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NYT- Racism’s Psychological Toll

Our screens and feeds are filled with news and images of black Americans dying or being brutalized. A brief and yet still-too-long list: Trayvon MartinTamir Rice, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 22, 2017 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn't Close the Gender Gap: The Case for Gender Dynamics

Generic unconscious bias training and its umbrella intervention, diversity training, have been around for decades, but they have still failed to close the leadership gender gap. In their article Why Diversity Programs Fail, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev argue that this is because too much diversity training is mandatory, prompting resentment and defensiveness from managers. “Trainers tell us…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 30, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

NPQ: Equity as Core Principle: Big Green and Environmental Justice Nonprofits Try to Align

The environmental movement has long been divided along race and class lines. Perhaps there is some momentum to change all of that in the face of the desperate need for equity and people to be at the center of the sustainability agenda if we wish to build the movement necessary to effectively take on the challenge of climate change...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 19, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments

Is NextGen Changing Business For Good?

Does the future of business center on integrating the twin goals of building a better world alongside growing profits?  With an increasing frequency, Americans are saying it should—with their wallets...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/morganstanley/2017/08/02/is-nextgen-changing-business-for-good/#3acd40d470b3

Added by Lee Cruz on October 17, 2017 at 11:43am — No Comments

CT ViewPoints: My uncle survived Hurricane Maria. Despair over its devastation killed him.

"Papi tiene muerte cerebral.”

I don’t know when my cousin originally sent the text, but it buzzed through to Connecticut from Puerto Rico’s battered communications towers last Sunday at 6:27 a.m. My uncle was brain dead.

“Hay que desconectarlo.”

The machines keeping him in a state resembling life could not undo the damage that had been done. Soon, they would let him pass.

At 78, my uncle had survived Hurricane Maria’s winds and the floods its rains unleashed. But…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 9, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Community Leaders! Last Informational sessions for the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program

Do you want to make a difference in your community? 

Join us at an orientation session for the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 14, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Healthy Families: New Haven Healthy Start

Infant mortality rates are an important public health indicator for assessing and comparing the health and well-being of populations. Although the overall infant mortality rates in New Haven have declined since the 1980s (thanks in large part to the work of a Special Commission and its successor New Haven Healthy Start), there are still marked disparities between the mortality…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 7, 2017 at 11:40am — No Comments

NPQ: Ending White Supremacy in Ourselves: A Time for Nonprofit Action

From NonProfit Quarterly

Nonprofits should understand that this moment defines us on a deep level—a moment where civil society must declare with moral certainty that notions of racial superiority are antithetical to our common humanity and our future. As a sector, we have not taken the leadership on this that we should. In fact, our organizations often mirror the distortions of larger society. Not only must we publicly disavow white supremacy; we…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Painful and Liberating Practice of Facing My Own Racism

I want to get A’s. Even as an…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 7, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Volunteers Wanted: Activities for Children at Free Summer Meal Mobile Sites

The Summer meals program is looking for volunteers to help with activities at the New Haven Public School Food Services free summer meal mobile sites. At these sites from Jun 29 until Aug 18 either free meals, lunch or supper, is provided to any child aged eighteen or younger. Over 40% of New Haven's children live in poverty and while school is out these free meals are a way for children to get healthy food.We need volunteers to run fun activities to attract the children to the site(s) so…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 26, 2017 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Find and Share Information about Summer Meal Programs Here

As the school year ends let us not forget that it also means the end of school breakfast and lunch for many children in our community. Summer Meals are free, nutritious, meals and snacks that are provided to kids and teens,18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer when school is out. Find and Share Information about Summer Meal Programs Here: http://www.endhungerct.org/summer-meals/

Let's not let any child go…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 26, 2017 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Fr. NPQ - The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Flipping the Lens

Building Movement Project’s just-released leadership report, “Race to Lead: Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap,” which you can download here, highlights what many of us know: The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, the percentage of people of color in executive director/CEO roles has remained under 20 percent for the last 15…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

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.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Ten Talented Local Leaders Win LISC Fellowship

They come from all corners of the country, and all share a deep commitment to helping their communities thrive. Meet the inaugural class of the Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship. Named after LISC’s longtime CEO, who retired last summer, the fellowship recognizes their accomplishments to date, and invests in their growth as leaders and in the future of community development. “They are the staying power of what we do,” Rubinger said.  “We owe it to our field to find new ways to build and nurture them.”

In Flint, an Avenue Leading to Safety

For decades, the residents of Flint, Michigan have endured high rates of crime alongside devastating unemployment, depopulation and blight—and recently, a severe water crisis on top of that. But the energy and commitment of neighbors, business people and key anchor institutions are transforming the historic University Avenue corridor. Crime there, in turn, has plummeted. A Department of Justice community safety grant, with training and technical assistance from LISC, has ramped up those efforts and is helping make the corridor a model of problem-solving, and optimism, for all of Flint.

A Hive of Small Business Activity in Boston

In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), we're profiling emerging enterprises in the communities where we work that have benefited from LISC small business lending and support. In Boston, Northeastern University and LISC have launched the Impact Lending initiative to spur women- and minority-owned businesses and local economies that surround the university. Honeycomb Café, a bustling new locavore restaurant in South Boston’s Dorchester area, offers a picture of impact lending at its finest.

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