Volume 12, Issue 1 | January 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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Wow! 2019 is finally here! Between my broken (and replaced) hip and my summer sabbatical, 2018 seems to have disappeared in a blur. I know that almost every year feels like that--but this past year, more so than ever!

2019 will be bringing lots of changes to us here at HandsOn. After a little over four years being co-housed with our friends at The Winston-Salem Foundation, the staff and the board are evaluating new office possibilities and will be vacating our dedicated space by the end of the month. However, all of our workshops, training, and--at least for now--mailing address, will still be at 751 W. Fourth. And, of course, our phone number, email, and website will remain the same, as well. We have some exciting ideas that we're developing, and you'll hear more from us in the months to come. We are so grateful to the Foundation for all of the ways that they've supported--and will continue to support--our work and our mission.

With the approval of our 2019 budget, the board also made the decision not to renew our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program grant. While we still believe in the benefits of this program, we had found it increasingly difficult to make the program compelling for both volunteers and our nonprofit partners, as well as maintain its financial viability. Our stations and volunteers will be hearing more from us about this decision directly later in the month, but we want to go ahead and give everyone a heads up, as current program activities wind down at the end of March.

Both of these significant changes are just a prelude of what might be more to come, as the staff and board engage in a new strategic planning process starting next month. We want to make sure that we're delivering the most effective programs in as efficient a way as possible, with a keen eye on the needs of our local volunteers and nonprofits.

Of course, the new year also means we're heading into our busy Spring programming season, leading up to our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Breakfast on April 17th--SAVE THE DATE! Look for a separate email with the link to the nomination form within the next few weeks.

Currently, we're finalizing the details of our 10th Annual MLK Day of Service "Read-In" event, which is being held at Wake Forest University's Benson Center on Saturday, January 19th this year. We're expecting over 100 volunteers to participate! More importantly, this anniversary year marks an important milestone in the community collaboration that has brought this event together for a decade. For the first time, it is not a HandsOn VISTA member or staff member "driving the bus" on the event, but Kierra McClintock, a VISTA member with WFU's Pro Humantite Institute that has been the main organizer. We have been so impressed by her efforts this year, and are so appreciative of her dedication to this meaningful and important event. Also, in addition to the Read-In, HandsOn has been involved in sourcing projects for both Salem Academy and College's's Day of Service on Friday, January 18th, as well as the City of Winston-Salem's Helping Hands Day. On this one day, we project that nearly 500 volunteers will be engaged in service at dozens of sites across the city. We very much thank all of our nonprofit partners who submitted projects for both of these initiatives. It's certainly looking like "a day on, not a day off!"

We're also beginning to get interest from those who might benefit from being a part of our next Project Blueprint cohort. Meeting once a week for a long lunch over the course of ten weeks, the classes prepare our neighbors to tackle this crucial community leadership role. Topics covered include strategic planning, financial governance, fund development, advocacy and more. To learn more about the program, we hope that we'll see you at an informal information session we're hosting on January 23rd. The deadline to apply is February 15th, and the classes begin in March. The "capstone" for the course is taking part in one of our popular "Speed Dating" events, which give the graduates a chance to meet with a small but varied group of nonprofits, face-to-face. If you would like to participate in Speed Dating as a NONPROFIT, please contact Kathy. We hope that you will share the Project Blueprint opportunity widely within your own networks--the program is a great way for nonprofits to hear from diverse voices, and prepares new and upcoming community leaders to serve!

See you in the Burress Center in 2019!

Yours in Service,

Amy Lytle
Executive Director
HandsOn NWNC
2019 Annual Survey: Tell Us What You Think!
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Please take a few minutes to complete our NEW, shorter  Annual Survey ! With only 10 questions, our survey allows us to gather feedback from our most important stakeholders--YOU, so that we can continue to offer quality programs that are compelling, timely, and effective.    

Please take 5-10 minutes to give us your thoughts so that we can serve you better!  Deadline is Thursday, January 31 .
Nonprofit Essentials 2018-2019 :
Working With Leaders in Grassroots Communities
Thursday, January 17th, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

As the nonprofit sector becomes more and more focused on collective impact and place-based initiatives, as well as on asset-based community development in general, being able to work effectively with leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds is becoming crucial to ensuring that we are able to meet our missions effectively. This class will help you to increase your cross-cultural competency and understanding of the intersectionality of issues within varied communities.
The class will be taught by Paula McCoy , Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) , a neighborhood support organization whose mission is to connect people, strengthen voices, and leverage resources within the community to create safe, just, and self-determined neighborhoods.

