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Leadership Aspire Request for Proposals

Posted By Josh Hirsch, 12 hours ago

Introduction to Leadership Palm Beach County

Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) is a nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperation relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. The organization's mission is to identify and unite leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to increase their understanding of countywide issues, improve their ability to lead effectively and engage them in working to solve problems in our community

Leadership Aspire

Leadership Aspire is a program offered by Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) based on a community needs assessment conducted in December 2015. This program is being provided as a service to the community to create a pipeline for leaders based on the mission of LPBC to educate and unite leaders to build a better community.

There will be quarterly 4-hour workshops presented on themes including leading with emotional intelligence, presentation skills with a focus on effective public speaking, conflict resolution, and cultural competence. Workshops need to focus on leadership training and include aspects for the individual (self-awareness/self-management), team (as a team member and team leader), and manager for the up and coming leader.

*The content themes and dates are listed on the last page of this RFP.

Submission Process

You are invited to submit a response to this request for proposal. Submit a cover page including your contact information, website, fee for service, and a link to a video of you facilitating a program if you have one. Also, rank your Aspire Session preferences after reviewing the dates and themes.
Page two of your submission should be one page describing the curriculum you would present for each of the sessions you are interested in facilitating. Your resume should be included.

Submit all information in one pdf document to Noel Martinez at no later than July 7, 2017 at noon.

Selection Process

Starting July 10, 2017 we will schedule interviews of the facilitators selected from the RFP process. Please be prepared to give a five-minute presentation on why you should be selected and the curriculum you are interested in providing. There will then be a 5-minute period scheduled for committee members to ask questions. A schedule will be created after the proposals are submitted.

Facilitators will be selected by July 21, 2017 and contacted via email.

Themes and Dates
Location: Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus
Time: 8am-12pm

Learning Objectives

Session One: September 29, 2017- Leading with emotional intelligence

  • Emotional intelligence 101; what is it and how to recognize the benefits of developing your emotional intelligence
  • Understand how emotion influences motivation and behavior
  • Increase self-awareness by becoming aware of your emotions
  • Determine the connection between emotions, productivity and quality of work

Session Two: November 17, 2017- Presentation skills for leaders with a focus on effective public speaking

  • Effective speech communication for public speaking
  • How to select and organize content, establish credibility, support ideas and evaluate with reasoning, analyze audience, and structure a speech
  • Different ways to enhance a speech such as body cues, tone of voice, and visualization techniques
  • Formulating different types of speeches, and delivery

Session Three: February 23, 2018- Conflict resolution for leaders

  • Foundations of conflict
  • Resolve conflicts professionally and with integrity
  • Listening skills and conflict resolution methodologies
  • Create successful pathways to problem solving, team building, and relationship development

Session Four: April 27, 2018- Cultural competence leadership

  • Awareness of cultural identity
  • Ability to recognize difference in cultural norms
  • Develop effective techniques to adapt to those who communicate differently
  • Create a culturally competent organization

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Impact the Palm Beaches 2017 Grant Opportunities

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, June 23, 2017

You're invited to the information session on NEW


Impact the Palm Beaches 
2017 Grant Opportunities  


Six sessions available!

Wednesday, July 5:  1-2:30pm

Wednesday, July 5:  3:30-5pm 

Thursday, July 6:  9-10:30am

Thursday, July 6:  1-2:30pm

Thursday, July 6:  3:30-5pm

Friday, July 7:  9-10:30am



Town of Palm Beach United Way

44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201 

 Palm Beach


Cost: FREE


Rsvp required

Space is limited to the first 25 registrants for each session.

Call 561-655-1919 to reserve your space. 


Information Session 


Please join the Community Foundation for this free information session as we review the grant guidelines, explain the application process and answer questions about the high-impact grant from Impact the Palm Beaches.


On November 6, 2017, high-impact grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to successful nonprofit applicants in one or more of the following focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment; Family and Health & Wellness. 


After a thorough review process, the grant recipient will be selected by majority vote of all Impact the Palm Beaches members at its Award Luncheon.


Eligible projects or programs must be implemented and serve residents of Palm Beach County (Lake Worth Road north to the Martin County line). 


To apply you must be an active 501(c)(3) for a minimum of 19 months. 


Rsvp required

Call 561-655-1919 to reserve your space. 

Space is limited to the first 25 registrants for 

each session.

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Cohort II of 101 for the 501 Program Launches with 17 Nonprofits

Posted By Shari Hanglan, Thursday, June 15, 2017
The second class of our 101 for the 501 program began today with a workshop called "Board Governance: Help Me Help You" taught by our CEO Jessica Cecere. Congratulations to Digital Vibez, IncGrandma's PlaceLive Fresh, Living Hungry, Path2CollegeResource Depot, SOMSistahs, Talented Teen Club Inc.Common Ground Community DevelopmentEmanuel C. Jackson Sr. ProjectFamily Promise of South Palm Beach CountyHaitian Empowerment FoundationJack The Bike Man, Kundalini Yoga South Florida, Parent 2 Parent Group INC, Pine Ridge Holistic Living Center, and West Palm Beach Police Athletic League for taking the next steps to increase your capacity to serve your clients better.

