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Balance of Power: the Economics of Social Justice

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 9, 2019 8:21:00 AM

Henry Ford, not the US Labor Bureau, instituted the first major increase in the minimum wage. In January 1914, Henry started paying his auto workers a remarkable $5 a day. Doubling the average wage helped ensure a stable workforce and likely boosted sales since the workers could now afford to buy the cars they were making. It laid the foundation for an economy driven by consumer demand. 

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Topics: Government, social workers, social justice, American unions

6 Things That Frustrate Caseworkers & Supervisors

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 4, 2019 7:55:00 AM

In our last post, we talked about how we are constantly in hackathon mode and how listening to and working with social workers in the field helps us find better solutions. In talking to those caseworkers and their supervisors recently, we were able to pull together a list of some of the top things that cause them frustration. Here is what they said and how we can help solve the problems.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare, How Clients Use FAMCare, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, collaboration, case worker supervision

An Ongoing Social Work Hackathon

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 2, 2019 9:37:00 AM

Social workers across the country often ask us how we create the software products that have become the standard for the industry. The answer is…collaboration. Global Vision Technology designers and engineers are constantly collaborating with social work professionals to design and redesign the FAMCare suite of products now used by thousands of social workers in hundreds of diverse agencies. We are conducting an ongoing social work hackathon.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare, caseworkers, human services, social services software, social services, social workers, social work hackathon, hackathon

Mass Incarceration in America

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 28, 2019 7:27:57 PM

How did the United States, with 5% of the global population but 25% of its prisoners, become home to the largest prison system in the history of the world? Some say it’s an accomplishment. The U.S. is a law and order country and our criminal justice system is the envy of the world. Others feel quite differently and suggest that the “war on drugs” led to the mass incarceration of two generations of the urban poor.

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Topics: Government, criminal justice, human services, social workers, civic leaders, Mass incarceration in America,, Elizabeth Hinton

Tidal Wave:  the Aging Baby Boomer Healthcare Crisis Revisited

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 21, 2019 4:46:09 PM

In our 2015 report, The Aging Tidal Wave, we dealt with the healthcare crisis that was about to overwhelm the long-term care industry. The aging baby-boomer population was growing rapidly while the number of caregivers was actually declining.

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Topics: nonprofit funding, nonprofit, healthcare, cost of healthcare, healthcare issues, baby boomer healthcare crisis

Ways Caseworkers Improve Care with Social Services Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 15, 2019 8:06:00 AM

The things you do as a caseworker can have a great impact on the lives of those in your care. You are both the lead investigator and client advocate. You recommend what social services would best fit their needs. You give support and referrals, then follow up on each client’s progress. It is a demanding, but rewarding job. You're helping people improve their situations and create a better life in the long run.

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Topics: case management workflow, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers

Can You Name the World's Top Ten Nonprofits?

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 12, 2019 8:35:00 AM

My research analyst asked me a simple question the other day that led to some amazing revelations about the nonprofit world, “What is the largest nonprofit in the world?” 

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit

Female Veterans: Suffering in Silence

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 7, 2019 7:30:00 AM

When the draft ended in 1973, women represented just 2% of the enlisted forces and 8% of the officer corps. Today, those numbers are 16% and 18% respectively, a significant increase. Historically, the Air Force has had the highest percentage of enlisted and officer women, however, by 2016 the Navy had nearly caught up. In both services, approximately one-in-five enlisted members and officers are women. The military offers many opportunities for women such as good pay, excellent benefits and career advancement, but there are also significant challenges.

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, mental health, social workers, Suicide prevention, what social workers do, women veterans, female veterans

Case Manager Stress Relief Tips from Your Peers

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 5, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Nobody understands your stress and how to deal with it better than those in the trenches with you. In previous blogs we have shared ideas on both physical and mental ways to create some level of case manager stress relief. But for today’s post, we talked to case managers and mental health professionals who deal with the stress of the job every day and asked them to share the best ways they find stress relief.

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Topics: case management workflow, case management software, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, case manager stress relief, Tips from your peers

A Troubling Trend: Nonprofit vs. For-Profit

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 2, 2019 7:25:00 AM

Increasingly, nonprofits face growing competition from their for-profit counterparts. These for-profit companies can often deliver services at a lower cost or offer higher financial returns to cities, thanks to their capacity and ability to raise investment capital as business entities. This leaves the non-profit social infrastructure in communities at a competitive disadvantage and requires a more thoughtful approach to determining the value of contract bids beyond simply financial criteria.

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit sustainability, nonprofit funding, nonprofit, nonprofit vs. for-profit

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