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April 2014

A Nonprofit Management Newsletter

Strategic Grantseeking

Like clockwork, it seems, agencies reach a point near their 1 year anniversary where the Founder and Board Members realize the organization must figure out a way to bring in funding, other than from bake sales and their personal checkbooks. Seeking grants seems to be a popular option, but can be a waste of time if not done strategically. A disorganized approach to grant submittals not only wastes your agency’s precious time and resources, it can actually destroy your chances of getting a grant.

Stewart Communications offers "Seat of Our Pants" Nonprofit Management Seminars to help nonprofit staff and board members run their organizations more effectively. Presented by Debbie Stewart (that’s me), the seminars are available on-line, for your viewing convenience.

In "Strategic Grantseeking," you'll discover (and thus be able to avoid) the biggest mistakes nonprofit agencies make when it comes to applying for grants. You will learn where grants fit in the bigger fundraising picture; understand the Planning, Process and Particulars necessary for successful GrantSeeking; gain insights on to how to increase your chance for success when talking to funders; and find out what it truly means to be "Grant Ready." You’ll be able to determine whether grants are right for your agency. And you’ll see how the readiness process will strengthen your organization and programs, even if you decide not to apply for a grant.

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CENTRAL YAVAPAI METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION will meet Wednesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the conference room at the ADOT District office, 1109 Commerce Drive, just west of the MVD building in Prescott. Training needs will be discussed. Info: Vicky McLane, 442-5730.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES offers a free financial workshop each month on reducing debt, increasing savings and managing money. Upcoming dates for the workshop include April 10 from 10am-1pm, May 8 from 10am-1pm, and May 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Location is Catholic Charities, 434 W Gurley Street in Prescott. For more information, call (928) 778-2531.

FOUNDATION CENTER RESOURCES TRAINING will occur at the Prescott Public Library on Monday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. This will be an introduction to the Foundation Center's  database, the Foundation Directory Online. Learn to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. You can only access the database with a Prescott Public Library card while in the library. Info: 777-1526.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ALLIANCE (formerly called Affordable Housing and Homelessness Coalition) will next meet on Thursday, April 17 in the Founders’ Suite at the Prescott Library from 9-10:30 a.m. For information or to be added to the meeting notification list, contact Kathern Mitchell, Director of Development, Coalition for Compassion and Justice at 445-8382 or ccjdevelopmentdir@gmail.com

FAIR HOUSING SEMINAR for tenants, housing managers and staff, landlords, realtors, brokers, consumers, management companies, etc will occur Thursday, April 24 from 10 am – noon in Prescott. The City of Prescott and Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), in collaboration with Southwest Fair Housing Council, will provide an overview of Fair Housing laws and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). Location: Prescott Public Library, Founders Suite B, 215 E Goodwin Street, Prescott. In order to ensure sufficient materials for all attendees, you must RSVP by April 21 to Shaun Rydell, City of Prescott at 777-1143 or cdbg@prescott-az.gov

NORTHLAND CARES invites community members to participate in Dining Out For Life 2014 by dining out on Thursday April 24 to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds from each meal to Northland Cares. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.NorthlandCares.org or www.DiningOutforLife.org or contact Erika Stone at (714) 865-2502.

CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association) will host the 9th annual Prescott Valley Main Street Faire on June 6 – 8 in the Entertainment District. For booth space information, visit www.pvcasa.net or call Mary Wise at 772-3337.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES is offering Home Again, a Foreclosure Relocation Assistance Program available to Arizona residents who have lost their home, either as an owner or tenant. Call Melissa for details at (928) 708-7223.

MONEY MANAGEMENT is available for free for local churches and non-profit organizations from Hepburn Capital Management.  Many of you know Will Hepburn for his involvement with nonprofits over the years. Prescott has been good to him, and one of the ways he expresses his gratitude and gives a little back to our town is to manage money for churches and charities for free. If your board is not pleased with the earnings rate on their savings, he would be happy to speak with them to see if his lower-risk strategies might provide better results. Just call his Prescott office at 778-4000 to schedule an in-office meeting or to have him address a board meeting.

