VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Rating: 5 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Race

Location: 5511 Staples Mill Road Suite 202 Richmond VA 23228 USA

Mission: The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.
Results: During a recent 6-year period, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities increased the number of programs and events delivered annually by over 370%. VCIC's program work has received a number of awards and recognitions: - Named a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits.org (2013 & 2012) - Received the Pacesetter Award for Excellence from Partnership for the Future (2013) - Received the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond's Clergy & Community Organization Award for promoting interfaith harmony (2013) - Commended in House Joint Resolution No. 790 by the Virginia General Assembly (2013) - Received the Vivian C. Mason Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads (2012) - VCIC's Project Inclusion named "The best program we have seen in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school population" in No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities (2012) - VCIC's Educational Equity Initiative featured in a National Women's Law Center webinar, "Spotlight on Bullying & Harassment: The Law and One School's Response" (2012) - Named a Richmond History Maker by the Valentine Richmond History Center for "Improving Social Justice" (2011) - Received the GuideStar Exchange Seal for organizational commitment to transparency (2011)
Programs: Inclusive Communities programs include: ALLIES INSTITUTE Four-day retreat for college students to foster inclusion on campus BREAK THE CYCLE: BE THE CHANGE Assembly program on roots of prejudice for middle schools, high schools, and colleges CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS Workshops and consultation tailored to particular needs of sponsoring institution DIVERSITY DIALOGUE DAY One-day forum for high school student leaders EDUCATIONAL EQUITY INITIATIVE Educator professional development to reduce racial and socio-economic achievement gap HAROLD M. MARSH, SR. CONNECTIONS INSTITUTE Five-day retreat for high school students from across Virginia INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES INITIATIVE Professional development for businesses and non-profits PREJUDICE AWARENESS SUMMIT One-day forum for middle school student leaders PROJECT INCLUSION Retreat for high school students from one school/district PUSHED: EXPLORATIONS INTO BULLYING Assembly program focused on bullying for middle/high schools

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

VCIC is the only organization in Virginia of which I am aware that is dealing directly with very difficult issues of prejudice and lack of cultural awareness. These issues are of great importance in helping our communities create opportunities for all and eliminate the great social and economic cost of prejudice. The management team is by far the most effective I have had the experience of working with. They are devoted, tireless and extremely efficient and effective. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to assist them.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

