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Quest Camp Provides Summer Camp Experience for Children with Emotional and Social Challenges 

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Every year on April 2nd, organizations around the world aim to raise awareness of autism and how the diagnosis affects individuals and families. Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh provides many resources for families and individuals who are managing an autism diagnosis, and we also offer a multitude of programs and services that assist with other special needs and disabilities.
Most notably, JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Psychological Services (SHPS) partners with Quest Therapeutic Camps, a 2014 AJFCA Annual Conference sponsor in offering the Quest Therapeutic Summer and Afterschool Programs. Quest Camp was launched in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2012 and is a unique summer therapeutic day camp program for children ages 6 - 18 who experience mild to moderate emotional and/or social challenges. Quest Camp is designed for children with diagnoses including attention deficit disorder, chronic anxiety, chronic depression and high-functioning Autism (previously called Asperger's Syndrome). 

"Quest Cam
p is a first-of-its-kind camp in Pittsburgh. The program is different from the typical summer camp experience; it is a therapeutic program designed to address children's emotional and social challenges while setting them up for future success throughout the school year, which typical summer camps are not equipped to do," said Dr. Jordan Golin, director of SHPS. "Additionally, Quest Camp provides a middle-ground for children who might slip through the cracks or have occasional struggles in a typical summer camp but who do not have the level of need that warrants a strictly special needs program."
 Read more here

JFCS Suncoast to Honor Four Veterans at Tribute to Veterans Awards Luncheon 

Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast  will honor and recognize four veterans at a Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 27th. Award Recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, US Army; Christopher L.  Davis, MSG, US Army; Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, US Army; and John C. O'Brien, COL (Ret.), US Army.

The awardees were selected from the community for their ability to inspire patriotism, provide service to others and offer hope to veterans while demonstrating collaboration, leadership, and integrity. 

Survivors Enjoy
an Afternoon
of Friendship

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Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati's Friendship Club enjoyed their trip to the symphony on March 1st . The Friendship Club is a program of Jewish Family Service's Center for Holocaust Survivors and provides monthly social-therapeutic activities.

The survivors were accompanied by Lilly Wolter (second from the left), who is a JFS volunteer from Germany. Lilly joins JFS through Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), an international program which hosts young German volunteers who work with our Holocaust survivor community for one year. ARSP is committed to combating racism and antisemitism, and to supporting peace. Learn more about the Center for Holocaust Survivors here.

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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.

Millenial Impact Talks Webinar:  Millenials & Mobile Giving
April 14th, 12pm EST

Mobile giving is one of the fastest growing fundraising methods, and you shouldn't let be left behind. Jen Snyder from mGive will discuss the latest trends and research on mobile giving and how you can enhance your donor outreach using the newest tools.

VIP log-in is required to access registration for this webinar, but AJFCA members have free VIP access. Please email Jennie if you are interested in participating.

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Next Monday evening, we will be gathering around our tables with family and friends to celebrate Passover, immersed in good food, storytelling, and prayer. For another year, we will be connecting with the many generations that have preceded us, and continuing the link that binds us to those who will follow. We are blessed to be part of this community and to be able to share the promise that comes with the emerging spring marked by this holiday. But, all of the members of our community are not as fortunate.
This past Wednesday, I was honored to be able to participate in the National Hunger Seder, organized and led by our partners and colleagues at Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. With a number of Members of Congress and leaders of other Jewish and nonsectarian national organizations, we used the structure of the traditional Seder to focus on the issue of hunger in our nation, particularly among our senior populations. Together we expressed our commitment to work to ensure that everyone has access to enough nutritious food, and that seniors are not forced to make impossible choices among their most basic necessities - food, rent, utilities, medicine. 
Before my reading at the Seder, I expressed the privilege I had to be representing our Jewish family service agencies across the United States and Canada that do so much each day to assist those who are so vulnerable. But, even with all that we currently do, it is not enough. I am optimistic that as a community we will continue to work together and persuade others to join us in creating a world where all people are free from hunger. Then, we can all join in saying: "Dayenu."
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach

Meet the Refugee Inspiring Me to Live Below the Line  

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) is proud to be joining with other leading international organizations as a participant in the Live Below the Line campaign, which challenges people to live on $1.50 for five days to raise awareness of extreme poverty and hunger around the world and to raise funds for organizations like HIAS. Along with helping to promote awareness about refugee issues, this campaign is also directly linked to our programs-in Chad alone, this year HIAS is distributing more than 8,730 tons of food to refugees from Darfur in the refugee camps where we work. Refugees, among the most vulnerable people in the world, must often deal with the impact of extreme poverty and hunger, in addition to all of the other trauma of their condition. 
Bipartisan Group Seeks Fund for Survi
Holocaust survivor Nesse-Godin (left) speaks to Aviva Sufian, White House special envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services, and Mikaella Kagan, a survivor living in Bethesda. Photo by Shelley Rood of Jewish Federations of North America.
A bipartisan group of more than 60 members of the House of Representatives is seeking to create a $5 million Holocaust Survivor Assistance Fund. The request was made in an April 4 letter to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), ranking member of that committee. Continue reading here.
Eric Cantor's Meeting With Jewish Immigration Activists Yields Little

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a descendant of Jewish immigrants to America, told Jewish activists on Thursday he supports fixing the immigration system but will oppose attempts to pass comprehensive reform in the House of Representatives. Continue reading here.

Balancing the Mission Checkbook: Depreciate Your Way to a Healthier Nonprofit nonprofit quarterly

Depreciation is seldom given the respect it deserves. For many who are first encountering the term, it is a mysterious financial concept best considered only by CPAs. At Nonprofits Assistance Fund, we hold depreciation among our favorite tools for building reserves and planning for the future stability of an organization. Learn more here.

Studying the Role and Finances of Fundraising Galas among Jewish Organizations jewish daily forward

The Forward has been running a remarkable investigative series on Jewish philanthropy, and this week they are focused on the sometimes elaborate and expensive fundraising parties run by some Jewish charities. Altogether, write the authors, who looked into the finances of 3600 organizations, approximately $95 million was spent on these types of events for a return in event income of $139 million, excluding donations made at the events. Read more here

2014 AJFCA Annual Conference - Registration & Hotel 
Conference Registration closes April 14th. Don't miss out. Register here. Come learn with your peers. Click here for a list of workshop sessions. Don't forget to book your hotel room at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. The hotel cut-off date is April 14th. Click here for the conference group code
Share Your Agency's Marketing Materials
Share your agency's marketing materials with the AJFCA network at the 2014 Annual Conference. Choose one of your agency's marketing pieces to share with your peers and send 50 pieces to Montreal. Annual reports, brochures, flyers, etc are welcome. Materials should NOT arrive prior to Wednesday, April 30th
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(5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road)
Montreal, Quebec  H3W 1M6
A Relationship Map that Leads Somewhere

Does this story sound familiar? Board members embrace the idea of launching - or growing - your organization's major gifts program. They get the importance of donor-centered, peer-to-peer fundraising and are ready to partner with staff to establish and deepen relationships with top prospects. The systems are in place, the case has been written, and now ... it's time to "map relationships." You arrive at a board meeting with a list of your Top 100 donors, and ask board members to put their initials next to "anyone they know." The list travels around the room, and comes back to you 90 minutes later, BLANK. If you're lucky, five donors have initials squiggled alongside their names. Continue reading here.

Who Brands Your Nonprofit? Who Tells Its Story and How? NPQ

Organizational identity within the nonprofit sector is also shaped by stories. Unfortunately, the very makeup of the institution and the demands to prove the value, relevancy and effectiveness of its work creates the need for a simplified narrative-one that veers away from the complexity of addressing difficult, sometimes unsolvable issues toward a heroic journey that leads to proof of success. As these types of narratives have proliferated, nonprofit storytelling has become homogenized, with organizations making use of similar plotlines, structures, and conventions in order to express impact. How can we strengthen our identities if we only project a one-dimensional portrait that is controlled though a single point of view?  

Five Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding

Nonprofit crowdfunding is changing the landscape in online fundraising. As more and more donors are being exposed to crowdfunding for products and services, they'll expect your fundraising to shift towards those approaches as well. Here are five best practices you need to follow in order to crowdfund successfully for your nonprofit. 

Millennial Generation: Strategies to Engage and Communicate in the Philanthropic World ejp full logo
Gen-Y, has come of age. This millennial generation of 13-34 year olds is now 77 million strong and is looking to make a difference in the world. However, even as millennial make up an increasingly larger portion of the volunteers, donors, leaders, and workforce in the philanthropic world, there remains a disconnect between the way Gen-Y communicate with each other and the way organizations communicate to them. Continue reading here.
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