Why it’s important to log your IT4Causes volunteer hours

Last year was a great year for us and we hope it was a good year for you.
Thanks to your generous gifts of time and talent, IT4Causes was able to serve 22 agencies across the Richmond area in 2016.

While skills and time are invaluable direct contributions to our agencies, did you know that your volunteer hours also support our agencies in other ways, too? Logging your volunteer hours allow IT4Causes to:
• Build business plans that show how we offer low cost solutions using skilled volunteers
• Provide the details we need when writing grants that also support our work
• Document the project recaps required by our sponsoring companies
• Provide accurate reporting to the IRS to support our 503c status

So…. please log those volunteer hours. Your time matters, and so does the data about your time!

Use this conveniently provided link to enter any hours you have volunteered for us. If you are retracing steps, exact dates don’t matter, but please be sure to reflect the number of hours you gave in each month as accurately as possible.

If activity covers more than one day in a month, please use last date you volunteered in that month. Please use a separate entry for each month.

Some employers like Capital One provide a donation to nonprofits based on the hours volunteers log into their systems.  If you work for one of these firms, please be sure to record your service hours in that system, too, and please consider designating the funds to IT4Causes (our tax ID 47-1992190 in case your employer needs it).

Finally, be sure to check out our current volunteer opportunities.

Thank you as always for your gift of time and talent.  We simply couldn’t serve the community like we do without your help!

IT4Causes Pays It Forward With VCU Interns

In a recent article in VCU News, Brian McNeill talks about how VCU graduates like IT4Causes founder Tom Anderson are helping the next crop of students get a leg up on full-time careers by offering internships to current VCU students.  IT4Causes currently has a total of eight interns, including 6 from VCU.  Read the whole article on VCU News.

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Tom Anderson at the VCU Work Study Fair in September 2016

 

Another successful internship – Michael Taylor

Over the summer, Michael Taylor, a student from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College and a participant of Courage To Succeed from Charterhouse School, had the opportunity to intern with IT4Causes. Michael benefited from his internship both personally and professionally. He gained skills in web design and gained experience working within a professional organization, which is much different than simply doing assignments for school. He was able to work with clients and see his web design ideas put into practice. He was eager to learn from Tom and eager to master the tasks he was assigned.

Michael also grew in his social skills during this internship. He improved in his ability to greet Tom in the mornings and to stay on topic in conversation. He expressed gratitude for all of the time and assistance he got from Tom throughout the internship. By the end of the internship, Michael expressed sadness that it was over and wished the experience could continue! Michael was pleased to be offered the opportunity to continue to work with some of his clients on an as-needed basis under Tom’s supervision.

Michael recently wrote this about his internship experience:
“This summer I had an internship with IT4Causes I did very well. However I was not the only one with an internship as each summer everyone in C2S who is going to be partaking in classes the next semester has to have an internship.
This is about me however, in my internship I worked on websites in WordPress. I helped fix problems with the sites, as well as made improvements. I did so well that one of the clients of IT4Causes asked me to do maintenance on the site I worked on for his nonprofit! ….

You never know what will happen with an internship!

The Courage to Succeed program is a college and transition support program for young adults with neurological differences. This program is a part of Charterhouse School at the nonprofit UMFS. The goal of the program is to assist students in pursuit of their academic goals while also strengthening social skills, independent living skills, emotional well-being, community involvement and self-advocacy skills.

To learn more about this Courage to Succeed and how you can get involved, go to https://www.charterhouseschool.org/courage-to-succeed/.

Michael Taylor

FAQs, Tips, and Suggestions for having the best time at Tech4All

We are super excited to bring you the Tech4All Happy Hour event on Thursday, November 17, from 6-8 PM, at Impact Makers, 1707 Summit Ave, Suite 201.  Here are some suggestions to help you have the best time possible while at the event

  • Get there right at 6 PM to have the most time to enjoy the event.  We can’t let people in before 6, though, as we have a very limited time to do setup!  We’ll start giving out door prized at 6:15; must be present to win those!
  • Bring along any old computer equipment (anything except CRTs) and donate it to Tech4Troops Project, who will safely delete all your data, the refurb/recycle it to help veterans return to productive civilian lives.
  • Before the event:
    • Bring a compatible smartphone; you can check by using the EZE VR app.
    • Make sure it’s fully charged before the event.
    • Download the Google Cardboard app from your phone’s application store, and look for other Cardboard apps that might interest you. Here is a list of some cool ones we like
    • You might want to make sure you have a QR code scanner enabled on your device so you can more essily download other apps during the event.  I use “RedLaser”
    • Clear out as much memory as you can so you can load more apps.
    • And check your data plan to see if you can use it to download apps at the site – while we’ve beefed up wifi at the site for this event, there will be a lot of people pulling a lot of data, so preloading apps and using your data plan will probably be the fastest way to get playing quickly!
    • There’s some risk involved in everything; here’s the fine print
  • Drive the robot that VirginiaFIRST Robotics is bringing
  • Meet our nonprofit partners and sponsors you walk around the area to get food and drinks.
  • Get the full scoop on each of our nonprofit partners with a brief presentation in the Nonprofit Demo Room
  • Connect with 4 different IT recruiting firms at the event
  • Signup to do a VR Demo with River City VR, to see what it’s like to use a full super-high quality workstation based VR system
  • Buy some 50/50 raffle tickets
  • Network, network, network!
  • Consider making an additional donation to help us keep on delivering Great IT for Great Nonprofits!

Sponsors

Here’s the fine print

  • This is a fundraising event for IT4Causes.  The Google Cardboard Viewer is offered as a promotional item and requires a compatible smartphone for its intended usage.  IT4Causes can’t guarantee compatibility with your phone, and cannot provide support in the use of the device.
  • Users of the Google Cardboard VR viewer assume all risks in using the product.  Ensure your smartphone is adequately secured in the viewer to avoid dropping/breakage risks.  Remain aware of your surroundings while wearing the device to avoid falling, tripping, collisions with objects or other people, and other hazards.  Adult supervision of all users (not just kids) is recommended to minimize these risks.
  • Product safety information (from https://store.google.com/product/google_cardboard: Take frequent breaks while using a VR viewer. If you experience nausea, discomfort, eye strain, or disorientation, immediately discontinue use. Not for use by children without adult supervision. Do not use a VR viewer while driving, walking, or otherwise by being distracted from real world situations that prevent you from obeying traffic or safety laws. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after using a VR viewer if you feel impaired or disoriented. If you may be prone to seizures, consult a doctor before use.

Your nonprofit deserves a great donor management system at a great price!

At IT4Causes, we implement and support Little Green Light for our small and midsize nonprofit clients*.  We can make sure you get the best pricing on the tool ($40 for the first year, for most clients), and our team of paid staff and volunteers can get your agency set up quickly in this modern, intuitive, and highly capable system.  We only charge for the staff time needed to manage the project and recruit the right volunteers, so your implementation costs are also very low.  Plus, we have connection with local funders who may be willing to provide RVA nonprofits with grants to cover even those costs. We still have limited availability to do a couple more setups before Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the most active giving time of the year. So stop trying to do it all in Excel and contact us now to power-up your 2016 year-end campaign!

Little Green Light

*We also support DonorPerfect for larger organizations.

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Our New Client: Assisting Families of Inmates

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Meet our New Client: Assisting Families of Inmates!

AFOI was created in 1978 as a transportation program to help families visit relatives in state prisons.Today, the organization provides opportunities for regular, meaningful visitation, referrals to community resources, and other services that help families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification. Last year, AFOI assisted in nearly 2,000 visits for family members as well as providing multiple resources for clients.

IT4Causes has performed an assessment of AFOI’s current information technology as well as their needs to deliver on their mission, and has already started moving them forward by setting them up on Office 365. In the next few months, plans include identifying a new phone system, moving their current website to WordPress, and improving their client database. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with these project, go to the www.IT4Causes.org/Volunteer.

To learn more about AFOI, visit their website ww.afoi.org.

Internship Opportunities at IT4Causes!

