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Youth Nonprofits Are Growing, Are They Effective?

Lenora Williams: Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 3:57 PM

Post newsgroup Publication Weekly Edition Sept. 21-27, 2011 48th Year, No. 12

Non Profit Pointers

Youth Nonprofits Are Growing, Are They Effective?

By Lenora Williams

It’s time to think outside of the box! Our youth are smart, ready for fresh perspectives, and a lot more of our time and support for their ideas. Many youth nonprofits have funds without young people( youth) to fill the programs. Others have youth with ideas,but limited funds to expand programs that will ignite their creativity.

Is everything in place? Government agencies have created youth programs and dedicated funding. Are these government programs thoroughly addressing the needs of our youth?

All youth government and nonprofit programs regardless of their funding source need to be annually assessed for their impact on our communities. Perhaps our youth should weigh in on how well they are being served? If youth–on-youth crime is an indicator, are there more youth that need community based programs than there are nonprofit groups meeting their needs?

What is the responsibility of today’s youth nonprofits? How can we offer more services to our youth while facing

dwindling funds in an extraordinarily tough economy? There are volumes of youth nonprofits,which reflect a variety of programs and venues; churches, charter schools, health clinics,sports, music, arts, judicial, theater, etc. In 1990, the United States as reported by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) had over 17,000youth nonprofit organizations,in 2009, the NCCS indicated that there are 1.5 million youth nonprofit organizations in the United States. Today we have churches forming grant funded nonprofits serving both faith based and street corner youth programs.

We have charter schools forming nonprofits trying to fix our failing urban school systems. Music, art, and theater programs continue to be cut from inner city public schools.These programs were the cornerstone of our existence beyond the traditional classroom learning. Charter schools are trying to step up to the plate but with limited resources. Their marketing budgets are lean and in most cases, their outreach produces fewer recruits than desired. Like many of our youth nonprofits, charter schools tend to be great institutions with low enrollment and awesome success stories. Our youth are still in sub-standard learning environments, and they have fewer goals and dreams.

By collaborating with schools some nonprofits provide the services and programs that our schools have eliminated, but we still need more. For more information on nonprofit sustainability, and, youth funding sources, please go to my website

Take the youth nonprofit survey Part 1 & 2 posted on my facebook page and win top billing in a newspaper article featuring your nonprofit.

Senior nonprofit services article

Lenora Williams: Posted on Monday, November 07, 2011 4:52 PM

Where Are Our Senior Nonprofit Services for Our Aging Population?

October 27, 2011 Post Newspaper group Articles, Berkeley, Marin, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South County, Vallejo

By Lenora Williams

Seniors have a multitude of diverse needs: health care; patient visits, prescription disbursements, social welfare, community recreation centers, companionship services, in-home services, out-patient services; food and transportation, and more.

Unfortunately, when they wait for public transportation and need assistance with getting on the bus, into a vehicle or when they have assigned transportation that can’t seem to show up at the designated time to pick them up, our seniors feel the pain of lack of services that meet their needs. This lack extends also to when they are shopping in the grocery store with little or nothing in their baskets. A variety of their needs are currently being met by some nonprofits but there are a lot that are not. The needs of our aging population are urgent and funds for seniors are dwindling.

In California there are over 1200 nonprofit agencies available to assist the senior population but their funds are shrinking. The elderly age group will increase 112 percent by 2020, which means more than half the counties will have over a 100 percent increase in this age group.

For organizations seeking funding for seniors programs, on my Facebook page, there is a list of funders who have ear marked dollars specifically for senior programs, for nutrition, transportation, health care, and other services. Some of the funders have specific application deadlines and others are open ended.

Something to remember when you are applying is to know the strengths of your organization. If you are missing a requested strength in an area that you believe the funder will require, collaborate with another nonprofit and co-author the grant application. Collaborations can be between one agency or with several agencies: senior centers and hospital rehabilitation centers; nursing homes and senior centers; food nutrition programs, transportation companies and senior centers; health centers, pharmacies and senior centers; hospitals and nursing homes The agency with the strongest audit portfolio becomes the fiscal sponsor or leader.

What if you don’t want to collaborate? Today with less and less funding available and with natural disasters occurring on large scales throughout the country, the available resources for community based organizations are spread thin. Smaller agencies are usually over looked because most funders want to get a large bang for their dollars.

