VFN Network News  |  March 2022  |  Volume 2. Issue 6. 
VFN News & Announcements

Join us for our inaugural conference!

More than 100 funders are already registered to attend VFN's inaugural conference. We hope to see you there too! Check out the conference agenda and check back regularly as new speakers and panelists are being confirmed every week!
Learn more and register

Post-General Assembly briefing for funders

Join us for the 2nd Annual VFN Post-General Assembly Legislative Update. This 90-minute session will highlight the outcomes of the 2022 legislative session including:
  • Updates on legislation passed during the 2022 session on topics of interest for Virginia funders: revenue, health, housing, education, economic security, etc.,
  • What to expect post-session, and
  • Thoughts and advice for funders and advocates on their work this year. 
If you weren't able to join us for the Pre-General Assembly Legislative Update on January 6, here are links to read the recap or watch the recording

Join VFN and Philanthropy SE for FOTH 2022

Whether this is your first, your fourth, or your fourteenth FOTH (the fond nickname for Foundations on the Hill), you are invited to join VFN from April 5 – 7 in learning more about how to be a better advocate for those policies that matter most to philanthropy. Read more...

Last chance! Renew your membership by 3/31

Last call for 2022 membership renewals!  If you haven't already, please be sure to renew your organization's 2022 VFN membership by the March 31 deadline. Join more than 110 of your fellow funders as a part of the network again this year! Please contact Patte if you have any questions or need additional information to complete your renewal.
Member News
ANNOUNCEMENT | The Community Foundation for the Northern Shenandoah Valley has named Nancy Silva as its new Executive Director. Welcome to VFN, Nancy!

BROADBAND | Truist Foundation has announced a $10M grant to Connect Humanity, an organization focused on advancing digital equity among historically marginalized communities. Truist was one of the VFN panelists on our broadband series last fall. If you missed that session, you can access it on our YouTube channel. 

FINANCIAL STABILITY | Capital One has released new data on the financial impact of the pandemic, demonstrating the widening gap between lower and higher income earners. 

MENTAL HEALTH | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's new report, "Finding Our Way Back to Mental Health," investigates systemic barriers to accessing mental health care, and offers recommendations for how Northern Virginia nonprofits and foundations can address these barriers. In addition, catch CFNV's Eileen Ellsworth in a recent local news segment on the urgent need for more mental health care services in Northern Virginia.

MILESTONE | The Cameron Foundation announced that, as of December, the foundation has officially granted over $100M since its founding in 2004. Keep up the great work!

UKRAINE | Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has compiled and shared trusted resources for donors who want to provide direct support for people in Ukraine and refugees in surrounding countries.
News from the Field
AWARDS | Council on Foundations and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are accepting applications for the HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Private Partnerships until March 28. 

BROADBAND | Pew Charitable Trusts has launched Opportunity Broadband, an initiative to leverage federal investment in universal, affordable broadband access by ensuring it strengthens communities and promotes equal participation in the economy.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A new report from Bridgespan looks at the role of philanthropy in supporting the movement for criminal justice reform.  

CYBERSECURITY | Experts are recommending nonprofits (with support from funders) step up their focus on cybersecurity, as the sector is increasingly the target of cyberattacks.

EVALUATION | The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released a series of guides exploring how to incorporate racial equity as a core value in evaluation

HEALTH EQUITY | Here's a look at what has changed -- and what hasn't -- in the 20 years since the publication of "Unequal Treatment, " a groundbreaking report on racial disparities in health by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine.

ORAL HEALTH | A report from Pew Charitable Trusts looks at racial disparities in children's oral health in states across the country. Most states (including Virginia) do not collect disaggregated data, making it difficult to measure progress toward health equity goals.
Upcoming Events
MARCH 23 | Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is co-hosting "Early Childhood Education: Why It Matters & What You Can Do," the first event in the 2022 Civic Action Conversations series. 

MARCH 29, MAY 3 | Asset Funders Network is hosting a three-part series, Building Capacity of CDFIs to Support Entrepreneurs of Color & a Thriving Small Business Ecosystem.

MARCH 30 | VFN is hosting its 2nd Annual Post-General Assembly Legislative Update.

MARCH 31 | Maryland Philanthropy Network is hosting the first session in a four-part Grantmakers Fundamentals Series. (VFN members are eligible to pay the MPN member rate with discount code 'PSO Partner.')

APRIL 4 | Equity in the Center is hosting a webinar, Black Leadership: Navigating Executive Transitions in Historically White-Led Institutions.

APRIL 5-7 | Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) begins its annual advocacy opportunity for grantmakers and philanthropy-serving organizations. 

APRIL 6 I Economic Opportunity Funders is hosting an Annual Budget and Tax Briefing for funders to learn about and discuss why federal and state budget and tax work matters to philanthropy.

APRIL 19 | Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and the Participatory Grantmaking Community of Practice are hosting a webinar on the intersections of these two approaches to giving.

APRIL 27 | CNE continues the "7 Actionable Principles for a Strong Social Sector" series with a session on equitable evaluation practices.

MAY 3-4 | Join VFN for our inaugural conference! Stronger Together: Advancing Opportunities for All Virginians
Virginia News You Can Use
CRIMINAL JUSTICE | An estimated 13K people are in pre-trial detention in Virginia on any given day, many of them solely because they are unable to make bail. The Tidewater Solidarity Bail Fund is one of the groups in Tidewater that posts bail for individuals arrested for low-level crimes who cannot cover the cost themselves. Richmond and Roanoke have similar programs. In other Criminal Justice related news, Newport News is launching a diversion program for first-time young offenders, which will include juries made up of middle and high-school students.

DISABILITY RIGHTS | Advocates are calling on Virginia lawmakers to address the Commonwealth's failure to provide adequate funding and services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | A new report from the Brookings Institution highlights the growth of tech jobs in the New River Valley and provides recommendations for how rural areas can accelerate tech growth as an economic development strategy. In other Southwest Virginia economic news, a new federally-funded project called Evolve Central Appalachia is exploring whether coal waste can be turned into high-value raw materials for cellphones and electric cars. 

EDUCATION | Many teachers across Virginia are experiencing burnout as they are caught in the cross-hairs of political fights and continue to deal with pandemic-related challenges.

ENVIRONMENT | Dominion Energy is moving forward with a series of solar projects across Virginia, which are expected to generate $880M in economic benefits and support nearly 4,200 jobs.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY | The General Assembly adjourned without finalizing the biennial budget, and will need to reconvene for a special session to finish the budget and address some remaining bills. The delay in passing a state budget means the budget process for school divisions is also paused. Learn more about other GA-related news at VFN's post-GA Legislative Session on March 30, and check out this visual of the fate of 2022 General Assembly bills. Lastly, here's the latest on the state budge process. 

HEALTH EQUITY | Less than half of eligible Medicaid members in Virginia are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

HIGHER ED | The State Board for Community Colleges has named Russell Kavalhuna as the next chancellor of Virginia's 23 community colleges. The new chancellor's priority will be to connect unemployed and underemployed Virginians with businesses facing labor shortages.

STATE BUDGET I Updates on the status of the state

UNEMPLOYMENT | The most recent data show that Virginia's unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.3%, still higher than it was before the pandemic. 

VETERANS | A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report calls for closing the Hampton VA Medical Center, and replacing it with new centers in Norfolk and Newport News. 

WORKFORCE | Nursing homes across Virginia are facing severe staffing shortages, limiting access to care in many communities.
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