Northern Neck Connection’s mission is to strengthen our community and enhance nonprofit development.
Our purpose is to serve as a catalyst for communication and interaction among our nonprofit organizations, government, businesses and individuals.
WHY WE ARE HERE
Historically, on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula it has been difficult for nonprofit organizations to communicate with each other and the individuals in the community. Northern Neck Connection was established to provide a vehicle for organizations and individuals to learn about the communities in which they live, work and visit as well as needs in the regional area. It brings people and organizations together to make a positive difference in the community.
We believe that by helping nonprofits work effectively and advocating a culture of philanthropic support, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula can be a stronger community with enhanced economic stability and high quality of life. Our strategy is simple and systemic:
- Provide affordable classes, coaching and programs for professional leadership development in the nonprofit community.
- Help area nonprofits by giving them the tools and education necessary to grow and operate successfully in our rural region.
- Provide opportunities for nonprofits, government agencies, churches and schools to collaborate and create a more cohesive community.
Karen Hart, Chairman
Executive Director, Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library
Managing Director-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
Marketing Business Partner, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Service Area
Director, River Counties Community Foundation
Sales and Marketing Director, Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham
Transit Director, Bay Transit
Director of Testing & Student Information Systems, Lancaster County Public Schools
Deputy Town Manager & Community Development Director, Town of Kilmarnock
Director of Development, Northern Neck Food Bank
Knowledge Management & Technology Officer, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund
Recognizing the success of ConnectRichmond in strengthening area nonprofits, the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund asked ConnectNetwork to replicate the program in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula region, in March 2006. ConnectRappahannock quickly became the region’s indispensable one-stop source of local data and reports, nonprofit management resources, and more that citizens, businesses, government and nonprofits reply upon daily.
In 2011 the organization implemented changes in its structure and began rebuilding the website to become a more interactive and user-friendly portal for communication. The new website, Northern Neck Connection, launched in the Spring of 2012.
In 2015, based on user feedback, Northern Neck Connection implemented a seminar initiative in an effort to bridge a gap in services in the area by offering nonprofits and individuals the opportunity for continuing education in areas necessary to operate a successful nonprofit organization in the region.
Today, the network serves the counties of Essex, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Mathews and Gloucester.