Job Opportunity: McMillen Health-Executive Director

McMillen Health has one available position.

McMillen Health

Executive Director

Purpose

As McMillen Health grows nationally, the CEO has been spending more time traveling. In order to maintain the administrative and fund development activities, we are expanding our staff to include a new Executive Director (ED) position, which will report directly to the CEO and have daily operational oversight of McMillen Health.

General Summary of Duties

Executive Director (ED) will have daily operational responsibility for McMillen Health’s staff, programs, expansion, fund development, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of core programs, operations, and business plans. As a member of the Executive Management team, the ED will assist the CEO in the successful growth of the organization. In collaboration with the other Directors, the ED will act as CEO when the CEO is traveling for business.

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Fundraising in 2015: The Nonprofit Research Collaborative Report and Survey

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Have you read the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s (NRC) recent study titled “Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns”? The report is available for free on their website. It covers fundraising and campaign findings in the nonprofit sector for 2015. Or, in specific nonprofit language, it’s about “capital, endowment, comprehensive, or special campaigns in addition to charitable receipts at nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada.”

In case you haven’t yet read about the report on the NRC’s website or through other sources such as Nonprofit Times, here’s a quick run-down of some interesting findings:

Boost in Fundraising

Overall: “59% of respondents saw fundraising receipts increase from January through June 2015, compared with the same time last year. This is an increase from 52% in 2014, and similar to results in 2013, which saw 58% of respondents reporting an increase in funding receipts.”

Education: “Charitable receipts rose at 71% of Education organizations, much higher than the 58% seeing increases as of mid-2014.”

Social Service: “63% of Human Service organizations saw charitable receipts increase, much greater than the 48% reported last year. This is the first time that more than half of Human Service charities have seen an increase as of mid-year since we began tracking in 2011.”

Campaigns

Overall” “27% of organizations reported being in a capital, comprehensive or combined campaign as of summer 2015 and 19% reported being in a special campaign. This means nearly half of all organizations in this survey had a focused effort to raise funds.”

Education: “Education organizations are more likely than all other sub-sectors to be in or to have previously conducted capital, endowment, or comprehensive campaigns.”

*Source: NRC report

earYou Can Contribute!

The NRC’s winter 2016 study on fundraising is currently open. You can complete it on behalf of your organization here. This is your change to contribute, so let your voice be heard!

February 23@4: Press Releases

What: Six ways to make sure reporters won’t delete your press releases!

Who: Jaclyn Garver, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator at Ivy Tech

JGarverJaclyn Garver is the creator and editor/primary writer of Green Light, a section of the College’s news and events blog for the campus and community. She has also written blogs for previous employers like The Journal Gazette, including the successful new-to-Fort-Wayne blog, Making Myself at Home. Jaclyn has a degree in newspaper journalism from Kent State University and specializes in writing conversational copy that addresses and connects with her audience.

When: Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 4-5 pm

Where: Allen County Public Library, Main, Meeting Room C

Why: New to the press release game? Let me give you some simple, basic tips to assure the most reporters possible open–and read!–your news releases. And the best part? You can incorporate most of these tips right away.

Please note that this program is intended for individuals who have limited or no knowledge of press releases.

How: Sign up here to attend.

 23 @ 4 Programs provides attendees with an overview of a topic with reviews of quality resources and materials packed into 60 minutes. These are not intended to be workshops or classes, but rather resource review programs that require less of your time and more of your interest to peruse the materials on your own.

Job Opportunity: Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity-Office Manager

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity has one available position.

Habitat for Humanity

Office Manager

Purpose

The Office Manager provides administrative and human resources support for all members of the Habitat office team.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all HR processes, including payroll, benefits, trainings and any arising issues
  • Assists department directors in job postings, updating and maintaining job descriptions, fielding candidate resumes and on-boarding
  • Oversee communication and dissemination of HR and other internal information and updates to team members
  • Work with Personnel Committee and Director of Communications to develop regular review and updating procedure for employee handbook, policy manual and department SOPs
  • Manage office mail intake/disbursement process
  • Act as administrative liaison to contracted consultants and external providers of IT, software, technology and other subscribed services
  • Manage office supplies budget, anticipate needs and obtain multiple quotes to costs before completing orders
  • Oversee all property and fleet maintenance and management
  • Ensure cleanliness of office and create weekly shared team schedule of housekeeping responsibilities
  • Act as liaison to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) submitting quarterly assurance, insurance and compliance forms, documentation, records and reports as necessary
  • Provide miscellaneous administrative support to office team and take on additional related tasks as needed

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It’s Off the Table: Donor Social Security Numbers

importantOn December 20, 2015 we posted about a proposed federal regulation that would require nonprofits to collect donor social security numbers. Fortunately, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that they have withdrawn the proposed regulation. A big part of their decision came from the 38,000+ comments from the public against the regulation.

