Microsoft Corporation has announced the launch of the Elevate America community initiative, a new grant program to support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. The initiative is the latest extension of Elevate America, which was launched in 2009 to provide people across the country with no-and low-cost access to the technology skills they need to find employment.

To support the initiative, Microsoft is committing a total of $4 million in cash and $6 million in software and technology skills training curriculum over the next two years.

Grants will be allocated through a Request for Proposal process which invites nonprofits to share their plans for partnering with Microsoft on creating successful, scalable programs that respond to the twenty-first century skills training and employment needs of people across the U.S. For this initiative, the company has a particular but not exclusive interest in working with partners focused on the needs of women and young workers (ages 18-25).

Successful grant recipients will be funded to provide individuals with the support they need to find employment. The services provided by grant recipients to ensure a fully supportive experience for participants must include technology skills training, job placement, and strong employer connections and may also include career counseling and other support services such as childcare, transportation, and housing.

Grant applicants must be U.S.-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and their partner organizations, which may include workforce agencies, community colleges, labor organizations, and other nonprofit organizations.

Complete grant program guidelines and an eligibility survey for nonprofit organizations are available at the Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/job-skills/Community-Initiative/

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The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Senior International Fellows Program provides an opportunity for the professional development of third-sector practitioners from outside the United States who are decision-makers in their professions. The program is also designed to help build third-sector capacity in the fellows’ home countries.

The research topic for fellowships for the 2010 program will be community foundations. Proposals on other topics related to the philanthropic sector will be considered from candidates applying on a tuition- or institutionally sponsored basis.

Fellows are based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where they will participate in a one-month seminar (October 18 to November 12, 2010) focused on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. Based on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the fellows’ own experiences, each participant will produce a position paper with recommendations for the development, adaptation, or expansion of foundations or another approved topic. It is expected that these recommendations will draw from a variety of foundation experiences and will reflect the political, social, economic, and legal frameworks in the fellows’ home countries.

The program is open to senior-level practitioners (generally over the age of 35). Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition. As part of the award, the center also provides furnished accommodations in Manhattan, round-trip air travel to and from New York City, and a stipend to help cover research-related and additional living expenses.

Visit the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Web site for program guidelines.

Entries Invited for 2011 Nonprofit Collaboration Prize

The Collaboration Prize is a national award presented to nonprofit organizations that collaborate effectively to gain greater impact. The prize was created and is funded by the Lodestar Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The prize is designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the impact that can be achieved from working together, the prize identifies and showcases collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that cooperate to demonstrate innovative and effective responses to challenges or opportunities.

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.

Applications may be submitted by any individual familiar with the collaboration, including an employee of any entity involved in the collaboration.

Applications for the 2011 Collaboration Prize open June 1, 2010, and close on July 16, 2010.

Visit the Collaboration Prize Web site for compete program information.

In order to expand our professional portfolio and create more connections with peer nonprofit organizations, 501(c)ommunications is currently doing some pro bono, project-based communications and marketing work with selected candidates. For example, we are currently working with Answer, a program created by the Rutgers University Center of Applied Psychology, on a social media marketing campaign.

About 501(c)ommunications:

Basically, 501(c)ommunications is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable, and multi-skilled communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and/or under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing, communications, and IT work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. We do everything from branding to project management.

Therefore, if you have a specific communications or marketing project that needs to be done yesterday, I suggest you contact me to see if your organization and your project qualify as a pro bono candidate.

For more information, contact me at Kelly@501communications.org

Well, I put out the energy I find work that was (a) meaningful to me, (b) fully utilized my 15 years of domestic and international NGO working experience, (c) allowed me to use my multi-media communications skills, especially writing, as a tool for education and positive change, and (d) allowed me to work, from anywhere in the world, on a variety of critical issues. And thus, 501(c)ommunications appeared.

Therefore, yesterday, I officially joined 501(c)ommunications, based in DC, which serves various 501c3-status organizations across the country. Basically, 501(c)ommunications (http://www.501communications.org/) is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing and communications work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. This is an economically savvy alternative, with various compensation options, to meeting an organization’s immediate, short and long-term PR, marketing and communications needs, when the budget does not allow in-house staff or team.

From branding to web design, content and maintenance; from e-CRM to online marketing and advertising; from e-newsletters to print publications; from old skool press releases to fact sheets–501(c)ommunications, among the 5 of us, will do it all. This also includes planning, consulting, and project management.

