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Tips and Resources for Volunteer Recruitment

  Transform Consulting Group recently helped recruit summer workshop volunteers for College Summit, an organization dedicated to increasing the college enrollment rates of youth from low-income communities. Many organizations rely on volunteers to help staff programs, assist clients, provide administrative support and participate on their Board. Volunteers are a valuable resource that, if cultivated properly, can become passionate champions for your organization. Four tips for volunteer recruitment are: Have a clear message. People volunteer because the opportunity matches their values, they want to understand more about the world around them, they are seeking personal development, they want to make a difference, and/or they want to feel better about themselves. Your recruitment message should appeal to people who want to volunteer

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Client Project Spotlight: United Way of Central Indiana ReadUP

  Transform Consulting Group is helping more students read at grade level by third grade. Through a $260,000 grant provided by the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) will be able to expand and enhance its landmark literacy tutoring program, ReadUP. Transform Consulting Group was hired by UWCI to help them plan for the addition of AmeriCorps members. In doing so, Transform Consulting Group provided the following key services: Completed research on the need for literacy tutoring in Indianapolis. Identified research-based literacy tutoring programs and interventions to model ReadUP after. Assessed the current ReadUP program model and developed recommendations to change the ReadUP program based on the research and analysis. Wrote the AmeriCorps’

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New Grant Opportunity from the Walmart Foundation

  Transform Consulting Group is letting you know about a new grant opportunity! The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the underserved by directing charitable giving. The Walmart State Giving Program awards grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to nonprofits that serve a particular state or region. These grants are open to all 50 states in these areas of focus: Education — addressing the educational needs of underserved young people between the ages of 12 and 25; Workforce — development/economic opportunity, providing job readiness and skills training as well as support services for workers with low to moderate skills; Environmental sustainability — promoting production systems that sustain people and the environment by reducing waste and promoting energy efficiency and the use

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Register Today for the College Prep Conference and College Fair!

  Transform Consulting Group encourages community members to attend the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) College Prep Conference & College Fair. CLD’s mission is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. This one day conference, which is open to any student or parent statewide, prepares 8-12th grade students, parents and mentors with the knowledge and resources needed for real college readiness and successful graduation from high school and college. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire college readiness process from learning individual study skills and understanding available resources to seeking scholarships and applying for financial aid.  WHAT:          

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3 Tools to Develop Meaningful Infographics

This is the last in a three part series of articles from Transform Consulting Group on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes. In the first article, we discussed the basics of infographics. The second article discussed how a nonprofit organization can use infographics to maximize impact. This article provides resources that nonprofits can use to develop their own meaningful infographics. It can take quite a bit of time and skill to create a good infographic, and a bad infographic that confuses the viewer is worse than no infographic at all. Some nonprofits have the money to hire a designer and others have staff talented in graphic design. However,

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New Federal Grant Opportunity from HUD

Transform Consulting Group wants local organizations to know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for Technical Assistance and Capacity Building grants under its Transformation Initiatives (OneCPD+). OneCPD+ is intended as a collaborative effort among HUD and other public housing community stakeholders focused on building the management systems and functional capacity necessary to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies. Successful grantees have comprehensive, assessment based approaches that are focused on measurable outcomes. Eligible applicants for OneCPD+ include states or units of general local government, public housing authorities, public or private nonprofit organizations or intermediaries, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations, for profit organizations and eligible faith-based and community organizations.

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5 Ways to Use Infographics to Maximize Impact

This is the second in a three part series of articles from Transform Consulting Group on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes. In the first article, we discussed the basics of infographics. This article discusses how a nonprofit organization can use infographics to maximize impact. Here are five ways that nonprofits can utilize infographics: 1. Demonstrate the need to be met and how your organization meets that need: This infographic from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County clearly shows the need and the impact that their work is having on addressing this need. This infographic communicates, “There is a credible need, and we

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Three Reasons for Sending a Snail Mail Newsletter

When it comes to business newsletters there seems to be a great debate, “Which is better an e-newsletter or a print newsletter?” The answer can depend on the results you are wanting to accomplish. Non-profit organizations often send out fundraising requests in the form of emails and newsletters. It makes sense that this medium of communication would be used, because it’s virtually free to do so. However, there is the old saying, “you get what you pay for.” Transform Consulting Group does extensive research and program evaluations for non-profit organizations and has determined that for fundraising efforts, a printed newsletter from a non-profit organization is actually the best way to raise the most funds. Here’s three reasons why: 1. Print

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Infographics: A New Way to Visually Display Your Message

  #1: What is an infographic and why would a nonprofit use one? This is the first story in a three part series of articles from Transform Consulting Group on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes. What is an infographic? The term is an amalgamation of the phrase “information graphics,” which are graphic visual representations of information intended to present complex ideas quickly and clearly. Below is an example of an infographic that Transform Consulting Group used to present data in a grant proposal supporting the need for funding to improve educational outcomes for children in an Indianapolis neighborhood: Why use infographics? Here’s an infographic from NeoMam

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New Indiana State Office for Federal Funding Opportunities

  Transform Consulting Group knows how to help organizations access state and federal funds, and we are always looking for new resources to share with clients. Recently, Governor Pence announced the revamping of the Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI) to oversee all new federal funding priorities. Among other things, this new agency will be tasked with evaluating any potential federal resource using a cost-benefit analysis that evaluates fiscal and regulatory costs associated with the grant. In addition, OSBI will develop “block grant contingency plans” with each state agency. These plans will evaluate whether and how Indiana could use federal funds more effectively if there were “no strings attached”. Transform Consulting Group puts

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