NEW HORIZONS DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER transportation is available Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays by appointment. Transportation services are provided to anyone, any age, not just for individuals with disabilities. Vehicles include accessible, lift-equipped vans, trained drivers, passenger cars. Call about rides to other locations out of the local area. Vouchers accepted. Call 775-8870 for information on their low rates and to schedule rides to shopping, appointments, medical, grocery, work, movies, and more.

Media Updates

WELCOME TO DJ Fone, who replaces Lindsay Draper as host of KQNA’s interview show, "Q&A". The show airs live from 3-4 p.m. weekdays. To be considered as a guest on his show, contact Lindsay Draper at Lindsay@kppv.com or call 445-8289.

CHANCE ENHANCER MEDIA GUIDE, published by Debbie Stewart of Stewart Communications (that’s me), provides contact information for more than 40 print media, radio and television stations, and online publications serving the extended Prescott area, (most of the radio stations get coverage throughout Yavapai and/or Coconino County). In addition to addresses, phone and fax numbers, the Guide includes email and website addresses, contact names, publication dates and deadlines, the focus of the publication, special opportunities for media coverage, and a checklist for writing Public Service Announcements. The Guide is available as a pdf file sent to you via email Cost is $25 (plus applicable tax), which entitles you to Free Updates for a year. To order, visit www.ChanceEnhancer.com. Or for further info, email Debbie Stewart at Debbie@nonprofitnet.com or call (928) 778-3747.

BY THE SEAT OF OUR PANTS (i.e. – this newsletter). If you haven’t already done so, please add me (Debbie) to your mailing lists (email: nonprofitnet@gwi.net & snailmail P.O. Box 11929, Prescott 86304), and especially your media lists such that I receive your public service announcements and news releases, as well as newsletters and event invitations.

Job Openings

COALITION FOR COMPASSION AND JUSTICE has an opening for a Bookkeeper. This is a 20-hour-per-week hourly position. The bookkeeper manages payroll, writes checks, and enters receipts into donor database. Knowledge of QuickBooks required, experience with MatchMaker database software a plus. Bookkeeper also will prepare monthly, annual and as-needed reports and work with CPA on annual audit. Send a cover letter, resume and references to CCJ, PO Box 1882, Prescott, AZ 86302. Job is open until filled. EEOC, DOE. No calls please.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES are offered on an on-going basis to the general public (i.e. your clients, staff and volunteers) at the Salvation Army in Prescott, the Prescott Public Library, and New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center in Prescott Valley. Topics include computer basics, as well as specific programs including word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, digital photography and more. Classes are available on a first-come space-available basis (at New Horizons, priority is given to those having any disability that might make it difficult to use a computer). To be added to the distribution list for notification for Salvation Army classes, contact Betty Byers at maganda1326@yahoo.com or for New Horizons contact (928) 772-1266. For information about the Library’s classes visit www.prescottlibrary.info or call (928) 777-1500.

If you have a job opening (i.e. a part-time or full-time paid position) that you would like to advertise in this newsletter (free of charge), please send the details to NonprofitNet@gwi.net.

Your News & Views

MOUNTAIN ARTISTS GUILD in Prescott will hold their Annual Spring Cleaning and Garage Sale fundraiser the weekend of April 11 & 12. The Guild is located at 228 N Alarcon Street in Prescott. For info, call 445-2510.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY will occur at the Prescott YMCA on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. For more than 20 years, Healthy Kids Day has and will continue to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. Boys and girls ages 6-16 are welcome to attend this free community event. There will be a scavenger hunt starting at 10 a.m. that includes fun games and activities. Snacks at noon and free swim for participants at 12:30 p.m. Info: 445-7221.

