Tell us about yourself.
My name is Bonnie Hough and I am the Grants Manager and Program Assistant at Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. Since high school I have been involved in nonprofit work in a variety of ways, and community health issues have always been especially important to me. Prior to coming to Richmond last summer, I completed my Master of Public Affairs degree at the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. During my time in Austin, I focused on health and social policy issues as well as nonprofit management.
How is your work aligning with ConnectVA’s mission to empower individuals, advance organizations and strengthen our community?
The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation’s mission, at a most basic level, is to improve health and healthcare in Richmond and Central Virginia. We provide support to organizations that are addressing health concerns in our community. We also strive to connect individuals and organizations so they may learn from each other and work together to solve the problems our community is facing. Much like ConnectVA, our belief is that we can all do a lot more by working together!
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I love having the opportunity to hear about all of the great work being done in our community, and the innovative ways nonprofits are working to fix health and social issues. The more I hear and learn, the more impressed I become with the Richmond community and the great work being done here.
Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in this position.
Since coming on board with RMHF last summer, I have been working to bring our entire grant making history and process into an online database, which provides our Board and Staff a better “snapshot” of the work we have done and the impact we have made. The final component of this includes bringing our current application process online, rather than through a paper-based system. This has come with its fair share of bumps along the way, but our goal is to provide our applicants with an online application process starting this summer. We hope this will make the process more streamlined and transparent for our nonprofit partners and are excited for these changes to be put in place!
What’s coming next for your organization that really excites you?
RMHF is coming to the end of its current strategic plan, and our Staff and Board are working together to develop what’s next for the organization. It has been really exciting to provide the Board a picture of what the staff and our community partners have accomplished over the past five years, and I am excited to see how this helps shape our organizational strategy for the years ahead.
How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission?
We regularly use ConnectVA to get the word out to potential nonprofit applicants about our approaching application deadlines using the Message Board tool. Additionally, as a newcomer to the region, it has been a great way for me to get to know all that goes on in the Richmond nonprofit community!