For many of us who work in the nonprofit sector and have degrees in higher education, it is likely — and common — that we are slaves to the devil: Student Loan Debt. Here at EAP SFBA, we often discuss the sustainability or lackthereof within the nonprofits. Do nonprofits provide employees with realistic, livable wages? Are higher degrees required for these positions, and do those wages account for the cost of obtaining that education? Lastly, what resources can we provide each other with to help decreasing our debt?
With that said, we listened in on CalNonprofit’s webinar on Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness. Among the many payment plans and programs that are there to aid us, the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) has gained traction. Here’s a quick introduction:
We heard from four presenters to help foster awareness of the resources available to us: Natalia Abrams and Cody Hounanian of Student Debt Crisis; Maggie Thompson of Higher Ed, Not Debt, and Diana Dunker from CalNonprofits. This hour and a half webinar was jam-packed with information! Though they have provided a recording of the presentation, we at Emerging Arts Professionals have synthesized our notes on the main three components this webinar was designed to cover.
Who is Eligible?
There are three buckets of eligibility: Payment, Loan, and Employment.
Payment eligibility requires individuals to make 120 monthly payments. They must be scheduled, paid in full and on time each month. Scheduled payments are those that are made while in repayment, not in deferment, in-school or grace status, or paid ahead in prepayment. Participants in the PSLF program must be enrolled in qualified payment plans: 10-year Standard repayment plan (SRP); Income Contingent Repayment (ICR); Income Based Repayment (IBR); or Pay as you Earn or the Revised PAYE plan (PAYE/RePAYE).
Loan eligibility deems that only Direct Loan Program loans that are not in default are eligible for PSLF. Loans received under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, or any other student loan program are not eligible for PSLF. If you are unsure or cannot remember which kind of loan you have, you can always look it up on the National Student Loan Data System. Also, if you have previously consolidated your loans, then you must start your 120 eligible payments from the time of consolidation.
Employment eligibility requires participants to be a hired employee, working full-time for a qualifying organization. A qualifying organization is a Federal, State, or local government agency, entity, or organization or a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
Loan Repayment Options
The same payment plans required for the payment eligibility are the same options once enrolled in the PSLF Program, aside from the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan. Here’s a quick breakdown on the following: ICR, ICB, PAYE and RePAYE.
How to Apply
Now, the easy step. Once you have figured out whether or not you qualify and have your ducks in order, all you have to do is fill out the PSLF Employment Certification form! This can be printed, filled and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education FedLoan Servicing at P.O. Box 69184, Harrisburg PA 17106-9184, or faxed to 717-720-1628. Note that Section 4 of the form must be filled out by your employer.
While this only begins to scratch the surface, we encourage you all to dig into the rich resources to help reduce student loan debt! Below are some links that we found are useful, and if you have an extra hour and a half to spare, we recommend listening to the webinar. We thank CalNonprofits for hosting and for the presenters for sharing their expertise!
National Education Association’s Public Service Awareness FAQ’s
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Certification Form (Section 8 goes into detail of requirements)
National Student Loan Data System
Higher Ed, Not Debt
Student Debt Crisis
Full recording of the webinar:
Often we are part of a one- or two-person show in our organizations, and finding the resources to lead a full-fledged individual giving campaign can be an uphill struggle (and then some). The East Bay Gives (EBG) fundraising day and platform aligns with EAP/SFBA’s value of relevancy and proactivity. The crowd source and mobilization tactic is here to stay, and this is a great opportunity for small nonprofits (and fiscally sponsored projects) to try out with the support of a major local institution.
As January creeps right around the corner, so too does the special annual day of donations and fundraising! Orchestrated by the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), in partnership with electronic fundraising platform, Kimbia Inc, EBG presents a 24-hour day of prizes for nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa from community funders. From the East Bay Gives website from last year:
East Bay Gives 2015 is an opportunity to mobilize everyone in the East Bay on the same day for 24 hours. Last year, on May 6, 2014, from midnight to midnight, East Bay Gives raised more than $200k for 140 nonprofit organizations, and we’re excited about the response from our community that indicates we will be even more successful this year. Join us! Spread the word about East Bay Gives, and be sure your favorite nonprofits are registered so that you can give local on May 5, 2015.
Sound like something your organization can use? In case you missed their webinar on Friday, December 11th, here are some key takeaways that we at EAP/SFBA compiled for your convenience!
- Goals from the East Bay Community Foundation: EBG’s goal for 2016 is to raise $1 million from funders and donors in 24 hours. The prize pools will consist of $150k, which will be dispersed over the course of that day. EBCF also hopes to engage over 5k donors, and 500 nonprofits to register.
- How the prizes work and what it looks like: Two prizes each hour are granted. That’s 48 within the 24 hour giving day. There will be prize challenges each hour (i.e. last year’s 8-9am challenge: $1,000 each to the first five NPOs receiving a donation in the 8:00 AM hour). This year’s challenges are subject to change, but here’s a link to last year’s Prize Rules and List to use as a reference. There are also “Golden Tickets,” which are smaller, special prizes awarded at random. Think of this as a small lottery ticket.
- Why East Bay Gives? Registering with EBG provides an organization with an online vehicle if they don’t already have one. This platform is an opportunity for exposure and is a powerful way to gain a donor base through the EBG profile on the leaderboard, where there is a list of participating organizations. Your organization will be listed with a blurb, photo, links and all other pertinent information about you! Additionally, think of it as the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday: more people spend on the Monday, than they do on the Friday. Ergo (for better or worse), our culture is more likely to give online, and tend to give bigger donations online than in person.
