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We’re excited to officially kick off our fall fundraising campaign! Our goal of $65,000 will allow us to hire a full-time IT project manager for the first half of the year, as well as support our basic infrastructure such as shared office space, lab equipment, insurance, legal costs, promotional materials, food and beverages for events, general supplies, and a host of smaller miscellaneous costs. We’re also very happy to let you know that, because of Leadership gifts, in-kind donations, and $3550 of match from the Flashpoint Fund grant, we are currently at 26% of our goal! We also still have $6450 in matching funds left, so your contribution can be effectively doubled if you contribute now to support great IT services for deserving small to midsized nonprofits! So go to our Donate Now page and make a donation or pledge! Thanks so much for your support!
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For Immediate Release
November 18, 2014
IT4Causes Receives Donation From Flashpoint Fund
First Grant Will Help Deliver Sustainable, Cost-Effective IT Solutions to Non-Profits
RICHMOND, Va. – Nov. 18, 2014 –The startup nonprofit IT4Causes today announced that it has received a $10,000 commitment from Flashpoint Fund, a Richmond-based private foundation. The donation will help IT4Causes in its mission of providing stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions to small and midsize nonprofits. The contribution from the Flashpoint Fund is the first major outside funding and will be used as matching funds for IT4Causes’ upcoming inaugural fund drive.
IT4Causes’ strategy is based on the premise that most small to midsize nonprofits have very similar Information Technology needs, which the organization assesses and monitors through a “fractional Chief Information Officer” service. IT needs of all customers are then grouped into a common list, which is prioritized based on the likely return on investment to the entire community. Pro bono IT experts select best-in-class solutions from the general market to meet the highest priority needs, with a special emphasis on low total cost of ownership. Other volunteers are then recruited to help implement the selected solutions at agencies across the region.
“Our pilot projects with UnBoundRVA and Children’s Mental Health Resource Center have proven our model,” said IT4Causes founder and CEO Tom Anderson. “The combined effect of Flashpoint’s commitment and the generosity it will inspire in other donors will enable us to move into growth mode in the first part of 2015.”
“By engineering a solution once and using it across different agencies, IT4Causes has the potential to build capacity in many organizations by freeing up valuable staff and leadership time, while also lowering support costs,” said Rick Schofield, founder of Flashpoint Fund. “Our investment in IT4Causes will further Flashpoint’s mission to help nonprofits improve their performance and better serve the Richmond community.”
IT4Causes was founded in 2014, to help small and midsize nonprofits become more effective and efficient through better IT solutions.
Flashpoint Fund was officially established in 2013 and is dedicated in memory of Schofield’s mother, Betsy Harris Schofield.
Tom Anderson, CEO
Rick Schofield, CEO
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THANK YOU to everyone who came to the “Getting To Know IT4Causes” event on Monday night! We had a great turnout, awesome food, and lots of networking going on at the beautiful offices of !mpact Makers.
A couple of people who helped make the night so great:
Lynette Brinkerhoff from Children’s Mental Health Resource Center, one of our Pilot customers, explained the Center’s mission to link families with great behavioral health professionals, and how IT4Causes is helping the Center save money and time by stabilizing their network and getting the high-capacity printer working again!
Sarah Mullens from UnBoundRVA (our other Pilot customer) gave a great overview of her agency’s mission to help talented people from low-income backgrounds become successful entrepreneurs. She also talked about how IT4Causes is working to help the organization collaborate on documents, which will be enabled with a move to Office 365 in the cloud.
We’re now planning for our next big events:
-On Tues 11/11 from 8AM-2PM, we’ll have an Exhibitor table at National Philanthropy Day at the Hilton Hotel Short Pump. Stop by and see us!
-Also on Tues 11/11, we’ll be at the Association of IT Professionals (AITP) CIO Forum
We hope to see you soon!
What an amazing series of events this week!
On Monday, our Board met in our Organizational Meeting to approve Bylaws and complete many other tasks related to setting up a non-profit, so THANKS to the Board.
On Wednesday, we did our Agency Assessment at pilot agency UnBoundRVA in the morning (THANKS Elizabeth!), and THEN got to see them receive the award for Nonprofit Partner at the RVA Companies To Watch event that same evening. Few dry eyes left in the house after their video aired! Congratulations again to UnBoundRVA Sarah Mullens and Richard Luck on this awesome achievement! See our Twitter feed for images of that event!
On Thursday, CEO Tom Anderson and a few other IT4Causes leaders joined The Daily Planet for the Grand Opening of the new Southside Community Health Center! It was great to be part of the $1.6M project that created a new access point for primary and behavioral health for anyone, regardless of insurance or income. The facility also contains 20 beds of Medical Respite, a program for people being discharged from the hospital without a home to recuperate from a hospital stay while hopefully finding better housing.
From left to right in this image are Elizabeth Roark (Daily Planet Board and IT4Causes TAG), Neal Graham (Virginia Community Healthcare Association CEO), Peter Prizzio (Daily Planet CEO), Tom Anderson (Daily Planet Board Chair and IT4Causes CEO), and George Welch (Daily Planet Board and IT4Causes Board Vice Chair).
And final preparations are under way for the Getting To Know IT4Causes event this coming Monday at Impact Makers. If you don’t have your ticket yet, you might want to jump on that now as we have over 100 tickets given out so far and we are heading towards a sellout!
IT4Causes’ Founder & CEO, Tom Anderson, was one of several leaders highlighted in a recent article on Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR). in the business section of the Richmond Times Dispatch. Tom was part of LMR’s Class of 2014, and participation in the program was instrumental in his decision to start a new organization to meet the information technology needs of small to midsized nonprofits in RVA.
Leadership Metro Richmond, now in its 35th year, is the region’s premier leadership development program. According to LMR’s CEO Myra Goodman Smith, “We believe that when you connect diverse individuals, they develop relationships of understanding and cooperation.”
Tom couldn’t agree more. “My LMR experience introduced me to many different issues in and around Richmond, and I came away from that looking for ways to work with others to find solutions. It also got me thinking that many small agencies face the same basic problems in IT. By using a common strategy to address the common IT needs of many agencies, I think IT4Causes can enable more efficient and effective services that will have an impact in lots of diverse missions in the region.”
Learn more about IT4Causes on Monday, November 3, from 6 pm to 8 pm at !mpactmakers. RSVP at Getting To Know IT4Causes.
We got to meet a lot of people at the RVATechJam down at Haxall Point last Friday. It was a great event for us, with right around 40 new contacts, plus we got to watch some awesome bands!
This Friday October 24, Tom will be hanging out with Berkana Enterprise Consulting and William & Mary’s Center for Corporate Education at InnoVAte Virginia at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. Stop by and say “Hi” and learn about IT4Causes and great training opportunities in Agile practices.
And don’t forget, our “Getting To Know IT4Causes” event is taking place on Monday 11/3 at !mpact Makers. It looks like we’ll have a great crowd to network with while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks (and of course, hearing more about how we are “Shaking Up IT For Good” by launching a new model that meets the IT needs of small to midsized nonprofits)! If at all possible, please RSVP by October 27 so we have an accurate headcount to our caterer.