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The Gift of Giving This holiday season, instead of giving traditional gifts, complete with gift receipts, wrapping paper and frilly bows, consider giving the gift of charity in honor of a loved one. Donating the money you would have spent on a gift to an organization that reflects the interests or passion of a family member or friend is a gift that not only has lasting importance for your loved one, but it also has a lasting impact on the community. Combining gift giving with charitable donations is a great way to give charities the opportunity to extend their services, making our world a better place for all of us to live.

Giving a gift of charity can take many forms: Some organizations have online stores or catalogs set up that allow you to donate toward a certain item or need. Oftentimes, nonprofits send a special notecard for you to give to the recipient, letting them know the details of the cause. Gift registries and wishlists are also a great option for those who prefer to request gifts of this nature for birthdays, weddings, holidays, or anniversaries.

Organizations, such as GiveMN, even provide gift cards to make gift giving stress-free. The GiveMN giving card is easy to use and allows you to give a charitable gift in an increment of your choice. The recipient can then choose where to spend the donation by selecting from thousands of nonprofits on GiveMN.org. It’s important to dig a little deeper to ensure your gift will be meaningful to your loved one AND used responsibly by the organization of your choice.

Here are some things to consider: What causes are important to your loved one?

There are numerous nonprofit organizations engaged in a wide variety of causes and activities. As you try to decide which one to choose, think about what your loved one’s interests and passions are. Just as you would try to find a gift that appropriately suits your loved one, choose an organization whose mission and activities align with his or her interests.

How will the contribution be used by the charity?

There are many organizations that have similar missions, but carry out their programs very differently. Knowing how your contribution will be used can help you to decide which of those charities will be most appropriate for your gift. For example, if you have a loved one who cares deeply about feeding impoverished children, some organizations use your gift to sponsor a specific child, while others may pool the contributions received to strengthen an entire community’s infrastructure. Both models of support improve the lives of children in need, but knowing exactly where your donation will go and what impact it will have on the community will ensure you honor your loved one in the way you intend.

Is the charity trustworthy?

It is important to do some research before you make a donation in honor of your loved one. Not only do you want your gift to be meaningful, but you also want to be sure that your contribution will go to a charity that is legitimate, accountable, and trustworthy. Check out our list of the Most Trustworthy Nonprofits in this Giving Guide to see if the organization meets the standards of the Charities Review Council.

As you start your holiday shopping, keep in mind that giving the gift of a donation to honor your loved one is a wonderful way to redefine the meaning of ‘gift giving’. It is a unique and meaningful gift that helps those in need and has lasting impact – all it takes is a little bit of thought and research.

IN THIS ISSUE…

Fall 2012 - Winter 2012 • The Gift of Giving • Message from Kris Kewitsch • Giving Guide 2012 • Accountability Corner: Q&A with Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

Three Easy Ways to Check Out Charity Reviews Before Giving

Giving Guide 2012

Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 of this newsletter for a list of reviewed charities.

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welcome kris kewitsch The new Executive director of the charities review council

As the new executive director of the Charities Review Council, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and thank you for your wonderful support. I’ve had the good fortune to work with nonprofits and funders both locally and nationally for the past 15 years. Minnesota has a uniquely rich philanthropic community, made up of strong organizations and generous donors. The Charities Review Council works to ensure that these organizations are best positioned to meet their missions, while giving you the confidence that your hard-earned dollars are being put to good use.

We can’t do this without your help. We invite you to send a gift today so you can play an important role in the continuation of our services. Each donation we receive goes toward helping to improve the nonprofit sector and its critical missions. The work of the Council has informed my personal and professional giving for many years, providing me assurance that the investments I make in organizations that Meet All Standards are used effectively by trustworthy nonprofits. I firmly believe in the value of this Giving Guide and our many other resources found at www.smartgivers.org. I’m pleased to now include giving of my time and talent to the Charities Review Council. I hope to build on the Council’s strong legacy by focusing on cultivating relationships to expand our presence. Please join me in continuing to support smart giving and nonprofit accountability in our communities. While we’ve reached nearly 400 nonprofits and thousands of individuals, there are many more organizations and donors that need our services. By sending a gift today, you will be helping us increase our reach and impact. I am honored to be leading an organization whose mission I believe in and is supported by so many generous individuals. Thank you so much for your help. Kris Kewitsch Executive Director Charities Review Council

about kris kewitsch Before joining the Council, Kris worked in corporate philanthropy with Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, and Piper Jaffray. During the past five years at Target, she helped direct more than $50 million in grantmaking support in the Twin Cities and across the country. Kris attended Gustavus Adolphus College, receiving a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. She has served on numerous boards, including the Corporate Volunteerism Council, National Council on Workplace Volunteerism, and the Volunteer Resource Center (now HandsOn Twin Cities). She lives in St. Louis Park with her fiancée and three dogs.


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MOST TRUSTWORTHY NONPROFITS How can I get information about unreviewed nonprofits?

You can find limited information about unreviewed nonprofits on SmartGivers.org or call us at (651) 224-7030.

How to use this Guide How does a nonprofit get listed as “Most Trustworthy”?

This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily participated in our review and met all of our Accountability Standards, thus earning our Meets Standards seal. The review is valid for three years and requires a small administrative payment.

Are you looking for a nonprofit that isn’t listed?

This list reflects the latest review results as of October 1, 2012. If a nonprofit is not listed, it is either unreviewed or has not completed its review. If a nonprofit has not been reviewed, encourage the organization to sign up for a review.

Accountability Standards

Our Accountability Standards consist of 27 standards, which address a nonprofit’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity, and fundraising. The standards have evolved over the Council’s 66 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations of nonprofits. Find out more about the Standards at SmartGivers.org.

The Charities Review Council determined that the organization meets all Accountability Standards.

Giving Guide October 1, 2012 A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (New Organization) Acess Justice (New Organization)

Real-time up-to-date nonprofit listings available online at www.SmartGivers.org ARAHA Arc Greater Twin Cities

Central Minnesota Community Foundation Centro

AccessAbility, Inc.

Arthritis Foundation – Upper Midwest Region

Centro Campesino, Inc.

Accessible Space, Inc.

Ascension Place, Inc.

Channel One, Inc.

AccountAbility Minnesota

Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota

ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students)

Avenues for Homeless Youth

Charities Review Council (Informational Self-Review)

AchieveMpls

Banyan Community, The

Child Care Choices, Inc. Children’s Cancer Research Fund

Advocates for Human Rights, The

 asic Needs Inc. of South Washington B County d/b/a Stone Soup Thrift Shop

Children’s Dental Services

Aeon

Be The Match Foundation

Children’s Health Care Foundation

African Community School (New Organization)

BestPrep

Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

City of Lakes Community Land Trust

African Development Center  frican Families Development Network A (New Organization)

Bolder Options

Aliveness Project, The

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

Clare Housing College Possible Common Hope

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council

Communities Investing in Families

Alliance Housing Incorporated

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Community Action Duluth, Inc.

ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter, The

Breanna’s Gift

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Alzheimer’s Association

Bridges of Hope

 lzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North A Dakota Chapter

Bridges to Learning

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin

Cabrini Partnership

Community Dental Care

Camp Odayin

Community Emergency Assistance Program, Inc.

American Cancer Society American Composers Forum American Diabetes Association American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest  merican Red Cross – Southeast Minnesota A Chapter Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Ananya Dance Theatre

Can Do Canines Cancer Legal Line (New Organization) Canvas Health CAPI USA CaringBridge Casa de Esperanza

Angel Foundation

 atholic Charities of St. Paul and C Minneapolis

Animal Humane Society

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Anna Marie’s Alliance / Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women Annex Teen Clinic

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Community Health Charities Minnesota Community Involvement Programs Community Shares of Minnesota Community Thread Como Friends COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) Compatible Technology International Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio Conflict Resolution Center

Center for Nonprofit Excellence & Social Innovation (New Organization)

Cookie Cart

Center for Victims of Torture

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

October 1, 2012

Courage Center

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Greater Twin Cities United Way

CROSS

Guild Incorporated

Dakota Communities

Haiti Outreach, Inc.