How do you get money when you are a small agency? One answer is that you go to large private corporations or foundations that have discretionary dollars between $5 and $15 thousand dollars per year. Ask to speak with their Regional Manager or Corporate Officer and ask them about their giving history with nonprofit organizations like yours. Typically, these private entities should be businesses that exist in your neighborhood; banks, grocery chains, city agencies and similar sources. Please tweet me @nonprofit411 for more ways to strengthen your senior nonprofit agency.

Nonprofit and Faith Agencies ALIGN

Lenora Williams: Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 1:59 AM

Non-Profits and Faith Agencies ALIGN at Temple Hill Resource Meet

November 30, 2011Featured, OaklandNo Comments

By Lenora


Nonprofits and faith-based groups met at the Mormon Temple last week at a meeting of the Alameda County Linking Interfaith Groups with Nonprofits (ALIGN), designed to connect businesses, nonprofits and congregations working in area for community advocacy. Photos and collage by Clifford Goler.

Who will step forward to answer the call to be relevant to youth at a time when jobs are scarce, crime rates are up and education is lagging? This was the question asked by religious leaders as nonprofits and faith-based groups met at the Mormon Temple last week at a meeting of the Alameda County Linking Interfaith Groups with Nonprofits (ALIGN), designed to connect businesses, nonprofits and congregations working in area for community advocacy.

The two event organizers, Elder Thomas Brighton with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD) and Co-Chair of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Network Group, worked tirelessly to meet with religious organizers and event sponsors securing a site and creating an entirely free event. Their mission was to have both groups come together in the spirit of finding a common ground. Ana-Marie said, “There once was the East Bay Resource Center that supported this type of activity, (and) now there is just Compass Point. But we need more.”

The local area has many opportunities to help the community and work together, said Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, who stated that, “Oakland has more churches and nonprofits per capita than any other metropolitan city in the United States”

Workshops covered vital information such as how to use social media, connect with corporate sponsors, do fundraising, prepare for natural disasters and find and keep volunteers.

Speaking at the dinner, Elder Brighton challenged everyone to get youth involved in charitable work, organize a group of seniors to work in the community and offer a social program every year to make members aware of their different programs.

Among those who spoke were Solomon Belette, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, who talked about breaking down silos; Ibrahim Ozcan of Muslim Pacifica Institute, who talked about sharing food during different Islamic fasting events with other religious communities; and Rabbi Andrew Straus of the Oakland Temple Sinai, who said, “Out of the mountain of despair, there is a stone of hope.”

Event planners and sponsors included the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, BART, Alameda County Community Food Bank, CARD, Post News Group, El Mundo Newspaper and Center for Urban Black Studies. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shared its resources and facility for the event.

Support Casa Vincentia Shelter for Young Pregnant Women

Lenora Williams: Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 2:44 PM

Oakland Post December 21-27,2011

By Lenora Williams

Support Casa Vincentia Shelter for Young Pregnant Women

As holiday bells are ringing Casa Vincentia a home for homeless pregnant women ages 18-25 is in need of financial donations to maintain their home for desperate women and their unborn child. Some argue the right to life but little talk about how that translates into a formula for everyday life. Right to life and a right to homelessness can be one in the same for these young women. What about them, young women who choose life over abortion? The young women at Casa Vincentia choose to have their babies; where they learn as the Director of the home says, “Being pregnant is not an illness, it is a temporary condition.”

Mother Mary’s baby lay in a manger in a stable because there was no room in the Inn. Casa offers the manger and a home for homeless pregnant women who have been told there is no room in any other home for them. These women like Mary need shelter. Who can help? This is a season of giving, a wonderful time to open our hearts to a worthy cause, homeless pregnant women. Casa Vincentia is an excellent nonprofit program and it is in need.

Welcome to Casa Vincentia a former convent for nuns attached to Saint Cyril’s School, now known as Millsmont Academy School. Sister Maureen Webb established the shelter 25 years ago. Her vision was to have a home that offered an alternative to women having to choose abortion or homelessness. Ms. Barbara Jackson has been the Executive Director for the past17 years. Even though there has been a changing of the guard the mission has remained the same. Casa Vincentia offers the women a nurturing, loving and caring environment. Their motto is “Welfare is a stepping stone not a restingplace.” Therefore, it is mandatory that the women continue their education, job training or seek employment. The women enter the shelter at anytime during their pregnancy and remain approximately 2-8 months after the birth of their child. This shelter promotes healthy pregnancies and babies. Casa has a successful history of healthy births. Their most recent baby born December 18,2011 weighed 9 LBS; 8oz. Casa also helps young mothers in the community who a rein need of baby items and/or referrals.

