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Website of the Week:  December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016

Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. The Center conducts research and educational programs that seek to improve current understanding, analyze emerging trends, and promote promising innovations in the ways that government, civil society, and business can collaborate to address social and environmental challenges. Go to: ccss.jhu.edu
 

December 20 - 26, 2015

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
 

December 13 - 19, 2015

Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit organization that accelerates enduring solutions to social and economic problems by supporting social innovators and educating social impact investors. Root Cause accomplishes this through business planning and implementation, leadership development, research, and the creation of professional and funding networks that unite the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Founded in 2004 by Andrew Wolk, Root Cause has raised more than $22 million in investment and produced seven publications in its pursuit of advancing social innovation. Clients address issues like youth development, seniors and aging, and economic development. Over the last several years, Root Cause has developed a network of over 4,500 nonprofit, business, foundation, academic, and government leaders and engaged almost 250 professionally skilled volunteers. Go to: www.rootcause.org
 

December 6 - 12, 2015

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
 

November 29 - December 5, 2015

Management Assistance Group (MAG)

The Management Assistance Group (MAG) strengthens visionary social justice organizations, leaders, and networks to create a more just world. For thirty years, MAG has strived to meet its mission by: (1) evolving and utilizing innovative approaches to strengthening organizations, leaders, and networks, (2) conducting research on critical organizational issues faced by social justice organizations, and (3) sharing insights and experiences with the social justice sector and the nonprofit organizational development field. Since 1980, MAP has partnered with thousands of organizations, leaders, networks, movements, and funders to create powerful social justice efforts and lasting change. Go to: www.managementassistance.org
 

November 22 - 28, 2015

Nonprofits Assistance Fund

The Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that fosters community development and vitality by building financially healthy nonprofits.  NAF provides financing for working capital, cash flow, equipment and facility projects with a focus on strengthening the operation and mission of nonprofits.  The organization also offers financial management workshops and advice that improve nonprofits’ capacity to carry out their mission. While the focus of the organization is on nonprofits in Minnesota, most of the resources will be of great use to other nonprofits. Go to: www.nonprofitsassistancefund.org
 

November 15 - 21, 2015

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
 

November 8 - 14, 2015

The Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a widely used Internet-based resource for promoting community health and development. The Community Tool Box is a service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. Development of the Community Tool Box has been ongoing since 1994, and is a public service of the University of Kansas. The Tool Box provides more than 7,000 pages of practical information to support community health and development work. The focus is on specific practical skills, such as conducting a meeting or participatory evaluation, that help create conditions for health and human development. Go to: ctb.ku.edu
 

October 25 - November 7, 2015

Qm² -- Quality Management to a Higher Power

Qm² which stands for Quality Management to a Higher Power is a consulting firm that serves cultural organizations and the boards, business, and foundations which support them. The firm’s website contains a broad range of useful resources in the following categories: management, strategic planning, fund raising, learning organizations, meetings/teamwork, employees, finances/budgeting, marketing, and more. The site also includes well written reviews of books that will be of great use to nonprofit leaders. Go to: www.qm2.org
 

October 18 - 24, 2015

GroundWork Group

GroundWork Group is a Columbus, Ohio based 501(c)3 nonprofit member-based organization that is dedicated to strengthening the impact of nonprofit organizations by enhancing their ability to manage their business operations and achieve their missions through sustainable and affordable information management, education and technology solutions. GroundWork Group serves nonprofits throughout the country. Go to: www.groundworkgroup.org
 

October 11 - 17, 2015

VolunteerToday

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
 

October 4 - 10, 2015

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
 

September 27 - October 3, 2015

City University of New York: Center for the Study of Philanthropy

The Center for the Study of Philanthropy administers the Global Network on Women's Advocacy and Civil Society. The Network disseminates information on women's issues among research centers, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups. Network users have access to an active bibliography of resources, a discussion listserv, and other research studies. Go to: www.philanthropy.org
 

September 20 - 26, 2015

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) ’s mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector; increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy; and fostering policy change to enhance equity and inclusiveness. HIP invests in Latino leaders and communities to build a more prosperous and vibrant America and Latin America.  By partnering with foundations, corporations, and individuals, HIP addresses the most pressing issues facing Latinos.   To achieve these ends, HIP directly support nonprofits and individuals who are engaging in innovative grassroots work to: Improve educational outcomes for Latino students;    Provide care for the aging Latino population; Foster coalitions across the LGBT and Latino movements;  Increase the understanding of the challenges that Latino men and boys face; Build a stronger transnational diaspora; and address policies that affect Latinos such as health, immigration, and economic development.  Additionally, HIP seeks to share with donors, grantmakers, advocates, academics, and other key community stakeholders the needs and priorities of the Latino community. Go to: www.hiponline.org
 

September 13 - 19, 2015

Catchafire

Catchafire is a certified B-Corporation striving to push the social good sector forward by focusing on efficient and effective ways to give back. Catchafire matches professionals with nonprofits based on their skills, cause interest and time availability. Catchafire is committed to providing transformational volunteer experiences, so all of the nonprofits that receive volunteers through it must have demonstrable impact, strong leadership and be aligned to our mission. Participating nonprofits are required to make a financial investment to confirm their commitment to our partnership and Catchafire Consultants’ time. This allow Catachafire to continue to provide high quality volunteer matches and support to its partners. The goal is to find talented and passionate volunteers who have the potential to become long term advocates. Go to: www.catchafire.org
 

September 6 - 12, 2015

Public Good

Public Good, a social enterprise helps organizations meet new supporters and raise more money by making online fundraising easy and accessible to all. The organization helps people find organizations working on the causes they care about, make meaningful connections, give, and track their impact. Through innovations like the Take Action button, give to a cause and others, Public Good aims to be there when people are motivated to make positive change in the world.  Public Good provides best practices, data-based insights and a platform that was designed from the ground up to reflect how people organize around causes. For more information, go to: publicgood.com
 

August 30 - September 5, 2015

Stand for Your Mission

The Stand for Your Mission Campaign, initiated by BoardSource seeks to unleash the full potential of the nonprofit sector to create positive impact by engaging board leaders more directly in the advocacy work of their organizations. The Campaign was launched together with the Alliance for Justice, the Campion Foundation, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Council of Nonprofits.  There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. The sector employs more than 10% of the American workforce and represent roughly $1.65 trillion in annual revenues. And nonprofits have an estimated 20 million individuals leading organizations who are among the most influential, dedicated and connected leaders: Our board members. Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impact, but — according to BoardSource’s Leading with Intent report — only 33% of organizations report that their board members are actively involved in advocating for their missions.  And many organizations aren’t advocating at all. For more information about this exciting and important initiative, go to: standforyourmission.org
 

August 16 - 29, 2015

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
 

August 9 - 15, 2015

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: www.commonimpact.org
 

August 2 - 8, 2015

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Based in the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1985, inspired by an early recognition that community expectations of companies were changing. The Center combines the most valuable aspects of a professional community and the resources of a leading academic institution. The Center integrates the perspectives and experience of some of the leading corporate citizenship professionals in the field today with management best practices, helping companies align corporate citizenship objectives and business goals. The Center monitors the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business and conducts primary research and also scans the broader literature to evaluate, select, and deliver the knowledge assets that will be most valuable to businesses. For more information, go to: ccc.bc.edu
 

July 26 - August 1, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE

Founded in 2005, Nonprofit VOTE partners with America's nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. The organization is a leading source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. Nonprofit VOTE's goals include:

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Providing high quality resources for nonprofits and social service agencies to help them incorporate voter engagement activities into to their ongoing work.

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Building lasting capacity for nonpartisan, nonprofit voter participation.

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Promoting sustained increases in voter participation, especially among voters new to the process or with a recent history of lower participation.

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Engaging voters where they gather to work, learn, advocate and receive services.

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Broadening support for the revitalization of democracy and election reforms; and

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Strengthening the nonprofit sector and encouraging new civic leadership.

Nonprofit VOTE partners with state nonprofit associations, national service provider networks, foundations and other nonprofit conveners. We provide partners with programmatic support as well as access to our online resources, free printed materials and other voter engagement resources. Go to: www.nonprofitvote.org
 

July 19 - 25, 2015

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
 

July 12 - 18, 2015

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

The mission of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, located at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities and countries. The RGK Center supports the nonprofit sector with education, research and outreach by expanding the academic base for the growing study of policies and practices affecting nonprofits, and by contributing to national and international debates about the future of the sector. RGK Center initiatives emphasize collaborative approaches and international perspectives in order to foster research and dialogue across fields and across borders. Among its many projects isServiceLeader.org, which provides information on all aspects of volunteerism, in particular virtual volunteering. Go to: www.rgkcenter.org
 

June 28 - July 11, 2015

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Founded in 1983 to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) has developed into a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.  As a membership organization, HIP seeks to share with funders the needs of the Latino community.  To this end, the organization sponsor regional, national and international conferences and briefings, research and publications, professional development programs, as well as providing referrals for foundations seeking Latino staff and trustees. In addition, HIP seeks to increase resources for the Latino civil sector by leading a funding collaborative, which focuses foundation, corporate, government and individual dollars on supporting Latino nonprofits.  Concentrating specifically on building the capacity of Latino nonprofits, the Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities further serves HIP’s mission of strengthening Latino leadership, while at the same time increasing awareness about Latino issues and stimulating dialogue about how to better serve the Latino community and Latin America. Check out the “Resources” link. Go to: www.hiponline.org
 

June 21 - 27, 2015

Youth on Board

Youth on Board prepares youth to be leaders and decision-makers in their communities Youth on Board offers consulting and coaching services to large and small institutions that believe in the power of youth voice and want to help young people move from the margins of their communities into the center. Using a collaborative approach that emphasizes strong relationships as the basis for meaningful change, Youth on Board provides trainings, design programs and curricula, develop policy, and publish resources that help organizations build youth voice into their operations and infrastructure. Go to: www.youthonboard.org
 

June 14 - 20, 2015

Center for Change

The Center for Change, modeled on similar creations the Centre for Social Innovation (Toronto) and the David Brower Center (Berkeley), is designed to be a hub of innovation, creativity, education, and leadership development. Collaboration is a primary focus of the nonprofit tenants sharing the space in the Center for Change: ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Naral Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Wisconsin Business Alliance, and Wisconsin Women’s Network. All of the organizations share space and equipment. These organizations also share volunteers’ time, networking, and learning resources. In addition, the Center fosters partnerships among consultants and experts who offer their services at low or no cost to tenants. All tenants are automatically members of the Center for Change. As of 2012, non-tenants are invited to be part of the Collaboration Initiative for an annual fee. Through membership the Center will build a community of like-minded people dedicated to working for justice issues, with the goal of creating lasting social change. For more information about this innovative model of collaboration, go to: www.centerforchange.wildapricot.org
 

June 7 - 13, 2015

National Employment Law Project

For more than 45 years, National Employment Law Project (NELP) has sought to ensure that America upholds for all workers her promise of opportunity and economic security through work. NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. NELP publishes research that illuminates workers’ issues; promote policies that improve workers’ lives; lend deep legal and policy expertise to important cases and campaigns; and partner with allies to advance crucial reforms. NELP works from the ground up to build systemic change by collaborating with community partners on advocacy campaigns, developing and testing innovative policy ideas in cities and states, then scaling them up to effect change nationally. NELP partners with advocacy networks grounded in the full range of stakeholders—grassroots groups and national organizations, worker centers and unions, policymakers and think tanks. Of particular note, NELP research and technical assistance has served as an indispensible resource in a number of successful campaigns to increase the minimum wage in communities through the US. Be sure to check the Publications link to access some of the best research on increasing the minimum wage. Go to: nelp.org
 

