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Phil-Ins: A roundup of nonprofit news (April 2023)

Each month, The Phil brings your fix of Virginia nonprofit news, updates and announcements with Phil-Ins. From upcoming events and fundraisers to changes in leadership and opportunities to recognize those who make the Virginia nonprofit community so special, there’s a full slate of information below.

United Way homecoming

Following a nationwide search to head the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, the organization found the perfect candidate in its back yard. Barbara Couto Sipe, the president and CEO of NextUp RVA since 2013, will assume the reins on June 20. The new position is a homecoming of sorts for Sipe, who served as United Way’s Vice President of Community Impact and Director of Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond for a dozen years. Corynne Arnett, UW’s board chair, pointed to Sipe’s “strong leadership skills and tremendous ability to build strong partnerships within the community” as among the factors for the appointment. Look for an interview with Sipe in The Phil in the weeks to come.

Think of it like tailgating for the arts

The Richmond Performing Arts Alliance will host its 4th Annual Parking Lot Party on May 6 in the parking lot behind Dominion Energy Center (between 6th and 7th Streets on Broad Street). There will be plenty of the 3 Bs – bands, brews and bites from 2-6 p.m. A new twist this year includes the season finale of the Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series: On the Road with three performing arts organizations for youth ages 3-18. Hosted by RPAA’s Associates Board, Parking Lot Party is free, but donations are welcome to support RPAA’s BrightLights Education Initiatives, which provides accessible arts education to youth throughout the region. Get the full details here.

Designer Tablescapes Showcase sold out, but wait…

Interest in the first Spring Tablescapes Showcase was so strong that tickets to the April 27 luncheon sold out within days. But not to worry, Little Hands of Virginia has added a cocktail reception the evening before to give more folks a chance to see all the beautiful, zany, fun and cool tablescapes created by 25 designers. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit http://littlehandsva.org/tablescapes/.

Facility with facilitating?

Need to brush up on your facilitation skills, a talent that comes in handy when navigating different perspectives? Fear not, Leadership Metro Richmond is offering a three-session workshop called Leading Conversations that focuses on developing facilitation best practices. Presented by Jonathan Zur of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the three sessions will take place on May 4 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., including lunch), May 11 (1-5 p.m.) and May 18 (1-5 p.m.). Participants must attend all three sessions. The cost is $400 for businesses/individuals and $250 for nonprofit/government representatives. Register here.

Weinstein’s Arts + Ideas Season closing out with spirituality and soul

Nefesh Mountain, the husband-and-wife duo that mixes progressive American folk and Appalachian bluegrass with elements of Celtic folk and Eastern European melodies (talk about eclectic!) will put a punctuation mark on the Arts + Ideas Season at Weinstein JCC. The concert (May 11 at 7:30 p.m.) will blend some Jewish spirituality and soul, with songs in both English and Hebrew. Learn more, and purchase tickets here.

Nominate difference-makers in your community

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is welcoming nominations for the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Awards on Volunteerism and Community Service, an annual award program that recognizes Virginians and organizations that volunteer their time to make a difference in their communities. Open through June 19 at 5 p.m., you can learn more and submit your nominations here.

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