Thank You to Our Volunteers

IT4Causes says thank you to each volunteer that has enabled us to support our mission. Thank you for believing in and practicing Better IT for a Better World.

IT4Causes is a community organization that provides stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions and services to other for-purpose agencies in RVA. As a  501(c) 3 organization, we utilize a fractional CIO model to support multiple agencies that cannot staff information technology professionals for various reasons. With this model, we rely heavily on volunteers who use their skills and expertise to advise organizations on many different issues that arise throughout the year.

To support the information needs of for-purpose organizations enables volunteers to make the world a better place by implementing information technology solutions. This work that our volunteers do enables nonprofit organizations to do the work that they do.

For National Volunteer Week, we are taking a moment to celebrate and thank the members of our nonprofit community that enable us to promote and use commercial industry best practices that are optimized for nonprofits. To date, more than 200 volunteers have supported different projects ranging from product evaluation/selection to information security assessments to social media planning. Since April 6, 2020, IT4Causes volunteers have logged more than 725 hours in service to IT4Causes and other organizations such as Rx Partnership, Senior Connections, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Approximately 250 hours have been logged in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

Because each of our volunteers has meaningfully contributed their time, skills, and expertise, we say thank you! We say thank you to the many volunteers who, like those listed below, have implemented Better IT for a Better World.

Michael Mancuso
Since 2019, Michael has logged more than 370 hours in the volunteer role of desktop technician. In this role, Michael has been responsible for installing, diagnosing, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading computer hardware, peripherals, and equipment at community organizations. Although Michael characterizes his role as small, he has made several dozen dead laptops and a few desktops useable to our partner organizations. According to Michael, “volunteering at IT4C not only allowed me to put some current, outside-the-house experience in my resume… it led me to my present employment with Tech for Troops.”

Michael Edwards
Michael’s commitment to IT4Causes began in 2017, and since then, he has logged more than 145 hours in support of projects at IT4Causes and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Pace Center. Using his expertise as a data modeler, Michael brought valuable IT and database experience to the Pace Center, which strives to equip and empower students to listen deeply and respond lovingly to their community. As noted by Elizabeth Roderick, Michael “has extensive experience in mentoring young people, so he [can] offer some [critical] insights and tips about how [organizations] can be successful.” 

John Granger
John has been helping IT4Causes with Windows Server, firewalls, networking, and a range of other technologies.  John retired from a long career as a technology leader and consultant and wanted to continue to give back to the local community, so volunteering with IT4Causes was a natural fit. We appreciate all the time (over 100 hours) and energy he has contributed to projects at Pathways, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Friends Association for Children, U-Turn Sports, and other agencies to ensure they can securely access the data they need to serve their important missions.

Hope Norman
Hope learned about IT4Causes at an LMR Board Connector, and since then, she has brought her expertise as a leader in digital design to IT4Causes. To date, Hope has led efforts to redesign the IT4Causes website using advanced techniques to restructure and present critical information about IT4Causes to potential clients and volunteers. Hope has contributed more than 100 hours, all while juggling her now-successful search for a new job. 

Again, we say THANK YOU to  ALL of the outstanding volunteers who make our work possible.

 

 

Donations and Skilled IT Workers Urgently Needed to Support RVA Nonprofits

Our local nonprofit community needs our help more than ever, and IT4Causes is helping these organizations get and use the technology they need to remain effective while working remotely. As the COVID-19 crisis continues and their needs increase, we are starting to feel the strain on our resources, and we need your help to support them during this time of rapid change.

How you can help

  • We are currently seeking a seasoned Cisco Firewall/VPN Consultant for a client running AnyConnect VPN on Cisco 5506 ASA who keeps experiencing partial failures that block their access to files. Volunteer Now!
  • We are seeking donations for the following requirements:
    • Splashtop SOS licenses to remotely manage iPhone issues – $170/yr/license after 15% nonprofit discount
  • Rescue Assist licenses – Remote control for Windows/Mac/Android – $330/agent/year (2 licenses)
  • We also need donations to support our COVID-19 Response Center. Your donation supplies the following:
    • $21.00 buys 1 day (5 hours) of ECPI intern, It costs so little to us because ECPI pays much of their cost through the federal work study program, but they add a LOT of value for basic IT tasks.  We currently have 3 ECPI students who work 25 hrs/wk each.
    • $120 pays for 1 day of IT4Causes staff during our daily COVID-19 Response Center call (2 staff @ $60/hr)
    • $75 covers the cost of 1 used laptop PC that we can deploy to an agency to allow 1 worker to work remotely (add $59 for Windows Pro and Office 2019 Standard at Microsoft nonprofit rates)

We hope you’ll consider supporting IT4Causes as we face this crisis together with the RVA nonprofit community! So please, Donate Now!

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Avoid COVID-19 Cyber Scams!

