One of the most important meetings in the life of a project should happen at the project’s inception. I call it the “Cheeseburger Talk”. This essay describes the purpose and process of the cheeseburger talk so that you can consider the trade-offs between your cholesterol levels and project orientation and definition on your project.
Time to Order Your Copy of “Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: The 2019 Compensation and Benefits Survey” Report
The 2019 survey report was published on April 12th by Oakland-based Nonprofit Compensation Associates (NCA).
With 614 participating nonprofits, reporting on over 33,000 employees, the 2019 survey is the largest and most robust in its 41-year history. 2019 is also the seventh year in a row the survey broke its participant record!
80% of the 2019 survey’s participants expect hiring challenges in the year ahead and they foresee increased competition from other employers to attract and retain qualified employees.
Your organization will need the wealth of information produced by the 2019 survey to compete effectively on this ever-changing playing field, including invaluable information about compensation, base pay, employee benefits, salary increases, personnel policies, as well as data that larger nonprofits can use to justify to the IRS the compensation they pay their executive employees.
The survey serves nonprofit organizations in all 48 Northern California counties, a vast geographic area from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast. And NCA makes special efforts to serve both larger and smaller nonprofit organizations, as well as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties. To see how they do it, visit:
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The location of the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (FRCC) is easy to mistake. From 1938 to 2012 the building was the Fruitridge Elementary School. Nestled in the Promise Zone of Oak Park, the building still has the distinctive remnants of a school; a playground, classrooms, and a gymnasium.
What’s not hard to mistake is the impact FRCC is making in the community.
22 nonprofits are located in the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative. FRCC is an umbrella organization that oversees and assists with the growth and support of 22 nonprofit partners. These nonprofits share the building, resources, and insights while providing wrap-around services to the community.
Impact Foundry is featuring members who demonstrate collaboration, innovation, and sustainability. Impact Foundry’s Megan Fox sat down will Erin Stone to learn more about how FRCC is using collaboration to change the how nonprofits serve our community.
Impact Foundry: How does your organization practice innovation?
FRCC: Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (FRCC) was founded by a community member in 2016 as an innovative way to transform a former elementary school. FRCC brought together dozens of organizations to provide a wide-range of services to help the community thrive and help empower grassroots community organizations by offering affordable and accessible locations to deliver programs and services.
Today, FRCC continues to practice innovation by driving collaboration with its 23 nonprofit partners, business, government and the community to ensure that FRCC serves as a hub of community vitality, offering a safe place to learn and play, and provides comprehensive services to help the community thrive.
Two specific examples of innovative collaboration at FRCC underway today include: 1) implementation of a full-time, four week summer camp for high school and middle school youth; and 2) implementation of site-wide internet service.
FRCC and other partner organizations are coming together to create summer programming that is purposeful every step of the way — programming that is guided by trauma-informed practices and that focuses on supporting students’ social, emotional skills. The demand and need for summer programming is high, especially a full-time program that also includes meals. By working together organizations will be able to fulfill this need – something that would be a great challenge individual organizations.
FRCC organizations have come together to leverage resources and respond to the digital divide at FRCC, investing in a site-wide internet solution that will result in a free wi-fi network for the community, better access for organizations, and significant savings for organizations.
Impact Foundry: How does your organization practice collaboration? Who are your key collaborators?
FRCC: FRCC strives to be a hub for community vitality – a place where the community, nonprofit organizations, business and government can come together to play, learn and help the community thrive. FRCC organizations are collaborating to create more comprehensive programming as well as streamline administrative functions to deliver more value per donated dollar. FRCC is engaging business, government and foundations to support the site and its services. In the last six months several organizations including Five Star Restoration, Sutter Health, and the California Highway Patrol have donated time and supplies to help improve the FRCC site.
Impact Foundry: How does your nonprofit practice leadership for the nonprofit community
FRCC: FRCC is striving to create a model that can be replicated and other sites throughout the city, state and country. FRCC also wants to lead the nonprofit community in finding ways to engage the community and to continue to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. FRCC has been successful in empowering diverse, grassroots nonprofit organizations with more than 70% of FRCC organizations led by people of color, vs. only 25% statewide.
