Category Archives: Communities

4 Steps to Form an Early Childhood Coalition

You may have heard the term “coalition” and wondered what does that mean.  A coalition is simply when a group of people gather to address an issue that is bigger than what one person or organization can solve on their own. In Indiana, about thirty communities (cities, counties and regions) have formed a coalition that…

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Event Spotlight: 2017 Indiana Coalition Summit

In this new blog series on community coalitions, we start by highlighting the recent Indiana Coalition Summit. Be on the lookout for future blog posts related to community coalitions! In 2016, Transform Consulting Group managed the planning for the first annual Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions (aka the Indiana Coalition Summit),…

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Is Your Non-profit a Cooperator or a Competitor?

With the continued growth of non-profits over the past several years (as we recently discussed in this blog article), some organizations view themselves in competition with other community organizations.  While this might not be the intention of Executive Directors or board members, often non-profits are competing for funding, clients, and even volunteers. However, a new…

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Transformational Organization Spotlight: College Success Coalition

  The College Success Coalition (CSC), is a network of organizations powered by the American Student Achievement Institute that combine to improve student performance across the state of Indiana. This statewide network implements activities that are designed to prepare young people to take the necessary steps for college entrance and success. Within only the first…

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New Tool to Measure Social Impact

  The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has developed a new tool to measure the impact of public programs. The Social Impact Calculator is a first-of-its-kind, free, tool that attempts to assign a dollar value to publicly funded programs. The Social Impact Calculator is designed to make it easy for organizations to place a monetary…

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President Obama Launches Second Promise Zone Competition

  In President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, he declared 20 areas nationwide would be designated as Promise Zones. The Administration recently announced that a second round of Promise Zone designations are open for solicitation. Promise Zones can be urban, rural, or tribal communities. In a Promise Zone, the Administration partners with local…

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

  At more than 53 million, the Hispanic population is the nation’s largest, youngest, and fastest growing minority population. One out of four public school students in the nation is Hispanic, however, less than 8 percent of U.S. teachers are Hispanic, and Hispanic male teachers represent only 2% of the nation’s teachers. While many Hispanic…

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Best Practice Spotlight: Trauma Informed Community Building

Communities across the country are working to revitalize low-income and public housing. Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) is a new framework for strengthening communities in trauma-affected neighborhoods. It recognizes the ongoing stress and trauma pervasive in communities facing poverty, ongoing violence, isolation, and limited resources. TICB strategies attempt to de-escalate chaos and stress, build social…

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Girls on the Run Empowerment Project Event

    Where do Empowerment, Encouragement and Inspiration mingle?  At Girls on the Run’s The Empowerment Project of course! This October, you’re invited to join Girls on the Run of Central Indiana for the screening of this powerful documentary depicting the incredible journey of five female filmmakers as they journey across America interviewing ordinary women…

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