My new role is as sales advocate and consultant. If you have any questions about how we can work with your organization, please contact me at my new email address: Kelly@501communications.org

Pura vida,
Kelly N Patterson

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
http://www.comminit.com/en/funding.html

Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University
Announcing a 2-year programme of study and practical work experience intending to support and further develop a network of 10 lawyers and activists working on human rights-related issues internationally.
Deadline: January 25 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/13895/348


Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting

Awarding 2 Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting for the academic year, one to a US citizen and one to a non-US citizen. The fellows will spend one academic year at Harvard University in the US, followed by 3-4 months of field work in a developing country.
Deadline: January 31 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/266302/2754

Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications
Accepting applications from doctoral-level students from developing countries who are in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of studies in family planning and/or reproductive health at academic institutions in the US or Canada.
Deadline: February 4 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267230


Stop TB Partnership’s Challenge Facility for Civil Society

Inviting applications from grassroots civil society organisations (CSOs) that seek to help shape policy at local levels by giving a voice to people living with tuberculosis (TB) and those involved in its prevention, treatment, and care.
Deadline: February 10 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/307920/347

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Providing stipends to journalists to study topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.
Deadline: April 19 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/265474/2754


Atlas Service Corps Fellowship

Seeking mid-career non-profit (non-governmental [NGO] or citizen sector) leaders in developing countries and the US to apply for a 12- to 18-month overseas fellowship.
Deadline: May 1 2010
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267935

All Roads Seed Grant Program
Providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works in order to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.
Deadline: Rolling deadline
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/284500


Humphrey Fellowship Program: Journalism Fellowships

Offering a 10-month stay at a journalism college in the US to study journalism and undertake professional affiliations at US news organisations. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years of substantial professional experience, limited or no experience in the US, and demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment to their communities.
Deadline: Varies by country
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/147205/2754

The IJP Journalists’ Bursaries
Inviting applications for participation in an exchange of German journalists with international colleagues. For every German journalist taking part in a programme abroad, a foreign colleague will have the opportunity to work in a German media organisation. Where requested by media organisations or bursary sponsors, participants can also initiate a direct exchange.
Deadline: Varies by programme
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/306525/2754

International Service for Human Rights Internships
Seeking interns to observe and learn about both the United Nations (UN) human rights system and the international human rights non-governmental community through full- and part-time internships from 3-6 months at the Geneva, Switzerland, Office of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR).
Deadline: Varies by internship
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/297464/348


Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme

Providing opportunities for advanced study to individuals from any one of 22 countries who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. The fellowship provides support for up to 3 years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree.
Deadline: Varies by country
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/147050/348

African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Supporting small, community/rural-based grassroots women’s groups in Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. The SGP also supports emerging or emergency issues.
Deadline: Rolling deadline
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267128/38

The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change

Publication Date
March 1, 2009
Summary

This is a free, download-able, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators working with local organisations to function and develop in more healthy, human, and effective ways. The guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories, and activities. Its purpose is to help stimulate and enrich the practice of anyone supporting organisations and social movements in their challenges of working, learning, growing, and changing to meet the needs of our complex world. Although it is aimed at leaders and facilitators of civil society organisations, it is also designed to be useful to anyone interested in fostering a healthy human organisation in any sphere.

Contents include the following:

* Chapter 1 – Shaping our World:
New ways of looking at organisations and social change
* Chapter 2 – Inside Out:
Towards understanding ourselves, other people, and how we change
* Chapter 3 – People to People:
Creating and working with relationships in organisations
* Chapter 4 – Through the Looking Glass:
Observing and understanding organisations
* Chapter 5 – Stepping into the Unknown:
Facilitating change in organisations
* Chapter 6 – Finding a Home for Change:
Supporting, grounding, and sustaining change
* Chapter 7 – Staying Alive to Change:
Learning and innovating in organisations

Click here to access this document in PDF format in chapters or the entire resource.
Publisher
Barefoot Collective
Number of Pages

171
Contact
Doug Reeler
Community Development Resource Association (CDRA)

P.O. Box 221
Woodstock
South Africa
Tel: 027 21 462 3902
Fax: 027 21 462 3918
CDRA website
doug@cdra.org.za
for direct links: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/296953/348