June 13, 2011 Ci

Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue

Funding Sources Page 1 Special Events Page 2 Recommended Reading Page 2 Employment Page 3 Connecting to communities online since 2003 Workshops/Webinars/ Conferences Page 3 Please Forward… Policy/Advocacy/ http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Outlook-for-HiringPay/126545/ Civic Engagement Page 3 Small Business Page 4 HAC News Page 4

In the Loop

Funding Sources

The following announcements are from the Philanthropic News Digest.

Open Meadows Foundation Invites Funding Proposals for Projects to Benefit Women and Girls
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to small and start-up nonprofits working on projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities....

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Arts in Media Funding Category Welcome!
Welcome to In the Loop, an assortment of e-mails that I have received during the past week, or articles that I may stumble upon. From time to time, you will find announcements of events, grant opportunities, job postings, links to websites and articles of interest or notes of encouragement. I hope that you, or someone you know, would find the information to be of use. If you would like to unsubscribe, submit material, or make general comments, you may contact me at valeriefleonard@msn.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Valerie F. Leonard, Editor

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, units of state and local government, and federally recognized tribes working on innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art....

Mockingbird Foundation Invites Applications for Children's Music Education Program Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to U.S. nonprofits, organizations, and public schools for music education programs....

Hadassah Foundation Seeks Proposals for Social Change Projects to Help Women and Girls in the U.S. Jewish Community
Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to help build the leadership, confidence, economic security, and healthy lifestyle choices of adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community....

BJA Releases Solicitation for Second Chance Act Demonstration Field Experiment: Fostering Desistence Through Effective Supervision

Special Events
A Night In White
SSCFCU is hosting "A Night in White" Fundraiser Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 7:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M. at AKArama Foundation Community Service Center, located 6220 S. Ingleside Avenue. Proceeds will be used for our Financial Education and Economic Development Programs. Great Music, Dancing, Food, Drinks, Door prizes & more!!! Ticket donation: $25.00. For further information, call Gregg Brown, President/CEO at (773) 548-5500.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), recently released the solicitation for Second Chance Act grant applications for states, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes for funding to support a demonstration field experiment (DFE). To learn more about this solicitation, click here.

Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Invite Applications for Childhood Hunger Volunteer Project Lead Organizers
Grants of $2,000 plus networking opportunities and other support will be awarded to American nonprofits working to engage young volunteers in efforts to address childhood hunger in their communities...

CAGI Funding for Police Districts 10 and 11
I thank Jason Bremer with the (CYC) ABC Polk Bros Youth Center North Lawndale, for providing information regarding funding for anti-gang violence and re-entry visit the link below for details.

Spend Happy Hour with the Chicago Justice Project
Kick back and relax with friends at the south loop's finest bar and grill & support the Chicago Justice Project at the same time. Your $30 gets you two hours of drinks and an appetizer. Half of your entry fee goes directly to support the vital work of the Chicago Justice Project.


Recommended Reading
The following articles are from the Chronicle of Philantropy.

Plessy and Ferguson Descendants Unite in CivilRights Group
Descendants of the opposing principals in one of the most famous civilrights cases in American history have joined forces in a nonprofit education group, writes The Washington Post.

The ability of communities to impact the criminal justice system is directly related to their ability to understand how it operates and to have evidence to base their calls for reform. The Chicago Justice Project works daily to provide the access communities need to data from the Chicago & Cook County criminal justice system. We cannot accomplish our goals on our own. We need your support! When: Time: Where: Cost: Tuesday, June 21st 5:30-7:30pm Cactus Bar & Grill 404 S. Wells, Chicago $30

Harvard and Vanderbilt Endowments Criticized for Buying African Farmland
Several major U.S. university endowments are investing heavily in African land, anticipating high returns in deals some critics say displace rural farmers and refugees, according to The Guardian.

From EveryBlock Chicago-24th Ward
The following articles are from EveryBlock Chicago

Can Anything Good Come Out of North Lawndale? …You Betcha!!

Go, Austin Polytech!
http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jun08-go-austinpolytech-4011255/ Page 2 In the Loop Connecting to communities online since 2003 Please Forward…

IRS Identifies Organizations that Have Lost TaxExempt Status - Special Steps Announced to Help Revoked Groups
The Internal Revenue Service today announced that it has released a listing of approximately 275,000 organizations that under the law have automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they have not filed annual reports as legally required for the past three years. If an organization appears on the list of auto-revoked organizations it is because IRS records indicate the organization has a filing requirement and has not filed the required returns or notices for 2007, 2008 and 2009. The IRS has issued guidance on how organizations can apply for reinstatement of their tax-exempt status, including retroactive reinstatement. In addition, the IRS announced transition relief for certain smaller tax-exempt groups – those with annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less for 2010 and eligible to file Form 990-N, the e-Postcard. The relief allows eligible revoked groups to gain retroactive tax-exempt status and pay a reduced application fee of $100 rather than the typical $400 fee. More information, including FAQs and a Fact Sheet, can be found on the IRS website.

