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Surfing the social impact bond wave

A social impact bond WAVE is building. Both sides of the political aisle are exploring.  It's all…See More
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Increasing Transparency In Health Care Costs – IMPORTANT!

Increasing Transparency In Health Care Costs – IMPORTANT!Understanding Observational Status for…See More
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Mike Burns's blog post was featured

Nonprofit Board Meeting Effectiveness

Which of the following tool (s) has the best prospect of making your board meeting THE EVENT of the…See More
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Paint a Brighter Future at United Way of Greater New Haven

July 31, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Help us paint “Home Sweet Home” signs for 100 formerly homeless neighbors to hang in their new…See More
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ArtSpot! Arts & Culture Happy Hour featuring Sam Perduta of Elison Jackson at Yale University Visitor Center

July 31, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
The next installment of ArtSpot! Arts & Culture Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, July…See More
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MUSIC IN THE PARK - Organic Soul at Goffe Street Park

July 31, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Neighborhood Concert SeriesBring a blanket, family & friends and enjoy an evening ofgood music…See More
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Caty Poole's event was featured

Ct Center for Child Development in the Garden at Massaro Community Farm

July 30, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Autistic youth from the Connecticut Center for Child Development visit the farm to perform routine…See More
Monday
Steve Werlin's blog post was featured

Job Opportunity: Executive Director of FISH of Greater New Haven

FISH OF GREATER NEW HAVEN, INC. – JOB POSTING for public dissemination July 23, 2014Position:…See More
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Caty Poole's event was featured

Cooking Demo at Massaro Community Farm

July 25, 2014 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Stop by the farm during CSA pick up and see what we are making with the ingredients that are coming…See More
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Open Source Resources for Nonprofits & Communities

BoardSource

Think Money First

Sylia Obagi, director of operations at The Annenberg Foundation, provides a provocative take on the balance between sustainability and mission.

Taming the Social Media Beast

Rebecca Gordon of The Rebecca Gordon Group dives into the seventh in our series of blog posts written by BLF 2013 speakers with a discussion of the (occasionally overwhelming) communications game-changer that is social media.

Board Diversity IS Possible

George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City, and Yanique Redwood, Ph.D., president and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation, talk diversity on the BoardSource blog.

Beth's Blog: Nonprofits and Social Media

The Art of Less As More: Micro Content

Visual.ly has published this really useful and free e-book on Micro Content.   As our attention fragments and more and more of us are reading content on mobile devices, content creators are finding that the best way to engage audiences is with shorter, bite-sized chunks of content known as “Micro Content.”    The e-book, which at 32 pages, is definitely long-form content provides context, best practices, examples, tools, and resources.  … Read More

Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.   If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!  

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Can My Fitbit Data Make Health Care Better?

I first put a fitbit, a digital pedometer that tracks steps, calories burned, food intake, and other personal analytics data,  on my wrist back in October. After some results from routine tests during my annual physical,  my doctor informed me that my cholesterol was high.    … Read More

Tides Foundation - Infrastructure for Social Change

From San Francisco to the World: Sharing space at Thoreau Center helps EMERGENCY USA provide better medical care internationally

Author: Eric Talbert via Bay Area International Link (BAIL) I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of Tides’ Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over [...]

The Rest is Up to You: A Tale of Social Justice Parenting

My father came to America in September 1966; my mother came to America in December 1966, and each one from a different country. They were taking citizenship classes offered at Abraham Lincoln High School in the Sunset District of San Francisco.  On a rainy day, my father offered my mother a ride home and thus [...]

The troubling state of crime and criminal justice for Latinos in America

Note: This is a guest post from one of Tides' projects, Californians for Safety and Justice, edited for clarity. “Cumulative disadvantage.” That’s the term we used – and troubling discovery we made – in a new report about Latino experiences with crime and the justice system. Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice [...]

Techsoup

New: Back up your feedly to Dropbox [Pro]

We’re excited to tell you about our latest feedly Pro integration: Dropbox Vault. Dropbox Vault automatically backs up your tagged and saved articles, and a list of all your feeds (OPML file) to your Dropbox account. We believe that all … Continue reading

Scheduled Maintenance – July 4th at 11:00pm PST [COMPLETED]

Hello everyone. Just a short post to let everyone know that feedly will be offline for about 1 hour tonight at 11:00pm PST. The feedly cloud has grown and we need to add 5 new data nodes to our Hadoop cluster and … Continue reading

Any WebKit/WebCore expert in the feedly community?

