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					                            August 2010
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Funding Sources                                                                      2
    Civic Engagement/Environment                                                    2
    Education, Employment & Training                                                5
    Health and Human Services                                                       8
    Arts, Culture & Recreation                                                      12
    Technology                                                                      14
    General Services                                                                15

Nonprofit Resources                                                                  16

Information/Best Practices/Research                                                  18
    Southeast Region & Pennsylvania News                                            18
    Education/Positive Youth Development                                            17
    Early Childhood                                                                 23
    Parent Education/Family Engagement                                              23
    Child Welfare                                                                   24
    Healthcare                                                                      26
    Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse                                               27
    Mentoring                                                                       28

Professional Training and Conferences                                                31

                               FUNDING SOURCES


Skoll Foundation Announces Final Deadline for 2011 Skoll Awards for Social

Awards of up to $1 million will be given to honor social entrepreneurs working in the areas of
the environment, health, human rights, institutional responsibility, and peace and security.
Deadline: August 4, 2010

American Association of Community Colleges Applications for Service Learning
Workshop Mini-Grants
Mini-grants of $2,000 will be awarded to community colleges that have agreed to organize and
host regional workshops on service learning.
Deadline: August 6, 2010

Ashoka's Changemakers and CommunityMatters Announce Strong Communities:
Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change Competition
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to individuals and organizations for their innovative
projects and ideas to engage citizens in building strong communities across the United States and
Deadline: August 11, 2010

Open Meadows Foundation
Funds for women designed and implemented programs that promote gender, racial, social,
economic, and/or environmental justice. Open Meadows funds small, grassroots organizations
that have less than a $150,000 operating budget.
Deadline: August 14, 2010

Russell Sage Foundation - Project Awards
The Russell Sage Foundation provides funding for research exclusively in the social sciences.
Project Awards support basic social science research to improve social policies in the following
areas of interest: social inequality, immigration, future of work, and cultural contact.
Deadlines: August 15, 2010

Sociological Initiatives Foundation - Grants Program
The primary goal of this program is to encourage research, including community-based research
that supports and promotes social change. Areas of interest include: social policy objectives;
institutional and educational practices; legislative and regulatory changes; linguistic issues; and
development of community capacity and organization of previously unorganized groups. Awards
range from $10,000 to $20,000.

Deadlines: August 15 (concept papers); November 15 (proposals)
Patagonia Offers Support for Grassroots Environmental Work
Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to small grassroots organizations that have provocative
direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the
Deadline: August 31, 2010

Ameriprise Financial Accepting Applications for Community Relations Grants Program
Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to improve community vitality and cultural
enrichment in areas where Ameriprise employees, advisors, and retirees live and work.
Deadline: September 1, 2010

Wachovia Regional Foundation - Neighborhood Planning Grants
Awards $25,000 to $75,000 to nonprofits to support costs of resident driven neighborhood
revitalization plans, including activities such as hiring a consultant, community organizing,
outreach, and developing advisory committees.
Deadline: September 3, 2010

Hooked on Hydroponics by The Grow Store and the Progressive Gardening Trade
School garden programs; Amount: 36 Hydroponic systems valued up to $1,100.
Deadline: September 18, 2010 annual deadline

Ashoka and Staples Fourth Annual Global Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition
Grants of up to $5,000 will be given to young people between the ages of 12 and 24 whose
entrepreneurial ventures are making a positive impact on their communities.
Deadline: September 20, 2010

Captain Planet Foundation
Funding for hands-on environmental projects for youth. Apply for $250 - $2500 for your
Deadline: September 30, 2010

National Gardening Association's Healthy Sprouts Awards to Support Youth Gardening
A $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog, educational materials, and a
gardening package from NGA will be awarded to a school or organization planning to garden in
2011 with at least fifteen children between the ages of three and 18.
Deadline: October 1, 2010

State Farm: Company Grants

State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of communities by giving in three areas: Safe
Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence
(education). Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian
charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
Deadline: October 31, 2010

The National Gardening Association and Subaru - 2010 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award
The 2010 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award aims at supporting schools or organizations that plan to
garden in 2011 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is
based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to
environmental, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. A total of 30 awards will be
made. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog and online store
for basic youth gardening supplies and supporting educational materials; National Gardening
Association's Eat a Rainbow Kit which includes nutrition lessons and education; and a literature
package from the National Gardening Association.
Deadline: October 1, 2010

Global Competition Seeks Essays on Faith-Based Enterprise Solutions to Poverty

Awards of $5,000 will be given to individuals who have written first-person narratives
describing solutions to poverty that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or utilize interfaith efforts.
Deadline: October 15, 2010

SEVEN Fund Third Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to think tanks, economists, professors, and other
individuals working to find a solution to poverty through scientific research.
Deadline: October 15, 2010 (Initial Proposals)

The National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grants
Opportunities offered to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research,
exploration, and conservation-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing
grant programs. Grant awards will range between $2,000 and $5,000. - Education Fund
The purpose of this program is to educate, inspire, and empower chil­dren to protect the Earth’s
environment. The Foundation provides support to identify and fund ideas that effectively craft
solutions for: habitat preservation and restoration; energy con-servation; and climate change.
Deadline: open


Toshiba America Foundation Accepting Applications for Classroom Innovators Grants

Grants will be awarded to public and private (nonprofit) schools whose math and science
teachers are designing innovative projects to make their classrooms more exciting and engaging
Deadline: August 1, 2010

LEGO - LEGO Children's Fund Grants
The LEGO Children's Fund supports programs that primarily focus on the following areas: early
childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance
learning opportunities; and sport or athletic programs that concentrate on under-served youth.
Awards range between $500 and $5,000.
Deadline: August 1, 2010

2011 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award
Begun in 2002, ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Program recognizes
creative and committed teachers and administrators under the age of 40 who are making a
difference in the lives of children. ASCD will highlight these young educators as models for all
young education professionals or prospective educators. ASCD envisions sharing the expertise
and exemplary practices of the young educators to help build the skills of ASCD members and
the larger education community.
Deadline: August 1, 2010

Toshiba America: Grants for Math and Science

The Toshiba America Foundation funds projects in math and science designed by classroom
teachers to improve instruction for students in grades K-12. Maximum award: $5,000.
Deadline: grades 7-12 - August 2, 2010

Broad Center for the Management of School Systems: Superintendents Academy

The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Superintendents Academy seeks
leaders from business, the military, government, education, and nonprofit organizations to make
an immediate impact as CEOs and senior executives in urban school districts. Maximum award:
participation in the Broad Superintendents Academy.
Deadline: August 13, 2010

Sloan Consortium Invites Nominations for Online Education Awards

Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to individuals or educational institutions that have
demonstrated either excellence in online teaching and learning or made improvements to the
quality of online education programs.
Deadline: August 15, 2010 education-awards/

