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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Illinois College Access Network meeting = November 2014

E-mail from the Illinois College Access network (IllinoisCAN)


The last Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 be will meet  on Thursday, November 6th, 2014.at DePaul University Center, Loop Campus. The time is  8am-10:30am. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to illinoiscollegeaccessnetwork@gmail.com   



More details (such as the specific location on campus, as well as the agenda) are forthcoming, and we'll update this blog entry when it arrives.

IllinoisCAN hope to update the website at 
www.illinoiscan.org with that information.

That website also describes the organization:


The Illinois College Access Network (IllinoisCAN) seeks to improve postsecondary access and success for low-income and first-generation college students in Illinois.
In Illinois, hundreds of college access providers work to support a growing population of low-income and first-generation college students facing academic, financial and social support challenges to college access and success. Collaboration among these college access providers is key to augmenting the limited resources to support students.
The Illinois College Access Network (IllinoisCAN) is the forum for that collaboration. The mission of IllinoisCAN is to improve postsecondary access and success for low-income and first-generation college students in Illinois. IllinoisCAN builds the capacity and effectiveness of college access organizations, local initiatives that provide student advisement and financial aid, in order to help students reach their goals.
IllinoisCAN focuses on four objectives:
  • Increasing visibility of Illinois’ college access programs and services;
  • Disseminating college access research and best practices;
  • Providing professional development and technical assistance for college access providers;
  • Facilitating communication and collaborations among college access providers.
Aligned with the National College Access Network (NCAN) and serving as the Illinois statewide network, IllinoisCAN is uniquely positioned to stimulate and manage multi-directional communications and partnerships between national and local efforts. IllinoisCAN’s work is grounded in the perspectives of its broad base of members, over 50 organizations and 200 individuals, who contribute their expertise as direct service providers, advocates, funders and researchers. IllinoisCAN fosters dialogue and implements cooperative strategies to effect change by organizing members and other interested parties around college access and retention issues.
College access organizations demonstrate elevated college matriculation and graduation rates for the students they serve. The success measures of college access and retention programs are gains in human capital vital to the social and economic future of Illinois.


We at Do-Gooder Consulting hope to see you at the IllinoisCAN meeting! If you're considering going, please contact us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail/text blog@do-gooder.us

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Find Do-Gooder Consulting in October and beyond

Here's where you can find us in the month of October and beyond. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  blog@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet! (Also, see the bottom of this post regarding an opportunity to help your students with financial aid!




Urban Youth Network

October 2 (Thursday) , 2014 @9am. Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.  The next meeting location is at Park Community Church  at 1001 N. Crosby (2nd Floor).  You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update, or questions. 

Free breakfast (includes doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee) is provided.

For more info, contact Nick River.  a at nick@gripyouth.com or see the Urban Youth Network Facebook page. The November meeting is planned possibly for a Saturday date.


Business First Friday @ Flecks Coffee 

Meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. See you at 343 E. 79th St., Chicago (South Side neighborhood of Chatham) on Friday, October 3 at 8am.

We have begun some great partnerships through these meetings. Many members of the Chatham Business Association (see below) plan on joining us.

Flecks is near 79th (#79 bus route) and King Drive (#3 bus), and short walk from the 79th stop of the Red Line, as well as the 79th street exit of the Dan Ryan (I-94, south side of Chicago).

Jump Start You Weekend and Your Business at First Friday @ Flecks This Friday at 8:00am Sharp! Join this high powered group of successful business owners and soon to be's for one-to-one networking and our unique business building information exchange. Make It Your Business to Be Here! It Works, When We Work It! Let's Work It, TOGETHER!




Chatham Business Association 

We'll see you at the next Chatham Business Association meeting on Tuesday, October 14 at the QBG Foundation Building, Meeting Room, 806 E. 78th St. Chicago, Il 60619 .The Monthly Membership Meeting held by Chatham Business Association, Small Business Development Inc. is held to inform current members and prospective members about issues and activities going on in Chatham and the City of Chicago.  You do not need to be a member to attend.  Breakfast is provided for a small fee. See their webpage for details on this event.





 

42nd Tutor-Mentor Conference 


We are planning to have a workshop at the November 2014 Tutor-Mentor Conference. JP Paulus will be presenting on "4 Steps 2 College". Whether or not you join JP for his session, please consider being a part of the conference. (We will post details for those interested in presenting). The next conference will be Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago. Look for updates here on their website.



Illinois College Access Network


The last Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 be will meet  on Thursday, November 6th, 2014.at DePaul University Center, Loop Campus. The time is  8am-10:30am.(You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) They hope to update the website at www.illinoiscan.org and they ask to please RSVP by sending an e-mail to illinoiscollegeaccessnetwork@gmail.com   






FAFSA Completion sessions


We're also scheduling FAFSA completion sessions for the first week of January, where we help families correctly fill out the FAFSA. The first that we have planned is one at Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes after the 10:30am service on Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will utilize Oakdale Christian Academy's computer lab to allow up to 20 families to fill out their FAFSA at a time. Check our blog for details and updates.



