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In This Issue
2013 Kovod Award Winners
Continuing Resolution Update
Medicare Recipients Save Over $6 Billion
Increase Nonprofit Donor Retention Rates
Converting Data into a New System
Delegating Responsibility
Future Leadership Needs
Millennial Platform for Engagement
Strengthening Financial Management
Face the Challenge of Change
Creating and Building Dashboards
Beating Breast Cancer Earlynsation Survey
2013 Annual Conference
Agency Highlights

Director of JCCA's Gateways Program to Speak at UJA Conference on Sex Trafficking
JanMarie Brown, Director of Jewish Child Care Association's Gateways Program, will speak about JCCA's innovative treatment program for trafficked youth on Monday, April 22nd, at the conference "We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking." She will be joined by other experts in the field, who will explore the history of sex trafficking and our obligation to combat it. JCCA is one of the sponsoring agencies. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 130 East 59th Street, New York City. For more information contact liberchuckl@ujafedny.org or 212-836-1633.
A Passover Prelude: Meeting with President Obama on Immigration Reform

On March 8th, Mark Hetfield was privileged to participate in a meeting on behalf of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society at the White House with fourteen faith leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations. The President called the meeting to discuss strategy for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), now called "Common Sense Immigration Reform."

Mark was honored to be the only representative of the Jewish community in the room and encouraged the President to speak about immigration and refugees in his Passover message and whenever he speaks to a Jewish audience.

Mark reminded the President that prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 immigration was the most important issue for the Jewish community, and that it remains a core issue, as it speaks to the most fundamental Jewish values and experience. The President acknowledged this, responding: "You know what it's like to be a stranger." Continue reading here.
Calls & Webinars

Visit  AJFCA's Calendar to learn more about free calls and webinars. For more information login to For Our Members on the AJFCA website, followed by Webinars. Contact Megan at 410-843-7327 with questions.  
 Nonprofit 911: The Decisive Organization: Building a Culture of Better Decision-Making  March 25th, 1pm ET


10 Super Solid Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List Now 
March 26th, 11am ET


How Nonprofits Can Save Time & Money on Unemployment Costs  March 26th 11am ET
 March 27th, 2pm ET
March 28th, 4pm ET


Social Media Analytics for Planned Gifts: How to Get Results for Planned Gifts
March 27th, 2pm ET


Taming Your Communications Calendar Six Months at a Time
April 3rd, 1pm ET


Helping Older Adults Avoid Re-Hospitalization
April 4th, 1:30pm ET

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2013 Kovod Award Winners 
Thank you to the agencies that submitted Kovod Award entries. It was incredibly difficult to determine a winner as each submission was creative, innovative and timely. To showcase all of these unique programs, program materials from all award submissions and award winners' will be displayed in the Delegates' Lounge at the Annual Conference. Click here to view all Kovod Award submissions. The 2013 Kovod Award winners are as follows:
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Revenue Generating Program       
A Agency                                     
1st - JFS San Diego - On The Go   
2nd - JFCS Atlanta - Tools for Independence

B Agency
Honorable Mention - JFS Delaware - Brandywine Village

Cutting Edge Use of Technology
A Agency
1st - JFS San Diego - Rides & Smiles
Honorable Mention - JFCS Phoenix - Health Integration Collaborative

D Agency
Honorable Mention - JFS York - Staying Connected

Published Article 
A Agency

1st - JFCS Pittsburgh - Jewish Social Services Agency has Adapted and Served for 75 Years
1st - JFS San Diego - At Food Pantry, Teens Fill Up on Perspective
2nd - JFCS Minneapolis - The 'Next Generation' Steps Up for JFCS
3rd - JCFS Chicago - Helping Kids Get the Most Out of High Holiday Services
Continuing Resolution Update
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In a discernible change in temperament, Congress cleared and the President signed into law a major piece of legislation, the year-end spending bill for FY2013 (HR 933), in bi-partisan fashion and without controversy. The Senate passed the measure, 73-26, and the House by 318-109.  A number of factors led to this result.  Namely, the time constraints of the spring recess period that begins next week; the need to avert a partial government shut down on March 27 when temporary funding would have expired; the fact that overall spending contained in the bill ($984 billion) is less than what was authorized ($1.043 trillion); the lack of controversial partisan provisions; and the inclusion of several exceptions offered by both parties to help agencies minimize some of the negative consequences of sequestration. Continue reading here.
Medicare Recipients Saved Over $6 Billion on Prescription Drugs
Seniors saved over $6 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the health care law cms
As the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today more than 6.3 million people with Medicare saved over $6.1 billion on prescription drugs because of the health care law. Continue reading here.
Innovation: The Fuel That Drives Our World Forward 
Justin Korda and Seth Cohen emerge from South By Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film and interactive showcase that draws tens of thousands of the best and brightest minds in the industry, energized with great ideas about fostering innovation to ejewish philanthropyensure a vibrant Jewish future. Indeed, the SXSW experience validated for them the need to provide young Jewish innovators with more opportunities to learn from those leading change initiatives in a variety of sectors outside of the Jewish community.  Bringing in external ideas and resources will allow us to leverage the best of what we create within our community, combined with what we learn from others to create meaningful connection and impact inside and outside of the Jewish world.  

