Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF) has announced their new Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants. The grants will empower local Down syndrome organizations to provide jobs for individuals with Down syndrome.
Applications for the grants are due to Global by 5:00 pm (MST) on Friday, January 29, 2016. The grants will be awarded in amounts up to $2,000 and winners will be announced at the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Charlotte, NC in March 2016.
Visit the GDSF website for more information about the Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants, including the application and eligibility requirements. To become a Global Member, visit the Down Syndrome World website.
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The mobile app for the 2016 DSAIA Conference is ready to download and enjoy! Get involved in all the pre-event excitement including cool contests!
You'll find the app (Conbop Mobile App) in both Google Play and the Apple store. Log in to the event using the code "dsaia2016" and start engaging now with other attendees while planning your "learning" schedule!
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Newsletter December 2015
For Your Ears Only: Board Members Topical Call
Tue, Dec 1st
8 pm ET/5 pm PT
10 Steps To A Successful Fundraising Campaign
Tue, Dec 8th
1 pm ET/10 am PT
Miss a webinar?
Find it in the Webinar Archiveon the DSAIA website! Always available to our members any time!
20 Effective Nonprofit Mission Statements
Stop Being a Slave to Social Media Marketing
How 'Founder Syndrome' Can Take Down a Nonprofit
March 3 - 6, 2016
Enjoy a Suite Upgrade - when you win our 10 Things in 10 Years Contest!
Our sessions are scheduled - great experiences await you!
Get Ready To Be Energized!
Dana Lightman, motivational speaker, will deliver the Saturday keynote address at the 2016 DSAIA Conference in Charlotte. Dana specializes in the field of optimism and positive psychology with a doctorate in Behavioral Science.
Get ready to unleash your star potential in this energizing mid-morning session! You'll learn proven steps to break through negative patterns and build up positive practices. Dana will also be presenting a breakout session on Saturday afternoon entitled "There's No Such Thing As Difficult People." Check out the full lineup of sessions on our website.
Interested in the conference? Learn about the scholarship opportunities, suite upgrade contests and more on ourwebsite!
You're Doing Amazing Things - Be Recognized For Them!
Affiliates in Excellence is in its 3rd year of recognizing the incredible accomplishments of DSAIA members across the nation. Applications are now open through January 31, 2016. With eleven entry categories and three budget categories, DSAIA has made sure that we are recognizing what our members are doing - no matter where they are located or how large they are. To view last year's winners, click here.
Is your organization doing amazing things? Stand up and be recognized! Complete this short form to submit your application today! Learn all the details on our Affiliates in Excellence page. Awards will be presented at the annual leadership conference in Charlotte in March 2016, sponsored by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning.
As a board member, you have a different role (and perspective) as a leader in your organization. DSAIA's latest topical call will focus only on the board member and the issues that they face as the governing body (and sometimes worker bees) of their Down syndrome association.
When registering for the call, you'll be asked to submit questions to be considered for conversation. These questions will be introduced anonymously but can be commented on in the call by the questioner if they wish.
The call will be moderated by Sterling Lynk, DSAIA Board President. Registrants of this topical call will be screened for approval. (No staff will be allowed on this call.)
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Come "Hangout" With Us Nov 19th!
Join us on November 19th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT for a live Hangout On Air! This month, we'll be talking "all things conference" to learn more about the 2016 event and answer YOUR questions.
Special guests include members of the DSAIA Conference Committee covering such topics as registration, technology, programming and especially the fun "after hours" events. Watch it live on YouTube.
Affiliates in Excellence - Open for submissions!
Early Bird Ends December 1st!
You still have a few weeks left to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for the 2016 conference! And for DSAIA members, don't forget to use the Member Discount Code for an add'l $200 off per person. You'll find it in the Member Resources section of our website.
Small and startup organizations are given a great opportunity to attend the conference with scholarships that may even include lodging! Find out more about the criteria here.
Are you a veteran organization that wants to pay it forward? Contact DSAIA about donating to theScholarship Fundtoday!
P.O. Box 2122
Bismarck, ND 58502
March 3 - 6, 2016
Early Bird Savings
Register before November 1st to receive an additional $100 off registration per person! Check out the schedule and start planning your organization's trip today by securing registration!
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Successful teen and adult programs are not unicorns in the forest - they do exist! And some are extremely successful! Great outcomes come from great ideas and great planning. Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati hosts an Independent Living Retreat, a weekend-long retreat for adults (18 & up). The retreat focuses on community service, learning new skills, making friendships and gaining independence. (Be sure and watch the video included in this newsletter!)
Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) facilitates a wellness and fitness program for their teens and adults. "Participants have lost anywhere from 3 pounds to over 10 pounds in one session!" says Desiree Jomant of DSAJ. "Individuals who have participated in multiple program sessions have seen weight losses of as much as 65 pounds!"
In an upcoming DSAIA webinar, you'll learn about these programs as well as three others...find out more by checking out Teen & Adult Programming That Works!,scheduled for September 17th.
An exciting new program from Downs Designs tackles both Down syndrome awareness and a charitable cause at the same time. Downs Designs, well-known within the Down syndrome community for producing clothing (jeans in particular) that are specially made for individuals with Down syndrome, has recently created a charitable program called Adopt-A-Jean. Adopt-A-Jean provides free jeans to an individual who might not otherwise be able to purchase them. However, they've gone one step further to create a project opportunity for students or groups who wish to fundraise for the program.