Our focus for May and June has been to get rid of all the sporadic crashes that happen in feedly for iPhone and feedly for iPad while trying to accelerate the rendering. We have been making a lot of progress but … Continue reading

Denial of service attack [Neutralized]

2:04am PST – Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop. We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to … Continue reading

7 things you can do with Evernote and feedly [Pro]

The save to Evernote integration has been one of the most popular features of feedly Pro and thousands of you rely on it every day. It’s been so popular because both Evernote and feedly share a common goal of helping … Continue reading

GuideStar

This Giving Season, Find a Worthy Charity with Online Reviews

Redwood City, December 16, 2013/GreatNonprofits.org and GuideStar (http://www.guidestar.org/?utm_source=Release&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=12.16.13_GNP_Release_HP)/- GreatNonprofits (http://greatnonprofits.org/), the largest nonprofit review site (think Yelp for nonprofits), lets people quickly find charities doing the most good, helping them donate wisely in this season of giving. Donors can find worthy nonprofit organizations based on nearly 200,000 real-life stories of impact, written by volunteers, donors and beneficiaries. For years, people were urged to look at overhead ratios (

Philanthropedia Identifies Highest-Performing Nonprofits in Two Cause Areas: People with Disabilities (National); and Climate Change (Bay Area)

Donors Searching for Worthy Charities to Support This Holiday Season Get a Helping Hand with Top Nonprofit Rankings Washington, DC—December 5, 2013—Philanthropedia (http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/), a division of leading nonprofit information provider GuideStar (http://www.guidestar.org/?utm_source=Release&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=12.5.13_PhilRankings_Release_HP), today announced new rankings of the top 16 nonprofits supporting people with disabilities nationally and the top 18 nonprofits working on climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area. The rankings are based on in-depth

Financial SCAN 2.0 Delivers Deep Analysis of Nonprofit Financial Fitness

GuideStar and Nonprofit Finance Fund Upgrade the Only Online Service for Clear and Comprehensive Nonprofit Financial Health Assessment WASHINGTON, D.C. and NEW YORK, N.Y.–Nov. 19, 2013–Today GuideStar (http://www.guidestar.org/?utm_source=Release&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=11.19.13_FinSCAN2.0_Release_HP) and Nonprofit Finance Fund (http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org) (NFF) launched version 2.0 of Financial SCAN (Situation and Comparables ANalysis), the only online service that provides comprehensive yet easy-to-understand analysis of U.S. nonprofits’ financial health. Financial SCAN (http:

Games that Fuel Invention & Learning

The Cultural Radars

The Cultural Radars Corporate culture is the number one barrier to agile adoption and the leading cause of failed agile projects. At least this is what VersionOne‘s serveys suggest for the last few years (e.g. 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010). This exercise aims to examine the cultural diversity (the variaty in participants’ cultural preferences) and to [...]

Project Snapper: An Inception value realisation game

Timing: 45 mins Overview: The Project Snapper game is a quick 45 minute game to realise the value of establishing firm acceptance criteria and the importance of having everyone who is part of the team part of the Inception activity, however this can be used to introduce the simple concepts of Scrum such as Sprints, Sprint Planning, [...]

Sudokuban: A Kanban in action game in puzzles

Timing: This game is normally done in a forty-five minute time block: 10 minutes upfront for instructions, 20 minutes for the game, and 15 minutes for the debrief. Overview: The Sudokuban game is a quick 45 minute game to practice Kanban in a safe to fail environment where constraints have been setup to swiftly force work in progress limits [...]
 

Blog Posts

Surfing the social impact bond wave

Posted by Rob Leightonartner on July 29, 2014 at 8:11am 0 Comments

A social impact bond WAVE is building. Both sides of the political aisle are exploring.  It's all about pay-for-performance funding.  Like them or not, nonprofits need to surf this billion$ experiment. http://onforb.es/1lRmStP

Increasing Transparency In Health Care Costs – IMPORTANT!