National Dairy Council and General Mills Foodservice to Award K-12 Schools Grants to
Build Breakfast Programs
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to schools currently participating in the council's Fuel Up
to Play 60 program.
Deadline: August 15, 2010

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Program

National Association of Independent Schools Challenge 20/20 Program gives schools the
opportunity to develop globally based, experiential curricula and to build educational
partnerships with schools around the world. Challenge 20/20 students form authentic bonds with
students from across the globe and learn firsthand about cross-cultural communication; together,
teams tackle real problems. Maximum award: participation in the Challenge 20/20 program.
Eligibility: elementary and secondary schools, public or private, located anywhere in the world.
Deadline: August 16, 2010

Sun Life Rising Star Awards Program Invites Applications from Youth Organizations
Working in Greater Philadelphia Area

Three grants of $50,000 will be awarded to Philadelphia-area nonprofits working to increase
high school graduation rates among at-risk youth.
Deadline: August 31, 2010
American Educational Research Association – Grants Program
AERA offers the following grants for research covering a wide range of educational issues:
Research Grants offer up to $20,000 for one-year projects or up to $35,000 for two-year projects;
and Dissertation Awards of up to $20,000 support advanced graduate students while they are
writing their dissertations.
Deadline: September 1, 2010

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Accepting Applications for 2011 National
Grant Program
Grants of up to $65,000 will be awarded to nonprofit and public agencies with literacy programs
for adult primary caregivers and their children.
Deadline: September 10, 2010

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Minigrants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Minigrants to public and school libraries for programs
that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack
Keats are welcome, but not required. Maximum award: $500.
 Eligibility: public/school
Deadline: September 15, 2010

ASCA: School Counselor of the Year

The American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year program honors the
best of the best -- school counselors who are running top-notch, comprehensive school
counseling programs at either the elementary, middle or high school level. Maximum award:
This newly enhanced program brings up to 10 finalists and their nominators to Washington, D.C.
in early February, where they participate in a Congressional briefing, meet with their members of
Congress, and are honored at the School Counselor of the Year Gala. Eligibility: ASCA
members who are practicing school counselors with at least five year's experience and currently
working in a U.S.-based school.
Deadline: September 15, 2010

Department of Education - Adult Education
ED supports the improvement of basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills of adult learners
by exploring malleable factors that are associated with better student outcomes; developing
innovative interventions; evaluating fully developed interventions through efficacy or replication
trials; evaluating the impact of interventions that are implemented at scale; and developing and
validating assessments for use in adult education settings. Award size will vary.
Deadline: September 16, 2010

Siemens/College Board: 2010 Siemens Competition
 The Siemens Competition seeks to
promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It
fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study
and informs their consideration of future careers in mathematics, science, engineering, and
technology. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: high school students who are U.S. citizens
or permanent residents.
Deadline: October 1, 2010

Siemens/College Board: 2010 Siemens Competition
The Competition encourages student research that improves their understanding of the value of
scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in mathematics, science,
engineering, and technology. Maximum award: $100,000.
Deadline: October 1, 2010

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation: Toolbox for Education Grant

Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by
parents in recognition of the importance of parent involvement in education. Maximum award:
$5,000. Eligibility: K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent groups
(associated with a non-profit K-12 school).
Deadline: October 15, 2010

Staples Foundation for Learning – Grant Program
The Staples Foundation for Learning provides funding to educational programs that support or
provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged
youth. Award size will vary.
Deadline: October 24, 2010

Verizon Foundation Grants

The Verizon Foundation makes grants that help people to increase their literacy and educational
achievement; avoid being an abuser or a victim of domestic violence; or achieve and sustain their
health and safety. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: October 31, 2010

CVS Caremark: Community Grants

CVS Caremark Community Grants support programs that promote independence among children
with disabilities, including physical and occupational therapies, speech and hearing therapies,
and assistive technology and recreational therapies. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations that serve
children with disabilities, located in a state that has a CVS pharmacy/store. Maximum award:
Deadline: October 31, 2010

Xerox Foundation – Grant Program
The Xerox Foundation seeks to ad-vance knowledge in science and technology, and to enhance
learning opportunities for mi-norities and the disadvantaged. The Foundation also provides
funding for higher education, employability and cultural affairs.
Deadline: open

                         HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for General Grants Program
Grants will be awarded for projects serving the needs of older adults through direct service,
advocacy, education, or training to improve quality of life and independence for vulnerable
Deadline: August 1, 2010

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Invites Applications for Nursing Grant Program
Grants of up to $50,000 per year for two years will be awarded to researchers working to
improve nursing care or quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
Deadline: August 2, 2010

Federal Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
The Office of Adolescent Health with in the Office of Public Health and Science administers a
Pregnancy Assistance Fund of $25 million to be awarded to programs ranging in size and scope.
Deadline: August 2, 2010

Health Profession Opportunity to Serve TANF Recipients and Low-Income Individuals
Federal funding for projects that support the establishment and maintenance of training,
education and career advancement programs to address health care workforce needs.
Deadline: August 5, 2010

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
Nonprofits including labor unions and community and faith based organizations are eligible for
federal funding to develop safety and health training materials or to conduct occupational health
and safety training.
Deadline: August 6, 2010

US Department of Education – Reducing Obesity and Obesity-Related Health Conditions
Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Disabilities From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds
The funding is to improve research and programs aimed at reducing obesity among ethnically
diverse adolescents and young adults with disabilities. Proposals can focus on research, training,
development, demonstration, dissemination, utilization, or technical support. One award of
$400,000 is available. Eligible applicants include states, nonprofits, for profits, institutions of
higher education, tribes and tribal groups.
Deadline: August 10, 2010

Family Caregiver Alliance Invites Entries for Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Awards Program
Grants of $20,000 will be given to nonprofits, government agencies, and universities working to
support informal or family caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
Deadline: August 12, 2010

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls

The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and
benefit women and girls. It funds projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by
the project in both its leadership and organization; that build community power; that promote
racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and that have limited financial access or have
encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3
organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000.
Deadline: August 14, 2010

Shelter Support 2011 Grants assist units of local government and nonprofit organizations to
provide safe and sanitary shelters and transitional housing for the homeless and to purchase
equipment and furnishing that will provide direct benefits to the shelter's residents.
Deadline: August 16, 2010

