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December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015

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
 

December 21 - 27, 2014

Leap of Reason Initiative

The Leap of Reason Initiative is aimed at inspiring and supporting great leaders and funders to build great organizations for greater societal impact. Realizing this mission will require the nonprofit sector to influence a mindset change among leaders who play a significant role in the social and public sectors and who are motivated to create meaningful, measurable, and sustainable improvement in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. The materials on this website are intended for courageous leaders who are willing to address these challenges head on. It’s for those who are motivated from within—not those who have been pushed to look at “performance” because it’s a trend or a good marketing tool, and not because a funder or investor said they had to. It’s for those who understand in their bones that high performance is integral to ensuring material, measurable, and sustainable good for those they dedicated their lives to serving. You can also download and/or request free copies of the book "Leap of Reason". The book is the product of decades of management insights from philanthropist Mario Morino, McKinsey & Company, and more than a dozen experts and practitioners. Now in its fourth printing, the book is informing board retreats, strategic planning efforts, staff-development initiatives, and university management classes across the U.S. and in more than 60 countries around the world. For more information, go to: leapofreason.org
 

December 14 - 20, 2014

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

Originally created in 1988 as the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to help people and organizations create charitable giving experiences that are the most meaningful in achieving both charitable mission and the philanthropic, financial, family and personal goals of the donor. PPP achieves its mission through research, education, advocacy, community dialogue and the setting of standards and best practices in philanthropic planning. The Partnership strives to engage all constituents in the charitable gift planning process: planned giving and major gifts professionals, nonprofit managers and trustees, financial and estate planners, trust managers and administrators. PPP helps maximize the value of charitable giving for nonprofit organizations and donors by helping fundraising professionals provide the most meaningful charitable giving experience for donors; helping financial planning professionals provide their clients with excellent advice on charitable giving and estate planning; and helping nonprofit managers and trustees better accomplish the missions of their organizations through meaningful philanthropic planning. Go to: www.pppnet.org
 

December 7 - 13, 2014

Bolder Advocacy

Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. The goal is to demystify and decode advocacy by equipping organizations with knowledge and tools. Bolder Advocacy helps organizations fully understand the rules and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals. Bolder Advocacy is an initiative of the Alliance for Justice – a national association of more than 100 organizations that are united by a commitment to a fair, just, and free America where everyone has equal access to justice and can fully participate in our democracy. Go to: bolderadvocacy.org
 

November 30 - December 6, 2014

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. Go to: www.performwell.org
 

November 23 - 29, 2014

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Stanford PACS is a research center for students, scholars and practitioners to explore and share ideas that create social change. Its primary participants are Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners. As publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment and nonprofit practice. The journal is complemented by a website, blog, conferences, webinars and podcasts. Stanford PACS has relationships with five Schools (Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, Education, Business, and Law) and twenty departments. This provides a unique platform to share its work with the nonprofit and for profit community in Silicon Valley and globally. Go to: pacscenter.stanford.edu
 

November 16 - 22, 2014

AIM Alliance

The Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance (AIM) is a strategic collaboration that grew through the vision and commitment of three academic centers' leadership teams focused on addressing the needs of an evolving nonprofit sector and sustaining capacity. The work of the AIM Alliance started in 2003 when the three centers began planning discussions. The work of the alliance centers on knowledge sharing and strengthening diverse communities, cross delivery of flagship programs, development of standardized research protocols and joint publication and dissemination of research and cross participation in significant events. The alliance will further the sector by improving nonprofit management practice, generating and sharing scholarly and practical knowledge, increasing communication and collaborating on research. It will also strengthen its work with diverse communities by developing leadership and contributing to the public's understanding of nontraditional forms of philanthropy. Finally, the collaborative work will focus the centers by helping each other advance to the leading edge of nonprofit management education by bolstering each center's distinctive niches. Go to: lodestar.asu.edu
 

November 9 - 15, 2014

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

Originally created in 1988 as the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (the Partnership) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to help people and organizations create charitable giving experiences that are the most meaningful in achieving both charitable mission and the philanthropic, financial, family and personal goals of the donor. The Partnership achieves its mission through research, education, advocacy, community dialogue and the setting of standards and best practices in philanthropic planning. The Partnership strives to engage all constituents in the charitable gift planning process: planned giving and major gifts professionals, nonprofit managers and trustees, financial and estate planners, trust managers and administrators. To access the Resource Center, go to: www.pppnet.org
 

November 2 - 8, 2014

NPower

NPower mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. NPower pursues this mission through two signature programs: (1) Technology Service Corps builds brighter futures for underserved young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training. The program includes technical classes, mentoring from business leaders, internships and career development workshops at leading corporations and nonprofits, industry-recognized certifications as well as employment and alumni services. More than 80% of training program alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within one year of graduation. (2) The Community Corps is a skills-based volunteering program connecting technology professionals with high impact nonprofits and innovative education partners. NPower's tech volunteers enable schools and nonprofits across the country to use technology more effectively and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Go to: www.npower.org
 

October 26 - November 1, 2014

Common Impact

Common Impact is a nonprofit organization that connects skilled professionals from global companies to high-potential local nonprofits. Common Impact 's employee engagement programs match employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges. This innovative approach to corporate community service enables companies to realize a positive return on their social investment while building stronger teams and developing employee skills. At the same time, this access to private sector talent enables nonprofits to amplify their impact on the constituents they serve. Ultimately, Common Impact 's work helps foster stronger communities wherever those companies operate. For more information, go to: commonimpact.org
 

October 19 - 25, 2014

Race Matters Institute

The goal of the Race Matters Institute (RMI) is to strengthen our nation by ensuring that all children, families, and communities thrive. RMI does this by helping nonprofits, government units, community organizations, and philanthropies increase their mission-driven results across their diverse constituencies. RMI's customized training, technical assistance, coaching, and product development produce strategies and concrete actions that enable an organization to be more intentional in its operations and programs about advancing racially equitable outcomes. A particular focus on organizational policies, programs, practices, and protocols complements the work of allies in the field of racial equity who offer strategies for personal and interpersonal change. Go to: www.racemattersinstitute.org
 

October 12 - 18, 2014

FourthSector.org

Over the past few decades, the boundaries between the public (government), private (business), and social (non-profit) sectors have been blurring as many pioneering organizations have been blending social and environmental aims with business approaches. There are many expressions of this trend, including corporate social responsibility, microfinance, venture philanthropy, sustainable businesses, social enterprise, privatization, community development and others. As this activity matures, it is becoming formalized as a Fourth Sector of the economy. This website provides important links to a resource library, a directory of organizations engaged in giving form and direction to the Fourth Sector, a legal document library, and more. Go to: www.fourthsector.net
 

September 28 - October 11, 2014

Standards for Excellence Institute

The first program of its kind in the United States, the Standards for Excellence Institute is a national initiative that promotes the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and facilitates adherence to those standards by all nonprofits. The Institute, an operating division of Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Maryland Nonprofits), uses the Standards for Excellence program, a comprehensive system of nonprofit sector self-regulation as its vehicle for effective change. The Standards for Excellence program works to strengthen the ability of nonprofit organizations to act ethically and accountably in their management and governance, while enhancing the public's trust in the nonprofit sector. For more information, go to: www.standardsforexcellenceinstitute.org
 

September 21- 27, 2014

IMPACT Arts

IMPACT Arts is a component of Animating Democracy’s Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative which received initial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The initiative works to advance understanding of and help make the case for the social efficacy of arts-based civic engagement work. Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts. The website is organized around the following five areas:

  1. Get Grounded: Key concepts that relate to understanding types of social impact plus ways to get started in evaluating arts-based civic engagement work.

  2. Social Impact Indicators: Outcomes, indicators, and data collection methods for the most common social and civic outcomes aspired to and achieved through arts and cultural work.

  3. Evaluation in Action Tools: An annotated listing linked to selected evaluation tools and frameworks.

  4. Stories & Examples: Case studies, evaluation reports, and profiles that describe how real arts projects and programs have been evaluated and what they learned about impact.

  5. Theory: Papers, essays, and articles on topics related to documenting, measuring, and reporting impacts for civic engagement and social change through the arts.

Go to: impact.animatingdemocracy.org
 

September 14 - 20, 2014

Ethics Resource Center

The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) is America’s oldest nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. Since 1922, ERC has been a resource for public and private institutions committed to a strong ethics culture. ERC’s expertise informs the public dialogue on ethics and ethical behavior. ERC researchers analyze current and emerging issues and produce new ideas and benchmarks that matter for the public trust. Among its activities, ERC conducts biennial surveys of ethics programs, issues and culture using a national sample of employees in business and government. Results are compared to data from previous years and to national norms. ERC’s data are widely used in business, government and academia. Go to: www.ethics.org
 

September 7 - 13, 2014

Nonprofit Resource Center

The Nonprofit Resource Center has been providing comprehensive services and support to nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento region since 1989. Offering comprehensive resources, from a professionally-staffed library, access to a grant funder database, from fundraising workshops to management networking, the Center enables new and existing nonprofits to improve management, operations, fund development, marketing & public relations, board development and more. The extensive library of resources will be very useful to any nonprofit. Click on "Tools". Go to: www.nprcenter.org
 

August 24 - September 6, 2014

National Center on Philanthropy and the Law

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) was established in 1988 at New York University School of Law to explore a broad range of legal issues affecting the nation's nonprofit sector and to provide an integrated examination of the legal doctrines related to the activities of charitable organizations. The NCPL's goals of increasing the knowledge of students, faculty, scholars, attorneys, and nonprofit organizations worldwide in the area of law and philanthropy and improving the practice of law in this field are realized through the following eight core activities: Curriculum, Scholarly Research, Conferences, Library Collection, Bibliography, Fellowships, Career Counseling, and Faculty Development. The NCPL is developing a unified field of study that provides central focus and leadership to curriculum development, scholarly research, conferences, and career development in the nonprofit sector. This approach is intended to add to and improve the overall quality of education and scholarship among law students, legal scholars, nonprofit organizations, practicing attorneys, judges, executives, administrators, and other professionals in the field. Go to: www1.law.nyu.edu
 

August 17 - 23, 2014

Community Resource Exchange

For over 30 years, Community Resource Exchange (CRE) has worked to create a more just, equitable and livable city for ALL New Yorkers. CRE provides strategic advice and technical services every year to more than 300 community-based nonprofit organizations confronting social issues such as poverty and HIV/AIDs in low and moderate income neighborhoods. As one of the most established nonprofit management consulting providers of its kind, CRE provides its clients with information, guidance, resources for nonprofits, skill building and leadership training for Community Based Organizations to make New York City stronger - one community group at a time. Be sure to check out their Resources for Nonprofits. Go to: www.crenyc.org
 

August 10 - 16, 2014

WomenOnCall.Org

WomenOnCall.Org is a unique online network that connects women with specific volunteer opportunities that allow them to share their professional skills and expertise with nonprofits. Through on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities, WomenOnCall.org members provide short, high-impact, skills-based service, making giving back realistic and efficient. In 2005, Margot Pritzker developed the idea for a web-based organization that eased the difficulty of matching the right volunteer with professional skills with the right non-profit that needed them. In addition, the organization had to emphasize how much could be done in one hour – maximizing both the non-profit’s and volunteer’s valuable time. Thus, WomenOnCall.org was born. While there are many volunteer match sites, none focus specifically on the high-impact method of utilizing professional skills and short-term commitments that WomenOnCall.org emphasizes. In addition, many of the volunteer opportunities can be completed virtually–during a busy woman’s lunch hour or in the evening.  Go to: womenoncall.org
 

August 3 - 9, 2014

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
 

July 27 - August 2, 2014

FSG Social Impact Advisors

FSG Social Impact Advisors (FSG) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1999 as the Foundation Strategy Group by Mark Kramer and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. FSG is dedicated to accelerating social progress by advancing the practice of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in three ways:

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Consulting services on strategy and implementation, evaluation, organizational alignment, and corporate social responsibility that help individual foundations, corporations, and nonprofits increase their effectiveness and social impact.

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Breakthrough ideas are at the core of what FSG does, from original writing on the ways foundations can create value, to more recent work on evaluation, corporate social responsibility, and community foundation sustainability. FSG’s research and writing has appeared in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Multi-year initiatives in collaboration with external partners, guided by expert advisory boards, and supported by major funders. The goal of such action initiatives is to advance the field by creating tools, identifying best practices, and fostering constructive collaboration to accelerate the pace of social progress.

Go to: www.fsg-impact.org
 

July 20 - 26, 2014

Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Nonprofits Assistance Fund invests capital and financial expertise in nonprofits through loans, training, practical guidance, and financial management resources. Nonprofits Assistance Fund was incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 1998. For the previous 18 years, the loan funds and programs had operated as a program of The Minneapolis Foundation. In 2000, Nonprofits Assistance Fund opened a financial center for nonprofits with the goal of providing extensive training as well as loan programs. Nonprofits Assistance Fund was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the US Department of the Treasury CDFI Fund in 2001. In 2005, Nonprofits Assistance Fund changed its name from Community Loan Technologies. Over the years the organization has housed several loan funds, including the Minnesota Nonprofits Assistance Fund® (MNAF), the Minnesota Primary Care Loan Fund, and the Working Capital Fund. In 2008 the programs were expanded to include special initiatives, consulting, and online learning. Nonprofits Assistance Fund program development, and loan fund capacity have grown substantially thanks to the support of foundations, financial institutions, business, and federal and state agencies. For more information and access to resources, go to: nonprofitsassistancefund.org
 

July 13 - 19, 2014

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

A research and education center based at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise. Numerous nonprofits are adopting the language and tools of business and some are actually converting to for-profit status. At the same time, for-profit firms are competing directly with nonprofits by moving into social sector arenas, ranging from education to economic development to environmental conservation. This rash of sector-blurring activity has created an opportunity for leading business schools to have significant social impact by constructively exploring the adaptation of business concepts for the social sector. CASE was founded to capitalize on this opportunity while building upon a deep respect for the talent, passion, and dedication of the countless individuals who have devoted their lives to working for the common good. For more information about CASE and to access related resources, to go: www.caseatduke.org
 

July 6 - 12, 2014

BMAfunders

BMAfunders, a project of the Open Society Foundations and the Foundation Center, highlights the role of philanthropy in supporting black men and boys. BMAfunders strives to facilitate engagement, catalyze collaboration, and promote strategic decision-making in the field of black male achievement, serving as a resource not only to funders, but also to nonprofits, policymakers, and anyone else interested in fostering black male achievement. A go-to source for data and information related to black male achievement, BMAfunders features a variety of resources, including an interactive mapping tool with funding data, a timeline of philanthropic milestones in the field, a toolkit for assessing project outcomes, a comprehensive collection of research reports, descriptive case studies of work on the ground, and multi-media content. The portal builds on the groundbreaking 2012 report, Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, which examines foundation funding flows in support of black men and boys and highlights innovative philanthropic initiatives. For more information, go to: bmafunders.org.
 

