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Agency Highlights
From the Oscars to Dallas:  Bette Midler Keynotes JFS Fundraiser 

JFS Dallas  
Music and film legend, Bette Midler, will be the wind beneath Jewish Family Service's of Dallas wings on May 1st the Hyatt
Regency Dallas.
Ethel Zale, celebrates the power and impact of women in the Dallas area while providing substantial support for JFS' programs and services. For over 60 years, JFS has served the greater Dallas community by providing nationally accredited mental health and social services to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. 

Numbers Tell Story for New Senior Center

JFCS Southwest FL  
Jaclyn Faffer, President/CEO of Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida comments on the opening of a senior center in Naples.

We are a data-driven society. And that's a good thing. We, at Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida, utilized data to support the development of this senior center.

For example, according to a study done by the National Council on Aging, 70 percent of senior center participants are women and half of them live alone. Continue reading here

JFS Colorado Acquires Lunchbox Express Program

JFS Colorado   
Jewish Family Service of Colorado is pleased to announce that Lunchbox Express (LBX) will be incorporated as a program of JFS. LBX is a simple mobile food delivery system that targets discrete areas of underserved children and brings free lunch to them during the summer.
Allen and Hannah Levy started LBX in 2011 as a community volunteer-driven organization dedicated to feeding hungry Colorado kids when school is out and children don't have access to free or reduced-fee lunches in their schools. Beginning in the summer of 2014, JFS will operate the program under its Family Safety Net division while the Levys remain closely involved. Continue reading here.

JFS Western North Carolina Moved

After many months of searching and planning, Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina, located in Asheville, finally moved out of the JCC building into new, independent agency space!
With the new location, JFSWNC will be expanding and adding programs to better serve the community. This will include an expansion of: Case Management, Food Pantry, Job Coaching, Elder Club Group Respiite, and, new support groups and educational programs. JFS WNC looks forward to adding mental health counseling later in 2014. Their new facility includes a kosher kitchen so they can continue to prepare and serve kosher meals in the Elder Club and for Jewish holiday meal deliveries. JFS WNC's most important goal: supporting individuals and families so that they can overcome challenges and achieve a better quality of life. 

Calls & Webinars
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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.

Health Care Reform: How Does It Affect Me?
March 18th, 8pm EST

MITalks: Millenials & Online Giving
March 20th, 12pm EST
 Please email Jennie Gates Beckman if you are interested in participating.
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Chag Purim Sameach 

As you celebrate with Esther and Mordechai, remember the mitzvah of Mataonot L'evyomin (gifts to the poor) and continue the tradition throughout the coming year. 
Accountable Care Organization: Steps to Get Involved
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are an undeniable part of future healthcare. ACOs were introduced to the healthcare field as part of the Affordable Care Act, and involve the merging of different specialty provider entities into single organizations able to better coordinate care, improve quality, and cut costs. These integrated "centers" of care will serve as the foundation for healthcare's future as more and more payers are investing in them - and providers that don't get involved now are at risk losing business. Visit the ACO page for more information.
Hunger Seder
MAZON and JCPA hope you will consider hosting a Hunger Seder, either during Passover or in the weeks before or after. Materials are available now:
Please contact MAZON/JCPA Hunger Seder Haggadah if you plan to use these materials or have any questions.

The MAZON Solutions to Senior Hunger Initiative, in partnership with the AJFCA and supported by the generous funding from the Walmart Foundation,  is a national initiative designed to alleviate food insecurity and improve nutrition among low-income seniors by reducing the barriers that keep them from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Mental Health First Aid 
ABC News ran a brief segment in early March on how to handle a mental health crisis. Watch the segment here.
Nearly Half of All Nonprofits Plan to Add Jobs; Few Predict Layoffs chronicile of philanthropy
Forty-five percent of nonprofits plan to add jobs this year, about the same share that created new positions in 2013, finds a survey released today. As the economy continues to improve, nonprofits are not only adding jobs but are increasingly avoiding layoffs. Continue reading here.
Leadership in Leaving ejewish philanthropy
There is so much fine coverage on this site about leadership in nonprofits and, especially in the Jewish world - Effective leadership to orchestrate staff, ensure requisite financial and human resources, implement missions, create new visions, strategically plan... but what about the focus on leadership in leaving? Read more here.
AJFCA Older Adult Services Scan
In recognition of the growing concentration on older adult services among AJFCA member agencies, AJFCA is launching an Older Adult Services Initiative. As a first step in strengthening our Older Adult Services network and developing the reputation of AJFCA member agencies as experts in aging services we must first understand where our agencies stand in Older Adult Services provision.

Please participate in this first step by filling out the AJFCA 2014 Older Adult Services Scan before March 28th. The survey will take 20 minutes of your time and will provide important information necessary for developing and advancing AJFCA's Older Adult Services Initiative.  

Please contact Liz Woodward, Director of Older Adult and Disability Services with questions.
Inclusive Programming
AJFCA supports inclusive programming that ensures members of all abilities have access to our services. Our staff will do our best to arrange accommodations for members attending our annual conference or participating in any of our conference calls and/or webinars. To make a request please contact the Liz Woodward, Director of Older Adult and Disabilities Services.
How to Entice Your Board Into the Social Media Waters socialbrite
Getting your board engaged and on board with social media can prove to be a challenging task at many nonprofits. But your board members want to make a difference and have a real-world impact, right? Otherwise, why are they there. Here's a short list of ways board members can help support your organizational goals via social media.
Three Elements to Create a Powerful NTENCommunications Triangle 
When aligning your fundraising strategy, you focus on two major paths: donor retention and donor acquisition. These are the everyday struggles for any nonprofit. While projects emerge from passion and commitment towards a cause or purpose, finding the proper support to get you there and even further is a true quest based on determination and perseverance. Continue reading here.
5 Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit's Presence on LinkedIn network for good

5 Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit's Presence on LinkedIn, February 3, 2014, Network for Good, by DJ Muller  

It all begins with your company page. A LinkedIn company page showcases your nonprofit's cause, benefits, events, and services while sharing relevant news and information that your donors might not find on their own. Plus, your followers have the opportunity to share your content and extend your organization's reach. Here's how to get started

An Hour Today Keeps the Auditors Away Foothold Technology
Is the thought of an audit enough to make you ill? Are you tired of running around collecting stats from different programs and sites? Corporate compliance programs help your agency adhere to the regulations governing your services and protect you from the risks associated with substandard performance. Electronic chart records like Foothold's AWARDS software can help you relieve stress, expedite internal audits, and assist you in managing Medicaid and other outside audits. Join AJFCA's partner and 2014 Annual Conference sponsor, Foothold Technology, for a complimentary webinar for just one hour and see how AWARDS can help you avoid days of headache and worry later.

An Hour Today Keeps the Auditors Away
April 2nd, 2pm EST - REGISTER HERE 
How to Connect with a New Generation of Donors and Volunteers nonprofit marketing guide
The Millennial generation-those 80 million folks born roughly between 1979-99-may not be your organization's largest contributors today, but these "digital natives" are poised to receive the largest transfer of wealth from their Baby Boomer and Greatest Generation parents and grandparents. Nearly $41 trillion is expected to flow from one generation to the next in the decades to come. Yes, Boomers will continue be your fundraising bread and butter over the next few years, but there's no denying the fact that Millennials will become more important to the long-term future of charitable giving. Learn what this means for nonprofits.
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