 



web@do-gooder.us


We hope to see you at these and other events.  Don't forget to bring business cards, even if it is a "bootleg" business card (see our blog on it).  If you plan on coming to these events, please call/test us at 872-222-8008 or by e-mail at blog@do-gooder.us

We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weird Al Yankovic wrote the Do-Gooder Consulting theme song?


OK, the headline might be a BIT misleading...but we're big fans of Weird Al Yankovic, and have been for years. We've also noticed that a few of his songs have some pretty profound statements on society.

In this case, Weird Al's video is satirizing all the corporate buzzwords that consultants especially like to use. The focus is on money-making for-profit corporations.

However, Do-Gooder Consulting CAN actually help your organization with a lot of these areas. Let's break down some of the lyrics:


We must all efficiently operationalize our strategies,
Invest in world-class technology
And leverage our core competencies
In order to holistically administrate exceptional synergy.

As we translate that jargon, what that means to us at Do-Gooder is helping you understand what you are good at, and using that to help your organization be the best at what you are doing. 
We'll set a brand trajectory using management's philosophy
Advance our market share vis-à-vis our proven methodology
With strong commitment to quality
Effectively enhancing corporate synergy

"Corporate synergy" sounds fancy, but it's all about an organization and its members and associates working together , so that each person is helping make the others more excited about their own responsibilities. As that happens, we can help you achieve your goals, and share that information with potential volunteers and donors, which helps create more "synergy".

Transitioning our company by awareness of functionality
Promoting viability providing our supply chain with diversity
We will distill our identity through client-centric solutions
And synergy
At the end of the day
We must monetize our assets
The fundamentals of change
Can you visualize a value-added experience?
That will grow the business infrastructure and

Monetize our assets
Monetize our assets
Monetize our assets

How does a nonprofit "monetize your assets"? It's by documenting how we can either save money for the organization, or how can bring resources. One of the most obvious ways we do so is helping your

Bringing to the table our capitalized reputation
Proactively overseeing day-to-day operations
Services and deliverables with cross-platform innovation
Networking, soon will bring, seamless integration

One of our specialties is personal & organizational networking. That "seemless integration" , when you are connected with the right people, can help you do what you are meant to do in a more efficient way.


Robust and scalable, bleeding-edge and next-generation
Best of breed, we'll succeed, in achieving globalization
And gaining traction with our resources in the marketplace
It's mission-critical to stay incentivized
Our business plan will foster flexible solutions for our customer base


We want to help you and your people to stay excited about what you do.

If you can't think outside the box you'll be downsized

Sorry, but that one is on you. Our own mission statement at Do-Gooder Consulting is "helping you help others."


It's a paradigm shift! (Hey, Hey! Look out!)
Well, it's a paradigm shift, now!
(Here we go! Here we go! Here we come! Here we come! Ha!)

If you want the lyrics to the entire song, you can read more: Weird Al Yankovic - Mission Statement Lyrics | MetroLyrics. You can also download this song or the entire album on Amazon.com, iTunes or other retailers.

If you'd like to hear more specifically how Do-Gooder Consulting can help you "Monetize our assets", "seemless integration"  , or help you write a #WeirdAl -type of song, contact us at this special e-mail,
weirdal@do-gooder.us or call.text us at 872-222-8008.  We hope to help you live out your mission statement in the near future.



Find out more about how more specifically we can help you by going to www.do-gooder.us


Monday, September 15, 2014

JP Paulus presenting at the 42nd Tutor Mentor conference

Dan Bassill of  Tutor Mentor Connections attended the 2013 Illinois College Access Network Conference workshop, "Reaching Out to Religious Groups",and liked it so much that he invited JP Paulus (of Do-Gooder Consulting) and Jeremy Barahona to present again at the Tutor Mentor 40th conference.We had a great time, as did the audience. Dan has invited JP to present again, and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity..

We'll explain the 4 Steps in detail, with a timeline, at our workshop.
The topic for JP's workshop at the 42nd conference will be "Steps 2 College". The description for the workshop:
The path to college is confusing, with messages from multiple sources, many unreliable or exploitive. This seminar will clarify the path to college, and provide a clear outline so that youth workers can focus on their specialties & calling, while still accurately helping youth through the college-going process.
While we won't answer every question of going to college, we hope to give you a more streamlined path, and avoid some of the mistakes that have resulted in heavy debt, and other problems.