May 31 - June 6, 2015

American Evaluation Association

The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7000 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries. Go to: www.eval.org
 

May 24 - 30, 2015

Third Sector New England

Third Sector New England provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities. With a staff of dedicated nonprofit professionals, TSNE serves as fiscal sponsor, convener, consultant and grantmaker, offering a unique blend of capacity-building programs and services focused on strengthening nonprofits for a deeper impact on the communities they serve. Founded in 1959 as the Massachusetts Health Research Institute, Third Sector New England has expanded its programs over the past half century to serve nonprofits throughout New England and across the country. Today, TSNE is using new tools and strategies in its work to support clients and partners, foundations, colleagues working in nonprofit capacity building, and the many others committed to social change. The website provides information and insights to help you reach your goals and advance your mission. Nonprofits will find publications focused on increasing staff and board diversity; information on executive transition and organizational development; articles to help you learn more about fundraising, fiscal sponsorship, and sound financial management; and information on nonprofit management training and opportunities. Go to: tsne.org
 

May 17 - 23, 2015

Foundation Center Online Learning Lab

The Foundation Center offers an array of online training courses to help nonprofits succeed in their fundraising efforts. You can find these online courses listed in the Center's "Virtual Classroom". Go to: grantspace.org
 

May 10 - 16, 2015

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
 

May 3 - 9, 2015

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. IWPR works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economic and social policy issues affecting women and families and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. It is the leading think tank in the United States focusing on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens. Founded in 1987, IWPR’s reports and other informational resources have informed policies and programs across the country and internationally, in each of its key program areas. For more information, go to: www.iwpr.org
 

April 26 - May 2, 2015

Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) serves as a rural health and human services information portal which helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents. Services provided include RAC's web site, electronic mailing lists, and customized assistance. RAC's website includes funding opportunities, topic-specific information guides, news and events, publications and maps, experts and organizations, an online clearinghouse and a success stories database. Go to: www.raconline.org
 

April 19 - 25, 2015

WomenOnCall

WomenOnCall is a unique, online network created to connect professional women with meaningful causes and relevant skills-based volunteer opportunities. WomenOnCall provides women with an easy, yet powerful and impactful way, to give back and add significant value by sharing their experience and skills with nonprofits looking to fill a specific need. WomenOnCall aligns the skills, expertise and interests of highly-qualified volunteers with short-term, high-impact projects at trusted nonprofit organizations. Through on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities that require 10 hours of service or less, WomenOnCall members provide skills-based service to further advance an organization’s mission and improve their bottom line. . In addition, many of the volunteer opportunities can be completed virtually–during a busy woman’s lunch hour or in the evening. Go to: www.womenoncall.org
 

April 12 - 18, 2015

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. Go to: www.leadershiplearning.org
 

April 5 - 11, 2015

Fourth Sector

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 web site is administered by a Fourth Sector Network as a service to the Fourth Sector community. The content is provided and owned by the user community. There are many opportunities for engagement in the Fourth Sector by non-profits:

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Consider partnering with social enterprises where there’s mission correlation.

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Non-profits that are engaged in commercial activity might consider adopting additional attributes of the For-Benefit archetype such as continuous improvement of their environmental footprint.

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If appropriate, consider adopting an earned-income strategy to support your mission.

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Dedicate more resources to outcome measurement where it enhances the ability to deliver on your mission.

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If you operate a business, share your experience with other Fourth Sector organizations.

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Advocate for better public policy vis-à-vis non-profits engaging in Fourth Sector activity.

