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Inspire Awards Nominations Being Accepted

College Mentors for Kids is accepting nominations for its Inspire Awards. These awards recognize mentors in the community. The mentor relationship does not have to be “official”, but can happen in an everyday setting outside of formal programs as well. Nominations are due by January 29, 2014. Winners will receive an award as well as media and public recognition at the Inspire Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Inspire Award categories include mentors in the following fields: Accounting, Legal & Finance Business, Retail & Services Health & Health Sciences Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing Education & Nonprofit Marketing, Media, and Athletics Youth Mentoring (represents an individual in the community mentoring youth) For more information, the online nomination form, and answers

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By 2020, 65% of Jobs Will Require a College Education Monday, 09 December

Recovery: Job Growth And Education Requirements Through 2020 from CEW Georgetown The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University recently released Recovery: Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2020.This national report shows that by 2020, 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education beyond high school. It also contains data which gauges each state’s position compared to the national average, compares the educational composition of jobs in the base year (2010) to the forecast year (2020), and shows where the jobs will be by state, education level and occupations for 25 detailed occupational categories in 2020. Nationally, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), healthcare professions and support, and community services will be the fastest growing occupations, but also

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Foundation Center’s Free “Ask a Librarian” Online Program

A great resource for nonprofits is the Foundation Center’s free “Ask a Librarian” online program, which answers questions about foundations, philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofits. Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Reference librarians are available to chat live online in real time on Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Questions can also be emailed to the Foundation Center’s librarians anytime using the online form or directly at: onlinelibrarian@foundationcenter.org. Before submitting information requests, the Foundation Center encourages interested individuals to consult their Knowledge Base. The Knowledge Base includes information about finding grants, grant writing, how to start a nonprofit, and

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2013 Kids COUNT Data Book Now Available!

The 2013 Kids COUNT Data Book is now available from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. There are also some great pre-made infographics for this new data. The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children’s issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens. To download the 2013 Kids COUNT Data Book, click here. There is also an interactive

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Client Spotlight: Paws & Think Receives $50,000 Grant

We’re excited to say that on November 13, our client, Paws & Think received a $50,000 grant from Giving Sum. The Mission of Paws & Think is to enhance the quality of life in the community by using the power of the human-animal bond.  The nonprofit provides therapy animals for both animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapies to youth, seniors and special needs individuals of all ages. Also, Paws & Think has canine programs that facilitate classes for at-risk youth and teens, helping them to train shelter dogs with positive reinforcement behaviors. A nonprofit itself, Giving Sum is focused on creating the next generation of philanthropic leaders working together to improve Indianapolis and central Indiana. By combining members’ resources —

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Client Spotlight: Girls on the Run of Hamilton County

Transform Consulting Group is thrilled to be working with Girls on the Run of Hamilton County to provide strategic planning guidance, board development and fund development. Girls on the Run of Hamilton County is one of twelve organizations across the state chosen to receive a Capacity Building Coaching grant from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI). Girls on the Run helps girls build leadership and social skills through sports. “Girls on the Run of Hamilton County is honored to have been chosen to receive the Capacity Coaching Building Grant from the Indiana Youth Institute,” said Kelley Stokesbary, chair of the board of directors and council director for the organization. “It is our vision that every third to eighth grade girl in

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The Collective Impact Approach for Social Change

Now a transformative movement in the social sector, a Stanford Social Innovation Review article first introduced the concept of “Collective Impact”. This is the idea that substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public were brought together around a common agenda to create a collective impact. Meanwhile, the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. However, collective Impact is more rigorous and specific than simple collaboration among organizations. There are five conditions that, together, lead to meaningful results from Collective Impact: Common Agenda: All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach

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Free Tool to Support Results for Kids and Families

  The Center for the Study of Social Policy has refreshed its PolicyforResults.org website, which provides a wealth of information including: Data & Trends: state-specific numbers, background information on contributing factors and guidance on setting projections and targets. Strategies: Tailored and research-informed public policy strategies with highlighted state examples. Implementation & Accountability: Ways to ensure and sustain policy success. Funding Principles: Financing options and strategies to implement and sustain the work. At Transform Consulting Group, we are committed to helping our clients maximize their impact in the community and aligning their programs to “what works”. The Center for the Study of Social Policy is a great resource with timely and current information that can be used to write grant proposals,

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Client Spotlight: United Way of Grant County Receives Strategic Planning Grant

  The United Way of Grant County in Marion, Indiana has been chosen to receive an Organizational Effectiveness Grant from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and the Ball Brothers Foundation. The grant includes free strategic planning guidance, consulting, training and professional development services. The United Way impacts and improves lives through partnerships with 14 funded agencies that serve children, family and community in Grant County. The partnerships support 33 programs and initiatives to provide services across the county focused on health, education and financial stability. “I am honored that the United Way of Grant County has been chosen for this grant,” said Alicia Hazelwood, executive director of the agency. “It will help our local board move forward on implementation of

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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant

  The Indiana Department of Education is accepting applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant until January 15, 2014. The 21st CCLC program is a federally-funded program that provides at-risk students a safe environment during non-school hours. This program may have one or multiple centers/sites, which may be located in schools, community facilities, or faith-based facilities. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply, including but not limited to: School districts, Charter schools, Schools, Educational consortia, Nonprofit agencies, City or county government agencies, Faith-based organizations, Institutions of higher education, and For-profit organizations.  Approximately $11 million will be available to establish 21st CCLC programs.  Proposals jointly submitted by school(s) and community-based organizations or other private or public entities will

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