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2013 Kovod Award Winners
2015 AJFCA Annual Conference

AJFCA's 2015
Annual Conference Registration closes
Friday, April 17th.


The hotel cutoff date is Sunday, April 19th. Book your room under the AJFCA group block here.

Click here for more information about the 5 tracks and plenary guest speakers.

View a schedule with descriptions of each session, and pre-and pos- conference events here.

Senior Resource Connect - AJFCA's New Older Adult Services Website

AJFCA is gearing up to launch our new older adult services website, Senior Resource Connect. The website aims to leverage the expertise of Jewish family services agencies assisting older adults in the community, increase referrals to member agency programs, streamline referrals between agencies, and act as an information hub on all matters of senior services.

Has your agency gotten involved? Don't miss the chance to be listed as a member on this new platform. Make sure we have your information and contribute your resources for older adults and their caregivers to the site by emailing Liz.

Please add and/or update AJFCA's logo on your agency website.

Contact Megan with questions.
Intro to Behavioral Symptom Management Training for Dementia Caregivers
Thursday, April 23rd
3- 4 pm ET

Join the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center (formerly the ADSSP National Resource Center) for a webinar on behavioral symptom management training.

Attendees will learn the importance of evidence-based training and how it can help caregivers of people with dementia. Presenters will discuss the importance of recognizing and  addressing behavioral symptoms, including an overview of one evidence-based approach (A-B-C) as well as practical considerations for launching a training program from the state of Oregon.

 Click here for more information and to register.
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Lee I. Sherman
There is a tradition in Israel of sounding sirens at 11:00am on Yom HaShoah. Everyone stops what they are doing and observes two minutes of silence. Traffic stops and people get out of their cars and stand in solemn tribute to the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. It is an expression of collective memory that is truly astonishing, an emotional connection between the Israelis who are the legacy of the Shoah, and each of the individual lives lost for the crime of being Jewish.
It is important to have a day to remember, like we did this past Wednesday evening and Thursday. But, one day is not enough. And, we must do more than remember. We must continue to act. For living in our Jewish communities today are many who have first-hand recollections of the terror of the Nazis. These are the survivors, as many as 130,000 in North America, many of whom depend on the rest of us to ensure that they live out their lives to the fullest. We estimate that as many as 25% of survivors live in poverty and struggle to afford housing, food, health care, transportation, and meaningful human interaction. Our agencies work to assist these individuals every day, with the generous support of our partners at the Claims Conference, the federations, and countless individuals in all of our communities. 

But, the needs of the survivors continue to increase as they age. So, we must continue our work and grow our support. The best way for us to remember the Six Million and honor their memories is to cherish those Nazi victims who are still with us. Every day.

Shabbat Shalom.  
New County and Congressional District Data on Food Insecurity
Today, Feeding America released its annual Map the Meal Gap report with state, county, and congressional district data on overall and child food insecurity rates. The report also includes data on food cost variation by county and congressional district and the percent of food insecure populations likely eligible for federal nutrition programs. If you would like to share this data with your networks, we have sample blog posts and newsletter articles you can use. For more information and resources, please click here contact Eleni Towns, Policy Analyst.
White House Conference on Aging Releases Healthy Aging Policy Brief
The White House Conference on Aging released a policy brief on healthy aging, a key focus area for the 2015 Conference. The Policy Brief on Healthy Aging examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social well-being. Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts in the comments section of the brief. By providing input, you'll be contributing to the 2015 Conference in a meaningful and concrete way.
We're Interested in Applying Jewish Wisdom, so Why Fund Innovation? ejewish philanthropy
We recognize that the landscape of innovation has changed somewhat. As our early investments and those of others in innovation have matured and paid clear dividends, we now feel a responsibility to help that sector thrive as it moves into and (hopefully) through its "adolescence" toward "adulthood." Continue reading here.
NADSP's Annual Meeting & Conference:  The First One
Join the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals for NADSP's Annual Meeting & Conference:  The First One, May 30-31, 2015 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Connect with the very best of direct support professional development practices and information. Learn more here.
AJFCA Seeking to Identify VISTA Alumnus Employed in Member Agencies
Have you or anyone in your agency served as an Americorps VISTA member? AJFCA would like to know! VISTA has been around for 50 years now, so we are hoping we'll be able to identify a few alumni amongst our ranks. Please contact Jennie Gates Beckman for more information.
Save the Date - Domestic Violence Professionals Meeting
Domestic Violence Professionals Meeting
August 9th & 10th
Chicago, IL
Join AJFCA member agency domestic violence professionals as we gather to share best practices. AJFCA is thrilled to announce the first ever Domestic Violence Professionals Meeting beginning Sunday, August 9th with a casual networking get together. Programming will take place Monday, August 10th and include lunch. Please stay tuned for details (including hotel, cost and rfp). 
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Generous donors give their money, their time and sometimes their valuable connections to charities. Some also give unsolicited advice, demand favors and leave a charity wondering if their donation was worth the hassle. Continue reading here.
7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Promote a Fundraiser on Facebook facebook logo
If you're like most nonprofits, Facebook is your #1 social network. It's where most of your supporters hangout online. So you post updates, reply to fan comments, and analyze what works and what doesn't. You're doing it right. But what should you do to promote a fundraiser on Facebook? What should you do that's different from what you're doing already? Click here for a few tips for promoting any fundraising campaign.
5 Secrets to Volunteer Recruitment Success
"How do I recruit and retain volunteers?"Are you asking yourself this very question? You're not alone. This webinar will make you rethink your current program and provide actionable ideas to improve your volunteer recruitment and retention strategy. You will learn to better understand:              
  • Your volunteer needs-what are they?
  • Where you should be investing your dollars
  • What your onboarding and training programs should include
  • How to establish volunteer leaders
  • How to keep your volunteers coming back
5 Secrets to Volunteer Recruitment Success
Wednesday, May 13th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE

Check out Verified Volunteers Resource Center. Click here for content on the latest Compliance news. Visit AJFCA's partner and 2015 Annual Conference sponsor to talk about screening on Sunday and Monday in the Overture I Foyer in Miami.
Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Availability
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has available funding for the Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps grant program.  Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps is jointly sponsored by CNCS and the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This program is designed to consistent with the missions of OJJDP, CNCS, and the objectives of the My Brother's Keeper initiative to provide mentoring opportunities for young people. Submission of a Notice of Intent to Apply is highly encouraged and is due before Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more here.
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