People enjoying food at the Pretend Again event hosted by the Children's Museum of Richmond

Phil-Ins: A Roundup of Nonprofit News (March 2024)

Spring is underway, and Virginia’s nonprofit community is coming back to life with fun events. Keep reading for some impressive announcements and to mark your calendars. 

House About That?

Virginia Supportive Housing, whose work to end homelessness through permanent housing has been going on since 1988, announced that it is planning a four-story building with 83 low-income units on undeveloped land across from the Northside Campus of Richmond Behavioral Health Authority on Rady Street. RBHA is donating the 1.7-acre site to VSH. The project, once complete, will add to the close to 650 housing units that VSH has developed and manages. Here is the Richmond BizSense story on that.

Lights, Camera… Girls for a Change

Not long after Girls for a Change CEO Angela Patton delivered a TED Talk on an innovative program that helped connect daughters to their incarcerated fathers through a jail-based Daddy Daughter Dance, the idea caught on with documentary filmmaker Natalie Rae, whose film crew attended one of the dances. The result – a new documentary entitled Daughters that will premier soon at the Sundance Film Festival. Read more about it on this GFAC blog post

A New Way for Abingdon’s United Way

The United Way of Southwest Virginia announced that it is establishing a new nonprofit organization designed to deliver “cradle-to-career” services for clients in the southwest corner of the state. The new organization – named EO, an abbreviation for Endless Opportunity – is a major structural change for how services have been traditionally delivered through United Way. Want to read more? Here’s the full press release.

Coming Up….

March 22, Grown-Up Night at the Museum

The Children’s Museum of Richmond is hosting its annual fundraising night – Pretend Again: A Grown-Up Night at the Museum. This adults-only party features some of RVA’s finest food and drinks as well as prizes and live music from 10 Spot. The event is at CMOR from 7-10 pm. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here now. 

March 26, Nonprofit Board Building for CEOs

One of a nonprofit CEOs’ most critical roles is building a strong and engaged board of directors. Toward that end, LMR is hosting a workshop designed specifically to equip nonprofit executives with valuable insights and best practices when it comes to board building and relations. The two-and-a-half-hour session will cover strategies for fostering effective collaborations with board members. Register here for the March 26 event, which is from 9-11:30 a.m. (including a continental breakfast) at United Way’s Carousel Road offices in Henrico. The workshop is part of a series sponsored by the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation. 

April 20, Monument Avenue 10k

Call it a race. Call it a fun run. Call it a block party. Whatever it is, it’s one of Richmond’s signature events, and 2024 marks its silver anniversary. Along with feet, there will be food, music and fun. Find out more and register here

April 30, Women Take the Stage

The 5th Annual Women Take the Stage – hosted by the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance Women’s Leadership Council – will take place on April 30 at 4:30 pm. It’s an afternoon social (including cocktails and hors d’oeuvres) at the Carpenter Theatre featuring guest speaker Joye B. Moore (business owner, entertainer and mental health awareness advocate), who will lead an inspiring discussion to “Keep Moving!” – no matter how things may look or feel. Joye will be joined by panelists Sheila E. Battle, Chelsea Buyalos and Desirée Dabney. Tickets are available here

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