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      Number 248

      October Edition


      Nonprofit Resources

      Events & Fundraisers

      Issue Update

      For the Record

      How Do States' Safety Net Policies Affect Poverty?
         Using Georgia, Illinois, and Massachusetts as illustrative examples, this report by the Urban Institute examines how states' narrow, medium, or broad policies on cash, non-cash, and tax elements of the safety net affect poverty rates among non-elderly adults and children.
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      Time Is the Enemy: The Surprising Truth About Why Today's College Students Aren't Graduating...And What Needs to Change
         The longer college students stay in school, the less likely they are to earn a degree or certificate, a new report from Complete College America finds.
         The report found that part-time students rarely graduate, even when they are given twice as long to complete a certificate or degree. The report also found that 25 percent of students at public colleges attend full-time and live on campus, while 75 percent juggle jobs, school, and commuting to class.
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      Is the Safety Net Catching Unemployed Families?
         This Urban Institute report examines changes in benefits and characteristics of unemployed families and those who received unemployment, SNAP, child tax credit, and other public assistance in 2009, and considers factors behind increases in unemployment and SNAP recipients.
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          Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

          CARIE seeks volunteer counselors
             The Center for Advocacy for Rights and Interests of the Elderly is currently seeking volunteers to serve as Medicare counselors and outreach workers.
             CARIE’s mission is to improve the wellbeing, rights, and autonomy of older persons through advocacy, education, and action. 
             Medicare counselors will speak with seniors and persons with disabilities at outreach events or via telephone and assist them with online Medicare enrollment.  Available hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9-5, and volunteers are able to set their own hours as desired.  CARIE’s greatest level of need is during the Medicare annual enrollment period (October 15-December 7).  Extensive training and ongoing guidance are provided to volunteers, so no previous knowledge of Medicare or the enrollment process is necessary.  We are most interested in volunteers with good people skills and comfort using computers and the internet. 
             Outreach works will travel to senior centers, senior housing facilities, and adult day care and other facilities to talk about Medicare and key components, such as the Low-Income Subsidy Program.  Available hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9-5, and volunteers are able to set their own hours as desired.  Presentation training and ongoing guidance are provided to volunteers, so no previous knowledge of Medicare is necessary.  We are most interested in volunteers with good people skills, comfort speaking to audiences, and knowledge of Philadelphia neighborhoods and community hubs that might serve as good outreach event locations. 
             Previous experience working with seniors is a plus but not required, and dedication to improving the lives of older adults is a must.  For more information, contact David Rosenberg at 800-356-3606.
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          Volunteers sought to help with resource guide
             The LGBT Elder Initiative’s Access Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the development of the LGBTEI Resource Guide.
             The Resource Guide will include LGBT and LGBT-friendly senior resources and services and LGBT resources and services that are senior-friendly.  The Guide will have information for, and will be distributed to, both consumers and service providers.
             The first meeting for the LGBTEI Resource Guide project will be held on Friday, October 7th at 12:30pm at the offices of CARIE, 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1500, in Philadelphia. 
              RSVP by emailing here.
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            A  Second Chance
              FGDM Coordinator
              Director of Child and
                Family Services
              Transportation Case
              Kinship Emergency