As a group, 215 nonprofits urged for a withdrawal. The National Council of Nonprofits applauded the nonprofits for speaking up and are celebrating the power of nonprofit advocacy.

If the regulation would have passed, nonprofits would have had to submit an annual “Donee Report” to the IRS by February 28th with donors that made contributions of $250 or more. In the report information such as addresses and social security numbers were to be included.

To read the PCNRC’s original post on the topic, click here.

Corporate and Group Volunteering

To quote the newly deceased David Bowie, “We are Ch-ch-Changing”.

That seems to be the new mantra in the corporate volunteer world. In the new age of corporate social responsibility it’s a great idea to gather a force of volunteers to invest in projects that groups believe in passionately. The request is for dramatic one-time events that can be completed in just a few hours.

Here are some examples from The Volunteer Center with planning, coordinating, and supporting corporate volunteer requests.

Target Store Maintenance Staff- wanted to use their skills to assist low income children. We sent them to Early Childhood Alliance to inspect their furnace and air conditioning units. They also power-washed the building.

Excelis Corporation – requested projects that assisted with homeless Veterans. The employee team painted a number of rooms and installed new shelving systems at both Lugar Safe Haven and Liberty Landing sites.

Altria Corporation– requested a project to support low-income children. The Regional employee group purchased new warm winter coats for children in the community and worked a full five hours sorting mountains of donated coats for the “Coats for Kids” campaign.

Air Force Recruiting Office – requested outside volunteering events for new recruits. Eager young recruits worked together to rake McMillan Park and spread mulch over the vast playground area. The next morning the new recruits boarded a bus together to start their new military careers.

How can you be a part of the corporate volunteer world?

One thing you can do is contact Jean Joley, Executive Director of Volunteer Center for guidance.

Written by Jean Joley, Executive Director of Volunteer Center for PCNRC. The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Volunteer Center or the PCNRC.

Fun Philanthropy: Strategies for Engaging Youth

Katrina Pieri for wordpressChildren, in my opinion, are crucial to philanthropic efforts. After all, children who participate in philanthropic efforts are more likely to continue those efforts into adulthood. And if there’s one thing every nonprofit always needs, it’s more volunteers. Take a look at the organizations below and the strategies they’ve employed to target and engage young people.

Color A Smile

The structure behind Color A Smile is as simple as the name: volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to color coloring book pages and then mail them in to Color A Smile. In turn, Color A Smile distributes the drawings primarily to seniors, as well as U.S. Troops overseas and other people in need of a smile.

Strategy: Appeal, Simplicity, & Accessibility of Resources

The organization’s primary volunteer activity is simple enough that anyone can do it, provided they can hold a crayon. The coloring book pages are easily accessible on the website; all you have to do is print them out and color them in. More importantly, coloring is a favorite childhood activity and therefore appeals to kids. Color A Smile teaches kids that they can be philanthropic by doing something as simple as coloring a page–and it doesn’t even matter whether they color inside the lines.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund, famous for its conservation work, has a separate Go Wild site for kids through its UK division. The Go Wild site provides information about the continents and different animal species on Earth, and each section is accompanied by educational games and crafts.

Strategy: Appeal, Education & Accessibility of Resources

The Go Wild site may appeal to kids initially through fun graphics and the computer games Canva Youth Philanthropy Blog Post image 1it offers, but it connects these attractions to the organization’s primary mission of conservation. Additionally, the site provides ways for kids to contribute to the organization, thereby translating the knowledge they gain through the site into action. They can “adopt” a threatened species with the help of an adult, submit their artwork in competitions, or participate in WWF’s Earth Hour. Go Wild also lists other philanthropic activities geared toward children, such as throwing a Polar Bear party (utilizing various printable graphics available on the website) to raise money for WWF or participating in a beach clean up.

The Go Wild site has a three-fold strategy: attracting the kids to the site through games and graphics; teaching them about the organization’s worthy cause and educating them about planet Earth; and showing them how they can put their new-found knowledge into action.

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Program

Roots & Shoots is a “global youth-led community action program.” Youth who join the program identify challenges in their local area and then come up with solutions they can implement.

Strategy: Appeal, Support/Community, & Accessibility of Resources

The Roots & Shoots program appeals directly to youth by explicitly stating that youth can make a difference in their communities. The program encourages youth to reach their full potential as leaders. Furthermore, the program provides a community of support. Program participants post blurbs about their projects on the website and may participate in conferences. And finally, the program makes numerous resources available to program participants. An online course and toolkit, for example, are available to help participants lead successful Roots & Shoots groups in their communities.

In conclusion:

The three organizations listed above employ some overlapping strategies to engage youth in philanthropic efforts: they all appeal to youth on some fundamental level, whether by focusing on activities enjoyed by most children or engaging the desire of young people to make a difference; and they all make resources easily accessible to reduce barriers to involvement in philanthropic endeavors. Additional strategies include simplicity of the volunteer activities; inclusion of educational material meant to inform children and inspire them to take action; and the creation of a support system.