Department of Agriculture: Hunger-Free Communities Grants
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is announcing the opportunity for public and not-for-
profit organizations to submit applications for a Hunger-Free Communities grant competition.
Two models of grants will be funded: 1) assessment and planning grants and 2) implementation
grants. For communities that already have a plan to end hunger and need resources for program
implementation, FNS has set aside $4 million for implementation grants. An applicant may
only apply for one model of grant as part of this grant solicitation; however, those applying for
an assessment and planning grant may apply for an implementation grant in a future year if
additional funds are made available to continue this program. The Federal share of the cost of
the activities funded by these grants will not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of the grant
project. Projects funded will not exceed a two-year period of grant performance. Applicants are
required to partner with Food Policy Councils or their equivalent at the local level or include the
creation of a Food Policy Council as part of their application should one not serve their
community. Information regarding Food Policy Councils is available on the web, including a
Food Policy Council Report by Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy at
Deadline: September 1, 2010
The full grant proposal is available at:

Ameriprise Financial Community Relations Grant Making
Support for organizations that meet basic needs, support community vitality, volunteer driven
Deadline: September 1, 2010

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications

Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide resources to
underserved women, children, and families in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Deadline: September 7, 2010

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces
SAMHSA’s Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants
The purpose of the Conference Grant program is to disseminate knowledge about practices
within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and to
integrate that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as possible. It is
not the practice of SAMHSA to provide total support for planned meetings and conferences. The
maximum Conference Grant award is $50,000 for a 12-month project period.
Deadline: September 30, 2010

CVS Caremark Community Grants Program Accepting Applications

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide health and rehabilitation
services, greater inclusion in school activities, and access to physical movement for children
under age 21 with disabilities.
Deadline: October 31, 2010

Verizon Foundation Grants
Focus is to increase literacy and educational achievement; avoid domestic violence; and achieve
and sustain health and safety.
Deadline: October 31, 2010

Drug Policy Alliance Announces 2010/2011 Promoting Policy Change and Rapid Response
Grants Programs
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to promote policy change and
advance drug policy reform at the local, state, and national levels.
Deadline: Various

The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation – Grant Program
The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation pro-vides support for kindergarten to 12th grade education
and recreational programs, hunger-related programs, women’s health, and community-based
Deadline: open

Anthony Robbins Foundation – Grant Program
The Anthony Robbins Foundation seeks to make a difference in the quality of life for children,
the disabled, the homeless, the prison population, and the elderly. Award size will vary.
Deadline: open

Susan G Komen Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is partnering with local non-profit organizations in communities
worldwide to implement innovative programs aimed at increasing awareness, education,
screening, and quality access to care. Through local grants they strengthen organizations and
networks and replicate successful programs that can be implemented on a larger scale. To date,
Komen for the Cure has awarded more than $8 million for international community health
programs. At this time, Komen is not accepting unsolicited proposals. Komen is focusing
funding efforts on current commitments and will be accepting proposals by invitation only. They
encourage you to check the website periodically for updates on future funding opportunities.
Deadline: N/A

                      ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation: Melody Program

The Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music
programs that have no other source of financing to purchase additional musical instruments and
materials. Eligibility: music programs that take place during the regular school day. Schools
must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz
band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old. Maximum award: $8,000.
Deadline: August 1, 2010.

ASCAP Foundation - Music Education Programs
The ASCAP Foundation supports American music creators and encourages their growth through
music education and talent development programs. The Foundation's programs include:
songwriting workshops; scholarships; awards and recognition programs; public service projects
for senior composers and lyricists; and providing grants educational programs for aspiring
songwriters and composers. Grants of up to $3,000 will be made.
Deadline: August 1, 2010 (letters of intent)

Irvine Foundation Accepting Applications for Fall 2010 Creative Connections Fund

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits that create new work or offer a
contemporary reinterpretation of classic work and involve individual artists working in
collaboration with a local
Deadline: August 6, 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities - America's Historical and Cultural
Organizations: Planning and Implementation Grants
Planning grants allow institutions to provide the public with opportunities to explore the
humanities through activities such as exhibitions, reading and film discussion series, catalogs,
lectures, symposia, and websites. Projects with broad outreach and digital components are
strongly encouraged. Grants generally are for up to $40,000, though especially complex projects
may receive up to $75,000. Implementation grants support traveling or long-term museum
exhibitions, library-based projects, interpretation of historic places or areas, interpretive web
sites, or other project formats that creatively engage audiences in exploring humanities ideas and
questions. Applicants should have already done most of the planning for their projects, including
the identification of the key humanities themes, relevant scholarship, and program formats.
Deadline: August 18, 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities - America's Media Makers: Development and
Production Grants
NEH requests projects that will promote active exploration and engagement for broad public
audiences in history, literature, archaeology, art history, comparative religion, philosophy, or
other disciplines in the humanities. Development grants enable producers/scholars to develop the
content and format and to prepare the programs for production. Awards range from $40,000 to
$75,000 for six to 12 months. Production grants enable producers and scholars to continue their

engagement with humanities topics, and they support the production and postproduction of
programs. Awards of up to $800,000 will be made for three-year projects.
Deadline: August 18, 2010

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Invites Applications From Philadelphia-Area Dance
Artists and Organizations

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to choreographers, dance artists, and dance
organizations working to enhance the cultural life of the greater Philadelphia community through
their art form.

Deadline: September 8, 2010 (Letter of Intent)

American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowships

The program, which supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities
and humanities-related social sciences, will be open to scholars whose work makes use of digital
formats and tools.
Deadline: September 29, 2010

NAMM Foundation 2011 President's Innovation Award for Exemplary College Students
A cash award and opportunities to network with industry laureates and professionals will be
given to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in the music products industry.
Deadline: September 30, 2010

Grammy Foundation Accepting Applications for Music Preservation and Research Grants
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations or individuals working to advance
archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas, or to those
researching the impact of music on the human condition.
Deadline: October 1, 2010 (Letter of Inquiry)

Mr. Holland's Opus Music Foundation

Mr. Holland's Opus Music Foundation Grants have two programs, the Melody Program that
targets qualified school music programs in need of assistance, and the Special Projects Program
that targets community schools of the arts, after school programs and youth orchestras in need of
assistance. Maximum award: Programs fund instrument repair and the acquisition of new
instruments up to $10,000; no cash grants. Eligibility: school music programs K-12; community
schools of the arts, after-school programs, and youth orchestras.
Deadline: pre-application -- October 1, 2010

CVS Caremark - CVS Caremark Community Grants
This program provides funds to programs targeting children with disabilities, programs focusing
on health and rehabilitation services, public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in

student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical
movement and play. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: October 31, 2010

Surdna Foundation Teens Artistic Advancement initiative
Through the Thriving Cultures priority area, the Foundation is currently accepting letters of
inquiry for the Teens Artistic Advancement initiative. This initiative aims to promote fresh
thinking and new approaches to address the isolation and lack of opportunities for artistic
advancement for young people from disadvantaged communities. Support will be provided to
nonprofit organizations that offer programs where young people have long-term opportunities to
create art with accomplished artists, often resulting in strong mentoring relationships, as well as
organizations that create professional artistic development opportunities for staff.
Deadline: Rolling for Letter of Inquiry

Finish Line Youth Foundation
Applications Reviewed on a quarterly basis. $1,000 - $5,000 for athletic programs and camps
that promote an active lifestyle for youth. Special initiatives up to $25,000.

