IT4Casues Recieves $20,000 Grant to Support Workforce Development

RICHMOND,VA—IT4Causes, Inc. continues to make a lasting impact on local non-profits, and we aren’t the only ones who have taken notice. Because of the tremendous work that IT4Causes is doing, the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond has awarded IT4Causes a $20,000 grant to expand workforce development in the local community through our internship program.

These grant funds will enable IT4Causes to support the educational and experiential growth of our student interns and volunteers. Specifically, students and interns from low-moderate income backgrounds who historically face employment barriers will now be able to engage information technology in positive ways. This grant will allow volunteers and interns access to valuable resources that will assist them in building experience, professional networks, and soft skills. And we hope that these resources will provide them more access to better, higher-paying jobs in the IT industry.

As of July, IT4Causes engages students in a variety of ways because of this grant. A few highlights of our implemented plan include:

  1. Hiring students eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS) from local schools such as the University of Richmond, ECPI, Innsbrook, and Virginia Commonwealth University
  2. Engaging the interns in meaningful work experience on projects organized by IT4Causes and at our help desk service at Networking and Technology Solutions (NTS, and
  3. Supplementing their hands-on learning with soft skills development programs and networking opportunities with IT professionals from our volunteer pool.

Relying heavily on students and interns that study IT related fields allows IT4Causes to provide IT services to our non-profit partners for lower costs. We are a proud supporter of these individuals’ academic and professional growth, and we hope to continue our engagement in positive, meaningful ways.

IT4Causes Now Offers 24×7 Support Service

RICHMOND,VA—IT4Causes is no stranger to information technology support for non-profits. For five years, we have been providing assessments and solutions to small to mid-sized non-profit organizations in the local RVA area. As we continue to uphold our commitment to #BetterITforaBetterWorld, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Networking Technology Solutions (NTS) in Midlothian that allows us to offer 24×7 help desk services to non-profits at a special non-profit price.

This partnership, made through the ongoing support of NTS, a leading managed IT, service provider. NTS delivers an extensive range of IT solutions, including network infrastructure solutions, managed services and monitoring, and mobile device management from NTS Network Operations Center located within their headquarters. IT4Causes clients can now leverage 24×7 support through NTS. This service leverages NTS’s expertise while also offering career development opportunities for our interns, who will support this service with hourly commitments each week.

“It’s a tremendous partnership,” said IT4Causes CEO Tom Anderson, “because the interns will gain hands-on experience dealing with real-world customers while having the ability to access seasoned IT pros when they encounter issues that are beyond their current level of knowledge.”

IT4Causes strives to continue to provide long term IT solutions and support to our non-profit clients and other local non-profit organizations. This new partnership and service is just one way that we’re extending our support beyond our traditional methods.

For more information, please contact the CEO & Founder, Tom Anderson.

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!

Client Spotlight: Gateway Homes

*Images Courtesy of Gateway Homes*


RICHMOND, VA–At IT4Causes, our goal 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 and more efficient operation. We’re honored to partner with our clients to empower them in their efforts to support and nurture our local community.

Our partner spotlight posts highlight the wide range of agencies we engage with, covering their mission and what makes them stand out in our community, and how IT4Causes has helped to alleviate IT roadblocks and distractions.

In this post, we focus on the important work our partner, Gateway Homes, is doing to support adults with serious mental illnesses in our community.

What is the mission and purpose of Gateway Homes?The vision of Gateway Homes is to make recovery a reality for adults with mental illness. Gateway Homes provides a critical resource for this group by offering a transitional residential treatment program for adults with mental illness who are striving for independence.

What is the primary community your agency serves and how do you support this community? We support adults diagnosed with illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression. Our goal is to help individuals learn daily living skills that will help them focus on their recovery and reach their full potential of living independently in the community. Our programs offer wrap-around services to our clients using means such as case management and mental health clinicians, direct support staff, a psychiatrist, individual therapists, a nurse practitioner, a dietician, an occupational therapist, and peer support.

