Volume 14, Issue 1| January 2021
The Nonprofit Connection
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Happy New Year! It’s 2021!

So many times, in the last few months I have heard others say and I also said, “I will be glad when 2020 is over!” Well, here we are on the other side of what may have been the worst year of many lives! I know it has been difficult and challenging, but we made it through, and hopefully better for it! I do believe in the midst of the challenges and losses of 2020 we found strength, courage, and hope that the future would be brighter! I challenge you to seek what I call my 3Ps every day of 2021: something Positive, Pleasant, and Productive.

I volunteered to be the guest columnist this month because I wanted to share my “HandsOn Experience” with you. December 2020 was my last board meeting of my seven years of service. I remember my first board meeting, when we were still in the Red Cross building. I arrived early because I certainly did not want to be late for the first meeting! On that day, I made new friends like Karl Yena and connections that will last for many years to come. From that day forward, Karl and I had a little competition about who would be the first to arrive to meetings!

When I accepted the position to serve on this board, I was a little unsure of my role. I knew I wanted to be a part of an organization that provided so much to our local nonprofit community. It certainly fit my career path as the Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Forsyth Tech, the only AA program like it in the state. Nervous energy put aside, I gave 100% to learn as much as I could about HandsOn and its impact. Having access to a Board Mentor, as well as the professional staff, made my transition effortless.

I soon found out that we were not competitors, but mutually committed to the common goal of providing training and education for those who wish to work in the nonprofit sector. HandsOn offers complementary programs that provide a variety of resources and offerings for both nonprofit organizations and individuals, like Nonprofit Essentials, Women’s Emerging Leaders, Board Basics, and more.

Coming up is one of the key offerings of HandsOn: the Forsyth County Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which provides the opportunity to recognize the many community volunteers that selflessly provide their time and talent to support the needs of our community. This is an annual event where you can nominate your favorite and most deserving volunteer for recognition. Nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards are now being accepted. Please take a moment and recognize a deserving volunteer before the February 12th deadline!

However, this is not where the story ends—it is only the beginning of the next chapter! Serving as a member of the HandsOn Board has been a journey of discovery about the true impact nonprofit organizations have on our community and quality of life. It has been a pleasure to serve in this capacity. Our nonprofit organizations need engaged board members so they can do the critical work of supporting our communities and meeting the needs of its citizens. I am saddened by the end of my board term but I am grateful that the experience has made me a better person. Thank you, HandsOn!

Humbly submitted,

Reneé Rogers

Dr. L. Reneé J. Rogers
Board Member 2013 – 2020
Board Chair 2019

Ed note: We're sad to see Reneé leave the board, but know that she will not be a stranger! Next month, you'll meet on our newest board members. If you're interested in serving on a local board, you can check out current openings on GetConnected or sign up for Project Blueprint. Do you want to share your love of HandsOn with our network in a guest column in the future? Then please let Amy know!
2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials:
Working With Leaders in Grassroots Communities
Thursday, January 21, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday, January 28, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Our fourth Nonprofit Essentials class focuses on the ability to work with folks from all neighborhoods and with diverse life experiences. As the sector becomes more focused on collective impact, place-based initiatives, and asset-based community development in general, this skill has become crucial to the success of individual nonprofits and their leaders. This class provides a
basis for engaging in mission-focused work from an asset-based and community-driven framework.

The class is taught by Paula McCoy, the interim Director for The Partnership for Prosperity, an initiative that came as a recommendation from the Winston-Salem Mayor's ThoughtForce on Poverty.  Paula is the former Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN), (Aug 2013-Jan 31, 2019), a neighborhood support organization whose mission is to connect people, strengthen voices, leverage resources within community to create safe, just and self-determined neighborhoods. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from North Carolina A & T State University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Since 1985, Paula has worked with numerous individuals, businesses and community-based organizations in the areas of personal, professional, organizational and community development. She considers this as her “life work”. Paula’s philosophy is “look at life through the wind-shield, not the rear view mirror.”
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.

Join us for our first-ever VIRTUAL MLK Day of Service Read-In, Saturday, January 23rd at Noon!

We hope that you will join us and the Youth Engagement Coalition for our first-ever VIRTUAL MLK Day of Service Read-In event on January 23rd from Noon to 1:30 pm.

For more than a decade, HandsOn has partnered with Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and others to present a "Read-In" event that typically matches youth aged 4-11 with college and other community volunteers to take part in a morning of varied activities that relate to Dr. King's legacy of service, literacy, social justice, and self-sufficiency. Like most of you, we realized that this year this event must look different in light of COVID-19.

