The value of a volunteer hour was up 52 cents to $23.07 in 2014, according to the latest estimate released by Independent Sector (IS). In a recent article by Mark Hrywna in The Nonprofit Times (NPT), the values were reported to range from a low of $19.31 in Arkansas to a high of $39.86 per hour in the District of Columbia. The "average" figure is indexed by IS to determine state values and then increased by 12% to estimate for fringe benefits. The estimated value in your state can be used to value the contributions of volunteers to your organization.
According to NPT's article, the value of a volunteer hour crossed the $20 mark in 2008 and was only estimated at $16.27 in 2001. About 62.6 million Americans gave 7.7 billion hours of volunteer service worth $173 billion in 2013, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. You can review IS's information here.
VolunteerMatch’s new book on volunteer engagement for nonprofits, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, is now available for purchase. Author Robert Rosenthal asked 35 of the smartest volunteer engagement consultants, trainers, and practitioners to share their thoughts on what’s truly important for transforming volunteerism into lasting impact. The result? An awesome collection of “ideas”.
Rosenthal (in a recent VolunteerMatch blog post) explains that the publication strikes a balance between actionable strategy and broad discussion of the issues surrounding volunteerism. “Volunteer Engagement 2.0 helps readers craft a strategy that reflects their organization’s mission,” said Rosenthal, and lists some of the ways you’ll be able to get immediate benefit from Volunteer Engagement 2.0:
You can purchase the book here.
Do you have volunteer materials to share with other DSAIA members? Learn how to submit your items to the DSAIA Resource Library by emailing us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Highlights Value of
Employees with DS
"The value that employees with Down syndrome can add to organizations" a study performed by McKinsey & Company for the project Another Glimpse from Alana Institute, was released in March 2014 and showed that the inclusion of people with Down syndrome generates positive impact in five of nine areas that measure organizational health, such as leadership, customer satisfaction, culture and climate, team motivation, coordination and control. The study also revealed that a healthy company is more likely to present an above-average profit with the inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Marcus Frank, senior consultant at McKinsey, presented the study at the United Nations (UN) in New York, on World Down Syndrome Day. During his speech, Marcus said that McKinsey accepted the challenge of this research because they believe that "companies should promote inclusion at the workplace, not out of obligation but because of the improvements in competitiveness," he said.
This year's UN theme is "My Opportunities, My Choices – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families" and it has total synergy with the McKinsey’s study. "This study is an incentive for parents to continue to invest in the education of their children with Down syndrome because the market is seeing their value. They are recognizing the potential of these young people and, therefore, companies are opening their doors to hire more of them, " says Claudia Moreira, project coordinator of Another Glimpse. The survey interviewed 2,000 employees from several companies and 83% of them said that the presence of a person with Down syndrome causes the leader to become more able to resolve conflicts. The consultancy also spoke with 20 human resource leaders of national and foreign companies, as well as directors of institutions that support people with intellectual disabilities in Brazil, USA, Canada and Europe. The project, Another Glimpse (or Outro Olhar in Portuguese), was born with the mission of raising awareness about the singularities and skills of people with Down syndrome. It believes that a society can only win when it recognizes the potential of diversity that will bring us a better future. It does this through the production and dissemination of knowledge about Down syndrome. Learn more at www.anotherglimpse.com.
The publication is available for download here. Instituto Alana is a member of DSAIA.
Dealing With Competition Within the DS Community
DSAIA has scheduled a"Topical Call" on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 8 pm -10 pm ET to discuss a very interesting and popular topic of conversation lately in the Down syndrome community: non-DSAs as competition. Local DSAs are seeing other organizations come into their area which may threaten their member and donor bases. These organizations may or may not be Down syndrome-focused, but they do target services to individuals with Down syndrome and possibly duplicate services.
Over the years, the local Down syndrome organization has wrestled with other DSAs who might serve overlapping areas (or even the same area). This is nothing new. However, several organizations have expressed that this new situation with centers springing up in their area brings a new set of issues and can impact the local DSA negatively even when a partnership is established.