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 Project Blueprint Information Session
Wednesday, January 23rd, Noon-1:00 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Carter Conference Room ( see map )

Applications are now being accepted for Project Blueprint , the board leadership program designed to facilitate the participation of underrepresented groups on nonprofit boards and committees. Project Blueprint is a series of ten training sessions that provide an overview of the role and operations of nonprofit boards to help develop the skills needed to become a successful board member. Please join us for an Information Session to learn more about the application process and program.


Winter Peer Philanthropy Network Meeting
Tuesday, February 12th, 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 chapters 9 & 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 Finance Officers Meeting
Thursday, February 14th, 8:00-9:00 am
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Carter Conference Room ( see map )

Are you a Finance Officer for a nonprofit? Don't miss this opportunity to share ideas, tips, trends and best practices with your nonprofit peers! The group meets three times per year to share practical information and is a way to meet other nonprofit staff involved in similar work while exploring concerns and discussing effective solutions.

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:
 Fund Development
Thursday, February 21st, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

This popular course is designed to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day in relation to fundraising. It is taught in an active learning style and includes case studies and a take-away project, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. The course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques, and will provide an overview of skills, strategies and program components for individuals with zero to four years of fundraising experience.  

The course is taught by Michelle Speas , who brings over 20 years’ experience in Japan, Africa and the United States to her executive leadership, including her current role as Chief Development and Public Relations Officer at Family Services , one of the Triad’s largest nonprofit organizations.

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.

Chuck Kraft Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
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 . 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 Albert with any questions. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29th.

Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Pathways Panel and Information Session TONIGHT, Thursday, January 10th, 6 to 8 pm, Venture Cafe . At 6:00 pm, come join Love Out Loud , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , as they hear from three individuals about different personal assessment tools to help you discover more about who you are and how that can relate to your service. Then stay for the 7:00 pm session, where you'll learn more about how the Pathways process of personal assessment, contextual growth, engagement, service, and reflection that can bring new life to your volunteer service and help you find a place to serve that meets your passions, interests, and callings. No need to register--just come!
Experiment in Self-Reliance to Offer Basic Tax Law Training!
Could you, your staff, your volunteers, or your clients benefit from learning more about the tax law changes this year? Then consider attending this FREE session provided by Forsyth Free Tax’s VITA program. The training will be conducted over the course of two evening sessions. Please register ASAP as seating is limited. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity and invite someone to come and learn about a topic that has an impact on each and every one of us. Remember, knowledge is power!
Day 1: Wednesday, January 16
Day 2: Thursday, January 17
Time: 6:00pm 8:00pm (each night)
Location: ESR-Board Room
Street Address: 3480 Dominion Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Questions? Contact Marie Roberts at 336-714-9212.
"Audit-Ready Financials for the Nonprofit CFO" Presented by Massey Consulting, January 29th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Durham, FREE! Scrutiny of audits by stakeholders, grant foundations, and individual donors continues to increase for nonprofit organizations. What if you could successfully present error-free financial statements that are compliant with the GAAP changes without manual re-work in Excel? Join Massey Consulting , a top financial management consultant for NC's nonprofits, at Durham's Angus Barn to learn how to obtain well-documented transactions and balances to help you prepare audit-ready financials. Enjoy an upscale lunch, collaborate with local nonprofit business leaders, and discover how to ensure successful reporting efficiency and data consolidation for your audits. While the event is free, online registration is required.
Learn More About Selecting the Right Software for Your Nonprofit in This Webinar Series In most software categories, there are dozens of systems to choose from, each with hundreds of features. How do you know which one is right for your organization? Join Idealware for Strategic Software Selection for Nonprofits , a three-part webinar series to guide you through the software selection process including how to evaluate your nonprofit's needs, research and sort through software options, review and test the software, and manage a smooth implementation. All webinars are 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • January 17: Defining Your Process - Before the sales pitches and demos, step back to ask whether you really need new software and consider how to measure the return on investment. Then look at the selection process and lay the groundwork for a thoughtful plan.
  • January 24: Evaluating Your Choices and Closing the Deal - Once you've planned your process, learn about your different choices, compare them against your needs, evaluate your options, and practice each stage of closing the deal.
  • January 31: Your New System in Action - You've signed the contract, now walk through each major stage as you implement your system and onboard it with your staff.
Registration is $120. Center Members can register for $95 using discount code 19-NC. Register online.
"3 Email Marketing Trends for Small Businesses In 2019" Constant Contact webinar, January 31st, 2:00 pm, FREE! Join Constant Contact (the platform that we use to create The Nonprofit Connection) as they explore the top email marketing trends for small businesses and simple ideas to incorporate them into your marketing strategy. In this free webinar session, they’ll show you:
• How to create more personalized email messages
• How to do more business and save time with automation
• How to make sure your organization is competitive in today’s world
NC Center for Nonprofits webinar with Third Space Studios, February 5, 1:00-2:30 pm, $35-$50. Executive Directors sit in a unique position of authority and leadership, directing a staff while also answering to a board of directors. Effective executives learn to see their board as partner rather than boss. They also engage and mobilize their board to do high-priority work that benefits the organization. Join the Center and Third Space Studio (a HandsOn Consulting Partner ) for this webinar to explore some of the habits and mindsets that executive directors can use to create a strong sense of shared leadership with the board. Register now!
Other Opportunities
Submit Your BB&T Lighthouse Project Proposal Today!
 It's a new year and our friends at BB&T are gearing up for their 2019 Lighthouse Projects ! For the 11th year in a row, HandsOn has been asked to solicit volunteer projects as part of this company-wide initiative. Be on the lookout for a dedicated email next week but, in the meantime, feel free to start brainstorming with your team and submitting your proposals online .
WSSU 2019 Spring Student Involvement Fair
 Winston-Salem State University 's Spring Student Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm in the Donald J. Reaves Student Activity Center. Please contact Dana Walker , Coordinator of Community Service, if your organization would like to participate.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Launches its All For NC Fellowship
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is seeking to invest directly in young innovators, change makers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and risk takers between the ages of 21 and 35 with bold ideas for how to make a difference in North Carolina and its communities. The newly established All For NC Fellowship is a 12-month program designed to provide funding, coaching, and mentoring to young people who have a vision and plan that could contribute to a better life for North Carolina’s people and communities. Fellows will receive:
  • An individual stipend of $75,000 (pre-tax) for personal and project expenses incurred during the Fellowship;
  • Professional growth opportunities such as one-on-one coaching; and
  • Shared educational experiences in-person with peers, coaches and community leaders.
The Foundation expects to fund three cohorts of Fellows over the course of five years. Fellowships will begin in Summer/Fall 2019 and end in Summer/Fall 2020. Up to five Fellows will be selected for each cohort. They are placing very few limits on proposal ideas in hopes that many young people will see their ideas as qualifying for this Fellowship. Preference likely will be given to projects that have moved beyond an initial idea and have some momentum. For more details, please download a printable summary of the All For NC Fellowship . Applications are due on January 25th by Noon!
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
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

Both positions will remain open until filled.
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem, Office Assistant The Shepherd's Center, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, seeks a part-time afternoon office assistant, 15-20 hours per week. The ideal applicant will possess excellent computer and telephone skills. This is a front desk position. Applicant must enjoy interacting with older adults and be able to provide outstanding customer service. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Linda Lewis  or by mail to 1700 Ebert Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. 
Center for Creative Economy, Operations and Community Development Coordinator
 The Center for Creative Economy seeks an Operations and Community Development Coordinator responsible for the smooth functioning of its operations. In addition to day to day logistics, the Coordinator works on strategic development for the current and future programs within the community, together with the Executive Director and staff. The successful candidate will be organized, detail oriented, and skilled in navigating complex projects with deliverables across multiple programs and timelines. A four- year college degree is desired, and the person should be comfortable with technology and working on various digital platforms. Clear and effective writing skills are needed for grant writing and reports. For more details and the online application, please visit their website.
Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Program Coordinator Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) educates and empowers, builds community, and inspires action to create a healthier, more economically vibrant, and environmentally sustainable community. Based in Winston-Salem, they focus on environmental education, community events, and local advocacy to build the leadership to achieve increased environmental awareness and sustainability practice. This part-time position develops and implements education and advocacy programming and helps lead PEA's efforts to build a more environmentally sustainable community. Specifically, the position will help PEA build connections in the community; design, plan, and implement educational programming; bring sustainability curricula to local students; and work with a team to reach many members of the community. Click here to apply today.
Funding Opportunities
Joel & Claudette Weston Award Application Information Meeting
All health and human services nonprofit agency representatives are invited to learn, ask questions, and hear how they can apply for the Joel & Claudette Weston Award on Wednesday, February 6th at 10:00 am. The meeting will be held at Senior Services . Please RSVP to Noelle Stevenson-Ndiaye by January 28th .
Youth Grantmakers in Action Now Accepting Applications for Youth-Directed Projects
 Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) of The Winston-Salem Foundation makes grants to youth-directed projects that address community issues and challenges in Forsyth County. YGA is now accepting grant applications, with a deadline for submission of Thursday, January 31st. If your group is interested, access the application. What a great opportunity for local youth to make a difference!
Novant Health Social Responsibility's Education Funding Cycle is Now Open
Novant Health Social Responsibility, a HandsOn Funding Partner, is now accepting applications in their Education focus area, with a priority for programs that:
        Support early childhood development (birth to five) OR
        Enhance college and career readiness in the medical and health sciences career pathways 