Hot Topic Foundation – Grant Program
The Hot Topic Foundation supports programs and organizations that focus on encouraging and
educating youth in music, creative writing, painting, photography, filmmaking and more. Grants
of $25,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: open


Sloan Consortium Invites Nominations for Online Education Awards
Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to individuals or educational institutions that have
demonstrated either excellence in online teaching and learning or made improvements to the
quality of online education programs.
Deadline: August 15, 2010

Paperless Choice Challenge Invites Entries of Nonprofit Digital Fundraising Campaigns

Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to nonprofits conducting fundraising campaigns that utilize
digital means of communication and move away from traditional paper-based direct mail
Deadline: September 15, 2010

                               GENERAL SERVICES

Paperless Choice Challenge Invites Entries of Nonprofit Digital Fundraising Campaigns

Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to nonprofits conducting fundraising campaigns that utilize
digital means of communication and move away from traditional paper-based direct mail
Deadline: September 15, 2010

The Fruition Coalition Grants for Strategic Planning
Funds are awarded to organizations engaged in systems change.
Deadline: October 15, 2010

State Farm Company Grants
State Farm® is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in
three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and
Education Excellence (education).
Deadline: October 31, 2010

Farrell Family Foundation – Grant Program
The Farrell Family Foundation provides support for the arts and education, with an emphasis on:
technology; health; and human welfare. Award size will vary.
Deadline: open

Nintendo of America – Grant Program
Nintendo of America supports organizations involved with education and health and human
services. Award sizes will vary.
Deadline: open

                          NONPROFIT SUPPORTS
The Philadelphia Business Journal's 2009 rankings for the top ten local corporate charitable
contributors includes:
(1) Independence Blue Cross
(2) PECO
(3) Wachovia Corp.
(4) Comcast Corp.
(5) TD Bank, N.A.
(6) Lincoln Financial
(7) Bank of America
(8) Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
(9) ACE Group
(10) Blank Rome

Association of Fundraising Professionals is a website for news and resources related to
fundraising and philanthropy.

BoardnetUSA is a website used to connect nonprofit boards with new leaders.

Hypno Design is hosting a pro-bono creative marketing event to provide free creative designed
work for selected nonprofits, including logos, brochures, websites, billboards ads, radio spots,
TV storyboards, posters, and newspaper ads. Applications are due July 30th.

Network for Good is a website that has many free e-books and training sessions related to

Website to locate evidenced based programs for youth:

NonProfit Expert
Software program recommendations for nonprofit agencies

Statistical Package for Social Services (SPSS)
Technology from SPSS, an IBM Company, encapsulates advanced mathematical and statistical
expertise to extract predictive knowledge that when deployed into existing processes makes them
adaptive to identify and improve outcomes.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launches new website: 

More information about our services, quicker access to the pages you want, dozens of
educational materials for download, hundreds of new links, tips and resources to help
Philadelphians stay healthy, a large library of data, reports and research findings, and
information in many languages. Be sure to bookmark so you can return to
it easily. 
 Send an email to: to submit comments and suggestions.

Report Aims to Help Nonprofits Engage in Advocacy Efforts
The Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project has issued a report about how organizations can best
leverage their limited financial and staff resources and assets to support nonprofit advocacy
efforts. The Report on the Listening Post Project Chicago Roundtable on Nonprofit Advocacy
and Lobbying (9 pages, PDF) is based on a roundtable convened by Johns Hopkins to expand on
the results of a 2007 Listening Post Project survey on nonprofit engagement in the public policy
process. Conducted in partnership with the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, the survey
found that although nonprofits are widely engaged in efforts to influence public policies
affecting them and the individuals they serve, they are often constrained in their advocacy efforts
by a lack of adequate resources, including tight budgets and limited staff time and expertise.
In addition, the report found that advocacy efforts must directly involve nonprofits themselves,
including the active use and dissemination of real-world stories and increased engagement of
patrons in the lobbying process; intermediary organizations should play an active role in
supporting the advocacy efforts of nonprofits by engaging members in mission-based advocacy
and helping establish long-term funding streams for advocacy efforts; foundations and their
boards must be better educated on the relationship between engaging in advocacy and achieving
organizational mission; and the policy community needs to be better engaged by nonprofits and
their intermediaries and educated about the impact of existing lobbying laws on nonprofit
advocacy. Moreover, concerns over perceived conflicts of interest pose a challenge to getting
board members to emphasize advocacy. "There is much more business involvement in order to
go after private and corporate funding, and now it's causing some potentially serious dilemmas
on the advocacy front," Listening Post board chair Peter Goldberg told the Chronicle of
Philanthropy, "because the agencies may want to take advocacy positions with respect to the role
of government and government funding that can oftentimes be at variance with the generally
held positions of the business community that their board members represent."
“Board Support Is Key to Advocacy Efforts by Nonprofit Groups, Report Says.”



More Than Half Of Philadelphia Public School Students Pass State Tests
KYW-AM Philadelphia (6/18, DeNardo) reports that, for the first time, "more than half of" all
students in the Philadelphia School "scored at least 'proficient' on the latest standardized state
tests." Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said, "Getting over the 50 percent mark for the majority
of our students, I think psychologically will let people know that it can be done." KYW notes
that "in math, 56-percent of students made the grade - up four points over last year, and reading
scores were 51 percent, up three points. The district's...worst performing schools" had the
greatest gains.

Pennsylvania Senate Considers Change To Special Ed Funding
The York (PA) Dispatch (6/29, Shaw) reports, "Special education funding reform is now before
the state Senate" after last week's 173-25 House vote to "move Pennsylvania away from a flat
funding method." Under the previous method each district received "special education funding
based on the assumption each district has 16 percent of its total enrollment in special education."
Under the House-approved bill, "school districts would receive funding based on the number of
special-education students they have, as well as on factors such as district poverty level."


Educators Using Social Networking Platforms As Learning Tool
Education Week (6/16, Davis) reported, "Just a few years ago, social networking meant little
more to educators than the headache of determining whether to penalize students for
inappropriate activities captured on Facebook or MySpace. Now, teachers and students have a
vast array of social-networking sites and tools-from Ning to VoiceThread and Second Life-to
draw on for such serious uses as professional development and project collaboration." According
to Education Week, "Educators who support using social networking for education say it has
become so ubiquitous for students-who start using sites like Webkinz and Club Penguin when
they are in elementary school-that it just makes sense to engage them this way."

