VCET Weekly Update

A Note from our Executive Director
(For those who may have missed the separate email eariler this week.)

The last two weeks have been brutal for all of us. Many have us have struggled with how best to live our values, show compassion, act with consistency and take care of ourselves in a world that feels increasingly chaotic.

We’ve had conversations with many of you and continue to look for ways to support all of you. Here is what we’re doing at this moment.

1. Organizational leaders are coming together on Monday to work on shared messaging about the larger vision for this work and how it transcends any one flawed human being.

2. We will be scheduling another of our race equity workshops this spring. We know in this moment that this work is some of the most important work we can do together.

3. We know that the tough decisions organizations have made and are still making have created some internal tensions. Where is the line between zero tolerance for racism, mercy for those who repent and show remorse and support for those who have fought difficult battles with us? There are no easy answers and we know teams have been struggling with having some of these difficult conversations. We’ll be bringing in a team from Training For Change to work with anyone who wants the opportunity for a fuller exploration of how to continue to work together as colleagues in the face of these challenges.

4. Lastly, we know that the tensions among staff and members, the need to make quick decisions that never feel entirely right and which bring on attacks from many sources, have left some of our organizational leaders feeling a little battered and bruised. We’ll be bringing in outside facilitators in March to spend a couple of days helping us work through these issues.

Hopefully, all of this puts us in a better position for the challenges we know still lie ahead. If you have other ideas on how we can be helpful, please let me know.

Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership Program

Compass Point has opened registration for their Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership program. This is an eight month program where twelve Black women will meet five times as a learning community. There will be facilitators to help participants focus on healing and self-care. Their website says no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Working for Northam Resignation

For those organization who are willing to continue to work to get the Governor to resign, we will be holding a call on Monday. If your organization is willing to be part of a coalition working on this, please contact our Executive Director, Julie Emery at

Report Available on Biggest 2019 Nonprofit Technology Trends

There’s a new report just out that looks back on the way technology changed in the nonprofit world in 2018 and what we might expect to see in 2019. Every Action is making the report available for free.

Virginia is for Climate Lovers Paint Night

We’re collaborating with Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light for a Virginia is for Climate Lovers Paint Night. On Friday, Feb. 15th starting at 6 PM, a local artist will lead a paint and sip after leaders from each organization share civic engagement opportunities on how to advocate for a healthy environment. It will take place at VCET’s new Richmond office (1705 E. Main Street). There’s a $50 suggested donation with discounts for couples ($40 / person) and college students ($35 / person). Food will be provided and this is a BYOB event,  but you must be 21 or older to drink. Learn more about the event on the Facebook event page and register here.

Technology Director Shares Training on System Dynamics

Our Technology & Field Director, LaTonya Wallace recently co-facilitated a Google sponsored Data For Black Lives event in New York City. The event was focused on System Dynamics, which is an approach to understanding complex systems including their unintended consequences.  In the Data For Black Lives work they are often talking about how to dismantle oppressive systems or counter unintended consequences. LaTonya is going to share this knowledge with all of us at our first VCET partner meeting of the year. If you know LaTonya you know she’ll make the material accessible and connect it to the work we’re all doing in a way that makes us think more deeply about making progressive change. This meeting will be held on March 26th at UR Downtown in Richmond in the lower level conference room from 1 to 3 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.

Nonprofit Conference in 2019

It’s February and the end of the General Assembly session is in sight. It might be a good time to think about what conferences might fit your budget, provide opportunities for learning, increase your exposure to funders and provide opportunities for networking with your peers. There are lots of lists out there, but here’s one you may not have seen from the Progressive Exchange email list.

Job Opening: Campaigns Coordinator

NAKASEC VA is hiring a Campaigns Coordinator to join their team to build an informed and engaged community base for immigrant rights and civic engagement campaigns. Click here to learn more about the organization and how to apply for this position.

Data Tip of the Week

???? VAN Scheduled Maintenance is Coming Up
“NGP VAN will perform our regular monthly server maintenance by applying the latest Microsoft patches to ensure optimal system performance. We’ll need to put your site into maintenance mode for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and will display a scheduled maintenance notification during this period.
The work will commence on Saturday, February 16th; SundayFebruary 17th; and Monday, February 18th from 6 AM to 6:15 AM Eastern. (For users in the United Kingdom, this would be 11 AM to 11:15 AM).
We have confirmed this is the best time to complete this work across our platforms based on system usage while ensuring all nightly data procedures have run.”  — Mark Puleo, Vice President of Client Services NGP VAN, Inc.
???? VAN Training
LIVE VAN Webinars are listed below.
We strongly encourage partners and their staff to attend the Live webinars whenever possible.

c3 Data and Compliance –

The c3 Data and Compliance is a compliance training required for partners to become familiar with the rules and regulations that affect your work, discusses what you can and can’t do with the tools and data, and what to look out for when doing your work. 

c3 Data and Compliance –

The c3 Data and Compliance is a compliance training required for partners to become familiar with the rules and regulations that affect your work, discusses what you can and can’t do with the tools and data, and what to look out for when doing your work. 

My Campaign – 
My Campaign training covers the basic functions in My Campaign including creating a new person, merging a person’s record, creating an event, and inviting people to a particular event. 

Reporting – 
The Reporting training covers the reporting tools that are available in VAN including Canvassing Summary, Survey Question Summary, Virtual Phone Bank Reports, and both Quick and Formats for Counts and Crosstabs.

Data Entry –

This webinar will cover the most common methods for entering data back into VAN. Those methods include Quick Mark, Grid View, Bar Codes, and Script View. 

Virtual Phone Bank –

This webinar will cover how to create a call list, the various VPB settings, a quick overview of open virtual phonebank, and how to record call results using VPB. 

On-demand Video Training
On-demand VAN training is a great resource when onboarding new volunteers and staff members.  It’s a great tool to use for refresher training for current staff and volunteers. 

For Technology and Field support, contact LaTonya at or 757-349-9641.

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