In this call, DSAIA will try to delve into the following questions (among others): Is a non-DSA a threat to existing organizations? Can the non-DSA complement an existing organization? What factors need to be considered?
This is a members-only call moderated by DSAIA's Executive Director, Deanna Tharpe. Others can attend the call by invitation-only. If you would like to learn more about the call or register, go to DSAIA's Upcoming Trainings page for details.
Even some of the finest fund development programs have leaks—pockets of inefficiency that, left unaddressed, will continue to reduce the support the nonprofit organization receives from its fundraising program. "The Leaky Bucket:What’s Wrong with Your Fundraising and How You Can Fix It"is a groundbreaking webinar that will show you how to find the leaks and plug them quickly and effectively.
Don't miss this two-part webinar series which airs Tuesday, April 7th and Tuesday, April 21st at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Each webinar will be 1 1/2 hours of great information for your organization. Free to members of DSAIA, register today! Not a member, you can register for the low cost of $75.
To view the entire list of winners (and their submissions), visit the DSAIA website. Your affiliate can be in the spotlight next year - award categories will remain the same. Consider your submissions now!
In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions”—a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.
The author, Paul Daugherty, has been a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1994. He has covered nearly every major American sporting event, as well as five Summer Olympic Games. He is the author of Fair Game, a collection of his sports columns, and coauthor of books with Chad Johnson and Johnny Bench. He blogs daily at The Morning Line on Cincinnati.com. He lives in Loveland, Ohio, with his wife, Kerry. The book was released in March by Harper Collins Publishers and can be purchased in hardcover or e-book form through various outlets.
The annual DSAIA Leadership Conference is more than a convention, it's a board retreat and staff development opportunity. The J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa is a beautiful location for the upcoming event but are you utilizing the event to create a "board/staff retreat" opportunity for your organization? Packed with professional speakersfrom both the Down syndrome and nonprofit community, it's an amazing value to your whole team.
And while the hotel may pamper you with spa options, DSAIA will surround you with incredible networking options, delicious meals, and some great technology perks. Keep connected to your organization or home with free WiFi in your room and on the conference floor and utilize our new mobile app to make your experience more engaging. Register today!
Providing timely and important feedback for our members and from our members is an important aspect of the work of DSAIA.
To this end, we hope you will support us by taking five to ten minutes to fill out a survey that will help one of our founding members – the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. The survey is aimed to improve their existing local Down syndrome organization outreach, existing grant program and to ascertain if an additional grant program would be welcomed.
Access the survey by clicking here. Thanks so much for supporting DSAIA and our members!
Steve Beck Jr., was a part of DSAIA from its birth almost ten years ago, and most recently the former Vice Chairman of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). His life was dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and the organizations that serve them. We are proud to have worked alongside him and we all benefit from his successes. He will be dearly missed.
In honor of his many accomplishments and to encourage Down syndrome affiliates to pick up the reigns, NDSS and DSAIA are proud to announce the Stephen Beck Jr. "ABLE Act" Affiliate Advocacy Scholarship. The winner of this honor will receive a one-year membership to DSAIA for their organization valued at $995. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2015. Applicants should complete this brief application. The winner will be announced Sunday, March 8th at the DSAIA Affiliates In Excellence Breakfast by the leadership of NDSS at the Annual DSAIA Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In early December over 50 leaders from Down syndrome organizations across the United States (and beyond) attended the webinar launch of a new awareness campaign created for World Down Syndrome Day. The campaign, which was created by a coalition of national and international Down syndrome organizations, is based on the concept of "Random Acts of Kindness" and has met with good response from the community.
Work continues on the toolkit, but interested organizations (or individuals) can view the webinar here. The toolkit can be downloaded during the webinar replay or by clicking here. Expect additions to the toolkit in the coming months including a Spanish translation.
Just 8% of Americans achieve their New Year's resolution. That is unacceptable to Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. You have your strategic plan in place...let's make it EASY to succeed in 2015 by resolving to save money for your Down syndrome organization.
