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Idealist
April 16, 2001
Idealist, a collection of nonprofit and volunteering resources on the Web, is relaunching its highly regarded site. Changes at the site, which offers information from 20,000 organizations in some 140 countries, include a new look, better search and entry forms, and a new e-mail update system that allows visitors to personalize information to...
MIT
April 9, 2001
In a move sure to get the attention of many, Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles M. Vest has announced that the prestigious school will make the materials used in the teaching of almost all its undergraduate and graduate courses freely available on the Internet over the next ten years. OpenCourseWare, as the initiative is...
Ericsson Internet Community Action (ERICA)
April 9, 2001
A week after announcing a new round of competition, wireless communications giant Ericsson has put its Ericsson Internet Community Action (ERICA) awards program on hold "due to changing economics." The company regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN)
April 2, 2001
In response to the growing interest in the community foundation concept, the Bertelsmann Foundation, with support and advice from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, has created the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN) to serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge between North American and European community foundations....
Survey of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs
March 26, 2001
A new survey of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) shows that these federally funded, state-administered programs continue to expand their role in providing HIV-related drugs to underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS. The survey, the fifth in a series conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation by the National Alliance of State...
March 26, 2001
A recent report from the Congress Online Project suggests that our congressional representatives are receiving so much e-mail — 80 million messages last year alone — that they're doing what most people in their position would do: ignoring it.What's an activist to do? If you need to communicate with Congress, says NetAction, a San...
Annie E. Casey Foundation - Casey Connects
March 19, 2001
The current and previous issues of Casey Connects, the newsletter of the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation are now available online. The newsletter and a companion newsletter, InSites, are designed to keep readers abreast of key facets of the foundation's work, provide information that can help the foundation's constituents do their work,...
Substance Abuse
March 19, 2001
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched an online resource center devoted to substance abuse. Designed for policy makers, community leaders, treatment professionals, educators, researchers, the media, and others with an interest in substance abuse issues, the site includes data and reports from the foundation's national program offices,...
Our Future - Our Environment
March 12, 2001
What will environmental protection look like in the year 2015? What role will multinational corporations and transnational advocacy networks play in a New World order? What about our domestic environmental agencies? Might consumers play a role in improving environmental quality and how should we view our ecological footprint?These are just a few...
Making Waves: Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change
March 12, 2001
The Communication for Social Change program at the Rockefeller Foundation (www.rockfound.org) has released Making Waves: Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change (1.08MB, 352 pages, PDF). Through 50 case studies, the report catalogs some of the most innovative experiments in participatory communication in more than 20 developing...
Milano Nonprofit Management Knowledge Hub
March 5, 2001
The Milano Nonprofit Management Knowledge Hub (www.newschool.edu/milano/hub) offers links to and descriptions of "the most useful sites" for different categories of nonprofit professionals, including organizational leaders, fundraisers, job seekers, researchers, and teachers and students. Created by the Nonprofit Management Program of the New...
Social Entrepreneurship Award for the 21st Century
February 26, 2001
The new Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced that, beginning this year, it will reward individuals or organizations developing and effectively implementing successful initiatives that significantly improve people's lives with a $1 million prize and its Social Entrepreneurship Award for the 21st...
Harvard Family Research Project
February 26, 2001
The current issue of the Evaluation Exchange, the newsletter of the Harvard Family Research Project, focuses on the increasing importance of strategic communications for nonprofits looking to influence policy and build public will for their important initiatives. Available in both HTML and PDF formats, the newsletter examines how nonprofits can...
National Association of Community Action Agencies
February 20, 2001
In order to better understand the information technology challenges and opportunities facing community action agencies (CAAs) and their low-income clients, the National Association of Community Action Agencies (NACAA) has conducted a national survey of its members. Survey results, as well as a review of digital-divide literature and CAA...