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SCF Tools Allowable Activities

Published: August 8, 2012
Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Tools
guidelines, uses

Please note that funds were not appropriated for the Compassion Capital and Strengthening Communities Fund Programs. Therefore, the Administration for Children and Families will not hold additional competition or award new grants for this program.


Leadership Development

Create a volunteer management plan
Create a volunteer recruitment plan
Create board policies
Create an executive succession plan
Engage executive coach
Implement a volunteer management plan
Provide management/leadership training to staff
Provide training/written information for board of directors
Recruit board members
Recruit volunteers (non-board)

Evaluation of Effectiveness

Implement systems to keep information related to client needs, referral sources, and services provided
Implement systems to keep records on service recipient satisfaction and/or service recipient outcomes
Collect information related to service recipient outcomes
Collect information related to service recipient satisfaction
Analyze outcome data/evaluate effectiveness of current services
Create an outcome measurement plan

Program Development

Obtain program-related equipment and durable supplies
Research and develop new programs or services
Take steps to expand current services to new geographic area
Take steps to increase the number or scope of services
Take steps to reach an underserved population in existing geographic area
Take steps to increase the effectiveness of existing services
Take steps to increase the number of clients served in existing geographic area

Community Engagement

Assess effectiveness of existing collaborative efforts
Conduct assessment of community needs
Create a map/inventory of community assets
Create an action plan for coordinating/collaborating
Create or update a brochure
Create or update a Web site
Create processes for collaborating with partners
Develop new strategic partnerships
Establish partnership agreements
Make presentations to community groups

Organizational Development

Create a revenue development plan
Identify potential funding sources
Implement donor tracking software
Provide revenue development training for staff
Create a staff performance review process
Create a strategic plan
Create financial management procedures/improve internal controls
Create job descriptions
Create marketing materials
Create/revise organizational identity
Create/update an annual report
Implement a new accounting system
Implement a new budgeting process
Implement a staff performance review process
Implement new financial management procedures
Incorporate as a legally recognized organization
Install IT infrastucture
Obtain 501(c)(3) status with the IRS