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Get Strategic - Part II:

How to Develop a Strategic Plan that Empowers your Group

Thursday, May 17 at 8 pm Eastern

Does your group have a strategic plan? Research shows that conducting strategic planning is a success factor for affiliate groups.  That is, those groups who do strategic planning are more likely to have larger numbers and more engaged members.

What does a strategic plan look like? Where do you begin?

This webinar is hosted and led by affiliate group leaders who have successfully developed and are implementing their own strategic plans. Join us to start your own plan and empower your group.

Presenters:

  • Don Drach, Friends of Liberia
  • Katie Muller, Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association
  • Pat Wand, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

 

Missed earlier webinars? Most were recorded. Just posted: recording for "Get Social" and "Get Strategic - Part I."

 


Affiliate Group Renewal

 
NPCA conducts an annual "check in" with each of its affiliate groups to ensure that the group is active and thriving, or to provide support for groups facing challenges. Whatever the current state of your group, we need to hear from you!

Do you have these?
  • Names, officer roles and emails of your current officers   
  • Activities and financial reports (if you handle money), or just one annual report   

Fill out a short form and your group is done for 2018!


Host Peace Corps Connect in 2019

NPCA is excited to announce our call for applications to host Peace Corps Connect 2019. NPCA affiliate groups in the Southern Tier are eligible to apply. Please download the application materials for further information.

Deadline for submission of applications is March 31, 2018. If your affiliate group intends to submit an application, please notify events@peacecorpsconnect.org with your expression of interest.


Nominations Open for NPCA Board of Directors

NPCA is seeking individuals with strong leadership skills and experience helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who are well connected within and have extensive experience in both community development and international development (well beyond that gained with Peace Corps service) to help build out the Community Fund, and bring new resources, partnerships and expertise, especially in technology, marketing and media. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.

The following positions are up for election in 2018:

  • Affiliate Group Network Coordinator (two-year term)
  • Member-elected Representatives (three-year terms) for the following divisions:
    • Northeast
    • MidAtlantic and Nationwide
    • Europe, North and East Africa

NPCA members who are interested in considering board or committee service are invited to fill out a Board Interest Form. We will review all interest forms submitted and contact you for a phone conversation to share some perspective on board service. For more information and the nomination packets, visit the Board Service page of our website. Nomination deadline: May 14, 2018.


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 our Community Development Fellow Moriah King at find250k@peacecorpsconnect.org.

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 directly 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 two 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.


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. Groups opting to use the NPCA's community builder platform for their own manage all of their members directly through the site. For all other groups, NPCA staff will email monthly reports directly to the group leaders as designated. The latest deposits were made by November 7 to cover membership payments in October 2017. 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.


Back by demand:  Monthly Group Newsletter

Now back by popular demand: a monthly newsletter for NPCA affiliate groups. This landing page will always have the most recently updated headlines, but the crucial action items and deadline reminders will come directly to you once each month. In between, be sure to track news on this page and through the NPCA e-newsletter.

Are you a group leader and didn't get the newsletter? Contact us!


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:

  • 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 addition: International Women's Day 2018: Another Opportunity to Serve (February 7, 2018)

Upcoming Webinars

Get Strategic - Part II: How to Develop a Strategic Plan that Empowers your Group - Thursday, May 17 at 8 pm Eastern

#ProtectPeaceCorps - every other Tuesday at 9 pm Eastern (https://zoom.us/j/181419862)

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

Reaffiliate your group with NPCA!

Nominate candidates for NPCA board service

NPCA Staff Calendar

April 15: NORVA's Annual Meeting and PCV Nomination/Send-off Party (Cleveland, OH) - Anne Baker

April 21: RPCV Meet and Greet (Wichita, KS) - Glenn Blumhorst

June 22-23: Ethiopia X Reunion (Philadelphia, PA) - Glenn Blumhorst

 

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!

Time-Sensitive Reminders

  • Are you counted? Check this list to make sure we have an accurate list of who attended the 2017 Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting in Denver.
  • Reaffiliate your group with NPCA by April 15

Groups that are forming

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

Tonga - contact Joey at josephbaietti@gmail.com

 

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

Groups recruiting new leadership

Friends of Benin - contact Meisha Robinson at meisha@peacecorpsconnect.org

 

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

Find the 250K Campaign: Moriah King at find250k@peacecorpsconnect.org