Still slipping

The percentage of students earning a standard diploma in four years has slid from 69.2 percent in
2006 to 68.8 percent in 2007, according to an analysis in Education Week's "Diplomas Count
2010," The Christian Science Monitor reports. This is the second consecutive year of decline,
translating to 11,000 fewer graduates in 2007 than in 2006; at its peak in 1969, the national
graduation rate was 77 percent. On a more positive note, the report identifies 21 cities that posted
higher graduation rates than expected based on a range of predictors, including demographics
and poverty. The report did note that racial and ethnic gaps persist, with 46 percent of African
American students, 44 percent of Latinos, and 49 percent of Native Americans failing to earn a
diploma in four years.
 See the report:

Number of U.S. children in poverty expands

An analysis by the Foundation for Child Development finds that the number of children living in
poverty this year will climb to 22 percent, the highest in two decades, according to USA
TODAY. In 2006 nearly 17 percent of children were living in poverty, and the recession could
wipe out virtually economic progress for children since 1975 when the foundation began
analyzing data. The foundation's Child and Youth Well-Being Index tracks 28 key statistics that
include health insurance coverage, parents' employment, infant mortality, and preschool
enrollment. The report projects that the percentage of children living in families with an
"insecure" source of food has risen from 17 percent in 2007 to 18 percent in 2010, an increase of
750,000 children. Up to 500,000 children may be homeless this year, living in shelters or places
not meant for habitation. Researchers note their projections have limitations, since complete
statistics from government and other sources were available only through 2006. However,
according to Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, "Most of the report is an advertising tool
for more government programs and spending, which are pretty ineffective in increasing child
 Read more:
 See the index: http://www.fcd-

Making school work for drop outs

In response to a graduation rate of 72.6 percent, Nashville, Tenn. has opened two nontraditional
high schools that meet on modified schedules to help students complete their studies and earn
diplomas, Education Week reports. "What we've done is try to create flexible, alternative
structures," explained Jesse Register, superintendent of the Metropolitan Nashville school
district. "They are very centered on those young people who have great family demands that
prevent them from attending a regular school schedule." The schools were created when school
leaders saw a pattern in data on students who dropped out: Many were English-language learners
or young parents, or were being raised by single parents, and most were working full or part time
to help make ends meet. Now, principals actively recruit students for the schools, those who
dropped out during senior year or the second semester of junior year and who are between the
ages of 17 and 21. Classes are offered four hours a day, five days a week, and students can earn
two academic credits every nine weeks if they attend morning and afternoon sessions. The
schools' small size allows individual interaction with students and helps them work around job
schedules and transportation issues through a combination of classroom and web-based
coursework to graduate.
 Read more:

Great unmet need

A new report from the After-School Alliance finds that three quarters of America's
schoolchildren are not participating in summer learning programs, despite a growing awareness
that summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap between low-income and
high-income youth. Of the 25 percent of children (an estimated 14.3 million) that participate in
summer learning programs, 43 percent qualify for free/reduced price lunch. Yet 56 percent of
non-participating children (an estimated 24 million) would likely participate in a summer
learning program, based on parent interest, if one were available to them, and of these, 46

percent are eligible for free/ reduced price lunch. Thirty-five percent of African-American, 29
percent of Hispanic, and 27 percent of low-income children attended summer learning programs
in 2008 compared to the national average of 25 percent. More than three in four African-
American kids (77 percent) and at least two in three Hispanic (70 percent) and low-income (67
percent) kids would likely enroll in a summer learning program, based on parent interest, if they
could. Eight in ten parents (83 percent) support public funding for summer learning programs.
Fully 95 percent of African-American, 91 percent of Hispanic, and 90 percent of low-income
parents support public funding for summer learning programs.

The achievement gap behind the achievement gap

The stereotype of the nation's lowest-performing high schools is that of large schools located in
big cities, but a brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education says this is not the whole story.
Lowest-performing schools are scattered throughout the country, in every state in the nation and
in nearly 350 congressional districts. Twenty-two percent have four hundred students or fewer,
and 29 percent have between four hundred and one thousand total students. More than 150 of
them, or one in eleven, are charter schools. Their common attribute, however, is the high number
of poor and minority students attending them. In all, 28 percent of the nation's students of color
are enrolled in one of these high schools, making minority students six times more likely to
attend a lowest performer than their white counterparts. Eighty-four percent of these schools are
high-poverty. In the view of the authors, federal policymakers have an obligation to prioritize
these schools for massive transformation: "Effectively performing legislative triage now will
yield economic benefit to the nation and to the millions of individual students who will graduate
from high school with a diploma that prepares them for success in college, careers, and
 Read more:

Study on Runaway Youth Examines Lifetime Prevalence
A new study from the Urban Institute uses new methodology to yield estimates of the number of
youth who run away from home, the number of times they run away, and their age when they
first run away. In On the Prevalence of Running Away From Home, author Michael R. Pergamit
draws on the data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 cohort (NLSY97), to
develop measures not generally found in the literature. The data follow a cohort of youths from
age 12 to age 18. The measures combine to provide an estimate of the lifetime prevalence of
runaway behavior.
 Results indicate that nearly one in five U.S. youths will run away from
home before age 18, and almost 30 percent will do so three or more times, greatly heightening
their risk of violence and many other dangers. Females and Black youth run away the most often,
although findings show a heterogeneous population in terms of their runaway histories. The
author also points out that most runaway and homeless youth have histories of runaway (and
throwaway) episodes.
 The publication is available on the Urban Institute website:

The National Runaway Switchboard provides an array of services to help keep runaway and
at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Foremost among its services is a 24-hour crisis line staffed
by counselors who provide free, anonymous, and confidential assistance to a teenager who is
thinking of running away from home, has a friend who has run away and is looking for help, or

is a runaway ready to go home. They also can provide advice to teachers looking for information
to pass along to students about alternatives to running away from home. 
 The National
Runaway Switchboard services are provided in part through funding from the Family and Youth
Services Bureau (FYSB) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. The FYSB website provides resources for parents and the media, a
runaway prevention curriculum, and materials for Runaway Prevention Month held each

Effective Program Strategies for Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood
A new factsheet from Child Trends, What Works for Older Youth During Their Transition to
Adulthood: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions, synthesizes
results from experimental evaluations of 31 programs geared towards positively influencing
older youth (ages 18 to 25). Researchers examined the effects of programs such as Job Corps,
Upward Bound, New Chance, and others to identify strategies that worked across outcomes, as
well as promising findings for education, career, reproductive health, and substance use
outcomes. The factsheet highlights the following pertinent findings:
     Education and career programs can be effective, especially for low-income youth and for
        youth targeted early in their transition to adulthood.
     Specific intervention strategies, such as mentoring, case management, and providing
        childcare for young parents, are associated with program success across outcomes.
The factsheet, by Alena M. Hadley, Kassim Mbwana, and Elizabeth C. Hair, is available on the
Child Trends website:
2010_03_09_FS_WWOlderYouth.pdf (282 KB)

Data on Latino Children's Well-Being
A new data book gives an overview of current national and State-level trends for Latino minors
relative to non-Hispanic White and Black children. America’s Future: Latino Child Well-Being
in Numbers and Trends provides State-specific data for Hispanic children between the years
2000 and 2008 for 25 indicators in the following data book sections:
     Population Trends and Geographic Location
     Nativity Status and Citizenship
     Family Structure and Income
     Education and Language
     Health
     Juvenile Justice
The book was produced by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Population
Reference Bureau and is now available on the NCLR website:

Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007–
08. This report presents findings associated with public high school graduation and event dropout
counts for the 2007–08 school year.

