SANDAN Nonprofits by tjl20588


									Supplement to The Daily Transcript
2                THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •   SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT

    7:30-8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast —     10:45       State of the Sector Panelists continued
             Sponsored by Sempra Energy                                • Community — Jo Dee Jacob, CEO,
                                                                       Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial County
    8:30     Welcoming Remarks  — Walter Philips,                      Inc.
             Chair, SANDAN and Pat Libby, Director,                    • Foundation — Nancy Jamison,
             USD     Nonprofit Leadership     and                      Executive     Director,   San    Diego
             Management Program                                        Grantmakers
    8:40     Breakfast Speaker — Stephen H. Velez-                     • Housing — Tom Scott, Executive
             Confer, MNM, Castor Family Center for                     Director, San Diego Housing Federation
             Nonprofit Research                                        • Health — Kristin Garrett, M.P.H.,
                                                                       Executive Director, Community Health
    9:15     State of the Sector Panelists                             Improvement Partners
             • Arts and Culture — Victoria Hamilton,
             Executive     Director,    San    Diego       12:00       Questions & Answers
             Commission for Arts and Culture
             • Human Services — Michael Carr,
                                                           12:15       Luncheon Keynote Speaker — Ruth Liu,
                                                                       Associate Secretary of Health Care
             Executive Director, SAY San Diego                         Reform, California Health and Human
             • Education — Lisa Berlanga, General                      Services Agency
             Manager San Diego, California Charter
             Schools Association
             • Environment — Rob Hutsel, Executive
             Director, San Diego River Park
                                                                        Vista Hill Foundation (50th Anniversary)
    10:30    Break — Sponsored by San Diego Youth                      Home of Guiding Hands (40th Anniversary)

             and Community Services

                                                                               Welcome letter
                                                            Dear Colleagues,
                                                               On Thursday, Nov. 1, the San Diego Association of Nonprofits
                                                            (SANDAN) is hosting our first annual conference, “Outlook and Trends
                                                            in the Sector.” We are looking forward to this event being a huge success.
                                                            We have an exciting lineup of speakers from a diverse cross section of the
                                                            nonprofit spectrum. I would like to personally thank all of those who will
                                                            be sharing their expertise and knowledge. I also want to welcome all of
                                                            you who will be in attendance and thank you for participating in our
                                                            inaugural conference.
                                                               With this event so close to the terrible disaster that hit our communi-
                                                            ties, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the victims of the fires.
                                                            Our hearts go out to all the families that were impacted. We wish all of
                                                            you the best as you move forward with your lives and you recover from
                                                            this disaster.
                                                               As chair of the board of directors for SANDAN, I also want to
                                                            acknowledge all of the individuals and organizations that responded to
                                                            this tragedy. I especially want to acknowledge the work of our nonprofit
                                                            partners whose staff put in hundreds of hours attending to the needs of
                                                            individuals, families and communities.
                                                               As the response to the fires demonstrated, the nonprofit sector is vital
                                                            to San Diego, and our agencies are critical to establishing a safety net for
                                                            our most vulnerable populations. At the conference, you will hear about
                                                            the major trends impacting the work we do in helping these at-risk pop-
                                                            ulations. More importantly, the audience will have an opportunity to
                                                            interact with many nonprofit leaders who are on the cutting edge of
                                                            change in our community. On behalf of the board of directors of
                                                            SANDAN, I thank all of you for making a difference in San Diego. I look
                                                            forward to seeing you at the conference.

                                                              Walter Philips
                                                              Chair, Board of Directors, SANDAN
                                THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •       SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT                             3