How successful would you say your efforts in this community have been? Over the last 30 years, we’ve achieved a success rate of over 90% supporting and fostering these individuals. We measure this by our residents’ success in transitioning through the program and moving out into the community to live independently. Our top priority is for each resident to reach their individual level of recovery and independence. Keeping our mission and vision in the forefront of what we do each day helps us succeed and continue to provide value to our residents and the community.

How does IT4Causes aid in your completion of your work? IT4Causes is moving us into the 21st century, helping us make sure we have the right IT tools in place to ensure we are able to complete our jobs as effectively as possible. With the guidance of IT4Causes, we’re taking the time to assess our technology needs and upgrade wherever possible. Furthermore, we’ll be checking our processes and technology for HIPAA compliance and overall security. All of these efforts will help Gateway Homes obtain top performance!

Dave Williams named 2018 Volunteer of the Year

RICHMOND, Virginia—We recently announced our 2018 Volunteers of the Year for the Retiree category (Bob Parker) and the Job Seeker category (David Crighton), and now we’d like to announce one final Volunteer of the Year, Dave Williams, in the Corporate category. Dave currently works as a cloud architect where he helps clients migrate files to public clouds such as Azure and AWS. With his skills and knowledge, Dave provided expert help to a number of IT4Causes’s clients. Currently working for New Light Technologies, we are fortunate for the time that Dave has contributed to #ITForABetterWorld.

When we asked Dave what inspired him to join IT4Causes, he answered in a “love-at-first-sight” response: “Once I met Tom, his staff, and understood his mission, I knew it would be a good fit.” Dave’s technical skills and availability through the pro bono program at Impact Makers allowed him to contribute over 75 hours as he worked continuously “with Tom to make significant IT changes for the non-profit clients, at very low costs.”

Dave’s role allowed him to provide non-profits with information about quality products. “We were able to advise them on services that they may not have known were available (e.g., $5K Azure credits from MS),” he said. Helping to develop the roadmap for moving traditional on-premise services (e.g., Outlook) to the cloud (Office 365), Dave was an asset to the IT4Causes team and the clients he served.

“At a high level we were able to decommission old infrastructure that resided in on-premise, in their closets and small data centers,” Dave said when asked about his impact, “this equipment was often past the end of life and the organization did not know how to manage it.  By moving the core IT services to the cloud, we removed the local IT management burden from the organization, while providing them superior capabilities, often at no cost due to MS’s non-profit credits.”

Dave’s commitment to service is one of many reasons why he is a recipient of our volunteer of the year award. According to Dave, there are three steps to becoming a volunteer of the year: “volunteer often, don’t be afraid of not knowing, and treat IT4Causes’ clients as you would your normal paying clients.” Dave’s volunteerism principles serve at the foundation of everything that IT4Causes seeks to promote.

We want our volunteers and interns to be as engaged as possible, keeping in mind personal and professional schedules. We actively seek to educate new volunteers in a collaborative and innovative way that allows connection to industry level professionals, and we treat our non-profits clients with the highest level of respect. These principles are what made Dave appreciate his time at IT4Causes.

Finding pleasure in his experience, Dave closed his interview with: “the best part of working with IT4Causes has been getting to know Tom and IT4Causes’ clients,” and we are so happy that Dave could be part of our mission!

If you would like to join our mission of #BetterITForABetterWorld, please do not hesitate to reach out to our volunteer manager.

 

 

Introducing Our New Bonner Scholar Interns

RICHMOND, Va–Last year, in partnership with the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, IT4Causes welcomed 2 new interns, Will Walker, and Abhishek Shilpakar. A year later, we are pleased to announce the addition of two more Bonner Scholars*, Jannette You and Tom Lee.

Jannette, a freshman, plans to major in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Analytics. As a graduate of Mount Hebron High school, Jannette wants to explore her interest in international business., as well as management, consulting and entrepreneurship, in hopes of becoming an international business consultant and business owner. She is very excited to join us, and she’s looking forward to accomplishing many goals during her tenure with IT4Causes.

