VCET Weekly Update

Progressive Social Media Toolkit & Webinars

Rethink exists to help the progressive community with their communications needs. They are rolling out a new toolkit to better help progressive organizations understand how to use social media to achieve specific goals within a broader campaign. You can download the toolkit and register for one of two upcoming webinars on February 12th or 21st to learn more. All these resources are 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.

Nonprofit Conferences 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.

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.

VFRI 27th Annual Fundraising Event

Virginia Fund Raising Institute will host their 27th annual event on July 24 – 25, 2019 at the Marriott Richmond Hotel. It will feature interactive educational workshops and presentations designed to help nonprofit professionals become masters in fundraising and nonprofit management. Learn more about the event and register here.

Data Tip of the Week

???? State Voices Administration Request Time Frames

⌚Time is of the Essence:
Whether it’s planning for phone/text banks, creating new scripts, requesting exports, in the world of organizing, time is of the essence and a resource we do not have a lot of it.  

To ensure data administration requests are responded to and processed promptly and in time for events and programs, please review the State Voices Administration Request Time Frames.  

???? 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 on-boarding 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 latonya@engageva.org or 757-349-9641.

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