We are asking corporations, churches, businesses and individuals to make a tax deductible donation in any amount to help Casa Vincentia to continue their essential services to help homeless pregnant women.The shelter consistently receives new baby cribs, clothes, and baby care products; they are donated by churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the year. The interior walls and floors of the shelter are taking care of by carpenters, painters and others who donate their time and resources. Due to lack of funds Ms. Jackson is the only paid staff person, therefore, we are also asking that anyone with grant writing skills to donate time to help her secure at least one staff person. She is also in need of a person(s) to assist with updating Casa Vincentia’s Website.

There is no greater gift than the gift of giving.The young women and Casa Vincentia are in need of your financial gift.

Send your gift to: Casa Vincentia, 3210 62Avenue, Oakland, CA 94605. For additional information please call shelter director, Barbara Jackson at (510) 729-0316 or send an email to Casa

Eviction of Casa Vincentia's Shelter for Homeless Women

Lenora Williams and Newsletter by Barbara Jackson (Shelter Director): Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:20 PM

Casa Vincentia Up Date Newsletter

Casa Vincentia Residence for Homeless Pregnant Women

3210 62 Avenue ¨Oakland, CA 94605

510-729-0316 - Fax 510-729-0319 Email address -

questions please call me or volunteer, Laurie Lawson at(510) 729-0316

When Prayers Go Up - Blessings Come DownPrayerand Praise Brings Victory

For over 25 years, CasaVincentia has served as a, sanctuary, shelter, safe place and a refuge. A place……for prayer, counsel, rejuvenation andsafety from negative influences and a guiding light for homeless pregnant women18-25 years of age, who are seeking shelter for themselves and their unbornchild. This life-saving organization was founded by the late sister Maureen Webb, her visionwas to preserve the life of our unborn children; and to give children a healthystart in life by establishing a loving and nurturing environment that promotesthe dignity of both mother and child. Sister Maureen realized that womenwere having abortions as an alternative to becoming homeless.

It has been proven that homelessness is particularly devastatingfor expectant mothers, as well as women with children. According to a study bythe American Journal of Psychiatry, homeless mothers is triple the rate ofpost-traumatic stress disorder, as well as twice the rate of both drug andalcohol dependence and depression, in comparison to low-income women withstable housing. After 25years Casa Vincentia’s home is being taken away The Roman Catholic Welfare has asked Casa Vincentia tovacate the building based on the probability of an earthquake. In an effort tobe pro-active we were able to determine that Case Vincentia is fully insured inthe event of an earthquake. It was also investigated and determined that assevere as the Loma Prieta earthquake was we did not sustain any damage duringsuch a catastrophic earthquake. We are grateful that The Roman Catholic Welfareallowed Casa to occupy the building with no mention of rent 2007 - 2012. Casa wrote a letter to The Roman Catholic Welfare, asking them toprayerfully reconsider their request in honor of right-to-life. I believe thatCasa Vincentia’s life saving journey is essential to our mission as Christians. I further believe there is a vital need in the Oakland community for a shelterthat is centrally located and focused on pregnant homeless women who choose toprotect the life of their unborn child.

Casa Vincentia is located in an area of Oakland that is in walking distance to social services and various other resources that is imperative to our residents. Casa Vincentia’s location represents an area of familiarity for the mothers who come seeking shelter. Living in an area of familiarity relieves stress, including the feeling of isolation. Additionally, the mothers are less-likely to experience post-traumatic stress. Also being near family membersoften leads to family reunification after the birth of the child. You may say there are other shelters located in the Eastbay for homeless expectant mothers, however, Casa Vincentia allows the mother to stay months beyond the birth her child. Other shelters offer very little time, if any, after the birth of a child. Casa is concerned about the mother and child during pregnancy, as well as after birth. Therefore, after birth we continue giving mothers guidance, an opportunity to complete her education and/or find stable housing. Our motto at Casa is… Welfare is a stepping stone, not a resting place… and that abstinence plus education equals independence and success. It is our spiritual responsibility to provide for the poor and togive of ourselves for the betterment of others. I do not just give this statement lip service, as the director, I have for many years sacrificed mysalary to enable Casa Vincentia to remain open, and to this date I do not takea full salary.

