It’s Valentine’s Day! and we at IT4Causes just want to give a huge shoutout to say that We Love Our Supporters! To everyone that has volunteered for us. To all who have sponsored and donated. To anyone that has attended any of our events. To our amazing partner agencies and those who have helped us network and connect to others. We Love You! IT4Causes would never be where we are without all your efforts and support that you have given to us. Even though we appreciate you guys everyday, we really couldn’t let today go by without just saying We Love You!
We hope your off to a great new year!
Last year was a great year for us and we hope it was a good year for you as well. Thanks to your generous gifts of time and talent, IT4Causes served 22 agencies across the Richmond area! As the new year gets rolling, we hope you’ll consider volunteering with IT4Causes!
Logging Your Volunteer Hours
Did you know that your volunteer hours do more than support agencies? They 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
Therefore your time matters, for the agencies we help and for us as well. So always remember to log those volunteer hours!
Click here to enter any hours you may have worked in the past and haven’t yet entered. If you are retracing steps, exact days don’t matter, but please be sure to reflect the months as accurately as possible.
New Volunteer Opportunities and a Paid Position in Lynchburg
We’re pleased to announce that we are starting an engagement with a large nonprofit in Lynchburg, and we currently have a variety of volunteer opportunities to help with the assessment there. We’re looking for experts in a variety of topics to better understand their needs and help us suggest improvements. While being able to participate on site in Lynchburg would be great, you can also dial in to participate in these sessions remotely.
We’re also excited to tell you we have an opening for a paid IT Manager/Fractional CIO position to support this new client in Lynchburg. In addition to helping this main client become more effective and efficient in delivering their mission, the person will also help us identify, land, and service new nonprofit clients throughout the Lynchburg/Roanoke/Blacksburg region. Imagine the job satisfaction from spending your days using technology to help many different causes! If you’re interested in this unique opportunity, please reach out to Tom Anderson.
And if you have friends in greater Lynchburg, be sure to share this newsletter with them and let them know about IT4Causes!
Be sure to check out our other current opportunities in RVA as well.
Does your employer offer monetary donations for your volunteer hours?
Some local employers, like Capital One and Car Max, have programs that give employees dollars to donate to charities of their choice, based on the number of volunteer hours they log in their internal systems. If your employer offers this benefit, we encourage you to designate IT4Cause to receive those dollars.
Did you like our Tech4All event?
Then you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about IT4Causes events in 2016! Follow us on Facebook to stay on top of all our updates!
Finally, Remember to enter those volunteer hours!
Thank you as always for your gift of time and talent
There’s a new way to get IT done for nonprofits, and it’s coming to Lynchburg. Help IT4Causes enable Region 2000 agencies to become more effective and efficient using a proven model for success. Because most nonprofits can’t afford their own Chief Information Officers and full-time technology staff, we give them access to top-notch IT professionals through contracts that blend paid and pro bono experts, volunteers, and workforce development participants. We’ve been using awesome people, great technology, and best practices to deliver world-class information technology solutions to nonprofits in Richmond for over two years, and now we’re looking to expand our impact into the Lynchburg-Roanoke region. We need civic-minded IT professionals of all skill levels and disciplines to help us make good programs better & improve the lives of many in the region. Here’s who we need to make it happen:
IT Director/Fractional CIO for Nonprofits (paid position)
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We’re looking for an IT leader with broad experience in technology, who can think strategically, plan tactically, manage practically, as well as perform some system administration tasks. We’ll provide you with at least one initial nonprofit client in Lynchburg to get you started, and help you identify and land additional work with other agencies in the region.