In her free time, Jannette enjoys playing tennis, volunteering, and learning more about different cultures. On weekends, you can find her in one of 900+ RVA restaurants trying new cuisines. Jannette is also involved with Finance Society where she is the vice president of outreach and manages mock investment portfolios for over 50 students. For this upcoming semester, she will be joining a sorority as well.

At IT4Causes, Jannette hopes to explore her interests in management and expand her knowledge about information technology. For now, she will be helping us with event planning as well as improving her skills in bookkeeping and other finance-related topics. Joining our team as a non-profit management intern, we are excited to share some great opportunities with her so that she can accomplish her personal goals.

Tom Lee, a freshman, also plans to study business administration with a minor in leadership studies. Joining our intern community from Hillsborough, NJ, he hopes to explore “things to do” in the business world. Understanding the importance of IT, he was drawn to IT4Causes because of our commitment to providing low-cost services to other non-profits.

Outside of academic commitments, Tom has a passion for outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, biking, and swimming. At the University of Richmond, Tom is a member of the club water polo and golf teams as well as a member of GreenUR. He also enjoys playing many different kinds of sports such as squash, water polo, and basketball.

In his role as a  Business Development Intern, Tom hopes to learn many different business skills as well as some information technology skills. In addition, he hopes to learn as much as he can about IT4Causes and our business model and other organizational practices. Tom wants to provide as much support as he can to IT4Causes and the Richmond community as a whole.

Connecting us with passionate students who care a great deal about the non-profit community and information technology, we are proud of our long-term partnership with the University of Richmond and UR’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

*The Bonner Scholars Program is a prestigious honor that is bestowed upon 25 students of each incoming class at the University of Richmond. These students commit at least 10 hours a week to a non-profit organization in the city of Richmond. Bonner Scholars spend a semester exploring many different organizations, and they apply to them in late December. Selecting their best fit organizations, Bonners commit for 3.5 years, allowing them the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and meaningful connection.

David “Dave” Crighton named 2018 Volunteer of the Year

RICHMOND, Va—As a continuation of our previous post, we are also proud to announce another 2018 volunteer of the year: David “Dave” Crighton.  Contributing 105 hours to organizations like Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Better2Gether RVA, and Side by Side, Dave was able to “learn and gain experience to support local non-profit communities.” In his volunteer role at IT4Causes, Dave also excelled in his technical expertise, was able to provide guidance to the teams he led and was able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

While in search of his next permanent position as a business analyst, Dave joined the volunteer staff as a SharePoint expert. Using his experience and expertise, Dave assisted these companies with migrating files shares, Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange hosted on “under-the-desk” servers to Office 365.

Approaching IT4Causes at the RVA Career Expo, Dave was excited to make the move to Office 365, but he “lacked the professional experience to land the position;” however, this lack of experience was only a small challenge for Dave. Taking advantage of the IT4Causes business model of having a bank of volunteers that are experts in various areas allowed Dave to conquer the learning curve without impacting his project timelines. Dave was also pleased with the flexibility of the volunteer role and the opportunity to engage non-profits in the Richmond area. “While 15 hours or less per month was more typical, I was able to dedicate 40 hours one month,” Dave said, “After I received a contract, I had to cut back, but I was still able to provide meaningful services and engagement to my teams.”

When we asked Dave about his impact on the Richmond community, he reiterated our mission of providing low-cost IT solutions to local non-profits: “the IT4Causes business model provides an invaluable service to small not-for-profit companies who do not have the in-house IT staff to maintain servers and infrastructure.” An integral part of our team, Dave was monumental in helping us deliver these services to our non-profit clients.

Dave has a history of volunteering on a Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, Boys Scouts, and his neighborhood association, but was surprised by his volunteer of the year award. “While I did volunteer a significant number of hours during one month while I was out of work, I didn’t feel as if I was really going above and beyond after I returned to work,” he told us. From this perspective, Dave was doing what he loved while also positively impacting the Richmond community. His modest comments show us the value of volunteerism and how what feels like a small impact becomes the foundation of great change.

