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WVNPA named new Emerging State Association by National Council of Nonprofits

By on March 11, 2014 in News

At its most recent meeting, the National Council of Nonprofits’ Board of Directors designated the West Virginia Nonprofit Association as a new Emerging State Association.

As a Nonprofit Ally member of the Council of Nonprofits for more than a year, WVNPA brings 125 new charitable nonprofit organizations into the national network.

“The West Virginia Nonprofit Association is honored to have been approved as an emerging state association with the National Council of Nonprofits,” said WVNPA Executive Director Laura Lee Haddad. “During our first one and a half years, we have worked hard to lay the foundation of an association dedicated to strengthening and serving West Virginia’s nonprofits.”

Membership in the WVNPA is open to all 501(c)3 West Virginia nonprofit organizations. The WVNPA seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations individually and the sector as a whole, catalyzing innovation and fostering the collective voice of its members, who make up a valuable part of the state’s economic and community fabric.

The West Virginia Nonprofit Association began as a collaborative initiative led by Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Community Development Hub to engage all nonprofits across the Mountain State.

Since its establishment in 2012, the WVNPA has been working to provide a statewide and regionally-delivered training platform that is developed based on the needs of the nonprofit sector and each region of the state.

The WVNPA acts as a clearinghouse for a wide range of benefits, services, best practices and planning that strengthen individual organizations and, in turn, serves as a platform for agencies and other service providers to reach nonprofits. The association also works to build awareness and public support for the importance and work of nonprofits in the Mountain State.

The WVNPA is led by an Advisory Board of nine members with a diverse representation of the state’s nonprofit community including size, type, geographic region served, and different sectors of service (arts, community development, education, economic development, human services, health, philanthropy, United Ways, volunteerism, senior services, youth services, etc).

Advisory Board members include: John Ballengee, of the United Way of Central West Virginia in Charleston; Susan Adkins, of Carnegie Hall, Inc., in Lewisburg; Gary Clay, of the United Way of Randolph County, in Elkins; Dr. Michelle Foster, of KISRA, in Dunbar; Greg Raber, of The Arc of Harrison County, in Clarksburg; David Rogers, of Mission West Virginia, in Hurricane; Tres Ross, of The Ross Foundation, in Parkersburg; Sheri Ryder, of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, in Charleston; Mark Sliter-Hays, of Catholic Charities West Virginia, in Wheeling; Tom Tinder, of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, in Charleston; and Stephanie Yu, of Volunteer West Virginia, in Charleston.

Throughout the year, the WVNPA offers workshops and online webinars that are open to all nonprofits. Upcoming program topics for the spring of 2014 include program outcomes measurements, technology assessment and planning, and workplace fraud prevention.

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