Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act moving forward, one of the major challenges confronting US health care is determining how many health professionals will be needed, especially in primary care, to treat those who will be newly insured in 2014. Separately, as has been well documented by the John A. Hartford Foundation and others, millions of baby boomers are reaching their sixties, and many will need care by professionals well versed in geriatric care. Read more

College Financing: Do’s and Dont’s for Maximizing Student Financial Aid (Part II)

Is a college education still the American Dream?  And if so, how much does it cost to pursue that dream?

In part II of this blog post, Rick Shaffer--our resident financial guru and guest blogger–offers some ways to avoid missteps that might hamper your efforts to obtain college financing.  
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College Financing: Do’s and Dont’s for Maximizing Student Financial Aid (Part I)

Here at JSA Consultants, we like to offer common-sense, cutting-edge information regarding topical issues of the day.  We blog a great deal about issues related to higher education, but we rarely talk about the ‘elephant in the room’–how most American families can PAY for college without depleting their retirement accounts or taking out additional mortgages.

We’ve asked Rick Shaffer, a nationally renowned expert regarding all things financial, to offer up some advice to help you navigate the financial aid waters.  In Part 1 of the post, Rick covers things you can and should do to optimize your financial aid package; in Part 2, he’ll talk about the things to avoid.   Read more

If You Bring Them, Help Them Succeed

Open Doors, a survey published annually by the nonprofit Institute for International Education, has just reported that approximately 723,277 international students were enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in 2010-2011.  Whether physically on campus or learning from a distance, there are native differences in learning and culture that can affect their overall academic experience.  Here are some ideas for ensuring that our international students have the best learning and social experiences possible.   Read more

New Survey: College Graduates Need Real-life Work Experience Before Graduation

A new national survey has found that employers con­sider mean­ingful pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence a must for recent col­lege graduates.  In the survey, com­mis­sioned by The Chron­icle of Higher Edu­ca­tion and the Amer­ican Public Media’s Mar­ket­place and pub­lished this week, employers indi­cated that intern­ship expe­ri­ence is the single most impor­tant cre­den­tial that interests them.  Fur­ther­more, more than half of employers reported they had trouble finding recent grad­u­ates qual­i­fied enough to fill posi­tions at their com­pa­nies or organizations.   Read more

Future brings huge demand for international education

The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to more than double to 262 million by 2025. Nearly all of this growth will be in the developing world, with more than half in China and India alone. The number of students seeking study abroad could rise to eight million – nearly three times more than today. Read more

Born with a Tablet in Their Mouths?

Parents aren’t cutting back on “screen time” for their youngsters, despite warnings from educators, the American Academy of Pediatrics and child psychologists that too much time in front of a screen impedes kids’ physical activity, problem-solving ability, and emotional growth. Read more

Tracking Trends in Classroom Technology Innovations

As a library ‘geek,’ I worry about whether school and public libraries will disappear, leaving us only with computers, tablets, and e-readers to fill the gap.   Disclaimer:  I own–and use–all of the afore-mentioned devices but still visit my public library weekly to pick up a video, check out some old maps, or simply to chat with the reference librarian about new search engines.  I know–I need a life!

Therefore, I was quite interested in some buzz from the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.   Last week the project convened experts to to discuss the most important technology innovations of the last decade, and their findings suggest the classroom of the future will be open, mobile, and flexible enough to reach individual students—while free online tools will challenge the authority of traditional institutions. Read more

Here is the new 2012 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report

In case you’re interested in how family foundations are using technology, here’s a new report.    Disclosure:  I’m a contributor!

Click here for the Survey Report.


Building Your Nonprofit Home Page

Thanks so much to Stephen Germino (the author) and for this terrific posting.  Whether you are redesigning your website or just auditing it, the homepage of your nonprofit site has some different requirements than its for-profit counterparts and these tips will put you on the right ‘page!’ Read more

Using LinkedIn to Reach Prospective Donors

Originally published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

To get the full benefit of LinkedIn for reaching prospective donors and board members, fundraisers need to be able to count on all of the people in their network, Anthony Pisapia told participants at a recent Nonprofit Technology Conference. Sometimes that means turning down invitations to connect—an idea that doesn’t come easily for fundraisers. Read more

Benefits of Telecommuting: A Visual Breakdown

Fast Company recently shared an infographic about the economic, geographic, and productivity of working from home.  See it here.

Seven myths about working from home

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the pros and cons of working from home.  Personally, although I telecommute, I don’t always work from home.  Sometimes I work from the public library or other space where I can interact with people in a quiet, but less isolating, way.  This week, an excellent Slideshare from writer and illustrator Veronica Maria Jarski, as part of the MarketingProfs educational content series.  This presentation is in response to the recent announcement from Yahoo’s CEO that remote working would no longer be allowed, and all employees would work at their regional offices.   You can view the slideshow here.



Storytelling and Grantwriting

I was teaching a class last night on writing foundation proposals, and I made the statement that the most successful proposals tell a really good story.  How can you find your organization’s story? Read more

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