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      Number 239


      NEW August Edition


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      CNCS offers grants to nonprofits for performance systems
         The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the availability of close to $1 million in funding to help build the capacity of small and midsize nonprofits to develop and implement performance management systems.
         CNCS will provide grants to a small number of intermediary organizations to assist nonprofits in resource- poor communities in developing performance management systems to help them better measure progress and improve performance. For this competition, CNCS expects to make up to five awards. CNCS will select no more than one intermediary based in a particular state.
         For more information, go here.

      Homeless Assistance Fund offers grants
         The Board of Directors of the Homeless Assistance Fund has established a discretionary grant fund to support and improve the work of the homeless service provider community in Philadelphia.
         Funded projects will result in insight and improvements in the delivery of homeless services in the City.
         Discretionary grants, up to $10,000, will be available for this program year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012).
         Examples of uses for discretionary grants are costs associated with organizing a conference or symposium, advocacy work, and legal or research analysis related to ending homelessness. Discretionary funding requests are approved by the Board of Directors on a rolling basis.
         Applicants need to provide a 5-page (or less) proposal that includes the following information: the organization’s mission, a one paragraph summary of the proposal and how it fits into HAFI’s mission, a description of the issue to be addressed, providing evidence of need, demographic and geographic information regarding the community or population benefitting from or served by this request, and an explanation of the goals and objectives for the grant.
         For more information or to submit an application, email Jennifer Leith.

      PANO offers workshop on using Facebook
         The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations is offering an online workshop called Facebook: From Novelty to Necessity: Leveraging the Value of Social Media Marketing on Tuesday, August 16th from noon to 1:30pm.
         Whether the use of social media began as an experiment or a harmless activity for the intern, it has now become a genuine communication strategy.  Websites and email took years to gain wide adoption, yet communication in social media has grown at a remarkable pace. Social media has become part of the communication toolbox and organizations are now looking to go beyond a “presence” and gain value from their efforts.
         Of all the social spaces, Facebook consistently ranks as the most used platform and the place where people would most like to connect with organizations. Having won the battle of having a Facebook page, organizations are now struggling with what to do to attract more fans, generate conversations and get their social community more involved with the organization.
         This program will dig deeper into how nonprofits are using Facebook to better connect with their communities, look at what organizations are doing well, and discuss the opportunities and challenges in turning Facebook from an experiment into a high performing communication tool.
         For more information, go here.

      PANO surveys nonprofits to improve training schedule
         The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations strives to increase the capacity of Pennsylvania's nonprofits by providing affordable, high quality educational programs and webinars.
         The group is conducting a survey of nonprofits that asks them to share their preferences about the type of training the would like to see PANO offer.  Survey respondents will receive a coupon for 25% off any single PANO program or webinar offered in 2011.
         To complete the survey, go here.

      BEBASHI sponsors breast health education event for black women
         Blacks Educating Blacks About  Sexual Health Issues is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Breast Fest on Wednesday, August 3rd, as it continues its efforts to educate and empower African American women on breast health.
         The event will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Spring Garden Senior Center on 1221 Spring Garden Street and offers a day of food, gifts, educational workshops, and clinical breast exams.
         Fox Chase Cancer Center's Mobile Mammography Van will be onsite to conduct mammograms. Certain restrictions apply and preregistration is required by contacting Tynisha Davis at 215-769-3561 x122 or by email here.

      Norristown program for female ex-offenders marks anniversary
         Why Not Prosper, a faith-based non-profit organization that provides women in the prison system a comprehensive array of programs and resources to help them successfully transition from prison back to the community, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, August 4th at 6:30pm.
         The celebration will take place at Presidential Caterers, 2910 Dekalb Pike, in Norristown. The cost is $60 per person.
          The mission of the organization is to help female ex-offenders discover their own strength by providing them with the support and resources needed to empower them to become responsible, economically self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.
         For more information, call Rev. Michelle Simmons at 215-842-2360 or email here.

      SW Phila. hosts African/Caribbean Health Fair
        The 11th Annual African and Caribbean Health Fair will take place on Sunday, August 7th from 11am to 8pm at the Kingessing Recreation Center, 4901 Kingsessing Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
         The event is organized by AFRICOM, the Coalition of African Communities.

