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Organizational Assessment grants available to strengthen nonprofits

This fall, Sierra Health will award grants of $10,000 to help health-related nonprofits improve their systems and infrastructure. Selected Organizational Assessment grantees, guided by a trained consultant, will identify their organization's strengths and areas that need improving. An action plan then will be developed to set priorities and create benchmarks that, when achieved, will improve the organization's likelihood of long-term success. The $10,000 grant covers consulting costs. Grantee organizations will contribute $1,500 for action plan follow-up work with the consultant. Grant applications are due to Sierra Health by Oct. 15.

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a conference call on Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The deadline to register for the call is Sept. 4. Reserve a line for the call on Sierra Health's Web site. For more information about the grant opportunity, visit Sierra Health's Web site.

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REACH Program Improvement applications due Sept. 14

Proposals for the next round of Program Improvement grants are due to Sierra Health by Sept. 14. Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to organizations working to improve or expand programs for youth ages 10 to 15 in the California Capital Region as part of Sierra Health's REACH youth program. Public agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to participate in a proposers' conference call if they have not participated in one in the past 12 months. The next conference call will be held on Aug. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register for the call by Aug. 10 on the REACH Web site.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the REACH Web site.

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City of Sacramento accepting applications for youth development director

The City of Sacramento seeks a collaborative, experienced professional to serve as director of the Office of Youth Development. Sacramento has created the new Office of Youth Development to support Sacramento in becoming a youth-friendly city by providing an infrastructure of support and resources to ensure youth are successful. Read the full announcement on the City of Sacramento Web site . Applications are due Aug. 8.

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REACH conference addresses changing the odds for youth

Almost 300 youth and adults from throughout the Sacramento region participated in the first REACH Regional Youth Development Conference, held July 10 at McClellan Park. With a theme of “Changing the Odds for Youth: Strategies for Mobilizing Community Change,” participants learned the importance of youth development principles and what communities, organizations and individuals can do to help young people live healthy, successful lives.

Guest speakers included Karen Pittman and Merita Irby, co-founders of The Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C., as well as members of Nashville Oasis Community Impact, who shared stories about successfully engaging youth in their community. In addition, area youth and adults led several workshops, addressing topics such as service learning, engaging school leaders, youth-led philanthropy, youth councils and increasing the number of trained, caring adults.

Download conference presentation materials on the REACH Web site.

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Children's oral health programs receive more than $1 million in grants

As part of the brightSMILES Dental Partnership, Sierra Health has awarded more than $1 million to 11 children's oral health programs in Northern California. School-based oral health programs, modeled after the California Children's Dental Disease Prevention Program (CDDPP), received three-year grants to provide prevention services, including screenings, sealants, fluoride treatments and oral health education, for low-income children in 10 counties. With this funding, grantees will either expand an existing CDDPP-funded program to serve additional children or establish a new program based on the CDDPP model.

Sierra Health also awarded a grant to the Sacramento District Dental Foundation to provide no-cost dental screenings and treatment for low-income children in the Greater Sacramento area through its volunteer-based Smiles for Kids program. See a list of brightSMILES grantees on Sierra Health's Web site.

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City of West Sacramento set to fluoridate

A $250,000 brightSMILES grant from Sierra Health provides the final funding West Sacramento needs to purchase and install fluoridation equipment, which will serve the 45,000 residents of West Sacramento. Other funding partners include the city, Yolo County, First 5 Yolo and The California Endowment. Fluoridation of community water supplies is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's office, people living in communities with fluoridated drinking water have 15 to 40 percent less tooth decay than in communities where water is not fluoridated. Children in communities with water fluoridation experienced 29 percent fewer cavities, and these benefits are available to all regardless of income.

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IRS releases revamped Form 990

The IRS has released for comment a redesigned draft Form 990, the annual information return filed by tax-exempt organizations. Following a 90-day comment period, the IRS hopes to have a final form ready for use for the 2008 tax year (returns filed in 2009). This is the first major redesign of the Form 990 since 1979.

The IRS is soliciting comments on the core form and the schedules, especially comments in connection with the stated goals of increasing transparency of information and use of the form as a compliance tool. The comment period lasts until Sept. 14. Download the redesigned draft Form 990 on the IRS Web site.

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Review information about community water fluoridation, including research, guidelines and benefits of fluoridation on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

American Dental Education Association (ADEA) sponsors, a free, interactive health careers Web site designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.

A new report by the Seedco Policy Center, The Limits of Social Enterprise: A Field Study & Case Analysis, examines the challenges of the nonprofit sector's experimentation with for-profit social enterprises.

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