Keynote Speaker: Ruth Liu                                                            SANDAN First Annual
              Ruth Liu
       Associate Secretary of
         Healthcare Reform
                                                                                   “Outlook and Trends in the
   California Health and Human
    Services Agency (CHHSA)                                                           Sector” Conference
R   uth Liu joined the CHHSA in
    August 2006, as one of four
policy advisers to Gov. Arnold
                                                                                       Thursday, November 1, 2007
Schwarzenegger in developing his                                                    USD, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
health care reform initiative. Prior to                                                  5998 Acala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
this position, she held a seven-year
senior policy consultant job with                                                                 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif.
During her time with Kaiser, Liu was
instrumental in working closely with
trade associations, federal and state
agencies, advocacy groups, health
plans and labor in developing and
disseminating heath policy positions
on these issues for the organization.     University of California, Berkley
  In addition to her health care          with a health policy concentration.
experience, Liu has also worked in          Liu wrote her thesis for the
Japan and the United States as a          California Healthcare Foundation
broadcast and print news media            on the changes in the Medicare
reporter and journalist.                  managed care marketplace under
  A cum laude graduate from               Medicare + Choice and its impact on
Wellesley College, Liu also holds a       California beneficiaries.
masters degree in public policy from              Source Code: 20071101crb

Breakfast Speaker:
Stephen H. Velez-Confer
  Stephen H. Velez-Confer, MNM            of a large national union establish-
       Castor Family Center for           ing and serving as executive director
        Nonprofit Research                of a joint labor management work
                                          force development organization. He

S   tephen Velez-Confer completed
    his master’s degree in nonprofit
management at Regis University
                                          has published articles on work force
                                          development, training and motiva-
while working as a program manager           Velez-Confer currently is the vol-
at St. Vincent de Paul Village, a large   unteer executive director of Dorcas
provider of services to the San Diego     House and a member of the board
homeless population.                      and treasurer of Vida Joven de
  Previously, he was executive direc-     Mexico; these organizations raise
tor of two large teacher associations,    funds and operate a home in Tijuana
and was responsible for coalition         for children whose parents are incar-
building around school reform for a       cerated. He is a doctoral student at
state teacher association. He             the University of San Diego in leader-
authored a multi-state proposal to        ship studies with a specialty in non-
the National Science Foundation for       profits. Currently, he is employed at
reform of math and science educa-         the USD Caster Family Center for
tion for the National Education           Nonprofit Research.
Association. He served on the staff                Source Code: 20071101crj

          Join SANDAN today!
    SANDAN’s mission is to promote, connect and lead a vibrant and effec-
 tive nonprofit sector that advances the well being of the San Diego Region.
    Members can focus on fulfilling their missions while SANDAN scans the
 environment for information, trends and issues that affect nonprofits and
 those they serve. Our members are the most up-to-date nonprofit adminis-
 trators in the county.
    SANDAN provides established connections to public agencies and the
 San Diego nonprofit community, important support through advocacy, rep-
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 today’s often unpredictable nonprofit environment.

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    SANDAN members provide critical support for fire relief efforts
      As San Diegans begin to deal            Of these calls, approximately               San Diego Foundation: In              selves of these offerings. For more
    with the aftermath of the wildfires       110,000, or 73 percent, were             response to the local disaster, the      information, contact SDYCS at
    that ravaged the county, many             responded to by the nearly 800 vol-      San Diego Foundation has estab-          (619) 221-8600.
    organizations and individuals will        unteers who assisted in call center      lished a new After the Fires Fund          Volunteer San Diego: Since the
    continue to provide the support           operations. Contrast this to the         which will collect money and dis-        wildfires began, Volunteer San
    and relief to assist the transitions of   entire prior year, when 211 San          perse funds with the assistance of       Diego has signed up over 8,000 vol-
    those who were most effected. Chief       Diego responded to a total of            its Disaster Relief Board. For more      unteers to help support San
    among those are many nonprofit            approximately 125,000 callers!           information about the fund,              Diegans affected. More than 1,500
    organizations       and     SANDAN          San Diego Housing Federation:          contact (619) 235-2300.                  volunteers have been connected to
    members who played critical roles         The     San      Diego      Housing        San Diego Youth and                    opportunities to support those
    during the days following the             Federation in cooperation with the       Community Services (SDYCS): In           people. During the next two weeks,
    inferno. The following is a snapshot      Apartment Association is provid-         the aftermath of the fires, SDYCS        Volunteer San Diego has more than
    of the roles played by some of            ing an overall listing of available      has opened its doors to those in         5,000 volunteer positions available
    SANDAN’s most prominent.                  vacancies throughout the county to       need and has made limited                to directly support those San
      211 San Diego: During the week          make it easier for those who must        housing available for families in its    Diegans who have been hit hard by
    of the wildfires, beginning Oct. 21,      relocate to find rental options.         traditional projects at various          these terrible wildfires. For more
    211 San Diego received nearly             Visitors to the site will be directed    locations, as well as for homeless       information, call Volunteer San
    150,000 phone calls as residents          to a phone number for additional         youth in those centers. Several dis-     Diego at (858) 636-4131.
    inquired about critical information.      information.                             placed families have availed them-              Source Code: 20071101cre

