Faith in Giving addresses tax break issue for faith-based service non-profits

Faith-based service organizations, like other nonprofits, are dependent on private giving and thus count on tax incentives for giving, such as the federal deduction for charitable contributions. And yet, because they are religious organizations, they may have distinct interests in the big fight that has broken out in Washington DC and in state and local […]

Is customer service the weakest link of your business?

SPEAKING OF SERVICE – by Jeff Kasper || You’ve probably heard the phrase, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” and “The Devil’s in the details” or “Leave nothing to chance.” So many businesses plan for the major, expected interactions with customers. They plan for advertising, capacity, distribution systems, logistics and more. […]

Monument Crisis Center celebrates five years, Aug 21

Concord’s Monument Crisis Center will celebrate its first five years of service on August 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at its location at 2350 Monument Blvd. Suite B. The Monument Crisis Center is a non-profit community based organization that provides assistance to at- risk families, children , seniors and individuals in Central Contra Costa […]

Add value to raise your bottom line

SPEAKING OF SERVICE – by Jeff Kasper You’ve certainly heard companies talk about this concept called, “added value.” So what does it mean? And, if the big companies are doing it, why can’t you? Added value is what gives a company the right (decided on by the customer) to charge more for a product or […]

Volunteers to assist local schools on Beautiful Day, Apr 19-20

As part of an ongoing program of community service following its iLent Project, pastors and congregations of 20+ Diablo Valley churches involved in the nascent “Church Without Shoes” movement are organizing a BEAUTIFUL DAY for the weekend of April 19. Over the weekend teams of volunteers will help local elementary schools with landscape, painting, repaving, […]

Diablo Valley pastors and churches offer iLent events beginning, Feb 6

Diablo Valley pastors and churches are sponsoring a 40-day, iLent Project that includes a web site, a booklet with daily devotional written by local pastors, a pastor swap, YouTube videos, online dialog, discussion of featured videos and more, all during Lent, beginning Feb 6 thru Easter, March 23. In association with Churches Without Shoes, the […]

Contra Costa Crab Feed Season in full swing

The Contra Costa Crab Feed fundraising season is upon us. Here’s a short update. Check the calendar nearby for other upcoming events. January 19, 6:00 p.m. to midnite (sic) Concord High Athletic Boosters Shadelands Art Museum, 111 Wiget Lane, WC $50 per ticket; Call 925-413-8621 January 26, 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. First Lutheran Church […]