Members of DSAIA have been saving money since the launch of the trade association in 2010. Whether it's savings on office supplies, insurance, event software or credit card processing, there is certainly an opportunity to start off the year saving. And in 2015, DSAIA has resolved to research and add even more VIP (Value-Incentive-Purchase) Offers for our members. (Want to get involved? We have VIP Committee openings!)
And consider passing on savings to your membership as well. Check out two offers aimed at families for legal services and monitoring devices. You'll find all of the 22 available offers here.
In February, NDSC and DSAIA are teaming up to help you help adults with Down syndrome and their families. We will be presenting a webinar on customizing the NDSC adult sibling toolkit for families entitled Making the Adult Sibling Toolkit Work for Your Members.
As you know, people with Down syndrome are living into their 40s, 50s, and even 60s, and for the most part, they continue to live in the family home with their parents. We recognize that for many families, not just those affected by Down syndrome, conversations between parents and adult children on the topics of death, medical incapacitation, healthcare directives and wills are difficult. They are often put off, and in worst cases these conversations NEVER HAPPEN.
Adult siblings who want to be involved in their brother or sister's life but are not familiar with the details involved can use this toolkit to have discussions with their parents. They can learn how to be an effective advocate, friend, and perhaps caregiver for their sibling after their parents are no longer able.
As an affiliate, customizing the Adult Sibling Toolkit with state-specific laws regarding wills, trusts, and guardianship, and local resources for transportation, employment, independent living, etc., will be invaluable to your older members. We will show you which sections most frequently need your affiliate input and strategize methods for getting the toolkit into the hands of families and most importantly, help them to follow through with the task of completing it.
Register today! (This is an open webinar for members and nonmembers alike, sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Congress.)
Hiring Staff: A New Trend in the DS Community?
Gaps in the Maps Survey Released
What To Know When You're Hiring
Hiring staff does have measurable benefits. According to Maureen Gallagher and Louise Borke of Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), it not only frees the board up to focus on governance rather than day-to-day operations, but also provides more responsiveness to your membership and consistency in your quality and programs. If your decision is to hire staff, plan to devote 3-6 months to create the strategic plan, determine what position to hire first, and determine what you can afford (including salary and benefits).
Try researching other similar organization and the competitive landscape for professional staff in your area. Be sure and review the DSAIA 2011 Demographic Survey which includes staff number and salary information. Before you start hiring, ensure you have enough funds to pay for the staff person and related expenses for at least one year. For more information from MDSC's presentation on Hiring Staff from the 2012 DSAIA Leadership Conference, visit the DSAIA Repositoryâ€™s 2012 Conference Powerpoints section.
To get ahead of the tax and regulatory issues regarding hiring your first staff person, review the information from Charlene Hill's (DSAIA Treasurer) presentation from the 2012 Conference entitled "We've Hired Staff: Now What?". Both the MDSC and Hill presentations are full of information sure to help you as you start this journey. A large variety of employment documents (including Employee Manuals, Applications, Evaluation Tools, etc.) can be found in the DSAIA Repositoryunder Operations and Administration/Employees.
What Makes Your Readers "Click"
In a recent analysis of their newsletter, Madison Area Down Syndrome Society found what stories generate the most interest to their readers. It is harder and harder to compete with the amount of information that your members are bombarded with on a day-to-day basis, so knowing which stories are more likely to pique their interest is a vital bit of information.
So, what did MADSS find? Looking at a year of click-throughs, they found that the majority of "opens" were on human interest or inspiring stories about people with Down syndrome. Next on the list were family and personal accounts of living with a child/family member with Down syndrome and parenting a child with Down syndrome. Other topics are listed in order below:
While interest seems to mainly be in stories about other people, MADSS' newsletter volunteer Alyssa Skiba noted that members are also interested in what the government is doing to help people with disabilities and how parents/family members can contribute to the healthy growth of their children.
Thanks to MADSS for sharing their research. Want to learn more about what makes a great newsletter? Read this interesting article about how to avoid the most common newsletter mistakes.
Are You Covered?