The American Youth Policy Forum has announced its YouTube channel of

Become a member of the PILN and join the NDPC-Dropout Prevention Community to join
discussion with colleagues and share your feedback, ideas, and success stories.

Introducing Student Individualized Growth Management and Assessment (SIGMA): A
Microsoft Education Analytics Platform Approach to Students At Risk.

Helping Students Get a Head Start on the "Real World": State Strategies for Early High
School Graduation, discusses early graduation options that may address the challenges brought
on by seniors who have met academic requirements and tend to mentally if not physically drop
out of school during their senior years.

Access 2010 state education policies as tracked by the Education Commission of the States
(ECS) Clearinghouse in their State Policy Database.

Student Characteristics and Achievement in 22 KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Middle
Schools is a new report from Mathematica about charter schools nationwide. The report shows
that after three years, middle school student gains in math are large enough in half the schools to
significantly narrow race- and income-based achievement gaps among

A recent brief from MDRC gives interim results from an evaluation of the National Guard
Youth ChalleNGe Program, which aims to "reclaim" the lives of high school dropouts.
ChalleNGe—which requires no military service—is a residential program operating in more than
half the nation's states, with more than 90,000 completing it since its launch in the 1990s.

HELP WANTED: New Report Finds Nearly Two Thirds of All Job Openings Will Require
Postsecondary Education by 2018

Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond
describes programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high
school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers.

An interesting story from the New York Times on English Language Learners.

                                   EARLY CHILDHOOD

Poverty at Birth is Associated With Poverty at Later Points in Life
A new study shows that 49% percent of babies born to poor families will be poor for half their
childhood in contrast with four percent of babies born to families that are not poor. The study
published by the Urban Institute on June 30, 2010 links poverty status at birth to persistent
poverty and adult outcomes. The study shows that those poor at birth are more likely to be poor
in childhood and early adulthood, drop out of high school, have a teen non-marital birth, and
have trouble holding a job. These poverty outcomes were significantly worse for black children
than white children. The study concludes that targeting resources to children and their families
in poverty could improve children’s future outcomes.

Cartoon Characters Influence Children’s Eating Habits
Children preferred foods branded with cartoon characters over the same food without the
character. This is according to a study published in Pediatrics on June 21, 2010. The study,
conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, examined the
influence of cartoon characters branded on food packaging and its effect on children’s taste
preferences. Forty children between the ages of four and six were given the same three foods
packaged with and without a popular cartoon character and allowed to choose which tasted
better. The majority of children selected the branded snacks, especially among low-nutrition
foods. Accordingly, the Yale researchers recommend limiting the branding of such foods with
cartoon characters.


President Announces New Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative
On June 21, President Obama announced his new Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. The
initiative addresses father absence in America through partnerships with fatherhood and family-
serving groups. The initiative has three steps:
      Community forums held around the country and hosted by the White House Office of
         Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Office of Public Engagement
      E-newsletters with resources from leaders in the fatherhood and family fields
      Organizational support designed to have a cultural impact on responsible fatherhood
         through such activities as local forums and community trainings

The Rise in Kinship Adoption
A new issue brief created by ChildFocus and the North American Council on Adoptable
Children, Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population, was developed
to draw attention to and explore the needs of children adopted by their relatives. The issue brief
points out that the number of children in foster care finding permanent homes with relatives is
steadily growing—up from 21 percent in 2000 to 30 percent in 2008. 
 Why is kinship adoption
on the rise? The authors point to:
     Increased recognition of the benefits of kinship care for children
     State and Federal preferences for kinship care
     Placement with relatives in order to keep children out of foster care
     Recognition that relatives will adopt if it is in the best interests of the children
According to the brief, some of the benefits of kinship adoption include kinship caregivers'
unique knowledge about the child and the family dynamics and the greater likelihood of children
maintaining some kind of connection with their birth parents, if desired.
 How can agencies
best support kinship adoption? The authors point to the need to:
     Fully prepare kinship families for the adoption
     Approach the assessment and training differently with kin than with unrelated
        prospective families
     Ensure post-permanency services are open to kinship families
     Develop kinship competence in staff to overcome general assumptions
     Educate families on flexible kinship licensing policies (523 KB)

                                     CHILD WELFARE

Report Provides Insights into the Employment Training and Job Placement Needs of
Foster Youth
This Chapin Hall report describes the results of a study that used administrative data to better
understand the need for employment-related services and supports among youth in foster care
and how one community-based employment training and job placement program is trying to
address those needs. The report highlights the characteristics and placement histories of the
foster youth the program serves, their engagement in employment training activities, and their
placement in subsidized jobs. Read An Employment Training and Job Placement Program
for Foster Youth Making the Transition to Adulthood in Cook County, Illinois by Amy
Dworsky and Judy Havlicek.
The Fostering Connections Resource Center
The Center is a comprehensive source of information for the various stakeholders working to
implement the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. The Resource
Center provides access to the latest information, training, tools, experts, and advocates,
     Data and resources on each section of the Fostering Connections legislation
     Technical assistance for State leaders and policymakers
     Tracking of implementation activity
     Opportunities to communicate with experts and peers
     National networks of stakeholders organized by the six major topic areas of the law—
        adoption, kinship, older youth, Tribal child welfare, health, and education
The Implementation Approaches section of the website highlights successful efforts from States
and Tribes. Among the featured examples are family-finding efforts, guardianship assistance
programs, kinship placement strategies, transition planning efforts, and foster parent
 Visit the website at

Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System
Over the past decade, immigration patterns have contributed significantly to the changing
demographic profile of the child welfare system, such that 9.6 percent of children reported to
child welfare agencies are living with a foreign-born parent or caregiver. These children may be
at risk of maltreatment due to the stresses involved with immigration, acculturation, and
differences in parenting and discipline styles.
 The American Humane and partners recently
published two new research briefs based on data from the National Survey of Child and
Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). The NSCAW was conducted with a nationally representative
sample of children who were subjects of child protective services (CPS) reports in 1999 and
2000, including 3,336 children with native parents and 351 children with immigrant parents.
Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System: Findings From the National Survey of
Child and Adolescent Well-Being, by Alan Dettlaff and Ilze Earner, notes a number of
similarities and differences between children in the child welfare system who have native parents
and those of immigrant parents. For instance, children of immigrant parents were significantly
more likely to:
      Be female
      Have a biological father in the home
      Experience emotional abuse
      Children of native parents were significantly more likely to:
      Experience physical neglect
      Have parents who abuse alcohol or drugs
      Have parents with intellectual, cognitive, or physical impairments
The article can be viewed on the American Humane
(436 KB)