The Adopt-A-Jean Project provides the student/group with a packet that includes information on WHY an individual with Down syndrome might require special clothing or why their NBZ (no button, no zipper) jeans might be a valuable tool for someone with another type of disability. The awareness piece was important to Karen Bowersox, owner of Downs Designs and grandmother to a person with Down syndrome. "What we are trying to do is reach out to the young people today and educate them on why people with disabilities often don't look like their peers," she said. "At the same time, through our Adopt-A-Jean program, we want to offer a solution." Downs Designs also offers NBZ jeans (no button or zipper) in men's and boys' sizes which differ from the original style. Recently, Downs Designs has begun the process of attaining their 501c3 status as a charitable organization in order to continue their awareness work.
For information on the Adopt-A-Jean project, go to: http://downsdesignsdreams.org/adopt-a-jean/adopt-a-jean-start-your-project.html
The latest VIP (Value-Incentive-Purchase) discount offer for DSAIA members is all about low prices for your next event t-shirt order. Partnering with Will Enterprises, a nationally-known and well-respected apparel company, DSAIA members can purchase shirts for as low as $2.59 apiece. Imagine your white shirt with four-color front and one-color back for that amazing price! Need a color shirt with the same options? It's only $3.69 a shirt!
DSAIA strives to save our members valuable operating funds on items that they already purchase...and that is why we've brokered this incredible deal with a trusted national company. View the offer and the complete pricing chart here: http://down-syndrome-affiliates-in-action.crushpath.me/dsaiadirector/spots/23.
Recruiting and retaining the best possible staff to carry out your organization's mission can be more than just a little difficult. And often, the biggest questions boards have is centered around compensation and benefits. In our effort to be a complete resource for Down syndrome organizations, DSAIA has created a staff compensation survey for DSAs in order to provide more complete data for our community.
Even if you are an organization without staff, please take a moment to complete the initial questions so that we can provide a complete picture in the final report. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in this effort. And special thanks to one of our Executive Director Leaders' Circles for seeing the need and creating the survey!
Down Syndrome Family Connection of Bloomington, Indiana (DSFC) was recently awarded Basic Accreditation status through Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. Cyndi Johnson, DSFC Board President, said that their organization wanted to pursue accreditation status for many reasons including ensuring that their organization executed nonprofit best practices at every level. "The board was involved all along the way," Johnson explained. "It forced us to review our policies, procedures and programs. The process itself was beneficial to our organization."
The group plans to utilize their accreditation award to inspire donor confidence within their community. "We feel like it is a way to set ourselves apart from other nonprofits vying for funding," Johnson said. When asked what advice or suggestions DSFC would offer prospective accreditation applicants, Johnson encouraged groups to have one person coordinating the effort but to be transparent with the board at all times so that everyone learns from the process and can be supportive. One more piece of advice from DSFC: Design a central location for all of your documents (policies, procedures, minutes, bylaws, etc.). It will be helpful in the process but will hold future benefits as well.
DSFC is the second DSAIA member to receive accreditation status. Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida was awarded accreditation status in 2014. If your organization is interested in applying for accreditation, please visit our website for more information including the Accreditation Checklist.
Early Bird savings are now in full swing for the 2016 DSAIA Leadership Conference. Scheduled for March 3-6, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 2106 event will mark TEN YEARS of the annual leadership conference. Attendees should plan to celebrate nonstop with incredible educational and networking opportunities. DSAIA has made a commitment to bring in nonprofit experts and exciting new topics each year. The conference committee is already working incredibly hard to do just that - plus present some surprises to the schedule to keep the event evolving.
Registration is available on the DSAIA conference website. Hotel reservations (at our discounted conference rate) can be made now as well. Don't forget - early registrants take advantage of incredible savings! Save $100 per person when you register before November 1, 2015. (DSAIA members can save an additional $200 per person when using the Member Discount Code found under the Members Section of our website.)
Becoming an executive director is a huge transition. To succeed, you must rely on your experiences, strengths, and expertise. In addition, you must learn new skills, engage in new behaviors, work well with other people, know your leadership style and be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest. Nonprofit executive leadership requires a lot. It is an all-encompassing job.
Join DSAIA for our upcoming webinar "Moving Up To Executive Director", presented by Joanne Oppelt, MHA, on Wednesday, July 15th, at 1 pm ET. Joanne is the Executive Director of CONTACT We Care.
Moving Up will help you:
A recent study reports that as many as two-thirds of nonprofit leaders will retire in the next 5 years! Joan Garry (nonprofit consultant and instructor) reminds us of this incredible tidbit of information in her latest blog post and has some great interview tips for those coming from the corporate world into positions with nonprofits (or for those already here). Here are the highlights from the article:
1. Tell us about your previous nonprofit experience. How do you perceive the differences in the sectors?This is really important. You need to have played in the nonprofit sandbox in someway. I’m hoping you have volunteered, been involved in a PTA, or in your house of worship. Consider the differences between that and your corporate job.If you haven’t done any of those things, as a member of the search committee, I am going to be very skeptical indeed.
2. What is your previous fundraising experience?
Unless you have done some real nonprofit fundraising, you might need to be creative. Talk about attributes. “I have what it takes to ask for money because I understand that it’s about building and cultivating relationships and matching individuals with the cause. I am a quick study and my passion for this work trumps any anxiety about asking. And truthfully, I understand that money = programs so my anxiety level here is very low.”
3. Why are you passionate about THIS organization and THIS mission? You have got to make this case. You can’t just be a fabulous PR executive that wants to do external relations and make a difference. You have to make the case that there’s a specific connection between you and the organization.
Read all 10 questions/answers on Joan Garry's blog.
Joan Garry is a nonprofit consultant who works with nonprofit leaders, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as a professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post.
The DSAIA Resource Library and Webinar Archive includes many resources/trainings on hiring and managing top level staff. Below you'll find a list of a few of the many resources.
Webinars & Conference Presentations:
Resource Library Documents:
Members can access resources at their convenience. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits by scheduling a free orientation with DSAIA staff and board members.
I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio
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