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Honda Youth Education Program Grants

  The American Honda Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and schools for programs or projects that support the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Applications for environmental projects, job training, and literacy programs will also be considered.  Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary or secondary schools. If gross revenue is $500,000 or more, organizations must have two years of independently audited financial statements to be considered for a grant. If gross revenue is less than $500,000, and the organization does not have audits, it may submit two years of financial statements accompanied by an independent CPA’s review report instead.  See the American Honda

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$100 Million Youth Career Connect Grant Program

  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds for the Youth Career Connect grant program. Organizations and schools promoting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus should check out this grant opportunity! The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on specific in-demand occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers as well as the related activities necessary to support such training to increase participants’ employability in H-1B in-demand industries and occupations.  The core elements of the Youth Career Connect Program include: 1. Integrated Academic and Career-Focused Learning 2. Employer

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AmazonSmile: You Shop, Amazon Gives

  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support charitable organizations at no extra cost. Shopping at smile.amazon.com is the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to an eligible charitable organization. There are nearly one million 501(c)(3) organizations to choose from and tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. Participating products are marked as “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. If every Amazon customer took the simple step of signing up for Smile, they’d contribute over $400 million extra dollars to charity each year.  Along with many well-known national charities, there are several Central Indiana organizations participating in AmazonSmile, including: the

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Brackets for Good Fundraising Tournament

  Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis based charitable organization that has turned “March Madness” into a way to help local nonprofits.  Every March, Brackets for Good hosts a single-elimination, bracket-style fundraising tournament for local nonprofits.  Sixty-four nonprofits are competing for the Brackets for Good 2014 Crown.  New this year are Tournament Divisions, which group nonprofits together based on the resources available to them, creating more competitive match-ups.   The steps to this no-cost fundraising competition are:       Initial Signup – nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis, Washington, DC, or any other city interested in starting a tournament register online (prior to the end of the year).       501(c)(3) Status Verified – every registered organization’s 501(c)3 status is verified with

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Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Fellows Program

  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is accepting applications for the WKKF Community Leadership fellowship program. Over a three-year period, fellows will engage in shared learning experiences designed to help transform them into effective agents of social change. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 to cover travel and accommodation expenses related to quarterly cohort meetings, for leadership network projects, and as partial salary support. The WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellowship targets individuals who can be transformative social change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families can achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement and financial security. Ideal candidates are emerging or established leaders who:      grasp the importance of working and engaging with others to explore

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What is Crowdrise Fundraising?

  Crowdrise is an easy way to raise money online for charity and have fun while doing it (reflected in the slogan, “If you don’t give back, no one will like you.”).  Based on the idea that lots of small donations can really add up, Crowdrise was named a “Top 25 Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s.  The genius of Crowdrise is that it isn’t simply a traditional fundraising tool for nonprofits, but it also allows individuals who are passionate about a cause to set up a personal fundraising page to support the charity of their choice… potentially increasing the fundraising pool exponentially!  Crowdrise is entirely free to use, and here are the steps: STEP 1: Create your online fundraiser and start

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Lumina Foundation Initiative to Boost Postsecondary Education

  Recently, Transform Consulting Group blogged about new research that shows that by 2020, 65% of jobs will require at least some college education.  This month, Indianapolis based Lumina Foundation announced that 20 communities would be the organization’s first partners in a new initiative designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials.  The collaborative effort connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding and special access to a powerful network of national thought leaders to establish attainment goals and work with national partners to develop an action plan.  The 20 cities include Columbus and Ft. Wayne Indiana, along with Albuquerque, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dayton, Greensboro, Houston, Kalamazoo,

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Applications for $100K Impact 100 Grants

  Impact 100 of Greater Indianapolis is accepting applications for its $100,000 grant program. The organization seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community. Proposals are solicited for programs or projects in five focus areas: arts & culture, education, environment, family and health & wellness. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a charitable women’s giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants to nonprofits in our community by making extraordinary gifts, $100,000 at a time. Impact 100 Indy has a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year. One hundred percent of member donations are returned to the community in the form of

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5 Ways to End Your Fiscal Year Strong

  End of year fundraising campaigns are important. According to research from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the average person makes 24% of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. People are in the giving mood and the average donation amount is higher during the holiday season than the rest of the year. So, how can you organization end the fiscal year strong? Do a final email push in the last days of the year. Many people wait until December 31st, which falls on a Tuesday this year, to make their end-of-year donations to qualify for tax deductions. Integrate your communication channels. Transform did a blog on integrated fundraising campaigns, check it out. Go viral on social

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Women Leading Philanthropy Symposium

  Registration is now open for the Women Leading Philanthropy Symposium being held on April 2-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Organized by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, symposium attendees will learn from leaders in philanthropy, social innovation, and enterprise who apply innovation, disrupt the status quo, create true impact, and effect social change in their communities and across the globe. Focusing more on the “why” rather than the “how-to”, the symposium is designed to be a time for reflection, learning, sharing of knowledge, and discussion of trends, developments and changes in philanthropy. Who should attend? •            Philanthropists and donors •            Leaders in philanthropy, business, and government •            Family

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