Latino Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System: Findings From the National
Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, by Alan Dettlaff and Ilze Earner, looks specifically
at the characteristics of Latino families that come to the attention of the child welfare system,
comparing families with at least one immigrant parent with families with native parents. For
instance, compared to children of native-born Latino parents involved with child welfare,
children of immigrant Latino parents were more likely to:
      Be older and have older parents
      Be poorer
      Have a biological father in the home
      Experience sexual abuse
      Children of native Latino parents were significantly more likely to:
      Experience physical neglect
      Have parents who abuse drugs
      Have high family stress
(432 KB)


National Children's Health Insurance Toolkit, a website that offers State-specific information on health insurance
coverage for children through Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), now
offers an online toolkit for professionals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services designed the toolkit to help organizations raise public
awareness and understanding of children's health insurance programs, thereby encouraging
eligible parents and guardians to apply for coverage on behalf of their uninsured children. A
variety of information, materials, tools, and tactics are provided to assist in education and
outreach efforts and are organized into the following toolkit sections:
     Developing an Approach and Setting Goals
     Material Development and Dissemination
     Partner Engagement and Activation
     Working With Media and Integrating Social Media
     Retaining Participation in Children's Health Insurance Programs
     Tracking and Evaluating Your Efforts
Organizations also may add their logos and local contact and State-specific information to the
toolkit's customizable materials. This toolkit will be updated as new successful strategies and
practices emerge. Currently, parts of the toolkit are in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and
Vietnamese. For more information,

Health Care for Transitioning Youth
The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) has published an
issue brief, Addressing the Health Care Needs of Transitioning Youth, that describes how some
States are working to provide health care to youth who are transitioning out of foster care and
into independence. Children in foster care are more likely to experience acute and chronic health
conditions. While they are entitled to health-care benefits through Medicaid, a lack of Medicaid
providers reduces their chances of consistent and timely care—and those benefits end when they
leave the foster care system. 
 The Fostering Connections Act of 2008 requires States to create
and maintain a health oversight and coordination plan for each young person in foster care. The
objective of these plans is for health-care providers to ensure that each child receives regular and
comprehensive care, access to services beyond his or her 18th birthday, and a medical passport—
an electronic, portable record of the child’s medical and family health histories.
 To read the
issue brief, go to: (47 KB)

Obama Administration Launches New Consumer-Oriented Health Care Site
On Thursday, July 1, the Administration launched, a new consumer web site that
provides transparency into the health care marketplace. Through, individuals
will have more control over their health care as informed and empowered consumers. The easy
to use web site provides one-stop shopping access to a wealth of information, including new
consumer rights and benefits under the Affordable Care Act, a timeline of when new programs
under the new law will come online between now and 2014 and a new insurance finder that will

make it easy to find both private and public health insurance options. For more information, visit
Tobacco Control Act Goes Into Effect
Under the Tobacco Control Act, signed by President Obama a year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration obtained authority to regulate tobacco products, with a special emphasis on
preventing their use by children and youth and reducing the impact of tobacco on public health.
The Act authorizes the FDA, among other things, to set tobacco product standards, require
product listing and registration, revise health-warning labels, create manufacturing standards,
and review products intended to modify the risk of tobacco use. The following provisions of the
Act became effective on June 22, 2010:
-- FDA rules that limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
to protect the health of children and adolescents become legally enforceable;
-- Provisions that prohibit the advertising or labeling of tobacco products with the descriptors
―light,‖ ―mild,‖ or ―low‖ or similar descriptors without an FDA order; and
-- Requirements that new, larger health warning labels for smokeless tobacco products begin to
rotate on labels, labeling, and advertising and begin to be displayed on smokeless tobacco
During the past year, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products; established the
tobacco user fee program, which provides funding for FDA tobacco regulation support activities;
and begun to enforce the
Act’s prohibition on manufacturing, distributing or selling certain flavored cigarettes, such as
spice-, fruit-, and candy-flavored cigarettes. Source:


SAMHSA's series of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KITs helps guide recovery-oriented
support to mental health care consumers and is part of SAMHSA's commitment to promoting
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Report to Congress on Grants to Help Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse
The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-288) provided authorization
and funding to implement the Targeted Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the
Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Methamphetamine or Other Substance Abuse.
In 2007, under this legislation, 53 organizations around the country were competitively awarded

Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) to implement interagency collaborations and provide
integrated child welfare and substance abuse treatment services. As required by the legislation,
the Children's Bureau recently completed the first Annual Report to Congress on the RPG
program. The report describes the activities and progress of the RPG program and the grantees
from October 2006 through July 2008. During this time, significant accomplishments included:
     Releasing the Program Announcement and awarding funds to 53 grantees to carry out the
        purposes of the legislation through a broad range of program activities
     Establishing and strengthening interagency collaborative partnerships in all 53 sites to
        provide integrated child welfare and substance abuse treatment services
     Developing a set of 23 RPG performance data indicators representing four domain areas
        (children/youth, adult, family, and regional partnership/service capacity) that reflects the
        broad goals of the legislation and aligns with the diverse activities of the 53 RPGs
     Developing an RPG data collection and reporting system to assess the performance of the
        grant recipients
     Completing in-depth site visits with each of the 53 regional partnerships
     Implementing a national programmatic and evaluation technical assistance program to
        support the work of the 53 regional partnerships
     Enrolling more than 1,800 adults and children in RPG programs
The 53 grantees developed activities and services in five broad areas: systems collaboration and
improvements, substance abuse treatment linkages and services, services for children and youth,
support services for parents and families, and expanded capacity to provide treatment and
services to families. After only 6 months into their grants, more than half the grantees were
providing a broad array of services to children and adults. During this same time period, grantees
provided trainings to more than 3,500 RPG staff.
 The report documents the significant
progress that grantees have made in achieving their first-year program and evaluation objectives.
Future reports will focus on grantees' continued progress, drawing on data from the 23
performance indicators.
 To read the full report, Targeted Grants to Increase the Well-Being
of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Methamphetamine or
Other Substance Abuse: First Annual Report to Congress, visit the Children's Bureau website: (1.14 MB)
additional information on this cluster of grants, please go the National Center on Substance
Abuse and Child Welfare website at For questions, please contact the
Federal Project Officer, Elaine Stedt, at


MENTOR Joins White House to Help Close Mentoring Gap
June 29, 2010: A capacity crowd attended yesterday's 2010 National Conference on
Volunteering and Service issue forum on mentoring as a solution to the school drop-out crisis,
where speakers included Joshua DuBois of the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives,
Matilda Cuomo of Mentoring USA, Dr. Larry Wright of MENTOR and Karen Mathis of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America. More than 150 participants from the public and private sectors
witnessed the commitment from these organizations to unite in their efforts to keep children in
school. In his introductory remarks, DuBois noted that:
    1.3 million American students drop out of high school each year.