LifeSource / Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization, Inc.

Dakota Woodlands

HandsOn Twin Cities

Lifetrack Resources, Inc.

Damiano of Duluth, Inc.

Hastings Family Service

Life-Work Planning Center Board, Inc.

DARTS

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Lifeworks Services, Inc.

Dodge Nature Center

Headway Emotional Health Services

Link, The

Domestic Abuse Project

HealthEast Foundation

Listening House of St. Paul

East Metro Women’s Council

Helping Hands Outreach

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

East Side Learning Center

Helping Paws, Inc.

Loaves and Fishes Too

East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/ Dakotas

East Suburban Resources, Inc. Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc. ECHO Minnesota (New Organization) Emerge Community Development

HFH of Douglas County, Minnesota, Inc. Hmong American Partnership Hmong Cultural Center

Emergency Foodshelf Network

 ome for Life / The Animal Sanctuary of St. H Croix Valley, Inc.

Emma Norton Services

Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota

Envision Minnesota

HOPE Coalition

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

House of Charity, Inc.

Episcopal Community Services

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats (New Organization)

Initiative Foundation

Eye-Link Foundation (New Organization)

Intercongregation Communities Association

Fairview Foundation Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities Family Partnership, The Family Pathways Family Tree Clinic

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Rochester

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well Being Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors

Loft Literary Center, The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Mano a Mano International Partners MAP for Nonprofits Marshall Area Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Memorial Blood Centers Mental Health Association of Minnesota Merrick, Inc. Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Midwest Special Services, Inc.

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation

International Breast Milk Project

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

JDRF

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

FamilyMeans

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area

Feed My Starving Children

Joyce Preschool

Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.

Jungle Theater

Minnesota AIDS Project

Food for Hungry Minds

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Franconia Sculpture Park Fraser Free to Be, Inc. Friends of the Hennepin County Library Friends of the Mississippi River Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries Friendship Ventures Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Great River Homes, Inc. Greater Mankato Area United Way Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

Minnesota Adoption Resource Network

Karen Organization of Minnesota

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation

Minnesota Computers for Schools

Keystone Community Services

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Kids Against Hunger, Inc.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Korean Service Center

Minnesota Council on Economic Education

La Oportunidad

Minnesota Dance Theatre & The Dance Institute

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.

Minnesota Diversified Industries

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA Minnesota)

Minnesota Home Ownership Center Minnesota Humanities Center


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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

October 1, 2012

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Minnesota International Center Minnesota Land Trust Minnesota Life College Minnesota Literacy Council, Inc. Minnesota Medical Foundation  innesota Network of Hospice & Palliative M Care

Open Access Connections

Senior Community Services

Open Arms of Minnesota

Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass & Hubbard Counties

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Operation Living Hope Ordway Center for the Performing Arts PACER Center, Inc. People Incorporated

Sight & Hearing Association Sing Out Loud / Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir Sojourner Project, Inc. Somali Multi Service (New Organization)

People Reaching Out To Other People, Inc.

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

People Responding in Social Ministry

Southside Family Nurturing Center

Pillager Family Council

Spare Key

Pillsbury United Communities

Springboard for the Arts

Minnesota Sinfonia

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind Foundation

Plymouth Christian Youth Center

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Inc. Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Stroke Association Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation

Portico Healthnet Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota ProAct, Inc. Productive Alternatives, Inc.

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency

Progress Valley

Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association

Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education)

Miracles of Mitch Foundation

Project for Pride in Living Inc. (PPL)

Mississippi River Fund

Project Pathfinder, Inc.

Mixed Blood Theatre

Pueblo a Pueblo

Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc.

Range Mental Health Center, Inc.

Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

Reading Center, The

NAMI Minnesota

Rebuild Resources

National Blood Clot Alliance

Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities (New Organization)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter

St. Croix River Association St. Louis Park Emergency Program St. Mary’s Health Clinics St. Paul Neighborhood Network St. Stephen’s Human Services SteppingStone Theatre Store To Door Students Today Leaders Forever Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota Summit Academy OIC Tanzania Life Project Teenwise Minnesota Ten Thousand Things Theater Textile Center of Minnesota Touchstone Mental Health

RELATE Counseling Center

Tree Trust

National Youth Leadership Council

RESOURCE, Inc.

TreeHouse, Inc.

Nawayee Center School

ResourceWest

Tri-County Humane Society

Rochester Area Family Y

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

 onald McDonald House of Rochester, MN, R Inc.

Twin Cities Public Television

Neighborhood Development Center Neighborhood HealthSource Neighborhood House Neighborhood Involvement Program Neighbors, Inc. New Pathways, Inc. North Metro Pediatrics

RS EDEN Sabathani Community Center Sabes Jewish Community Center Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

Twin Cities RISE! Twin Cities Salvation Army, The Union Gospel Mission, Duluth United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties

Northern Clay Center

 AVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of S Education)

Northern Dental Access Center

Scholarship America, Inc.

 orthwest Hennepin Human Services N Council

Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.

United Way of West Central Minnesota

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

University of Minnesota Foundation

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

Urban Homeworks

Semcac

Vail Place

Northwest Resources for Families Northwest Youth & Family Services One Heartland

United Way of Greater Duluth, Inc. United Way of Olmsted County, Inc.

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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

October 1, 2012

VEAP, Inc. Village Family Service Center, The Vision Loss Resources Volunteers of America of Minnesota

Reviews in Progress Nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” are currently being evaluated. African American Family Services

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center Highland Friendship Club HIRED

Alexandra House, Inc.

HOPE Adoption & Family Services International, Inc.

WACOSA

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (New Organization)

Hope Community, Inc.

Walk-In Counseling Center

Arrowhead Zoological Society

Washburn Center for Children

Baby’s Space

Way to Grow, Inc.

Books For Africa, Inc.

Wayside House, Inc., The

Bridging

We Can Ride, Inc.

Carmen Pampa Fund

Welcome Center, Inc.

Central Minnesota Arts Board

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

WellShare International

Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc.

Joseph’s Coat, Inc.

West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust

Children’s HeartLink

Land of Lakes Choirboys

Children’s Home Society & Family Services

Latino Economic Development Center

Children’s Shelter of Cebu

Laura Baker School Association

Churches United in Ministry

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc., The

Civic Caucus

Life House, Inc.

CommonBond Communities

Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association

Community Mediation Services, Inc.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota

Confidence Learning Center

McLeod Emergency Food Shelf

CornerHouse

Mediation Services for Anoka County

Creciendo Juntos (New Organization)

Merrick Community Services

D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute (New Organization)

Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.

Dads Make a Difference

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Disabled American Veterans

Minnesota Fathers & Families Network

Diversity Council

Minnesota Landmarks, Inc.

Donations for Education

MPN Research Foundation

Educate Tanzania (New Organization)

Norwegian-American Historical Association

ElderCircle

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

Ely Greenstone Public Art Committee

Parents United for Public Schools

Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Park Nicollet Foundation

Everyday Miracles

Pathways Minneapolis

Face To Face Health & Counseling Service

Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (New Organization)

Voyageurs National Park Association

West Suburban Teen Clinic White Bear Center for the Arts Wilderness Inquiry Will Steger Foundation Wishes & More Women’s Advocates, Inc. Women’s Foundation of Minnesota WomenVenture YMCA Camp Olson YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis Youth Express Youth Frontiers Youth Service Bureau, Inc. YouthCARE YouthLink YWCA of Mankato YWCA of Minneapolis Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center

Faith’s Lodge Family Enhancement Center FamilyWise Free Arts Minnesota Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation Goodwill / Easter Seals Minnesota

HousingLink, The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota International Institute of Minnesota Inver Hills Community College Foundation Jeremiah Program

People for Parks People Serving People, Inc. Philanthrofund Foundation Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Restart, Inc.

Hamm Clinic

Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc. (RJCA)

Hazelden Foundation

Rise, Incorporated

Heartland Community Action, Inc.

Rochester Art Center

Hennepin Health Foundation

Rum River Health Services, Inc.


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Giving Guide – continued October 1, 2012 (Reviews in Progress– continued) Second Harvest Heartland ServeMinnesota Sherburne County Area United Way St. Croix Valley Foundation St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development Stepping Stone Emergency Housing Stratis Health Sustainable Resources Center, Inc. Teens Alone, Inc. The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota The Minnesota Project The Phoenix Residence Inc. Theater Mu, Inc. Tubman Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Union Gospel Mission Association of St. Paul United Way of Washington County- East Upstream Arts WATCH WaterLegacy (New Organization) West Side Community Health Services Western Communities Action Network Women’s General Auxiliary to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities YWCA St. Paul

ACCOUNTABILITY CORNER: Q&A WITH

MINNESOTA INDIAN WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER The mission of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.

1. What does meeting all Accountability Standards and earning the Meets Standards seal mean for MIWRC? As an agency, it means that we’ve been evaluated by a respected independent reviewing entity and found to be in full compliance with established guidelines for financial and administrative accountability in the nonprofit sector. It is a validation of our constant efforts to create excellence in all areas of operations. 2. Are there internal benefits for MIWRC having completed the review process? The most immediate benefit was a thoughtful review of all our policies and procedures, and using the Standards as a guide, we found areas for improvement. It was helpful in triggering internal dialogue about roles and responsibilities, adequate staffing levels and efficient distribution of tasks. 3. Do you feel that staff and leadership have more confidence in MIWRC because of completing a review? Do staff and leadership have a better understanding of accountability, transparency, and governance? Certainly. Having the Meets Standards seal gives all key staff the additional confidence in representing MIWRC as an ethics-based agency, in terms of internal administrative and financial policy. We had established our reputation for excellence in program and service delivery, but operations tend to receive less focus in most nonprofits due to limited time and staff resources. MIWRC has served as a well-respected culturally-grounded agency providing for the gender-specific needs of American Indian women for nearly 30 years.

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This is a mural created by Ojibwe artist Robert DesJarlait, which is on display in MIWRC’s gymnasium. The four dancers represent women in four stages of life: child, youth, adult, and elder.

MINNESOTA INDIAN WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER talks with the Charities Review Council about being a Most Trustworthy Nonprofit (cont.): 4. Do you think having the Meets Standards seal has helped MIWRC build trust with funders? Given the increasing attention paid to the “business” side of nonprofits, being able to point to the Meets Standards seal lends us additional credibility in the eyes of funders. It feels good to be able to include the phrase, “We have been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and earned a Meets Standards seal for all Accountability Standards” in grant proposals, newsletters, website updates, and other communications. 5. How would you describe the value of accountability and transparency for MIWRC’s organizational culture? Our organization is dedicated to accountability and transparency as guiding values, and we intend to model that ethos for our clients. We believe that our clients have the power and the ability to make positive changes in their lives, and we take seriously our responsibility as an agency to model honesty and ethical interaction with funders, evaluators, clients, and broader community alike. 6. Has MIWRC felt any long-term changes or influence internally from being a “Meets Standards” organization? The process of walking through the Accountability Standards gave us deeper insight into key staff positions and the need to be intentional about administrative staffing. This acknowledgement, along with a review of our strategic plan and analyzing how well positioned we felt we were to strategically grow the organization, led to the creation of a Director of Operations position. We created the job description and engaged our longtime supporters in the business sector to help make this position viable. The addition of a Director of Operations is helping us diversify our funding streams, upgrade our communications, and will help us better collect and report on our data – all vital tasks that help the organization build capacity to provide more services to the community and build sustainable revenue streams for future stability.

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