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May 2017

In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

Tell your Senators the CASA Program is Important

Ask your Senators to sign on to a letter supporting full funding for the CASA program for fiscal year 2018. We are working hard to get as many Senators as possible to sign by Friday, May 12.

Here is what you can do:

1. Send both your Senators a message encouraging them to support full funding ($12 million) for the CASA program in the upcoming fiscal year. Once you type in your contact information into this form, your state's U.S. Senators will be identified, and you can send the message directly to their offices.
2. Engage your staff, board members, program champions, and friends and ask them to join your advocacy for the CASA program.

Post the following message and image on Facebook:
Court-appointed volunteers make a life-changing difference. Tell your Senators that every abused or neglected child needs a caring adult to speak up for their best interests.

National CASA Welcomes Two New Board Members

National CASA is pleased to share the recent appointment of two new leaders to the National CASA Association Board of Trustees—Kris Perry, Executive Director of the influential First Five Years Fund, and Danielle Simonetta Maurer, Senior Vice President of Fierce Government Relations. These two board appointees bring critical advocacy expertise and influence to help us get better outcomes for the children we serve.

Kris Perry has dedicated her career to bringing resources and support to parents, caregivers, and early learning workforce professionals to ensure children grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. Under her leadership, the First Five Years Fund brings together influential investors to advance federal investment in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to age five.

Kris previously served as Executive Director of First Five California and First Five San Mateo County, where her leadership earned her a number of appointments to state advisory councils on early childhood education. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker who started her career at the Alameda County Social Services Agency where she worked for more than 12 years in various capacities, including Child Abuse Investigator, Family Preservation Case Manager, and Program Manager.

Danielle Simonetta Maurer brings extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C. Danielle joined Fierce Government Relations as Senior Vice President after spending 12 years in various governmental and non-governmental positions. In her last assignment on the Hill, Danielle served as Director of Member Services for Speaker of the House John Boehner, assisting the Speaker in his Chairmanship of the Republican Steering Committee and managing his relationships with members of the Republican Conference.

She also spent three years as Director of Federal Government Relations for pension giant TIAA, handling investment, retirement, pension and real estate investment issues. Danielle previously served as Senior Floor Assistant for the House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Deputy Associate Director of Legislative Affairs for OMB under former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

We are thrilled to have the policy and advocacy experience of both Kris and Danielle to inform National CASA’s strategic direction as we work to create better outcomes for the children we serve. National CASA will be announcing this good news publicly in the coming weeks.

2017 National CASA/GAL Conference Review and Resources

More than 1,200 people from across the CASA/GAL network joined National CASA in Seattle this past March for the 2017 National CASA/GAL conference. The three-day event featured more than 120 workshops, a strong line up of inspirational and educational keynote speakers, and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the CASA/GAL network. In a special presentation, the founder of the first CASA program 40 years ago, Judge David Soukup, was honored.

Conference resources and highlights include:

Visit this year’s post-conference webpage to see the highlights from our best conference yet.

Activate Your BoardSource Membership

Is your program recruiting new board members? Boards are important to our nonprofit CASA/GAL programs, and now a valuable set of resources is available to you to assist with building and sustaining a strong board. National CASA is providing all state and local programs access to a membership with BoardSource.

Through your membership with BoardSource, programs have access to tools like articles including, “Recruiting the Right Board Members” and a "Board Recruitment Matrix".

When you activate your membership with BoardSource, you will have access to nearly a thousand trainings and publications, as well as access to governance experts.

Activate your membership by completing the sign-up form. Once you sign-up, simply return anytime to the BoardSource website, log-in, and enjoy the many benefits of membership. If you would like additional information about BoardSource membership program, please contact its Member Relations team at or 877.626.2737

Paige Beard, Director of Program Development, is also available to help. She can be reached at

Mother’s Day Fundraising Toolkit

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Some of your donors may be interested in making a gift to your program in honor of their mother—or in support of a child who will spend this Mother’s Day apart from their mom.

See National CASA’s Mother’s Day toolkit for email communication templates to reach out to your donors, along with website and social media graphics.

If you have feedback or need assistance using these resources, please send us a note at

Fast Facts on the New Training Curriculum

The updated National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum will debut at the end of next month! Mark your calendar, and plan to download the new curriculum when it’s available at the end of June. Stay tuned in the coming months for information about facilitator training and tips for implementation. Learn more about the new volunteer training curriculum with these fast facts.

Career Opportunities at National CASA

National CASA is looking for two leaders to help execute its plans to support and grow the CASA/GAL network and hopes interested leaders from the network willing to work from the Seattle office will apply.

National CASA is hiring a State Development Officer to provide leadership, oversight, and assistance to develop and support strong state CASA/GAL organizations. This leader will execute a state development plan to facilitate the development of strong state organizations where such entities don’t exist and strengthen state organizations that have not met their potential. This leader will leverage the assets of strong state organizations to strengthen the entire CASA/GAL network.

We are also seeking a National Program Officer to develop and implement capacity building plans and initiatives for local CASA/GAL programs. The individual in this role will lead, manage, and coordinate technical assistance and support services to National CASA’s local member programs.

These two positions will collaborate closely to ensure National CASA is working in partnership with state organizations to provide quality support to local programs. If you are interested in these leadership positions, please send your application materials to

Program Resources

Check out these resources to enhance your program’s advocacy on behalf of America’s most vulnerable children:

  • May is National Foster Care Month. The Children’s Bureau’s website has resources for the recruitment and retention of foster parents and kinship caregivers. Visit the website to access resources specifically focusing on engaging and supporting parents, youth, foster parents, kinship caregivers, professionals, Tribes, and communities. The website also features real-life stories to inspire and share, graphics and social media tools to promote awareness, and the Foster Care Contacts page to connect with others in the foster care community.
  • Independent Sector released figures for volunteerism in 2016. The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which would equate to about $193 billion based on that hourly value. This estimate comes from Independent Sector, which bases the average on data collected in 2016, and releases it annually during National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), a program of the Points of Light Foundation.

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