Newsletter – February 2010

Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service Award Nominations Now Open

Photo of the Governor and First Lady's Medals for Service Awards** Deadline to submit is March 31, 2010! **

Shine a spotlight on trailblazing individuals, businesses and nonprofits that are creating positive change throughout California. Nominate them for a Governor and First Lady’s Medal for Service Award by March 31, 2010 in any of the following award categories:

California’s Volunteer of the Year
Honoring an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational

California’s Small Business* Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California small business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program
* A California small business is defined as having less than 500 employees and operating for profit in California

California’s Business* Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program
* A California business is defined as having more than 500 employees and operating for profit in California

California’s Nonprofit of the Year
Honoring a California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization

California’s Service Group of the Year
Honoring a California service group / club with a demonstrable impact and unwavering commitment to their community

California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year
Honoring a California AmeriCorps member who has demonstrated AmeriCorps values, has made a significant contribution to their community, and is committed to a lifetime of service

The Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service Awards are designed to distinguish individual volunteers, business volunteer programs and nonprofit leaders whose innovation in the field of volunteerism have had a tangible impact on their community, region and the state of California. To learn more or to submit a nomination, visit the Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service Page at:

For any inquiries related to the Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service Awards, please contact

A Day At the California Museum

California Museum logoThe Women’s Conference Invites You & Your Friends To

A Free Day at The Museum

Hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver

Date: March 4th, 2010
Time: 7:30am to 7:30pm

Join The Women’s Conference for an Incredible Celebration In Honor of Women’s History Month

Come Be Inspired, Empowered and Educated
A Once in a Lifetime Experience…Only at The California Museum

A Meet & Greet with California’s Women Elected Officials
& Remarkable Women Who Are Making History

Book Signings By Best Selling Authors
& Celebrity Chef Demonstrations

Film Screenings, Musical Performances
& Art Exhibitions

And Much More!

The California Museum
1020 O Street * Sacramento CA * 95818 *

$5 All Day Parking Available at 2311 6th Street
(with free shuttle service to The Museum)

Senate Confirms Corvington as CEO of National Service Agency

Photo of Patrick CorvingtonOn February 11, 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Patrick Corvington by unanimous consent to be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Corvington, a recognized expert on nonprofit management and leadership, joins the agency at a time marked by unprecedented social need and support for national service.

Patrick Corvington is a recognized expert on nonprofit sector leadership and capacity issues, new and emerging philanthropy, and volunteerism. Prior to joining the Corporation, he served at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Senior Associate responsible for guiding the foundation’s grantees on issues related to leadership development, next generation leadership, and capacity building. As part of this work, Corvington was engaged directly with some of the top social innovation intermediaries in the nonprofit sector and has co-authored publications such as “Ready to Lead: Next Generation Leaders Speak Out” and “Next Shift: Beyond the Nonprofit Leadership Crisis.” Previously, Corvington was Executive Director of Innovation Network, a non-profit agency whose mission is to build the evaluation capacity of the non-profit sector. Earlier in his career, he conducted policy research in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center at The Urban Institute, and also worked to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations abroad.

For more information please visit

Cities of Service Announces Second Round of Grants

Cities of Service logoOn February 11, 2010, Cities of Service announced the opening of the application period for the second round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants. Funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the $2 million worth of grants will be awarded to ten cities, on a competitive basis, whose mayors have committed to increase the amount and impact of service in their communities. Each recipient city will receive $200,000 over a two-year period for the specific purpose of hiring a Chief Service Officer, an individual who will lead local efforts on behalf of their city’s mayor to develop and implement a citywide plan to increase volunteerism.

The recipients of the first round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants were announced on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The cities selected to receive the grants were Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville-Davidson, TN; Newark, NJ; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA; Savannah, GA; Seattle, WA. The first round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants was funded solely by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Founded in New York City on September 10, 2009 with 17 founding member cities, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors who have answered the historic Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act’s call to action. All coalition members have signed a “Declaration of Service,” committing to work together to lead a multi-year effort to expand community service and volunteerism.

To learn more please visit

2011 Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations

Photo of President Obama signing a documentOn February 1, 2010, President Obama released his Administration’s budget for FY2011, including $1.416 billion for CNCS. This is an increase of $266 million above the FY2010 enacted level.

Please see below for a breakdown of specific line items:

Selected Line Items FY11 President’s Request
AmeriCorps* State/National $488 million
National Service Trust $293.6 million
State Commission Assistance $18 million
Social Innovation Fund $60 million
Volunteer Generation Fund $10 million
T/TA $13 million

Additional RSVP Funding Announced

Senior Corps logoOn January 26, 2010, The Corporation for National and Community Service issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that will provide grant funding to launch new RSVP projects.

The RSVP NOFA totals $2.7 million in new funding that will be made available through a national competition to grow the number of RSVP volunteers through a combination of new grants in communities not served by RSVP volunteers and an expansion of existing grants. In Fiscal 2009, RSVP volunteers mentored more than 103,000 children and youth, provided a range of independent living services for more than 600,000 seniors, and recruited and coordinated nearly 44,000 community volunteers.

Submission of a Concept Paper is required. Applicants submitting successful Concept Papers will be invited to submit full applications. The Concept Paper deadline is February 22, 2010, 5:00 EST. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, April 6, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by August 20. Please visit the Senior Corps Web site to read the entire NOFA, and for further information, email or call 202.606.3225. Applications should be submitted to

RSVP is one of three Corporation programs operated by Senior Corps, which taps the skills, talents, and experience of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges.


Earthquake in HaitiThe Haitian people are suffering through the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that claimed thousands of lives and left many more injured or homeless. People throughout the US have been incredibly generous, but the situation in Haiti is still dire and your continued support is crucial to the recovery efforts.

To find more information or to make a donation please visit the White House Web site.

This tragedy is also a critical reminder that earthquakes can strike our state at any time. Please visit and create your own “WE Prepare” family disaster plan.

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