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Echoes from the Field: Proven Capacity-Building Principles for Nonprofits
February 26, 2002
Today, more than at any time in recent memory, America's nonprofits are struggling in an environment in which demand for their services is outstripping their capacity to deliver those services. In an effort to provide a framework that enables nonprofits to survive and even flourish in such an environment, the Environmental Support Center, in...
Sept. 11: The Economic Impact on New York City
February 21, 2002
It has been five months since the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the economic impact of the attacks is only now becoming clear. In New York City, 15 million square feet of office space was destroyed or rendered temporarily useless, 30 million square feet was made unavailable, and close to 15,000 businesses...
Terrorism: Questions and Answers
February 19, 2002
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, publisher of the quarterly journal Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the New York City-based Markle Foundation has launched Terrorism: Questions and Answers, a comprehensive online resource devoted to international terrorism and America's response to it. The site presents authoritative...
Covering the Uninsured
February 15, 2002
Although the U.S. spends nearly $1.3 trillion on health care every year, nearly 39 million Americans, including 8.4 children, lack basic health coverage. Eight out of ten uninsured Americans are part of a family unit where at least one spouse is employed full time. Premimums for employer-sponsored coverage rose 11 percent in 2001, after an 8.3...
Public Agenda's Gay Rights Issue Guide
February 8, 2002
With funding from the Gill Foundation, Public Agenda, the New York City-based public opinion research and citizen education organization, has launched a new issue guide that explores the facts and public attitudes behind the debate over gay rights. Organized into two sections — Understanding the Issue and Public Opinion — the guide joins...
Black History Month
February 7, 2002
Since 1976 and the nation's bicentennial, February has been officially recognized as Black History Month. This year, in celebration, Verizon, Verizon Reads, and the >NAACP have partnered to promote literacy and a dedication to education. From now until the end of the month, all donations made to Verizon Reads will be redistributed to NAACP...
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
February 5, 2002
A new environmental impact report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, argues that global climate change over the next century will stress and could transform the "essential character" of America's lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands if steps are not...
Meeting the Collaboration Challenge
February 4, 2002
Today, leaders from all three sectors recognize the importance of what author James E. Austin, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, calls "leading beyond the walls." To help nonprofits meet this challenge, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management has issued Meeting the Collaboration Challenge Workbook...
World Economic Forum
January 30, 2002
As a gesture of solidarity, the World Economic Forum, an independent, corporate-funded organization committed "to improving the state of the world," has moved its annual meeting, which opens January 31, from Davos, Switzerland, to New York City. The theme of this year's meeting, which is expected to attract 3,000 business and international...
National History Day
January 25, 2002
National History Day, a highly regarded and intellectually challenging program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the discovery and interpretation of historical topics, is gearing up for its 2002 national contest, to be held June 9-13 on the campus of the University of Maryland. To qualify, students, either individually or as part of a...
Idealist.org to Launch Global Help Center Initiative
January 23, 2002
Idealist.org, the community-building Web site created by Action Without Borders, is preparing to launch a new initiative on February 5, the goal of which is "to build [a more] effective global network of people, organizations, Help Centers, and businesses" dedicated to finding practical solutions to social and environmental problems. Based on a...
The Future of Children: Child Care Policy
January 17, 2002
The Future of Children, a publication of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, has announced a discussion dedicated to Child Care Policy, the latest in its series of online conversations about issues affecting children and youth. Moderated by Gina Adams, M.A., a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, the discussion will run from...
Adopting Technology: Application Service Providers
January 15, 2002
Adopting Technology, a year-long series produced by TechSoup in collaboration with Marc Osten and Michael Stein of Dot Org Media, has just released an installment on the topic of Application Service Providers (ASPs). The module features articles by Ivan Wainewright, Ryan Turner, and Osten and Stein; a conversation with four nonprofit leaders on...