June 29 - July 5, 2014

Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation was created to support non-profit organizations around the world and to make a positive impact on many lives and communities. The Office Depot Foundation will focus on the following strategic priorities:

  1. Giving children tools to succeed in school … and in life.

  2. Building the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation.

  3. Helping communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.

The website includes information and resources on the 5x5 program, philanthropic partnerships, community investments, and volunteerism as well as a number of publications and reports. Go to: officedepotfoundation.org
 

June 22 - 28, 2014

Useful Links for Nonprofits -- IKNOW

IKNOW provides a directory of useful links for nonprofits on issues ranging from education and fundraising to current legislation, strategic planning, and volunteerism. IKNOW.org was conceived and launched in 1997 by Tom Raffa, Managing Partner of RAFFA, P.C., who saw the power of the web to help answer the many questions he received from his nonprofit clients and other friends in the sector. Go to: www.iknow.org
 

June 15 - 21, 2014

MarketingPower.com

The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been a leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession. The AMA's website, MarketingPower.com, supplies marketing professionals and AMA members with the information, products and services required to succeed in their jobs and careers. The site offers a comprehensive collection of articles, reports, webcasts and a newsletter focused on marketing, public relations, advertising, trends and industry news. While some of the resources are available to members of the AMA only, many resources can be accessed through a no cost registration on the website. Go to: www.ama.org
 

June 8 - 14, 2014

Community Toolbox

The Community Tool Box offers over 7,000 free pages of practical guidance on essential skills for building healthy communities for people working to make a difference. The resources are organized by:

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Learn a Skill (training in specific skills of community work)

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Plan the Work (Toolkits outline tasks, examples, and supports for 16 core competencies)

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Solve a Problem ("Troubleshooting Guides" for common challenges, questions for analysis, and links)

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Use Promising Approaches (Evidence, examples, and links)

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Connect with Others (Learn from others by asking an advisor and finding other online resources).

Go to: ctb.ku.edu
 

June 1 - 7, 2014

Opportunity Agenda

The Opportunity Agenda launched in 2006 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds, and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people’s lives. To achieve its mission, Opportunity Agenda focus on racial equity, immigration, economic opportunity, reproductive health and rights, and African-American men and boys. Go to: opportunityagenda.org
 

May 25 - 31, 2014

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. 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
 

May 11 - 24, 2014

Philamplify

Philamplify is an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy that aims to maximize the impact of our country’s grantmakers. By providing a modern, user-friendly space to gather straightforward feedback from everyone involved in philanthropy, the project brings together voices that have traditionally been unheard. Philamplify combines expert research on the work foundations do with feedback from foundation and nonprofit leaders and staff, issue experts, community members and more. At the center of Philamplify is a series of comprehensive reports conducted by highly regarded researchers assessing foundation grantmaking and operations. Assessments include key findings and recommendations, along with in-depth analysis of foundations’ funding strategies. By keeping these assessments public, Philamplify seeks to build a culture of transparency, mutual accountability and knowledge sharing. Philamplify.org turns the assessments into an interactive experience, giving everyone involved with or touched by philanthropy a chance to comment on each assessment’s key recommendations and each foundation’s overall grantmaking approach. Visitors also can share their stories in text, photo or video, chime in on general issues affecting philanthropy and provide direct feedback about Philamplify itself. Go to: philamplify.org
 

May 4 - 10, 2014

MBA Depot

MBA Depot is focused on - and marketed to - MBAs. But, most of the content found on the site is of great value to anyone who is interested in the education that an MBA represents. The primary goal of this site is to cut through the clutter of the Internet and tame information overload by bringing you the noteworthy, not the noise. I read a great many online information sources (magazines, blogs, consultancy research, etc.) and post annotated links to the best of them. On this site you will find mostly annotated links but also a fair amount of original and member/partner contributed content. Typical material includes: articles, market research, recommended books, business graphics/images, thought leader interviews, career information, business related quotations, etc. You will also find forums, partner content for prospective MBAs, interactive polls, an expert center where you can post questions, and more. Go to: www.mbadepot.com
 

April 27 - May 3, 2014

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

April 13 - 26, 2014

Glasspockets

Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world. Launched in 2010, but with roots dating back to the Center’s founding in 1956, Glasspockets provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications, and help shed more light on how private organizations are serving the public good. with Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to:

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Inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications

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Increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world

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Illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time

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Highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good

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Illuminate successes, failures, and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other's ideas to increase impact

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

April 6 - 12, 2014

Volunteer Wisconsin

Volunteer Wisconsin is managed by Marshfield Clinic and partners with Volunteer Centers and Serve Wisconsin to connect volunteers, promote volunteering, and support the capacity of nonprofits. Its mission is to leverage volunteer capabilities and local assets to enhance Wisconsin communities. Local volunteer centers mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. To achieve this vision, volunteer centers use the following core competencies:

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Connect people with opportunities to serve,

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Build the capacity for effective local volunteering,

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Promote volunteering, and

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Participate in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local community needs.

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

March 30 - April 5, 2014

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Through research, educational materials and programs, the National Center for Family Philanthropy helps families and individuals better understand their roles and needs based upon their personal motivations and family values, relationships and enterprises; make their philanthropy as effective and meaningful as possible for them and their communities; and realize their desire to make a positive difference in the world around them. Go to: www.ncfp.org
 

March 23 - 29, 2014

The Case Foundation

The Case Foundation, created by Steve Case and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation creates and supports initiatives that leverage new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about. The Case Foundation has led a series of innovative and collaborative initiatives that aim to leverage new technologies to empower and engage citizens in the U.S. and around the globe. Through partnerships with hundreds of nonprofits, private sector and corporate partners, as well as the public sector, these efforts have helped to expand the role of individuals in philanthropy and in giving back to their communities. Recent examples of efforts to expand the role of citizen-centered philanthropy and experimentation with new technologies, such as social media, include America’s Giving Challenge, an online competition conducted in partnership with PARADE and Causes that engaged tens of thousands of Americans to get involved with causes they care about. In 2007, the Make It Your Own Awards called on citizens to connect with others, form solutions and take action on community issues. The website includes links to many resources that will be of use to nonprofits. For more information, go to: casefoundation.org
 

March 16 - 22, 2014

Youth Service America

Working with young people, Youth Service America (YSA) activates young people to service through four key strategies:

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Large-scale mobilization campaigns, such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service.

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YSA Grants of more than $1 million annually. YSA Grants are available to youth, educators, and organizations around the world for youth-led service projects.

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Resources and training that equip youth and their adult mentors to lead high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning programs.

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Awards that recognize exceptional youth and the adults who are champions of youth voice.

For more information and links to several resources for engaging young people in service, go to: www.ysa.org
 

March 9 - 15, 2014

The Morino Institute

The Morino Institute was founded in 1994 to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance a more effective philanthropy, close social divides, and understand the relationship and impact of the Internet on our society. In the 1990s, the Institute’s work focused on the application of the Internet in communities and, in particular, opening up new technology-enabled learning opportunities and centers for children and youth of low-income families. Initiatives included the Potomac KnowledgeWay, Netpreneur, the Youth Development Collaborative, and YouthLearn. The lessons learned from these initiatives informed the founding of Venture Philanthropy Partners. Since 2000, Morino Institute resources, both financial and people, have been focused in support of strategic partnerships like Venture Philanthropy Partners. In 2010, the Morino Institute team worked with Chairman Mario Morino to produce Leap of Reason, published by Venture Philanthropy Partners in May 2011. Since then, the team has been dedicated to sharing the message of high performance to a broader audience. For more information, go to: www.morino.org
 

March 2 - 8, 2014

Center for Theory of Change

The Center for Theory of Change is a non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change. The Center has been established by ActKnowledge, a leader in the development of Theory of Change, based in New York City. ActKnowledge is supporting the Center through the provision of a range of resources including the provision of guides and free access to Theory of Change on-line (TOCO), a tailor-made software tool designed to facilitate a conceptual understanding of Theory of Change and support the implementation of the approach in planning and evaluation work. Go to: www.theoryofchange.org
 

