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Grant Writing & Nonprofit Services Earns 2012 Best of Knoxville Writers!  E-mail


Once again, Grant Writing & Nonprofit Services was voted the Best of Knoxville: we earned the "2012 Best of Knoxville Awards" in the Writers category by the Knoxville Award Program committee!
 

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SMALL BUSINESSES: APPLY FOR A $250,000 GRANT!  E-mail

Mission Small BizThis NEVER happens. And we do mean never.


You own a small business. People think you've got it easy, but there's no such thing as a 40 hour work week for you, right? You don't get paid health insurance, a paid vacation and sick days? And if you get sick...you work. You do it all and do what you can to drive your business forward. Yet in spite of your best efforts, nonprofits always get the grants and the glory, right?


Not any more! Banking giant, Chase, is working together with online marketing specialist, LivingSocial, to help stimulate the economy and promote the key to our American economy: Small Business. To that end, they are awarding up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 to 12 small businesses! Unbelievable. Truly. Unbelievable.


The catch? THIS PROGRAM ENDS June 30, 2012.


Don't delay another minute - take action NOW! First, email HERE for more information, then, fill out the form below to get your name on the Notification List, and we'll keep you informed of the status of this Grant Program!
 

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Collecting and Reporting on Data

Evaluating DataCollecting and Reporting on Data: Learn how your nonprofit can be more data-driven in your operations.*

Written by: Kevin Lo on May 8, 2012


What Is Data?

As we digitize our operations more, we collect more data. Data can be something as basic as the amount of energy your shelter is using, the amount of money you are spending, or the number of women you’ve served in a month. But as our ability to collect more data increases, we must also learn to effectively distill it into information. For example, if you have data showing that you are using more energy in one space than in another, similar-sized space, you might consider auditing the energy use of both spaces. Similarly, while you may know that one shelter serves more women than another, additional data may reveal that it is doing so less efficiently. Learning to think in a data-centric manner will help you achieve your mission better. Although you may think that it’s too much hassle to change the status quo, spending some time to become a data-driven organization will lead to better results.
 

Storing and Using Data

Your data can, and probably is, everywhere, in every format possible. Your paper files from years ago, videos you took that are still in VHS format, or computer files in a backup drive format that’s no longer even supported. Returning to our earlier example, you almost certainly keep track of how many women come through your doors in a month. Do you keep just paper copies of intake forms? Do you have an intern enter that data into a spreadsheet? Do you then enter that information into a client management database? You are most likely collecting data with all three methods, but they differ in their accessibility and usability for future analysis.
 

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Is Help for Struggling Vets Really Impossible?

vetshealinglogoAccording to Margaret Stone of President, Veterans Healing Initiative, "there's no doubt that for veterans struggling with substance abuse, getting help can seem all but impossible. The stigma attached to addiction and trauma keeps too many veterans out of treatment -- whether it's the warrior ethos that's been instilled throughout their service or the fear of consequences for admitting they need help."


Instead of just talking about such issues, however, Ms. Stone is taking the initiative to resolve the problem at its core, through services provided by Veterans Healing Initiative: "We're fighting that taboo. We're talking about substance abuse and trauma, challenging the stigma, and helping veterans get the treatment they deserve. We're dedicated to helping veterans access treatment for addiction and the trauma and the chronic pain issues that often accompany this disease. As a nonprofit, VHI raises funds so those veterans who would otherwise go without care can receive treatment."


Go here to read more, weigh-in with your thoughts below, and "Like" the organization on Facebook here.


 
One-Half of Both College Freshmen and Household Residents Believe Marijuana should be Legalized

GraphOne-Half of Both College Freshmen and Household Residents Believe Marijuana should be Legalized

According to a report conducted by University of Maryland, College Park (Cesar FAX, "A Weekly FAX from the Center for Substance Abuse Research" May 14, 2012 Vol. 21, Issue 19):

"One-half of both college freshmen and adult household residents in the believe that marijuana should be legalized, following a decade of increased support among both populations. In 2011, 49% of college freshmen reported that they though marijuana should be legalized, a percentage not seen since the record high of 51% in 1977. At that time, support by household residents for marijuana legalization was much lower, ranging from 15% to 28% during the 1970s. Since then, the percentage of household residents who think that marijuana should be legalized has increased, reaching a record high of 50% in 2011."*

*SOURCES: Adapted by CESAR from data from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), CIRP Freshmen Survey (available online at www.heri.ucla.edu); and Gallup, “Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use,” Press Release, October 17, 2011. The complete report is available online here.


What do you think - should marijuana be legalized? Make your voice heard by sounding in below!

 
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