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Welcome to the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN), a portal to meet the demands of the changing world we live in with a goal of making people’s lives better. The CAN is an emerging digital technology to protect and advance the fundamental rights of all people, particularly historically underrepresented people. It emphasizes the benefits of technology and minimizes the risks, while keeping its focus on more effective ways to identify gaps and opportunities. The CAN is a wide portfolio support initiatives that connect low-to moderate income communities to jobs, education, housing and a more economically secure and equitable future. Simply put, the CAN is an intersection of philanthropy, impact and measurement. The CAN is always free of charge to applicants.
The CAN empowers service providers to deliver sound remedies no matter the applicants social, economic, demographic or geographic differences. A suite of technology is available for nonprofits to perform nearly every function of a day-to-day operation, ultimately streamlining their services to those who need them the most.
Applicants are offered customized applications for assistance, as well as self-help tools within their own dashboard to assess and learn, enabling them to become part of their own solution. When they require more assistance, they can make a streamlined request and be connected to local and national programs with one simplified application.
The Future of Opportunity:
Our path forward is moving from commitment to action. Three strategic priorities — Champion Inclusion, Strengthen Our Diversity, and Grow Our Impact — guide us along our path. The actions we take against these priorities position us to win the future. We have seen that unchecked technology often follows broader social patterns of privilege and power. To that end, the Coordinated Assistance Network seeks funding partners to continue building the bedrock of a changing landscape for people through Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.
Partner with the CAN today and see how your investment multiplies the reach and direct impact on nonprofits, communities individuals that deserve better.
We live in a dynamic world—where new technologies, changes in our economy, evolving demographics and more—continually shape where and how we live, learn, work and play. These changes will profoundly impact health equity in our society, from our individual health and the health of our families to the health of our communities. What dramatic changes might we see in the next decade or two? What can we do today to create a better, more equitable tomorrow for everyone? Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including the lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. We believe the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) is the framework to a future where all can experience health equity through communication, collaboration, and technology.
We are committed to preparing nonprofits to work proactively to address systemic inequities in access to resources. Together, we advance and celebrate diversity, fight discrimination, foster inclusion, and advocate for equity in every aspect. The CAN Portal is building a diverse set of service providers who collectively and individually contribute valuable thoughts, practices, and perspectives. We look forward to sharing new opportunities, materials, and recommendations for fostering and embedding greater justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion into the framework of the CAN Portal offerings.
In addition to Military and Veteran family providers, the platform can be used by nonprofits & service providers in the following sectors (with a few examples of each):
Social Identity: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Religion, Sexual Orientation
Human Services: Civil Rights, Liberties, Diversity, Inclusion, Racism, Activism, Culture, Exercise, Food & Nutrition
Housing: Homelessness, At Risk, Preservation, Mitigation, Transition, Sustainability, Servicing
Financial: Education, Planning, Coaching, Banking, Emergency Assistance, Grants, Benevolence
Counseling: Financial, Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Marital & Family, Educational, Substance Abuse, Career
Education: Scholarship, Vocational, Technical, Achievement, Higher Ed, After School, Research
Employment: Mentorships, Seeking, Placement, Wardrobe, Resume, Interview Prep
Disability: Physical, Brain, Mobility, Benefits, Caregiver Support Health: Disease, Substance Abuse, Addiction Rehabilitation, Crisis
Populations: Youth, Senior, Minority, LGBTQ, Immigrant, Veteran, 1st Responder, Caregiver
Animals: Animal Therapy, Rescue, Training, Shelter, Protection
Faith Based: Outreach, Ministries, Volunteerism, Missions
Legal: Civil Rights, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Will / Trusts
Disaster Relief: Hurricane, Flood, Wind, Earthquake, Fire, Preparedness, Safety, Relief
Sports: Professional, Amateur, Competition, Facility, Equipment, Training, Education
“How we touch people throughout our country [in] this sea of goodwill, who want to help our people and their families…we have got to figure out a way to do that.” – Admiral Michael Mullen, United States Navy
Before there was the CAN Portal, there was the Yellow Ribbon Network or YRN. Established in 2011, The Yellow Ribbon Network (YRN) was a collaborative platform supporting the transformation of the military and Veteran experience through information and technology. As a mission-driven nonprofit, the YRN offered a unique depth and breadth of expertise in financial innovation, multiple counseling channels, housing solutions, workforce development, healthcare information, and education tools. Each YRN pillar informed research and analytics to advise leaders, stakeholders, and influencers on best practices through the advancement of technology.
Throughout the history of the YRN, the network delivered key insights, metrics and measures to nonprofit partners, for-profit services providers, employers, and government officials. With the committed partnership of Prudential, MetLife, NTT Global, and others, the YRN served as the access point for community providers who focused operations on military & Veteran families through all phases of deployments and transition to civilian life. The YRN included thousands of individual users, nonprofit partner organizations and community service providers across the United States and 9 countries.
As a result of the COVID-19 national crisis, the YRN partnered with several organizations that had little to do with the military community. Tens of thousands of organizations were forced to close, many of whom would never open their doors again due to the lack of preparation for remote management. By offering a remote access workspace to better suit employees for work from home, the YRN answered the call for many organizations. There was an obvious need for a new way forward. The Coordinated Assistance Network was born out of that new inclusive strategy.
Meeting with Joint Chiefs of Staff Re: YRN Vision
Launch of YRN Version 1
50 Non-Profit partner organizations using YRN
DOD Yellow Ribbon Program recognizes YRN as "Top Resource"
DOD Yellow Ribbon Program recognizes YRN as "Top Resource"
Major supporters fund development of YRN Version 2
YRN Contracts Tech Affinity for YRN Version 2 build
YRN Version 2 beta testing begins for Financial Assistance Partners & Financial Coaching/Counseling Partners
Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Affiliates sign on as YRN Version 2 Housing Assistance pilot users
Univ. of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center selects YRN into Incubator Program
Applicant outreach efforts begin
YRN selects Univ. of Tampa student veteran team for business development plan and growth strategy
Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Affiliates support proof of concept for Housing Assistance platform
YRN Version 2.0 Launch Party
YRN Certified as a HIPAA Compliant Platform
Presented Software at National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Launched Internal Job Board and Employment Assistance
Met Life Foundation Dell Technologies Opportunity Workshop for Growth
50 Non-Profit partner organization using YRN
NTT Global provides massive server upgrade
YRN Rebrands to Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN)
The new CAN brochure site goes live