30 August 2005

Hurricane Disaster Response

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Hurricane Katrina is the most devastating storm to hit the United States ever. Several organizations are on the ground or will be soon to assist in the disaster relief after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina.

The earliest responders are usually the largest organizations with the most capacity to be on the ground. After than, those with special niche capacity will take up the re-development efforts in partnership with business. Local government and the Red Cross will be the first to respond and are there now.

Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS), the Southern Baptist Convention and Christian Reformed World Relief will have volunteers on site later this week. Each of these organizations are asking for donations to help support their work. They normally offer opportunities for volunteers to respond. You can check their web-sites for information about volunteer training, recruitment and opportunities for folks with various skill sets.

There will be many other organizations responding, these were those with obvious announcements on their websites late this afternoon.

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Retrospective Evaluation

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MEDA has just received notice from Branch Associates letting us know that we have been selected as one of 9 of the first group of CCF intermediaries to participate in a retrospective evaluation of this funding program. The evaluation will primarily involve Branch Associates gathering information from 20 of the organizations we have worked with during the three years. We are fortunate to be included in this evaluation and I am excited to have our grantee organizations participate.

If your were one of the client organizations for this project over the last 3 years you have about 50% chance of being contacted for this information since we have served about 40 organizations.

[Information provided by Rachel Hess, Director, Community Economic Development]

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26 August 2005

Harambee in NW Pasadena hosts training event

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Noel Castellanos, CCDA Institute Director, (pictured right) gave a one day session for volunteers and staff of Harmbee and other groups.


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23 August 2005

What is a Conflict of Interest?

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I was recently asked about the issue of conflicts of interest for board members of a nonprofit organization.

A conflict of interest may occur when . . .
A board member performs professional services for an organization, or proposes that a relative or friend be considered for a staff position. Such transactions are perfectly acceptable if they benefit the organization and if the board made the decisions in an objective and informed manner.
Such conflict of interest can be well managed by the organization if the are prepared and are aware of the situation in advance. [click the quotation to read the whole article on the National Resource Center website.]

I would be happy to provide you with a sample of a conflict of interest policy from a board policy manual. Let me know if that will be of service to your organization.

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22 August 2005

Technology Information for Nonprofits

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An important resource for information about technology can be found at www.techsoup.org. Thanks to Richard Wood at Miami Beach CDC for reminding me of this resource.

A company that produces and sells donor management software that I have used before is Campagne Associates. The donor management software is called GiftMaker. They provided excellent customer service with a contract and operated on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

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18 August 2005

The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade: 2006 Application Now Available

Women's Fund of Miami-Dade awards grants once a year to non-profit organizations that serve women and girls in Miami-Dade County. Grants are awarded each January for work being done during the calendar year. The application for 2006 funding is now available online, by mail, or by fax. Grant applications are due on September 7, 2005.


17 August 2005

What's Important? What's Urgent?

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Seth Godin has an article today about the important distinction between important decisions and tasks and urgent ones. He gives some easy advice on how to tell the difference between the two and how to act upon the right ones in the right order.
The easiest way to deal with change and with all the anxieties that go with it is not to deal with it at all. The easiest thing to do is to allow the urgency of the situation to force us to make the decisions (or take the actions) that we'd rather not take. Why? Because then we don't have to take responsibility for what happens. The situation is at fault, not us. The beauty of the asymptotic curve is that at every step along the way, running ever faster for the plane is totally justified. The closer we get, the more we've invested ourselves. The more we invest in making our flight, the easier it is to justify running like a lunatic to make it.
You can read his whole piece here.

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16 August 2005

Eight Componentents of Christian Community Development

Welcome back! Here is some valuable information from friend, colleague and CCF client Rudy Carrasco:
Noel Castellanos from CCDA will at Harambee on Friday, August 26, teaching an all-day class in the basics of Christian Community Development. I invited him because I have a number of new staff who are not aware of the philosophy of CCDA.

I invite you to send any staff or volunteers who you believe would benefit from this class. The time is 9am to 4pm. The cost is $50 per person. Location is Harambee. More information is here.
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10 August 2005

Two kinds of writing

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Seth Goodin, a communication and marketing consultant, points out that there are two kinds of written communication and who your adience is helps you decide which style is appropriate. This may help you communicate about your organization or project.

