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2014 Journey Fellowship Recruitment

  The Journey, under the care of AYS Inc., is home to a variety of programs that seek to support the renewal and professionalization of current and prospective youth workers in Indiana and around the country. The Journey offers fellowships for those who have a passion for serving young people — both practicing professionals and students who are considering making youth work part of their career. The Journey is currently looking for nominees for three separate fellowships: The Executive Journey Fellowship is for experienced Youth Workers of influence. Fellows attend four all-expense-paid retreats throughout the year focused on personal and professional leadership and renewal, benefit from executive coaching, have the opportunity to connect with national leaders in the youth development

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Women in Nonprofits Leadership Symposium

  Women across the state who dedicate their lives to worthy causes in the nonprofit sector will have the opportunity to attend a Women in Nonprofits Leadership Symposium on October 24th, in Kokomo. The Women in Nonprofits Leadership Symposium is designed to connect and inspire the women who strive daily to improve our communities and the lives of the people in them. Attendees will have opportunities to learn from other women leaders, explore areas of personal and professional growth, and to consider leadership not just as a skill to be acquired but as a web of connectivity where collective good is at the center. The symposium will feature three areas of focus: Personal and Professional Development: Getting Out of Your

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How to Make Participatory Events Part of Your Organization’s Fundraising Plan

  Recently, Transform Consulting Group blogged about how revenue diversification may be the key to lessening future losses in times of economic difficulty. As we discussed, a detailed Fund Development plan should include funding from many different revenue sources or “buckets”. Fundraising events should be one of your organization’s “buckets” of revenue. One of the benefits of this funding source, unlike grants or fees-for-service, is that there are usually “no strings” attached to this funding source. As a result, an organization can use this revenue to pay for indirect and administrative costs like staffing, technology, or perhaps other infrastructure needs. Successful special events not only raise money, but also create publicity, attract members and volunteers, engage and recruit board members,

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$100K Prize for Young Innovators in Social Justice

The 2014 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize will award $100,000 to a person under 40 anywhere in the world who creates positive social change. Up to three awards of $100,000 will be presented, with half the prize money going to the individual(s) and half to social justice organization(s) selected by the winners. The program hopes to attract nominations across a wide range of fields, including science, medicine, the environment, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public policy, social services, religion and ethics, as well as projects that cross these boundaries. No affiliation with Grinnell College is required. The eligible nominee must: Not have turned 40 by January 1, 2014; Have an exceptional record of substantive, innovative contributions within

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New Research on the Effectiveness of Child Abuse Intervention Programs

The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council have released “New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research.” Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children, Youth and Families, the report examines research findings on the extent, causes, and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the effectiveness of intervention programs. It also provides recommendations for establishing a coordinated national infrastructure to support future child abuse and neglect research. The report states that research is unanimous that the most effective programs target parents as the primary change agents. In these interventions, children may not even receive treatment and the interventions are fully parent mediated, especially in the case of younger children. Even in cases with

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Does Your Organization Have a Diversified Revenue Portfolio?

The recession had a horrendous impact on charitable giving to nonprofits. Some went out of business entirely, while others have yet to fully recover. The drop in giving from 2008 to 2009 was the largest in more than 40 years, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. While an economic crisis of this magnitude will hopefully not occur again in the near future, there are some lessons we can learn. Revenue diversification may be the key to lessening future losses in times of economic difficulty. The for-profit business community is familiar with the concept of revenue diversification, as a way to mitigate risk and reduce income variability. Most nonprofit organizations rely on only one or two

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Transform’s Hanako Kawamoto Named Outstanding MSW Student of the Year

  Transform Consulting Group’s own Hanako Kawamoto has been named 2013 “Outstanding MSW Student of the Year” by the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This award is given along with a $1,000 scholarship to a chosen NASW MSW student member who exemplifies the values, ethics, goals, and mission of the social work profession. Hanako will be honored at an Awards Luncheon during the organization’s annual conference on September 30, 2013. We are so proud of Hanako and grateful to have her on our team! At Transform Consulting Group, we have found that interns can contribute meaningfully to the services we provide our clients and in return we provide valuable real-world experience. Indiana INTERNnet is a

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Transformational Organizations: The Mind Trust

  Transform Consulting Group sees the ripple effect that The Mind Trust is having in Indianapolis. The Mind Trust is a non-profit organization working to inspire innovative education reform and help transform the Indianapolis public schools system. Since 2006, The Mind Trust has accomplished the following for Indiana: Helped to bring more than 600 excellent teachers and school leaders to the city; Enabled seven education innovators – selected from among more than 3,000 applicants – to launch transformative education organizations in Indianapolis; and Selected five of the nation’s best leadership teams from among 65 applicant teams to launch or expand networks of world-class schools through the Charter School Incubator. “[The Mind Trust] has singlehandedly changed the tenor of the debate

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Neighborhood Stabilization Grants

  The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) recently announced the availability of grants for non-profit agencies, unincorporated neighborhood groups and homeowners. Funding will be awarded for projects and programs that invest in Indianapolis neighborhoods of color, foster homeownership, and promote diverse, inclusive communities. Non-profits may apply for grants up to $75,000. The FHCCI is seeking proposals that will counteract the devastating effects of the foreclosure crisis and lenders’ alleged discrimination in the maintenance and marketing of foreclosed properties. Accordingly, funds under this grant program must be used for programs and/or services that promote homeownership, neighborhood stabilization, property rehabilitation, and development in communities/neighborhoods of color. The FHCCI is accepting applications from non-profits and unincorporated neighborhood groups in the following

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2008–2011: Report to Congress

  The Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the Child Welfare Outcomes 2008–2011: Report to Congress. This report informs Congress and child welfare professionals about the state and national performance on outcome measures for children served by child welfare systems. The outcome measures used in the report focus on seven categories, including children’s safety, well-being, and the permanency of family and living situations. The Report presents performance in seven outcome categories, which include: • Outcome 1: Reduce recurrence of child abuse and/or neglect • Outcome 2: Reduce the incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in foster care • Outcome 3: Increase permanency for children in foster care • Outcome 4: Reduce time in

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