Note: I am the only paid staff person. But, I do not and will not complain because I know that I am on a life-saving journey. Casa Vincentia has shared the following story with you before, but it is a story that touched our hearts and it symbolizes the plight of homelessmothers. Also it is a testimony that dictates the necessity of our life giving mission…

A homeless pregnant young lady came to us who never knew her parents; she was raised in the foster care system. After turning 18 years of age, she was nolonger welcome in her foster care home. In search of a home and someone to loveher, she became pregnant. Because of her refusal to have an abortion, again she found herself homeless and without someone to love her. After going from shelter toshelter and being asked to leave due to the shelter’s length-of-stay rule, orbecause she was absolutely terrified of the shelter's clientele. This young woman began thinking that having an abortion may be her only hope. As she sat crying in the park, a previous resident gave her Casa Vincentia’s phone number. The existence of Casa Vincent was surely a blessing to this young mother! Casa Vincentia’s Residents Express Their Appreciation for Casa Vincentia… “Not only does Casa not feel like a shelter, it is a spiritual atmosphere and it feels like a home for my daughter and me.”

Shenelle: My life before Casa Vincentia was worrying, worrying, worrying. All I did was worry, about the baby inside of me and about the environment shewould be born into.I am very thankful for a place like Casa. Not only does Casa not feel like a shelter, it is a spiritual atmosphere and it feels like a home for my daughter and me. It is a blessing just to be in a clean, safe, peaceful and loving home. I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Ms. Jackson is allowing my daughter and me stay at Casa while I continue my education and look for affordable independent housing. Being at Casa has given me self-esteem and dignity as a mother. I amthankful to Ms. Jackson and supporters for a place called Casa Vincentia.It would be a sad time if Casa was not here for other mothers. I know Ican speak for other residents Casa is truly a safe place to be. We can cook our own meals and we have our own room and a hug whenever we need one. Now that I am here life is better! I am happy to be a resident of Casa Vincentia.

Brionna: Before coming to Casa Vincentia I was staying in a very unsuitable environment, a place that a child should never be born into. It was blessing that with my sister’s help I found Casa and was accepted right away after an interview. Since being here I now feel I can prepare for the arrival my baby. Casa Vincentia is a peaceful and cozy environment. I have my own room, pretty simple house chores, rules and a reasonable curfew. Nowthat I am here life is better! I am happy to be a resident of Casa Vincentia. “***************“Casa is reallya blessing, the shelter I was in before coming to Casa would not allow me toreturn after the birth son.”

Jerricka: My life before Casa Vincentia was very unstable and unpredictable. All my supposedly friends were gone. I was depressed and life was very stressful, which sent me red flags about my pregnancy. Thanks to Casa Vincentia I feel very encouraged about my life and most importantly being a mother to my unborn son. I am hopeful that my life will be back on track with no worry bythe time my son is born. It is comforting to be with 5 other young ladies in my same situation; I am not alone. Casa is really a blessing, the shelter I was in before coming to Casa would not allow me to return after the birth son. “***************" Casa is a place where I can get myself to together and learn to be independent and self-sufficient.”

Natashia: If I was not a residentat Casa Vincentia, I honestly do not know where I would be. I know I did notwant to continue a life of shelter to shelter or pillar-to-post throughout my pregnancy. What it comes down to, I wanted a stable place to lay my head. Casa is a place where I can get myself totogether and learn to be independent and self-sufficient. “***************“Thank God for Casa Vincentia! Before I foundCasa I was staying at another shelter where I was sleeping on the floor.”

Nakia: Thank God for Casa Vincentia! Before I found Casa I was staying at another shelter where I was sleeping on the floor. I am thankful because, now I have my own room and a bed in an environment that shares hugs and love and respect for all the mothers.

Thank You Caring…Our Christmas Was Amazing

“Ms.Jackson was like Santa and his elves working long hours. She was working withour daily needs and later we found out she was also preparing for our surpriseChristmas party. Ms. Jackson asked for a wish list, for an angel tree andothers. It took me and other residents some time to take her request serious,she kept reminding us how blessed we are.

Wow! TheChristmas party made me and other residents cry. We all got new gifts and lotsof them; we even got what we ask for and new gifts for our unborn baby. Icannot speak for other residents, but coming from a foster care home I alwaysgot used things for Christmas and my foster care mother’s children got newstuff. I felt really bad because my attitude was not good, Ms. Jackson didn’talways have anybody helping her and she still did all this for us. Ms. Jacksontold us that all the gifts were donated by Casa Vincentia’s supporters who careabout us. Thank you supporters, we are all grateful and your caring got me workingon a better attitude.”

