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June 21, 2012 Ci
Volume 7, Issue 3
In This Issue
Funding Sources Page 1 Hot Weather Precautions Page 2 Capacity Building Blocks Page 2 Staying in the Loop Page 2 Connecting to communities online since 2003 Small Business Development Page 2 Recommended Reading Page 3 Please Forward… Nonprofit Management Page 3 Employment http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Outlook-for-HiringPay/126545/ Page 4 Workshops/Webinars/ Conferences Page 4
In the Loop
The following announcement is from the Philanthropic News Digest. Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant Program Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects to Conserve Tourism-Related Sites 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 to educate site visitors.... Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant Program Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects to Conserve Tourism-Related Sites 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 to educate site visitors....
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 email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Valerie F. Leonard, Editor
Youth Service America Invites Nominations of Youth Leaders and Young Educators for Harris Wofford Service-Learning Awards Awards will be made in honor of a youth leader and a young educator for their outstanding commitment to service-learning... Youth Service America Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grant Grants of $5,000 are available to K-12 educators to engage students in a semester of service learning focused on childhood hunger in their communities.... Youth Service America Invites Applications for 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service Lead Organizers Sixteen grants of $4,000 will be awarded to organizations working to coordinate Martin Luther King Day of Service (January 21, 2013) activities that engage youth and adult volunteers in community activities....
Small Business Development
Enter the City Treasurer’s Business Plan Contest
Hot Weather Precautions
I thank Alderman Bob Fioretti for forwarding the following information. CHICAGO – The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications reminds residents and visitors of Chicago to take summer weather precautions for the next few days as the National Weather Service has forecast temperatures this week to rise above 90 degrees for several days. More
The Office of the City Treasurer is proud to announce the launch of the Business 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 need 250 votes by June 30, 2012 to compete for a $250,000 business expansion grant. If I am selected to receive one of the grants, I will use the proceeds to secure office space, hire staff and invest in new product and service development. Go to http://missionsmallbusiness.com/ click 'Log In & Support' and log in using Facebook. Search for valeriefleonard.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 my business, go to http://valeriefleonard.com/. I thank you in advance for your support.
Capacity Building Blocks
Capacity Building BlocksTM is a 10part series of workshops I developed for nonprofit practitioners. The workshops are held on the client site, or mutually-agreed upon location. The interactive workshops provide a balance of instruction, case studies and group activities designed to help participants strengthen their organization’s infrastructure, and position it for long term sustainability. To learn more about these workshops, visit http://www.valeriefleonard.com/ser vices/capacity-building-blocks/.
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 interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Our friends at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the official web portals of the U.S. government, have put together helpful information on how to get help for difficult financial times. If times are tough for you and your family, or your employees, we encourage you to sign up for the e-mail updates below:
Sign up in one-click for information to get help with difficult financial times and to receive featured updates from USA.gov. En Español - Suscríbase con un clic para obtener información que lo puede ayudar a superar dificultades económicas y recibir actualizaciones de GobiernoUSA.gov.
Staying in the Loop!
Stay informed of community events and resources impacting nonprofits and small businesses between issues of In the Loop. Visit Staying in the Loop early and often.
USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov will highlight government resources that will help you with unemployment, jobs, training, housing, debt and credit, family issues, health care and insurance.
In the Loop Connecting to communities online since 2003 Please Forward…
I read one of Greg Hinz’ blog entries in Crain’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. The report is summarized below, with a link to the entire report.
ELP Ventures: Supporting Innovation in Public Education for Chicago’s Global Future
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
Operations Management: Topics in Organizational Effectiveness
I will be teaching a course in nonprofit operations management for the UIC-Great Cities Institute, Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. We will cover a number of issues, including human resources management, compliance, performance management and technology planning. Registration deadline: June 26, 2011 Fee: $495. Click here
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 program beats cash bonuses for motivating employees. Read more
Gangs: Television Coverage, Violence, and the New RICO Law
The following is Tracy Siska’s blog entry from the Chicago Justice Project Update June, 20, 2012 Isn't the definition of insanity repeating the same actions and expecting different results? If so, then the Chicago media sure is insane. <more>
A number of nonprofits will have their fiscal year end on June 30, 2012. Please review the handouts from a recent Ask the Expert Webinar, as well as my nonprofit compliance checklist as you prepare for your state and federal filings. Click here
Giving USA 2012 Indicates Long, Slow, Uphill Slog…If We Are 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 many groups who may already feel that they have had to cut into their musculature to survive. More
IRS Workshop at UIC
Save the date: September 18, 2012. The IRS will be coming to the University of Illinois Great Cities Institute to conduct an intensive one day workshop for nonprofit organizations. This popular introductory workshop is designed especially for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance as well as those interested in careers in the nonprofit sector. I will share registration information soon.
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 survey findings signal huge oportunity to boost connection and action. More In the Loop Connecting to communities online since 2003 Please Forward…
LEED Council Green Carpentry Training
Deadline: June 21, 2012
The Power of Regional Equity Networks: Tools for Regional Advancement
I got the following announcement from PolicyLink JOIN US FOR A WEBINAR: The Power of Regional Equity Networks Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PST) / 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Regional Equity networks and coalitions are taking the lead in shaping the implementation of equity-focused public policies that build and sustain communities of opportunity across America. More
From time to time I receive job leads and resumes from clients, colleagues and elected officials. I have posted them all in my Job Exchange bulletin board at http://valeriefleonard.com/TheJobE xchange/
Weathering the Storm
This archived workshop that I conducted for the City Treasurer’s Office in 2010 is still relevant for nonprofits operating in today’s environment . http://www.scribd.com/doc/30962759/Weathering-the-Storm
SBA Research Opportunities
The Office of Advocacy seeks researchers to perform economic research via a request for quotations (RFQ's). These RFQ’s are for competitive contracts and are not research grants. The proposal solicitations and synopses are listed in FedBizOpps. ((If this link is not active, go towww.fedbizopps.gov and search for Small Business Administration listings or visit http://www.sba.gov/content/a dvocacy-request-quotations-rfqs THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS IS THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. MST). The following solicitations are currently open. Please copy and paste link onto internet browser to access solicitation listed on FedBizOpps. More
Fundraising on a Limited Budget
The following excerpt is from an e-mail I received from the Chicago Leadership Series. The Nonprofit Leadership Series session on Fundraising in the One Person Development Shop is taking place on July 12. If you are responsible for fundraising in your organization, and are looking for effective strategies to prioritize your activities while working on on a shoestring budget, this session is not to be missed. Register today at: http://www.cfnps.org/CHILS6A.aspx Note: if you have any other questions or comments please do not reply to this email. Write to Georgette Koshko directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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