For more information and access to an extensive collection of resources, go to: www.fourthsector.net
 

March 29 - April 4, 2015

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families. Go to: www.childwelfare.gov
 

March 22 - 28, 2015

The Communications Network

The Communications Network envisions a world in which nonprofit organizations and foundations use innovative and effective communication programs to advance their missions, improve lives and deliver social change. The Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of social sector leaders from foundations, nonprofits and consulting firms across the globe who share the belief that smart strategic communications have the power to transform society and improve lives. Founded nearly 30 years ago by the late Frank Karel of The Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations to help social change leaders improve their work and “get the word out”, today The Network aspires to be the premier leadership organization for nonprofit communications professionals. The Communications Network’s Board includes senior leaders from some of the world’s most consequential social change organizations. Among them: Ford Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lumina Foundation, The Duke Endowment and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Go to: www.comnetwork.org
 

March 8 - 21, 2015

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. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. NCCP promotes family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels. Founded in 1989 as a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, NCCP is a nonpartisan, public interest research organization. Go to: www.nccp.org
 

March 1 - 7, 2015

Network for Good

Network for Good is a social enterprise that provides free access to easy and affordable online fundraising software and coaching to nonprofits. The site contains a large collection of best practices, advice and guides from the best experts in the sector: from the nonprofit professionals, coaches, trainers, bloggers, and consultants who are working everyday to improve fundraising and marketing effectiveness. Most of the content in the Learning Center is licensed under a Creative Commons license, and can be reprinted with a link and credit to the original author/source. Go to: www.networkforgood.com
 

February 15 - 28, 2015

SocialFish

Lindy Dreyer is a digital strategist for ICF Interactive. Maddie Grant is a culture change consultant at Culture That Works. They are authors of SocialFish blog, an important social media blog for associations and nonprofits. They are assisted by a team of regular guest bloggers writing on social media implementation and strategy, community management, social tools and technologies for nonprofits, social business and lots of other topics that will be of interest to nonprofits wishing to maximize their impact of social media and related tools. Go to: www.socialfish.org
 

February 1 - 14, 2015

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

The mission of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, located at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities and countries. The RGK Center supports the nonprofit sector with education, research and outreach by expanding the academic base for the growing study of policies and practices affecting nonprofits, and by contributing to national and international debates about the future of the sector. RGK Center initiatives emphasize collaborative approaches and international perspectives in order to foster research and dialogue across fields and across borders. Among its many projects is ServiceLeader.org, which provides information on all aspects of volunteerism, in particular virtual volunteering. Go to: www.rgkcenter.org
 

January 25 - 31, 2015

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
 

January 18 - 24, 2015

Community Partners

Community Partners was established in 1992 to meet a growing need experienced by civic and social entrepreneurs in Southern California for a structure that freed them from red tape while they pursued the cause that animated them. Conceived as a “foundation for emerging philanthropies”, its "incubator" has grown steadily to include nearly 130 projects led by people who reflect the scope and diversity of the Southern California region and over a dozen strategic initiatives in partnership with funders, networks and established organizations. From initial investments of $250,000, Community Partners has grown into a solid institution managing more than $10 million a year in revenue. For emerging leaders of civic and community projects, Community Partners handles finance, HR, and legal needs; help them develop their idea into a funded project; connect them with their peers and leaders in the community; and equip them with the tools and training to grow an effective, sustainable project. For experienced social innovators and networks of established stakeholder groups, Community Partners provides the knowledge and means to get new ideas and coalitions off the ground in a matter of weeks. For funders, Community Partners provides skilled management of program offices, peer convenings, regranting, and capacity-building programs that strengthen their impact in the community. While the focus is on Southern California, the resources will be very helpful to others. Go to: www.communitypartners.org
 

January 11 - 17, 2015

Collaboration for Impact

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has made a significant investment in the development of collective impact expertise in Australia. Social Leadership Australia (SLA) has been teaching leadership for social change using the Adaptive Leadership approach—which is at the heart of the Collective Impact approach —since 2002. The two organizations joined forces to deliver the sell-out Collective Impact 2014: convene immerse learn conference. To provide a place for conference participants and other practitioners of collective impact to connect and learn from each other, CSI and SLA have developed this Collaboration for Impact site in beta. The website includes an extensive collection of resources on collaboration for collective impact that will be very useful to nonprofits everywhere. Go to: www.collaborationforimpact.com
 

January 4 - 10, 2015

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
 

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
 

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