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September 2017

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Janet Ward to Retire
Janet Ward, Director of State Support, has announced she will retire in December after almost 19 years of service with National CASA.

Janet’s accomplishments have been many. These include being the author or co-author of cornerstone materials for National CASA, facilitating and/or presenting sessions at 26 consecutive National CASA conferences, and facilitating development of several vital programs. These include the Urban Initiative Project, serving on the original Curriculum Development Committee, and co-developing service training modules for boards.

Janet’s achievements were recognized at National CASA’s August all-staff planning retreat.

A transition plan is in development for Janet’s responsibilities. Please join us in wishing her well as she prepares for this change!

New National Program Officer
We are excited to announce that Paige Beard has accepted the role of National Program Officer effective Aug. 28.

Paige has been integral to the evolution of National CASA and the network for many years. She served as Regional Program Office from 2003 to 2014, and then Director of Program Development since then. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of the Nebraska CASA Association from 1996 to 2003.

Paige will function as a member of the senior management team. Her responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring strong support through National CASA to local programs and coordinating the cross-functional support to the network in two key areas: Resource Development and Marketing
  • Working with and across the CASA network to recommend and implement plans and capacity-building initiatives for local programs (training, marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, quality assurance and standards)
  • Developing and setting targets for satisfaction surveys to benchmark and improve quality services to local program network members
  • Leading new program development

Please Update Program Information This Month
Please take a few minutes in September to ensure we have the most updated contact information on record for your program. This will support programs that will be getting membership renewal invoices end of the month (please watch your email in-boxes for these). It also ensures you receive timely communications and will support implementation of a new customer relationship management (CRM) system so we can better serve you.

Follow these steps:
  • Visit
  • You do not need to edit the portal ID which is set to 1160240
  • Use your National CASA website login (formats include 12345 -OR- NC-12345)
  • Use your National CASA website password
  • Once inside the website, click on the blue bar with the text “+Add New”
  • Verify your program/organization information making any edits if necessary
  • Click the submit button
We ask that you fill in any blanks and verify all the information and submit as soon as possible. We appreciate your time in advance and thank you.


Local Program Grants Policy / 2017–2018 Grants Application Process

National CASA is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 grants policy for local programs. Up to $1 million is available for local programs that want to apply for projects or activities that will ultimately help them serve more children by volunteer advocates. Grant awards will be up to $75,000 based upon the following funding and program types:
  • Up to $500,000 available for Rural and Tribal local programs
  • Up to $500,000 available for Urban and Suburban programs
The applications for local programs will be made available on National CASA’s Grants webpage on Oct. 2, 2017 and will be due Oct. 31, 2017 by 5 p.m. PST. The grant period for local programs will begin on Jan. 1, 2018.

The 2017–2018 state grant opportunities were launched on Aug. 15, announcing up to $2 million in funding available for Growth, Capacity-building and Development categories. Grants training webinars were held for the Growth and Capacity-building grants; the recordings of these webinars and the respective PowerPoint presentations are available for viewing on our Grants webpage. A question and answer document is available here.

Applications for State Growth and Capacity-building Grants are due on Sept. 15, 2017 by 5 p.m. PST.

New Opioid-Focused Marketing Toolkit
Because network programs play a critical role in supporting children impacted by parental opioid abuse, National CASA created a communications toolkit for network outreach and fundraising. For those programs interested in adapting elements from it, the toolkit includes fundraising appeal templates, social media posts, a talking points document and working files to print a donor booklet.

Addressing Media Confusion about CASA and DACA
Immigration policy is currently making the news—in particularly DACA, or “deferred action for childhood arrivals.” An organization with a similar name as ours (CASA de Maryland, sometimes referred to just as “CASA” in news articles) is fighting DACA’s proposed repeal and has been confused with our network in a couple instances.

The National CASA Association is working to correct this confusion.

If you are contacted by the media about DACA:
  • Briefly explain that CASA de Maryland is a different organization with a different mission and is not affiliated with National CASA or the CASA/GAL network.
  • Refer them to National CASA for additional comments. The contact is Tyler Guthrie, communications director for National CASA, at or 206-962-6423.
  • Contact Tyler to let him know the details of any media exchanges so he can proactively follow-up, or if you see DACA articles that mistakenly reference the network.

Thanks for your assistance!

Tap the Free Everyone Ready Training
National CASA wants to make sure you take advantage of the free Everyone Ready volunteer management resources available to all member programs.

Access the learning center here. There’s a rotating line-up of featured topics with a curated selection of resources for self-paced review. Resources include a video introduction to the theme and a mix of relevant online seminars, self-instruction guides, articles from the e-Volunteerism journal, and more.

Current and upcoming featured topics are:

Supervising Volunteers (through Sept. 29). Includes the principles of supervising volunteers; handling problem behavior by volunteers; building an online volunteer community; forming teams of volunteers for mutual support; performance assessment; and assuring two-way reporting.

Keeping Volunteers Engaged, Satisfied, and Evolving (Oct. 2-Dec. 1). Includes defining “retention”; why volunteers stay or do not; assuring continual informal recognition; annual, formal appreciation; and “career ladders” for volunteers.

And never fear if you miss a topic’s feature cycle. All topics are archived for ongoing access in the learning center.

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