In 2021, we'll be still be welcoming youth to participate in a variety of activities that will be led by high school, college, and community volunteers. As one of the signature activities of the new YEC, this lunchtime event will be highly interactive, and the participants will be provided with activity kits that they'll be able to complete at home, in real time, in small Zoom breakout rooms led by our volunteers. We're excited to work with our partners--both old and new--to make this an engaging and meaningful event!

We're looking forward to achieving the same goals of the Read-In through this completely new and different online experience. Learn more about becoming a volunteer by signingup TODAY. Want to register a child aged 4-11 to participate? Be sure to sign them up in advance so that we can make sure they get their activity kit. Have questions or want more information? Don't hesitate to reach out to Casey!
Nominate a Volunteer for the 2021 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards TODAY!
Join Us at 9 am on Tuesday, January 26th to Learn More!
Sponsorships & Nominations NOW OPEN!

We're anticipating that our 2021 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards will continue to look different this year due to the impact of COVID-19 on our ability to gather in person for a breakfast. Depending on the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, we may still have an in-person event, but, for right now, we're planning on hosting a virtual event again in 2021.

In either case, we KNOW that you'll want YOUR outstanding volunteer to be recognized this year! As we saw last spring, now, more than ever, sharing the feel-good stories of how volunteers have stepped up to serve our neighbors in need is vitally important. We all need to feel a little more connection to each other during these disconnected times! We're excited that the Governor's Office has released the 2021 nomination form and it is now live on their website! All online applications that originate in Forsyth County will be forwarded to us here at HandsOn, where a volunteer committee will read, review, and make the selection of our category winners that we'll announce during the event. While there are PDF and Word versions of the application available, we hope everyone will make the much easier choice and use the online form!

Want to learn more about the process and how to submit a successful nomination? Amy and Casey will be hosting a 2021 GVSA training session at 9 am on Tuesday, January 26th We'll go through the online application and answer any questions you might have. You'll also get to hear first-hand from a selection committee member about what makes a nomination compelling to read. Can't make it? No worries--we'll record the session and probably offer an additional one in January as well; follow our social media pages for when it is announced. Please register below to get the Zoom link.

Sponsors are still needed to help make this virtual event happen. Event and "table" sponsorship are both available. Last year, more than 2,000 people engaged with the recognition of our nominees and winners, and/or watched our Facebook live event. Whether in person or virtual, sponsorship is a great way to show your support of the vital services that volunteers have continued to provide to our community throughout 2020!

ED Roundtable for Leaders of Color:
Nonprofit Compliance Checklist
Friday, January 29th, Noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Zoom

We're excited to offer the second session in what should be an every-other-month ED Roundtable discussion designed by and for BIPOC nonprofit leaders. We're thrilled to be working with Joy Williams, from Hope To Thrive, and Aynna from Disabilities Advocates as the volunteer co-leaders of the Roundtable.

Based on the discussion and questions that arose during our first roundtable discussion in November, we'll be welcoming David Heinen from the NC Center for Nonprofits to discuss the core legal and compliance issues of which all nonprofits need to be mindful. The session will include a review and discussion of their newly-updated Legal Compliance Checklist for North Carolina Nonprofits. Created by the Center and updated annually, the checklist outlines laws that affect North Carolina nonprofits’ governance, finances, advocacy, human resources, and fundraising, while also addressing legal issues related to COVID-19, new state tax laws, and changes to employment laws.

Following David's discussion, there will also be an opportunity for members of the group to network and share with each other, and to discuss future topics and plans for the Roundtable as a whole. While open to all leaders, the focus of the Roundtable is to support nonprofits led by people of color.

COST: FREE!! but you'll need to register for the Zoom link

February's Nonprofit Happy Hour:
Featuring Brent Campbell on Crisis Communications!
Thursday, February 4th, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom

After a well-deserved New Year's break, our Virtual Nonprofit Happy Hours are back in 2021! While we are all excited to have 2020 behind us, we know that we are all still need ways to informally connect with each other personally and professionally, and exchange ideas on topics impacting nonprofits.

This month's special guest is Brent Campbell, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, who will share about communicating during a crisis, including challenges, successes, and lessons learned. We all know you're want the chance to talk with the person who so many of us are hearing from regularly!

We hope we'll see you there!

