Team Dynamics LLC NEWS http://www.dovianeworleans.org/ Team Dynamics LLC blog posts Team Dynamics LLC Wild Apricot - membership management software and more en Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:23:13 GMT Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:23:13 GMT Wed, 04 May 2016 19:09:15 GMT Political Campaigns: Epicenter of Volunteering <p>Great article from Energize website..... check it out!!</p> <p><br></p> <p>https://energizeinc.com/hot-topics/2016/may?utm_source=May+2016+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UP-May+2016&amp;utm_medium=email<br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/4002594 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/4002594 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:43:09 GMT Spring Cleaning: Quick Ways to Refresh Your Core Volunteer Program Material <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif">Program documents used to manage your volunteer recruitment process and communicate policies and procedures can tend to be dry and boring, but they don’t have to be!</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif">In fact, your volunteer materials are often underestimated, yet powerful opportunities to deepen connections between volunteers and your organization.&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif">Take this opportunity to refresh the way you present your&nbsp;organization to volunteers and see how these changes can inspire a whole new mood of commitment!&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif"><strong>In this FREE WEBINAR, you will learn how to:</strong></font></p> <ul> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to use core documents to improve volunteer touch points</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to “prime” volunteer commitment using simple psychology</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to make volunteer position descriptions more mission focused</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to spice up dry and boring volunteer manuals</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to share volunteer rules and regulations in a friendly way</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">How to generate more compelling volunteer testimonials</font></p> </li> <li> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;">re-define&nbsp;engagement as&nbsp;a value-generating partnership that leads to success</font></p> </li> <li><font style="font-size: 16px;">re-focus&nbsp;engagement efforts on what matters most to your&nbsp;stakeholders and advancing the association's goals</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 16px;">shift your&nbsp;perspective on engagement to understanding its role at the heart of your business strategy</font></li> </ul> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif"><strong>You will get...</strong></font></p> <ul> <li><font style="font-size: 16px;">Core Volunteer Program Documents Checklist</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 16px;">Using Psychology to Get Commitment Tip Sheet</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 16px;">Tip Sheet for Better Volunteer Testimonials</font></li> </ul> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif"><strong>About the Presenter</strong></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif"><strong><img align="left" height="147" src="http://email.wildapricot.com/web_files/208/newsletter/Tobi%20Johnson%20150px.jpg" width="150"></strong>Your presenter,&nbsp;<strong>Tobi Johnson</strong>, MA, CVA is president and founder of&nbsp;<strong>VolunteerPro</strong>, an online training and networking community designed to save you time and accelerate your skills and impact.</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif">With over 30 years nonprofit experience, she focuses exclusively on training and consulting with nonprofits to strengthen their volunteer strategy and will share her best practices during this webinar.</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 16px;" face="'Open Sans', sans-serif">Tobi also authored Chapter 1 of&nbsp;<em>Volunteer Engagement 2.0</em>:&nbsp;<em>Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World</em>, edited by VolunteerMatch.org and published by Wiley &amp; Sons.</font></p> <p><strong><em>***** there might be a sales pitch at the end of the call but its worth the information. 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And we're here to help, with a series of <strong>free, helpful webinars</strong> for those driven to data distraction.</font></p> <ul> <li style="line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://mkto-ab030244.com/tNLN0i0sQ40Zh00EI0000bM" title="Five Tips to Bring Your Organization's Story to Life Using Silk"><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><font color="#FF8300">Feb. 3 — Five Tips to Bring Your Organization's Story to Life Using Silk</font></font></a></li> <li style="line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://mkto-ab030244.com/wI4LE0NQZ0000Nbi00i0N0s" title="Harness the Power of Data with Tableau"><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><font color="#FF8300">Feb. 18 — Harness the Power of Data with Tableau</font></font></a></li> <li style="line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://mkto-ab030244.com/JI0ZQi0ObL0Ejs40NN00000" title="QuickBooks for New Nonprofit Users"><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><font color="#FF8300">Feb. 25 — QuickBooks for New Nonprofit Users</font></font></a></li> <li style="line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://mkto-ab030244.com/P000E0NQZI0NP00s04kLbi0" title="Quickbooks for Exsisting Nonprofit Users"><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><font color="#FF8300">March 3 — QuickBooks for Existing Nonprofit Users</font></font></a></li> </ul><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Learn how to take charge of your complicated relationship with data and fall in love with the power and speed of high-tech, data-driven decision making.</font> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Sincerely,<br> Your friends at TechSoup<br> <br> PS — check out our longer <a href="http://mkto-ab030244.com/As0l00QI00ENbNi00Z0Q04L" title="Fall in Love with Data"><font color="#FF8300">blog on data love</font></a> here</font><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3793800 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3793800 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:38:45 GMT A Case for Integrating Volunteer Services & Development Departments <H2 align="center"><SPAN>Volunteer coordinators have long recognized the multitude of ways volunteers help strengthen organizations.</SPAN><BR></H2><FONT><BR> Volunteers are much more than an extra pair of hands. Beyond the value of their work, and the intangible benefits of greater sense of community and expanded social capital, volunteers also bring tangible benefits to organizations.<BR> <BR> The return on investments (ROI) made in volunteer programming can reap significant rewards for organizations who choose to make a true commitment to volunteer involvement as a capacity building strategy.<BR> <BR> Don't just take my word for it. &nbsp;<BR> <BR></FONT><STRONG><FONT style="font-size: 16px;">The Connection Between Volunteering and Giving</FONT></STRONG><FONT><BR> <BR> Research has shown that volunteers are often willing and able financial donors.&nbsp;Volunteers donate an average of ten times more than non-volunteers,&nbsp;and half of volunteers say that volunteering inspires them to give a larger donation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<BR> <BR> In addition, volunteers generate a plethora of valuable in-kind resources for organizations — such as meeting space, donations of materials and food, event raffle items, office supplies and equipment, and the fuel they use to drive to their volunteer assignments.&nbsp;<BR> <BR> They are also loyal contributors that walk their talk. &nbsp;In one study,&nbsp;while 43% of volunteers assisted with fundraising in some way, 87% also supported their causes directly with personal cash donations.<BR> <BR> There appears to be a direct connection between giving time and giving money, and it flows both ways. Although 58% of donors are more likely to donate before volunteering, two in five volunteer before they ever make a financial contribution.&nbsp;<BR> <BR> So, it makes sense for development and volunteer administration staff to work more closely together, perhaps even be integrated into the same department. &nbsp;After all, they are cultivating many of the same supporters. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> It appears that volunteers and donors are not as separate as we once thought. Doesn't it make sense that staff better collaborate on how to deepen relationships with their most avid supporters?<BR> <BR></FONT><STRONG><FONT style="font-size: 16px;">A Case in Point</FONT></STRONG><FONT><BR> <BR> When nonprofit staff operate in silos, and neglect to work together, it can have negative impacts on volunteers (who are also donors). I've seen this play out in my own family.<BR> <BR> In her retirement years, my aunt is a "super volunteer," supporting four or more organizations each year. One day, she received and invitation to the annual volunteer recognition luncheon. &nbsp;She was lukewarm about the prospect. In her humble mind, it was completely unnecessary. She felt she got way more out of volunteering than she ever gave. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> But, the volunteer coordinator convinced her it would be worth her while to attend and that they really wanted to honor her commitment to the organization. &nbsp;She reluctantly agreed to attend. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> The day after, she received a fundraising appeal in the mail from the same organization. &nbsp;She was floored. &nbsp;Wanting to recognize her work and asking for money in the same week!? &nbsp;She was astonished and insulted.&nbsp;<BR> <BR> Luckily she talked with me about it. &nbsp;I explained that the development staff and volunteer coordinator were simply not on the same page and clearly weren't communicating. &nbsp;It had nothing to do with how they felt about the value of her contributions, either of time or money. &nbsp;<BR> <BR> Today, she still volunteers with the organization in question, but how many others have quit because they felt taken for granted? It's hard to say.<BR> <BR></FONT><EM><FONT style="font-size: 12px;">Sources: Volunteerism and Charitable Giving in 2009, Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund and VolunteerMatch.org, (2009),&nbsp;Time and Money: &nbsp;The Role of Volunteering in Philanthropy, Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund (2014) &nbsp;-&nbsp;<EM><FONT>Tobi Johnson and Associates LLC Enews 1-28-2016.</FONT></EM></FONT></EM> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3787693 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3787693 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:19:43 GMT New Book Coming Out: Measuring the Impact of Volunteers <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Energize, Inc. is delighted to pre-announce the publication of <strong><em>Measuring the Impact of Volunteers: A Balanced and Strategic Approach</em></strong> written by a Canadian team of experienced leaders in volunteer management: Christine Burych, Alison Caird, Joanne Fine Schwebel, Michael Fliess, and Heather Hardie. The latest buzzword in volunteer management is <em>"measurement"</em> - and we need better measurement tools to demonstrate the impact of volunteers, not just to count their heads!<br> <br> The authors provide ideas and tools to implement a balanced and strategic approach to measuring, promoting, and supporting the success of volunteer engagement in your organization. Their approach emphasizes that the assessment of and planning for volunteer engagement should align with the priorities of the organization and its clients' needs. For those familiar with the "balanced scorecard" measurement tool first developed by Kaplan and Norton in the 1990s, the book adapts those concepts, creating a unique <strong><em>Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard</em></strong> (VRBSc) to address the requirements of volunteer resources management. For those being introduced to the balanced scorecard method for the first time, the book provides a step-by-step overview of the process.<br> <br> <em>Measuring the Impact of Volunteers</em> will be available in a few weeks. If you wish to be notified when it is ready for purchase, click the button below to sign up for a direct notice.</font></p> <p align="center"><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif"><a href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=qkl9fqbab&amp;p=oi&amp;m=1101128346960&amp;sit=ny4m496ab&amp;f=74b93573-42e1-41d2-9386-6556a5fd1679"><font color="#0000FF"><img border="0" width="195" height="29" src="https://energizeinc.com/sites/default/files/buttonEnergize.jpg"></font></a>&nbsp;</font></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3743056 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3743056 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:18:11 GMT Leaders of Volunteers in Healthcare Settings - Your Opinion is Needed <p><strong><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#FF0000" face="Arial, sans-serif">NOTICE: ADD TO OUR COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE</font></strong></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Are you a leader of volunteers in a <strong>healthcare</strong> setting <em>and</em> work in one of these southeastern states?</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Alabama</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Arkansas</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Florida</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Georgia</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Kentucky</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Louisiana</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Maryland</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Mississippi</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">North Carolina</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">South Carolina</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Tennessee</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Virginia</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">West Virginia</font></p><strong><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif">Your help in needed to complete a brief online survey for a new research study</font></strong> <font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif">of volunteer management leadership styles.<br> <br> <em>Again, you must work in healthcare, in the southeastern U.S., and in a hospital that is surveyed by Medicare (no children's, pediatric, or VA hospitals).</em><br> <br> Please participate and grow our knowledge of the field. For more details and to indicate your willingness to take part, e-mail Patricia Wright at <a href="mailto:PatriciaWrightdba@gmail.com">PatriciaWrightdba@gmail.com</a> by <strong>JANUARY 15,</strong> 2016.</font> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3743054 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3743054 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:54:29 GMT Martin Luther King Day - A National Day of Service <P><FONT>January 20, 1983, marked the first time the United States celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Day always falls on the 3rd Monday in January and will be celebrated this year on January 18th. &nbsp;&nbsp;</FONT></P> <P><FONT>Martin Luther King Day is also highlighted as a "National Day of Service." &nbsp;Americans from across the country participate in community service activities and hold parades to honor King's birthday and legacy. Learn more about King and why he was honored with a holiday.</FONT></P> <P><FONT><BR> Teachers check out these lesson plan ideas:</FONT></P> <UL> <LI><FONT>Listen to the recording of King's iconic <A href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYwMTA0LjUzMzY5MTgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MDEwNC41MzM2OTE4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQ1NzYzJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream/">"I Have a Dream" speech<BR> <BR></A></FONT></LI> <LI><FONT>View <A href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYwMTA0LjUzMzY5MTgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MDEwNC41MzM2OTE4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQ1NzYzJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/chronology_contents.html">the timeline of King's life and achievements<BR> <BR></A></FONT></LI> <LI><FONT>Choose from the National Park Service's&nbsp;<A href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYwMTA0LjUzMzY5MTgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MDEwNC41MzM2OTE4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQ1NzYzJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.nps.gov/malu/learn/education/lesson_plans_and_teacher_guides.htm">lesson plans for grades Pre-K through 8th grade</A></FONT></LI> </UL> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3739224 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3739224 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:36:00 GMT Technologies and Practices for Managing Outcomes: Lessons From Large Nonprofits <P><FONT style="font-size: 16px;"><A href="http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=%2BpCg3Eq8sYeppliHE9Ypd0LO0JlQwltC"><STRONG>Technologies and Practices for Managing Outcomes: Lessons From Large Nonprofits</STRONG></A><BR> How does your organization know it is making a difference? As part of a larger research project funded by the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation, we created a new report to demystify the outcomes management process and guide nonprofits through the questions they need to ask themselves as they consider the strategy and technology behind how they measure outcomes. Includes six case studies of real world organizations.&nbsp;</FONT><BR></P> <P><FONT style="font-size: 16px;">Report from www.Idealware.org&nbsp;</FONT></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3716363 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3716363 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 15:43:30 GMT TIP YOUR VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT INTO SUCCESS <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">In his popular book, <em>The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference</em> (2000, Little, Brown), Malcolm Gladwell shares many intriguing observations about selling products and disseminating ideas.</font></span></p> <p><span style="">Gladwell recounts the attempt of a Yale University professor to encourage students to get a free tetanus shot as part of an experiment on fear. He produced booklets in several versions that described the seriousness of tetanus in ever-increasing vividness. Questionnaires showed that the information campaign worked; regardless of the amount of fear instilled, the majority of the students were educated about the dangers of tetanus. But only 3% actually went to the infirmary to get their shot. They were not translating their knowledge into action. Finally, the professor included a map of the campus circling the exact location of the health center and listing the hours that the shots would be available-and that "tipped" 28% of the students into getting vaccinated. Since undoubtedly many students had no real need of the map to find the infirmary, Gladwell concludes:</span></p> <p><em style="font-size: 1em;"><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">...what the tetanus invitation needed in order to tip was not an avalanche of new or additional information. What it needed was a subtle but significant change in presentation. The students needed to know how to fit the tetanus stuff into their lives...once the advice became practical and personal, it became memorable.</font></em><br></p> <p><span style="">How might a volunteer recruiter put this to work? First, don't assume everyone knows what you might consider basic information about your organization, even who you are or what you do. Organizations change all the time, as do the needs of clients and service projects. So it's quite possible for someone to be generally informed about your agency and yet be in the dark about recent developments.</span><br></p> <p><span style="">You can apply this principle of "don't assume" to the way you recruit volunteers in some very practical ways:</span><br></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Beware of acronyms. Always translate any alphabet soup labels applied to projects.</font></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Explain anything that has a special name, especially if it's not descriptive. So rather than saying, "Join our Words Project," the message will communicate more if it's worded, "Join our Words Project and help adults improve their reading and writing skills."</font></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Consider possible misconceptions people might have about your organization, either because of outdated information or by inferring something from your name. For example, someone considering volunteering for a children's museum might understandably assume that volunteers interact with children. But if the available volunteer assignments are all behind the scenes or focused on supporting parents, an applicant who wants to work with children will be disappointed. So describe the volunteer work correctly.</font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">The way to increase the response rate to your volunteer recruitment message is to develop a <em>connection</em> with personal interests, concerns, or hopes. Here are a few ideas:</font></span></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Most nonprofit causes are overwhelming in scope and some individuals understandably feel that they lack adequate skills to be of help. You can make a real impression simply by clearly stating: "Training is provided and volunteers receive ongoing support."</font></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Prospective volunteers might feel they have too little time to contribute anything meaningful. Again, some simple phrases added to your recruitment pitch can make a difference in response: "We offer a variety of volunteer assignments requiring different amounts of time and we can be flexible in scheduling your hours" or "Even three hours every other week can have an impact" or "We'll work together to find the right schedule for you.</font></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="19" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">*</font></span></p> </td> <td width="246" valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Consider whether people might fear something about your organization: personal safety in your neighborhood, viewing conditions that are disturbing, or other concerns. Address these by pre-empting them. In a matter-of-fact way, note that volunteers are on a buddy system at night or provide a map showing the proximity of parking. Again, positive photographs can allay fears and attract prospects, as can video or audio clips of actual client voices. The content of what they say (perhaps explaining how much they enjoy being with volunteers) is not as important as the tone (gee, this person isn't scary at all).</font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p align="center"><em><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">******</font></span></em></p> <p><em style="font-size: 1em;"><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">This Quick Tip comes from</font></em>&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 1em;"><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif"><em><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0016d5OmvGJOnHj5g5Ph2qkxrZEwaLMjZbapfxeLyaD7La39UmHw3VtsfATlFDaVay959UaiRFH3egTNuGqeL3d-5x4MhLKlhNSpn3yqDv-r2OJ3P1esso5MagZK7qc9BjEtvrhtPSKMCQbrdpibOtPDpi22lE7Rb5KyUuk7_IXYRLiB4E5NHbR978gTgLjQYlRFHLoSCv7kIn7CYD2hq7b8ZGg1QPdA0hqgTJRTx05RchKYgaZekeyefPEAlrvtV_f9KxebaIzzJ8x0hJDGXYpjl-_xc54UftwvEXa9z5REN25H_kEHXvi9nRIbd3Bd_sfYRDhjKpP6jk=&amp;c=xOJSfHe4IWJBpxlhLMuXWxJnPnbVSnk091tloscFz6gL8yhMKfTZ9Q==&amp;ch=HWnU4Y3xaA8-8nFxep_q6U4wOFr1dUWIk4-nVkdaxyBL-ACpuA2B4w==">Susan J. Ellis</a>, President of Energize, Inc.&nbsp;</em></font></em></p> <p><em><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></em><strong style="font-size: 1em;"><font style="font-size: 19px;" color="#0098DE" face="Arial, sans-serif">Want more of&nbsp;</font></strong><strong style="font-size: 1em;"><font style="font-size: 19px;" color="#0098DE" face="Arial, sans-serif">Susan's Wisdom?&nbsp;</font></strong></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">You'll find more information online and &nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0016d5OmvGJOnHj5g5Ph2qkxrZEwaLMjZbapfxeLyaD7La39UmHw3VtsbbCww4zn2PjSKjfNRo8y56Boow1ii5j1ZLY_HkD_ie8qEtYELQIfiNw4HB_VzaaPequDq3ig9zotBzU21ScYqpXSv5bcrnQ_HQlCiUMQW2fmOAGUh1DuK2N3c1vfcTXbbRzBMsJIp-7oBikwEl4OTi9aXMi9X88oAe1EmBMxTDM84gELNcO-Fd7sBUWnXilxwCL1_ysiec17ePjA6qexTUEvFJ_DipKfCnzJaJY7BkfaJ9DZsKLXg0wa_IhYFtihsEAMjsa0vdQmbYCuUBLbCk=&amp;c=xOJSfHe4IWJBpxlhLMuXWxJnPnbVSnk091tloscFz6gL8yhMKfTZ9Q==&amp;ch=HWnU4Y3xaA8-8nFxep_q6U4wOFr1dUWIk4-nVkdaxyBL-ACpuA2B4w=="><strong><span>in her bookstore</span></strong></a>.</font></span><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3686059 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3686059 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:37:22 GMT Toxic Leadership in Organizations <h1 style="line-height: 35px;"><span><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiQ2tlUmhWZEprVXVsdWRtVlpkYVMzRXJxeDF3IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9mcm9zd2EtYm9va2VyLWRyZXdcXFwvdG94aWMtbGVhZGVyc2hpcC1pbi1vcmdhbml6YXRpb25zXCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiMDgzMzlhN2JmZjJjNGZlZGFmNGExZWYzNzVjMTZlYWRcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9"><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Toxic Leadership in Organizations</font></a></span></h1> <p style="line-height: 20px;"></p> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><strong><span><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew</font></span></strong></p> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><strong><span><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Wed, Oct 07, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT</font></span></strong></p> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><span><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Toxic Leadership is detrimental to organizations. Authors Kusy and Holloway compare toxic leadership to an iceberg. It is the bottom of the iceberg, what we don't see, that causes significant damage. Toxic leadership not only impacts morale but also has financial implications to organizations. In this webinar, discover more about disruptive, toxic, and uncivil behaviors that occur in the workplace. Examine individual and organizational strategies to address this challenge faced by many.</font></span></p> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><strong><span><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiQ2tlUmhWZEprVXVsdWRtVlpkYVMzRXJxeDF3IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9mcm9zd2EtYm9va2VyLWRyZXdcXFwvdG94aWMtbGVhZGVyc2hpcC1pbi1vcmdhbml6YXRpb25zXCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiMDgzMzlhN2JmZjJjNGZlZGFmNGExZWYzNzVjMTZlYWRcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9"><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Read More</font></a></span></strong></p> <h2 style="line-height: 30px;"><span><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">More by <a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiQ2tlUmhWZEprVXVsdWRtVlpkYVMzRXJxeDF3IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9mcm9zd2EtYm9va2VyLWRyZXdcXFwvdG94aWMtbGVhZGVyc2hpcC1pbi1vcmdhbml6YXRpb25zXCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiMDgzMzlhN2JmZjJjNGZlZGFmNGExZWYzNzVjMTZlYWRcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9" title="Toxic Leadership in Organizations">Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew</a></font></span></h2> <table cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" width="100%" data-imp="221236"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="background-color: white;"> <h1 style="line-height: 35px;"></h1> <h2 style="line-height: 30px;"><span><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoidjcyaEdtZGl4V3hiemFJdy1JWFlnWjBVcHYwIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9mcm9zd2EtYm9va2VyLWRyZXdcIixcImlkXCI6XCIwODMzOWE3YmZmMmM0ZmVkYWY0YTFlZjM3NWMxNmVhZFwiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcImYyZTRlYmMzZjI1NDA3NDQ3ZDg3NGViOGYyM2M4NmI0MzNhOTlkOTBcIl19In0" title="Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew"><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><span><img border="0" width="35" height="35" src="https://4good.org/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTQvMDMvMjcvMTIvMTUvNTcvNzQ5L0Nyb3BwZWRfb2ZfTWVfQW50aW9jaC5qcGciXSxbInAiLCJ0aHVtYiIsIjM1eDM1IyJdXQ/7dc530ec5f6036c9/Cropped%20of%20Me%20Antioch" alt="Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew"></span>Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew</font></a></span></h2> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><strong><span><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiOFhqTGR0RXlMSFMxQ09rRVNUS3JVRFkwX1AwIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9mcm9zd2EtYm9va2VyLWRyZXdcXFwvNWVjOWZjNmMtZDhmMi00YTA4LTg3ZTItMGFlYmRkNjA5Yzk2XCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiMDgzMzlhN2JmZjJjNGZlZGFmNGExZWYzNzVjMTZlYWRcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9"><font face="Helvetica, sans-serif">Read More</font></a></span></strong></p> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><br></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="line-height: 20px;"></p> <p>This webinar is sponsored and hosted by 4GOOD. We are sharing the information in case our members may be interested.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3560928 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3560928 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:30:30 GMT Getting Your Slice of the Pie - Identifying the Assets You Need in Your Community <H2 style="margin-top:3.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:26.25pt"><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal;"><A href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoib25fbktCWW92YjVuS0haNGJIQVhPbnl4bVdRIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9tYXJ5LWJldGgtaGFycmluZ3Rvbi1jdmFcXFwvZ2V0dGluZy15b3VyLXNsaWNlLW9mLXRoZS1waWUtaWRlbnRpZnlpbmctdGhlLWFzc2V0cy15b3UtbmVlZC1pbi15b3VyLWNvbW11bml0eVwiLFwiaWRcIjpcIjg5OGFiMDZiZjE2NDRiZWJhZmZmN2Y0M2M0OGQ5NTk3XCIsXCJ1cmxfaWRzXCI6W1wiZjJlNGViYzNmMjU0MDc0NDdkODc0ZWI4ZjIzYzg2YjQzM2E5OWQ5MFwiXX0ifQ"><FONT style="font-size: 18px;">Getting Your Slice of the Pie - Identifying the Assets You Need in Your Community</FONT></A></SPAN></H2> <P style="line-height:15.0pt"></P> <P style="line-height:15.0pt"><STRONG><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Mary Beth Harrington, CVA</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P style="line-height:15.0pt"><STRONG><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P style="line-height:15.0pt"><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nonprofits have had to navigate through challenging times. Having done this, it's natural to feel one must hoard limited resources or feel that we will always have to deal with less. In this webinar, participants learn to understand and appreciate the assets model pioneered by John Kretzmann and John McKnight. They will also learn techniques to train their eyes on the assets their nonprofit needs in their community and how to mobilize these assets into effective collaborations. The...</SPAN></P> <P style="line-height:15.0pt"><STRONG><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><A href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoib25fbktCWW92YjVuS0haNGJIQVhPbnl4bVdRIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9tYXJ5LWJldGgtaGFycmluZ3Rvbi1jdmFcXFwvZ2V0dGluZy15b3VyLXNsaWNlLW9mLXRoZS1waWUtaWRlbnRpZnlpbmctdGhlLWFzc2V0cy15b3UtbmVlZC1pbi15b3VyLWNvbW11bml0eVwiLFwiaWRcIjpcIjg5OGFiMDZiZjE2NDRiZWJhZmZmN2Y0M2M0OGQ5NTk3XCIsXCJ1cmxfaWRzXCI6W1wiZjJlNGViYzNmMjU0MDc0NDdkODc0ZWI4ZjIzYzg2YjQzM2E5OWQ5MFwiXX0ifQ">Read More</A></SPAN></STRONG></P> <H2 style="margin-top:3.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:22.5pt"><SPAN style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal;"><FONT style="font-size: 14px;">More by <A href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoib25fbktCWW92YjVuS0haNGJIQVhPbnl4bVdRIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9tYXJ5LWJldGgtaGFycmluZ3Rvbi1jdmFcXFwvZ2V0dGluZy15b3VyLXNsaWNlLW9mLXRoZS1waWUtaWRlbnRpZnlpbmctdGhlLWFzc2V0cy15b3UtbmVlZC1pbi15b3VyLWNvbW11bml0eVwiLFwiaWRcIjpcIjg5OGFiMDZiZjE2NDRiZWJhZmZmN2Y0M2M0OGQ5NTk3XCIsXCJ1cmxfaWRzXCI6W1wiZjJlNGViYzNmMjU0MDc0NDdkODc0ZWI4ZjIzYzg2YjQzM2E5OWQ5MFwiXX0ifQ" title="Getting Your Slice of the Pie - Identifying the Assets You Need in Your Community">Mary Beth Harrington, CVA</A></FONT></SPAN></H2> <DIV> <BR> </DIV> <DIV> Presented by "4Good"&nbsp;<A href="https://4good.org/" target="_blank">https://4good.org/</A> </DIV> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3536621 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3536621 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:11:12 GMT Volunteers Needed for project on August 29th <p>If you don’t already have anything scheduled on August 29<sup>th</sup>, I hope you’ll consider volunteering with us at CRISP Farms in the Upper 9<sup>th</sup> Ward. There’s a lot to do from carpentry, to painting, to soil renewal, and there will be something for everyone. Please use this <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qPp7oOqKVrQ65ILwUv5SzPKTrn1q0w-LrunwWpCQ7WQ/edit">online sign up</a>. I’ll send out an email next week to those of you who have filled out the online form.</p> <p></p> <p>Here’s more information about the event: <a href="http://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org/">www.parkwaypartnersnola.org</a></p> <p></p> <p>Thanks!</p> <p></p> <p>Susannah Burley, Program Director</p> <p>Parkway Partners</p> <p>1137 Baronne Street</p> <p>New Orleans, LA 70113</p> <p><a href="http://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org">www.parkwaypartnersnola.org</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org">sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org</a></p> <p>o 504.620.2224, x 400</p> <p>f 504.620.2225</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3488338 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3488338 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:27:45 GMT LANO: Institute Promoting Strategic Financial Management September 22, 2015 <P><STRONG><FONT>How do you manage your finances to maximize your mission?</FONT></STRONG><FONT><BR> <BR> <EM><STRONG>P</STRONG></EM><STRONG><EM>romoting Strategic Financial Management</EM></STRONG> <STRONG>is a training based on national models that focuses on strategies and tactics that are working today.&nbsp;Participants will receive practical tools in an interactive session consisting&nbsp;of three modules:</STRONG></FONT></P> <UL> <LI><FONT>Budgeting</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT>Reporting</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT>Monitoring &amp; Adapting</FONT></LI> </UL> <P><FONT>The training team consists of:</FONT></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG><U><FONT>Jay Robicheaux,&nbsp;Agent, New York Life Insurance</FONT></U></STRONG></LI> <LI><STRONG><U><FONT>Janet Simmons</FONT></U></STRONG><STRONG><FONT>,</FONT></STRONG> <FONT>President/CEO, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge</FONT></LI> <LI><STRONG><U><FONT>Cory Sparks</FONT></U></STRONG><STRONG><FONT>,</FONT></STRONG> <FONT>Director, LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT>A training team from <STRONG>Hannis T. Bourgeois Certified Public Accountants</STRONG> &nbsp;</FONT></LI> </UL> <P><FONT>Board Chair/Executive Director teams will be given a <U>registration discount</U> and are <U>encouraged to attend together</U> in order to maximize session effectiveness.</FONT></P> <P><FONT>During the event participants will begin implementation planning designed to strengthen their organizations.</FONT></P> <P align="center"><U><FONT>Date</FONT></U><FONT>: &nbsp;<STRONG>Tuesday,</STRONG>&nbsp;<STRONG>September 22, 2015</STRONG> <STRONG><U>Time</U>: &nbsp;</STRONG>8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.</FONT> <STRONG><U>Location</U>:&nbsp;</STRONG>Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area<STRONG><BR> <EM><A href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=corysparks@lano.org&amp;job=1488612&amp;e=susan@teamdynamicsweb.com&amp;job=2007970&amp;ymlink=2648862&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egoogle%2Ecom%2Fmaps%2Fpreview%3Fq%3D3772%2BNorth%2BBoulevard%2B%2BBaton%2BRouge%2BLouisiana%2B70806%2BUnited%2BStates">3772 North Boulevard</A><A href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=corysparks@lano.org&amp;job=1488612&amp;e=susan@teamdynamicsweb.com&amp;job=2007970&amp;ymlink=2648862&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egoogle%2Ecom%2Fmaps%2Fpreview%3Fq%3D3772%2BNorth%2BBoulevard%2B%2BBaton%2BRouge%2BLouisiana%2B70806%2BUnited%2BStates">&nbsp;</A><A href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=corysparks@lano.org&amp;job=1488612&amp;e=susan@teamdynamicsweb.com&amp;job=2007970&amp;ymlink=2648862&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egoogle%2Ecom%2Fmaps%2Fpreview%3Fq%3D3772%2BNorth%2BBoulevard%2B%2BBaton%2BRouge%2BLouisiana%2B70806%2BUnited%2BStates">Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806</A></EM></STRONG></P> <P><STRONG><FONT>&nbsp;</FONT></STRONG></P> <P><STRONG><U><FONT>Cost</FONT></U><FONT>: &nbsp;<EM><STRONG>LANO</STRONG></EM> <STRONG><EM>General and Associate Members</EM></STRONG>:&nbsp;$<STRONG>85&nbsp;</STRONG>or $<STRONG>153</STRONG> for a 2-person team. &nbsp;<STRONG><EM>All Others</EM></STRONG>: $<STRONG>170</STRONG>&nbsp;or $<STRONG>306</STRONG>, respectively.</FONT></STRONG></P> <P align="center"><STRONG><A href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susan@teamdynamicsweb.com&amp;job=2007970&amp;ymlink=3932466&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elano%2Eorg%2Fevents%2Fevent%5Fdetails%2Easp%3Fid%3D675456%26group%3D%23"><FONT>REGISTER</FONT></A></STRONG></P> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3487921 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3487921 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:57:38 GMT Dissertation Research Needs Volunteer Leaders to do Survey by August 16th <P align="center"></P> <TABLE cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <TR> <TD valign="top"> <P><STRONG><SPAN><FONT style="font-size: 15px;" color="#666666">Please Help with an Online Survey Before August 16th</FONT></SPAN></STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> <P></P> <P align="center"></P> <P align="center"></P> <TABLE cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <TR> <TD valign="top"> <P><SPAN><FONT style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545">We are pleased to support Melissa Heinlein with her doctoral dissertation research, especially as she is specifically studying the role of volunteer resource manager. Here is her call for survey respondents:</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><EM><SPAN><FONT style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545">You are often asked to answer questions about your volunteer department, your programs, and your volunteers. This time, you have an opportunity to participate in a research study about your role, experiences, and support you receive as a volunteer resource manager.&nbsp; If you are interested, the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.</FONT></SPAN></EM></P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> <P></P> <P align="center"></P> <P align="center"></P> <TABLE cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <TR> <TD valign="top"> <P><SPAN><FONT style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545">Link: <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VusCN9XJi_WZ18BD6NeAbMgVpMYFoBtj--WJq2ApqUeIN76N9if0uZJv4HHAaltzTFNkS0Vr7vXW2qKIueoYQwf2-bxAAPb9qX09GboqxNCYIe7zOufRiMu2IHUQ_Knr3payHOoP_tA6xs_HAKd5urziL0DQUMsWU019F9-RBcrsf9qGGLuqSRG0UaLO38liFpiNXVkAFkjyB5uWvACDd44okSCb6DVRmc1bwuhAZ3kLgE2-yZVhhPEKQfLkbgPj8zNvt_df02rVy4I6QaGfglHrZySQPK_STCOJ_9W7NVfknDgOspD4Orq3SXl1WarssdCJ2Wo_V0wp_qMMA4TO0XrHicaJmPg_i8FHtosHGMo=&amp;c=9fzQgh7eH1u6UStJwlVGaVa97XfdlgFjL57ebRd3zr-JuEsjfJ9MZg==&amp;ch=bH45y5O62co66BjYyaAxgxzvTQK5raqs4ae7XVsAfseDcdPYE9cH9g=="><SPAN>https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobRelatedVRM</SPAN></A><BR> Open until <STRONG>August 16, 2015</STRONG><BR> <BR> You must read the Participant Letter in its entirety before beginning the survey.<BR> <BR> Any questions about the research can be addressed to Melissa Heinlein (phone: 610- 955-7205; e-mail: <A href="mailto:m_heinlein@hotmail.com"><SPAN>m_heinlein@hotmail.com</SPAN></A>). This study has been approved by the Marywood University Exempt Review Committee.</FONT></SPAN></P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> <P></P> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3473029 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3473029 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:33:08 GMT What is your Return on Investment for Volunteers? <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="300"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <h1><strong><span><font face="'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif">FREE Resource</font></span></strong></h1> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="300"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p style="line-height: 20px;"><span><font face="'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif">Take a look at the Costs and Gains for your volunteer program and calculate your Return on Investment percentage as well as ROI for every dollar invested.<br> <br> Find out more <a href="http://tobijohnson.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=5d8d92ca3808092c98cd79f93&amp;id=3e811e6cab&amp;e=b0f9b430e2"><span><font color="#26ABE2">here.</font></span></a></font></span><span><font style="font-size: 12px;" face="Helvetica, sans-serif"><br> <br> &nbsp;</font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3464638 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3464638 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:18:05 GMT ACCOMMODATING VOLUNTEERS WITH DISABILITIES AND MORE <p align="center"></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong><span><font style="font-size: 19px;" color="#0098DE" face="Arial, sans-serif">Susan Ellis's Tip&nbsp;of the Month</font></span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <p align="center"></p> <p align="center"></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong><span><font face="Arial, sans-serif">ACCOMMODATING VOLUNTEERS WITH DISABILITIES AND MORE</font></span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <p align="center"></p> <p align="center"></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Accessibility and diversity are about accommodating <em>everyone,</em> not just people with disabilities or people who are from minority groups. You want to make volunteering as welcoming to the widest number of people possible</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Much of what is recommended to create accessibility for people with disabilities turns out to be helpful to everyone. Adding subtitles to your online videos not only makes it possible for people with hearing impairments to understand the material, but also increases their usefulness for people learning English and for people who do not have headphones handy and want to watch the video with the sound turned down so as not to disturb people around them.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">What is a <em>disability,</em> anyway? Large numbers of people wear reading glasses - <em>assistive technology devices</em> - yet many Web sites use tiny font sizes inaccessible to them without their glasses. Some people with physical limitations have far more expertise in various professional and technical areas than able-bodied people. The point is this: Do not divide volunteers into those-with-disabilities and those-without-disabilities.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">A volunteer resources manager does not have to become an expert in disabilities to involve people with disabilities as volunteers. Educating yourself about various disabilities in general, however, can help you learn to better accommodate a variety of volunteers in your program.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><strong><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Identifying Disabilities</font></span></strong></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Note that many people may never mention that they have a disability and your volunteer application should <em>not</em> ask about disabilities. Not only could this be a violation of laws in your country, but it gives the impression that you match volunteers to assignments based on what they cannot do, rather than on what they can.&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Give <em>all</em> volunteers opportunities to tell you what accommodations might need to be made for them to be successful in an assignment. If you discover a volunteer has a disability, you do not have to avoid the subject, but neither do you have to mention it. If you are uncertain about the wants or needs of a volunteer, with or without a disability, <em>ask!&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">If a candidate says, "I can do everything but such-and-such part of this assignment," consider working with the candidate to accommodate this preference. Perhaps the assignment can be broken up, with different volunteers taking on different pieces, depending on their interests and skills. Such a request does not necessarily mean the volunteer has a disability, however; he or she may lack the skills to do a particular part of an assignment, or not have the time for that piece. If the assignment cannot be broken up to accommodate a candidate, explain why, but also encourage him or her to apply again for other assignments with your organization. Prospective volunteers should know that <strong>no</strong> to one request does not mean all assignments will be closed to them.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><strong><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Non-apparent Disabilities</font></span></strong></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">In acknowledging and accommodating different ways people learn and communicate off- and online, you not only create assignments that appeal to a greater variety of people with a range of working styles, you also can accommodate hidden or non-apparent disabilities, such as learning disabilities (the most common form of disability) and emotional and anxiety disorders.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">The more you break assignments down by task, the more accommodating you will be for volunteers who have non-apparent disabilities, particularly learning disabilities, as well as for online volunteers who have only a very limited time available to provide service to your organization. Options such as micro-volunteering that take just a few hours over a few days to complete, may be particularly appealing to people who suffer anxiety disorders as well as people who are available only for a short period.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Generous deadlines, which may work well for people with learning disorders or emotional disabilities may also be appealing to volunteers with work schedules that change frequently. Not every assignment can have a flexible deadline. If a task must be done by a specific date, state this clearly in the recruitment message so that those volunteers who cannot meet the set deadline can screen themselves out.</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p align="center"><u><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></u> <span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">These and many other ways to welcome people with disabilities as volunteers can be found in <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VusCN9XJi_WZ18BD6NeAbMgVpMYFoBtj--WJq2ApqUeIN76N9if0uZJv4HHAaltzglJILScfarFEn90I4Pu92ak65bVopfNGLI_pTFHJfuu7GNx7ves84CfoH-qdZogiN0yIqqbDDmTd10zqjpfDNQcBqCvrXBG7gFAMSUhZzwF5EvFXnClx0WgIX17h_qL-fjrrxVuEa_HqM7ykFHkfEeD-PhVKV-FfwoaMba2qN9tF_l_hQsj7LUAe1qUCzTxGbJi-lwSQIYSqtrM9n2YDRVTP16_ewR1AyeEVL1toPCHGoFJUhsotOtlXl_8efdTdOLVmoZ7BFjPSZ6hY1t8_QlNxABzv997-R5DmMN7Hgp7QhfRAcbozlqVKq4SMFZaMpWbpUzFTVk4=&amp;c=ZFmW89oQtg4KJFHC1I9CL5n-F6CDZanLK5N9DaRVdnjL_n6J0deP5w==&amp;ch=upQqI1_234HZdG7S-2yBcrC8LbQluX4xBG6cbeu5SwrGBC_1BBRBRQ=="><em><strong>The</strong></em> Last <em><strong>Virtual Volunteering Guidebook</strong></em></a>, which Jayne Cravens and Susan Ellis wrote last year and from which this tip was adapted.</font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3463217 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3463217 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:11:10 GMT New Book Released - Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dLjv7EGWAezvgT_bTvjT9O59OMURIoojpDOzQ43ENsxpqZjNhKP9_weKBhYo-fDWpfXoZePCihC11p3xH4YGld70lK6xq91QTDSIn8Y9KZz5lAmI3UFMUyxJlNJ69KUR18DvWGDd14KUDVp_5aweNpLucGvkvA6xrBd6iApra5_FPmUjXdbXtemvriNVXgoR_6yY4FACDB1qbqQT9uGdvaRlViwtfNGXZcwArGXDhfhHefvYXiC7Y662E5pkjOkaC_4URbUIrYyWjyh7SthVmWX1sxrVLz-PEHlVODu-cR0=&amp;c=dqhSK1bfAxvIG33ndgtnT9Mg9vxhJTUsHQQPNHpUbZFgp6169iMsAg==&amp;ch=JjiscXgfadeQspzMjZaUnEVBU-R_pk9tnAR9MUYeRgu45vLyA06fZA=="><font color="#454545">VolunteerMatch</font></a>'s new book,</font> <em><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dLjv7EGWAezvgT_bTvjT9O59OMURIoojpDOzQ43ENsxpqZjNhKP9_weKBhYo-fDWtpLbmL3HlSIhR1DwkmvWGiDZ_YK2OjeXfbOJ49HOi5qXkY1QaBD6S1vdnnEAzkuER6niRJxTXusP2-8JsezHzDuAkDRel8Z6Toi0Vg-iQhV7ye_Ol1P3NNAvhTGqLwzc6xncpbDAZ0Bg-PWXDsbBjD-eOnvW1v81QXRtbYHyKIrny44B1-IgchSqcCzMevZA38sBYBN_qEZ9hH6ZkP_R0nM_ndnjklu-B_WGOk4QKp-hFoYIFu4JzHghVR4HW-Pva3bIeezgWwvm7H-6AzgNeg==&amp;c=dqhSK1bfAxvIG33ndgtnT9Mg9vxhJTUsHQQPNHpUbZFgp6169iMsAg==&amp;ch=JjiscXgfadeQspzMjZaUnEVBU-R_pk9tnAR9MUYeRgu45vLyA06fZA=="><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif"><font color="#454545">Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World,</font></font></a></em> <font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">explores innovative volunteer engagement approaches through the eyes of 35 contributing authors, all recognized authorities on key issues in the field, including:</font></p> <ul> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Katherine H, Campbell, executive director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">John L. Lipp, Associate VP, Volunteer Engagement, JDRF</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Mike Bright, microvolunteering advocate and founder of Help From Home</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Mei Cobb, volunteer engagement director for United Way Worldwide</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">Jayne Cravens, consultant and author of <em>The</em> Last <em>Virtual Volunteering Guidebook</em></font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 13px;" face="Arial, sans-serif" color="#454545">And <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dLjv7EGWAezvgT_bTvjT9O59OMURIoojpDOzQ43ENsxpqZjNhKP9_weKBhYo-fDWyHmyyH27YMeyP8B8LP59Z_S0DM3obJDDsC0fg1ysOIAjQspdRbtpodabOID0I4ZE2YbEuianOij_zLxMvUGq4jztoAIglFVdZa7_Ro9y-5l_3ePIgBhScbVgSMhiX7lTM8cFzjP4nDmASAySjsU9PzpAEd6OIeR8p8CUKc9bO8EZt_4_pxA85iGlKWJiZU6sLUUVbXDOvKyhO1MCwa8b-TtLO_ThqsvGU5eXaGUJpyuKhV5kSOG8R44Jv_pGHWxrb8xTVyGqd3tO8VlI-N6weXIiije-TpY6jBYU1j0nrLY=&amp;c=dqhSK1bfAxvIG33ndgtnT9Mg9vxhJTUsHQQPNHpUbZFgp6169iMsAg==&amp;ch=JjiscXgfadeQspzMjZaUnEVBU-R_pk9tnAR9MUYeRgu45vLyA06fZA=="><font color="#454545">many more</font></a></font></li> </ul> <p align="center"><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif"><a href="https://www.energizeinc.com/store/volunteer_engagement_20_0?utm_source=June+2015+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.energizeinc.com/sites/default/files/styles/150_width/public/book_images/VolEng2.0_cover.JPG?itok=XF4eWqWq" alt="Volunteer Engagement 2.0 book cover"></a><br></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">The transformative strategies found in this book represent the future trends in volunteerism. As VolunteerMatch President Greg Baldwin puts it, "This isn't a book about what volunteering has been. It's about what it can become." Learn how you can bring these approaches to your own organization. &nbsp;</font></p> <p>To find out more or link to a the site to purchase it, click the picture of the book.</p> <p>DOVIA is not endorsing or selling this book.&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3375123 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3375123 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:36:53 GMT CCVA Releases Updated Competency Framework for Professional Management of Volunteer Engagement <p align="center"><font style="font-size: 12px;"><strong><font color="#405B81" face="Verdana, sans-serif">CCVA Releases Updated Competency Framework&nbsp;</font></strong><strong><font color="#405B81" face="Verdana, sans-serif">for Professional Management of Volunteer Engagement</font></strong></font></p> <p><span style="">Last year we asked your help in distributing a practitioner survey as&nbsp; part of our comprehensive job analysis study.&nbsp; Thanks in large part to your efforts, we received over 800 responses!</span></p> <p><span style="">The new competency framework clarifies and defines the full range of tasks involved in the professional management and leadership of volunteer engagement. It also serves as the foundation for the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. The new framework details seven competencies:</span></p> <p></p> <ul> <li><span style="">Plan for Strategic Volunteer Engagement</span></li> <li><span style="">Advocate for Volunteer Involvement</span></li> <li><span style="">Attract and Onboard a Volunteer Workforce</span></li> <li><span style="">Prepare Volunteers for their Roles</span></li> <li><span style="">Document Volunteer Involvement</span></li> <li><span style="">Manage Volunteer Performance and Impact</span></li> <li><span style="">Acknowledge, Celebrate and Sustain Volunteer Involvement</span></li> </ul> <p></p> <p><span style="">While much of the updated tasks and skills are very similar to the content of the previous set of competencies, the format of these new competencies reflects current best practice in the world of professional credentialing.</span></p> <p><span style="">The complete document,</span> <strong style="font-size: 15px; color: rgb(76, 63, 54); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2015 CVA Competency Framework</strong><span style="">, is available as a free download at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001P4LeVGy-zCKz6AQY01e4ANBuAzQWJdskGIhpP-ixbbXWbWfdhWlEdyPOq9Ete1yWSPpEzy3qW-S5cd03Wa8npTpP9ZHqmc6vK42MwqbCaVEdp3ZRNehVHNSSHPy-T0yPYXW0Sj2Vq0k8tHSHuO1otYXnSia8bacNbXK458a9fCWZqDusT1cpPb5PO9fUEUQR&amp;c=50tBFLXW7xzFBI1VzhrcQ330zk-9uR9bSR-a8pf8UcLfNjxwbf_EUw==&amp;ch=R6TPHw2_TIuphsPxOKKfuCfJ39vuIzpyJJh9OYDwc857Rm___ipVlg==" style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://cvacert.org/resources-and-media/</a><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; We encourage you to share it with colleagues and use it as a resource for your work in this field.</span><br></p> <p><span style="">CCVA</span><br></p> <p><span><font color="#008000" face="Verdana, sans-serif">804-794-8689&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><span><font color="#4C3F36" face="Verdana, sans-serif"><a href="mailto:info@cvacert.org">info@cvacert.org</a>&nbsp;</font></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3373494 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3373494 Tue, 26 May 2015 19:39:00 GMT New Ebook from VolunteerMatch and Network for Good <p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif">Volunteers can be your best donors, advocates, and champions. Yet, the world of volunteer engagement is changing. How will your organization's volunteer program not only keep up, but grow and thrive?</font></p> <p></p> <p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif">At Network for Good, we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement. That's why, today, we want to share with you a new book from VolunteerMatch, <em>Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World</em>. This book brings together tips and best practices from the top volunteer engagement experts in the field.</font></p> <p></p> <p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif">It includes both actionable advice and broad discussions from 35 experts to move your volunteer program into the future.</font></p> <p></p> <p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif">Learn more: <strong><a href="http://go.networkforgood.org/HS0010g0lDkq1K00A8Z00d8">learn.volunteermatch.org/book</a></strong></font></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3357941 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3357941 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 02:43:27 GMT Is Your Volunteer Program Hiding? <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong><font style="font-size: 19px;" color="#0098DE" face="Arial, sans-serif">IF GOOGLE CAN'T FIND THE PEOPLE WHO LEAD VOLUNTEERS, NO ONE CAN</font></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p align="center"></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">Too many associations of volunteer resources managers are completely invisible on the Web - effectively dead because they cannot be found through even a careful Internet&nbsp;search. An effective Web presence is <em>key</em> to building new membership. Susan offers suggestions for easy, free ways to show up online.&nbsp; <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001NBSU8oxvAwecav1tzDykIUBGEJo6UgHZ7-FWZe5TyO9zLku_WIdu48ETDYVIOlVuUdfL_-mcPD0BZYaOyHT90mWY6oI08PxJz_YCkZLqIDEq__jm_bVnwKgV3yRWum9SMeJpsiKFuo7LOezjz_ngIgTjkAtoM3aPUJR9-DLYxypjoQXjjGuiF9IClC4i51fmRi4JApU-tpt9X3BJUbCVHj215sVfb6zreRrX7GSxbRR1QcGMcQDP9QSsNP6nk8l_o8hiApwZhnS_ci7qwSWSQLvXnaBhom1m6Q5b_oBddFwqGfluZoUowcc3F6HMiNPwIqktZSUKBiU=&amp;c=LWOfoo1hMRNE-RWCJYvkYOj-pq8SOfnCW3vHnlEHHSTnSRytcvEn1Q==&amp;ch=N0jqcQ3yDxm898XIKFfdEY8cX06sDbUMJHglbdCSthp2-tJ3iDexvg=="><strong>Read this month's Hot Topic</strong></a></font></p> <p><em><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</font></em></p> <p><em><font style="font-size: 13px;" color="#454545" face="Arial, sans-serif">You can subscribe to the Hot Topic as a <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001NBSU8oxvAwecav1tzDykIUBGEJo6UgHZ7-FWZe5TyO9zLku_WIdu4wDTRlCO6BqRxraKSJ9SQw5Gjvct1U-2w11w8OKUus1IpYnkEl3kc-X9kjHPVxJPipwAFgXtuAOwsoTyLtVA9IMkjSj17d3tf0E0SFvsWDrocyRx2GhqEqVzI5YcuJGcmVvCy_-1DBksizdFYXOrcIvv14vvY8W7PWfA6ooxpZgO8QVNe3PyGn4Ai0o0iHivjKJBeIkf6wTzo7CxDJ8AvVOrBoisCxrWO2FLxKDPNMIX7D3aPvWtknv5QR0PqwWZkaW-AD9nf-nC30QubLltBGiRpkqMhVy4puNIQjI2GraH&amp;c=LWOfoo1hMRNE-RWCJYvkYOj-pq8SOfnCW3vHnlEHHSTnSRytcvEn1Q==&amp;ch=N0jqcQ3yDxm898XIKFfdEY8cX06sDbUMJHglbdCSthp2-tJ3iDexvg==">podcast</a> or <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001NBSU8oxvAwecav1tzDykIUBGEJo6UgHZ7-FWZe5TyO9zLku_WIdu4wDTRlCO6BqRkv9E2BFnewVlBXg99c9ifECIMXu8MoO-3oG3JR8YszeDgFJgZJkNICdiCaVkj7b9uDHLK69FF5Y9j3X9I4vtzTxtVUFXO80MCDItnJv11B0IgF-wiC4Pe5l9APbwEFqMrfqOMPEn8slGz57ocbOLr4gb41_TkjfG7LSVJ0eK7zMKuzfinZnJ1e-HD6NjXQNL7xo3WkZLTsJRu4ahghIeLTPIIlrCXaQg93D64VhlVdVU1T7JdPCk7E17fQ8RLYNhIPS8GOgFNK_QutFaZmaBew==&amp;c=LWOfoo1hMRNE-RWCJYvkYOj-pq8SOfnCW3vHnlEHHSTnSRytcvEn1Q==&amp;ch=N0jqcQ3yDxm898XIKFfdEY8cX06sDbUMJHglbdCSthp2-tJ3iDexvg==">RSS text feed</a> - or <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001NBSU8oxvAwecav1tzDykIUBGEJo6UgHZ7-FWZe5TyO9zLku_WIdu48ETDYVIOlVulgB0zWTxcZecxmIah6zsx3MQnfCdi5ZZkTbggbpjktWSjl1saAUlzCvyUtiK28U6qvJyf18_muDkcmGmL7ljYNTTaUbH5JONQNGc4-eqHZ9Df0UiRY120Qlqvl424xH3mpVpY8Z_o0boWYIK93Gqqx5tUDaPGWGRhAURsPcusrMo4MmvDwroAgWkKf3yie7Ds2BtzizZDCNdryxqVQG6QmiMZ5eIDys8V42II-1M-BYs5qOc93GVZ_e7HC0oLXXQQ_QHs-G1mFRG6Cb4wuauxX1js3OjQUNMEiM97KQy9VS89Ir0WbqqYW4th8YcEdiHv4O5HtTSDZKPIkNtLEuOUhxeYG60sK6Qd0TKix2-EYjDNruQJez7ikrHumGwn8wMjdZMYagjjao=&amp;c=LWOfoo1hMRNE-RWCJYvkYOj-pq8SOfnCW3vHnlEHHSTnSRytcvEn1Q==&amp;ch=N0jqcQ3yDxm898XIKFfdEY8cX06sDbUMJHglbdCSthp2-tJ3iDexvg==">listen</a> to the audio online. Susan Ellis - EnergizeInc.</font></em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3290843 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3290843 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:48:44 GMT Cafe Reconcile Volunteer Tutors Needed <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><STRONG><SPAN style="font-size:16.0pt;color:#292929">Cafe Reconcile&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><STRONG><SPAN style="font-size:16.0pt;color:#292929">HiSET&nbsp;Volunteer Tutor&nbsp;Orientation!</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">Calling all volunteers!</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">Looking&nbsp;for a new opportunity?&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">Interested&nbsp;in working with diverse youth?</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">Cafe Reconcile is searching for HiSET tutors&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">&nbsp;to work alongside&nbsp;our staff and students.</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929"><IMG width="232" height="152" src="https://files.ctctcdn.com/588a175d001/deaca515-da13-4ab6-8dcf-b7090ae74b10.png" hspace="4" vspace="4" style="font-size:14.666px;line-height:23.466px" border="0"></SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">What: Cafe' Reconcile HiSET Volunteer Orientation</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">When: Tuesday March&nbsp;3 at 2:00 p.m..<BR> Where: 1631 Oretha Castle&nbsp;Haley Boulevard,&nbsp;3rd Floor</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929"><BR> Please contact Stewart Young&nbsp;at 504-568-1157</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;text-align:center"><SPAN style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;color:#292929">for more information</SPAN></P> <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3234301 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3234301 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:43:52 GMT 10 #SocialMedia Tactics to Do More With Less - Free Webinar <b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Grande&quot;,serif; Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=mCLk1nEiHE5DL%2BHoGZJWj4zvbNNWHcbn">10 #SocialMedia Tactics to Do More With Less<br></a></span></b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#666666;">Wednesday, March 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST. FREE.&nbsp;<br></span></i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><br></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:gray;">In the early days of social media, most people jumped in and tried to figure it out for themselves, usually by posting anything and everything. Now many organizations dedicate massive budgets to sophisticated campaigns, an approach that's beyond the reach of most small nonprofits. But just because you don't have a big budget doesn't mean you can't be strategically savvy about how you use social media. Join us for a free, hour-long webinar as we review a few low-cost, low-stress tips and tools that can help you take your social media efforts to the next level.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><br> <br> <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><a href="http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=Y4cxNhDrGkUaRukrsrTL7ozvbNNWHcbn">Read more or register &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></span></span> <p>Sponsored by Idealware.org</p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3234138 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3234138 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:04:48 GMT Service Learning Funding - Learn How to Apply for 2015-2016 School Year <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Who:</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Service Learning Program of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation</span></p> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What:</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; Free one-hour workshops on how to apply for service learning funds for the 2015-2016 school year.&nbsp; Open to teachers, both public and nonpublic, of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.&nbsp; Awards are noncompetitive and more than one teacher from a school may apply between now and Friday, March 27, 2015.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Service learning award applications will also be accepted from non-profit agencies to partner with a school classroom, grades K-12 in the ten parish area.&nbsp; We will pilot up to 10 applications for the 2015-2016 school year.&nbsp; Each agency may submit more than one application.&nbsp; All applications for the 2015-2016 school year are due on or before Friday, March 27, 2015.</span></p> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">When and Where:</span></b></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Jefferson Parish:</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tuesday, January 20th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tuesday, January 20th, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Wednesday, January 21st, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Wednesday, January 21st, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Wednesday, January 28th, 5:00-6:00 p.m., East Bank Regional Library (AV Conf. Rm. 2<sup>nd</sup> floor) - 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tuesday, February 3rd, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Thursday, February 5th, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Thursday, February 5th, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Brown Foundation Center (Room 400) - 320 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 70005</span></li> </ul> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">St. Bernard Parish</span></b></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li><span style="font-size:12.0pt;Times New Roman&quot;">Wednesday, February 4th, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Chalmette High School (Library of Lacoste Campus) – 1101 E. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette</span></li> </ul> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">St. John Parish:&nbsp;</span></b></p> <ul> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Thursday, January 29th, 3:45-4:45 p.m., St. John Parish Public Library - 2920 Hwy 51, LaPlace</span></li> </ul> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">St. Tammany Parish:&nbsp;</span></b></p> <ul> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Thursday, January 22nd, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Covington Public Library – 310 W. 21<sup>st</sup> Avenue, Covington</span></li> <li>·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Tuesday, January 27th, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Slidell Branch Public Library (Conference Room), 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell</span></li> </ul> <p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Select a date and RSVP by phone or email.&nbsp; For more information, please call:<br> Barbara Gasdaglis (<a href="mailto:barbaragasdaglis@thebrownfoundation.org">barbaragasdaglis@thebrownfoundation.org</a>) or<br> Tina Bouzon (<a href="mailto:tinabouzon@thebrownfoundation.org">tinabouzon@thebrownfoundation.org</a>) at (504) 834-3433.&nbsp;<br> Visit the website at <a href="http://www.thebrownfoundation.org">www.thebrownfoundation.org</a> and click on service learning.</span></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3204788 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3204788 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:06:01 GMT CCVA Seeks Part-Time Communication Manager <div align="center"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="750"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%"></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>&nbsp;CCVA Seeks Part-Time&nbsp;<span style="">Communication Manager&nbsp;</span></p> <p><br></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="750" style="width:6.25in;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="">The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration&nbsp;seeks to contract with an individual to serve as Communications Manager. The goal of this position is to develop and implement strategies focused on increasing the number of CVA candidates, supporting CVA certificants, and sustaining strategic relationships with partners and stakeholders.</span><br></p> <p><span style="">The time commitment for this position is estimated to be 20 hours per month. Work hours are flexible based on specific tasks and deadlines.</span><br></p> <p><span style="">This is a new position to begin as close to March 15, 2015 as feasible.&nbsp;&nbsp; The contract will be for one year, including a two-month probationary period, and may be renewed for subsequent periods.</span><br></p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001N1WnpdugFRLDpnrqe7ZLreE3NAhApDiwyXOp_vvcWB99puybm18e8uTyn-FwAALJu_QsTodmnpyqJG6hHqBcYUNt1icaGcO-tjpADi0M21M_o-oQFQ0kuwNFNiZINRgd5Om3qTSYNh3BTDh0p3i6jAcyNupGQ3brAdCcaUk_fRUl4deKGxXDiCHms0C1FNTx33rbvo905Ayy_uTdFKWLlA==&amp;c=GIypkhTJaUQD1WS910Xoqcd9nCbqpdfzeAmoSZA7QHnza4dq4pxZNA==&amp;ch=kNpuUPnmMdCSvSqpRWvRHjZaz8k1qOtkaXli4xgOBvgxDYec_xfhEg==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1" style="font-size: 1em;">More details</a> <span style="">available on the CCVA website.&nbsp;</span><br></p> <p><span style="">To apply for this position:&nbsp;&nbsp; Please submit a letter of interest, resume and three samples of related work by February 15, 2015.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="750"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>These materials should be emailed to CCVA at <a href="mailto:ccva@comcast.net">ccva@comcast.net</a><br></p> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="">And please feel free to&nbsp;share with others who may be interested!&nbsp;</span><br></p> <p><span style="">CCVA</span><br></p> <p>804-794-8689&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:info@cvacert.org" target="_blank" shape="rect">info@cvacert.org</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><br> &nbsp;</p> <p><br> &nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3204569 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3204569 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:30:24 GMT "Do Gooder" Awards Nominations Open - Submit Your Project! <div> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>It’s that time of year again -- <a href="http://see3.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3174b14cce77dd2582078136e&amp;id=dc1b49b7a3&amp;e=68f12783c9">time for the 2015 DoGooder National Video Awards!</a></p> <p>There’s no better way to celebrate a year of great cause video than showing off -&nbsp;and rewarding -&nbsp;the creative, impactful work you accomplished in 2014. If you are an organization or individual&nbsp;using sight, sound and motion to educate and engage for a cause, the DoGooder National Awards wants to see what you’ve got!</p> <p>This year’s awards are presented by <a href="http://see3.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3174b14cce77dd2582078136e&amp;id=bb7703047c&amp;e=68f12783c9">See3 Communications</a> , <a href="http://see3.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3174b14cce77dd2582078136e&amp;id=013f3347f9&amp;e=68f12783c9">YouTube</a> and the <a href="http://see3.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3174b14cce77dd2582078136e&amp;id=57995ce1b5&amp;e=68f12783c9">Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)</a>.</p> <p>Entering the DoGooder National Awards is a great way to increase the audience for your videos – and winning is even better. Last year, organizations submitted a total of more than 800 videos, and thousands of public votes were cast to select our winners -- just think about how many more supporters you could reach this year.</p> <p>Submissions open on January 12, 2015, and will be accepted until February 8, 2015 in the following categories:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Best Nonprofit Video Award</li> <li>ImpactX Award, honoring video that had a real, on-the-ground impact</li> <li>Funny for Good Award, for those creators who are doing good with a sense of humor</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://see3.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3174b14cce77dd2582078136e&amp;id=6e47ad116b&amp;e=68f12783c9" target="_blank">Visit the DoGooder website to learn more about the awards and access the contest&nbsp;when it goest live on Monday, January 12.</a></h3> <p>We’re so excited to see what you’ve accomplished in 2014!</p> <p>- The See3 Team</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3183954 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3183954 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:18:25 GMT Joy Maker Challenge <P><BR></P> <DIV> <TABLE cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <TR> <TD> <P><B>Thank You, Joy Makers!</B></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD> <P>generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, announced today the completion of the 5th annual, record-breaking <A href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=3&amp;ms=NDc2NjYyMDMS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTgzNjYwMzIyS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">Joy Maker Challenge</A>, a month-long effort that turns acts of youth service into donations of toys and games to Toys for Tots. More than 128,000 youth volunteers in grades K-12 have been mobilized in service projects across the country since the campaign launched in November. Inspired by so many youth volunteers, Hasbro is donating $1 million worth of toys and games to Toys for Tots, since more than 100,000 students engaged in the Joy Maker Challenge! For more ways to get kids involved in volunteering,&nbsp;<A href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=20&amp;ms=NDc2NjYyMDMS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTgzNjYwMzIyS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">visit www.generationon.org</A>.</P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> </DIV> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3173422 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3173422 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:01:15 GMT Time Magazine Honors VOLUNTEERS! <b><span style="font-size:14.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">TIME magazine honors ‘a ragged army of volunteers’ that needs your help. Three quick ways to support The Ebola Fighters.</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><br> <br></span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;">It’s not often that <a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=21&amp;ms=NDc2MzY1MjES1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTgzMTEyOTM2S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">TIME magazine</a> names <strong>volunteers</strong> as its Persons of the Year.<br> <br> But last week, TIME honored the “ragged army of volunteers and near volunteers” – doctors, nurses, public health workers, and those who helped transport the sick and bury the dead – who risked their lives to save others.<br> <br> “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight,” TIME writes. “For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.”</span> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3171692 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3171692 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:04:13 GMT Holiday on the Boulevard - Volunteers needed! <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;background:white;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%" style="width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding:0in 11.25pt 0in 11.25pt"> <p><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif; color:blue"><img width="561" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs154/1101250662692/img/1409.gif" hspace="4" vspace="4" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.1409"></span></b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:blue">A CENTRAL CITY TRADITION</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:18.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:red">December 12 and 13, 2014</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:blue">Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:blue">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:red">FREE</span></strong> <strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:blue">- Fun for the entire family!</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><em><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Arial Narrow', sans-serif;">(Fee for student field trip only.)</span></em></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,sans-serif;color:blue">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><img width="500" height="224" id="_x0000_i1026" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs154/1101250662692/img/1411.gif" hspace="4" vspace="4" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.1411"></span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><img width="500" height="219" id="_x0000_i1027" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs154/1101250662692/img/1412.gif" hspace="4" vspace="4" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.1412">&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Let us know&nbsp;you're coming.&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Visit our Facebook event page, join and invite friends.</span></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0015blcH281F7SMxq2LrHDJiyjHTC5l_z3Q1zLPkDjvp91jeEMwWOJztaPDEwJ3Wbwmn2sHqflMde1qIcquqxHDpMcPKBJPARUsy9Mw5X2-PFbWExPqIoVXTVmrs8uQKuL1ZgKuiJhKR1_Jrgr4sv9QNsavzytRMskFiwNQilwOXeaohSiFSrcEw-PMi8rlMshPCFEXvancvpQKYX4Cp1N0wg==&amp;c=32OE-eRrBT5XTo6yjxtCrmkNqZkv3DOkwgGZH25lLsU1GMHV8c6Sbw==&amp;ch=2Q-Ywo83qVF5kg7lpzQxMZcYM8zoy1B10vgo171-q5hDQFBAzRYygQ==" target="_blank" shape="rect">https://www.facebook.com/events/839888199388188/</a></span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><br> <strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;color:red">---------------------------THE LINEUP---------------------------</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;color:blue">DECEMBER 12, 2014</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">STUDENT FIELD TRIP SERIES</span></strong> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">(By fee.&nbsp;Call 504.569.9070 for pricing.)</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Kwanzaa Demonstration</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;and</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Imagination Tour</span></strong> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">with Drena the Dreamer &amp; Bamboula 2000</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">12:00 noon &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">OPEN HOUSE &amp; LUNCHEON</span></strong></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">TOUR OF ASHÉ POWER HOUSE</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;(following the luncheon)</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;color:blue">DECEMBER 13, 2014</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE OPENS</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">12:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Performance:<strong>&nbsp;ASHÉ'S KUUMBA INSTITUTE YOUTH</strong></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">12:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Central City Festival Dance Contest Winners:</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">CENTRAL CITY DANCE TEAM</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">DIXIE DAWLINS</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">UNIQUE</span></b></p> <p style="margin-top:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left: 0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Featured Dance Artist:&nbsp; <b>J. 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STYLES</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">SISTAHS MAKING A CHANGE DANCE PERFORMANCE</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">1:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">TOP BOX FOODS PRESS CONFERENCE</span></b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;- Introduction of a New Food App</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Book Signings with Authors:</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">FREDDI EVANS -</span></b> <em><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Congo Square:&nbsp; African Roots in New Orleans</span></em></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">KEITH W. MEDLEY -</span></strong> <em><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Black Life in Old New Orleans</span></em></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">MONA LISA SALOY -</span></strong> <em><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Second Line Home:&nbsp; New Orleans Poems (New Odyssey)</span></em></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">JOSÉ TORRES TAMA</span></strong> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">- <em>Immigrant Dreams &amp; Alien Nightmares</em></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">3:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">In Concert:<strong>&nbsp; DALE BAXTER</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-top:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left: 0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">SPOKEN WORD - <strong>FREDERICK "HOLLYWOOD" DELAHOUSSAYE</strong></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">4:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">In Concert:&nbsp; <b>LLOYD DALY &amp; THE DALY TYMES</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">5:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">DIASPORA BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW</span></b></p> <p style="margin-top:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left: 0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">SPOKEN WORD</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">7:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">In Concert:&nbsp; <b>BAMBOULA 2000</b></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" valign="top" style="width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;background:blue;"> <tbody> <tr style=" height:.6pt"> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in;height:.6pt"> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK32"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding:0in 11.25pt 0in 11.25pt"> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;color:blue">VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED.</span></strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Interested in being a volunteer? &nbsp;Need service hours? &nbsp;Call (504) 569-9070.</span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3169279 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3169279 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:15:13 GMT Teaching Kids to Donate Wisely <h1><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;Times New Roman&quot;">Teaching Kids to Donate Wisely from Kids.gov</span></h1> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The holidays are a great time to teach kids about charitable giving. If they get an allowance or earn money from chores, you can encourage them to donate to a cause of their choosing. But help them learn to give with their heads as well as their hearts. Teach them how to identify legitimate charities, and how to avoid the many scam artists posing as charities this time of year. These articles can help:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMjAzLjM4OTI3OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTIwMy4zODkyNzkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MDA5OTk3JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kids.usa.gov/articles/charity/index.shtml"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Celebrate the Holiday Spirit by Donating to Charity</span></a> <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; Times New Roman&quot;">(for Kids)</span></li> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMjAzLjM4OTI3OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTIwMy4zODkyNzkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MDA5OTk3JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kids.usa.gov/parents/money/charity-parents/index.shtml"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Teach Your Kids About Donating to a Charity</span></a> <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; Times New Roman&quot;">(for Parents)</span></li> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMjAzLjM4OTI3OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTIwMy4zODkyNzkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MDA5OTk3JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Before Giving to a Charity</span></a></li> </ul> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3161832 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3161832 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:58:03 GMT The "Impact of Giving Back" Contest <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 14.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The "Impact of Giving Back" Contest</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#333333;background:white">From now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12.</span><br></p> <p><span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#333333;background:white">Students can tell their stories about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in their eyes and through their lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary, so break out the lights, write a script, get the camera ready, and show us your passion for service and giving back. Go the</span></span> <span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#1155CC;background:white"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQxMTE5LjM4MzYyOTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MTExOS4zODM2Mjk1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTk2MzEyJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival">White House Film Festival</a></span></u></span> <span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;color:#333333;background:white">website for more details.</span></span><br></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#333333;background:white">The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. Winners may have a chance to attend the film festival at the White House!</span><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3154364 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3154364 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:31:54 GMT Community Service Day with Crescent City Connections & Save Our Cemeteries Nov. 15th <p><font style="font-size: 14px;">Dear New Orleans Group Leaders,&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="">To celebrate the re-launch of Crescent City Connections as</span> <a href="http://www.networknola.org/" target="_blank">NetWork Voluntours</a> <span style="">we are hosting a special community volunteer day. We will be working with</span> <a href="http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/" target="_blank">Save Our Cemeteries</a> <span style="">to help clean and refurbish the historic Valence Street Cemetery in Uptown New Orleans. Lunch and equipment will be provided for all volunteers.</span><br></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="">Please share this information with any people, groups or listservs you think would be interested in helping. More information below and</span> <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/networknola.org/forms/d/1SL4H7XxlBMT_z_b4mhYgfxgEaYzlGLwPQ0VrOwLkPlU/viewform" target="_blank">please RSVP here</a><span style="">.</span><br></font></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b>Date:</b> Saturday, November 15<sup>th</sup></font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b>Time:</b> 9am-Noon</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b>Location:</b> Valence Street Cemetery – 2000 Valence St (between Daneel St and S. Saratoga St)</font></li> <li><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b>Activities:</b> Historical overview, graveyard clean-up<span style="color:#1F497D">,</span> and lunch</font></li> </ul> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="">Any and all interested volunteers and groups should</span> <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/networknola.org/forms/d/1SL4H7XxlBMT_z_b4mhYgfxgEaYzlGLwPQ0VrOwLkPlU/viewform" target="_blank">RSVP here</a> <span style="">and</span> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/369557093226361/" target="_blank">register on Facebook</a> <span style="">to help spread the word. We hope to see y’all there!</span></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="">Sincerely,</span><br></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;">NetWork Voluntours</font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.networknola.org" target="_blank">www.networknola.org</a><br></font></p> <p><a href="tel:504-233-2995" target="_blank" value="+15042332995"><font style="font-size: 14px;">504-233-2995</font></a></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;">Facebook.com/crescentcityconnections&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p> <p><span style="color:#888888"><font style="font-size: 14px;"><br> <span class="hoenzb">--</span></font></span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);"><font style="font-size: 14px;">Teddy Nathan</font></span></b></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b><i><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);">Executive Director</span></i></b><b><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);"><br> NetWork Voluntours</span></b></font></p> <p><font style="font-size: 14px;"><b><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);"><a href="tel:%28504%29-233-2995" target="_blank" value="+15042332995">(504)-233-2995</a></span></b><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);"><br> <b><a href="mailto:teddy@networknola.org" target="_blank">teddy@networknola.org</a>&nbsp;</b></span></font></p> <p><b><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(69, 129, 142);"><font style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.networknola.org" target="_blank">www.networknola.org</a>&nbsp;</font></span></b></p> <p></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3147603 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3147603 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:55:37 GMT 2014 Make A Difference Day <P><SPAN style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today, Saturday October 25th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has brought you <STRONG><SPAN style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Make A Difference Day</SPAN></STRONG>, the largest national day of community service. This year, the makers of Advil ® have joined in to support Make A Difference Day service projects around the country, and the Citi Foundation is sponsoring ServiceWorks projects in 10 U.S. cities to support volunteer opportunities for youth. Be sure to <A href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=21&amp;ms=NDcyNjUzNDUS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTQzMTg2MzAzS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">register your Make A Difference Day project</A> for a chance to win a $10,000 grant for your favorite charity from Newman’s Own.</SPAN><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3133629 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3133629 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:04:03 GMT The Network for Economic Opportunity - Job Opening/Future Connection for Organizations <DIV align="center"> <SPAN><B>Program Manager – Anchor Collaborative Job Description</B></SPAN> </DIV> <DIV style="text-align: center;"> <SPAN><B>The Network for Economic Opportunity</B></SPAN> </DIV> <DIV align="center"> <SPAN><B>ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND</B></SPAN> </DIV> <P><SPAN>The Network for Economic Opportunity, an initiative of the City of New Orleans, is working with leaders of local anchor institutions to identify immediate and anticipated workforce needs as well as local procurement opportunities for existing small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Network knows these industries need a skilled workforce and that they will look beyond New Orleans to fill that demand. The Network knows these industries need reliable and low-cost goods and services and that they will look beyond New Orleans to fill that demand. The Network also knows that, with coordination and a trusting partnership, New Orleaniansundefinedresidents and small business ownersundefinedcan be the first in line to keep these economic benefits in New Orleans.</SPAN><BR></P>The Network for Economic Opportunity will continue to foster the invaluable partnerships already forged with our leading industries and institutions and establish a sustainable and local skilled workers pipeline. This initiative offers a great opportunity to join a small team playing a leading role in the expanding New Orleans’ economy, ensuring that all New Orleanians benefit from the city’s unprecedented economic growth.<BR> <P><SPAN><B>PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES</B></SPAN><BR></P>This position will establish and manage a collaborative of local anchor institutions committed to expanding economic opportunity to disadvantaged job seekers and businesses. Working closely with the New Orleans Business Alliance and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Program Manager will build a learning agenda for the Collaborative, help anchors identify shared employment and procurement needs, identify strategies to address those needs that expand opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers and businesses, and track progress of the Collaborative. The Program Manager will effectively engage and manage the anchor collaborative members and its subcommittees, including an HR Council and Procurement Council. <P><SPAN>This position will also lead research, development and implementation of local worker-owned cooperative(s) that can fulfill long-term product and service contracts with the local anchor institutions; pay worker-owners a living wage and distribute profits to them; and connect worker-owners with wealth-building opportunities (e.g. affordable homeownership).</SPAN><BR></P>Primary responsibilities include:<BR>  Managing and maintaining strong relationships with a broad set of stakeholders, including anchor institution leaders, senior government officials and nonprofit sector leaders<BR>  Consulting with internal and external experts to implement innovative workforce solutions and assess their feasibility<BR>  Developing clear and appropriate implementation plans to deliver results on all initiatives the Program Manager is responsible for<BR>  Achieving defined targets by regularly monitoring performance and resolving issues when needed<BR>  Communicating progress to all relevant stakeholders, both in written and oral forms<BR> <P><SPAN>QUALIFICATIONS</SPAN><BR></P>Characteristics of successful candidates for this Program Manager position include:<BR>  Track record of delivering results in a high-pressure environment with multiple work streams;<BR>  Ability to research potential solutions to emerging issues and analyze their implications;<BR>  Understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods;<BR>  Experience in data analysis;<BR>  Proven problem solving skills with an ability to anticipate problems and develop solutions on deadline;<BR>  Understanding of the mechanics of the private sector and city government;<BR>  Direct experience working in government and/or the private sector; and<BR>  Ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for achieving results.<BR> <P><SPAN>APPLICATION PROCESS</SPAN><BR></P>To apply for this position, please submit your resume to mgpettingill@nola.gov by Wednesday, November 5, 2014, including a cover letter explaining your motivations to work for The Network for Economic Opportunity, two samples of your written work and names of three references, in MS Word or PDF file. In the subject of your email write the position you are applying for and your name (for example, John Doe –Program Manager, Anchor Collaborative). <P><BR></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3133492 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3133492 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:40:53 GMT Certified Volunteer Administrator - Register Now! <p align="center" style="margin-bottom:4.5pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Registration for CVA Certification Now Open!</span></b></p> <p style="margin-bottom:4.5pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center" style="margin-bottom:4.5pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#00B050">Please share information about this professional development opportunity&nbsp;</span></b><b style="font-size: 0.8em;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#00B050">for leaders and managers of volunteers.</span></b></p> <p style="margin-bottom:4.5pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt; 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font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">In this exciting two-part webinar series, <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">FundRaising Success</span></em> brings you an exclusive, inside look into life at the ALS Association after this summer's run-away success:</span> <strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">The Ice Bucket Challenge</span></strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">.<br> <br> Both webinars will be special 75-minute sessions, and all registrants will get access to a downloadable, comprehensive Study Guides after the fact that will include analysis of the topics, takeaways, additional resource materials, points to ponder, and calls to action.<br> <br> <a href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/84F3V9M/PU50D/KLWPG/BNOG/EW4R7/HQ/h" target="_blank"><strong><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#007DB1;background:yellow;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">Register for both webinars today to save 25% on the total price!</span></strong></a> <strong><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Click any button or register link in this email to sign up for one – or both – webinars.</span></strong></span></p> </td> <td width="25" style="width:15.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:24.0pt"> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in;height:24.0pt"> <p align="center" style="text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="700" style="width:420.0pt;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="25" style="width:15.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="305" valign="top" style="width:183.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p style="line-height:13.5pt"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">Part 1:</span></strong> <span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">What Happens When the Ice Melts?</span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br></span> <b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#666666">Wednesday, November 12, 2014<br> 2:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00 a.m. (PT)<br> Cost: $19.95</span></b><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> <br> <a href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/84F3V9M/PU50D/KLWPG/BNOG/QFR8S/HQ/h" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:none;text-underline:none"><img border="0" width="139" height="44" id="_x0000_i1026" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/pi/M1_html_RegisterBtn.jpg" alt="Register Today!" name="_x0000_i1026"></span></a><br> <br> In Part One, we talk to the ALSA about the fundraising and awareness phenomenon that was the Ice Bucket Challenge, which ultimately raised more than $15 million for ALSA undefined and wasn't even the organization's doing!<br> <br> <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Here's what we'll talk about:</span></em></span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">What happened internally when ALSA figured out just how big the Ice Bucket Challenge was?</span></li> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">How will the organization engage, convert and retain the donors who gave as a result of the challenge?</span></li> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">What is ALSA's new normal and what does that mean for the future?</span></li> </ul> <p><b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">FEATURING:</span></b></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="305" style="width:183.0pt;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1027" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_LanceSlaughter_60.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Lance Slaughter" name="_x0000_i1027"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Lance Slaughter</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Chief Development<br> &amp; Chapter Relations Officer<br> ALSA</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1028" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_TaylorShanklin_60.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Taylor Shanklin" name="_x0000_i1028"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Taylor Shanklin</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Product Marketing Manager<br> Blackbaud</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1029" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1302146_Margaret_Battistelli.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Margaret Battistelli Gardner" name="_x0000_i1029"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Margaret Battistelli Gardner</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#464646"><br> Editor in Chief<br> <em>FundRaising Success</em></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:45.0pt"> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in; height:45.0pt"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in;height:45.0pt"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">SPONSORED BY:</span></b><br> <img border="0" width="139" height="35" id="_x0000_i1030" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_blackbaud.jpg" alt="Blackbaud" name="_x0000_i1030"><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/84F3V9M/PU50D/KLWPG/BNOG/PRJGS/HQ/h" target="_blank"><b><span style="color:#007DB1">Click here to sign up for this webinar (or both!) today.</span></b></a></span></p> </td> <td width="40" valign="top" style="width:24.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><img border="0" width="40" id="_x0000_i1031" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/pi/M1_html_vertdivider.jpg" name="_x0000_i1031"></p> </td> <td width="305" valign="top" style="width:183.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p style="line-height:13.5pt"><strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">Part 2:</span></strong> <span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">The Superpower of P2P</span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br></span> <b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#666666">Tuesday, November 18, 2014<br> 2:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00 a.m. (PT)<br> Cost: $19.95</span></b> <span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> <br> <a href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/84F3V9M/PU50D/KLWPG/BNOG/IYDUD/HQ/h" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:none;text-underline:none"><img border="0" width="139" height="44" id="_x0000_i1032" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/pi/M1_html_RegisterBtn.jpg" alt="Register Today!" name="_x0000_i1032"></span></a><br> <br> In Part Two, we'll discuss the phenomenal reach of the Ice Bucket Challenge and lessons any nonprofit can learn from it about peer-to-peer fundraising.<br> <br> <br> <br> <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Here's what we'll talk about:</span></em></span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">The importance of P2P fundraising in a grassroots environment</span></li> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">How The ALS Association saw P2P fundraising used successfully during the Ice Bucket Challenge</span></li> <li style="line-height: 13.5pt;"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Strategies to recruit and engage participants into your P2P program</span></li> </ul> <p><b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">FEATURING:</span></b></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="305" style="width:183.0pt;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1033" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_MaeganBracken_60.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Maegan Bracken" name="_x0000_i1033"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Maegan Bracken</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Manager of Online Fundraising<br> ALSA</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1034" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_KristiKoon_60.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Kristi Koon" name="_x0000_i1034"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Kristi Koon</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Director of Direct-Response Marketing<br> ALSA</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1035" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_DonnaWilkins_60.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Donna Wilkins" name="_x0000_i1035"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Donna Wilkins</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Founder and CEO<br> Charity Dynamics</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="70" valign="top" style="width:42.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><img border="0" width="60" height="60" id="_x0000_i1036" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1302146_Margaret_Battistelli.jpg" style="padding-bottom:15px" alt="Margaret Battistelli Gardner" name="_x0000_i1036"></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646">Margaret Battistelli Gardner</span></strong><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#464646"><br> Editor in Chief<br> <em>FundRaising Success</em></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#D00774">SPONSORED BY:</span></b><br> <img border="0" width="139" height="24" id="_x0000_i1037" src="http://isgprod.napco.com/broad_images/fs/A1410038_CharityDynamics.jpg" alt="Charity Dynamics" name="_x0000_i1037"><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/84F3V9M/PU50D/KLWPG/BNOG/A7Z97/HQ/h" target="_blank"><b><span style="color:#007DB1">Click here to sign up for this webinar (or both!) today.</span></b></a></span></p> </td> <td width="25" style="width:15.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3131882 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3131882 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:16:51 GMT Top Ten Generational Gems for the Multiple Generations Workplace - Webinar Link <h1 style="margin-top:3.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:3.0pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:26.25pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal;"><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiajRLeWdnS1VrZkRaMzNCUlBsc1JkSzlBMi00IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC80Z29vZFxcXC9hcmUteW91LXN0cnVnZ2xpbmctdG8tY29ubmVjdC1jb21tdW5pY2F0ZS1hbmQtd29yay1lZmZlY3RpdmVseS13aXRoLWdlbi14LWFuZC15LWFuZC1iYWJ5LWJvb21lcnMtd2F0Y2gtc2hlcnJpLXBldHJvLXMtbGF0ZXN0LXdlYmluYXJcIixcImlkXCI6XCI0OThiZjViNmMzZmU0YzQwYWVmMjgyNGM3MWQ2MTQ5Y1wiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcImYyZTRlYmMzZjI1NDA3NDQ3ZDg3NGViOGYyM2M4NmI0MzNhOTlkOTBcIl19In0"><font style="font-size: 18px;">Are you struggling to connect, communicate and work effectively with Gen X, Y, and Baby Boomers? Watch Sherri Petro's latest webinar!</font></a></span></h1> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiQ1dwQnhBSEhteE9sVnV3NElFT2lGX29iVjlFIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9zaGVycmktcGV0cm9cIixcImlkXCI6XCI0OThiZjViNmMzZmU0YzQwYWVmMjgyNGM3MWQ2MTQ5Y1wiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcImYyZTRlYmMzZjI1NDA3NDQ3ZDg3NGViOGYyM2M4NmI0MzNhOTlkOTBcIl19In0">Sherri Petro</a> delivered another excellent webinar in <b><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiekNhMXp0TVViUy1YeHZKMWNKblBTX0VXcWV3IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9zaGVycmktcGV0cm9cXFwvdG9wLXRlbi1nZW5lcmF0aW9uYWwtZ2Vtc1wiLFwiaWRcIjpcIjQ5OGJmNWI2YzNmZTRjNDBhZWYyODI0YzcxZDYxNDljXCIsXCJ1cmxfaWRzXCI6W1wiZjJlNGViYzNmMjU0MDc0NDdkODc0ZWI4ZjIzYzg2YjQzM2E5OWQ5MFwiXX0ifQ" data-imp="75134:215445">Top Ten Generational Gems for the Multiple Generations Workplace</a></span></b>. If you missed it, make sure to watch <a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoieG9UanF3YjN2Z3I4dE1XRnczdjBCRzhvYmlFIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9zaGVycmktcGV0cm9cXFwvdG9wLXRlbi1nZW5lcmF0aW9uYWwtZ2VtcyNhc3NldC04NDA0XCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiNDk4YmY1YjZjM2ZlNGM0MGFlZjI4MjRjNzFkNjE0OWNcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9">the recording</a> and check out <a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/4good.org?p=eyJzIjoiWWdRX1NYd0dyWUJkNVIzb0MyWWhIUEVVSmRzIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcLzRnb29kLm9yZ1xcXC9zaGVycmktcGV0cm9cXFwvdG9wLXRlbi1nZW5lcmF0aW9uYWwtZ2VtcyNhc3NldC04Mzk5XCIsXCJpZFwiOlwiNDk4YmY1YjZjM2ZlNGM0MGFlZjI4MjRjNzFkNjE0OWNcIixcInVybF9pZHNcIjpbXCJmMmU0ZWJjM2YyNTQwNzQ0N2Q4NzRlYjhmMjNjODZiNDMzYTk5ZDkwXCJdfSJ9">the slides</a> that are available.</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">What was learned?</span></b></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">"How to get all generations of volunteers to work together."</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">"The reminder that we tend to look through our own lens- it's too easy to do and all the examples she gave were very insightful for use as I deal with the younger generations."</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Characteristics of Gen X &amp; Gen Y. Tips on supervising different generations."</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">"The differences between generations needs/expectations and how to bridge those if you a a supervisor."</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">And much more!</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Ready to take the next step?</span></b></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Ready to work with someone who already believes in you? You are whole, resourceful, and creative. You have more answers than you are aware. Success comes from the inside out. An objective party committed to the best outcome, it is Sherri’s job to ask powerful questions and provide insights on a professional level and illuminate answers on a personal level. She was trained by ICF-certified Master Coach, Dr. Wilson Bullard, and has been coaching in an official capacity since 2002.</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="line-height: 15pt;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Performance coaching - individual and team</span></li> <li style="line-height: 15pt;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Business coaching</span></li> <li style="line-height: 15pt;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Career coaching</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">“Sherri is a great accountability partner. She has been instrumental in helping me build a private practice. Her friendly, supportive and professional approach is a driving force that keeps me on track. She encourages me to set realistic and attainable goals. I am more empowered and in control.” - Kerrie Aiello, Therapist and Parent Educator</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Sherri Petro is the President and Chief Strategy Officer of VPI Strategies where she unifies people, process and technology to create sustainable organizations. Sherri’s passion is educating clients and organizations on how to increase organizational sustainability by leveraging the talents and skills of all in multi-generational workplaces.</span></p> <p style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://mail.4good.org/track/click/30099829/www.sherripetro.com?p=eyJzIjoiTU4wUUhsUDJLaWVPUEVQcHZGdWpudTQzbVIwIiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDA5OTgyOSxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwOlxcXC9cXFwvd3d3LnNoZXJyaXBldHJvLmNvbVxcXC9zZXJ2aWNlc1xcXC9jb2FjaGluZ1xcXC9cIixcImlkXCI6XCI0OThiZjViNmMzZmU0YzQwYWVmMjgyNGM3MWQ2MTQ5Y1wiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcIjg5NWFjOTRmZjIxMWYwZGFiZDY4MTg5YTFmNmIyODA0YmIxMzUwNTVcIl19In0">http://www.sherripetro.com/services/coaching/</a></span></p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Creating a space for your success. Connect with Sherri at (858) 583-3097 and <a href="mailto:sherri@vpistrategies.com">sherri@vpistrategies.com</a></span> <p>This notice was originally shared though 4Good.org.&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3126748 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3126748 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:25:44 GMT THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC MEMORY PROJECT IS IN TOWN <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC MEMORY PROJECT</span></strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><br> <strong>IS IN TOWN!</strong></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in&nbsp;Guantanámo Bay, Cuba from multiple perspectives and raises questions<br> about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security,&nbsp;and public memory in the past, present and future.<br> <br> MAIN EXHIBIT<br> <strong>September 2-October 30, 2014</strong><br> Tulane University<br> Jones Hall, 2nd Floor<br> <br> <strong>November 5-November 26, 2014</strong><br> Ashé Cultural Arts Center<br> 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.<br> <br> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001bBNFLs9_kTfISfYdt0gaCnIslqw3NL1eeCtqX5jHSD9C8nmrzH-LOZ-s-PfEACdkDvb3RhvqIaahHbZncpyydeLuHxLoQbacbmDq4TWneH6PFw_vcjwSyIvDYl2gAUx34aRJqi1ULuvSbPH627_bMhoPLILsB8sSnZJsWkLRdf1eCL9VN2p5iSehmiciWwsMc2UmVKb7XCIafVEtjKepuFfc6abUwjsThekN0I4_QKiiKVI3lsbrbrLuJZwaSGXZ56r1r8CxujM=&amp;c=1NViVU8EiDK-4aAGYRpOMAEyxSphMGOgY-HWf2Ih8JagoAcqSECubw==&amp;ch=w3x1NDsHINYVZ0Nk_uAhsfT9dUAkoAdfTNYksetZRvNHhijMzsBedw==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="document" ref="ACCOUNT.DOCUMENT.1351">Click here</a> to download the poster, which contains information<br> about specific associated events at Tulane and Ashé.</span></p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><img border="0" width="537" height="800" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs154/1101250662692/img/1350.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.1350"><br> <br> For more information about the Guantanamo Public Memory Project visit <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001bBNFLs9_kTfISfYdt0gaCnIslqw3NL1eeCtqX5jHSD9C8nmrzH-LOZ-s-PfEACdkyb2_3IikgwHCgv2atFHhTnwwoLEYfRTWcukLREu9hknLXuffpttONjdq71EyPr5jzNkILm6oFmGcutrKL0JVMd4Vx97nelFUeC85lle879MnZIurbj5-UDDkmNcpVTj82eH7d3oc43AftP5mJrypr-f_aaCmUCxmGVsQgd8VcfM-bbCMXKpkOv9OvjKLpLs6-JL3aTX4BvEUawnO9MYdZhDcXX1Y6_20SfJ5tujXUcYJws2JdE67qz1NwPoqnlMbbLG2Uw5Kj8Q=&amp;c=1NViVU8EiDK-4aAGYRpOMAEyxSphMGOgY-HWf2Ih8JagoAcqSECubw==&amp;ch=w3x1NDsHINYVZ0Nk_uAhsfT9dUAkoAdfTNYksetZRvNHhijMzsBedw==" target="_blank" shape="rect">http://gitmomemory.org.</a></span> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3117569 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3117569 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:45:20 GMT Good News about Youth Who Volunteer <table cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>Good News about Youth Who Volunteer</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><img src="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Pictures/PointsOfLight.jpg" title="" alt="" width="192" height="200" border="0" align="left" style="margin: 7px 7px 7px 7px;">A new report released this week by <a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=9&amp;ms=NDcxMTc0NjYS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTQwNDUzOTc5S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">Opportunity Nation</a>, with support from the Citi Foundation, provides fresh and compelling evidence that certain types of civic engagement predict positive outcomes for at-risk and low income youth and the economic health of states. ServiceWorks, an AmeriCorps VISTA-led program funded by the Citi Foundation in partnership with Points of Light, is creating engagement opportunities like these around the country. <a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=1&amp;ms=NDcxMTc0NjYS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NTQwNDUzOTc5S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">Read more in the Points of Light blog</a>.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3116120 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3116120 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:10:31 GMT Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge - Drew Brees and The Idea Village <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhjHN13BLLQ&amp;feature=youtu.be" title=""><span style="text-decoration:none;text-underline:none"><img border="0" id="_x0000_i1025" src="https://mpress.lwcdirect.com/LWC_00591/uploadImages/message_from_DrewBrees_SMLR.jpg" name="_x0000_i1025"></span></a><br></span><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge-</span></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">JA, The Brees Dream Foundation &amp; The Idea Village<br></span><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:green"><span color:="">A Message From Drew Brees</span></span></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green"><a href="http://thejunioridea.org/" title=""><span color:=""><span style="text-decoration:none;text-underline:none"><img border="0" id="_x0000_i1026" src="https://mpress.lwcdirect.com/LWC_00591/uploadImages/Crazy_Ideas_Challenge_Logo_SMLR.jpg" name="_x0000_i1026"></span></span></a>&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green"><span color:=""><span>The Brees Dream</span></span></span></b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green"><span color:=""><span>Foundation and The Idea Village Partner with JA</span></span></span></b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><span>JA has&nbsp;a very big announcement!&nbsp; We are partnering with the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village to present our student entrepreneurial competition!&nbsp; What was once The Junior Idea is now Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge!&nbsp; Find out how your school or students can get involved.</span></span></p> <p></p> <p align="right" style="text-align:right"><a href="http://www.jagno.org/2014/09/october-e-news-2/">Read on...</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115202 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115202 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:06:32 GMT Whom DON'T We Ask To Volunteer? <p><b>Whom DON'T We Ask To Volunteer?</b><br></p> <p>By Susan Ellis, Energize Inc.</p> <p>We all know the common wisdom (backed up by research, actually) that the number one reason people volunteer or give money is because <em>they were</em> <em>asked</em>. In other words, there is a big difference between <em>knowing</em> there are ways to be philanthropic and <em>feeling invited</em> to participate. Never confuse publicity with recruitment.</p> <p>Last month I shared <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14sep.php" target="_blank">Ten Time-Tested Volunteer Recruitment Tips that Still Work</a>. This month I want to examine the potential volunteers we rarely attract for three reasons:</p> <ul> <li>We do not recognize them as talent pools or as people who would be interested in helping us.</li> <li>We internally edit ourselves by feeling they are somehow out of our reach, and so we never ask them.</li> <li>We aren’t sure how to approach them, so we don’t. And perhaps we are not sure if we will be able to design work for them or support them as needed.</li> </ul> <p>By not tapping the widest circle of people in the community to join us as volunteers, everyone loses. Our organizations never gain the wealth of skills out there and the uninvited potential volunteers are denied all the benefits of donating their time and talent.</p> <p><strong>Who Is Overlooked</strong><br> <img class="fltright" alt="Overlooked volunteer" src="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/images/14oct_clip_image002.jpg" width="200">Naturally, there are many volunteer resources managers who are fantastic at casting a wide, inclusive net when they seek volunteers. And, many people who are under-recruited do find ways to contribute their time. My point here is to encourage you to reflect on your own attitudes and beliefs. Do you truly see the populations below as prospects for your volunteer corps? Have you intentionally attempted to recruit them? What is blocking you from trying – or perhaps what is blocking them from saying yes?</p> <p><strong><em>The Rich</em></strong><br> Like bank robbers, fundraising professionals go where the money is. Of course this makes a lot of sense. But too often we buy into the mistaken belief that rich people don’t want to get involved beyond writing a check.&nbsp;</p> <p>When was the last time you partnered with your development staff to invite financial donors – especially the big ones – to get more personally involved with your cause? If they support you with money, they must care about your mission. Wouldn’t they like to see your organization in action on the front line? Don’t they have other potential skills to offer beyond check-writing? What about other people in their family?</p> <p>I acknowledge that it is a hard sell to get fundraising staff to like this idea, since they almost always guard the names of donors like state secrets. The point is to develop an outreach strategy together, at least <em>mentioning</em> volunteer opportunities along with the next pitch for a donation. We are talking about baby steps, such as asking donors if they’d like to help at a special event, usher one performance, paint one room.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>The Poor</em></strong><br> Then there is the opposite side of the economic spectrum. Most research reports that lower income people and those without higher education are less likely to volunteer. But correlation is not <em>causation</em>. I submit that we tend to avoid recruiting from low-income areas, so it’s another case of “they were not asked.”&nbsp;</p> <p>First, there is an enormous amount of self-help, collaboration, and barter going on in disadvantaged communities. These may not be activities that anyone consciously recognizes or labels as “volunteering,” but that does not matter. Shared child care, community gardens, exchange of services, and more occur naturally out of need. Serving others is a form of self-esteem.&nbsp;&nbsp; Never assume that a low income means an unwillingness to help or that the person has no useful skills to offer.</p> <p>I have covered this theme in two past Hot Topics: <a href="http://energizeinc.com/hot/2010/10feb.html" target="_blank">Both Receiving&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;Giving</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/apr99.html" target="_blank">Lessening Social Exclusion through Volunteering</a>. I still feel strongly about the points I outline in these essays and hope you will revisit them to consider your point of view on the subject.</p> <p><strong><em>Our Clients/Consumers</em></strong><br> Only some organizations provide services to the poor, but all have been created to address some social or community need. That means that every citizen is potentially a client of some organization somewhere, sometime. Your paid staff and volunteers are undoubtedly getting some sort of assistance or service right now from another provider for needs unconnected to your services to others. So why can’t your clients also be volunteers with you?&nbsp;</p> <p>In the two Hot Topics linked above, I also discuss ways to engage clients in self-help activities, especially facilitating mutual support among the families and friends traveling on the same path as the primary client.</p> <p>Depending on the type of service you offer, it might make more sense to wait until your clients finish their program, treatment, whatever and approach them to return as <em>alumni</em> volunteers. It’s a way to pass it forward and even celebrate their success.</p> <p><strong><em>Blue-Collar Workers</em></strong><br> Why is it so acceptable to ask an accountant or lawyer to serve on a board or a trainer to conduct a workshop at no fee, but we simply pay the bills we get from plumbers, carpenters, electricians and the like in cash? Why do we assume that a person who earns a living with his or her hands would not consider donating those services just as someone in a white-collar profession might?&nbsp; There has to be a personal connection to the cause, of course, but…if you don’t ask, you cannot get.</p> <p>A variation on this is recruiting blue-collar workers for service other than the physical labor they are employed to do. Youth mentoring programs might better serve their youngsters by matching them with successful repair people or cashiers than with lawyers or homemakers. People who work outside of the professions may be more realistic role models, as well as relate better to their match.</p> <p><strong><em>High-ranking Corporate Officers</em></strong><br> Business executives are frequently considered prospects for serving on a nonprofit board of directors, but if their company sponsors an employee volunteer program, the activities there tend to focus on lower-level workers. Why?</p> <p><strong><em>University Faculty</em></strong><br> In the same vein, we all troll university campuses to recruit student volunteers, but what about their teachers and administrative personnel? (This also holds for public and private school teachers and principals.) The faculty has a long-term interest in the community because they are permanent residents, not semester transients. And while their academic expertise might offer potential for your organization, they are ordinary people with all sorts of outside interests, too.</p> <p><strong><em>Children and Young Teens</em></strong><br> The first edition of our book, <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/store/2-102-E-1" target="_blank"><em>Children as Volunteers</em></a><em>,</em> came out in 1983. It still amazes me how many people will stand at a book table with their hands behind their backs, see this title, and say “oh, we can’t involve children.” &nbsp;Well, if you <em>serve</em> children, you ought to consider engaging other children as advisors and sounding boards. Even if they cannot provide direct service, children may be able to educate others, such as speaking in a video about how they felt during a medical procedure or when a parent died. They may be able to give support to peers who are facing the same thing. They might undoubtedly be able to teach the staff how to make the most of a smartphone or other technology!&nbsp;</p> <p>I’m not recommending hosting 42 six-year-olds at one time. Even one or two capable kids might make a real contribution. And there’s always family volunteering to try, urging parents to bring along their children when visiting clients/patients, helping at fundraising events, and other work the kids can do. [It should be noted that, despite a lot of talk about family volunteering, I keep hearing from parents that it is almost impossible to find such opportunities in reality. That’s our fault, not theirs.]</p> <p><strong><em>Men…or Women</em></strong><br> Of course both women and men volunteer, even if the men refer to themselves as coaches, trustees, and firemen! For the purpose of this essay, I am questioning why so many organizations have, over time, evolved a single-gender volunteer corps…and then assume this is the way it has to be.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have far too many women, ask yourself why. Do you tend to name things to appeal to women, fundraise only with jewelry, and show only female faces in every photograph on the Web or in the newspaper?&nbsp; You may need to actually say: “Men welcome.”</p> <p>All-male organizations have famously resisted the involvement of women, sometimes even going to court to remain segregated. But if your group is more than willing to welcome females, ask some to join!</p> <p>This may be a good place to note that I never recommend token recruitment. The point is not to add a few men or a few women to your roster.&nbsp; It’s to find the <em>right</em> volunteers with the skills and commitment you most need, looking for those people in a way that diversifies your talent pool.</p> <p><strong>But, But, But…</strong><br> I am certain that readers will come up with all sorts of concerns about many of these populations. Some will be valid. An organization is not required to enroll representatives of every single demographic, and there may truly not be a good fit based on what the organization does or whom it serves. It may take some effort or adaptation to welcome new types of volunteers, or even preparing the volunteers who are with you now.</p> <p>The question is: Do you see talent everywhere and invite potentially great volunteers into your organization? Consider where you recruit and what your expectations are of what applicants will look like. Don’t limit your outreach and you’ll be rewarded.</p> <ul> <li>Have you done outreach to a new population and been happy with the results? Or been unsuccessful? Please share.</li> <li>What other under-tapped populations should we be considering (there are definitely more I didn’t have space to include)?&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14oct.php?utm_source=October+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#.VC7Q1LnDlxA.email">http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14oct.php?utm_source=October+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#.VC7Q1LnDlxA.email</a></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115200 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115200 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:39:02 GMT One month until International Volunteer Managers Day - What do you have planned? <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 0in 13.5pt"> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#0098DE">NOVEMBER 5th IS IVMDAY</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <div align="center"> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="267" style="width: 159.9pt; border: none;"> <tbody> <tr style=" height:200.25pt"> <td width="258" valign="top" style="width: 154.5pt; border: 1pt solid black; padding: 1.8pt; height: 200.25pt;"> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><img width="193" height="240" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://volunteermanagersday.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ivmdposter.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" border="0" name="_x0000_i1025"></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><br> One month to go until the 2014 <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001qdJi-1wdbUHywTs6vZZNrN3WsHEPiNrgGXZGfHzoJcice7MLg3sCUkhteCRdlj3Et-kywnlavlxizxHDr_jP3lId69x_jeHggtlBoDXzc0U4rdSMgemzwWiCN31x3RuNX_gDzp6ThqzvIRm5yORRaM7qRFF6U9n5z68nuADMMuDhjwzqr-PikKoHwnHyfK4hvs1kPVCEn0NxDv5YgW2-vfXNZcjypMSvQ5ke6HbHrC02YOuZtdDofTcHleZsG_4fkW-sY01DMNo5l0zmHs38iptR7Kks873d07rzapaXxfY=&amp;c=qxZAuxs-DcGLV9rFS77-hVzP6xcFkag59qgQQguIMq4Nm77w4ohSsA==&amp;ch=zY76biL1b2QLhtOI_7Otr_QgkydTS-WGt9XL5zrQeNrCQ-EdfHEyVQ==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">International Volunteer Managers Day</span></a> celebration. Mark your calendar for <strong>November 5th</strong> and raise a toast to all you do, every day, to engage and coordinate volunteers! Send notes of appreciation to your colleagues. Get your local professional network of volunteer resources to announce the day to the public.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:red">The IVMDay Committee has announced that the 2014 theme:</span></strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:red">&nbsp;"Volunteer Managers - Visionaries For Volunteering"</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> There are <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001qdJi-1wdbUHywTs6vZZNrN3WsHEPiNrgGXZGfHzoJcice7MLg3sCUkhteCRdlj3EDRjpXLFpUM5xx-3CCbqXL0rW1M9Phjds1-IkR_xUeJAHabNtk4mOL5JWNLfpIeA8qaEOukG8ZB1mWokjQ0dem9LUC6SlbbR7BGG1q77tSlgEqiskoEytgPhq_uYmVCTHzH3gGNhTYMCWdKA2PppVpl08s3yg5s4GHZ7AZL0CAz9CS0gQCqh8N8N2K2jkt-9i4hRuoN-xloK9LPOxr1vcQYop1GK1Lo3gC1ByrrOVt6PDGi-1Y_RIpu9llBvZFj4Y&amp;c=qxZAuxs-DcGLV9rFS77-hVzP6xcFkag59qgQQguIMq4Nm77w4ohSsA==&amp;ch=zY76biL1b2QLhtOI_7Otr_QgkydTS-WGt9XL5zrQeNrCQ-EdfHEyVQ==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">lots of resources</span></a> on the IVMDay site to use, free of charge, including posters and banners. &nbsp;Be sure to report your local activities to the site to share with everyone.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115186 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3115186 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:55:48 GMT High Voltage to Offer Girls Circle <p><b>High Voltage to Offer Girls Circle</b><br> Girls Circle is a research-based support group offered through the One Circle Foundation. It provides weekly programs to promote courage, confidence, and communication skills in girls ages 9-18.</p> <p>Interested in hosting a Girls Circle program or The Council For Boys and Young Men through your organization? <a href="mailto:highvoltageyouthcamp@gmail.com?subject=Interested%20in%20One%20Circle%20programs">Email us</a> for additional information on training and join their <a href="http://highvoltageyouthcamp.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=94e8ff436078b4907a9f9412d&amp;id=72161c9282&amp;e=c7d7892212" target="_blank">mailing list</a>!<br> <br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3112628 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3112628 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:53:23 GMT Volunteer Garden Build Day - ReFresh Community Farm October 4th <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Hi Everyone,</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The ReFresh Community Farm is hosting its first volunteer garden build day this Saturday at 10am.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">If you’re not already familiar with this amazing project, it is going to be a teaching/training garden where people can come learn growing skills.&nbsp; It is one of the ReFresh Site partners on Broad, which is also home to</span></p> <st1:city w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Liberty</span></st1:city><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">’s Kitchen, Whole Foods, the</span> <st1:placename w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Goldring</span></st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Culinary</span></st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Center</span></st1:placetype><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">, Broad Community Connections and</span> <st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:placename w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Boys</span></st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Town</span></st1:placetype> </st1:place><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">.</span> <p></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The ReFresh Community Farm recently won a $149,000 grant from Garnier/TerraCycle in sustainable supplies.&nbsp; If you are interested in helping build out this garden, please RSVP to Emily Mickley-Doyle by this Friday at noon at <a href="mailto:sproutnolafarm@gmail.com">sproutnolafarm@gmail.com</a>.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Where:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">ReFresh Community Farm</span></p> <p></p> <st1:street w:st="on"> <st1:address w:st="on"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">300 N. Broad Street</span></b></st1:address> </st1:street><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">(corner of Bienville)</span> <p></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">When:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Saturday, October 4</span></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">10am</span></b> <span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">– until</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Who:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">SPROUT NOLA, founders of ReFresh Community Farm</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Parkway Partners volunteers</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">And other fine folks!</span></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Susannah Burley, Program Director</span></b></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Parkway Partners</span></p> <p></p> <st1:street w:st="on"> <st1:address w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">1137 Baronne Street</span></st1:address> </st1:street> <p></p> <p></p> <st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">New Orleans</span></st1:city><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">,</span> <st1:state w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">LA</span></st1:state> <st1:postalcode w:st="on"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">70113</span></st1:postalcode> </st1:place> <p></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="http://www.parkwaypartnersnola.org">www.parkwaypartnersnola.org</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a href="mailto:sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org">sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">o 504.620.2224, x 400</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">f 504.620.2225</span></p> <p></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#008040">Deeply rooted in</span></strong></p> <st1:city w:st="on"> <st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#008040">New Orleans</span></strong></st1:place> </st1:city><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#008040">since 1982.</span></strong> <p></p> <p><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3112627 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3112627 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:35:47 GMT Key Differences Between For-profits and Not-for-profits <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN</span></b></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">FOR-PROFITS AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS &nbsp;</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK8"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Corporate social responsibility intersects with volunteering when a for-profit company encourages its employees to volunteer in the community, whether on company time or on the employees' personal time - and whether in a pro bono capacity sharing the skills with which they earn a living or pursuing outside interests. And business people are fantastic resources. But sometimes, as former head of General Electric's employee volunteer program, David Warshaw, says, "Businesses are from Mars; Nonprofits are from Venus."</span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">There are indeed many things that are different in world view and operating practices between businesses and both nonprofits and government agencies. Being aware of these differences can help you to orient volunteers from the business sector more effectively and, in turn, help them to maneuver in their new volunteer environment. Also, it's vital to consider what attitudes might be held by the company as an entity, separate from those of individual company employees.</span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Here are some examples:</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><b><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Decision-Making Process</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In for-profits:</span></i> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Within a pre-set budget, the authority to make decisions is decentralized and often rapid.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In nonprofits/gov't:</span></i> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">Often, plans made on the frontline must be submitted for board approval or legislative review. Rare to have fast action.</span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(69, 69, 69);">Method of Project Funding</span></b></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In for-profits:</span></i> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">Once a decision is made, cash is allocated and available to carry it out.</span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><br> <i>&nbsp;In nonprofits/gov't:</i></span></i></span> <span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Unless already in the budget, a new project may need special fundraising or grant-writing, which can take a lot of time (and may not get approved).</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Non-cash Resources</span></b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In for-profits:</span></i> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">Companies may draw on assets that it pays for:</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Employees as volunteers</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Employees for in-kind services (printing, designing, etc.)</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Meeting space</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Equipment, including transport&nbsp;</span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In nonprofits/gov't:</span></i> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Nonprofits have fewer cash-based assets, but offer other benefits:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Employees and volunteers</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Community contacts and sphere of influence</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Location (possibly)</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Possible Concerns</span></b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In for-profits:</span></i></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Remaining profitable is the business' primary focus rather than the nonprofit cause/mission</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Businesses may question the capacity of the nonprofit to contribute to the project&nbsp;</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Businesses may worry about loss of control</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">What is the amount of cash ultimately needed?</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Could unexpected business climate changes arise affecting the ability to continue with the volunteer project?</span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In nonprofits/gov't:</span></i></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The cause/mission is the agency's primary focus, but not for the business</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Will the business commitment last through a slow process?</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Nonprofits may worry about loss of control</span></span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Will there be equity of labor, or will the company assume it pays the bill and the nonprofit does the work?</span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><br> &nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Image Issues</span></b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In for-profits:</span></i></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Who might dislike the company's involvement with the specific cause or agency?</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Will the company gain a "halo effect" for good works or be suspected for self-serving motives?</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">In nonprofits/gov't:</span></i></p> <ul style="margin-top:0in" type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Who might dislike the corporate involvement?</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Might some see the agency as "selling out"?</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span color="#000000" size="3" face="Times"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">You can see that it's a mistake to assume that someone from the "other side" approaches projects in the same way. Learn and appreciate the differences while you find your commonalities. Your agency, the business, and the volunteers in the middle will all benefit.</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <p></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK40"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">This Quick Tip comes from</span></i> <i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><br> <i><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001jAeNpZptvc-EWjwqhG7ddfmnuKi9gapayigWtWxMyo5hc6IyODGhlV8k3qRuWn0PpVehRP-lEdbAkYCNskMpAA4dHba5VHId9MTcJdzeKQPfur5JWdWoA3DbbqWGAJ-jtqi2vK35ekQLTHSP7-XxuboVuTEvrIoq0cwdA3Mh5Rfqqxv0AdJKJRhwAhANT8Xhp1CGiJmGw0eDOIVM_sTupcZwcSKhdPD4rv2LKLk32tVfwCs6ECXYCdIDiif0DkJtzruV-wzgnS3vZkaOSxW7jJihob1i2NVESaN75grCKDKxAJ51bb_BOvJJJKXcyUkv&amp;c=pFBmcPiSlU2ZS1_BQhaZI5uVYx3JgzlKYRwMcD_DeK5JP6z_Ci2_Sw==&amp;ch=WB12UHUwPlztEmi9soIyMbm1SqhFKkL43-FXkyZJNSMGthKJyRESVA==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="">Susan J. Ellis</span></a>, President of Energize, Inc.&nbsp;</i></span></i></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></i></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0098DE">Want more of<br> Susan's Wisdom?&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">Read her books. You'll find them <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001jAeNpZptvc-EWjwqhG7ddfmnuKi9gapayigWtWxMyo5hc6IyODGhlV8k3qRuWn0P4t2h23UqnHkBudUx_y-0yLWzsRjF3j9iGhAg2mWC03GYfR_i5aLdXBg5D3ZuyBwPAovrb5FCGTubTZ03kvBcmrBclOGufy_a3HNGd5YyBCvT1V15OZyY0TV25u8LNfRejBMC_monaYyrmjBo_lYUwYlZbpIam8fKClRVEO3gULrzI4kjj4fmdZu1rau-dUGsqKks2U5S7dhA0luQU81dV9N5jGWigucd0sT02pcdZzrfYDfEwEo8JcBiKuRV5thv&amp;c=pFBmcPiSlU2ZS1_BQhaZI5uVYx3JgzlKYRwMcD_DeK5JP6z_Ci2_Sw==&amp;ch=WB12UHUwPlztEmi9soIyMbm1SqhFKkL43-FXkyZJNSMGthKJyRESVA==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><b><span style="">in the Energize bookstore</span></b></a>.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3092517 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3092517 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:18:13 GMT Techsoup Challenge! 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If crisis ever hits your issue area or worse, your own organization, be prepared with a solid communications plan that will leave stakeholders with a favorable impression of your nonprofit!</span><br></p> <p><br> <a href="http://go.networkforgood.org/y2gSqgDl080AKZo00E00010" target="_blank">Register Now &gt;&gt;</a></p> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3071216 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3071216 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:51:57 GMT HOT TOPIC: Identifying Who Is and Is Not a “Volunteer” <p><img alt="Photo of Susan" src="http://www.energizeinc.com/everyoneready_admin/img/trainers/Au-Ell.jpg" width="65" height="75" style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);"></p> <p><span style=""><b><font style="font-size: 24px;">Identifying Who Is and Is Not a “Volunteer”</font></b></span><br></p> <div data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <h3>By <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/ener/susbio.html">Susan J. Ellis</a></h3> <p>Last week I received an e-mail from colleague Kristi Ondo, a hospital director of volunteer services. She wrote:</p> </div> <blockquote> <div data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <p><span style=""><i>I'd like to run a current frustration by you, hoping you can help me focus my arguments. I am part of a committee of volunteer resources managers who have been asked to develop “benchmarking” guides, especially in defining categories of volunteers such as “junior volunteers.” &nbsp;Some have been trying to include a "financially compensated" category. I am adamant that to be a volunteer you cannot be paid...therefore we should not include anyone receiving money – and perhaps the IRS would frown upon it should the organization be audited. Some of my colleagues are still trying to convince their executives of their expertise in the field and are looking for external validation of what they think volunteer services should include. What do you think?</i></span></p> </div> </blockquote> <div data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <p></p> <p><img hspace="10" alt="aug hot topic" vspace="10" src="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/images/14aug-pic.jpg" width="200">I suspect that every reader has engaged in this sort of discussion/debate/argument more than once. I’ve sure lost count! But it surprised me to see that I have never devoted a Hot Topic to the theme of “who’s a volunteer?” – although I’ve written about it in several books and articles. So, I am sharing and expanding my response to Kristi with all of you.<br> <br> The fundamental flaw in this age-old debate is that we seek clear, definitive answers, when there are far too many nuances for that. I’ve listed just a few questions below to prove it:</p> <ul> <li>What does the term “financially compensated” mean? Is it an actual salary (going on payroll)?<a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#footnotes">1</a> A stipend (its own kettle of fish)? The living allowance paid to AmeriCorps members? <ul> <li>What about getting reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses or discounts for meals and store purchases?&nbsp;</li> <li>Where do paid internships fit into the picture?<a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#footnotes2">2</a></li> <li>Is the amount paid a fixed, pre-determined sum or does it vary with the level of activity and the skills of the person doing it?&nbsp;<br></li> </ul> </li> <li>Do you consider a businessperson as “financially compensated” if s/he is volunteering for you during the business day and still receives normal pay from the employing company (“work release time”)? <ul> <li>What about people in external job training programs who get paid by those programs for their time with you?</li> <li>Or do you only mean “financially compensated by the institution receiving the services”?</li> <li>What about the volunteers who serve on the board of directors, often on their employers’ dime? (And does anyone connect the expertise of the volunteer resources manager to the challenges of keeping volunteer board members engaged?)<br></li> </ul> </li> <li>What about mandated service? Rarely is money paid to someone “doing time” by order of the court. So is the person a “volunteer”? Is there a distinction between a court-ordered volunteer and a young person required to do a certain number of hours of service in order to graduate?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Are you also debating whether academic credit is “compensation” to a student volunteer?&nbsp; Does it matter if the service earns full course credit, partial course credit, or just contributes to a research paper? <ul> <li>Does earning any type of college credit make that student different from a young person who volunteers independent of the classroom or a teenager fulfilling required high school service hours?</li> <li>What if the student volunteer hopes to put the experience on a resume in order to get a job later?</li> <li>Are all students – earning any type of credit or not – coordinated by the volunteer office?&nbsp; Why not?&nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In terms of the responsibilities of volunteer management, don’t the people in all of these categories share the same needs to be interviewed and screened, put into short-term work that uses their skills well, oriented to the organization, supervised/coordinated, and be recognized for their help? Isn’t that what we do?<a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#footnotes3">3</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Here’s another by-the-way: Why the need to segregate “junior volunteers”?&nbsp; There are some brilliant and talented 16-year-olds who can do all sorts of advanced work – why shouldn’t they be allowed into roles adults fill (are they the “real” volunteers)? And why couldn’t an older person with a developmental disability be able to fill a role you thought was meant for a teenager?&nbsp; (Do not confuse the need for policies in working with volunteers under the age of 18 with the issue of the definition of a volunteer.)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Finally, who decides whether the word volunteer should be applied? Is it the person donating time (the “volunteer”) or the recipient of the service (the organization, or even the client)? Is it based on money, degree of choice, or something else? Whose perspective counts more?<br></li> </ul> <p>All of the questions above are rhetorical and my posing them should not be misinterpreted as a position! But I do think the complexities show the limits of the word “volunteer,”&nbsp; as I explain in the 2010 Hot Topic,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2010/10dec.html">The Word "Volunteer" Can Reveal, Conceal, or Confuse</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, people can move from one situation to another. What happens if some of the people required to give you time, such as court-ordered workers or students earning academic credit, like the work so much that they give you more time at each shift than required? Or then continue serving way after the minimum hours are fulfilled? &nbsp;Do they somehow transmute into “pure” volunteers the moment the last second expires? Maybe it is more important why people continue their commitment, than what brought them to us in the first place.</p> <h3>Explaining Volunteer Complexity: It’s Not Easy</h3> <p>We tend to think of an organization’s workers as paid or unpaid, employees or volunteers. But we pay full-time employees, part-time employees, seasonal workers, temp workers, and consultants in different ways.&nbsp; Perhaps this is important at budget time or in reporting to the IRS, but in daily practice, the human resources or personnel department fills positions to get work done.</p> <p>So does the volunteer resources office. Only our work force is much more complex and the mistake is to treat “volunteers” as a single cohort or as interchangeable parts. For management purposes and evaluation of impact we should be reporting on the work performed by the people we recruit, not on how they came to us or whether some third party is involved.</p> <p>Certainly there are times when we should indeed report on the diversity of the corps of volunteers because such data illuminate the range and quality of time donors we have brought into the organization. We can also present information on how different it is to work with students than with pro bono consultants and how both are different from partnering with faith communities. Planning for and coordinating those differences is part of the job of volunteer management – and we always need to educate up about that.</p> <p>It’s also necessary to determine policies and provide tools as needed: volunteers under age 18 will need to get parental permission; court-ordered workers will require authorized confirmation of hours onsite; someone in a wheelchair will need physical accommodation; and so on. But what’s important is that they all be helped to accomplish their assigned activities.</p> <p>I am also aware that the problem can lie with more traditional volunteers – who do not receive money or credit and who often give many hours over many years – who question why so many different sorts of participants are seen as equivalent to them.&nbsp; They can even be insulted at being paired with someone ordered to work by the court or resent seeing younger student interns given higher status.&nbsp; But the answer is to educate current volunteers, not refuse the services of those outside historical boundaries.&nbsp; I was once seriously asked by a colleague: “Is it all right to say thank you to the work-release inmates from our local prison who helped to build the carnival booths?”&nbsp; When is it not OK to express appreciation?!</p> <h3>Recognizing the Real Issue</h3> <p>Kristi’s debate is not about benchmarks and definitions. Her committee is actually struggling with a fundamental question of vital concern to any leader of volunteers:&nbsp; What is the purpose of the volunteer resources function in our organizations and does everyone understand it?&nbsp; Is the purpose limited to bringing in volunteers (under some strict definition) or is it to meet the needs of clients, the community, and the institution by mobilizing human talent that does not have to go on payroll?&nbsp; In other words, volunteer involvement is all about solutions.&nbsp; Why can’t a volunteer department be considered the “community mobilization unit” and have authority over a range of different types of service activities?&nbsp;</p> <p>Here’s a way to determine whether or not an offer to contribute time and skills should be accepted by the volunteer involvement office. How would you answer these two questions:</p> <ul> <li>Should your organization turn away this source of help?</li> <li>If your office does not welcome and support the work contributed, who else in the organization can or will?</li> </ul> <p>We can call the people we recruit and coordinate volunteers or Martians or anything else. Restrictive definitions and limiting silos are self-defeating.&nbsp; Fighting to delineate “volunteers” from other sorts of help only reduces the role we play and misses enormous opportunities for tapping community resources.</p> <p>So…what do you think?</p> <p>________________________________</p> <p><a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#one">1</a> The issue of an audit by the IRS is a red herring, in my opinion. If an organization gives monetary compensation of any kind to anyone, that would be done openly and reported in financial reports. It does not matter which department administers those people. It does not matter if they call them “volunteers.” What matters is that amounts are properly recorded and reported – including issuing 1099s to anyone receiving more than $600 a year without deduction of payroll taxes.&nbsp; But someone in accounting or legal has to understand that the organization should be able to explain why such individuals were not made employees – and the compensated volunteers need to know that, if they receive more than $600, they must report the money as income on their personal income tax return.</p> <p><a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#two">2</a> See this excellent article published in Blue Avocado for further discussion on volunteer “interns”: <a href="http://www.blueavocado.org/content/legalities-nonprofit-internships" target="_blank">http://www.blueavocado.org/content/legalities-nonprofit-internships</a>. Also, last year Rob Jackson and I wrote a Points of View essay for e-Volunteerism, “<a href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/volume-xiii-issue-4-july-2013/points-view/1403">The Sparking Controversy about Volunteer Internships</a>,” discussing the rise in successful lawsuits around the world by unpaid interns demanding financial compensation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2014/14aug.php?utm_source=August+2014+Update&amp;utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&amp;utm_medium=email#three">3</a> For more details on the wide range of people and types of service that fall under the umbrella of volunteering today, see chapter 7 (“Tapping into the Full Spectrum of Community Resources”) of my book, <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/store/1-102-E-3">From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3064010 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3064010 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:59 GMT Members - Log in to view the Archived Webinar Training <p>Hello Members! Did you know that you can view the archived videos after the webinars are held? YES! We post the video links in the members-only section. If you want to watch it over or if you were unable to participate live, you can still view the archived version. We keep them active between 30-60 days, depending on the agreement with the speakers.</p> <p><a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/page-1382610">Click to go to the links!</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3054608 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3054608 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:37:45 GMT CVA Certification Process - Next Registration Period Opens October 1st <h1>CVA Certification Process</h1> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CVAFactSheet_008.pdf">CVA Program Fact Sheet</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/2015References.pdf">2015 Exam References</a></li> <li><a style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;" href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CredentialingConcepts-NOCA.pdf">Definitions and concepts</a> related to certification and professional credentialing</li> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CVAProcessDiagram.pdf">Certification Development Process</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CCVABOK2008-Final_000.pdf">CCVA Body of Knowledge</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CVAContentOutline2009-FINAL.pdf">CVA Content Outline</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CVASelfAssessmentTool_001.pdf">CVA Content Outline:&nbsp; Self-Assessment Tool</a></li> </ul> <p>The "Certified in Volunteer Administration" (CVA) credential is offered for practitioners in volunteer resources management. Originally developed by the international Association for Volunteer Administration, the program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).</p> <p>Unlike many "certificate" or certification programs being offered by colleges and universities, this professional credentialing program is performance-based. It is not intended to teach individuals how to manage volunteers effectively. Rather, it is designed to measure an individual's "knowledge-in-use"--the application of knowledge and skills by those with real-life experience in this role. This includes the assessment of a candidate's ability to structure tasks, produce ideas, and solve problems.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px;">The CVA Program:</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li>is voluntary</li> <li>is performance-based</li> <li>is grounded in core competencies and standards</li> <li>developed by colleagues and peers</li> <li>defines volunteer administration as a profession</li> <li>provides a vehicle for updating best practices</li> <li>is open to salaried and non-salaried individuals</li> <li>from all types of organizations</li> </ul> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">CCVA adheres to standards established by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) -- the primary body in the United States for quality assurance of credentials.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Core Competencies</h2> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">Individuals pursuing the CVA credential are expected to demonstrate successfully their knowledge and ability to apply skills required for competent volunteer management, based on their actual performance in the role. Five core competencies have been identified that serve as a foundation for this profession, regardless of the setting or type of organization where volunteers are at work.</p> <p>As the result of a Job Analysis study conducted in 2008, the five core competencies are:</p> <ul> <li>Ethics: The ability to act in accordance with professional principles.</li> <li>Organizational Management: The ability to design and implement policies, processes and structures to align volunteer involvement with the mission and vision of the organization.</li> <li>Human Resource Management: The ability to successfully engage, train and support volunteers in a systematic and intentional way.</li> <li>Accountability: The ability to collect relevant data and to engage in meaningful monitoring, evaluation and reporting to stakeholders.</li> <li>Leadership and Advocacy: The ability to advance individual, organizational and community goals through effective volunteer involvement.</li> </ul> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">The Credentialing Process</h2> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">A two-part measurement methodology has been designed to demonstrate a candidate's knowledge and application of the core competencies.&nbsp; This is a self-study process, requiring no travel or special classes.</p> <h3 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Part I: Portfolio</h3> <p style="margin-top: 0px;"><strong>Philosophy Statement</strong>: 100-250 words (personal reflection on beliefs and values related to your role as a leader and manager of volunteers)</p> <p><strong>Ethics Case Study</strong>:&nbsp; 100-250 words (description of a work-related situation involving ethics, and how it relates to the profession's core values)</p> <p><strong>Management Narrative</strong>: 1,500-1750 words (description and analysis of a project or activities focused on the core competencies)</p> <p>All three pieces are written based on the candidate's experience within the field (i.e. observations, actions, insights, lessons learned) rather than on presenting information from textbooks or classes. All must be submitted at the same time and are then subject to a peer review process.</p> <h3 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Part II: Multiple Choice Examination</h3> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">The test consists of multiple choice questions based on a Content Outline.&nbsp; It is a two-hour proctored examination, offered once a year on the 4th Wednesday in May.&nbsp; Candidates take the exam via the internet, using a computer of their choice in their own community.</p> <p>Once registered, CVA candidates may start the process with either the portfolio or the examination. However, they are required to sit for the exam in May.&nbsp; Both the portfolio and the exam must be completed by December 31.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Eligibility</h2> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">Individuals wishing to become credentialed must meet these requirements in order to register as a candidate:</p> <ul> <li>Minimum of the equivalent of three years of full-time experience related to volunteer resources management. This experience can be a combination of several part-time positions, and can include both salaried and non-salaried roles.</li> <li>Minimum of 30 percent of current position related to volunteer resources management.</li> <li>Two letters of professional recommendation from supervisors or colleagues, verifying the candidate's activity in the field and his/her appropriateness as a candidate for this credential.</li> </ul> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Fees:&nbsp; 2015&nbsp;&nbsp;</h2> <ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li class="style1">Early Bird &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; $ 275 US&nbsp;</li> <li class="style2"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Standard&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jan. 1 - March 1, 2015 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $ 350 US</span></li> </ul> <blockquote style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman; font-size: 16px;"><em><span style="font-size: 15px;">Special Discounted Rates for members of</span></em></span> ALIVE,</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman; font-size: 16px;"><em><span style="font-size: 15px;">Points of Light/HandsOn Network, VolunteerMatch, Volunteer Canada, and Habitat for Humanity International:</span></em></span></p> </blockquote> <ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Early Bird &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $ 250 US&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Standard&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jan. 1 - March 1, 2015 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $ 315</span> <span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">US</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin-top: 0px;"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman; font-size: 16px;"><em><span style="font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span></em></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px;">The primary reference for the CVA exam is <strong><em><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/cva-textbook.htm">Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice</a></em></strong>.&nbsp;&nbsp; A list of secondary references is also provided.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px;">Candidates are given a self-assessment tool to help them identify topics on which to focus their study.</p> <p>CCVA accepts electronic credit card payments, using the secure PayPal system.&nbsp; (It is not necessary to have a personal PayPal account in order to use this option.)&nbsp;Candidates wishing to <a href="http://www.cvacert.org/pay_online.htm">pay by credit card</a> will still need to submit their registration forms in hard copy by mailing them to the CCVA office.</p> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 0px;">Registration</h2> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong>Registration for the 2014 cycle is now closed.</strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px;"><strong>Registration for the 2015 cycle will open on October 1, 2014.</strong></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3054605 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3054605 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:38:38 GMT CCVA Job Analysis - Volunteer Leader Survey <P><SPAN><B><FONT color="#00B4F6">Your Chance to Influence This Profession!</FONT></B></SPAN><BR></P> <DIV> <P>CCVA is conducting a job analysis survey to update our understanding of this role.&nbsp; We would like YOUR help in updating the skills, knowledge and competencies that practitioners in our field possess.&nbsp; Please join your colleagues around the globe as we evolve together as a community and as a profession.</P> <P></P> <P>Do you…</P> <UL> <LI>…have at least 3 years of experience leading and managing volunteers?</LI> <LI>…know what it takes to do this work well?</LI> <LI>…want to be sure all types of organizations are represented?</LI> <LI>…want to ensure your country’s point of view is expressed?</LI> <LI>…welcome the opportunity to influence the certification and education for this profession?</LI> </UL> <P></P> <P>If so, then please take 25 minutes to complete our survey; <A href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014JTAcva">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014JTAcva</A></P> <P>All individual responses will be kept confidential.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P></P> <P>Also, feel free to forward this message and share this link with your peers who have at least 3 years of experience.</P> <P></P> <P>Thank you in advance for your participation,</P> <P></P> <P>Katie Campbell, CVA</P> <P>Executive Director</P> <P>Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA)</P> <P></P> <P>Tobi Johnson, CVA</P> <P>Chair, Job Analysis Task Force</P> <P></P> <P>CCVA is the sponsor of the international certification for leaders and managers of volunteers.&nbsp; For more details, please visit <A href="http://www.CVAcert.org">www.CVAcert.org</A></P> <P></P> </DIV> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3050411 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3050411 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:02:39 GMT Volunteers: Love Them or Leave Them <h1>Volunteers: Love Them or Leave Them</h1> <div class="byline"> <strong>By F. Duke Haddad</strong> | Posted on June 20, 2014 (Today in Fundraising, Fundraising Success E-Newsletter) </div> <div class="byline"> <span style=""><br></span> </div> <div class="byline"> <span style="">I have worked with hundreds of volunteers in my career. They come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with diversity of age, race, sex, religion and a variety of other factors.</span> </div> <div class="byline"> <span style=""><br></span> </div> <div id="text"> <p>You hope volunteers have a passion for your cause and a willingness to freely give their time, talent and treasure without reservations. No two volunteers are alike. Only with experience can a professional truly learn to maximize the positive experience for the volunteer and staff working with the volunteer. Each experience is never the same in duration, intensity and ultimate results.</p> <p>According to the <a title="Corporation for National and Community Service" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/" target="_blank">Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, <a title="about 64.5 million adults, or 26.5&nbsp;percent of the adult U.S. population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $175 billion dollars in 2012" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/national" target="_blank">about 64.5 million adults, or 26.5&nbsp;percent of the adult U.S. population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $175 billion dollars in 2012</a>. <a title="Independent Sector" class="externalicon applied" href="https://www.independentsector.org/" target="_blank">Independent Sector</a>,&nbsp;notes that the <a title="value of volunteer time in 2013 was $22.55 per hour." class="externalicon applied" href="https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time" target="_blank">value of volunteer time in 2013 was $22.55 per hour.</a></p> <p>The <a title="United States Bureau of Labor Statistics" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.bls.gov/" target="_blank">United States Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>&nbsp;highlights the following in its <a title="Volunteering in the United State - 2013 report" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm" target="_blank">Volunteering in the United State - 2013 report</a>:</p> <ul> <li>62.6 million people volunteered for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013</li> <li>Volunteer rates declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013</li> <li>35- to 44-year-olds were the most likely to volunteer (30.6 percent of total)</li> <li>Whites volunteered at 27.1 percent and blacks at 18.5 percent</li> <li>Married people volunteered at 30.7 percent and those never married at 20 percent</li> <li>39.8 percent of college graduates volunteered</li> <li>Most volunteers were only involved in one or two organizations</li> <li>The highest percentage of volunteers served religious organizations (33 percent), followed by education/youth (25.6 percent) and social service/community service (14.7 percent)&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><span style="">A key to volunteer success for your organization is how you motivate volunteers. Several authors highlight what they feel are motivation tools for volunteers. According to consultant</span> <a title="Thomas McKee" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.volunteerpower.com/aboutus" target="_blank" style="font-size: 0.8em; background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);">Thomas McKee</a><span style="">, providing on the job training, being available to assist volunteers and providing positive feedback is a must. He notes you need to "</span><a title="stimulate that inner motivation" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.volunteerpower.com/articles/motivate.asp" target="_blank" style="font-size: 0.8em; background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);">stimulate that inner motivation</a><span style="">."</span><br></p> <p>According to <a title="Score.org" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.score.org/" target="_blank">Score.org</a>, <a title="it is important to provide volunteers with the right motivation by rewarding and recognizing them" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.score.org/resources/six-ways-motivate-your-volunteers" target="_blank">it is important to provide volunteers with the right motivation by rewarding and recognizing them</a>. <a title="Freelance writer Natalie Bracco believes" class="externalicon applied" href="http://blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/2012/07/09/10-tips-for-keeping-your-volunteers-motivated-and-happy" target="_blank">Freelance writer Natalie Bracco believes</a> the values of respect and flexibility and leading by example are factors to success. <a title="Robin Toal at Funds for NGOs" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.fundsforngos.org/author/robin" target="_blank">Robin Toal at Funds for NGOs</a> says one must understand volunteers and make them feel valued. She notes that <a title="a happy volunteer is a motivated volunteer" class="externalicon applied" href="http://www.fundsforngos.org/free-resources-for-ngos/motivate-volunteers-ngo-free-guide" target="_blank">a happy volunteer is a motivated volunteer</a>.</p> <p>The volunteer experience starts at recruitment. If you recruit someone for the right reasons and you see joy in his or her face, the "good" process begins. If you have to force someone to volunteer, the "bad" process begins.</p> <p>You need to thoroughly explain what the volunteer will experience. It is helpful to have this information in writing and clearly denote expectations of time. Do not play shell games with volunteers. You will lose every time.</p> <p>So many organizations carry volunteers who are burned out, tuned out and left the organization mentally some time ago. You need to say goodbye to them with grace and praise, plus begin to recruit fresh blood ASAP. You also must do everything possible to love your volunteers and know each person well enough to understand each individual's needs and wants.</p> <p>Always emphasize recruitment, orientation and training with clarity of purpose. And always engage volunteers undefined they are important community ambassadors for your organization. The ultimate goal is to make the volunteer experience one to remember for all the right reasons! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3024780 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3024780 Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:08:47 GMT Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer During Their Summer Break <p><b><font style="font-size: 14px;">Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer During Their Summer Break</font></b></p> <p>Whether it is planting trees, helping out at an animal shelter, visiting the elderly at a nursing home, or reading to a young child, there are many rewards to volunteering. Kids learn by watching the adults around them. The summer is a great time to get the family involved in a volunteer project. Here are some resources that provide volunteer ideas, discuss the benefits of volunteering, and a tool to help you locate possible volunteer projects in your state:</p> <div> <div> <ul> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);">A Family’s Guide to Getting Involved</a><br></li> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://volunteer.gov/" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);">Locating Volunteer Opportunities in Your State</a><br></li> <li><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/volunteering.html" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(1, 180, 246);">Volunteering Ideas for Teens</a><br></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; opacity: 0;" data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;">Encourage Your Kids to&nbsp;Volunteer During&nbsp;Their Summer Break</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background: white;">Whether it is planting trees, helping out at an animal shelter, visiting the elderly at a nursing home, or reading to a young child, there are many rewards to volunteering. Kids learn by watching the adults around them. The summer is a great time to get the family involved in a volunteer project. Here are some resources that provide volunteer ideas, discuss the benefits of volunteering, and a tool to help you locate possible volunteer projects in your state:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html">A Family’s Guide to Getting Involved</a></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://volunteer.gov/">Locating Volunteer Opportunities in Your State</a></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/volunteering.html"><span>Volunteering Ideas for Teens</span></a></span></p> </div> <div style="position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; opacity: 0;" data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;">Encourage Your Kids to&nbsp;Volunteer During&nbsp;Their Summer Break</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background: white;">Whether it is planting trees, helping out at an animal shelter, visiting the elderly at a nursing home, or reading to a young child, there are many rewards to volunteering. Kids learn by watching the adults around them. The summer is a great time to get the family involved in a volunteer project. Here are some resources that provide volunteer ideas, discuss the benefits of volunteering, and a tool to help you locate possible volunteer projects in your state:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html">A Family’s Guide to Getting Involved</a></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://volunteer.gov/">Locating Volunteer Opportunities in Your State</a></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/volunteering.html"><span>Volunteering Ideas for Teens</span></a></span></p> </div> <div style="position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; opacity: 0;" data-wawebkitpastecontainer="1"> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html">A Family’s Guide to Getting Involved</a></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://volunteer.gov/">Locating Volunteer Opportunities in Your State</a></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;tab-stops: list .5in;background:white;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10pt;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNjE5LjMzMjM0OTIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDYxOS4zMzIzNDkyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2OTAwNjE1JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3VzYW5kc2hhZmZldHRlQGJlbGxzb3V0aC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXN1c2FuZHNoYWZmZXR0ZUBiZWxsc291dGgubmV0JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/volunteering.html"><span style="">Volunteering Ideas for Teens</span></a></span></p> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3019578 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3019578 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:18:30 GMT Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) - Grant Funds Announcement <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) has released its 2014 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals. Letters of Intent can be submitted <a href="http://emergingphilanthropists.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0c29251986975133fa93e870c&amp;id=6e0fb9a1c9&amp;e=cf7d3acb24" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 102, 153);">online</span></strong></a> until June 27, 2014 at 5 p.m.<br> <br> The 2014 class has four grantmaking teams that will award up to $10,000 in each of the following areas:&nbsp;<br> <br></span><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">Arts &amp; Culture:</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050"><br> EPNO’s Arts and Culture team seeks to support organizations located in the “New Orleans&nbsp;Community” (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Charles, and&nbsp;St. John the Baptist) that:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Improve artists’ quality of life through</span></li> <li style="list-style: none; display: inline"> <ul type="circle"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Housing;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Healthcare; and/or</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Business Management (Financial and Legal services);</span></li> </ul> </li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Increase artists’ exposure by reaching new audiences and/or building new client/artist relationships; and/or</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Support the use of an artistic medium to bring public attention to an issue facing the&nbsp;New Orleans Community.</span></li> </ul> <h4><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">Crime &amp; Public Safety:</span></strong></h4> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">The EPNO Crime &amp; Public Safety team seeks to support local*&nbsp;organizations&nbsp;taking an innovative, whole-person approach to building a safer public by focusing on one or more of the following areas:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">PREVENTION: Prevention through individualized attention for at-risk populations;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">RECIDIVISM &amp; RE-ENTRY: Direct support for the previously incarcerated; and</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">ADVOCACY:<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Policies or strategies that address prevention, recidivism&nbsp;and/or re-entry.</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">*within the greater New Orleans area<br> <br></span><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">Economic Development:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height: 150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050"><br> The Economic Development team seeks to support a non-profit in the Greater New Orleans&nbsp;area that focuses on one or more of the following:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Workforce Development</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Neighborhood Revitalization</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Small Business Support</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">In determining grant awards, preference will be given to entities that accomplish one or more of&nbsp;the following:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Facilitate job and business creation</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Prepare individuals to enter or reenter the workforce&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Support career advancement</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Enhance the economic prospects of a neighborhood</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Support existing businesses</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:150%"><strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">Youth Development:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050"><br> The Youth Development Team seeks to provide funding for groups with innovative approaches to strengthen character and/or enhance the lives of youth in the Greater New Orleans area.<br> <br></span><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">How to Apply:</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <h2><span style="font-size:10.5pt;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">Please submit a Letter of Intent <a href="http://emergingphilanthropists.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0c29251986975133fa93e870c&amp;id=915500918c&amp;e=cf7d3acb24" target="_blank"><span style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal">online</span></a> by June 27, 2014 at 5 p.m.&nbsp;</span></h2> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">You may apply to one area only. The Letter of Intent should include a description of the following (Please limit to 250 words for consistency):&nbsp;</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">The organization and its mission&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">The project for which you are seeking funding&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">How the funds will be used</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">All applicants will receive an email by July 15 indicating if they are invited to submit a full proposal.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</span></p> <h4><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">Eligibility:&nbsp;</span></strong></h4> <h4><span style="font-size:10.5pt;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">To be eligible, applicants must:&nbsp;</span></h4> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Have 501(c)(3) status. If you are an individual with an innovative idea, you must find a sponsoring 501(c)(3)&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Be located within the greater New Orleans area</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#505050">Please note: EPNO has a <a href="http://emergingphilanthropists.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=0c29251986975133fa93e870c&amp;id=cfac45ecd1&amp;e=cf7d3acb24" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 102, 153);">Conflict of Interest</span></strong></a> policy which may prohibit an organization at which an EPNO member or immediate family member is employed from applying to this year's grant cycle. EPNO will notify you after your letter of intent is received if there is a conflict.&nbsp;<br> <br></span><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:navy">About EPNO:</span></strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050"><br> EPNO is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. Members participate in a six-month program where they pool funds, collaborate on teams and allocate grants to impact issues they care about. Member contributions are matched dollar for dollar through the generosity of outside sponsorships. In total, the Class of 2014 will distribute $40,000 in grants.&nbsp;<br> <br> Our Mission:&nbsp;</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Inspire and educate young leaders to become effective, lifelong philanthropists&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Impact positive change in the New Orleans region&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="color:#505050;line-height:150%;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;">Retain local talent by allowing emerging leaders to connect with each other and their community</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050;">The group began as a pilot in 2009 and is now in its sixth class. By the end of this year, almost 200 young professionals will have graduated from the program, distributing over $200,000 in funds to local nonprofits.&nbsp;<br> <br></span><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; Times New Roman&quot;;color:#505050;">For more information, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://emergingphilanthropists.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=0c29251986975133fa93e870c&amp;id=c4daabc7f1&amp;e=cf7d3acb24" target="_blank"><span style="color:#336699">http://www.emergingphilanthropists.org/</span></a><br> <br> Please forward this email to any organization that you think should submit a Letter of Intent.&nbsp;<br> <br> Questions? Contact <a href="mailto:info@emergingphilanthropists.org" target="_blank"><span style="color:#336699">info@emergingphilanthropists.org</span></a>&nbsp;</span><br></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3002333 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3002333 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:23:48 GMT LANO Training: Promoting Fund Development Success <p><b><span style="font-size: 13.5pt;">How do you bring your fund development to a new level and ensure sustainability?</span></b></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" align="right" width="200" style="width:150.0pt;background:#EEEEEE;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt"> <p style="background-image:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-size: initial; background-origin: initial;background-clip: initial;background-position:initial; background-repeat:initial"><span style="background:#F2F2F2">"I found the information to be excellent. It addressed directly many of the challenges which non-profits are currently facing as it relates to boards, vision, mission and moving forward. I left the meeting with several action items which HOPE ministries will address within upcoming weeks. This within itself is a great accomplishment and speaks to the relevance of the training."</span></p> <p><span style="background:#F2F2F2">Hope Ministries Board Chair John F. Smith on the April 22 session, <i>Promoting Excellent Board Leadership</i></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><i>Promoting Fund Development Success&nbsp;</i>is a training based on national models that focuses on strategies and tactics that are working today. It consists of three modules:<span style="font-size:13.5pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#222222;tab-stops:list .5in"><b><span style="Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Donor Prospecting</span></b></li> <li style="color:#222222;tab-stops:list .5in"><b><span style="Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Donor Cultivation</span></b></li> <li style="color:#222222;tab-stops:list .5in"><b><span style="Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Donor Stewardship</span></b></li> </ul> <p>Participants will receive practical tools in an interactive session. Board Chair/Executive Director teams will be given a discount on their registration and are encouraged to attend together in order to maximize session effectiveness. During the event participants will begin implementation planning designed to strengthen their organizations.</p> <p>The training team consists of:</p> <p style="margin-left:47.25pt;text-indent:-.25in; tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol; color:#222222">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ealzbr%2Eorg%2Fexplore%2Ecfm%2Faboutus%2Fstaffdirectory%2F100001" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#1155CC">Barbara Auten</span></b></a></span>, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)</p> <p style="margin-left:47.25pt;text-indent:-.25in; tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol; color:#222222">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fc100la%2Eorg%2Fwho%2Dwe%2Dare%2Fmember%2Dprofiles%2Flori%2Dbertman" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#1155CC">Lori Bertman</span></b></a></span>, President and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation</p> <p style="margin-left:47.25pt;text-indent:-.25in; tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol; color:#222222">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Flano%2Esite%2Dym%2Ecom%2Fresource%2Fresmgr%2Finstitute%2Fembaugh%5Fbio%5Fas%5Fof%5F5%2D2014%2Epdf" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#1155CC">Tia Embaugh</span></b></a></span>, CEO of Growth Strategies Group and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)</p> <p style="margin-left:47.25pt;text-indent:-.25in; tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol; color:#222222">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Flano%2Esite%2Dym%2Ecom%2Fresource%2Fresmgr%2Finstitute%2Fsusan%5Fjeansonne%5Fbio%5Fas%5Fof%5F5%2D%2Epdf" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#1155CC">Susan Jeansonne</span></b></a></span>, Consultant at Growth Strategies Group</p> <p style="margin-left:47.25pt;text-indent:-.25in; tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol; color:#222222">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span> <span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Flano%2Esite%2Dym%2Ecom%2Fstaff%2Fdetails%2Easp%3Fid%3D14873" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#1155CC">Cory Sparks</span></b></a></span>, Director of the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence</p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:13.5pt">&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#222222">8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014</span></strong><b><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#222222"><br> <strong>Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area&nbsp;</strong><br></span></b><b><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#1155CC"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1254670&amp;ymlink=2113194&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo%2Egl%2Fmaps%2F5IqVo" target="_blank"><span style="color:#1155CC">3772 North Boulevard&nbsp;</span></a><br> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1254670&amp;ymlink=2113194&amp;finalurl=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo%2Egl%2Fmaps%2F5IqVo" target="_blank"><span style="color:#1155CC">Baton Rouge, LA 70806</span></a><br> <br></span></b><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#1155CC"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=1337888&amp;ymlink=2295887&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elano%2Eorg%2Fevents%2Fevent%5Fdetails%2Easp%3Fid%3D440709%26group%3D" target="_top">[Register]</a></span></b></p> <p></p> <p><b>The price of the session for LANO General and Associate Members is<span style="color:maroon">&nbsp;$85 for individuals</span>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span style="color:maroon">$153 for a team of two</span>. All other registrants:&nbsp;<span style="color:maroon">$170 / $306</span>&nbsp;respectively.</b></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001802 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001802 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:49:38 GMT Shop for a Cause - Sign up now! <p class="macysColor" style="font: bold 38px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(225, 26, 43); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 0.5em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Calling All Charities!</p> <p style="font: bold 18px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Macy's 9th Annual Shop For A Cause is August 23, 2014</p> <div class="hr" style="background: rgb(209, 209, 209); font: 12px/normal Arial, sans-serif; width: 525px; height: 1px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"></div> <p class="macysColor" style="font: 16px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(225, 26, 43); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><a style="color: rgb(225, 26, 43); padding-top: 1em; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; display: block;" href="http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/CreateAccount.aspx">Sign up and request your shopping passes now!</a></p> <div class="hr" style="background: rgb(209, 209, 209); font: 12px/normal Arial, sans-serif; width: 525px; height: 1px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"></div> <p style="font: 16px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-top: 1em; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Macy’s will host its 9th annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Since 2006, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $48 Million for charities across the country. This is your opportunity to be part of the excitement.</p> <p style="font: 16px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><a class="macysColor question" style="color: rgb(225, 26, 43); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;" href="http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/?cm_mmc=Carat-_-jun1sfac_calling_all_charitiesw4050063-_-1340347-_-06012014_06132014#what">What is Shop For A Cause?</a></p> <p style="font: 16px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><a class="macysColor question" style="color: rgb(225, 26, 43); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;" href="http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/?cm_mmc=Carat-_-jun1sfac_calling_all_charitiesw4050063-_-1340347-_-06012014_06132014#why">Why should we participate?</a></p> <p style="font: 16px/normal Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-bottom: 1em; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><a class="macysColor question" style="color: rgb(225, 26, 43); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;" href="http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/?cm_mmc=Carat-_-jun1sfac_calling_all_charitiesw4050063-_-1340347-_-06012014_06132014#how">How do we participate?</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001382 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001382 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:53:24 GMT Where should Volunteer Resources be "Placed"? <p></p> <h1 align="center">&nbsp; Susan Ellis' Tip of the Month</h1> <div align="center"> <table width="100%" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK8" style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 5.25pt 13.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><font color="#FF0000"><strong>Where Should Volunteer Resources Be "Placed"?</strong></font></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>The question of where to "place" responsibility for the administration of volunteer involvement surfaces repeatedly, with no agreed upon standard practice. While there is no definitely right or wrong department or level in an organization where volunteers belong, where they appear on the organizational chart sends a message as to their importance. As always, the key is to make the choice strategically.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Right now there seems to be a trend for larger nonprofits to put volunteer services into <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>the marketing or public relations department.</span></strong> In most cases, this means a transfer out of the chain of command running the organization's direct client services, a move that may have unintended consequences.&nbsp; On the plus side, this placement acknowledges volunteers as vital to strong relations with the community. It also provides the volunteer resources manager (VRM) with access to resources in media relations, technology, graphic arts, and other elements important in recruiting and recognizing volunteers.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>On the other side of the coin, however, the marketing staff is removed from the daily operations of the organization and outside of any decision making about client services. This poses a serious problem for the VRM, who must be in the loop about what is going on in order to place volunteers into all units throughout the organization.&nbsp; This requires ongoing contact with direct service staff and participation in planning sessions no one else in marketing would ever attend. So how can the head of marketing competently supervise the VRM and represent the needs of volunteers higher up the chain?</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Another negative is the message this placement sends about the role of volunteers.&nbsp; Rather than clearly integrated with the service delivery team, being assigned to the marketing department implies that volunteers are mainly "for show" or to win points with the public. It certainly does not convey the sense that volunteers are doing substantive things to further the mission of the organization.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Other Common</span></strong><b><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>Placement Options</span></strong></span></b></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>One can identify <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>pros</span></em> and <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>cons</span></em> for any of the placement options common for volunteer services.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>In the&nbsp;<strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>human resources or personnel department:</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Pros:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>This permits merger (or eliminates duplication) of some systems for creating position descriptions, staff&nbsp; handbooks, training, and recordkeeping. The VRM is then positioned to be the human resource "specialist for non-paid staff," and can assure that organization policies foster good employee-volunteer relations, that staff is trained in how to work with volunteers, and more.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Cons:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Over time attention to volunteers is whittled down, as volunteers are given lower priority than paid staff. The tendency is to define volunteer management as employee management, without acknowledging the key differences - nor encouraging or funding these special issues.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>In the <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>development or fundraising office:</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Pros:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>From this vantage point, volunteers are presented internally and externally as part of the department that coordinates outreach to community groups and businesses, bringing in all community resources (both money and time) to further the mission of the organization.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Cons:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>As with the marketing department, fundraising staff has little direct involvement with the service delivery staff, so again the VRM is at a disadvantage in placing volunteers strategically.&nbsp;Because most organizations value raising funds more than raising time and talent, the VRM is rarely viewed as a <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>partner</span></em> in resource development, but rather as an <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>assistant</span></em> to the staff bringing in money. Even more serious is that volunteers may get the message that they are wanted only for their financial value.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>All of the options above put the VRM and volunteers "under" another department. That in itself sends a message. If the organization wants to promote volunteer involvement as important and essential, there are two more choices.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Placed within <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>the executive offices</span></strong>, reporting directly to the executive director:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Pros:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>This demonstrates the value placed on volunteer engagement and gives the VRM continuous overview of the whole organization, as well as access to top decision makers.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Cons:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>But the proximity also means that the executive can divert the VRM to other areas and activities unrelated to volunteer engagement. More critically, lower level staff may feel constrained from sharing concerns or needs with the VRM.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Finally there is the creation of <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>an independent volunteer resources department,</span></strong> sending the message that volunteers are recognized as vital enough to warrant focused attention.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Pros:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>The VRM is seen and treated as a department head, serves on the senior management team, submits a budget to be allocated to support volunteers, and is held accountable for running a successful volunteer involvement initiative.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Cons:</span></em> <span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Employees can view volunteers as "belonging" to the volunteer resources department when, in fact, everyone is responsible for supporting volunteers wherever their assignment places them. Also, most department heads do not engage themselves in the functioning of other departments and so may wonder why the director of volunteer resources shows up in their work area, speaks to their employees, and works with staff at all levels. Yet this is precisely what is required to identify positions for volunteers and place them effectively.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Where volunteer resources appears on the organizational chart is a decision deserving careful assessment. Recognize that the placement can enable or disable the VRM in developing the potential of volunteer engagement for ongoing success.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><font color="#FF0000"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><font color="#FF0000">This Quick Tip comes from</font></span></em></font> <i><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><br> <font color="#FF0000"><em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001pXVzWeg2Kc4RpmOYE4J91uwgv1n-391ax5z0po766CGlVA0t8GMM1KCO7m2pXEnGjFcyH3dPcASXDHixto9WN8m_tRFYOYPSyTsI70PE3HduOmrKjwdz93PH72XWSE93LOwIvmHBRS3Mw1dbQogocSHAx_pbh1z0y7nzHXSTv7xlmf23IAM_A8muIj0G9w4g1gayZTJL1h0NztXUgBxZNh_Evf1deCU4OmpQomPYPeplvAMpkB4ecBFpoqCTGQ9aDAHr1h1dPeGY812D7O6AMcyK3Guq4khIQ02jdO5a-nzQVShdQvhBCurs3Q5WYdGu&amp;c=WU4s6IhHm0Fc8haWuxZzwfsBo36J95C0Xb9F4TZKz5MkVjFzMLsIxw==&amp;ch=RQG2YbDJJYUe0fAfzhsBc1rq8axQaLZeyLmtiojwfuBAl0kJ6f9GIQ==" target="_blank" shape="rect" linktype="1" track="on"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Susan J. Ellis</span></a>, President of Energize, Inc.&nbsp;</span></em></font></span></i></span></p> <p><font color="#FF0000"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.6" width="400" height="113" id="_x0000_i1025" alt="Energize Inc. logo" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs070/1101128346960/img/6.gif" border="0" vspace="5" hspace="5"></span></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001027 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/3001027 Fri, 23 May 2014 19:58:40 GMT Social Media Mini Guide <p style="line-height:13.5pt"></p> <p style="line-height:13.5pt"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Remember those people who liked you on Facebook or followed you on Twitter? Don't leave them hanging! Now that they've expressed interest in your cause, strike up a conversation! In the</span> <a href="http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBTf5ksB8ixfdB86RYFAACZzxs6/rfp6" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits</a><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">, you'll learn how to do just that and how to format stories for different networks, make your Facebook posts "likeable," and some tips you can implement today.</span><br></p><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#666666;"><a href="http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBTf5ksB8ixfdB86RYFAACZzxs6/rfp6" target="_blank">Download your copy of the Social Media Mini Guide today!&gt;&gt;</a></span> <div> <br> </div> <div> Provided by Network for Good. </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1556629 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1556629 Mon, 05 May 2014 01:03:13 GMT Join the Debate - Branding "National Volunteer Week" <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:0in 13.5pt 0in 13.5pt"> <p><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#666666">May Hot Topic</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 0in 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0098DE">BRANDING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: WHOSE WEEK IS IT ANYWAY?</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">It seems Points of Light "sold" America's National Volunteer Week to Advil</span> <sup><span style="font-size:8.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">®</span></sup> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#454545">this year, making the rest of us non-consenting participants in a commercial advertising strategy. The lack of reaction from the field may be even more disturbing than the callous business deal, tainting a 40-year national tradition. Does anyone care? Please comment!</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><strong><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0019PT2z0sY9_4vpzzSCSLnhp_gWrtpWmSLiLh8--3r27188u2lAay_qgA6HKSD8rKRXLmr48gy9WrgAtvfgeJtdd6qwt25DadOtZjfm4ov6ZaIKM7o9KJyyAW43Cpt1g-T1cUZqExRYBrnPYygUS6X2jynkfzibA42-EoeDwqxS9W_aTyVG-_syNARC661J-vAiZ2GxlK29bYkwXge-CSkwV9clvYn9r8CU7-ZCUM1jS2PuV35fACHVnqol77wOXoEfQ13KtgPCUDmN9DMhfX-HPVOS8EhaKp2gWi2zYh3nvj766Ss9ECeZR31uvppxP_S&amp;c=kJ8Qd3w0bn_nihEwDUYtpfExF79YAOs5W3Z4niKwtWqeQyyFbLGeIQ==&amp;ch=MwjajEVui2uJY8ohE_kJJ60xJki3cXn5uX4C0vZd2iP1I_cFd_Y1tQ==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Read this month's Hot Topic</span></a>&nbsp;- Energize Inc. (Susan Ellis)</span></i></strong></p> <p><em style="font-size: 1em; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">You can subscribe to the Hot Topic as a <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0019PT2z0sY9_4vpzzSCSLnhp_gWrtpWmSLiLh8--3r27188u2lAay_qpOK8Ja4BbFUPQtr1_7s4wzUoPh8FS1QIn5MJgHz-HeZr07s6g9A4FaPI-2ne2W8u74AOpcK4g5dJ_704l8LS_BFg1Y1YjwM5PLRsyHobiEatXjYxGOf88G4kDS2RG-l3c4L_i-lvi3jPGDU2RvRU6DKe9tYBoVT1NYiUgegNjUawkofK3ZHmxkGnmqq2fWjK-lIZqeC3qRawv9wUGjRIxiw9-J4q7I6YEs8R4HY1TQ8pfv6yw3PCzt_HihnhivNFjF8EnlOgCUb&amp;c=kJ8Qd3w0bn_nihEwDUYtpfExF79YAOs5W3Z4niKwtWqeQyyFbLGeIQ==&amp;ch=MwjajEVui2uJY8ohE_kJJ60xJki3cXn5uX4C0vZd2iP1I_cFd_Y1tQ==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">podcast</span></a> or <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0019PT2z0sY9_4vpzzSCSLnhp_gWrtpWmSLiLh8--3r27188u2lAay_qpOK8Ja4BbFULl8_1zfSB_J_hWfggUah1O5gjH8bnXGicbxMQGcYC3dB4nQZebYVkd4wdA18FGkkal-obCRFXe7E1vw6NT-RNcVU8S3tIjmBv_gcD0HYt_nB0YUffiKKVIK3Q-68aQ_aIzbzxWxgFsgJKra4AxPwnXqkSJyP8a7x_jlwGHF_IWUDx-gGdz45oRT-_GnZq-Od8vRZd4mwSuxzETqxzsVfj_5p5FGnwXNMViEJgULrGu-uCf6wuFMOzwbDGyVDNLMR&amp;c=kJ8Qd3w0bn_nihEwDUYtpfExF79YAOs5W3Z4niKwtWqeQyyFbLGeIQ==&amp;ch=MwjajEVui2uJY8ohE_kJJ60xJki3cXn5uX4C0vZd2iP1I_cFd_Y1tQ==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">RSS text feed</span></a> - or listen to the audio online.&nbsp;</span></em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1546980 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1546980 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:27:24 GMT Volunteer Today News - Preview of Current Edition <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"> <strong><span style="COLOR: #0000cd"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif">VTNews Preview of Volunteer Today</span></span></span></strong> </div> <div> <br> VTNews is the preview for Volunteer Today for April.&nbsp; Quick clicks to articles of interest.&nbsp; Suggestions? Questions? Contact VT at <a href="mailto:mba@bmi.net">mba@bmi.net</a><br> <br> Failure is bad thing.&nbsp; Right?&nbsp; Maybe not!&nbsp; Read the ideas of Irving H. Buchen, a professor at Capella University.&nbsp; He offers reasons why failure might lead to success.&nbsp; Read how you can use failures to improve the volunteer program.&nbsp; Take a look at his ideas on <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/c4d7b32275/0b3a98838e/ead1282fd6">Engagement and Leadership page.</a><br> <br> There is a myth that you cannot evaluate volunteers.&nbsp; THE person might not come back.&nbsp; The fact is that most volunteers want to know if what he/she is doing is helping.&nbsp; <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/c4d7b32275/0b3a98838e/c35fe90c10">Ask Connie</a> tells how to evaluate, including a form to be used. </div> <div> <br> <br> <img title="Popik" style="HEIGHT: 84px; WIDTH: 86px" border="0" hspace="7" alt="Popik" vspace="5" src="http://img-ak.verticalresponse.com/media/e/e/3/ee39d1107a/c4d7b32275/5a5e87bfb9/library/Popik.jpg" width="86" align="right" height="84">&nbsp; The March issue of Volunteer Today reported on recent research confirming what most managers of volunteers already know---Engage someone who is unemployed and soon he/she will be employed.&nbsp; Robin Popik, a regular reader of VT, quickly responded by sharing her annual report.&nbsp; Read page four.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <a href="http://www.volunteertoday.com/default.htm" target="_blank">Newsletter Link</a> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1538051 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1538051 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:59:56 GMT Volunteer Reporting = Accountability <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Volunteer resources managers commonly struggle with getting volunteers to submit written reports about their work, even if such reports are "required." If an organization routinely receives only a small percentage of monthly information asked of volunteers, something is wrong. But the problem is not the volunteers; it's with the agency that has not cared enough to enforce its own requirements.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">An organization MUST be informed of what is being done in its name anywhere -- not only for quality control, but also to <em>protect</em> both clients and volunteers. This is especially vital for volunteers who work remotely, whether in the field or online. Therefore, a volunteer who does not report is unacceptable in that role. Does this sound harsh? No, it reflects that the work the volunteer is doing is important to everyone and cannot be unreported.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">First, state clearly and specifically in all volunteer position descriptions what the reporting requirements are and reinforce these expectations in all early contacts and training.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Then, design a reporting procedure that is <em>simple in content</em> and easy to <em>submit</em>.</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Give volunteers a <em>form</em> to complete! Don't expect essays...but leave room for them to <em>add</em> whatever they want.</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Ask <em>questions</em> that make sense and have meaning! Such as: some statistics/data to monitor "activity"; some indicators of <em>impact</em> or <em>results</em> - which will vary with each assignment; benchmarks or <em>milestones</em> that might be observed</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Offer <em>options</em> to report on paper by mail or drop-off, by fax, by voice on a dedicated answering machine line, by e-mail, or online via a tool such as SurveyMonkey or SurveyGizmo.</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Equally important, determine who will <em><b>look at and respond to</b></em> the reports...<em><b>and follow up</b></em> when reports are not submitted.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">If you do not follow up the <em>very first time</em> a volunteer does not submit a report, you send the message that it doesn't matter! Stress that you expect and will look at all reports <em>every time</em>. If you start out right, volunteers will soon comply.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">A few more hints:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">If you cannot respond to reports as soon as they come in, at least thank each volunteer (automatic e-mail is fine) and promise to get back soon.</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Share non-confidential information in the reports <em>cumulatively</em> with all the other remote volunteers, so that they see how together they are making a difference.</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">If you have many remote volunteers, create one or more <em>team leader</em> positions, assigning a volunteer to specifically follow up with off-site volunteers and then work closely with you.</span></li> <li style="color:#454545;margin-bottom: 6.0pt;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Remember to report to the volunteers on what you are doing, too. It's two-way communication that will help them feel in-the-loop about what is going on.</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Here's a thought: If you do not look at and use the reports volunteers give you, stop asking for them!</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Showing that you read and act on what volunteers tell you in their reports reinforces that reporting is useful to everyone. And many volunteers <em>like</em> to submit reports as a way of sharing what they feel they are contributing. So an effective reporting process is a form of <em>volunteer recognition</em>.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Think about <em>that</em> as you celebrate National Volunteer Week.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK40"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><em><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">This Quick Tip comes from</span></em> <i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545"><br> <em><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001R4iwW2TUfSwoj8ja2ZY-l7WABbHLjT-XlwD-a5WkmhtRj0OGdyeTeX5B3lXrGVh59L2Lw7qPUtgTPEdlmMLcD_uGg0XRnVQnqSOCmxmc8T17AcCH69qkAYHLOzjCxMdHei4pe79QNZPX9hIAlpGTt6NPrdowai0IqYXs0kDWCKEoivrrqumOr8JRTcs7ECmyh8PBP8xn95bg5yqH1d0qkHP258YDiaT1htezdWgl6W42c0ggLpPFQ7SU9qzxYvWSojcLDk-JG0YpsKqZqjTg00zAEvfZogkXvh2utbz6IovVqGBtUpVZenj-GuVVyYS0&amp;c=Tjxu6UCLbL6U2v8m3_WgxhtSCTopz5YF66JDbI9m5GndycbKb3cq7w==&amp;ch=EcokwFFO9uzbf38VU8eNTvbDuF3qGdvw_br-IsbJQpt7OUcRWHi12A==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Susan J. Ellis</span></a>, President of Energize, Inc.&nbsp;</em></span></i></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><em><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><br></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1531576 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1531576 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:09:03 GMT Slidell Memorial Hospital Volunteer Sets a Guinness World Record! <p>Officials with <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCoQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nola.com%2Fcommunity%2Fst-tammany%2Findex.ssf%2F2014%2F02%2Fslidell_volunteer_viola_cocran.html&amp;ei=q2orU7mSO6Ky2gWOg4CQBQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFOmHSzuquS7bPpkejnS3THNNYvfg&amp;sig2=AY__weXOSfV8sayMnpfHzw&amp;bvm=bv.62922401,d.b2I"><font color="#0066CC">Slidell Memorial Hospital</font></a> and the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCoQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nola.com%2Fcommunity%2Fst-tammany%2Findex.ssf%2F2014%2F02%2Fslidell_volunteer_viola_cocran.html&amp;ei=02orU_WaK8Sd2QXvuYE4&amp;usg=AFQjCNFOmHSzuquS7bPpkejnS3THNNYvfg&amp;sig2=ptvgYda4TiqBdF_sf8my-Q&amp;bvm=bv.62922401,d.b2I"><font color="#0066CC">City of Slidell</font></a> are inviting any member of the community who was lucky enough to benefit from the devotion to the hospital by <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=3&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CEMQFjAC&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nola.com%2Fcommunity%2Fst-tammany%2Findex.ssf%2F2012%2F04%2Fslidell_celebration_set_to_hon.html&amp;ei=q2orU7mSO6Ky2gWOg4CQBQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHwnHNa0iCm7HQYFHRMJjBtOcT2rQ&amp;sig2=QSTqpgjrM11fFlQSHlwAbg&amp;bvm=bv.62922401,d.b2I"><font color="#0066CC">Viola Cocran</font></a> to join in a celebration and unveiling on March 28 of the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCoQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guinnessworldrecords.com%2Fworld-records%2F8000%2Fmost-volunteer-hours-worked&amp;ei=DWsrU-X7CMes2QWigYFQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFXecLT65x36zdSX1sN4tu8UN37Vg&amp;sig2=D7Hq8U6W0J5z4ZvOulDEXw&amp;bvm=bv.62922401,d.b2I"><font color="#0066CC">Guinness Book of World Records</font></a> award for most volunteer hours worked by an individual in history.</p> <p>To read the full story from the Times Picayune/Nola.com, <a href="http://www.nola.com/community/st-tammany/index.ssf/2014/03/community_invited_to_guinness.html#cmpid=nwsltrhead?_wcsid=42A31421B96E6224E938718602C1A3B796D5A568AAD6D2229CE0DFBC5B7B39FE" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1522135 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1522135 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:08:17 GMT Volunteer Today - Current Edition Newsletter The latest edition of <b>Volunteer Today</b> was released today. <a href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/290009/db79fb38e3/1270000497/0b3a98838e/" target="_blank">Click</a> to access this edition. <div> <br> </div> <div> <p align="left"><strong>In the March issue of <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/db79fb38e3/0b3a98838e/345f9089cd">Volunteer Today</a></strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/db79fb38e3/0b3a98838e/096f9d0533"><font size="3" face="Tahoma">Learn how others stay motivated</font></a></li> <li><a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/db79fb38e3/0b3a98838e/87ec1eb54a" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3" face="Tahoma">Need a survey tool that is free?</font></a></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li><a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/db79fb38e3/0b3a98838e/57a4685a7f" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3" face="Tahoma">"it's always been done this way." Not necessarily</font></a></li> </ul> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1515060 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1515060 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:57:01 GMT Scholarships to Points of Light Conference Available <p style="margin-bottom:13.5pt"><strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service Scholarship Program</span></strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> <br></span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Supported by The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Scholarship Program will take place during the Points of Light <a name="Conf_Main1_1" id="Conf_Main1_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=5&amp;ms=NDUyODU0ODgS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NDAwNzQ3NjM0S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">Conference on Volunteering and Service</a> in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 16 to June 18, 2014. This is a unique opportunity for the brightest, most promising young leaders in the volunteering and service sectors to connect and collaborate for greater community impact.<br> <br> Scholars will receive waived Conference registration and new connections to their work as a result of their participation in the program. Points of Light is looking to award scholarships to 50 individuals with community involvement experience and who also exhibit the potential to assume senior leadership roles within organizations in the volunteering and service sectors. The Conference is central to the program and will be both the convening point and one of the most robust learning opportunities. Applicants must have an interest in advancing their careers in the volunteering and service sectors, must be actively involved in their communities, and willing to attend all of their selected workshops during Conference. For more information visit <a name="Conf_Scholarships_1" id="Conf_Scholarships_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=14&amp;ms=NDUyODU0ODgS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NDAwNzQ3NjM0S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/general-information/scholarships.cfm</a>.</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Application release: March 4, 2014</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Application deadline: 5 p.m. ET, March 24, 2014</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;Times New Roman&quot;">Award announcements: April 18, 2014</span></li> </ul><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> To learn more about Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service, visit <a name="Conference_Main2_1" id="Conference_Main2_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=7&amp;ms=NDUyODU0ODgS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NDAwNzQ3NjM0S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank">www.volunteeringandservice.org</a>.</span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1512094 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1512094 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:48:43 GMT Virtual Volunteering Book available for e-readers! <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width:100.0%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 0in 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0098DE">VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING BOOK AVAILABLE FOR E-READERS</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100%; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding:5.25pt 13.5pt 5.25pt 13.5pt"> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Last month, the publication <em><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHX9mamfSgK18x7UXl4fb9t-8M0-txYt2Fo3tq2S3mY-0t_NRxuz6Cm1cqivaem71Lmh4MxojkCfmtR-20t14VwwpJHuc0QDxyLgruCxkrxJztQdjxdrpnLcPEI1cNr58P3PL1FgWNge_PDITDd6Bov5_SwGPpl5u5UA-78DgAdXDqPe78xeF9DtRoMblYxxpp__wHourj8vrM86mq3_ULsDrrvwxkyDu3N__wMSLLt7ED1aGEWHtDk2UhtJ66bo50_&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">The</a></em> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHX9mamfSgK18x7UXl4fb9t-8M0-txYt2Fo3tq2S3mY-0t_NRxuz6Cm1cqivaem71Lmh4MxojkCfmtR-20t14VwwpJHuc0QDxyLgruCxkrxJztQdjxdrpnLcPEI1cNr58P3PL1FgWNge_PDITDd6Bov5_SwGPpl5u5UA-78DgAdXDqPe78xeF9DtRoMblYxxpp__wHourj8vrM86mq3_ULsDrrvwxkyDu3N__wMSLLt7ED1aGEWHtDk2UhtJ66bo50_&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">Last</a> <em><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHX9mamfSgK18x7UXl4fb9t-8M0-txYt2Fo3tq2S3mY-0t_NRxuz6Cm1cqivaem71Lmh4MxojkCfmtR-20t14VwwpJHuc0QDxyLgruCxkrxJztQdjxdrpnLcPEI1cNr58P3PL1FgWNge_PDITDd6Bov5_SwGPpl5u5UA-78DgAdXDqPe78xeF9DtRoMblYxxpp__wHourj8vrM86mq3_ULsDrrvwxkyDu3N__wMSLLt7ED1aGEWHtDk2UhtJ66bo50_&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">Virtual Volunteering Guidebook</a></em> by Jayne Cravens and Susan J. Ellis was announced. It's available in paperback and as an e-book (PDF) from the Energize Online Bookstore.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Now, other e-book editions can be purchased for your favorite e-reading app, including Kindle, Nook, Google Play Books, and soon iBooks. If you prefer to own the PDF, but like to read on an eReader, no problem. Go to the documentation or online FAQs for your device and look for instructions on transferring PDF files to your machine. In some cases, it's as easy as e-mailing it to yourself. Here are instructions for some of the most used devices:</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#454545">Kindle: <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHX9bmkZcmQadplOhzzgXiZfMWJuvX69t32QNgrS4v1WxvFsRWhszsHd0WpLCatUJIIn1ot2t_1XN-5qdm3WG4I_Lghogpz2lycJwgdBMmymSHiwxrEvFckJ7JrlSzvF2-Yu3PMg8DbIuI=&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">Send PDF to Kindle by E-mail</a><br> Nook: <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHX031po4l0K6u5Y304ObFY_w0DoSpPPPQ0odHrFjty0VuIQpFGL8d2-biI1H8dXEfIwSPBGLUB4AdVU1GmiArF6cxltIkQ9FsO3dNzOXtLqZ_E3oE0WsMYtfXH7zyWmoLmrpUtJg6PDL4xv4K2EMm1z4rk38FYP0JWBDw5Mi7wDgjbm848PvosqvYn12fvE1XIGLXfzJjNtcrVN-cimJKdp1Af5HkxBkYRJelOJHOR-dbz8L_MrKo0XW0tOznidL-ZnZuRU2MiYAGkr2hVX8ESDw==&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">How do I transfer my personal files to my NOOK?</a> (Scroll to #12 under "Library")<br> iBooks: <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001RCS6eIXzXVRlQLSsOXSmLzeebfPQ-cV57SoRkOuADwnuSwVIrfFqutWwBbPoSdHXMy60AyeJPg_W6AMVeO684carXelWLh9LKPt7bBtwFWNDR5qTmbpKOZezjowXvwQkULLw8kj3A4Frl3tckA0WX8Co5iPquqnlySnoYLoxBSp-rH0R5dz2jOd6A8mvZLM_yDmnO_0XPl-TiWmGDqCE5a07ubj9m_9p1Dxs1J7JFTRn8zsbd6IupFA5Yv7wahMbAKCxFoYQzH-msptWSpxWIUUWAyBmyU6CxL_ki9hxP0cJje0Nk0qbvJX-En4Uamcg_Q_amtoFkheLxVTed58MYtBx3r_emiVH&amp;c=YmndyUA5Fy5T_TzdVI4ChpRPcij8uk09fuoFj4cT0xtkG5o5X92xhw==&amp;ch=fWrOCuEeXDj3SWW1NXNgWxoa6F8OliB4vD7nlr6DC205CJUeF7VV1g==" target="_blank" track="on" shape="rect" linktype="1">Viewing PDFs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch</a></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><b>This information is from the latest Engergize Inc. newsletter. You can find more information from them at this <a href="http://www.energizeinc.com/" target="_blank">link</a>.</b></i></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1511173 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1511173 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:49:23 GMT 2014 National Conference on Volunteering and Service <p><strong><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 13.5pt;'>Now Open! Customize your 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service Experience with the Conference Itinerary Builder</span></strong></p> <p><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Start building your itinerary for the 2014 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service today, and save your spot for inspiring sessions, powerful special events, service projects and dynamic workshops like these:</span></p> <ul> <li><a name="Conf_SL_4706_1" id="Conf_SL_4706_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=16&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Social Change</span></span></font></a> <span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>with Network for Good’s Kate Olsen and Caryn Stein</span></li> <li><a name="Conf_SL_4714_1" id="Conf_SL_4714_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=8&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>The Accidental Trainer: How to Design a Training People Actually Use</span></span></font></a> <span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>with Beth Kanter and Laura Norvig</span></li> <li><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Business track opening <a name="Conf_TMI_BizTrackOpen_1" id="Conf_TMI_BizTrackOpen_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=6&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>Culture Shift - Using Service to Push Creativity and Innovation into Your Company and Out to Your Community</span></font></a> with Jean Oelwing, CEO of Virgin Unite</span></li> <li><a name="Conf_AMEXleadershipAcademy" id="Conf_AMEXleadershipAcademy"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=2&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>American Express Leadership Academy</span></span></font></a> <span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>. Participation is limited, so apply early.</span></li> <li><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>And more than 80 other sessions to choose from!</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Create your own conference-within-a-conference</span></strong> <span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>by selecting sessions in one of these five tracks: volunteer engagement, business, capacity building, innovation, national service and youth service and leadership. Or, choose sessions from more than one track and go deep into one (or more!) of eight impact areas: economic opportunity, education, emergency preparedness and response, environmental, faith, global, higher education and veterans and military families.<br> <br> (Scheduling tip … we’ll be announcing three exciting, content-rich forums soon, so be sure to hold 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 open on your schedule!)<br> <br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>Haven’t registered yet?</span></strong> Click to search and view workshops in our <a name="Conf_SessionLocator_1" id="Conf_SessionLocator_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=11&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>Session Locator</span></font></a> .<br> <br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>Already registered?</span></strong> <a name="Conf_TMI_Register_1" id="Conf_TMI_Register_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=12&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>Log in to your registration record</span></font></a> to build your itinerary, or edit and add sessions to your schedule.<br> <br> Connect with Conference on social media and visit <a name="Conf_Main_1_2" id="Conf_Main_1_2"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=13&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>www.volunteeringandservice.org</span></font></a> for updates including:</span></p> <ul> <li><a name="Conf_Speakers_1" id="Conf_Speakers_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=19&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Featured Speakers</span></span></font></a></li> <li><a name="Conf_Ways2Save_1" id="Conf_Ways2Save_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=15&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Ways to Save at Conference</span></span></font></a></li> <li><a name="Conf_Hotels_1" id="Conf_Hotels_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=10&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Discounted Hotel Rates</span></span></font></a></li> </ul><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Go to <a name="Conf_Main_2_1" id="Conf_Main_2_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=9&amp;ms=NDUyMTMwODAS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MzgzNTE2MzAwS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>www.volunteeringandservice.org</span></font></a> to register today!<br> <br> The first 500 people to register will be entered in a drawing to win one of FIVE Platinum Conference Packages that include complimentary registration, hotel accommodations and round trip airfare to Atlanta. Early bird registration closes April 25 – make sure you take advantage of the low registration rates!</span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1506401 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1506401 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:30:55 GMT Communicating Impact to Grantmakers: 3 Ideas from the Media Savvy <h1 class="post_name" id="post-4095"><span style="font-weight: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-size: 0.8em;">The next grant proposal you submit may be one of hundreds, if not thousands, that a funder receives. After sweating over every sentence, it will become a needle in a haystack. So how do you ensure it sticks out?</span><br></h1> <div class="post_text"> <p>Given the limited format of a grant application, articulating a noteworthy story isn’t easy. And you’re not alone: professionals in other fields face the same challenge. Researchers condense 100 page evaluations into one page executive summaries. Strategists distill the complexity of an organization into 50 word mission statements. And media relations specialists &nbsp;have only seconds to interest and educate a broad audience.</p> <p>As part of our ongoing <a href="http://sectorsource.ca/about/webinars" target="_blank">Wednesday Webinar Series</a>, Imagine Canada recently presented on how to communicate impact across both traditional and social media. The presenters – Marnie Grona and Stephen Faul – drew from their extensive experience and provided practical advice about engaging media across multiple platforms. While watching the <i>Communicating Impact</i> webinar, the <a href="http://grantconnect.ca/" target="_blank">Grant Connect</a> team was struck by three lessons in communication that grantwriters can steal for their proposals!</p> <p><strong>1. Doing good work isn’t good enough</strong></p> <p>Media outlets are presented with far more stories than they can cover and grantmakers receive far more applications than they can support. The stories that end up being chosen by media outlets are the ones with perceived value for their stakeholders: sound bites that will keep their audience tuned in day after day. Similarly, funders will ultimately invest in grants that have perceived value for their stakeholders: stories that their audience – such as the local community, board members, and their donors – will feel passionate about.</p> <p><strong>2. There is no such thing as a general audience (or a general funder)</strong></p> <p>A key takeaway from the presentation is that the <i>general public</i> is not an audience. Effective communication is tailored to a specific group. A tweet loved by Justin Bieber’s followers does not go over as well with those of Noam Chomsky.</p> <p>Stephen Faul explains that traditional media outlets provide advertising rate cards that indicate what type of audience they are reaching. Any story that isn’t tailored to this audience may find a home in the recycling bin. Likewise, any cookie-cutter grant application ends up in the same place.&nbsp; If you were submitting an article to various magazines – MoneySense, Life &amp; Style, Macleans, etc. – you would vigorously edit the content for each submission, aligning the point-of-view for each magazine. Like these magazines, grantmakers are a diverse group with distinct objectives and personas, and each application should be tailored accordingly.</p> <p><strong>3. Focus on the solution, not the need</strong></p> <p>As we’ve discussed in a <a href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/2012/04/12/making-the-pitch-writing-an-effective-statement-of-need/" target="_blank">past blog post</a>, the statement of need is arguably the most important part of your grant application. It can also be the most challenging when you are restricted to a mere 100 words in a <a href="http://socialraise.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/letter-of-intent-template-for-grant-funding-requests/" target="_blank">letter of intent</a> or an online form. In the <i>Communicating Impact</i> presentation, Stephen suggests that when forced to be concise, explain your solution to the problem rather than the need that exists. To illustrate, he provided a real-life example: while working at an organization that prevents avoidable blindness around the world, Stephen saw an increase in both media citations and donations by shifting their language from needs to solutions.</p> <p><i>Need: Avoidable blindness elsewhere in the world is a terrible situation.</i></p> <p>Versus</p> <p><i>Solution: W</i><i>e are working to end avoidable blindness – we have the solutions, we are on the road to reaching our goal we just need your help to get the job done.</i></p> <p>Every grant applicant has a need. By placing emphasis on the solution – and inviting funders to take part – your application will stand out from the pile.</p> <p><em><i>Looking for more insights on successful grantseeking? Written by Devon Hurvid and Paul Anderson, this blog post was featured in Grantseeker Monthly, the e-newsletter of Grant Connect.&nbsp;</i><a href="https://imaginecanada.wufoo.eu/forms/grantseeker-monthly/" target="_blank"><i>Subscribe to this newsletter</i><i>&nbsp;for monthly fundraising tips!</i></a></em></p> <h1 class="post_name" id="post-4095" style="margin-top: 0px;"><font size="2"><span class="byline" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: normal;">Posted by&nbsp;<a title="View all posts by grantseekermonthly" class="url fn n" href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/author/grantseekermonthly/" rel="author">grantseekermonthly</a></span><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</span><span class="entry-date" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: normal;"><span class="dot">⋅</span>&nbsp;<time class="entry-date" pubdate datetime="2014-01-23T09:12:02+00:00">January 23, 2014</time></span><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</span><span class="comment-link" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: normal;"><span class="dot">⋅</span>&nbsp;<a title="Comment on Communicating Impact to Grantmakers: 3 Ideas from the Media&nbsp;Savvy" href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/2014/01/23/communicating-impact-to-grantmakers-3-ideas-from-the-media-savvy/#comments">2 Comments</a></span><br></font></h1> <div class="post_meta"> <font size="2"><span class="filedunder"><strong>Filed Under</strong></span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</font><a href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/tag/fundraising/" rel="tag"><font size="2">fundra</font>ising</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/tag/impact/" rel="tag">Impact</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.imaginecanada.ca/tag/proposal-writing/" rel="tag">proposal writing</a> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1486673 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1486673 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:06:35 GMT Free Conference Room Use for Nonprofits! <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Brown Foundation's Community Conference room is available for use by nonprofit and community groups for free, with a reservation. The Community Conference room is located on the fourth floor, suite 400. The space accommodates&nbsp;35 participants and is available from&nbsp;8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The conference room has free wireless internet access, a lectern, an audio/visual cart with a projector for presentations (upon request), and a small refrigerator and coffee and snack serving area. The room may be reserved for use by non-profit groups for volunteer training, meetings, lectures or workshop type gatherings, as well as for similar uses by local civic or religious organizations.</p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Before&nbsp;submitting a reservation for the Community Conference Room, please be sure to read through all information in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebrownfoundation.org/uploads/files/Conference%20Rooom%20Reservation%20Packet.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 122, 200);">policies, procedures, and reservation form</a>&nbsp;packet.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Conference Room reservation packet is an Adobe form and it requires an Adobe reader. If you do not have a reader, you can download&nbsp;one for&nbsp;free at this&nbsp;<a href="http://get.adobe.com/reader/" target="_blank" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 122, 200);">trusted site</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Please note that by reserving the Brown Foundation Community Conference Room, you are responsible for your participants' adherence to our Policies and Procedures.</p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">For questions, contact Tina Bouzon at (504) 834-3433, extension #215, during the hours of 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Outside of those office hours, Tina can be reached at 504-251-4036. She can also be emailed at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:tinabouzon@thebrownfoundation.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 122, 200);">tinabouzon@thebrownfoundation.org.</a></p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">For available meeting dates and times, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebrownfoundation.org/events/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 122, 200);">Community Conference Room Calendar</a>&nbsp;(updated weekly).</p> <p style="margin: 15px 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16pt; color: rgb(51, 58, 59); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Note:&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">If the date you would like to use the room is not available, please send a reservation form so we can notify you in case there is a cancellation.</em></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1472141 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1472141 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:22:54 GMT Free Event: Certification in Volunteer Administration - A Conversation <table width="507" style="width: 507px; height: 591px;" border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="120" align="right" valign="top"><b><font color="#698916" face="Verdana" size="3">Event:</font></b></td> <td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Your Professional Development and the CVA</font> <font face="Verdana" size="1"><br> <br> Join Katie Campbell, Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), other experts, and your AL!VE peers in a conversation about opportunities for professional development in volunteer management. Learn about the CVA, a unique performance-based, self-study program to becoming Certifed in Volunteer Administration. Discuss how professional development and Credentialing can benefit you and your organization.</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="120" align="right" valign="top"><b><font color="#698916" face="Verdana" size="3">Date:</font></b></td> <td><font face="Verdana" size="2">12/17/13<br></font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="120" align="right" valign="top"><b><font color="#698916" face="Verdana" size="3">Time:</font></b></td> <td><font face="Verdana" size="2">11:00 Pacific, 2:00 Eastern</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="120" align="right" valign="top"><b><font color="#698916" face="Verdana" size="3">Message:</font></b></td> <td><font face="Verdana" size="2">Greetings colleagues!&nbsp;<br> <br> Please join us for our first in the series of 'Conversation with the Experts' to learn more about your professional development and the CVA credential.<br> <br> This is a free event and will feature Katie Campbell, CVA, Executive Director from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.&nbsp;<br> <br> This one hour webinar is open to AL!VE members and non-members.&nbsp; If you would like to invite a colleague, direct them to our website at <a href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/"><font color="#000000">www.volunteeralive.org</font></a> and click on the Calendar date of December 17.<br> <br> Remember, AL!VE members are eligible for a discount on the CVA fee.&nbsp;<br> <br> See you then!<br> <br> Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA<br> AL!VE Vice President of Programs</font></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1459046 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1459046 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:25:40 GMT Martin Luther King Jr - Day of Service Projects <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,</font> <strong><span style='font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";'>"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"</span></strong></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">During the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2014, thousands of people across Louisiana will join together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by turning community concerns into volunteer action. The Volunteer Louisiana Commission will promote all volunteer organization, nonprofit, school and community organization activities associated with this day of service with the goal of making it a day on rather than a day off.&nbsp; If you have an event that you would like to have promoted, are in need of assistance in recruiting volunteers, or looking for partner organizations, Volunteer Louisiana would like to help.&nbsp; Please contact Nicholas Auck as follows:</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Email:</font> <a href="mailto:nauck@crt.la.gov"><font color="#0000FF" face="Calibri" size="3">nauck@crt.la.gov</font></a></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Phone: (225)342-6289</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">If your organization is in need of funding, Volunteer Louisiana also has funding up to $5,000 for projects that are a nonprofit/government partnership.&nbsp; There is no limit on the number of organizations and partner organizations can apply for additional funding, provided grants do not provide funding for the same project. Projects may include group discussions on the impact of Dr. King’s message, education, community redevelopment, etc.</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">The Request For Proposals (see attachment) is meant to be easy for the applicant to complete and only requires you to answer the questions as complete and briefly as necessary.&nbsp; Applications for this project will be accepted until <b><u>January 3, 2014</u></b>.</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Thank you for your dedication to improving our state,</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">Nicholas Auck</font></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Director of Volunteer Outreach</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Volunteer Louisiana</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">(225) 342-6289 (O)</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">(225) 255-0141 (C)</font></font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">(225) 342-0106 (Fax)</font></font></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1450439 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1450439 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:09:48 GMT Second Annual Giving Tuesday <h2 style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt;"><span><font size="5"><font color="#00858E"><font face="Arial">Second Annual Giving Tuesday</font></font></font></span></h2> <h3 style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt;"><span><font color="#5D342C"><font face="Arial"><font size="3">Nov 26, 2013 07:50 am | Nell Edgington</font></font></font></span></h3> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 12pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>As we head off for the Thanksgiving holiday and the start of the consumer-driven holiday season, it’s important also to give back. And there’s a movement to help you do just that.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Tuesday, December 3rd is the second annual <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=39831cf04f&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142);">Giving Tuesday</span></a>, an exciting experiment that started last year to “create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.” Last year’s first Giving Tuesday saw some impressive results:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>More than&nbsp;2,500&nbsp;recognized #GivingTuesday™ partners from all&nbsp;50 states</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Blackbaud processed over&nbsp;$10 million&nbsp;in online donations on 11/27/12 – a&nbsp;53% increase&nbsp;when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving the previous year.</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>DonorPerfect recorded a&nbsp;46% increase&nbsp;in online donations and the average gift&nbsp;increased 25%.</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>More than&nbsp;50 million&nbsp;people worldwide spread the word about GivingTuesday – resulting in milestone trending on Twitter.</span></li> </ul> <p style="line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>The video below explains the movement and how to get involved. To learn more go to <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=d88ebb9035&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142);">community.givingtuesday.org.</span></a></span></p> <table width="460" id="youtube_GBT2cONeiHw_560" style="width: 345pt;" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBT2cONeiHw&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142); text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><img name="_x0000_i1025" title="Watch the Video" id="_x0000_i1025" style="display: inline;" alt="Watch the Video" src="http://gallery.mailchimp.com/86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8/images/mcvid_youtube_GBT2cONeiHw_560.jpg" border="0"></font></span></a></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(48, 48, 48); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span><span style='color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: "Helvetica","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><br> <b>About the Author</b>: Nell Edgington is President of Social Velocity (<a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=32f00062f0&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142);">www.socialvelocity.net</span></a>), a management consulting firm leading nonprofits to greater social impact and financial sustainability. Social Velocity helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively. For more information, check out Social Velocity <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=40cc7383e3&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142);">consulting services</span></a> and <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=d684b91b4d&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 133, 142);">clients</span></a>.<br></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1446831 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1446831 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:55:01 GMT DOVIA Member wins PitchNOLA! <p>Congratulations to Theodore Nathan!</p> <p>A venture that seeks to design volunteering experiences for groups that want to undertake charitable projects in New Orleans won the fifth installment of the <a href="http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2012/11/social_entrepreneurs_compete_f.html"><font color="#0066CC">PitchNOLA contest</font></a> for social entrepreneurs on Tuesday. The nascent nonprofit organization Crescent City Connections will receive $5,000 to advance its effort, donated support services through the <a href="http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2013/01/social_entrepreneurship_incuba.html"><font color="#0066CC">Propeller incubator</font></a> and a guest spot on the <a href="http://wwno.org/programs/out-lunch"><font color="#0066CC">Out to Lunch</font></a> radio program on NPR affiliate WWNO FM-89.9, hosted by <a href="http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/centers/lri/"><font color="#0066CC">Tulane University</font></a> finance professor Peter Ricchiuti, who also served as master of ceremonies for PitchNOLA in an auditorium on campus.</p> <p>Read the <a href="http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/designer_of_volunteer_excursio.html" target="_blank">full article!</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1442602 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1442602 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:45:31 GMT Webinar from 4Good: LinkedIn Best Practices <H1 style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN><A href="http://4good.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=81b4df33b3&amp;e=4684d7fa12" target="_self"><SPAN style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);"><FONT face="Arial" size="4">Be Found and Get Found: LinkedIn Best Practices for Nonprofits</FONT></SPAN></A></SPAN></H1> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 3:00 pm&nbsp;ET<BR> <STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>Maria Semple of The Prospect Finder LLC and Marc W. Halpert of Your Best Interest LLC</SPAN></STRONG></SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>In this session Marc W. Halpert will walk you through a brief review of best practices in crafting a great LinkedIn personal and company profile. Then, Maria Semple will show you how to use search terms to gain better search results.</SPAN></P><STRONG><SPAN style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'><A style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=0b9a3afd06&amp;e=4684d7fa12"><SPAN style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157); text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><IMG width="130" height="36" style="border-width: 0in; width: 130px; height: 36px; line-height: 100%; text-decoration: none;" alt="Register Now" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d/images/Register_Now_Button.png" border="0"></SPAN></A></SPAN></STRONG> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1439401 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1439401 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:27:28 GMT Education through Celebration - International Volunteer Managers Day (Nov. 5th) <div align="center"> <table width="488" style="width: 488px; height: 75px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 5.25pt 13.5pt 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style='color: rgb(0, 152, 222); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>EDUCATION THROUGH CELEBRATION ON INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER MANAGERS DAY</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;"></p> <div align="center"> <table width="522" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11" style="width: 522px; height: 205px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 5.25pt 13.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>November 5th is IVMDay. Most professions do not expect or need a special day of recognition - why do we? Because it's an opportunity to get others to pay attention to what it takes to coordinate volunteers effectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><strong><i><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OsWWn4Tq32qAHmPJai0v1w8gvgCA5s5iyDCpEomz9PWLKdL0Ls28fH2n9e03yeYfkTx9QuU_h1X0OnIyp-btcLi6bjVPCv8oUS_DpvRBTpXehF1dQ2PJy5k6XEzMCnzc3A3qI7UT97gm2R3LkB9WVkPHmG_sFgmfsdG3yK8rJz2XB0O7DuPoeqBtQ0yqUZW3dpRSdrRumOdsYLRxTmKc5vc_dKF-wpjrgg_F_10BkCHm9ZL2TDI6G9JvyGK719S8IDWnxI9PvwSR-xOW-bQlxGTXmEF8HFojlsXcgIZrUTtQvTYTonO6eztG9SfJlvbwhaKsK-ljy7Y=&amp;c=kPk_O-2gNrrvF8l8HzQIqYPHFRWGFyLwqAtabPxinleOMz0JB9zSrQ==&amp;ch=YPo-kfb7pZK7B9v5NkO4hIJeqepjY0KTcITh9MT54c_XS3SJVA7cMw==" target="_blank" shape="rect" track="on" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font color="#0000FF">Read this month's Hot Topic</font></span></a>&nbsp;on the Energize Inc website.</span></i></strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>You can subscribe to the Hot Topic as a <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OsWWn4Tq32qAHmPJai0v1w8gvgCA5s5iyDCpEomz9PWLKdL0Ls28fH2n9e03yeYf-E6kE2S_Lf0lq7IPIGwwbqeyifpibp2YjAwgxUikzKlsgORah81bcxit6KayKxUq3Z5mdT4T5E3ZySK7-rlP7tcxRDm8X56NRCK6C7T6XzwHlcqKpdjQTdhasJvqZ8zjqRZfYTXgS15tv2opelIlernYGInFppQg1Fko9y3gtCYJGJ1KhR7tAacJHMxvILQ0B9FOSI0QOLUViycPMOQgLC1nz5M_RAbKO3JcgUFbFsOoMC41P4DmKYmdNJHK2vwj&amp;c=kPk_O-2gNrrvF8l8HzQIqYPHFRWGFyLwqAtabPxinleOMz0JB9zSrQ==&amp;ch=YPo-kfb7pZK7B9v5NkO4hIJeqepjY0KTcITh9MT54c_XS3SJVA7cMw==" target="_blank" shape="rect" track="on" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font color="#0000FF">podcast</font></span></a> or <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OsWWn4Tq32qAHmPJai0v1w8gvgCA5s5iyDCpEomz9PWLKdL0Ls28fH2n9e03yeYfHf9KMCo-KeMl5QP3Ms5SUu07CuTu7w2XSJn0PvvcLHAWKNF7Qre01A6zg-Hql_QxVVQgzLBOX5zAIZgJGvxHPqBa9CIh7ib_wXG2CTUw7wQO5gM3UeV2Dl8jRQMb0OMEqC_CHl3a2t74GPkKjXplv5h7UJ16ywuEqRBQvjFPzUP04B3Ctn5vFBMz0B0GAn1_h7Oicxhc73yfaecUC1Q6XhgaOzZNOKHbmruKlEuU18G7BoEpZlhfq5-BCj4i9DbeBPxdosl7LiQ=&amp;c=kPk_O-2gNrrvF8l8HzQIqYPHFRWGFyLwqAtabPxinleOMz0JB9zSrQ==&amp;ch=YPo-kfb7pZK7B9v5NkO4hIJeqepjY0KTcITh9MT54c_XS3SJVA7cMw==" target="_blank" shape="rect" track="on" linktype="1"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font color="#0000FF">RSS text feed</font></span></a> - or listen to the audio online.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Susan Ellis&nbsp; <img width="90" height="91" title="" alt="" src="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Pictures/SusanEllis.jpg" border="0"></span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <div align="center"> <table width="100%" style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 5.25pt 13.5pt 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style='color: rgb(0, 152, 222); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>THANKS FOR WORKING YOUR MAGIC!</span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <div align="center"> <table width="100%" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15" style="background: white; width: 100%; display: table;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 5.25pt 13.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>It's here! November 5th is <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OsWWn4Tq32qAHmPJai0v1w8gvgCA5s5iyDCpEomz9PWLKdL0Ls28fH2n9e03yeYfp0vY52uNxzG24jl-PR84K0a37W5P0kBi2isQUoOzwstL2huP5azII1K-7a5RRqtgPJTsosnBK6bp30r9kkyzj7VIL78-pUlewd9iGLwV1p4-wiPXB1Km5rhDFhD6-D-aXNi5zcZO1dE6RcSwTyM_b5mjAfvZBriEYmjkaG6BVyzAu0toR78_Er1ZWKJTrudedZwFcmedChAeznjwuXvzBUcgVoLIwExsd9I4Q5olGprnX8Yny5nOQQ==&amp;c=kPk_O-2gNrrvF8l8HzQIqYPHFRWGFyLwqAtabPxinleOMz0JB9zSrQ==&amp;ch=YPo-kfb7pZK7B9v5NkO4hIJeqepjY0KTcITh9MT54c_XS3SJVA7cMw==" target="_blank" shape="rect" track="on" linktype="1"><font color="#0000FF">International Volunteer Managers Day</font></a> (IVMDay)! As promised, Energize has continued our tradition of creating an annual thank-you card ready to send to your colleagues in volunteer management. Go to the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OsWWn4Tq32qAHmPJai0v1w8gvgCA5s5iyDCpEomz9PWLKdL0Ls28fH2n9e03yeYfuy0dHPI3KjObI1sGm6jcFCsMXwO298MzHncUt8ewwm4srwFOgrGGWVGadVPbTaWU7e7X6g9Tgvz_aXUHyW-fzT_YAybz9ttLQ3drXQMgKjPdj-olkG6WKKGSyj1c02mRCvBReELY4y12kxga_E4wV82h81uwNAlluJqwRSndNiAM8mo0ghkItWf_FWh16_tbN_D27zBNAT1PJmr1uSzodaGuVrxOruhRURmnAYACQygZFhkagXzkkSTpO3bFt_d-AvnqSrEwumA=&amp;c=kPk_O-2gNrrvF8l8HzQIqYPHFRWGFyLwqAtabPxinleOMz0JB9zSrQ==&amp;ch=YPo-kfb7pZK7B9v5NkO4hIJeqepjY0KTcITh9MT54c_XS3SJVA7cMw==" target="_blank" shape="rect" track="on" linktype="1"><font color="#0000FF">banners and posters area</font></a> of the IVMDay site to download it and the other free colorful materials and logos available for your use.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><img name="_x0000_i1025" width="417" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://www.energizeinc.com/img/hot_topic/card.jpg" border="0"></font></font></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1428342 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1428342 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:24:18 GMT Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day! <span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Today <a href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">AL!VE</font></a> is celebrating all the Volunteer Managers who recruit, coordinate, lead, train, inform, track, fight for and &nbsp;empower volunteers to make a d difference in our community. Happy Volunteer Managers Day!<br> For more info visit <a href="http://www.volunteermanagersday.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">www.volunteermanagersday.org&nbsp;</font></a></span><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><br> <br></span> <p align="center"><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><img width="250" height="300" title="" alt="" src="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Pictures/ivmdposter-250x300.jpg" border="0"></span></p> <div align="left"> <span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span> </div> <p></p> <p align="center"></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1428338 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1428338 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:10:20 GMT Points of Light - Be Big in Your Community! Applause! Good ideas! <table width="508" style="width: 508px; height: 546px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=7&amp;ms=NDM3MzY4OTIS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MjA4MjA5MjM5S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><img width="800" height="94" id="_x0000_i1025" style="width: 509px; height: 94px;" alt="News from Points of Light" src="http://www.polibranding.org/emails/templates/images/header_ChangeNotes_19JULY2013(94x800).jpg" border="0"></font></span></a></span></p> </td></tr><tr><td width="800" style="border-width: 1pt 1pt 0px; border-style: solid solid none; border-color: white rgb(214, 214, 214) rgb(0, 0, 0); padding: 9pt; width: 600pt; background-color: transparent;"> <p><strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>Meet the 2013 Clifford ‘BE BIG In Your Community Contest’ Winners!</span></strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>&nbsp; <br> </span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'><br> </span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>It doesn’t get much BIGger than this! Scholastic has just announced the winners of the fifth annual Clifford ‘BE BIG In Your Community Contest.’ Chosen from close to 800 entries from more than 19,000 entrants, these ideas truly embody Clifford’s BIG ideas <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>(Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be A Good Friend, Help Others, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself)</span></em> in working together to make the world a better place.&nbsp; <br> <br> Celebrate with us by learning more about the people behind these BIG ideas – and get inspired to <a name="Scholastic_site_1"></a><a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=3&amp;ms=NDM3MzY4OTIS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MjA4MjA5MjM5S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff"><span>BE BIG</span> </font></a> in <em><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>your</span></em> community!<br> <br> <b>Grand Prize Winner:</b> Karrie Marciniak, Bay City, Mich.</span> </p> <p><b><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>BIG Idea:</span></b><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'> Paws for a Book: Readers Rock</span></p> <p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>‘Paws for a Book: Readers Rock’ will engage students in grades K-5 in a continuous service project through the introduction of service dogs into the classroom. The students and dogs will take a variety of fieldtrips to homes for the elderly around the area to read to and visit with the residents. During these visits, residents will also receive artwork from the children. The children will be responsible for leading this project and teaching their peers about service dogs and how they can positively impact our schools and community. When the dogs visit our school, team members will take the dogs into the classroom and introduce them to their peers. Older team members will schedule future service dog visits. Students will be able to practice their reading in a non-critical, relaxed atmosphere, working on improving confidence, fluency and accuracy, since dogs are non-judgmental. The issues that will be addressed through the implementation of ‘Paws for a Book: Readers Rock’ is bringing awareness to the importance of literacy and increasing skills through the implementation of service dogs into the classroom. The students will also learn about giving back to the community as they visit homes for the elderly.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Meet the rest of this year’s winners <a href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/ctt?kn=3&amp;ms=NDM3MzY4OTIS1&amp;r=MzU2OTA1NTAyMDES1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MjA4MjA5MjM5S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0"><font color="#0000ff">here</font></a> – and find inspiration for <i>your </i>BIG idea! </span></p> </td></tr></tbody></table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1415250 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1415250 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:52:02 GMT Top Rated Nonprofits - Nominations Are Open! <div align="center"> <table width="456" style="background: white; width: 456px; height: 410px; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt 22.5pt 15pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" colspan="2"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 27pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Segoe UI","sans-serif"; font-size: 20.5pt;'>Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Win a Spot!</span></p> </td></tr><tr><td width="50%" valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 50%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="100%" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt 11.25pt 26.25pt 22.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 15pt;"><span style='color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhuhagauujjqapauwjafauuqhbu/click.php"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><img width="255" height="175" id="_x0000_i1025" style="border-width: 0in; -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; max-width: 100%;" src="http://img2.ymlp216.net/6fjq_2013promotrophy255x175.jpg" border="0" longdesc="http://greatnonprofits.org"></font></span></a></span></p> </td></tr></tbody></table> </td><td width="50%" valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 50%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="190" style="width: 190px; height: 254px; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0in 22.5pt 24pt 11.25pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 15pt;"><span style='color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>There are less than three weeks left until the 2013 <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhuhagauujjqapauwjafauuqhbu/click.php"><font color="#ee7716">GreatNonprofit Top-Rated Awards</font></a> program ends. It's not too late to get your favorite nonprofit a spot. <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";'>Reviews start again every year so <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhuhagauujjqapauwjafauuqhbu/click.php"><font color="#ee7716">nominate your favorite nonprofits today</font></a></span></strong> and check here for <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhuwaxauujjqakauwjarauuqhbu/click.php"><font color="#ee7716">who's winning so far</font></a>.<br> <br> <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhuhagauujjqapauwjafauuqhbu/click.php"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><img width="104" height="43" id="_x0000_i1026" style="border-width: 0in; -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; max-width: 100%;" alt="Read More" src="http://img2.ymlp216.net/6fjq_readMore.png" border="0"></span></a></span></p> </td></tr></tbody></table> </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1414243 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1414243 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:50:43 GMT National Make A Difference Day - October 26th <div align="center"> <table width="444" style="background: white; width: 444px; height: 389px; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt 22.5pt 15pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" colspan="2"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 27pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Segoe UI","sans-serif"; font-size: 20.5pt;'>National Make a Difference Day - 10/26/14</span></p> </td></tr><tr><td width="50%" valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 50%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="154" style="width: 154px; height: 85px; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt 11.25pt 26.25pt 22.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 15pt;"><span style='color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><img width="255" height="60" id="_x0000_i1025" style="border-width: 0in; -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; max-width: 100%;" alt="National Make A Difference DAy" src="http://img2.ymlp216.net/6fjq_USAWeekendMADDLargeFormatFullColorCMYKforPrint.jpg" border="0"></font></font></span></p> </td></tr></tbody></table> </td><td width="50%" valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 50%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="98" style="width: 98px; height: 233px; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0in 22.5pt 24pt 11.25pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 15pt;"><span style='color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is the nation's largest day of volunteering. There are two ways to get involved: <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mhesapauujjqalauwjafauuqhbu/click.php"><font color="#ee7716">Search for an existing project</font></a>, or create and register your own at <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mheuavauujjqakauwjakauuqhbu/click.php"><font color="#ee7716">makeadifferenceday.com</font></a>.<br> <br> <a href="http://t.ymlp216.net/mheuavauujjqakauwjakauuqhbu/click.php"><span style="text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><img width="104" height="43" id="_x0000_i1026" style="border-width: 0in; -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; max-width: 100%;" alt="Read More" src="http://img2.ymlp216.net/6fjq_readMore.png" border="0"></span></a></span></p> </td></tr></tbody></table> </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1414241 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1414241 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:33:01 GMT Members - Do you want to have a study group for the CVA? <p>How many of our members would like to study for their CVA?</p> <p>Do you want to form a study group to work through it together?</p> <p>Send us a note! <a href="mailto:dovianolamail@yahoo.com">dovianolamail@yahoo.com</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1413474 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1413474 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:21:03 GMT Register to earn your Certified Volunteer Administrator Credential! <p align="center"><span style='color: white; font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 24pt;'><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.4" width="710" height="111" id="_x0000_i1025" style="width: 451px; height: 97px;" alt="CCVA Header - best" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs079/1102723992108/img/4.gif" border="0"></span></p> <div align="left"> &nbsp; </div> <p></p> <p align="center"></p> <p align="center"><strong>Registration for CVA Certification Now Open!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/CVA-Fact-Sheet.pdf"><font color="#0066CC">CVA Fact Sheet</font></a> -- a two-page summary of the program process, timeframes, fees, etc.&nbsp;&nbsp; Good for exhibit tables, or as a workshop handout, or to give to supervisors.</p> <p>"<a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/Top-Ten-Reasons.pdf"><font color="#0066CC">Top 10 Reasons to Consider CVA Certification</font></a>" -- one page tip sheet</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/WhyObtaintheCVACertification.pdf"><font color="#0066CC">"Why Obtain the CVA Certification"</font></a>&nbsp; --&nbsp;a CVA explains why she decided to pursue this professional goal</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvacert.org/documents/TopTenWaystoSupportCVACandidates.pdf"><font color="#0066CC">"Top 10 Ways to Support CVA Candidates"</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;-- specific tips on how supervisors can encourage their staff as they apply and proceed through the program</p> <p>CCVA Highlights of the Past Year<br> During our last fiscal year we saw a 30% increase in the number of CVA candidates -- and published the 2nd edition of Volunteer Administration:&nbsp; Professional Practice.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read a summary of annual activities on our home page at <a href="http://www.cvacert.org">www.cvacert.org</a></p> <p>If you have questions about this process or would like additional information, please contact CVA!</p> <p>CCVA<br> &nbsp;804-794-8689</p> <p><a href="mailto:info@cvacert.org">info@cvacert.org</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1413465 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1413465 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:41:10 GMT Volunteer Today - October 2013 Issue <strong><em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">For those who manage volunteers&nbsp;</span><br> <br></em></strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><strong>A volunteer has aged out.</strong></span> &nbsp;A dedicated 20 year veteran can no longer perform as in the past. &nbsp;What to do? &nbsp;Our expert <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/1a7da23f84"><font color="#0000FF">"Ask&nbsp;Connie"</font></a> gives practical advice to deal with "firing" a volunteer.<br> <br> <span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><strong>Volunteer programs need Web sites</strong></span> for current volunteers, apart from the organizational main site. &nbsp;It provides news, dates, photos, reminders, and so on. &nbsp;Can you do it on the cheap? &nbsp;Check out some free Web sites at the <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/ba104738df"><font color="#0000FF">VT Tech-Tips</font></a> page.&nbsp;</span><br> &nbsp; <div> <img width="150" height="91" title="alligator 3" align="right" style="width: 150px; height: 91px;" alt="alligator 3" src="https://ee39d1107a-custmedia.vresp.com/72f195fa1c/alligator%203.jpg" border="0" vspace="5" hspace="7"> <div> <br> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><strong>It is easy to feel you are&nbsp;not making progress.</strong></span> &nbsp;Read some substantive suggestions and reflections on coping with the "up to your hips in alligators" feelings.&nbsp;<a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/a5e15ac086"><font color="#0000FF">Mary Kay Hood refects on the Afterglow.</font></a><br> &nbsp; </div><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Are you providing volunteers with information</span></strong> to help them complete their tasks. <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/86d7e4eaba"><font color="#0000FF">Melissa Heinlein Storti</font></a> shares reflections on such things as training and interviewing.&nbsp;&nbsp; </div> <div> Additional suggestions:<br> <ul> <li>Did you know that adults are avid self learners? Learn more on the <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/6899576acc"><font color="#0000FF">Training</font></a> page of <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/b755369b79"><font color="#0000FF">Volunteer Today</font></a></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/5bfcbfcb62"><font color="#0000FF">Risk management is a&nbsp;key job. &nbsp;</font></a>Learn about it when it relates to money.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Have you visted the <a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/1a7c47fe45/StoreID=9"><font color="#0000FF">Volunteer Today Bookstore.</font></a> &nbsp;Lots of resources-print or ebooks.</span></li> </ul><a href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VolunteerToday/72f195fa1c/0b3a98838e/2a854d6e3d"><font color="#0000FF">Volunteer Today-</font></a>-your location for information on the administration of volunteers. Monthly gazette. </div> <div> &nbsp; </div> <div> To read the full newsletter, <a href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/290009/72f195fa1c/1270000497/0b3a98838e/" target="_blank">click here</a>. </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1411517 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1411517 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:09:36 GMT Volunteer Louisiana Commission - Champions of Service Gala <p align="center"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><img name="_x0000_i1025" width="511" height="825" title="Champions of Sevice Gala - Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Volunteer Louisiana Commission" id="_x0000_i1025" style="width: 511px; height: 635px;" src="http://www.crt.state.la.us/email/templates/volunteer/Images/ServiceGala2013_b_1.jpg" border="0"></span></p> <div align="left"> &nbsp; </div> <p></p> <p></p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="background: white; padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 12pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><img name="_x0000_i1025" width="512" height="824" title="Louisiana Champion of Service &amp; Guest of Honor - Warrick Dunn, Louisiana native, former NFL running back and founder of Warrick Dunn Charities; Regional Champions of Service: Cajun Country-Brittany Kelly, Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps; Crossroads-Francis 'Frank' Elliot, Rapides CASA; Greater New Orleans-Nhu Ngoc Pham, Tulane University Center for Public Service; Plantation Country-Cyndi Dicarlo, The Life of a Single Mom Ministries; Sportsman's Paradise-Barksdale Air Force Base Volunteer Team" id="_x0000_i1025" style="width: 512px; height: 624px;" src="http://www.crt.state.la.us/email/templates/volunteer/Images/ServiceGala2013_b_2.jpg" border="0"></font></font></span></p> <div align="left"> <font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></font> </div> <p></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 12pt;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p align="center"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><img name="_x0000_i1025" width="509" height="824" title="The Champions of Service Gala is generously sponsored by: Atlanta Falcons; LaCapitol Federal Credit Union; Shell; Roy O. Martin; Louisiana Lottery; LouisianaTravel.com; Louisiana Chemical Association; Cox Communications; Abita Brewing Company; Associated Grocers" id="_x0000_i1025" style="width: 509px; height: 631px;" src="http://www.crt.state.la.us/email/templates/volunteer/Images/ServiceGala2013_b_4.jpg" border="0"></span></p> <div align="left"> &nbsp; </div> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <div align="center"> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="background: white; padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 12pt;"><span class="headline1"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><font color="#002676">Table of 10</font></strong></span></span></p> </td> <td style="background: white; padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p align="right" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: right; line-height: 12pt;"><span class="headline1"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><font color="#002676">$500</font></strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background: white; padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 12pt;"><span class="headline1"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><font color="#002676">Individual Ticket</font></strong></span></span></p> </td> <td style="background: white; padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p align="right" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: right; line-height: 12pt;"><span class="headline1"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><font color="#002676">$50</font></strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background: white; padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0);" colspan="2"> <p align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 12pt;"><span><strong><font color="#002676"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>Reserve online at:</span><br></font> <span class="headline1"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001WY4_70Nv3gKJx86lLbjUbl_Y3GExqhMmzkfXOdqpoY_Iv2UMo9SBYF2iQEntlKfkIHoc4Z36gFQ-ojq3eHfz-cZvpSwYZHaxCIHgx0NlSm3MULtw9FuJRxxiQo7z8xGY49egjRSlNDhWo5vLu5HRDNvOWDGc_1wZ" target="_blank"><font color="#002676">volunteerlouisianachampionsofservice.eventbrite.com</font></a></span></strong></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: center; line-height: 12pt;"><span class="smallestitalic1"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 7.5pt;'><em>Please notify Linda Smith at 225.342.7009 of any dietary restrictions.</em></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1405012 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1405012 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:20:33 GMT 5 Strategies - #1 = Involve your volunteers! <h1 style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><font size="4"><font color="#70519D"><font face="Arial">5 Strategies to Perk up Your End of Year Fundraising</font></font></font></span></h1> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 12pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Make sure that you exceed your fundraising goals this year with these tips and strategies shared on&nbsp;<a style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=ffe5b7894d&amp;e=5899975381" target="_self"><span style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);">IdeaEncore</span></a>.&nbsp;<br> <br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>1. Involve your volunteers in fundraising.</span></strong> Tap into their skills, social networks and enthusiasm to help your nonprofit raise more money. Download Vantage Points's <a style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=36d15272a2&amp;e=5899975381" target="_self"><span style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);">Handbook for Employees Working with Knowledge Philanthropists</span></a> to learn more about working effectively with volunteers.<br> <br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>2. Redesign your materials.</span></strong> Stand out and engage new supporters with a facelist for your website, publications, social media pages and other marketing materials. <a style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=15aaf9f1c8&amp;e=5899975381" target="_self"><span style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);">The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook</span></a>, from SmartCause Digital, includes steps geared towards launching a new website, but it can be applied to much of your marketing materials.</span></p> <p><strong><span style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>3. Hold an auction.</span></strong><span style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'>Whether part of an event, or an event on its own, an auction can help you attract new donors from across your community and build excitement about your nonprofit. Learn strategies for improving your auction results with Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions on Wednesday, <font color="#FF0000">October 9th</font> at 1:00 pm Eastern (10:00 am Pacific) in a <font color="#FF0000">free webinar</font>, <a style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=e87dde1d5b&amp;e=5899975381" target="_self"><span style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);"><font color="#FF0000">Silent Auction Secrets: 5 simple changes to generate bigger bids</font></span></a><font color="#FF0000">.</font><br> &nbsp;<br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>4. Launch a campaign geared towards businesses.</span></strong>&nbsp;Grow your presence in your community by targeting a fundraising effort towards local businesses instead of just individuals.</span></p> <p><span style='color: rgb(96, 96, 96); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10.5pt;'><br> <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>5. Brainstorm to come up with your own ideas.</span></strong> Encourage everyone to participate in a fun way to get your entire staff and board thinking about fundraising. If you think of a great, new idea for fundraising, share it with your peers on <a style="-ms-word-wrap: break-word !important;" href="http://4good.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&amp;id=21b91d4273&amp;e=5899975381" target="_self"><span style="color: rgb(112, 81, 157);">IdeaEncore</span></a>.</span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1402562 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1402562 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:53:00 GMT Intro to Spiral Dynamics Integral Offered at Tulane <div align="center"> <table width="456" style="width: 456px; height: 844px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 100%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="510" style="width: 510px; height: 91px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 4.5pt 0in 12pt;"><b><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Greetings!</span></b></p> <p style="margin: 4.5pt 0in;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Are you a community member working to shift the New Orleans Region towards recovery and resiliency?</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 100%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="100%" style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 4.5pt 0in;"><b><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Please join Tulane University School of Social Work and Facilitative Leadership Institute NOLA for an introduction to Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi)</span></b> <span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>on Tuesday, October 22, 2013&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001vkgcrQwNFppcR8Qtsw33ta9J0wybyqRfMOAoInYxyLaKyZivswSgk1MEou0q7FWaNvLOC1mEMecbQyqmM3HAjAACbMZsYNpv2pPpIPkkJgBuZ8rBpGc4D3owBHuqTULdIAy76VrihXg7Od8TabT2yx8O64Nl3XJOyEa29tcJbzIK0MJ4Tzzmy9Sh3KXB7JcUZXgPt8UVFxJpmFzjlQR6NDL6cw8PudjbbascrGuGSrpM3-Sn8ZbEFFrsVWi7KotsybLL3XUcW6Vy0keC1sx90GMXwE99BaQjuDE8niHLTEFEag9-uaOUVCTVdfdmI7YSE_S6k5sIPOaewuybsDzjHAn4hTmybtzIMAuPgqlnXFU=" target="_blank" shape="rect" linktype="1" track="on"><font color="#0000FF">Tulane University School of Social Work</font></a>, Building 9, Room 103&nbsp;from 2:00 PM -&nbsp;5:00 PM.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Dr. Don E. Beck, Ph.D. of the Spiral Dynamics Group will present a fresh, powerful approach to problem solving,&nbsp;social change and systemic transformation. This discussion will shed new light on how New Orleans can more effectively navigate the complex issues we currently face in our region. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>SDi is a unique bio-psycho-social systems view that: &nbsp;</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>reveals <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>WHY</span></strong> people choose their actions by presenting the beliefs and values that shape human nature,</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>focuses on <strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>WHAT</span></strong> has shaped the culture of New Orleans, the current beliefs and life conditions that create our families and our diversity</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>reveals&nbsp;<strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>HOW</span></strong>&nbsp;people think about things (as opposed to "what" they think),</span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>makes sense of human existence and shows how to craft elegant yet simple actions that meet people and address situations where they are</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Don't miss the opportunity to meet with Dr. Beck, a world leader in large scale systems change.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you saw the movie INVICTUS that featured Nelson Mandela and the South African rugby team in the 1995 World Cup, you saw the impact of Dr. Beck's work.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>This event is free and open to the public. &nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001vkgcrQwNFpokLGVx-kSoumg2v7NZDARKpIR_jph6WYOeEfAfYcvznzdDoZlITztOXbdHshJNLUxSSvVnPmJOAo1AyWmhP1QtZfQdw4jp9lh4yxqU3W6mD_9rAfgMDlTQj59soBeUlbDXm9Kxd5R0FLG3Us3sehGca2sF_YQRn1z0hI0oiehnxn5_EovgTV8qWVSd9_peJKIs7f2F1TkuZyzWir1QJGktUvARhGbnXlYi2nAxYtaWA0IXH6GVEJ_bP_TZ6gQP29oQafRcEhu5nE_JOzNZAXAAVGcO9COUi7eNN9wAGBCvTiXZZMgLl0fGHzDvQa9LZR0go1HoJLTia_q2sPfnJlW269CNiVQr66K_LNqyM4XG_RMmJfMv1POaJwl4QJRNZmH67p3bZywE9gs1Frh7mA5n" target="_blank" shape="rect" linktype="1" track="on"><font color="#0000FF">Register here!</font></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>To obtain more information about this event, contact Julianna Padgett (504-862-3490, <a href="mailto:jpadget@tulane.edu"><font color="#0000FF">jpadget@tulane.edu</font></a>) or Erness Wright-Irvin (504-233-2712, <a href="mailto:erness.fli@gmail.com"><font color="#0000FF">erness.fli@gmail.com</font></a>).</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 100%; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="100%" style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 4.5pt 0in;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Erness Wright-Irvin, MHA<br> Facilitative Leadership Institute NOLA</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 7.5pt;"> <td width="100%" valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 100%; height: 7.5pt; background-color: transparent;"> <table width="100%" style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 11.25pt;"> <td valign="top" style="padding: 0in; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); height: 11.25pt; background-color: transparent;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <table width="490" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9" style="background: white; border: 1.5pt dashed black; width: 490px; height: 82px;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding: 7.5pt; border: 0px rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span style='color: black; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt;'>Earn C.E.U.s</span></b></p> </td> <td style="padding: 7.5pt; border: 0px rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>This event is free and open to the public. &nbsp;For social work professionals who seek to earn 2.5 hours of C.E.U., the fee is $10.00. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1402483 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1402483 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:17 GMT SUPER SERVICE Challenge is Back!! <TABLE align="left" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <TR> <TD valign="top" style="padding: 0in 9pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Hi -&nbsp;</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Are you looking for a team building opportunity that isn’t just another happy hour? Do you want your work to be more meaningful and serve a purpose?</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">GRAB SOME COWORKERS OR FRIENDS AND JOIN THE SUPER SERVICE CHALLENGE!</SPAN></B></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><I><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Participating is as easy as 1-2-3!</SPAN></I></B></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><I><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">1.&nbsp;</SPAN></I></B><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">Grab a team of 3-8 coworkers and sign up</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><I><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">2.</SPAN></I></B> <SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">Serve your favorite charity</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><I><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">3.</SPAN></I></B> <SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">Submit an entry for the chance to win your charity part of a <B>MILLION DOLLAR GIVEAWAY!</B></SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">If you register this week, your team will have the chance to win a special prize (i.e. Signed Drew Brees footballs, NFL jerseys, small swag gifts, a Skype with Drew Brees, etc.). By&nbsp;submitting&nbsp;your service, you will also have the chance to win a trip to this year's Super Bowl!&nbsp;</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">Entries must be submitted by November 30, 2013. Independent judges and the public will determine the winners. Hundreds of prizes will be awarded nationwide!</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;"><FONT face="Calibri">Visit</FONT> <A href="http://www.superservicechallenge.com/"><SPAN style="color: windowtext;"><FONT face="Calibri">www.superservicechallenge.com</FONT></SPAN></A> <FONT face="Calibri">to get started!&nbsp;</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><B><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Together, we can make a difference in our community!&nbsp;</SPAN></B><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">If you have any questions about this year's Super Service Challenge or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me via email or phone (504.324.4242).</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt;">Best,</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><FONT face="Calibri"><SPAN style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 13.5pt;">Gretchen&nbsp;</SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"></P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1397209 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1397209 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:52:26 GMT Older Volunteers Aging in Place <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><B><SPAN style='color: rgb(76, 1, 113); font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif";'><FONT size="3">Older Volunteers Aging in Place</FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Excerpted from, <EM><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif";'>What We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers: An Action Guide for Making Your Job Easier</SPAN></EM>, Jarene Frances Lee with Julia M. Catagnus, <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018jvLHZMDdl3Wu5tvC_WNZOwYI3kBW8LjdTcL73L8LpIQr8srLtbDMRRcOwYG_schAxcfjH0F0v8gViewc8rYCuQi_dOs1BfNcTeIrGA28l7sRy40i-hFYcl-CcPmRetizos5uoAqZqNa0p6xFJ0oUKyt_rNPx-cvhs10e3Estlyjqgt8mBeqn33Gi3_DOtIASXiaTq4VTUQZ37p5ovtQpWbpPIS3E5wkck9m5z0wXCkFvauwvpIk4I0D22hqJqJNy_UKBwkd8Tc=" target="_blank"><B><FONT color="#0000FF">Energize, Inc.</FONT></B></A>, 1999.</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>[A volunteer aging-in-place] is someone who joined you when s/he was younger and fit, but has grown older and now has diminished capacity. The quandary, of course, is that you feel loyalty to a volunteer who has contributed many hours of devoted service and it is awkward to have to confront the changes in ability that age may bring. But for the sake of your service recipients and the volunteer personally, you must find ways to balance the best interests of everyone.</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Supervision tips:</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Know the volunteer's sight and hearing limits and give written material or oral instructions with this in mind.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Pay attention to physical fatigue and talk with the volunteer about his/her strength and endurance.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>When possible, buddy them up with younger volunteers. This technique is especially good for volunteers "aging in place," who know the job but could benefit from some support and perhaps oversight.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Insist on a rotation policy for everyone so that no volunteer becomes so entrenched in one assignment that it's impossible to make a change. Offer an "aging in place" volunteer an alternate assignment that makes use of long-time service, such as helping with new volunteer orientation - but only if s/he would be good at it!</SPAN></LI> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Don't ignore a deteriorating situation. Sometimes starting a concerned (but caring) conversation gives the volunteer the opening to admit to feeling insecure and less able to do the work s/he formerly considered a breeze.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black; tab-stops: list .5in;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Only when appropriate, consider involving the volunteer's grown children in approaching their parent about changing abilities, or even the family physician.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><EM><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Permission is granted for organizations to reprint this excerpt. Reprints must provide full acknowledgment of the source, as cited here:</SPAN></EM></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Excerpted from <EM><SPAN style='font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif";'>What We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers: An Action Guide for Making Your Job Easier</SPAN></EM>, Jarene Frances Lee with Julia M. Catagnus, Energize, Inc., 1999. Found in the Energize online bookstore at <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018jvLHZMDdl1pEHN1eZ_z0xi6fIQQoiqlSOH53riiFvnPYtv7kWOE6MezO_EcJHi_w5UeWhtTnWDsmynP1903QO52KZtQK6VjWe5fuwN7jG1BoeKUtI6sKAxilRRCOVkXJoYy1U01Yvg3eZPHMVAkWOdfv2-4cVg5vPXiB515H-_hriB6hwoR8up8AQI43vDho1kth8sp3vZJXEKJ_5ytn_50E7CSsI1Gqmknv5oqe_AynBOayGtJYhRdNzAKVKRhO7REDHJg_7EHUx2Utb1mHYOiBVEoOYX3" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">http://www.energizeinc.com/store/1-175-E-1</FONT></A>.</SPAN></P><SPAN style='color: black; font-family: "Tahoma","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1396348 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1396348 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:45:01 GMT Nominate Regional Service Champions!!! Due by September 16th <p><strong><font color="#002676"><font face="Arial"><span><span style="font-size: 21pt;">Regional Service Champion Nomination</span></span></font></font></strong></p> <p><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>Volunteer Louisiana is celebrating 20 years of promoting an ethic of service throughout the state. We’re honoring former NFL running back Warrick Dunn for his work with the Warrick Dunn Charities and Betty’s Hope. In addition to Dunn, we will recognize five regional Champions of Service at a gala event Thursday, October 24, in Baton Rouge. We need your help identifying the most suitable role models from each region. Nominate your outstanding volunteer. Deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Sept. 16.</span></p> <p><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>Use the online <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001kQeJ-ujrlx0IkkMdTPStr0Fl--kTnGB-ppG5Tnb77pZqHUOxyEMcLQ4sRh59oWs-PUBsRLKm0a4JBij3AoRH91-ES4TzCqeodbXxlCZsjKC3k-kPgad2qi-Mjy7PIfDoltF0sPGP_RbL16eS5JOpHf8VGFnwKR_uDhjaNjnhLvtHGzUeuASroYigKknubmF6Rj1ug8nuvDI=" target="_blank"><strong><font color="#002676">Regional Service Champion Nomination Form</font></strong></a> to nominate a service champion for your region!</span></p> <div align="center"> <hr align="center"> </div> <div align="center"> <table width="418" style="width: 418px; height: 56px;" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><img name="_x0000_i1026" width="51" height="46" id="_x0000_i1026" alt="Americorps - 20 Years" src="http://www.crt.state.la.us/email/templates/volunteer/Images/Americorps20.jpg" border="0"></font></font></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"> <p align="right"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001kQeJ-ujrlx2iVPBZ55xK5IxnnpZfyuHDM7aU066e4UdeXYFSQWbXiheA67JxLtgCLw97SjP7K9f8_07pvQAWSwc6Ae8XcNXx4k-MMIOWZl3jawBqkEBdSWhtA3MV4gN5"><strong><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><img name="_x0000_i1027" width="100" height="46" id="_x0000_i1027" alt="Louisiana - Pick Your Passion" src="http://www.crt.state.la.us/email/templates/volunteer/LA_hdrlogo.gif" border="0"></font></strong></a></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1382714 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1382714 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:39:17 GMT Mentoring Training - Each One Save One on September 19th Founded locally in 1994, Each One Save One has provided mentors to the children in our community. &nbsp;Our mentors dedicate one hour a week to work with one child for a school year and make a life time of difference. &nbsp;A 5th grader at Eisenhower Elementary wrote that, "That having a mentor is a life changer. &nbsp;He makes me feel better and do better."&nbsp;<br> <br> Join us for a new mentor training session on September 19th from 5:30 PM&nbsp;- 8:30 PM&nbsp;at our office at 1636 Toledano St. &nbsp;Dinner will be provided by Each One Save One.&nbsp;We will discuss best mentoring procedures and work to match you with a student at one of our partner schools for the upcoming school year.<br> <br> Please let us know if you have any questions,<br> Julia Moore<br> 504-896-9979<br> moore@eachonesaveone.org&nbsp; http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1381900 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1381900 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:14:16 GMT ASSESSING VOLUNTEER PERFORMANCE <P align="center"><STRONG>ASSESSING VOLUNTEER PERFORMANCE</STRONG></P> <P>No one wants to volunteer time uselessly. One way to respect this principle is by periodically assessing how well volunteers are performing assigned work, both to applaud valuable effort and to improve or correct problems.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Call the process something other than an "evaluation," which conjures up memories of student report cards (or pay raise conferences) and emphasizes the past. Instead, use more neutral phrases, such as Mutual Assessment, Progress Plan, or the Where-Are-We? Check-in.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Think of volunteer performance assessment as recognition. Any constructive feedback you give to volunteers will help them do better...and therefore to contribute more productively. If you do not point out errors, you allow volunteers to waste their time - hardly what any of you want.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Apply the process to all volunteers fairly and equitably. Tell all new volunteers that assessment is a routine part of the work because everyone wants to provide the best services.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Be sure that the evaluation process is two-way. This is a great opportunity to learn about your organization from the volunteers' perspective. (Remember how we keep saying that volunteers bring us a fresh point of view?)<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Start from the Position Description<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Without a written volunteer position description to which the volunteer committed at the beginning of service, there is no basis upon which to determine if a volunteer was successful or not in fulfilling an assignment.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> So start by revisiting the volunteer position description:</P> <UL> <LI>What was actually accomplished since the volunteer signed on? What was not and why?</LI> <LI>What did the volunteer do (positive or negative) that was not in the original position description?</LI> <LI>How should the position description be revised to accommodate changes in the work since it was written?</LI> <LI>Is there need for more training or additional resources to support greater success?</LI> </UL> <P>Engage the volunteer in considering how to resolve any possible concerns. When possible, and if you think a volunteer would welcome it, offer some alternatives to keep things fresh: the chance to take a break and work temporarily on a special project; help to update the training new volunteers in the same role receive; advance into a leadership position; transfer to another department. Or, recommit to the assignment for another period of time.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Be Prepared to Take Action<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Individual evaluations often surface unexpected issues. Are you prepared to correct poor performance? If not, you send a message to all other volunteers that their hard work is not valued. You also send a message to paid staff that they cannot expect quality standards of volunteers.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Are you ready to respond to identified needs? Can you give additional training to volunteers? What happens if the process shows the need for further training of paid staff? What if there is not enough work space or access to onsite computers? In other words, if there are obstacles preventing volunteers from doing their best, will you advocate for changes?<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Look ahead, not back. This is an opportunity for re-commitment and is best approached as a form of recognition. Celebrate volunteer accomplishments! But be willing, too, to deal directly with possible problems, whatever the source.</P> <P>This Quick Tip comes from<BR> Susan J. Ellis, President of <A href="http://www.energizeinc.com/" target="_blank">Energize, Inc</A>.</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1381431 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1381431 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 03:26:25 GMT Volunteers Needed - 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 18pt;"><FONT size="3"><STRONG><SPAN style='color: rgb(26, 26, 26); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";'>Volunteers Needed</SPAN></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Help HandsOn New Orleans honor the annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and help distribute information on disaster preparedness and fire prevention to local families in the Hollygrove neighborhood.</SPAN></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>When:</SPAN></STRONG> <SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'><SPAN><SPAN class="aqj">Saturday, September 7</SPAN></SPAN> from&nbsp;9am - Noon</SPAN></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Where:</SPAN></STRONG> <SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Meet at Conrad Playground, located inside Fredrick Square - <A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/ad7a2818cf/q=3400+hamilton+street+new+orleans&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wl" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">3400 Hamilton Street</FONT></A>, New Orleans</SPAN></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Free:</SPAN></STRONG> <SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>Snacks, refreshments&nbsp;and training materials provided to our volunteers</SPAN></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>RSVP:</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>&nbsp;To register an individual or group&nbsp;<A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/e44418ddf1/id=a0CA000000Qv1MKMAZ" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">please&nbsp;RSVP&nbsp;here</FONT></A></SPAN></P> <P style="line-height: 11.25pt;"><SPAN style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>This joint service effort is brought to you by HandsOnNew Orleans, the <A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/38a1d7b19a"><FONT color="#0000FF">South Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross</FONT></A>, <A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/2f09c13e34"><FONT color="#0000FF">Evacuteer.org</FONT></A> and the <A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/be9fed1e06"><FONT color="#0000FF">New Orleans Fire Department.</FONT></A></SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 11.25pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(71, 71, 71); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 11.25pt;"><STRONG><SPAN style='color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 8pt;'>For more information, please contact Abby Grosslein at&nbsp;<A href="http://cts.vresp.com/c/?HandsOnNewOrleans/f4dea19a98/6ad1b93dc6/8307e620b1" target="_blank"><SPAN style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">504-609-2525</SPAN></A>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<A href="mailto:agrosslein@handsonneworleans.org" target="_blank"><SPAN style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">agrosslein@handsonneworleans</SPAN><SPAN style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">.</SPAN><SPAN style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">org</SPAN></A>.&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P align="center" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 11.25pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><BR> &nbsp;</SPAN></P><EM><SPAN style='color: rgb(71, 71, 71); font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>The 9/11 Day of Service iniative is led by Points of Light and MyGoodDeed with support from Noble Vines and UPS.</SPAN></EM> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1380144 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1380144 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:58:52 GMT The Advance Social Media Decision Maker's Toolkit 6-part Webinar Series <H2 style="margin: 0in 0in 3pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(30, 63, 156); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt;'>The Advanced Social Media&nbsp;Decision Maker's Toolkit</SPAN></H2> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>IDEALIST: We don't need to tell you that nonprofits are latching on to social media channels in a big way. Spend a little time on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll see them asking for donations and volunteers, pushing out similar content, and competing for an audience. How can you help your organization stand out from the crowd?</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>You need a strong strategy. Posting great content is one thing, but you also want that content to work as a part of your overall communications mix and to engage your followers. The best way to do that is to plan your approach to online communications thoughtfully and strategically to help your nonprofit distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.</SPAN></P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</P> <P style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><SPAN style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 9pt;'>We designed our <A href="http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=YBJH6BARllBuK0h6YGlSdPpFENbm6SSo"><I><FONT color="#0000FF">Advanced Social Media Decision Maker’s Toolkit</FONT></I></A> to help you do just that. Beginning September 10, this six-session course will give you the tools you need to succeed and show you how to use them. <A href="http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=fQuHCkgrBWrZwudxzUA%2FM%2FpFENbm6SSo"><FONT color="#0000FF">Register now to begin learning.</FONT></A></SPAN></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1375132 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1375132 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:58:18 GMT Webby Wednesdays are kicking off - Registration is OPEN! <p align="center"><strong><font color="#000066">Webby Wednesdays are kicking off with 2 sessions designed to help your organization stay focused and sustain themselves!</font></strong></p> <p align="left"><font color="#000066"><strong>Session 1: August 28th -</strong> <strong>Quit Chasing the Money!</strong></font></p> <p align="left"><a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=737829"><font color="#CC0000">Quit Chasing The Money</font></a> is a cautionary, educational webinar on creating a healthy organization with multiple financing streams. <u>It is important to talk about how you fund your volunteer program and other programs your organization operates.</u> Do they all work together to create a compelling reason for investors to move toward supporting you? Too often, nonprofits spend valuable time in writing grants, begging for cash and drifting away from their mission. By creating a financial strategy, you bring many elements into one-voice, speaking the community value of your nonprofit.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1370361 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1370361 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:27:25 GMT LANO Webinar - Six Essential Principles for Collaborating Leaders - Aug. 22 <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong>A new event has been added to LANO's Community Calendar.</strong>&nbsp;</font></font></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span style="COLOR: maroon">WHAT:</span></strong> <strong>LIVE AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Tom Wolff: Six essential principles for collaborating leaders</strong></font></font></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span style="COLOR: maroon">WHEN:</span></strong> <strong>Thursday the 22nd</strong></font></font></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span style="COLOR: maroon">WHERE:</span></strong> <strong>Webinar: Available at your computer</strong></font></font></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">To view all the event details, or to register, please click the link below.</font></font></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><strong><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[</font><a href="http://www.lano.org/events/event_details.asp?id=347913"><font color="#336699" size="3" face="Times New Roman">http://www.lano.org/events/event_details.asp?id=347913</font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">]</font></strong></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1370280 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1370280 Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:05:40 GMT Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.Org <p>For a while, Microsoft Office was the only office suite in town. But in the last couple of years, a viable open source option has emerged: OpenOffice.org. Will OpenOffice work for your organization? Idealware does a head-to-head comparison of the two office suites.</p> <p><em>This article courtesy of Idealware, which provides candid information to help nonprofits and charities choose effective software. For more articles and reviews, go to <a title="Idealware" href="http://www.idealware.org/"><font color="#0066CC">www.idealware.org</font></a>.</em></p> <p>Once upon a time, nonprofits that wanted a powerful, useful-friendly word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation package were faced with two options: Microsoft Office and … Microsoft Office. But over time, an open-source alternative, <a href="http://www.openoffice.org/"><font color="#0066CC">OpenOffice.org</font></a>, has become increasingly popular, making it a viable, affordable option for organizations seeking a productivity suite.</p> <p>Should your office consider OpenOffice? Will it make sense for your users and infrastructure? How do OpenOffice and Microsoft Office differ?</p> <p>Click to read the <a href="http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/ms-office-vs-openoffice" target="_blank">full article</a>.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1362864 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1362864 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:36:29 GMT Latest Edition of Volunteer Today is Available! <p>The Volunteer Today Newsletter is out - great articles on risk management and other topics of interest to volunteer leaders.</p> <p>Click to read the <a href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/290009/fb9dfe2071/1270000497/0b3a98838e/" target="_blank">current edition</a>.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1362027 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1362027 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:18:57 GMT Pitch It! Innovation Competition!! <table style="WIDTH: 100%" border="0" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" valign="top" width="100%" colspan="2"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #336699; FONT-SIZE: 20pt">Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge</span></em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" valign="top" width="100%"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size="3"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Initiative is excited to announce the opening round of <b><i>Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge</i></b>.</span></font></p><?xml:namespace prefix = u1 /> <u1:p></u1:p> <p></p> <p><font size="3"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Designed to spur innovation in human service organizations, <i>Pitch It!</i> will fund a breakthrough product, new process, inventive service or novel approach that supports a new way of doing business for your organization and others and meets a community need.&nbsp;</span></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; WORD-SPACING: 0px"><font size="3"><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Pitch It!</span></i> <span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">is accepting submissions now until <b>Monday, August 26</b> at Noon (CST) with the <i>Pitch I</i>t<i>!</i> lunch event set for <b>Monday, September 30 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm</b>.</span></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; WORD-SPACING: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">For more information, check it out here:</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susan@teamdynamicsweb.com&amp;job=988714&amp;ymlink=1604105&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egnof%2Eorg%2Fpitch%2Dit%2Dorganizational%2Deffectiveness%2Dinnovation%2Dchallenge%2F" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: windowtext"><font size="3">http://www.gnof.org/pitch-it-organizational-effectiveness-innovation-challenge/</font></span></a><font size="3">.</font></span></p> <u1:p></u1:p> <p></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></p> </td> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" width="0"> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1356447 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1356447 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:35:07 GMT Here Come the Millennials <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt"></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Last Thursday was the 4th annual <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=f4ac9fcaba&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">Millennial Impact Conference</span></a> (<a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=3f91244dad&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">MCON#13</span></a>) hosted by the <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=ebab85c777&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">Case Foundation</span></a> and <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=edbf5277f4&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">Achieve</span></a>, a fundraising agency specializing in Millennial donor engagement. The conference is an opportunity to analyze the Millennial generation (ages 20-33) and how they think about and engage in social change.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Because the Millennial generation is so large and they are coming of age in a time when technology and how we communicate are changing so rapidly, they will have a big effect on the sector.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">As part of MCON, Achieve annually releases a study on the philanthropic interests of the Millennial generation. Their online survey of over 2,500 Millennials (and in-person user videos of 100 Millennials) found some interesting things about how this generation connects, gets involved and gives. And their findings seem to echo <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=fe22c316af&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">earlier studies about Millennial donors</span></a> and their interest in impact.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Achieve’s study found that “Millennials aren’t interested in structures, institutions, and organizations, but rather in the people they help and the issues they support.”</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Here are some more interesting findings about Millennials and their engagement with social change:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Behind email, Facebook is the next preferred method by Millennials to stay current on organization issues.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">83% of Millennials use smartphones.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Mobile friendly websites are the most important feature on the smartphone device that Millennials want from organizations.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The number 1 action on websites and social networks taken by Millennials is sharing content.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Advance online training and knowing how the volunteer experience will affect the people served is a key interest to Millennials.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Run/Race/Walk events are the highest peer fundraising approaches used by Millennials.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Asking for a donation to an organization instead of receiving personal gifts is a growing favorite among Millennials.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Online websites are still primarily used and preferred when Millennials donate.</span></li> <li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #303030; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Millennials are more likely to donate when the organization explains how the gift will impact an individual.</span></li> </ul> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The full report along with Millennial user testing videos (which are fascinating looks into how Millennials react to and engage with nonprofit websites) are available <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=0dedc9d45f&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">here</span></a>.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The implications for the nonprofit sector are important. And they underline the fact that nonprofits cannot ignore social media and the Millennial generation. Nonprofits must embrace the fact that the world is very different now than it was even 5 years ago. They must embrace and find ways to engage this younger generation. It’s about empowering Millennials to tap into their networks to find advocates, volunteers, supporters for the cause.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">So get out there and start experimenting.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><em><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Photo Credit: <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=25cece6c82&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">The Millennial Impact</span></a></span></em><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><br></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><span><font size="3"><font color="#5D342C"><font face="Arial">Jul 23, 2013 08:00 am | Nell Edgington - REPOSTED FROM SOCIAL VELOCITY E-NEWSLETTER</font></font></font></span></span></p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #303030; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><br> <b>About the Author</b>: Nell Edgington is President of Social Velocity (<a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=72612966c8&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">www.socialvelocity.net</span></a>), a management consulting firm leading nonprofits to greater social impact and financial sustainability. Social Velocity helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively. For more information, check out Social Velocity <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=707d04e8c1&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">consulting services</span></a> and <a href="http://socialvelocity.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86ea69664802a0541ae4385f8&amp;id=5dc63b1168&amp;e=9f70db3651" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #00858e">clients</span></a>.</span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1350559 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1350559 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:16:45 GMT Are You Disaster Ready at Your Program or Nonprofit? <div class="dnntitle"> <strong><em><font color="#CC0000"><span id="dnn_ctr2246_dnnTITLE4_lblTitle" class="title4">Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross</span></font></em></strong> </div> <div class="dnntitle"> &nbsp; </div> <div class="contentmain1"> <div id="dnn_ctr2246_ContentPane" class="contentpane"> <div id="dnn_ctr2246_ModuleContent" class="DNNModuleContent ModDNNHTMLC"> <div id="dnn_ctr2246_HtmlModule_lblContent" class="Normal"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; MARGIN-TOP: 0pt; unicode-bidi: embed; DIRECTION: ltr; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 0in">Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property.&nbsp;Whether you are taking your first steps&nbsp;or have a fully-functioning&nbsp;emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; MARGIN-TOP: 0pt; unicode-bidi: embed; DIRECTION: ltr; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; MARGIN-TOP: 0pt; unicode-bidi: embed; DIRECTION: ltr; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 0in"><a href="http://readyrating.org/">http://readyrating.org/</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1350216 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1350216 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:46:01 GMT FREE WEBINAR - Data is Your Friend! <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size="2" face="Arial">Whether you’re a left-brained systematic thinker, a right-brained creative thinker or somewhere in the middle, <U>data management is an essential part of fundraising</U>. You have to be able to keep your donor info up-to-date and organized. That’s where we come in…</FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2"><I>FundRaising Success</I> is holding a <B>FREE</B> webinar, “<B><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed"><A href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/MN0VEGR/IY44R/6YGX9/2VDP/Z2NH/UH/h"><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed">Data is Your Friend!</SPAN></A></SPAN></B>” (sponsored by CDS Global) on July 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), and we’d love for you to join us!</FONT></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed"><A href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/MN0VEGR/IY44R/6YGX9/2VDP/3M1O/UH/h"><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed"><FONT size="2" face="Arial">Register here!</FONT></SPAN></A></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2">We’ve got a great panel of speakers who will guide you through the ins and outs of data management. You’ll hear from: Tim Daugherty, Deputy Director of Direct Marketing at <B>Habitat for Humanity International</B>; Ben Miller, Director of Analytical Services at <B>Craver, Mathews, Smith</B>; Laura Thornton, Director of Marketing at <B>ChildFund International</B>; and moderator Ellen Cobb Church, CEO at <B>Craver, Mathews, Smith</B>.</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2">Specific things you will learn about?</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <UL> <LI><SPAN>•<FONT size="2">o</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2">The best way to capture data</FONT></FONT></SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN>•<FONT size="2">o</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2">What you should be capturing</FONT></FONT></SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN>•<FONT size="2">o</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Arial"><FONT size="2">Obstacles to data capture and how to overcome them</FONT></FONT></SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN>•<FONT size="2">o</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">What you should be doing with the data capture</FONT></FONT></SPAN></LI> </UL> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">Imagine this…if you sign up today, (don’t forget, its FREE!), you can join us on July 23<SUP>rd</SUP> <B>and</B> you will be able to view the webinar for 90 days after the live date. PLUS, you don’t even need to leave your desk! And if you have questions, you can submit them directly to the panel during the hour. Can’t get much easier than that!</FONT></FONT></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed"><A href="http://ud.ed10.net/r/MN0VEGR/IY44R/6YGX9/2VDP/CE04/UH/h"><SPAN style="COLOR: #2dabed"><FONT size="2" face="Arial">Here’s that link again</FONT></SPAN></A></SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">… you won’t want to miss out!</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">I hope to “see” you there. Let’s get our brains working together!</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">Jesse L. Eaton</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial">Marketing Coordinator</FONT></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size="2"><FONT face="Arial"><I><SPAN style="COLOR: black">FundRaising Success</SPAN></I> <SPAN style="COLOR: black">eLearning Team</SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1340807 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1340807 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:11:29 GMT Satchmo Summerfest - Volunteer to Have Fun! <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Trebuchet MS','sans-serif'; COLOR: white; FONT-SIZE: 24pt"><A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001zsVZD-Fm9LSaEojFnvT1hEc8uJsUxzo-tdQwamd9Zs6M_2BN1w16cgEn36kTMCkP8t06uaZAaMsTn11VurXdLh62TvXpul30gh8IXpTZVZgXpnKJ8H4YD_s7DIQ-XhaGh-WRkbGYIdBB93utVM6rapCLioCB1_UjHw-qOz7RuMk=" target="_blank"><IMG border="0" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs120/1102211686235/img/467.gif" width="274" height="228"></A></SPAN></P> <P><A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001zsVZD-Fm9LSaEojFnvT1hEc8uJsUxzo-tdQwamd9Zs6M_2BN1w16cgEn36kTMCkP8t06uaZAaMsTn11VurXdLh62TvXpul30gh8IXpTZVZgXpnKJ8H4YD_s7DIQ-XhaGh-WRkbGYIdBB93utVM6rapCLioCB1_UjHw-qOz7RuMk=" target="_blank">Volunteer Recruitment</A> Now Open!!</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1338184 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1338184 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:54:17 GMT July Volunteer Today E-Newsletter Link <P>The latest edition of Volunteer Today is out! Good information on boards of directors and generational volunteers.</P> <P><A href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/290009/19cf31459c/1270000497/0b3a98838e/" target="_blank">Click here</A></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1336561 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1336561 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:11:41 GMT Attention Teen Volunteers! Coca Cola Scholarship Program <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over</FONT></SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs. With the 25th class in 2013, the Foundation will have provided over 5,250 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $51 million in scholarships.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to 250 high school seniors each year. Fifty of these are four-year $20,000 scholarships; 200 are four-year $10,000 scholarships. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">To qualify, students must be current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; and carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">For more details and/or to apply, visit:<BR></FONT><A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001axkFep2Fypy1ZRY8Ms3MouN_bOQrpA2IIQ8_xuO8zI87j7ChlVSTzOpL1yrHzgzAyjN1D_ZsfhgFZg82WMr_lDYK-Luv_aphZDaLUyKiPBNsSapTfbFnoVvgyho632LFEzNkB7NX1vxj1nicAPydMonJWm3mqu4tn8fHzljjbLb8AzunMGJLxwPU3Fw_xt2GAsg-ipQ7BNG4PG5pMh6luiYkh1Ycj6T8foTUw4LeF0hQtJSHUH7coOUi4C6j4vUQu51PT1u8TfopK8Jv3Lw1XbZqW-t9J1doh9CglEp5OD5cDoehmKFMmijI4Yc4Gk_rxNizF2NsWEYoH1OFsrhGpsaV5SgB75hQc9nrnKYjUi1u7sTO0c2fZspscX7dRXAzK2nByyKjbkZxlxS3C9ypOmeVY97axAFrskaqFs0o0_3vBfcRkWfemA==" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF" face="Times New Roman">www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/04/coca-cola-scholars-program.html</FONT></A></SPAN></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1335054 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1335054 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:17:57 GMT Keeping Your Online Presence Updated <P>Have you checked to see what is on file for your organization at Guidestar? They have a service called Charity Check that individuals, businesses and foundations can use to check your status and learn more about you. You can update this for free! It will pay to keep it up-to-date.</P> <P></P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 375pt; BACKGROUND: white" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="500"> <TR> <TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 243.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" valign="top"> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 15pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt">Show donors and funders that your organization is eligible to receive charitable contributions and grants with <A title="Learn more about GuideStar Charity Check" href="http://messages.guidestar.org/c.html?ufl=e&amp;rtr=on&amp;s=7cmmn,1a7pg,jlx,l1e0,2r43,k6db,k0zo&amp;MLM_MID=2156164&amp;MLM_UNIQUEID=e5d3fe4204"><SPAN style="COLOR: #134679">GuideStar Charity Check</SPAN></A> search and report. 100% IRS compliant.</SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 15pt"><A title="Learn more about GuideStar Charity Check" href="http://messages.guidestar.org/c.html?ufl=e&amp;rtr=on&amp;s=7cmmn,1a7pg,jlx,c47g,1itz,k6db,k0zo&amp;MLM_MID=2156164&amp;MLM_UNIQUEID=e5d3fe4204"><SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: none; text-underline: none"><IMG border="0" alt="Learn More" src="http://secure.elabs6.com/content/12346511/learn-more-gs-blue.png"></SPAN></A></P> </TD> <TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 131.25pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" valign="top"> <P style="MARGIN-TOP: 11.25pt"><A title="Learn more about GuideStar Charity Check" href="http://messages.guidestar.org/c.html?ufl=e&amp;rtr=on&amp;s=7cmmn,1a7pg,jlx,ildy,fjwn,k6db,k0zo&amp;MLM_MID=2156164&amp;MLM_UNIQUEID=e5d3fe4204"><SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: none; text-underline: none"><IMG border="0" alt="GuideStar Charity Check logo" src="http://secure.elabs6.com/content/12346511/charity-check-logo-reg-140x39.png" width="140" height="39"></SPAN></A></P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> <P></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1328540 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1328540 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:16:55 GMT Tech Soup for Nonprofit Leaders <H1 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 24px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 600 18px/22px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="mod-page-title"><BR class="Apple-interchange-newline"> Free Apps and Downloads</H1> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 12px/15px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="mod-rtf"> There's a lot of free software out there, but actually identifying programs that will meet your needs can be difficult and time-consuming. Worse yet, some software may include spyware that compromises the security of your organization's network. That's where TechSoup's Free Downloads can help. We've carefully selected a short list of excellent free software, web apps, mobile apps, and services that can be useful at your nonprofit or library. </DIV> <P>There are many resources available at Techsoup along with low-cost (and sometimes free) software, hardware and training. Go to: <A href="http://www.techsoup.org/">www.techsoup.org</A>.</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1326970 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1326970 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:36:49 GMT Attending the National Conference? ALIVE Invitation <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Dear DOVIA New Orleans Members,<BR> <BR></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">We cordially invite you to be attend the 2013 <A href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/"><FONT color="#0000FF">AL!VE<SUP>™</SUP></FONT></A> Reception on Thursday, June 20<SUP>th</SUP> from 6:30pm-8:30pm.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Please join volunteer leaders from across the country, and AL!VE <SUP>™</SUP> members and <A href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/board_of_directors.php"><FONT color="#0000FF">Board of Directors</FONT></A> , for an evening of networking and celebration at the Bison Bistro, located in the iconic <A href="http://www.doi.gov/tourists/index.cfm"><FONT color="#0000FF">Department of the Interior</FONT></A> building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC. Shuttle service will be provided starting at 6:00pm and the pick-up and drop-off zone will be on L Street between 7 <SUP>th</SUP>&nbsp;&amp; 9<SUP>th</SUP> &nbsp;Streets, which is located between the two convention center buildings. The reception will be followed by tours of the <A href="http://www.nps.gov/nacc/index.htm"><FONT color="#0000FF">National Mall</FONT></A> beginning at the <A href="http://www.nps.gov/nwwm/index.htm"><FONT color="#0000FF">World War II Memorial</FONT></A> where National Park Service volunteers and paid staff will be awaiting guests’ arrival. The last shuttle will leave the World War II Memorial at 10:00pm.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> AL!VE<SUP>™</SUP> is the only national organization dedicated to supporting leadership efforts in an ever-changing world of volunteer engagement. AL!VE <SUP>™</SUP> provides member resources and access to tools, research, and best practices in volunteer management.<BR> <BR> <SPAN style="COLOR: black">If you are attending NCVS, you will your name badge for the Interior Building security staff to make for an easy entrance. Any reception guests who are not conference attendees should have a photo ID for entrance.</SPAN><BR> &nbsp;<BR> The 2013 AL!VE<SUP>™</SUP> Reception will be the sole reception at the <A href="http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">National Conference on Volunteering and Service</FONT></A> devoted to bringing together professional volunteer managers to celebrate their essential work and commitment. We would be honored for you to join us. <A href="http://mms.volunteeralive.org/members/form.php?orgcode=ALIV&amp;fid=1549175"><FONT color="#0000FF">Please RSVP by clicking here</FONT></A>.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Thank you for supporting leaders of volunteers, and we look forward to seeing you at the reception.<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Sincerely,<BR> &nbsp;<BR> &nbsp;<BR> Kathy Cahill, CPRP<BR> <A href="mailto:president@volunteeralive.org"><FONT color="#0000FF">president@volunteeralive.org</FONT></A><BR> President<BR> AL!VE <SUP>™</SUP><BR> <A href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/"><FONT color="#0000FF">www.volunteeralive.org&nbsp;</FONT></A></SPAN> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1320945 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1320945 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:38:05 GMT Myths About Online Volunteering <H1 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 600 18px/21px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="s-so-title">Myths About Online Volunteering</H1> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 30px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 600 14px/17px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="s-so-sub-title">A volunteer expert and consultant dispels common misconceptions</H2> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT: 12px/12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="fn-clearfix"> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"> Jayne Cravens - April 12, 2011 </DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="s-so-content mod-rtf"> One consultant dispels some common misconceptions about finding and working with online volunteers. </DIV> </DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 644px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; DISPLAY: block; FONT: 12px/12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; HEIGHT: 20px; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="fn-gap-medium"></DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); FONT-VARIANT: normal; FONT-STYLE: normal; TEXT-INDENT: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; LETTER-SPACING: normal; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 0px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: normal; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; WORD-SPACING: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px" class="grid-line-align"> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 12px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 484px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; DISPLAY: inline-block; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; HEIGHT: 2011px; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: top; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="grid-8col grid-alpha mod-simple-article"> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="s-sa-content fn-clearfix"> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 12px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 234px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FLOAT: right; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="grid-3col fn-float-right"> <H1 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: rgb(229,229,229) 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px; BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH: 0px; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; MARGIN: 10px 0px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-LEFT-WIDTH: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="s-sb-title"><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; BACKGROUND-COLOR: white; MARGIN: -20px 12px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 12px; PADDING-RIGHT: 12px; DISPLAY: inline-block; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 14px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: top; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">ABOUT THE AUTHORS</SPAN></H1> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 12px; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 12px; PADDING-RIGHT: 12px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 12px" class="s-sb-main-wrapper mod-rtf bg-row-highlight-special"> <UL style="LIST-STYLE-POSITION: outside; BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: none; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: none; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">Jayne Cravens, Independent Consultant, Coyote Communications</SPAN></LI> </UL> </DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 234px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; DISPLAY: block; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; HEIGHT: 20px; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="fn-gap-medium"></DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="mod-wpz-3col"></DIV> </DIV> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; DISPLAY: inline !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="mod-rtf fn-inline"> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><EM style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">Are myths about online volunteering preventing your organization from tapping into this valuable resource? In the following article, which first appeared on the website<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><A style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(51,102,153); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; CURSOR: pointer; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; TEXT-DECORATION: none; PADDING-TOP: 0px" title="Myths About Volunteering" href="http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/ovmyths.html">Coyote Communications</A>, consultant Jayne Cravens dispels some common misconceptions about finding and working with online volunteers.</EM></P> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">Online volunteering means unpaid service that is given via the Internet, either via a computer or a handheld device (smartphone, cell phone, PDA, or iPad). It's a method of volunteering I have been using, studying, documenting, and promoting since 1995, first independently, then with the<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><A style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(51,102,153); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; CURSOR: pointer; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; TEXT-DECORATION: none; PADDING-TOP: 0px" title="Virtual Volunteering Project" href="http://www.coyotecommunications.com/vv/index.html">Virtual Volunteering Project</A>, and then with the<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><A style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(51,102,153); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; CURSOR: pointer; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; TEXT-DECORATION: none; PADDING-TOP: 0px" title="United Nation's (UN) Online Volunteering service" href="http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/">United Nation's (UN) Online Volunteering service</A>. It's also known as virtual volunteering, online mentoring, ementoring, evolunteering, cyber volunteering, cyber service, telementoring, micro-volunteering, crowd-sourcing and on and on.</P> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">Now, 15 years on, I'm stunned at how many myths are still out there about the concept. Here is a list of 17 of the most common myths, and my attempt at countering them:</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">1. Online volunteering is great for people who don't have time to volunteer.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. This is probably the biggest and most annoying myth out there about the practice. Online volunteering requires real time, not "virtual" time. If you don't have time to volunteer offline, you probably don’t have time to volunteer online either. Online volunteering should never be promoted as an alternative volunteering method for people who don't have time to volunteer face-to-face. Rather, the appeal of online volunteering for individuals is that:</P> <UL style="LIST-STYLE-POSITION: outside; BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: none; MARGIN: 0px 0px 15px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: disc; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">It's a way for someone who cannot volunteer onsite because, while they have time to volunteer, they cannot leave their home or work place to do so.</LI> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: disc; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">It's another way for a person to help an organization they are already helping in face-to-face settings.</LI> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: disc; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">It allows a way for people with disabilities who have problems with mobility, or people no way of traveling easy, to volunteer.</LI> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: disc; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">It can allow a person to help an organization that serves a cause or issue of great importance to the person but for which there are no onsite opportunities in his or her area.</LI> <LI style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: disc; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">It can allow a person to help a geographic area that he or she cannot travel to.</LI> </UL> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">2. People who volunteer online don't volunteer face-to-face.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. According to research by the<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><A style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(51,102,153); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; CURSOR: pointer; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; TEXT-DECORATION: none; PADDING-TOP: 0px" title="Virtual Volunteering Project" href="http://www.coyotecommunications.com/vv/admin/index.shtml">Virtual Volunteering Project</A><SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN>in the late 1990s, as well as anecdotal evidence since then from various organizations, the overwhelming majority of online volunteers<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><EM style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">also</EM><SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN>volunteer in face-to-face settings, often for an organization in their same city or region, and often for the same organization they are helping online.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">3. There are online volunteers and there are onsite volunteers and these are entirely separate groups.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. As stated in the previous myth, rarely will you find an online volunteer who doesn't also volunteer onsite, or an onsite volunteer that doesn't use the Internet in some way to interact with the organization they support onsite. They are all volunteers, and don't self-identify into separate online and onsite groups.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">4. People who volunteer online do so for organizations that are geographically far from them.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. Most online volunteers are people who<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><EM style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">also</EM><SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN>volunteer onsite for the same organization; for instance, a volunteer designing an annual report may go onsite to meet with staff but perform most of the donated service via his or her home or work computer. Also, most people who volunteer online look for opportunities that are in their same geographic area – just as do people who want to volunteer onsite. Indeed, there are thousands of online volunteers who look for remote online volunteering opportunities, and the UN's Online Volunteering service is an excellent avenue for them to find such.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">5. People who volunteer online are mostly young, affluent and living in the United States.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. Online volunteers come from all age groups who can use the Internet independently (usually starting when a person is over 13), from various educational and work backgrounds, and from various geographies and ethnicities. The breakdown of online volunteers from the UN's Online Volunteering service is telling: more than 40% are from developing countries. Of course, each organization that involves online volunteers will have a different breakdown as far as online volunteering demographics; in short, one cannot make sweeping generalizations about<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><EM style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">who</EM><SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN>online volunteers are.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">6. People who volunteer online are very shy and have trouble interacting with others.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. As noted earlier, according to research by the Virtual Volunteering Project in the late 1990s, as well as anecdotal evidence since then from various organizations, the overwhelming majority of online volunteers<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><EM style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(130,76,139); FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">also</EM>volunteer in face-to-face settings. In fact, online volunteers tend to be excellent at interacting with others – it’s that hunger for interaction that often drives their volunteering, on or offline.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">7. Online volunteers engage primarily in technology-related tasks.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. Online volunteers engage in a variety of non -technology-related tasks, such as advising on business plans, human resources development, fundraising and press relations, researching topics, and facilitating online discussions. A survey of online volunteering assignments posted to, say, the UN's Online Volunteering service, usually shows 50% of more assignments that are non-tech-specific.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">8. Online volunteering is impersonal.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. Online interactions are quite personal. In many circumstances, people are often more willing to share information and feelings online than they are in face-to-face. Also, volunteers can more easily share photos of their families, and narratives about their interests, via the Internet than, say, at an onsite volunteer luncheon. Online volunteers with whom I have worked are real people to me, not virtual people. When they have gotten married or graduated from high school or college or had a baby or gotten a job, I have celebrated, and when they have died or lost a loved one, I have cried.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">9. Interviewing potential volunteers face-to-face is much more reliable than interviewing people online.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. Both methods of interviewing potential volunteers have strengths and weaknesses, and one may be more appropriate than another for a particular situation, but each is effective. I have talked to plenty of people face-to-face who expressed great enthusiasm and interest in becoming online volunteers, and have wanted information on how to get started – and who never follow-through, while people online must show not only their interest but their commitment and skills almost immediately, by responding to emails promptly and by writing clearly.</P> <H2 style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 2px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); FONT-SIZE: 15px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600 !important; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important">10. The Internet is dangerous and, therefore, online volunteering opens an organization and its clients up to many risks.</H2> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><STRONG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; FONT-WEIGHT: 600; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px">False</STRONG>. The Internet is no more, nor no less, dangerous than the offline world. When people, including children, have been harmed as a result of online activities, it has been because they or their parents did not take appropriate safety measures – it’s amazing to me that parents who would never allow their children to go to, say, to a bus station to play for the day, allow their children to go into unsupervised chat rooms. There is extensive information on how to ensure safety in online volunteering (and online mentoring) programs at the Virtual Volunteering Project.</P> <P style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px !important; LINE-HEIGHT: 15px !important; MARGIN: 0px 0px 18px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px !important; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px !important; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px !important; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px !important"><A href="http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/myths-about-online-volunteering" target="_blank">READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE</A></P> </DIV> </DIV> <ADDRESS style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 14px; FONT-STYLE: italic; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 11px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="s-sa-copyright"></ADDRESS> <DIV style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"> Copyright ©<SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="license-date">2013</SPAN><SPAN class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; FONT-SIZE: 12px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: baseline; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" class="license-holder">TechSoup Global</SPAN>. 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TechSoup is keeping those affected in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts. You can help your organization prepare for any type of disaster by adopting certain technologies and strategies. The resources in TechSoup's <EM><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><A href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=MhlE40OvFeesJYB_9ijYPw"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery</SPAN></A></SPAN></EM> will not only prepare you for a crisis, but also deepen the impact of your nonprofit or charity in times of health.</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Nonprofits affected by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma can post their recovery needs and connect directly with donors using <A title="Aidmatrix" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=EyYJBZNCWkzqeVRQeDbODw"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">AidmatrixNetwork</SPAN></A>, a service offered by TechSoup partner AidMatrix.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><A href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=dPSr2nPrlT7fh3Luf9CfhQ"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">Disaster preparedness apps</SPAN></A> can help you stay organized and updated during times of crisis.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Keep your systems backed up with software from <A href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=WJ_po_03YYCS2Lq2mxO7FQ"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">TechSoup's Symantec donation program</SPAN></A>.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The <A href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=_wql2EC-7-K1RA2bIbfS4g"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">Mobile Beacon donation program</SPAN></A> is offering up to 25 4G mobile broadband devices to residents in states affected by Hurricane Sandy.</SPAN></LI> </UL> </TD> <TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in"> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1304508 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1304508 Wed, 29 May 2013 17:13:12 GMT National Conference on Volunteering and Service <P>Registration for the 2013 Conference on Volunteering and Service is now open. <A href="https://pol.expoplanner.com/index.cfm?do=reg.flow&amp;event_id=15"><FONT color="#0000FF">Register now</FONT></A> with rates starting as low as $300 for the general Conference and gain access to our lodging website for discounted hotel rates. Registration for specific workshops and sessions will be available in February through the Itinerary Builder application.</P> <P>Review the <A href="http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/downloads/2013/2013-Registration-Rates.pdf" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">2013 registration rates</FONT></A> to compare early bird and onsite rates to see which category you should choose when registering, and for information on volunteer discounts. If you need help understanding with registration category and subcategory to choose please visit our <A href="http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/general-information/faq.cfm"><FONT color="#0000FF">Frequently Asked Questions</FONT></A> page and search under "Registration."</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1304503 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1304503 Tue, 28 May 2013 20:38:36 GMT DiversiTea Divas - Mentorship Program <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: #a20000; FONT-SIZE: 18pt">DiversiTea Divas continues its efforts to build a pipeline of effective mentorship for college and high school women in New Orleans</SPAN></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: #a20000; FONT-SIZE: 18pt"><A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001c4oF_sEQKNyvogJMEK7ijcqZ_SSzRLf0Fc4sROICASLHB4UtZDQ86bYH_kVAfblFEQJ3Bw9qT8uOkAd-ZigHwz0_P5zPYnL9zyyKwdLhTmim1X-AdfJ_-QE4VUExHOR99UKMkwuJHk_kZZwlDDvcm8c7BzPsYU1_qct_yPxj7V7ClQOoGg0llz8ZsrX1yxRbJ7XELUulKnUM-ZBJw0olHamSRprIq6_VIvwEk5cSp5EVj7bd1shoewlX0aPk2Wg-3R3M-nNDCc1zBGbdD7g1UnTGQM_QnW2s0GlOCAou07lnc8vumDqcPe6tcY7tvkTYOc4YgPlarH03Jqb_ZyCfgfm6E70k0c-xaS535-3l98YcFveVFi4EVg==" target="_blank"><SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: none; text-underline: none"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><IMG border="0" hspace="5" alt="DiversiTEA Divas" vspace="5" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs156/1011087220895/img/3359.jpg" width="221" height="176"></FONT></SPAN></A></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><I><SPAN style="COLOR: #007da1; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">Who: DiversiTEA Divas</SPAN></I></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><I><SPAN style="COLOR: #007da1; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">What: Mentor Up!</SPAN></I></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><I><SPAN style="COLOR: #007da1; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.</SPAN></I></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><I><SPAN style="COLOR: #007da1; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">Where: JW Marriott, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130</SPAN></I></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">NEW ORLEANS</SPAN></STRONG> <EM><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">-</SPAN></B></EM></FONT> <SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">&nbsp;In a continuing effort to build a pipeline of effective mentorship for college and high school women in New Orleans, <STRONG><I>DiversiTEA Divas</I></STRONG> (the "DiversTEA") is joining with partners Girl Up NOLA, the City of New Orleans, JW Marriott, <EM>The New Orleans Agenda</EM>, Belladonna Spa and Salon, Ringletts Salon, Body Time Fitness and The NOLA Food Truck to host "Round 2: Mentor Up!", which is the second installment in a series designed to facilitate purposeful, meaningful mentorship in our City. DiversiTEA and its partners, along with local civic and community leaders will gather to host "Round 2: Mentor Up" on Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at JW Marriott, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.</SPAN></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><BR> <FONT face="Times New Roman">The purpose of "Round 2: Mentor Up" is to focus on the development of our mentors and boards of directors. We will explore effective strategies for mentoring and serving as a chairwomen or director on the board of directors of our participating mentees. We've also called in a few friends from Belladonna Spa and Salon, Ringletts Salon, Body Time Fitness and The NOLA Food Truck with Chef Nigel Henderson to provide our mentors with tips and demonstrations on a healthy lifestyle and the importance of rest and relaxation. This is an evening you just can't miss!</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><BR> <FONT face="Times New Roman">Tickets for the event are $50.00 and can be purchased by visiting our website at</FONT> <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001c4oF_sEQKNyvogJMEK7ijcqZ_SSzRLf0Fc4sROICASLHB4UtZDQ86bYH_kVAfblFEQJ3Bw9qT8uOkAd-ZigHwz0_P5zPYnL9zyyKwdLhTmim1X-AdfJ_-QE4VUExHOR99UKMkwuJHk_kZZwlDDvcm8c7BzPsYU1_qct_yPxj7V7ClQOoGg0llz8ZsrX1yxRbJ7XELUulKnUM-ZBJw0olHamSRprIq6_VIvwEk5cSp5EVj7bd1shoewlX0aPk2Wg-3R3M-nNDCc1zBGbdD7g1UnTGQM_QnW2s0GlOCAou07lnc8vumDqcPe6tcY7tvkTYOc4YgPlarH03Jqb_ZyCfgfm6E70k0c-xaS535-3l98YcFveVFi4EVg==" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF" face="Times New Roman">www.diversiteadivas.org</FONT></A><FONT face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;or via PayPal at</FONT></SPAN> <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><A href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=38SV5RTQBNXTL." target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=38SV5RTQBNXTL.</FONT></A></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><BR> <FONT face="Times New Roman">DiversiTEA provides an intimate forum for professional women to network with and mentor college-aged and high school students. For mentees, DiversiTEA provides a dynamic group of mentors ready and willing to pass on their wealth of experience. In addition to choosing their "Personal Board of Directors" from the crowd of mentors in the room,&nbsp;mentees also have an opportunity to talk to other women who are doing what they want to do in life, ask questions of them and learn about the trials and tribulations that it took to attain their goals. For mentors, it provides an opportunity to "give back" and "pass knowledge" to the generation that will come after them. It also provides an opportunity for mentors to meet and add other positive professionals to their network.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">Because we know life is busy, DiversiTEA does more than just introduce the mentor and mentee. We believe that change is effectuated only by a continuous, sustainable relationship. Accordingly, several times a year, DiversiTEA brings everyone back together for "Tea Talks" to continue to reconnect, reenergize and reshape our mentee's lives one student at a time.</SPAN> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1303108 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1303108 Sat, 25 May 2013 16:16:08 GMT Fundraising Opportunity at the Superdome <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: #a20000; FONT-SIZE: 18pt">Fundraising opportunities at the Superdome and Arena for organizations</SPAN></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 4.5pt" align="center">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN><FONT size="4"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">NEW ORLEANS -&nbsp;</SPAN>Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to join its fundraising program. &nbsp; Each season, members of non-profit organizations from the local area and as far as Alabama take ownership of concession stands at both venues to raise money and are therefore responsible for the inventory, cash handling, cleaning, food preparation, and customer service to guests during an event. &nbsp;&nbsp; A large majority of organizations raised over $10,000 last season.&nbsp;</FONT></SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman">If you are interested in this opportunity for a nonprofit organization, please contact Tanja Rogers at (504) 558-6275&nbsp;or via email at</FONT> <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=00146ABzjDeuGJdbkC5fkPsHKNQWYTVgnN6EVxHYyEVShWx6yqmWq6LKk4fcL8vuInW36Wk4anQX-eX1-K1xzfCvUfXefdyKoDJM1KhU6rr9xaqcTDL_22sjn-ld6gE8KvzWjNK-y6sloESK7SRjYaLbcqjbXjb6ULT8xax-Lcl-Y1y0gun_xeNORI-4jhLQ0xyQQwzwaN9mcSq9UbNQC2t-h5trd0TKFQdwlRtDfeguf10h1RI1cea41gC7CbbT9cUOlAdg-EXfYilodzMiUWLzdS6Xv7Lpy4WdmXY6Ub5INuzoobOHb4KGQ==" target="_blank"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: #004db4"><FONT face="Times New Roman">tanja.rogers@centerplate.com</FONT></SPAN></B></A> <FONT face="Times New Roman">.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">About Centerplate</SPAN></STRONG></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." for more than 115 million guests each year in over 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history. Recently, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/hospitality group in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, and has recently expanded operations in the United Kingdom . Visit the company online at &nbsp;</FONT><A href="http://www.centerplate.com/"><FONT color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Times New Roman">www.centerplate.com</FONT></A><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center">&nbsp;</P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center">&nbsp;</P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">Tanja Rogers</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 14pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">Non Profit Recruiter &amp; Trainer</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">Centerplate</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">1501 Girod Street</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">New Orleans, LA 70113</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">(O) 504.558.6275&nbsp;</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">(F) 504.566.0540</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><FONT size="3"><FONT face="Times New Roman">(E)</FONT></FONT> <A href="mailto:tanja.rogers@cemterplate.com" target="_blank"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: #004db4"><FONT size="3" face="Times New Roman">tanja.rogers@centerplate.com</FONT></SPAN></B></A></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><FONT size="3"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">(W)</SPAN> <SPAN style="COLOR: #6d5444; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=00146ABzjDeuGK61NHtKtmYSbqMJC9Jr_sQJ6CuKRf_X9HgGxHkCOSqzuRaZBJZDSa_9jDbt_L4VH2D6uDXalXPaTwrQSeJg69SXaq0NStzT7_D2dxRwEZuij6lhEVWN38rerlVO6klsyLfeIcY7P1mmAzy4bylAA4cEvUIh1l0rOGspPvjAagb2_UebItIFZ5a7Fr3Ppv-f84KwBA2jivtbFy5DVKfcNg0XyYXNji4TwJ3Mg-XgT00TxUgEY283bIKiM0LMtUExZ_rswLN3xGcYKiZnb-J26qgMMQUzNdHdMQ=" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">www.centerplate.com</FONT></A></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1301315 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1301315 Thu, 23 May 2013 19:43:01 GMT Low-cost, High-impact Professional Development <H1 class="title">Low-cost, High-impact Professional Development</H1> <DIV class="article-print"> <BR> </DIV> <DIV class="article-volume"> <DIV class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-sectionsref"> <DIV class="field-items"> <DIV class="field-item odd"> <SPAN><EM><A href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/sections/points-view"><FONT color="#0000FF">Points of View</FONT></A></EM></SPAN> </DIV> </DIV> </DIV> </DIV> <DIV class="clearfix"></DIV> <DIV class="article-author"> By <A href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/bios/ellis-susan"><FONT color="#0000FF">Susan J. Ellis</FONT></A> </DIV> <DIV class="clearfix"></DIV> <DIV class="node-body clearfix"> <BR> <P><IMG style="WIDTH: 100px; HEIGHT: 101px" class="article_authorphoto" src="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/sites/default/files/images/ellis-susan-2.preview.jpg">Money – or lack of it – always rears its ugly head in discussions of professional development for those in volunteer management. Just as “confidentiality” and “risk management” are smokescreens hiding resistance to volunteers, the financial cost of continuing our education is often an excuse that hides other issues. It doesn’t even seem to matter that many conferences, workshops, professional society memberships and publications on volunteer management topics are offered with barebones budgets and amazingly low registration fees, particularly compared to what our colleagues in other professions expect to pay for their career advancement.</P> <P>In this article, I offer ideas for professional development that cost nothing or very little. Have you ever thought of a site visit, a book club meeting, convening a think-tank or surfing the Web as potential steps in professional development? I’ll explain why they are exactly that – and more.</P> <P>And to understand why and how this impacts you, take a moment and ask yourself: Am I in a job or a career? If it’s just a job, then your employer is the source of all training. But if volunteer management is a career – a profession – in which you want to spend many years, then growing your skills becomes your own responsibility. The ideas presented here may help you do just that.</P> <P>Of course, I realize that I might be preaching to the choir here. Since the beginning, subscribers to <EM>e-Volunteerism</EM> have generally been people with some experience in volunteer management, who feel committed to this field as a profession, and who – quite frankly – want to be thoughtful about issues like professional development that affect both volunteers and those who lead them. This isn’t simply flattery; it’s observable. Subscribing to a professional journal like this one indicates a desire to get more in-depth information and a willingness to read more than 140 characters in one sitting. Proof? This story has 8,697 characters – without spaces!</P> <H2>Some Notorious Truths About Our Field</H2> <P>Before we begin, let’s also acknowledge a few additional factors that are notoriously true about our field when it comes to professional development:</P> <UL> <LI><EM>We are reluctant to ask our employers for what we want or need.</EM> If you don’t <EM>ask</EM> for funds to attend a seminar or buy a book, there is no possibility of getting any money. Avoid mental conversations with your executive in which you turn yourself down! Instead, place the request and, even if the answer is no, follow up by asking whether you can budget in advance for this expense for next year.</LI> <LI><EM>We do not attempt to find the funds for what we need.</EM> Betty Stallings is our guru when it comes to urging us to develop the <EM>mindset</EM> to fundraise successfully, both on behalf of volunteers and our own development. See her <EM><A href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/quarterly/06oct/06oct-stallings"><FONT color="#0000FF">e-Volunteerism</FONT></A></EM> <A href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/quarterly/06oct/06oct-stallings"><FONT color="#0000FF">article on this very subject</FONT></A> for some ideas.</LI> <LI><EM>We do not spend our own money for our own careers.</EM> If you can get reimbursed for a workshop registration fee or a book purchase, go for it. But if you are serious about your own advancement, why wouldn’t you be willing to pay for it personally? Unreimbursed professional expenses are even tax-deductible in the United States!</LI> </UL> <H2><STRONG>Skills Expansion that Does Not Cost Money</STRONG></H2> <P><IMG style="MARGIN: 5px; WIDTH: 85px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 140px" src="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/sites/default/files/image-articles/13apr/xiii-3-points.gif">Successful leaders of volunteers are creative when it comes to finding resources for volunteers. Let’s apply this same approach to helping ourselves. Here are some ideas that can provide us with many great learning opportunities requiring our time and attention, but not cash.</P> <H3>Collaborate with Colleagues</H3> <P>Find colleagues who share your interest in learning more about volunteerism and join forces. This is something that any local or state/provincial association of volunteer resources managers can facilitate, whether during meetings or through member directories and other “match making.”</P> <UL> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Create a list of professional books and articles everyone owns.</EM> Borrow from each other, and take turns buying something new.</LI> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Form a reading circle or book club to discuss what you’ve read.</EM> If a whole book is too much reading for you, assign each person to read only one or two chapters and report on the contents to the rest of the reading circle.</LI> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Notify one another when in-house training on any topic is being offered in one of your organizations, whether for employees or volunteers.</EM> Ask whether the sponsoring organization would be willing to allow any outside guests to attend. If not, might the event be audio recorded and shared with at least a specific list of a few colleagues? Reciprocate, of course.</LI> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Schedule site visits to see first-hand what colleagues are doing.</EM> These can be one-to-one or small group visits, but they should be structured.&nbsp; In fact, develop a visit guide so that each field trip provides consistent and comparable learning (this will help the hosts to prepare as well as the visitors). For example, determine a list of questions that will always be asked/answered or what documents such as handbooks, application forms, and such should be prepared for visitors to take home.&nbsp;</LI> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Put each other onto your mailing lists to receive newsletters and other communication that each organization’s volunteers receive</EM>.</LI> <LI style="MARGIN-LEFT: 100px"><EM>Schedule regular meetings to discuss volunteer-related news items, trends you are seeing or at least hearing about, even great Web sites you’ve found.</EM> This could even be incorporated into the beginning or end of every professional meeting.</LI> </UL> <H3>Use the Web</H3> <P>Have a question on anything? Ask the Web. The Web is a place of abundant free resources on every subject in the world, including volunteer engagement, and much of it is extremely useful.</P> <P>But much of the smorgasbord of free material is also basic, simplified and incomplete, more of a teaser than training. So before you begin, learn to focus your searches specifically. For example, avoid large umbrella keywords such as “volunteers,” “recruitment,” etc. Instead, try “volunteering by teenagers” or “community service by teenagers;” since some great information may not even use the word <EM>volunteer,</EM> vary your vocabulary.</P> <P>You should also use the Web to find information about volunteer management and other professional development topics, such as improving PowerPoint® presentations, how to podcast, creating a budget – whatever your interest.</P> <P>Set aside an hour a week to surf the Web to learn something new.&nbsp; For example:</P> <UL> <LI>Start a running list of intriguing Web sites you learn about in passing (conversations, mentions on television, citations in articles) and give yourself the chance to sample them.</LI> <LI>Use the <A href="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/sections/along-web"><EM><FONT color="#0000FF">Along the Web</FONT></EM></A> article in each issue of <EM>e-Volunteerism</EM> as a starting point. And tap into any of the links in the <A href="http://www.energizeinc.com/art.html"><FONT color="#0000FF">Energize, Inc. Online Volunteer Management Resource Library</FONT></A>.</LI> <LI>Do “industrial spying” as I described in a 2006 Hot Topic, “<A href="http://www.energizeinc.com/hot/2006/may06.html"><FONT color="#0000FF">Online Spying Can Improve Your Volunteer Management Skills</FONT></A>.”</LI> <LI>YouTube is a goldmine. You can find “how-to” videos on almost everything, including how to use computer software, social media platforms and more. And there are literally thousands of YouTube videos that contain the word “volunteer” in the title – just be prepared to ignore tons of material on volunteer firefighting! I also highly recommend the fascinating “In Plain English” <A href="http://www.commoncraft.com/videolist?qt-cc_video_quicktab=4#qt-cc_video_quicktab"><FONT color="#0000FF">videos on social media</FONT></A> created by <A href="http://www.commoncraft.com/"><FONT color="#0000FF">Common Craft</FONT></A>.</LI> <LI>Add a volunteer-focused blog to your weekly exploration (start with the list <A href="http://www.energizeinc.com/prof/blogs.html"><FONT color="#0000FF">here</FONT></A>) and bookmark those you like or subscribe to their RSS feed. Blogs are where you are most likely to learn the latest news and trends, and those written by individuals (rather than official promotion blogs from organizations) often provide provocative commentary and opinion.&nbsp; The great thing about blogs is that you can reply! In fact, you <EM>should</EM>. True learning takes place not in reading, but in discussing, or at least thinking critically about, a topic.</LI> </UL> <P><EM>Unapologetic plug:</EM> <EM>We’d love more reader responses to all the articles here in</EM> e-Volunteerism<EM>. It’s a great way to add to everyone’s knowledge and also to get supplementary information from the authors, all of whom truly want to interact with you.</EM></P> <P>If you can find the hour a week to go to Web sites, but not the time to search which sites to visit, recruit a cyber deputy volunteer who enjoys the hunt and ask her or him to find valuable online resources for you.</P> <H3>Odds and Ends</H3> <UL> <LI><IMG style="MARGIN: 5px; WIDTH: 220px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 143px" src="http://www.e-volunteerism.com/sites/default/files/image-articles/13apr/xiii-3-points.jpg">When you go to a conference that offers a choice of breakout sessions, purposely go to something that seems “unrelated” to what you are doing now. Why? Because it’s a mistake to only focus on the demands of your current job if you are trying to develop your career. First, the workshop may end up being far more useful right away than you thought. Second, the session might make you aware of a trend or new technique that ends up being relevant a very short time later. Most important, learning about something outside your current sphere of work broadens your scope and vision.</LI> <LI>Volunteer to do something for your agency that goes against “type.” Offer to join a staff committee that is not immediately connected to volunteering (of course, almost everything in your organization could be supported by volunteer input, so this is a chance to educate others). If you serve on a budget committee, special event task force, grounds maintenance oversight team, whatever, you will be introduced to new management issues and strategies that might, in fact, help you to work more effectively with volunteers.</LI> <LI>Recruit volunteers to advise <EM>you.</EM> There is nothing self-serving or selfish about seeking volunteers who sign on to teach you something, mentor you in new activities, and more.&nbsp; Your organization benefits when volunteer services operates effectively; helping you to increase effectiveness is therefore worthwhile.&nbsp; If you really are concerned, bring on the expert volunteers to rotate through the staff, training several people individually or as a small group.&nbsp; What might you learn?&nbsp; Conversational Spanish or Cambodian. Better public speaking techniques. How to write a press release that gets noticed. If you can’t keep the list going, you’re not awake!</LI> <LI>Convene periodic trends and think tanks, just <EM>because.</EM> Once or twice a year, convene a variety of volunteers (the more diverse, the better), paid staff and outside colleagues for the purpose of answering this question: <EM>What trends have started that affect us personally and organizationally?</EM> Use their observations to plan what you need to learn about next.</LI> <LI>Think ahead. Allocate yourself a learning budget. In volunteerism, even $100 (or the equivalent in your country’s currency) a year can allow you to subscribe to a journal, buy a book and even go to a local workshop. The point is that you might truly not have any money <EM>today</EM>, but can’t you plan for having some in the months to come?</LI> </UL> <P>I hope this <EM>Points of View</EM> has helped convince you – or reinforced the idea – that professional development can be a matter of will and making time, not just spending money. How do <EM>you</EM> keep learning? Please share your own ideas in responses to this article.</P> </DIV> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1300097 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1300097 Thu, 23 May 2013 19:19:42 GMT Reflections from Ivan Scheier <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; COLOR: #4c0171"><FONT size="3">Reflections from Ivan Scheier</FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 8pt">Excerpted from chapter 16, <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0010fXbXfDcIZDNXZZDuQJFNl-NtM_VvwDInliaKOPFGDqD71VzIp5lPmkZOLR-RFIHNJxTu9s2CF0koSN51NpAU8_FMYPXxkKC61vQWrPkSTeXJW6oXKF-uHyJIV3D1tiB-0gFv4iIvAIQOeZwhxyG4gQbEVlV2x7GBv_z7Wo-7T0aVz-VqYOh8pLbmdiuYWJFEPxn28Z1FMz6XE03GErvLnGa9rINZ8Diq7CznAWM2pRKnmXjti_Q88l2GsCW1lL_iPYp6MS6VxADJx3CB59eRg==" target="_blank"><I><FONT color="#0000FF">Exploring Volunteer Space</FONT></I></A>, The National Center for Citizen Involvement, 1980.</SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">I have sometimes been accused of being a thinker, and I've not chosen to object to that claim as decisively as I might have. Valid objections do exist, as readers of this book may have some cause to confirm. My own view is that a real thinker can deal with a wide range of issues and problems. Yet, in my whole life I can recall thinking seriously about only two problems: Why is it that people help one another? And, why is it that people work and enjoy it?</SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The questions are stated from the positive side because of long habit in the volunteer leadership field, for we are the people who prefer the study of the positive. Other fields may choose to focus on how and why things go wrong: neurosis, breakdowns in society, and so forth. We are the people who revel in what can go right - how and why people do good things - and we are the people who believe we can promote cause for rejoicing in a more humane future. I hope volunteer leadership never changes in this respect.</SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 8pt">Excerpted from <EM><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'">Exploring Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation</SPAN></EM> by Ivan Scheier, The National Center for Citizen Involvement, 1980. Found in the Energize, Inc. Online Bookstore at <A href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0010fXbXfDcIZDNXZZDuQJFNl-NtM_VvwDInliaKOPFGDqD71VzIp5lPmkZOLR-RFIHNJxTu9s2CF0koSN51NpAU8_FMYPXxkKC61vQWrPkSTeXJW6oXKF-uHyJIV3D1tiB-0gFv4iIvAIQOeZwhxyG4gQbEVlV2x7GBv_z7Wo-7T0aVz-VqYOh8pLbmdiuYWJFEPxn28Z1FMz6XE03GErvLnGa9rINZ8Diq7CznAWM2pRKnmXjti_Q88l2GsCW1lL_iPYp6MS6VxADJx3CB59eRg==" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">http://www.energizeinc.com/store/5-218-E-1</FONT></A>.</SPAN></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1300080 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1300080 Tue, 21 May 2013 15:11:42 GMT Volunteer Virtually! <H1 class="galSlide galleryTitle">Volunteer Virtually</H1> <P><A href="https://www.sparked.com/" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">Sparked</FONT></A> is a great way to volunteer online in your spare time by helping nonprofits meet challenges that they face, based on your interests and skills. This could mean everything from basic graphic design to research to copywriting. For example, if you have experience with social media, you might spend a short while brainstorming for ways to connect with people to help fight cancer.</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1297945 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1297945 Fri, 17 May 2013 15:44:06 GMT Vide Streaming - Dalai Lama's Address in New Orleans Today <P>View the message of the Dalai Lama in his address in New Orleans&nbsp;- Strength Through Resilience - live video streaming today. <A href="http://dalailamanola.com/resources/stream">http://dalailamanola.com/resources/stream</A></P> <P>More information - <A href="http://www.ashecac.org/main/index.php/news-a-events/his-holiness-the-14th-dalai-lama-resilience-strength-through-compassion-and-connection?utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+MAY+2013+Events+at+Ash%C3%A9+Cultural+Arts+Center&amp;utm_campaign=UA-26889289-1&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">click here</A>.</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1295409 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1295409 Fri, 17 May 2013 14:41:57 GMT Social Media Checklist - Do you have what you need? <P>Free Social Media Checklist from Network for Good:</P> <P><A href="http://learn.networkforgood.org/SocialMediaChecklist_PND_4.13_Text.html">http://learn.networkforgood.org/SocialMediaChecklist_PND_4.13_Text.html</A></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1295365 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1295365 Tue, 14 May 2013 17:34:18 GMT What is the CLOUD? A quick intro to Cloud-based Computing <P>You really need to watch this if CLOUD COMPUTING just gives you a feeling of anxiety and fear&nbsp;of the unknown. This is a very short and fun overview and explanation that can make the cloud your best friend! It is also a great way for those of us making advance disaster plans for hurricanes.</P> <P><A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAdo7KI6rK0&amp;feature=share&amp;list=UUzIcvZv8J33xoRL41TP191w" target="_blank">VIDEO LINK</A></P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1293004 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1293004 Tue, 14 May 2013 17:24:56 GMT Creating Infographics - Report and Video! <P>There's a big hullabaloo lately about infographics, but what are they? How do you make your own? Kyle Andrei explains in this preview of Idealware's <A href="http://idealware.org/reports/infographics-outreach-advocacy-and-marketing-data-design"><FONT color="#0000FF">newly released report</FONT></A>. <A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5TKebvpQNk&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">Watch the video</A>, <A href="http://idealware.org/reports/infographics-outreach-advocacy-and-marketing-data-design"><FONT color="#0000FF">download the report for free</FONT></A>, and then get started creating and sharing your own infographics.</P> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1292989 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1292989 Wed, 08 May 2013 14:00:09 GMT Seniors Volunteering in Record Numbers, Study Finds <P></P> <P class="newspheight"></P> <P>In cities across the country, older Americans are donating their time and expertise in record numbers, new data from the <A title="Launches in a new window" href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">Corporation for National and Community Service</FONT></A> shows.</P> <P>According to data released during <A title="Launches in a new window" href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">Senior Corps Week</FONT></A> (May 6-10), senior volunteering hit a ten-year high in 2011, as more than twenty million older Americans donated nearly three billion hours of services valued at $67 billion. CNCS also found that one in three volunteers is age 55 or older; that the percentage of seniors volunteering increased from 25.1 percent in 2002 to 31.2 percent in 2011; and that 72.4 percent of older adults undefined higher than the national average undefined provided informal favors such as helping out a neighbor.</P> <P>Previous research has found that volunteering can have a positive effect on an older person's mental and physical health, with senior volunteers tending to report increased strength and energy levels, lower rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.</P> <P>"Volunteering helps Americans by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged," said Dr. Erwin Tan, CNCS' director of senior corps. "As our nation's older population rapidly grows, we have a tremendous opportunity to unleash the power of older volunteers on our most pressing problems."</P> <P></P> <DIV> <EM class="body">To read the full article, go to: <A href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2013/senior-volunteering-10-year-high" target="_blank"><FONT color="#0000FF">“Senior Volunteering at a 10-Year High.”</FONT></A> Corporation for National and Community Service Press Release 5/06/13.</EM> </DIV> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1288215 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1288215 Fri, 03 May 2013 19:17:50 GMT Points of Light - National Conference on Volunteering <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 7.5pt">If you are unable to see the message below, <A href="http://links.pointsoflight.mkt4753.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDE0MzgwODYS1&amp;r=MzU2ODQ4NzU4MzYS1&amp;j=MTg2ODk5NzM2S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0"><FONT color="#0000FF">click here to view</FONT></A>.</SPAN></P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 637px; 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A natural disaster may never hit your office, but by adopting certain technologies and strategies, you can deepen your nonprofit's impact and make your work faster and more efficient. The <A title="Featured Topic: Disaster Planning and Recovery" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=7PfXt4BYAsnio8v3TEEowA"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">resources in this toolkit</SPAN></A> will not only prepare you for a crisis, but also deepen the impact of your nonprofit or charity in times of health.</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Keep your systems backed up with software from <A title="Overview of the Symantec Donation Program" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=dhJ_8LYc74T-qp91-Bj59A"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">TechSoup's Symantec donation program</SPAN></A>.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Find out how we turned the Resilient Organization into a <A title="TechSoup Makes an E-Book" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=DP5ctM2Pe4gpxOjd2pucoA"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">Kindle- and iPad-friendly e-book</SPAN></A>.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The <A title="Overview of the Mobile Beacon Donation Program" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=H0f8LuLbA9UmSrIgy1-CPQ"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">Mobile Beacon donation program</SPAN></A> is offering up to 25 devices to residents in states affected by Hurricane Sandy.</SPAN></LI> <LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #555555; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><A title="Apps for Disaster Planning" href="http://tsg.convio.net/site/R?i=o2hjCmNc6JI9ps_AXplIPg"><SPAN style="COLOR: #0d72ba">Disaster preparedness apps</SPAN></A> can help you stay organized and updated during times of crisis.</SPAN></LI> </UL> </TD> <TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in"> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TABLE> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1276989 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1276989 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:56:43 GMT Preparing for Hurricane Season and Other Disasters <DIV> <H2 class="main_title">Emergency Preparedness (from the SBA)</H2> </DIV> <DIV class="not-front not-logged-in page-node node-type-articles two-sidebars managing-a-business design_with_image_top newSBdesign og-context og-context-2462 page-prepare page-node-4633 page-prepare-inside"> <DIV class="node clear-block"> <DIV class="meta"></DIV> <DIV class="content"> <DIV class="clearfix epContent"> <P class="menu_item_description description">The resources below can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business/nonprofit quickly to support economic recovery in your community.</P> <P><SPAN>Alert:</SPAN> If you need disaster assistance immediately, visit our <A title="SBA Disaster Assistance Page" href="http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-assistance"><FONT color="#0000FF">Disaster Assistance page</FONT></A>.</P> <DIV> <H3>General Preparedness Information</H3> <UL class="clearfix"> <LI><A title="Create a preparedness program for your business" href="http://www.ready.gov/business"><FONT color="#0000FF">Create a preparedness program for your business</FONT></A></LI> <LI><A class="ext" title="Identify critical business systems" href="http://www.sba.gov/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.agilityrecovery.com%2Fassets%2FSBA%2Fcriticalbusfuncsba.pdf"><FONT color="#0000FF">Identify critical business systems [PDF]</FONT></A> <A style="DISPLAY: inline" title="Link to PDF plugin" href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html" name="linkToPdf" target="_blank"><IMG alt="Download Adobe Reader to read this link content" src="http://www.sba.gov/sites/all/themes/SmallBiz/images/icon_pdf.png"></A></LI> <LI><A class="ext" title="Create an emergency communications plan" href="http://www.sba.gov/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.agilityrecovery.com%2Fassets%2FSBA%2Femercommsba.pdf"><FONT color="#0000FF">Create an emergency communications plan [PDF]</FONT></A> <A style="DISPLAY: inline" title="Link to PDF plugin" href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html" name="linkToPdf" target="_blank"><IMG alt="Download Adobe Reader to read this link content" src="http://www.sba.gov/sites/all/themes/SmallBiz/images/icon_pdf.png"></A></LI> <LI><A class="ext" title="Test your business systems" href="http://www.sba.gov/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.preparemybusiness.org%2Ftesting"><FONT color="#0000FF">Test your business systems</FONT></A></LI> <LI><A class="ext" title="Enroll in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program" href="http://www.sba.gov/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=http%3A%2F%2Freadyrating.org%2F"><FONT color="#0000FF">Enroll in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program</FONT></A></LI> <LI><A title="Build a disaster preparedness kit" href="http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit"><FONT color="#0000FF">Build a disaster preparedness kit</FONT></A></LI> <LI><A title="Learn about SBA's Disaster Assistance programs (online course)" href="http://training.sba.gov:8000/response"><FONT color="#0000FF">Learn about SBA's Disaster Assistance programs (online course)</FONT></A></LI> </UL> </DIV> </DIV> </DIV> </DIV> </DIV> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1274070 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1274070 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:25:17 GMT Ashe Cultural Arts Center & DOVIA Volunteer Reception <table style="WIDTH: 100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" width="100%"> <table style="WIDTH: 100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 11.25pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 11.25pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in"> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">Dear DOVIA MEMBERS,</span></b> <span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">Because we appreciate you for all that you do, we would be honored to have you&nbsp;get together&nbsp;with us on <b>Monday, April 22, 2013</b> from <b>6:00-8:00 p.m.</b> at <b>Ashé.&nbsp; &nbsp;</b></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">Thank you so much for believing in us enough to want to use your talents, influence and monetary donations to strengthen Ashé Cultural Arts Center's programming.</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">We so look forward to&nbsp;celebrating <b><u>you</u></b> on Monday night.</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">Remember to RSVP to</font> <a href="tel:%28504%29%20569-9070" target="_blank" value="+15045699070"><font color="#0000FF" size="3">(504) 569-9070</font></a><font size="3">.</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Efforts of Grace, Inc. Board, Staff of Ashé Cultural Arts Center &amp; DOVIA</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'"><font size="3">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <table style="WIDTH: 100%; BACKGROUND: #cbcbcb" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 11.25pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 11.25pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 7.5pt" align="center"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><img style="WIDTH: 421px" id="_x0000_i1025" border="0" name="13e18500eaa675a3_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.740" hspace="5" alt="2013 Volunteer Appreciation Reception" vspace="5" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs154/1101250662692/img/740.png" width="527" height="406" y="283" x="55"></font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 7.5pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1271198 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1271198 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:43:44 GMT Points of Light Bulletin - Volunteer Generation Fund <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><img style="WIDTH: 505px; HEIGHT: 115px" id="_x0000_i1025" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.2552" hspace="5" vspace="5" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs167/1101056022391/img/2552.jpg" width="656" height="115" y="5" x="5"></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font face="Verdana">Friends,<br> President Obama's 2014 budget includes a small investment for those who care about volunteer service and a big tribute to the father of the modern-day volunteer movement.<br> &nbsp;<br> Yesterday, the President not only restored funding for the Volunteer Generation Fund but he allocated $10 million for it and renamed it in honor of President George H. W. Bush.<br> &nbsp;<br> That's fantastic news - for two reasons.<br> &nbsp;<br> First, it's smart policy. The fund will provide competitive grants to support the recruitment, management and training of volunteers in direct response to critical national problems.<br> &nbsp;<br> In past years, the Volunteer Generation Fund has seeded an array of innovative and effective volunteer programs in 19 states. In Sioux City, Iowa, for example, the Fund helped create a new volunteer center that mobilized thousands of volunteers to respond to the Missouri River flooding in 2011. And when tornadoes decimated entire communities near Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Fund helped support a 211 volunteer hotline that mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers to assist with the recovery.<br> &nbsp;<br> With state after state anticipating cuts in social services and as the nonprofit sector plugs away on the front lines of an embattled economy, it's critical that we find new ways to leverage the one resource that is low-cost, plentiful, effective, renewable and provides a dramatic return on investment -- volunteers.<br> &nbsp;<br> Second, it's a well-deserved honor for one of our country's most remarkable public servants. President Bush's record of service to his country is well known. He enlisted in the armed forces on his 18th birthday. He flew 58 combat missions before he was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. He served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. envoy to China, director of the CIA, vice president and president.<br> &nbsp;<br> Outside of his career, President Bush has given so much of his time to causes he believes in. From his work helping to launch the United Negro College Fund on the Yale campus after World War II to his relief work with Bill Clinton in the wake of Katrina to his work raising millions for cancer research, President Bush has been an extraordinary volunteer.<br> &nbsp;<br> While President, George H.W. Bush heralded the power of volunteers - "points of light" - to create change. Even in times of scarcity, he said in his 1989 inaugural address, we have a natural resource that continues to grow - "the goodness and courage of the American people."<br> &nbsp;<br> Since his term, each succeeding President has embraced the power of service and joined across party lines to encourage Americans to serve. The Presidents Club has come to be defined by their shared commitment to lifting up and mobilizing "points of light" throughout the nation.<br> &nbsp;<br> It is totally fitting that now - if Congress stands behind President Obama - millions of people will be mobilized to do critical community work in President Bush's name.<br> &nbsp;<br> You can help seal this bipartisan moment and support volunteers nationwide by sending a quick email to your members of Congress. Urge them to stand behind the George H.W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund.</font></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><font face="Verdana">In service,&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Michelle Nunn<br> CEO, Points of Light</font></span>&nbsp;</p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><img style="WIDTH: 481px; HEIGHT: 124px" id="_x0000_i1025" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.2550" hspace="5" vspace="5" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs167/1101056022391/img/2550.gif" width="656" height="95" y="1483" x="5"></span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1265436 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1265436 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:47:57 GMT New Tool! Sign Up Genius (web-based) <h1>How It Works</h1>If you are a group leader and find yourself organizing volunteers, meals, service projects, or events... we want to make your life a lot simpler! Now you can coordinate it all online... <em>FREE!</em><br> <br> <h1 class="whiteshadow">Organize Volunteers<br> Online for Free</h1> <div class="smalltext greentext"> No more paper sign up sheets and reply-all emails! </div> <div class="smalltext greentext"></div> <div class="smalltext greentext"> <div class="stepstext smalltextbold greentext"> 1.&nbsp; Build a Custom Sign Up </div> <div class="roundbutton"> <div class="blackshadowdown"> 2.&nbsp; Invite Your Group </div> </div> <div class="stepsdiv"> <div class="roundbutton"> <div class="blackshadowdown"> 3.&nbsp; People Sign Up Online </div> </div> </div> <div class="stepsdiv"> <div class="roundbutton"> <div class="blackshadowdown"> 4.&nbsp; We Send Email Reminders </div> <div class="blackshadowdown"> &nbsp; </div> <div class="blackshadowdown"> <a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/"><img border="0" alt="SignUpGenius.com Home" src="http://www.signupgenius.com/images/SignUpGenius-logo.gif" width="185" height="95" y="304" x="0"></a> </div> <div class="blackshadowdown"> &nbsp; </div> <div class="blackshadowdown"> <a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/">http://www.signupgenius.com/</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260927 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260927 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:03:15 GMT BCBS Community Impact Grants Suspended <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Dear Community Partners:</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation wants to continue partnering with organizations like yours to build a healthier state. However, as our company anticipates higher operating costs related to Healthcare Reform, our foundation needs to be more conservative with its grant-making dollars.&nbsp;</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">That’s why <b>we have suspended our Impact Grants program, effective immediately.</b> This means that the Blue Cross Foundation will not review grant applications or distribute grants in the second half of 2013.&nbsp;Instead, we’re focusing our efforts on other community programs, and we’ll consider resuming the Impact Grants program in 2014.</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Please know that we remain committed to the health of Louisiana, and we hope to partner with you in the future. Already this year, our Foundation has earmarked approximately $5.5 million for the Challenge Grant program, the Angel Award, Smart Bodies, and Impact Grants for the first half of 2013.</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3" face="Calibri">In addition, <b>Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana&nbsp;will continue to sponsor select events&nbsp;</b>such as fund-raisers, walks, races and conferences that help raise awareness of community programs.<b>&nbsp;</b>To request a corporate sponsorship, please visit</font> <a href="http://ourhomelouisiana.org/programs/bcbsla/corporate-sponsorships/" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #1155cc"><font size="3" face="Calibri">http://ourhomelouisiana.org/programs/bcbsla/corporate-sponsorships/</font></span></a><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">.</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Thank you for your interest in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, and thanks for all you do for Louisiana communities. Please let me know if you have any questions.</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="COLOR: #222222"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Sincerely,</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Christy Reeves</font></font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font face="Calibri">__________________________________________________<br> Christy Oliver Reeves<br> Director, Community Relations and<br> Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation<br> 5525 Reitz Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809<br> P.O. Box 98029, Baton Rouge, LA 70898<br> Phone: 225.298.7051</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font face="Calibri">Fax:&nbsp; 225.298.3175<br> E-mail: <u><a href="mailto:Christy.Reeves@bcbsla.com"><span style="COLOR: windowtext">Christy.Reeves@bcbsla.com</span></a></u></font></span></p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Web:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ourhomelouisiana.org/"><font color="#0000FF">www.ourhomelouisiana.org</font></a><br> <br></span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260090 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260090 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:37:35 GMT One Day, One Goal: The Day of Giving Toolkit - April Webinars <p></p> <p>You have a compelling story. How do you garner the support you need to tell it? One way is through a special "Day of Giving" event. We designed our new Day of Giving Toolkit to prepare you to launch and host such an event successfully. Included in the toolkit is a brand new training session on using social media for fundraising--a critical element for day of giving events--researched and presented with all the features you've come to expect from Idealware. <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1181407">Click to read more</a>.</p> <p>This training is sponsored by Idealware.org. There is a fee.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260006 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1260006 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:56:33 GMT Important Meeting - AmeriCorps Open Dialogue!!! <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">All of us at Green Light New Orleans would like to first thank everyone for their support in the wake of this terrible tragedy. &nbsp;Everyone at Green Light New Orleans is deeply saddened by the death of Joseph Massenburg. &nbsp;Joe was a devoted AmeriCorps member who came to New Orleans to serve the community. It is an unacceptable tragedy that violence has taken the life of this young man.</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Many of those who work at Green Light New Orleans are either AmeriCorps members or AmeriCorps alumni, and we know the same holds true for many of our community partners and local non-profit organizations. &nbsp;</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">In the quest to determine how best to proceed from here, we would like to invite our community partners, the New Orleans AmeriCorps community, and individuals who work closely with AmeriCorps to an open dialogue, <b><u>Tomorrow: April 4, 2013 @ 10AM.</u></b></font></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">This meeting will be held at the Green Light New Orleans office:&nbsp;</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><b>8203 Jeannette Street, New Orleans, LA 70118</b>.</font></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Please RVSP with <b>Bernie January @ <a href="mailto:b.january@greenlightneworleans.org" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">b.january@greenlightneworleans.org</font></a></b> if you plan on attending so that we can accommodate everyone as best we can.</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Thanks for your support,</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">BERNIE</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">Bernnel January Jr.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">Program Manager</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">------------------------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">Green Light New Orleans</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt"><a href="tel:504.324.2429" target="_blank" value="+15043242429"><font color="#0000FF">504.324.2429</font></a></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt"><a href="mailto:b.january@greenlightneworleans.org" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">b.january@greenlightneworleans.org</font></a></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt"><br style="WORD-SPACING: 0px"></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1258867 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1258867 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:14:04 GMT AL!VE Winter 2013 Newsletter The latest newsletter from the Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement is out! <a href="http://www.volunteeralive.org/v_newsletters/newsletter_1506405.htm" target="_blank">Click here</a>. http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1251769 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1251769 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:54:42 GMT Points of Light - HandsOn: 125 Days of Service <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Friends,</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">I heard a story recently that reminded me of the often unexpected impact of volunteer service.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Faye Hendrix is a sales associate at the Belk department store in Fayetteville, Ga., a main-street town south of Atlanta that is in many ways like the Georgia town where I grew up. It's a community with deep roots, where neighbors don't just know each others' names, they know their aunts' and uncles' names, too. It's a town where volunteer service isn't a "movement," it's just something you do.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <table style="MARGIN: 1.5pt auto; WIDTH: 116.25pt" border="0" cellpadding="0" width="155" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; WIDTH: 116.25pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt" width="155"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><span style="COLOR: black"><img id="_x0000_i1025" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.2833" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs167/1101056022391/img/2833.jpg" width="145" height="124"></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 0.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0.75pt"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Belk employees kick off 125 Days of Service in Charlotte last week.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">For the past eight months, Faye has worked at Belk, a family-owned store founded by William Henry Belk in 1888 and run today by his two grandsons, Johnny and Tim. Belk has been a fixture in towns like Fayetteville - and in cities like Charlotte, Atlanta and Dallas -- for 125 years. &nbsp;To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Belk family announced that it would give back to communities across the South with <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NE1G0vktxpowpFI6MRav5wn-wMjoGnNIeLRhzt5nk-2LcSGnxm3vPLb3OPNrTrJLsj27azukYOE8kQl6hit8e9vO8dbwKEYOPcO6H-fY-2nbzIuoEdZ495k9UDpr-wGEqmQI0lPPJ1QV3blLMv8L6pQ9Rh2myxoijyQwfSzWltyjb_nFM-q5xXpifWGWi3neiuS1KKwDt-lZDBk_T2TIfszNXFDJCpvh3zzPxYwvR0r2CmzpOWhOH_LbzObxvSeltQKIdi0L7fcOO6yUeeg--d4P19z5xFvlu0OieKSf1QlfAZw3xHknPa3POWIthGIuXdSQ-XwmAxBkdyC93HAFGb1CNJQjy-oxHV9DoZrwHvkzUV7nPO1BKQ9oNHsuBlTHTooDv33wNmrLoVeVhyTuOoZbcrO0VyhgZU3istM022F3Rs4C4c3JYzumgnmIGuLq3TBhUxO-suU=" shape="rect" target="_blank" linktype="1" track="on"><font color="#0000FF">125 Days of Service</font></a>.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Over the next 125 days, Faye and all 23,000 other Belk employees will have the opportunity to volunteer on service projects in partnership with Points of Light and its HandsOn Network affiliates to improve schools in communities that need help -- painting rooms, building bookcases, cleaning playgrounds, planting seeds, organizing book drives.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">When Faye heard about the Belk project at Kemp Elementary in Fayetteville, she cried.&nbsp; Kemp Elementary is her daughters' school. Belk's $2 million commitment to improving schools matters to Faye not only because it matters to her employer, but because it matters to her daughters. And because she will have a hand in making it all happen.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Last week, as a student at Montclair Elementary in Charlotte watched 200 volunteers painting, building and landscaping at his school, he said just one word: &nbsp;"Awesome." I couldn't agree more.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Please "like" &nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NE1G0vktxprTXtyilgSNCn59mM_4OkxpQXg_sPy-ZtNftP38VeGf9Lgc-VuT4QB5k9DhbEqlCR3eTcTJu7Q-t-Lj1jT-2MHJ11JD6D6aX4X1tw3Jq98fGg==" shape="rect" target="_blank" linktype="1" track="on"><font color="#0000FF">Points of Light on Facebook</font></a> to see photos from the kickoff project and to join me in congratulating Belk and its employees on their 125th anniversary. May there be many more.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">In service, &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">&nbsp; <img id="_x0000_i1026" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.191" vspace="5" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs091/1101056022391/img/191.jpg" width="200" height="53"></span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Miche</span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000">lle</span> <span size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000">Nunn</span></font></font></span></p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><span size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000">CEO, Points of Light</span></span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1248724 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1248724 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:42:42 GMT National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling <p></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.storynet.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">National Storytelling Network</font></a> is accepting applications for the 2013 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for projects that promote understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities.</p> <p>Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of storytelling projects that are <u>service-oriented</u>, based in a community or local organization, and replicable in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients, inspiring excellence in applied storytelling work and communicating to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.</p> <p>Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.</p> <p>Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.</p> <p>Preliminary proposals are due no later than April 30, 2013, with all applicants to be notified by e-mail by June 5, 2013. Invited final-round applications will be due by June 30, 2013.</p> <p>See the National Storytelling Network Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.</p> <p id="rfpcontact" class="body"><b>Contact:</b><br> <b><a href="http://storynet.org/grants/brimstone.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Link to Complete RFP</font></a></b></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1247907 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1247907 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:12:01 GMT Changes to DOVIA New Orleans!!! Exciting & New! <p align="left"><font size="3">The board and planning team has been meeting to develop a plan for moving DOVIA forward in the best direction to meet our members needs - here is a quick summary:</font></p> <ul> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">Name = <font color="#0066CC">Directors of Volunteers in ALLIANCE</font></font> </div> </li> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">After the March meetings, we will be holding our <font color="#0066CC">meetings online</font>! Our meetings will be available to members for free and to non-members for a nominal fee. We will use the Go-To-Meeting platform for the meetings. Meetings will be recorded and archived for viewing later by members.</font> </div> </li> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">We will offer <font color="#0066CC">networking open hous</font><font color="#0066CC">es</font> at our member locations to continue our face-to-face social contacts and to get to know our fellow members and their services better. Members can sign up to host the quarterly networking events - and can partner with others to offer them jointly. They will be done in afternoons - so you can go home after the event, not back to the office!</font> </div> </li> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">We plan to host an <font color="#0066CC">annual Volunteer Leadership Institute</font> with top-notch speakers and topics. We will endeavor to partner with state-wide nonprofit and volunteer leaders to host this event.</font> </div> </li> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">Our listserve will be discontinued and we will use the blog on this site.</font> </div> </li> <li> <div align="left"> <font size="3">Our social service project - the <font color="#0066CC">painted suitcases for transitioning foster care youth</font> - will continue!</font> </div> </li> </ul> <p align="center"><strong><font size="4">Want to share the news? Download the <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/NEWFLYER2013.pdf" target="_blank">flyer</a> we have put together.</font></strong></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1247430 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1247430 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:56:16 GMT Final Week to Enter Your DoGooder Entry!! <table style="WIDTH: 504px; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; HEIGHT: 209px" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="504"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM-COLOR: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP-COLOR: #ece9d8; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 415.5pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-RIGHT-COLOR: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT-COLOR: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 0in" width="554"> <p><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #222222; FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt">Don't Wait to Submit Your Great Work.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #222222; FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt">Submission Closes After Friday, March 22.</span></strong></p> <p><span style="POSITION: relative; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #3a352a; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TOP: -9pt">Calling all cause video makers! The <a href="https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1363720370-b3284ee9bdbdfed2ac019262d221ee28-28752e6?pa=383516854064845213" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #597bb7">DoGooder Video Awards</span></a> are taking submissions until midnight</span> <span style="POSITION: relative; FONT-FAMILY: 'Helvetica','sans-serif'; COLOR: #3a352a; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TOP: -9pt">this Friday, March 22nd. The DoGooder Awards recognize nonprofits and individual change-makers using video to tell stories, raise awareness and inspire action. If you made a video in 2012, be sure to enter it into the contest and receive some recognition for your great work. Winners in each contest category will receive $3,500 from Cisco, free registration to NTEN's 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, and their video will be featured on YouTube's Spotlight channel – a prized placement and a great way to get your message to the public. Entering the contest is also a fantastic opportunity to tell the story of your cause, while helping other do-gooders make better video by sharing your work with this growing community.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1246938 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1246938 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:23:26 GMT Loyola Accepting Service Learning Proposals from Nonprofits! <p>Public relations courses in the Loyola School of Mass Communication are service-learning oriented, in keeping with Loyola’s Jesuit mission. Students work with local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations – community partners/clients – to develop critical thinking and communication skills, while providing much-needed services and materials to the community partners/clients.</p> <p>To identify partners for these courses, the School of Mass Communication invites proposals from nonprofit organizations, under an annual/semi-annual competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, for projects that can be completed by Loyola mass communication students during the academic year. Projects will be accepted for work during the spring and fall semesters each year.</p> <p>The project should address a communication challenge or opportunity that your organization faces but is unable to undertake with your resources. Past projects for CMMN-A318 PR Cases &amp; Campaigns have included volunteer recruitment, branding/rebranding, event planning, media relations, fundraising and other communication-based projects. Past projects for CMMN-A317 have included development of media materials, including media releases, brochures, public service announcements and fact sheets. CMMN-A335 Strategic Event Planning &amp; Promotions has created informative and celebratory events.</p> <p><a href="http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/request-for-proposal" target="_blank"><font color="#810081">http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/request-for-proposal</font></a><br> <br></p> <ul> <li>Application forms for the fall semester (August - December) must be received no later than April 1.</li> <li>Application forms for the spring semester (January - May) must be received no later than October 1 of the previous year.</li> </ul> <p>REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS<br> SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION<br> LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS<br> 6363 ST. CHARLES AVE. BOX 201<br> NEW ORLEANS, LA. 70118</p> <p>Application for is online <a href="http://goo.gl/ln0p9" jquery1363703390531="31"><font color="#0000FF">here</font></a>.</p> <p><strong>Notification</strong></p> <p>Each organization submitting an RFP will be notified of the status of the review no later than three weeks after the deadline for the RFP. Finalists will be requested to send additional information within two weeks. Final selection will be determined no later than eight weeks after deadline.&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1246432 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1246432 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:30:00 GMT AFP Northshore - Meeting to Focus on Board/Volunteer Management <p align="left"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Trebuchet MS','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Make plans now to attend&nbsp;AFP Northshore's&nbsp;monthly seminar on Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m. in the Harvest Patio at Christwood, 100 Christwood Boulevard, Covington.&nbsp;They will be having a presentation by Ann Jacobsen from SCORE and open discussion about Board and Volunteer Management.</span> <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">All are invited:&nbsp;members, non-members, past members and colleagues.&nbsp;Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.&nbsp;Please RSVP to Alison Greffenius:</font> <a href="mailto:agreffenius@christepiscopalschool.org"><strong><span style="COLOR: navy"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">agreffenius@christepiscopalschool.org.</font></span></strong></a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1245789 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1245789 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:45:43 GMT Demonstrating Value: Tracking and Expressing Your Organization's Success <h2 class="s-so-sub-title">Take control of your nonprofit’s data and communicate its value effectively</h2> <div class="fn-clearfix"> <div> <figure class="s-so-image-container"> <div style="DISPLAY: inline"> <span><img style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 0px solid; BORDER-TOP: 0px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px solid" border="0" alt="Demonstrating Value: Tracking Your Organization's Value" src="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionImages/Content/articles-images-demonstrating-value-tracking-expressing-your-organizations-value.jpg" y="69" x="0"></span>&nbsp; </div> </figure> </div> <div class="s-so-content mod-rtf"> <address class="s-so-authors-and-date"> Demonstrating Value - April 02, 2012 </address>This excerpt from the Demonstrating Value Workbook offers five steps in its methodology for using data to communication the value and performance of your organization. Use this to better collect, understand, and visually represent the data about your work, your community, and your organization’s value to your cause. </div> </div> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> <div class="grid-line-align"> <div class="grid-8col grid-alpha mod-simple-article"> <div class="s-sa-content fn-clearfix"> <div class="grid-3col fn-float-right"> <aside> <section class="mod-simple-box ext-mod-simple-box--about-authors"> <h1 class="s-sb-title"><span>About the Authors</span></h1> <div class="s-sb-main-wrapper mod-rtf bg-row-highlight-special"> <ul> <li><span>Demonstrating Value</span></li> </ul> </div> </section> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> <section class="mod-simple-box ext-mod-simple-box--partners-images"> <h1 class="s-sb-title"><span>TechSoup Partners</span></h1> <p class="s-sb-main-wrapper mod-rtf" align="center"><img style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 0px solid; BORDER-TOP: 0px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px solid" alt="Demonstrating Value logo" src="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionImages/Content/logo-demonstratingvalue-venn_Medium.jpg" y="518" x="0"></p> </section> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> </aside> <div class="mod-wpz-3col"></div> </div> <div class="mod-rtf fn-inline"> <p><em>Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from <a title="Demonstrating Value Workbook" href="http://www.demonstratingvalue.org/resources/demonstrating-value-workbook" jquery18205722361368864246="50"><font color="#0000FF">Demonstrating Value Workbook</font></a>. The full guide contains example, charts, and diagrams to help you use your data to communicate the performance of your organization. The Demonstrating Value methodology allows your organization to better collect, understand, and visually represent the data in your organization.</em></p> <h2>Introduction</h2> <p>The <a title="Demonstrating Value Workbook" href="http://www.demonstratingvalue.org/resources/demonstrating-value-workbook" jquery18205722361368864246="52"><font color="#0000FF">Demonstrating Value Workbook</font></a> can help you determine what your data needs are, how they can be met, and how to design a "Performance Snapshot" that will provide an engaging summary of the performance and value of your organization.</p> <p>The Demonstrating Value workbook (and all other <a title="Demonstrating Value tools" href="http://www.demonstratingvalue.org/" jquery18205722361368864246="54"><font color="#0000FF">Demonstrating Value tools</font></a>) are based on the premise that the information you gather in your organization has to be directly relevant to the decisions you make and be compelling for others to learn about your value.</p> <p>To decide which information is most useful, always keep the following simple question in mind:</p> <p>“What do we want to know and show?”</p> <p>In essence, think about the story you want to tell and the decisions that can be better supported by data.</p> <p>The two lenses shown below can help focus the answer, and are reflected in the exercises in this excerpt. The first asks “What information is important?” and the second asks “How is information used?”.</p> <p align="center"><img style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 226px" title="Chart - What Do You Want to Know and Show" alt="" src="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionImages/Content/demonstrating-value-tracking-expressing-01.gif" width="445" height="265" y="1236" x="35"></p> <ul> <li>An organizational sustainability perspective. What information can help you understand whether you are developing and maintaining resources to meet your purpose in the long run?</li> <li>A mission perspective. What information can tell you about the ability of the organization to successfully contribute to the social, cultural, and environmental objectives set out in its mission?</li> <li>A business performance perspective. What information can tell you about the success of the organization from a financial or business perspective?</li> </ul> <p>It is also useful to consider carefully how information will be used, by considering three “audience” perspectives:</p> <ul> <li>An operational perspective. What information do you need to support day-to-day decisions by management and staff? For instance, what can help you stay on top of costs, quality, and delivery of your mission?</li> <li>A strategic perspective. What information do you need to support strategic decisions that are often made by a governance body such as a board? This information needs to educate your audience about key trends and events that have occurred.</li> <li>An accountability perspective. What information do you need to foster and maintain support of the organization? This includes support by investors, community members, employees, and beneficiaries of your mission. This audience may have very limited knowledge of who you are and what you are trying to accomplish, so your story needs to be crisp.</li> </ul> <h2>Step 1: Define Your Audiences and Their Needs</h2> <p>Your organization is important for many different groups of people, and in different ways. These are your stakeholders. Understanding who these people are and what they care about is critical for developing effective monitoring and reporting capabilities.</p> <p>In this step you will name the people and groups who care about your organization (your stakeholders), the information they need, and what you'd like to improve.</p> <p>Common stakeholders include:</p> <ul> <li>Employees</li> <li>Volunteers</li> <li>Management</li> <li>A governance body (for example, a board of directors)</li> <li>A parent organization (for example, in the case of a social enterprise that is affiliated with a larger nonprofit organization or fiscal sponsor)</li> <li>Constituent group – those in whose name you are working</li> <li>Customers</li> <li>Investors, funders, and donors</li> <li>Peers and partners</li> <li>The community at large</li> </ul> <h2>Step 2: Develop a Vision of Your Performance Snapshot</h2> <p>A performance snapshot is a communication tool that you can develop to present the performance and value of your organization to boards, investors or funders, and staff. It is tailored to your needs and the audiences you want to connect with.</p> <p>The snapshot can be a printed document or an electronic “dashboard” that allows you to actively engage with the information. This tool will give you a clear picture of your organization to help you plan and manage your day-to-day activities, demonstrate your value to others, and ensure the long-term sustainability of your organization. You can browse examples and templates in our gallery of <a title="Demonstrating Value Snapshot examples and templates gallery" href="http://www.demonstratingvalue.org/snapshots" jquery18205722361368864246="56"><font color="#0000FF">performance snapshots</font></a>.</p> <p>Advantages of developing a snapshot include:</p> <ul> <li>Saving valuable time finding and pulling together data and other information for reports</li> <li>Seeing key trends and relationships in data, so you can get the most from the data you collect</li> <li>Combining different types of information effectively to engage your audience</li> </ul> <p>The exact content and format of the snapshot depends on the audience you want to reach and the issues that are important. The design process includes thinking about who the audience is, what decisions they are making, the messages you want to convey, and the information that can be presented (numeric, narrative, pictures, quotes, video) to tell your story.</p> <p>This depends on your needs and audience. For example, the layout and content for a bi-monthly board presentation might be very different from a snapshot designed to be part of your public website to engage volunteers and donors.</p> <h2>Step 3: Map Out Your Information Needs</h2> <p>In this step you will develop "information maps" that show what information and data are useful to collect based on your organization's mission and objectives.</p> <p>An information map is basically a picture of the information that is most useful to you in managing, planning, and communicating the value of your organization. The mapping starts with the big picture, by asking you why your organization exists and the goals you are working towards.</p> <p>You will then map out what you are doing to achieve these goals, and your desired impact. The final stage is to decide what data you may currently be tracking or could track in the future to evaluate and express the success of these goals.</p> <p>Information mapping is the key tool for developing the content of your performance snapshot. Map out what information you need to know and show in your organization based on the goals you're pursuing. Develop information maps using the following three steps:</p> <ul> <li>Write down your organization's key goals. Base this on: <ol style="LIST-STYLE-TYPE: lower-alpha"> <li>Information in your strategic plans, business plans, grant applications, and in marketing and other communications materials</li> <li>Examples of goals we've provided</li> </ol> </li> <li>Describe the activities you're doing to achieve these goals and what your desired impact is.</li> </ul> <p>3. Determine what information you should be collecting to show that you are successful. Start by brainstorming around the question “What do you want to know and show about this goal?”. Then write down specific indicators you'd include in your snapshot that would address what you want to know and show. Don't limit yourself to data and other information that you can provide right now, but describe what you'd ideally like.</p> <h2>Step 4: Design Your Snapshot</h2> <p>In the previous step, you identified the information that is important for you to collect and potentially show in a snapshot, based on your organization's goals. You will now design your snapshot with the information that you collect currently, or can easily develop.</p> <p>You may want to do this directly in the program you are using (Microsoft Word or Excel, or a reporting software like SAP's Crystal Dashboard Design), or sketch out content ideas first. Design it only with the indicators that are currently available or that you can develop easily. If you don't have the data right away, enter placeholders and adjust it later.</p> <p>For each section, think carefully about what you want to convey. Beware of presenting data for the sake of presenting data. Rather, group and relate information to make it meaningful. This means thinking about:</p> <ul> <li>Decisions that the snapshot's audience will be making</li> <li>Clear messages you want to convey about your value</li> </ul> <p>It can be helpful to review your information maps to remind yourself of how the indicators relate to activities, objectives, and impact.</p> <p>You can use figures, numbers, text, stories, and even multimedia like videos and photo to convey your message. Present it so that it can provide maximum insights to your audience. For instance, data and figures can be more powerful if you also provide some text to help your audience interpret them.</p> <h2>Step 5: Define Additional Data Development</h2> <p>The snapshot that you've now developed is something that you can add to over time as your organization grows. In this step, plan out how you can develop additional indicators that you identified in your information maps for your snapshot. Also determine how frequently you want to add data and re-evaluate your organization’s value over time.</p> <h2>Additional Resources</h2> <p>Editor’s Note: The following additional resources can help you get started with demonstrating your organization’s value through data.</p> <ul> <li>Visit <a title="SAP’s donation program through TechSoup" href="http://www.techsoup.org/sap"><font color="#0000FF">SAP’s donation program through TechSoup</font></a> for business intelligence software, hosted application, and training resources.</li> <li><a title="Explore, Report, and Share Your Data Online: SAP Business Objects BI OnDemand" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF3nakZrSr8" jquery18205722361368864246="58"><font color="#0000FF">Explore, Report, and Share Your Data Online: SAP Business Objects BI OnDemand</font></a></li> <li><a title="Adventures in Executive Dashboards" href="http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/adventures-in-executive-dashboards"><font color="#0000FF">Adventures in Executive Dashboards</font></a></li> <li><a title="Visual Presentations Made Easy with Diagramming Software" href="http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/visual-presentations-made-easy"><font color="#0000FF">Visual Presentations Made Easy with Diagramming Software</font></a></li> <li><a title="Data Warehousing For Nonprofits " href="http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/data-warehousing-for-nonprofits"><font color="#0000FF">Data Warehousing for Nonprofits</font></a></li> </ul> <p>Image: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-107486444/stock-vector-statistics-and-analytics-icons.html?src=a1e5824ba5126eb4dabaebe52d61bf38-1-29" jquery18205722361368864246="60"><font color="#0000FF">Analytics</font></a>, <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/" jquery18205722361368864246="62"><font color="#0000FF">Shutterstock</font></a></p> </div> </div> <footer class="s-sa-footer"> <address class="s-sa-copyright"></address> <div> Copyright © <span class="license-date">2013</span> <span class="license-holder">TechSoup Global</span>. 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Quinn, Kyle Henri Andrei, Chris Bernard and Jay Leslie - May 20, 2011 </address>Volunteer-based organizations have to keep track of a lot of data, and the right software can help, freeing time for managing volunteers. This report will help you understand what software is out there, what to expect, and how the different solutions compare. </div> </div> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> <div class="grid-line-align"> <div class="grid-8col grid-alpha mod-simple-article"> <div class="s-sa-content fn-clearfix"> <div class="grid-3col fn-float-right"> <aside> <section class="mod-simple-box ext-mod-simple-box--about-authors"> <h1 class="s-sb-title"><span>About the Authors</span></h1> <div class="s-sb-main-wrapper mod-rtf bg-row-highlight-special"> <ul> <li><span>Laura S. Quinn, Executive Director, Idealware</span></li> <li><span>Kyle Henri Andrei, Research Analyst, Idealware</span></li> <li><span>Chris Bernard, Editorial and Communications Director, Idealware</span></li> <li><span>Jay Leslie, Senior Researcher, Idealware</span></li> </ul> </div> </section> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> <section class="mod-simple-box ext-mod-simple-box--partners-images"> <h1 class="s-sb-title"><span>TechSoup Partners</span></h1> <div class="s-sb-main-wrapper mod-rtf"><img alt="Idealware Logo" src="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionImages/Content/logo-idealware.gif"></div> </section> <div class="fn-gap-medium"></div> </aside> <div class="mod-wpz-3col"></div> </div> <div class="mod-rtf fn-inline"> <p>Volunteer-based organizations have to keep track of a lot of dataundefinedfor example, contact info, schedules, time sheets and job sitesundefinedand the right software can help, freeing time for managing volunteers. There are a number of products out there, but it’s surprisingly hard to find information about them.</p> <p>We hope this report remedies that. We designed it to serve as an introduction to volunteer management software: what’s out there, what to expect and how the different solutions compare.</p> <div style="MARGIN: 20px; FLOAT: right; CLEAR: both"> <a title="A Consumers Guide to Software Volunteer Management PDF" href="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/article-consumers-guide-to-software-volunteer-management-document.pdf" jquery18205747461540988756="50"><img style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: 1px solid" alt="A Consumers Guide to Software Volunteer Management PDF image" src="http://www.techsoup.org/SiteCollectionImages/Content/consumers-guide-to-software-volunteer-management-pdf-cover.png" y="789" x="211"></a> </div> <p>We began our research by talking to different consul&shy;tants, experts and volunteer managers about what they want from volunteer management software, and the systems with which they’re familiar. Then, reinforced by Internet research and information from volunteer management email discussion lists, we defined a list of the three standalone volunteer management systems and the three consolidated constituent management systems most frequently mentioned. The vendors demonstrated the systems for us, and we spent some hands-on time exploring the software to better understand each system’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition to these six systems, we’ve included 21 other systems to consider, located in the Also Consider sections at the bottom of each review.</p> <p>This report sums up what we learned. It covers the basic features and functions that might be desirable in a volunteer management package, and then discusses the pros and cons of standalone volunteer management systems vs. systems that track volunteers alongside donors or other constituents. Finally, it compares the strengths and weaknesses of the leading software pack&shy;ages. Whether you’re upgrading your existing system or just starting out, use this report to guide you.</p> <p><em>Editor’s note: Read the downloadable comparison guide attached below to determine which volunteer management software may be best for your organization’s needs. There are also a number of volunteer management programs or add-on modules available to nonprofits and libraries via the donation and discount programs through TechSoup. Some of these tools are mentioned in the guide while others are not.</em></p> <p><em>Learn more about each program:</em></p> <ul> <li><em><a href="http://www.techsoup.org/products/--G-44259--"><font color="#0000FF">DonorPerfect</font></a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.techsoup.org/products/--G-41782--"><font color="#0000FF">GiftWorks</font></a> (a volunteer management <a href="http://www.giftworksconnect.com/pricing/" jquery18205747461540988756="52"><font color="#0000FF">add-on</font></a> is available for purchase directly through GiftWorks)</em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.techsoup.org/products/--G-41386--"><font color="#0000FF">Staff Manager</font></a></em></li> <li><em><a href="http://www.techsoup.org/products/--G-43831--%3EVisual%20Staff%20Scheduler%20Pro%3C/a%3E%20%20%20%20%3C/i%3E%20%20%20%20%3C/li%3E%20%20%20%20%3Cli%3E%20%20%20%20%3Ci%3E%20%20%20%20%3Ca%20href="><font color="#0000FF">ClickTime</font></a></em></li> </ul> <p>Image: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-76636672/stock-photo-happy-multi-ethnic-volunteer-group-outdoors.html?src=9f44aa16862272facd1de964a821bdb0-1-20" jquery18205747461540988756="54"><font color="#0000FF">Happy volunteers</font></a>, <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/" jquery18205747461540988756="56"><font color="#0000FF">Shutterstock</font></a></p> </div> </div> <footer class="s-sa-footer"> <address class="s-sa-copyright"></address> <div> Copyright © <span class="license-date">2013</span> <span class="license-holder">TechSoup Global</span>. This work is published under a <a title="Creative Commons&#13;&#10;Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/" jquery18205747461540988756="58"><font color="#0000FF">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License</font></a>. </div> </footer> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1242798 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1242798 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:02:44 GMT 2013 Angel Award Nominations are Open! <p><strong><span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">The</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=845953&amp;ymlink=1340772&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebcbsla%2Ecom%2FAboutBlue%2FCompany%2FBcbslaFoundation%2FPages%2FTheAngelAward%2Easpx"><font color="#336699" size="3" face="Times New Roman">Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation</font></a></span></strong> <span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><strong>has opened nominations for the 2013 Angel Award.</strong></font></span></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="COLOR: black">The deadline to nominate an individual who has done extraordinary volunteer work on behalf of Louisiana kids is</span> <strong><span style="COLOR: maroon">April 5, 2013.&nbsp;</span></strong></font></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Winning nominees receive $20,000 plus great promotion in support of their work.</font></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><img id="_x0000_i1025" title="" border="0" name="_x0000_i1025" src="http://www.lano.org/resource/resmgr/2011_annual_conference/bcbsla.jpg" y="187" x="132"></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1233585 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1233585 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:51:28 GMT City-wide Mentor Training - Each One Save One <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Greetings,</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">I hope you are all doing well.&nbsp; I wanted to invite you and your volunteers to our first city wide mentoring seminar on March 9th funded in part by the Cox Charities grant we received.&nbsp; The keynote speakers, Lou Furman and Dr. Andre Perry, will discuss the cycle of violence and the unhealed trauma in our community's youth.&nbsp;</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">The city wide training will be on March 9th from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Algiers Regional Library (3014 Holiday Dr., New Orleans LA, 70131).&nbsp; You can register for the event at <span style="COLOR: #0070c0"><a href="http://citywidementorseminar.eventbrite.com/"><font color="#0000FF">http://citywidementorseminar.eventbrite.com/</font></a></span> or through our website</font> <a href="http://www.eachonesaveone.org/"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Calibri">www.eachonesaveone.org</font></a></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">This is going to an incredibly informative and insightful event and is open to the public so please pass this information to any person or organization who might be interested in attending.&nbsp; I hope to see you at this event and if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Thank you,</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Andrew West</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'AR BLANCA'; COLOR: #002060; FONT-SIZE: 16pt">Sherah Alaimo</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'AR BLANCA'; COLOR: #002060"><font size="3">Executive Director</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Candara','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">Each One Save One</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Candara','sans-serif'"><font size="3">P 504-896-9979</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Candara','sans-serif'"><font size="3">F 504-896-9975</font></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Candara','sans-serif'"><a href="http://www.eachonesaveone.org/"><font color="#0000FF" size="3">www.eachonesaveone.org</font></a></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Candara','sans-serif'"><font size="3">Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.&nbsp; Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.&nbsp; –Margaret Mead</font></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1226067 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1226067 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:08:36 GMT Fisher House Foundation Seeking Proposals <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="bodysmall" valign="bottom" colspan="2" align="left">Deadline: May 1, 2013</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p></p> <h2><font size="4">Fisher House Foundation Seeks Proposals for 2013 Newman's Own Awards to Support Service Members and Their Families</font></h2> <p></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fisherhouse.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Fisher House Foundation</font></a>, a private-public partnership that supports America's military in times of need, is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for the 2013 Newman's Own Awards for creative ideas to improve quality of life for service members and their families.</p> <p>Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to recognize and support innovative programs that improve the quality of life of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard and their families facing the stress of long deployments and separation and/or the long-term effects associated with service. Award funds cannot be used to pay salaries or wages.</p> <p>To be eligible, an organization must be composed primarily of volunteers and/or be a nonprofit organization as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, any organization proposing a program that affects or takes place on a Department of Defense installation will be asked to present documentation that its program is approved for operation by the installation commander.</p> <p>See the Fisher House Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines and an FAQ.</p> <p id="rfpcontact" class="body"><b>Contact:</b><br> <b><a href="http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/newmans-own-award/newmans-own-award/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Link to Complete RFP</font></a></b></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1225195 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1225195 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:55:43 GMT Independent Sector's Value of Volunteer Time <div class="ip-greenbarpagetitle"> <div class=" pagepart"> Independent Sector's Value of Volunteer Time </div> </div> <div class="ip-content-container"> <div class="body pagepart"> <p><span class="articlesubtitle1">National Value of Volunteer Time</span></p> <p><span class="coloredtext2">The estimated value of volunteer time for 2011 is $21.79 per hour.</span></p> <p>The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.</p> <p></p> <p>According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 63.4 million Americans, or 26.3 percent of the adult population, gave 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service worth $173 billion in 2010.<sup><span class="smalltext1">1&nbsp;</span></sup> For the latest information, please see <a title="" href="http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">www.volunteeringinamerica.gov</font></a>.</p> <p>For more information on the economic impact of nonprofits by state, please visit our <a title="" href="http://independentsector.org/state_profiles" target=""><font color="#0000FF">state profiles portal</font></a>.<br></p> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1223612 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1223612 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:52:01 GMT Nominations Sought - Outstanding Volunteer Leaders in Government <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">NAVPLG, National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government, is calling for nominations for our 2013 Awards.<span>&nbsp;</span> I was hoping you could help spread the word about this great opportunity for national recognition. We will be recognizing volunteer management professionals in 3 areas:</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">1) Outstanding Volunteer Administrator</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">2) Innovative Program Award</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">3) New Volunteer Administrator Award</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">These awards are announced at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.<span>&nbsp;</span> Please consider nominating a volunteer management professional in the public sector by going to our website (below). The deadline is May 1, 2013.</font> <a href="http://www.navplg.org/awards.php"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Consolas">http://www.navplg.org/awards.php</font></a></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">Susan Mong</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Consolas">NAVPLG<span>&nbsp;</span> Board Member</font></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1213159 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1213159 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:57:06 GMT REMINDER: February Meeting and Volunteer Cards <strong>The next meeting of DOVIA New Orleans is scheduled for February 27th in New Orleans at Ashe' Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. at 12:00pm to 1:30pm.</strong> Join us to learn more about volunteer leadership, networking and more! <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=613548">RSVP</a> at <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/">www.dovianeworleans.camp7.org</a>. Meetings are free for 1st time visitors and members! Visitors are $10.<br> <br> <strong>Not sure of your membership status?</strong> You can email us at <a href="mailto:dovianolamail@yahoo.com"><font color="#0000FF">dovianolamail@yahoo.com</font></a>&nbsp;and we can help you!<br> <br> <strong>The annual National Volunteer Week Thank You Cards are on sale now!</strong> The orders must be placed by March 5th for us to get the cards back and distributed. This is a very inexpensive way to say thanks to your volunteers. $20 for 100 cards, $15 for 50 cards or $10 for 25 cards. Your dues must be current in order to purchase the cards. Now is a good time to do both - update your dues and buy your volunteer cards! Go to the website to <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/">download the order form</a> and the <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1181408">membership information</a>. <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/">www.dovianeworleans.camp7.org</a>.<br> <br> <strong>THANK YOU!<br></strong><br> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1209413 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1209413 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:35:47 GMT Free Disaster Preparedness Workshops - Nonprofits & Small Businesses <img alt="nola.com" src="http://media.nola.com/design/alpha/img/logo_nola_print.gif" x="0" y="0"> <div id="PrintContainer"> <div class="wrapper"> <h1 class="entry-title">Disaster preparedness workshops planned for small businesses and non-profits</h1> <div class="clearfix"></div> <div id="article_container"> <div id="Byline"> <a href="http://connect.nola.com/user/ksayre/index.html"><img class="Avatar" alt="Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune" src="http://media.nola.com/avatars/4319.png" width="40" height="40"></a> By <span class="author vcard"><a class="fn" href="http://connect.nola.com/user/ksayre/posts.html"><font color="#0000FF">Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune</font></a></span> <span style="DISPLAY: none; VISIBILITY: hidden" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Times-Picayune</span></span> on February 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM <div id="sponsor_tablet"> <div class="sub-sponsor"></div> </div> </div> <div id="social_top"></div> <div id="story-package"> <div id="StoryAd" class="adunit nomobilead"></div> </div> <div class="entry-content"> <p>A series of free workshops on managing disasters are being offered to small business owners and non-profit leaders in Mandeville, Kenner, Slidell and Belle Chasse this month.</p> <p>Louisiana State University's Stephenson Disaster Management Institute will show business owners how to prepare before a disaster strikes and how to recover with the goal of reducing lost business operations and revenues, organizers said.</p> <p>The meetings include breakfast and take-home materials. Registration i<a href="http://centerforbusinessprep.org/news"><font color="#0000FF">s being held online</font></a>. All sessions are from 8 a.m. to noon.</p> <p>The meetings will be held:<br></p> <ul> <li>Feb. 19 in Mandeville, City Council chambers at 21490 Koop Road</li> <li>Feb. 21 in Slidell, Towers Building Conference Room at 520 Old Spanish Trail</li> <li>Feb. 26 in Kenner, Park Pavilion at 3800 Loyola Dr.</li> <li>Feb. 28 in Belle Chasse, YMCA at 8101 Highway 23</li> </ul> <p>The workshops are funded by a grant from the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.<br></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="box_grayoutline"> <div> <div class="box_top_left"></div> <div class="box_top_right"></div> <div class="box_top"></div> </div> <div class="box_content"> <div class="clear"></div> <div id="BannerShared" class="adunit nomobilead"></div> </div> <div> <div class="box_bottom_left"></div> <div class="box_bottom_right"></div> <div class="box_bottom"></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix"></div> <div id="social_bottom"></div> <div id="rtb-comments"> ©&nbsp; &nbsp;NOLA.com.&nbsp;All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1209395 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1209395 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:03:55 GMT Nominate a Youth Volunteer for the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award <table style="WIDTH: 100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 3.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 3.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 3.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 3.75pt"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 7.5pt" align="center"><font size="3"><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333">Do you know a young person between the ages of 5 and 18 who has done remarkable community service in the past 12 months?</span></strong></font></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table style="WIDTH: 100%" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 3.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 3.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 3.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 3.75pt"> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">The <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ATWs_eI9-8-qzmMKyiZGShfvWb3Pc630ngL3P55w0723GfXpGIIW7gW5W2QMqkzV17zNrg8xBq1LPSnhicgO8kDoZtCaOBSiii21W1-DXfQnJPZkXZ-_UCmQXvQP1oraigDUFAv0ttyi5QZPtIPXmOkVE-_tF1C3DV490IPAkzQJWG5NAcEtDUHpoIPtsm1d6pRceUHWMHk=" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on" linktype="1"><font color="#0000FF">Hasbro Community Action Hero award</font></a> recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community. Hasbro Children's Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people, between the ages of 5 and 18, for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities in the past 12 months at a special recognition event in New York City.<br> Each awardee will also receive a<br> $1,000 educational scholarship.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Nominees must meet the following criteria:</span></p> <ul style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in" type="disc"> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Be a student in grade K-12 and age 5-18 at time of nomination</span></li> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Be a resident of the 50 United States or District of Columbia</span></li> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Be available to travel to New York City for a special, expense-paid, two day, one night trip to New York City</span></li> </ul> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><br> Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ATWs_eI9-8_PpWqTS2F3VSMqvai4qc02n89HTY1NuI0ERYwzukviLv5VE1g7HTr5qp4b5nbL3uTMuQON87IWX4C6R9W4qoDQXdg9fH3ZJIR-gxTEhQQVVA==" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on" linktype="1"><span style="COLOR: #8ed300">www.generationOn.org</span></a> to learn more about how to nominate a Hasbro Community Action Hero today!</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:00pm EST.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Every nomination makes a difference! To recognize the amazing service work performed by youth everywhere, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ATWs_eI9-88Xv0EQnM5b0TOrhCA7OlvESPnLVo_XYRCNeA5wlabIxA1I4VEJEaQNHigDmwBge2nuY_K1CC8VfOwrcwnlIL6VjQC4l9smUs2iOSLAmhgNhg==" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on" linktype="1"><font color="#0000FF">Kids in Distressed Situations</font></a> (K.I.D.S.) for every nomination received by the February 20, 2013 deadline. K.I.D.S. donates new clothing, shoes, toys, books to kids in need who face poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, major illness, incarcerated family members, and disaster survival.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">generationOn, the global youth service movement of <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ATWs_eI9-8-3_Fh6Om0Iv-RmUToMTDcpjBiyrBD9JTZUNj8yn9qkannR1E3RjS0mNFPWwqmrZ2oYew17J5UPcqkX6grxnamAwM1_3u2f94_7EEb4DjfBIQ==" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on" linktype="1"><font color="#0000FF">Points of Light</font></a>, inspires, equips and mobilizes youth to take action through service clubs, schools, youth organizations, campaigns and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to youth, families and educators to help kids change the world and themselves through service. For more, visit <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ATWs_eI9-8-AHPM9tPPXqUp3TUVjjO3AlN0AWqRP8AcWBxgS3mvxnRPndreV86wB12v--O25iGq23jX6r_99kOCibvH30m35A_cuz493Ta5RC5XRSTRRAg==" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on" linktype="1"><span style="COLOR: #8ed300">www.generationOn.org</span></a>.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1208032 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1208032 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:39:38 GMT 4 Ways to Turn Volunteers Into Donors <div class="block_content"> <div id="article-print-header"> <span class="print-url">http://www.fundraisingsuccessmag.com/article/4-ways-turn-volunteers-into-donors/1</span> <h1>FundRaising Success</h1> <h2>4 Ways to Turn Volunteers Into Donors</h2> <div class="print-byline"> <span class="date">February 13, 2013</span> <span>By Jeff Jowdy</span> </div> </div> <div id="text"> <p>Some of your best donor prospects are already invested in your organization. They're your volunteers.<br></p> <p>When coaching fundraising volunteers, we ask them to think of the top five organizations they give to and how many of those five they have been personally connected with, as a volunteer or recipient of services. The alignment is uncanny.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>About <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">64.3 million people volunteered in 2011</font></a>, according to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics</font></a>. The volunteer rate of women was 29.9 percent and men was 23.5 percent. Interestingly, people with a bachelor's degree were more inclined to volunteer for more than one organization.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href="http://www.independentsector.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Independent Sector's</font></a> <a href="http://www.independentsector.org/giving_volunteering" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Giving and Volunteering in the United States</font></a> (2001) provided a comprehensive picture of the giving and volunteering habits of Americans:<br></p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li>46 percent gave</li> <li>42 percent gave and volunteered</li> <li>2 percent only volunteered</li> <li>Households that volunteered gave twice as much on average as households that did not volunteer</li> </ul> <p>If you are not asking your volunteers to give, you are leaving substantial money on the table.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Here are four tips to enlist your volunteers as donors.<br></p><strong>1. Orient them</strong><br> Get volunteers off to a great start by providing an appropriate, engaging volunteer orientation in groups or individually. Be sure they understand what is expected of them and what kind of support they can count on. Let them know their volunteer hours are vital and contributed dollars are essential to your fulfilling your mission.<br> <br> <strong>2. Give them a rewarding volunteer experience</strong><br> Volunteers provide incredible service and resources, but your organization has to invest in supporting volunteers. Be sure that you provide regular communication and support to your volunteers. Ask them how you are doing and how the experience can be improved upon. Give them a personal experience and connection to your organization, and they will invest their time and money with you.<br> <strong><br> 3. Ask them</strong><br> Don't be timid. While honoring their volunteer service, invite volunteers to participate financially. Two health clinics we are assisting are nervous about asking doctors, nurses and other medical profession volunteers for donations. Create a positive culture of philanthropy among volunteers, celebrate giving regularly and ask in an appropriate manner. The timing and manner of a gift request to donors must be honed, as any special constituency. Give them time to be settled and fulfilled in their volunteer experience, but don't let a year go by.<br> <strong><br> 4. Recognize them</strong><br> Pay special attention to those who both volunteer and give to your organization. There are lots of opportunities, ranging from your website, to volunteer gatherings, to the annual report.<br> <p>An arts organization had a major donor self-identify undefined at $1 million. There had been no track record of financial support, but years of volunteer service. Consider wealth screening or at least a peer review of your volunteer roster to find potential major donors who are already committed to your cause.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>While recognizing the special opportunity to thank them for their volunteer service, nurture relationships with your volunteers and encourage them to join your donor ranks as well. Treat your volunteers as among your best donor prospects undefined because they are!<br></p> <p>What is your organization doing today to promote volunteer opportunities and provide volunteers with a stellar experience? Your volunteer donors can be among your most passionate, loyal and generous friends.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><em><a class="externalicon applied" title="Jeff Jowdy" href="http://www.lighthousecounsel.com/team.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Jeff Jowdy</font></a> is the president and founder of <a class="externalicon applied" title="Lighthouse Counsel" href="http://www.lighthousecounsel.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Lighthouse Counsel</font></a> and a member of the</em> <a href="http://www.fundraisingsuccessmag.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">FundRaising Success</font></a> <em>Editorial Advisory Board. Reach him at <a href="mailto:jeff@lighthousecounsel.com" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">jeff@lighthousecounsel.com</font></a></em><br></p><br> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1207872 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1207872 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:36:50 GMT ORDER NOW National Volunteer Week - Thank You Cards <font color="#000066" size="5" face="Impact">National Volunteer Week</font> <div align="center"> <font color="#000066"><font size="5"><font face="Impact">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Volunteer Thank You Cards</font><br></font><br></font><strong>The 2013 Volunteer Recognition Card Project is already underway!</strong> We hope that you are ready to get involved and help DOVIA New Orleans thank our volunteers. </div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"> <img style="MARGIN: 7px" title="" border="0" alt="" align="left" src="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Pictures/VolWeekSampleCard.jpg" width="200" height="119" x="7" y="611">Each year we contact regional businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions and more - we ask them to partner with us to say "THANK YOU!" to volunteers in our community.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our members give the cards&nbsp;out during National Volunteer Week. &nbsp; </div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"> <strong><em>Last year our members rewarded over 5,000&nbsp;volunteers in the&nbsp;Southeast Louisiana area with DOVIA cards!</em></strong> </div> <p><strong>All DOVIA&nbsp;members and friends are asked&nbsp;to help us identify the places that our community volunteers will be able to go to use their cards.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>If you know someone who might be interested in free advertising to over 5000 people,&nbsp;invite them to&nbsp;participate!</strong> <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/Invitation2013VolunteerThankYouSites.pdf" target="_blank">Please click here to download the invitation.</a></p> <p>Thank You Cards are now on sale! <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/VolunteerCardSaleMemoToMembers2013.pdf" target="_blank">Download the flyer here</a> and complete the form to reserve your cards! You can fax in your order to reserve your cards - you just need to pay before they arrive.</p> <p><font size="4">Thank you cards are an inexpensive way to say thanks!</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">$20 for 100 cards</font></li> <li><font size="4">$15 for 50</font></li> <li><font size="4">$10 for 25</font></li> </ul> <p><strong><font size="4">The deadline to order cards is March 5, 2013. We will deliver cards in March at the meetings. You must be a current member to order cards. MEMBERS CAN</font></strong> <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1517451"><strong><font size="4">ORDER YOUR CARDS</font></strong></a> <strong><font size="4">ONLINE!!</font></strong></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1206010 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1206010 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:47:00 GMT LANO partners with Volunteer Louisiana to support Volunteering <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span style="COLOR: black">Volunteerism is the heart of the nonprofit ethic</span></strong> and contributes vital energy and effectiveness to organizations that benefit all Louisianans.</font></font></p> <p><b><strong><span style="COLOR: maroon"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">NEW NETWORK FEATURE:</font></span></strong></b> <span style="COLOR: black"><a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=dovianolamail@yahoo.com&amp;job=805257&amp;ymlink=1262155&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvolunteerlouisiana%2Egov%2F"><font color="#336699" size="3" face="Times New Roman">Volunteer Louisiana</font></a> <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">and LANO now invite all Association members to declare their interest in volunteering on behalf of their communities by updating their General, Associate or Friend member profiles to affirm volunteer readiness and areas of personal interest or expertise.</font></span></p> <p><span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Your willingness to volunteer and your selected interests will&nbsp;appear on your profile page and be visible to others within the LANO network.&nbsp; A special</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=dovianolamail@yahoo.com&amp;job=805257&amp;ymlink=1262155&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elano%2Eorg%2F%3Fpage%3Dvolunteer"><font color="#336699" size="3" face="Times New Roman">search feature</font></a> <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">is available to General and Associate Members&nbsp;in need of volunteer support for their organizations.&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><em><span style="COLOR: black">We wish to thank&nbsp;every Louisiana volunteer&nbsp;for&nbsp;the countless selfless acts and sacrifices&nbsp;you make to the betterment of life in our state!</span></em><span style="COLOR: black">&nbsp;</span></font></font></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><img id="_x0000_i1025" title="" border="0" name="_x0000_i1025" src="http://www.lano.org/resource/resmgr/images/hands_raised.jpg" x="0" y="339"></span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1177799 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1177799 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:16:45 GMT Volunteer Thank You Cards are ON SALE NOW <font color="#000066" size="5" face="Impact">National Volunteer Week</font> <div style="LEFT: 0px" align="center"> <font color="#000066"><font size="5"><font face="Impact">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Volunteer Thank You Cards</font><br></font><br></font><strong>The 2013 Volunteer Recognition Card Project is already underway!</strong> We hope that you are ready to get involved and help DOVIA New Orleans thank our volunteers. </div> <p>Each year we contact regional businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions and more - we ask them to partner with us to say "THANK YOU!" to volunteers in our community.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our members give the cards&nbsp;out during National Volunteer Week. &nbsp;<strong><em>Last year our members rewarded over 5,000&nbsp;volunteers in the&nbsp;Southeast Louisiana area with DOVIA cards!</em></strong></p> <p>Thank You Cards are now on sale! <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/VolunteerCardSaleMemoToMembers2013.pdf" target="_blank">Download the flyer here</a> and complete the form to reserve your cards!</p> <p>Thank you cards are an inexpensive way to say thanks!</p> <ul> <li>$20 for 100 cards</li> <li>$15 for 50</li> <li>$10 for 25</li> </ul> <p>The deadline to order cards is February 28, 2013. We will deliver cards in March at the meetings. You must be a current member to order cards.</p> <p><strong>All DOVIA&nbsp;members and friends are asked&nbsp;to help us identify the places that our community volunteers will be able to go to use their cards.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>If you know someone who might be interested in free advertising to over 5000 people,&nbsp;invite them to&nbsp;participate!</strong> <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/Invitation2013VolunteerThankYouSites.pdf" target="_blank">Please click here to download the invitation.</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1176321 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1176321 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:02:03 GMT Sites Needed for National Volunteer Week Thank You Cards <strong>The 2013 Volunteer Recognition Card Project is already underway!</strong> We hope that you are ready to get involved and help DOVIA New Orleans thank our volunteers. <p>Each year we contact regional businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions and more - we ask them to partner with us to say "THANK YOU!" to volunteers in our community.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our members give the cards&nbsp;out during National Volunteer Week. &nbsp;<strong><em>Last year our members rewarded over 5,000&nbsp;volunteers in the&nbsp;Southeast Louisiana area with DOVIA cards!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>All DOVIA&nbsp;members and friends are asked&nbsp;to help us identify the places that our community volunteers will be able to go to use their cards.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>If you know someone who might be interested in free advertising to over 5000 people,&nbsp;invite them to&nbsp;participate!</strong> <a href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/2013%20DOVIA%20Volunteer%20Week%20Attraction%20Sign%20UpFF.pdf" target="_blank">Please click here to download the invitation.</a></p> <p>We are also seeking active committee members to help with this project. Are you interested? Send a note to DOVIA at <a href="mailto:dovianolamail@yahoo.com">dovianolamail@yahoo.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>We need to get as many&nbsp;places for our volunteers to go to use their cards as we can - and we want to have them confirmed ASAP! Thank you for helping!</em></strong></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1162794 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1162794 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:11:28 GMT Free Holiday Certificates Free holiday certificates for thanking staff and volunteers are available from Baudville. The link is: <a href="http://www.baudville.com/Baudville-Free-Holiday-Certificates/pdfs">http://www.baudville.com/Baudville-Free-Holiday-Certificates/pdfs</a> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1161733 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1161733 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:54:34 GMT 2011 U.S. Volunteer Rate, Number Highest Since 2005, Report Finds <p></p> <p><span class="print">Americans significantly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic engagement in 2011, a new report from the <a title="Launches in new window" href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Corporation for National and Community Service</font></a> and the <a title="Launches in new window" href="http://www.ncoc.net/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">National Conference on Citizenship</font></a> finds.</span></p> <p><span class="print">According to <em><a title="Launches in new window" href="http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Volunteering and Civic Life in America</font></a></em>, 64.3 million adults (26.8 percent) volunteered through a formal organization in 2011 undefined a year-over-year increase of 1.5 million and the highest rate nationally since 2005 undefined contributing a total of 7.9 billion hours valued at more than $170 billion. Among those who volunteered through an organization, the most common activities included fundraising or selling items to raise money (26.2 percent); collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (23.6 percent); engaging in general labor or transportation (20.3 percent); or tutoring or teaching (18.2 percent). In addition, 65.1 percent volunteered informally by helping out their neighbors, up 9.5 percentage points from 2010.</span></p> <p><span class="print">Robert Grimm, director of the <a title="Launches in new window" href="http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/philanthropy?destination=node/800" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland</font></a>, told the <em><a title="Launches in new window" href="http://philanthropy.com/article/Number-of-Volunteers-Reaches/136247/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Chronicle of Philanthropy</font></a></em> that the increase was mainly due to population growth, not a response to the economy or other factors.</span></p> <p><span class="print">The report ranks states, large cities, and metropolitan areas by volunteer rate and provides data on volunteer hours per resident, number of volunteers and hours of service, value of service contributed, and other indicators of social connectedness and civic engagement. For the seventh consecutive year, Utah was the top state in terms of volunteer participation, with a rate of 40.9 percent, followed by Idaho (38.8 percent), Iowa (38.4 percent), Minnesota (38.0 percent), and South Dakota (36.8 percent). The top five metropolitan areas were Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (37 percent), Rochester, New York (34.8 percent ), Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (33.4 percent), Salt Lake City (33.2 percent), and Jacksonville, Florida (32.2 percent).</span></p> <p><span class="print">The report also found that parents volunteer at a significantly higher rate (33.7 percent) than the national average (26.8 percent), with a volunteer rate of 46 percent among parents in their late forties with school-aged children and 38 percent among working mothers. Among parent-volunteers, 43.1 percent volunteered at schools or youth service organizations. "In America, education must be the great equalizer undefined and robust engagement from communities, families, mentors, tutors, and other volunteers is absolutely vital to achieving that core American ideal," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "As a nation, we are so much stronger working together collaboratively to advance student learning than working in isolation."</span></p> <p><span class="print"><i><a href="http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/assets/resources/VCLAPressRelease.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">“Volunteering Among Americans Hits Five-Year High.”</font></a> Corporation for National and Community Service Press Release 12/12/12.</i></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1159117 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1159117 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:57:39 GMT Super Service Challenge! <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Hello Susan,</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Thank you again for hosting everyone at the recent DOVIA meeting and letting us meet and talk about how to support each other programs. It was a terrific opportunity to learn and meet face-to-face, so we appreciate it grealy.&nbsp;Just as great an opportunity is a citywide service campaign leading up to the Super Bowl, and running until January 7th, is the Super Service Challenge. I hinted at this a bit in our group meeting, but basically the Super Service Challenge is a campaign wherein volunteer teams of 3-8 coworkers from any work place in the city can support a local organization by serving with them for a day, then submitting a short video or photo slideshow to make that agency eligible for award money of up to $25,000 each.&nbsp;</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">With a grand total of $1 Million dollars being made available to local charities, it is a tremendous opportunity for the city. Anyone you know who could benefit (and who couldn't!) can visit&nbsp;</font><a href="http://cwam.com/super-service-challenge-new-orleans/"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Times New Roman">www.SuperServiceChallenge.com</font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;to learn more or also call HandsOn to get connected to project options across the city to fit any schedule, by calling HandsOn at&nbsp;</font><a href="tel:504-609-2525" target="_blank" value="+15046092525"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Times New Roman">504-609-2525</font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">. A few links are included below to pass around as well to help get the word out.&nbsp;Thank you, and we look forward to being able to support each other in the future for all of the DOVIA members!</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Super Service Challenge in 5 Easy Steps</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><a href="http://cwam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Super-Service-Challenge-in-5-Easy-Steps.pdf"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Times New Roman">http://cwam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Super-Service-Challenge-in-5-Easy-Steps.pdf</font></a></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Super Service Challenge Intstructions and Guidelines</font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><a href="http://cwam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Super-Service-Challenge-Instructions-and-Guidelines1.pdf"><font color="#0000FF" size="3" face="Times New Roman">http://cwam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Super-Service-Challenge-Instructions-and-Guidelines1.pdf</font></a></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Peyton Juneau</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">HandsOn New Orleans/United Way Volunteerism Manager</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">HandsOn New Orleans:&nbsp;504.304.2275</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">United Way:&nbsp;504.827.6892</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Direct cell:&nbsp;225.252.7222</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #888888; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><a href="http://www.handsonneworleans.org/" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #1155cc">www.HandsOnNewOrleans.org</span></a></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #888888; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><a href="http://www.handsonneworleans.org/HandsAtWork" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #1155cc">Take Action.</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.handsonneworleans.org/HOC__Donate" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #1155cc">Make an Impact</span></a>. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/HandsOn-New-Orleans/172111235046" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: #1155cc">Stay Involved</span></a>.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BACKGROUND: white"></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1154546 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1154546 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:10:17 GMT Free Training - Webinar - No More Committees of One! <div class="userContentWrapper aboveUnitContent"> <div class="_wk mbm"> <span class="userContent">The webinar that I presented on "No More Committees of One!" for Community Development Works (Rapides Foundation) is archived and available for viewing during the next two months. If you are interested in learning more about how committees can help your organization and/or board of directors become more effective and efficient - take and hour to view this course. <a href="https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/720997878" rel="nofollow nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#810081">https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/720997878</font></a></span> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1142669 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1142669 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:45:24 GMT Families Give Back Before Thanksgiving Last Saturday, November 17, families were busy across the country. Of course, families are busy every weekend, with endless rounds of soccer games, household chores, and honey-do lists – but this Saturday was special. It was <a href="http://corporate.disney.go.com/citizenship2010/inspiringkidsandcommunities/overview/kids/" jquery1353440829078="195"><font color="#0000FF">Family Volunteer Day,</font></a> a national day of service sponsored by Disney Friends for Change and Points of Light. In just one day:<br> <br> <ul> <li>In Washington, D.C., families spent the day at the Armed Forces Retirement home visiting with residents and helping them prepare for the holidays with a host of hands-on projects including raking leaves, cleaning up the grounds, and hosting a "Wheelchair Wash."</li> <li>In Glendale, Arizona, families helped with a neighborhood beautification project by cleaning up yards and painting the homes of veterans, the elderly, and those with disabilities.</li> <li>In Dallas, Texas. at the Volunteer Center of North Texas, families supported eight local nonprofit agencies by making holiday gift bags for Meals on Wheels, cooking and packaging healthy lunches with the American Diabetes Association and planting saplings through the Texas Trees Foundation.</li> <li>In Covington, Georgia, youth and family volunteers made "no sew" blankets for donation to Project Linus, an organization that collects and distributes blankets to critically ill children in hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies.</li> <li>In Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Disney VoluntEARS and community members sorted and boxed food for local families in need.</li> </ul>These are just a few of the hundreds of projects that brought family members together to make a difference in their communities. The day was intended to inspire families to spend time together in an effort to make lasting, positive change at home, in their community and the world at large. <a href="http://radio.disney.go.com/" jquery1353440829078="196"><font color="#0000FF">Radio Disney</font></a> local stations pitched in and showed up at many of the volunteer sites to make things festive for the volunteers.<br> <br> Family Volunteer Day 2012 has come and gone, but now, the opening of the holiday season, is the perfect time to plan your own family volunteer experience. Whether it's a Toys for Tots wrapping party, pitching in with a neighborhood cleanup in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, or baking cookies for a teacher, there are as many ways to help as there are families to think them up. It's the perfect way to make the season a little warmer. If you need ideas to get you started, <a href="http://disney.go.com/disneyinsider/insider/article/www.Disney.com/friends" jquery1353440829078="197"><font color="#0000FF">Friends for Change</font></a> has lots of tips. We wish all our readers a Thanksgiving full of joy and togetherness.<br> <br> <em>This article was originally distributed in the Disney Insider E-Newsletter on November 20, 2012.</em> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1142228 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1142228 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:41:56 GMT Nonprofit Impact on Economy - Infographic <p>Even as the economic turmoil and other factors have put a strain on fundraisers the past few years, giving continues to have a big impact on the economy.</p> <p>Here are a few notes from the infographic, which you can view by clicking on the link below:</p> <ul> <li>Nonprofit employment increased in all 45 states reporting data for the infographic from 2000-2010, a 2.1 percent increase. Meanwhile, for-profit employment decreased by 0.6 percent during the same time period.</li> <li>The nonprofit sector employs 10.7 million people.</li> <li>75 percent of giving came from individuals in 2011, 13 percent from foundations, 7 percent from bequests and 5 percent from corporations.</li> </ul> <p>Check out the entire infographic for more insights on corporate and invidual giving and more.</p> <p>Click for <a href="http://rebeccagordongroup.org/site/nonprofits-impact-on-the-economy-infographic/" target="_blank">Infographic</a>. Information gathered from Fundraising Success e-newsletter, November 6, 2012.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1130924 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1130924 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:36:35 GMT Share this - Seeking Volunteer Leaders for Super Saturday of Service <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 14.25pt; MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Are you interested in playing a key role in the Super Bowl community impact? Do you want to gain leadership and project management skills? New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is looking for responsible and motivated individuals to take on large leadership roles during the Super Bowl Host Committee's Super Saturday of Service (SSS) event on February 2nd, 2013. If you are interested please contact Erin Boyd, Special Projects Coordinator at NOAHH, <a href="mailto:erinb%40habitat-nola.org"><font color="#0000FF">erinb@habitat-<wbr>nola.org</font></a>.</span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1130919 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1130919 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:03:47 GMT Thank You Project Template - Candy Bar Wrappers <p>Have you ever received a personalized candy bar as a thank you? It is a nice touch and can be done in small or large quantities - just use your computer and printer! Here's a <a title="Open in MS Publisher" href="http://dovianeworleans.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/Congratulations-Blue-Cheering-155%5B1%5D.pub" target="_blank">template</a>&nbsp;for wrappers that fit Hershey bar size candy.</p> <ol> <li> <p>Print the wrapper on letter size paper with landscape orientation. The photos in this collection show the wrappers on plain paper. Matte or glossy photo paper will really make the colors pop.</p> <p></p> </li> <li>Cut at the indicated trim lines so that you have two 5.25 x 5.5 inch wrappers. The wrapper will have a 1/4 inch white border on the ends. You can trim this off if you want but a bit more of the original candy wrapper will show at each end. <p></p> </li> <li>Wrap the candy bar wrapper around candy bar, positioning image as needed. A portion of the top and bottom of the image will wrap the edges on some designs. Wrapper will overlap approximately 1/2 inch on back. If you prefer more than a 1/2 inch overlap, cut the template slightly larger. <p></p> </li> <li>Glue overlapping edges together with a glue stick or a few drops of glue. Or use double-sided tape under the flap.</li> </ol> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1119695 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1119695 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:42:23 GMT Forget Thanksgiving! Plan Your Fundraising Program Around "Giving Tuesday" <div class="post-author"> <span class="avatar"><a href="http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/members/Natasha_5F00_Acteva/default.aspx"><img style="BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-BOTTOM-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-LEFT-WIDTH: 0px" alt="" src="http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/resized-image.ashx/__size/32x32/__key/communityserver-components-avatars/00-00-14-70-78/4TN59RII7ZSH.jpg"></a></span> <span class="user-name"><a class="internal-link view-user-profile" href="http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/members/Natasha_5F00_Acteva/default.aspx"><font color="#0000FF">Natasha_Acteva</font></a></span> </div> <div class="post-date"> <span class="value">26 Oct 2012 4:03 AM</span> </div> <div class="post-attributes" sizset="11" sizcache="8"> <div class="attribute-list-header"></div> <div class="attribute-list-footer"></div> </div> <div class="post-content user-defined-markup" sizset="12" sizcache="8"> <p><em>This guest post was authored by Dipanwita Gupta, who works at <a title="Acteva" href="http://home.techsoup.org/stock/pages/category.aspx?category=ActevaCategory"><font color="#0000FF">Acteva</font></a></em> <span class="by-author"><span class="author vcard"><em>as a content writer and was originally posted on the TechSoup site: <a href="http://www.techsoup.org/">www.techsoup.org</a>.</em></span></span></p> <p>We already have a day for giving thanks. What about a day for giving back? Well, just one week after Thanksgiving, on November 27, there is a day for giving back called Giving Tuesday!</p> <p><a title="Giving Tuesday" href="http://givingtuesday.org/" jquery1351644121515="28"><font color="#0000FF">Giving Tuesday</font></a> was started last year by Henry Timms, the executive director of the 92<sup>nd</sup> Street Y, a New York Jewish community and cultural center. The United Nations Foundation soon joined the project, lending a hand with their communications and social media savvy. Then a large number of corporations and nonprofits joined as founding partners to help spread the word about the event and commit to their own Giving Tuesday community service events.</p> <div class="entry-content" sizset="12" sizcache="8"> <p>It’s a rather simple, yet worthwhile idea. It gives you the opportunity to find a way for your community or nonprofit to join in the acts of giving. Start planning your Giving Tuesday fundraising activities now!</p> <p><img style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: auto; MARGIN-RIGHT: auto" title="image 1" alt="Hands holding stones labeled hope, peace, faith, love, and believe" src="http://www.actevablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/image-1-300x211.jpg" width="300" height="211" x="107" y="387"></p> <h2><strong>Fundraising Ideas and Tools</strong></h2> <p>There are a thousand ways to raise funds. Consider organizing a walkathon, a silent auction, or a simple online donation campaign asking your social media friends to contribute generously via online payment processing solutions.</p> <h2><strong>Want to launch online auctions?</strong></h2> <p>Acteva and Charity Bids are some of the many resources that can help you reach out to a global target audience to raise funds via charity auctions.</p> <p>You can do the following things with the Acteva-Charity Bids application:</p> <ul sizset="13" sizcache="7"> <li>Customize your auction pages, which you can create easily using built-in formats</li> <li>Set tiered pricing for various donor categories</li> <li>Receive secure online payments from all over the world</li> <li>Upload short video clips to promote your cause</li> <li>Share your online campaigns with third party sites</li> <li>Maximize visibility by reaching out to individuals and communities via social media platforms</li> </ul> <p>Online charity auctions have been found to be highly effective in raising funds. Include them in your event strategies to achieve your Giving Tuesday fundraising goals.</p> <p>Learn more about the Acteva-Charity Bids application <a href="http://www.acteva.com/pdf-file/cb_datasheet.pdf?DW10.19" jquery1351644121515="32"><font color="#0000FF">here</font></a> or sign up <a href="http://www.charitybids.com/charity_register.php?DOM=activa.charitybids.com?DW10.19" jquery1351644121515="33"><font color="#0000FF">here</font></a>.</p> </div> <div class="entry-content"> <span style="FONT-SIZE: x-small"><em>Image: Stones to inspire hope, peace, faith, and love (<a title="Acteva" href="http://www.acteva.com/" jquery1351644121515="34"><font color="#0000FF">Acteva</font></a>)</em></span> </div> <div class="entry-content"> <span style="FONT-SIZE: x-small"><em><br></em></span> </div> <div style="CLEAR: both"></div> <div class="BlogPostSignature"> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">Natasha Geraghty-Medved</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">Marketing Specialist at Acteva</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">NOTE FROM DOVIA: THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT - The information is distributed as an idea for organizations to use in planning fundraising programs.</p> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1119058 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1119058 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:48:50 GMT What is Data? Knowledge Builder Article for Sharing <h2>What Is Data? Collecting and Reporting on Data...</h2> <p>As we digitize our operations more, we collect more data. Data can be something as basic as the amount of energy your shelter is using, the amount of money you are spending, or the number of women you’ve served in a month. But as our ability to collect more data increases, we must also learn to effectively distill it into information. For example, if you have data showing that you are using more energy in one space than in another, similar-sized space, you might consider auditing the energy use of both spaces. Similarly, while you may know that one shelter serves more women than another, additional data may reveal that it is doing so less efficiently. Learning to think in a data-centric manner will help you achieve your mission better. Although you may think that it’s too much hassle to change the status quo, spending some time to become a data-driven organization will lead to better results.</p> <p>To read the remainder of the article, go to this <a href="http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/databases/page13541.cfm"><font color="#810081">link</font></a>&nbsp;on the TechSoup website.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1099104 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1099104 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:00:39 GMT Volunteer Today - October 2012 Edition <p>The latest edition of Volunteer Today is out - <a href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/290009/554035b576/1270000497/0b3a98838e/" target="_blank">click to access it</a>.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1089516 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1089516 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:16:21 GMT September Meeting Recap <p>We had a wonderful turnout for the meeting on September 26th! The speakers covered three different methods of online recruiting. If you have further questions for the speakers, you can contact them directly:</p> <p>Ashley Barbier talked about Volunteer Match - <a href="mailto:ashleybarbier87@gmail.com">ashleybarbier87@gmail.com</a></p> <p>Peyton Juneau with HandsOne talked about their own online tool and training offered by HandsOn -&nbsp;<a href="mailto:pjuneau@handsonneworleans.org">pjuneau@handsonneworleans.org</a></p> <p>Stew Krane with Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation presented information on the pros and cons of an in-house recruitment tool (and lots of opportunities) - <a href="mailto:skrane@gnosf.org">skrane@gnosf.org</a></p> <p>The next meeting will be in Mandeville on the 11th! Join us there!</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1085090 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1085090 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:03:49 GMT The Water Challenge - Deadline is October 15th <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">The 2013 Water Challenge aims to identify and support entrepreneurial solutions that apply innovative approaches to how we live with water. The winner will receive a $50,000 grant from LANO member&nbsp;the</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=716031&amp;ymlink=1100987&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egnof%2Eorg"><font color="#336699" size="3" face="Times New Roman">Greater New Orleans Foundation</font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">. For the first time, nonprofits are eligible to apply for the competition. To learn more or to apply, visit</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=716031&amp;ymlink=1100987&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwaterchallenge2013%2Eorg%2F"><span style="COLOR: blue"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">http://waterchallenge2013.org</font></span></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">.The deadline is Monday, October 15<sup>th</sup>, at 11:59 p.m.</font></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1083222 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1083222 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:48:02 GMT Tapping High Schools and Universities for New Volunteers <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">High schools and universities are great places to turn if your nonprofit needs a helping hand. Educational institutions are brimming with young people eager to get out and make a difference. Over the years, their volunteer numbers have only grown and they are fast proving to be a generation of volunteers that mean business.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Consider this: Over 21 percent of this age group, known as Millennials, volunteered in 2010. More specifically, over 11.6 million young people devoted 1.2 billion hours of service to communities across the United States. As the leader of a nonprofit, make Millennials the target audience of your next volunteer campaign.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Impress them online</span></strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt"><br> Think of innovative ways to reach out to them. High school and university-age volunteers are especially apt when it comes to all things Web-related. To that end, create an interactive website with engaging content, photos and videos. Sign up on social media platforms like Facebook® and Twitter®, too.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Then, once you’ve established your organization online, communicate your Twitter handle or Facebook group name on your website. Likewise, you can use those social platforms to share Web content. That way you’ll have well-rounded communication with your community and young people about your ongoing need for volunteers, upcoming volunteer opportunities and orientations for newcomers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Make a first impression</span></strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt"><br> Seek opportunities to appear in front of young people at their high school or university. Personal meetings go a long way in terms of generating awareness for your cause. Taking the time to personally appear and reach out to young volunteers in your area is a chance to have a personal dialogue about your organization and how they can help.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Here are some examples of innovative new ways to talk about the growth that comes with volunteering in your nonprofit:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Talk sincerely, but do so by realizing that volunteers do what they do for personal reasons.</span></li> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Whether you’re appealing to high school freshman or university seniors, convey that your organization is a vehicle for continued personal growth.</span></li> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: #333333; tab-stops: list .5in"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Then, follow with the mission and vision of your organization versus specific tasks. That way you’ll really be able to connect with their idealism.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">At your personal meeting, let them know that they can always find out more online. Tell them you’re excited to have new (or renewed) presence on the Internet, then remind them to take a look with items that have your Web address and contact information printed front and center.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Don’t forget to encourage them to “like” your organization on Facebook or begin to “follow” you on Twitter for more up-to-date announcements regarding volunteer opportunities. Lastly, let them know about any potential incentives you have for providing contact information and registering to attend a volunteer orientation.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Then, leave a lasting impression</span></strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt"><br> Lastly, appeal to their logical side: There’s only so much school work, studying and writing they can do at once. Remind them that there are practical experiences and a chance to meaningfully make a difference <em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'">right now</span></em>. Portray their role as a volunteer as a leadership experience with chances to grow, earn more responsibility, and be recognized. Young people eager to make a difference will latch onto this idea and likely follow-up with you for more information.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt">Volunteers are indispensable to the work of your nonprofit organization. Take the time to reach out to and invest in this youthful “Millennial” generation. By identifying with them now, you may be able to make them committed volunteers for the long haul.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt"><br></span><span class="style192"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 7pt"><font size="2"><font color="#999999">"</font><a name="www_volunteeringinamerica_gov_" id="www_volunteeringinamerica_gov_"></a></font><a href="http://links.mkt3469.com/ctt?kn=13&amp;ms=NDM0NTY2OAS2&amp;r=MjAxNDQxNTMzMTAS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MTMwOTA0ODE1S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2"><span>Volunteering in America.</span></font></a> <font size="2"><font color="#999999">"</font><font color="#000000">&nbsp;</font></font></span></span><font face="Arial"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; COLOR: #999999; FONT-SIZE: 7pt"><font color="#000000">Millennials (born 1982 or After) Profile - Volunteering in America</font></span></em><span class="style192"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 7pt"><font color="#000000">.</font> Volunteeringinamerica.gov, 9 Aug. 2011. Web. 13 July 2012.</span></span></font></font></font></p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">"<a name="leadershipfreak_wordpress_com_" id="leadershipfreak_wordpress_com_"></a><a href="http://links.mkt3469.com/ctt?kn=20&amp;ms=NDM0NTY2OAS2&amp;r=MjAxNDQxNTMzMTAS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=MTMwOTA0ODE1S0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF"><span>The Key to Recruiting Volunteers.</span></font></a> "&nbsp;<em>Leadership Freak</em>. WordPress, n.d. Web. 13 July 2012.</span> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1075536 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1075536 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:03:14 GMT Special Event Planning Team - You Are Wanted! <p>Want to help plan a really fun event? DOVIA is hosting an event to honor the&nbsp;super volunteers this fall! We will be holding our reception at the Arena and then attending a New Orleans Hornets basketball game. Send a private FB message to DOVIA New Orleans&nbsp;or an email to <a href="mailto:dovianolamail@yahoo.com">dovianolamail@yahoo.com</a> if you are interested in helping in any capacity! It is going to be so much fun!</p> <p>By the way - the reception/game will be on a Friday night! November 16th Hornets will play Oklahoma City Thunder.</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1065619 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1065619 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:19:14 GMT Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund Accepting Applications <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3">In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Isaac throughout various communities in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany Parishes, LANO member the</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=699640&amp;ymlink=1064503&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egnof%2Eorg"><font color="#336699" size="3">Greater New Orleans Foundation</font></a> <font size="3">is immediately making available $250,000 to nonprofit organizations. The grants from this fund are intended to provide direct relief (in the form of food, water, clothing, shelter) to affected populations in the above parishes. Follow this</font> <a href="http://www.lano.org/link.asp?e=susandshaffette@bellsouth.net&amp;job=699640&amp;ymlink=1064503&amp;finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egnof%2Eorg%2Fapply%2Dfor%2Da%2Dgranthurricane%2Disaac%2Drelief%2Dfund"><font color="#336699" size="3">link</font></a> <font size="3">for&nbsp;more information or to apply.</font></span></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1064393 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1064393 Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:53:35 GMT Social Entrepreneurs Wanted - Deadline September 10th <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">Big advances in society have always been powered by people.&nbsp;Two of the most powerful service movements in our country - Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America - both used people to do things that others had not thought possible, have ordinary people build houses and get the very best into our classrooms. Today, organizations like DonorsChoose and Kiva are helping people address society's challenges in new and innovative ways.</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001XCJ4TNiYEOqJapHYiA6o3C7R4KDzV-wNjIpJdIn7AqGtXCR_sLGnz8vWd_NS9v6fTMdxRSSk1nQhCkUdzXJetZ4cqSmgzQECpmDIDH3cx9PysPrLZSievw==" shape="rect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span id="lw_1346547058_0" class="yshortcuts"><font color="#0000FF">Points of Light</font></span></a> wants to help more of these efforts - led by social entrepreneurs with big ideas and small pocketbooks - succeed. We are launching the <strong><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001XCJ4TNiYEOpkp1LlK14PCU-pFroXS12UixsALkI904zBP3_mH9pVvk47w3moEPYJ4Ts6YFsapUqC6JC0Fg_9QsrHRBkSmY3eWbXbWlUE5_DpzByfA5PfcQ==" shape="rect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span id="lw_1346547058_1" class="yshortcuts"><font color="#0000FF">Civic Accelerator</font></span></a></strong> in partnership with <strong>Village Capital</strong> and supported by <strong>PwC Charitable Foundation Inc.</strong> and <strong>Starbucks Coffee Company</strong>. The first national program of its kind, the Civic Accelerator will invest in nonprofit and for-profit startups that inspire, equip and mobilize people as part of their solution to create positive chang e.</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">If you or someone you know has a promising civic venture, let them know that now is the time to <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001XCJ4TNiYEOqMhRT2s8LEQo1DPo5bH-CciybFLe5Imzv3rImer2ebnUeTO7jcd1KaKSD6AJEfdUZ1VFAiEC-CE3yqvH0gEy2HpQYi3-lx05HT0SGLzlpkLA==" shape="rect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">apply to join the first cohort</font></a> - the deadline is <b>Sept. 10, 2012</b>. There are just <span style="TEXT-DECORATION: underline">two week left to apply</span>, so please share this opportunity with your own network.</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><span style="COLOR: #222222">Along with training, mentorship and investments designed to accelerate the impact of the civic venture, each team will receive a seed investment of $10,000.&nbsp;The program employs "peer review" where the entrepreneurs learn from one another and help one another tackle each venture's challenges. At the conclusion of the program, all of the entrepreneurs vote and the two most promising ventures each receive $50,000 in investment.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">Forward-thinking innovators will lead the way in solving our complex problems. The Civic Accelerator will support the breakthrough ideas that are scalable, leverage technology and engage people in new and different ways.&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1062512 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1062512 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:59:25 GMT Hurricane Isaac Response <p>We hope that all our members and member organizations are safe, but as we say this - we know that some of you are a bit damp and will be helping your neighbors to recover, with shelter, with food and more. Stay strong!</p> <p>Volunteer Louisiana has posted information concerning donations and the statewide registry for volunteers, go to: <a href="http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/blog/comments/tropical-storm-isaac-response/">http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/blog/comments/tropical-storm-isaac-response/</a></p> <p>Regional disaster response information from Volunteer Louisiana: <a href="http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/help-in-disaster/response-recovery-efforts/">http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/help-in-disaster/response-recovery-efforts/</a></p> <p>The American Red Cross is on the ground along with many others: <a href="http://www.arcno.org/">http://www.arcno.org/</a></p> <p>HandsOn New Orleans is the designated volunteer center in the New Orleans area and has information for volunteers who wish to come and help: <a href="http://www.handsonneworleans.org/">http://www.handsonneworleans.org/</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>You may also go directly to many nonprofits and faith-based groups who are helping residents in the aftermath of the storm. Thank you and be careful!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1061854 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1061854 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:34:21 GMT Nonprofit Strategy Institute (NSI), Call for Applicants <p class="yiv642298766MsoNormal"><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Nonprofit Strategy Institute (NSI), Call for Applicants by September 14th for Early Bird registration fee&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="yiv642298766MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">NSI is designed as an eight-session sequence of topics relevant to strategic leadership of today's nonprofit organizations. Janet L. Johnson, Ph.D. will lead this year's workshops, which are designed for professionals working with or in a <span id="lw_1345595421_2" class="yshortcuts">nonprofit organization</span> who have an interest in becoming a stronger leader in the sector. 15 applicants will be selected. Registration Fee for Tulane’s Center for Public Service (CPS) community partners is <b>$100 by Sept. 14</b>. For more information on &nbsp;the institute and application details, please visit: <a href="http://tulane.edu/cps/community/nonprofit-strategy-institute.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="COLOR: blue">nonprofit strategy institute</span></a> or contact Amanda Buberger, Assistant Director for Campus-Community Partnership, by email at <a href="mailto:abuberg@tulane.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" ymailto="mailto:abuberg@tulane.edu"><span style="COLOR: blue">abuberg@tulane.edu</span></a> or by phone at (504) 862-8058.</span></p> <p class="yiv642298766MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1052878 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1052878 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:10:47 GMT DOVIA Meeting Follow-up Links <p>Thank you to all of you who attended the meeting today! We had a great turnout - invite your friends and colleagues to join us at our next meeting.</p> <p>We discussed a few resources today that were online and we promised the links would be put into the news blog.</p> <p>Tech Soup - <a href="http://www.techsoup.org/">www.techsoup.org</a>&nbsp;- good source for technology &amp; reports</p> <p>Idealist - <a href="http://www.idealist.org/">www.idealist.org</a>&nbsp; - good source for research &amp;&nbsp;sample documents</p> <p>VolunteerMatch - <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/">www.volunteermatch.org</a> - online recruiting tool</p> <p>Volunteer Louisiana - <a href="http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/">www.volunteerlouisiana.gov</a>&nbsp;- LA Serve Commission</p> <p>See you at the next meeting!</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1052819 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1052819 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:23:28 GMT Thank you to those who have worked for recovery! <p>Have you viewed the video that was produced to say thank you to the many volunteers who helped Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina? It is really great - share it!</p> <p>"Thank you to all the incredible people who have helped us in our recovery. This is a humble attempt to express our gratitude for the time, energy and other contributions so many people have shown us. May we never forget!"</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1soE8KGvLo&amp;feature=player_embedded">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1soE8KGvLo&amp;feature=player_embedded</a></p> <p><a href="http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/news/video/thank-you-to-those-who-have-worked-for-recovery/">http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/news/video/thank-you-to-those-who-have-worked-for-recovery/</a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1049177 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1049177 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:59:16 GMT Include Me grants up to $5K available from Volunteer Louisiana <div class="post"> <div class="post-summary"> <p>Volunteer Louisiana announces the availability of grants up to $5,000 through its Include Me program. The goal of Include Me is to reach out to the disability community to foster and expand partnerships which will last beyond the initial service event. These funds are intended for voluntary organizations which will partner with groups of citizens within the disability community for a day of service event. The grants will provide funds for project supplies, volunteer refreshments/water and some administrative costs. The grants are accepted year-round and are approved on a rolling basis. For more information, <a href="http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/docs/inclusion_2012_rfp.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#810081">click here</font></a></p> </div> </div> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1049169 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1049169 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:08:29 GMT NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants Available to K-8 Public School Educators <span class="bodysmall">Posted on August 14, 2012<br> Deadline: October 15, 2012</span> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Sponsored by <a href="http://www.nick.com/shows/thebighelp" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Nickelodeon</font></a> and the <a href="http://www.neafoundation.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">NEA Foundation</font></a>, NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants provide up to $5,000 to K-8 public school educators in the United States.</p> <p>The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches to addressing four key concerns undefined environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. The grants target these four concerns as areas of great promise in helping students in the twenty-first century develop a global awareness that encourages and enables them to make a difference in their world.</p> <p>Applicants must be practicing U.S public school teachers or public school education support professionals.</p> <p>Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.</p> <p>The application process is the same as for the NEA Foundation's Student Achievement grants. Applicants should specify that their request is for the Big Help Grants program in their application.</p> <p>For complete program guidelines, eligibility restrictions, and application procedures, see the NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants page at the NEA Foundation Web site.</p> <p><b>Contact:</b><br> <b><a href="http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/nea-foundation-green-grants/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Link to Complete RFP</font></a></b></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1047167 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1047167 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:24:15 GMT Volunteer Louisiana 2012 Listening Tour <p>This summer, Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a statewide listening tour to ask citizens to evaluate volunteering and service in their communities. The tour begins July 26 in New Orleans and will continue through September in a city or town near you.</p> <p>Comments made at each listening session will be used in the development of Volunteer Louisiana's three-year State Service Plan to guide the state in designing programs and services to help communities and organizations engage citizens for a greater impact.</p> <p>"In these difficult economic times, the role of volunteers in our communities is taking on even greater importance," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "As Volunteer Louisiana works to create the plan for state service, it is important to hear from as many citizens as possible about what volunteering and service look like locally."</p> <p>"Everyone is important to this conversation," Chris Gorman, Volunteer Louisiana commission chairman said. "We hope that volunteers, nonprofits, board members, faith-based groups, universities, schools, neighborhood associations, grant makers, business leaders and elected officials will attend and share their views."</p> <p>Attend a Session:</p> <ul> <li><strong>New Orleans: July&nbsp;26, 9 a.m. - 11a.m. at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Biggs &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></li> <li><strong>Baton Rouge: Aug. 3, 10 a.m. -&nbsp;noon at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St.</strong></li> <li><strong>Lafayette: Aug. 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Fairfield Inn &amp; Suites, 1606 W. Pinhook</strong></li> <li><strong>Lake Charles: Aug. 10, 1 p.m. -&nbsp;3 p.m. at the Carnegie Branch Library, 411 Pujo St.</strong></li> <li><strong>Alexandria: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - noon at the Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place</strong></li> <li><strong>Monroe: Aug. 16, 1 p.m. -&nbsp;3 p.m. at the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 1201 Hudson Lane</strong></li> <li><strong>Shreveport: Aug. 23, 1 p.m. - 3&nbsp; p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave.</strong></li> <li><strong>Mandeville: Aug. 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Tammany Parish Library Causeway Branch, 3457 Hwy. 190</strong></li> <li><strong>Houma: Aug. 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.&nbsp;at Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch, 151 Library Drive</strong></li> <li><strong>September dates for St. Martinville, Zachary, Covington, New Iberia, Hammond,&nbsp;Natchitoches, and East and West Carroll Parishes coming soon.</strong></li> </ul> <p>About Volunteer Louisiana</p> <p>Volunteer Louisiana was established as the Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor in 1993 to foster and expand citizen service in Louisiana. Its mission is to build and sustain high-quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and to promote an ethic of service. In 2012, The Louisiana Serve Commission officially changed to Volunteer Louisiana.</p> <p>Ready to Register?</p> <p>Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.</p> <p>You can sign up here: <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=00131yFqsGowgIQ8VsQYdbVGgMWlOFjwrXZYKY5DCEeEt13Woc-XRHkAMge8kIwYLBCmHfeKi1bhA6MKffmcpo6Fz0ICSxBTasx4dpCLLjfMRIRKoEAQrkdQCBdDaQMsOXSNRqMjpLSzPw=" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">www.crt.state.la.us/laserve/register</font></a></p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1047036 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1047036 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:22:23 GMT DOVIA Summer Survey Results <p>The results of the summer survey are in - although participation was light, we were able to get input on what our members thought was important. Thank you for sharing your opinion!</p> <p>The key areas that our respondents wanted to see as member benefits included:</p> <p>*A Directory of Members was the highest ranking member benefit chosen (63%)</p> <p>*A monthly newsletter (54.5%)</p> <p>*Website (45.5%)</p> <p>*Training - Annually and Semi-Annually were evenly ranked&nbsp; (36.4%)</p> <p>*Webinars (36.4%)</p> <p>*Volunteer Recognition Night/Event (36.4%)</p> <p>*Facebook Page (36.4%)</p> <p>*Online Dues Renewal (27.3%)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1044443 http://www.dovianeworleans.org/page-1181413/1044443