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Featured Blog Posts – August 2014 Archive (19)

IRIS seeking PT Housing & Donations Coordinator

Housing and Donations Coordinator (Part Time)

This is a part-time position- averaging about 30 hours per week. 


IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (, a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an immediate opening for the part-time position of Housing & Donations Coordinator.  IRIS helps refugees—people fleeing persecution in their home…


Added by Kelly Hebrank on August 29, 2014 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Top 5 Reasons Why Donors Stop Giving

Thirty percent of wealthy donors stop giving to an organization that they supported in the previous year, aBank of America report found. Here are the five top reason:

  1. The donor received too many solicitations or the nonprofit asked for an inappropriate amount (38%),
  2. The organization…

Added by Rob Leighton on August 28, 2014 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Board Not Trusted

For those afraid to fly, a sometimes helpful piece of advice: the pilot has the same interest as you in arriving safely. Trust by passengers in the airline and pilot that all will be safe and secure and that both have the same interests is essential.

A recent contract agreement reached by the Metropolitan Opera raises for me the question: does the union (employees) not believe the board has the same interests as the employees? My initial answer: I don't think so. I should add, history…


Added by Mike Burns on August 26, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments

“The Color of Justice” A Compelling Set of Connecticut FACTS

“The Color of Justice” is a documentary made by CPTV and the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance.  It contains a 'Compelling Set of Connecticut FACTS' about our Juvenile Justice System, and it addresses some of the many issues of concern to parents, teens, some in the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance and caring  community leaders and citizens. Below are links to the "Color of Justice" documentary, and to two other videos done by OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc. Our…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 26, 2014 at 1:23am — No Comments

Learn What Can Be Done to Help Vulnerable Children (RWJF)

Family income and education, neighborhood resources, and other social and economic factors affect health at every stage of life—but the effects on young children are particularly dramatic, 15 to 20 years of accumulated research shows. Those early years have the potential to set us on paths leading toward—or away from—good health.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided some excellent research…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Supply Chain Overhaul To Boost Coffee Farmers' Income 400%

This is about a social enterprise on a mission to reinvent the coffee supply chain, giving farmers a bigger and more equitable piece of the action.

Aimed at growers producing specialty-grade, premium, Fair Trade certified coffee, Vega hopes to enable farmers to roast and package their beans  and connect to customers directly via an online subscription marketplace.  As a result, they can make a lot…


Added by Rob Leighton on August 20, 2014 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Compelling Police to Use Dash-Cams Will SAVE LIVES

This is a compilation blog post. After the first extensive paragraph (written by N'Zinga Shäni) much of the remaining information is from Time Magazine (Aug 25, 2014 issue) and also from Times web source. All other sources have been identified in the blog along with the active links. 

Why Cops in Ferguson Don’t Have Body Cameras

Josh Sanburn…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Nonprofits can learn from social enterprise accountability metrics

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most…


Added by Rob Leighton on August 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

How Do We Develop Or Build Effective Classroom Teachers?

How Do We Build Or Develop Effective Classroom Teachers?

What makes a great teacher?  Or what makes a teacher great, impactful, memorable and effective in the lives of students? At OneWorld we are committed to bringing the community the best information we can find on…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 13, 2014 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Governance and Sustainability Planning

What should nonprofits boards expect from foundations?

I propose: very little. There's a paradigm I recall hearing about the purpose of foundations: 1) identify "issues"; identify solutions to issues; test the solutions. Three years is a norm. After all this is done: the nonprofit should get supported by the public.

So, today's reality? Except for the public support, yes, I believe this is indeed what nonprofits who think foundation money is a great source, should expect. And…


Added by Mike Burns on August 13, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Have you been thinking about volunteering in the community?

