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Transforming West Virginia Nonprofits

By on March 9, 2015 in News

Nonprofits across the state are being invited to a series of discussions on the future of a sector that employs one out of every ten West Virginia workers and generates more than $7.9 billion in annual revenues.

In April and May, the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) will host nine meetings throughout the state on the topic of Transforming West Virginia’s Nonprofits.

“Nonprofits are viewed by investors, donors and their communities as mission-driven—rather than profit driven—organizations,” says WVNPA Executive Director Laura Lee Haddad. “Instead of financial dividends paid to shareholders, the evaluation of a nonprofit’s success focuses on its impact in the community.”

During the April and May meetings the WVNPA will unveil West Virginia Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence and ask nonprofit leaders around the state to consider “What’s next for West Virginia Nonprofits?”

Working with Dr. Susan Aloi of West Virginia Wesleyan College and a team of nonprofit stakeholders, the WVNPA developed Principles & Practices as a series of benchmarks and guidelines to help organizations ensure they’re fulfilling their stated missions, engaging in ethical practices, and operating with accountability and transparency.

The meetings will include a walkthrough of the WVNPA’s new online tools for helping organizations develop their own report cards with respect to Principles & Practices, as well as a library of resources on best practices and compliance with state and federal requirements.

This walkthrough will be followed by a discussion on what the future holds for the state’s nonprofit sector.

“Communities throughout West Virginia are having deep conversations about our state’s future through What’s Next for West Virginia?” Haddad notes. “The same applies to the nonprofit sector, and in these sessions, we will bring nonprofit leaders and representatives together to allow for fresh, innovative thinking to emerge on the future of West Virginia’s nonprofit sector.”

The meetings, listed below, are free and open to representatives of all West Virginia nonprofit organizations.

  • April 8 – Huntington: Christ Temple Church
  • April 9 – Beckley: Beckley Dream Center
  • April 14 – Charleston: Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • April 15 – Morgantown: American Red Cross
  • April 22 – Parkersburg: Parkersburg Community Foundation
  • May 5 – Martinsburg: Holiday Inn
  • May 13 – Wheeling: Catholic Charities
  • May 20 – Lewisburg: Old Stone Room
  • May 21 – Elkins: Isaac Jackson Hotel & Conference Center

Each session is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the exception of Elkins, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration details and more information are available online at https://wvnpa.org/transform or by calling Haddad at 304-667-2248.

With a growing membership of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations, the WVNPA was recently selected as a recipient for major funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. This support will help the WVNPA continue to build its membership, offer quality programming to nonprofits, expand cost-savings benefits available to member organizations and to highlight and advocate for the work of nonprofits in West Virginia.

Membership in the WVNPA is open to all 501(c)3 West Virginia nonprofit organizations.

The WVNPA is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits and serves as a clearinghouse for a wide range of benefits, services, best practices and planning that strengthen the nonprofit organizations that make up a valuable part of West Virginia’s economic and community fabric.

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WVNPA 2015 Transforming Spring Meetings

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