With his contribution to #BetterITForABetterWorld, Dave was also able to benefit from the friendliness of the IT4Causes staff. Highlighting the ease of access to staff and volunteers as well as resources, Dave continues to value his experience with IT4Causes. Dave’s contributions allow his professional network and future employers to see that he values continuous learning and service beyond a paycheck. In addition to displaying his true passions, Dave’s volunteer role also gave him a variety of different opportunities to add to his professional experience allowing him to keep his expertise “fresh and current.”

IT4Causes once again expresses its sincerest thanks to Dave and all of the volunteers that work with us to deliver high quality IT services to our non-profit clients. We would be unable to do what we do without our volunteers! If you have an interest in  information technology and would like to make an impact, please let us know!

 

Robert “Bob” Parker named 2018 Volunteer of the Year

2018 Volunteer of the Year, Robert “Bob” Parker


RICHMOND, Virginia—In our 4th year of operation, IT4Causes, Inc. created prominent impacts on the Richmond non-profit community. Contributing over 4,800 hours, IT4Causes’s volunteers and interns were able to create a $580,000 impact for 26 local non-profits. Positively changing the lives of 20,000 citizens, IT4Causes provides services to companies such as CA Human Services, OAR of Richmond, Beacon Tree Foundation, and NAMI of Virginia. IT4Causes is certainly appreciative of every volunteer and intern that has contributed their time or resources to our mission of Better IT for a Better World, but we would like to give special recognition to the individuals that have gone above and beyond the “volunteer” call-of -duty—our volunteers of the year.

Our Volunteers of the Year demonstrate a great commitment to our mission and to the betterment of the non-profit agencies we serve. They excel in their respective technical expertise, and they provide guidance to the implementation/service teams they lead. They are also able to manage multiple large-scale projects simultaneously. Because of his outstanding contributions to IT4Causes and our non-profit clients, we are proud to announce Robert “Bob” Parker as a 2018 volunteer of the year. Committing more than 100 hours to manage our client project portfolios, Bob has become an integral part of IT4Causes team!   

When we asked Bob what inspired him to join IT4Causes as a volunteer, he responded with positive sentiments: “I originally became interested in IT4Causes after attending an event several years ago, and became intrigued with the opportunity to leverage my background” upon retirement.  He closed his remarks by stating, “when I retired from Altria, I contacted Tom to discuss how I might help..”  Bob dove right into the work and was quickly adding value.  “I leveraged some of what I did at Altria in managing outsourced project resources and adapted it to the needs of IT4Causes,” Parker said.  

IT4Causes CEO and Founder Tom Anderson quickly recognized Bob’s skills and enthusiasm.  Working closely alongside Anderson as a project manager, Bob was able to bring organization and rationale to several operational activities. “Bob has been truly instrumental in our recent growth by not just taking up some key tasks that free more of my bandwidth to directly help our nonprofit clients, but by enabling us with new tools to get a better handle on the dozens of projects our volunteers and interns are working on at any given time.  He’s enabled us to have a much more comprehensive view of the work, and it’s been an invaluable service to our agency.”   

Recounting his volunteer experience throughout the year, Bob spoke enthusiastically, “providing value to IT4Causes and the clients give me a sense of fulfillment that I am doing something worthwhile.” Continuing to pursue his passions through retirement, IT4Causes “gives me something of interest to do while still providing positive societal value.”  

It is this societal value that we continue to use to inspire new volunteers to get involved with our mission of providing low-cost IT solutions to non-profit clients. At IT4Causes, current students, recent graduates, industry level professionals and retirees alike can find opportunities to continue their IT passions and interests while delivering good to the community around them. 2019 is the year to make your impact, deliver good, and contribute to the non-profit community. As such, we hope you will consider joining Bob and our team as a volunteer or intern.

For more information, questions, or comments please contact our volunteer manager.

 

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!