Organizations participating in conference panels
  San Diego Commission for Arts               and mental health services. SAY          community-based grassroots non-           gency services and safe places to
and Culture: The City of San Diego            has offices, programs and Family         profit organization founded in            live by providing shelters, group
Commission for Arts and Culture, a            Resource Centers throughout the          2001. As a 501(c)3 public benefit         homes, foster homes, community
local arts agency, was established in         city located at schools, probation       corporation, SDRPF relies upon            centers and transitional housing.
1988 by city ordinance to serve in            facilities and other community           donations and support from the               Professional help for high-risk
an advisory capacity to the mayor,            sites, making services always acces-     community for its general opera-          youth is provided at all 16 major
City Council and city manager on              sible to clients.                        tions as well as grants, both public      locations in San Diego County. The
promoting,       encouraging      and            Many families contact SAY             and private.                              approach is based on practices that
increasing support for the arts and           directly while others are referred by      The vision of the San Diego River       have proven to be effective —
culture institutions of San Diego.            schools, police, probation, commu-       Park is a greenbelt from the moun-        focusing on long-term solutions.
   It is the commission’s responsi-           nity organizations and other fami-       tains to the ocean along the 52-          Many of SDYCS’ programs are
bility to make all recommendations            lies who have benefited from SAY’s       mile-long San Diego River. This           replicated in communities across
pertaining to arts and culture for            services. SAY served approximately       greenbelt is really a trail system and    the     nation.     Please     visit
city funding to the City Council. It          35,000 youth and families in 2005.       a clean and healthy river system for more informa-
is also the commission’s responsi-            Visit for            that connects a diversity of parks,       tion.
bility to advise on projects and pro-         more information.                        open spaces, public places and              Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial
grams designed to promote public                San Diego California Charter           community facilities spread out           County Inc: Girl Scouts helps culti-
art throughout city of San Diego              Schools Association: The California      along the length of the river. By         vate values, social conscience and
neighborhoods, develop policies to            Charter Schools Association is the       promoting stewardship of the river        self-esteem in girls while develop-
involve artists in selected capital           membership and professional orga-        and promoting a better under-             ing qualities that will serve them all
improvement projects and to                   nization serving charter public          standing of its natural systems, the      their lives, such as leadership,
encourage the private sector to               schools in California. It is the back-   San Diego River Park Foundation           strong values, social conscience
include public art in private devel-          bone and support system that gives       is endeavoring to enhance the             and conviction about their own
opments.                                      charter teachers, parents and stu-       quality of life in San Diego.             potential and self-worth.
   The Commission for Arts and                dents the help they need to create         SDRPF works with community                The organization also teaches
Culture supports nonprofit organi-            an educational environment.              groups and other organizations            girls critical skills that will enable
zations, neighborhood arts pro-                  Charter schools are tuition-free      dedicated to the San Diego River          them to succeed as adults. The girls
grams, festivals, cultural tourism            public schools with unparalleled         and the River Park and its wildlife,      earn badges for learning about
and innovative programming that               innovation and flexibility. By           recreation, water, cultural and           health, science, careers, the arts
contribute to the quality of life, the        forming a strong partnership             community values to better engage         and more. They also explore per-
economy and the vibrancy of San               among parents, students and              the public in this project. For more      sonal interests, develop a healthy
Diego. Please visit www.san-                  teachers, charter schools are able       information, visit www.sandiego-          way of life, work on leadership for more              to create an environment that’s                                skills and provide service to their
information.                                  specially tailored for the students        San Diego Youth and Community           communities.
   SAY San Diego: SAY San Diego               who go there. Parents are encour-        Services: San Diego Youth &                 Founded in 1912 by Juliette
(Social Advocates for Youth) is a             aged to be involved; teachers have       Community Services (SDYCS) is a           Gordon Low, Girl Scouts’ member-
dynamic, locally based nonprofit              the freedom to innovate; students        nationally recognized, comprehen-         ship has grown from 18 members in
agency celebrating 35 years of ded-           have the chance to learn; each is        sive nonprofit organization that has      Savannah, Ga., to 3.7 million
icated support to the positive devel-         held accountable for improving           helped stabilize the lives of more        members throughout the United
opment of young people, their                 student achievement. The environ-        than a half-million young people          States, including U.S. territories,
families and communities.                     ment is safe, structured and chal-       and their families since 1970. Every      and in more than 90 countries
   SAY’s primary services include:            lenging.                                 day, SDYCS works to fight the             through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Delinquency prevention and juve-                 A 2005 student achievement            tragedies of homeless youth and           Visit for
nile diversion; before- and after-            analysis found that California’s         youth in crisis.                          more information.
school programs and licensed child            charter schools are outperforming          SDYCS administers programs                San Diego Grantmakers: San
care for school-age children; family          in middle and high schools. Please       from 16 centers located throughout        Diego Grantmakers was founded in
support and development services;             visit          San Diego County by helping at-           1976 to meet the needs expressed
health promotion services; commu-             tion/programs-overview/ for more         risk youth become self-sufficient         by people involved in organized
nity development and collabora-               information.                             and reach their highest potential by      philanthropy for a forum in which
tion; school readiness and support              The San Diego River Park               investing in them, strengthening          colleagues could address common
services; child-abuse prevention              Foundation: The San Diego River          their families and building their
program; drug-prevention services;            Park Foundation (SDRPF) is a             communities. SDYCS offers emer-                 See Organizations on 7
                                 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •        SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT                                                          5

