Volume 11, Issue 6 | June 2018
The Nonprofit Connection
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I’m pleased to share that Amy Lytle has started her sabbatical as part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Sabbatical Program and will return to HandsOn NWNC in August. We will miss Amy, but the time apart will give Amy time to reflect on her lengthy career with HandsOn and we know she will be invigorated and full of great ideas when she comes back!

In the meantime, the work at HandsOn continues on with a dedicated and committed staff. If you haven’t had a chance to view our new website, you really should. We’d love to hear your feedback on what you think of the changes we’ve made. We tried to improve the visitor experience and make the website more intuitive for both our supporting partners and potential volunteers, and we hope we’ve succeeded.

As a board member of HandsOn for the past few years, I continue to be in awe of all the ways this organization works to strengthen and improve nonprofit capacity. Not only by marketing volunteer opportunities to those who wish to find their perfect match in an organization – but by offering an abundance of classes and workshops designed to improve nonprofit leadership and board governance throughout the communities we serve. There are so many nonprofit leaders who already know the value of a relationship with HandsOn, but there are many more who do not. So, do us a favor and please share the great work that HandsOn is doing with your colleagues and friends. Let them know it is only $50 to become a Supporting Partner and the information provided in this monthly newsletter alone is worth the $50.

We continue this month with our Grant Writing workshop, which is part of the Nonprofit Essentials program we offer annually. We’re thrilled to have Susan Brittain leading this workshop, thereby helping participants understand grant terminology and how to write an effective (and winning) grant proposal. The class is June 21 from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Foundation building. Read more here (link to the class description you will include below).

Thank you for your continued support of HandsOn NWNC and thank you in advance for sharing the value of our organization with your peers.

Renee Shipko
Community Engagement Supervisor, Truliant Federal Credit Union
and proud vice chair – HandsOn NWNC
Applications Now Open For Our Women's Emerging Leaders Program!
There's still time to apply for our  Women's Emerging Leaders  program! If you are a mid-level, female, nonprofit staffer looking for a world-class leadership development opportunity, along with a better understanding of nonprofit operations, and the opportunity to meet other women like yourself--then our  Women's Emerging Leaders  program is for you!

This ten-month program is specifically designed for women looking to build their career path within the nonprofit sector and provides the skills and tools needed to expand your professional horizons. The program begins with Leadership Essentials for Women , scheduled for Wednesday, August 29th through lunch on Friday, August 31st, and then the cohort feeds into our Nonprofit Essentials series. (You'll note that the cost of WEL is actually *cheaper* than the NPE series alone--get more for less!) While the program is geared towards mid- level female staff, it is also now open to new female Executive Directors and women who lead small and emerging nonprofits serving people in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties.

COST: $400 for Supporting Partners/ $450 for all others.
Payment plans are available.

NC Center for Nonprofits webinar: Moving from Ally to Accomplice: Supporting LGBTQIA Members of Your Organization
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 - Noon to 1:30 PM
Location: Your computer!

HandsOn NWNC is pleased to partner with the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits to  offer you the fourth webinar in their “Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Nonprofits” series. 

Does your organization want to learn more about how to effectively include members of the LGBTQIA community? Does everyone in your organization understand what all those letters mean? Could your nonprofit use support with best practices and creating an affirming culture for LGBTQIA colleagues and community members? Discuss and learn more about these questions with our qualified and experienced instructors!

COST: $35.00 NC Center members & HandsOn Supporting Partners/ $50.00 - All Others/person

Nonprofit Essentials 2017-2018 : Grant Writing
Thursday, June 21st, Noon- 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

T his practical course is designed for those seeking to develop and refine their grant proposal writing skills. The last class in our yearly series, it is also one of our most popular, and seats are limited! Participants will learn how to:
-assess the "grant readiness" of their organization 
-research funding sources
-become familiar with grants terminology
-write a successful grant by learning the common elements of a grant proposal 
-prepare to manage a grant once it's been awarded

The class will be taught by Susan Brittain , a local consultant with deep experience in both the social service nonprofit and educational sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Education/Counseling from Wake Forest University.

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. 

New Spots Available in Our Popular Building Capacity for Measurement Program!
Three Spots Available Beginning August/September 2018!