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Cause Camp Highlight: The Way We Think about Charity is Wrong

Posted By Madeleine Tasini, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dan Pallotta got things movin’ and shakin’ for day one of Cause Camp. He kicked off the conference with a talk that inspired a standing ovation from the entire room. In Pallotta’s presentation, he turned the way we typically think about charity on its head. Here’s a quick recap.

Nonprofits exist to solve problems. The trouble is, we’re creating more problems for nonprofits than they’re able to solve. Right now, traditional approaches to charity aren’t doing the trick; they simply aren’t moving the needle. Social change is happening at the rate of molasses—we need to be dreaming bigger to create bigger impact. That starts with a shift in the way we think about charity.

Pallotta started off by looking at differences in leadership compensation. Nowadays, there’s an unspeakable gap between the salaries of for-profit and nonprofit CEOs. Instead, Pallotta said that charity leaders should be paid based on the value they’re producing.

As his talk went on, Pallotta continued to transform the way we think about charity. He told us that changes in the nonprofit sector can start with these five things:

Nonprofits need to stop using money like it’s a crime. Instead, we should be using it to motivate our leaders! By investing in leadership, we can encourage big change.

Advertising and marketing.
Donors don’t want to give their money for advertising. They want to give it to a cause, but advertising only increases the reach and impact of your cause. Without more exposure, your pool of supporters will become stagnant.

Risk in pursuit of revenue.
Sometimes, it’s okay to fail. “If you prohibit failure, you kill innovation,” Pallotta said. Dreaming bigger comes with its risks, but it comes with massive payoffs, too.

Some programs and initiatives take a while to get off the ground. Nonprofits shouldn’t be too hasty in writing things off just to keep costs down. If you see potential, leave room for growth.

Profit to attract capital.
Earning revenue is a healthy practice for many nonprofits. We’re doing good for the world, but we also need to be doing good for ourselves.

After we ran through those points, Pallotta gave some compelling insight on overhead. Despite what many nonprofits convey, overhead on its own is a poor indicator of your impact. Nonprofits get stuck talking about overhead in terms of boring expenses and administrative costs, but overhead is also part of your cause. Nonprofit employees are overhead, too—and without us, there wouldn’t be anyone fighting for the cause. Nonprofits should stop looking at costs and start looking at the amount of good they’re doing instead. “Don’t ask if a charity has a low overhead,” Pallotta told us. “Ask if it has a big impact.”

The people impacted by nonprofits don’t need low overhead, expenses or budgets. Instead, they need high performance and high impact. We can take the first step toward that by dreaming a little bigger. If you push the limits, you never know what great potential you might reach.

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Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hats Off, a hat-themed cocktail reception and awards celebration honoring 10+ local nonprofit organizations will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Harriet Himmel Theater, CityPlace, West Palm Beach from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Proceeds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs and Rising Leaders. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training our nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

The event supports our mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector by maximizing their capacity to deliver services through accreditation, leadership development, education, and management support services.

Our Hats Off Awards is a fun event that will have lasting impact and reward the nonprofit community for their dedication to service and the business of doing good.

Nominations are open until August 18, 2017 in the following categories:

  • Nonprofit of the Year Award (3 awards)
  • Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award
  • Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award
  • Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Nonprofit People's Choice Award

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Humans of Great Give: Shaun Ho-Hing King

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Saturday, June 10, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017

While working with area youth, Shaun Ho-Hing King saw a problem - young boys and girls struggling with self-esteem and confidence. She decided that she needed to do something about it and the Talented Teen Club was born.

Through programs like Miss Beautiful and self-esteem building workshops, participants learn to own who they are, live authentically and pursue their goals. Talented Teen Club Founder and Executive Director Shaun Ho-Hing King says, "we see a lot of young girls having dreams and hopes of going off to college and graduating from college." When those past participants return from college and share how the Club helped the, King is proud to know "we gave them that step, that ladder to move forward."

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Your small West Palm Beach nonprofit might be eligible for a grant

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, June 9, 2017

Applications open June 12 for small, grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County to receive their share of $750,000.

For the past six years, West-Palm Beach health funder, Quantum Foundation, has set aside a total of $4 million for this project.

This year will mark the 7th annual Quantum in the Community initiative, to help local nonprofits who are working towards a healthier Palm Beach County by meeting the basic needs of residents like food, clothing, shelter and transport.

