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Social Innovation Fund Creates Public-Private Partnerships for Nonprofits

  Transform Consulting Group sees the Ripple Effect that the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is having in our community. Administered by a federal agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the SIF creates public-private partnerships to fund community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. The SIF awards grants between $1 million and $10 million per year for up to five years to private grant making intermediaries.  Those private intermediaries then match the federal funds and make awards to hundreds of nonprofit subgrantees that are working across the country in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development, and health. Partners often include national and local foundations, nonprofit organizations, local public agencies, colleges and universities, interested individuals, and more.

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Improve Your Nonprofit’s Financial Efficiency

  Transform Consulting Group can help your organization improve your financial efficiency and reduce operational costs. Most nonprofit donors want to know that they are getting a good “bang for their buck”. Each year, Forbes magazine lists the top 200 charities based in part on their fundraising efficiencies–ratios that assess a charity’s ability to muster resources for the task at hand from an accounting standpoint. While financial efficiency is only one measure of a nonprofit’s vitality and effectiveness, it is an important one. However, there is a delicate balance, as skimping on overhead can create a vicious cycle that limits a nonprofit’s ability to achieve impact. In addition, many Foundations prefer to allocate grant funding to direct program expenses, and

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New Federal Grant Opportunities: Autism Services

  Transform Consulting Group is tracking grant opportunities for programs that assist children and adults on the autism spectrum. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) announced three new federal grant opportunities available to nonprofits, governments, faith-based organizations and schools focused on research and evaluation of best practices in the provision of services for autistic children and adults. These three grants will total $10 million for 10-18 grantees over a 3 year funding period. Letters of intent are due September 22, 2013 and the closing date for grant applications is October 22, 2013. 1) The first grant opportunity supports research to develop and pilot test strategies to assist transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families in planning

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New Federal Grant Opportunity: Choice Neighborhoods

  Transform Consulting Group wants the community to know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant applications. Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers may apply jointly with a public entity to create and implement a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. Comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans are expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and

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Changes to Child Care Regulations

  Changes are happening to child care regulations at the federal level and here at home in Indiana. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a new rule to establish minimum standards for health and safety for child care providers who accept Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) from low-income families. This is the first comprehensive revision of CCDF regulations since 1998. Child care providers that accept CCDF funds would be required to: receive health and safety training; comply with state and local fire, health, and building codes; pass comprehensive background checks; and receive on-site monitoring. Interested parties can comment on the proposed rule until August 5, 2013. For more information, click here. The Indiana General Assembly has

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New Indianapolis Grant: Community Crime Prevention

Does your organization run a crime prevention program? The Indianapolis Foundation will be accepting applications from July 1 – July 31, 2013 from organizations that have experience in local crime prevention and/or crime reduction efforts. The Indianapolis Foundation (a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate) manages the grant program for the City of Indianapolis. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent. Additional details about the 2013 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program will be published on July 1st. A competitive applicant will be required to demonstrate its ability to: (1) serve Marion County residents, (2) provide quality program and services and (3) measure the Impact of program services. Since

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Client Spotlight: Indiana Heart Gallery Helps Children Find a Forever Family

Transform Consulting Group is helping Hoosier children find an adoptive family to call their own. We manage the Indiana Heart Gallery for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). The Heart Gallery is a compelling traveling exhibit featuring remarkable portraits of children in need of adoptive families. The Indiana Heart Gallery was created by DCS in 2007 as one way to help these incredible children share their stories and encourage families to adopt. Many of the foster children featured in the gallery are older or special needs children, minorities, or members of a sibling group. All are considered hard-to-place children. Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted! We work with partners

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Basic Center Program Grants

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for Basic Center Program (BCP) grants. The purpose of BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Grantees are required to have an operational structure that provides temporary, emergency shelter and individual family and group counseling, as appropriate, to youth under 18 years for up to 21 days. Grantees are required to provide services to runaway, homeless, and street youth that increase their safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with caring adults. Grants of $50,000 to $200,000 will be awarded for each

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Retirees as an Untapped Nonprofit Resource

  Do you know someone who’s in the “second act” of life? Have you thought about how your organization might tap into this resource? America’s 78 million baby boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans. In the second half of life, many adults can have fulfilling “encore careers” that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. Retirees are looking to transition from the private sector to the public sector to contribute to the greater good in their “second act”. The research suggests those 55 and older have the skills and experience to help solve serious problems and to bridge critical labor gaps in education, health care and the green economy. This untapped population might be the

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Welcome New Team Members

  Transform Consulting Group is excited to announce the addition of several new members to our team. This month, we are welcoming Steve Brown, Rachel Ferry and Hanako Kawamoto, and also saying goodbye to Jenny Young! Steve Brown, Project Assistant, is starting his encore career with Transform Consulting Group after enjoying a 39-year career at Ford Meter Box & Co. As a past foster parent to over 150 children and two adoptive children, Steve is doing what he loves by working with organizations that help vulnerable children and families. Rachel Ferry, Director of Communications and Outreach, brings extensive experience in email marketing, strategic content, social media and online advertising efforts. Rachel most recently worked for a boutique marketing agency in

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