Northern Neck Connection’s mission is to strengthen our community and enhance nonprofit development.
Our purpose is to serve as a catalyst for communication, interaction, and education among nonprofit, community, and government service organizations in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia. We work to connect organizations to the tools, resources, people, and knowledge they need to operate successfully and make a positive impact in the community.
Our values: We believe that when Northern Neck Connection helps nonprofits to work effectively and advocates for a culture of philanthropic engagement and support, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula can be a stronger community with enhanced economic stability and high quality of life.
Our key strategies:
- Offer practical, affordable classes, training, and coaching to build professional skills and foster leadership development among nonprofit volunteers, staff, and board members.
- Provide convenient and effective web and email technology platforms for organizations to share information with the public and collectively build a hub of community knowledge and directory of local nonprofit services.
- Support opportunities for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and diverse community groups to collaborate and create a more cohesive community.
Karen Hart, Chairman
Executive Director, Lancaster Virginia Historical Society
Managing Director-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
Marketing Business Partner, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Service Area
Director, River Counties Community Foundation
Transit Director, Bay Transit
Director of Testing & Student Information Systems, Lancaster County Public Schools
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 community information that citizens, businesses, government, and nonprofits relied upon daily.
In 2011 the organization implemented changes in its operational 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, Northern Neck Connection’s online network and educational programs serve organizations and residents in the counties of Essex, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Mathews, and Gloucester. The site contains profiles and posts for more than 100 organizations and our Community Email List reaches nearly 800 readers.