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2013 Websites of the Week

 

December 15 , 2013 - January 4, 2014

Demos

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity; a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world. A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development, and advocacy to influence public debates and catalyze change. Demos publishes books, reports, and briefing papers that illuminate critical problems and advance innovative solutions; works at both the national and state level with advocates and policymakers to promote reforms; helps to build the capacity and skills of key progressive constituencies; projects the organization’s values into the media by promoting Demos Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and hosts public events that showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices. Go to: www.demos.org
 

December 8 - 14, 2013

Nonprofits Talking Taxes

Nonprofits Talking Taxes is a resource website that features a workshop and curriculum designed help people have meaningful and fun conversations about nonprofits and the common good, and the role of fair and just tax policy in making our work more mission-effective. On this website you will find a number of tools to help you think more clearly and deeply about what taxes should be used for and why nonprofit leaders need to be a stronger voice for the “common good” and help staff, volunteers, and board members understand what the common good can mean for our communities. Using these tools will help you and your group discover how engaging people in conversations about the common good may be one of the most powerful strategies we have to shape public policy which most promotes the public benefits that we believe in. To access the website and toolkit, go to: nonprofitstalkingtaxes.org
 

December 1 - 7, 2013

Mentoring Canada

Mentoring Canada, a nonprofit informational site that provides resources and training to mentoring organizations and related charities. The site contains on-line interactive training, along with a library of downloadable materials. Mentoring Canada is a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, made possible only through the support of the Muttart Foundation. Its primary focus is to promote and support mentoring initiatives in communities across Canada. All community organizations, corporations and others interested in mentoring are invited to use this website of resources and training materials to further their efforts in support of our young people through the provision of quality mentoring programs. Go to: www.mentoringcanada.ca
 

November 24 - 30, 2013

Coalition for Evidence Based Policy

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the Coalition seeks to increase government effectiveness through the use of rigorous evidence about what works. In the field of medicine, public policies based on scientifically-rigorous evidence have produced extraordinary advances in health over the past 50 years. By contrast, in most areas of social policy – such as education, poverty reduction, and crime prevention – government programs often are implemented with little regard to evidence, costing billions of dollars yet failing to address critical social problems. However, rigorous studies have identified a few highly-effective program models and strategies (“interventions”), suggesting that a concerted government effort to build the number of these proven interventions, and spur their widespread use, could bring rapid progress to social policy similar to that which transformed medicine. The Coalition advocates many types of research to identify the most promising social interventions. For more information, go to: coalition4evidence.org
 

November 17 - 23, 2013

FrameWorks Institute

The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems. FrameWorks designs, commissions, manages and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of specific social issues. In addition to working closely with social policy experts familiar with the specific issue, its work is informed by a team of communications scholars and practitioners who are convened to discuss the research problem, and to work together in outlining potential strategies for advancing remedial policies. FrameWorks also critiques, designs, conducts and evaluates communications campaigns on social issues. Its work is based on an approach called "strategic frame analysis," which has been developed in partnership with UCLA's Center for Communications and Community. Go to: www.frameworksinstitute.org.
 

November 10 - 16, 2013

Center for Collaborative Planning

The Center for Collaborative Planning (CCP) promotes health and social justice by providing training and technical assistance and by connecting people and resources. CCP supports diverse communities in key areas, such as: Asset-based Community Development (ABCD), Leadership Development, Working Collaboratively, Community Assessment and Strategic Planning. The site contains an extensive resource library organized into 14 categories. Go to: www.connectccp.org
 

October 27 - November 9, 2013

Youth Service America

Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. YSA fulfills its mission through four key strategies and program areas:

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Large-scale public mobilization campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day, Semester of Service and Service Vote;

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YSA Grants of more than $1 million annually, available to youth, schools & organizations around the world for youth-led service projects;

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Resources and trainings that equip youth and adult mentors to lead high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning programs;

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Recognition programs such as Everyday Young Heroes and the Harris Wofford Awards, which recognize exceptional youth and adult mentors who are champions of youth voice.

