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Early Childhood Needs Assessment and Draft Strategic Plan Released

VECF is pleased to partner with the Virginia Department of Education in implementing the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five awarded to Virginia earlier this year. Through this grant, Virginia seeks to understand the current state of early care and education [...]

Early Childhood Needs Assessment and Draft Strategic Plan Released 2019-08-11T14:49:09+00:00

WHAT’S YOUR DATA STRATEGY?

How do you measure the impact of what you do in a manageable way? The authors of The Goldilocks Challenge present guiding principles to selecting data that is meaningful, grounded, realistic…and can ultimately support evidence of impact. Based on these principles, Communitas [...]

WHAT’S YOUR DATA STRATEGY? 2019-07-29T18:12:44+00:00

HOW TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF COALITIONS

What is necessary to create an effective regional coalition? Members of the Greater Richmond Regional Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (GRRC) had been operating jointly for over a decade to provide resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault [...]

HOW TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF COALITIONS 2019-07-29T20:07:11+00:00

PHILANTHROPY REVIEW ARTICLE, DEC 2018

A challenge for many executive directors is how to plan for meaningful change within their organization while also achieving buy-in from staff. Communitas adapted a traditional strategic planning process to include a less hierarchical and more staff-inclusive approach. Learn how time spent listening [...]

PHILANTHROPY REVIEW ARTICLE, DEC 2018 2019-07-12T16:57:44+00:00

BUILDING A VISUAL THEORY OF CHANGE: SIX QUESTIONS TO JUMPSTART THE PROCESS

What’s Behind a Theory of Change? Engaging your organization’s leadership and team in creating a theory of change (TOC) can be a powerful and unifying activity. A good TOC (or theory of action or pathway) gives your partners and staff a [...]

BUILDING A VISUAL THEORY OF CHANGE: SIX QUESTIONS TO JUMPSTART THE PROCESS 2018-12-29T18:36:49+00:00

DIAGNOSING THE REAL PROBLEM: IMPLEMENTATION TOOL

Here’s one approach that Communitas Consulting has used in the early stages of diagnosis for evaluations. It is transferrable to an assessment of your own organizational issues. When you are faced with an organizational or community problem that calls for a solution: [...]

DIAGNOSING THE REAL PROBLEM: IMPLEMENTATION TOOL 2018-10-26T17:11:25+00:00

MATCHING THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM

As practitioners, we often rush to solve problems. We want to pin down the causes and make things better. In nonprofits and philanthropies, there is merit to this impulse -- and there is often misdirected energy. Our first impulse is to [...]

MATCHING THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM 2018-10-26T19:55:33+00:00