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How Nonprofits Can Move to Outcome-Based Budgeting

(editor's note: Financial Matters is a monthly column designed to provide insight and tools to assist with nonprofit financial management. AJFCA's new corporate partner, CliftonLarsonAllen, an accounting and consulting firm with offices across the country, provides the commentary for this Financial Matters column.)

Nonprofits have traditionally relied on zero-sum, line item, and program-based budgeting techniques to help guide board and management decisions. But many nonprofits can better align their resources with outcomes and strategic priorities by making the shift to outcome-based budgeting (OBB). Organizations that have taken the plunge and moved to OBB have seen improvement in their financial standing while bringing their full organization and its mission into the budgeting process.

Here are a few things to think about when determining if OBB makes sense for your organization:

- Know your strategic and financial standing when assessing if OBB is right for your organization.

- The outputs (i.e., goods or services produced) of a nonprofit organization are often not the same as the desired outcomes (i.e., strategic goals).

- To measure OBB success it is critical to develop efficiency indicators for both outputs and outcomes.

The implementation of OBB is often evolutionary versus revolutionary. It is not necessary to implement OBB across all departments and funding streams at the same time.
An incremental approach can assist leaders in understanding the cultural changes necessary to adopt OBB throughout the organization.
To read CliftonLarsonAllen's full report on outcome-based budgeting, visit their website. 
Jewish Teens Meet World in Mount Laurel, NJ

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  Learning by doing is the guiding lesson plan behind a new elective for teens attending evening religious school at Adath Emanu-El.

The new hands-on class at Mount Laurel's Reform synagogue is called Repairing the World. It's helping to keep busy eighth- and ninth-graders attracted to religious studies after they turn 13 and become Bar and Bat Mitzvah. That's when entering high school, pursuing other interests and having limited time typically account for a significant drop-off in the number of students who continue through confirmation at age 16.

This is the first semester for the course, which received a $3,500 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. It is taught in partnership with Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern New Jersey, a federation agency based in Cherry Hill. Continue reading here.
JFS Buffalo Launches Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture

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  Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, a longtime regional leader in the successful resettlement of refugees from around the world, has launched the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture.

Erie County is among the five Upstate New York counties that are home to 94 percent of the refugees resettled in the state from Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal and other conflict-ridden countries, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA).

The Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture is funded by a $250,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), the result of a 10-year vision articulated by Marlene Schillinger, president and CEO of JFS Buffalo and project director Pam Kefi. Learn more here.
JFS Dallas Woman to Woman Luncheon

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Jewish Family Service of Dallas held their 2014 Woman to Woman luncheon featuring keynote speaker Bette Midler on May 1st.

The luncheon benefited JFS Greater Dallas. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency and brought together over 1,400 individuals from all over the Dallas and Fort Worth areas to celebrate the power of women in the community. Click here to view more photos.
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman
President & CEO

In a world of disharmony and conflict, it is often difficult to separate good from evil, to distinguish those who are operating for the greater community and those who are promoting only themselves and a specific doctrine or belief. As the hostilities in Iraq have grown exponentially in the past few weeks, how do those who believe in peace and democratic values offer assistance and to whom? Certainly, there is not an easy answer. In fact, there may not be an answer as a battle between apparent despots and terrorists just may be exactly that. So, where do we look to find the essence or absence of the values that underlie actions?

In this week's Torah portion, Korach, we find the story of Korach's rebellion. Korach challenges the leadership of Moses and Aaron and gives an eloquent argument, positing that all people are equal in the eyes of God. There is a seductive veneer to his speech. However, from God's response (Korach and his followers are literally swallowed by the ground) and from other actions of Korach, we can see that his motives and the basis for his challenge are not so pure. In Korach's case, the pursuit of power is corrupt and, in fact, an affront to God. Korach is acting out of anger and the goal of his challenge is to acquire power for himself. In contrast, we know that Moses and Aaron did not seek to be leaders, but the circumstances of the day and their abilities thrust the roles upon them.
The Israelites needed strong leadership to lead them out of Egypt and across the desert to the Promised Land. Moses used his position for the betterment of his people, not for personal gain or glory. Whether locally or globally, it is critical to look beneath the surface to discover the character of those who seek to lead. As we think about our positions in our agencies and in the broader community, the lessons of Korach and the example of Moses are important to remember.

Shabbat Shalom
AJFCA Member Agencies Provide Thought Leadership on World Refugee Day ajfca logo-resized
AJFCA is pleased to share some recent op-eds and a letter to the editor from our network in connection to World Refugee Day, today, June 20th.  

By Mark Hetfield, HIAS President/CEO & Dale Schwartz, HIAS Board Chair

By Margaret Hinson, Director, Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers, JFS Seattle
By Avi Rose, Executive Director, JFCS East Bay

