February 14, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 4
Message From the CEO
Virginia "Gentleman"
I have been watching with considerable interest the news about Governor Ralph Northam’s troubling history and current responses on race. I lived in Virginia from the ages of 10-31. Virginia is where I was educated, from elementary to high school, college, graduate school, and law school. I have worked in Virginia and lived for considerable lengths of time in four of its communities, from big and mid-size cities to small rural towns. Unquestionably, Virginia is where I spent my formative years.
On Gov. Northam’s medical school yearbook page is a photo of two people standing together, one dressed in the robe and hood of a Ku Klux Klansman and the other in blackface. The governor has denied that either of the people are him, and he has no explanation as to how the photo found its way onto his personal yearbook page. He has apologized and pledged to make the pursuit of racial equity in Virginia a priority in his term – he was just sworn in as governor in January. From my time in Virginia, and my still strong connections in the state, I am not surprised by the presence of such overt racism in a 1984 yearbook or the sometimes baffling, befuddled, and inadequate statements of Gov. Northam since the photo was made public. The Virginia where I lived was a “gentleman’s” society, steeped in the racism of slavery and segregation. As recent events demonstrate, there is still much work to be done to correct past deeds, educate current mindsets, and begin the process of building real equity.
Regardless of who is leading the Commonwealth of Virginia, the revelations about Gov. Northam and other statewide elected officials must be used as an opportunity for difficult remedial work to be done across the state. The work that all of us do in the human service sector makes us committed to the principle that a person’s race should have no influence on their ability to succeed and how they are treated in society. Virginia has an opportunity to be a leader on this principle and to set an example for our entire nation. Nothing less is acceptable.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
NHSA Endorses New Legislation Supporting Human Services
The National Assembly has endorsed two recently-introduced pieces of legislation that, if enacted, would help build community well-being. For more information about how your organization can take action to support these bills, please contact Brandon Toth at btoth@nassembly.org.
Raise the Wage Act (S. 150/H.R. 582)
If enacted, this legislation would immediately raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55, and increase it over the next five years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. After 2024, the minimum wage would be adjusted annually based on the annual percentage increase in the median hourly wage for all employees. The Act would also phase out the inequitable sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, which has been frozen at a $2.13 since 1991, and remove the ability for employers to pay workers with disabilities a sub-minimum wage through certificates issued by the Department of Labor. Additionally, the bill would phase out the sub-minimum wage for workers under the age of 20. These policy changes would help create financial stability for lower-earning workers and help communities thrive.
Protecting Sensitive Locations Act (H.R. 1011)
Introduced by Rep. Espaillat (D-NY) the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act would codify and expand the Department of Homeland Security’s sensitive locations policy, which currently restricts immigration enforcement actions in places such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship. Protecting these spaces from immigrant enforcement is critical to ensuring that immigrants and their families are able to carry out the essentials of their everyday lives, such as taking their children to school and seeking out medical care.
Specifically, the legislation would codify the locations listed under the current DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy and would expand protection to more locations, including but not limited to: courthouses, public assistance offices, and human service organizations that assist children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. It also increases accountability by stating when an immigration enforcement action can take place at such a location and requires a report on such actions.
Join Your Colleagues Focused on Youth Initiatives
The Forum for Youth Investment will be hosting the 8th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting on April 23-25 in Seattle. Experts from across the country will come together to share best practices for improving the lives of young people. The National Meeting brings together more than 500 local, state, and national leaders who are committed to improving partnerships, policies, and practices for children and youth. These leaders manage change at all levels—from state policy coordination and community-wide cradle-to-career efforts to out-of-school time systems, single-issue coalitions and neighborhood-based initiatives. They come from business, nonprofits, education, policy, philanthropy, and intermediaries at the national, state, and local levels. Workshops are designed to provide varying levels of content and presentation formats in order to better equip communities of all shapes and those in various stages of change. Register today.
Nominate an Outstanding Changemaker for the AARP Purpose Prize
Making a difference doesn't stop as you age. Millions of older adults are using their experience to give back, to solve problems, and to change lives. The AARP® Purpose Prize® award honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all. The AARP Purpose Prize is all about a new story of aging—focusing on experience and innovation and the idea that our aging population is an untapped resource full of possibilities. This past year, AARP received over 1,000 nominations for people 50+ in encore careers who are creating ways to solve tough social problems. Each winner gets $60,000 to help expand their social impact work. Nominations are now open for the 2019 AARP Purpose Prize. The deadline to nominate someone is March 31, 2019.
Opportunities and Resources
  • “Prosperity Now Scorecard: Vulnerability in the Face of Economic Uncertainty” via Prosperity Now »
  • “Commentary: Joint efforts building solutions to homelessness” by Reframing Partner the Community Services Advisory Council via HeraldNet »
  • Woke at Work – Resources for integrating your equity work via Equity in the Center »
  • “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” via Aspen Institute »
  • “Frames that Inform Intergenerational Work” by Irv Katz and Danica Derriennic from Generations United »
  • “Reframing Narratives, Resetting Reality: A Conversation with Mackenzie Price of the FrameWorks Institute” via Nonprofit Quarterly »
  • “The Effects of 2019 Tax-Policy Decisions Will Linger for Decades. It’s Time to Weigh in.” by Tim Delaney and David Thompson of National Council of Nonprofits via The Chronicle of Philanthropy »
  • "2019 Healthcare Coverage: What is New This Year" via FamilyWize »
  • Grants to Expand High-Quality Youth ApprenticeshipsDeadline to Apply: March 8 via The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship »
  • Encore Fellow – Individuals seeking a high-impact, flexible, time-limited, paid assignment with nonprofits and public agencies, or offering the opportunity to work in a new social-purpose environment should apply. Deadline: Ongoing via Encore.org »
  • 12 unique funding opportunities each week via GrantStation Insider »
Job Listings
  • Opportunities to Implement Live Health, Work Healthy: The Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program via NCOA from 3:00 – 4:30 PM on February 12 »
  • ON DEMAND: One-Stop-Shop For All of Your Business Needs with Staples Business Advantage  Recording »
  • ON DEMAND: IT Solutions for Nonprofits with Contour Data Solutions  Recording »
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You’ve been patiently waiting, and we’re delivering! In order to help the National Reframing Network implement the Building Well-Being Narrative most effectively, last week we released the much-anticipated Implementation Guide. The National Reframing Initiative’s new practical and accessible online implementation guide features user-friendly recommendations, troubleshooting strategies, tips, and real-world examples for each of the four steps of the reframing process. These phases include: Building the Case for Reframing, Implementing the Frame, Sustaining Reframing, and Engaging the Community. Each module also compiles tools and resources at the end of the tutorial so you have them all at your fingertips. We’ve pulled together the best content from our newsletters and foundational resources around key implementation concerns and questions so you have a centralized resource to consult as you begin or continue your reframing journey. This is a dynamic resource—it will be continuously updated from our blog posts, particularly the consolidated tools and resources at each module’s conclusion.
Member Highlights
Girls Inc. Debuts Super Bowl Commercial
CBS and Girls Inc. joined together to create a CBS Cares public service announcement that aired during the CBS Television Network’s SUPER BOWL LIII coverage on Sunday, February 3. Featuring the voice-over of CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King and New York Giants players, the PSA shows girls that when they are confident and work together, they can succeed at the highest levels. It's worth the watch!
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