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December 2013

A Nonprofit Management Newsletter

Increase Your Chances for Successful Grantseeking

SEAT OF OUR PANTS NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT SEMINARS are designed 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. This month’s featured Seminar is: "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 their personal pocketbooks in order to survive. Some agencies implement successful fundraising programs during their second year, while the remaining agencies suffer through the Terrible Twos.

A Strategic Approach to GrantSeeking means your efforts are planned in advance, rather than in a haphazard manner. 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. You'll discover (and thus be able to avoid) the biggest mistakes agencies make when it comes to Strategic Grantseeking.

Available for a very affordable $29.95. For details or to register, visit http://www.seatofourpantsseminars.com or call Debbie at Stewart Communications (928) 778-3747 for more info.

Wishing you much success,

Stewart Communications
Nonprofit Consulting
(928) 778-3747



LAST-MINUTE NON-PROFIT STOCKING-STUFFER BAZAAR - We're down to only a handful of Booth Spaces remaining for this year's event, to occur from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 East Gurley. More than 50 nonprofit agencies will sell low-cost, high-quality crafts, gifts and baked goodies to the general public, in order to raise funds and friends. Don't miss this opportunity to raise friends and funds. If you haven’t already reserved a booth and would like to do so, please visit http://stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com/vendor2013

COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT meeting for the Quad Cities will next occur Thursday, December 5 from 9-11 a.m. in Prescott.  Purpose is to improve community health. Main objectives for the meeting include reviewing the jointly developed work plan, confirming assignments, discussing next steps, and selecting a cool team name. Location is new Yavapai County Development Services at 1120 Commerce Drive (large conference room in the center of the building). If you’d like more information, contact Nathan Peterson, Assistant Director, Public Health, Yavapai County Community Health Services at Nathan.Peterson@yavapai.us or 442-5303. If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Terri Farneti at terri.farneti@yavapai.us or 442-5596

TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF FUNDRAISING will occur December 5 from 9-4 at Highland Center for Natural History in Prescott. Topics will include: Operating Fund, print solicitation, telemarketing, special events, campaigns, major gifts, volunteer management, donor cultivation, grants, prospect research, sing your database to raise more money, database management, donor segmentation, donor retention, donor recognition, estate planning. Cost: $35 AFP Members/$50 non-members. Info: Mary Chicoine at (928) 567-4176 or visit AFPNAZ.org

COALITION FOR COMPASSION & JUSTICE is taking applications for Family Christmas 2013. Children will receive gifts, families can pick up a family gift, and single adults will get a Christmas gift bag. Apply at Open Door (505 W Gurley, within Prescott United Methodist Church), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Family Christmas will be Dec 19 at First Congregational Church. Adults can pick up their gift bags Dec. 18-20 at Open Door. Info: 776-0353.

Media Updates

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

PRESCOTT MEALS ON WHEELS is currently recruiting for a part-time bookkeeper (20 per week, four hours M-F). Position is responsible for performing a variety of bookkeeping and accounting duties including processing payroll every two weeks, financial record keeping and transactions including accounts payable, receivable and general ledger. The desired individual will have advanced experience with Quickbooks, experience working in a nonprofit setting, an outgoing and friendly personality, demonstrated professionalism and tact in communications with a diversity of individuals, strong organizational and time management skills, acute attention to detail and ability to work well with the organization’s staff and directors. Compensation: $15/hour. For complete Job Description or more information, contact Bert Elizabeth Ijams, Executive Director via email at BertPMOW@cableone.net Position closes at 5 pm, Monday, December 9. Please put "Bookeeper Inquiry" in the subject line of your email. Located at 1280 E. Rosser Street in Prescott, the mission of the agency is to provide one hot nourishing meal per day, including weekends, to the elderly and disabled to enable them to maintain independent living with safety and dignity. For more information about the organization, visit www.PrescottMealsOnWheels.com.

NEW HORIZONS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES provides employment services to people on disability who are interested in returning to work. Free workshops and classes occur each month on topics such as Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing Skills, and Applying On-Line. Learn about work incentives available to those who participate in the Ticket to Work program; how working will affect benefits; and, how to maintain health coverage while employed. Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Transportation Section 5316 Program will help with transportation services for those with low incomes. Applicants need to be motivated to be self-sufficient to receive transportation up to 6 months to a job or employment-related pursuit, and must budget to save for a down payment on their own vehicle. Info: Cynthia Morton,  Employment Network Coordinator, Ticket to Work Program, in Prescott Valley at 772-1266 x309 or cmorton@newhorizonsilc.org.