By Rochelle Tatrai-Ray, President/CEO, Gulf Coast JFCS
From Nursing Home to Stay at Home 
From nursing home to stay at home:  Jewish organizations try to shift senior livingjfna logo
For many Jewish organizations, it has become clear that older adults are happier if they can live independently and "age in place," in their own homes rather than in nursing homes. Read more here.
Retreat for Adults with Disabilities
Interested in a retreat for adults with disabilities and families of people with disabilities? A team of Jewish organizations around the country are considering hosting such an event and are looking for input on whether individuals and families are interested and what they want out of a retreat/Shabbaton. If you, your staff or, clients have thoughts on the cost, location, activities and speakers, please share them. Take the survey here and share it with your community.
Time for a Raise: The $54,000 Strategy One Year ejewish philanthropyLater 
If we abide by these sensible management practices our talented Jewish professional staff will remain vibrantly dedicated to their organizations without question or issue. Employee turnover will plummet which will drastically increase the funds needed to pay for these practices. We will organically cultivate and inspire the next cohort of Jewish organizational leadership. Most important, each of our Jewish communal organizations will each become the best place to work. Learn more about this big and bold solution for the Jewish community here.
Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday's News? NPQ
We have now come to the conclusion that if funders are to make greater progress in meeting society's urgent challenges, they must move beyond today's rigid and predictive model of strategy to a more nuanced model of emergent strategy that better aligns with the complex nature of social progress. Continue reading here.
Annual Foundation Center Renewal foundation center
AJFCA will be renewing the annual Foundation Center subscription. If you are interested please email Zahava by Friday, July 11th. Invoices will be emailed in late July. We will be attempting to keep the subscription fee close to this past year's amount of $390. For more information regarding the Foundation Center click here or contact Megan.
Domestic Violence:  Update & Ideas Exchange
Domestic violence professionals are invited to participate in an update and idea exchange Tuesday, June 24th at 2pm ET. During the conference call we will regroup and discuss programming in your city, specific events that have engaged professionals or community members, new grants received, etc. Please email your updates and ideas to Amy Rubin by Thursday, June 19th.

We are always striving to include domestic violence professionals in our quarterly calls. If you would like to add someone or be added to the group please email Zahava.
Update & Idea Exchange
Tuesday, June 24th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Residential Alternatives for Adults with Disabilities Survey ajfca logo-resized
Does your agency provide residential services to individuals with disabilities? Is there an organization in your community that you refer individuals and families to for residential services? The National Task Force on Residential Alternatives for Adults with Disabilities in the Jewish Community is looking to learn more about the residential services our network provides, partners with, or refers to.

Please fill out the survey here. Feel free to forward the link to others or contact Liz about other service providers.
Board Member Independence  board source
A key legal obligation of a board member is a duty of loyalty. The object of this loyalty is the nonprofit organization each board member is helping to govern. Board members have a duty to place the interest of their nonprofit before anything else when acting in their fiduciary capacity. This undivided loyalty means objectivity in decision making, an unbiased approach to issues, freedom from ulterior motives or external control, and an absence of conflict of interest when choosing between options. Ultimately the full board as a body must act in an independent manner in its decision making. Continue reading here.
Why You Should Probably Trash Your General Brochure
Basically, most nonprofit general brochures are a four-color exercise in chest-thumping. Which is a complete waste of time, money, ink, and paper. It doesn't have to be that way. If your general brochure spent its energy bragging about the donor instead of the organization, you'd have something powerful on your hands. Continue reading here.
3 Metrics Your Nonprofit Should Measure Using Google Analytics network for good
Having the insights to efficiently manage your website are important to optimize the experience for your supporters and ensure the success of your nonprofit. Fortunately, Google Analytics provides organizations with a cost effective way to monitor the metrics that matter and help your team make informed decisions. Click here to learn about the three metrics that your nonprofit should be measuring.
5 Ways to Build and Activate a Community for Your Crowdfunding Campaign beth kanter
Building momentum for a cause you're passionate about takes hard work, sweat and determination every single day. Click here to read the five ways to build and activate a community for your cause.
Visualize Your Data with ClientTrack's Data Explorer
A picture is worth a thousand words, and with ClientTrack 13, users can see their data like they've never seen it before. Enhanced ClientTrack charting capabilities enable users to visualize key trends, identify relationships, and breakout data in stunning graphics. The data visualization tools include interactive charts that can be accessed on ClientTrack dashboards, forms, and within Data Explorer, the most powerful ad-hoc analysis tool designed specifically for human services.

Visualize Your Data with ClientTrack's Data Explorer
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Picturing Your Interoperability:  The HIE Comic Foothold Technology
When terms like "interoperability" and "health data exchange" began bubbling up in the national healthcare conversation, Foothold Technology gets excited and intrigued, but to be quite honest, they know we're all in for a huge challenge. There was an air of confusion as legislators and advocates grappled with the concept-and logistics-of sharing a patient's health information electronically. Read more here.
National Conference on Service & Volunteering
This past week, June 16-18, AJFCA network members attended the National Conference on Service & Volunteering (NCVS) in Atlanta as part of Repair the World's Jewish Community Delegation. Our network professionals numbered 11, making up more than the delegation. NCVS provides an opportunity for thousands of leaders from the service and volunteering community to gather, build connections and be inspired around the impact of volunteerism in communities across the United States. Highlights of the conference included a panel on civil rights featuring John Lewis, Andrew Young and C.T. Vivian - moderated by Dr. Bernice King, sessions focusing on capacity building, volunteer engagement and innovation, and plenty of opportunities to bring members together for meals so that casual conversations on volunteer best practices were fostered and enjoyed.

While in Atlanta, AJFCA participated in the first Verified Volunteers Advisory Board meeting, bringing together representatives from various partners & clients (including Meals on Wheels, Catholic Charities, USA & Habitat for Humanity International) to receive an update on the state of the platform, as well as discuss the role of the advisory board moving forward, including how each organization can be a resource to Verified Volunteers and one another.

Check out the album on Facebook for more photos of the conference.
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