CASA/GAL - State News 2016 Annual Report
Changes to Membership Program
Local Program Grant Applications Open
2018 Conference News, Call for Presenters



2016 Numbers and Annual Report Now Available to Use
We are very excited to share the 2016 annual report for your distribution and discussion with your teams, volunteers and other stakeholders. It was a year of significant growth in our service impact, and also a year of growth in number of children needing help.
A special message from CEO Tara Perry, along with numbers at a glance.
An interactive online version that can be added as a link on your website: https://annualreport2016.casaforchildren.org/
A printable PDF version.
The annual report relies on people throughout the network contributing data, stories and ideas to come to life. We want to thank everyone who provided information to tell the CASA/GAL story. And we thank you in advance for contributing timely information when 2017 comes to a close. Our goal is to produce an annual report available earlier each year to support communications, marketing and fundraising strategies. The teamwork of everyone collaborating together is what makes it happen. Thank you!

Changes Under Way to Membership Program
National CASA is continuing to redesign its core processes to focus on intentional growth and quality outcomes for the children being served. This will involve updates in the coming months to membership, quality assurance, grant funding, standards, training and volunteer recruitment programs. We anticipate this will reshape the national network over the next few years. We will partner collaboratively with state organizations and the leadership councils to ensure adequate planning and analysis, plus communication, about changes.

This work includes redefining the way we consider and approach growth. We want to shift our full thinking toward increasing the number of volunteers and children served with quality advocacy. This intentional growth strategy includes a focus on quality and will guide decisions about membership programs.

We will improve the membership process to be a more supportive and directed approach for the creation of new state organizations and local programs. There will be more stops along the way, with more technical assistance from National CASA staff.

In order to achieve our goals, the National CASA Board of Trustees has voted to place a moratorium on all new membership applications effective September 29, 2017. This will not affect those programs currently in progress. The moratorium will be in place until June of 2018, although National CASA will consider applications that are a part of a state’s existing growth plan.

State directors were notified Friday of this information. We will continue to have many opportunities for dialogue. We look forward to your questions and input, as well as the continued collaboration and partnership that is vital to ensure we can work toward serving children in need. Questions can be directed to your state organization or National CASA at memberservices@casaforchildren.org.

Local Program Grants Opportunities Available NOW!
National CASA is pleased to announce the grant application for local programs is now available on National CASA’s Grants webpage. Grant applications are due Oct. 31, 2017 by 5 p.m. PST.

As stated in previous communications, 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. The grant period for local programs will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. 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
All details are on the grants program page. A Local Grants Application Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. PST. Advanced registration is required. Please register HERE to join us.


2018 Conference Update and Call for Presenters
We look forward to seeing you at our National CASA/GAL Conference scheduled for March 10-13, 2018 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. National CASA hosts a gathering where exceptional professionals and volunteers come together as peers to deepen our shared knowledge, gain new insights from experts as well as from each other, and spend an inspiring time immersed in rich learning experiences.

You will start to receive regular updates now as planning moves into high gear.

Key details we want to share:
Registration will open by Nov. 17.
The cost for attending will remain the same as 2017:
General Attendee
$575
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$450 Jan. 12, 2018
$550 Feb. 27, 2018

Active CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocate
$525
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$400 Jan. 12, 2018
$475 Feb. 27, 2018

Youth/Student Rate
$350
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$300 Jan. 12, 2018

One Day
$300
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$250 Jan. 12, 2018
The room rate at the Boston Sheraton Hotel will be $235. This is a negotiated reduced rate from the GSA (General Services Administration) per diem of $267. Once registered for the conference, you will be able to reserve your room.
Session Proposals Due by Oct. 16
We are excited to be evolving the conference format to include innovative programming that we believe will increase the impact of the conference even more.

Are you a thought leader in your area of professional expertise, willing to share your insight and passion with colleagues in the National CASA movement? If so, we invite you to submit for consideration a proposal as a session presenter.

We seek dynamic speakers with creative approaches to relevant topics that will inspire attendees and raise our conference to a new level. Your presentation should be applicable across the spectrum of programs (state, urban, suburban, rural and tribal) and target intermediate to advanced skills and competencies.

Proposal guidelines: The conference topics will feature learning that supports sustainable programs across the nation.
Tracks will be based on feedback from past conference attendees who emphasized their desire to learn best practices and breakthroughs in board governance, executive director leadership, volunteer supervisor practices, building volunteer capacity, best-interest advocacy, communications & marketing, human resource recruiting and retention, program leadership, resource development, and strategic planning. These are some of the topic categories of interest to seasoned colleagues. If you have a new topic to add, we would love to hear from you.
Breakout sessions will be 60 minutes in duration and should emphasize interactive engagement with the audience.
Once we notify you of your acceptance, please commit to having any supporting material ready by the deadline so that we may share it with attendees to your session.
If you have an area of expertise that you think may be suited better for a panel discussion, please let us know the topic.
Submit proposals by Oct. 16 through this online link. We look forward to reviewing your ideas!

