Our RVC Block Party has been postponed to fall 2024.

August 2022 Newsletter

🥾The Fellowship Journey Continues⛰️

🎊 BIG CONGRATS 🎊 to the 2022-2024 Community Impact Fellows for successfully finishing out the 5-week intensive Leadership Institute as they continue on their journey to center these leadership principles: collective, adaptive, transformational, and just. Throughout the month of September we’ll continue sharing the Fellows’ profiles on our Instagram, so follow us on Instagram to hear from them about their learnings so far! 

Want to support our new Fellows as they continue on their leadership journey? Donate!


Liberatory Decision-Making: How to Engage in a Healthy Process

Ananda Valenzuela, our previous Executive Director and currentCapacity-Building Strategist, is wrapping up their time at RVC. In addition to their leadership, we are grateful for their insight as they captured RVC’s learnings through these blog posts…and you’re definitely not going to want to miss this one! In this post, you’ll learn more about RVC’s distributed decision making process, a.k.a. Advice Process, and (bonus!) we’ve included some of the tools that help us make good, healthy, and effectives. We hope they do the same for you!

Ask Me Anything: Shalom Cook (she/her), Capacity Building Lead✨

We are so excited to welcome Shalom Cook (she/her) to our team! Shalom has joined as our Capacity Building Lead. Read her full interview below to learn more about the power of compassion for self and who inspires her the most!

🤝 Partner Highlight: One Vibe Africa🤝

This month, you may have jammed out with our Partner Organization, One Vibe Africa, at Madaraka Festival 2022 at Pier 62! In addition to hosting amazing live music performances that showcase talent from across the African continent, One Vibe strives to “create a liberated African narrative through collaboration between Africans ‘at home,’ in the diaspora, and those in the West.” They seek to create a generative future for Africa through engaging the youth in cultural events, video content, education, music, and the arts.


Duwamish River Community Coalition Beer & Chocolate Festival

On September 22, the Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC) invites you to join in community for the annual Beer and Chocolate Fest! This year, the evening of connection & celebration will be happening at the Elysian Taproom in Georgetown.

When: September 22, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Elysian Brewing Taproom (5410 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108)
What: An open house event for the DRCC community to learn about highlights from the year and invest in the work ahead! The evening will include: beer and wine, small bites, chocolate, surprises and the DRCC family.
Tickets: $35 – purchase below. Ticket price includes the first beer or drink of choice. Limited space is available so register today! Note: We will have indoor and outside options to enjoy together.

🗓️Other Community Events🗓️

Washington Bus is holding the Bus Bash on Thursday, September 8, 6:00PM-9:30PM, at the Centilia Cultural Center. This annual celebration will raise financial support for The Washington Bus Education Fund 501(c)(3) and celebrate this year’s Summer Fellowship cohort. RSVP here.

Casa Latina is hosting their gala, En Camino, on September 24, 6:30PM, at the Westin Seattle. Register here.

Nonprofit Innovation Summit: Tuesday, September 27th; 10:00am-2:30pm Pacific Time. Online via Zoom. Our co-ED, Roshni Sampath, will be on the local panel to speak about reimagining governance on boards.

👓 Free Vision Clinic, October 20-23, 2022 at Seattle Center. Seattle/King County Clinicwill be hosting a vision clinic providing free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to anyone in the region who struggles to access and/or afford care. They will not be providing dental or medical services this year but will still offer social work and health insurance navigation. All are welcome regardless of income, insurance, housing or immigration status. Patients will not be asked for documentation of any type. Patients do not need to reside in King County or Washington State to receive services. More info and international flyers here.

📌Grants.gov Offline from September 23-29📌

The NIH has announced that Grants.gov will be offline from September 23-29 for maintenance. All sponsors and systems that rely on Grants.gov will be impacted. During this time, users can expect disruptions in creating new applications, updating existing applications, checking for errors, submitting applications, and getting status updates.

RVC is hiring for Fellowship Program Coordinator II, Operations Support Program Manager

Last Call! Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) is searching for a Development Director

Renton Innovation Zone Partnership is searching for a Program Manager (open till filled, first review 9/5)

Creative Justice NW is searching for Executive Director (through 9/15) & also chefs/culinary artists

Duwamish River Community Coalition is searching for a Duwamish Valley Youth Corps Coordinator

Have a job posting or opportunity that you’d like us to feature in our next newsletter? Please email the details to [email protected]

Did you miss the July Newsletter? Check it out here.

If you appreciated last month’s Liberatory Leadership Learning Series by Ananda Valenzuela, do check out the other installments in the series: “When All Of Our Tools Are Weapons,” by Ericka Stallings, Co-Executive Director of the Leadership Learning Community, and “Three Lessons (so far) for Funding Liberatory Leadership” by Trish Adobea Tchume, Director of Liberatory Leadership Practice at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Lots of great content from our friends at Community Centric Fundraising: 9 Ways to Transition Nonprofit Leadership from Performative to Transformative; Is CCF still working 2 years later?;and a powerful essay by Ola Lafeti, “For Professionals Of Color, Bringing Our Whole Selves To Work Shouldn’t Mean Reliving Trauma For The Benefit Of White Colleagues

Communities Rise: Resources for Nonprofit and Community-Based Organizations 

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