New study: San Diego nonprofits faring                                               San Diego County Nonprofits Reporting Operating Deficits
                                                                                                 Based on the Year IRS Received the 990 Filing

better than national counterparts                                                         Year       Number of orgs
                                                                                                                             Number with
                                                                                                                                                  Percent with
   San Diego nonprofits are faring          changes relative to contributions,            1999             2199                   726                 33.0%
slightly better financially than the        and national and international
national average, according to a            natural disasters may account for            2000             2180                    685                 31.4%
study recently completed by a               some of the financial turbulence.            2001             2339                   860                  36.8%
University of San Diego researcher.           In analyzing the data, Velez-
   According to the study covering          Confer discovered that the age of the        2002             2478                    987                 39.8%
1999 to 2005, a lower percentage of         nonprofits reporting deficits did not
San Diego nonprofits reported oper-         seem to be a factor. Nonprofits older        2003             2640                   1058                 40.1%
ating deficits in five out of the seven     and newer than 10 years old                  2004             2790                   1073                 38.5%
years compared with the percentage          reported deficits at the same rate.
of nonprofits nationally reporting            However, different sectors of the          2005             2900                   1099                 37.9%
deficits.                                   nonprofit arena experienced varying                                    Source: NCCS Core Trend 2007a Public Charity File
   The results, to be presented today       levels of financial progress. San
at the San Diego Association of             Diego’s health-sector nonprofits,
Nonprofits’ first annual trends con-        which comprised 45 percent of total
ference, were based on an analysis of       value of the deficits reported in             National Data — Nonprofits Reporting Deficits
IRS reporting data from the                 1999, only made up 11 percent in                     Based on the Year IRS Received the 990 Filing
National Center for Charitable              2005. In contrast, nonprofits in the
Statistics.                                 human services, education and soci-                                              Number with          Percent with
                                                                                          Year       Number of orgs
   The percentage of local nonprofits       etal benefit sectors reported deficits                                             deficit               deficit
reporting deficits reached its highest      that increased their contribution to          1999           239,326                78,743                32.9%
point in 2003 (40.1 percent) and its        the total value of the county deficits
lowest in 2000 (31.4 percent). From         during the same period.                      2000            252,084                85,295                33.8%
1999 to 2005, the percentage of San           This study adds to the growing             2001            264,900                99,721                37.6%
Diego nonprofits with operating             body of knowledge about San Diego’s
deficits has risen from 33 percent to       nonprofits as a critical sector of our       2002            278,569                115,261               41.4%
37.9 percent.                               community,” Confer-Velez said.
   Stephen Velez-Confer, the study’s          Velez-Confer anticipates his study         2003            289,366                120,372               41.6%
author, said it is difficult to pinpoint    will stimulate dialogue among San            2004            303,077                119,795               39.5%
the factors contributing to the rise in     Diego nonprofit leaders resulting in
deficit-reporting nonprofits, but he        ways to help nonprofits improve              2005            315,224                119,601               37.9%
believes growing competition for            their financial health.                                                Source: NCCS Core Trend 2007a Public Charity File
philanthropic dollars, IRS rule                      Source Code: 20071101crg