Go to: www.ysa.org
 

October 20 - 26, 2013

The Goodman Center

The Goodman Center was launched in 1998 as a company with a singular mission: to help good causes reach more people with more impact. Over time, The Goodman Center became known for its workshops in storytelling, presenting, strategic communications and more. In 2008 The Goodman Center partnered with Lipman Hearne, one of the nation’s leading marketing and communications firms, to develop online versions of workshops and create a virtual school “where do-gooders learn to do better.” Today all of The Goodman Center activities are consolidated under one name and can be found on its website. Go to: www.thegoodmancenter.com
 

October 13 - 19, 2013

Working Narratives

Working Narratives works with social movements to tell great stories that inspire, activate and enliven our democracy. The organization believes that social movements thrive and win when they draw on participants’ personal experiences and local cultures. By telling stories—whether in the form of performance, radio, video, or other media—movements build power, envision new democratic possibilities, and change culture and policy. Working Narratives is located at the intersection of arts, technology, and policy. Working Narratives provides:

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Training in how to tell and deploy stories,

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Technology to produce and disseminate those stories,

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Production of compelling stories to serve as model projects for the grassroots, and

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Networking to build power in and among social justice individuals and groups that use narrative forms.

Go to: workingnarratives.org
 

September 29 - October 12, 2013

KnowledgeWorks Foundation

KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise that seeks to create sustainable improvement in U.S. student readiness for college and careers by incubating innovative school and community approaches, influencing education policy, and engaging in education research and development. Over the past ten years, KnowledgeWorks has transformed from involved grant maker to social enterprise. Instead of writing checks and collecting grant reports, KnowledgeWorks supports the work of three education-focused subsidiary organizations, New Tech Network, EDWorks and Strive. Each of these not-for-profit subsidiaries provides strategic assistance, coaching and other valuable services directly to school and community leaders across the country. The Foundation's work is funded in nearly equal parts from fee-for-service consulting work, a financial portfolio, and funding partners. This mix of support enables KnowledgeWorks to achieve real impact on a national scale. Go to: www.kwfdn.org
 

September 22 - 28, 2013

West Coast Poverty Center

The West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) at the University of Washington (UW) serves as a hub for research, education, and policy analysis leading to greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and effective approaches to reducing it in the west coast states. WCPC was founded in 2005 with initial core funding from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (OASPE). A collaborative venture of the UW School of Social Work, the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences, the West Coast Poverty Center creates new opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchanges and collaboration among poverty researchers and fosters a network of poverty scholars in the west coast region. At the UW, the Center mentors the next generation of poverty scholars and practitioners through faculty awards, research assistantships and dissertation fellowships for graduate students, and graduate programs of study. Beyond the university, the Poverty Center works to bring poverty-relevant knowledge to policymakers and practitioners and to engage researchers and policy practitioners in dialogue through outreach, communications, and events. Though the focus of the Center is the western US, many of the resources will be useful of organizations and policy makers throughout the country. Go to: depts.washington.edu
 

September 15 - 21, 2013

Human Services Research Institute

Since 1976 the Human Services Research Institute has provided consultation and conducted research efforts at both the state and federal levels in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use and prevention, mental health and child and family services. HSRI works to:

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Assist public managers and human service organizations to develop services and supports that work for children, adults, and families;

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Enhance the involvement of individuals and their families in shaping policy, priorities and practice;

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Improve the capacity of systems, organizations, and individuals to cope with changes in fiscal, administrative, and political realities;

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Expand the use of research, performance measurement and evaluation to improve and enrich lives.
 

For more information, go to: www.hsri.org
 

September 8 - 14, 2013

Americans For Community Development

Americans For Community Development bills itself as the "organization for the L3C." An L3C, a low-profit limited liability company is a legal form of business entity in the United States that was created to bridge the gap between non-profit and for-profit investing by providing a structure that facilitates investments in socially beneficial, for-profit ventures while simplifying compliance with Internal Revenue Service rules for program-related investments, a type of investment that private foundations are allowed to make. The Americans For Community Development website offers a range of resources that can provide a good introduction to this important new development. Go to: www.americansforcommunitydevelopment.org
 

