25 July 2005

JOLI Grant--Federal Grant Opportunity

Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) Grant

The purpose of the JOLI program is to provide technical and financial assistance to private employers in the community to assist them in creating employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and for other low-income individuals. Projects focus on one of three program strategies: self-employment/ micro-enterprise, new business ventures, and business expansion. Priority will be given to applicants proposing to serve those areas containing the highest percentage of individuals receiving TANF under a State program, which is funded under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act and individuals whose income level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty line.

The JOLI grant RFP can be found at the link below:


ASSETS Chicago program graduation celebration

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Leroy Pacheco sends this information on their third and largest graduating class of the ASSETS Chicago microbusiness training program:

You are invited to an ASSETS Chicago
Reception and Graduation Celebration!

Tuesday August 2, 2005
Mi Tierra Restaurant
2528 S. Kedzie (3200 west), Chicago

5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner
6:30 p.m. Graduation

Please support ASSETS Chicago and join this recognition of the members of our third and largest graduating class.
They’ll be sharing their business plans.

Sponsored by National City Bank

Please RSVP (773)-542-9256 by Monday, August 1st.

Donations and Pledges Accepted!

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22 July 2005

Neighborhood Knowledge Los Angeles

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Carla Weaver at the home office passes on this information to our colleagues in Los Angeles. A website called "Neighborhood Knowledge Los Angeles" has some interesting, useful information. You have to create an account to get to the information, but it is easy and free.

This website includes a map of LA County with specific information such as properties behind on taxes, housing projects and a map of all the non-profits in LA including the sector they serve (ex. housing, education, environment etc.) I think this information could be helpful as organizations learn about new communities, update their own demographic data, and search for resources and grant applications. Let me know if you find this helpful or if you have any questions.

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Developing a good relationship with your board

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In the Coalitions Online Newsletter, Larry Hermen, long-time expert on senior management development, points out that the old way of thinking that a CEO's relationship with the board chairperson may not be a good substitute for relating well to the whole board. This is, in my opinion and the opinion of the writer (click on the title of this post to read the whole article), consistent with the Policy Governance principle of the whole board being responsible for its activities, outputs and job products. His article is short and worth a couple of minutes to read.

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21 July 2005

KCCD open house celebrates AmeriCorps*VISTA serivce

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Today, KCCD will celebrate entering into it's fourth year of service and thanks AmeriCorps*VISTA members for their year of service.

A reception will take place at their office in Los Angeles.

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20 July 2005

Mattel Children's Foundation Seeks Applications

Mattel Children's Foundation Seeks Applications for Second Round of Domestic Grants to Benefit Children's Health and Well-Being Deadline: September 30, 2005

The Mattel Children's Foundation, a philanthropic program of Mattel, Inc., has announced the recipients of its first round of domestic grants, representing the first time the foundation has awarded funds through its online, unsolicited grant application program. Thirty-eight nonprofit organizations directly serving children in need in twenty-one states will receive grants ranging from $3,000 to $25,000.The grants represent one of the programs announced earlier this year as part of the foundation's relaunch, and are expected to help improve the lives of children in need throughout the U.S.

Applications for the second round of grants are now being accepted. Charitable organizations in the U.S. that directly serve children in need are eligible for grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000. Applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) public charity status under the Internal Revenue Code. Funding priority will be given to organizations or programs that creatively address a locally defined need directly impacting children in need (particularly children between the ages of 0 and 13) and that align with Mattel's philanthropic priorities, which include health, education, and girls' empowerment.Two types of grants will be considered: 1) program- specific grants -- i.e., funding for the launch of new programs or expansion of existing programs; and 2) core operating support -- i.e., support of organizations to sustain their programs.

Applications must be submitted online through the Mattel Web site. See the site for complete program information, application guidelines, and a list of grant recipients from the program's first round of funding RFP Link: http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/3297/mattel

Success is a way of life at a New Way of Life

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Here is a story from Susan Burton, Executive Director of A New Way of Life Re-entry Project
"We are very proud of the accomplishments of one of our residents. Theresa came to live at A New Way of Life about eight months ago. She immediately regained custody of her son who is now three years old, and she and her son are both popular residents around the house. Theresa was determined to get her life back together after being released from prison, but had little skills or knowledge in how to make this happen.

"One major challenge for her was finding steady employment. She persisted for over six weeks to find a job, but repeatedly encountered discrimination from employers who were unwilling to hire someone who had checked “the box” marking the applicant as a convicted felon. Finally, Susan introduced her to a colleague who directs a community-based library with a progressive social agenda. He agreed to hire Theresa as an intern. After only two months, he was so impressed with Theresa’s dedication to the job and to the organization, he hired her as a part-time staff member (Theresa is also a part-time student at a local college).

"Theresa has now been working at the her new employer for several months and has been learning about the prisoners’ rights movement. This woman who once had no idea that people and organizations existed who cared about the rights of people like herself has now become a determined community advocate. Theresa is the type of client who epitomizes what A New Way of Life is all about.
If you have a story about your organization or the clients you serve and are part of the Capacity Partnership Project let me know and I will post it here. Your ideas matter here! Please leave a comment.

18 July 2005

Good Conflict--Constructive Conflict

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If managing conflict means there is no conflict in your organization, you might be missing an importang opportunity to learn and to lead.
If people smile, nod, and say "yes" at your company, maybe it's time to start an argument. According to HBS professor Michael Roberto, the lack of good conflict—constructive conflict—within an organization makes it that much harder to accurately evaluate business ideas and make important decisions. . . . But conflict does not mean browbeating.
The interview with Michael Roberto by Martha Lagace, Senior Editor, Harvard Bunisnes School's Working Knowledge is an interesting read. Click throught the title of this post to read the whole article. CPP organizational client leader Chris Provence of Rebuilding the Wall in Indianapopis told us that he sees conflict as a good thing. It can't be avoided when working with people, better use it to your advantage.

