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Affiliate Group Annual Renewal 2019 is coming!

We'll be rolling out the annual group renewal process next month, but you can prepare now. How?

  • Prepare your annual report. Highlight your activities and achievements for the past year. Include a financial report. Your members want to know that you are doing great work and that their support is making a difference!
  • Post your reports to your group page in the Affiliate Group Directory. Scroll down for instructions on how to do that.
  • Send your report out to your members, post it to your website - share your great work! Don't forget to send a copy to NPCA.

Stay tuned next month for official instructions on how to renew your affiliation with NPCA. 


Help Peace Corps Be the Best It Can Be

Members of the Buffalo RPCVs are seeking district office meetings with their members of Congress to urge support for the Peace Corps. The Northern California Peace Corps Association is incorporating postcards to Congress as part of its upcoming Annual General Meeting. Further south, letter writing will be part of an annual charitable fundraising event/dinner organized by the San Diego RPCVs.

As NPCA prepares for its annual Capitol Hill Lobby Day on February 28th, solidarity events during February, March and April are starting to emerge around the nation.  Our goal is at least 50 such events. Can you help us? Can you help the Peace Corps?? Please register your event by clicking here, or contact NPCA Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson (jonathan@peacecorpsconnect.org) if you have questions.

 


NPCA Board of Directors Nominations

NPCA is seeking candidates for board service to represent the following divisions up for election in 2019:

  • The Americas
  • West, Central and Southern Africa
  • Upper Midwest
  • Mid-Atlantic and Nationwide

We encourage all affiliate groups in those divisions to urge outstanding candidates to complete the NPCA Board Interest Form. Official nominations will follow later this spring. Questions? Contact Anne Baker.


Micro-loans for your Peace Corps communities

TCP Global is looking to partner with RPCVs and affiliate groups to share their successful and sustainable micro-loan model to expand the program into your country.

How does it work? Using the TCP Global model, loans are administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities identify effective organizations and, assisted by TCP Global, help them establish small, zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan programs to serve communities in perpetuity. By increasing the income of their clients, TCP Global partners find they are able to better achieve their primary mission goals. In addition to providing the entrepreneurs an alternative to usurious rates charged by daily lenders, TCP Global also strengthens the grassroots partner by providing them a steady revenue stream of interest earnings, which they can use to fund community projects.

What support can you expect? TCP Global is ready to offer TCP Global micro-loans to RPCVs and "Friends of" groups. TCP Global is prepared to share their tools and toolkits and to mentor, at no cost, any friends-of-group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country. TCP also does the fundraising through the NPCA Community Fund.

Interested? Contact Helene Dudley

Note for groups in the Americas: Thanks to funding from an anonymous donor and a tentative agreement with the Whole Planet Foundation, TCP Global has matching funds for a pilot program. Contact Helene for more information.


Who will win our 2019 awards?

 

We had an outstanding group of award winners for 2018. Please help us identify our 2019 honorees! Nomination forms are available on the NPCA website for the following annual awards:

  • The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service honors Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who continue to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad or are innovative social entrepreneurs who will bring about significant long-term change. (Nomination deadline: February 28, 2019)
  • The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service honors outstanding affiliate groups for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service. (Nomination deadline: March 29, 2019)

Read about the awards and the past winners and download nomination materials from our  Awards page


Here are your Divisional Board Directors!

 

Please reach out to the director in your division and add them to your email distribution list. In fact, you may already have them on your list, as we transfer the permanent emails as directors change. Add groups@peacecorpsconnect.org (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and npcaglf@peacecorpsconnect.org (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, Mariko Schmitz), then the director for your division:

Meet the full Board of Directors.

Community Builder Platform

 

Get on Board with NPCA's Community Builder Platform

NPCA's Community Builder platform is here and ready for NPCA affiliate groups to get on board!

The platform - hosted by SilkStart - is an all-inclusive system for member management; website creation, hosting, and administration; communications and marketing; calendar and event organization; fundraising campaigns; and payments and invoicing. Learn more (and view video testimonials from groups already on the platform) on our Community Builder webpage.

Groups attending the Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) in Denver will get a comprehensive introduction to the website/database platform and how it benefits groups. Not able to attend? Check out these two items:

  1. Watch this short video for an overview of the tools and features of this new platform.
  2. Complete and submit this short survey to assess your interest in and expectations of adapting the platform for your group.

Ready to transition your group to SilkStart? Have questions about transitioning to SilkStart? Email NPCAGroupWebsites@peacecorpsconnect.org

 


Update your group profile in NPCA's online directory

NPCA's online Affiliate Group Directory is a great way for potential new members to find and learn more about your group! Visit it here, find your group, and if needed, make updates. Watch the video below to learn how. 

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Helping Your Group Thrive

Multiple Membership Options for Groups

You've been asking. Now it's here! Each group can set up multiple options for your members to join your group. Maybe you want a free membership with options to be a supporter, sustainer or leader with donations of certain amounts. You now can.

