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2006 Websites of the Week 

December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota, area since 1906. The Foundation operates dozens of programs that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing.  Wilder is not a grant-making foundation. While the focus of the Foundation is the St. Paul region, many of the resources available on the site will be of use to a wider nonprofit audience, in particular the research conducted in a number of critical issue areas. In June 2005, the publishing and consulting programs of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation spun-off into a new, independent organization called Fieldstone Alliance. Go to: www.wilder.org

December 24 - 30, 2006

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

LISC helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones – good places to live, do business, work and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs. While the focus is community development, the website has resources that will be of special interest to all nonprofits, especially the LISC Online Resource Library which provides easy access to knowledge-building information on a wide range of topics including case studies; tools and templates; summaries of successful practices and lessons learned; archived Experts Online webcasts; past issues of the LISC eNewsletter; and web links to other resources. Go to: www.lisc.org.

December 17 - 23, 2006


BoardStar is a new program of the Milwaukee based Nonprofit Management Fund. The Fund is a collaboration of foundations, corporations, and United Ways, funding projects that build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the greater Milwaukee area. The mission of BoardStar is to increase the involvement in and strengthen the capability of the Boards of nonprofit organizations.  BoardStar is a membership organization that offers a galaxy of programs and services for individual Board Directors, as well as for nonprofit Boards. While the focus is the Greater Milwaukee region, BoardStar offers resources that will be of use to nonprofit board leaders everywhere and the initiative itself can serve as a model for other communities. Go to: www.boardstar.org

December 10 - 16, 2006

The Center for What Works

The Center for What Works is a vehicle for improving performance in the social sector. By translating innovation and ideas into measurable outcomes, The Center seeks to build a common language for social sector benchmarking and continuous improvement for the sector at large. The Center is committed to providing research that is useful, practical, and applicable through education and capacity building.  Go to: www.whatworks.org

December 3 - 9, 2006

KnowledgeWorks Foundation

The mission of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation it to increase the number and diversity of people who value and access education, by creating and improving educational opportunity at pre-kindergarten through high school and post-high school institutions, and through community organizations. The KnowledgeWorks Foundation offers an unconventional approach to education philanthropy. The Foundation describes its method in three words: "Fund, Facilitate, and Do." By funding initiatives, the Foundation seeks to strategically investing resources, including time, money, and people, into priority areas. By facilitating initiatives, it brings together people who might not traditionally work collaboratively to discuss issues and uncover new solutions. And by doing some of the work itself, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation fills temporary gaps where there may not be an individual, team, or community to take on a particular challenge. Go to: www.kwfdn.org

November 26 - December 2, 2006


GrantSmart is an operating non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. Its purpose is to facilitate communication between grantmakers and grantseekers by making public records filed by grantmakers available for public view. Unlike individual or corporate tax returns, Federal tax returns filed by non-profit organizations such as private foundations and charitable trusts are public records. GrantSmart is staffed by information technology professionals on a volunteer or reduced-fee basis. Go to: www.grantsmart.org

November 19 - 25, 2006


CreateAthon is a 24-hour, work-around the clock creative blitz during which local advertising agencies generate advertising services for local nonprofits that have little or no marketing budget. Since the program’s expansion from a single market to an international effort in 2001, 40 agencies have joined the CreateAthon network, holding CreateAthon events in their cities. This effort has benefited 833 nonprofit organizations with 1,809 projects valued at $7 million. Go to: www.createathon.org

November 12 - 18, 2006

Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

The Center for Civil Society Studies of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies is engaged in a wide variety of research and capacity-building activities in the United States and throughout the world, designed to improve understanding of the role that philanthropy and nonprofit organizations play in modern society and to strengthen the capacity of these organizations to carry out their missions. Go to: www.jhu.edu

November 5 - 11, 2006

Nonprofit Resource Library 

The Nonprofit Resource Library is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Management. The Center for Nonprofit Management, in partnership with California Community Foundation and Community Partners, opened the Nonprofit Resource Library in July 1998. The Library contains resources on foundation giving to nonprofit organizations. The library's focus is to help grantseekers identify and research potential funding sources and develop effective proposals. The Library collection includes information on funding research, nonprofit management, philanthropy and career planning. While the Center for Nonprofit Management focuses on nonprofits in the Los Angelis, the resources available at the site will be useful to all nonprofits. Go to: www.cnmsocal.org

