Volume 12, Issue 9 | September 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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I’m excited to write as a guest columnist this month to be able to share some exciting HandsOn news and to announce the launch of Wake Forest University’s Office of Civic & Community Engagement, one of HandsOn's key programmatic partners. The OCCE will continue the great work that many of you might associate with the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI), but under a new name and with a new and expanded focus on developing, supporting, and measuring community partnerships. We serve as the hub for community engagement at Wake Forest University and work alongside nonprofit community partners, faculty, staff, and students to develop and support community-based projects. I am excited to have a new role within OCCE, Director of Community Partnerships, where I look forward to continuing to work closely with many of you, whether you are a partner now or want to become one in the future. To learn more about our office, please visit our new website where you can check out our ongoing programming and learn more about resources and opportunities with our office. One upcoming opportunity is the Dash Corps program , where teams of students work with a nonprofit partner for the full academic year on projects that are important for the organizations’ capacity. To propose a project to work with one of these groups, please review the RFP

I'm also excited about other work going on with HandsOn this month. Last week, you learned about the launch of HandsOn’s new volunteer portal, GetConnected . I have already been into this system and appreciate how user friendly it is. Also, for those of you in volunteer management roles, consider signing up for VMTS , the Volunteer Management Training Series, a comprehensive multi-day training series that really digs deep on best practices for recruiting, retaining, and managing volunteers. The next opportunity to participate is September 18-20th.  This training is an excellent value, and as a former co-facilitator of it, I can attest to its strong content.

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Shelley Sizemore
Director of Community Partnerships  
Office of Civic and Community Engagement
Wake Forest University
HandsOn NWNC Board Member

Ed note: We hope you are enjoying our guest columnist as much as we are. Even though Kathy is back from her mini-sabbatical, we will still plan to feature guest columnists as much as possible in the coming months. Are you interested in sharing your love of HandsOn with our network in a guest column? Then please let Amy know !
First-Ever Davidson County Nonprofit Summit!
Friday, September 13th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Davidson County Small Business Center-Davidson Main Campus, Mary E. Rittling Conference Center, 297 DCC Road, Thomasville, NC, 27360
( see map )

The Nonprofit Summit is a one-day series of courses designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of nonprofit board members, staff, and volunteers or those pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. Offered in partnership with The Small Business Center of Davidson County Community College , United Way of Davidson County , and HandsOn NWNC, the Nonprofit Summit will cover a range of topics essential to nonprofits including grant writing, marketing, and collaboration.

The Summit will begin with a session on Collaboration from 9:15-10:15 am. Participants will then choose from concurrent offerings including those on grantwriting, branding and graphic marketing, budgeting and finance, social media, evaluation, and storytelling through video.

Cost: $20 for all participants. Includes lunch and take-home materials.

Don't Miss Our Volunteer Management Training Series--
It Only Happens Once a Year!
Wednesday-Friday, September 18-20
Location: The Winston-Salem Foundation building, 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, 3rd floor
( see map )

The Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS) is a national curriculum developed by Points of Light and its affiliates that provides a comprehensive understanding of the components needed for a strong and effective volunteer program. The interactive curriculum, based on the latest research and best practices, is delivered in six, half-day modules, and you can sign up for either the full series OR for just individual sessions. The series encompasses the following topics:  

(Sept. 18th, 9 am to Noon)

-Planning: Building A Solid Foundation  (Sept. 18th, 1:30 to 4:30 pm)

(Sept. 19th, 9 am to Noon)

Cost: $45/$55 for a single, half-day class; $225/$275 for the full series. Note: the Supporting Partner discount for the full series is equal to the cost of becoming a Supporting Partner! Lunch is provided for those taking the full series, or two classes on the same day.

Register for the entire series, or just for the sessions that interest you. If your organization registers for the series, different staff members can attend different sessions. (Please let us know who to expect when, however.) Each class is eligible for NCAVA credit!
2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials Kick-Off!
Thursday, September 26th, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem-- 3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

Our first Nonprofit Essentials class for the 2019-2020 year focuses on governance, and will provide a practical look at nonprofit governance, including organizational life cycles, best practices, legal framework and compliance, general oversight, duties, and building an effective board. The session is taught by Barbara Lentz , an Associate Professor of Legal Writing with Wake Forest University School of Law, and a founding board member of Forsyth Backpack .

