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How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort

Editors’ note: This article is part of our ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Project. Visit www.nonprofitquarterly.org to access additional articles from this series.

It would be an understatement to say that the past few months have been uncomfortable. The national…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 24, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

NPQ: Justice Gorsuch: The Immediate Impact on Nonprofit Organizations and Causes

On Monday, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, succeeding Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February 2016. Now that the court is once again at its full strength of nine justices, how will Gorsuch’s addition affect the Supreme Court, and especially nonprofits and nonprofit causes, in ...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 12, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments

The Community Foundation is accepting Neighborhood Leadership Program Applications

Applications are being accepted for Neighborhood Leadership Program of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The Neighborhood Leadership Program is an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, developing, testing and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in New Haven neighborhoods and contiguous towns.The…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 15, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Community Leaders: Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Members of Block Watches, Community Garden and Greenspace Groups, Management Teams,  Neighborhood Associations and other civic groups are invited to come learn about The Community Foundation Neighborhood Leadership Program. Residents of New Haven, East Haven, Hamden and West Haven may apply.  The orientation session…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 1, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Grant Program

The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is accepting applications for the Nonprofit Grant Program (NGP). OPM is also accepting applications for the remaining funds for the Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program (NCIP). The application deadline for consideration for this current round of funding is not later than 4:00 p.m. on January 23, 2017. The NGP will award Grants-in-aid to selected private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 23, 2016 at 9:56am — No Comments

Attention Nonprofit Leaders, there is still time, until 6pm tonight...

Please take a few minutes now to help The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven understand the impact of recent state budget…
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Added by Lee Cruz on October 13, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated - Children of Prisoners Library Spanish Translation

Resource regarding Children of Incarcerated Parents with your networks.

 

The Spanish edition of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Library is now available http://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/resources/library/cpl-espanol/

This edition of CIPL was funded by Church World Service Latin America and the Caribbean and translated by Maria Eva Dorigo.

For the past few…

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Added by Lee Cruz on May 20, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Wake-up Call For Nonprofits

Less than a decade ago, before the dramatic and sadly increasing disparity between "the haves" and "the have-nots" (now an issue in the presidential campaign), luxury brands typically dispersed their giving to a wide range of nonprofits: culture, education, health and a range of social service organizations all doing good in many creative and altruistic ways. The luxury brands that gave, a generous percentage of their marketing budgets did little to promote (many thought “tout”) their good…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 21, 2016 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Regional Water Authority Mini-Grants for Teachers

The Whitney Water Center is celebrating 25 years of environmental education this year. Those 25 years would not have been possible without the support of teachers. In recognition of your support, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority is offering five $500 mini-grants to help support science teaching in our region.

This program is designed to provide mini-grants to teachers who have participated in Whitney Water Center…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 10, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepting applications for two funding opportunities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 2, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

A Field Guide for Working with Lots

A Field Guide for Working with Lots
Want some ideas for how to use vacant lots? This site has a lot of them, including a…
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Added by Lee Cruz on February 9, 2016 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Blackness in Nonprofit Theater: Where Representation Becomes Marginalization

As a black male growing up in the South, my very presence was a form of trespass; that is, I was never sure where I belonged and where I did not. At home, I was alone. At school, I was different. On the street, I was unsafe. Professional theater, I discovered, was no exception: looking at the administration, production teams, and show selections of theaters within visiting distance, I found no reflections of the black community. What I did find were three very troubling practices:…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 2, 2016 at 6:11pm — No Comments

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

From: https://truthabouteducation.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/the-disturbing-transformation-of-kindergarten/

One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 16, 2016 at 10:23pm — No Comments

The Face of Nonprofit Boards: A Network Problem

From: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2015/03/04/the-face-of-nonprofit-boards-a-network-problem/?

Within BoardSource’s 2014 Governance IndexLeading with Intent,” there lies…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 28, 2015 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Ford had recently decided...it was going to work on inequality and nothing else.

From: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/04/what-money-can-buy-profiles-larissa-macfarquhar

The urge to change the world is normally thwarted by a near-insurmountable barricade of obstacles: failure of imagination, failure of courage, bad governments, bad planning, incompetence, corruption, fecklessness, the laws of nations, the laws of…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 28, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

No Cavalry Will Come to Save Our Cities: We’re the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For

More than forty years after Dr. King asked, “Where do we go from here?” American society is still grappling with the question.

