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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 30, 2014

Hunger in Central Indiana

By Timothy Gondola, SAVI Intern

Central Indiana’s 11 counties are home to 30% of the state’s 6,537,334 Hoosiers. Of this population, 290,550 (15%) are food insecure.1 The Great Recession and the subsequent sluggish recovery have led to a 30% surge in American households confronting food insecurity, an increase of twelve million people facing hunger from 2007 to 20102. Despite these staggering numbers, most Americans are unaware of the severity of this growing problem. While it may seem that Indiana’s disadvantaged are well taken care of by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly food stamps) and other federal programs, the reality is that this funding, in conjunction with assistance from charitable agencies still does not meet many households’ food needs. Many families face the dilemma of choosing between food and other necessities.

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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 24, 2014

Last Chance To Register For 2014 Indiana Nonprofit Summit

Online registration for 2014 Indiana Nonprofit Summit will end this Friday, September  26, 2014. If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, be sure to grab your tickets soon.

The conference will be held on October 1-2 at IUPUI Campus Center, Indianapolis.


Here is a look at the planned two-day program:

Keynote Speaker: Paul Schmitz

Keynote speaker Paul Schmitz joins us at the Indiana Nonprofit Summit Oct. 2. Schmitz is the former CEO of Public Allies and the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up. He joins us at the Summit to encourage everyone to lead in their community and demonstrate  that we can only make lasting change for our communities when citizens collaborate and take responsibility.

As a private volunteer, Schmitz co-chaired the 2008 Obama presidential campaign’s civic engagement policy group, was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council on Community Solutions. Schmitz was also selected by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow and has been recognized by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the country.

Human Needs Summit: October 1, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The only event of its type in Indiana each year, the Human Needs Summit brings practitioners, researchers and thought leaders together in a series of collaborative working sessions to discuss trends, share best practices and brainstorm solutions related to the state’s most pressing areas of need in service sectors like Health, Education, Hunger and Housing.

Keynote Speaker and Skill-building Workshops: October 2, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Following the keynote address, an entire day of Skill-Building Workshops will provide vital opportunities for professional and organizational development along six tracks: Funding/Finance, Marketing/Communications, Collaboration, Volunteerism, Strategic Planning, and Governance.

To see a full list of confirmed break-out sessions or to register for the event, please visit the Summit website!

The Indiana Nonprofit Summit was formerly known as the Indiana Governor’s Conference. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Indiana Nonprofit Summit.

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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 3, 2014

How to Create a Chart using SAVI

By Michelle Jones, GIS Analyst, The Polis Center 

Data visualization is a way to see large amounts of data in one pictorial or illustrative graphic. It helps you to quickly draw attention to key findings/takeaways and observe patterns that are not apparent when looking at data in a table format. There are so many kinds of ways to visualize data including graphs, timeline maps, tree maps, infographics etc. however, charts are still one of the most popular methods of data visualization.

Did you know SAVI allows you to not only browse data but also visualize it via charts, graphs and maps? SAVI’s charting tool gives you the flexibility to analyze data, including trend analysis and community comparisons beyond what can be done using maps alone. It also allows you to compare geographic areas, view changes over time, and view population distributions in a pie chart, bar chart, or line graph. A wizard guides you through a series of questions to build a chart.

Here’s how to create a chart in SAVI in 6 easy steps:

  1. Go to www.savi.org
  2. Click on the USE SAVI tab
  3. Click on the Charts tab
  4. Use the charting wizard to set up your chart
  5. Click the Create Chart button

Here are a couple examples of charts you can make using SAVI.savi 2savi 1

Do you want to learn more about charting using SAVI? Register TODAY for tomorrow’s (Thursday, September 4) FREE Charts and My Projects webinar. 

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