Your board members are
volunteers who often make difficult decisions. That is why your organization should have Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance to protect them. The question is not "can you afford it" but rather "how can you not?" Board members can be sued individually or as a group over a variety of reasons. Can your organization withstand a lawsuit and the costs involved?
Not having such insurance can make it difficult to attract and retain good board members, who simply cannot afford to serve if they run such risk to their personal assets. Some professionals are unwilling or unable to serve on a board without D&O insurance.
Learn more about coverage for both D&O and General Liability insurance by watching our two-part series entitled "Are You Covered?" in the DSAIA Repository. For discounts on insurance for your group, be sure and download the V.I.P. Insurance Discount Offer.
Self-Advocate Leadership A Top Priority
DSAIA Board Members (from left to right): David Egan, Joe Meares & Doris Erhart
Including self-advocates in the board room successfully is the goal of the newly formed Self-Advocate Leadership Committee. The committee, co-chaired by DSAIA board members Doris Erhart and David Egan, presented sessions at the 2012 DSAIA Conference and is now hard at work developing resources and training for affiliates.
The committee has already started compiling items to be included in a "toolkit" for boards. The toolkit's purpose is to give groups the necessary resources to make self-advocates a productive member of the board. Following the formulation of the toolkit, the committee plans to present a training webinar and present breakout sessions at the 2013 conference in Cincinnati.
"While we have a good starting number," explains Doris Erhart, "we still need committee members with a wide range of backgrounds. We would like to have affiliate board members both with and without Down syndrome as well as those from groups who do not have a self-advocate on their board." If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Doris Erhart or David Egan today.
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DSAIA Board Member Speaks at United Nations
It was the first time the United Nations has recognized the March 21st event. "For too long, persons with Down syndrome, including children, have been left on the margins of society," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message to mark the World Day. For decades the UN has worked to ensure all persons are given the rights they deserve, and in doing so, they adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006.
Ban applauded the global partnership of those who gathered to bring awareness and help bring initiation to World Down Syndrome Day, saying that "let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all."
David was in good company as a great number of self-advocates and professionals spoke during the event. To watch the entire podcast, click here.
Quarterly Town Hall Meeting Planned
DSAIA's Education & Training Committee set a goal in late 2011 to work toward housing 1,000 items in the Repository by the end of 2012. Now, the committee will have to revise their goal as the Repository just passed the 1,100 mark! The latest items to be added to the Repository include employee/program evaluation tools, marketing samples and supporting documents from the 2012 DSAIA Leadership Conference.
DS Leaders Converge on Washington
Highlighted by a much-anticipated opening plenary session
by Dr. Bev Browning, author of Grantwriting for Dummies, the conference brought rave reviews. "It was such a great feeling to know that my Board member (who paid for herself) was going to have a great time and that it would be worth her time and money," said Nancy Litteken, Club 21 Learning & Resource Center. "And it was! She loved it. All the members of the committee were warm and helpful and communicated how much every member was valued and an important part of a larger community."
While attendees will take their information home to their organizations to process and implement, the DSAIA Conference Committee will begin preparations for February 21-24, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Save the date on your calendar now!
Today, nonprofits struggle to secure increasingly competitive
21 Quotes in 21 Days
DSAIA is proud to promote World Down Syndrome Day through the "21 Quotes in 21 Days by People with Trisomy 21." The campaign utilizes email and social media to spread a great awareness message. Special thanks goes to Gail Williamson of Down Syndrome Arts and Media(www.DSiAM.org) for coordinating the campaign this year for DSAIA. To submit a quote for consideration, contact Gail at Gail@DSiAM.org today. If you are not receiving the daily emails, please subscribe to our mailing list today. Be sure to share these with your membership via Facebook share or Twitter.
Back By Popular Demand: Great VIP Savings!
Bobux Baby Shoes Offer
DSAIA members can take advantage of this quality product with great savings! Regularly priced at $30 per pair, your organization can purchase Bobux shoes for only $14.25 per pair. You'll save over 50%! And some discontinued styles will be available for even less! Prices do not include shipping. Offer valid until December 31, 2012.