- Requirements, Registration, Eligibility: First rule of fight club – you have to be a registered 501c3. The second rule of fight club – you can be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3. Educational or religious institutions are not allowed (bummer, but this is explained on their website). The good news is that there is no registration fee! Participating orgs must attend one orientation in person OR online, and must have a Facebook page. There will be “bootcamps” designed to help your org optimize things like board engagement strategy; social media tips/tricks/advice; workplan timeline and several others. Registration opens on January 4th, 2016 – March 15th, 2015. East Bay Gives takes place on May 3, 2016.
- Strategy is essential: Last year, organizations were able to receive prizes amounting to ~$40,000! While this seems like a competitive fundraising effort, it is not. Delegating a staff person with the capacity, and employing a strategy will maximize your chances at receiving the most prizes. It must be emphasized that this 24-hour day of giving requires a lot of time, energy and commitment. Though there has not been feedback about burnout, EBCF informs us that there are high levels of communications both internally and externally each week leading up to the day of giving in May.
Sounds exhilarating, right? Why not take a chance at getting an extra $50k of funding to start your organization’s New Year! The stakes are even higher this year, as the East Bay Community Foundation has improved upon the previous two years. There are tons of other notes and advice that can be found on the East Bay Gives website. It’s full of rules and FAQs – and be sure to get on their mailing list or ‘like’ them on FB to stay up-to-date with information about registration on January 4th, 2016! For further questions or clarifications, you can also contact the EBG team members Jeri Boomgaarden, Sarah Merkle, and Dawn Robinson at givelocal[at]eastbaycf[dot]org, or reach them by phone at (510) 836-3223.
We wish all those interested in participating the best of luck! And of course, we want all of our Emerging Arts Professional networks to receive nothing but the best, so if you are reading this, send this to your friends with orgs who can use some extra funds. I know I want all my co-founding, co-directing, co-conspirators–oops I meant collaborators to see the benefits of this process.
Happy fundraising, y’all, we hope all the strategies and donors come your way in the New Year.
If you still need to decide on what to vote on tomorrow, here are a few starting points for your consideration. The Bay Area is experiencing a BOOM, we all feel it, see it, hear it and walk among it. As a community, artists, arts admin and cultural workers have poured countless hours and an immense amount of passion into making this region culturally diverse and vibrant. Now EAP/SFBA urges each and everyone of you to exercise your political muscle by voting for propositions and representatives that align with your values and commitment to the Bay Area.
Tips on preparing to go to the polls:
- Find an organization you trust that has a slate card or endorsement list, most have a bit of commentary on why they recommend your vote goes one way or the other.
- Start talking to those around you about the issues, relevant questions will come up and this is a great time to talk them out with friends.
- Bring your sample ballot or a slate card with you to your polling place, no matter how jazzed you are about one measure, this process can be overwhelming and it’s great if you can bring along a cheat sheet.
- REMEMBER: you can’t have any attire/apparel that endorses a measure or candidate in any polling place.
- FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/find-polling-place.htm
- YOU CAN VOTE TODAY! Call your county registrar’s office to find out the location and hours
Endorsements from organizations we trust:
San Francisco Tenants Union – Endorsements
For over 40 years SFTU has been fighting for tenants/renters rights through advocacy, counseling, and organizing.
Causa Justa::Just Cause – Endorsements
CJJC works in Oakland and San Francisco to grow grassroots leadership through membership organizing, leadership training, civic engagement and movement building.
San Francisco Arts Townhall 2014
Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire Responses [INFO SHARE: Not an Endorsement]
Join Pro Arts in attending the Oakland City Council Meeting, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm
Oakland City Council Votes on Funding for Public Art Percent for Public Art in Private Development
RSVP to show your support & Attend the Council Meeting
Last week four members of the council were unwilling to vote on the measure and expressed hesitation – Kaplan, Brooks, McElhaney and Reid. These four Councilmembers need to hear from you! They need to hear that Oakland needs to demand quality development reflecting our values and that this city of artists should have the same requirements as surrounding cities that will create millions of dollars of work for local artists.
We need to rally Oaklanders to reach out to the Council – This is private investment in public art, artists and public space! -Pro Arts
Katherine Canton, EAP Network Coordinator
It’s that time of year, folks! After two already-stellar runs, the Emerging Arts Professionals / SFBA Fellowship enters its lucky charm third year. And we want you to be a part of it.
Applications are open through July 6. Read on to see if this exciting opportunity is for you.
And don’t miss our three informational sessions to learn more.
Tuesday, June 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Red Poppy Art House
(2698 Folsom Street @ 23rd)
Wednesday, June 27
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. at
Intersection for the Arts
(925 Mission Street @ 5th)
Thursday, June 28
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
(2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd, Oakland)
Are you results oriented? Do you have a commitment to advancing the Bay Area’s arts and culture sector? Are you committed to personal and professional growth?
If so, YOU are invited to bring your best ideas.
The EAP Fellowship program provides an alternative model for professional development that balances traditional structure with increased creativity, collaboration, and experimentation.
Leading in today’s arts sector requires new competencies, and skills and sensitivities that are adaptive, engaging, and relevant. In this spirit the Emerging Arts Professionals / San Francisco Bay Area (EAP) is pleased to continue its Fellowship Program for a third year.
Over the course of nine months, the Fellowship enriches and expands the capacities of emerging and mid-level arts and culture workers in the Bay Area. Approximately 15 Fellows will bring together their diverse insights, energy, and expertise to build their ability to realize their career and life aspirations in arts and culture.
Components and Structure
General Participant Criteria
Application Process, Time Commitment, Key Dates
Apply Now– deadline 11:59pm, Friday, July 6, 2012
EAP SF/BA Mission
SAT & SUN: Closed
p. (415) 209-5872