Innovation In: The Business of Nonprofit Sustainability

Join as we showcase nonprofit sustainability through innovative approaches to strengthening board governance and fund development!

Program Highlights Include:

What’s New? Integrated Strategies & Trends in Nonprofit Sustainability with
 Carol Weisman, internationally known speaker, author, trainer, and consultant. Carol will provide participants  with an overview of the current landscape of emerging trends around nonprofit sustainability as it relates to board governance and fund development.
What’s Working? Scaling up for Sustainability: Local Success Stories with Fan Free Clinic and The James House. Explore local sustainability success stories with the collaborative partners who made it possible – the nonprofit, funder,consultant and capacity builder.
What About Funding? Corporate and Foundation Perspectives on Nonprofit Sustainability with Najmah Thomas, Ph.D., currently serving as

the Director for Virginia’s Workforce Investment Act program with the Virginia Community College System. Najmah will moderate a dynamic panel of stakeholders as they share their priorities and efforts in support of nonprofit sustainability.

What’s the Business Case? Enterprise Opportunities for Businesses & Nonprofits. Participants can take advantage of dedicated networking time to consult with local businesses that specifically support nonprofit sustainability. Special savings abound!
 Presented by ConnectVA in partnership with
Sponsored by Flashpoint Fund
April 22, 2014 | 9:00-2:30PM
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens | 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond VA 23228
Tickets: $55 early bird through April 11, 2014 | $65 after

Leadership through Civic Engagement with Gary Flowers on April 15

The discussion is part of the Leader-in-Residence Program by the Jepson School.

When: Noon April 15

Where: Rosenbaum Room, Jepson Alumni Center

Reservation (required):

Leader-in-Residence Program

Since its founding, the Jepson School has invited local, state and national leaders to play an active role in the Jepson community as leaders-in-residence. This program allows students to interact with leaders in formal and informal settings. Each year’s program is tailored to the individual’s priorities and interests.

Usually the honoree offers students multiple opportunities for learning and networking. Students have observed courtroom proceedings, shadowed a mayor through a day’s activities and enjoyed a back-stage view of the performing life. The leader-in-residence may also participate in classroom settings, lead discussions, give lectures or host presentations. After a civic leader or scholar spends time interacting with Jepson faculty and students over a semester or year-long partnership, the relationship continues on an informal basis.

Spring 2014 Leader-in-Residence

Gary L. FlowersGary L. Flowers is a leader in civil rights issues and public policy formation.

He is the former executive director and CEO of Black Leadership Forum Inc., an alliance of national African-American civil rights and service organizations. He was national field director and vice president of programs and public policy for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition from 1997 – 2007. In 1999, Rainbow PUSH selected him as “National Employee of the Year.”

He also has served as special assistant to former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, executive director of the Old Dominion Bar Association and as a public policy analyst at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights organization founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy. In higher education, he has been a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and a CLEO Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.

His awards include the 1994 Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law’s Contribution to Democracy in South Africa Award and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2008 Black Press Champion Award. University of Virginia gave him its 2001 Walter Ridley National Outstanding Alumni award.

He is a weekly columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and regularly appears on television and radio shows on CNN, CBS News, BBC, ABC News, C-SPAN, Black Entertainment Television News, BBC Radio and Black Urban Radio Network. He launched the Black Leadership Television Network in 2009.

Flowers is founder and president of Gary Flowers & Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Richmond and Washington, D.C.

Volunteers Needed – The Future of Richmond’s Past

Volunteers are needed for The Future of Richmond’s Past 150th Anniversary of the Civil War & Emancipation event going on downtown on April 12. The event is from 9 am – 6 pm. Volunteers would work one shift during the event depending on availability, and then have the rest of the day to enjoy the museums, tours, and slave walks that are a part of the event – all of which are completely free! Transportation will be provided by the university and every volunteer will receive a free t-shirt.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions, including but not limited to: setup and take-down, greeting visitors and handing out information, serving as a tour guide at historical sites, conducting interviews, and taking pictures. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carolyn Martin at or at 804-289-8088.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact fellow Bonner Emily Onufer

A New America: How Millennials are sparking change?

The Atlantic and National Journal invite you to join the third in a series of town hall events on how Millennials are engaging in entrepreneurship and service at UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND on April 16 for free. Government officials, entrepreneurs, and Millennials themselves will share insights on how this influential generation is choosing to pursue impactful careers.

Registration and agenda can be found at

TAKE 30: How Can We Be Better Connected to the James?

March 20th
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

UR Downtown
626 East Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Todd Lookingbill, Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment

TAKE 30 is a 30-minute lunchtime series, led by University of Richmond professors and community leaders, to consider questions in the arts, humanities, sciences, business, and law. Each TAKE 30 is free and open to the public.

MPACT Meeting: Precinct 1 (Sectors 111, 112, 113)

Join your neighbors at Main Street Station to meet with city officials to discuss priority issues on a monthly basis. Precinct level meetings offer the chance to learn more about MPACT, meet your co-chairs and provide input and feedback to the city.

Where: Main Street Station (Rail Station Side) – 1500 East Main Street

When: Wednesday, March 12th 6-7PM

Community Conversation – Discussing Riverfront Development

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
F.W. Sullivan’s Canal Bar & Grill, 1001 Haxall Point, Richmond, VA 23219 (map)

Join us as we collaborate with Richmond Magazine, TMI Consulting Inc., the Future of Richmond’s Past and local restaurants to offer our next series of “Community Conversations.” Each month we will discuss a locale in Richmond spanning from Shockoe Bottom to the Boulevard.  Attendees will participate in a discussion with Jack Cooksey, executive editor for Richmond Magazine and an avid user of the James River Park System’s running and biking trails, who will facilitate a conversatoin on the significant events and changes that have occurred along the Riverfront overtime.  By the end of the evening, attendees will have a comprehensive view of the history of the Riverfront area and how it was molded into the locality that we see today.

This is the fourth iteration of the “Community Conversations” series. The purpose of the series is to engage the community in a dialogue about the region’s past and how that past can positively shape our collective future. The more people that join in the conversation, the more productive our efforts become, and the easier it will be for everyone to see ourselves in the history of the region.

Free and open to the public.
For information, call (804) 649-0711 ext. 322
*Pre-registration is not required. Admission is on a first come, first served basis and SPACE IS LIMITED! Please plan to arrive early for parking and registration.

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