It’s the start of a new school year!  When you graduate, will you have the experience that employers want to see, and a strong network of local businesses and professionals who can help you land a great job?  IT4Causes can help you get ready for post-graduation success, if you’re willing to help us deliver great technology to local nonprofits!  We are currently seeking interns for the following positions for the 2016-17 academic year; we prefer college juniors and seniors but will consider exceptional sophomores as well:

Nonprofit Management/Social Media Intern

As a nonprofit management intern, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help our growing agency in many different ways, including marketing and branding, events, business development, and partner agency management. You’ll also help several of our client agencies learn to use donor management and case management systems effectively. And you’ll help us implement our social media strategy by developing content and posting across many channels. Our small staff means you’ll get to know all parts of our business, and because we serve other nonprofits, you’ll get to meet leaders at many other charities in RVA. We’ll provide a ton of networking opportunities, and you’ll work with us to build capacity in not just one agency but in many nonprofits around the region.
As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week each school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks. We will provide a stipend of up to $500 per semester for this position; exact amount may vary depending on our fundraising and business development success. Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

IT Implementation Intern

As an IT Implementation Intern, you’ll work with our Project Manager and teams of skilled IT volunteers to implement best-in-class small business IT solutions at deserving nonprofit (we like to call them “for-purpose”) agencies across RVA. You’ll leverage playbooks we’ve developed to build towards a strong IT strategy and architecture. In the process, you’ll learn a ton about real life cloud-based solutions for file management, office productivity, accounting, fundraising, and case management, as well as web site development, social media, and networks. You’ll have opportunity to work with IT professionals in all stages of their careers, and you’ll meet some true experts in their fields.
As a startup, we offer high growth potential. As a volunteer and IT service nonprofit, we offer some of the broadest networking opportunities possible. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week each school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks. We will provide a stipend of at least $500 per semester for this position; exact amount may vary depending on our fundraising and business development success. Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.
If either of these seem like the right opportunity for you, please submit resume to Thomas.Anderson@IT4Causes.org by September 2, 2016!

Our Newest Client: ReEstablish Richmond

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Meet our newest client: ReEstablish Richmond!

This amazing nonprofit was started by Patrick Braford after he noticed the issues facing refugees who were new to Richmond. ReEstablish Richmond’s mission is to help refugees establish roots, build community, and find self-sufficiency.

ReEstablish Richmond (ReR) provides programs that help newcomers to the River City adjust and become a part of the community. Public transit training, learner’s permit classes, and monthly community luncheons are just a few ways that ReR connects refugees to life-building tools and resources, helping their transition to be a positive and empowering experience.

IT4Causes connected ReR with a Flashpoint Fund, and then worked with Kate Ayers, ReR’s Executive Director, to develop a grant proposal. With just a $2000 grant, we’re looking forward to leveraging our volunteer network to help do a full assessment of all their data needs and capabilities, improve their email/calendars/contacts, increase security, set up a donor management system, and help implement their recent rebranding in their online presence.

To learn more or support ReEstablish Richmond, go to their website reestablishrichmond.org.

Meet Our New Intern

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My name is Ben Simpson and I am a Washington D.C. native going into my senior year at the University of Richmond. I am very excited to be interning with IT4Causes this summer, helping to improve the processes for the business development pipeline. Bringing expertise in leadership studies and Latin American/Iberian studies, I am keen on the leadership dynamics within workplaces and the relations of coworkers that bring about the most success in organizations across all fields. My passion of Latin American affairs and relations with the United States along with recent experience studying in South America will provide a worldlier perspective that will prove valuable to our team here at IT4Causes.

In addition, I greatly value social justice and am dedicated to giving back to the community. I have volunteered with various organizations and public schools in Richmond and only hope to expand my knowledge and impact on non-profits of the Richmond area throughout the summer. In my free time, I always enjoy to stay active. I love to play sports (particularly soccer and basketball) and explore nature, whether it be hiking, biking, or kayaking on the James River.

I am a motivated individual looking forward to making the most of this opportunity, learning a lot, and creating strong connections in the Richmond community. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ben.simpson@it4causes.org!

Tech4All Sponsorship

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IT4Causes is looking for sponsors and vendors for the First Annual Tech4All fair! If you are looking to get your product or service in front of a technology hungry audience a couple of weeks before Black Friday, now is your chance to lock in space at this exciting new event! Tech4All is shaping up to be a premier location for all things tech in Richmond.

If you or a retailer or a technology company you know is interested in this once a year opportunity, contact Thomas Anderson at thomas.anderson@it4causes.org. Make sure to get in touch ASAP as we would like to offer exclusivity on a first come, first serve basis.