October 29 - November 4, 2006

National Organization on Disability

The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, the organization is committed to closing the participation gaps. The National Organization on Disability provides a wide range of resources and information on increasing the participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Whether you are searching for contact information, facts and figures, or a specific program, this website is an excellent place to begin your search. Go to: www.nod.org

October 22 - 28, 2006

FSG Social Impact Advisors

FSG Social Impact Advisors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating social progress by advancing the practice of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in three ways: consulting services on strategy, evaluation and operations to help clients increase their impact; the creation and dissemination of knowledge based on research and client work; and developments of new initiatives designed to strengthen the field. Available at the website is the firm’s publication "Leading Boldly". Co-authored by FSG's Mark Kramer and John Kania, and CLA's Ron Heifetz, "Leading Boldly" describes cutting edge leadership approaches to accelerate the pace of social change when applied to both foundation capacity and to foundation grantees. Go to: www.fsg-impact.org.

October 15 - 21, 2006

Voluntary Sector Knowledge Network

The Voluntary Sector Knowledge Network is a program of the Centre for Non Profit Management in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The Network contains an extensive collection of resources that offers answers to nonprofit management problems, issues and concerns. The resources are organized into seven areas:

bullet Leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations: planning, board development, leadership skills, managing change;
bullet Community and government relations: building partnerships, improving relations with media, governments and clients;
bullet Fund raising: learning how to fund raise, getting grants and donations, raising money through special events, campaigns, for-profit activities and gaming;
bullet Financial Management: accounting, bookkeeping, budgeting and financial reporting;
bullet Accountability and evaluation for programs and organizational performance: building accountability relationships, measuring outcomes;
bullet Managing People: finding, keeping and getting the best from paid staff and volunteers; and,
bullet Information and Communications Technology: getting the best from computers, e-mail and websites.

Go to: http://vskn.ca

October 8 - 14, 2006

Capable Communities

Capable Communities is a website created by Michigan State University’s Office of University Outreach & Engagement. University Outreach & Engagement (UO&E) offers practical support to local groups and organizations who are working to improve their own communities and the lives of their residents through partnerships based on a model, the Outcome-Asset Impact Model developed by the work of Brown and Reed and elaborated by UO&E, to increase local capacity for building positive change. This website is designed to improve the ability of anyone working to achieve healthy, fundamental, and sustainable change for individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, and communities. Go to: outreach.msu.edu/capablecommunities

October 1 - 7, 2006

Grantmakers in the Arts

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is a membership organization focusing on arts philanthropy. Founded in 1985, GIA members include private, community, corporate, and family foundations, as well as public sector grantmakers, regranting organizations whose primary purpose is arts grantmaking, and individual donors who give through eligible organizations. GIA programs include an annual conference, a major periodical, research, and other convening and communication services. Of great value to members and nonmembers alike is GIA's online library, a searchable database of articles and information published by Grantmakers in the Arts and other organizations. To date, there are more than 500 individual files available, and we continue to add material weekly. The library includes material from the GIA Reader, the GIA Newsletter (1988-1999), including reviews and brief abstracts of books, research reports and publications form the GIA Reader Digest section. It also includes transcriptions from presentations and panels at GIA's annual conferences, book reviews, as well as articles and research from other sources. Go to: www.giarts.org

September 24 - 30, 2006

Gifts In Kind

This site provides information on a large variety of opportunities for tax-exempt organizations to obtain products at low/no cost. A 3M corporate product donation in 1983 marked the beginning of Gifts In Kind International, a charitable organization that today is the seventh largest charity in the United States. Today, nearly half of the Fortune 100 consumer and retail product corporations rely on Gifts In Kind International to design and manage the donation process. Ranked as one of the most cost-efficient charities in the world, Gifts In Kind International operates at less than 0.5 percent of our annual donations. There is a membership fee. Go to: www.giftsinkind.org

September 17 - 23, 2006

Sustainability Network

The Sustainability Network works with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient. By improving management and leadership skills and fostering organizational development, the Network helps to strengthen the environmental community. The Network is about sustaining the organizations that work on sustainability.

