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Crisis at the Border: No Villains,  Many Victims

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 28, 2019 9:46:14 AM

Arrested in January 2018 for illegally harboring and transporting undocumented immigrants, Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths (also known as No Más Muertes), stood trial on three felony counts in early June. He faced 20 years in prison for his efforts to provide food, water and other essential items to migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Arizona, an area of the border that is considered particularly dangerous. About 250 migrants die there each year. On June 11, 2019, a Tucson jury, with an 8 to 4 vote, failed to convict Dr. Warren.

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Topics: Government, human services, hungry children, food and shelter, Crisis at the border, immigration, No More Deaths, Dr. Scott Warren

Stay HIPAA Compliant: 6 Violations You Need to Watch For

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 26, 2019 7:49:00 AM

When you operate a non-profit that deals with clients’ health information, you need to be careful to keep your organization HIPAA compliant. You might follow computer etiquette and train your employees well, but in the middle of a hectic day, one of your caseworkers could inadvertently create a HIPAA violation, if they’re not careful.

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Topics: nonprofit, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, computer etiquette, office vigilance, HIPAA violation, healthcare issues, Electronic Health Records

How Social Services Software Helps Your Nonprofit Provide Food and Shelter

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 18, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Despite low unemployment rates and a fairly strong economy, the number of homeless and food insecure continue to rise. According to the recently released State of the Homeless 2019 report, as of January, in New York City alone, an all-time record number (63,839) of men, women and children slept in shelters each night. And, according to Feeding America, 40-million people struggle with hunger in the U.S., including more than 12-million children.

If you run a shelter or food bank, chances are you have more to do and more to process every day. That’s where having the right social services software can help you focus more on providing food and shelter and less on paperwork and processes.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, FAMCare, nonprofit mission, nonprofit, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers, human kindness, hunger in America, hungry children, food and shelter

What Do Social Workers Do?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 13, 2019 11:35:15 AM

At a recent college career day, this troubling question was asked repeatedly; “What do social workers do?” The question was troubling because it came with the realization that most college age students have no clear idea what social workers do. They are, therefore, less inclined to pick social work as a career choice.

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Topics: education, social services, social workers, what social workers do, social worker cliff notes

Transitioning from Fee-For-Service To Value-Based Healthcare

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 4, 2019 12:55:50 PM

The United States has the highest costs for healthcare of any industrialized nation and some of the worst health outcomes. The traditional fee-for-service model of delivery and payment is now seen as an ineffective model in terms of health and well-being. It is considered part of the reason the United States has such a poor healthcare ranking.

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Topics: public health, healthcare, cost of healthcare, healthcare issues, value-based healthcare, affordable care act, Fee-for-service healthcare

Memorial Day Memo: Remember Those Lost. Help Those Still Here.

Posted by GVT Admin on May 30, 2019 10:53:56 AM

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, social workers, Memorial Day, Suicide prevention

Tainted Donor/Tainted Donation:  A Nonprofit Dilemma

Posted by GVT Admin on May 28, 2019 12:48:30 PM

One of our nonprofit clients recently found themselves on the horns of this dilemma:

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit funding, nonprofit, donor, tainted donor, tainted donation, donor scandal

The Move to Tax the Tax-Exempt

Posted by GVT Admin on May 23, 2019 9:58:49 AM

A troubling trend is beginning to emerge from the current political discussion: “Isn’t it time to look at taxing many tax-exempt organizations?”

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Topics: nonprofit funding, nonprofit, tax exempt status, donor

A Guide to Fall Prevention When Aging in Place

Posted by GVT Admin on May 22, 2019 8:49:02 AM

Our friend, Kent Elliot has submitted a great guide to our blog that I wanted to share with you today.  Read on to learn about fall prevention best practices that can help seniors age in place safely. In the article he covers a variety of topics, including which home modifications help prevent falls, tips on lifestyle changes that aid in fall prevention, and more.  

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, healthcare issues

Running Your Nonprofit: Improv vs. Strategy

Posted by GVT Admin on May 21, 2019 10:56:04 AM


The Military Model

Most industrial corporations are organized on the military model that emerged after World War II. This “top-down”, “pyramid”, “span-of-control” model of authoritarian decision making was thought to be the most efficient, effective, and disciplined form for complex, sprawling organizations. It was all about the rank and file executing the will of the top decision makers and not roaming “off the reservation” with ideas of their own. It was a model of discipline and efficiency designed for execution.

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit, improve vs. strategy

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