                               The Daily Transcript                                                         The Daily Transcript
                              is honored to recognize                                                      is honored to recognize

                                                                                                 Home of Guiding Hands
                               for providing 50 years                                                      for providing 40 years
                                of service to people in                                                      of service to people
                                 San Diego creating                                                          in San Diego with
                                   stronger families                                                     developmental disabilities
                                and brighter futures.                                               allowing them to grow and flourish.
6                                 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •    SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT

Nonprofits straddle line between serving and surviving
 Despite lean budgets,
 nonprofits rarely fail
financially, say leaders
           The Daily Transcript
  With a double bottom line of
both fulfilling the goals of a
mission statement and staying
afloat financially, nonprofit orga-
nizations often have twice the
work of the private or government
sector with half the budget.
  Nonprofit directors from a
variety of fields made this clear at a
recent Daily Transcript roundtable
to discuss the role of the third
sector in San Diego County.
  Participating leaders included
Raymond Uzeta, president and
CEO of the Chicano Federation of
San Diego County; Robert Dean,
CEO of Vista Hill; Carol
Fitzgibbons, executive director of
Home of Guiding Hands; Scott
Silverman, executive director of
San           Diego           Second
Chance/STRIVE; and Tom Scott,
executive director of the San Diego
Housing Federation.
  “I think the big challenge for us                                                                                                        Photo: J. Kat Wornowicz
is often the community under-             Scott Silverman, executive director of San Diego Second Chance/STRIVE (left), and Raymond Uzeta, president and
standing what the nonprofits do,”         CEO of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County, participated in a recent discussion of challenges facing local non-
said Walter Philips, San Diego            profits.
Youth & Community Services, who
also acts as chair of the San Diego       a half-day event highlighting the        sources, now more than ever              has to raise close to $1 million each
Association        of    Nonprofits       accomplishments and challenges           before.                                  year in order to continue opera-
(SANDAN).                                 of nonprofits in the educational,          Funding is most secure when it         tions, Fitzgibbons said.
  Philips       hopes     SANDAN,         cultural, community, human ser-          comes from three “sectors,” said            Unlike      many      businesses,
founded in 1998, will help clarify        vices, environment sectors and           Uzeta — individual donors, gov-          however, nonprofits are regulated
the role of nonprofits to the local       others.                                  ernment agencies, foundation             to a much higher degree than
community. The association will             Uzeta said organizations are gar-      grants, and a mixed bag of events,       money handlers in the private
hold its first conference on Nov. 1,      nering funds from a diversity of         business enterprise and other            sector.
                                                                                   fundraisers. The Chicano Fed-               “Another thing the general
                                                                                   eration has an $11 million annual        public doesn’t realize is that we are
                                                                                   budget, with $7.5 million from           so     regulated,”     Uzeta    said.
                                                                                   state contracts.                         “Probably to a much higher degree
                                                                                     “I don’t lose sleep over money         than private corporations.”
                                                                                   anymore, like I used to,” he said.          For example, nonprofits have
                                                                                   “If I were dependant on 100              line item budgets that are difficult
                                                                                   percent individual donors, I’d be        to alter, he explained.
                                                                                   sweating.”                                  If an organization under-spends
                                                                                     Uzeta also noted that he has not       in one area, its treasurers must
                                                                                   known many nonprofits that have          gain approval to shift those funds
                                                                                   gone belly up.                           to another area.
                                                                                     “If they have, it’s usually because       “There’s a lot of people looking
                                                                                   of financial mismanagement, not          over our shoulders,” agreed Dean.
                                                                                   because of financial constraints,”       “That’s just the environment we
                                                                                   Uzeta said.                              happen to be in.”
                                                                                     Fitzgibbons, whose organization           Nonprofit board members,
                                                                                   serves individuals with develop-         unlike members of corporate
                                                                                   mental disabilities, said mainte-        boards, have no financial gain in
                                                                                   nance costs are not accounted for        serving — only selfless amounts of
                                                                                   in the state funding it receives.        time, energy and stress to give.
                                                                                     “When it comes to rugs, furnish-          “Obviously, you must be crazy to
                                                                                   ing, flooring and bathrooms, and         become a board member in the
                                                                                   those kinds of things, we have to        nonprofit community,” joked
                                                                                   pay for that and cover that out of       Philips. “We’re asking you to vol-
                                                                                   other costs, rather than our rate of     unteer your time, we’re putting you
                                                         Photo: J. Kat Wornowicz   reimbursements,” she said.               individually at risk — financially
Carol Fitzgibbons, executive director of Home of Guiding Hands, said mainte-         The organization works with an
nance costs are not accounted for in the state funding it receives.                $11.5 million annual budget, and                See Roundtable on 7
                                THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •    SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT                                                          7

