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Are Libraries Dying?

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 26, 2019 10:17:10 AM

Remember taking film to the drugstore to get it developed? Or hustling over to Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent films for the weekend? How about “looking up” facts for your homework papers in the Encyclopedia Britannica? Or spending rainy Saturdays in the library writing your thesis?

Ahhh…the good old days. Whatever happened to books printed on paper and bound between covers with printer’s glue? The world has gone digital and library collections are gradually becoming obsolete. How long has it been since you visited a library?

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Topics: Nonprofit General, social, education, nonprofit, social workers, libraries, American library

Finding Kindness in our Nonprofit World

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 5, 2018 12:53:45 PM

Often the people closest to us escape our notice. An old classmate of mine from the Harvard Business School recently surfaced with a simple but profound message that instantly clarified an issue I’ve been pondering all year - what motivates the dedicated people who toil tirelessly in the nonprofit world? The message was unusual coming from a business school graduate. After all, most of my Harvard classmates went on to become captains of industry focused on making money for themselves and their stockholders. And, for the most part, they were pretty good at it. 

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit, social workers, human kindness, kindness

A Deeper Look at Urban "Food Deserts"

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 16, 2018 5:01:54 PM

In this new dystopian world of negative and divisive political discourse, we find it refreshing to seek out and report on the positive, uniting energy of the mission-centric nonprofit “other-world” we inhabit with our colleagues across the country.

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Topics: Nonprofit General, social, nonprofit sustainability, nonprofit, human services, food production, food desert, food system, urban food deserts

A Wake-up Call for the Coming Home Health Care Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 10, 2018 4:56:53 PM

The San Francisco board of supervisors recently introduced a budget measure that would raise the minimum wage for nonprofit and in-home supportive service workers from $15/hour to $17/hour. When challenged, the board justified the $13 million added annual expense to the city budget by citing the crisis the home healthcare field is experiencing in San Francisco. It is bleeding workers daily.

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Topics: Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit sustainability, human services, home health care

Organizations, Institutions and Nonprofit Self Preservation

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 25, 2018 6:00:00 AM

All governmental organizations and NGOs are founded by well-meaning actors with good intentions. However, corruption inevitably sets in as the “good intentions” are gradually eclipsed by the inevitable organizational impulse to survive and self-perpetuate. Institutions, like organisms, seek survival for themselves and their descendants. They survive, reproduce, replace, predate, evolve, alter, consume and grow. And when a sufficient number of institutions coexist, they function like an ecosystem.

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, nonprofit sustainability, nonprofit, Organizational self preservation

Economic Imbalance: Social Worker's Salary vs. Burdensome Student Debt

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 4, 2018 3:38:39 PM

In the past twenty years, student debt has become a major social and political issue in our country. As government guaranteed student loans became more widely available, colleges began to raise their tuition rates to keep pace with the expansion boom that ready government financing created. More students required more professors and facilities to accommodate their needs, and colleges needed more money to pay for the growth. The result, of course, is that students borrowed more and more money to pay inflated tuition and fees and subsequently became burdened with overwhelming debt.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Government, Nonprofit General, education, student debt

The Ford Foundation's BUILD Program for Social Justice Nonprofits

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 30, 2018 5:29:18 PM

The nonprofit world has struggled for years with the distinction donors make between mission dedicated donations (restricted funds) and funds available for overhead and administrative salaries (unrestricted). The dichotomy has grown out of the emerging belief among donors that money spent directly on mission is better spent than money “wasted” on overhead costs and administrative salaries. Studies reveal that donors “feel” better about donations when they are assured that their money has gone directly to mission outcomes.

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Topics: Fundraising Ideas, Nonprofit General, nonprofit mission, grants

How Nonprofit Software Solutions Give You More Time to Focus on Mission

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 14, 2018 3:49:04 PM

Time is always of the essence in the nonprofit world, with many organizations left feeling like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything accomplished. Looking for ways to work towards achieving your organization's mission while managing the day-to-day tasks?

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Topics: Nonprofit General, case management workflow, nonprofit mission, nonprofit software solutions

Personal Learning Networks

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 25, 2018 2:10:00 PM

In the world of social work, learning networks are nothing new. Social workers have always exchanged information in a social setting, such as sharing referrals and resources with other social work colleagues. Social workers often photocopy and share articles from trusted journals with colleagues they are collaborating with on a project.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General

How FAMCare Helps Small Agencies Achieve Big Agency Impact

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 24, 2018 10:07:00 AM

Through its FAMCare suite of products Global Vision Technologies helps smaller agencies participate at the big agency level by leveraging technology to amplify impact. In an article that appeared in Policy & Practice, the journal of the American Public Human Services Association, Accenture managing directors Debora Morris and Ryan Oakes present a method for amplifying the outcomes of smaller agencies through a combination of new technology and best management practices.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General

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