As a service to the Region’s Nonprofit Organizations The Impact Foundry regularly captures pertinent news articles that may be of interest to the community. Community members may want to regularly check some of our favorite online publications:
- Inside Philanthropy blog, a publication of Philanthropy Journal
- Stanford Social Innovation Review
- Nonprofit Quarterly and their Nonprofit Newswire
Interesting recent news articles are listed below and updated regularly.
Recent News Items
A teenager learns the joy of writing which leads to better grades and admission to college. A 6- year-old visits Golden 1 Center for the first time and squeals in delight as Moana skates on to the ice. A former foster youth living on the streets finds a safe place to sleep and receive counseling services. These are just a few of the stories that drive Golden 1 Credit Union’s commitment to giving back to the communities we serve. Golden 1 was founded in 1933 in Sacramento as a not- for-profit financial cooperative. Throughout our history, the spirit of cooperation and our guiding philosophy of people helping people have been integral to the credit union industry and Golden 1’s success.
We pride ourselves on being part of the fabric of our communities. Whether we are helping kids open their first savings accounts or newly retired couples plan for their golden years, we ensure our members can live their best financial lives. We have grown exponentially since the early days. We now serve more than one million members at 72 branches throughout California. As we have grown, our commitment to our members has not wavered, but our approach to giving has evolved. We believe that philanthropy is a natural extension of our vision to enhance the financial well-being of Californians and their diverse communities. When our communities thrive, so do our members.
I’ve had a role doing and managing projects for four decades now and I’ve been teaching project management for nearly thirty years. The basics are pretty constant. We have seen incremental improvements in processes and some nice development in tools for sharing, managing, and presenting information – but the fundamentals remain:
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.