            Public Health
              Adult / Pediatric
              Medical Assistant

            Women’s Way
              Director of

            ASPIRA of


            Canine Partners for

              Special Events

            The Moyer Foundation
              Director of
              Development &

            Nu Sigma Youth
              Group Leader
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          City grants available to prevent perinatal HIV
             A Request for Proposals for Perinatal HIV Prevention Services has been posted by the City’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.
             Go here and click on “Additional RFPs” to download the RFP (RFP #12-01).  The city seeks to contract with one or more experienced community organizations to support the City of Philadelphia’s goal to eliminate perinatal transmission of HIV in Philadelphia.
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          Convio publishes guide to mobile web for nonprofits
             Convio, the online marketing company, has published A Guide to the Mobile Web and made it available at no cost to nonprofits.
             The guide describes best practices on using the mobile web, why it can be important to nonprofits, and how to maximize the return on investment in mobile web activities.
             To download the guide, go here.
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          New ethics tool available for nonprofit fundraisers
             Fund raisers now have a new online tool available to figure out whether they give ethical issues enough priority and to measure how well their organization does in treating donors ethically.
             The Association of Fundraising Professionals says that the tool, called the AFP Ethics Assessment Inventory,will help fund raisers identify steps they can take to do better in conforming to fund-raising codes of ethics. The tool asks fund raisers to gauge their accountability, courage, integrity, and whether they operate in a transparent and trustworthy manner.
             The tool was built from research conducted by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota, in St. Paul, and with advice from about 2,000 members of the fund raisers’ association.
             The tool is also gathering data from fund raisers on how they rate themselves on such attributes as keeping the best interests of their organization and its donors in mind, keeping abreast of fund raising “best practices,” and how well they adhere to the association’s ethics code, which its members are required to sign annually. That information is recorded in a way that conceals the identity of the fund raiser and the organization.
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          PayPal sponsors webinar on mobile web
             The Chronicle of Philanthropy and PayPal are sponsoring an online workshop, Going Mobile: How Nonprofits Succeed on Thursday, October 20th from 2-3pm.
             As smartphones and tablets revolutionize the way nonprofits reach supporters, many organizations are scrambling to figure out which mobile approaches are the best investment of time and money. The webinar will discuss how some nonprofits with tight budgets have already devised innovative and useful mobile applications to connect with supporters and extend their missions.
             The cost is $96.  For more information or to register, go here.
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          Grants support safe routes to schools
             Know a school that encourages students to walk or bicycle to school? If so, it could benefit from funding available from the Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School Resource Center.
             Beginning October 5th, schools may apply for items and activities that promote, educate, encourage, or enforce safe walking and bicycling at their school. The kickoff for this application cycle, which coincides with Pennsylvania Walk or Roll to School Day, allows schools to build on the excitement of the day and apply for funds to maintain the enthusiasm throughout the year and beyond. The deadline for submitting applications is November 15th.
             Grants up to $10,000 will be made available to eligible applicants, and schools may apply for more than one item or activity as part of a comprehensive approach to its funding proposal.
             For more details, go here.
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          MANNA begins annual pie drive
             The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance provides delicious, healthy, medically appropriate meals to citizens coping with a life-threatening illness in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area.
             The agency’s 14th annual fundraiser, Pie in the Sky, offers homemade pies to supporters.  Orders end November 18th and pies can be picked up at a number of locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
             For more details, go here.
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          Music event benefits Delco home
             Tikvah Residence, which provides residential services to mentally ill adults in Delaware County, will sponsor an afternoon of music From Cabaret to Opera on Sunday, November 13th from 3-4:30pm at Temple Beth El, Lancaster Avenue and Remington Road in Wynnewood.
             Featured performers are Fredrica Mann Friedman, soprano, and Olga and Dmitri Borisovsky, pianists.
             Light refreshments after the performance will be available.  Tickets are $20, under 18 free.
             For more information, email Laurie Capin.
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          North Light sets bash for 75th birthday
             Manayunk’s North Light Community Center will celebrated its 75th anniversary with a Birthday Bash on Sunday, October 9th from 11am to 4pm at the Harvest Festival in Gorgas Park.  Highlighting the event are games, pony rides, and stories by a professional storyteller.