September 1 - 7, 2013

National Center for Family Philanthropy

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is dedicated exclusively to families who give and those that work with them. The National Center provides the research, expertise, and learning opportunities necessary to inspire a national network of giving families every step of the way on their philanthropic journey. Families learn how to transform their values into effective giving to achieve positive and enduring impact on the communities they serve. Activities include:

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Conducting groundbreaking research studies on multi-generational giving, the motivations of donors, the role of the estate planner/advisor in giving, the practices of family foundations, and the capacity of community foundations to meet donor needs

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Provision of workshops, speeches and monthly teleconferences to networks of donors, individual donors, and advisors wherever they are located

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Publication of the most widely read e-newsletter for donor families and their advisors, Family Giving News

For more information, go to: www.ncfp.org
 

August 25 - 31, 2013

TechSoup

TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with technology products and solutions, plus the learning resources you need to make informed decisions about technology. The free learning resources are available to all users. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. Go to: www.techsoup.org
 

August 18 - 24, 2013

Neighborhood Funders Group

The Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is a membership association of grantmaking institutions. The NFG mission is to strengthen the capacity of organized philanthropy to understand and support community-based efforts to organize and improve the economic and social fabric of low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities. NFG provides information, learning opportunities, and other professional development activities to its national membership, and encourages the support of policies and practices that advance economic and social justice. Go to: www.nfg.org
 

August 11 - 17, 2013

Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (NBEC) was established in 2004 and is named for Nancy Bell Evans, who has served as a leader in the public and nonprofit sectors for more than 30 years. NBEC is housed at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. NBEC works to enhance the understanding and vitality of nonprofits and philanthropy through:

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Conducting research on nonprofits, philanthropy, and non-governmental organizations.

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Providing educational opportunities through the Evans School and other academic institutions.

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Organizing community events connecting members of the academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities.

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Compiling resources for easier access to information about nonprofits and philanthropy

The website includes an extensive collection of nonprofit management resources that will be of great use to nonprofit organizations of all types. Go to: evans.uw.edu/centers-projects
 

July 28 - August 10, 2013

Giving Institute

The mission of the Giving Institute, formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC) is to educate and engage members in the ethical delivery of fundraising counsel and related services to non-profits through research, advocacy, and best practices. The Institute developed the Standards of Practice and Professional Code of Ethics, widely accepted as a model for professional ethics in the field. Since 1935, the Giving Institute and its 34 member firms have embraced and embodied the core values of ethics, excellence, and leadership in advancing philanthropy. Serving clients of every size and purpose, from local institutions to international organizations, Giving Institute member firms embrace the highest ethical standards and maintain a strict code of fair practices. Today the Institute also publishes Giving USA, the annual yearbook on American philanthropy, and supports research and education. Giving Institute continues to provide financial support, expertise, and leadership to the Foundation and works in partnership with it to advance philanthropy and promote ethics in the fundraising profession. Go to: givinginstitute.org
 

July 21 - 27, 2013

The Association of Black Foundation Executives

The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) holds the distinction of being the first of the Council on Foundations 38 Affinity Groups. ABFE was established in 1971, and since then the organization has grown into an independent membership organization that counts among its members the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grantmaking institutions that promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. For nearly four decades ABFE has been a trailblazer for championing the interests of Black communities within the philanthropic sector. ABFE also recognizes that Black communities and the philanthropic leaders who serve those communities still face institutional and structural barriers that often hinder efforts to leverage philanthropy's powerful tools for positive, enduring social change. For more information, go to: www.abfe.org
 

July 14 - 20, 2013

Leader-Values

This site aims to provide visitors with cutting-edge resources on leadership and value systems with a special emphasis on the consideration of multicultural, global issues. Resources at the site have been written or selected to assist leaders in all kinds of organization to develop their skills. In addition, the site examines the qualities and behavior of famous leaders throughout the centuries. Visitors are invited to take the free leadership assessment and the homepage signposts most of the site content. Thought-provoking feature articles share the limelight with regular sections: 'themes' offers in-depth work on change, knowledge, organization, and value systems and '4Es' discusses the four essential Es of leadership. Go to: www.leader-values.com
 

July 7 - 13, 2013

The Global Philanthropy Forum

A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. Go to: philanthropyforum.org
 