You Now Have More Time to Participate in the Survey That Serves All Kinds of Nonprofits in All 48 Northern California Counties
Because many of you have requested more time, Oakland-based Nonprofit Compensation Associates (NCA) has extended the deadline to participate in the Northern California Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey to Friday, March 1.
Extended Participation deadline: March 1, 2019
Report publication: April 12, 2019
The survey covers a vast geographic area, 48 Northern California counties, from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast.
And NCA makes special efforts to serve both larger and smaller nonprofit organizations, as well as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties.
To see how they do it, visit http://www.nonprofitcomp.com/message.html
If you don’t already have a copy of the 2018 survey report, you can take advantage of NCA’s annual 2-for-1 offer. You can purchase the 2018 report at 50% off, if at the same time you prepay for the 2019 survey at the discounted participant rate.
Sutter Health Valley Area is making it easier to apply for a Sutter Sponsorship Award! All 501c3 organizations are required to complete the new online application process. When you click on the link to begin the application process, you will be prompted to watch a mandatory webinar in advance of completing the online sponsorship application form. Please be sure to complete the online sponsorship application form within the sponsorship timeline listed below.
We hold two sponsorship application periods a year. Our first application period for the next cycle begins August 1st for yearlong sponsorship packages or events from January – May 2019. The deadline is September 28th. The second period opens January 14th for events from June – December 2019. The deadline is March 8th.
Each organization may only receive one award per year. If you have multiple events you would like us to consider for sponsorship, you are encouraged to complete one application with all events included and apply during the first period. If you have already applied for your event or events you do need to apply again. This is only if you have not applied during the first period and your event falls during the June 2019 and December 2019 time period.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Tommy Trejo [email protected]
Spring: For events happening June 2019 – December 2019
March 8, 2019: Proposals due
March 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019: Awardees announced
June 2019 – February 2020: Awardees report measurable outcomes
Leadership Sacramento is accepting applications for it’s 2019 Class Project Beneficiary. In its 34th year, Leadership Sacramento is a program of the Metro Chamber Foundation that develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow. This year-long interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economy. Leadership Sacramento is available to a limited number of participants each year, with monthly day-long sessions and culminates in the completion of a community service project to benefit a regional nonprofit organization, project, or cause.
Past projects have included:
- Habitat for Humanity: Implemented “Rock the Block” to make community repairs and improvements in local low-income neighborhoods.
- La Familia Counseling Center: Created a STEM lab for children and adults at La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center.
- Wellspring Women’s Center: Renovated outdated kitchen serving women and children in Oak Park with a nutritious breakfast, free counseling, enrichment classes, and safety net services.
- Courage Worldwide: Assisted organization focused on combating human trafficking with additional housing and services to support victims.
- Mustard Seed/Loaves & Fishes: Re-purposed a storage area to a multi-use room for children facing homelessness to learn life skills and explore future career paths.
- Boys & Girls Club: Renovated seven rooms at downtown teen center to include a dance studio, recording studio, technology lab and fashion design arts studio.
- Soil Born Farms: Developed and built an outdoor classroom and amphitheater to promote local agriculture for regional residents.
The Memory and Development Lab at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain has been
teaming up with members of the Nonprofit Community in Sacramento. Recently the
Sacramento Zoo has contributed to an ongoing memory development study by providing
complimentary passes to participating families.
The Brain Jams study is a National Institute of Health-funded investigation of the neural basis of
episodic memory development and uses a unique design to capture MRI images of the
developing brain while children are in natural sleep.
By providing an opportunity for families to have a fun, educational, outdoor activity before MRI
sessions, the Sacramento Zoo is helping to ensure that the toddler participants are sufficiently
tired (and thus more likely to sleep through MRI). Participating organizations gain an
opportunity for exposure by partnering with a world-class research institution, as well as a
valuable opportunity to give back to their community. It is a winning partnership for the
nonprofits, the families, and the researchers.
More information about the study and how local nonprofits are helping with child development
research may be found at https://madlab.faculty.ucdavis.edu or on Facebook. The Brain Jams
study is currently looking for 2-year-olds in the greater Sacramento area to participate and may
be reached at (530) 747-380 or [email protected].