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Health Leadership Class IV graduates March 4

pictureTwenty-six individuals graduated March 4 from Sierra Health Foundation's Health Leadership Program. Family, colleagues, faculty and staff attended the ceremony held at Sierra Health Foundation. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean of McGeorge School of Law, thanked and commended graduates for their work in health care. Dean Parker underscored the important role graduates play within their communities. Sierra Health started the Health Leadership Program in 2001 to reduce turnover of experienced leaders in the nonprofit sector, to reward and develop these committed individuals, and to expand their impact.

The 2004-05 Class IV graduates represent a wide range of community nonprofit health organizations in northern California. Over seven months, participants met for multiple-day sessions. Between sessions, graduates continued their studies electronically and through small group projects. Faculty and consultants of USC's State Capital Center and the Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles facilitate the program.

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Applications ready for 2005-06 Health Leadership Class V

Applications are available for the Health Leadership Class V beginning this fall. The ideal program candidate:
  • Leads a health or social services nonprofit organization, local public agency, or department
  • Has a tenure of five years or more in an executive management role
  • Supervises a team of employees throughout the program's timeframe
  • Works for a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves one or more counties in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region
  • Demonstrates the capacity to become a vital leader in the community
The seven-month program begins Oct. 4.

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Organizational assessment grant applications due April 8

As part of Sierra Health's youth grantmaking, nonprofit organizations serving school-aged youth in the California Capital Region may be eligible to apply for a $10,000 Sierra Health Organizational Assessment Grant. 2005 Round One applications are due April 8. A second round of grants is scheduled this fall. Watch our website and future issues of Partnerships for more details.

Organizations eligible for grant funding under this program must have: Detailed information on the organizational assessment process can be found in the Spring 2005 GrantWise, a Sierra Health e-newsletter that provides tips to attract and use funds wisely.

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Sierra Health's Conference Center available to qualified nonprofits

Qualified health-related nonprofits and public agencies can use Sierra Health's Conference Center in Sacramento at no charge. Sierra Health's "in-kind" grant Conference and Convening Program provides space for planning and training retreats, conferences, seminars and workshops—ideal for nonpartisan debate, policymaking and collaboration. Sierra Health accepts space reservations up to six months in advance. For scheduling contact Jacquie Segersten, conference manager, at 916.922.4755, or by e-mail, The Conference Center is located in the Sierra Health Foundation building on the Sacramento River; it is easily accessible to downtown, Sacramento International Airport and major freeways.

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The California Wellness Foundation offers sabbatical grants

Applications are now available for The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program. The program awards $30,000 to nonprofit health organizations to pay for sabbaticals for their leaders. The organizations also receive up to $5,000 each for professional development of managers and staff who will take on extra responsibilities in the absence of sabbatical awardees. Deadline for applications is April 22.

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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Evaluation: Promoting Emotional and Behavioral Health in Preteens. This two-year study, released in June 2004, assesses the effectiveness of its youth development grantmaking program and shares lessons. To learn more see the executive summary or the full 67-page report.

Resiliency: What We Have Learned, by Bonnie Benard. Ms. Benard is an expert on resiliency in youth and a senior program associate at WestEd. This book is a synthesis of more than a decade of resiliency research.

Reports available on new laws that impact nonprofits. Silk, Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco law firm specializing in nonprofit organizations, has written two reports for nonprofits: Ten Emerging Principles of Governance of Nonprofit Corporations and Guides to a Safe Harbor, examines implications for nonprofit organizations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Explanation of California's Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004 (SB 1262), explains the act's governance and extensive charitable fundraising provisions.

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