June 30 - July 6, 2013

Financial Management Training Center

The Financial Management Training Center offers free web based courses on a broad range of financial management topics. Courses are downloaded to your computer by clicking on the hyperlinks on the opening webpage. Short Courses come in three formats: Microsoft Word documents, pdf files (requires Acrobat Reader) and exe files (self-extracting file). Finally, you can find Lecture Notes from other financial management courses. Go to www.exinfm.com
 

June 16 - 29, 2013

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of working families advocating on their own behalf for change. The work of the Foundation is guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary. Within this framework, the Marguerite Casey Foundation seeks to do the following:

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Support and nurture strong, vibrant activism within and among families, enabling them to advocate for their own interests and improve the public and private systems that impact their lives.

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Examine, change and inform the advancement of social and economic policies and practices that promote the development of strong families and strong communities.

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Encourage the development of a coherent knowledge base for advocates, families and the organizations that serve them.

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Invest in system change and cross-system change in order to generate greater knowledge and provide effective working models for practice.

Go to: www.caseygrants.org
 

June 9 - 15, 2013

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. The mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their potential as leaders. Go to: www.epip.org
 

June 2 - 8, 2013

LeapofReason.org

LeapofReason.org provides free access to a suite of materials, including articles, speeches, videos, guides, and other tools, which build on and augment Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, a book written by Venture Philanthropy Partners Chairman Mario Morino in partnership with McKinsey & Company and a dozen other social-sector experts and practitioners. You can also download David Hunter’s new book, Working Hard—and Working Well. The website is created and hosted by Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment organization that helps leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions. Go to: www.vppartners.org
 

May 26 - June 1, 2013

Building Movement Project

The Building Movement Project works to strengthen the role of US nonprofit organizations as sites of democratic practice and to advance ways nonprofits can significantly contribute to building movement for progressive social change. The Building Movement Project engages four strategies to accomplish its goals. These include:

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Changing the discourse and practice within the nonprofit sector to endorse values of justice, fairness, equity, and sustainability.

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Identifying and working with social service organizations as neglected sites for social change/justice activities where staff and constituencies can be engaged as participants in democratic practices for social change.

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Supporting young leaders who bring new ideas and energy to social change work and the promise of developing new forms of movement building.

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Listening to and engaging people working in social change organizations, especially grassroots and community-based groups, to strengthen their ability to connect their vision and mission to practice.

Go to: www.buildingmovement.org
 

May 19 - 25, 2013

Nonprofit Best Practice Library

The best practice library consists of exemplary projects completed by graduate students enrolled in the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management program for, and in collaboration with, nonprofit organizations. The library expands each semester as students create or revise essential policy, planning, research, and fundraising documents that are critical to the successful operation of nonprofit organizations and programs. A portion of the nearly 800 consulting projects completed for nonprofits and foundations by students in the Nonprofit Leadership and Management program is contained in the library. Go to: www.sandiego.edu/nponline

May 12 - 18, 2013

FrameWorks Institute

The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems. FrameWorks designs, commissions, manages and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of specific social issues. In addition to working closely with social policy experts familiar with the specific issue, its work is informed by a team of communications scholars and practitioners who are convened to discuss the research problem, and to work together in outlining potential strategies for advancing remedial policies. FrameWorks also critiques, designs, conducts and evaluates communications campaigns on social issues. Its work is based on an approach called "strategic frame analysis," which has been developed in partnership with UCLA's Center for Communications and Community. Go to: www.frameworksinstitute.org

May 5 - 11, 2013

Social Enterprise Associates

Social Enterprise Associates is a consulting firm offering business and managerial experience, financing opportunities, and practical research to business and community efforts seeking social good. In recognition of its work, Social Enterprise Associates was named a 2012 B Corp "Best For The World" Small Business, and a New Mexico Business Weekly Sustainable Business of the Year Award Honoree. As New Mexico's first B Corp, Social Enterprise Associates has developed extensive networks of similarly-minded entities throughout the state, the nation, and the world. The firm also helps businesses and nonprofits to access the capital they need to start or grow social enterprises. Of special note are the publications and resources library as well as a free newsletter. Go to: www.socialenterprise.net
 