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others. Cost for the ten-class series begins at $450, and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

( PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials:
Strategic Planning
Thursday, October 17th, Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )

Learn how to “strategically think” through critical questions in order to have a successful strategic planning process. Using case studies, examine effective strategies, assess the importance of the organization’s position in the external market, select an analytical and organizational approach to strategy formulation and implementation, and, overcome strategic planning myths.

The class is taught by Dr. Pat H. Dickson , a Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of the undergraduate program in the School of Business at Wake Forest University . He has also served as a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship on the faculties of Georgia Tech and the University of Louisville.   Nonprofit Essentials classes are taught primarily by Wake Forest University staff, faculty, and alums. Participants who finish all classes will receive a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University.

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others. Cost for the ten-class series begins at $450, and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

(PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
HandsOn Board:
Board Basics
Thursday, October 24th, 9:00 am to Noon
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor ( see map )

One of our most popular offerings, our HandsOn Board Basics class , is back! Taught by Karl Yena , this class is geared towards individuals serving on the boards of newer or emerging nonprofit organizations, boards experiencing difficulties in their effectiveness, and individuals with new to a board or considering joining a nonprofit board for the first time. Topics will include a review of 501(c)(3) laws and regulations, roles and responsibilities of board members, the purpose and content of By Laws, board governance, board/staff relationships, board policies, executive committee structure and responsibilities, attributes of quality boards, key benchmarks for effective boards, and other topics of interest as identified by workshop participants. 

For the greatest impact from this training, full boards or multiple board members from the same nonprofit are encouraged to attend.

Karl Yena is a past HandsOn NWNC board member and a retiree from RJR Nabisco, Inc. where he last served as Director of Worldwide Organization Development & Training. He worked for over 20 years as a senior level manager providing consulting services to RJR corporate and operating company management of Del Monte, Nabisco, Sea Land Shipping, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. on a national and international (over 30 countries) basis in the areas of strategic and operational planning, organizational analysis, staffing structure, training and leadership development. He also served as Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. In his "second act," Karl works with more than 100 nonprofit annually across the state of NC, and has been recognized for service with The Winston-Salem Foundation Award , a Cabot Celebrity Volunteer award , and a Seven Over Seventy award .

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others. Cost included light refreshments and extensive take-home materials.

Our New Volunteer Matching Portal--GetConnected--is LIVE!
This week, we launched our new volunteer matching platform, GetConnected , which is powered by Galaxy Digital. If you had a volunteer or organizational account on our old platform--no worries! All of your information, history, and connections have been transferred over to the new platform, and you should have received an email on how to log into your account. We believe that this service is easier for both partners and volunteers to navigate, and this change is part of our commitment to help you make it easy to make a difference!

The launch of this new platform is part of our continued partnership with  Love Out Loud . Like many of you, we recognize the value of collaboration and alignment to strengthen our efforts and impact. (Love Out Loud is calling the new platform BASE, but it is the same platform.) Each of our respective websites acts like two different “front doors” to the same database “house.”   However, you will only be able to  edit —versus view--your history and update any former and current opportunities by logging in through GetConnected’s “front door.”

If you haven’t created an account for your organization on our site in the past or already created a new one with Love Out Loud, we encourage you to  take time this week to check out the new portal and complete your profile  to start posting volunteer opportunities! Going forward, no matter which site you use to manage your account, your organization’s volunteer opportunities will automatically post to both sites– giving more volunteers access to your information and increasing your visibility. (But, as mentioned above, you will only be able to edit opportunities by logging in through the site where the opportunity was originally created.)

We’d also encourage you to learn more about how the new platform works by participating in one of  GetConnected’s agency trainings , which are online and held every Monday afternoon As needed, we may consider holding in-person workshops as well (but we think you’ll find the site so easy to use that nothing more than the online training will be necessary.) 

