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Who Do You Know?  Simple Tips to Keep Your Info Private

Posted by Jeff Grover on Apr 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Hello again friend! If you are reading this I know you and you know me because I know everyone and everyone knows me. You believe me right? Well, if you don’t you are not alone, I had a friend of mine that did not believe me either, so I told him to name someone. He said “fine, Tom Cruise”. I said “Oh ya, I went to high school with Tom we are good buddies”. So we flew out to Hollywood and went to Tom’s house. We knocked on the door and he answered and said “Hey Jeff! Good to see you again!

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies

Implementation and How Change is a Good Thing

Posted by Dave Becker on Apr 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When most people say the words, “We are going to change some things around here”, panic starts to run throughout the crowd for no reason.  Why is it that everyone is afraid of the concept of change?  Without change, how do we learn, grow and become better at serving others who need our help?  Regardless if you are in IT, Social Work, Education or Health Care change is going to happen.  Instead of causing problems by resisting it, why don’t we figure how to make the process better? 

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Topics: Implementation Plans

Nonprofit LEVERAGE

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

LEVERAGE

Redefined

The word leverage, has become an unsavory Wall Street word that nonprofits avoid using because most people in finance associate the word with taking on a pile of debt to expand a limited amount of core capital. Merriam Webster defines leverage as “the use of credit to enhance one’s speculative capacity”.

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Topics: Fundraising Ideas

Do You Have a Positive Work - Life Balance?

Posted by Jasmine Brooks on Apr 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Today’s hectic fast paced world can take a toll on your personal life when you are left to choose between your work and your personal life.  Creating a positive work-life balance and not being the star performer on the job creates a fear of job loss.  Several studies over the past decade has shown that a negative work-life balance can result in harmful, levels of stress, reduced productivity, and even unhappiness in the home and at work.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools

The 9 Commandments of FAMCare Customizations

Posted by Bill Lowther on Apr 21, 2016 9:31:00 AM

Don’t Think You Need a Drill When All You Really Need is a Hole

The key here is that many times the solution is given so much focus that the real goal of the requirement is overlooked.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak, Implementation Plans

5 Stress Relievers You Can Employ at the Workplace

Posted by Angelo Taylor on Apr 20, 2016 9:22:00 AM

Is stress as much a permanent fixture at your job as the office pool table?  Well at least here at GVT, the pool table is a permanent fixture. If you answered yes, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, workplace stress costs American companies an estimated $300 billion annually.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies

No Easy Answers... But, Charter Schools Help

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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AMERICA’S SCHOOLS ARE FAILING

For decades, well-meaning public servants and eager parental citizen groups have decried the quality of the American public school system. “Ed-reformers” claim that U.S. public schools are failing; that the culprits are bad teachers, teachers’ unions, and government bureaucracy.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare

NEW Child and Family Services Standards for Public Agencies

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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COA has developed new Child and Family Services Standards for Public Agencies that directly support agencies in meeting their missions to increase positive outcomes for the families and communities they serve. Through an extensive literature review and close partnership with our national Public Agency Accreditation Advisory Committee, we have merged and enhanced COA’s public standards for Child Protective Services (PA-CPS), Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (PA-FKC), Adoption Services (PA-AS), and Guardianship Services for Minors (PA-GSM). This work has culminated in our new Child and Family Services Standards (PA-CFS), which reflect the continuum of public child and family services, eliminate redundancy and overlap in areas such as assessment and service planning, and emphasize the importance of both strengthening families and promoting child safety, permanency, and well-being.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care

Stay Up To Date or Risk Falling Behind

Posted by April Freund on Apr 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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So your organization has just completed the roll out of a new software system/ case management software system to:

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

The Healing Power of Respect - The Children First Academy

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

There is no better way to introduce you to the heart and soul of Children First Academy than to reproduce parts of their mission statement here.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and promoting child and family well-being.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption

Balancing Needs - Project Budget vs. a Successful Project

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

So here you are – after spending months (or weeks, or maybe just a few hours) evaluating your options, you have come to the conclusion that your agency cannot possibly get to the next stage in its growth without addressing the need to acquire a web-based database to facilitate your daily operations.  You have a valuable service to offer to your target demographic, proven methods, and a kickass team (can I say kickass?) – but when it comes time to answer the critical questions your stakeholders and funders are asking - you are at a loss as to how best to compile the data necessary to support your ongoing work.  And even more important - how do you know how to build your project budget?

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Implementation Plans

11 Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

Posted by Inise Mayfield on Apr 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

       

When you're ready to embark on your next software implementation - here are 11 tips from the trenches that will help you build a framework to help you keep your project on track.
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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Implementation Plans

A New Nonprofit... The Grocery Store

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 5, 2016 8:51:58 AM

I am always edified and amazed when I discover another life-saving effort by the nonprofit community that FAMCare seeks to serve.  I recently came upon a report on the creation of community grocery stores in Nonprofit Quarterly that I wanted to share with you all.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry

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