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Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, July 30, 2018

Do you know a charity in Palm Beach County that could benefit from support in either people power or donations? Of course you do! Submit your information to the West Palm 100 by September 30.

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Tags:  Charitable Giving  Charities  Fundraising  Membership  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Member Spotlight!

Posted By Sophia Raymond, Monday, July 23, 2018

Nonprofits are doing extraordinary work in Palm Beach County. They are part of the fabric of our community — they protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate and nurture bodies and spirits of tens of thousands of residents, every single day.


Too often, their achievements fall under the radar. And so, Nonprofits First is showcasing some of the organizations and the differences they are making to improve our county.


Here is the story of Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group.



At the end of a long, dead-end road on the edge of Lake Worth, a small nonprofit is taking good care of the residents of the area’s close-knit immigrant community.


There, young children get extra help reading so they don’t fall behind in school and struggle academically. First-time moms and dads learn the qualities of being great parents. High school students are prepared for college, with many students going on to become the first in their families to attend college. And families take part in organized sports and social activities as well as getting a say in how their neighborhood is run.


Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group doesn’t have a high-visibility name, but its educational, recreational, wellness and cultural services are well-known among those who depend on them: the community’s influx of families from Central America, the Caribbean, and other areas of the world.


“We’re one of Palm Beach County’s best kept secrets,” said Rhonda Rogers, executive director of the organization, which has a staff of 16 full-time and part-time employees. “Our objective is to create opportunities for our residents to thrive. And that’s what we focus on in everything we do.”


Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group is centered in a renovated bungalow-style house surrounded by a well-maintained park, just off Military Trail south of Lake Worth Road. On any given day, dozens of families with young and older children pass through, taking workshops, signing up for benefits from other agencies, or simply stopping by to socialize with other residents.


It wasn’t always like this.


For many years, the community was dilapidated and overrun with drug dealers and gangs. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Palm Beach County government, Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies stepped in to work with residents in paving the roads, installing drainage, painting houses, landscaping yards, and kicking out the troublemakers.


And then Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and other funders provided vital programming and social services dollars to help residents increase healthy births, prevent child neglect, improve literacy and tackle many other challenges. The community also has a resident group to solve problems in the neighborhood.


Rogers and her staff are always looking to make life better for residents.


For instance, there was a need to find activities for middle schoolers during the lazy summer months and in the hours after schools end during the rest of the year. Many children sat at home, watched TV and accomplished very little.


So this year, the organization applied for funding from charitable group Impact 100 Palm Beach County – and were awarded $100,000 to create a summer camp and yearlong after school program exclusively for those students and focused on health and wellness, as well as learning academic skills such as computer coding and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


“We set out and created a middle school camp to give the youth a place to go this summer that was educational and fun,” Rogers said. “I think we succeeded.”


There is still plenty of work to do.


That includes making sure parents encourage their children to attend school regularly, which is critical to keeping students on track to reading at their grade level. A committee of residents, business leaders, school administrators, pre-school operators and other stakeholders has looked at solutions to improve attendance for all students in the area west of Lake Worth – and, with it, raise reading proficiency levels.


“We’re always looking out for our residents – we want them to do great as they raise their families in our community,” Rogers said.



Learn more about Lake Worth West Planning Group here. And watch a video about the agency here.


If interested in having your nonprofit showcased by Nonprofits First, contact Charlotte Gill, Director of Development and Business Strategies at: 561-910-3891 or



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Using Storytelling to Connect to Your Community

Posted By Sophia Raymond, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2018

While opinions vary about the impact the new tax law will have on charitable giving, most nonprofit experts agree that now more than ever, we need to focus on meaningful connections with our stakeholders. In this Q&A, author Andy Goodman shares how nonprofits and their leaders can use stories to connect their communities, funders, beneficiaries, and employees with their organization’s cause and vision. Read more...

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Charitable giving exceeded the $400 billion mark in 2017

Posted By Sophia Raymond, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
For the first time ever, charitable giving exceeded the $400 billion mark in 2017, spurred by growth from all four sources of giving. Check out the infographic from Giving USA. Read More...

Tags:  Charitable Giving  Charities  Fundraising  Giving USA 2018  Membership  Nonprofit  Philanthropy 

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Affiliate Spotlight: RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC specializes in strategic planning consulting and provides business planning solutions to help you maximize your resources and your impact in the community. We make sure you have the right focus and direction [strategy], ensure you really know what keeps you up at night [risks], and help you figure out what to do if that happens [risk mitigation]. Whether you are a new non-profit looking to develop a strategic plan or a well-established non-profit needing to update or refresh your existing strategic plan, we will help you create, develop, or strengthen your plan to achieve measurable results. RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC will also link your plan to scorecards and metrics as well as integrate and align risk, resource planning, and performance management with your strategies, helping you increase your appeal to funding sources.

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC offers a variety of customized products and services for your non-profit business based on your requirements, your needs, and your clients:

  • Strategic plans (development and refresh)
  • Strategic roadmaps
  • Measurable goals and objectives
  • Strategy and risk integration
  • Identification of enterprise risks
  • Scenario planning
  • Performance management
  • Scorecards and metrics
  • SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC brings many years of experience to the strategic planning and risk management arena, having served clients in disciplines such as finance and accounting, human resources, facilities management, check and electronic payments as well as the performing arts

and abstract art and sculpture. Clients have included businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and the public sector. NAICS Code: 541611

RAND creates everyday solutions for everyday business.

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