Last Friday General Assembly Meeting

Today, February 15th, will be our last weekly noon meeting to collaborate on the General Assembly session. Thank you to all of those who came and were willing to work together to find ways to support each other! We look forward to a terrific 2020 session!

Seeing the Bigger Picture

In an environment that seems more reactive all the time, it can be hard to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. But to fully understand the complex systems that have created our environment and to understand how best to change them, we need that view. Our Technology & Field Director, LaTonya Wallace, will provide our partners with new tools to look at these systems and analyze them. The System Dynamics workshop will be held on March 26th from 1 to 3 PM at UR Downtown in Richmond. This is based on work LaTonya has done with Google and Data for Black Lives. Find out more about how to dismantle oppressive systems and how to anticipate unintended consequences in our work.

Mini-Grants Available for Work in LatinX Communities in Shenandoah Valley

VCET is happy to be able to provide mini grants of $1,000 to community organizations doing work with the LatinX communities in the Shenandoah Valley. These grants are for organizations who are willing to work on raising awareness of the 2020 census and collect Pledge to Count cards. Organizations interested in applying for this funding should send a short (no more than one page) application to Julie Emery, our Executive Director at Applications are due by March 15th. Decisions will be made by early April.

March of Reckoning to Demand Northam Resign

There will be a March hosted by Justice RVA on Monday, February 18th to demand the resignation of Governor Northam. The event will start with a rally at Monroe Park (620 W. Main Street) at 10 AM. At 11 AM, they will march to the Capitol. Bring your signs, your art, music and drums.

Save the Date: 2019 Democracy Summit

Our 2019 Democracy Summit will take place on Saturday, April 13th at George Mason University – Science & Technology Campus (10900 University Blvd., Manassas, VA 20110) from 9 AM – 3 PM. Click here to register and contact our Program Manager, Alex Bratton, at for more info.

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.

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.

Data Tip of the Week

???? Reminder:  VAN Scheduled Maintenance is Coming Up
Notice from Mark Puleo, Vice President of Client Services NGP VAN, Inc: 
“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.
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.”
???? Training Day
If you would like to schedule a data tool training, please complete the VCET Data Tool Training Request form.  LaTonya will follow up with you to confirm and schedule your training request. (Actual Link:

???? VAN Training
On-demand VAN Training videos are available. Please use these powerful refresher tools when onboarding new staff or wanting to refresh data tool knowledge.
We strongly encourage partners and their staff to attend the Live webinars whenever possible.
LIVE VAN Webinars are listed below.  

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. 

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.

Calendar of Events
(Click the link above to view our web calendar)

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