All in Community
Find out how 30 Days to Family® is leading the charge to create stability for kids in the chaotic world of foster care.
How does a multi-state organization that serves a diverse group of clients create marketing materials with consistent branding for 100+ programs hosting 100+ events per year? We interviewed Brandie Cain, Senior Communications Associate from the Hillside family of agencies, to find out.
Has all the buzz around National Foster Care Month inspired you to think about becoming a foster parent yourself? Read on to find resources that can help you decide if one of these is a good fit.
Thought provoking content designed to address the specific needs and curiosities of your community is the trail of breadcrumbs driving traffic to all of your assets, including your website. A blog allows an organization to demonstrate that it is a thought leader and offers an opportunity to be transparent about the organization’s opinions and processes, which helps to build credibility. It’s a cost-efficient way to share your mission beyond your current stakeholders, creating potential for new partnerships.
Previously we have acknowledged Volunteer Month by writing about starting a workplace volunteer initiative and had a guest post from one of our many wonderful volunteers. This year, we decided we wanted to get a bit more personal. How does COA staff connect with our own volunteer initiatives? What impact does it have on the communities we serve as well as our own? What can others learn from our story?
Last week I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to join the Council on Accreditation as the organization’s 6th President and CEO. As I have said to staff several times, I feel like the luckiest person alive. Leading COA is the realization of a lifelong dream to shape the human services field in ways that profoundly impact the lives of people in need.
For our first Profiles in Accreditation post, we asked Lad Lake President and CEO Daniel O. Magnuson, MA, MSW to share his thoughts on his organization’s journey through reaccreditation. He emphasized how accreditation provided a framework for operational success, as well as the importance of having the entire organization--including the board--engaged with the process.
Jill Albanese, Supervisory Regional Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), oversees providers of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Jill graciously took time to explain how the VA’s recognition of COA accreditation played a role in them determining funding for these grantees.
We are proud of the hard work our team does here on the COA blog, Interpretation. As we kick off the new year, we want to highlight five posts from 2018 that exemplify what this blog is about: sharing best practices in human services, accreditation, and the issues impacting our community.
COA chatted with Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of the COA accredited organization Family Builders, about the success of their Youth Acceptance Project. The program is designed to keep LGBTQ youth safe in their family homes (family reunification/family preservation) and to advocate for safe and equitable permanency of LGBTQ youth when family reunification is not possible.
Accreditation is a journey. One with a clear destination, but a less defined path. There are mile markers along the way; however, there isn’t necessarily one straight, easy road to the finish line. If you are tasked with leading the accreditation process for your organization, you may not know where to start. This is where COA’s Accreditation Coordinators come in.
This post explores how environmental justice intersects with social services and how the environment impacts the communities we serve and is an important element to consider in our work.
The Council on Accreditation is putting forth a call to action to support evidence-based and trauma-informed care for undocumented migrant children. The Departments of Health and Human Services have put forth a proposal to withdraw the Flores Settlement Agreement with a public comment period that ends November 6th. COA explains the importance of engaging in this comment period and apply lessons learned in the field to this vulnerable population.
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. In this post, they discuss harm reduction, a client-centered, trauma-informed approach that emphasizes safety and client self-determination. Chicago House shares how they apply this philosophy to all aspects of their organization.
To commemorate National Suicide Prevention Month the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contributed to COA’s blog. Lifeline’s post includes guidance on how to help someone in crisis and recommends some helpful resources connected to their #BeThe1To campaign.
Often times your health is influenced by factors beyond the individual’s control, factors related to their social context. Health professionals refer to these as social determinants of health (SDOH) and they have become the focus of increasing interest when it comes to closing the health disparity gap and taking more proactive approaches to population health and well-being.
The physical environment can have a profound impact on behavior, mood, perception, and accessibility. When designed intentionally and strategically, your facility can support the work and mission of the organization. Left unexamined, it can limit or even undercut your impact.
Almost 3,400 leaders of nonprofits across all 50 states and a wide range of sizes, missions, and work areas raised their voices through the latest State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey.