How to Create a Funding Plan for Your Organization – For Dummies

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1 of 9 in Series: The Essentials of Finding and Applying for a Grant

Laying out a funding development plan is the first step to becoming proactive in grant seeking and grant writing. Both non-profit and for-profits organizations can benefit from a good plan for getting funding. Here are the parts of an all-purpose funding development plan:

Mission statement: A mission statement tells funders your purpose or vision for being a structured nonprofit or for-profit organization. The mission statement should include the name of your organization, its structural status (nonprofit or for-profit), the year it was formed, and its purpose (reason for organization).

Make this statement clear and impactful, reflecting your vision. If you already have a mission statement, maybe it creates more confusion than clarity. Take a long look at your existing mission statement and ask yourself whether you need to rewrite that statement.

Assessment of funding needs: What programs and services do you want to offer? Where is the funding coming from — internal or external sources? Ask and answer questions about your organization’s financial strengths, as well as its financial weaknesses. Also, consider what funding opportunities are available to your organization and what threats to funding your organization faces.

Funding goals: How much money do you need to raise from external funding sources for each program or service?

Your goals should be global and futuristic; they should describe where you want to be when the grant money runs out.

Funding objectives: What benchmarks do you want to set to assure that you reach these funding goals?

Your goals can’t stand alone. You’ll never accomplish anything if your goals aren’t supported by objectives. Objectives act as benchmarks or reference points; they’re measurable steps that must be taken in order to achieve your goals. And every goal must have at least one objective.

Action plan: What are the annual tasks, over three to five years, that must be completed in order to make your funding development plan a reality?

In the action plan part of your organization’s funding development plan, you need to sort your funding needs into categories of for each program or service that needs external funding or grant monies.

Monitoring and evaluation of funding objectives: How can your organization track and prove that the project’s measurable objectives were met and at what levels? What are your evaluation tools?

You need to determine how your organization will track and evaluate your funding plan’s objectives. In this part of the funding development plan, make sure to mention who’ll conduct the monitoring and evaluation activities and who’ll see or review the evaluation findings or reports.

After you write your funding development plan, stick to it. Before writing any grant requests, first make sure that the grant fits into your plan. Be organized, stay focused, and follow your funding plan’s road map to success and stability.

 

 

 

 

 

Source : How to Create a Funding Plan for Your Organization – For Dummies.

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Is Mercury Good or Bad For The Body?

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What’s Wrong With Mercury?

Substantial levels of mercury in the human body have been proven to cause several adverse results, such as a decline of the central nervous system, memory, major depression and tremors and drastic energy problems. During a root canal or instance, mercury is absorbed equally into the blood stream, connective tissues and the nervous system, generating a disastrous effect. Mercury’s effect on the body over time can constrain the individual cells and respiratory enzymes, and this stops your cells from utilizing oxygen. Mercury can cause heart disease and shut down your immune system in certain cases. There is a solution and its cleansing your body of mercury as soon as you’re ready to.

Mercury detoxification is the procedure of removing toxic mercury out from the entire body. The procedure is in some cases long, typically taking about three months to around six months. There are two common of strategies to remove mercury from the body. The two known methods are: Intravenous and Chelation. The intravenous approach is more pricey and less convenient, as a result the oral method, also known as Chelation is more preferred.

An interesting area of alternative medicine that is advancing rapidly is mercury detox treatment. Mercury is poisonous to mankind. Contrary to what you may have heard about mercury poisoning, You can be exposed to mercury in a number of ways, including the silver fillings in our teeth, ammunition, artificial flowers and wood preservatives. The most common method for eradicating mercury is chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is introducing a binding agent into the body that grabs onto the mercury and causes it to be excreted with the body’s waste products.

Even though the intravenous approach administers compounds straight into the blood stream, oral chelators can be used to minimize mercury amounts in the body. These will generally consist certain types of algae, cilantro, all-natural chelators, well-known for their capacity to collect and bind mercury, along with additional nutritional supplements to aid the body in doing away with mercury.

If you think you have mercury in your body, be certain to verify with an overall health professional on how best to remove the chemical from your body. The moment you eliminate the mercury from your body, you can expect to feel improved brain strength, increased attentiveness, greater vigor too!

Vitamin PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) : The vitamin your body needs for energy production and cancer protection.

What really makes this vitamin so important is the fact that you probably never heard of it.  PPQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone) tells us that there are countless components in whole food that haven’t been discovered yet. PQQ is a nutrient that was discovered in the later part of 1970’s and is just beginning to be understood. Pyrroloquinoline quinone is an organic element which is obtained from the bacteria and is a reduction-oxidization cofactor like nicotinamides and flavins. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is considered to be one of the important nutrients for humans and is thought to be a vitamin. It is a member of group B complex vitamins. It was found by J.G. Hauge which called it the third redox cofactor. It is found to be water soluble. It causes activation of various signaling molecules. It contains vitamin B12 along with quinone in its structure. PQQ was first discovered in 1979 as an essential cofactor for alchohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme that is responsible for helping the liver metabolize alcohol.

In bacteria,  PQQ stimulates growth and serves as a cofactor for a special class of dehydrogenases/oxidoreductases. As such, PQQ is a key regulator of cellular function and is involved in signal transduction processes involved in cellular growth, development, differentiation and survival. It is also as an extremely powerful antioxidant capable of catalyzing continuous redox cycling (the ability to catalyze repeated oxidation and reduction reactions) to a much greater degree compared to other antioxidants.

