The Phil Turns Three

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, one of the milestones upon reaching age three is the ability to ask questions like “who,” “what,” “where” and “why.”

As we celebrate the third birthday of The Phil, we are right on track. Whether it’s profiling a new executive director or sharing the success story of a fundraising event, our team is committed to finding new and important ways to uplift the voices and needs of nonprofits across the commonwealth. Our “why” is deeply rooted in our belief that communities need strong and supported nonprofits to thrive.

There have been a few notable milestones along the way:

  • Over the past three years, some 215 nonprofit organizations have been profiled, articles written by almost two dozen interns and a handful of full-time Hodgers.
  • The 250 articles on the site have received 72,000 views by 46,000 people.

Among the most popular articles were those that recapped organizations and events:

  1. Five Virginia-Based, Black-Owned Nonprofits to Support this Black History Month
  2. First-Ever Scholarships for Nonprofit Leaders Announced by Darden’s Executive Leadership Program
  3. Four Ways to Get More Involved in Your Community
  4. “A Night at the Races” Fundraising Gala for Weinstein JCC
  5. Hold the Fermata, Richmond’s Symphony’s Season is Going to Take Your Breath Away

Head to our Instagram or Facebook to hear from some of the nonprofits and writers who have made The Phil what it is today!

Another Good Year

This year, The Phil profiled some genuine heroes in the nonprofit space. We had a two-part conversation with Barbara Sipe, the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s new president and CEO. (Part 1 and Part 2) We met Tom Anderson, the founder of IT4Causes. We sat down for some Q’s and A’s with Brittany Greer, founder and CEO of Rosie Riveters; Mandolin Restivo, executive director of Postpartum Support Virginia; and Jennifer Maddux, director of education and community engagement at the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance.

Our team also got a nice pat on the back from Richmond’s chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, earning a 2023 Virginia PR Award of Merit in the “Shoestring Budget” category. That seems oddly appropriate, given how much nonprofits are able to accomplish on modest budgets.

So, what will be our answers to next year’s who, what, where and why? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out. Or even better, send us a tip at thephil@hodgespart.com and follow along at our website.

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