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It is more important than ever that nonprofit organizations are able to translate their worthy missions into lasting positive impacts for the people and communities they serve, and arguably it has never been more difficult to do so. To help nonprofits address these challenges, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is bringing national consultant David Grant to the area to provide training for nonprofit staff and board members on Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Parkersburg Country Club. The program is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and Nonprofits Lead, a nonprofit capacity building program based at Marietta College.
This interactive workshop, Leadership for Nonprofit Success, will explore how effective nonprofit leaders think about organizational development; measuring success in areas that resist quantification; forming strategic partnerships, building effective boards; overcoming resistance to change; and creating cultures of reflection and learning.
“I heard David Grant speak at the West Virginia Nonprofit Association conference last year and, ever since then, I have been wanting to bring him here to share his expertise,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer. “David’s perspective on the sector, which he re-frames as the “social profit sector,” and his methods for assessing success are impactful. I encourage nonprofit organizations from through the region to attend and to bring a team of staff and board members to get the most out of the workshop.”
David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010. Now based in Vermont, he consults with people and organizations around the world that have a social or educational mission. He is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, a group of over 150 people nation-wide who support nonprofit leaders in creating high-performance organizations. His book The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations was published in March 2015.
Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 for WVNPA Members), or $50 for teams of three or more. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9b9as93. Online registrations must be made by credit card. For those unable to pay by credit card, contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to register, 304-428-4438 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The first fifty to register for the workshop will receive a free copy of The Social Profit Handbook.
Nonprofit organizations can learn how to strengthen their capacity today and plan for success tomorrow at the Nonprofit Lifecycles Workshop, November 1, from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg. The workshop is sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates, Nonprofits LEAD, and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and will be led by Maria Fibiger, Certified Master Consultant of Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute and President/Senior Consultant of Three Dog Consulting.
Based on Susan Kenny Steven’s widely popular book, Nonprofit Lifecycles, this workshop will provide a practical way for nonprofits to think about strengthening their organizational capacity, no matter what their age or size. Using Lifecycles Stages to describe the predictable growing pains nonprofits experience at each stage of development, Fibiger will share concepts that are especially relevant to board members, executive staff, and other organization leaders. Nonprofits will learn how to self-assess their organization’s management, governance, financial resources, and administrative components as the vital support systems for their important mission and programs.
Turnover of Board, executive staff, volunteers is an inevitable event (planned or emergent) in the Lifecycle of any organization, and nonprofits should prepare for these transitions with good succession planning. At the workshop, Fibiger will discuss fundamental pieces that every organization should have in place to make the transition easier, as well as barriers and challenges that may come up in any turnover scenario. This interactive workshop will explore a framework for succession planning, and will equip nonprofit leaders with real-world knowledge & tactics.
Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 per person for WVNPA members). Organizations are encouraged to bring Board/staff teams to participate.
For registration information, click here or call Marian Clowes (304-428-4438) or Amy Elliott (740-376-4559).
Registration deadline is October 25.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced that $324,175 was raised through Give Local MOV, the May 1st fundraising event hosted by the PACF.
Nonprofit partners in Give Local MOV 2018 included 47 groups with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development. Organizations invited to participate were those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.
Nonprofits raising the most funds included: FaithLink, Parkersburg High School Foundation, Parkersburg Art Center, YMCA of Parkersburg, and the United Way Alliance of the MOV.
A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 1st was the availability of 1:1 matching funds and incentive prizes. Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota, supplied matching funds that made the day even more exciting. In addition, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations and $7,000 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving.
The PACF takes no fee to organize and host the Give Local MOV campaign. The PACF supplies the secure online giving platform and also covers credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency. This year, some donors that gave on May 1st opted to help cover the credit card processing and transaction fees with their donation and the Foundation is very grateful for their support.
“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV,” said Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer. “Our local businesses once again stepped up and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents. By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!”
“Since the founding of Give Local MOV in 2014, more than $1.26 million has been raised for the region’s charitable groups,” said Posey. “It’s amazing how much can be achieved when we work together. The Foundation’s Board and Staff are proud to be part of such a giving community.”
The Foundation plans to host Give Local MOV again. Businesses, nonprofits or individuals interested in having a significant impact for their investment and want to get involved in Give Local MOV 2019 should contact Posey at 304-428-4438 to learn more.