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15 July 2005

President Bush Visits Indianapolis

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Earlier this week I got a call from the White House Office of Faith Based initiatives asking about Capacity Partner Projects funded through MEDA's Compassion Capital Fund Grant. They wanted to know about some of the organizations and the progress that had been made to make reference to the success of those organizations and and the CCF programs.

This is what the President said when he was in Indianapolis this week:
". . . the nation's faith-based and community groups bring kindness and acts of charity to harsh places across America. I call these folks the social entrepreneurs of America. They're trying to figure out ways to listen to that universal call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself and help heal the broken heart.

The example of a faith based group in Indianapolis was the Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church.
"Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about. Here in Indianapolis, the Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church is reaching out to neighbors and helping lift up their communities. A social entrepreneur, a leader of the effort is Bishop Farris, who is with us today. Let me tell you what the Bishop has in mind and how he's going to be helped by the federal government. Secretary Alphonso Jackson, by the way, is a believer when it comes to the faith-based and community-based initiative. And so the Department of Housing and Urban Development has entered into a collaborative effort with his church, and they plan to break ground in October on 49 housing units for low-income elderly. And their new development will provide residents with shuttle services to stores and counseling and doctor appointments."
To read all of the President's remarks, click on the first quote block. That will direct you to the White House Faith Based Initiatives website and a transcript of the remarks.

11 July 2005

White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives

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I got a call today from the White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives. Were they asking about you?

They were asking about organizations who have received Compassion Capital Fund support to increase their capacity and would make a good story to tell about the success of the program.

Recently, one of the CCF sub-awardees, Trinity Church's Peacemakers Center got a call and a visit from the Faith Based Initiatives Office Director Jim Towey. Then the President used them as a good example of community based work in remarks he made at the Leadership Conference on 1 March 2005.

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08 July 2005

Policy Governance workshop at national conference

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I will be presenting a workshop called "Board Leadership through Governance Excellence" on the topic of Policy Governance at the Christian Community Development Association 17th annual conference in Indianapolis 16-20 November 2005. One of our organizational clients in Indianapolis had suggested that we present something.

How can you attract and retain good board members? Give them the right job and the right tools. Governance is the highest level of organizational leadership. Policy Governance® is an approach to the job of governance that emphasizes values, vision, empowerment of both board and staff, and the strategic ability to lead leaders.

More information will be posted later on. This may be the only national Christian faith-based community development association or conference. Does anyone know?

05 July 2005

Limited English Proficiency and Hispanic Worker Initiative

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From MEDA's research team at the home office.

Workforce Investment Act—Limited English Proficiency and Hispanic Worker Initiative

Proposals due 15 August 2005 to the Department of Labor (DOL)

This link will begin the download of a .pdf (1.7 MB), the RFP announced today by the Employment and Training Administration. The grant focuses on providing literacy and jobs skills training to Hispanics. It seems like a fairly involved grant with several partners required, but the grant is big $500,000 -- $ 1 million. Maybe one of the CDCs would be able to apply. Here is the link if you need to copy and paste it into your browser.


Executive Summary: The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), announces the availability of approximately $5 million in demonstration grant funds to test unique and innovative training strategies for services to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) (those who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English 1 ) and Hispanic Americans, specifically, those who lack basic and occupational skills needed by high-growth occupations. This demonstration program is targeted to incumbent workers, new job entrants or youth who lack the language, basic skills, and occupational skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace. This demonstration program emphasizes the use of innovative contextualized learning strategies which simultaneously provide language and occupational skills training that open career opportunities and pathways for LEP and Hispanic Americans.

The Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Hispanic Worker Initiative is a strategic effort to improve access to employment and training services for LEP persons and to better serve Hispanic Americans through workforce investment programs that address the specific workforce challenges facing these individuals. Grant funds awarded under this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) should be used to develop unique and innovative strategies that specifically address the workforce challenges of LEP individuals and Hispanic Americans. Applications must reflect a strategic partnership between the public workforce investment system, the employer community, the education and training community, and, if applicable, community-based or faith-based organizations. It is anticipated that individual awards will fall within the range of $500,000 to $1 million. The Department reserves the right to award grants at either lower or higher amounts.

Some partner's websites

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Here is a sampling of websites of organizations that are clients of the Capacity Partnership Project. I'd like to link your website too. Leave me a comment and I'll add you to the list.

What is your thinking level?

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Albert Einstein said: "You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created that problem."

03 July 2005

Mediocre Emergency

Seth Godin has a blog where he talks about Mediocre Emergency. Companies on the rise know when there is an emergency and they do something about it. Companies in trouble respond with mediocrity, Godin's expample is GM.

Link to Godin's article.

Let's say you work at eBay.

Your site goes down. How many people will drop what they are doing and figure out how to get it back up and running?

Everyone from PR to server guys will be on the case.

Or let's say you work at Aetna. A fire rips through a warehouse and destroys a million policy records.

How many people, from the CEO to the actuaries will get on the stick and make something happen?

Now, imagine you work at GM. I know, it's hard, but imagine.

For years, you've been designing, making and marketing stuff in a mediocre way. No one dropped what they were doing to fix the problem. It's not an emergency.

Of course, it is an emergency. It's a bigger emergency than the things you can buy insurance against, because it's endemic, hard to measure and ultimately fatal.

Have a nice long weekend if it's a long weekend where you live. And when you get back to work, figure out where the mediocre emergency lies and stamp it out. Even better, start today. After all, it's an emergency.