Training Opportunities
"Beyond Potlucks! Building Unity and Community Within Your Volunteer Corps," Sterling Volunteers webinar, Thursday, September 19th, 2 pm, FREE!
Presented by our background check partner, Sterling Volunteers (formerly Verified Volunteers,) this one-hour webinar will discuss ways to transform your volunteer corps into a community. Join this webinar to discover the benefits of nurturing community among volunteers and gain strategies to get beyond the traditional potlucks. They will explore how to structure volunteer roles, leverage social media, and train volunteer leaders to promote social interaction among volunteers to build unity. Register today!
"How to Best Use Social Media in Your Volunteer Programs," PRAVA meeting, Wednesday, September 25th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Senior Services, FREE! for first-time attendees and PRAVA members. Join our friends at PRAVA (Piedmont Regional Association for Volunteer Administration) for this interactive panel discussion with Communication Managers from local non-profit agencies. They will share how to use social media to attract volunteers, engage current volunteers, and ways you encourage your volunteers to use social media to help spread your mission. No need to RSVP, just come! For more information on PRAVA and their upcoming meetings, please visit their website.
"Managing A Non-Profit," Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, September 30, 6 pm to 8 pm, FREE! Are you familiar with the challenges of managing and leading a non-profit organization? Have you considered the primary areas of focus to be efficient and effective in delivering to your community? Presented by Calvin Patterson, this seminar details the many aspects of keeping your non-profit organization productive and profitable. Registration required.
Bloom Inclusion Seminar, Thursday, October 3rd, Greensboro, $755 for a group of four. Bloom Inclusion, organized by Social Designs, a fellow member with HandsOn of the NC Center for Nonprofits' Equity Cadre, is an interactive professional development experience combining innovation and inclusion. Each year the design team introduces an innovative and challenging approach to support participant growth in inclusion. They strongly believe that inclusion is an ACTION. While some may encourage you to “think outside of the box,” their team encourages leaders to question the “box” itself. Come prepared to be challenged, to learn, to grow, and to BLOOM! More details and registration is online.
" The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Lessons From the Ice House Program," October 7, 6 pm to 8pm, Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, FREE! In today’s highly dynamic, interconnected world, the need for entrepreneurial thinkers at all levels of society has never been greater. The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Lessons From the Ice House Program is an experiential problem-based learning program designed to inspire, inform and involve participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Designed for rigor and relevance, the program provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and implementing an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of one’s chosen path. This free information session will give you more insight into the program as HandsOn plans to partner with the Small Business Center to launch a multi-sector cohort next spring. Registration is required!
"ReFresh and ready campaign prep," CapDev workshop, Thursday, October 10th, Wild Dunes, SC, $119. We all need time to refresh - both ourselves and our organizations. Register now with CapDev , a HandsOn Consulting Partner, for this popular 1-day workshop at Wild Dunes in Isle of Palms, SC, and give yourself the refresher you need to rethink and ready yourself and your organization for campaign preparations. You'll be glad you did! CapDev experts will present insights and thoughtful dialogue, focused on relational philanthropy and innovative campaign thinking in an easy and useful format. More details, registration and lodging information, and a chance for a half-day add on seminar can all be found on their registration site.
Bridges Out of Poverty Training Offered by Crisis Control Ministry Throughout 2019 Our Supporting Partner , Crisis Control Ministry , helps to organize The Bridges Out of Poverty training, which is designed to develop understanding across social and economic groups. Cultures have norms and we all respond based on the hidden rules of our upbringing. This training provides an understanding of the hidden rules for individuals in poverty, middle class, and wealth with the goal of providing avenues of success for all. Individuals who work regularly with those living in poverty or want to advocate for those in poverty will benefit from this training. There are multiple dates when the class is being offered between now and the rest of the year. (Click on the date for more info.) All workshops are free of charge. Location is TBD. Fri, Nov 8 8:30 am-12:30 pm (Registration required by 11/1)
Join the HandsOn Team at the NC Center for Nonprofits' Conference, "Homegrown Innovation," in Winston-Salem in December! Most of you know what fans we are of the NC Center for Nonprofits , and the value we find in their annual conference. This year, the conference is being held right here in Winston-Salem, so there's no reason not to join us December 4-5 at the Benton . J oin nonprofit leaders from across the state to renew relationships, make new friends, and share learning and expertise from speakers hailing from our home state.   We'll be presenting about our HandsOn Board Speed Dating events, but there's heaps of other great workshops and speakers in store! Early bird registration is open now and starts at just $230 for two full days; young professionals under 30 can attend for just $150 ! Learn more on the conference's website. We hope to see you there!
Other Opportunities
Submit a Project Idea for Wake Forest University's DASH Corps! WFU's Dash Corps is a community leadership program through the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. Over the course of both the fall and spring semesters, student teams will get a chance to partner deeply with local nonprofits on an in-depth service project (similar to Leadership Winston-Salem's Action Learning Projects.)
Over the course of the fall semester (October-December) projects are led and scoped by student leaders in coordination with a representative from each organization. Organizations should expect to meet with their student groups once a month in the Fall and be able to provide a hands on volunteer opportunity for the students so that they can get a look at what exactly your organization does. During the spring (January-April), students are working actively with the organizations to complete a capacity building project. In April, the students make final presentations of their work to community partners, faculty, staff, and peers. As part of the program, community organizations commit to host a tour of the organization, provide an orientation in November, meet with student groups every other week throughout the spring semester (mid-January to mid-April), provide ongoing feedback to the student groups, and attend the final presentation.
Dash Corps is accepting proposals NOW and will pair organizations with student teams in mid-October. The main work with your organization will begin in the late fall or in January depending on the project scope with anticipated completion in early April. Student teams are expected to dedicate a collective 75-100 hours to the project over the course of the program.  The application deadline is September 30th!
Wake Forest University School of Law's Community Law Clinic Now Accepting New Clients! The Community Law Clinic is once again seeking projects for the upcoming semester. If you, or a business or nonprofit you know of, could use assistance with a legal or business planning challenge, the clinic offers high-quality pro bono legal services that could help. They are seeking clients who are start-ups, small businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, or artists running their own businesses. They can help with organizing incorporation documents, contract review, tax guidance, trademark and copywright registration, employment law, and/or other civil issues. Applications are available online; you can schedule an appointment here. For planning purposes, all proposals should be submitted by September 15th!
Take the "Race to Lead" Survey to Benefit the Entire Sector! Please take the time to share your experiences at your nonprofit workplace, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and racial equity. The 2019 Race to Lead Survey, part of the Building Movement Project, seeks to build the sector’s understanding of the supports and barriers nonprofit staff face as they increase their leadership capacity. Please take 25 minutes while you sip your coffee to support this important initiative!
Attend a FREE Screening of " America To Me " This Month! Our friends at the Winston-Salem Foundation , a HandsOn Funding Partner , are hosting a screening of the second episode of the documentary series America to Me by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James. Set in one of Chicago's most racially diverse public schools, America to Me examines the role that race and class play in American education.  In each screening, participants will watch a different episode from the series, and the subsequent discussion will connect the content back to our own community. Join them from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th at the Downtown/Main Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library. Please visit their website for more details and to RSVP.
Announcing a Great New Resource for Nonprofit Leaders: Nonprofit.ist With listings for more than 100 nonprofit consultants, lawyers, accountants and other experts, you can easily search and find the right person to help with your next project. It can be challenging to find the best person for your unique challenges. Nonprofit.ist is set up so that you can quickly find and contact the expert you need. You can search by location, specialty, or key word. Membership is free and takes less than 60 seconds. Check it out at https://www.nonprofit.ist/joinnonprofit .
Employment Opportunities
HandsOn NWNC, Community Engagement Coordinator We are still searching for our new Community Engagement Coordinator! This part-time (20-25 hr/wk) position is focused on working with our nonprofit and corporate partners in a variety of ways. This team member also plays the lead role in organizing our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast, and providing other programmatic and administrative support as needed. Strong organizational skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, required. Experience working with or managing volunteers a plus. If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter to Amy Lytle, Executive Director. You can download the full position description for more details and interviews will take place in September/ October.
Smart Start of Forsyth County, Executive Director Smart Start of Forsyth County is working with Capability Company , a HandsOn Consulting Partner , to find a new Executive Director to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and provide professional leadership for their activities. Part of North Carolina’s Smart Start initiative, SSFC serves the birth-to-five population in Forsyth County by supporting children, parents, educators, centers, and policy makers through collaborative programs, funding, consumer education, and advocacy.  T he successful candidate must be a motivational leader, effective communicator, innovative problem solver, and community-oriented catalyst. A seasoned nonprofit professional with strong experience working with a Board, the Executive Director will represent the organization, serving as an accessible, encouraging partner in the community, identifying and leveraging opportunities, and leading fundraising and advocacy efforts.  Go online to learn more about the search process; applications are being accepted through September 30th!
COGNITION of Davie County, Executive Director COGNITION of Davie County, Inc . is seeking a full-time, dynamic, visionary leader with a proven track record of success in nonprofit management to serve as its Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide direction and leadership for all aspects of the organization to achieve the interactive learning center and makerspace’s mission and goals. Ideal candidates will have a passion for education in all its forms but especially STEAM, an appreciation for local families and children, and the ability to embody and communicate these qualities as a primary ambassador for the interactive learning center and makerspace in the community. For more details and to apply, please visit their website.
BookMarks Seeks to Fill Two Different Positions! BookMarks, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is looking for both a full-time Floor Manager and a part-time Office and Volunteer Specialist. The Floor Manager will lead a team of dedicated booksellers in furthering Bookmarks’ nonprofit mission of igniting the love of reading by connecting our community with books. Ideal candidates will be experienced managers as well individuals with prior bookstore experience, a love of books, and strong leadership, customer service, conflict resolution, and communication skills. This is a primarily customer-facing role that requires an enthusiastic, solutions-driven individual that will drive Bookmarks’ customer service experience while operating under the core values of collaboration, community, diversity, and excellence. The part-time Office and Volunteer Specialist provides logistical and administrative support, and serves as the first and main contact for volunteers and scheduling. For more details about either position, and to apply, please go to their website .
Imprints Cares, Bi-Lingual Family Educator Imprints Cares, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is looking for a full-time Bilingual Family Educator to be responsible for working with Spanish-speaking families/caregivers and their children from prenatal to entrance into kindergarten. Through positive parent education and family support, the family educator will build a strong relationship with the caregiver to enhance the quality of parenting, increase a caregiver’s understanding of child development, and work with caregivers to help their child learn, grow, and develop to achieve their full potential. You can download the full position description on their website. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter.
Wake Forest University, Pro Humanitate Institute, Assistant Director of Advocacy and Social Justice Education Our friends at PHI are looking for this person which will design, develop, manage, and assess social justice education and advocacy programs at Wake Forest University. Key responsibilities include directing the Social Justice Incubator, supporting BRANCHES Social Justice Retreat, coordinating the Collage Advocacy Summit, advising students, developing and delivering social justice training, and creating curricular and co-curricular opportunities for social justice education. For more details and for application instructions, please visit their website.
United Way of Forsyth County, Manager of Action Networks and Coalitions The Manager of Action Networks and Coalitions will help the United Way strengthen, expand, and sustain The Forsyth Promise's work through assisting with targeted Community Coalitions and Leadership Development efforts and providing lead support with existing Action networks. Must be bilingual in Spanish.
To learn more and to apply for any of United Way's open positions, please visit their website.
Dress for Success Winston-Salem, Executive Director Dress for Success Winston-Salem would like to congratulate Christine Odom Ringuette on being appointed Communications Manager for Greensboro Urban Ministry. They would like to thank Christine for four years of service to Dress for Success. As a result of Christine’s new appointment, the Dress for Success Executive Director Search Committee is excited to receive resumes and cover letters until the right candidate is found.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A link to the full position description can be found on their website.
Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Development Director Many area residents struggle with debt, lost jobs, or low wages. Some lack the financial literacy to solve common money problems, and many feel shame and blame themselves. Financial Pathways of the Piedmont's expert, certified financial educators and counselors offer confidential, caring assistance, free or for a very low fee. The Development Director will develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive development plan to support operations. The Director is responsible for growing a robust annual giving program and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of existing and prospective donors of all types. The Director will also serve as the primary conduit to the senior staff and to the Board on major gifts, deploying organizational leaders in strategic ways to cultivate prospects and close leadership gift opportunities. Financial Pathways of the Piedmont seeks a passionate Winston-Salem based fundraiser who is a skilled networker, with a natural ability to build relationships and convert those relationships into financial support. For more details, please review the full position description.
Kaleideum, Exhibits Fabricator & Maintenance Technician If you love to build and are a creative problem solver, please join Kaleideum’s Facilities & Exhibits team! They are in need of an hourly, full-time master carpenter who is able to build exhibits and exhibit units that are engaging, interactive and can withstand the elements—both weather and children! Kaleideum also builds original sets, backdrops and props for the museum’s professional live theatre program. The theatre’s art director/set designer is part of the Facilities & Exhibits department and all productions are built in collaboration with their fabrication team.Candidate must be a “self-starter” who is able to work independently and as part of a team. (S)he needs to have innate time-management and organizational skills and able to meet deadlines within the allotted project schedule and budget. Ideal candidates will possess a general working knowledge of accepted museum standards in regards to exhibit maintenance and construction, use of tools and equipment and the ability to research, identify, and procure parts and supplies using online computer and printed catalogs and other sources. The position is also responsible for helping maintain, repair and improve all permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits and exhibit units at Kaleideum Downtown and North campuses. For more details, please download the position description. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume.
Clemmons Community Foundation, Part-Time Accounting Manager The Clemmons Community Foundation, a HandsOn Funding Partner, is looking for new person to fill this 10-15 hour per week position. The Accounting Manager is responsible for organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the Community Foundation's financial functions to ensure the financial integrity of Foundation. Bachelor's degree in finance or accounting preferred with a minimum of three years of senior level fund accounting experience. CPA a plus. Qualified applicants may send a resume and cover letter including wage requirements. Position open until filled.
Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, Youth Director AND Data and Development Manager Sawtooth is seeking a Youth Director to develop curriculum for and manage a diversified, innovative, quality arts education program for youth (pre-K and through 12th Grade). This is a 30-35 hour per week position. To view the full position description, please click on the link above. To apply, p lease email Executive Director Amy Jordan with a cover letter and resume.

