Believe2Become, an innovative neighborhood initiative, is a multi-year, data-driven collaborative of individuals and organizations working to improve prospects for Grand Rapids students and families.  With the intent of helping at-risk children succeed in work, school, and life, the initiative focuses on four targeted neighborhoods.

The program engages residents in community dialogue, empowers families in supporting the …

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In 2006, Congress passed the Pension Protection Act. This law mandated that all tax-exempt organizations, except churches and church-related groups, file annual information returns with the IRS beginning in 2007. This was a new requirement for many small organizations. The consequences for failure to file are dire – …

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Very thoughtful article review by The Communcations Network on “Assessing Nonprofits’ Communications Capacity” article from the most recent issue of The Foundation Review.

Incidentally — if you work in communications at, with, or for a foundation, you would benefit by joining The Communications Network. Their resources and learning opportunites are top notch.

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The newest offering from The Grantmaking School, Customized Grantmaker Education (CGE) is a “house call” that offers foundations highly personalized coursework for program officers and executives. The Grantmaking School develops custom trainings by working closely with foundation leadership and evaluating organizational and staff needs. Our staff carefully selects and crafts content based on these assessments, …

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Know a young, innovative and vibrant leader from within the nonprofit sector? The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids (YNPN.GR) is pleased to announce the 2010 YNPN.GR Leadership Awards Call for Nominations.

Please take a few minutes to nominate a young nonprofit professional who has made outstanding contribution to the greater Grand Rapids nonprofit community through exemplary leadership at his or her …

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The Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness just released their Housing & Transportation Affordability study for Grand Rapids and Kent County.

The Coalition, which has a 10-year commitment to ending homelessness in Grand Rapids, spearheaded two research projects to better understand housing affordability in the region. This report combines the key data and findings of …

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The Grantmaking School has recently launched an exciting new course: Grant Financial Analysis (GFA). The inaugural course was successfully convened in Atlanta, Georgia on August 5-6, hosted by the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) and held at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

The course, designed for private, corporate, community, and family foundation grantmakers, incorporates financial analysis knowledge …

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The Foundation Review has just released Volume 2 of the journal!

The line-up for Volume 2, Issue 1 includes:

Enrolling the Eligible: Lessons for Funders – Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Sheila Dunleavy Hoag, M.A., and Judith Wooldridge, M.A. Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
Demonstrating the Value of Social Service Programs: A Simplified Approach to Calculating Return on Investment – Herbert M. Baum, Ph.D., REDA …

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Philanthropy and the Presidency Conference: The American Presidency and Philanthropy Since the Civil War

Two twentieth-century presidents in particular have shaped the presidential approach to promoting human welfare – Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy. No two modern presidents strike a starker contrast in our collective memory. Citizens today recall one with the gray and desperate images of the Great Depression, and the other with the bright and hopeful …

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An appropriate compensation package (salaries, wages, and benefits) is significant to the success of any organization. Since compensation is often the largest expenditure for nonprofit organizations, it is important for it to be relevant and prudent as well as competitive.

This fifth statewide Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey is the result of the MNA Management Support …

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