April 28 - May 4, 2013

Social Enterprise Alliance

The Social Enterprise Alliance is a membership organization devoted to building sustainable nonprofits through earned income strategies. The Alliance offers a network connecting entrepreneurial nonprofits with learning opportunities, technical assistance and resources to further their efforts. The members are predominantly nonprofit practitioners and grantmakers, but include technical consultants, for-profit businesses and academics as well. The Social Enterprise Alliance links nonprofit executives who have operated in isolation with an ongoing forum for addressing the needs and concerns of the enterprising nonprofit. Go to: www.se-alliance.org
 

April 14 - 27, 2013

Catalog of Nonprofit Literature

The Catalog of Nonprofit Literature is a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries and contains more than 24,900 full bibliographic citations, of which more than 17,000 have descriptive abstracts. It is updated daily. The Catalog was formerly known as Literature of the Nonprofit Sector (LNPS). Go to: cnl.foundationcenter.org
 

April 7 - 13, 2013

BoardSource

BoardSource has just launched its redesigned website. With nearly 25 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. BoardSource supports a community of more than 60,000 individuals with customized diagnostics, live and virtual trainings, and a comprehensive library of governance resources that includes original publications. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders. Go to: www.boardsource.org
 

March 31 - April 6, 2013

The Innovation Network

The Innovation Network is a nonprofit evaluation organization offering online resources to share knowledge and build evaluation skills for other nonprofits and funders. Designed to help organizations incorporate ongoing learning into their operations, these resources include tools for effective program planning, including evaluation and budgeting tools. For detailed program and evaluation planning, the Innovation Network has developed the Logic Model Builder™ and the Evaluation Plan Builder™. Both are designed to walk you through the processes of crafting a particular kind of planning framework (either a Logic Model or an Evaluation Plan), and to provide helpful information, examples, and resources. Go to: www.innonet.org
 

March 24 - 30, 2013

Leadership Learning Community

The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a national organization of people who run, fund, study, and provide services to leadership development programs in the belief that leadership can change our communities, organizations, and the world. The aim of the LLC is to strengthen collective and individual capacity to transform society by connecting the learning, practice and resources of those committed to leadership development. To this end the Leadership Learning Community continuously documents learning and knowledge development to share with the field. LLC also encourages others in the community to do the same and contribute documents to the knowledge and resources available on the website You will find documents in Adobe PDF format that include program materials, evaluations, meeting notes, scans, reports, guidelines, and learning reflections as well as links to videos, images and other websites relevant to the field. You can browse all documents or search by key word, tag, or author below. Go to: www.leadershiplearning.org
 

March 17 - 23, 2013

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The Foundation's vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation focuses grant making and operations on two areas—education and entrepreneurship—which Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society. Go to: www.kauffman.org
 

March 10 - 16, 2013

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. It is the leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues. Founded in 1987, IWPR’s reports and other informational resources have informed policies and programs across the U.S., in each of its key program areas:

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Employment, Education, & Economic Change - Employment and Job Quality, Economic Status of Women in the States , Pay Equity and Discrimination, Access to Higher Education, Unemployment and the Economy

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Democracy & Society - The Status of Women and Girls, Immigration and Religion, Women in Unions, Women's Political Participation

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Poverty, Welfare, & Income Security - Retirement and Social Security, Poverty, Katrina and the Gulf Coast, Welfare Reform

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Work & Family - Early Care and Education, Family Leave and Paid Sick Days, Workplace Flexibility

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Health & Safety - Women's access to health insurance, costs and benefits of preventative health services for women, costs of domestic violence

Go to: www.iwpr.org
 

March 3 - 9, 2013

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan. It is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As one of three National Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in Wisconsin as well as the nation. The Institute was established in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, the organization given responsibility for reducing poverty in America. In the years since then, the Institute's affiliates, who represent a variety of disciplines, have formulated and tested basic theories of poverty and inequality, developed and evaluated social policy alternatives, and analyzed trends in poverty and economic well-being. Go to: www.irp.wisc.edu
 

