Greetings to all readers of this belated (my fault) newsletter. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will start this month with an update on a project that has been in the works for some time and will be picking up steam in the near future. Due to new requirements that have been mainly brought on by the Affordable Care Act and CSBG Organizational Standards, we have found our current enterprise software product (Orion) to be lacking in some areas. To correct the deficiencies, our Fiscal and HR folks have created a list of needs and wants and we have been looking into systems that would either augment or replace Orion. As we move further through the process we will expect to find ways to gather input from staff outside of HR and Fiscal prior to a final decision being made. Stay tuned. Next I would like to share some exciting news from the Northwest Council of Collaboratives. For those that aren’t familiar, the Northwest Council of Collaboratives is a group of around 50 school districts and human service agencies in seven counties that meet to work on issues related to children and families. Beside opportunities to coordinate existing area capacity in a more efficient and effective manner the Council of Collaboratives has used pooled resources in the form of member dues to write grants. In this endeavor, the group has been very successful. A recent calculation showed that for every $1 in dues paid the group has garnered $29 in grant funds for safe schools, children’s mental health, the physical health of school age children and stronger families. Over time, group members have found there isn’t always a grant available to address the specific needs of our service area. To address this issue the group is currently working on gathering the data necessary to articulate the needs of our area related to at-risk youth and will seek to educate legislators and state agencies about our specific concerns. If successful, the Council of Collaboratives will utilize this strategy to tackle other issues along with its traditional collaboration/grant writing function. During the week of November 9th I had the opportunity to attend a training conference on innovation in Community Action. The purpose of the meetings was to impress on attendees the need for Community Action to innovate and that traditional grants are not going to always exist and they often don’t meet the needs of our local communities. As much as I feel that Tri-Valley has been very aware of this for some time and has worked on ways to do our jobs more effectively and worked on alternative funding streams to meet community needs, we can always to better. In addition to the general message about the need to innovate, there were several sessions about how to do so and also on innovations other agencies have tried. One item that I learned about that I see promise in was Impact Investing. In a nutshell, Impact Investing is a tool some foundations are using to expand their reach beyond traditional grant making by loaning some of their endowment funds out to fund projects that may not be able to obtain traditional bank financing. Very interesting stuff. I will close this month with a sincere wish for a safe, enjoyable Christmas for everyone. Thank you for all that you do to advance Tri-Valley’s mission.
In This Issue:
In This Issue:
* CEO News & Notes * Simmons Attends Conference * Think Pink! * Nobles Completes her CDA * Grafton Center Parent Meeting * Schiller Hired as Center Manager in Crookston * Grafton Center In-Kind Tree
* Grafton Center Surprise * East Grand Forks Center Thanks Veterans * Upcoming Events * Tri-Valley Veterans Recognized for Service * Rochester Center Parent Meeting * Bill Hulst Retirement * Ten Earn Family Service Credential * Oliver Champion for Young Children
Tri-Valley Newsletter for November