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Insights from Nate Birt on our new Fundraising, Grants, and Partnerships Professional Development Series!

Meet Nate Birt , the founder of Silver Maple Strategies , a distinguished communications and fundraising consultancy dedicated to empowering nonprofit leaders in driving impactful climate-change solutions. Nate's expertise has been recognized through his latest book, " 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Social Impact Communicators ," which rose to become a No. 1 new release in business ethics on Amazon. Formerly the vice president of Farm Journal 's pioneering climate-change division, Trust In...

Free CPE Opportunities are Now Available for Reading the Dietary Guidelines for Americans!

Hello Extension professionals, You can now earn up to 7 free continuing professional education (CPE) credits for reading the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 ! Credits are provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing body for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered. Self-study modules are provided for each chapter of the Dietary Guidelines. Pick and choose the modules that best suit your needs – or read each chapter to earn a...

The Puzzle of Culture

"Culture" has become such a buzzword surrounding the workplace. People expect to see something on the company's website about it. They ask current employees about it. They ask about it in interviews. The fact is, it's a big deal. It might be THE big deal for any organization. What we've learned about it is it's much more than flexible work hours and bean bag chairs in the breakroom. It's about " the way we do things around here". The way this is answered can be profoundly revealing. Why...

Advancing Disaster Education in America: EDEN Request for Applications Announced

When disaster strikes, knowledge is power. Disaster education builds resilient communities ready to respond and recover. Cooperative Extension plays a critical role in the nation’s disaster education efforts, and a new Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Development Grants Program will enable the Cooperative Extension System to do even more. Applications for the EDEN Development Grants Program – Advancing Disaster Education America – is now open. You can review the RFA here . The...

New Professional Development Series! Upskilling Fundraising, Grant & Partnership Development For Extension Professionals: An Interactive Workshop Series

Introducing the latest offering from the Extension Foundation- a new professional development series open to all Extension professionals wanting to enhance their skills! Join us for monthly sessions from April 2024 to September 2024, in ' Upskilling Fundraising, Grant & Partnership Development For Extension Professionals: An Interactive Workshop Series. ' This is a comprehensive professional development series tailored for Extension professionals. Led by Nate Birt of Silver Maple...

New Research Publication Explores Technology Acceptance and CRM Technologies in Extension

The Extension Foundation released a new research publication titled " A Qualitative Investigation of the Technology Acceptance Model in the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service on the Adoption of Customer Relationship Management Systems ." Authored by Dr. Aaron Weibe, Extension Foundation's communication and engagement manager for his recently awarded PhD, the study delves into the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and its role in Extension adopting Customer Relationship Management (CRM)...

Request for Applications: EXCITE Bridge Access Project Now Available!

EXCITE: Bridge Access Project: Access the full RFA and application guide here ELIGIBILITY: The EXCITE Bridge Access Project is available for USDA NIFA EFNEP, and EXCITE Implementation Phase teams that submitted an Indication of Interest form for the Bridge Access Project in December 2023. This is a noncompetitive funding opportunity. AWARD AMOUNT: $30,000 for EXCITE Implementation Phase teams and $72,000 for EFNEP teams. TIMELINE: Application Open: March 26, 2024 Application Deadline: April...

Extension Foundation Selects 22 Projects for New Technologies for Ag Extension Funding

The Extension Foundation reviewed 60 applications from all six regions of Cooperative Extension for Year 1 of the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) funding opportunity. Twenty-four projects representing 18 Land-grant universities were selected by an external review panel for the award. This includes funding for four levels of projects: Incubation ($10,000), Acceleration ($20,000), Expansion ($40,000), and Scaling ($100,000). A complete listing of awarded projects can be found on the...

March 28: Accessibility Unleashed - Online Courses and Webinars

Join the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for this webinar on accessibility in online courses and webinars. Accessibility Unleashed: Online Courses and Webinars Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83585417744 In this webinar we will share how the online course development team at the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program addresses accessibility requirements in asynchronous online...

Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Conference Registration is Open

The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) conference registration is now open. The conference is being held June 23-25 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year's theme, "Big Ideas Start Here," encapsulates the essence of what ACE stands for – innovation, collaboration, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. We are eager to come together to explore the transformative power of big ideas. The conference planning committee has put together a program that features a lineup of keynote...

An offering for Women's History month...

Why do we wait until March every year to do this? Shouldn't it be an everyday thing? Let's start making recognition one of our most abundant resources. Here's a past pioneer who was a great example of courage & determination. She was one of the coolest for sure! *Picture from www.wired.com Jacqueline Cochran (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980) was a pioneer in aviation and one of the most talented pilots of her era. She was an important contributor to the formation of the wartime United...

University of Maryland Extension Seeks Residential Landscape Ecologist

The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is a leading Land-Grant institution providing teaching, research, and Extension programs through University of Maryland Extension (UME) to a diverse clientele in the State of Maryland and beyond. UME seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position in Residential Landscape Ecology. This position will play a key role in connecting our university’s expertise in sustainable landscaping and landscape-scale...

Top 5!

Peter Drucker says regardless of our inherent personality traits, gifts, or talents; we can all become effective leaders. After all, it's this journey that's essential for the success of our communities, organizations, and teams Here's a "handful" of reminders! 1. Leadership is Relational Early in my coaching career, an experienced colleague on our staff told me not to get too close to the players. What became apparent quickly was that this wasn't my style. If you aren't willing to give all...

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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