Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from GailKoford of InterParish Ministry which is based in Newtown, Ohio and also has a location in Batavia, Ohio.  

Gail shared the following interesting facts:
1 in 6 people do not get enough food
It is not true that most individuals who struggle with hunger are out of work
More than 17 million children struggle with hunger even in the wake of school lunch programs
36% of households being served by The Feeding America Network have at least 1 working adult
17% of adults interviewed by Feeding America have attended college or technical school

Along with telling several touching stories of help and hope, Gail went on to share that hunger is becoming the new “norm” due to medical issues, rising fuel prices or some kind of unexpected major expenses. Many of those being served are the working poor and middle class families. Our food pantries saw a 30% increase in the numbers served in 2010 and also in 2011. While August and September seem to be the months of most need, the summer months continue to be crucial as well.

In 2011 IPM:
Assisted 120 families with rent, electric or gasoline assistance
40 families were helped a the annual toy store
More than 350 families were assisted at the annual “Adopt a Family” program
867 families were assisted at the Mobile Food Pantry; a very efficient & cost effective delivery method

Gail finished her talk with a brief mention of a forming organization called a “safety net” in Clermont County which will be modeled after a successful project in Norther Kentucky.

Next week we will have our 4 Way Speech Contest

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Joe Saylor of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation & the Clermont County Fund.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is a nonprofit organization created to provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. They offer a variety of tools to help people achieve their charitable goals and create lasting good work in their communities.

Beginning in 1963, the GCF began helping individuals execute their charitable giving by allowing people to give their money to a fund rather than giving all their money to a nonprofit all at once. GCF is similar to an organization like The United Way but they do not have agencies. Rather, nonprofits apply to the GCF for charitable endeavors.

GCF offers four strategic giving options:
Donor advised funds
Restricted funds
Field of interest funds
Unrestricted funds

Once an individual selects the appropriate fund, GCF works step-by-step with them to establish and manage it.
  1. You make your gift to GCF of case, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets, or through a gift in your will.
  2. You select the investment manager from GCF's list of authorized partners.
  3. GCF creates the fund in your name, your family's name, or the name of any individual or organization you choose.
  4. You receive tax benefits in the year(s) your gift is made.
  5. The GCF board issues grants to the designated nonprofit organization from your fund.
  6. GCF handles all administrative details, including the specific purposes that you may establish for grand disbursements. Because GCF manages the process, the grant recipients can remain focused on their missions. For these services, we assess fees at levels comparable with commercial financial institutions.
  7. You will receive regular communication from GCF with updates on the impact of our gift.
Next week we will hear from Gail Koford of InterParish Ministry.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Andy McCreanor of Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati

Executive Service Corps was founded in Cincinnati in 1995 by a small group of retired P&G, GE & Duke Energy executives. This is part of a nationwide network with 1500 active volunteers in 27 cities across 32 states. Their Mission is to “help nonprofits achieve their missions by providing high quality, affordable consulting services”. Currently they have 130-140 volunteer consultants (retired and current career) with 40 active projects locally in both large and small nonprofits. They are helping nonprofits understand the many changes facing them both now and in the future including reduced giving and the need for objective measurements.

Some of their strategic priorities include:
-Improve capacity of nonprofits to deliver community impact
-Increase the speed of innovative concepts
-Align outcomes with community indicators
-Help build partnerships and collaboration

Some of their consulting services include:
Strategic development
Mission Clarification
Board Development
Fund Development Planning
Executive Coaching
Measurements and Outcomes
Human Resources
Financial Management
Organizational Development
Social Enterprise

Andy also shared about a social enterprise hub organization he and some other men developed in Cincinnati called Flywheel. According to their website, “Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub offers 'vision with action' through our suite of services, including training, coaching, technical assistance, and advising, specifically geared toward starting, supporting or strengthening social enterprises.”

Next week we will hear from Joe Saylor of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Dave Elberfeld, Director of Adolescent Services, at the Clermont Recovery Center (CRC).

Dave is a retired teacher and administrator from the Goshen School District. He explained that the CRC is funded by the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and also receives state and federal funding. The latter is to assist children in schools and has decreased greatly over the years.

Alcohol is the #1 drug for teens in our county, with marijuana being #2. The CRC receives referrals from the Juvenile Court System, as well as directly from schools, to assist students who are using drugs and alcohol. CRC does an assessment of each student which indicates what type of treatment is needed. The CRC works very closely with all school districts in Clermont County and tries to help students receive the necessary assistance they need.

Dave explained a new program they are introducing called “The Seven Challenges.” He also conducted a question and answer segment from Rotary Members.

The CRC is currently recruiting volunteer Board members. This Board meets one Thursday per month, with dinner included. They review policies and other organizational information for the Clermont Recovery Center. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact Dave.

Next week we will hear from Andy McCreanor of Executive Service Corp. of Cincinnati.