The FAMCare Blog

Leading Edge, Not Bleeding Edge

Posted by Chris Freund on Mar 31, 2016 5:00:15 PM

When smart phones first came out, it was predicted that everyone would eventually have one and that we couldn’t live without them.  That prediction has come true. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Technology Speak

Start With the Why!

Posted by April Freund on Mar 30, 2016 4:58:37 PM

Having been in technical sales almost my entire 30-year career, I was used to selling to a variety of industries.  Whether it was helping banks make more money using technology or helping the Department of Defense build fighter jets and other weapons equipment, I was always in it for the money and career reputation.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

The Soul of Nonprofit

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 29, 2016 3:30:21 PM
“Don’t tell people what you do…tell them why you do it” 

(Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action, TED Talks)

Mission-driven companies are forces to be reckoned with. Usually born out of a strong founder-led culture, mission-driven companies consistently outperform the competition. True passion for a mission is not something leaders can fake.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

How to Pick the Right Person to OWN Your Next Software Project

Posted by April Freund on Mar 24, 2016 4:56:38 PM

Often times because someone uses the word “software” to title a project it is easily assumed the IT department will be managing this effort.  If that person from IT does not understand the agency  from front to back and has plenty of subject matter expertise,  it’s a mistake to make them the project manager.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Is Your Organization Out of Control?

Posted by Kevin Morin on Mar 23, 2016 3:44:19 PM

About a year ago, we started the process of implementing a management system named the Entrepreneurial Operating System/EOS.  We decided we needed to make changes after we grew our company to a point and realized it had become such a challenge to manage the workloads and the personalities.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Rural Nonprofit Hospitals:  How the ACA is Putting Them in Danger

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 22, 2016 4:25:17 PM
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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government

CASPA Chooses FAMCare Case Management Software to Help At-Risk Kids and Families

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 22, 2016 9:55:12 AM

PRESS RELEASE: March 21, 2016

St. Louis, MO – CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation), an Australian agency that supports and rebuilds the lives of children in foster care, and at-risk children and their families, has partnered with Global Vision Technologies, Inc. (GVT) to implement FAMCare human services software for their foster care and case management needs. The goal of FAMCare will be to help with structured information collection and analysis as they work with children and adolescents with complex needs and problems.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Social Services Industry News, Press Releases

New Park Breaks Ground in Forsyth County, GA

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 18, 2016 12:21:16 PM

Whenever we can - we love to share news that features kids in our community.  Just recently it was announced that the county was building a new park for the kids in our local community.  The park will be one of the new recreational centers that will support kids lacrosse, as well as others sports.

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Topics: Insider

It's Social Worker Month!

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 18, 2016 12:10:23 PM

Social Work Month 2016 - Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

Our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers are amazing people.  They take on some of the most challenging issues facing children, families, individuals, communities and society and forge solutions that help people realize better outcomes in their lives, reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Data Island

Posted by Ray Scott on Mar 17, 2016 4:25:08 PM

Set your data free!

FAMCare alone can solve the vast majority of your organization’s data needs, but in some cases it’s necessary for other systems to exchange data with FAMCare.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

World-Class Case Management on a Budget

Posted by Chris Freund on Mar 16, 2016 3:49:44 PM

How can a world-class case management system be built without breaking the bank?

When a large private or government agency implements an enterprise case management system, often they engage with a company that brings in full time project managers, developers, testers/trainers and others who are dedicated to the entire project for the entire time of implementation.  The agency generally provides office space and the project team becomes de-facto employees of the organization for months (or even years) until the system goes live.  In some implementations, the process is similar but the “de-facto” employees are at the vendor site, but at the beckon call of the customer.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Hospice at the VA

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 15, 2016 1:36:40 PM

In today's rapid news cycle, we tend to hop from sensational story to sensational story rarely lingering long enough to get the full picture. In the past, this blog reported on the scandalous wait times that our veterans have endured in the VA system. It was so bad that some veterans died before getting in to see their VA Doctor. When the scandal came to light, many administrative heads rolled and the entire VA system was cast in a poor light. As is so often the case, however, there is so much more to the VA story.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Veterans Issues

Why Volunteer?

Posted by Roe Grover on Mar 10, 2016 4:19:54 PM
 
I once heard a bout recruitment night for Girl Scouts at a local scho ol.  At the close of the evening, t he list ended with about 2 0 little kindergarten girls ready to experience Daisy Girl Scouting.  However, not one parent signed up to be a leader.  One grandmother said she was willing to lead, but she could not be a leader alone, she needed help. Out of all 20 girls, not one parent would agree to co-lead.  Among their many excuses, “This is my time away from my daughter" was one that stuck out.     
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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, FAMCare Tips and Tools

What is a Software Plan?

Posted by Chris Jaynes on Mar 9, 2016 3:50:10 PM

A software plan is the overall guiding plan that takes into account the major parts to any custom development project.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

One Bite at a Time

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 8, 2016 1:20:45 PM
How do you eat an elephant?
…the old quip goes.
One bite at a time
…pipes the punchline.

In the world of nonprofit, the mission statement is the elephant that can't be digested in one bite. A great mission statement sums up the work and purpose of a nonprofit. It communicates to donors and employees alike what the nonprofit agency is all about.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Leadership Isn't Micromanagement

Posted by Scott Wold on Mar 3, 2016 2:24:44 PM

In the nonprofit world, it’s all about the mission, not the money.  While money drives outcomes, it isn’t the reason for what or why they do the work. When you can align the work to the mission, magical things happen.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, FAMCare Tips and Tools

How to Improve Communication for Better Project Management

Posted by Inise Mayfield on Mar 3, 2016 12:00:21 PM
 
"Communication can make or break a project. Here's how to make sure all the key players are always in the loop. "

I came across this great article that talks about communication and the important role communication plays in project management.  Communication is key to the success of every project. Not only in the planning phase and kickoff meeting, but also throughout the course of the project, and even after the completion of the project.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Homelessness - A Tragedy, Not a Crime

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 1, 2016 3:38:29 PM

I was watching TV the other night and came across a report on the news about our country’s homeless situation.  In the report – it was mentioned that there is a devastating trend in our American cities to criminalize the homeless.  I’ve since done some research into this area, inquired about this issue further with a few clients and here’s what I’ve found…

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government

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