Questions? Contact us through conference@casaforchildren.org. New State Development Officer | Upcoming Grants Deadlines | New Flex Learning Invoice Process
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In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

2016 Annual Report
Changes to Membership Program
Local Program Grant Applications Open
2018 Conference News, Call for Presenters




2016 Numbers and Annual Report Now Available to Use
We are very excited to share the 2016 annual report for your distribution and discussion with your teams, volunteers and other stakeholders. It was a year of significant growth in our service impact, and also a year of growth in number of children needing help.

The annual report relies on people throughout the network contributing data, stories and ideas to come to life. We want to thank everyone who provided information to tell the CASA/GAL story. And we thank you in advance for contributing timely information when 2017 comes to a close. Our goal is to produce an annual report available earlier each year to support communications, marketing and fundraising strategies. The teamwork of everyone collaborating together is what makes it happen. Thank you!


Changes Under Way to Membership Program
National CASA is continuing to redesign its core processes to focus on intentional growth and quality outcomes for the children being served. This will involve updates in the coming months to membership, quality assurance, grant funding, standards, training and volunteer recruitment programs. We anticipate this will reshape the national network over the next few years. We will partner collaboratively with state organizations and the leadership councils to ensure adequate planning and analysis, plus communication, about changes.

This work includes redefining the way we consider and approach growth. We want to shift our full thinking toward increasing the number of volunteers and children served with quality advocacy. This intentional growth strategy includes a focus on quality and will guide decisions about membership programs.

We will improve the membership process to be a more supportive and directed approach for the creation of new state organizations and local programs. There will be more stops along the way, with more technical assistance from National CASA staff.

In order to achieve our goals, the National CASA Board of Trustees has voted to place a moratorium on all new membership applications effective September 29, 2017. This will not affect those programs currently in progress. The moratorium will be in place until June of 2018, although National CASA will consider applications that are a part of a state’s existing growth plan.

State directors were notified Friday of this information. We will continue to have many opportunities for dialogue. We look forward to your questions and input, as well as the continued collaboration and partnership that is vital to ensure we can work toward serving children in need. Questions can be directed to your state organization or National CASA at memberservices@casaforchildren.org.


Local Program Grants Opportunities Available NOW!
National CASA is pleased to announce the grant application for local programs is now available on National CASA’s Grants webpage. Grant applications are due Oct. 31, 2017 by 5 p.m. PST.

As stated in previous communications, 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. The grant period for local programs will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. 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
All details are on the grants program page. A Local Grants Application Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. PST. Advanced registration is required. Please register HERE to join us.


2018 Conference Update and Call for Presenters
We look forward to seeing you at our National CASA/GAL Conference scheduled for March 10-13, 2018 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. National CASA hosts a gathering where exceptional professionals and volunteers come together as peers to deepen our shared knowledge, gain new insights from experts as well as from each other, and spend an inspiring time immersed in rich learning experiences.

You will start to receive regular updates now as planning moves into high gear.

Key details we want to share:
  • Registration will open by Nov. 17.
  • The cost for attending will remain the same as 2017:
General Attendee
$575
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$450 Jan. 12, 2018
$550 Feb. 27, 2018

Active CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocate
$525
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$400 Jan. 12, 2018
$475 Feb. 27, 2018

Youth/Student Rate
$350
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$300 Jan. 12, 2018

One Day
$300
Discounted Price If Registered By:
$250 Jan. 12, 2018
  • The room rate at the Boston Sheraton Hotel will be $235. This is a negotiated reduced rate from the GSA (General Services Administration) per diem of $267. Once registered for the conference, you will be able to reserve your room.
Session Proposals Due by Oct. 16
We are excited to be evolving the conference format to include innovative programming that we believe will increase the impact of the conference even more.

Are you a thought leader in your area of professional expertise, willing to share your insight and passion with colleagues in the National CASA movement? If so, we invite you to submit for consideration a proposal as a session presenter.

We seek dynamic speakers with creative approaches to relevant topics that will inspire attendees and raise our conference to a new level. Your presentation should be applicable across the spectrum of programs (state, urban, suburban, rural and tribal) and target intermediate to advanced skills and competencies.

Proposal guidelines: The conference topics will feature learning that supports sustainable programs across the nation.
  • Tracks will be based on feedback from past conference attendees who emphasized their desire to learn best practices and breakthroughs in board governance, executive director leadership, volunteer supervisor practices, building volunteer capacity, best-interest advocacy, communications & marketing, human resource recruiting and retention, program leadership, resource development, and strategic planning. These are some of the topic categories of interest to seasoned colleagues. If you have a new topic to add, we would love to hear from you.
  • Breakout sessions will be 60 minutes in duration and should emphasize interactive engagement with the audience.
  • Once we notify you of your acceptance, please commit to having any supporting material ready by the deadline so that we may share it with attendees to your session.
  • If you have an area of expertise that you think may be suited better for a panel discussion, please let us know the topic.
Submit proposals by Oct. 16 through this online link. We look forward to reviewing your ideas!

Questions? Contact us through conference@casaforchildren.org.



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