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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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PROMISE Grants Supporting Disabled Children

  The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for a new competitive grant program, Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE). The goal of PROMISE is to improve the education and career outcomes of low income children with disabilities ages 14-16 who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).   PROMISE is open to all 50 States and the District of Columbia, and states may apply together as a consortium. The Department intends to fund three to six projects between $4.5 million to $10 million a year for 5 years. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 19, 2013. In order to assist with the application process, the Department will host webinars for applicants to review the application

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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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