When writing for strangers, make it short. Teach people gradually.

When writing for colleagues, make it robust--be specific, be clear, rigorous, leave no wiggle room.

Seth has a BLOG and you can read his post on Two kinds of writing.

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07 August 2005

KCCD in Washington DC presented DOL grant

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On Thursday, August 4, 2005 I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to see Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) receive the first installment of a 3-year, $5-million grant from the Department of Labor to provide career services to at-risk youth and young adults.


Pictured: Stephen Wing, CVS/pharmacy; Joe Motter, ORC Macro; Jin Kim, KCCD--Los Angeles; Hyepin Im, KCCD--USA; Secretary Elaine L. Chao, US Department of Labor. CVS/pharmacy is a partner in the project providing training and job opportunities to program participants.


KCCD is a Capacity Partnership Project organizational client in Los Angeles that has received sub-award and technical assistance from MEDA funded by the Compassion Capital Fund.

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05 August 2005

Digest of Federal Grants wtih Faith-Based and Community Organizations available

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This information is from the National Resource Center E-newsletter. By linking through the title of this post or clicking here you can read about federal funding opportunities that may be worth taking a closer look at. Let me know if you find something there that interests you and your organization. The information is dated 2 August 2005.

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Indiana, Massachusetts and northern New England

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The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.

In Indiana we give priority to social services and education in greater Indianapolis, defined as Marion County and the seven contiguous counties. Our education focus is on primary and secondary schools with an emphasis on classroom instruction. With the establishment of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Clowes Fund will no longer make grants to arts organizations in Indiana.

In the area of social services (applicable in Indiana, Massachusetts and northern New England) we may give priority to Preliminary Proposals from organizations for projects or programs that address the needs of immigrant and refugee populations, or workforce development.

We are interested in supporting efforts to address the economic, legal, cultural and psychological hurdles that immigrants and refugees face during integration into American society. Our interest in workforce development is to assure that all individuals have available the support and services necessary to enable them to participate fully in the economic life of their communities.

The Preliminary Proposal, required for new grant seekers, is accepted between September 1st and November 1st.

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The 2006 Nonprofit Congress

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The National Council of Nonprofit Associations and D.C. Central Kitchen are convening a Nonprofit Congress in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15th – 18th, 2006. The Congress will bring together more than 5,000 nonprofit leaders to galvanize them around a national nonprofit agenda, discuss leadership transition, and create unique partnerships amongst organizations. More information on the 2006 Nonprofit Congress can be found here: www.nonprofitcongress.org.

--information from Eureka Communities

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03 August 2005

Annie E. Casey/NCCED Family Strengthening Program

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NCCED is pleased to announce the third round of awards under the
Annie E. Casey/NCCED Family Strengthening Program

NCCED is accepting applications for three $15,000 grants, from members in good standing, for programs that are designed to strengthen families. Winning programs will be innovative in nature and will include a well thought out strategy for addressing the needs of families within the CDCs' service area.

For more details on the program, including an application form, please go to NCCED's web site at: www.ncced.org. Applications are due August 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Kelly at 202-289-9020, ext. 113 or email kkelly@ncced.org.

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01 August 2005

Starbucks Foundation Offers Funding for Youth Programs

Starbucks Foundation Offers Funding for Youth Literacy Programs

Deadline: September 1 and March 1, annually (Letters of Inquiry) Through its Giving Voice program, the Starbucks Foundation ( http://www.starbucks.com/foundation/ ), a philanthropic vehicle of the Starbucks Coffee Company, will fund programs for youth, ages 6-18, that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live.

The Starbucks Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry from qualifying organizations that work with underserved youth in one of two areas: 1) Arts & Literacy -- programs that innovatively address literacy and learning for the 21st century, provide high standards of excellence in mastering basic skills, and promote youth voices through a variety of venues; and 2) Environmental Literacy -- programs that offer place-based approaches to addressing environmental literacy and empower youth to be heroes for a sustainable environment in their own communities.

The foundation supports registered, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the United States, as well as Registered Charities in Canada, that deliver services to youth and address at least one of the program's action areas. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Visit the Starbucks Foundation Web site for program information, application procedures, and eligibility questions.

RFP Link: www.starbucks.com/aboutus/grantinfo.asp