       One-third of all children and one-half of low income and minority youth fail to graduate
        on time.
     Of minority students who enroll in college, only 10 percent graduate.
     Only 3 percent of today's jobs are available to unskilled employees.
     The 2,000 lowest performing schools are located in 170 communities.
He also said evidence suggests that mentoring can help keep students in school, out of trouble
and working to achieve their potential as individuals and as citizens. "This is why these
organizations have united to start Academic Achievement Through Mentoring, an initiative
targeted at matching young people in these 170 communities with mentors who can change their
lives and keep them in school learning," DuBois said. Wright expressed MENTOR's honor for
being asked to serve with the White House, Mentoring USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America in this initiative. He shared additional information from partner America's Promise
Alliance regarding their Grad Nation campaign, as well as MENTOR's aim to bring research-
based, quality mentoring to more children, while reducing costs across the board.

Specific to Academic Achievement Through Mentoring, Wright said MENTOR will use its
database of more than 5,000 quality mentoring programs as the foundation to match potential
mentors with mentoring program directors or school district personnel in the 170 communities
with low-performing schools. Potential mentors will simply type in their zip code to find the
closest school and, if they choose, will then be connected with the appropriate direct service
provider, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and others. "We will put everything we have — from
our technology, to our research, to our tools and brainpower to do everything we can to help
solve this crisis," Wright said. "That is a promise I am very comfortable making here today."
For more information about Academic Achievement Through Mentoring, contact Ellen
Christman at For more information about quality mentoring, visit

Academic Achievement through Mentoring Launched
MENTOR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Mentoring USA launched a joint initiative
to help combat America's school dropout crisis that uses a Volunteer Referral Service to route
potential mentors to mentoring programs throughout the United States, including 170
communities with the lowest-performing schools. Known as Academic Achievement through
Mentoring, the initiative was first noted at a 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and
Service issue forum on mentoring as a solution to the school dropout crisis, where speakers
included Joshua DuBois of the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Matilda Cuomo of
Mentoring USA, Dr. Larry Wright of MENTOR and Karen Mathis of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America. The launch at allows potential mentors to access the list of
2,000 identified schools and then type their own zip code into MENTOR's Volunteer Referral
Service consisting of more than 5,000 quality mentoring programs. If visitors to the site choose,
they then can be connected with a mentoring provider for the identified school district, such as
Big Brothers Big Sisters and others. Mentoring is a youth intervention that research shows can
help keep students in school, out of trouble and working to achieve their potential as individuals
and as citizens. During the Conference on Volunteering and Service, DuBois cited alarming
statistics for the capacity crowd, including:
     1.3 million American students drop out of high school each year.

       One-third of all children and one-half of low income and minority youth fail to graduate
        on time.
     Of minority students who enroll in college, only 10 percent graduate.
     Only 3 percent of today's jobs are available to unskilled employees.
     The 2,000 lowest-performing schools are located in 170 communities.
Research has shown mentoring to have significant positive effects on two early indicators of high
school dropouts—high levels of absenteeism and recurring behavior problems. Youth in
mentoring relationships present better attitudes and behaviors at school and are more likely to
attend college than their counterparts. Also at the forum, Wright shared additional information
from partner America's Promise Alliance regarding their Grad Nation campaign, as well as
MENTOR's aim to bring research-based, quality mentoring to more children, while reducing
costs across the board.
For more information about the Academic Achievement through Mentoring initiative, visit

Forensic Interviewing and Related Trainings
The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) provides training, prevention, intervention,
and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect. The trainings are offered online, on the
NCAC campus in Huntsville, AL, and at trainee locations through customized arrangements.

 As part of its training series, online presentations on a variety of child maltreatment and
investigation topics are offered at no charge. The trainings are developed by experts in the field
and are designed to be viewed by individuals or groups of child abuse or related professionals.
Access the 23 online trainings on the NCAC website.
 Trainings on the NCAC campus include
forensic interviewing and evaluation, as well as family and victim advocacy. Customized
trainings are available through special arrangements and can include a variety of topics centering
on forensic interviewing.
 Visit the NCAC website for more information:

                                          August 2010

FFTA 24th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care - Being the Light at the End of
the Tunnel

Foster Family-Based Treatment Association
 - August 1–4, Nashville, TN

National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media 2010
August 17–19, 2010, Atlanta, GA
SAMHSA is joining with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sponsor the fourth
annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media.
This year's theme is Convergence: Purpose, Programs, & Partners. The fields of health
communication, marketing, and media are converging, with distinct sciences, methodologies,
and technologies merging into a unified whole. This year's conference will further promote this
"convergence" of purpose, programs, and partners, and examine its impact on processes and
outcomes. Register Now | Learn More

Pathways to Adulthood 2010 - National Independent Living/Transitional Living

The National Resource Center for Youth Services
 - August 24–26, Chicago, IL

August 4th - 2:30 pm
Effective Internet Strategy for your Nonprofit Webinar by Nonprofit Webinars

August 11th - 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Building a Stong Case for Support (Webinar) by the Pennsylvania Association for Nonprofits

August 16th - 20th
NeighborWorks Training Certification Philadelphia PA

                                      September 2010

23rd Annual National Independent Living Conference
 Growing Pains 2010

Daniel Memorial Institute
 - September 7–10, National Harbor, MD

15th Annual Conference on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma
 - September 11–12, San Diego, CA

Eleventh International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
 - September 12–14, Atlanta, GA

XVIII ISPCAN International Congress
 One World, One Family, Many Cultures

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
September 26–29, Honolulu, HI
                                          October 2010

CSWE 56th Annual Program Meeting
 Promoting Sustainability in Social Work

Council on Social Work Education - October 14–17, Portland, OR

2010 Alliance National Conference

Alliance for Children and Families - October 20–22, Milwaukee, WI

33rd National Juvenile and Family Law Conference

National Association of Counsel for Children
 - October 20–23, Austin,
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National Lifespan Respite Conference

Maryland Respite Care Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and the National Respite
 - October 24–27, Baltimore, MD

                                       November 2010

5th Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare
 - The Child Welfare
Response Continuum

American Humane
 - November 8–10, Anaheim, CA


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