Posted by N'Zinga Shani on July 28, 2014 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

Increasing Transparency In Health Care Costs – IMPORTANT!

Understanding Observational Status for Medicare Users In Hospital

YOU AND YOUR PARENTS HAVE MEDICARE? DON’T GET ZAPPED WITH UNEXPECTED MEDICAL BILLS!

Hospitals, health systems, hospital-owned private practices et al are using every avenue to increase consumers out-of-pocket costs.  Facilities…

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Nonprofit Board Meeting Effectiveness

Posted by Mike Burns on July 27, 2014 at 6:52am 0 Comments

Which of the following tool (s) has the best prospect of making your board meeting THE EVENT of the month or quarter or whatever:

*consent agenda

*planning and choreography (including food)

*actionable agenda items

board-driven conversations

*nonve of the above

*all of the above

I believe if you checked "all of the above" you would be correct. Each of these activities can contribute to making happier and productive board meetings. Without these…

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of FISH of Greater New Haven

Posted by Steve Werlin on July 24, 2014 at 6:25pm 0 Comments

FISH OF GREATER NEW HAVEN, INC. – JOB POSTING

for public dissemination

July 23, 2014

Position:  Executive Director

Overview: 

FISH of Greater New Haven, Inc., is seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, and ambitious Executive Director (ED).  The ED will administer and, in most cases, actively carry out operations of the organization, including program services, finances, development and fundraising,…

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Build Capacity at your Nonprofit with Public Allies Connecticut!

Posted by Emily Gallagher on July 21, 2014 at 1:22pm 0 Comments

Have you been looking to boost capacity at your organization? Are you interested in becoming an Ally host site for the 2014-2015 year? Read on!…

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Recognize & Break Free of the Man Box. End Domestic Violence

Posted by N'Zinga Shani on July 22, 2014 at 3:00am 0 Comments

We invite readers to visit and read our comprehensive blog on Domestic Violence and the work of

"A Call To Men."

Some National Domestic Violence Statistics:

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

• Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced…

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    Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever. Online at www.cfgnh.org

Neighborhoods: What is Working

The Politics of a Dollar

The way we spend our dollars, or don't spend them, regardless of how many we have, fundamentally determines the ownership and distribution of wealth. This power is in our hands.

Class Warfare on Earth and in Heaven

The term “class warfare” today is used in many ways: to describe the power dynamics of politics and economics, to refer to any resistance by the “have-nots” that calls attention to inequity, and to refer to the ways the “haves” keep the “have-nots” powerless and resourceless. These tensions are reflected throughout the Bible, and it is crucial to understand them to read the Book knowingly and advocate for social justice in our communities.

The Scarcity Narrative

World-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann's off-the-cuff observations on how the Scarcity Narrative pervades individual and community life. Video running time: 00:01:50

Open Street Project

Lessons from Open Streets Oklahoma City

Kate Brady is with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, one of five partnering organizations behind the first Open Streets OKC this year. This blog is part of a series. Here’s Kate’s advice for new Open Streets organizers. We held our first event in March of this year. There’s no local pedestrian or bike advocacy [...]

Advice for Y’all from Atlanta Streets Alive

Guest post from Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, which organizes Atlanta Streets Alive. This Open Streets event first took place in 2010 and has grown into an event that takes place three times a year and drew 15,000 people in 2013. We made a deliberate choice to use a name that [...]

Alliance for Biking & Walking Webinar Recap: Open Streets in Your Community

More and more cities are seeing the benefits of Open Streets. In 2007, there were less than 10 Open Streets initiatives around the United States. Now, there are over 100. On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Webinar, three organizers from three different cities shared what it took to make Open Streets happen in their communities. [...]

CT Environmental News

HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar 11-5 Sept. 27-28, Greenwich

Enjoy this exciting two-day nature festival at Audubon’s sanctuary in northern Greenwich – a celebration of the annual hawk migration passing overhead at Audubon Greenwich’s...

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People’s Climate March Sept. 21, NYC

This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to...

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2014 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo Sept. 6, New Haven

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 in Edgerton Park , one of New Haven ’s beautiful green jewels. The 2014 Green Expo Saturday, September 6th The Fun Begins at 11:00 a.m. FREE Admission All...