Functions and benefits of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone

  •  Most notably, PQQ stimulates the spontaneous growth of new mitochondria in aging cells, and activates genes that govern mitochondrial reproduction, protection, and repair.
  • Pyrroloquinoline quinone is important for the mitochondria where it supports its health. It promotes biogenesis in mitochondria. Therefore it improves the utilization of energy in them.
  • It acts as an ant oxidant and causes removal of dangerous substance form the body. In this way it provides protection from the oxidative stress.
  • It is found to causes breakdown of amino acids.
  • n 2010, researchers at the University of California at Davis released a peer-reviewed publication showing that PQQ’s critical role in growth and development stems from its unique ability to activate cell signaling pathways directly involved in cellular energy metabolism, development, and function.
  • Because of its important antioxidant functions as well as signaling activation it can use to protect an individual from aging. It acts as an anti-aging vitamin in our body.
  •  New research is forthcoming related to cognitive function as it relates to such conditions as memory loss, Parkinson disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Research shows that that PQQ supports heart cell function and promotes good blood flow in the heart muscle.
  • PQQ also interacts with the -ras genes that accelerate the growth of cancer. It seems to turn them off and prevent the spread of cancers throughout cancer-prone tissues. PQQ fights diabetes and cancers and helps you lose weight. Aren’t you glad you know about PQQ?

Deficiency of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone

  • Lack of this important vitamin results in slowing of mitochondrial energy utilization process. The biogenesis of mitochondria cannot take place effectively.
  •  Its antioxidant beneficial property can be depressed and our brain and heart would be at increases risk of getting harm from the oxidative stress.
  • Deficiency of PQQ can also lead to poor cognitive functions.

Food sources of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone

  • Apple, banana, cabbage, carrots,  celery,  edamamespinach, orange,  parsley, green peppers, green tea, kiwi fruit, papaya,  potatoes, tomato and tofu.
  • Since PQQ may be vital to our durability and longevity we should eat a wide variety of whole foods

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrroloquinoline_quinone

Strontium : The trace element which concentrates in the skeletal system and supports the function of osteoblasts, the cells that form new bone.

Strontium, which was discovered in 1808 and was named after the Scottish town of Strontian, is element number 38 of the periodic table of elements.It is in the same group of elements as calcium and magnesium. When most people hear about strontium they likely think about strontium-90, a highly dangerous, radioactive component of nuclear fallout. However, stable non-radioactive strontium is non toxic even when administered in large doses. As numerous studies for over half a century have demonstrated, this often overlooked mineral also appears to be one of the most effective substances yet found for treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.Strontium is a non-essential trace mineral that is found in minute amounts in the body.  Clinically, it performs functions like calcium because of in vivo relevancy with calcium. It causes calcium to be retained in the body. Because strontium can increase the retention of calcium by the body, it is sometimes used to help prevent bone loss due to osteoporosis. It is known to contribute to the health of bones and teeth.

Health Benefits and Functions of Strontium

  • Strontium is helpful in reducing loss of bone minerals in osteoporosis.
  • It has been found important in reducing fractures and it is possible if it is used in the normal range.
  • These days strontium supplements are available in the market which is quite beneficial to our body if taken within normal range.
  • In a Mayo Clinic study, 85% of the patients suffering from osteoporosis who were treated with strontium supplements reported significant reductions of pain.
  • In another study, 353 women who had at least one fractured vertebra due to osteoporosis took either a placebo or a supplement containing strontium. The group taking strontium showed an increase of bone density of over 3% per year, and at the end of two years had significantly fewer recurring vertebral fractures.

Symptoms of Strontium Deficiency:

Its extreme of deficiency can lead to poor bone mineralization. Because strontium is not an essential mineral, there is no defined level of deficiency.

Foods Containing Strontium

Strontium is present in many foods especially grown in strontium rich soil along with some drinking water. The level of strontium in the plants is quite related to the strontium level in the soil in where it is grown. It is available in a various different forms such as strontium chloride, strontium carbonate, strontium gluconate strontium sulfate, and strontium citrate. It is easily absorbed from the body. It is found in various root vegetables including  spices, whole grains, brazil nuts, leafy green vegetables such as celery, lettuce, spinach and kale.  and root vegetables like radishes, turnips,carrots and parsnips, potatoes and legumes like beans, lentils and peas.


Source : http://www.drhoffman.com/447http://www.naturalnews.com/022238_strontium_bone_health.html

Balance.

The way i see it for some of us…spirituality is the main focus in our lives all the the time day in and out..and now its time to top that with some enjoyment in the physical world..material wise… balance is key… one who hasn’t learned who they truly are in the spiritual sense will always say that people shouldn’t focus on anything material, when all they’re saying is that, they personally aren’t ready to do that yet because they haven’t figured out the parallel between the spiritual/material..Once one understands what this earthly experience is they will know, they can never speak for another person…because our lessons and directions are different…we must remember that some have the spiritual understanding down to a science, and on the opposite of that some have mastered the physical… on our paths’ we will do what needs to happen to learn what will ultimately bring us into harmony..and thats that…of course we must be at peace no matter what we have or our health will be at risk… ♥