This site contains information on service providers that can help environmental nonprofits and links to Internet based information on NGO management issues. Information is also presented on a series of training workshops, forums and online courses, direct management assistance, bursaries and other activities that help build capacity in the environmental sector. Go to: www.sustain.web.ca

September 10 - 16, 2006

Institute on Governance

The Institute on Governance is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 to promote the concept of good governance in Canada and abroad, and helps governments, the voluntary sector, communities and the private sector put effective governance into practice. The Institute concentrates its work around specific knowledge areas, including: Aboriginal Governance, Accountability and Performance Measurement, Board Governance, Building Policy Capacity, Technology and Governance, Values, Ethics and Risk, and International Programming. The site contains an extensive collection of resources and publications. Go to: www.iog.ca

September 3 - 9, 2006


Volunteer Today is an e-newsletter that bills itself as The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism. It is designed for those who manage the work of volunteers in nonprofit, government or corporate programs. The site’s purpose is two-fold: 1) build the capacity of individuals to organize effective volunteer programs; 2) enhance the profession of volunteer management. Volunteer Today provides new articles each month on topics that managers of volunteer programs deal with every day. All of the information is free of charge. The site also includes an online bookstore if you want to purchase books for your own library. Go to: www.volunteertoday.com

August  27 - September 2, 2006


Changemakers is a national public foundation that models and supports community-based social change philanthropy. Changemakers works within the philanthropic sector to shift where money is directed -- to address root causes of social and environmental problems -- and how it is given, urging individual donors and philanthropic organizations to become more accountable, strategic, inclusive, collaborative, democratic, and creative. Go to: www.changemakers.org

August  20 - 26, 2006

Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy

Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of young people professional s and people involved in the work of organized philanthropy. EPIP's mission is to support and strengthen the next generation of grantmakers in order to advance social justice philanthropy. Go to: www.epip.org

August  13 - 19, 2006


Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders. This site lists over 55,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, which you can search or browse by name, location, or mission. If your organization is not yet listed here, you can add it at no cost. The site also includes thousands of volunteer opportunities in your community and around the world, a Nonprofit Career Center with hundreds of job and internship listings and much more.

Organizations can post job openings, volunteer opportunities, events, internships, campaigns, and resources. Go to: www.idealist.org

August  6 - 12, 2006


Nonprofit organizations consistently build on an important body of written work that focuses on understanding and solving societal problems. IssueLab was created to help bring this body of work into focus. Launched in 2006, IssueLab is a wide-ranging, searchable and browseable archive of critical publications. It simplifies the process of locating and accessing research and policy analysis materials, including reports, white papers, fact sheets, case studies, data sets and more. IssueLab was created by New Media for Nonprofits, a web design and development company that has served nonprofit organizations exclusively since 1999. Go to: www.issuelab.org

July 23 - August  5, 2006

Public Conversations Project

The Public Conversations Project (PCP) helps people with fundamental disagreements over divisive issues develop the mutual understanding and trust essential for strong communities and positive action. The Public Conversations Project (PCP) began in 1989 when a group of family therapists from the Family Institute of Cambridge started exploring whether their ways of working with personal conflicts could be fruitfully applied to public disputes. Part “think tank,” part service provider, and part training center, major services include: convening, designing, and facilitating dialogues, meetings, and conferences; training, both packaged and customized; consulting to those who want to apply our methods and resources; writing and speaking to a variety of professional and general audiences. Go to: www.publicconversations.org

July 16 - 22, 2006

National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. Using research to inform policy and practice, NCCP seeks to advance family-oriented solutions and the strategic use of public resources at the state and national levels to ensure positive outcomes for the next generation. Go to: www.nccp.org

July 9 - 15, 2006

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement is a part of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, at the University of Southern Maine. The Center supports organizations committed to the welfare of children, youth and families through training, technical assistance, research and evaluation. The Center is one of seven national resource centers (NRCs) funded by the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All the NRCs provide free, on-site training and technical assistance to State and Tribal child welfare agencies. The site contains a broad array of technical assistance and training resources. Go to: muskie.usm.maine.edu