We encourage our colleagues to apply to be a workshop presenter.  It's a great opportunity to share your knowledge as well as help others see you as an expert in your field. The facilities are excellent, and a great venue to present. Presenters volunteer their services on behalf of the greater tutoring and mentoring community.


The Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference  takes place on Friday,  November 7, 2014  and will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Blvd in Chicago, IL. 

Whether a professional in the field, or a volunteer, this is a great conference to learn more about the field as well as begin relationships that help you in your journey.  

There are several other notable workshop presenters at the conference.. Whether or not you decide to join JP for his session, you will have a great time with the many other presenters, and network with several people in your field.


Fees for Conference: $80 for the full day but a group of 3 or more only costs $50 per person

You may also request a Scholarship to pay only a - $30 fee.

To register as a participant, please click this link to register.


Contact Tutor/Mentor Institute at tutormentor2@earthlink.net to discuss different group rates, or 50% discount half day fee.



For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.tutormentorconference.org/

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, we again encourage you to go online and submit a proposal -> apply to be a workshop presenter


We will update this entry with exact time and room location of our workshop.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Plan your FAFSA Completion session now


In our previous entry, we talked about the why of filling out your FAFSA early (i.e. the first week of January).  With this post, we'd like to make some suggestions as to how, when and where to make these plans now, do you can be prepared later.
  

High schools are closed during winter break, yet the need exists. Your church or nonprofit could be a perfect location to complete the FAFSA.

If you are part of a church ministry, or have partnerships with churches, the first Sunday in January could be a GREAT opportunity to host a FAFSA completion event. We have written about that here. (We'll provide an updated entry in a few weeks)

What/who you need for a FAFSA completion session:
  • Computers - they can be desktops, laptops, or even tablets
  • Internet access, preferably wireless.  While wired internet access is fine for desktops, and laptops with appropriate cables, wireless would be better for devices owned by families (who might want that extra layer of privacy)
  • An expert on completing the FAFSA. Do-Gooder consulting can provide such an expert, with even a short Powerpoint presentation to cover common issues and concerns. If we are unavailable, we can coordinate with other experts to help you.
As to the when, here are some dates you might consider planning a FAFSA completion session

  • New Year's Day. This is the first day you can fill out the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 school year. While the morning might not be the best time (as people are recovering from New Year's Eve celebrations, the afternoon could work. Most parents have the day off, and could come to your facility.
  • The first Saturday after the New Year's. Many families will be available for a session.
  • On Sunday afternoon immediately after church, when most members are still in the building
  • Any weekday during the first week of January. Some families might work during this week, but some returning student and some working families might have
  • Martin Luther King Holiday. While this is a little later than we prefer, as of this writing, you can still beat most deadlines 


Just as a reminder of the importance of this planning, here's the graphic from our previous entry.




We can help you and your organization. We might be able to supervise a FAFSA completion session. If not, we can coordinate a session with experts who can help you during your desired sate. We will then follow-up to make sure the work of your families is completed, and they can receive the maximum financial aid.

Please contact us at Do-Gooder Consulting at 872-222-8008 or web@do-gooder.us to see how we might be able to help.







Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MAP Grants deadlines are shrinking

Why fill out the FAFSA on (or around) January 1, New Year's day?? Look at our infographic, followed by our explanation.


We have 4 dates listed, with 3 being approximately the same time every year:

  1. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  is open on this date. This is always January 1.
  2. The Federal Tax deadline is almost always April 15 (with a couple of exceptions, usually April 16 or 17 at the latest)
  3. The first day of college (for many colleges on the semester system), approximate the 2nd Monday in August or so.
  4. The cut-off of the MAP grant. We will explain this below




In the"old days" of the FAFSA (back when the FAFSA was exclusive filled out on paper), we were told to fill out the FAFSA after taxes were done. This was because recalculating financial aid was done by hand, and so by giving estimated information created a lot of lot of work and time delay for the financial aid officers.

With the wonders of the internet and computer automation,  this process is much easier. Results can be done within days, if not hours (as opposed to several weeks "back in the day"). Verification can be done with a click of a button (where the FAFSA can verify info in the IRS database).

So now, you are not making it hard for financial aid officer to give you an award.

Because of the early submission of financial aid information, many grants and scholarships are running out of money much earlier in years past. Illinois, for example, offers the MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grant, worth up to $4,800. For many years (even up to 2007),  this grant was available to some students even up to very close to start of school in August.  But over the years, that deadline has been pulled back. In just a few short years, that deadline was just before taxes were due on April 15.  This calendar year (2014), the deadline was February 28. For 2015 (a few months from now), that deadline could be even earlier.

Next time we'll talk about setting up a FAFSA completion event, with thoughts on how to best schedule it and who to partner with.

Please contact us at Do-Gooder Consulting at 872-222-8008 or web@do-gooder.us to see how we might be able to help.