February 17 - March 2, 2013

Social Compact

Social Compact is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed by coalition of business leaders from across the country committed to promoting successful investment in lower-income communities. Working in close partnership with community and corporate leaders over the past decade and a half, Social Compact has pioneered the DrillDown™, a methodology to analyze inner-city markets and create accurate, business-oriented profiles of “emerging” neighborhood markets. Drawing on business disciplines and community strength, these DrillDown profiles have a strong track record of catalyzing sustainable, private investment, benefiting communities and businesses alike. Social Compact’s innovative research seek to fill a void in the market: replacing outdated, deficiency-based data on lower-income communities with reliable market analysis to drive better investment decisions in underserved communities. The goal: safe and healthy neighborhoods in which to live and do business. Go to: www.socialcompact.org
 

February 10 - 16, 2013

The Communications Network

Formed nearly 20 years ago as a membership association, the Communications Network today is a stand-alone nonprofit organization that promotes the use of consistent, strategic communications as an integral part of effective philanthropy. The Network connects communications professionals working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector to each other for guidance and mentoring and regularly sponsors learning and networking opportunities through webinars and the annual conference. Today, the Network’s membership represents a wide range of foundation communications leaders and consultants who work to advance communications strategies and practices in all mediums.  Go to: www.comnetwork.org
 

February 3 - 9, 2013

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Aspen Institute carries out its mission in four ways:

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Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face.

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Young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment.

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Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues.

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Public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

Go to: www.aspeninstitute.org
 

January 27 - February 2, 2013

PerformWell

PerformWell is a collaborative effort initiated by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions. PerformWell provides measurement tools and practical knowledge that human services professionals can use to manage their programs’ day-to-day performance. Information in PerformWell leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field. By providing information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes, PerformWell helps human services practitioners deliver more effective social programs. PerformWell offers ideas on performance improvements. For more information, go to: performwell.org
 

January 20 - 26, 2013

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

ACOSA is a membership organization for community organizers, activists, nonprofit administrators, community builders, policy practitioners, students and educators. ACOSA will keep you informed of the latest innovations in community and administrative practice as well as provide you with a variety of opportunities for networking and professional advancement. ACOSA sponsors the Journal of Community Practice, the leading peer reviewed journal in this field. Academics and practitioners who are engaged in community practice are invited to submit articles for review and publication in the Journal. For more information, go to: www.acosa.org
 

January 13 - 19, 2013

Center for Community Change

The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. The Center believes that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed "on your own" mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values. Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. Together, Center staff and dynamic partners confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow. For more information, go to: www.communitychange.org
 

January 6 - 12, 2013

Leading Transitions

Leading Transitions, a consulting firm founded and led by Mindy Lubar Price, strengthens non-profit organizations through assessment, education and empowerment of leadership during periods of transition and change. Leading Transitions uses time-tested, healthy principles to work with executive directors, boards of directors and senior staff to increase their operating capacities. Committed to the future vitality of nonprofit organizations, Leading Transitions recognizes the inherent challenges in leadership succession, fund development and executive support. The practice has been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the intricacies and dynamics of any non-profit organization. At the site, the newest and most exciting resources you will find are the Succession Planning Toolkits presented at the Executive Transition Initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Succession Planning Conference. There is a summary booklet that covers all types of nonprofit succession planning and three toolkits on each specific type:

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Departure Defined Succession Planning -- Provides a roadmap through an upcoming and anticipated executive transition in an organization.

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Emergency Succession Planning -- Provides the information and tools needed to create an emergency succession plan that is unique to a specific organization's needs.

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Strategic Leadership Succession Planning -- Provides a road through the ongoing and evolving succession planning and leadership development needs in an organization.

To visit the website and access the toolkits, go to: www.leadingtransitions.com
 

December 23, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities. The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing sensible regulations to reduce gun violence, including regulations governing the gun industry. In addition, we represent victims of gun violence in the courts. The Center educates the public about gun violence through litigation, grassroots mobilization, and outreach to affected communities. The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence. Through its Million Mom March and Brady Chapters the Center work locally to educate, remember victims, and pass sensible gun laws, believing that children have the right to grow up in environments free from the threat of gun violence. For more information, go to www.bradycenter.org
 

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