COST: FREE!! but you'll need to register for the Zoom link

2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials:
Essentials of Fund Development
Advanced Fund Development
Essentials of Fund Development
Wednesday, February 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Advanced Fund Development
Thursday, February 18, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday, February 25, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom

For the first time this year, we're offering TWO DIFFERENT TRACKS for our sixth Nonprofit Essentials topic on fund development, both of which are designed to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day related to fundraising.

The first track--meeting on two consecutive WEDNESDAYS--is geared towards those with more limited fund development experience. The course 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. Particular emphasis will be dedicated to discussing how COVID-19 has impacted the work of nonprofit development offices and their ability to raise critical philanthropic support to meet an organization’s needs.

The second track--meeting on two consecutive THURSDAYS--is for those with more experience in fund development. These interactive sessions on advanced fundraising will focus on current and prospective donor research strategies and techniques, securing the gift, and relationship development. Specifically, participants will learn how to: craft a case for support in order to communicate the rationale for supporting the organization’s mission, prepare donor-focused solicitation communications to facilitate informed gift decisions, initiate and strengthen relationships with constituents through systematic cultivation and stewardship plans designed to build trust in, and long-term commitment to, the organization, develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents about the organization’s mission, vision, values, financial and ethical practices, funding priorities, and gift opportunities. Priori to the class, you'll be asked to provide at least two samples of the following: case for support, direct mail appeal package, major gift proposal, stewardship and cultivation plan, communications plan, gift acceptance policy, newsletter/impact reports, annual report, your job description, volunteer and or board member job description.

Both tracks will be taught by Michelle Speas, who bring 20 years of nonprofit experience to her current role as Chief Development and Public Relations Officer at Family Services, one of the Triad’s largest nonprofit organizations and an anchor agency in Forsyth County committed to strengthening the safety, security, and well-being of the most vulnerable women, children and families in our community. For the majority of her career, Michelle has worked as a development officer, directing annual, capital, and planned giving campaigns and spearheading communication and public relations efforts. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) for over a decade and served as the first Chief Executive Officer of one of NC’s largest private family foundations. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. As a volunteer, she has served on over a dozen Triad nonprofit boards including: Smart Start, Family Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way and the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus.

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 ADDITIONAL "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.

Training Opportunities
 “Racial Healing: Understanding Racial Identity, Systemic Racism, and How to Become a Racial Ally,” Points of Light webinar, January 12th, 1 pm to 2:15, FREE! As part of Points of Lights' Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism initiative, join Dr. Anneliese Singh, author, professor and Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development at Tulane University, for a session that will help raise race-consciousness by challenging stereotypes, reframing the history of racism and its impact on our lives, and share why healing from racism is an integral part of dismantling it. Attendees will learn strategies for self-reflection, how oppression happens and the steps to becoming a racial ally. This conversation is based on Dr. Singh’s book, “The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing.” Register today to receive the Zoom link!  
"ENVISION: Diversity and Race Equity for Boards of Directors," NC Center for Nonprofits/ Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits webinar, January 14th, two parts: 10-11:30 am and 1-2:30 pm, $75-$250. Boards of directors value the diversity of thought and leadership that its members bring to the governance table, but research shows that as many as 90% of boards are white. This creates a racial leadership gap that may create blind spots in leadership and reduce problem solving and critical strategic thinking. Valuing a diverse board needs to be advanced into action that boards can become more equipped to lead their organizations towards a race equity culture. Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for this two-part webinar where they'll review national and Oklahoma-based research on board diversity and share the practical steps a board can take to become more committed, more knowledgeable, and more skilled in analyzing race, racism, and race equity and in placing these issues at the forefront of organizational and operational strategy. Participants will learn why race equity matters to boards of directors; become more comfortable discussing matters of race at the board level; and identify steps to commit towards building a diverse and equitable board that can hold the organization accountable for its race equity culture. For more information, and online registration, please visit the Oklahoma Center's website.
"How to Craft an Annual Fundraising Plan in Uncertain Times," Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar, Thursday, January 14, 2 pm, $69. While one thing we've learned during the past 10 months is that it is almost impossible to plan during a pandemic, this webinar will feature expert guests that will help you navigate through setting priorities, creating a roadmap to achieve your goals, measuring success, and allowing for flexibility during such turbulent times. You'll also learn key steps to take and questions to answer when crafting a development plan; how to prepare your trustees and executives to make decisions quickly as circumstances shift; and how — and why — to create a compelling case statement. Plus, you’ll get sample plan elements to help you create a smart fundraising strategy for 2021. Register today!
Funding Opportunities
Funding Available to Promote Equitable Early Childhood Systems! The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust a HandsOn Funding Partner, are excited to announce an upcoming grant opportunity to advance local- and state-level early childhood system and policy changes: Supporting Grassroots Efforts to Promote Equitable Early Childhood Systems. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released in early January for a three-year, $100,000/year ($300,000 total) flexible funding opportunity to support up to 10 organizations to advance changes to early childhood policies, practices, institutions, or other components of early childhood systems. Eligible organizations for this funding opportunity are grassroots organizations led by and serving Black, Latino, American Indian, and other communities that have been negatively impacted by inequities in early childhood systems. This grantmaking collaboration will support local organizations and coalitions that are working to center the experience of children and families to tackle a range of early childhood issues that are consistent with the foundations’ priorities, such as:
·   Making high-quality early childhood care and education accessible and affordable in a variety of settings that meet the diverse needs of North Carolina’s children, parents, and caregivers 
·   Supporting the health and well-being of parents and caregivers as a strategy to meet the needs of their children
·   Preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 
·   Addressing other issues facing young children (foundation staff will be available in January for one-on-one consultations to discuss whether an issue is a fit for this funding opportunity) 