      Study outlines how obesity threatens America’s future
         F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, issued by the Trust for America's Health, outlines 2008-10 national and state obesity rates, health indicators, and policies to address the epidemic; regional, economic, and social barriers to healthy choices; the impact of the 2010 healthcare reform and Let's Move initiative; and makes recommendations for action.
         The report was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
         To download the report, go here.

      Brookings report evaluates 10 years of EITC work
         The Brookings Institution has published a report on the evolution and accomplishments of the movement to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other financial supports for low- and moderate-income working families and provide free tax preparation services.
         To download the report, Ten Years of the EITC Movement: Making Work Pay Then and Now, go here.


      Nonprofits urge Congress to protect charity deduction

         A coalition of 23 large nonprofit organizations, including United Way Worldwide, has written a letter to Congress expressing concern that reducing or capping the value of itemized deductions for charitable contributions will hurt charities and those who need their services.
         Among the other organizations involved in the coalition are the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the American Red Cross, and  the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
         The coalition’s letter, signed by leaders of the organizations and sent to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, argues that the proposed cap at 28 percent would result in a decrease in charitable donations.
         The letter goes on to say that American charities are still hurting from the decrease in donations during the recession in 2008 and 2009. The Internal Revenue Service reports a drop in giving of 20 percent during those years by donors who itemize their deductions. Though charitable donations are on the rise again, the coalition estimates it will take five to six years to return to pre-recession levels.
         If Congress votes to decrease the value of itemized deductions for charitable giving, the nonprofit groups will not be the only ones to suffer. The letter points out that low-income people, those who benefit the most from charities, will be the most damaged by the proposed cap.
         As state and federal governments have cut services due to budgetary constraints, charities have filled the gap by helping those in need. If donors give less due to changes in the tax incentive, charities will lack resources to meet these needs. “Despite how the proposal looks on paper,” says the letter, “wealthy Americans will not bear the brunt of a cap or reduction in the value of itemized deductions—America’s poor will.”
         The coalition also argues the merit of the charitable deduction as a type of tax incentive that “encourages behavior that enriches communities rather than individual taxpayers.”
         The letter seeks to remind Congress that charities, as small businesses and employers, are important to the economy: “To truly jumpstart the economy, the federal government should remove barriers that limit charitable giving, not construct more of them.”

      Nutter launches campaign to promote personal responsibility
         Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has joined with Clear Channel Radio, Radio One and WURD to launch iPledge: What are you prepared to do — a new, collaborative initiative that promotes personal responsibility and collective action for Philadelphia.
         The iPledge campaign encourages Philadelphians to make personal or community pledges that will have a positive impact on the city and will encourage societal ownership of problems or concerns. Throughout the summer, Clear Channel, Radio One and WURD, during their first, collective outreach campaign, will highlight the campaign and will encourage their listeners to pledge.
         “If we want sweeping changes to our city, we need to collectively take responsibility for making Philadelphia the city we want it to be,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to encourage all Philadelphians to make a pledge. It could be a personal pledge to reject violence. It could be a commitment to community service. Everyone can make a pledge.”
         Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs at Clear Channel Radio, added, “Clear Channel is very proud to be part of the collective iPledge campaign. It is our responsibility to use the media as an agent for change and positivity, and the iPledge campaign is a great example of the power of radio.”
         E. Steven Collins, Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations at Radio One, said, “Philadelphians must take responsibility for the future of our city. The iPledge campaign is an opportunity for citizens who may not know how to get involved to start with a personal pledge and to encourage their family and friends to pledge. This is a message of unity and will show that together we can change the world.”
         WURD 900AM host Bill Anderson said, “Community action starts with the individual. The value of the iPledge campaign is that we are asking individuals to make pledges to something they can deliver. It is these small commitments that will make a huge difference when we work together.”
         For more information, individuals interested in the campaign can become a fan on the Facebook community page, I Pledge Philly, or can follow the Twitter handle: iPledgePhilly.