From the Executive Director, Barbara Jackson

The last year has been a challenging journey. Myburdens were heavy, trying to stay on top of things (although some fell through the cracks, i.e., timely thank you(s) for which Iapologize). Being the only staff person, my first priority was and is to our residents and the babies.

After relentless prayer, I was blessed with some wonderful volunteers. I can see the light shinning in the midst. I attribute this light to the Lord touching our supporters who showered Casa Vincentia with their prayers, in-kind and financial donations. I truly believe that when prayers and praises go up blessings come down. Thank you!

Now the light is flickering trying to go out since The Roman Catholic Welfare has asked Casa to vacate the building. I donot know the answer to Casa Vincentia’s dilemma, but one thing I do know is that God is the creator of the universe and all the land there in belongs to Him, He is the CEO of life and He is the Beginning and the End. So I will standon my faith believing that the Lord will provide. I am asking for your prayers believing in His word that, where two or three are gathered together in agreement in His name, He will be in the midst. I am also asking for your continued support, words of encouragement and any accommodating ideas.

Goods news… Through a newly developed relationship Casa Vincentia plans to begin giving on-site infant CPR and infant care classes.

In closing I would like to share Psalm 41:1-Blessed is he that considers the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. I believe Casa Vincentia will be delivered, because our mission aswell as the Roman Catholic Welfare is to consider the poor.

As I stated in the previous newsletter: Itis essential to the preservation of life that we do not allow our mission to collapse and doors to be closed to homeless pregnant women in need. We are the voice for unborn children; and it is vital that we continue to be a voice.

The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever!

If you have not received your thank you letter or if you have any questions please call me or volunteer, Laurie Lawson at(510) 729-0316 or send a note to: 3210 62 Avenue, Oakland, CA94605.

Today's News Tip! How to think about going after Funders - 10 Nonprofit Funding Models

William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen: Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:20 PM​

Check it out!

Found in:

Nonprofit Management Institute New Skills for a Complex World. September 11-12

Stanford Social Innovation Review -- Informing and Inspiring Leaders of social change

Great Article written By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen | 27 | Spring 2009

"The models are ordered by the dominant type of funder. The first three models (Heartfelt Connector, Beneficiary Builder, and Member Motivator) are funded largely

by many individual donations. The next model (Big Bettor) is funded largely by a single person or by a few individuals or foundations. The next three models

(Public Provider, Policy Innovator, and Beneficiary Broker) are funded largely by the government. The next model (Resource Recycler) is supported largely by

corporate funding. And the last two models (Market Maker and Local Nationalizer) have a mix of funders."

Again check out the article it has some good information. Must read!!

The 10 funding models:

1. HEARTFELT CONNECTOR - Some nonprofits, such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, grow large by focusing on causes that resonate with the existing concerns .....

2. BENEFICIARY BUILDER - Some nonprofits, such as the Cleveland Clinic, are reimbursed for services that they provide to specific individuals,

but rely on people who have benefited in the past from these services ..........

3. MEMBER MOTIVATOR - There are some nonprofits, such as Saddle back Church, that rely on individual donations and use a funding model we call Member

Motivator. These individuals (who are members of the nonprofit) donate money because the issue is integral to their everyday life ....

4. BIG BETTOR - There are a few nonprofits, such as the Stanley Medical Research Institute, that rely on major grants from a few individuals or foundations

to fund their operations ...

5. PUBLIC PROVIDER - Many nonprofits, such as the Success for All Foundation, work with government agencies to provide essential social services,

such as housing, human services, and education, ...

6. POLICY INNOVATOR - Some nonprofits, such as Youth Villages, rely on government money and use a funding model we call Policy Innovator. These

nonprofits have developed novel methods ...

7. BENEFICIARY BROKER - Some nonprofits, such as the Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, compete with one another to provide government-funded

or backed services to beneficiaries ...

8. RESOURCE RECYCLERS - Some nonprofits, such as AmeriCares Foundation, have grown large by collecting in-kind donations from corporations and

individuals, and then distributing these donated goods to needy recipients ...

9. MARKET MAKER - These nonprofits generate the majority of their revenues from fees or donations that are directly linked to their activities. Most

Market Makers operate in the area of health and disease, but some also operate in the environmental protection ...

10. LOCAL NATIONALIZER - Most of the money for programs is raised locally, often from individual or corporate donations and special events.

Very little of the money comes from government agencies or fees...

A good quote from the article, "As society looks to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy to solve important problems, a realistic understanding of funding models is increasingly important to realizing those aspirations."

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