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In the Loop 6-21-12

In the Loop 6-21-12

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E-Newsletter published by Valerie F. Leonard, expert in community and organizational development.
E-Newsletter published by Valerie F. Leonard, expert in community and organizational development.

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In the Loop
In This Issue
Funding Sources Page 1Hot Weather Precautions Page 2Capacity Building Blocks Page 2Staying in the Loop Page 2Small Business Development Page 2Recommended Reading Page 3Nonprofit Management Page 3Employment Page 4Workshops/Webinars/Conferences Page 4
Welcome to
In the Loop
, an assortment of e-mails that I have received during thepast week, or articles that I may stumbleupon. From time to time, you will findannouncements of events, grant opportunities, job postings, links towebsites and articles of interest or notesof encouragement. I hope that you, orsomeone you know, would find theinformation to be of use. If you wouldlike to unsubscribe, submit material, ormake general comments, you maycontact me at  valeriefleonard@msn.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Valerie F. Leonard, Editor
June 21, 2012 Volume 7, Issue 3
Connecting to communities online since 2003
Please Forward…
Funding Sources
The following announcement is from the Philanthropic News Digest.
Six grants of up to $10,000 will awarded for projects to conserve, preserve,or restore sites of cultural, historical, and natural significance, and/or toeducate site visitors....
 Six grants of up to $10,000 will awarded for projects to conserve, preserve,or restore sites of cultural, historical, and natural significance, and/or toeducate site visitors....
 Awards will be made in honor of a youth leader and a young educator fortheir outstanding commitment to service-learning...
Grants of $5,000 are available to K-12 educators to engage students in asemester of service learning focused on childhood hunger in theircommunities....
 Sixteen grants of $4,000 will be awarded to organizations working tocoordinate Martin Luther King Day of Service (January 21, 2013) activitiesthat engage youth and adult volunteers in community activities....
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In the LoopConnecting to communities online since 2003Please Forward 
Hot WeatherPrecautions
I thank Alderman Bob Fioretti for  forwarding the following information.
The City of ChicagoOffice of Emergency Managemenand Communications remindsresidents and visitors of Chicago totake summer weather precautionsfor the next few days as the NationalWeather Service hasforecast temperatures this week torise above 90 degrees for severaldays. More
CapacityBuilding Blocks
Capacity Building Blocks
is a 10-part series of workshops I developedfor nonprofit practitioners. Theworkshops are held on the client site,or mutually-agreed upon location.The interactive workshops provide abalance of instruction, case studiesand group
activities designed to helpparticipants strengthen their
organization’s infrastructure, and
position it for long termsustainability. To learn more about these workshops, visit http://www.valeriefleonard.com/services/capacity-building-blocks/. 
Staying in the Loop!
Stay informed of community eventsand resources impacting nonprofitsand small businesses between issuesof In the Loop. Visit Staying in theLoop early and often.
Small Business Development 
Enter the City Treasurer
s Business Plan Contest 
The Office of the City Treasurer is proud to announce the launch of theBusiness Plan Competition.To compete for a chance to win cash for your small business, use this template  Interested in attending one of our FREE workshops? Participate in the final workshop Wed. June 27 - 806 E. 78th St  Read more
Help Me Qualify for a Grant to Grow My Business
I have entered in the Chase/LivingSocial Small Business contest. I need250 votes by June 30, 2012 to compete for a $250,000 businessexpansion grant. If I am selected to receive one of the grants, I will usethe proceeds to secure office space, hire staff and invest in new product and service development. Gotohttp://missionsmallbusiness.com/ click 
'Log In & Support' and log in using Facebook. Search forvaleriefleonard.com by name OR filter by State and City (Chicago,
Illinois).Click on the blue Vote button next to "valeriefleonard.com to
show your support for my business. If you want to know more about mybusiness, go to http://valeriefleonard.com/.I thank you in advance for
your support.
SBA Resources for Struggling Businesses
The Small Business Administration sent this bulletin.
Our mission at SBA is to to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interestsof small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, andto maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Ourfriends at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the official web portals of theU.S. government, have put together helpful information on how to get help for difficult financial times. If times are tough for you and yourfamily, or your employees, we encourage you to sign up for the e-mailupdates below:
 USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov will highlight government resources that will help you with unemployment, jobs, training, housing, debt andcredit, family issues, health care and insurance.
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In the LoopConnecting to communities online since 2003Please Forward 
Recommended Reading
I read one of  Greg Hinz 
s Chicago Business June 19, 2012. He reported on ELP Ventures
report, which suggested that venture capital may provide a means to save Chicago Public Schools. Thereport is summarized below, with a link to the entire report.
ELP Ventures: Supporting Innovation in PublicEducation for
Chicago’s Global
Among Chicago’
s many assets is a generation of leaders that has
overseen the city’s transformation from industrial powerhouse to
global city. The next generation is now rising to leadership. More 
Better Than Bonuses:The Real Way to Motivate Employees
I got the following article from Inc.com
A founder and CEO explains why he thinks a well run metrics programbeats cash bonuses for motivating employees. Read more 
Gangs: Television Coverage, Violence,and the New RICO Law
The following is Tracy Siska
Isn't the definition of insanity repeating the same actions and expectingdifferent results? If so, then the Chicago media sure is insane. <more>
Giving USA 2012 Indicates Long,Slow, Uphill Slog
…If We A
re Lucky
The following story is from the Non profit Quarterly 
If there is one takeaway for most nonprofits from this year’s Giving USA
Report, it is that many nonprofits will be acutely feeling the effects of the recession for many years to come. This is unhappy news for manygroups who may already feel that they have had to cut into theirmusculature to survive.More 
Getting to Aha!
The Nonprofit Marketer’s Top Challenge
The following article is by Nancy Schwartz.
Poor messages hold you back from the change you seek, but surveyfindings signal huge oportunity to boost connection and action.More
Nonprofit Management 
Operations Management:Topics in OrganizationalEffectiveness
I will be teaching a course innonprofit operations management for the UIC-Great Cities Institute,Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. We willcover a number of issues, includinghuman resources management,compliance, performancemanagement and technologyplanning. Registration deadline:June 26, 2011 Fee: $495. Click  here 
Just Checking
A number of nonprofits will havetheir fiscal year end on June 30,2012. Please review the handoutsfrom a recent Ask the Expert Webinar, as well as my nonprofit compliance checklist as you preparefor your state and federal filings.Click  here 
IRS Workshop at UIC
Save the date
: September 18, 2012.The IRS will be coming to theUniversity of Illinois Great CitiesInstitute to conduct an intensiveone day workshop for nonprofit organizations. This popularintroductory workshop is designedespecially for administrators orvolunteers who are responsible foran organization's tax compliance aswell as those interested in careersin the nonprofit sector. I will shareregistration information soon.

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