February 23 - March 1, 2014

Nonprofit Quarterly

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is, without a doubt, one of the most important resources for nonprofit leaders today. NPQ was launched as a national print journal in the winter of 1999 and was designed to fill a gap by providing credible, research based articles for nonprofits about management and governance. Soon after it began it also started to cover issues related to the operating environment for nonprofits, specifically public policy and philanthropy. NPQ’s quarterly print journal soon became known as The Harvard Business Review for the nonprofit sector. Over the years, NPQ spun off from its original parent and became an independent nonprofit. In 2008, NPQ added an active online publishing component virtually overnight stemming from a realization that its readers needed a constant stream of well analyzed and contextualized information to stay abreast of an environment full of both unprecedented opportunity and unforeseeable peril, and so it started a daily send out of news and features. Engagement of its readership in NPQ’s collaborative journalism model has expanded NPQ’s intelligence and its capacity to gather and analyze the news in real time and from a variety of perspectives. It is highly innovative, however, and one of many experimental models in the field of digital publishing. NPQ partners actively with many other groups to make sure that its readership community is continuously expanding and that it reflects the mix of organizational sizes and types in the civil sector. Go to: www.nonprofitquarterly.org
 

February 16 - 22, 2014

Race Forward

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. Race Forward defines racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equal opportunities and outcomes for all. www.raceforward.org
 

February 9 - 15, 2014

The Communications Network

The Communications Network is an association of foundations that provides training and resources in public relations and strategic communications. While the focus of the site is philanthropy much of the information will be useful to all nonprofits. The public resources section of the website includes information organized in the following categories: Job Bank Tools, Tips, and How-To's, Opinions, Reports, Research, and Sharing Ideas and Practice. Go to: www.comnetwork.org
 

January 19 - February 8, 2014

Netroots Foundation

The Netroots Foundation brings together online citizens across America, injects progressive voices into the national conversation and advances the values of justice, equality and community in America's politics. With technology, the information revolution and online communities changing the very nature of civic engagement, Netroots seek to accelerate the understanding and support of this fundamental shift in participatory democracy. The Netroots Foundation offers New Media Mentors, a hands-on learning program that trains nonprofits to design and run winnable campaigns, expand their reach and influence and transform their leaders so they can have maximum impact and achieve their goals. For more information, go to: www.netrootsfoundation.org
 

January 12 - 18, 2014

Scaling What Works

Launched in 2010, Scaling What Works is a multiyear learning initiative of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), a community of more than 350 grantmaking organizations committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations and promoting philanthropic practices that lead to better results. Through this initiative, GEO seeks to support the success of the Social Innovation Fund and address continuing disparities in human and environmental health, education and economic opportunity by expanding the number of grantmakers and public sector funders that are working together to broaden the impact of high-performing nonprofits. For more than a decade, GEO has built a community of philanthropy's change agents and advocated for shifts in grantmaking practices that can lead to more effective grantmaking and increased nonprofit performance. The Social Innovation Fund promotes an approach to giving that includes many of these same practices, such as working collaboratively and co-investing with other funders to achieve shared goals, giving assistance beyond the grant, providing grantees with tailored support to perform evaluation and making evidence-based decisions. Go to: www.scalingwhatworks.org
 

January 5 - 11, 2014

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning

The mission of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning is to accelerate and deepen social impact through strategy, evaluation, and capacity-building. Since its establishment in 1988, OMG has provided innovative, high impact solutions by blending new business and practice insights with the context of on-the-ground realities. Prior to 1988, many OMG staff members were based at the University of Pennsylvania. OMG's predecessor, the Organization and Management Group, was a part of the Fels Center of Government from 1986-88, and before that functioned as a subgroup within the Wharton School's Management and Behavioral Science Center (1980-85). Today OMG's professional staff brings together a diverse variety of backgrounds within an integrated professional practice. Go to: omgcenter.org
 

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
 

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