RSVP’s Volunteer Executive Consultants

September 13, 2022

VEC Fall Workshop Series 2022

RSVP’s Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC) provide managerial consulting and educational services to existing and potential nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area at no charge. VEC is offering its latest interactive workshops this fall via Zoom. All workshops are scheduled for 10:00am – 11:30am.

Questions? Contact Sheri Wilensky Burke, VEC Program Manager or 610-834-1040 x135.


Planning to Plan: The Art of Strategic Thinking, November 15, 2022

Do you know WHY you want to create a strategic plan? Is your organization READY to undertake the work? Does your team THINK strategically? Many nonprofits create a strategic plan, only for it to end up on a shelf gathering dust. VEC expert consultants Elaine Green and Marla Hexter will explore when and why to develop a strategic plan, how to determine who should be involved, the preparation needed to be successful, what strategic thinking is and why it matters. This session will not address how to write a strategic plan, but rather the focus will be on how to create a framework to best guide your organization moving forward. 

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Philanthropitch Philadelphia 2022 Finalists!

August 24, 2022


It’s time to take the judge’s seat and cast your vote in the third annual Philanthropitch Philadelphia!  

These organizations impressed the Philanthropitch team with innovative, scalable ideas fueled by their commitment to bettering the Philadelphia community.

  • Beyond the Bars focuses on providing positive and safe spaces where youth who have been impacted by violence or the incarceration system can express themselves. They work to create pathways into music throughout the city with their local community partners.
  • Big Picture Philadelphia provide students with transformative educational experiences that help them identify and develop their interests, and connect them to their passions — within and outside of the school building.
  • Body Empowerment Project helps empower youth to find body acceptance and self-worth. Their primary goal is to reduce healthcare disparities and promote equitable access to a novel community health intervention.
  • At Food Connect, their mission is simple: to bridge the gap between surplus food and hunger. They provide solutions for food procurement, logistics, and delivery to help organizations fight hunger at a local level.
  • Yoga 4 Philly is dedicated to creating a safer, more supportive society in Philadelphia. Their mission is to make peace, love, and healing accessible through yoga and meditation.

​Voting Period: September 12-18 | Awards Ceremony: September 20

Laura Kind McKenna - Trustee Emeritus

July 5, 2022

After almost 25 years of leadership in the day-to-day management of The Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Laura Kind McKenna has resigned from being an active board member effective June 3, 2022.  She is now serving as Trustee Emeritus.

Laura was our first Managing Trustee, running the Foundation for the first years of its existence from 1998-2016. From 2016 to 2022 she served as Treasurer and Head of our Finance Committee.  Laura is well known as a strong, consistent voice urging all foundations to use their endowment assets to support mission along with grants. Under her leadership PKFF became one of the earliest adopters of mission aligned investing, eventually steering PKFF’s endowment to over 95% mission alignment.

Laura and her husband Marc have four grown children and nine grandchildren living all over the country and she's looking forward to having time for more travel.  Laura has been trying to "get bored and eat bonbons" for several years, although we all doubt she will.


Philanthropitch is back in Philadelphia!

June 13, 2022

Philanthropitch is a social impact fast pitch competition providing capital and exposure for local nonprofits tackling some of the communities’ toughest problems. Philly nonprofit finalists will take the stage and pitch for good this September!

Are you a Philadelphia nonprofit interested in embarking on the Philanthropitch journey and pitching for funding? Applications are open now and will close June 27, 2022.

Philanthropitch finalists will receive:

  • Funding to scale innovative programs.
  • Exposure to new supporters, mentors and partners
  • 1:1 pitch training and business coaching, plus other targeted leadership development beyond Pitch Day.

To date, Philanthropitch has awarded over $2.3 million in donations to more than 137 organizations!

Learn more here
Apply here

Have questions before you apply? Philanthropitch is hosting a Q&A on June 21 to help nonprofits prepare to apply. Sign up for the next Q&A here!

Join RSVP’s Volunteer Executive Consultants on March 23rd and learn more about how to be an effective leader for your organization

April 14, 2022

Successful organizations don’t just happen – it takes effective leadership from the Executive Director/CEO to encourage growth, foster innovation and maximize mission impact. Join our panel of Executive Directors representing a variety of area nonprofits who will share thoughts and advice for how to inspire and motivate your organization to maximize its potential, through both good and more difficult times such as COVID-19. Even if you are not an Executive Director/CEO, this session is for anyone in or aspiring to a leadership role. Click here for more information

Spotlight YOUR Impact

March 18, 2022

Join The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University  on March 31st for a free 1-hour interactive session which will get you on track to be able to share powerful stories of impact and make a stronger case for support. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Philanthropitch Philadelphia!

October 21, 2021

Philanthropitch Philadelphia raised $118,000 for nonprofit finalists! We gathered in-person on October 28th for the first time ever in Philadelphia to celebrate the dedicated work and impact of five non-profit organizations: Called To Serve, Challah for Hunger, Beyond Literacy, ACHIEVEability, and eClose Institute. Each non-profit shared impact stories during their pitch about the many Philadelphians their programs reach, from young scientists, to college students, to adult learners, to unemployed residents. The Judges and audience alike were impressed and inspired by their work uplifting underserved communities. Click here for final results.

32 new grants specifically to Black-led organizations

June 30, 2021

We are excited to announce that we recently awarded 32 new grants specifically to Black-led organizations in Philadelphia. The Foundation made a concerted effort to reach out and to encourage many smaller Black-led non-profit organizations to apply for one year grants and participate in an expedited application cycle. Please click here for information on these grantees.