Employment Job Resource
I thank Paul Norrington for forwarding this resource from Alderman Sandi Jackson. http://www.chicagojobresource.co m/index.htm

Jobs With FAA: 18-31 Years of Age
I thank Hurley Green,Publisher of the Independent Bulletin, for providing the following leads. http://valeriefleonard.com/TheJob Exchange/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35 02#p3580

The Ins and Outs of Strategic Collaboration Join us for a live, online discussion on Tuesday June 14, at noon U.S. Eastern time when The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host the first of a three-part series with the Nonprofit Finance Fund. This discussion will look at the obstacles, incentives, and experiences that face nonprofit alliances.

Summer Basketball Camp
The following was posted on EveryBlock Chicago-24th Ward A friend of mine is hosting a basketball camp this summer and has tons of Scholarship for 5th - 8th grade boys who want to attend.. literally cant give the money away! come on lets get the word out..great program.. full day until the end of july.. breakfast..lunch..mentoring and reading and math and BASKETBALL www.swishdreams.org the camp will be held at Melody Elementary School --Fancy Nancy

Job Flash from Waubansee Community College (100 Pages of Job Leads)
http://valeriefleonard.com/TheJob Exchange/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35 00

Policy/Advocacy/Civic Engagement
Cook County Board/Commission Vacancies
I received the following announcement from John Ellis, of Providence House.

Urban Art Retreat is Looking for Grant Writers, Fundraisers and Development Staff
I thank Dianna Long, Founder of the Urban Art Retreat, for forwarding the following information. http://valeriefleonard.com/TheJob Exchange/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=30 61&start=0

The Cook County Board President makes appointments to more than 50 boards, commissions, committees, sanitary and mosquito abatement districts having impact on citizens of Cook County. The county is encouraging residents to apply for available appointments. Seeking Employment Citizens can apply by going to the website Page 3 In the Loop http://www.cookcountyil.gov/appointments Chetel Jordan and Danielle Baugh Connecting to communities online since 2003 are seeking employment Please Forward… http://valeriefleonard.com/TheJob Exchange/viewforum.php?f=1 to

.Tell Governor Quinn Not to Tread on

Our Right to Access Public Information

Small Business
IDOT High Speed Rail Project: Union Pacific Railroad Seeks Subcontractors for Jack and Bore Project
The Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2011 Illinois HSR Jack & Bore package on the Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail project. The entire package will consist of locations where the proposed scope of work will fall entirely within existing UPRR rightof-way. Click onto the link below to find out more information about this project or to become pre-qualified for other projects for the High Speed Rail between Chicago and St. Louis. http://www.scribd.com/doc/57700 735/IDOT-1

I thank Otis Monroe, CEO of the Monroe Foundation, for forwarding information from the Better Government Association regarding the threat to our ability to retrieve public documents from our government. Please call Governor Quinn at 312-814-2121 to urge him to veto this bill. Dear BGA Watchdogs The Illinois General Assembly recently passed HB1716, a new law that undercuts the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). By passing HB1716, state lawmakers want to provide government entities the legal ability to ignore or delay FOIA responses from selected community members. The bill is now before Governor Quinn, who must decide to veto the measure or sign it into law. The BGA is considering holding a watchdog training session to explain how these proposed changes may impact your ability to keep an eye on government. Would you attend an evening training session on the new FOIA law?Please e-mail your response to bmacholz@bettergov.org Thank you for your time! Barb Macholz, Community Outreach Coordinator 312-821-9025

HAC News
The following is an excerpt from the June 8, 2011 edition. Visit http://tinyurl.com/hacnews to download the entire newsletter. CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE PLANNING GRANTS OFFERED. PHAs, local governments, nonprofits, and for-profits partnering with public entities can apply by August 8 for funds to create comprehensive plans to transform distressed communities. Visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm or http://w ww.grants.gov. Contact HUD staff,ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov, 202401-8812. NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE. Community Development Entities, and those applying by June 22 for CDE certification, can apply for NMTC allocations by July 27. See Federal Register, 6/6/11 or http://www.cdfifund.gov. Contact CDFI Fund staff, cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov, 202-622-6355. FY11 MEDIAN FAMILY INCOMES RELEASED. HUD’s data for metro and nonmetro areas is available at http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il11/index.html. STATE OF THE NATION’S HOUSING 2011 REPORTS CHALLENGES FOR OWNERSHIP, BRIGHTENING IN RENTAL MARKETS. The annual study from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies is available at http://www.jchs.harvard.edu or from JCHS, 617-495-7908. Page 4 In the Loop

SPARK Chicago
I thank Maliha Mustafa for providing the following information Have a great business idea? Whether you’re in the beginning stages or ready to implement, SPARK Chicago wants to help you launch your next startup. Apply to our first ever incubation contest by July 1st http://valeriefleonard.com/Stayingi ntheLoop/nfblog/?p=74

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