Organizations are relying on telecommuting and teleworking in order to continue operations while simultaneously helping contain the spread of COVID-19. Phishing attacks-collections of personal and/or financial information from individuals posing as representatives of a legitimate organization-are popping up; as the COVID-19 virus continues to affect communities nationwide, scams in the form of charitable solicitations for those affected are being reported. Below are some tips for defending against cyber scams:

  • Do not click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
  • Do not provide personal or financial information via email
  • Do not respond to suspicious emails
  • Check frequently for updates to your software and operating system
  • Review requirements for creating, using and changing passwords used to access devices and networks.
  • Use government websites for information and updates about COVID-19
  • Alert your organization’s network administrators and other appropriate personnel immediately if you suspect security breaches.
  • Check the validity of any charity asking for donations (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity)

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Skilled IT Volunteers Needed to Assist Local Nonprofits with COVID-19 Response

Based on the current State of Emergency in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States as a whole, IT4Causes is assembling a team of current, past, and new skilled IT volunteers to help nonprofits in the greater Richmond VA area continuing to fulfill their missions in rapidly evolving circumstances. To best serve the community, local agencies will need to rapidly shift to remote work, distance learning, and service delivery with less direct human contact. We believe that technology can play a major role in addressing this crisis, and we continue to build a comprehensive list of resources and products that can help nonprofits accomplish their work in a new environment. But in order to best serve those who serve others, we need skilled IT volunteers to step up and take on byte-sized tasks to quickly deliver meaningful solutions to real-world problems.
Most of our volunteer services will be delivered remotely, and are being coordinated with a command center approach using agile best practices.
Skill sets sought:

  • Office 365 setup, administration, and training, especially
    • Microsoft Teams for collaboration and meetings
  • Remote work & collaboration tools & best practices
  • Network configuration and security, especially VPNs
  • Telecomm setup, especially using mobile devices to accept and place calls from agency landline/VOIP numbers
  • Virtualization of small group experiences, including meetings and events
  • Virtualization of large group experiences such as conferences
  • Virtualization of customer service experiences, including call centers and telehealth
  • Command Center operations

If you are willing and able to use your IT skills to serve your community in this time of need, please let us know!

  • If you are a current or past volunteer and have previously completed our Volunteer Application, please update your contact info and let us know your availability by completing the COVID-19 Response form.
  • If you haven’t previously completed our Volunteer Application, please do so, and then complete the COVID-19 Response form as well.

Thank you so much, and take care!

IT4Causes is Turning 5

RICHMOND,VA—IT’S BEEN 5 YEARS, AND WE’RE STILL KICKING!

Because many small businesses do not successfully make it to 5 years, we are delighted to announce that IT4Causes is still here, operating stronger than ever. When IT4Causes incorporated in October 2014, we did so to make a positive impact through IT solutions. Five years later, we could not be prouder of the tremendous support that we have been able to provide to local nonprofits! We are also extremely grateful for the ways we have, with the help of our outstanding networks, been able to engage and motivate community members to #MakeAnImpact.

Using our fractional IT Leadership model, IT4Causes will continue to provide strategic IT direction, tactical project execution, and now 24/7 help desk support to “for-purpose” organizations of all sizes in and around the local RVA area. And of course, we will continue to leverage our accumulated knowledge of IT for nonprofits to provide our clients with best-in-class products and solutions.As IT4Causes moves into its next year, we will continue our mission of providing exceptional IT support to other nonprofits. We will also continue to offer our services for a fraction of the cost of services in the commercial market.

Because we are very appreciative and fortunate to have such a large and involved volunteer base, we will continue our engagement with skilled industry professionals, student interns, and other volunteers, providing opportunities that enrich networks and build practical IT skills. We also hope to strengthen our partnerships with new clients like SOAR365, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and Capital Trees, as well as with our long-term partners such as Partnership For Families, Art180, and CA Human Services.

Our growth and successful operation have been made possible by the support of our amazing volunteers, our board of directors, our clients, interns, donors, and the many other stakeholders and supporters that are and have been rooting for IT4Causes. Join us at our #Tech4All4.0* to help us celebrate, show your support, and see just how big of an impact we are making!

*There are still a few sponsorship opportunities open for Tech4All 4.0, please contact us if you’d like to help us celebrate our past and support our future!

A THANK YOU gift to IT4Causes Supporters!

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for your support of IT4Causes in 2018!  We’ve had a great year, supporting 26 agencies with around 6000 hours of skilled IT staff, volunteers, and interns.  Together, we’ve completed hundreds of projects to help make life easier for our nonprofit partners as they serve their clients in a wide variety of missions including child care, mental health, veterans program, homelessness, leadership, social justice, gender equality, family support, and many others.  We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the help of your generous contributions.