Strategies to Increase Nonprofit Donor Retention Rates
While all nonprofits recognize the value of cultivating donors over the long-term, they feel an incredible amount of pressure to implement short-term strategies that will raise money today. Unfortunately, many nonprofits don't feel like they have the luxury of focusing on fundraising strategies that will bring in long-term results, which has led to low donor retention rates. According to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, the commercial business customer retention rate is 94%. Guess what the nonprofit donor retention rate is? 49%. That is an attrition rate of 59%. Continue reading here.
Top Things to Consider Before Converting Your Nonprofit's Data into a New System
Recently, Laura Bibbo wrote a helpful post on 7 Things to Think About Before You Implement a Fundraising System. Now, here are some things to consider before you move any data into a new system, and a few tips on how to get the conversion process started off right. cause connected
  1. Data Mapping
  2. Code Structure
  3. Storage
  4. Historical Data
  5. Think it Through

Continue reading here. 

The Strength of the Nonprofit Lies in Delegating Responsibility
How to delegate responsibility is not a issue unique to nonprofit organizations, but it is of such importance because ofejp full logo its implications for the productive use of human resources. Often the greatest asset of the nonprofit is its professional staff and volunteer leadership. If they are not utilized to the optimum the agency is selling itself short and stunting the growth of both the organization and the staff. Continue reading here.
Video Tutorial: Understanding Your Future Leadership Needs
Leaders of every nonprofit eventually arrive at a point where they need to examine the organization's goals and assess whether they have the talent needed to lead the organization into the future. This video, the first in a series based on The Bridgespan Group's leadership development research, walks you through three steps to tie the skills and talent your organization will need to your strategic planning efforts. Watch the video here.
Build a New Millennial Platform for Engagement
Like it or not, the Millennial Generation - those 80 Million of people born roughly between 1979-93, are hard to ignore if you are a leader of a nonprofit - or a leader of any sector for that matter. Sure, they may not be among your most active donors or largest contributors today, but these 20-30 something's will soon become the recipients of the largest transfer of wealth from their Boomer and Greatest Generation parents and grandparents. So what does this mean for your organization?  It's time to start creating a culture of openness and dialogue with the Millennial Generation, before they start creating it without you. Continue reading here.
How to Strengthen Financial Management
Strong financial management involves four key elements - planning, monitoring, operations and governance. Here are resources for learning how to do them right. Continue reading here.   
Happy 7th Birthday Twitter! Sorry, We Still Don't Get You...
It's time for us to expect more from our campaigns, re-examine how we produce our conferences and rethink our approach to social media, marketing and communications.
The penetration of these social networks into modern society is both a marketer's dream and nightmare. The opportunities for engagement with a consumer is far beyond anything a previous generation could have imagined. Along with this power of engagement comes the responsibility and challenge to become experts in social media; a fast moving industry where day-to-day events change everything and high schoolers know more than most seasoned executives. Continue reading here.
How Nonprofits Can Face the Challenge of Change
There was a really interesting article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently about a Los Angeles nonprofit for aging Hollywood actors that was in danger of closing its doors but is now raising hundreds of millions of dollars. It's a rags to riches story that demonstrates how nonprofit leaders who embrace change when change is necessary can completely transform an organization. Continue reading here.
Data at a Foundation's Fingertips: Creating and Building Dashboards
Idealware is proud to announce the release of their latest report, Data at a Foundation's Fingertips: Creating and Building Dashboards. This in-depth article on the use of dashboards, though directed at foundations, has useful and transferable information on how any organization can use dashboards in program management and reporting.View the report here.
Beating Breast Cancer Early:  Where Do We Go From Here?
In honor of Women's History Month and the three year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted "Beating Breast Cancer EARLY: Where Do We Go From Hersharsherete?" on Tuesday, March 19th, in Washington, DC. This Congressional briefing on the status of breast cancer in young women today featured expert panelists, including Sharsheret's Executive Director Rochelle Shoretz, researchers, advocates, and other supporters of the EARLY Act (Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act). 
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