      Digital On-Ramps coming to Philly
         Despite steady job growth, 22 percent of Philadelphia's adults cannot read or write well enough to handle elementary school material.
         To address this problem, a group of Philadelphia organizations will launch the Digital On-Ramps Initiative.
         Digital On-Ramps will be an on-line and mobile-based literacy and workforce training program for youth and adults. Over a four-year period, the initiative expects to help thousands of Philadelphians to learn the skills they need to find sustainable employment.
         The Initiative will be led by Philadelphia Academies.  Its partners including the Urban Affairs Coalition, the City of Philadelphia (Mayor's Commission on Literacy, Mayor's Office of Education, and Mayor's Technology Office), Drexel University, Philadelphia Youth Network, and IBM.
         For more information, go here.

      Project seeks success stories from Head Start graduates
         The First Five Years Fund is collecting Head Start success stories from alumni around the country.
         The campaign, called Our Head Start, is for the hundreds of thousands of ad
      ults whose success in life started with Head Start. Today, they are entrepreneurs, doctors, authors, military officers, graduate students and the pillars of their families and communities.
         To share a Head Start story, go here.
      Ashoka seeks innovators in “citizen media”

      Chester County group sponsors credit workshop
         The Housing Partnership of Chester County is sponsoring a workshop on Improving Your Credit Worthiness to help participants prevent and remedy existing and future credit problems to increase employment opportunities. 
         Topics to be discussed include creating a crisis budget, the dangers of consolidating debt, payday lending pitfalls, disputing credit report errors and others.
         The workshop will take place on August 9th at 9am at PACareerLink®-Chester County.
         To register, call 610-384-9393 to register.

      PCA’s Heatline receives over 1300 calls in heat wave
         The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline received 1,326 calls from Philadelphia residents during the three activations that have taken place so far this year.
         Of those, 111 callers were referred to nurses from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health who were stationed at the site.  Nurses dispatched the city mobile health team to intervene in one case and called 9-1-1 for emergency assistance on behalf of two other callers.
         “We believe – and statistics show – that we are helping to save lives by providing this service,” says Chris Gallagher, director of the PCA Helpline Call Center which becomes the city’s Heatline during a potentially dangerous heat wave.
         The PCA Heatline was created in 1993, following a heat wave the previous year that claimed 118 lives. It is a collaboration between PCA and Philadelphia’s Health Department, and has been recognized as a model nationwide.
         This year, at least 21 people in the Philadelphia area are believed to have died because of the excessive heat.
         Trained staff members from PCA are available to counsel callers with tips to prevent heat stress and suggest air-conditioned locations where they can go. Callers with medical concerns are referred to city Public Health Department nurses.
         Activations are triggered when the National Weather Service declares an Excessive Heat Warning for Philadelphia.
         The elderly, individuals with chronic medical conditions, those on medication, homebound individuals, and people who live alone and receive few visitors are encouraged to call the Heatline for advice on coping with the heat. In addition, callers may contact the Heatline on behalf of another individual who may be at risk for heat stress.  The number is 215-765-9040.

      Audenreid Charter High schedules open house events
         Universal Companies, a not-for-profit community development and management corporation in South Philadelphia, will host open house events on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6pm and Wednesday, August 24th at 6pm for the new Universal Audenried Charter High School, located at 3301 Tasker Street in South Philadelphia.
         The open houses will offer an opportunity to speak with the principal, meet the teachers, tour the new uilding and see a special presentation on how the New Audenried can help Philadelphia high school students succeed.
         Universal Audenried will offer career-based, college track Academies including Culinary Arts/Hotel and Restaurant Management; Electrical Technology; Health Care Technology; and Creative Arts and Humanities.
         Interested youth and family service providers are also invited to attend a resource fair on Thursday, August 4th at 10am for 9th grade orientation attendees.
         For more information call 215.952.4801 or e-mail here.

      Human Relations Commission seeks nominees for Human Rights Awards
         The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is accepting nominations for 2011 Human Rights Awards. For more than 25 years, the PCHR has hosted an awards event to recognize individuals, nonprofits and business organizations for encouraging intergroup harmony in Philadelphia.
         The Awards will be presented at the PCHR Annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony and 60th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, October 5th.
         Award categories include Arts & Culture, Community Service, Law Enforcement, Corporate Responsibility, and Nonprofit Organization.
         Receiving the 2011 PCHR Clarence Farmer Service Award will be the Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., President of Esperanza, a national organization that brings hope to Latino communities across America.  In addition, Carol E. Tracy, Esq., Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project, whose mission is to advance the rights and status of women throughout their lives, will receive the inaugural PCHR Sadie Alexander Leadership Award.
         To nominate an individual or organization, call 215-686-4675 or send an e-mail to Jack Fingerman.
         All nominations must include the name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. Nominations must also include a brief narrative that describes why the individual or organization should receive a 2011 PCHR Human Rights Award.  The deadline to receive nominations is August 31st.