July 2 - 8, 2006

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc., (NPCC) is the voice and information source for New York nonprofits.  Established in 1984, NPCC informs and connects nonprofit leaders, saves nonprofits money, and strengthens the nonprofit sector’s relations with government. NPCC publishes a monthly newsletter, New York Nonprofits, offers workshops and roundtables on management issues, provides cost-saving vendor services, manages a Government Relations Committee that works on sector-wide government and legislative issues, and maintains a website loaded with information on operating a nonprofit.  NPCC has more than 1,400 dues-paying members in the New York City area. Access to some resources require membership in NPCC though many resources are available to all. Go to: www.npccny.org

June 25 - July 1, 2006

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds research, not practice, the projects that we support have practical implications for those who work to increase young people's engagement in politics and civic life. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship. CIRCLE was founded in 2001 with a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and is now also funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. Go to: www.civicyouth.org

June 18 - 24, 2006

Planning & Evaluation Resource Center

The Planning and Evaluation Resource Center (PERC) is a project of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. This website is designed for people who want to do self-evaluations of their youth development programs or who want to understand evaluation better. Throughout this site you will find tutorials and tools on program planning and evaluation. The Planning & Evaluation Resource Center also has a calendar of training events and lectures relevant to program planning and evaluation, and a nationwide database of people involved in youth development. There is also a section where you can learn more about the creators of this website. Go to: www.evaluationtools.org

June 11 - 17, 2006

The Center for Nonprofit Management 

The Center for Nonprofit Management fosters healthy neighborhoods and communities by improving the performance of nonprofit organizations addressing critical issues and serving underserved populations. Established in 1979 by the corporate and foundation community, the Center for Nonprofit Management helps nonprofit organizations more effectively fulfill their missions by:


Guiding Nonprofits to Critical Information


Developing Nonprofit Leadership and Management Skills


Counseling Organizations Through Change


Building Human Capital: Finding and Keeping the Right People


Promoting Collaboration and Communication

The Center’s Knowledge and Information services are free and fees for other services are set on a sliding scale to help make them accessible to organizations of all sizes. Go to: www.cnmsocal.org

June 4 - 10, 2006

International Network on Strategic Philanthropy

Established in 2001, the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy (INSP) is a joint initiative of several major foundations which have decided to invest in the infrastructure of the sector: The INSP bills itself as a decentralized think tank that enables foundation leaders, staff, consultants and researchers as well as representatives of support organizations to gather and disseminate know-how, to place issues of philanthropy and foundation activities on the national and global agenda and to design innovative implementation mechanisms for new approaches in strategic philanthropy. Resource categories include: foundations as investors for the public benefit, governance & decision making, program management, new forms of philanthropy, and evaluation. Also included is a collection INSP Papers on a range of related topics. Go to: www.insp.efc.be

May 28 - June 3, 2006


The site bills itself as "the Knowledge Network for Business Thought Leaders". You can create a personal knowledge network based on your interests. When you log in, the site displays updates in the topical areas you have previously selected. You can change your preferences whenever you want to. Manyworlds also automatically generates a set of recommendations for new resources that are judged to be useful to you based on your use of the website and your identified interests. This list of recommendations is updated weekly. Go to: www.manyworlds.com

May 21 - 27, 2006


Idealware provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective. Go to: www.idealware.org

May 14 - 20, 2006


Businessballs is a free learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England. The website's aims are to continue to provide free and helpful resources for personal and organizational development. The site includes an excellent selection of hundreds of worksheets, games, exercises, tools and diagrams. Go to: www.businessballs.com

May 7 - 13, 2006

Nonprofits Assistance Fund

The mission of the Nonprofits Assistance Fund is to foster community development and vitality by building financially healthy nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits Assistance Fund provides loans and financial management training and technical assistance to stabilize and strengthen the financial capacity of nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. The Fund offers a number of workshops in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Toward its mission of strengthening nonprofit organizations, Nonprofits Assistance Fund makes available a variety of articles, publications, on nonprofit financial management that will be very useful to any nonprofit. The website also has a number of financial management tools and templates including: Audit Services Request for Proposal, Business Plan for Nonprofits and Social Ventures, Cash Flow Template, Financial Management Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Organizations, Glossary of Financial Terms, and Red Flags of Financial Problems. Go to: www.nonprofitsassistancefund.org