The nonprofit sector is increasingly under pressure to show meaningful results, but organizations often don't have the right tools to adequately measure their results or are intimidated by the evaluation process. Building Capacity for Measurement   provides nonprofits with a consultant who will use group training, individual coaching, and technical assistance to help the organization design a simple, effective measurement system for a particular program or activity, as well as a process that can be used to embed the measurement system into the organization's on-going operations.  Applications   are accepted on a rolling basis.

Spots for this popular program almost immediately filled up when we launched it approximately 18 months ago. We're excited that we are once again offering slots for local nonprofits to participate in this important and valuable program.

COST: $200 for Supporting Partners/ $225 for all others.

Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
HandsOn Connect Training!
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 pm 
Pathways  (a program of Love Out Loud) will be holding a training on how to post your organization's volunteer opportunities on HandsOn Connect. Pathways is using this platform to help connect volunteers to nonprofits throughout the city. Come and learn how to best leverage HandsOn Connect for your organization!  
Don't Miss CapDev's "in touch" Philanthropy Workshop!
This one-day workshop is offered in various locations around the Southeastern U.S. 2-3 times each year. However, this is the first time it is being offered in Asheville, NC ! Held on August 23rd , it is a deep dive into campaign planning, and is great for both nonprofit staff and board members to attend (max of 2 per organization) . The cost is minimal, and includes lunch. CapDev touches upon philanthropic trends with an overview of the State of Philanthropy, and ends with a section on Innovative Philanthropy. However, the core of the day is dedicated to the four essential elements of campaigns. Workshops are kept intentionally small (24 max.) for better interaction, and always sell out, so early registration is recommended!Reservations at the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate close on July 23rd. Register now!
Save the Date for the NC Center for Nonprofits' Annual Conference! This year's conference, Power Play: Disruption for Good, will be held September 12-14th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Research Triangle Park, and will feature the exciting keynote speaker, Vu Le, Founder and Blogger at NonprofitAF.com and Executive Director of Ranier Valley Corps. Registration will open later this spring. Rates are available now.
HandsOn NWNC Network Members Get Additional Discount to the Service Unites Conference!
Service Unites , powered by Points of Light , is the world’s largest service-related convention, bringing together more than 2,000 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally. Taking place June 18-20 in Atlanta , this year’s event features inspiring leaders, activists and entertainers who are at the forefront of social change; and 12 diverse learning paths with more than 100 workshops that dive deep into key issues facing the volunteer sector as we seek to grow and innovate in this rapidly changing world. Amy is such a fan of this conference, Points of Light recently published her blog post about the top five reasons you should attend!

This year, don't miss this exciting opportunity to join Kathy--and thousands of other leaders and changemakers from across the globe--to collaborate and ensure the volunteer sector continues to grow and innovate in this rapidly changing world.  NEW THIS YEAR! Members of the HandsOn NWNC Network (this is *all* of you!) will receive an additional $25 discount ON TOP OF $150 discounted early-bird pricing! Register using this link to use the special code. Please let us know if you have any questions about conference, and we hope to see you there!
ABC of NC Seeks New Comptroller! ABC of NC, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is looking for a new person to fill this crucial role. The position directs the establishment and maintenance of accounting principles, practices, and procedures. Maintains all accounting records and is responsible for the development, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information. Responsible for all internal and external financial reporting. Responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, including the development of financial and operational budgets and strategies, metrics tied to the strategies, and ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve the organization’s assets. For more details, please review the full position description. Interested and qualified individuals can apply directly through their website.
Kaleideum Seeks Director of Facilities and Exhibit Maintenance! Kaleideum , a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is looking for an experienced manager to fill this full-time position, which will lead the facilities and exhibit maintenance staff to provide educational and satisfying experiences for visitors at both the Kaleideum North and Kaleideum Downtown locations. This includes coordinating facility maintenance, repair, cleaning, and security of the buildings and grounds as well as installing, repairing, and fabricating exhibits. This is a physically active and team-oriented role. For more details, please review the full position description. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resumé to Elizabeth Dampier. No phone calls please. Review will begin May 22nd! Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Crosby Scholars Seeks Part-Time Administrative Assistant!
Crosby Scholars Program, a HandsOn Supporting Partner, provides college access services to students in grades 6-12 in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system. Serving more than 11,000 students per year, the program is available to all students who submit an application and make a commitment to be good citizens in their school and community, to remain drug-free and to strive for academic excellence. Students must attend Crosby Scholars Academy, participate in community service, and uphold the terms of the Crosby Scholars Partnership Agreement. This part-time position will provide administrative support to the Program’s middle school division. Duties include assisting with mailings, designing reports and generating lists to support programs and events for the middle school program, data entry, ordering supplies for special programs, preparing certificates and reminders, and coordinating Crosby Scholar Academy and other special programs. Some public speaking required. For more details, please review the position description. Candidates should e-mail a resume to Tara Stokes, Middle School Coordinator. The position will remain open until it is filled. 
Funding Opportunities
Aetna Foundation to Support Healthy Communities!
The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality healthcare for everyone. The Foundation's Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program is intended to help local communities become healthier places to live, with emphasis on projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies committed to improving the health of their participants by focusing on activities that align with at least one of the following five domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request from $50,000 to $100,000 for projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets below $250,000 are not eligible to apply. Stage 2 applications are due June 15th. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the request for proposals.
N.C. Senate is Considering Legislation That Could Improve Health Care Options for Nonprofit Staff !