In this season of giving, we’re also excited to let you know that, through the generosity of Belle Isle Craft Spirits, we have the opportunity to provide supporters with a very special THANK YOU gift!  If you’ve supported us in 2018 by:

  • Logging at least 15 volunteers hours with us  in our on-line volunteerism tracker (you can still go back and log hours you’ve contributed this year if you gotten behind on tracking),
  • Donating at least $25 (not counting event tickets; you can still make a donation now), or
  • Sponsoring an IT4Causes event or providing us free access to a conference,

then we would like to offer you a 750 ml bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine, in a custom gift bag, as a small token of our appreciation for all that you have done for IT4Causes and our nonprofit clients this year.  We have 5 different flavors available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you are meeting with Tom in person over the next week, he’ll be happy to hand you a bottle then; if not, we invite you to come to one 3 distribution events we have coming up soon:

  • Weds 12/19 from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Community Room at the Capital One Café – Short Pump – 11800 West Broad St
  • Thurs 12/20 from noon to 6 PM at Impact Makers, 3200 Rockbridge St in Scott’s Addition
  • Fri 12/21 from 3-6 PM at the Anderson residence, in Brandermill in Midlothian

We hope our supporters will stop by one of these event to catch up for a few minutes, enjoy a light snack, and grab your gift.  If you would like a bottle but are not able to make it to one of these events, please do let me know and I will do my best to try to connect with you over the holidays.  Since there is a limited quantity, I ask that you use this form to reserve your gift,

Once again, we thank you for contributing to our success this year, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

2017-18 FY Impact Statement

On September 30, 2018, IT4Causes wrapped up our 4th complete fiscal year, and we’d love to share with you some numbers and stories about the impact we’re having in our community. Our 2018 Impact Statement shows how we’ve combined donor dollars and fee-for-service from our nonprofit partners with thousands of hours of volunteer and intern time to make over $575,000 of impact in RVA.  We hope you’ll find the Impact Statement enlightening, and we thank you for your support to help us achieve these results.  We look forward to doing even more in the coming year!

Seeking UR or VCU student with Work Study for Nonprofit Management Internship

IT4Causes prides ourselves on our ability to give meaningful work opportunities to local college students to gain real-world experience while helping local nonprofits.  We’re approved Federal Work Study partners with both VCU and the University of Richmond, and we are currently seeking a FWS eligible student to help us with running our business.  See the job description below, and contact info@IT4Causes.org if you are up to the challenge!

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT INTERN (FWS)

As a nonprofit management intern, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help our growing agency in many different ways, including accounting / bookkeeping, marketing and branding, business development, events, and partner agency management. You’ll help us use QuickBooks to manage our finances, and you’ll learn to use Salesforce to manage our pipeline of prospective clients to close deals and increase our impact in the RVA nonprofit community. . 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 organizations around the region.

A strong preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience using QuickBooks to manage accounts for a business of any size. We will also consider candidates that have managed or helped managed the books for a business in other tools.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks. Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Calling all Federal Work Study Students! We’re Hiring!

IT4Causes is proud to be an off-campus Federal Work Study agency with both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Our past and present interns have great things to say about their experiences with us (just scroll back in time on our blogs to see).  We’re now seeking students for the 2018-19 academic year for the following positions:

 Event Management Internship – FWS

Want to help build a new tradition in RVA? IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency, and we want to grow our signature annual fundraising event, Tech4All. We’re looking for someone who can help us pull off a family-friendly technology oriented event this fall, as well as run a series of fundraising happy hours throughout the year.

IT4Causes is seeking a student with a Federal Work Study grant to serve as our Event Management intern.  In this role, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help pull together the Third Annual Tech4All technology fair and fundraiser. You’ll help contact potential sponsors, seek in-kind and monetary donations, organize partners who want to display their technical offerings in a shared space, plan food and beverage, coordinate with the facility, help with promotion, and of course, help us run day-of-event activities. With guidance of our staff and our great group of volunteers, you’ll have plenty of help, but we will be counting on you to do the legwork to make sure we build on the success of prior events so that people will want to come year after year. You’ll also help us run 4 other smaller events throughout the year. 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 organizations around the region.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10 hours per week during the school year with some flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Applicants selected for interview will be given instructions for a writing assignment to prepare for the interview to demonstrate written communications skills.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.

IT Implementation Internship – FWS

IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency. Our mission is to provide stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions that enable other nonprofit organizations to focus on their missions and serve their clients better, with lower total cost to their organization and the community.  We are currently seeking students with Federal Work Study grants to serve as IT Implementation Interns.

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 third party products and tools we’ve developed to build towards a strong IT strategy and infrastructure. 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 per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Desired Qualifications:

High interest in IT
Prefer junior and senior Comp Sci/Info Tech majors/minors
Willing to consider others with background in:

·       System Admin/Office 365 Admin

·       Web Development / WordPress

·       Cloud applications

·       Small business Information Technology

·       Mac and Windows

Please submit resume to info@IT4Causes.org today.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.