April 30 - May 6, 2006

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: foundationcenter.org

April 23 - 29, 2006

Non-Profit Nuts & Bolts

Non-Profit Nuts & Bolts provides nonprofit professionals with management tips that will help build better organizations. The Web site includes articles, reports, and resources that pertain to nonprofit management. Go to: www.nutsbolts.com

April 16 - 22, 2006

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest

The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation the democratic process and advance charitable missions. CLPI’s goals are to: Promote the participation of nonprofits in the public policy process by acting as a catalyst for nonprofit advocacy and lobbying; Support the participation of nonprofits in the public policy process by providing tools, organizing networks to convey those tools, and building foundation support for advocacy; and, Protect and expand nonprofit lobbying rights.  The Washington, D.C.-based organization focuses on several persistent barriers that significantly undermine the essential public policy role of nonprofits, including: limited financial resources, confusion regarding the law, and limited staff or volunteer skills. CLPI works to remove these barriers by expanding the advocacy capacity of nonprofit networks and seeking to increase awareness of the important role of nonprofit advocacy.  Go to: www.clpi.org

April 9 - 15, 2006

The Milano MiX Initiative

The Milano School MiX is a field-wide effort to strengthen the management and human resources skills and expertise of community development corporations (CDCs) and other CBOs. It is the direct outcome of the partnership of a multi-disciplinary university and a field-based intellectual community committed to developing urban communities. Two of the main objectives of the project are to increase the representation of the communities served within the leadership of community development and to make easy-to-use management and human resource tools accessible at the touch of a button. The MiX website was launched as part of a larger initiative to help leaders of CBOs and CDCs thrive in the face of new demands and changing markets. While there are other websites that focus on community development and nonprofit management, there is no single site dedicated to key management issues for CBOs and CDCs. Go to:  www.milanomix.org

April 2 - 8, 2006

Nonprofit Virtual Library

The Nonprofit Virtual Library, published by the Funding Center of the Main Library at Michigan State Universities, offers an excellent collection of nonprofit directories and other web sites providing advice or information about running nonprofits. It includes links to databases of nonprofit resources, and annotated links to additional resources. A directory of grants and related resources is also available. Go to:  www.lib.msu.edu

March 26 - April 1, 2006

Pegasus Communications

Pegasus Communications publishes books and newsletters, and produces conferences and recordings on systems thinking and organizational learning. The company sponsors the annual Systems Thinking in Action® Conference and other events where leading theorists and practitioners from around the world meet to share new concepts about organizational change. Pegasus also offers a wide range of video tapes and audio tapes of conference keynote and concurrent sessions. Pegasus has also published several newsletters, books and publications. LEVERAGE POINTS the free monthly e-newsletter, spotlights innovations in leadership, management, and organizational development. While the site promotes products for sale, there is an extensive collection of resources available at no charge. Go to: www.pegasuscom.com

March 19 - 25, 2006

Alliance for Justice

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the Alliance has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates. Go to: www.afj.org

March 12 - 18, 2006


Capaciteria is a comprehensive, searchable database directory of administrative resources that help nonprofits leverage their own capacity. It promotes peer review because “members’ can comment on and rate individual resource links as well as add useful new links. Like Google, search requests return link results weighted to rise based on ratings and popularity given to them by nonprofit users. Members can use the 'Favorites' feature to personalize their list of easily accessible links in Capaciteria. Go to: capaciteria.org

March 5 - 11, 2006

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, founded in 1907, is a nonprofit organization which promotes effective, humane, fair and economically sound solutions to family, community and justice problems. NCCD conducts research, promotes reform initiatives, and seeks to work with individuals, public and private organizations and the media to prevent and reduce crime and delinquency. In keeping with NCCD's traditional role as a national leader in research and information, NCCD is working to generate targeted strategies that address some of our nations' most pressing problems in the justice system. The three current areas of focus are: Women and Justice, Juvenile Justice and Mental Health, and Race and Justice. Go to: www.nccd-crc.org

