July 9, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan
A strong and independent nonprofit human services sector is essential for aligning the social and economic factors facing our community. Especially when we know that 41% of all households in Leon County are below the ALICE threshold (including those living in poverty) according to the 2017 ALICE Report.
ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. The Leon County average household income is $46,002 annually, which is slightly below the state average yet only 78% of the national average.
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June 4, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan
By now you have probably read an article or two about the proposed establishment of a Children’s Services Council in Leon County. You have also likely read the myriad of perspectives on the concept as well as why it should or why it should not be considered for vote this November. Yet, maybe you haven’t.
Recently at the UPHS Annual Conference for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, keynote speaker County Commissioner Nick Maddox asked attendees (270 nonprofit professionals) how many were aware of this proposal and its details…less than half the room raised their hand. It was very telling.
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May 29, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” – Abigail Adams
I am a constant learner and wholeheartedly believe that we can never stop learning yet when we do, we stop growing personally and professionally. There are many ways to learn new things to broaden our knowledge as well as enhance our innate skillsets, yet I find, more times than not, people rarely make the commitment to enhance their potential.
There are several reasons for this…time, money, capacity, resources…the list goes on and on and this is no different for nonprofit professionals. Add to the mix the underlying culture that suggests investments in our nonprofit talent as optional; coupled with minimal budgets dedicated to increasing operational capacity readily leads to nonprofits forgoing training altogether for their staff.
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May 27, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan
During a beautiful spring morning last month, Elder Care Services, Inc. hosted its annual Big Wheels Deliver Meals event. Each year, community leaders from various backgrounds and pursuits gather together to raise awareness of the challenges facing our nation’s elderly population, namely isolation and hunger.
Presented by Capital Health Plan, KIA of Tallahassee, and OliverSperry Renovation, this year’s event not only raised senior hunger awareness, but also celebrated Elder Care’s tireless fight against that hunger: 47 years of uninterrupted Meals on Wheels deliveries.
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