The FAMCare Blog

The difference between working with a software "vendor" vs. a consultant team 

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 29, 2018 11:02:00 AM

Case management software options abound in this day and age of cloud-based technology. It seems as though lots of attractive options are being released by vendors and consulting companies alike. Knowing what to expect when working with each group can help an agency decide which approach works best for their goals as well as their budget.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools, case management software

The Family First Prevention Services Act

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The Family First Act has become law! This is a very big deal for our caseworker colleagues who work in teen pregnancy and parenting. It represents the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980.

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Topics: Child Welfare

Asking Donors "Discovery" Questions

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Do you ask your donors discovery questions?

I’m certain you do. But, you may not be asking them in the most effective way. Rachel Muir has some great tips and examples on how to ask donors questions.

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Topics: Fundraising Ideas

Guide to Protecting Your Child on the Internet

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 26, 2018 9:08:34 AM

Came across an interesting guide last week that I wanted to share with you. The Ultimate Parent Guide for Child Safety on the Internet is a concise guide with great tips on protecting our children from the dangers of the Internet and protecting their safety.  As a boy scout leader - we teach the scouts how to be aware of online predators and other people who try to get a hold of your private information.  The guide covers some of those things and more.

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Topics: Child Welfare

Improving Donor Retention Rates

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 19, 2018 9:47:01 AM

This week's Movie Monday's fundraising tip is in from the folks at Movie Mondays.

Would you like to raise more money with your newsletters, website, annual report, direct mail, and your other donor communications?

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Topics: Fundraising Ideas

Focus... LA Unified School District

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 15, 2018 12:00:34 PM

Nonprofit's Role

There are 640,000 students currently registered in the Los Angeles Unified School District and 480,000 (75%) of them are Latinos. The LA. School Report reminds us that this past March 1st was the 50th anniversary of the big “blowout” when “thousands of young Latinos marched out of their East Los Angeles classrooms…for their right to be educated.”

Then

Writing for the LA. School Report, Esmeralda Romero notes, “Latino students in 1968 had no textbooks reflecting their history or their culture. They had to refrain from speaking Spanish at school. Teachers and school leaders didn’t look like them. Classrooms were overcrowded.”

Now

Fifty years later, thanks to the bravery of those students, things are better. Today in LA Unified, 37% of teachers are Latino, as well as 43% of school administrators and 38% of district officials. Now, 480,000 Latino students have access to all classes required for entrance into the state’s public universities. They study in bilingual programs and take ethnic studies courses. Many more are graduating and attending college.

More Progress Needed

But despite all these hard-won advances, Latino academic achievement and college graduation rates still lag far behind their peers. Only 24% rated “proficient” in math and 34% in English. Only 39% of the district’s Latino graduating high school seniors were deemed college or career ready. “We’re not there yet,” said Mónica García, President of LA Unified’s school board. “There are gaps in opportunity. There are gaps in achievement, in performance, and those gaps have roots in the institutional racism and classism that our young people fought against back then.”

The Community Steps Up

The limits imposed by systemic social attitudes and a ubiquitous shortfall in financial assets could only be addressed by the community at large. In the LA Unified School District, the community has responded.

Sunset Bronson Studios – This privately held company became among the first to partner with L.A. Unified by “adopting” Le Conte Middle School. It has donated and installed lighting and curtains for the school's theater and is planning a mentoring program to introduce students to its engineers and other employees who support the creative industry.

“I think it’s good for kids to learn that there are good, solid jobs in the creative side and the support side, which is really core to L.A.," Bill Humphrey, the General Manager of Sunset, said. "And if we can get that across to kids and get them the exposure to say, 'Hey, wow that's in our community, I think I should learn that trade,' that in itself will be a great accomplishment."

The Nonprofit Community

Sunset Bronson Studios may be among the first in the community to offer creative support to Latino students struggling to enter the main stream of American life, but Sunset Bronson is not alone. The following list of nonprofits, large and small, who are taking an active part in supporting the education of LA Unified’s 640,000 students heartens and inspires anyone who takes the time to take a look.

  • 826LA - dedicated to supporting student writing.
  • DIYgirls - Encourages young women to explore technology and engineering through innovative educational experiences.
  • GameDes - Promotes learning through computer games.
  • GLADEO - helps young people find and pursue their dream careers.
  • HOLA - Heart of Los Angeles gives some of the city’s most vulnerable youth a chance to succeed in life.
  • Gumball Foundation - is creating the next generation of inner-city social entrepreneurs by providing access to higher education.
  • I.am.angel foundation seeks to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration & opportunity.
  • Imagination Foundation - finds, fosters and funds creativity and entrepreneurship in kids across LA and around the world.
  • IOW (INSIDE OUT WRITERS) reduces juvenile recidivism through writing. Paper. Pen. Persistence.
  • INNER-CITY ARTS - provides arts education to those children most in need.
  • LIBROS SCHMIBROS - champions the pleasures of literature and its power to change lives.
  • SCHOOL ON WHEELS - Provides tutoring to homeless children in LA
  • TWENTY MILLION MINDS - reduces college costs by democratizing educational content.
  • WRITE GIRL - Within a community of women writers, Write Girl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.

Admiration - Congratulations - Thanks

The more we at Global Vision Technologies learn about our nationwide nonprofit community the more admiration and gratitude we feel.
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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General, education

Visions Server Update Announcement March 2018

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 14, 2018 8:51:36 AM


Dear Client,

Global Vision Technologies (GVT) will be conducting an update to Visions Server - the platform behind the FAMCare and/or ClinicalPURSUIT systems on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - between the hours of 6pm and 3am EDT.

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Topics: Software Upgrade Notices

Social Workers as Case Managers

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As Health Care Becomes More Complex

Health care delivery models increasingly rely on social workers and social worker case managers because of their specialization in identifying and meeting the needs of patients, post-discharge.  Social workers are also healers...

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, case management software

Domestic Violence

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 7, 2018 12:51:47 PM

The US Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) defines domestic violence as a "pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner". The definition adds that domestic violence "can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender" and can take many forms.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News