             For more information, call 215-483-4800.
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          BBBS holds Big Car Raffle
             Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania have launched a Big Car Raffle, with a grand prize of a new 2011 Toyota Corolla.  Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds support the mentoring activities of the organization.
             All raffle ticket holders will receive free admission to their raffle drawing event at Tavern on Broad on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 6-9pm.
             For more information, go here.
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          Glass Auction benefits National Liberty Museum
             The National Liberty Museum will “celebrate the colors of life” with a Glass Auction Gala featuring works of over 300 nationally renowned artists on Saturday, October 15th.
             The event is part of a weekend of activities beginning on Thursday, October 13th and continuing through Sunday, October 16th.
             For more details, go here.
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          Wings for Success sets fundraising event
             Wings for Success, which works to improve the employment opportunities of disadvantaged women by providing work- appropriate attire, wardrobe guidance and life skills workshops, will hold a Silent Auction & Reception on Thursday, November 3rd from 6-8:30pm at Columbia Station, 4 Bridge Street in Phoenixville.
             The event will feature a silent auction, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda, dessert and coffee, along with advice on personal style and well-being provided by experts in fashion, career, health, cosmetics, image, hairstyling, meditation and more.
             Tickets are $50 per person on or before October 21st and $65 per person thereafter.
             Register online here.
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          JazzBridge opens new concert series
             The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series season is beginning, and this season concerts will take place in five locations: Philadelphia, Cheltenham, Media, Collingswood and Kennett Square.
             For a listing of the concerts, which benefits jazz artists in need, go here.
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          Interim House celebrates 40th
             Interim House, a residential substance abuse recovery program for women, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 13th from 1-4pm with an open house and award ceremony featuring guest presenter Lisa Nutter at 333 West Upsal Street in Philadelphia.
             To participate, RSVP by October 7th by emailing here or calling 215-849-4606.
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          25th annual AIDS Walk set for October 16th
             On Sunday, October 16th, 2011, the 25th Annual AIDS Walk will happen in Philadelphia.  Proceeds from the event support a variety of organizations supporting people living with HIV disease in the region.
             For more information, go here.
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          LIFT-Philadelphia sets autumn open house
             On Wednesday, October 12th, LIFT-Philadelphia will host an Autumn Open House to showcase its newly expanded West Philadelphia office at 5548 Chestnut Street.
             The open house will be from 3-6pm and will feature a tour of the new space and the opportunity to meet staff and volunteers, enjoy some light refreshments, and learn more about the group’s efforts to combat poverty and expand opportunity for thousands throughout Philadelphia.
             To RSVP, email here or call 215-474-1807.
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          Smith Playhouse a Helping Hands beneficiary
             Smith Memorial Playground and Playouse will be the beneficiary of the Trolley Car Diner & Café’s Helping Hands Program the week of October 10-16. When diners at the restaurant present a special coupon to the cashier, 15% of the meal purchase will be donated back to Smith.
             The Trolley Car Diner is located at 7619 Germantown Avenue, and the Trolley Car Cafe is located at 3269 S. Ferry Road. Hours are Monday – Friday, 7am – 9pm and Saturday & Sunday, 3pm – 9pm.
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          State tax collections rising: report
             The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has issued a report indicating that the state continues to make progress in pulling out of its recessionary slump.
             The report says that overall tax receipts from individuals and companies in Pennsylvania for the fiscal year ended June 30 increased 6.2 percent to nearly $26.5 billion, according to the state Department of Revenue. And taxes of $194 million collected in July and August, the first two months of the current fiscal year, were 5.9 percent ahead of last year's pace.
             "Compared to tax collections the year before, we've seen economic growth, which is an important and good sign," Michael Wood, research director at the PBPC, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
             Corporate tax collections in those two months jumped 36 percent over last year to $138 million, while personal income tax collections rose 9.7 percent to $125 million.
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          MCC seeks support for “motherhood bill”
             The Maternity Care Coalition is seeking public support for new legislation proposed in Harrisburg, SB 1063, that would expand pregnant women's access to insurance in the state.
             The bill would ensure that individual and small group plans provide maternity care insurance coverage to women. The bill would also guarantee that pregnancy could no longer be considered a pre-existing condition by insurance companies in determining eligibility for coverage.
             For more information, email Erin Cusack
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