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Webinar:

Establish a Micro-loan Program through TCP Global

Wednesday, April 17 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern

 

TCP Global - an NPCA affiliate group - provides pro bono assistance to organizations to replicate the success of their micro-loan program. TCP Global is prepared to mentor, at no cost, any affiliate group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country. 

Using the TCP Global model, loans would be administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities would 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.

Learn more about this model and how to replicate it for your country of service on this webinar.


Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, April 24 from 8:00 - 9:00 Eastern

 

Join our second Virtual Town Hall to connect with other affiliate groups, NPCA staff and NPCA Board Directors. 

We invite all groups to share tips and challenges related to managing your affiliate group, followed by plenty of time for Q&A. NPCA staff and board members will be on hand to update you on resources that are available for you and respond to your questions.

Register your attendance here for your Town Hall, then share your activities and challenges to help us best prepare and respond through this quick survey.

Questions? Contact Mariko Schmitz, your Affiliate Group Network Coordinator.


Affiliate Group Annual Renewal 2019 is here...

... and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3


1. Decide on ONE group officer to submit reaffiliation for your group.
2. Submit your annual report (or separate activities and financial reports, as appropriate) by either:

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!
3. Fill out the annual reaffiliation form.

Reaffiliation Deadline:  May 31, 2019

Need some guidance?

Questions? Contact us at groups@peacecorpsconnect.org.


Make your Plans for Peace Corps Connect

Join us in Austin, TX on June 20-22 for Innovation for Good! There are lots of ways to engage your group:

Learn more and register.


Make your Pitch for Austin!

Following the conference theme “Innovation for Good,” Peace Corps Connect in Austin will host a pitch competition to celebrate amazing ideas started and fostered by members of the Peace Corps community that could change the world through social innovation. Deadline for submissions to pitch your idea in Austin is 11:59pm CST April 15th, 2019.

Two awards will be given: one by a panel of judges and one through an audience choice award. Each award will win no less than $2,500.

We look forward to coming together, celebrating, and helping to strengthen ideas with connections to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the greater Peace Corps Community.

Make your pitch!


Showcase your Group at Peace Corps Connect

Affiliate Groups looking to feature their activities as an exhibitor at this year's Peace Corps Connect Conference in Austin may now do so at a deeply discounted rate! Visit our conference registration page and check out the "Exhibitor Tab" for more information. Groups who purchase an Affiliate Group Exhibit Booth registration will be provided a discount code to receive a 25% discount on one full priced registration! (Contact us at events@peacecorpsconnect.org for details and the code before you register.)


Help Peace Corps Be the Best It Can Be

We came together recently for a record-breaking effort on a so-called "Dear Colleague" letter in the House of Representatives. Now that the Senate launched its version of the letter, it is time to mobilize your members again! Reach out to tell your Senators to sign the Isakson-Feinstein letter for robust Peace Corps funding! Follow (and save) this link to read the letter, for information on how to take action, and to monitor who signed the letter before the April 23rd deadline. Contact advocacy@peacecorpsconnect.org to discuss strategies to reach out to your Senators.


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.


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

One more group launches online!

Congratulations to the latest group to launch on NPCA's Community Builder Platform:

  • Friends of Nepal provides a platform and network for folks who love Nepal to connect with each other and to Nepal, while continuing to assist in Village Community Development efforts in concrete, appropriate, inclusive and currently relevant ways. Friends of Nepal celebrates and promotes Nepali Peoples and cultures. Most of their members are returned Peace Corps Nepal Volunteers, former Peace Corps Nepal staff, foreigners who have spent considerable time in Nepal, or academics. But anyone with an interest in being a friend to one of the most beautiful, diverse and welcoming countries in the world is encouraged to join!

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

Upcoming Webinars

April 17: Establish a Micro-loan Program through TCP Global

April 24: NPCA Virtual Town Hall

 

Have a topic to suggest? Want to lead a webinar? Contact NPCA.

NPCA Staff Calendar

 

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