        Continued from Page 6           vidual stories,” Dean said, speak-
and legally, and we’re going to dig     ing specifically about substance
into your pockets as much as possi-     abusers who are treated at Vista
ble.”                                   Hill. “I think to counter (statistics
   “Most people come on nonprofit       on program failure) we do need to
boards because they care about the      focus on the stories of people who
issue and want to make a differ-        do make it.”
ence. Because they’re not getting         “Donors are becoming more
anything back,” Philips continued.      restrictive, in terms of the funds
   “Some boards are fundraiser          that they’re giving,” said Philips.
boards, the heavy hitters, the deep     “In the past, we used to get a much
pockets,” said Uzeta, discussing        higher percentage of unrestricted
the diversity in board member           funds.”
background. “You’ve got other             “Now we have donors, even indi-
boards … that are residents of the      vidual donors saying, ‘you know, I
area. They really don’t have            want that 10 bucks to go to buy a
money, but they understand the          pillowcase,’” he added. “But we
issues.”                                don’t need pillowcases.”
   Dean added that directors often        Silverman added that donors —
look for board members that can         whether corporate, individual or
fill a void in the organization.        government — want to see a return
   “I don’t have a big marketing        on investment on their contribu-
department,” he said. “If market-       tions.
ing is something I might want to          “There’s always a struggle to
focus on, I might look for a board      educate the donor,” Silverman
member that has that kind of back-      said. “With private dollars, you
ground.”                                have to reinvent yourself every two
   And while board members may          years because the donor will shift
be essential to recruit and retain,     interest.”
it’s the donors that nonprofits truly     “It’s like starting a new business
work to keep year after year, in        every couple of years,” he said.                                                                   Photo: J. Kat Wornowicz
good and bad times.                           “There’s a lot of people looking over our shoulders. That’s just the environment
   “I think we need to provide indi-            Source Code: 20071018czj        we happen to be in,” said Robert Dean, CEO of Vista Hill.

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organized approach for commu-           health care safety net, and expand          ROEL recognizes that its success      gives each person that participates
nity groups to advocate for and         coordination      among      health      is only possible in an environment       in a community outreach effort a
grow proficient in developing           improvement projects throughout          where the company as a whole             specially engraved, pewter “Spirit”
affordable housing and economic         the San Diego region.                    cares for the communities it serves.     block. The goal is for employees to
opportunities for lower income            Formed in 1995, CHIP is orga-          ROEL gives its time, talent and trea-    take pride in building their collec-
people and people in need.              nized under the auspices of the          sure — the three T’s — to many           tion of Spirit blocks while helping
   It has grown into a broad-based      Hospital Association of San Diego        causes including social, charitable      support the needs of others through-
association whose membership            and Imperial Counties. CHIP sup-         and civic causes. The company’s          out the community.
consists of nonprofits, CDCs, com-      ports activities on behalf of its        outreach extends beyond organized           For more information about ROEL
munity-based organizations, for-        members that would not otherwise         groups and has been known to give        and its dedication to the communi-
profit      developers,      lending    be accomplished or that collectively     to people who have fallen upon           ties it serves, please visit
institutions, foundations, govern-      can be done more efficiently. Please     hard times and need help to get
ment agencies, architects, engi-        visit for more            back on track. It is for these reasons   shtml or call (800) 662-7635.
neers, economic development             information.                                                  Submitted by ROEL Construction Co.
corporations, accountants, busi-                Source Code: 20071101crc
8                              THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 •       SANDAN Nonprofits • THE DAILY TRANSCRIPT

Home of Guiding Hands: Celebrating 40 years of
service to people with developmental disabilities
   People with developmental dis-        tance grew, the need for segrega-        San Diego Regional Center, (the          dream by serving on various
abilities who were born 40 years         tion began to subside. HGH real-         state-designated agency to support       boards, committees and volunteer-
ago in San Diego had a bleak             ized the appropriate time to             people with developmental disabil-       ing. With your help, Home of
future. Parents were encouraged to       transition from its campus setting       ities and their families) and pro-       Guiding Hands will continue to
place their child in a state hospital,   to community homes had arrived.          vides much-needed daily services in      meet the needs of people with
the nearest of which was located in      This decision took into account          San Diego and Imperial counties.         developmental disabilities and
the Los Angeles area. Today, there       public opinion and the strong polit-        The rate of reimbursement is set      their families for many more years.
is a much brighter future for San        ical/social call for increased inte-     annually by California state legisla-       Currently, HGH provides resi-
Diegans.                                 gration of people with disabilities      tors, not by HGH. Unlike many            dential and training and supportive
   One organization founded in           in America’s communities. The            state and federal agencies (i.e., the    services to over 375 people with
1961 by a dedicated group of             Olmstead decision (a landmark            U.S. military, unemployment and          developmental disabilities and
Lutheran businesspeople blazed a         U.S. Supreme Court case) was             others), the high cost of living in      their families. Services include:
pathway for families to have their       placing additional pressure on           San Diego is not considered in rate         • Residential Living: Includes a
children continue to live in their       California’s service system to con-      setting. Due to this factor, HGH         network of 27 small, integrated
home community, by purchasing            tinue its momentum to place              must raise more than $1 million          homes located in various communi-
and developing a 14-acre campus to       persons from “institutions” into         each year to meet the needs of the       ties thought out San Diego County.
support people with developmental        community-based settings.                people it supports.                      (Up to six persons live in each
disabilities. Forty years later, Home       The HGH board of directors’              Through creative partnerships         home.)
of Guiding Hands is flourishing          strategic plan fully supported           with community businesses and               • In-Home Respite: Provides
and continues to meet the needs of       HGH’s mission; addressed HGH’s           organizations, HGH has proven to         training at the home of the individ-
people with developmental disabil-       financial/business concerns; and         have sound fiscal management and         ual, giving a much-needed break to
ities and their families.                responded to state and local direc-      to be good stewards of taxpayers         their caregivers.
   HGH has always been viewed            tives for small and personalized         and donors’ dollars. Thus, HGH is           • Community Living Program:
locally and nationally as innovative,    living options and choices for           able to provide significant quality of   Offers services for developmentally
creative and trendsetting in the         people with developmental disabil-       service above what a person would        disabled adults who choose to live
field of assisting children and          ities.                                   receive in a state facility, at one-     independently in their own homes
adults with autism, cerebral palsy,         Overall, an improved quality of       third the cost. (HGH continually         or apartments.
epilepsy and mental retardation.         life has been afforded to people         operates above the national per-            • Life Planning Project: Presents
Currently it provides housing and        who once lived with 15 to 25 others      centage of directly donated dollars      a series of six workshops designed
life-skills training to achieve new      in large, dormitory style housing on     that go to its service recipients.)      to assist families through the
levels of personal growth and inde-      the 14-acre campus. With the                                                      process of planning for the future of
pendence to over 375 children and        support of community service                          The future                  the entire family, and specifically
adults with developmental disabili-      groups, businesses, churches,              For any nonprofit to flourish as       for the disabled family member.
ties and their families. Other ser-      donors and volunteers, people who        long as HGH is quite a feat. It is not      • Senior     Respite:    Provides
vices include health care support,       once were warehoused in state hos-       just an agency; it is a viable busi-     support for individuals with chang-
in home respite and future plan-         pitals now live in neighborhood          ness that enriches the community,        ing health care needs associated
ning for families.                       homes with four to six other people      and its 40th year of providing ser-      with aging such as Alzheimer’s,
                                         — living full and active lives by        vices is a wonderful testament.          dementia, stroke, etc.
        Transition: Meeting              attending school, working and            HGH is truly appreciative of the            For more information about
        the changing needs               enjoying social activities.              forethought, dedication and com-         Home of Guiding Hands, visit:
  As services improved and                  HGH is part of a network of com-      mitment of the founders, and to all
increased and community accep-           munity services contracted with the      the people who have continued the                Source Code: 20071101crh