They are also looking for a Data and Development Manager to join their fundraising team. This full-time, salaried position entails leveraging data insights to build compelling fundraising campaigns and to support donor development. Click the link above for more details; to apply, email a cover letter and resume .
Funding Opportunities
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces New Fall Funding Opportunities! The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust invests in efforts to improve the health and quality of life for people throughout North Carolina, and support thriving communities and thriving residents. They why they're excited to announce five new funding opportunities, which will support work that increases access to care and equitable health outcomes in areas with great need across the state. All funding opportunities have September 23 call-by deadlines. Full applications are due October 10.

Visit the links about for more details and application instructions.
Final UPS Project Video Completed

One aspect of the UPS Foundation / Points of Light / International BookSmart Foundation service project we spearheaded at the end of July was the creation of a customized video that highlighted the work. While we were pleased with the day-of press coverage we received (and which we shared in last month's newsletter,) the final video commissioned by UPS is now ready for viewing. We were honored to be part of the team that pulled off this event, with less than a week of planning time. Enjoy!

Applications for the 2020 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's Sabbatical Cohort Now Being Accepted!

M ost of you know that Amy Lytle, our Executive Director, was blessed and honored to be a recipient of a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) sabbatical in the summer of 2018. She is excited to share the news that the next round of applications is now being accepted! Since 1990, the has been awarding sabbaticals to nonprofit leaders throughout North Carolina. Each year, five executive level individuals are awarded three to six month sabbaticals, along with financial support to the individual and their organization. During the sabbatical, participants are encouraged to pursue personal renewal and growth. The idea is that they will return to their organizations with a renewed enthusiasm and energy for the work. Applications are due October 30th! Please feel free to reach out to Amy if you have any questions about the process.

In March, ZSR invited all of the sabbatical recipients throughout the years to their first Renew & Refresh Retreat. (Amy is actively encouraging them to do this retreat in the "off" years between sabbatical cohorts.) The Philanthropy Journal was honored to be on hand to record conversations at this retreat. Earlier this summer, they released a special episode of The Nonprofit Experience highlighting the importance of this program. We hope that other nonprofit funders and decision-makers across the country listen to these stories, and consider their own efforts to care for those whose lives are dedicated to caring for our communities. You can listen to the podcast here.
New NC Law Paves Way for Association Health Plans!

Late last month, a state bill allowing for association health plans (AHPs) became law after Gov. Cooper decided not to veto it. Not having this kind of legislation in place has been a significant hurdle in allowing groups like HandsOn NWNC or the NC Center for Nonprofits to offer group-type health insurance coverage to their members, as some of their sister organizations can in other states. (This issue was one of the first we ever tried to tackle after our creation more than a dozen years ago.) However, before you get *too* excited,the NC Department of Insurance is not currently approving AHPs, so don't expect functional changes any time soon.

Potentially, though, AHPs could create opportunities for nonprofits to offer more affordable, high-quality health insurance for their employees. However, some nonprofit health advocates have expressed concerns that AHPs have the potential to create higher health care costs for some workers . The approval of new AHPs in North Carolina could be delayed until a federal appellate court reviews a lower court's decision from this spring that struck down a 2018 federal regulation that expanded the use of AHPs. But we still know that there is significant interest in the creation of an association health plan open to employees of North Carolina nonprofit organizations. To help your nonprofit understand more about association health plans, the Center has posted an updated analysis of the pros and cons of AHPs for the nonprofit sector. We are deeply appreciative of the NC Center's work in this area and look forward to what the future holds!
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