BLACKSBURG, Va., April 24, 2006 – The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNVR) and Virginia Tech's Institute for Governance and Accountabilities, in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, have joined forces to help build capacity for the local nonprofit community.
Under this strategic alliance, the Institute for Governance and Accountabilities and the CFNRV will provide forums that will draw upon university resources and training to enhance the core competencies of local nonprofits. Both organizations are in the vanguard of nonprofit leadership, governance and accountability. The partners are committed to building, strengthening and affirming the bonds of community, leadership and talent in the New River Valley.
The partnership will host its next event on Fundraising over the summer at the NRV Competitiveness Center in Fairlawn, Va.
The first event was held in January and featured Angela Eikenberry, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, facilitating the topic of "The New Philanthropy." Eikenberry said, "In today's new philanthropy environment, solving problems depends on partnerships between philanthropy, which can offer creative and entrepreneurial ideas and personal passions, and government, which has the potential to provide adequate, dependable, and equitable resources. . . . what is unique and special about the new philanthropy environment is a new emphasis on enabling donors to be more engaged in their giving to solve problems in the community."
Max Stephenson, Institute for Governance and Accountabilities co-director and associate professor of urban affairs and planning and public administration and policy, said, "Each such strategic alliance adds significant new value and meaning to the institute's work."
The Institute for Governance and Accountabilities, a center of the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, engages in social science research on effective leadership, governance, accountability, and management of nonprofit, nongovernmental, and public organizations. The institute also provides research-driven programming directly to civil society organizations, foundations, public agencies, and global multilateral institutions.
The Community Foundation of the New River Valley, is a publicly supported, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization created by and for the people of the New River Valley. The mission and purpose is to increase the quality of life in the New River Valley by serving the charitable interests of donors.
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.