VCIC has increased its capacity to serve students, teachers and business personnel to help them reach their goals through inclusiveness. Yearly, VCIC conducts over 125 programs for 7,000+ participants who return to their community to effect change. The core values of Inclusion, Integrity, Effectiveness, Relevance and Openess make this a truly special organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is a state wide organization providing programming around inclusiveness and tolerance for others. The programs vary in their content including anti-bullying targeted to school age children, inclusiveness and tolerance training for companies, leadership programming focused on the power of inclusiveness in groups, etc. I have personally spoken with many individuals who have participated in these various programs and many of them say they were so well facilitated and effective that they completely altered their perspective on life and those around them.
The staff of the organization is very professional and a pleasure to work with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to provide them additional funding so they can expand their programming to reach more citizens and children around the state of Virginia.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Tidewater Board member and have served in this capacity for several years. This organization does wonderful programming all across the state of Virginia to promote inclusiveness, stamp out bullying and educate our school children and others in our communities on the great advantages gained by diversity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Virginia Center for Inclusive communities provides valuable services to the entire range of citizens in Virginia. From youth programs which teach tolerance, understanding and fairness to antibullying to programs for adults in the workplace that combat racism ,gender bias and economic inequality.
This is all done with a very small and dedicated staff who performs at the highest level of. professionalism.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase their programming staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member for almost 20 years, since my wife and I were honored by the Tidewater chapter. I have attended many workshops and youth activities over the years and personally spoken with young people who attended one of VCIC's training institutes. They always say that THE EXPERIENCE CHANGED THEIR LIVES. Since the organization became independent it's activities have expanded to include workplace seminars. VCIC strives to make this an" inclusive" world. The staff is dedicated to the concept of inclusion and is supported by a board that is equally committed.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I've seen this organization's positive impact on young people time and time again. I've never seen another organization conduct programming that so successfully engages youth in conversations about difficult topics.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more widely available across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportuninty to speak with students who have been through VCIC programs and seen first hand the transformative nature of the experiences the organization delivers. Sitting with young people and hearing them talk with passion and an unexpected level of maturity gives you a feeling that they are going back to their schools to change attitudes and make a diffeerence. VCIC does much more, but meeting the young people who uave been to leadership programs renews my desire to help VCIC in its work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the organization to share its message to a larger audience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Changing just a few lives can make a difference in a community, and VCIC has been impacting hundreds at a time, and thousands over the years. It is my experience that VCIC is making a difference in a palpable way and I am proud to be a volunteer and help the organizations in its mission. I have watched VCIC grow steadily over the last few years, reaching more and more people, especially students and teachers. And I have heard from many folks who say the programs have changes their perspective about diversity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has demonstrated a committment to bringing people together and delivering educational opportunities to make our state a better place. The feedback I have received from students who have been through its programs has demonstrated life-changing experiences that make me feel like there is hope. The staff is talented and committed to the cause of promoting inclusion. I am proud to share the VCIC story and support the organization with my time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a top-notch organization with an incredible understanding of inclusion. Personally, I am a different person because of my exposure to the VCIC's programming and employees. I celebrate individuality, and I no longer overlook differences - I embrace them. I've seen this program figuratively and literally change lives of the students who participate and I strongly believe that this is the way to change the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...If I had to make changes, I would want to see more of it. More funding, more staff, more scholarships for students to attend, just more. There is never enough of an organization like this.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for about 8 years and I will continue volunteering with this organization as long as I am able. I was introduced to the organization when the high school at which I teach participated in a 5-day program in order to learn about diversity and inclusion; I have kept coming back ever since. I have experienced personal growth as an educator and I have witnessed growth in students, other teachers, and my school community, because of programs that VCIC has conducted. Their programs are the perfect recipe of content learning and the sharing of personal experiences. The people in this organization are passionate about what they do are incredibly professional in their delivery of life-changing programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of people on the staff so that they could offer more programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

VCIC has played a significant role in my life and the lives of students across the state of Virginia. I first got involved in VCIC when I traveled with a group of students to a 5-day conference addressing issues of diversity. The conference used both large and small-group activities and discussion to help foster understanding on issues surrounding race, gender, religious bias, sexual orientation, ability status, and body image. After the conference was over, I observed positive changes in the students who participated; they gained understanding of the issues, became better communicators, and developed conflict management and leadership skills. The semester after students attended the conference, our school experienced some racial tension that had the potential to escalate into violence. In response, the key players in the dispute were invited to dialogue about the issues and several students who had attended VCIC mediated the conversation. A source of conflict in our school was addressed in a positive way, which diffused the conflict, and allowed for the parties involved to reach common ground. In addition, students initiated programs and events to promote the principles that they learned during the conference. As an educator, it is incredibly rewarding to witness these positive changes in students and it gives me a renewed hope for the future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have spoken with both E.C. Glass High School and Lynchburg College students who have been in VCIC-sponsored programs. All of them have told me what a difference the programming made in how they perceive people who are "different" from themselves. Without exception, they view their VCIC program experience life-changing.

VCIC has truly mad a difference in my community!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes that I can think of. I take pride in their work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

VCIC is an amazing organization that illuminates the diversity in our lives (at schools, in the workplace etc.) and guides us all to embrace that diversity for more successful and positive experiences. I have had the pleasure of volunteering at both their Prejudice Awareness Summit and Diversity Dialogue Day and was amazed at the issues young people face today and their capacity to make change if they have the right support from adults. VCIC truly touches and changes lives for the better!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful?