Monthly Archives: April 2011
|April 28, 2011||Posted by M. P. under News||
I do not post fundraising requests on this blog (although I do in the Twitter feed), but in light of the historic devastation of the tornadoes that swept through the south yesterday I want to let readers know that the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are asking for donations.
The Red Cross is currently helping victims of the recent fires, floods, storms and other violent weather events across several states by providing food, shelter, clothing and health services. They are now mobilized in central Alabama to respond to this crisis. If you would like to make a contribution, visit the Red Cross giving page to make an online donation or, to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross Alabama Tornado Relief Fund, text “REDCROSS” to 90999.
The Salvation Army is also accepting donations to assist victims of the southern storms. They have deployed personnel across the region even though their own properties in Tuscaloosa, Alabama were damaged by the tornado. Text “GIVE” to 80888 to help with Salvation Army disaster relief operations across the southeast or visit their website.
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|April 26, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Health, Youth Development||
A survey from the YMCA suggests that parents may not prioritize the physical health and activity level of their children as highly as other attributes. The nationwide survey of approximately 1600 families found that parents were more concerned about the monetary security and moral values of their children compared to physical activity and fitness levels. Results from the survey, YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot (available as a PDF via the YMCA website), also suggest that the slow economy may have had an impact on children’s physical activity as over half of the families interviewed (52 percent) reported reducing their children’s out-of-school activities due to financial reasons.
With childhood obesity a growing health concern, the YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on April 16 to highlight the importance of kid’s fitness and the relatively small amount of time and resources it takes to find active recreational play opportunities for the entire family. Since outdoor playtime and other physical activity is so important for healthy childhood development, should nonprofits attempt to promote client and employee wellness by incorporating it into existing programming or sponsoring such outings when possible?
|April 19, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management||
What would happen if the very reason for your nonprofit’s existence disappeared tomorrow? Would your office be in celebration or survival mode? Would you be paralyzed with uncertainty or prepared to redefine your organization’s (or your personal) mission statement?
In the post Defining Victory – What If It’s Cured? at the Leadership For Good blog, Mike Cassidy challenges his readers to contemplate the answer to the question “what’s next?” What a straightforward yet mildly portentous question! If you aren’t working to end something (a disease, a condition, a policy, a prejudice) and by doing so greatly increase the quality of life for those you serve and the larger community, then what are you working toward?
So, what would YOU do?
|April 15, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management||
Is saying you are a diverse and inclusive nonprofit the same as being a diverse and inclusive nonprofit? Do your policies and practices match your recruiter’s talking points? Findings from a recent report from Commongood Careers and the Level Playing Field Institute illustrate a gap between the organizational view and the employee perception of diversity in nonprofit workplaces.
According to the study, while approximately 90 percent of employees surveyed stated their organizations value diversity, more than 70 percent feel that their employers fail to create an inclusive or diverse workplace. Furthermore, the study claims that 35 percent of people of color (who inquire about the diversity of the organization during the interview process) have either not accepted a position or withdrawn from the process based on a discerned lack of diversity and/or inclusiveness on the part of the organization.
The study, The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace, is available (in PDF format) via the Commongood Careers site.