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25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Released

Indiana Improves in Education but Poverty Persists

Overall State Child Well-being Ranking Rises

BALTIMORE/INDIANAPOLIS – Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book ranked Indiana 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up three spots from 2013.

The new ranking is related to improvement in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. Fewer Indiana fourth grade students scored below proficient reading level in 2013, an 11 percent change from 2005, and fewer Indiana eighth graders scored below proficient math level, also an 11 percent change. The rankings are for the 50 states.

The biggest improvements in overall rankings compared to last year’s Data Book are seen in Iowa, Utah, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Indiana’s ranking for education is 26th, up from 34th in 2013.

Indiana’s child poverty rate is at 22 percent, meaning nearly a quarter (more…)

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Save the Date: Indiana Nonprofit Summit |October 1-2

Indiana Nonprofit Summit 2014
October 1-2
IUPUI Campus Center
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

From the website:

The Summit

More than just the most significant annual gathering for nonprofit and community service professionals in the state, the Indiana Nonprofit Summit shares resources all year long at this website, on our blog and via our social media pages to help organizations best deploy their resources for maximum impact.

It’s all about helping organization build capacity to meet human needs. (more…)

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Upcoming Foellinger Logic Model Workshops

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Join us for workshops to walk you through Foellinger Foundation’s Logic Model process under the guidance of Dawn Martz, Senior Program Officer and Mike Stone, Evaluation Consultant.

Logic models and measurement frameworks – basic tools of evaluation – serve two important purposes. First, they are a mechanism of accountability for the Foundation. Second, the logic model and measurement framework can be a powerful learning tool for your organization.”

WHEN
Logic Model Workshops

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
1:15-3:15 p.m. 

OR

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Learning As Evaluation Workshop

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
1:15-3:15 p.m.

WHERE
Meeting Room C
Allen County Public Library Downtown (more…)

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Register Now for Meet the Funders

You’re invited to the

11th* Annual Meet the Funders

Please join us for your chance to learn about the giving guidelines and programs of our local funders.

Meet the Funders happens in two parts:

Meet the Funder panel – Learn funders’ thoughts on a topic of interest to grant seekers through a brief small-panel discussion in the Library’s Theater.

  • What do you want to learn? Take our poll on topics here.

Meet the Funder forum – Listen to and ask question of funders in five 25-minute, small group sessions featuring two funders per session.

When
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Funder Panel 9:15 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Forum Portion 10:10 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Where
Allen County Public Library
Theater Meeting Rooms

Registration Info

  • Registration required for the Forum portion only.
  • Limit two attendees per organization for the Forum.
  • No limit or registration required for panel attendance. Consider bringing new board members to the panel.

Click to Register for Forum

* How many years, exactly?
Meet the Funders Lore (more…)

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Foellinger Foundation Limited Asset Improvement Grant Proposals Due May 9

Got assets that need investment? Would repairing them improve your effectiveness? Consider the Limited Asset Improvement opportunity.

Earlier this year, the Foellinger Foundation announced a special Limited Asset Improvement Project funds (LAI) opportunity for Allen County-based 501(c)(3) organizations.

This special grant opportunity is for the improvement or replacement of current assets that improve organizational effectiveness.

Two LAI Project categories of funding are available. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 if they have completed a capacity-building grant (Inspire, Renew, or Transform) from the Foundation AND implemented its findings during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013. All other eligible organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Organizations applying for funds must demonstrate how the project(s) for which funds are sought will make the agency more effective.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2014.

See Foellinger.org for the following:

  • Guidelines – an FAQ guide
  • Application Checklist and Questions Template
  • Executive Summary Template
  • Project Chart Template
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Grant Opportunity: Foellinger Foundation Limited Asset Improvement

The Foellinger Foundation announced a special grant opportunity on February 14, 2014 for any Allen County-based 501(c)(3) organization. This opportunity is to apply for Limited Asset Improvement Project funds (LAI). Organizations applying for funds must demonstrate how the project(s) for which funds are sought will make the agency more effective.

Two LAI Project categories of funding are available. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 if they have completed a capacity-building grant (Inspire, Renew, or Transform) from the Foundation AND implemented its findings during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013. All other eligible organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2014.

To submit an application, review the resources posted at Foellinger.org:

  • Guidelines
  • Application Checklist and Questions Template
  • Executive Summary Template
  • Project Chart Template
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New Books: Nonprofit Management, Proposal Writing, and Donor Management

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Effective leadership for nonprofit organizations : how executive directors and boards work together / Thomas Wolf Successful grant writing : strategies for health and human service professionals / Laura N. Gitlin, Kevin J. Lyons The art of membership : how to attract, retain and cement member loyalty / Sheri Jacobs

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The Lutheran Foundation has Undergone a ReNEWal

“We’re excited to share our revitalized vision for healing our community”
-Lutheran Foundation

Through a Christian approach, the Lutheran Foundation advocates for the Northeast Indiana Community through initiatives that address unhealthy lifestyles, lack of access to care, and struggle with mental and behavioral health issues.

Please browse the foundation’s new website to learn more about the Lutheran Foundation’s values and focus areas, and find out if your mission fits with the revitalized vision.

Below is a video to help you better understand the renewed direction of the Lutheran Foundation.

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New Books: Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing for Education; Board Development; and, Marketing

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

The insider’s guide to winning education grants / Dakota Pawlicki, Chase James ; foreword by Gregory Michie The brand IDEA : managing nonprofit brands with integrity, democracy and affinity / Nathalie Laidler-Kylande and Julia Shepard Stenzel ; foreword by Christopher Stone. Guidebook for directors of nonprofit corporations / edited by William L. Boyd III and Jeannie Carmedelle Frey

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New Books: Human Resources, Fundraising, and Proposal Writing

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by Joan Pynes is also available as an ebook.

Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations : a strategic approach / Joan E. Pynes Winning grants step by step : the complete workbook for planning, developing, and writing successful proposals / Tori O’Neal-McElrath The generosity network : new transformational tools for successful fund-raising / Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker with Karl Weber

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