The RFP will be released this week and will include two stages. Submissions for the first stage will be due February 5th. Based on an initial review for strategic alignment and eligibility criteria, organizations will be notified if they have advanced to the second stage in late February. Award decisions will be made in May. To learn more and to sign up to receive the RFP when released, please visit their website.
Learn More About How An AmeriCorps Grant Could Help Your Program! This week, Volunteer NC, which oversees the AmeriCorps State grant programs, will be hosting one last Training and Technical Assistance session that will give nonprofits a chance to learn more about applying for AmeriCorps members, how members could increase their program's scale and impact, and best practices in the grant application process. The session will be held on January 11th from 10 am to 1 pm. As someone who has peer-reviewed these applications yearly for well over a decade, Amy *strongly encourages* anyone considering applying (or applying in the future) to attend this session. Please visit their website to sign up in order to get the WebEx link. Have questions about AmeriCorps in general? Please reach out to Megan Trawick at Volunteer NC.
Youth Grantmakers in Action Now Accepting Proposals! The Winston-Salem Foundation's YGA is now accepting proposals that will support youth-led projects throughout our community. To assist in the application process, they are offering a Virtual Grantwriting Workshop on Wednesday, January 13th at 5 pm so that you can learn more about creating a strong proposal. The grant guidelines and application can be found on their website. The deadline is January 29th!
Other Opportunities
Lifeline Shoebox Needs New Storage Space! Lifeline Shoebox provides needed personal items to
residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities during the holiday season. Since 2008, they have served more than 5,000 residents within Forsyth County and the Triad area. Due to COVID-19, they are in immediate need of new storage space to house their products and supplies, and give them space that allows volunteers to package items. If you have ideas about potential space, please don't hesitate to reach out to Wanda Reid, or call her at 336-355-8042. Thanks!
Employment Opportunities
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The Arts Council, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is seeking a highly experienced professional to serve as a leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the Arts Council and its $3M operating budget. In partnership with the President & CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities (including but not limited to individual gifts, sponsorships, corporate support/ workplace campaigns, foundation giving, planned gifts, in-kind gifts and capital/endowment programs), with annual revenues in excess of $2 million. The SVP is also responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive annual strategic fundraising plan. The SVP works to establish new relationships to build and advance the Arts Council’s visibility, relevance, impact, and financial resources by growing key external alliances and serving as an important “face” of The Arts Council in the community, engaging frequently with donors and leaders from government, business, education and philanthropic organizations to help advance mutually beneficial objectives. No concrete salary range was provided. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume to Chase Law, President & CEO, by no later than January 31st. NOTE: Submissions are likely to be considered as they are received, and a decision might be made before that date. For more details, please review the full position description on their website.
Crossnore School and Children's Home, Multiple Positions The Crossnore School and Children's Home recently received a $1.5M gift to launch the Homebuilders program, an intensive, in-home crisis intervention, counseling, and life-skills education program for families who have children at imminent risk of placement in state-funded care. To support this launch in Winston-Salem, they are hiring a Director of Homebuilders, who will oversee its development and implementation. Initially this position will provide direct support, supervision, and training and development to a team of practitioners until multiple teams are in place. (They are also currently hiring for the Practitioner positions.) The person will serve as a primary liaison between the Homebuilders team and the agency's management team. Travel to community agencies and families homes will be required and the person must live local to Winston-Salem. Master's degree required. Salary information was not available.