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Community Gardening Resources

Texas Gardening

For our first regional forum, what other state could we start with but Texas? Y'all come on in, and make yourself to home. Even if you don't hail from the Lone Star state, you're sure to receive a warm southern welcome! Its state flower is the beautiful Texas Bluebonnet Want to learn more? Check out these books written for Texas gardeners.

Plant Identification

Do you have a mystery plant or tree? Post an image (preferred) and/or a detailed description, and your fellow gardeners will help you figure out what it is. Once you have a firm ID, please be sure to mark your thread as "closed" to keep it easy for everyone to find the un-identified threads! Note: if it's a bug you're trying to ID, try our new Bug ID forum . Need a good book to help you ID plants around your garden or out in the wild? Check out the Bookworm for field guides recommended by others.

Ask-a-Dave's-Gardener

This forum is for submitting your most puzzling and perplexing garden questions to our subscribing members - it's a great way to get started at DG. Identification questions should be posted in the ID forum - just click on this link to reach it. Limit your thread to just one question, please.

New Haven Library Blog

Community Calendar - New Haven Independent

Music Haven Photo Exhibit at Claire’s Corner Copia

Enjoy Claire’s fabulous vegetarian fare as you view inspiring photos of Music Haven, taken by Kathleen Cei.

Rainforest Reptiles

Exotic crawlers, unusual creepers, and fascinating creepers!

New Haven Independent

Petitions On Tap At Christopher Martin’s

Paul Bass Photo John Hancocks flowed along with the Samuel Adams at happy hour on State Street, as a Republican office-seeker asked supporters to help him mount a parallel third-party campaign.

3 Fights, 7 Arrests, 3 Guns Recovered

Cops investigated three separate fights Tuesday night, making seven arrests and recovering three guns.

Calming Riverine Views Flow Into Cancer Center

With a rectangle of surgical tape still visible at the clavicle from her second treatment for pancreatic cancer, Louise Dechesser paused at a photograph of rippling water and pronounced it “interesting and peaceful.”

Valley Independent Sentinel

As Oxford Murder Case Proceeds, Advocates Call For Change

Lori Gellatly walked into the Oxford Resident State Trooper’s Office April 2 to report that her husband had assaulted her the day before. A state trooper took her statement, began an investigation, and gave Gellatly information on how to reach out to domestic violence victims’ advocates. The trooper also asked Gellatly if she had a “family safety plan” for herself and her two infant twins. Lori assured him she and the kids would be safe staying at her parents’ Sioux Drive home. They weren’t.

Free Backpacks, School Supplies In Derby Aug. 2!

Residents in Derby are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, announced that it will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks. More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Scouts Thank Ansonia For Camp Help

The Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America, thanks the City of Ansonia and the Ansonia Rescue Medical Service for supporting the Scouting program in the Valley by providing medical coverage for the Council’s Cub Scout Day Camp. The Cub Scout Day Camp served nearly 150 boys from the Valley, including dozens of boys from Ansonia, from July 14-25. The boys enjoyed nature study, archery, crafts, BB shooting, sports, fishing, and much more.

New Haven Register

Milford educator to lead Bethany Community School

BETHANY >> A town native described by his former boss as "simply phenomenal," has been tapped to run Bethany Community School.

Robert Davis, principal of Meadowside Elementary School in Milford for 11 years, starts his new job in town Aug. 1.

Bethany Superintendent of Schools John Barile announced the appointment in a press release Wednesday.

Brubeck Bros. to jazz up Green scene in kickoff of New Haven Jazz Fest

NEW HAVEN >> "Exciting, relaxed, expressive" are some adjectives you will find online in reviews of the Brubeck boys' music.

So with the smooth sounds of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet filling the summer air, the New Haven Jazz Festival will kick off a dramatic expansion on the New Haven Green Saturday night.

Connecticut ranks high on long-term elder care, but caregivers' needs not met

Connecticut outperforms most states in addressing long-term care for the elderly, but needs to improve support for family caregivers, transitions between hospitals and other settings and affordability of nursing homes, according to a national report card.

The state ranks 12th among all 50 states and the District of Columbia in meeting 26 indicators across five key dimensions of care.

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