T he N.C. Senate Health Committee is considering a bill that would make it easier for nonprofit associations to pool together to form association health plans. If it passes, this could create an opportunity for nonprofits to include their employees in a larger pool to form a group health plan with better options and more price stability than the plans that are currently available to individual nonprofits. The Center has heard from many members that health care costs, price instability, and plan administration are major operational problems. We are actively pursuing options that will provide better and more affordable health insurance options for nonprofits to provide to their employees. The committee is likely to vote on the bill next week, and the full Senate could then take action.
NC Justice Center Releases Economic Snapshots for All 100 Counties !

Earlier this month, The NC Justice Center released their county-by-county economic snapshots in a new, easier-to-use format. These quick guides to data are available for all 100 counties in North Carolina, including the numbers on: 
• how many people are employed  
• how many people are living in poverty 
• how many people have health insurance 
• and many more data points about your county. 

Their Economic Snapshots include indicators on employment, poverty and income, housing, health, education, and supports for working families—all of which come from a variety of sources. They selected indicators based on several factors including availability, reliability, and consistency.   


Your Quarterly Verified Volunteers Update!
Featuring Recent Blog Posts and Webinars

Their most recent webinar helps you understand how to tailor recognition to different volunteer motivational styles and provides tools so you can build a successful volunteer recognition program. Available to watch on demand by clicking the link above.

As most volunteer organizations know, there are many components involved when conducting volunteer and paid staff background screening. When an organization uses a volunteer’s background information to deny a volunteer role, they must comply with federal and state laws which are meant to protect the applicant from discrimination. The variety of laws/rules can be overwhelming and if regulations are not complied with properly, an organization might have to deal with penalties.

To ensure a safe environment for girls, the national Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization updated its screening policy directive in 2016 to have a more layered background check approach. Verified Volunteers was rolled out to Big Sister Boston volunteers early in 2017 to streamline background screening and expedite volunteers through the Big Sister Boston onboarding process.

Verified Volunteers recently surveyed clients and non-clients alike — all of whom run volunteer programs – to better understand their background screening needs and processes. The 967 survey responders represented a wide range of organizations including social and human services, education, healthcare, religious and youth development groups. Responders were mostly volunteer managers and program managers and directors whose organizations relied heavily on unpaid volunteers.
Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers and Toby Chalberg, Chief Digital Officer at Points of Light, weighed in with insights from the third annual research study on the state of volunteerism and volunteer screening in America during the Verified Volunteers webinar, “Volunteer Screening 2018: Research Results & Insights.”

Children usually are friendly and trusting of most people and therefore have a difficult time identifying predators. But, adults are not always able to “see” predators either. Predators can be anyone, including a family member, colleague, coach or friend. According to The Pragmatic Parent, “90% of the time a predator is someone with a relationship to the victim and the family. On the outside, they have a great looking life and are well-liked by others. They  strategically target their victims , often installing themselves into a child’s life through family, school, church, sports, and activities.”
2017 was a year filled with national and man-made disasters around the world. Hurricanes, floods and wildfires struck the U.S. hard this past year, especially during the last three months of the year. Most of these events are unexpected and leave very little time to prepare. Therefore, it is very important to start preparing and have a plan in place for future disasters that involve emergency response, nonprofit assistance and volunteers.
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