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

COALITION FOR COMPASSION & JUSTICE (CCJ) welcomes Kathern L. Mitchell as their new Development Director. She can be reached at ccjdevelopmentdir@gmail.com or (928) 445-8382. Mailing address for CCJ is P. O. Box 1882, Prescott, AZ 86302. Website is www.yavapaiccj.org

TEEN OUTREACH PREGNANCY SERVICES (TOPS) hired Juanita Setzer as Community Engagement Manager for Yavapai County. TOPS provides teens and young adults in Arizona with the education needed to make informed decisions about pregnancy, labor and delivery, parenting, and sexual health. Juanita is currently implementing community outreach strategies and activities for Yavapai County and managing the Prescott Valley office. Juanita can be reached at juanita.setzer@topsaz.org or (928) 772-5590. Office address is 8182 E. Florentine Road, Prescott Valley AZ 86314. Fax is (928) 772-5714. Website: www.teenoutreachaz.org

YAVAPAI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER has announced John Amos as the new President and CEO, succeeding 20-year President and CEO Tim Barnett. John began his career at YRMC in 1992 as Director of Physical Rehabilitation Services. He was integral in creating the East Campus hospital in Prescott Valley from the ground up and demonstrated the skill in managing extraordinary change, while also showing respect for each person with whom he worked. Board Chairman, Clifford J. Morgan, MD, FACS, stated John's integrity and commitment to transparency will serve him and YRMC in the coming years. He went on to say, "We believe John has the courage and the clarity of vision to skillfully guide our organization to provide top quality, compassionate healthcare for our communities."

SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM bid farewell to Dr. John Langellier, Executive Director. John has accepted a position as Director of the Central Division of the Arizona Historical Society in Phoenix.

U.S. VETS PRESCOTT bids farewell to Barbara Mikkelsen as Executive Director. Barbara has been with the agency for 9 years, and is moving on to other endeavors. 

SUSAN J. RHEEM ADULT DAY CENTER (SJRC) is opening a facility in Cottonwood in 2014. The new day center will be located at 636 N Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, in the former Mingus Center building. The majority of the building will be used for day services for adults with varying disabilities including dementia, physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities and the frail elderly. The remainder of the building will be leased, with possible uses such as a compatible health care company or childcare center. The Center is scheduled to open in January 2014. In the meantime, people in the Verde Valley/Cottonwood area are encouraged to register for services at the Prescott Valley SJRC. For more info, call (928) 771-2335.

SEDONA SUNRISE CENTER FOR ADULTS will be joining the Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center in Cottonwood. Susan had been instrumental in bringing the Sedona Sunrise Center to fruition, to fill an unmet need for services for adults and seniors with varying disabilities. The Sedona Sunrise Center has operated a very successful program, with generous use of various rooms at the Sedona United Methodist Church. Having outgrown the available space at the church, they look forward to working with the new Susan J. Rheem Adult Center in Cottonwood. A transportation plan is being developed for clients who live in Sedona. Watch for more information soon.

Y.E.S. THE ARC expands opportunities for brighter realities for persons with developmental disabilities. The organization, located in Cottonwood, is selling Holiday Greeting Cards, with designs created by clients. Cards can be imprinted with your personal message. For more information or to place an order, contact Melanie at (928) 634-2049 ext 10.

NORTHLAND CARES works to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through care and education in the Prescott community. The organization will recognize World Aids Day with a variety of events throughout the month. Information can be found at www.northlandcares.org or call 776-4612.

NORTHERN ARIZONA VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER (NAVRC), Prescott office, will hold its Grand Opening on Monday, December 9, with an open house at 240 S. Montezuma Street, #101, from 2-5 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m.  Congressman Paul Gosar will give the keynote address.  The public is invited to join in the celebration, meet the Congressman, and learn about the issue of veteran homelessness. NAVRC is a division of Veterans Resource Centers of America, which has been serving veterans for 41 years.  In Arizona, offices in Prescott, Flagstaff and Bullhead City opened on October 1st, with a mission of rapidly re-housing homeless veterans and preventing veterans from falling into homelessness.  Case managers work closely with each veteran household (individual or family) to identify needs and goals, resulting in a comprehensive step-by-step plan to overcoming homelessness.  NAVRC can often supplement this plan with temporary financial assistance, such as a check written to a landlord or utility company. Tom tisakson@vetsresource.org. Isakson is Site Director. Info: (928) 776-0766 or

Y.E.S. THE ARC will hold their annual Holiday Dinner Dance at the Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa in the Village of Oak Creek on December 14 from 6:15 p.m. – midnight. Cost is $55/person. For information or tickets, contact Melanie at (928) 634-2049 ext 10.

PRESCOTT AREA SHELTER SERVICES will host a benefit Holiday Party featuring Just 4 Mama, and The Southbound Sisters, on Sunday, December 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Feast upon savory soups, fresh salads, and delicious desserts. Cost: $10; $5 under 12. Location: First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St in Prescott. Info and tickets available online at www.PrescottShelter.org or by calling (928) 778-5933.

LAST-MINUTE NON-PROFIT STOCKING-STUFFER BAZAAR will occur Saturday, December 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 East Gurley. More than 50 nonprofit agencies will sell low-cost, high-quality crafts, gifts and baked goodies to the general public, in order to raise funds and friends. Info: 778-3747.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY FOR PASS – Prescott Area Shelter Services is partnering with Nyla D’Salon to host New Beginnings, a New Year's Eve fundraising Gala in the Ballroom at the Historic Hotel St. Michael on Tuesday, December 31 from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am.  The evening will include a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and dancing with Horizon DJ. All proceeds will benefit PASS, which serves homeless women, children and families. For reservations, contact Jenny Bacon at 445-8430.

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