Monthly Archives: May 2011
|May 31, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, Philanthropy, Technology||
Is your nonprofit considering a mobile fundraising campaign? Advances in mobile communications technology offer innovative ways for nonprofits to share their stories and appeals with potential donors, but a recent survey shows that smartphone users continue to have privacy concerns around the use of mobile applications.
What does this mean for the nonprofit looking to take their fundraising activities mobile?
- Have a Plan B. Make certain that your organization’s website is updated and ready to accept online donations if donors are not able to use the application for any reason – from a technological bug to their own comfort level.
Have concerns about donor privacy made your nonprofit hesitant to try mobile fundraising or have these issues had little impact on your nonprofit’s use of this method of giving?
A complete version of the report is available for download on the TRUSTe.com website.
|May 25, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Federal Government, Health, Policy||
Research indicates that the youngest members of society are the most at risk of experiencing trauma, abuse and neglect, therefore having a high likelihood of contact with the child welfare system. The vulnerability of young children makes their safety and well-being a high priority, a point recognized by policy-makers and professionals as evidenced by the growing collaborative efforts between the child welfare system and early childhood experts.
A brief from the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services entitled TIP SHEET FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD-CHILD WELFARE PARTNERSHIPS: Policies and programs that promote educational access, stability, and success for vulnerable children and families, provides a concise review of the many federal policies and programs in place to improve access to child care, early intervention and early education for youth in the child welfare system. Programs highlighted include:
- The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA): The reauthorization of this Act last year provided incentive and support for linking physical and mental health and developmental services to the child welfare system to target at-risk children, especially those under the age of three.
- Head Start: A free program to eligible children regardless if they live with their parents, kin, or have been placed in a foster home.
- Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: This bill requires that youth in foster care, even very young children, experience a stable placement with as few disruptions to their education and residential setting as possible.
More programs and initiatives are summarized on the brief that also includes a list of web-based resources, making this a handy resource for families, advocates, child care workers, educators and social service staff.
|May 23, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Federal Government, Health, Research||
According to 2008 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 19 percent of Pennsylvania women ages 18 to 44 reported drinking more than 4 drinks at one occasion during the past month. This amount is above the national median of 14.7 percent of women of childbearing age.
Alcohol and women’s health, including the causes and effects of alcohol abuse and methods of prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction, are a key area of research by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The report, Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue, a collaboration between NIH and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is a thorough overview of the long-term impacts of alcohol use on the health and overall well-being of women.
The brief presents information on:
- the specific (and unique) physical health effects of alcohol for women,
- the risks of heavy drinking,
- demographic data on women who are heavy drinkers, and
- the future direction of research on this health concern.
The brief is available online at no cost. .