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How Uniform Grant Guidance Will Impact Your Single Audit

by Rebecca Field

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has a new set of rules for organizations accepting federal grants and awards. 

They're called the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Most people just call them the Uniform Guidance (UG).

Auditors everywhere are updating and changing their methodologies to make sure that testing procedures take the UG into account. To help nonprofits, government entities, higher education institutions and international entities prepare for this transition, CliftonLarsonAllen has released a white paper, How Uniform Guidance Will Impact Your Single Audit. It outlines some of the changes that may be encountered, the effective dates, and other issues that organizations should be aware of before their single audit.
 Click here to read the entire article. 
Innovation in Cognitive Wellness

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Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit is driving innovation in cognitive wellness JFS Detroit recently became  the first organization in the country implementing the MIND AEROBICS cognitive fitness program from the New England Cognitive Center. Learn more here.

Click here to access Senior Resource Connect and stay current on the latest trends in older adult services.

AJFCA launched our new older adult services website, Senior Resource Connect this summer. 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.

Share this great news with your community.
JFS Colorado's President & CEO to Retire in 2017

JFS Colorado  
Jewish Family Service of Colorado's president & CEO, Yana Vishnitsky, LCSW, announced that she will retire in January 2017. She has served the agency for 37 years and held her current role for 15 years. JFS has achieved significant success and growth under Vishnitsky's leadership. 

In 2000, the agency had a $4.8 million budget and provided services to nearly 8,000 people. Fifteen years later, those numbers have nearly tripled; the 2015 budget was $14.4 million and the agency benefited nearly 25,000 people. Learn more here
Kudos & Kicks to JFCS Southwest Florida

JFCS Southwest FL  
The doors opened to 88 participants in January 2014 and in, less than two years, membership grew to more than 800.

That remarkable success story necessitated a fast expansion of the Naples Senior Center, a vision of Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida. The center has doubled its size from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet at its site at 5025 Castello Drive, just south of Pine Ridge Road and to the east of U.S. 41. continue reading here
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The Voice and Vision for Stronger Communities
D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman 
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions." This ancient aphorism is used to explain how the best of goals may not be met if the actions necessary to reach that goal are flawed or abandoned along the way. Well-meaning as we may be, our end results can be less than satisfactory if we do not stay attuned to detail and mission throughout the process. Bad intentions are another thing altogether. How do they get derailed?

The answer is in the Joseph narrative which concludes in this week's parashah, Vayehi. Even after the family's reconciliation, Joseph's brothers are still concerned there will be retribution for their actions of throwing Joseph in the pit and selling him into slavery. But, Joseph reassures them: "Besides, although you intended me harm, God intended it for good, so as to bring about the present result - the survival of many people." 50:20. Sometimes, there is a higher cause at work.

Good or evil, intentions are only part of the story. Action, perseverance, dedication, resilience, flexibility - these are what make the achievement of a goal possible. This is the work that engages our member agencies every day and which will continue to bring success to their clients and communities.

Shabbat Shalom.
Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month - February 2016
People with disabilities have many gifts and talents to share, as well as the need for community, support and comfort provided by Jewish organizations.

Participating in Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month in February gives your organization the opportunity to engage your entire community in the important work of ensuring that ALL Jews, without regard to ability, have access to Jewish life-to work, live, love, play, learn and worship as they choose, where they choose, and to contribute to this wonderful place we call our Jewish community.

The Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Guide provides many resources and ideas to assist you in programming, whether in your own organization or as community-wide initiatives.

Please share your plans for JDAIM with the AJFCA network via the AJFCA Disabilities Services Professionals Facebook page.
HHS Partners with More than 20 Faith Organizations to Promote Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace  health insurance marketplace
AJFCA was recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in their media release on access to healthcare coverage. HHS announced a collaboration with more than 20 faith-based organizations nationwide, with a combined reach of more than five million people to support outreach and enrollment efforts for the 2016 Open Enrollment. HHS partners are continuing their work to make sure consumers have access to the health information they need to get covered. Learn more about AJFCA's involvement here.
Help AJFCA Choose the 2016 Annual Conference Image
Help AJFCA choose an image for the 2016 Annual Conference. Click here to "Like" the one image (of three) you like best and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The photo with the most "likes" by Monday, December 28th will be declared the winner and will be used in marketing and on the AJFCA mobile app.

Book your hotel room at the Westin San Diego here. Learn more about the session topics here

Please contact Megan with questions.
AJFCA Planning & Delivery of Older Adult Services: Alzheimer's & Dementia Programming 
Join your colleagues at AJFCA member agencies to for this one hour discussion on programming for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia and their caregivers. Beth Soltzberg, Manager of the Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston will share her organization's programs including the memory café and interagency café network and the recent Dementia-Inclusive Communities symposium. All AJFCA member agency professionals are invited to share their programs and discuss the challenges and strategies involved in providing these services.

AJFCA Planning & Delivery of Older Adult Services: Alzheimer's & Dementia Programming
Tuesday, January 26th - 1pm EST - REGISTER HERE
StoryTelling:  Blog Your Way into Their Hearts
As a development, marketing and communications professionals, our job is to connect our community of supporters and potential supporters to the life-changing work that happens in our agencies every day. But if you find, as we did at JFS Seattle, that you need a way to breathe new life into your storytelling, develop a stronger online presence, and offer more robust resources to your fundraising team, a blog may be just what you need.  In this workshop, we'll let you know how we got started; what we did to bring our staff on board; what we've learned about compelling content; and how we partner with our donor relations team to transform our digital compendium into a customizable conversation starter that's effective with supporters of all ages.  This session will include discussion and some exercises to help jump start your blog adventure.

Presenter:  Deb Frockt, Director of Marketing & Communications, Jewish Family Service of Seattle

StoryTelling:  Blog Your Way into Their Hearts
Tuesday, January 26th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Senior Resource Connect Incentive Program 
Get the word out about Senior Resource Connect and reap the benefits at the 2016 AJFCA Annual Conference! Learn more here.
ALCA Membership Discounts for AJFCA Members
The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) is offering a 50% discount on 2016 membership to AJFCA members. Are you looking to grow your care management programming and attract new client populations? ALCA membership can help your agency expand its aging life care program and build credibility through business development, education, and opportunities for promotion and networking. Apply now to take advantage of the full 2016 membership year, starting January 1st. Email Liz for more information.
2015 Highlights

2015 has been an exciting year for our network of Jewish human services agencies. We've been thrilled to collaborate with partners and funders to deepen existing services and launch new ones. 2015 marked the launch of the Meyerhoff Early Career Fellowship and the continuation of our PEPS evaluation program, MAZON Solutions to Senior Hunger program, and our Young Adult Ambassador program, co-sponsored by Repair the World. 

This year, we continued to build on the work from previous years to create greater capacity in our members to serve Holocaust survivors, answering the call of the Vice President through our VISTA program and our advocacy. And, of key importance, in 2015 we deepened connections among member agencies who shared valuable information and resources through many calls and webinars, our Domestic Violence Fly-In, our Older Adult Services Regional Meeting, and newly-launched Facebook groups. 

These are a few of the highlights of the past year. We could not have done any of it without your support. Please consider a donation to AJFCA in 2015 to help us continue our work. Through the work of AJFCA and its member agencies, the Jewish community provides help and hope to all.  Help us reach our vision of resilient families and stronger communities throughout North America.

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