The application will close by Thursday, February 14 th. Access the application but please refer to their website for funding guidelines, and this sheet which delineates their areas of focus. If you are interested in applying during a different cycle, those are referenced below along with the appropriate time frame to apply.

Environment (April 1-May 14)
        Increase food access, food security and nutrition education
        Support sustainable neighborhood change and revitalization
        Promote active lifestyles and healthy behavior change

Health and Human Services
(August 1-September 14)
  • Improve access to healthcare services 
  • Raise awareness and encourage healthy behaviors 
  • Address preventable health risk factors 
  • Support patients and their families’ needs through community based programs 
Community Impact
Novant Health also enhances the economic growth and development of its surrounding communities through support of local chambers of commerce and local city, town and county initiatives that impact health and safety. If you are interested in applying for community impact funding, please send an email and they will discuss appropriate timelines.

For applications for event-based sponsorships ONLY, they are accepting those applications two times per year.
        April 1- May 15  for events occurring August through December
        October 1- November 15 for events occurring January through July

**Please note that if your organization has any signature events in 2019, be sure to include those in your partnership proposal. Please do not submit those separately as a sponsorship.
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Supports Programs Aimed at Children Living in Urban Poverty Grants, which have ranged between $500 to several million dollars, go to support programs that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including microfinance) and childhood health. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organization’s total annual operating expenses. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; please review their website for more details and eligibility qualifications.
Aim High Grants Support Afterschool Programs for Middle-School Youth The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards of up to $100,000 will be made nationwide. For more details, please visit this website. The application deadline is January 25th!

Yes!Weekly Publishes Story About President George H. W. Bush's Legacy and HandsOn NWNC

We were pleased that YES!Weekly published a story last month about the legacy of President George H.W. Bush as embodied in Points of Light's Global Affiliate Network, of which we here at HandsOn NWNC are proud to be a part.

As noted in the article, in the decades since his famous "1,000 points of light" inaugural address, the former President ignited a spirit of volunteerism that has inspired millions to become points of light in communities across the globe--including ours here in Northwest North Carolina. We invite you to take a few moments and read the full article on their website.

Statewide Coalition Offers FREE Training on How Nonprofits Can Support the 2020 Census

The 2020 U.S. Census will be vitally important to almost every nonprofit in the state. It will determine not only whether or not NC picks up a 14th seat in the US House of Representatives (a distinct possibility), but also because crucial health and human services funding that nonprofits and their clients rely upon is determined by Census counts. North Carolina receives more than $16 billion per year in federal funds based upon the results of the Census!

The N.C. Counts Coalition is hosting a conference to help nonprofit and community leaders learn more about what they can do to help ensure an accurate count. Registration is now open for the FREE, day-long conference on January 31st in Raleigh. A limited number of travel stipends are available for nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members who live more than 75 miles from Raleigh. Thanks so much to the NC Center for Nonprofits for the heads up about this important event!

IRS Increases Business Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2019!

The standard business mileage reimbursement rate will increase significantly to .58 cents per mile in 2019 as announced by the IRS (up from 54.5 cents per mile in 2018). We, along with many of you, use this rate when reimbursing our employees for work-related driving. Of course, as always, the volunteer mileage reimbursement rate (what volunteers can claim for their driving as part of their service), remains unchanged at .13 cents/mile, as it would literally take a separate act of Congress to change it!
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