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Nonprofit NoVA – "Helping Do-Gooders Do Better"

Members of Nonprofit NoVA meet to share best practices in nonprofit leadership.

About Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and Nonprofit NoVA

Nonprofit organizations support and build strong communities. The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington helps nonprofits do their jobs better by building a vibrant community of nonprofit leaders.

Founded in 2002, the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington is a nonprofit membership organization that works to build the strength, visibility and influence of the nonprofit sector to create a more just and caring community.

"We are helping do-gooders do better," said Chuck Bean, executive director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

There are nearly 200 organizations involved with the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. In addition, the Nonprofit Roundtable works with local-specific affiliate organizations such as Nonprofit NoVA which serves residents in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties as well as the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

Nonprofit NoVA strives to bring the nonprofit community together to solve regional problems and develop a sense of community, as well as provide training and leadership development opportunities. Members are represented by the chief executive officers of the organizations.

"When we are more coordinated, we can be a better partner to the community," Bean said.

Nonprofit NoVA also provides nonprofit leaders with peer networking opportunities and advocacy training. The organization plans and manages workshops focused on topics such as successfully using social networking and green practices, as well as candid monthly discussions for nonprofit chief executive officers.

495 Express Lanes Community Grant Support

A community grant from Transurban-Fluor recently helped Nonprofit NoVA host a discussion focused on race in nonprofit leadership. The discussion, called "Bridging the Gap: Leadership Diversity in Northern Virginia," featured Rosetta Thurman, nationally known blogger and nonprofit expert, and Mary Agee, President and CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service. Both shared their perspectives on diversity in our region as well as some of the challenges involved in hiring – a limited pool of applicants for open positions, limited resources to invest in staff and tackling the issue of diversity versus talent. The event kicked off with a presentation by Carol DeVita based on a report by the Urban Institute, "Measuring Racial-Ethnic Diversity in the Baltimore-Washington Region's Nonprofit Sector."

"We really appreciate Transurban-Fluor's support," Bean said. "Working together we can meet the needs of the community."

Transurban-Fluor supports the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and Nonprofit NoVA because they are committed to the community.

"Nonprofit NoVA supports local nonprofit leaders in their mission to provide better, more efficient services to the community," said Tim Steinhilber, general manager of the 495 Express Lanes Project. "We care about the communities in which we operate and are proud to support leadership development opportunities for organizations that dedicate their efforts to improving our community."

Northern Virginia has a large nonprofit community. There are approximately 3,144 nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia representing one-third of nonprofits in the Greater Washington region. With 59,333 employees and a combined operating budget of approximately $10.4 million, nonprofits in Northern Virginia account for 27 percent of private employment in the region.

More Information

For more information about the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, please visit http://www.nonprofitroundtable.org/. To learn more about Nonprofit NoVA, please visit http://nonprofitnova.org/.