Do you want to do something fun and rewarding with your colleagues, family, friends or social networks? You can make a real difference while fulfilling your sense of civic responsibility, compassion and a desire to help others by participating in community project that will help make a difference you can see and perceive on a continuing basis, giving you a sense of fulfillment that encourages your group to make community engagement a…


Added by Jan McCray Price on August 12, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Celebrity Charter School and the Making of a Prime Time Scam – Part 1

A businessman and a bishop used Cowboys' Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' name to drum up interest in a charter school. Then they tried to score from the deal. By Leslie Minora Thursday, May 3, 2012

 Above was the story headline on May 3, 2012. This blog is Part 1 of a three-part reality drama…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 11, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing


Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 7, 2014 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Action without Quorum

When it comes to a nonprofit board's taking action (aka voting), numbers often matter. Most often a board's by-laws instruct how many board members need be present and what portion of that number needs to vote positively on an item.

I'm working with a team right now to update the organization's by-laws and during this process we came upon two questions: what happens when there is no quorum and equally important, what happens when quorum is lost during or more likely, toward the end of…


Added by Mike Burns on August 7, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

NH Public Libraries Open On Saturdays In August - EXPLORE!

WONDERFUL CIVIC INFORMATION – Take Your Children and Grandchildren on a learning exploration at the New Haven FREE Public Libraries.

During August Help Your Young Children to Get Familiar with New Haven’s Wonderful Public Libraries. 

Parents and Grandparents, if you don't already know how, you can learn to use the computers and discover the…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on August 5, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist at United Way of Greater New Haven

JOB TITLE:                   Communications Specialist


REPORTS TO:              Vice President of Community Engagement


General description:

United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) is focused on changing the odds so that every child and family has the opportunity for a good life. We are focused on innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in our community around Education, Income, and Health, in order to create a better…


Added by Joshua Mamis on August 5, 2014 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Part-time Job Opening: Arts Council of Greater New Haven

Arts Council Seeks Event Coordinator/Administrative Assistant    (part time)



The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, a regional arts service organization,  seeks an organized, personable individual for this flexible part-time position.  Responsibilities include event coordination, ad sales for monthly publication, and administrative support.    Event coordination:  assisting with art exhibit receptions and fundraising events,  coordinating…


Added by Cindy Clair on August 4, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Christina M. Ciociola is named Senior Vice President at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven announces the appointment of Christina M. Ciociola as Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy effective July 28. In this position, which is the senior programmatic staff position at The Community Foundation, Ms. Ciociola will have responsibility for the grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work of The Foundation. Ms. Ciociola’s appointment is the culmination of a…

Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on August 1, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

New Haven Ballet Announces Partnership with Elm City Dance Collective

Press Release: New Haven Ballet

Media Contact: Ruth Barker



JULY 31, 2014 – NEW HAVEN, CT – Lisa Sanborn, Artistic…


Added by Tori Rysz on August 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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Transcription of John and Peter's February 20, 2018 conversation with Paul Sparks, a leading voice in the growing Parish Movement. Paul has worked in more than 1,000 neighborhoods around the world to identify, connect, and support groups that want to have their neighborhoods flourish. In their conversation Paul talked about his own and his colleagues' work with local churches, academic institutions, and community organizations in the United States and abroad and offered ideas on how to translate their experiences into their listeners' own community-building work.

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Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

The post Open Streets Project Revamped appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

State Farm Announces $4 Million Grant to LISC

LISC and State Farm expanded their long-time partnership this week with new funding to boost economic opportunities in 11 cities. "Millions of people are looking for opportunities to earn higher wages and build stronger futures for their families,” said Maurice Jones, LISC president and CEO. "Our partnership with State Farm is vital to advancing this important work.”

The Promise of Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are poised to attract significant capital for new housing, businesses and jobs in under-resourced communities. At, LISC’s Maurice Jones and The Kresge Foundation’s Rip Rapson take a closer look at what investors should consider when evaluating high-impact projects, drawing on decades of community investing experience to identify what works to raise standards of living and drive economic growth.

LISC Awarded CDFI Fund’s Largest Capital Magnet Fund Grant

The Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund announced a new round of Capital Magnet Fund grants to spur an expected $3.2 billion in affordable housing and economic development. LISC will use its $7.5 million award—the largest in this round of funding—to seed $150 million in development activity in urban and rural communities.

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