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Citygate Network’s DC Forum provides your mission with the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and agency decision-makers in Washington, D.C. Two of the primary reasons we do this every year are: (1) Awareness—to tell the story of how missions and kindred ministries are continuing to make a difference on the streets of our cities; and (2) Advocacy—to convey our desires and concerns about policies, laws, and bills that can hamper faith-based organizations and the work missions do. And the more people we can have on Capitol Hill to talk about our cause and make our case, the better chance we have of continuing to make a difference the way we believe it needs to be done.
Don’t Let the “Next Best Rate” for Our Annual Conference Get Away from You
Citygate Network’s annual Snapshot Survey will take place on Thursday, February 7 (with flexibility for your mission to conduct the survey any single day February 1–11). We hope you and your mission can participate in this 29th year of the survey!
Looking Down the Street…
Citygate Network Staff Settles In
Stock Volatility Could Affect Charitable Giving and Grant Making
How Federal Criminal-Justice Reform Will Affect Prisoners
More Transparency Means Increased Donations for Nonprofits
Nonprofits face some serious trust issues: About a third of Americans don’t trust charitable groups to spend their funds well, and more than 60 percent of people globally don’t have faith that groups can accomplish their missions. But groups that perform well may be able to raise more money simply by becoming more transparent: People like having the opportunity to vet places themselves before making a contribution. That’s the key takeaway from a recent study published in Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance. According to a report by Fast Company, researchers from Villanova University and University of Wisconsin found that charities earning a seal of transparency from the nonprofit GuideStar gained an average of 53 percent more contributions one year later.
Homelessness Rises Faster Where Rent Exceeds a Third of Income
Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness. According to a report by Zillow, income growth has not kept pace with rents, leading to an affordability crunch with cascading effects that—for people on the bottom economic rung—increases the risk of homelessness. The areas that are most vulnerable to rising rents, unaffordability, and poverty hold 15 percent of the U.S. population, and 47 percent of people experiencing homelessness.
Americans More Likely to Die from Opioid Overdose Than a Car Accident
The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached another dubious milestone. For the first time ever, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than in a car crash, according to a new study from the National Safety Council. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Council used 2017 death rate data—the most recent year for which the numbers are available—to find that the odds of someone in the U.S. dying from what it calls an “accidental opioid overdose” are 1 in 96. The odds of dying in a car wreck are 1 in 103. While fentanyl plays a role in this uptick, opioid pain relievers continue to be part of the problem, the Council says. Every day, more than 100 people die from opioids in the U.S.—for a total of 37,814 deaths per year.
BBQ Pit Master: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Biblical Pastoral Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Program Officer: Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ
Development Director: The Gospel Rescue Mission, Inc., Muskogee, OK
Director of Development & Fundraising: Modesto Gospel Mission, Modesto, CA
DIRECTOR of SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RESCUE MISSION: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA
Executive Director: Astoria Rescue Mission, Astoria , OR
Executive Director: Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc., Utica, NY
Food Services Manager: Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Grant Writer: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Intake Specialist: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Lead Case Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Marketing & Digital Communications Associate: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Senior Director, Finance/Controller: Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN
Shelter Manager : Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Shepherd's Door Case Manager: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Support Services Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Women and Children's Program Manager: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Women's Case Manager (Growth Leader): Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).
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