                                                                                  economic and social impacts of              • Coordinating and connecting
SANDAN: The next 10 years                                                         nonprofits in our region (61,000
                                                                                  employees and $2.4 billion in wages
                                                                                  and salaries), these executives
                                                                                                                           all nonprofit sub-sectors (umbrella)
                                                                                                                              • Unifying and amplifying the
                                                                                                                           nonprofit sector voice
                                         Bailey met frequently to advance         decided to address the future in            • Connecting nonprofits to
    Changing to meet the                 the educational, health care, nutri-     three critical areas:                    resources
     needs of San Diego                  tional and other needs of San               1. Communications                        • Tracking and reporting on key
                                         Diego’s less fortunate populations.         2. Government and Business            social and sector indicators and
   In early 1997, a group of leaders       For much of the next decade,           Relations                                social return on investment in non-
from the leading nonprofit commu-        SANDAN focused on providing                 3. Nonprofit Sector Support           profits
nity organizations in San Diego          leadership in the mental health,         Services                                    • Creating bridges and linkages
came together and formed the San         drug prevention, foster care, dis-          In 2006, the group adopted the        to government and business
Diego Association of Nonprofits          ability and other areas to ensure        following mission statement: “As            • Advancing the highest stan-
(SANDAN).                                that the level of services and quality   the voice of San Diego’s nonprofit       dards of ethical nonprofit practice
   These executives believed San         of care was advancing to meet San        sector, SANDAN’s mission is to              With 10 years behind it,
Diego’s nonprofit community              Diegan’s higher standards.               promote, connect and lead a vibrant      SANDAN now looks to the future.
needed to coordinate its efforts in        Beginning in 2005, several CEOs        and effective nonprofit sector that      With San Diego facing an increas-
advocating for those populations         from our nonprofit community             advances the well being of the San       ing demand for high-quality ser-
they served whose voices often went      began asking themselves: What’s          Diego region.”                           vices     and     limits    on     the
unheard. Moreover, these leaders         next? Not content to be satisfied           SANDAN decided to advance its         government’s resources to provide
believed that San Diego needed to        with the progress made in the afore-     mission through:                         them, San Diegans are fortunate
be educated about the value that the     said areas, these leaders embarked          • Providing leadership and capac-     that the professionalism and exper-
nonprofit sector brought to the          on a strategic planning process to       ity that strengthens and supports        tise of our third sector is alive and
region both economically and in          take our third sector into new and       the San Diego nonprofit sector           well. SANDAN stands ready to
meeting the needs of some of our         expanding directions. Following an          • Advocating for the interests of     provide the support to attain the
most vulnerable individuals, fami-       economic analysis of the impact of       the nonprofit sector                     high quality of life standards that all
lies and communities. Leaders such       nonprofits on the San Diego                 • Promoting the San Diego             of us aspire to, including those who
as Leslie Hine-Rabichow, Laura           economy SANDAN released in               region nonprofit sector and its suc-     are less fortunate.
Spiegel, Nancy Sherman and Roger         2004 that showed the significant         cesses                                            Source Code: 20071101crf

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