Guidance for Creating Promise Neighborhoods

  A new report from The Urban Institute, Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results, provides recommendations on data collection and strategies to track progress over time and ensure program efficiency and effectiveness.  Other place-based initiatives and organizations working to improve schools and early childhood education programs in…

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Nomination for Indiana’s Governor’s Service Award

  The Governor’s Service Awards are the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives‘ most prestigious award for volunteer service.  The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is currently seeking nominations for the awards to be given in the fall of 2013.  The 2013 honorees will be recognized for outstanding volunteer contributions to causes that include…

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$474.5 Million in New Grants Available for Career Training Partnerships between Community Colleges and Employers

  The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, announced the availability of $474.5 million in third round grants from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (“TAACCCT”) program to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers in high-need fields.…

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Proposed 2014 Federal Budget Tightens Funding for Nonprofits: Emphasizes Program Outcomes, Innovation And Stretching Existing Resources

  Recently, the Obama Administration announced its proposed 2014 Federal Budget, which included several key funding elements for programs relevant to nonprofits, philanthropic, faith-based and other community organizations.  The President’s 2014 budget replaces the sequester that went into effect in March 2013, which if approved by Congress would alleviate the federal belt tightening that has…

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5 Steps to Create SMART Goals

  Goals provide direction and focus for our organizations.  Goals unite stakeholders around a common mission and provide a pathway for moving forward, or do they?  We know that is the intention and purpose of goals.  However, we often see organizations use general language for their goals that does not differentiate their organization from the…

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Involving Youth in Your Evaluation

  Evaluating your organization, its services and impact is fundamental to create sustainable and transformational change in your community.  Where is your organization in the process of evaluation?  Has your organization included youth, or another stakeholder group, in the evaluation process?  How did you use their input to inform decision-making? The Minnesota Youth Work Institute…

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2013 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Grant Competition

  The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $150 million 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition.   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. The i3 program includes three grant categories: Development Validation Scale-up…

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New Competition with Head Start Providers

  The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is working to strengthen quality and accountability in Head Start.  For the first time ever, Head Start providers had to prove that they are providing the best early education services available in their community.  A new rule implemented by the Obama Administration require that…

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