To view a video detailing a great "baby shoes" promotion aimed at increasing your walk revenue and new parent attendance, click here.
Band of Angels Package
Save $30 when you purchase a Band of Angels customizedsupport package as a DSAIA member! Receive the award-winning Common Threads soft cover book,My Baby Can! 18 Month Developmental Calendar(boy or girl cover), Inspirational DVD, Hi, I'm Benchildren's book, and both a large and small 'Halo with a Twist' pin! The total retail value of this package is $65.
Mile High Hires Self-Advocate
An eight-month process included planning for long-term funding of the position and a vigorous hiring process including interviews by staff. Macsovits explained that an offer was made based on the needs of the organization, not the needs of the candidate. "This is a staff member," he said, "not a person with Down syndrome. This staffer has real responsibilities and is expected to perform.
For those groups considering adding an individual with Down syndrome to their staff, Macsovits offers this advice:
1) It can be a very difficult decision when you have multiple qualified candidates. Be prepared to make that decision.
2) You MUST have a specific job description with requirements. This is not a feel good position; you are paying someone to do a job.
3) Make sure that the parents understand this is not a "bring your parents to work" environment. The person must get to work themselves and complete their work themselves. Mommy & Daddy are not included in that other than possible transportation.
Does your organization have a self-advocate on staff? Tell us about it!
DSAIA is pleased to bring two profssional speakers to DC to present at the Friday and Saturday plenary sessions. Dr. Bev Browning, bestselling author, will present at the Opening Session on Friday morning. Her presentation entitled "Building Your Organizational Capacity as an Affiliate: Why It's So Important To Be Aggressive" will certainly start the conference off with a bang.
Saturday morning's plenary speaker will be Pamela Grow, owner of Grow Consulting. Author, coach, copywriter and nonprofit marketing consultant, Grow segued from nearly seven years of working in programming and communications into the world of fundraising. She is the founder of #smNPchat on Twitter - the only Twitter chat geared specifically to the small nonprofit development shop - and she co-hosts Small Shop (a regular column of Fundraising Success Magazine). Her presentation is entitled "Doing It All and Doing It Well: Are You Focusing on What Matters?"
View the rest of the conference schedule on our Online Community site. Click here to register for the conference today!
Streamline Your Online Walk Registration While Saving Money
EZ Event Solutions: Tailor-Made For Your Walk
EZ Event Solutions has been providing Online Fundraising Site services for the last four years and is proud to offer these services to DSAIA members at a 10% discount. The EZ Event Solutions fee structure is based on a percentage of an event's Usage Amount (UA) and no setup fee which makes this offer even more valuable.
Their online system was built specifically to provide the services for events that require team pages and team fundraising efforts. Several Down syndrome groups across the country are utilizing their software with great success. EZ Event Solutions offers their services to DSAIA members to help your organization's event be a success.
Download the EZ Event Solutions flyer to take advantage of this incredible offer. To find out more about other VIP Programs, visit our website today.
Board Development Series Continues
DSAIA's latest workshop series continues in February with Board Orientation, presented by Katherine Campbell. This webinar will focus on how to prepare your newly-recruited board members for their role as engaged leaders and supporters for your organization. We will explore the full range of information that should be covered in orientation, as well as creative options for format, timing, and who might be involved. Implications for long-term retention and accountability will also be discussed. The webinar will include a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q & A and is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st at 8 pm Eastern.
This month's presenter, Katherine Campbell, is the Executive Director at Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and owner of Skye Consulting. She is currently serving as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia where she designs and teaches courses in the Nonprofit Management Certification Program. She specializes in assisting public and private nonprofit organization in accomplishing their mission through effective management of people and resources.
Four webinars will follow including:
Encourage your entire board to register for this incredible opportunity! It's not too late to register. Those registering for the series will be given an opportunity to view previous webinars in the series (which will not be available online until June). A Certificate of Completion will be given to attendees at the conclusion of the series. To see a complete listing of the dates/times, visit the DSAIA website.
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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