PRESCOTT AREA WOMEN’S SHELTER will host their annual Women's Afternoon Tea - A Vintage Affair fundraiser on Saturday April 26 from 12:30 – 3 pm at the Prescott Adult Center. Entertainment will be provided by the women's vocal ensemble, Womansong. Brad Newman will be the afternoon's Host. Delectables will be provided by The Poor Girl Gourmet and there will be a Wine Bar. Tickets are $40 a person. To make a reservation, call Patricia Brockert at (928)541-0063 or email irishpatmike@gmail.com

COALITION FOR COMPASSION AND JUSTICE is participating in the annual Feinstein Challenge through April 30. The Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation percentage-matches food donations (or cash donated for food purchases) during the months of March and April. On Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CCJ will be building a Mountain of Food outside its office at 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Call 776-0353 for more information.

CENTRAL ARIZONA SENIORS ASSOCIATION is participating in the annual Feinstein Challenge through April 30. The Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation percentage-matches food donations (or cash donated for food purchases) during the months of March and April. For information, visit www.casapv.net or call 772-3337.

PRESCOTT YMCA will hold their annual Whiskey Row Marathon on Saturday, May 3. As an Arizona running tradition for 36 years, the Marathon is among the toughest races in the country. A number of running routes for runners of all skill and fitness levels include a marathon, half marathon, 10K, and a Hotshot 1.9 mile fun run/walk. Proceeds from the race go into a scholarship fund to assist children and families in financial need. Info: 445-7221.

ADULT CARE SERVICES is selling tickets to their annual Passport to Paradise Fundraiser. Grand Prize is two (2) round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Additional prizes include tickets on the Verde Canyon Railroad and the Grand Canyon Railroad, an evening at the Sedona Hilton with dinner included, passes for a family of four to the Challenger Space Center in Phoenix, a $50 gift card to JC Penney, Dinner for two at the Cork and Cuisine in Prescott Valley, a family bowling party at Antelope Lanes, passes to Freedom Station and many more. Tickets are $20 each, or, if you purchase 5 tickets you receive a 6th ticket free. You can purchase tickets at any of The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Centers, The Margaret T. Morris Center, or contact Stephen Whisenhunt, Director of Marketing and Development for Adult Care Services if you need to purchase tickets by mail. He can be reached at 771-2335 in Prescott. Or visit www.adultcareservices.org for more information. Drawing will occur May 17.

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE will hold Color Dash, a 5k fun run/walk on Saturday, May 24 in Prescott. Packet Pickup occurs at 8:30am. Race Starts at 10:30am. Along the way your world is brightened with a colorful shower (harmless & non-toxic). Each color shower adds to your white  'canvas' until the finish line.....where you emerge looking like a tie-dyed rainbow. All ages are invited to participate – kids, parents, grandparents. Location: Pioneer Park - Brownlow Trailhead, 1300 Commerce Drive. Info: marketing@pcaaz.org

In the Boardroom

COALITION FOR COMPASSION AND JUSTICE is looking for hard-working men and women for its Board of Directors. CCJ provides hope and relief for people in poverty in Yavapai County, with a major emphasis in the Quad City area. Board members must have a sincere interest in CCJ’s work, be willing and able to attend regular and special board meetings, and support CCJ's mission. Responsibilities include financial oversight, strategic planning, active fund-raising, active involvement in one or more board committees, representation at CCJ community events, and an annual personal financial contribution. For more information, please contact Gail Kenny, 445-8382.

NEW HORIZONS DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER (formerly New Horizons Independent Living Center) is looking for people to be actively involved on their Board of Directors. New Horizons’ Mission is to provide programs and services which encourage and empower people with disabilities to self-determine the goals and activities of their lives. For an application, please call New Horizons at 772-1266.  New Horizons ILC is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing services in Northern Arizona. 

If you have openings for Board Members, please send your information for inclusion in this newsletter.

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