From Chicago to Minneapolis to Baltimore, our nation is in the midst of a defining moment of racial, social, and economic change. For communities of color, this moment is particularly stark and has been magnified by the courageous #BlackLivesMatter movement, which emerged in response to a long history of police violence and criminal injustice against black men…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 16, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

About The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA)

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. CBMA is a growing network that currently includes more than 4,720 leaders representing nearly 2,577 organizations and programs across the country.For more information

Added by Lee Cruz on December 16, 2015 at 11:21am — No Comments

Can you change the world with $25? This impact investor thinks so.

You have some money and want to make more. Right?  Sure you do.  But you also care about the world around you and want to make a difference.  What to do?

Jean Case has an answer: impact investing. Case was an executive at AOL and today she leads the Case Foundation, which promotes the power of investing to drive social change.  Case explains how you can start impact investing — and change the world while you make money.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 16, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

CT Tech. Council is seeking nominations for the 2016 class of Women of Innovation! Submit a nomination today.

CTC is seeking nominations for the 2016 class of Women of Innovation! Submit a nomination today.



Who is eligible?

Any woman who is a successful innovator or leader in science, technology, engineering or math. Also any woman who has shown leadership in her community. Students at the high school and collegiate levels are eligible as well. 



When to nominate?

The…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 15, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

The Affinity Dilemma

If the heart of our social problems is “like-mindedness,” the nature of associational affinity is one cause of the problem. Local examples/possibilities of “different mindedness” may be the way serious citizen dialogue can develop in relatively homogeneous places.

Forget Your Perfect Offering

Sage advice: Stop looking for concepts or tools that might be better than the ones you currently use. Your association with frailty, vulnerability and imperfection will serve you better anything or anyone that promises certainty.

Withering into the Truth

As a present to himself in anticipation of his seventy-eighth birthday, Parker reflects on six lessons he has learned so far in his time on earth. “If one or two of them turn out to be gifts for you,” he says, “my birthday will be even happier.”

Open Street Project

Announcing a new phase of the Open Streets movement!

As part of the 2016 International Open Streets Summit in Portland, OR, The Street Plans Collaborative – founder of the Open Streets Project – is excited to announce a new phase in the evolution of the movement. To expand capacity and deepen our expertise, we’re thrilled to welcome 8 80 Cities as our primary non-profit [...]

The Body of Research on Open Streets is Growing – come hear about it at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit!

Charles Brown MPA, Senior Researcher with Rutgers University will present findings from the first-ever survey of a university community aimed to increase their overall diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. The survey highlights nearly 2,000 surveys from a focus group with Black and Hispanic Residents. Come discuss different strategies on how to use this information to remove [...]

Ottawa Canada expert will share 45 years of experience running NOKIA Sunday Bikedays at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit

Ottawa enjoys two seasons of open streets/canals with 7.8 km of Rideau Canal Skateways and 52 km of car-free NOKIA Sunday Bikedays throughout the capital city Ottowa and Gatineau Park. Come hear Bruce Devine with the National Capital Commission speak at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit about their innovative and data-driven analysis of how [...]

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Data Draws a Line from Housing Policy to Economic Progress

Does investment in affordable housing support social and economic gains? The data certainly indicates that it does, says Chris Walker, LISC’s director of research. As part of our occasional series on community development research, Walker takes a closer look at studies that analyze the impact of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. It's a compelling body of evidence that not only reflects decades of development work but informs current efforts to spur economic opportunity for low-income people across the country.

Toledo LISC Leads the Charge to Curb Predatory Lending in Ohio

Payday loans, with interest rates as high as 700 percent, drive low-income people deeper and deeper into poverty and suck resources out of local communities. To crack down on the high concentration of predatory lenders in Toledo, LISC helped push through a city zoning change that puts limits on payday lenders. Now, the state of Ohio is weighing similar protective legislation, and LISC is supporting employer-based small dollar loans that help workers build positive credit histories without getting trapped in debt.

The Right Stuff: 20 Years of LISC in Duluth

An editorial in the Duluth News Tribune celebrates LISC’s history of investment and highlights CEO Maurice Jones’ vision for spreading growth and prosperity more broadly in Minnesota and all across the country. In fact, without LISC, say the paper’s editors, $300 million of economic activity, and countless jobs and projects, might never have been realized in Duluth.

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