Want to add in more options? Fill out our form. Then allow two business days for us to make the update. As always, early each month, we'll add up all of the membership amounts received over the previous month and deposit them https://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/events/engaging-your-group-with-refugees-case-studiesdirectly into your group bank account. Questions? Email us at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Host your next meeting on Zoom

NPCA is pleased to offer all affiliate groups the use of our Zoom account to host your group board meetings, strategic planning sessions and webinars.

Zoom allows for online meetings, including video, screen sharing, and chat and is the platform NPCA currently uses for its webinars, as well as committee and board meetings. Your participants can join by computer, smart phone or even a landline phone (audio only, in that case). By using the NPCA account, you can extend your meeting beyond the 45 minute limit that comes with the free version.

Meetings will be confirmed within three business days by staff, who will send along the details on how to access the meeting for you to forward to participants. Meetings are on a first come, first served basis. Thank you for your understanding if we cannot honor all requests, or if we suggest an alternate time.

Please place your request as soon as you know your meeting time, ideally at least two weeks prior to the meeting.


Find the 250K

We understand supporting communities requires collaboration. Find the 250K is a community-driven initiative to help country affiliate groups build the infrastructure and capacity of their organization to locate all of their RPCVs. Not only are we able to send you a comprehensive list of RPCVs from your country (along with any contact data that we have for those wiling to have it shared), but we are also offering support for database management and membership outreach through our all-in-one web resource, SilkStart.

Visit our Find the 250K webpage for the webinar recording on the “Tips of Trade” project launch, Find the 250K Toolkit and more.

Ready to sign up? Contact us at find250k@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Permanent Group Emails

More and more groups are switching to "permanent" emails for their board members, e.g., president@rpcvw.org. Great! We encourage groups to consider that option, which facilitates communication between you, your members, NPCA and beyond. No more updates to make as your officers change.

If you have such permanent emails, we suggest that you use them to set up "permanent" accounts for those positions in the NPCA database. Go to our home page, click on "join now" in the upper right corner and fill in the required fields, including those permanent emails. Then contact us and we'll make sure they are linked to your group listing in the Affiliate Group directory. As your officers change, you just need to log into those records and update the names and they will automatically update on our website. Easy!


Membership Lists and Dues Deposits

On a monthly basis, NPCA compiles all of the affiliate group memberships that came through the NPCA community builder platform over the previous month, deposits payments directly into group bank accounts and sends membership lists to groups with new/renewed members in the previous month. On a quarterly basis, NPCA will send all other groups a full list of members as recorded in our database. We email those reports directly to the group leaders as designated with your group directory listing. Individual memberships in affiliate groups via NPCA continue to rise, so check your email for your group-specific membership list and your bank account for your deposit.


Membership Renewals

Our database platform is automated to send out membership renewal reminders both 30 days and 10 days before each individual's renewal date, with a final reminder on the date the renewal is due. Remind your members to activate their profile, check their membership status and renew! We'll be sending some overdue reminders, but your members might appreciate a reminder from you, too!


Help us Showcase our Community

What have you accomplished lately? Do you have a member of your group you'd like to highlight? We love to publish news of recent outstanding achievements of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and others in the greater Peace Corps community in our quarterly WorldView magazine. Email text with your years and country of service to the NPCA’s Community News Editor, Peter Deekle, at brag@peacecorpsconnect.org. Please include your telephone number and add a photograph, if you wish.


Catch up with our Updated Resources and Recorded Webinars

In case you missed any of our webinars, don't fret. Visit our list of webinars with links to recordings and presentation materials. Some of the more popular ones include:

  • Get Strategic - Part I and Part II: How to Develop a Strategic Plan that Empowers your Group
  • Insurance 101: Do we need it? What do we need? Why?
  • Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs
  • Supporting Women and Girls Around the World
  • Engaging your Group in Support of Refugees
  • Amazing Technology Resources for your Group
  • Legal Considerations 101: Non-profit Status and Tax Filing

Most recent additions:  December 2018 Virtual Town Halls

Recent Webinars

December 4: NPCA Virtual Town Hall: Cause-related and Affinity Groups

December 5: NPCA Virtual Town Hall: Geographic Groups

December 6: NPCA Virtual Town Hall: Country of Service Groups

 

NPCA hosts one or two webinars each month at varying days/times. Have a topic to suggest? Want to lead a webinar? Contact NPCA.

ACTION ITEMS

Share our message to support NPCA through our year-end campaign!

NPCA Staff Calendar

February 14 (The Villages, FL) - Anne Baker

February 16 (Bradenton, FL) - Anne Baker

 

We love meeting you all at group events. Do you have one coming up that you'd like one of us to attend? Drop us a quick invitation!

Be sure to add your group events to the community calendar!

Groups that are forming

North and/or South Dakota - contact Tammie Harris at DakotaRPCVs@gmail.com

 

Need some help forming a group or recruiting members? Contact us!

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Jake Strickler at jake.strickler@gmail.com

 

Do you need some assistance getting your group up and running? Contact us!

Contact Us

Affiliate Group inquiries: Anne Baker at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org

NPCA's Community Builder Platform: Ella Dowell at NPCAGroupWebsites@
peacecorpsconnect.org