Third Thursday Society
The Third Thursday Society is a monthly networking and educational opportunity for nonprofit staff and board members sponsored by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance and VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative. The 2014 Third Thursday Society program is made possible with generous support from JSW Financial, National Bank, and StellarOne Wealth Management.
Sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month at Lucie Monroe's Coffee Company at 1600 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. Networking begins at 7:30am with the program at 8am. Sessions are free and open to the public.
February 20, 2014: Livability in the NRV:From Vision to Action
Jessica Wirgau of the Community Foundation and Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, will review the NRV Livability Initiative's final report and the programs and projects currently underway to implement its goals and strategies. Register here.
To RSVP for an upcoming session, click on the provided link, call 381-8999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 16, 2014: Raising Money with Click & Pledge
Following the CFNRV's November 2013 session on GiveBigNRV, many of you asked to learn more about the products and services offered by Click & Pledge, the local software company behind GiveBigNRV. Karen Arrivillaga presented the many tools and features available to nonprofits through Click & Pledge.
December 19, 2013: Year-End Celebration!
Participants offered feedback on the 2013 topics and brainstormed topic ideas for 2014!
November 21, 2013: Introducing GiveBigNRV!
In honor of its 20th Anniversary, the CFNRV is launching GiveBigNRV, an online community giving portal designed to make it easy for donors to give to community needs and support their favorite organizations. Participants learned how their organization could be listed on the site, could benefit from centralized marketing provided by the Foundation, and participate in our region's first online giving day in April 2014. See below for more info:
- GiveBigNRV Handout
- Third Thursday/GiveBigNRV Powerpoint Presentation
- Registration Page to Join GiveBigNRV
October 17, 2013: Developing an Effective Project Budget
A clear project budget is essential for a successful grant application, and yet estimating expenses, showing funding sources, and being clear about how funds will be used is harder than you think. Based on insights from the CFNRV board and staff, Jessica Wirgau provided some do's and don'ts for developing a project budget that are applicable to a wide variety of funders.
September 19, 2013: Tips for Effectively Working with Our Local Governments
This panel discussion with local elected officials and government staff to provided tips for working effectively with our local governments. Panel participants included Pete Huber, Pulaski County Administrator, Robert Nicholson of the Radford City Council, and Jim Politis of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.
August 15, 2013 - Speed Dating 2013!
We heard about social media, financial transparency and event planning, but it was time to hear a bit more from one another!
July 18, 2013 - Financial Transparency and its Affect on Fundraising
Deanna Cox, CPA with Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates and Jessica Wirgau of the Community Foundation provided an informative session on financial transparency and its impact on your ability to raise money for your mission.
June 20, 2013: Planning a Fun, Successful Fundraising Event
A panel discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly of planning a fun and lucrative event for your organization.
May 16, 2013 - Innovative Fundraising Models
From crowd funding to giving circles and cash mobs, nonprofits and businesses are developing new ways to engage donors and customers of all kinds.
Download Jessica's presentation with information on giving circles, cash mobs and online giving days.
Download Erica's presentation with information on crowdfunding.
April 18, 2013 - Social Media Decoded
Marketing and Social Media expert Daniel Bliley with Member One Federal Credit Union explained some of the social media tools out there and how to use them. He also presented some examples and strategies to demystify the social media world.