idea for "Connect" started from a listening project that Fairfax County OP3 initiated and grew to become a region wide initiative.
online project management tools are an area for the community to meet
and collaborate. It offers the opportunity to form groups and exchange
information within those groups.
is powered by a platform developed by National Center for Charitable
Statistics (NCCS) at the Urban Institute in Washington DC.
platform was developed with support from the Mott and Kresge Foundations
and has been launched by public private consortia at the state level
in New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Louisiana, and by local
collaboratives in Brevard County, Florida; New Orleans and Baton
Rouge, and Louisiana
"Connect" is funded by a collaboration of companies, nonprofits
and local governments. Urban Institute provides the platform for a paid
subscription, but it has donated services to customize the site to meet the
needs of Northern Virginia. George Mason Center for Nonprofit Management,
Philanthropy and Policy serves as the community administrator for the
Key funders to the site include the United Way of the National Capital Area, The
Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Mclean
Community Foundation, the Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County Government,
Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun Human Services Network, Comstock Partners,
Reston Hospital and Unanet.
Organizing partners have supported the site with time and
talent during its development and rollout. These partners include The Community
Foundation for Northern Virginia, Loudoun Cares, Fairfax County OP3,
Volunteer Fairfax, and Nonprofit NoVa.
"Connect" is powered by the time, talent and resources from across
the region. Funds to keep the site operative and competitive are needed. Support opportunities can be found on the "Connect" website,
with options ranging from $750 to $25,000.
Additionally, volunteers with graphic, website and proofreading
skills are needed to keep the site fresh and review the increasing content.
Interested parties should contact Susan Sanow for more information.
During the soft launch, we invite you to take a look, register and check out your organizations' listing, try out the mapping features, post calendar items, use the classifieds to post items you need or have to donate that help address community issues. We welcome your feedback on how the site could be better. This is a community platform, to be developed and used for and by the community – including you!