In addition to the positions tied to the Homebuilders program, they are are also seeking an Administrative Assistant who will be responsible for supporting the Chief Program Officer and Program Leadership teams. Duties include preparing written materials, scheduling meetings, completing administrative tasks for the Program Leadership team, creating reports, recording meeting minutes, and assisting with reception coverage as needed. This role will interface with multiple departments across all of Crossnore's three campus locations. Candidate may be based in Winston-Salem, NC. No salary information available.

Lastly, they are also seeking a Senior Director of Prevention Services. Leading the Prevention Division, this position will oversee the development and implementation of the Homebuilders In-Home Prevention Services program as well as other programs within the Prevention aspect of the Child Welfare continuum. Working in consultation with other senior leadership, this position will aid in strategic planning for prevention services throughout Western North Carolina. A main strategic goal of this position will be to build a trauma-informed, integrated approach to prevent children from entering the foster care system and support families with their needs in the areas of crisis intervention, parenting, clinical needs, and resource access and case management. Travel to other campus locations, community agencies, and families homes, as well as after-hours, on-call support for their team will be required. The person must live local to Winston-Salem, and a Master's Degree is required. No salary information available.

For more details, further requirements, and to begin the application process for any of these positions, please visit their website.
World Relief Triad, Multiple Positions World Relief Triad is currently hiring for numerous positions, some of which are local to the Triad, and some of which are remote. 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:
  • Finance Manager
  • Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
Review all of the full position descriptions and apply online.
North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Technology Manager Our friends at the NC Center for Nonprofits is seeking a Technology Manager who will report to the Chief Finance and Operations Officer and work closely with the Sustainability and Data Management Coordinator. This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and/or advising on technology projects; acting as the day-to-day liaison between Center staff and managed IT vendors; and collaborating with Center staff to devise long-term maintenance and optimization strategies for continually refining their current systems to be reflective of their business practices. The scope of work for this position combines technical expertise and strategic oversight with a hands-on understanding of the Center’s business practices. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong project management and technical skills and the ability to juggle several projects at once. Because this work is heavily dependent on interdepartmental communication and coordination, strong written and verbal communication skills are necessities. The ability to collaborate with coworkers while building consensus is critical for success in this position. Salary range is $45K-$55K. For more details, please visit their website. The Center anticipates hiring for this position this month, so be sure to email your cover letter and resume to them ASAP!
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Chief Operating Officer Based in Charlotte, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is searching for a new Chief Operating Officer after their former COO, Barbara Maida-Stolle, starts this month as Goodwill Industries of NWNC's new CEO. (Welcome to Winston-Salem, Barbara!) Serving as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the COO is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and operations of businesses enterprises across the organization; research, development, and launch of new business enterprises; real estate development; facility operations; health and safety practices; as well as technology and risk management needed to support operations. Supervisory duties include creating a remarkable environment; interviewing, hiring, and training team members; planning, assigning, and directing work; overall performance management; addressing concerns and resolving problems; and budget development and management. For more specifics about the position, please visit the website of Colmen Lew Canny Bowen, which is assisting in the search.
AFP Triad Chapter, Part-Time Administrator The Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is seeking a part-time chapter administrator to facilitate day-to-day management and administration of the business and affairs for the chapter. The Chapter administrator will work approximately 9 hours per week. This position offers a flexible schedule and the ability to work remotely. Experience required in the position includes: excellent organization and planning skills, ability to work with volunteer leaders, and being proactive with duties. Technical skills include creating email marketing, online meeting facilitation, QuickBooks, online bill pay, bank reconciliation, and administration. Salary is $8,500- $9,300 annually based on experience. To apply, please email a copy of your resume and contact information ASAP!
What Does the New COVID Relief Bill
Mean for Nonprofits?

Last week, the government passed a new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. Our friends at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits have put together some highlights of what the bill means for nonprofits. Notable provisions include:

· Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. The bill creates a second round of PPP funding for nonprofits and businesses with fewer than 300 employees that had a 25% reduction in gross receipts in any quarter of 2020. The second round of funding would be available to eligible nonprofits *even if* they already received PPP loans this summer. It also expands the types of expenses that are allowable for PPP loans. If you got a loan this summer, the bill also creates an even simpler loan forgiveness application for those with loans of $150,000 or less. (Of course, HandsOn applied for our forgiveness just weeks before the bill passed!)

· Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). The bill makes the ERTC more attractive and available to nonprofits by allowing those of us that suffered a reduction in gross receipts of 20% or more in any quarter of 2020 eligible for a 70% refundable tax credit covering wages of up to $10,000 per employee in each quarter (with a maximum of $14,000 per employee). Nonprofits that received PPP loans can now qualify for the ERTC for wages not paid for by forgiven amounts of PPP loans.

· Incentives for Charitable Giving. The bill extends the temporary universal charitable deduction through 2021. For 2021, it also expands the cap on this non-itemizer charitable deduction for married couples filing jointly from $300 to $600. For 2021, the bill also increases the limits on deductible charitable contributions for corporations to 25% of taxable income (up from 10%) and it removes the 60% of adjusted gross income cap on deductible charitable contributions for individuals who itemize their deductions.

· Support for Arts Organizations. The bill includes a $15 billion “Save Our Stages” grant program that will provide support to many nonprofit performing arts organizations and museums.

The National Council of Nonprofits has prepared a handy chart of the main nonprofit provisions for your reference.

Many thanks to the NC Center and our fellow members for the advocacy undertaken to make sure this bill passed, and to the Center for providing us with regular updates and summaries!
IRS Decreases Business
Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2021!

Since most of us aren't driving nearly as much as we were a year ago, this decrease was probably inevitable! The IRS has announced that the standard business mileage rate will decrease to 56 cents per mile in 2021 (down from 57.5 cents per mile in 2020). Most of us use this rate when reimbursing our employees for work-related driving. The volunteer mileage rate – the amount a volunteer can claim when driving as a volunteer for your organization – remains at 14 cents per mile and literally would take an act of Congress to change, so don't hold your breath!
Independent Sector Releases Their
Health of the US Nonprofit Sector Report!

You might have missed it, but a few months ago, Independent Sector released their new Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector report, which includes important data about the capacity of nonprofits, their staff, and volunteers to serve their communities and strengthen civil society. It provides data and analysis for key indicators including: financial resources, human capital, governance and trust, and public policy and advocacy. The report also sheds light on the systemic inequities at play in our sector and early-pandemic indications of the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits.

Among the report highlights: More than half of all Americans trust nonprofits to do what is right, and nonprofits are succeeding in encouraging nonpartisan civic engagement, particularly in getting Americans to vote. But the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have caused 7% of nonprofits to close and almost 1 million people to lose nonprofit jobs.

Combined with the mid-pandemic research that came out from the NC Center for Nonprofits and NC's Office of Strategic Partnerships in the same timeframe, the data should continue to inform sustained conversation about what we know and what still needs to be researched and documented for the nonprofit sector, as well as the collective steps we need to take towards equity and progress--conversations that have, hopefully, already begun and will continue into the new year.

Center for Smart Financial Choices' Founder Retires and Organization Dissolves, but Mission Lives On!

The Center for Smart Financial Choices has been a partner with HandsOn since their development and founding in 2011. Upon the occasion of CFSFC Founder and Executive Director Betty Ann Falkner's announced retirement at the end of 2019, the Board of Directors determined that CFSFC’s mission of “teaching financial education through personal interactive programs to enable individuals to make better financial decisions now and in the future” can be best realized going forward by transferring its resources to another non-profit organization. With this determination, CFSC officially dissolved on December 31st, and another HandsOn Supporting Partner, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, has accepted the resources of CFSC--including a talented and trained volunteer pool-- to help further grow its personal finance education program with youth and teens. The financial stability and depth of programming that Habitat provides will help ensure that CFSC's mission lives on well past the pandemic and into the foreseeable future.
While we will be sad to not see Betty Ann as frequently as we've had in the past, we here at HandsOn are heartened by the thoughtful approach to CFSC's future taken by its board, and the incorporation of its mission and vision into Habitat's complementary and ongoing work. We know that we will continue to see innovation, collaboration, and perhaps more consolidation in our local sector as we all continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to have a confidential conversation with HandsOn about "what's next?" for your organization? Please don't hesitate to reach out!

HandsOn NWNC Receives
Community Resilience Affiliate Grant!

We're excited to announce that we've received an Community Resiliency Affiliate Grant from Points of Light sponsored by The Starbucks Foundation. The results of a highly-competitive grant process, these one-time funds will allow us to further support our efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within our local network and sector. HandsOn NWNC was the *only* smaller-market affiliate to receive the highest grant award in this category--alongside affiliates in cities such as Chicago, LA, and Atlanta. We are honored by this affirmation of our plans and programs, and are grateful to our board, volunteer leaders, and other members of our network whom have guided and supported our equity work to date. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon!
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