Our friends at the Office of Civic & Community Engagement at Wake Forest University are currently accepting applications for their 2021-22 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort, the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition (WSCAC). AmeriCorps*VISTA members are placed in full-time, capacity-building roles with community organizations throughout Winston-Salem. Focused on poverty alleviation, VISTA members work in the areas of educational equity, economic empowerment, and health and food justice. AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a variety of benefits while they serve their community including student loan forbearance, funding for past or future education, a living stipend, and professional development. Individuals interested in learning more about AmeriCorps are invited to watch this 30-minute webinar overviewing opportunities for national service, benefits, and the WSCAC.
Interested candidates can learn more about the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition here. Applications are being accepted now through July 1st, on a rolling basis for an August 2nd start date. Have question or need more information? Please contact Maggie Latta-Milord, WSCAC VISTA Leader.
Other Opportunities
Leadership Winston-Salem is Now Accepting Applications for Their Flagship Program! LWS, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is now recruiting for their "next best class ever!" Are you a middle or upper level leader looking to grow in understanding about Winston-Salem’s rich history? Want to learn what areas of our community need your engagement? Ready to develop friendships that last a lifetime? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Leadership Winston-Salem is for you! LWS has played a pivotal role in the development of professional leaders and volunteers in the community since 1985, and is a great way to earn your "community MBA." To learn more, please visit their website, watch this video or reach out to Katherine Perry. Kathy and Amy are both graduates, and would also be more than happy to share their experiences. Apply Today!
Tuition Assistance Available for Adult Students in Forsyth and Yadkin Counties! Our friends at the Clemmons Community Foundation, a HandsOn Funding Partner, are excited to announce two different opportunities for adult college students to receive tuition assistance. The Wayne C. Matthews Continuing Education Award provides up to $2,500 for adults from Yadkin County to help them attend Surry Community College-Yadkin Center. Recipients must intend to complete a credential-producing program that will lead to an in-demand occupation. But hurry--applications are due June 9th! Meanwhile, the Frank H. Samuelson Scholarship Award provides up to $2,000 for Forsyth County adults to help them attend Forsyth Tech. Applicants must complete a certification program that leads to employment in a field offering a livable wage. Applications are due June 10th!
HandsOn's Own Casey Capstick
Chosen as a Medallion Award Winner!

Before she joined HandsOn NWNC for her 2020-2021 VISTA year, Casey Capstick served her first VISTA year in 2019-2020 with ABC of NC, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, who nominated her for a 2020 Governor's Volunteer Service Award in the National Service category--which she won! Once she won on the local level last spring, she was chosen to compete for the state-wide Medallion Award, only 20 of which are chosen from amongst all of NC's 100 counties' individual winners. We were thrilled that Volunteer NC chose Casey as a Medallion Award winner, and took a photo to celebrate her win! Casey has definitely gone above-and-beyond in her national service work this year as well as last year, and we are honored to have her on our team. Congratulations, Casey!
Amy's Presentation on Fundraising and Board Engagement Available On-Demand!

Amy was honored to be asked to present on Fundraising: Is Your Board Engaged? Tips to help improve board participation today! as part of Volunteer NC, the NC Office of Strategic Partnerships and The NC Center for Nonprofits' Lunch and Learn series in May. If you missed it--never fear! You can watch it online on their YouTube channel at your leisure, or access her PowerPoint presentation here. Enjoy!
Newest Issue of Civic Life Today Available--Work!

This month's Civic Life Today examines finding purpose through our work. As people bring more of themselves and their personal passions to work, the workplace has evolved to become a mechanism for civic engagement. Contributors to this month's issue are exceptional, and include Jessica Heidt, script supervisor at Pixar, who discusses how she used her role to bring more gender equity in scripting to films; Bea Boccalandro, author and president of VeraWorks, shares how any person in any profession can create change; and Mark Horoszowski, CEO of MovingWorlds, takes a deeper look at social intrapreneurship.
Plus, you’ll learn more about:
  • The role our workplaces play in supporting communities and the issues we care about.
  • How to have critical conversations about what we care about in the workplace.
  • Being an ally at work.
  • And more!
The content is fantastic, and the goal to inspire everyone to realize they can make a difference, no matter what their career path.
View this, and past issues on Purchase Power and Voice, on Points of Light's website.
Value of A Volunteer Hour Increases to $28.52!

Independent Sector, in partnership with Do Good Institute, has just released the new national value of each volunteer hour as $28.54. This calculation--which you can learn more about by visiting their website--is just one of the many ways to value the economic impact of volunteers, and is considered the "gold standard" in the field. However, we do want to make sure that organizations are aware of the practical and philosophical issues of solely using this determination of value when it comes to volunteers, as it provides only a partial picture of what volunteers contribute. Organizations need to be sure that they are not disqualifying other methods of determining value, whether those are qualitative or quantitative. By visiting their website, you can also sign up view state-by-state measures; be aware that NC's rate is usually slightly below the national average.
NC Senate Committees Approve Bill That Could Provide a New Way for Nonprofits to Access Lower-Cost Health Insurance!
Last month, the NC Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allow North Carolina nonprofits and small businesses to offer exclusive provider benefit (EPO benefit) plans for their employees. EPO benefit plans are typically 15%-20% less expensive than other health insurance plans and allow participants to use a limited network of local health care providers while paying the full cost for any out-of-network health services other than emergency care. Potentially, this legislation could provide a meaningful and affordable health coverage option for some nonprofits. We so appreciate the NC Center for Nonprofits' work on this issue, and we'll be keeping our fingers crossed!
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