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Ribbons of Hope Grant

  The Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women Foundation is now accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for projects that will improve the lives of women or girls in one or more of the following areas: Health Education Economic Independence Social Well-being Human Rights One grant of $100,000 will be awarded. Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women, Inc. is an Atlanta-based foundation that began as friends and family of the Coca-Cola Company, who want to reach out and help support organizations that are making a difference in women’s lives across the country. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013. For more information on this grant opportunity, click here. Transform Consulting Group can help your organization with this

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Free Nonprofit Ads from Google Grants

  Advertising is a great way to draw people to your organization, but it’s expensive. Effective advertising can be used to attract potential donors, promote your services and expand partnerships.  Google Grants in an in-kind online advertising account for nonprofit organizations. Through the Google Grants program, nonprofits can advertise using Google’s AdWords for free to do general outreach, fundraising and recruitment. If awarded a Google Grant, your organization receives up to the equivalent of $10,000 in free advertising per month. To be eligible, 501(c)(3) organizations must have a website and your ad must link to that website. For more information on eligibility and program guidelines, click here. “This valuable, targeted traffic source continues to be our main source for new

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4 Ways to Use Your Data

  Complete and accurate data collection is the backbone of all organizations. Everyone needs reliable data to make effective decisions that will improve access to programs, enhance their quality and increase participation in them. However, data is only effective if it is being utilized. Once you have systems in place to collect your data, how effectively are you using your data? Below are four ways that data can be used to strengthen your organization: Communication – inform your marketing and communication with the public, clients, partners and other stakeholders. Instead of just explaining what you do, also communicate the impact that your organization has in the community it is serving. Evaluation – Assess and analyze progress towards achieving your desired

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$25 Nonprofit Donation from Energizing Indiana

  If your electric provider is Duke Energy, schedule a free home energy assessment and a local nonprofit will receive a $25 donation from Energizing Indiana! Duke Energy is a proud partner in Energizing Indiana, a statewide initiative that promotes energy efficiency. Visit www.energizingindiana.com/duke to choose from over 400 nonprofit organizations that have partnered with Energizing Indiana. When you click on the nonprofit organization of your choice, you will be prompted to schedule your assessment. Upon completion of your home energy assessment, the organization will receive a $25 donation from Energizing Indiana. A specially trained energy advisor will visit your home and guide you step-by-step through the process to produce long-term, cost effective energy savings by analyzing your energy use.

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New Toyota Family Learning Grants

  The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is accepting grant applications for its new nationwide initiative: Toyota Family Learning. NCFL will award five (5) organizations in different cities a three-year, $175,000 grant, as well as a wide range of NCFL training and communications support, to implement services that engage families in learning together, mentoring other families in learning together, and family service learning projects. Eligible applicants include schools (traditional public and charter), and other nonprofit community based organizations, libraries and other nonprofit organizations providing services to families. NCFL is requesting applications that will adapt existing family engagement in education programs to include the implementation of family mentoring and service learning components consisting of: • Parent and Child Together (PACT)

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New Google Philanthropy App

  One Today is a new mobile Android application being tested by Google, which “brings together people and nonprofits through the simple act of giving $1.” The app highlights a new nonprofit every day and allows people to contribute $1 to any group that captures their interest. They can also share projects with their friends via social media and match the $1 gifts people in their networks make. Over time, One Today personalizes the causes it displays to a user’s tastes. The application does not share donors’ contact information with charities, but the organizations can find out who’s interested in them by looking at the information people include on the public part of their user profile. The charities featured on

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Does Your Organization Have What it Takes to Make a Sustained Impact?

“To make the greatest impact on society requires first and foremost a great organization, not just a great program.” -Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social Sectors Is your organization surviving on one grant or funding source to the next? How certain are you of your future in one or two years? From the start, your organization should be thinking strategically about how you will sustain and take to scale your effort over time. Ensuring sustainability requires you to be strategic and creative in using your resources and supports to achieve results. The five elements of sustainability for nonprofits include: A clear and compelling vision A passionate and engaged board of directors A motivated and professional staff Effective communications

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Street Outreach Program Grants Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and help them leave the streets. Grantees will receive up to $200,000 for each year for up to a 3 year project period. Projects first address the immediate needs of street youth (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) through direct interventions or appropriate referrals. Then they work on improving the behavioral, psychological, and physical health of street

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New Round of Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Grants for Scale-up and Validation

Following the launch of the 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition earlier this spring, on May 3rd the U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the competition for the i3 program’s Scale-up and Validation categories. These grants will continue the Department’s investments in promising strategies that can help to close achievement gaps and improve student learning. The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. This year, school districts and nonprofit organizations in partnership with districts or schools are eligible to compete for nearly $135 million. The maximum grant amount available in each category is based on the evidence of effectiveness. This

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Evaluation of Nonprofits in the Era of Accountability

In this new era of accountability, nonprofits and other charitable-based organizations are being evaluated with new scrutiny. Funders want to know how their money is being used and whether they are getting the most “bang for the buck”. These three websites are taking innovative approaches to nonprofit evaluation and rating: 1) Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, assesses the financial health, accountability and transparency of 6,000 of America’s largest charities based on a 4-star scale. It also provides publicly available information for another 1.6 million unrated nonprofits registered with the IRS. 2) Give Well conducts in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent. They evaluate

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