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Nonprofit Storytelling: Why Go Visual?

  This is the first in a three part blog series on nonprofit storytelling.  The majority of people are visual learners, according to the Social Science Research Network.  Recently, Transform Consulting Group did a series of articles on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes.  Data can be an important part of telling a compelling story for organizations.  However, raw data can be difficult to analyze and digest, even if you are familiar with how the data was gathered and is organized.  The visualization of data can be the key to showing an organization’s impact.  Following the trend of data visualization, Google recently released Google Databoard. This

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FREE Text Messages to Keep You & Your Baby Healthy

  Join the hundreds of thousands of moms who receive free text messages throughout their pregnancy and their baby’s first year.  Text4baby is a free service of the nonprofit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) and was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson. The Text4baby service has four goals:  1.    Demonstrate the potential of mobile health technology to address a critical national health priority: maternal and child health.  2.    Demonstrate the potential of mobile health technology to reach underserved populations with critical health information.  3.    Develop a base of evidence on the efficacy of mobile health interventions.  4.    Catalyze new models for public-private partnerships in the area of mobile health. In addition to ensuring medical accuracy, HMHB

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Early Education Matching Grant Window Open

  The Family and Social Services Administration’s Bureau of Childcare is accepting applications for Early Education Matching Grants. In the 2013 legislative session, $2 million was set aside to pilot a new early childhood program with the primary purpose to increase enrollment of low-income children in high quality early learning programs as designated by Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY (PTQ) rating system. Early childhood programs that are currently Level 3 or Level 4 PTQ providers are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. The award will be allocated in the 2014 and 2015 state fiscal years. The funds must be used only to supplement, not supplant, any Federal, state, or local dollars available to support activities allowable under the EEMG program. The

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Strategic Planning Tips from Alice in Wonderland

If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? Do you remember the conversation that Alice in Wonderland had with the Cheshire Cat? Alice didn’t have a clear idea of where she was going or wanted to do. Alice asked the cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to walk from here?” The cat responded, “You’re sure to get somewhere if you walk long enough.” In an odd way the cat was giving wise counsel not only for Alice but for organizations and businesses. To have an impact and make a difference, you have to know where you are going. Then you have to follow a path that will take

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Zero Tolerance Policies Don’t Make Schools Safer

  The Vera Institute of Justice recently published, “A Generation Later: What We’ve Learned about Zero Tolerance in Schools”.  Vera is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice which uses research to help leaders improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.  “Zero tolerance” policies mandate suspension or expulsion of students for misconduct. The theory underlying zero tolerance policies is that schools are safer and the learning environment is less disrupted when problem students are removed from the school setting. However, there is no research actually demonstrating this effect. While zero tolerance policies are commonly thought to include only serious offenses like bringing a weapon or drugs to school, these suspension practices are most commonly used

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Serve on MLK Day 2014

The 2014 MLK Day of Service is almost here – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Are you ready to get out and serve on Monday, January 20th? Making time to volunteer for the 2014 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on grabbing a paintbrush, mentoring a young person or helping to clean up a public space in the next few days, know that what you do makes a world of difference. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all

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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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