The Black Lives Matter movement and other societal changes over the past year helped the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh realize some of its exhibits lacked historical accuracy and were culturally insensitive, says museum Deputy Director Jesse Rodriguez. The museum has added signage and made other changes that add context to some exhibits, plus collects feedback from visitors through QR codes adjacent to exhibits.
Government officials and conflict resolution experts weigh in on conflicts involving noise, land-use and other issues that are bound to occur between neighbors living in community associations. They recommend compromise rather than escalation as the solution, which includes complainants talking directly to alleged offenders, expressing their feelings and refraining from being accusatory.
With an estimated 30 million Americans living in condos, according to CAI, leadership possessing financial acumen is a must, says long-standing condo board president Patrick Hohman. Hohman recommends that condo boards look beyond standard reserve guidelines and seek help from an independent consultant to develop a detailed funding plan based on a reserve study, which analyzes a property's yearly estimates for expenditures for usually 30 years out.
A Florida condo attorney explains Senate Bill 56, which took effect July 1 and outlines the steps community associations must take to collect attorneys' fees from owners. The law defines how invoices must be sent, when to discuss payment requirements and file a lien, and which notice templates to use.
An HOA in Winter Garden, Fla., has voted to pursue a lease agreement that would recondition the community's golf course, which was closed three years ago and recently bought by the city to deed to the HOA. Homeowners overwhelmingly voted to support the lease plan, and the HOA's expected next step is to vote on getting maintenance work done, such as trimming the course's palm trees.
Are one of your employees or coworkers looking to take the CMCA? Then look no further than this upcoming webinar. In this program, CAMICB staff will review how the CMCA examination tests against the body of knowledge to be expected of a professional community association manager. These knowledge areas include governance, legal, and ethical conduct; budgets, reserves, investments, and assessments; contracting; financial controls; risk management and insurance; property maintenance; meetings; and human resources. We'll also go over the many resources available to help prepare, including:
- The CMCA Handbook
- The CMCA Study Guide
- FCAR Best Practices Reports
- The CMCA Study Kit
- The *NEW* Exam Preparation E-Learning Course
When: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Time: 3:00 ET/ 2:00 CT / 12:00 PT
The board of The Nathan Cummings Foundation in 2017 voted to use its endowment for impact investments that would help fund the organization's mission-related work. Board Chair Jaimie Mayer writes in this opinion piece about how the board came to that decision and three takeaways indicating it was the right move, including risk mitigation and better financial performance.
The Community Healing Network in Connecticut is focused on "attacking the root cause of the dehumanization of Black people: the lie that whiteness is superior and Blackness is inferior," and will use a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue its mission-related work. The organization holds various events and circles that encourage healing and facilitate emotional wellness skills among Black people.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County in California overcame pandemic-related challenges to distribute a record $27.9 million in grants last year. "We wanted to meet needs as they were emerging on a daily basis," President and CEO Dan Baldwin said, so the foundation pooled incoming donations and funding to fulfill grant applications in about two weeks.
Springfield Promise Neighborhood will use a $139,244 federal AmeriCorps grant renewal to expand preparation for preschool-age children and tutoring for elementary-school students in the Springfield, Ohio, area. "We're really focusing on trying to be a community organization that enhances, supports and uplifts the community on the south side," said Executive Director Kali Lawrence.
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