      State seeks information on shared living arrangements
         The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has issued a Request for Information to solicit information concerning potential options for improving Pennsylvania’s Home and Community Based Services through implementation and expanded marketing of the existing Shared Living Program for targeted Medical Assistance program participants.
         The RFI is issued to help in finding new ways to keep people from needing to be placed in institutional settings, and increase the availability of personal care services in small, homelike settings.
         To view the RFI, go here.

      UAC to host employer information session for Home Buy Now program
         The Urban Affairs Coalition is hosting an information session for Philadelphia employers to learn more about the City’s recently re-launched Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now program.
         Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now is a program that helps Philadelphia’s workforce become homeowners. The City will provide matching grants to employees when their employer offers grants or forgivable loans toward the purchase price of a new home within the city limits.  The City will match this funding up to $4,000 per home buyer.
         Studies of similar programs have found that staff who receive housing benefits like Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now stay at their jobs 50 percent longer, saving their companies money in separation, recruitment and training costs. Staff who receive a housing benefit also score higher on performance reviews than their peers.
         Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now is part of a larger strategy to stabilize neighborhoods in the face of the current economic crisis.  It builds on the City’s nationally recognized Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program, which has saved more than 3,500 homes, as well as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federal stimulus program that strengthens neighborhoods by providing housing opportunities in targeted communities that were highly affected by high rates of foreclosure.
         The Information Session will take place on Tuesday, August 9th at United Way, 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway from 10am to 11am.
         To RSVP, email Christopher Waters or call him at 215-851-1955.

      PhillyHealthInfo publishes guide to area farmers’ markets
         Farmers' markets are springing up all over the Delaware Valley. Fresh vegetables are a great way to eat healthy and support sustainable agriculture in the region.
         PhillyHealthInfo, a project of the College of Physicians, has published its 2011 Southeastern Pennsylvania Farmer’s Market Guide and to help people find a nearby farmer’s market.
         To view the guide, go here.

      PHS opens registration for Tree Tenders training
         The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has opened registration for its training program, Tree Tenders, which helps participants learn how to plant and care for neighborhood trees.
         PHS and its partners have launched Plant One Million, the nation's largest multi-state tree campaign, to replenish the tree population of 13 counties in the Greater Philadelphia region, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Tree Tenders is a nine-hour hands-on tree care course that supports Plant One Million by empowering concerned residents to help restore and care for their local tree canopy.
         Pre-registration is required and the fee is $25.  To register, go here.
         For more information, call Mindy Maslin at 215-988-8844 or email her here.

      Urban League sponsors job training program
         The Urban League of Philadelphia will present Connect to Work, a free 6-week job training program, to help attendees with job searching and resume writing assistance.
         An informational session will be held Tuesday, August 9th at 10:15am at Project H.O.M.E.’s Honickman Learning Center & Comcast Technology Labs, 1936 North Judson Street (near the intersection of 23rd & Norris Streets).
         To register, call 215-985-3220, ext. 210.

      Unitarian Church hosts Philly Market Street Book Expo
         The Philly Market Street Book Expo celebrates books, authors and everything else related to reading and writing under the theme, Empowering a New Generation Through Pages.
         The expo’s mission is to create a marketplace for the exhibition and promotion of books, periodicals, publishing, and new knowledge initiatives with a special focus on African and African American genre.
         The event will be held on Saturday, August 13th at Griffin Hall in First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, from 10am to 6pm.
         More than 20 African American authors and participates will present their latest releases, discuss them with their fans and sign autographs. The expo is $5 for adults, free for children under 11 years and open to the public. There will also be food and live music. The first 100 attendees to register will receive a gift bags and opportunity to take home new free books.
         To RSVP, go here.


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