Our ideal candidate has the following attributes:
- Consultant-grade ability to listen, understand current technology capabilities, follow emerging industry trends, and envision new approaches
- Core knowledge across many technical disciplines, including networks, communications, info security, systems administration, client-server, and cloud-based solutions
- Knowledge and ability to support Windows servers, third-party applications, networks, security systems, virus protection, and hardware configurations
- Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-IT audiences
- Unending desire to learn new technologies as well as troubleshoot and maintain existing ones
- Excellent written and verbal communications as well as presentation skills
- Outgoing personality that builds professional networks across organizations
- Exceptional project and time management skills to work with multiple clients and projects simultaneously
- Confidence to make informed decisions
- Proven leader of organizations, projects, and people, including volunteers
- 10+ years leading/deploying 3rd party applications to solve for business needs and/or managing IT operations
- Some experience recruiting and managing volunteers as well as staff
- Demonstrated capability to sell strategic IT improvements to non-IT customers
- Cares about having an Impact
- Values collaboration over competition
- Loves innovating and start-up thinking, especially to benefit the community
- Appreciates the experience and knowledge of others
- Believes in developing others through mentorship and guidance
Full compensation will be dependent upon ability to help close deals for additional work at new clients. We offer help with health insurance premiums, and an unparalleled opportunity for IT professionals to have an impact in their communities. If this sounds like you, and you’re looking for a unique way to be a force for good through technology, please contact IT4Causes CEO Tom Anderson at 804.241.2555 or email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
IT Pro Bono Experts and Skilled IT Volunteers
IT4Causes’ success depends on the service of community-minded IT professionals who are willing to commit their time and expertise in bite-sized chunks to help nonprofits better serve their missions. If you’ve got IT knowledge and would like to volunteer, IT4Causes is here to guide you to the right opportunity. Our staff are expert at taking the business requirements of nonprofits, identifying solutions, and breaking projects into small tasks for individual volunteers. In general, we try to break work into pieces that the right volunteers can execute in 8 hours or less, over the course of 2 weeks. Once that commitment is done, you can take on more or walk away knowing your time and talent contribution will be combined with the work of others as part of a sustainable solution for a great cause. While we are actively seeking to build a base of IT pros in Central Virginia, most of our current assignments could be performed remotely. Our volunteer needs are constantly evolving with our client and project base, and right now we’re looking for volunteers with skills in these areas:
- IT Consulting
- Windows Small Business Server and Exchange Server
- IT Security
- End-user support
- IT Project Management
- Electronic Health Records
- Access and/or SQL Database
- Case Management Systems
- CRM and fundraising solutions
Founded in 1988, Better Housing Coalition is the Richmond region’s largest not-for-profit community development corporation. Their mission is to change lives and transform communities by combining long term solutions with high-quality, affordable housing and ongoing support services for residents.
Better Housing Coalition’s focus is to build more than just a building but to create buildings that individuals can call home. Driven by respect for residents, community, and the environment; the Better Housing Coalition use sustainable materials while preserving neighborhood character in order to allow seniors to age in place, families to prosper financially, and children to aspire to bright futures. They are dedicated to tending to distinct resident needs through becoming permanent residents of the community and developing long lasting relationships. Better Housing Coalition rebuilds communities from the inside out to ensure the practice of healthy vibrant communities inclusive to all. Better Housing Coalition believes that by doing so they are able to build a better future with lasting change one brick at a time.
IT4Cause is helping BHC’s employees get access to internal company data by building an Intranet using Microsoft’s SharePoint technology. We’ve engaged a pro bono SharePoint expert from Impact Makers, who is bringing a great process to the effort, facilitating conversations with the client, and teaching our interns how to build individual department pages. One intern has developed mocks of what the pages will look like, so customer expectation are set appropriately, and we’re providing training so that BHC staff can maintain this system on their own going forward. So far, everyone loves the process and the output, and we expect to wrap up the effort in a couple weeks, leaving the agency with a great way to communicate with their own people.
For more information on BHC, please visit their website http://www.betterhousingcoalition.org
In order to invest in the Richmond community and continue our efforts of paying it forward, IT4Causes has opted to hire another VCU student to intern for us.
Introducing Amanda Barnes, she is a senior who is currently embarking upon completion of her last semester at VCU. She is majoring in Painting and Printmaking with a double minor in Art History and Gender Women’s Studies. Amanda expressed that she has always had a passion for the arts as well as community service. She aspires to combine these two joy of hers in hopes to help and empower her community .
Amanda will be apart of our management and social media sector. By utilizing her skills as a trained artist combined with her innovative ideas, she will to help promote IT4Causes events and ideals to continue to help bring new information technology solutions to other nonprofits in order to help them better achieve their missions.
Upon graduation Amanda looks forward to continuing to work with other nonprofits in order to advocate for changes needed as well as address different issues that the Richmond through her practice in art.
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!
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.
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/.
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!
- 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.
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!
*We also support DonorPerfect for larger organizations.