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News from the Community: New Local Platform Launched for Virtual Restaurant Fundraising

RVA has a new online platform to help nonprofits raise funds with the help of restaurants that goes beyond the traditional “Give Back Night”. Serving Up Change is a platform that allows community organizations to connect with restaurants to fund raise with a “Virtual Spirit Night”. Instead of requiring attendance on a specific date and time, Serving Up Change and its virtual fundraiser allows supporters to purchase eGift cards from their phones or website, to be used at any time. The nonprofit organization earns the percentage back (determined by each restaurant) as fundraising profit. Supporters can also make flat donations through the same fundraising page.

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Nonprofit Mobile App Contest Finalists

Over the past month, we received several incredible entries for our Mobile App Contest for Local Nonprofits in partnership with NS804 Apps & Commonwealth PR to offer the development of a mobile app, free of charge, to one local nonprofit in Greater Richmond, VA – including conception, development and marketing! The nonprofits were asked to describe their organization's mission and vision, talk about 2016 goals, how technology could positively impact their mission and how an app could potentially strengthen their organization, its people or volunteers. The nonprofits were not asked to have a fully fleshed out app concept - but many had some great ideas in the works, already! Although, it was incredibly difficult to narrow down the submissions - we ultimately selected the top four finalists for the contest - (in no particular order) Historic Richmond, GRASP, MS Society Virginia Chapter and Rx Partnership! Here's a look at the video entries and more about these awesome organizations!

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Tech Roundup: 10 Nonprofit Mobile Apps to Get Inspired By

With more and more people using their mobile devices to find information about local resources and services, and to connect with their favorite causes, having a mobile friendly website, at the minimum, is essential. Mobile apps are a great next step for nonprofits who are ready to engage with their audience in a new way. We found 10 interesting examples of nonprofit mobile apps - which range in purpose and locality.

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Event Recap: Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016

On May 4th, we packed the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen with 215 of our closest nonprofit friends, all eager to learn the latest trends and best practices in social media, online fundraising and nonprofit communication for the 5th annual Social Media for Nonprofits Conference. Organizations were represented from all over greater Richmond and around the state to partake in the region’s only day-long conference dedicated to this topic.

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Online Fundraising Success: Macon Day at Randolph-Macon College

Video: Rick Golembeski of Randolph-Macon College talks about the success of "Macon Day" - a day where for 24 hrs. alumni, faculty, students and supporters are asked to donate online to the school. On their very first try in 2013 they raised over $650,000 and have continued to see incredible success in numbers of gifts received and total donations.

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Building Social Partnerships Panel

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $85 – $95 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below are conversations we had with the panelists - who are leading a breakout session on “Building Social Partnerships." Learn more about: Jonah Holland | Tabitha Frizzell Treloar | Kelly Fitzgerald | Caroline Logan

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