Have You Shared the Gift of Student Loan Forgiveness?

The Federal Student Loan Forgiveness program provides you, your staff, colleagues, or nonprofit-employed friends and family some needed relief. 

While you’re wondering what the new year might bring your organization, consider how student loan forgiveness may be of benefit to you in employee recruitment and retention, or in maintaining your own household budget.

“If you work full-time in a public service job, you may qualify for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness.”

“What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?”

  • You must make 120 on-time, full, scheduled, monthly payments on your Direct Loans. Only payments made after October 1, 2007 qualify.
  • You must make those payments under a qualifying repayment plan.
  • When you make each of those payments, you must be working full-time at a qualifying public service organization.

Click over to the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness to explore and see more answers to questions like these: Continue reading

Indiana Association of United Ways ALICE Report

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The Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW) has released their report from the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) research project finding that 37% of Indiana households “struggle with basic necessities.” As stated by the IAUW, “ALICE represents men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night.”

The ALICE Threshold is designed to account for those individuals who are above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but are receiving income under certain sustainable living benchmarks. By introducing this new vocabulary, the United Way is attempting to discuss economic equality issues with increased transparency and clarity.

Within Allen County, the report found 57% of Wayne Township households fell beneath the ALICE Threshold while only 12% of Eel River and Aboite Townships fell beneath the Threshold. Economic conditions across the county including Housing Affordability, Job Opportunities, and Community Support were all classified as “Fair” according to an “Economic Viability Dashboard.”

Commissioned by United Ways in six states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, research for the ALICE project was conducted by the Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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United Way and Homelessness Council Announce Results

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News release from the United Way of Allen County:

United Way and Homelessness Council Announce Results
Area Homelessness Data from January Point In Time Count

(June 26, 2014) – United Way of Allen County and the area Homelessness Council announced local data from the point in time count held in January. The point in time count assesses local issues of homelessness in order to clearly identify areas of need in the region.

This year, overall results showed a decrease in the number of homeless individuals in the area as well as the number of those unable to obtain access to shelter. The total number of homeless individuals in Allen, Huntington, Noble and Whitley counties during the count was 445 individuals, a 17 percent decrease over last year. The number of those individuals that remained unsheltered at that time was 30 individuals or 7 percent of those counted. This change is believed to be a result of multiple factors including the rapid rehousing program and the especially brutal winter. Continue reading

Giving USA 2014 – The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013

Last week, the 59th consecutive edition of Giving USA, the seminal annual report on charitable giving in America, compiled by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was released. 

At an estimated $335.17 billion, total charitable giving from U.S. individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests in 2013 approached the peak seen before the worst of the Great Recession, adjusted for inflation, according to research released today by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Other highlights include:

  • Total estimated U.S. charitable giving increased by 4.4%
  • Total giving has increased 22.0 percent since the official end of the recession in 2009 (12.3 percent when adjusted for inflation)
  • In 2013 per capita giving by U.S. adults reached $1016, and average U.S. household giving reached $2974

Thom Andrews, director of ONEPlace – Kalamazoo Public Library’s Organization for Nonprofit Excellence ties this research into research by author and fundraising consultant and researcher Penelope Burke on Fundraising and summarizes your action steps on this information quite succinctly in his recent post Retain for Gain:

“It may be time to evaluate your donor retention efforts. You can’t afford not to.”

Topline Considerations from Giving USA 2014 about Donors: Continue reading

The Next America

America is changing. Anyone who looks long enough will see that today’s demographics do not represent those of decades past. According to Paul Taylor, author of the “The Next America,”  the altering demographics of our country “will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.”

Whereas age distribution tables used to resemble a pyramid, with large youth populations at the bottom and small populations of seniors at the top, today’s charts resemble a rectangle.pew

So what does this mean for nonprofit organizations?

Expect nonprofit organizations to play an increasingly important role in the lives of seniors. Our demographic transitions will require us to make some important decisions regarding our communities and our social service programs. With less youth to support our aging parents and grandparents, we will experience a strain on our finances as entitlement programs must be expanded. That’s where nonprofit and community organizations come in.

So what will Allen County look like in thirty years? Take a look at the Community Research Institute‘s report based on the 2010 Census information. Pay specific attention to the information about the aging population. The report states that  “Seniors are projected to grow to be 19.3 percent of the county population by 2040 from 11.9 percent in 2010. This is a substantial change to the county population and carries with it all sort of implications, from tax bases to social services.”

Have you or your organization been impacted by Allen County’s changing demographics?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

Lucy Bernholz in partnership with The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre recently released predictions for philanthropy in 2014.

Download the report PDF here: Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

The table of contents includes:
  • Expanding Horizons
    The social economy is one way of thinking about all of the tools we use to apply our private resources for public good. This frame was first introduced in Blueprint 2012 and was explored in greater depth last year, and has focused on the American context. This year, Lucy examines the social economy of Europe to better define this lens and expand understanding.
  • Insight: Big Shifts that Matter
    Building from a basic understanding of the social economy, the big shift that matters going forward is positioning that world of enterprises and revenue in a digital frame. This section examines digital civil society through discussions of associations and privacy, ownership and governance, and data as a starting resource. It also makes the case for why this frame matters.
  • Buzzword Watch
    Some of the year’s most-talked-about ideas and buzzwords that may catch your ear in the year ahead.
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2014
    A round-up of predictions about policy, infrastructure, technology-enabled civic engagement, crowdfunding scandal, personal privacy, and e-filing with the IRS.
  • 2014 Wildcards
    “Predictable unpredictables” including the nonprofit takeover of city functions, benefit corporations, the European Foundation form, and natural disasters.
  • Hindsight: Previous Forecasts
    Lucy’s scorecard for her 2013 predictions: 7 right, 3 wrong, 1 with no data, and 1 that was both right and wrong.
  • Glimpses of the Future 
    Lucy shares thoughts on how civic tech could impact communities and what ethics of data we need to be thinking about.

2012 Northeast Indiana Nonprofit Salary Survey

Have you looked through this new resource,  yet?

2012 salary survey

Click to open: 2012 Northeast Indiana Nonprofit Salary Report


  • Applying this Report to Your Organization
  • Salary Overview and Detail for All Positions
    • Executive Director/President/Chief Executive Officer
    • Chief Operating Officer or Deputy Director
    • VP/Director of Programs
    • CFO/Controller
    • VP/Director of Development
    • VP/Director of Marketing/PR
    • VP/Director of Human Resources
  • Benefits Offered
  • Appendix: How Much to Pay the Executive Director