Dollar value of cash resources leveraged by CNCS-supported organizations or national service participants.
Goal 3: Capacity Building and Leverage
Definition of Key Terms
Cash resources: Cash, check, or other monetary gift.
Leverage: To garner additional resources or assets through capacity building activities (such as funding, volunteers, in-kind support, and partnerships).
How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data
Only cash resources raised specifically as a result of capacity building activities provided by the CNCS-supported organization or assigned national service participant(s) engaged in the capacity building activity intended to support or enhance the program delivery model may be counted.
The organization must keep administrative records or other information management systems that enable them to track and verify the origin, intent and other transactional information on commitments and contributions of cash and in-kind resources. Inclusion of cash or in-kind resources in the count is subject to IRS limitations, and should not include contributions made to specific individuals, political organizations or candidates. Adhere to the following provisions adapted from the IRS' Deducting Charitable Contributions
, 6. Regardless of the amount, to count a contribution of cash, check, or other monetary gift, the applicant/grantee must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written communication from the individual or organization containing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution and amount of the contribution. For text message donations, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the receiving organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount given. Report a separate count of dollars raised for each of the six Focus Areas.
These activities and measure primarily apply to VISTA members.
For AmeriCorps State & National: AmeriCorps members may not raise funds for the organization in general. Only program-specific fundraising is allowable. AmeriCorps State/National fundraising requirements are: AmeriCorps members may raise resources directly in support of the program's service activities. AmeriCorps members may not: (1) Raise funds for living allowances or for an organization's general (as opposed to project) operating expenses or endowment; (2) Write a grant application to CNCS or to any other Federal agency. 45 CFR 2520.40. An AmeriCorps member may spend no more than ten percent of his or her originally agreed-upon term of service, as reflected in the member enrollment in the National Service Trust, performing fundraising activities §2520.45.
For Senior Corps RSVP: RSVP volunteers may participate in capacity-building (i.e. fund-raising) activities involving volunteer stations and other programmatic operations. Volunteers may also participate in sponsor-related fund-raising activities that support or promote a sponsor’s specific programmatic initiatives, but may not participate in sponsor-related fund-raising activities that only support the overall administrative operations of the sponsor itself.