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 politics concerning tax breaks for donations and tax breaks for nonprofits themselves. Continue reading “Faith in Giving addresses tax break issue for faith-based service non-profits”

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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. It’s important to plan. However, your success depends on the implementation. More importantly, it depends on everyone in your chain to be as strong as the others. Continue reading “Is customer service the weakest link of your business?”

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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 County. The mission of the center is to provide food, offer help and referrals in crisis situations and promote community awareness of needs and available resources.

Food and monetary donations are welcome. Please park offisite to leave room for guests with special needs. RSVP at: mcc1280@sbcglobal.net or phone 925-825-7751 x 106

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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 service than what it costs them to buy or deliver it. The automobile industry is a classic example of adding value and charging you for it. Continue reading “Add value to raise your bottom line”

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

volunteers to assist local schools on Beautiful Day, Apr 19-20As 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, light construction, electrical, and supply projects. For more information on how you or your congregation can pitch in, contact The Compassion Task Force: Kurt Holm; Layne Kilbreath; Ron Musch; or Tom Patitucci

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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 20+ congregations are exploring ways they can work together to better serve God and Community.

– February 10 will see Diablo Valley churches swap pastors during Sunday services
– A 5-Fold Ministry Conference is planned for February 22-23, at St Matthew’s on Wiget Lane
– March 17, 40-hrs of prayer thru Maundy Thursday at Hills Vineyard Community Center
– March 20, Community Wide Communion at Walnut Creek Presbyterian in Walnut Creek

Additional community service and teaching events are planned for April and May. Stay tuned.

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