“Having basic needs met is essential for people to be healthy, and we want to help those who need it the most,” Quantum President Eric M. Kelly said.


All applications are evaluated by a committee of: Quantum Foundation Program Officer Shannon Hawkins, chairwoman Donna Mulholland and board members Ethel Isaacs-Williams and Denis Coleman, Jr.

Applicants: must be registered as a 501(c)3; have been working in Palm Beach County for at least six months; have an annual operating budget no higher than $500,000; and must provide basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, utilities and transport to the county’s most vulnerable residents.

No one organization will receive more than $25,000 of the $750,000 total.

To learn more, visit the website

All applications must be submitted using the Foundation’s online system by Aug. 18. Funding announcements will be made the week of Oct. 16.

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The 3 P's of Applying for a Grant: Preparing, Planning, and Partnering

Posted By Linda Salzman, Friday, June 9, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if your community’s most philanthropic resident knocked at your door to donate a million dollars to help your clients? Nice, but not too likely. Most of us have to spend time and energy completing countless grant applications. How can you improve the success of your grant writing? By paying attention to the three Ps – Preparing, Planning and Partnering.


First, prepare your organization to be grant-ready. Many funders request the same documents, so gathering them in one place in advance saves you time and alleviates stress when you’re under the pressure of a grant deadline. While some grantors ask for more documentation than others, these documents are generally requested in most grant applications.
  • IRS 501(c)3 Determination Letter
  • Most Recent 990
  • Most Recent Audited Financial Statement
  • List of Board of Directors
  • Certification of Accreditation (if relevant)
  • Current Operating Budget
Funders not only ask for financial and certification documentation, they frequently ask for similar types of information. That’s great to know – allows you to prepare ahead. What are those components that most funders want? Mission, organizational history, need and demographics of the clients you serve. Some of these you may have already written; others may need to be developed. Once written, you can use them over and over, customizing them to the specific requests of the funder.
Create a computer-based Grant Documents folder, so they are easily and quickly accessible.


With the basics handled, it’s time to turn your attention to planning the details of the grant – this is your initial thoughts about the activity you’d like to fund – who, what, why, how, when, and where.
  • Who is your target audience? What are their demographics?
  • What activity would you like to fund? Event, program, project, initiative, campaign or operations?
  • How do you plan to implement your activity? What strategies will you use toward successful implementation? What will successful implementation look like (goals)?
  • Why are you going to do this activity? In what ways will this activity have a positive impact on your target audience?
  • When will you implement this activity? This may be frequency, specific date, month, season, year, or multi-year.
  • Where will you implement this activity? What geographic area?
  • How will you measure and evaluate success?

The answers to these questions make up your executive summary, they drive your search for a perfect grant, and they are the foundation of the grant application. Successful grantees don’t adapt their activities to the grant; instead, they locate a grant that is aligned with their activity.


Applying for a grant can be like a well-planned and choreographed dinner party. You’re the host so you make all the decisions. But you’re not alone. You plan the menu with your family and decide what to serve and when. You talk with others about the decorations and theme. Someone else helps you with the invitations and dinnerware. These are your SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) and they serve an important role.

The grant writer (internal or external) is your chef, working closely with you to create the perfect gourmet meal. She gathers the ingredients, preps them, then incorporates just the right amount of textures and flavors, cooks them and places them on the plates with a flare. Your internal SMEs guide the chef to prepare a meal that is representative of your culture, guests, and needs.
The chef manages the timeline of the meal, but you, as the host, manage the timeline of the evening. You work hand-in-hand to ensure everything is prepared just right and served at the perfect time. Just like in planning a dinner party, the success is closely tied to clear, respectful communications, understanding roles and responsibilities, and collaborative partnership.

The chef manages the timeline of the meal, but you, as the host, manage the timeline of the evening. You work hand-in-hand to ensure everything is prepared just right and served at the perfect time. Just like in planning a dinner party, the success is closely tied to clear, respectful communications, understanding roles and responsibilities, and collaborative partnership.

Dinner is Served!

Now that you’ve completed the 3 Ps – Preparing, Planning, and Partnerships – you’re ready to submit grant applications. Grantors receive way more applications than they’re able to fund, so they look for ways to eliminate applications. Don’t make it easy for them to eliminate yours. Make sure all components are answered, all attachments are provided, and the application is submitted well before the deadline. Funders want to help. They want to know that the project they fund will make a positive impact in the lives of your clients. They want to support your cause. Help them do that.

About the Author

Excellence in Performance is here to help. From grant writing to customized training to executive coaching, we can help your nonprofit agency develop and attain high quality performance. Contact Linda Salzman at (561) 329-4612.

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Your Voice, Your Future Roundtable: "Seasonal Hunger"

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, June 8, 2017

It is hard to imagine that hunger is such a pressing issue in one of the nation's wealthiest and most agriculturally rich counties. But, Palm Beach County has upwards of 200,000 residents, 64,000 of whom are children, who don't have enough to eat daily. The Treasure Coast has an additional 100,000 people who face hunger every day.

And it is worse in the summertime when school is out and children do not get their daily hot breakfast and/or lunch from school. Plus, many of seasonal "snow birds" travel north for the summer leaving the hospitality industry with less to serve. And, the hot weather means less crop production in the summer months leaving farm workers out of work and with few options.

Panelists include:

  • Mayor Jeri Muoio, City of West Palm Beach
  • Vice Mayor and County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Palm Beach County District 6
  • Dr. Laurie George, President and CEO United Way
  • Allison Monbleau, Director of School Food Service for Palm Beach County Schools
  • Karen Erren, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank
  • Ruth Mageria, Executive Director of CROS Ministries

Moderator: CBS12 News Anchor Liz Quirantes

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Charitable Solicitation Registration

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Original post: National Council of Nonprofits

Fundraising activities are regulated by state law. Many states require charitable nonprofits as well as any paid professional “fundraising counsel” or consultant hired to assist the nonprofit with fundraising activities, to register with the state before the nonprofit or professionals solicits any donationsAdditionally, many states require nonprofits that enter into agreement to share the revenue from sales activity with another organization to file with the state to disclose that fundraising activity. All in all - it's complicated!

Note: this information is not intended as legal advice. We recommend you consult your nonprofit’s legal advisor if you have questions on how fundraising regulations affect your nonprofit.

If your nonprofit is engaged in fundraising activities, it is likely that it will need to file a registration form with any state where it is soliciting donations. The majority of states require registration in advance of engaging in any fundraising or solicitation activity. This requirement is known as "charitable solicitation registration." We've produced a report [1] that thoroughly explains how state laws address the challenges of fundraising via the internet, across state lines, and from donors in multiple states.

What is required? It depends…

Be aware that fundraising regulations are quite different state-to-state, and that no matter what vehicle your nonprofit is using for fundraising (Twitter, or texting, phone calls, or old-fashioned snail mail, and personal “asks”) if the underlying activity is solicitation – defined as asking for a donation - that's regulated activity in most states. This requirement is often a surprise for nonprofits that have previously been unaware of the requirements, so we've gathered resources below to raise awareness about state law requirements and help you navigate the obligations your charitable nonprofit has to raise funds legally and ethically. 

Practice Pointers

  • Beware that the forms and requirements vary widely from state to state. We suggest visiting the websites of the regulatory authority in your state for up-to-date information on what forms and filings are required. Some states require nonprofits to file supplemental forms in addition to the primary registration form. Find your state's charity official [3] for more information.
  • Some nonprofits hire the accountant/CPA that prepares the nonprofit’s IRS 990 to also prepare and submit state charitable registration forms, since much of the information required by states for charitable registration is the same information that the nonprofit reports on its annual report to the IRS, Form 990. Other nonprofits outsource this project to a firm that specializes in preparing state registration forms. Still other nonprofits prepare the forms using internal staff.
  • For nonprofits seeking to file charitable registration forms in all the states where registration is required, the cost of filing fees plus labor for preparation of the forms can be very costly.
  • Many states require not only initial registration but ongoing registrations in subsequent years. Late fees apply, so be sure to note renewal deadlines.
  • More and more states are moving the registration process entirely online.
  • Many state registration forms require signatures by more than one corporate officer, so allow time to collect the necessary signatures well in advance of filing deadlines.
  • If your nonprofit will no longer be soliciting in a state where it had previously registered there may be special filing forms required to “un-register” in that state.
  • In addition to registration requirements, several states also require "disclosure statements [7]" that alert potential donors that the nonprofit is registered in the state. The disclosure statements must be included in solicitation materials, such as annual appeal letters and letters confirming pledges.
  • Crowdfunding and giving days can trigger registration requirements in multiple states.
  • There are exemptions in most states for educational institutions and churches/religious congregations, as well as for membership organizations that only solicit members. Summary of exemptions for educational institutions [8]Summary of religious exemptions [9] (Webster, Chamberlain & Bean).

Registration in multiple states

Someday there may be a single website portal where a nonprofit can submit directly to multiple states all the information required to register for fundraising purposes in multiple states, but until that process exists, charitable nonprofits must submit individual registrations to various state agencies in each of the states where the nonprofit will be soliciting donations. Our report, Charitable Solicitation Compliance [1], offers and overview of state laws that regulate fundraising.

Consultants and Grantwriters

Some state laws require nonprofits to make an additional filing when working with third-parties such as professional fundraising consultants. [12] While registration of the consultant may not be the nonprofit’s direct obligation, it is prudent to verify that your fundraising consultant is registered, if required by state law. 

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