Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

Best Practices

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(CITIES) FAM Readers Can Follow Development of Best Practices

FAM readers should follow the progress of the efforts of two cities to improve city services, including those for homeless and crime victims. Atlanta and New Orleans were among the first awardees to receive Innovation Delivery Team Grants from the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Project. The proj...

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(RURAL) TN Uses Recovery Funds for Mobile Job Training, Service Initiative

Tennessee uses Recovery Act funding to provide 'Career Coaches' in rural areas, run by the state's Labor & Workforce Development Dept. The coaches are three vehicles that will travel the state to bring job matching and training services to the unemployed in rural areas. The mobile offices off...

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(WORKFORCE) UT Funds Innovative Higher Education-Industry Partnerships

Utah approves funding to continue successful higher education and workforce endeavors in the state.   The successful Utah Science Technology & Research (USTAR) Initiative receives $27.5 million. USTAR is the state's primary initiative to grow a knowledge-based economy. The funding provides...

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(FUNDRAISING) Labor Dept. Site Great Source for Best Practice Collaborations

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories to help FAM readers find best practice information. All types of funding are focusing on adapting winning programs, instead of reinventing the wheel. This series will uncover where to find winning efforts to adapt. Funders, whether federal, st...

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(EDUCATION) Delaware Creates $8.2M Data Coaching Program

Using $8.2 million in Recovery Act funding, the Delaware Education Dept., in partnership with Wireless Generation, implements a two-year, data coaching program. Through the program, Delaware teachers in all grades across the state will broaden and deepen their ability to use their own varied stude...

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(HIGHER EDUCATION) NGA Report Provides Wealth of State Best Practices

The Nat'l Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) offers a new report to help states increase the proportion of adults with postsecondary education and training. Improving Postsecondary Attainment among Adults suggest focusing on the following four policy areas, because they ar...

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(WORKFORCE) Goodwill Succeeds by Matching Needs with Foundation Giving

Goodwill succeeds in receiving a $2.5 million grant for a new women's employment program from Walmart Foundation by matching its needs with the giver's overall giving strategy. Beyond Jobs empowers single mothers with all the tools they need to find employment, succeed in the workplace and permanen...

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(WORKFORCE) NE Focuses on New Grant Programs to Spur Job Creation

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) unveils a new Talent & Innovation Initiative focused on spurring job creation and economic growth through focusing on creating new companies, growing existing businesses and finding in-state job opportunities for college students. Provisions include: An Angel...

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(EDUCATION) Louisiana Latest State to Promote Biz-Charter School Partnering

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) offers legislation that would encourage and support partnerships between businesses and new charter schools. The proposal would allow businesses to: (1) provide facilities or land to a new charter school; (2) partner with schools to provide or support career counsel...

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(MENTAL HEALTH) ND Looks to Cut Costs by Focusing On Community Care

The initial budget proposal for North Dakota's new governor, Jack Dalrymple (R), includes increased funding to provide community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment, thus decreasing the burden of uncompensated care on private hospitals. The funds would improve access to local facilit...

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