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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...
AdvoCasey: Fostered or Forgotten?
January 11, 2002
Just published, the Fall/Winter issue of AdvoCasey, a policy magazine from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, is devoted to youth in transition from foster care to adulthood. Among the featured stories in the current issue is one that examines New Jersey's efforts to support teens in transition, another that looks at Los Angeles...
Philanthropy's Response to the Events of September 11th
January 10, 2002
The Foundation Center celebrated its 45th anniversary with a special program and reception at its New York office on November 12, 2001, just two months after the devastating terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Reflecting the mood of the city and the country at the time, the opening segment of the program brought together...
National Center for Nonprofit Boards Becomes BoardSource
January 8, 2002
As a result of what it calls increased demand for accountability from nonprofits on the part of governments, funders, stakeholders, and the general public, the D.C.-based National Center for Nonprofit Boards has rebranded itself as BoardSource and, moving forward, will be working to develop products and services that are customized to meet the...
Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporation
January 7, 2002
As the events of September 11 so powerfully demonstrated, foundations and corporations are becoming more active in the disaster field. In light of the growing number of requests for disaster aid from U.S. foundations and corporations, a joint working group of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations has developed eight...
Arts Wire CURRENT 2001 Index
January 4, 2002
Arts Wire CURRENT, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, has published its annual index to its coverage of the people, issues, and events affecting artists and arts organizations in 2001. Topics covered include national arts policy and funding, freedom of expression and artists' rights, arts education, funding opportunities, and the...
2001 Health Policy Year in Review
January 2, 2002
Kaisernetwork.org, a free online service of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, is out with its look at the issues that dominated health policy news in 2001. The package features analysis by Samuel Goldreich, senior health reporter for the Congressional Quarterly, major event highlights, Web casts, and additional resources on half a dozen...
Adopt-A-Minefield
December 20, 2001
As recent events in Afghanistan have demonstrated, landmines and unexploded munitions are a scourge in many parts of the world, prolonging the suffering and misery of already battered populations for years and, in many cases, decades after a conflict has ended. In Afghanistan, the most heavily mined country in the world, estimates of the number...