February 26 - March 4, 2006

Imagine Canada - John Hodgson Library

The Imagine Canada - John Hodgson Library is Canada's leading source of research and resources for the charitable and nonprofit sector. With more than 6,000 catalogue titles, the Imagine Canada - John Hodgson Library is Canada's leading online library of information for the charitable and nonprofit sector. The library collection includes the most current works on philanthropy, civil society, corporate social responsibility, fundraising, capacity building, public policy, voluntary action and nonprofit research. Go to: www.imaginecanada.ca

February 19 - 25, 2006

Information Renaissance

Information Renaissance is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that promotes the use of the Internet to empower citizens to participate more fully in the democratic decision-making process. Our goal is to enable citizens to participate more fully in the democratic process by improving access and fostering meaningful, high-level, interactive exchanges between informed members of the public and their government. To support this goal we seek to provide appropriate and sustainable technology for underserved communities nationwide. Go to: www.info-ren.org

February 12 - 18, 2006

Study Circles Resource Center

The Study Circles Resource Center is dedicated to finding ways for all kinds of people to engage in dialogue and problem solving on critical social and political issues. SCRC helps communities by giving them the tools to organize productive dialogue, recruit diverse participants, find solutions, and work for action and change. The site has resources for study circles in the following issues areas: education and achievement; neighborhoods and families; growth and sprawl; youth issues; diversity; immigration; police-community relations; criminal justice; and, civil liberties and security. Go to: www.studycircles.org

February 5 - 11, 2006

Coalition on Human Needs 

The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities. The Coalition tracks 14 major issue areas with a number of originally produced reports, analyses, and publications. Also included are job listings with member organizations of the Coalition on Human Needs. Go to: www.chn.org

January 29 - February 4, 2006


VolunteerMatch is the nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States. Volunteers enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch web site to quickly find local volunteer opportunities matching individual interests and schedules. This simple, effective service has already generated hundreds of thousands of volunteer referrals nationwide. Nonprofit organizations can also register/subscribe to post their volunteer needs. Go to: www.volunteermatch.org

January 22 - 28, 2006

William E. Smith Institute for Association Research

The William E. Smith Institute for Association Research was created by SmithBucklin to underwrite original, practice-based research that provides the latest, most useful information and insights to volunteer and staff leaders on topics and issues that help advance the growth of associations and enhance the value delivered to the constituencies they serve. The research studies focus on trade, business and professional volunteer-governed organizations. A recent study is entitled “Generations and the Future of Association Participation”.  Free registration required to access reports. Go to: www.smithbucklin.com

January 15 - 21, 2006

Philanthropy Collections

The Philanthropy Collections include the historical records of the following: organizations and individuals that have worked as advocates for the nonprofit sector, fund raising firms that help nonprofit organizations raise money, foundations and individual philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations that provide social services, particularly in central Indiana. These collections also provide a wide scope of research materials dealing with social, historical, political, educational, and ethnic developments and changes in the United States during the twentieth century. In conjunction with the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Philanthropy collections represent a great concentration of materials for intensive study in all realms of philanthropy. Go to: www.ulib.iupui.edu

January 8 - 14, 2006

Population Resource Center

The mission of the Population Resource Center is to promote the use of accurate population data and sound, objective analysis of these data in the making of public policy. Convinced that demographic change is among a handful of basic factors that determine social and economic progress, the Population Resource Center organizes a variety of educational and informational programs that encourage policymakers to incorporate the latest demographic research findings in the development of public policy. Go to: www.prcdc.org

January 1 - 7, 2006

Ivy Sea Online

Ivy Sea Online, recognized by Inc.com, Harvard Business School, The CEO Refresher and other business portals as one of the best sites on the internet for entrepreneurs, small-business owners and organizational leaders. Of special interest is the Leadership Portal. This part of the site is organized to guide leaders of all levels of skillfulness directly to resources that will help build key traits and manage key issues. Go to: www.ivysea.com

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