Charitable organizations seeking support for projects that address community needs can learn about the grantmaking programs of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates and the Sisters Health Foundation at grant workshops scheduled for October 30. Interested participants can choose from one of two times and locations:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Dora B. Woodyard Library, 411 Mulberry Street, Elizabeth, WV
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Roane County Family Health Care, 164 Williams Drive, Spencer, WV
Topics to be covered include grantmaking priorities, the application process, effective proposal writing, and grants management. There is no cost to attend.
To register, contact Shei Sanchez, email@example.com, 304.424.6080.
More than 300 members of the community and faculty of Marietta College gathered Thursday evening for the College’s Founders Day celebration. The College, celebrating its 185th birthday, has been an integral part of the Mid-Ohio Valley community. During the celebration, Marietta College recognized faculty, staff, and community members for their partnership and collaboration with the College. Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Associate Director for Community Leadership received a Linsley Community Partner Award for her continued partnership and advocacy of the College’s Nonprofits LEAD program.
Nonprofits LEAD works to build a strong, sustainable nonprofit community in the Mid-Ohio Valley in which every organization can effectively and efficiently achieve its mission. By working in partnership with other area funders, Nonprofits LEAD’s vision that every nonprofit will have the tools, resources, knowledge, and support they need to meet the needs of their community is coming to fruition.
“One of the Foundation priorities is to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our region; there is no better way to do that than by supporting Nonprofits LEAD,” said Marian Clowes. “Nonprofits LEAD's programs, services, and technical support are highly impactful for nonprofits, and it has been great to partner with Nonprofits LEAD and to support their work.”
Photo caption: Marian Clowes (center) is presented the Linsley Community Partner Award from representatives of Marietta College.
As needs of West Virginia citizens, nonprofits, and communities grow in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia businesses and citizens are stepping up with bold acts of generosity to respond to these needs.
This week the EQT Foundation has announced COVID-19 response grants to support West Virginia citizens and nonprofits in the communities where the company is located. The EQT Foundation is donating $160,000 in total to West Virginia communities with grants to the Mountaineer Food Bank and relief funds at three West Virginia community foundations including the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates.
On announcing the grants EQT Foundation President Ellen Rossi said, “The EQT Foundation is pleased to alleviate the burdens of this pandemic on West Virginia’s citizens and nonprofits. Our commitment is to support the food bank and relief funds serving the communities of the state that we are working in.” She added, “Our partnership with the community foundations and Mountaineer Food Bank helps us deploy rapid response funds to numerous organizations serving those in need within the communities we serve in West Virginia.”
100% of the EQT Foundation gift to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will be used to support nonprofits and citizens in need in the Foundation’s eleven county service area.
“EQT Foundation’s generosity and continued partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will ensure that local needs that arise due to this COVID-19 pandemic are supported in a prompt and efficient way,” said Judy Sjostedt Ritchie, Executive Director of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. “This gift will support our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund which are designed to provide timely relief funding to respond to the growing needs across our service region.”
The PACF is awarding grants from its Hunger and Safety Net Funds to address food access and emergency needs of individuals and to provide operating support to nonprofit agencies delivering critical community services. The need to support area nonprofits has increased significantly, as the demand for their services has risen while many of their fundraisers and events have been postponed due to the pandemic.
“Support for the Foundation’s Hunger and Safety Net Fund is a direct investment in our community’s work right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Sjostedt Ritchie. “In times of crisis, the Foundation remains committed to connecting donors with community needs effectively and efficiently. Our community’s collective generosity is essential now more than ever.”
For more information about the EQT Foundation, visit: https://www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation/ . For more information about the Parkersburg Area Community, visit: www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
During the week of November 12-18, 2018, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will join more than 800 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For nearly 30 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H. W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Judy Sjostedt, PACF’s Executive Director. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems here in the Mid-Ohio Valley region.”
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits, agencies, churches, civic groups, etc. that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The local PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our region.
The PACF currently manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets and works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Last year, the PACF awarded $2.3 million in grants and scholarships for the benefit of that service area. Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.
Sjostedt noted, “These grants and scholarships are made possible by individuals living right here in our communities. This week and every day, the PACF celebrates the generosity of local people and the impact that their giving has on improving our Mid-Ohio Valley area’s quality of life. With the year-end fast approaching, it’s a tremendous time for citizens to make an investment to advance their communities by supporting their local community foundation.”
To learn more about the PACF visit its website or stop by its office at 1620 Park Avenue in Parkersburg during regular business hours.
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