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Community Foundation Week is November 12-16. It coincides with National Philanthropy Day on November 15. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, a coordinator of National Philanthropy Day activities, encourages local AFP chapters to partner with other organizations to plan events that acknowledge and celebrate the meaning and power of giving.

The Iowa State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service invites Iowa nonprofits, public agencies, and federally recognized tribes to apply to sponsor an AmeriCorps VISTA project.  Two technical assistance webinars were recorded and are accessible on YouTube. View the Introduction to VISTA webinar from View the Introduction to VISTA webinar from September 6 and the Concept Paper & eGrants Overview from October 4. Final applications are due December 20. Full details and information are on the VISTA Fact Sheet.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are full-time volunteers who create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members serve primarily in the focus areas of economic opportunity, healthy futures, education, and veterans & military families.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues its Nonprofit Management Academy. The last course for the year is November 27. The Academy courses meet at the Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South in Iowa City. Offerings are on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for each is $70 with CEU credit for an additional $25. See details, registration, and additional course descriptions.

Reports and Studies

Who were the most generous philanthropists of 2017? The Chronicle of Philanthropy compiles a list of the top 50 each year. See the list and read related analyses.

Independent Sector reports that the value of volunteer time continues to rise. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2017 is $24.69, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2016, according to the latest study. See details and a link to download a pdf of the full dataset.