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Posted by saviadmin on Jun 20, 2013

A Model to Mitigate Hunger

By Sharon Kandris

It’s clear that hunger and food insecurity are growing problems in Central Indiana.  We’ve recently partnered with two Central Indiana organizations (Northside Mission Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church and United Way of Central Indiana) to identify the gaps among existing resources as a starting point to developing a solution in Washington Township and Hancock County. Emerging out of a strategic planning process with Northside Mission Ministries, we’ve begun to develop a Community Network Model that utilizes collective impact to mitigate hunger.

In both communities,we identified that those in need of food often have many other needs: transportation, housing, employment, medical help, better nutrition, and fresh foods, to name a few.  And in both initiatives, the organizations involved have resolved to do something to address the root causes of hunger.

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Posted by saviadmin on Mar 27, 2013

Good Planning + Good Data = Positive Community Impact

By Sharon Kandris

All of us hope to have a positive impact on our community. It’s why we do what we do. Nonprofits exist to help make the world a better place. But how do we make sure our programs and organizations make the greatest impact they can?

It starts with good planning and good data…planning that focuses on your end goal and data that informs your decisions.

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Posted by saviadmin on Mar 6, 2013

Indy nonprofit makes data-informed decisions about best location for a new “one stop shop” for social services.

MCCOY, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization with the mission to champion the positive development of youth through leadership and community support. It coordinates an Early Intervention and Prevention Initiative (EIP) to reduce the number of children entering the county’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems by improving the coordination of youth services in Marion County.

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